Saturday, December 27, 2008

Some Scarves I made for Christmas

I actually made 5 scarves for Christmas but didn't take photos of the first two as I was away for training with work. Just forgot to do it as I did have the camera with me.

The white scarf was yarn my mil had and asked me to knit her a scarf. One of the red ones (longer one) was for me to go on a grey sweater that I had bought to wear for Christmas and I made a shorter version for my mil as she commented that she liked the colour.

Sad to say I still didn't complete everything on my list this year but hopefully will get some of it done for next year.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Made the 5 minute chocolate cake

Well I tried these and one thing you have to eat them right away of they go hard. I made two and the kids finished a game of bowling on wii sport and the one was hard as a rock.

I had a tiny taste of it before it went lumpy and it wasn't bad. So they both had some of Miki's. Live and learn.

Will post some pictures of them after.

I know what I did wrong! I nuked it for 5 minutes and it should of been 3. Got it for next time.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

October Gales and Geese

I took these photos last week when the winds were blowing something fierce off of Lake Huron. Then I took the ones of the geese a few days later.

Chocolate cake in under 5 mins

Okay for the chocolic in me this is good. Very good! So I was on the Stashalong blog and found this. Sorry just cutting and pasting to my blog so I can make this later. Guess I need breakfast first. hmmmmmmm chocolate cake for breakfast.

AliP (find a link to her in the side bar) emailed me this crazy recipe. Get this: 5-minute chocolate cake from scratch! Seriously! Well, let me tell you: by the time I finished replying to her email (how DARE she send me such a tempting recipe!), I had the thing printed off. I practically floated upstairs to the kitchen and started scoping out the ingredients. By the way, 4 tbsp = 60 ml or 1/4 cup, 2 tbsp =30 ml or 1/8 cup, 3 tbsp = 45ml, measurements provided for your convenience in case you don't want to so the math. Also I couldn't located my tbsp measure in under 5 minutes, so there you go. Oh, and instead of chocolate chips, I grated some baking chocolate into the mix, because you can never have too many calories in a chocolate cake. HEHEH


4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
a small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired. EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous). And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

As soon as I opened the microwave door the thing started to drop down into the mug. Don't be alarmed, eh? You should have seen my eyes popping out of my head right before it was done cooking; I was seriously nervous about the thing totally messing up the clean microwave (that my husband cleaned a couple days ago!). It was about 3/4 as high above the mug as the mug itself!
That's how it looked for about half a minute, about how long it took me to take a decent picture, before this cake was assaulted by my fork. Slightly chewy on the outside, not as light and fluffy as a traditional cake (duh) but quite edible (if you're not too fussy or don't have overly high standards) and need I say, chocolaty. Not bad at all. I plan on over-indulging on a regular basis! And I'm about to teach this little gem of a recipe to my kids. They'll love me for it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Thanksgiving Weekend

Here are some photos form my Thanksgiving weekend Up at Blue in Collingwood.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Never a Dull moment in the Grove

I had gone to town today and when I came home I saw all the kids outside of the school along the fence. There were a couple of fire trucks so I thought they were doing a fire drill. Didn't think much of it and hubby mentioned something when he came home about 15 mins later.

So around 2pm I went on my yahoo account and there was an Alert Mail. Normally I delete them but I thought I'd read it.

Well I am glad I did! As this is what it said:

At 1:30PM today Sarnia Fire and Rescue was called to St Michael's school in Brights Grove to investigate a natural gas odour. The building has been evacuated and Union Gas is investigating. There are no reports of injuries.

The alert hasn't been cancelled yet but picture day was cancelled and there's no homework. My sons teacher has borrowed my cell phone to call parents because there's kids that have kids to their house in the class room and no one is allowed in.

From the Sarnia Observer

BREAKING NEWS — Firefighters called to Bright's Grove school
Posted By Observer staff

Firefighters have been called to St. Michael's school in Bright's Grove this afternoon.

Fire officials say they are investigating a reported natural gas odour.

Engines from four fire stations responded shortly after 1 p.m.

Tom Marshall, of Sarnia Fire and Rescue Services, said school officials reported feeling the school shake, which set off an alarm at the school.

The school was evacuated as a precaution and Union Gas officials have been called to the scene.

There were no injuries and the investigation is continuing.

