Sunday, June 19, 2011

This and That

You probably have to be Canadian to appreciate my excitement over this piece of news.  We now have an American ship to address!!!!  Sandra, Lee & I split the cost of a U.S. shipping address in Niagara Falls, New York.  We can now take advantage of all those great free shipping offers available to Americans that we Canadians never get to enjoy.

The possibilities are endless…fabric, batting, Ebay and Etsy orders, magazine subscriptions, coupons, thread, Sephora and much more! 

Since Sandra & I usually go to Buffalo about once a month anyway, we can pop in to the facility and pick up our packages.  We’ll save the cost of the address on our first shipment each!

The construction quilt is almost ready to go on Tillie but I won’t bore you with more pictures until it’s quilted. 

Instead, I’ll share some pictures of my babies that Ian took yesterday.


I love this picture, even although he looks so sad.


Just chilling out enjoying the sunshine - you can see Leo’s roses in the background.  Roses that I have to water every day while he’s gone as well as all the other flowers!!!!!  I HATE watering the garden.  I HATE dragging out the hose.  I HATE rolling it back up and I HATE that I have to do it for both the front and back garden!  It also doesn’t thrill me that I have to take the garbage and recycling out too while he’s gone.  I know I’m spoiled but I like it that way :-)


Molly doesn’t look too thrilled to be woken from her nap.  I have no idea what all that crap is on the window – it looks like it’s filthy, but you’ll just have to take my word for it that it’s not – honest!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Construction is Almost Complete

My construction quilt is almost finished.  I still have 3 more borders to go on, then it will be ready to go on Tillie.  I’m not looking forward to that part.

Construction Quilt 002

This has been a fun quilt to work on and I’m really happy with how it is turning out.  I just hope Alex is as happy when he gets it for his 3rd birthday which is fast approaching.

For those of you with a memory better than mine, I told you about my Ticketmaster woes in my last post.  I’m pleased to report that they refunded my money in full and agreed that their website was misleading.  Woooo Hoooo – with the money we saved (wink) we’re going to see “9 to 5” in a couple of weeks.

Leo is leaving on Friday for a ten day fishing trip.  While I’m sure I’ll really miss him, I am looking forward to some uninterrupted sewing days and just having a sandwich for dinner if that’s what I feel like. 

I don’t have a whole lot to say tonight, so I’ll leave you with this quote that my friend sent me today.

Constant use will not wear ragged the fabric of friendship – Dorothy Parker.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Under Construction

This quilt is so much fun to do and I love how it’s coming together.

Construction Quilt 002

There is a large section in the middle that I’m starting work on today.

Yesterday, Sandra & I had tickets to see Cabaret.  We’d seen it before, but both of us love musicals and are always game when they come to town again. 

When we arrived at the theatre, there were a lot of kids in costumes in the lobby, but since this venue has multiple stages, we thought they must be appearing in another area.  When we received our program and glanced at the inside we immediately knew this wasn’t the Cabaret we came to see – it was a little kids dance recital!!!!!

We left our seats and I went to the box office, but was told that since I bought the tickets from Ticketmaster, I would have to talk to them.  I called them immediately, spent 35 minutes on hold and was told they would have to e-mail someone but they would call me back in about an hour.  Naturally, I didn’t hear from them.

When we got home, I checked Ticketmaster’s website to see how we could both have been stupid enough not to notice.  Turns out, on this occasion anyway, we weren’t stupid – the reviews are all for the original Cabaret and no where on the website does it mention that this is a dance recital.  I’m not letting this one drop – I’ll be on the phone as soon as they open this morning threatening them with false advertising if they won’t give me a refund!

On a sadder note, there have been a lot of tears shed around here this week.  Miss Annabelle, or fondly known as Miss Annie had to be put down on Wednesday.

Miss Annie

It’s a bit of a long story – we adopted her 11 years ago from Animal Aid.  We were told when we adopted her that she was about 2, but when I took her to our Vet, he thought she was more like 7.  She lived with us for a couple of years until we started having some major renovations done.  She hated the disruption in the house and was visibly upset every day when the workmen appeared.  My Mum, who had just recently lost her cat, offered to take her until the work was finished. 

When the work was finished, my Mum had fallen in love with her and begged me to let her keep her.  Since Miss Annie wasn’t overly fond of Ben, and as hard as it was to give her up, I let my Mum keep her.  I cried buckets for weeks.

When my Mum went into hospital early last year, my Aunt took Miss Annie as I knew she wouldn’t be happy in our house with both Ben & Molly.  She captured my Aunt’s heart as well and lived her final years with her in the lap of luxury with her every whim looked after.

While always a picky eater, a couple of weeks ago she stopped eating completely and the the Vet told us it was her teeth and there really wasn’t much we could do.  On Wednesday, I took her for her final trip and she died in my arms.