A Pieceful Life

A Pieceful Life

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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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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

WIP Wednesday Feb 1

Well, the rains came and took away the snow and ice.  With it, left the lovely peace and quiet of being house bound!
But that also meant I could head out to meet my SIL for a day of quilting.  We’re doing a project together, but it’s a surprise, so no details yet!  S belongs to a guild, who host a drop-in quilting day once a month – so that’s where we headed.  We had a great day in a bright and cheery room, full of other quilters:
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And we got all these little squares cut out:005

We had the use of a friend’s strip cutting ruler, which made the task just speed by.  If you don’t have one of these, or access to borrow one, rush right out and get one.  They are a god-send!
While there, I met, in person, two other blogging buddies – check out A Loose Bobbin and What Comes Next?  Fabulous quilters, wonderful folks!
And the quilting tips just flew around the room – there was always somebody with an idea, a technique, encouragement!  This is what quilting is all about – IMHO!
Later, we spent some time on the computer with EQ7 – another fabulous tool!  And I got another surprise project planned out!  Many, many thanks to S and Janet (What Comes Next).
The next 2 days, I got busy while I still had the strip cutting ruler, and got started on the cutting for the second project:
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You can see in the corner of the second picture is my rotary mat – don’t know what I would have done without that when I was cutting all those angles!
So no sewing, but the start of 2 more WIPs.
I’m linked to TNATN WIP Wednesday!  Head on over and see what everybody else is doing.
Happy cutting!                 Blessings, Peg

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Baby Boy

My baby – not such a baby anymore - is celebrating a birthday today.  It’s not a major milestone, but a marker of the years that have passed. 
On Saturday, we wondered if the ice we’d been ‘enjoying’
would recede enough to allow a celebration.








Well, it did – and he and our DDIL and her parents came for dinner and games!   We laughed, we teased, we lost (to the birthday boy), we ate, we prayed, we shared – and ushered in another year for Mr. Soccer





Happy birthday, son – we love you!                   Blessings, Mom

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Slippery Slope

of 60!!

We live in a senior’s neighborhood – and several of our friends here had warned us……

But who knew the slide could be so fast!

 

I turned 60 a couple of months ago.  No fanfare, no excitement, just another birthday.

But a couple of months before that………….I made the mistake of visiting my doctor, just to get a renewed prescription for eczema that had cropped up a little before that.  But he’d been away when that was diagnosed, and this was the first time he’d seen me in, well, a few years it turned out!

So when I told him my hands still hurt from arthritis (and showed him the arthritic changes starting), and complained about stiff hips and sore knees – he decided to send me for just about every test under the sun. 

I am healthy, really I am!

 

But apparently I have arthritis, osteoporosis, and an antibody that could lead to an autoimmune disease.   Oh, man!  So began the process of deciding what to do about these – pills to keep arthritis discomfort at bay (already doing that!), injections to minimize the damage that osteoporosis could cause, and a visit arranged with a rheumatologist to decide what, if anything, was to be done about the antibodies.

The good news in all of that is that the antibodies are not now, and may never, causing a definitive process.

In between there, I woke up one morning with a shoulder so sore that I could hardly move it.  I took more of those pain pills, and applied some heat, and made it move – and a few days later got to the doc to learn that I have tendonitis in that shoulder.  So off to physio for a few visits.  Later when I got to the rheumatologist, he confirmed the tendonitis diagnosis, added bursitis to that, and wanted to inject cortisone.  I rejected that idea – real fast!  So I’ve been continuing with the medication, heat, exercise – and I’m at the point that the shoulder discomfort is manageable most of the day, once I get it moving in the morning.  A recent x-ray confirmed no bone involvement – so it’s back to physio some more.

But then I swallowed a chicken bone about 6 weeks ago, and consequently had a chest x-ray.  Which prompted another call from the doc – come on in, we need to talk!

It appears that I’ve developed what they call compression fractures in my neck and upper spine.  Oh, great!  They’re from the osteoporosis, which is already being managed, so nothing more to be done, just awareness of the fragility.  So now I’m not allowed to go jumping on trampolines, or sky-diving – can you believe it!

And…….get this………..my blood pressure is up!  Another pill – to counteract this side effect from the pill I’m taking to keep my shoulder from hurting so much.  The doc has promised me that it’s not a ‘forever’ medication.  Just have to take it until I can get off the anti-inflammatory meds.

All I can say is – quilting doesn’t involved any jumping, or diving, or lifting heavy objects.  So hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to sew I go!

Good health to you all!                     Blessings, Peg

Friday, January 20, 2012

Nosey Parker Neighborhood –Sewing!

A couple of months ago Kat came up with the idea of sharing with the Nosey Parkers in our Neighborhoods.  I didn’t get around to sharing my neighborhood at the time, and missed the Christmas challenge.  But here it is January and she’s challenged us to share about our sewing experience and space.