More updates will follow.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Busy Day

I will have to add some photos of the new potted container I did today. I took the oostpermums out and add fall coloured mums with a pumpkin in it. Boy does it look cute! We also but a bail of straw on the front porch with gords and baby pumpkins. The kids and I had fun doing it.

Tonight was the night that I took my staff out to Boston pizza for a pizza and pop party. Nine girls were able to come (next time get RSVPs) and we order 4 different pizza. They were good as usual and here is a sampling of what we got:

Signature pizza sauce, mozzarella,
pepperoni and fresh mushrooms.

BASIC CHEESE PIZZA (but did half and half with PEPPERONI).

Signature pizza sauce, mozzarella,
smoked ham, pepperoni, shrimp,
olives, green pepper, onion and

Pomodoro sauce, mozzarella,
cheddar, spicy chicken breast,
roasted garlic, fresh spinach,
sun-dried tomatoes and feta.

I stayed with the pepperoni and mushroom with extra cheese and it was good! Fresh mushrooms and lots of cheese. The other two looked okay but I am not a shrimp fan and I do not like tomatoes of any kind.

The top three girls that won my little contest (I was one but gave it up for the team) got a $25 gift certificate to our local mall. What did they have to do to win it? Well....we have our annual back to school campaign to get packs for children who cannot afford school supplies. Our goal was set and I thought alittle competition for the most packs sold (cash donations counted as one too and we took those and bought more packs with them) would win a prize. Nothing motivates people than a reward.

Also, I did the pizza and pop party as an additional incentive to come on top for our district. One store was a head pretty much the whole time and my girls brought it and kicked some country ass by 55 transactions.

It was a fun night and I am thinking I'd like to do something like this down the road as a get together.

Well off to get some laundry done and hit the hay

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Toronto Zoo pics

Here are some pictures of our trip to the Toronto Zoo this summer. More photos to come.

Indian Falls

Here are some shots of Indian Falls up near Owen Sound, ON.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

One flower bed done

Well I got one flowre bed weeded so far today and I have 5 more to go. With two of them being nasty! With the one I just got done I planted a yellow clematis (Clematis - Helios - Tangutica). The flowers are bell shape and I think its really cute! The other plant that I planted there was Rudebeckia - Gloriosa Daisy - Becky Yellow. Its sooooo cute. It will only get to be 10-12" tall. Not like the clematis that will be 9-15' tall. So the weeding is done and I miracle growth the crap out, my hanging baskets and my pot.

My pot is looking good still. I am surprised! I also bought some other plants - in yellow and one purple too. Names are escaping me at the moment. But I will let you know later.

I am contemplating buying some mulch now and laying it down so the weeds won't come up as quickly or waiting till I have a few more beds done. But! That might take all summer. Though the rose one - I watered the crap out of part of it and the weeds came up fine and dandy. Can't wait to see them weedless. Or its going to be a "natural" garden.

Have a great day. The weather is beautiful. 25C humidex at 30C. Wish my pool was one to go swimming.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Happy Canada Long weekend .......or not

Oops! We actually get screwed out of a long weekend as Canada is July 1st and it falls on a Tuesday this year. Boo!!!! Hissssss!! lol

I can't believe I haven't been on here since April 21st. Holy crap. Its been raining like crazy this past month. Lots of thunderstorms and torrential down pours. Good news is the lake level is coming up.

The kids pasted and are moving up to grades 6 and 4 this year. Matt's walking again! Its been a long haul but he's still limping. Hopefully by the end of summer he will be running. We are taking our holiday the first week of August - and we will be off for a week. Which will be nice. Not sure where we are going but doing something.

The farm still hasn't sold. Bugger! I am hopeful by the end of summer its gone. I haven't been up too much lately, with the gas prices and the kids doing things with friends and soccer tournaments. We haven't gone up much. Next weekend is the family reunion so we will be up there for that. And Brian's sister and her family is home from the UEA! Yeah! Our son will be happy to play with his cousin!

Well off to do some weeding in the rain. Good way to get all of them picked. One of these days I will knit again.


Monday, April 21, 2008

Exciting weekend

I had an exciting weekend...NOT! The start of it was okay but then on Sunday morning I had to start prep to have a Colonoscopy this morning. Wasn't looking forward to it but it turned out normal, for that I am thankful.

