Friday, July 19, 2019

Kinda Quiet Week

July 16th

Found this on Cdnquiltswappers.


Well I'm finally at PanAm Physiotherapy having my sciatic pain assessed.  Ooohhhh stupid me!  I went to visit Auntie Adeline and kicked my permanently fat baby toe into her wheelchair stopper and think it's sprained or broken once again!  Dang toe is gonna fall off one of these hard knocks!  Then I walked home from Riverview before the bus passed me in Osborne village - 4.5 km in 55 min. 

July 17th

That really hurts today and I'm walking again but slowly running errands.   SHEESH!!!

OMGG I think I'm gonna go nutso sooner than later!  ๐Ÿคฏ  Not only am I worrying about another vehicle, but I've just picked my European River Cruise for next year and the travel agent is checking into it!  Glad my trip to Mississauga was booked with Airmiles before all this happened!  So my trip to the bank for the CRV and cruise sounds promising!  WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF?   ๐Ÿ˜œ

July 19th

We're out and about again at Banh Mi King Vietnamese Restaurant, chauffeuring compliments of Dianne.  OK I know I took a picture of our half eaten shared ice cream dessert compliments of Jeanette but it's not here! ๐Ÿคจ


I finally made a decision and made a deposit today for my celebration of my 65th next year!  I've picked the European River Avalon Cruise that starts with two nights in Paris then a fast train to the port to board the ship!  That's seven nights cruising north to Amsterdam and hopefully a number of days there with Margreet before heading back home.  WOW!!!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

This Week's Catchup

July 9th

Feeling sad and having my favourite at Boston Pizza, deluxe and chardonnay with my book and games!

Well it's official!!!  MPI has written off my baby!  ๐Ÿ˜ข  I've picked up all my possessions.  I've not heard yet from MPI, but Pembina Autobody called to let me know they'd received a NOT APPROVED fax for repairs. They offered their assistance if needed for a fair settlement, but I'm hoping I don't have to fight too much!  I was told yesterday to Google for similar vehicles just in case and that I've on file now if needed!  Maybe Urban Garage might help with this too as they'd serviced it the last two years.  Lucky I've an appointment at the bank already for next week, so hopefully decisions won't be too hard to make!

July 10th

Dang it, I totally forgot to get a picture of Nancy, Stefan and I at Carnival last night for a lovely Brazilian dinner!  It was very tasty but if I go again I'll make sure to get a salad as the hot sides cool off too fast.  The BBQd pineapple slices heavy with cinnamon were too die for and a palet cleansing too! 


And talk about a surprize, they treated me to supper plus a TappCar ride home in the rain!  Thank you very much Nancy, Stefan and Hamish for that treat!  I took a cab there costing $13 whereas TappCar was only $9.56 all fees and tip included.  WOW!!!!  Plus this ride home was in a spanking clean and like new Lexus compared to that cramped Prius.  I checked with the driver about going to the airport from my place and he said he'd just did a drop from Carlton St by me and it totalled $15.  Will definitely be booking that for sure as I quickly set up an account last night.

July 11th

A lovely walk to St Boniface Clinic to pick up my prescriptions and to the Forks for a healthy brunch from Tall Grass Prairie before heading home.










Well after lunch I heard from MPI and they've offered me slightly more than I paid 3.5 years ago plus in the higher end of those I looked up for sale.  I'm going to accept that offer and start looking for a slightly newer CRV.  Finally some good news from MPI - heard lots of not nice ones!

So after that I met Edna at Polo Park and we went for an hour walk together and ended at A&W for an ice cream float!  I feel a lot better even though not happy losing my baby!



Ohhhh gosh I think this is what I need in my parking spot!


July 12th

OK it's official, MPI offered a good deal so I signed it this morning!  Now I'll have to take my time checking out some newer Honda CRVs and hopefully find a good car at a descent price!  I can tell you that making appointments via Wpg transit stinks especially in yesterday's heat, today is a little cooler.  So enjoying just a gyro while waiting for my massage!


I gotta shake this down mood or I'll be very sorry soon! ☹

July 14th

Yesterday was a quiet day dogs n cat sitting in air conditioning! 

It's been sooooo hot in my south facing brick building that when I finally fall asleep and it gets cooler towards morning that I sleep in! Well not only sleep in but slept THROUGH a rain storm too with windows open!  Talk about water in the parking lot - HUH???  OK I finally caved and installed my vented AC unit.  This time it's anchored to the window casing and the actual window edging besides duct taped. So hopefully it won't detach itself this year! What a difference even in the first hour!  Good as I need to bake beet leaf buns tonight yet! UGH!!!!


Monday, July 08, 2019

My CRV and I are Both Sick!

I just got a call from the autobody shop this morning and talk about a bubble buster! Apparently there is lots of 'internal' damage and the estimate was submitted to MPI for $12,400 - way more than I paid for the car - and is it really fixable and safe to drive? Now the shop is waiting for MPI's approval or not!

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Finally It's Cooler!

Good morning!  I was a little slow getting up and slower than other days working too but I did finish off the two things left over from the other day!  And now resting on the front deck listening to the birds etc.







Breakfast is finished and I'm back outside on the front deck with a second coffee for the first time in two weeks.  It's even coolish as I've my light hoodie on!  Why couldn't there have been more of these mornings at least???  I HATE the heat unless I'm in the lake!!!!!!




