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!

AJ

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!

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunny

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!

AJ

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

SAL Update

It always blows me away how fast three weeks can go!

I have been doing a lot of knitting but have gotten some sewing and stitching done. My mom was in town so I got my last little stitch project made into a bookmark and sent off for my friend’s birthday and two project bags made for another friend’s birthday.

Right now I am busy stitching on Hello Summer by It’s Sew Emma and trying to get it done before June 21st. Last night I actually sat down and counted up stitches as it seems to be taking forever when it looks so small. I found out there are about 2300 stitches in the project and I am done 692 of them so I have a ways to go. I just need some brighter days so I have the light to stitch on Navy fabric! It has been grey, rainy and cold here.

This is where I am so far- not very exciting so please check out everyone else’s projects!

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

SAL Update

Oh my I almost forgot! I have been busy stitching and knitting away. I finally made a list of the projects I have coming up and their timeline and this one happened to be next on the list. It didn’t take long to stitch but now I have to fully finish it and that always takes longer. First I have to get up the courage and then I actually have to do it!

It will be made into a bookmark and sent to my oldest friend for her birthday in June.

This is my second small piece in a row and I do have one more small piece kitted up. I’m hoping that if I get the project bag made with my last bigger piece maybe I’ll start another bigger piece!

Make sure you check out everyone else’s beautiful projects.

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

SAL Update

Oh my, I almost forgot! It’s probably because I finished my most recent stitching project and have nothing other than my temperature tree on the go right now. I will share a picture of my recent finish which was a birthday present for my dad.

This is from a very old copy of the Cross Stitcher Magazine. If you are wanting to know which it is, ask in the comments and I’ll go looking. I used the called for DMC and the only changes I made were to leave the bow off of the top of the head and to change the placement of the words so it would fit in the frame.

It was a quick stitch and he liked it:)

Make sure you check out everyone else’s projects:

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

SAL Update

Woah I almost missed posting because I had a goal before I did so. Note to self: don’t make goals 🤣

I am working on Real Comfort by Modern Folk Embroidery. I am really hoping to have it completed by this Sunday and I think it is possible. I have altered the pattern by leaving out all the alphabet at the bottom and by leaving out the death dates.

My friend has already stitched this and I am happy with how it is coming along on 32 count ivory Lugana.

This is where I was last time:

And here is where I am this time:

I have two rows of words left and a double border, but the border is just a single row of stitching so it shouldn’t be a problem.

I already have another project in mind so I need to get going and get this done!

Make sure you check out all the other stitchers as there are some wonderful projects!


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