I did some knitting this weekend and I read S is for Silence by Susan Grafton. I have pretty much the whole series but haven't read that many books. Now I can get into them and finish reading them before the next book comes out.

I still have to post some photos later but I am on the kids computer. I got a clearance computer at work for $47, plus monitor $15 and a wireless internet card for $39. So for under $100 the kids got a pretty good computer.

Well off to watch some tv - still tired and just want to go to bed but its to early for that.


Friday, April 11, 2008

Fiber Quiz

What type of fiber are you?

Monday, March 31, 2008

Wow the end of the Month!

Hard to believe that its Mars 31st! Seems just like yesterday it was the 1st, then my birthday and a blizzard on the same day. Then we had March Break which coinceded with my b-day as well. Next came the first day of spring and then Easter. Now we are knocking on April 1st for the Fool's day.

I did manage to get some knitting done this month. Lucky me! lol Two scarves and 2 baby hats made it to the done pile. The hats are going to Sarnia Craft Supply to be given to Save the Children charity. They are looking to collect 3000 by May 1st. Hopefully I can knit up a few more to go with it.

Oh!! This past Saturday was the Lambton Stich N Bitch! What fun! I had a blast and the girls are great. I even started and finished a scarf there. Okay! Okay! I had two rows to finish when I got home. Will post pictures later.

Speaking of photos: here are a few I took of Ingall's Fall at Easter. Its near Harrison Park in Owen Sound, ON


Saturday, March 29, 2008

Earth Hour

Well Earth Hour here in S-W Ontario is about 1 1/2 hours away. Some of the people I have talked to are going to particpate. Go Lambton SNB's!!

Some fun links: (the video where it all began)

The sails of Sydney's famous Opera House were plunged into darkness Saturday as Australia's largest city voluntarily switched its lights off Saturday night.

The event, known as Sydney's Earth Hour was billed as a sixty-minute demonstration of Australia's resolve to curb global warming. Thanks to a reliance on coal-fired power plants, Australia is the world's single largest per-capital emitter of carbon dioxide.

If nothing else, the lights of Sydney's skyline were noticeably thinned by Earth Hour, which began at 7:30 local time. Officials had arranged for all non-essential city lights to be switched off, and residents followed suit by darkening their homes and unplugging unnecessary appliances. Hundreds gathered at Sydney harbor to watch the spectacle, while clubs and restaurants served patrons by candlelight.

While billed as something of a party, Earth Hour kicks-off a serious 12-month public awareness push by the World Wildlife Federation-Australia and the Sydney Morning Herald. The immediate goal is to cut the city's greenhouse emissions by 5-percent. In the long run, Earth Hour organizers hope to expand their concept to other cities in 2008, coupling it with a focused initiative to make deep and permanent cuts in the amount of carbon dioxide being pumped into the Earth's atmosphere.

Sydney's mayor, Clover Moore, told Sky News Saturday that his city is serious about addressing climate change.

"Tonight is really important because it's a call to action," said Moore. "We are asking people to think about the action they can take to fight global warming. We all have to act to reduce out ecological footprint."

Scientists worry that global warming -- which the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change links to manmade greenhouse output -- may already be exacting a painful toll on Australia's most treasured natural wonder: the Great Barrier Reef. Marine biologists report unparalleled coral bleaching and dry-off, with a domino-like effect rippling through the aquatic food chain. Australia suffered its hottest and driest summer on record, and some climate change experts wonder if last year's violent typhoon season may have been made more severe by rising ocean temperatures.

While Australia's Conservative Prime Minister, John Howard, is a bitter opponent of the greenhouse emission reductions proposed by the Kyoto Protocols, his government has recently responded to political pressure to take action. Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced in February that Australia will enact energy regulations essentially banning the sale of conventional incandescent lightbulbs after 2010.

So -- what can the average Australian (or anyone else) do to curb global warming? It all starts with small, meaningful changes in our personal energy habits. Australia's WWF Futuremakers website lists Lighter Footstep's article How to Live with CFLs as a good place to start.

You can also take your first Ten Steps toward a lighter lifestyle, give your home an energy audit, investigate local recycling opportunities, and talk to your family and friends. Share a few of your ideas, and you may get some back in return.

Were you in Sydney for Earth Hour? Please share your experience in our comments section!

The Sydney Morning Herald has a photo gallery of Saturday's Earth Hour here.