To answer her questions:

1)  How long have you been sewing? Are you a first generation sewer or was the knowledge handed down to you? Basically tell us about your journey...

The only sewing machine in our house when I was growing up was an old treadle, that my mother used for mending.  Period.  My first personal exposure to sewing was in home ec in high school, where I made an apron, something like this:

That was some nearly 50 years ago.  I went on to sew some clothing for myself, and later for our daughter when she was young.  But it wasn’t a passion for me. 

About 10 years ago, I discovered quilting – and found the passion.

2)  Where do you sew?

I sew in what used to be our family room off the kitchen – and in the master bedroom.  More about that below.

3) What does your sewing room/area look like today in it's real state. Take a picture of it if possible and show it to us real :)

My sewing area is in 3 parts.  First my design wall is in the spare room:

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The actual sewing area, like I said, is just off the kitchen, in what used to be the family room.

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We moved the big TV into the living room, and keep the small one in the corner – used both when I’m sewing and when Grizz is cooking.  The ironing board is out and handy more often than not.

Going around the room, fabric is mostly stored in this cupboard:016

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And current/planned projects on the shelf:014

Bonnie, my sewing/embroidery machine takes pride of place on the desk, with lots of handy storage in the drawers on each side:013

Behind Bonne, Bitsy, the serger, awaits her opportunities to contribute, along with a lamp to illuminate all my mistakes:011

Also behind Bonnie – scisoors basket, a thread holder for the big cones of bobbin thread, drawer unit for threads, a sewing basket with thread and more notions, a basket of smalls, everything as close to within reach as I can make it.  And of course you can see the iron:

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Off to the side – a trunk with quilt pattern books, a few old sewing patterns, and things that I don’t need too often, and on top of it, another drawer unit of embroidery threads.  The machine beside the drawer unit has absolutely nothing to do with sewing, but needs to be handy for handling blood samples when I visit clients.008

And then, last but not least, Big Bertha takes up one wall in the master bedroom.  Right now, the only space for her:

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Underneath is my hope chest, but now also some bins with batting, scraps and quilts waiting for BB to do her magic!

4)  What is the first thing that you made which you were really proud of? Show us pics of your favorite project.

This Delectable Mountains quilt was made for Grizz, to reflect the mountains among which we live, using his favorite color.  Done long before the days of BB, I had it professionally quilted at Quilted Cats.

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5)  Do you always stick to the "rules" when you sew, or are you more improvisationally minded?

Lacking much imagination, I generally stick to the rules – even finding it much easier to buy a kit, than to try to pick fabrics.  Although come to think of it, I’ve had to pick a lot of fabrics lately.  Must be stretching and growing!

So that’s my story.  I’ll be linked to Kat’s Nosey Parker January post.  Why not head over there and see what everybody else is sharing!

Happy sharing!            Blessings, Peg

Saturday, January 14, 2012

And then the snow came

After the Christmas rush, which included a couple of birthday parties and some ESS work, I slept through midnight on New Years’ Eve…..so we could get on the road New Years’ Day.

You may well ask where we were going………should be to a warm climate, right!!!  NOT!!!  Instead we headed north to snow country – the reason – my niece’s wedding.

Up there, the snow has been around for a while already, so most roads were plowed – and for those that weren’t, well, we have good snow tires, and experienced drivers.  I love snow, love to watch it fall, love to smell it, love to glory in its purity.  I did wish we lived somewhere we could have snow more often.

 

The wedding was beautiful!  The bride gorgeous, the groom handsome, the snow and frozen lake made a fabulous  backdrop  095

And we had a good time with some of the family (not many able to make the trip at this time of year).

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We stayed around for a couple of days to visit and catch up on all the news – admiring my sister’s wall mural:020

 

And playing Kinnect with my youngest niece

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Even Grandpa played!

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We arrived home to a Christmas house (oh, how I wished I’d finished it up before we left).  By the time that was all down, we were unpacked, laundry done, household necessities addressed……..all of a sudden it was the weekend.

And then the snow came to the valley here!  So pretty, falling straight down in the dark, with the streetlights shining behind it.  Did I say I love snow, it’s whiteness, the peace and calm it seems to bring to the world.

It was just as pretty as we drove out this morning – me to a quilt class and Grizz to run a couple of errands009

Yes, we had to shovel, well Grizz shoveled - and the snow plows are out for the first time this season…….but there’s something so magical about snow on trees, snow in the darkness of night, snow falling on tongues sticking out to catch it, snow on a hillside with kids sledding.     Did I say yet I love it!

They’re telling us we’re in for more snow, and I’m going to enjoy this!   And drink hot chocolate with marshmallows to celebrate!

Happy winter!                  Blessings, Peg