Well I'm finished with yardwork for a long time I hope!  I used that hand soil twister or tiller that is fairly easy to use and loosened huge chunks from along the garage flowerbed. So I gathered them up and left the ditch digging to Sylvia for whenever she's able to or others arrive to help out.  Then Sylvia went uptown briefly and I asked for an O Henry bar and that was awesome after working.  Sylvia trimmed the tree branches touching their car and I bundled up the branches ready for disposal.  Just as we were calling it quits she remembered the beans needing staking so we did that quickly too.  That led to us thinning the beets and ME getting beet leaves for my beet buns later this week - YUMMY!!!




Going home tomorrow and find out if my car is fixed or what the story is! ๐Ÿค”

Friday, July 05, 2019

July 4th n 5th

July 4th

Well that was a lovely few hours sewing with quilters at Tammy's Studio!  I even completed sewing and pressing Sylvia's larger fussy cut squares for her newest 5-yard quilt!  While there one of the ladies had a tin with fabric and a pattern inside!  So afterwards I stopped into The Quilting Trunk and bought one for myself!  I happened to find a tin I liked with a pattern n fabric colours to my liking that was also on sale!  Makes up a 26" finished table topper.  Yahooie!!!


Then home in time to finish off cutting up rhubarb for Sylvia before tackling my kit! ๐Ÿค—

Hey Sylvia made the CKDR news photos posted to FB for the Canada Day pancake breakfast. There was a shot but too broad to see our table and friends.


Happy 4th of July celebrations to my American friends!  We just watched Macy's fireworks display - WOW they sure blew the year's entertainment budget with those blasts!   WOW!!!


July 5th


OKAY this is the first time that I agree with ny sister Florence that I'm insane to cut up perfectly good fabric into small pieces, then resort and sew them back together.  Yep that's how I feel today BUT I'm hoping the end result is worth the chore!  She also said that when I golfed, crazy to hit and chase a tiny ball sometimes into the bush!  Ummm who is golfing NOW and enjoying it???


Oh and today we picked up more mulch and finished the willow's enclosure and I was up early again and started on cleaning up the garden enclosure of encroaching grasses and weeds, I'll finish that tomorrow. 



Now just to pound in fence posts and wire it around the backyard flowerbed and finish off the drain pipe ditch!  That's probably all we'll get done before heading to Winnipeg Sunday morning.

After supper it cooled down some so Sylvia and I dismantled the temporary chicken wire fence, weeded the small flower bed and I added more dirt, dug up from the drainage ditch yesterday - recycling.  Then I pounded in the 2x2 and 1x1 posts and we reattached the chicken wire quickly as mosquitoes were buzzing around us.  Enough for today!  A revel for a treat!  Soon back to squaring up my HSTs!

Phewie!!!  Hope that neighbour's yappy dog got sprayed by the skunk that was trying to stink up the house!  Boy I betcha you didn't see two crippled ladies race up the basement stairs so fast, as we raced around closing all the windows.  Len didn't know what was going on with us until he got a whiff then said what I did - first forest fire smoke then stinky skunk!!! Glad it's cooled off some at least!

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

July 2nd & 3rd

July 2nd

OK, Sylvia pointed out there wasn't enough contrast so I changed the dividing lights on block #23.  Yes I like this much better.
#52blocks52weeks



And a few weeks ago I came across online the Wyoming Dragonfly Block Tutorial by Persimon Dreams and found this awesome dark blue batik at the Quilting Trunk and knew it would work.  The only thing I changed was the wing blocks I drafted up as paper pieced blocks - worked very well!


July 3rd

We're overheated BUT very happy that we've completed the drainage ditch, attached the lower fencing and laid the landscaping fabric in place.  The only thing is we ran out of the red mulch but that might be picked up later today and that major task will be CHECKED OFF her list!  DANG I wish I had a Steigl Grapefruit Radler right now!!!!  I'll stock up for the summer when back home!


OK guess I'm feeling guilty that I'm going sewing at Tammy's Studio tomorrow with some of the Dryden quilters!  See this morning's workout wasn't enough, NOOOO, I had to go out after supper again!  This time to dig a 5"×5" and 8 foot long ditch away from the house for the rain pipe to lie just below ground level.  That was tough but I did it and now am stretched out feet up relaxing.

Monday, July 01, 2019

Happy Canada Day! ๐Ÿ

June 30th

Well no gardening so far, but breakfast out with friends.  Then home to return to order last week's painted guest bedroom and then we relaxed.  Sylvia prepped some mending, I pressed her Canada Day hanger and then stitched the faces for the last three hedgehogs before posting to the Lacemakers group.


Happy Canada Day from Sylvia, Len and I!  ๐Ÿ Tomorrow we're all off to pancake breakfast, maybe the dragon boat races and then the fireworks!  Enjoy your celebrations!  ๐Ÿ  This is Sylvia's hanger, mine's still a pattern but I hope to make it vertical.


July 1st

It was lovely that Sylvia and I got a picnic lunch together and drove off to see the dragon boat races - but from the comfort of the car out of the sun.  We then drove to check out the vendors but 99% of them were for the kids.  But I did get closeup pictures of the boats before heading home to cool off.






What better supper than fried Walleye today! And while escaping the heat in their basement, I was sewing up my Canada blocks #22 and #23.  Just need to wash some new fabrics and I can finish off block #24 too!  Just waiting for the fireworks now!
#52blocks52weeks



A grand finale to Canada Day!  ๐Ÿ  Finished block #24 and enjoyed the fireworks!  While waiting for the fireworks Sylvia and I were going through previous blocks and found two I need to redo.  Wonder what ALL the deer in this city thought of the noise!