A Changing Antarctica Draws 'Doomsday' Tourists

I was reading a really great article on the Antarctica today and thought I'd post it. With Global Warming its nice to see people not wanting this Vast Wilderness to change or to have man kind destroying it.

Climate Connections: Solutions
A Changing Antarctica Draws 'Doomsday' Tourists
by Gwen Thompkins

Audio for this story will be available at approx. 7:00 p.m. ET

Jessica Goldstein, NPR
Antarctica is not as remote as it once was, as thousands of tourists a year visit the continent.

View Gallery: Destination Antarctica

Jessica Goldstein, NPR
Visitors have had a more positive than negative effect on the continent, some say.

More NPR Antarctica Coverage
Antarctica's March of the Tourists
Visits by thousands of tourists each year could damage the world's most unspoiled continent.

Cruising to Otherworldly Antarctica
While travel to the icy continent has become cushy, Antarctica's allure remains powerful.

Antarctica's Sea 'Babies' in Limbo
Antarctica's seas depend on microscopic animals, but global warming is changing that balance.

A Bright Spot of Life on the Icy Continent
What kind of people come for months at a time to live in the most difficult place on Earth?

Jessica Goldstein, NPR
Fleets of ocean liners chug through Antarctica's waters, but tour guides say keeping Antarctica pristine is their top priority.

All Things Considered, March 29, 2008 · At one of the finest cocktail lounges in the Antarctic Circle, Carol Hughes is sipping a mystery drink from a wine glass. It's after dinner onboard a luxury cruise liner. And Hughes, an English clinical nurse, says whatever it is she's tasting is better than anything else she has had tonight.

"It's lovely. It feels cleaner, much smoother," Hughes says, savoring the taste in her mouth. "I'd say there's probably something in there slightly ... something to do with fish, I'd say."

What Hughes doesn't know is that she's sipping an iceberg. When she finds out, she laughs and says, "Is that the one that the penguin was walking over?"

Antarctica, like every other continent, is too big to describe in one take. But Hughes's description of the melted iceberg water is an awfully good start. Antarctica is lovely. It does feel cleaner, and it has something to do with fish.

Still, much of the continent remains a mystery, a cold and curious void. So most people learn the facts and fill in the rest with feeling. Every cabin on the ship has a book that touches on how remote the continent is — what can live here, what can't. And yet all 159 pages amount to a few lines of verse from the poet Pablo Neruda:

There all ends
and doesn't end:
there all begins:
rivers and ice part,
air is married to snow

A Sense of Place

Karin Strand, the expedition leader on the ship, expresses a sentiment similar to Neruda's. "Take some time and simply stop and reflect a little bit about what you're seeing," she advises, "because it's pretty overwhelming."

Put down your camera and get into the spirit of this place, Strand says. You've got to appreciate the beauty, the loneliness, the unlikeliness of this continent that Aristotle suspected was here but could never prove. Only a smidgen of the world's population has ever seen Antarctica. So Strand says that if you decide to come this far, don't blow it.

"Unless you stop and take a look once in a while you will miss it," she says. "Yes of course you will see it, but you won't see it. ... I mean, I am Norwegian and I thought that I had seen enough snow and ice for the rest of my life just living where I am. ... It is a feeling — it's not like you can explain it with pictures or film, really. You just have to be there."

Many of the people who visit the perpetual winter of Antarctica are in the autumn of their lives. They want to unlock the mystery of the place. They also want to learn about the effects of climate change here, why the ice is melting. But more than anything, they want to have fun. Aroon Patel is 70 years old and he walks with a cane. And at one of the boat's last landings on the Peninsula, which stretches north from the continent, Patel slid down a glacier on his tush.

"It was like a roller coaster on your bum," he says, smiling. "Best ride I've ever had in my life. At age 70, you find something like this, different ... it's wonderful. Wonderful."

And that's not the only thing that got his backfield in motion.

On the tail end of the voyage, the ship's crew put on an evening of entertainment that included music and lyrics by Usher, Lil' Jon and Ludacris. There's something surreal about being on a boat in the near-frozen middle of nowhere — and listening to men sing about women in their birthday suits. But you know what they say: Hip hop is the poetry of the streets. Even here, where there are no streets.

