SAL Update

Thankfully I have been busy because this certainly keeps up on me.

I have been keeping up on my temperature tree by Stitchin Mommy. I’m a little disappointed that with this continued hot weather, it isn’t going to be symmetrical, but oh well, it’s still pretty!

I have also been moving ahead on my project for my dad. I keep thinking I’m almost done because I only have two words left, but then I remember about the skull and cross bones and the ship and the huge border!

I did finish something too! I tried my first Mill Hill kit and it certainly won’t be my last! I know it took me about a week, but obviously I didn’t get to work on it every day. My mom asked me how many hours it took me and I have no idea. I have one more kit so I will keep track of hours with that one. They make a fantastic gift though as they don’t take long. This one is for my friend who plans to buy a hobby farm after her retirement in June.

I will need to bring home some felt from school to fully finish it.

Finally, my mom and I are starting a SAL! Earlier this year I had done a hello summer stitched piece for her and we have bought a hello fall piece to stitch now. She is doing it on 16 count for my door and I am doing it on 32 count for her door. I’m a little worried about her arthritis, but if she finds it uncomfortable, I will just do both:)

I unfortunately don’t have the cover picture for it, and won’t even bother with a picture this time as all I’ve done so far is one row of thirty red stitches- so not exciting!🤣

Of course I’ve also been doing my knitting too. It’s so difficult to balance the two hobbies that I enjoy so much along with my reading habit! I really need to retire so I have time for all of my hobbies!

Please make sure you check out all the other amazing projects!



AJ, Cathie, Linda, Helen, Connie, Cindy, MaryMargaret

SAL Update

We’ll it’s a good thing I had this today or no stitching would have taken place! Truth be told, I have mainly been knitting the past few weeks because I have just gone back to work and it’s busy and stressful so by the time I get home at night, I don’t feel like I have the energy to stitch, whereas I can knit in a circle on a sock.

I am happy to say though that I am up to date on my temperature tree by Stitchin Mommy. I should say though that the colour key I am using is off an online resource as hers didn’t really suit our west coast temperatures.

Sorry for the not great photo- it is so sunny in here today it is hard to find a spot without shadows. I will be oh so glad to see the start of cooler weather!

I am still working on my beatings piece for my dad and I have my next door pattern as well. However, I was going to ask for this group’s help. My colleague is retiring in June and getting married in July and I figured those were two big enough events to warrant some stitching. My thought is that I can stitch something and the staff can pay for framing as her retirement present. She loves reading, flowers, birds and cats and she is hoping to buy a hobby farm after she retires. Does anyone have a suggestion for a pattern that could be done in 8 months???

Make sure you check out the other wonderful stitchers!


Megan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, AJ, Cathie, Linda, Helen, Connie, Cindy, MaryMargaret


It is our first rainy day in about seven weeks and I am loving it!!!

I went for a walk with friends and didn’t melt!

I didn’t look funny drinking hot tea!

I got to bake my sourdough bread in the middle of the day!

I went and got ice cream and didn’t have to wait in a line up!

I have been knitting, cross stitching and watching podcasts and don’t have to feel guilty!

Rain makes for a great day in my book!

SAL Update

Shucks- I’m a day late! I hope I’m not too late!

I went to a Bard on the Beach performance last night and with leaving to visit my parents incredibly early tomorrow morning- my time has been crazy. I knew I was going to forget something:(

I have been continuing to stitch on my temperature tree and still loving it! I have to admit, I am so ready for the weather to cool off though!

I have also begun a new project. This one is for my dad as when I saw it, I knew it was perfect. He has said this saying a million times during my childhood, so now it will become a pillow for his birthday present in March.

This is how far I am:

Hopefully I will get more progress on it when I get home so I will have more to show on the next update.

Please make sure you go check out everyone’s progress to see the amazing stitching!


Megan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, AJ, Cathie, Linda, Helen, Connie, Cindy, MaryMargaret

Smart or Bossy

I am loving it up at my brother’s house- well not really but it’s much bigger and cooler than my little condo. I’m actually here to look after the dog while they are away.

This dog refuses to go for walks, but will chase a ball for hours upon hours. This morning I threw the ball for an hour and then decided to ignore him while I sat in the shade knitting.

This is what I got:

His mommy says he’s bossy and his nanny says he’s smart. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

I say he’s obsessed!🙄

Best Laid Plans

I had a plan and got one post done and then my summer turned sideways.

I will state right away that nothing horrible has happened, some of it would probably be considered good, but it has all made for stress:(. Not exactly the type of summer I had planned! I am down to my last few weeks of summer and today is really the first day that I have felt stress free in a while.

But let’s forget about all that and talk about the last few days.

This week I had a workout on Monday and had a snack lunch with two friends from school. Her driveway was horrendous and I was a little afraid Sparky (my new car) wouldn’t make it up or down, but we did and had a lovely visit in between!

Monday night I left with two of my running buddies to visit two other running buddies. They are actually the couple that taught me to run and they moved to the coast about five years ago. We visited the first two years and then missed three due to Covid.

It was a lovely visit! We hiked at Hidden Groves the first day which has 21km of beautiful trails to walk ( they’d be fun to run too)! The second day I went for a run with Dennis in the morning. It was a lovely trot along the waterfront until he suddenly took off. I ran after him and turned the corner to see the Starbucks sign. I knew that man was obsessed! The final day we went for a walk at Trout Lake whiz was very green and quiet:). Along with the exercise was amazing food and good visiting ( though I had forgotten how much my friend talks- quite a change from my silent condo)!

We went out for dinner on Wednesday night to El Segundo which was amazing! Lots of gluten free and vegan options and I am still dreaming of the corn chowder and shrimp tacos I had:)

Thursday we made the long trip (only due to traffic) home and I got another workout in.

