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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Saturday, September 28, 2013

What Do You Do With Your Time?

I discovered this video on my sister’s FB timeline, and found it inspiring.  Hope you do too!

This Video Uses Jelly Beans To Show You How Much You’re Wasting Your Life (Video)

You’ll have to follow this link to actually see the video (for some reason I don’t seem to be able to post You-Tube videos successfully).

Happy time!                 Blessings, Peg

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Stash-buster Quilt-along

Linda at Quiltmania decided to do a quilt-along, and challenge us to using up stash.  She’s posting a different block, with instructions, every week (don’t know how many weeks), with……GIVEAWAYS……every month.  Lots of fun, great way to use up stash.

Here are my first two blocks:

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Going to use up red and cream for this one.

 

It’s never too late to join!       Happy quilt-a-long           Blessings, Peg

Sunday, September 8, 2013

And…….Action!

A couple of days ago, I headed out to pick up a few groceries and stop at the drugstore.  Our little town center has been (almost) completely transformed.
The Red Apple is still there:
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But the print shop is now the Wayward Pines Chamber office:
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The Deli is now called the Meat Market:
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The beauty salon is now a Yoga Studio:
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The pharmacy is now a Feed Store:
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The auto parts store is becoming a bank, the laundromat is still just that, but the restaurant next to it (far left) is now a dentist’s office:
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And miraculously we now have a movie theater (oh, how I wish):
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Across the street, new businesses now exist, at least from the outside.
French’s General Store:
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Wayward Pines Hotel, and a hardward store (The Drill and Nail):
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A shoe store:
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A bike shop, hobby shop, and sidewalk café/candy store:
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A florist:
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The newspaper office is now a restaurant with outdoor patio:
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The fencing surrounds, and hides, the parking lot.
There was still some building going on, but filming in the completed sections has begun.  So, twice I was stopped and held captive, once behind one of the fences, and once in the ‘feed store’.  While in the store I got a little piece of the action:
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Our local paper says the first episode is a ‘wrap’.  Filming for now has ended, but we’re told they’ll be back!  Apparently the show will be on FOX, starting next year sometime. Here’s a little blurb I found on the ‘net:
A Secret Service agent goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho in search of two federal agents who have gone missing in the bucolic town. He soon learns that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.
Creator:
Chad Hodge
Stars:
Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Terrence Howard

And talking of action, there’s been a bit of action on the home front.  Grapes have been harvested, and there’s a nice batch of jelly done:
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And the log-cabin quilt blocks are all together. 
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Since this picture was taken I’ve sewn together pairs.  Only another 31 seams to go and the center will be complete.
Happy busy days!                   Blessings, Peg

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Games, A Birthday Party, Family, and A Surprise

It was a weekend filled with memories.

When Grizz and I planned our trip to Alberta over the September long weekend, we had one purpose in mind – well, two actually, because we have children there it’s automatic that when we head that way we visit with them.  The other purpose was, at the invitation of the Calgary Highland Games, to help out with judging and scorekeeping for the Scottish Heavy Events.  This isn’t new to us, we’ve been a little bit involved for the past 15 or so years.  Our DS1 has been a competitor for most of those years, but due to an injury he was slated as a judge as well.

The sun shone, and we had a great day with the athletes and other judges and score-keepers.  The first picture below is Grizz, making sure that the throwers stay within their boundaries; the second picture has DS1 and DDIL2 in the center with the Athletic Director doing some announcing (red shirt on the right):

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About 2 months ago, we received another invitation for the same weekend – an aunt’s 90th birthday party.  They limited guests to siblings and their spouses and children (as well, of course, as her family with includes a great-great-grandchild).  And so we began planning how to ensure my parents would be able to get there. 

It was a wonderful time – all catching up with each other’s lives.

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And after a while the photo ops started.  Poor Aunt T – she kept thinking it must be over, and somebody else would want another picture.

Here she is with her six children:033

And her 5-generation photo:

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And here she is with her brothers (unfortunately her 2 older sisters were unable to attend).  Their ages from left to right – 78, 80, 86 and (almost) 90.  That’s my dad sitting next to her:030

In the meantime, our DDIL1 got acceptance to the master’s program in Occupational Therapy in Edmonton, to start on Tuesday.  So they had plans to head for Alberta at the same time as the rest of us.  I, of course, began to dream of having all of our children in the same place with us, even for a short time; and we managed it!  Even got a family picture:

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Any guesses which three are born to us?

We had such a good time together!

Then Grandpa, and Grandma, stayed behind at the High River home with DS1 and DDIL2 to fix their stairs after the effects of the flood.  And Grizz and I went to stay with DD and DSIL, and we just chilled for a day.  Even their dog wanted nothing more than to relax:photo (3)

We arrived home to the notice of a parcel waiting for us at the post office.  We weren’t expecting anything, so it was a complete surprise to see it was from one of my sisters.  She sent these books:

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And these batik yardages:

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This sister paints mandalas, and I’ve been wanting to do a quilt for her.  Now I have some instructions and ideas, and some fabric to get one started.  It almost feels like MY birthday!

And I am working on some quilts – a log cabin on the go, and a few tops done, with one of them on the long-arm.  I’ve also joined a stash buster quilt-along, more on that to come.

Such happy days!                Blessings, Peg