Changing the Continent

What the tourists onboard the ship don't know is that they are testing an important scientific principle. Does the very act of observing something change it? In Antarctica, the answer is "probably." Antarctica — so clean, so pure — is now a hot destination. Armadas of ocean liners are troubling her cool, heavy waters. And tourists are sharing terrain vital to the continent's wildlife.

Wherever humans go, Karin Strand says, "we have sort of a brutal way of imposing on nature." But there is a prime aim in Antarctica, she says: Keep it as a wilderness.

That means if anyone drops so much as a plastic bag in the water, Strand says, the ship will turn around and retrieve it.

Robyn Steegstra is guiding a group of Americans onboard the ship. She says Antarctic tourism has actually helped the continent. Bases that conduct scientific research along the coast have been prodded to clean up their act.

"I remember 20 years ago ... some of these bases, they looked like nothing more than dumps," Steegstra says. "The rusted material, the 20 or 30 years of rusting tin cans out back, the old machinery. We've had bases where they would go, 'Oh, you want to see a penguin?' and they would go pick them up. They were just pushing them out of their way; there wasn't this concern for the wildlife.

"But when people started visiting and seeing this, there's been an enormous change in the way bases operate ... regarding the environment and the wildlife. And that was largely due to visitors," she says.

So the industry's bottom line appears to be that sometimes you've got to risk a little to get a lot. An international treaty prevents mining, drilling and dumping here. But tour operators say that the world's last great wilderness also needs goodwill ambassadors for its continued protection. And people like Carol Hughes, the English nurse who drank water from the iceberg, can make pretty poetic ambassadors.

"It's just absolutely magical. I don't think I should be the same person when I get home," Hughes says. "It really makes you feel so humble to think that this is such a wilderness and that we have to preserve it at all costs, really. It's a special place and we mustn't spoil it. We must look after it."

After all, the best lines about Antarctica have been uttered by the people who have been here. "Glittering white, shining blue, raven black, in the light of the sun the land looks like a fairy tale," wrote Roald Amundsen, the first explorer to reach the South Pole.

And perhaps Fritz Klein said it best. He and his wife came here from York, Pa. Klein is no expert on the threat of climate change to Antarctica. But now more than ever, he's dead set against anything or anyone marring the continent's beauty.

As he put it: "They betta' neva'."

Produced by Jessica Goldstein

Also here is a good link of photos of Antarctica:

Sunday, March 16, 2008

What a wonderful weekend we had

I can't believe that Mother Nature actually gave us a nice weekend! Wow! It started friday and went till today. Though we did see some snow flakes this morning they were gone by noon.

I am still knitting on my foo foo black scarf and my Celtic Cable scarf for the Project of the month group. I have quite a way to go on it.

My sons leg is coming along. Each day it gets alittle easier to get up. He still won't be back to school this week - though hubby and I would like that alot! Our daughter goes back tomorrow which reminds me I better tell her to go to bed or she will be cranky in the morning.

Oh! A neighbour of mine saw a robin either during the snow storm or the day after. I bet the little bugger was cold! lol Spring is coming and the snow is melting.

Have a great night. Keep knitting!

Leigh Ann

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Here's a photo of my birthday present from my parents.

Its a James Lumber ghost painting called Grandpa's Boat. Can you see grandpa?

March 11/08 update

Well no knitting done but I have bought some new pattern books and some yummy yarn! The yarn is called Cicciobello Hyppo by Paolo Scettri made in Italy. I bought 5 balls of it and I will make a hat and scarf for my daughter. I love the colours! Blues, greens and white.

Here are some photos of the day.

Geese flying over Mike Weir Park

Snow frost on some trees at Mike Weir Park.

Evergreen and pine cones in snow frost at Mike Weir Park.

Another dumping of snow on my car tonight.


Monday, March 10, 2008

We interrupt this birthday

I posted this on my wrong blog so here it is from march 8, 2008;

Well Happy Birthday to me! Nothing is going right for this one. First with my sons femur getting broke at school, then I get a nasty head cold and of course it wouldn't be March 8 with out a snow storm (aka blizzard). I am so use to it that I have decided to reschedule my birthday for a different day. Hell! Maybe I will just legally change it to a month that doesn't get snow. hehe

I have been doing some knitting not alot as the tendinitous flares up. But my Project of the Month group is doing the Celtic Cable Scarf. Oh my gosh! Its turning out really nice. I love it!

Also on the needles is a black foo foo scarf for a craft show this fall/winter.

