Sunday, July 2, 2017

Vacation time

It's always nice to have a vacation week in summer time.  This week's weather hasn't been too hot and humid as is the usual weather in southwestern Ontario Canada.  Honey and I got some things done we've been putting off for a while around the house. I got some fenders for my bike we both put on in a joint effort with minimal arguing LOL.  The week started with fireworks, relaxing on the back deck, went to the beach and patio drinks.

We went for a trip to Niagara Falls. We have been before but this time splurged on a good hotel room with an amazing view. Middle left and top right pics are taken from our room. We went just before the big Canada Weekend as Canada turns 150 this year.  We had gone there once on a Canada Day weekend and it was not enjoyable at all.  Long waits everywhere, sitting in traffic is not my idea of a holiday weekend.  We lucked out that the weather was perfect the first day there. That was the first time we got to enjoy the falls at night.  

It's amazing to see this massive amount of water and how powerful it is.

The next day we checked out and went to Bird Kingdom in Niagara.  Entering the building  looked deceiving for the amount of birds and open exhibits that were there.  I love birds so this was a great place to visit and reasonably priced. 

Then we went to a few wineries as the Niagara region is famous for so many vineyards.
Konzelmann was a must stop for me as they are famous for making a peach wine we cannot get in our local liquor store. We took the tour there with the tastings. Then we stopped at Wayne Gretzky Estates, nice winery but a bit pricey.  And then a drive through the quaint town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.  We've been before and this time just drove through.  But it has great shops and sites to see all
in an old world fee. 

And as far as crochet goes, I've really only worked on this baby blanket a bit.  I'm starting on the border now.  

Happy weekend all !!!

Sunday, June 4, 2017


Got together last week with an old co-worker for a stitch and bitch.  It was nice catching up and getting the chance to just sit and crochet.  I made more progress on my star ripple blanket getting to add the skein of Caron Cake Buttercream I had to purchase off Ebay.

Just a small clip of my crocheting.

A local yarn and sew shop closed up yesterday in our city and they had 75% off.
I picked up both of these Cascade Sunseekers yarns for $5. They should make a nice light scarf as they have a bit of sparkle in it.

I've been riding my bicycle avidly these last few years and with going to the gym regularly for over a year now I have found that pedaling up hills and such are much easier than they used to be.  I've developed my leg strength from weight training and the knee pain I used to have has dissipated.

A month or so ago on Facebook I saw and advert for a bicycle challenge.  I thought why not join, get some more purpose to my cycling.  It's called  the Great Cycle Challenge - Canada/USA/Australia.
It raises money for the Sick Kids Foundation - Kids fighting cancer.  It's for the whole month of June.
My original money goal was a few hundred dollars, then I bumped it up to $500. And my kilometer goal at first was 50, but then I realized when I go for my usual hour long bike rides i'm clocking 10+ kilometers so I raised my goal to 75.  On my first day ride of the month I went for just over an hour and rode 18 km and 10 the next day.  So, again I bumped up my goal of 100 kilometers.  I've now raised $565 for this foundation.  

Summer has kicked off with festival season.  This weekend was Ribfest and Art in the Park.

And ended a Saturday evening by a fire.

Happy Weekend all!!  Keep Calm and Move On !!!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Life's Chaos

How is it that you push to the side one of your favourite things to do?  Your hobby crocheting. I have managed adding a few rounds.  I even managed finding the skein of Caron Cakes Buttercream I had been looking for.  I continues on with the Bernat Pop which added a darker punch but going back to the Buttercream should finish it off nicely.  When and if I ever get it finished.  It's a long weekend here in Canada, Victoria Day weekend, so I'm hoping to get some more crafty time in.  

Honey and I got the garden up and going last weekend.  We got cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, chives, rosemary, basil and bell peppers started.  I still want to get some cucumbers.

My favourite season is spring.  Witnessing the new signs of animal life.  I love to scope out the new families of baby geese and ducks while out on my bike rides.  This week we've had some 80+ degree weather.  I usually work a steady afternoon shift but due to a sick leave by a co-worker on days I was asked to cover and got to pick a shift of 10am-6pm of which is perfect for me.  I'm not a super early morning person.  It's let me enjoy some nice evenings at the perfect time of year. 

I've finally been able to take advantage of taking some great pictures with the new phone camera.

Baby ducks.

I'm still occupied by my fitness weight loss goals. I've dropped 25 lbs from the beginning of the year. Mostly by cutting out the bad white starchy carbs and sugars.  It's hard but it's has to be a mental thing and will power.  

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Small Progress

Good Saturday morning all.  Weather is starting to brighten each day, despite the April rain showers I had on my vacation week last week.  I did get beautiful weather on the weekends though.  I even took time for crochet.

For this project i carried on with a light beige and then went to the Bernat Pop yarn. 
I don't think it's too much of a change at all.  Just different shades of browns.
I got a new owl mug from a day trip we went on last weekend.

I added more squares to this project.  Not sure yet what it'll be, most likely another blanket.

We went to an Antique store and I found this fun coloured quilt for my bed and 
I knew my girl would look pretty on it. 

I got myself my favorite flower. Sadly now they are all wilted.

 We went to a butterfly conservatory last weekend.  I've never been to one before, my honey had and he said this one had a lot more butterflies flying around but the place was smaller. 
Still it was an interesting experience.

And a few Antique shops and others while in a small Mennonite area.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Leap Into Spring

I've been doing a bit more crochet lately.  Mostly on the weekends.  The weeks just fly by, gym, work, house chores, pet attention, hubby attention. Finally come the weekend i pull out my projects and unwind crocheting while usually watching Hockey Saturday nights. I had boughten a Caron Cake yarn skein in buttercream a while back and started making this star shaped throw.

I only bought one skein, my bad, to go back to Michael's craft store to find they haven't had this color in quite some time.  I've search online with no luck for the buttercream. I popped into Walmart one day and they had these by Bernat.  It's a similar colorway just has some darker brown shades.

Sadly, I think I will have to continue with that. I think it'll be a complementary color scheme to what I have already started. What do you think?

And on the trip to Michael's to see if they had the buttercream in, these small skeins of fun colours caught my eye and envisioned a project in my head. They were only a $1.25 each.  Then I had a coupon for the big skein of white for joining. 

Work in Progress.

Just a few pics of the fur babies.

Keegan is turning 15 this month.  Also my birthday this weekend. Honey and I going out for a romantic birthday dinner.  And for dessert, a week off of work. 

Happy Weekend All!!!