A Pieceful Life

A Pieceful Life


I'm so glad that you stopped by, and hope that you enjoy your visit. Here you will find pieces of my life - quilting, cross-stitch, family, travel, friends.
My name is Peg - I am a 60ish wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend - and if we're not already related or friends, hope to become your friend too.
We live in the eastern end of the beautiful Fraser Valley, about 1.5 hours east of Vancouver, BC. Empty nesters, we have one son living just a few minutes away, our other son and daughter live in Alberta.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

All Things NOT Quilty

It’s interesting that as I look back at old posts, I see almost all quilt-related sharing.  And that’s not totally why I started blogging.

I mentioned, in passing, some other non-quilt activities, but I though I’d share with you all to day some more detail about that.

Emergency Social Services has been a big part of our lives for the last three years.  This is an organization, mandated by federal and provincial governments, managed through local governments, that provides for temporary emergency support if people need to be evacuated from their homes.  A house fire, flooded basement could affect a single home.  Or a forest fire (many of which have been experienced in BC over the last few years), river flood (an almost annual threat in our area), earthquake, train derailment – any of those kinds of things could mean hundreds or even thousands of people being evacuated.

And that’s where we come in.  Training to be able to effectively meet these needs is on-going.  But we also work to promote ESS and recruit volunteers, as well as help the folks in our area understand how they can personally prepare for emergencies.

Right now, we’re working on banners that will be used in our promotional activities.   To get ready for these banners, we took some ‘mock’ pictures.  First, a recent house fire in our area, meant that one of our team responded to arrange for hotel, restaurant meals, clothing for the family.  We returned to the scene to take some pictures.  Here’s one of Grizz ‘interviewing’ M as if she was a victim.IMG_4242

We also went to a local strata clubhouse, and set up a mock Reception Center (this is how we would manage an event involving a large group of people).  Of course we couldn’t take pictures in a real event, even if we were involved in one, to protect people’s privacy.



Thankfully, there have been few calls requiring response, but we’re prepared.

Here’s a picture of one of the banners that we’re having made:ESS banner

When finished, the banner will be 3’ wide by 6’ high – should attract attention don’t you think?


Another passion of mine has been genealogy.  A number of years ago, I spent many, many hours in a library pouring over microfiche census reports, and searching through genealogy web-sites.  Recently a cousin sent me a package of copies of immigration papers for our grandparents.  They came from Hungary in 1926, with three daughters, settled in southern Alberta where my father and two other sons were born.  The photocopies included their passport, one document issued for the whole family – really different from today’s world.  Here’s a picture of one page:002

Interestingly – the documents are all in both Hungarian and French.  I just love finding all this information.  My cousin said, she recently sent a photo of the ship on which my grandparents and aunts traveled (it’s long since gone, picture obtained from the internet – the marvels of our world today), to our oldest aunt.  When she received the photo, my aunt phoned my cousin and told her she remembered her mother, our grandmother, crying before getting on board because she didn’t want to travel on a ship with only one smokestack.  It must have been a very traumatic trip on many levels.


And I’m a reader – I love books, have always loved books, can get totally lost in books.  I remember my mother frequently saying ‘didn’t you hear me?’  And I hadn’t, I really hadn’t.  I was off in the world of whichever book was in my hand at the time.  When I was younger, I often had 3-4 books on the go at once.  Not so any longer – it’s all I can do to keep track of one book.  I also don’t read for as many hours at a time as I used to, it tends to put me to sleep.  But there’s always a book nearby, always at least one ready for when I’m finished my current read. 

Last fall, I finally joined a book club.  Interestingly, the books chosen have mostly been very difficult reads – not just for me either.  The month that  The Last Passage was our read – almost nobody actually finished the book.  But the challenge of stretching my reading wings, and trying out new authors and then joining in lively discussions has been fabulous!   Right now we’re reading:

And I’m actually surprised at how much I’m enjoying this, despite the fact that it’s an autobiography (not been one of my favorite types of books in the past).

Waiting to be read is this gem, just picked up from the library yesterday:

Chiaverini is one of my favorite authors, writing about quilters.

So I guess this post isn’t totally NON-quilty after all.  But there it is – quilting is, after all, a big part of my life.

Happy days!!!          Blessings, Peg


  1. I am very impressed with the services you all involved in. Was on our disaster team a few years ago when I was working. I usually got the job of helping track lost Rx's. This was a great post. I have been wanting to read the Last Passage. We read Eat,Pray,Love in our group too. You have a good lot of genealogy there. Did you see where Cambron attended a basketball game in Ohio with President Obama? Pretty neat. Western Ky. U won that game. WooHoo

  2. I won Sonoma Rose from Victoria at Bumble Bees giveaway and it just arrived in the mail yesterday. I must have entered 50 giveaways for it so I'm thrilled I won it. I don't read very much these days - that is the piece that I've lost by blogging and swapping. I'm okay with that for now but I do love reading so will have to make some time for it soon. When 911 happened Whitehorse had to put the Emergency Social Service plan into action when a Korean 747 was diverted to Whitehorse, sent out a distress signal that meant they were hijacked (it has never been clearly explained why) and were escorted into town by Canadian and US fighter jets. On board the plane were several hundred people who were mostly from NY City. They were on route from Seoul, with a planned stop in Anchorage and then on to NY. So not only were they stranded in a strange town for several days, but many of them were quite distraught and worried about what was going on at home. I was working at Victim Services then and was involved the first afternoon in that role, but I know the Emergency Social Service group were quite taxed with finding places for all these people to sleep and feeding them etc. So keep up the good work!

  3. Peg it sounds like you wear a coat of many colours. I'm impressed with the effort put together to ensure that there is someone to turn to in the case of a disaster. I never knew that such services exist. As for reading, I used to read a lot too, but have not done it for quite some time. Like you I enjoy all of the Elm Creek novels, except I have lost track of the most recent ones. Another favourite read of mine have been the novels by Diana Gabaldon; a mix of genres in her book series; mystery, romance, suspense, swashbuckling, history; something to really get lost in.

  4. I so looked forward to that book (Eat, Pray, Love) and was so disappointed. Glad you're enjoying it, though. Aren't book clubs the best? I just read The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson for Book Club and I couldn't put it down. Fabulous story. (Though I don't think you would like it much.) We've had a few stinkers, too!