Any... its now March Break and I am sooooo glad that I was off yesterday as the headcold made a major invasion of my head. Took a night time sinus tablet and went back to sleep. Felt alittle better in the afternoon.

Well will post pictures and more later.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lunar Eclipse

The Earth's shadow travels over the moon's surface during a full lunar eclipse on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008.

Earth's shadow crosses the moon in lunar eclipse
Updated Wed. Feb. 20 2008 10:57 PM ET

The moon was almost completely in shadow at 10pm, Feb 20, 2008. News Staff

Canadian skies were mostly clear for Wednesday's lunar eclipse, the full moon bright in the sky as Earth's shadow crawled out from the left of the glowing sphere, ultimately turning it pale orange.

Starting at 8:42 p.m. ET (7:43 p.m. CT, 6:43 p.m. MT and 5:43 p.m. PT) and lasting for three hours, the last total lunar eclipse before 2010 was visible anywhere in North America lucky enough to have clear skies, according to NASA. It was also visible in Europe and Africa.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth's shadow blocks the sun's rays from hitting the moon. The three bodies must be perfectly aligned during a full moon, a rare event because the orbits of the moon and Earth are not on the same plane.

What began around 8:30 p.m. as a faint hint of darkness at the bottom left of the moon's visible surface turned to almost complete darkness by about 9:30 p.m. The moon was completely shadowed around 10 p.m., appearing with an orange hue.

The lunar colour show lasted for about 50 minutes before turning dark brown, then returning to its usual glow.

In close proximity to the moon were the evening's other two bright lights, the planet Saturn and Regulus, a bright star. Together, the three bodies created a stunning triangle.

According to NASA's Laura Motel, the exact color of an eclipsed moon depends on the amount of dust and clouds in the atmosphere.

"If there are extra particles in the atmosphere, from say a recent volcanic eruption, the moon will appear a darker shade of red," Motel wrote in a news release.

Science centres across the country, including the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto and University of Calgary's Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, hosted free viewing parties, offering telescopes for eclipse enthusiasts to view the proceedings up close.

With files from the Canadian Press



Well it all began last week when I got the call from my husband to say that Matt got hurt at school and that he was at the hospital. I'm like WHAT! And when did it happen and why are you just calling me!

Turns out Matt and his friends at school were playing King of the Castle on a small snow hill, his one friend pushed him and he fell and they heard his leg snap. Yes he ended up breaking his femur! The school called an ambulance (the first time ever they had to do that) and basically the whole school was around him. One kid thought he was faking and kicked his bad leg the little shit. I saw him at school yesterday and gave him a dirty look - you know the mom look.

He ended up staying in the hospital for almost a week. They kept him drugged up on morphine and tylenol till friday when they did his surgery. The surgery went very well the doctor said. He will be on crutches and/or a walker for 8-10 weeks and the titanium rods will come out somewhere between 6-12 months. He has along way to go.

He had alot of his friends come to see him as well as family. Lots of presents to keep him busy in hospital and once he got home.

My work has been great and hubby can work his schedule around mine. He came home on Tuesday and has been either in bed or on the couch. He's making up for his lack of computer time when he was in the hospital.

I am in the process of having the school get him a tutor so he won't miss much. He's out for at least 2-3 weeks and that puts him back around the March Break. No biggie then he's back for 4 days and then Easter.

We are just glad to have him home.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Still around

What a week! Cold weather and snow! You think its winter here in S-W Ontario! Oh! I guess it still is! hehe We actually got a foot and a half of snow on Thursday. I had the day off and didn't get a snow day.

I have been getting my box ready for the Misfit Cocoa Swap and I am having fun with it. I am doing it like I would the knitted tea swap so I hope its okay. I should have it out by Monday night as I work 7-4:30pm tomorrow.

With the weather the way its been I have been going to work and then home. Today its a -24C with the wind chill. Baby its cold out there!

Gotta go see the crying daughter. She bought the Kangaroo and the chocolate brown Horse and she mixed up the tags. She wanted to call the Kangaroo - Kangaroo Jack and the horse - Cocoa. Well the kangaroo is cocoa and she's freaking out. Plus I have to find the cord to my camera to download photos. I took the camera to WalMart to get a few for her project and I took a photo of the back 40 of the farm and printed it in black and white. Turned out gorgeous!

