Friday, August 27, 2010

a finish at last.. the Mermaid

She's done, finally, and I'm pleased with the results.  Now to find the right frame.  Right now I'm just enjoying being done.    And then it's on to the next UFO!!  

August has been a very long month.  Two weeks after Dad having a stroke he had a heart attack on the 17th and stayed in hospital till the 20th.    Fingers crossed that things will get back to an even keel for him...it's been a week and there haven't been any hospital visits.   It is a changing time for all of us.   

During all the recent hot weather I made a very humble bird bath/watering dish for the feathered ones.  This dish is perched on top of a cedar hedge.  The word must have spread because it's now the watering hole and bathing area.  Trying to get a group shot picture...not much of a chance!  One sparrow did wait for this shot.  Otherwise we've had a few chickadees visit.  It is fun watching from our family room window.

One of the local markets had a selection of garlic from the Okanagan.  I selected one of each, Italian, Russian and a couple of other types.  Next trip I'm going to write on the bag what each one is.   The flavor has been excellent!!
The local market also grows and sells summer zinnias.  I love the bright colors and all the details on each bloom.  And yes, I enjoy taking pictures of them.

The fall mums are out now and the colors are beautiful!  Grocery stores, markets, gardens stores, everywhere you go, there are mums from the bright yellows, golds, rust, red and these pretty pink ones.    Today's shopping included two small containers of grasses which should go nice with the mums in some large tubs.    The summer baskets have done their dash and it's time for a fall look on the patio!     
till next time ..................


Monday, August 16, 2010

Fall colors

I'm making some progress on the Halloween project.  It's a good thing that I have a magnifier for this one.   Another hot day in most parts of   BC.   A good reason to keep cool indoors and stitch!    


Sunday, August 15, 2010

middle of August ...already

The heatwave continues... mid 30's again today and forecasted warm and sunny for the week ahead. Thank goodness for a portable air conditioner. It has really been put to the test!

Lunch today was a family get together, minus our son in law who was working at home (still some painting to finish). It's just been two weeks but I've sure missed seeing the grandsons.

Nathan is developing his own personality and Noah seems to have sprouted up in such a short time. Vanessa is so good with her boys.

It was good for my parents as well to have a chance to visit. It's been a very hard two weeks on my parents. Dad's lack of vision is still a source of frustration. So a visit with their granddaughter and great grandchildren was good for morale.

Both DH and I had cameras ready today. Noah is always on the move so photo ops are few and far and Nathan, he's a captive audience (for now). Not quite four months old and he's trying to roll over.

And not to forget Quincy. As soon as Noah's play table was set up well Quincy was ready and waiting for the kids to arrive. Thanks to DH the two footed little ones survived all the licks from the four footed one!

So the day was good for everyone's morale.

I've started a small Halloween project. The floss is Weeks 'Trick or Treat' on a very pale green evenweave and stitching one over one. The project needs a bit more stitching before taking a picture.

Summer is great but nothing beats fall. The warmth of the days, the abundance of colors to enjoy and cooler nights!

till next time.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

moving forward

Saturday at last. It's overcast and definitely cooler.

My Dad was released from hospital Thursday afternoon. The doctor have told him to get lots of walking and do stairs. His vision has improved somewhat but it will take time. It's good to have him home.

Now even moreso finding the balance between helping my parents and yet leaving their independence intact...I guess it comes to being there and going with guts feelings.

I've stitched a bit this week. Stitching keeps me grounded.

All being well,tomorrow afternoon DH and I will attend a performance of the Lion King.

A good weekend to all,

till next time ....

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

when the unxpected comes crashing thru ...

My Dad has had a minor stroke. It happened yesterday afternoon in the form of vision loss. We rushed him to the hospital and they moved him to a bed. It took a couple of hours before the CT scan result came back showing a minor stroke. Dad's vision continues to be blurred and they are not sure if it will improve.

My parents have always been healthy and active. Yes, they are getting older and yes, health does change ... it's still not any easier. Respecting their independence yet lending a hand.

I've felt for some time that my life journey is changing direction, my focus is shifting more towards home and family. A year ago my husband and I moved house to be in the same complex as my parents. Now it clearer that my path will circle closer to home.

Live simply, hold close those that you treasure, do the things that bring you bliss, simply live!