Friday I started with a short run and a massage and then met up with two friends to visit a street market two towns over. It was okay- though the lineups were horrendous, there were too many people and I paid $5.25 for about 1/3 of a cup of ice cream!! Ugh we’ll chalk it up to quality time so I forget those parts!

Today was lovely! I have done laundry, blocked a sweater and two pairs of socks, knitted a cowl for my niece for Christmas, got caught up on my temperature tree stitching and started a cowl out of my new knitting book. I also had a nap, made bread from my sourdough starter discard (good taste, but not cooked enough) and watched plenty of flosstube and knitting podcasts.

Tomorrow I run and then start house and dog sitting for my brother’s family. I am hoping life will continue calmly for the rest of the month though!

Have fun!


SAL Update

I didn’t know whether I would get done in time to get this post up on the right day!

I have been doing a temperature tree by Stitchin Mommy this year. I had gotten half the trunk done at the start of the year but have been rushing to do each branch just before the month started. I decided this had to change and so have been working to get all of the branches stitcher before I go back to work.

I am pleased to say that all branches are done and my leaves are up to date!

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this project, but I really do love how the leaves change branch to branch.

It’s now time to start the next project as this one doesn’t count as a project. The next one will end up being a pillow for my dad.

Make sure you check out everyone’s progress in this group as they are all amazing stitchers!


Megan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, AJ, Cathie, Linda, Helen, Connie, Cindy

SAL Update

Boy weeks go quickly. I am visiting my parents so don’t have much to report. I will simply give you pictures of what I have finished lately.

My second version of Hello Summer by It’s Sew Emma. I like the purple in this one and the size better than the one I made for my mom. I’ll have to try and exchange it on her!

I got the project finished for my friend’s birthday. I changed quite a few of the colours to make it look like my friend’s bike. I wish I had also changed the font as I don’t like how the two words aren’t the same.

Please check out the other stitchers in the group as there are some fabulous projects!

Avis, Claire, Gun, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, AJ, Cathie, Linda, Helen, Connie

Vacation Week 1

Maybe with no work I will actually have some time to write.

This week was the first week of vacation and it has seemed busier than I was expecting!

It started right after work last Thursday with a staff gathering for the end of the year and one of the teacher’s retirements. It was fun, but I have to admit that I was too exhausted to really enjoy it.

Friday was the first real day of holiday and it was Canada Day. I ended up checking out a local festival with one of my oldest friends. It was a little weird as I spent most of my childhood at this festival, but I have to say I wasn’t impressed with their new version. They had some activities for the kids and they had plenty of companies and organizations happy to take your money, but there really wasn’t a whole lot for adults to do:(. We ended up continuing on to the ice cream store which was amazing as usual.

Saturday was a quiet day at home and on Sunday I was home other than for my run n the morning. I had to go around a park that is uphill both ways!

Monday I had a massage which was great as I’ve been having some neck pain which is unusual for me. It turns out I need more stretching than usual with the extra weights I’ve been doing.

Tuesday I had a run with Dennis around the river and then a pedicure so that I was no longer embarrassed to wear sandals. That night was neat as I met friends to go axe throwing. I am not a natural, but did get it to stick three times. I think it would be a really good date activity. Unfortunately my night went downhill when we tried a new restaurant and they gave me the wrong bowl and I ended up with a dairy incident:(

Wednesday I checked out a new coffee shop with a friend that I have not seen for a year. We are both teachers and it was July last year when I last saw her. It was great to catch up and we will try for one more before she’s off to Europe to see her boyfriend for the summer. That night was knit night which is always a good time!

Thursday I celebrated my summer vacation with the Sunday morning crew by having Chinese food. This is a big deal for me as until now there has been no gluten free Chinese food anywhere around me. It turned out there was no dine in option (though their website said there was), but that wasn’t a big deal- we just went back to Brenda’s. The food was awesome!

Today I have gone for a nice long run on the dyke this morning with Dennis and then had a leisurely coffee. It was great to feel good on my run and to do 7km. Lately every run has been just 5km and the lack of mileage has been getting to me. Maybe by the end of summer I can be back to my regular 10km!

I also got boxes for my parents today and finished both of my current stitching and knitting WIPs.

All in all, nota bad week. Hopefully I’ll be back next week to tell you about week 2.

Have fun!


SAL Update

Ugh it has been a time trying to post this! One problem after another!

I have finished a recent project and it actually got fully finished as it was a birthday present for my mom.

The pattern is Hello Summer by Its Sew Emma. It was fun to stitch and didn’t take long. I am not fully happy with how the white looks on the navy fabric, but oh well, it got done. I’m also glad no one on here will be able to inspect my finish as it as well isn’t perfect, but is done.

I made my mom help choose the finishing fabrics and she didn’t know it was for her. I plan to do this pattern again for myself, but I want to use a hot pink instead of the red. If anyone has a suggestion of a popsicle pink DMC colour, I would appreciate hearing it. ( Hopefully I can get into comments!)

I seem to just cross stitch presents lately as I immediately started a present for my teaching partner for her birthday in August. It shouldn’t be a problem to get this done as I am about a quarter done already.

The pattern is called Adventure Awaits by AnnaXStitch and I got it off Etsy. I have changed most of the colours so that the bike will look like my friends’ bike. I am also thinking about adding the words “on Peggy Sue” at the bottom as that is the name of her bike.

Well I think that’s it for me right now. I can’t wait to see everyone else’s projects.I am four days away from holidays, so will actually be able to look and read posts then!

Avis, Claire, Gun, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, AJ, Cathie, Linda, Helen, Connie