More later.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

first book read

I can finally post that I have read one book so far! I finished it on Feb 1/08 and its by Iris Johansen but can't remember the title. Will post later.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

A belated Happy Ground Hog Day

It was nasty last friday but we hit the road any way to go to the farm. It snowed, and hailed and when we hit Exeter we were thinking of turning around. Had some lunch at McD's and decide to keep going. I buried my head into a book and look up occasionally.

It took 4 1/2 hrs to get to Owen Sound and thats 1 1/2 hours more than normal but we got there safe and sound. Our goal... to go and see Wiarton Willie on Saturday for Miki's birthday. Nothing says lovin' than getting up to see a rodent on your daughter's birthday. Our son didn't go and he opted to sleep in. But hubby, daughter and I went and had fun. The tv cameras panned the crowd and the kids were on but when it hit the evening news at 6 and 11 it was the big kids that hit it, yours truly included. Thank goodness I looked enthused! lol Did the sausage and pancake thing and tried to find all the events that were going on hard to do when you don't know the town. I know where Timmie's is and to drive straight through to Tobermory but not all the side streets.

We got back around noon and Matt wanted to go to Harrison Park toboganning. So daddy took him and I stayed at the farm. He came back for Miki and I and we all went for a late lunch at Pizza Hut the all you can eat buffet. Definitely got our money's worth but didn't want my supper at 5:30pm (we finished lunch at 2pm). Pass the tums please.......

All and all it was a great day and I did a bunch of knitting. I finished a scarf on friday night, made 2 dishcloths on Saturday and finished another on sunday.

Hubby and I went snowmobiling on Sunday moring for about 1 1/2hr. WE figure it might be the only time we get to go and the trails are still not open. I guess you really do need a good dumping of snow for that and for it to stay! hehehe He went out again with his dad and Matt and we left around 3:30 to come home.

Now I am trying to catch the laundry up and other stuff and I am still tired. I watched a movied Sunday night till 11:20pm.... wouldn't be a bad thing but I'm up at 5:30 am so not alot of sleep that night.

Will post pictures once I download them from the camera.

Ohhhh and if we don't get this storm I will be finishing up getting my package ready for the hot chocolate swap that I am in. Can't wait to see what I get her and what I will receive!

Happy knitting! With these temps I could be gardening! hehehe

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Great American Knit Out

Vogue Knitting has a link to the Great American Knit Out.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Golden Compase Hat Pattern

I say this pattern on Froggie Meanie for the hat pattern from the movie The Golden Compass.

Here's the link.

Some more photos

When my mil, Mary, my daughter and I went to the Neudstadt Craft Show we stopped at an Alapaca Farm. They are so cute! Here are a few pictures of them. One even posed for me! hehe

Saturday, January 19, 2008

I got a nw computer!

I got a new laptop today! I really really like it! All night I have been moving pictures from one computer to another and I can say that they are all on one now! Yeah me! (Okay! I'm watching WAY too much of the sweet life of Zach and Cody).

Finally! Here are the photos from my KTS 4 from Finland. Heli really spoiled me!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Another day

Well like I mentioned in the last post we are finally repainting the basement. I am not sure I like the colour I bought last year (yeah its been a year since I bought the paint) but hubby is going to move his office downstairs and we will have a rec room done there. The Wii and a satelite and a small section maybe for me for my crafts. There is room in the closet for all my yarn. Yeah!

Will keep you posted and add pics!

I am a yarnaholic or a yarn

Last night while I was doing laundry I decided to straighten up some of my yarn. I had moved some from the laundry room to the rec room size - but since hubby is filling holes and sanding (today) I decided to move it back.

So I thought I'd see how much I have. Holy cow batman! At this point and I am not finished! I am sitting with 8171 grams of yarn. Not counting the three other totes full of yarn, nor counting the basket that I know holds 4 - 1 pound balls, nor does it count the dress bag that is full too. Also I didn't count yarn that was on the needles.

I think I have enough to last for awhile. I categoried it as well but I don't have it figured out on this paper but I do downstairs.

So I am confessing to be a yarnaholic or a yarn wh*re! I wonder how long it would take me to knit it all if I didn't buy any new yarn. hmmmmmm

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Photos of Christmas Gift and 2 finished projects

Here is a photo of the yarn I got for Christmas and the two scarves I just finished.