Monday, August 7, 2017

Oh Summer

Summertime has been flying by.  I'm noticing a small change in some of the leaves already.  Willows and Poplars are showing a bit of a golden tinge.  I'm fine with it though, since Autumn is my favourite season.

It's been fun around here.  Rob is just getting back to work tomorrow after having some holiday time. Andrew, Chantal and Thomas came to visit for two weeks so the time just flew by.  I loved having a seven year old in the house for two weeks.  I'm still in granny training and Thomas was just the guy to get me ready for a grandson.  There was bug "daddy long legs" catching.  I had to hold a little container just freaking out that the four spiders and one ant would get out and crawl on me.  Then there was spider watching.  Freaky!  Best of all was the feeding ants to spiders by dropping them in the web.  Funny how my girls did none of this.  ;)

There was lots of quiet visiting.

Thomas is still a shark fan.

There was Lego building.

There was game playing.  Sequence is an amazing game!

We took a short road trip south.  First we went to Drumheller to visit the dinosaur museum.  Thomas taught me stuff about dinosaurs that I never knew.

Then we went to the Calgary zoo.  There is a new Lemur exhibit and we had our photo taken with the mascot.

Then we made our way to Banff.  Took a trip up to Sulphur Mountain.  There was smoke coming in from fires in B.C. so the view was not the best unfortunately.

We managed to spy one lone mountain goat!  Score!

Here's Thomas playing by the waters edge in Banff.  Looking for critters.  Eek!

Lots of B&W's this time around.  Rob has a new film camera and Andrew has taught him how to develop his own negatives.  The digital camera has taken the backseat. I love the B&W's and am looking forward to a new look in my pocket pages.

I'll try not to be such a stranger.  I've taken to Instagram and have been documenting the day to day there.  You can find me at jennifershaw417

Hoping you are all having a wonderful summer!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt

Well it wouldn't be summer without a list of photo prompts to get us out and taking photos.  We love the challenge of keeping our eyes peeled for just the perfect opportunity.  This summer I'm playing along with a list provided by Mary-Lou of Patio Postcards.  A big thank you to Mary-Lou for coming up with a very interesting challenge and hosting us all.  Today is the first link up.  Well I have to say that I am off to a slow start!  LOL  We've been busy with boring house projects.  Next month we are doing some travelling with Andrew, Chantal and Thomas and we'll be on the hunt.

So here are my two photos!

#1 Something Fuzzy

I think that I will forever be a lover of dandelions.

#23 Something Powered by Wind

These wind turbines were photographed just outside Pincher Creek Alberta.  It always amazes me to think that wind can create energy.

Best of luck with the hunt to all the other participants!


Thursday, June 22, 2017

I've Left You Hanging

So it's about time that I get back to this much ignored blog of mine.  Last time around I promised an update on the grand baby gender status. Well I've been shopping and this might give you a hint!

We are all super excited.  Here's Baby Boy Barazzuol at 20 weeks! I look at this photo a lot.  LOL

So what else is new around here.  Well this granny phase has me knitting more baby hats.  This one is for the baby.  It is 9% cashmere and is so soft!

I've also been working on more baby hats for charity.

We had a recent trip away with the girls and husbands.  We went to Waterton National Park.  It is in the southern part of Alberta very close to the Montana border.  It is a beautiful spot.

But it was so windy!!  I think it should be called "Windyton".  The hundreds of wind turbines as we approached our destination should have been a tip off that we were in for a windy kind of time.  For the first day I kept waiting for the wind to die down.  By the second day I lost all hope.  By the third day I noticed a shop on the main street named "Gust Gallery" and realized that it is just a windy place.  Looking back, I really should have figured this out sooner!  LOL  I don't like the wind.  I hate that feeling of my hair blowing all over my face. (Rob has no idea how annoying this is.)  I also find the sound of howling wind to be unsettling.  It makes me anxious.  My mother was the same way. Here's a windy shot of us after a  windy hike.

In other news, Thomas has been entertaining us with his teeth falling out.  He lost two teeth in one day!  Here's the first photo we received.  It came with a really gross loose tooth video too.  LOL

Next thing we get this photo just hours later!

I think he looks adorable with that pumpkin smile!  He saved the Tooth Fairy a trip.

I also have some news on the scrappy front.  I'm changing directions and have decided to give up creating 12 x 12 LO's.  I'm taking a simpler approach with documenting life solely with pocket pages.  These will be simple and flat pages.  I'm talking Project Life cards, washi tape and some stamping.  I've been creating LO's since 1999 and had the courage to count my albums last night.  I have a total of 67 albums.  These are mostly 12 x 12 albums and some 8.5 x 11 albums from early on in the journey.  I didn't even count the mini albums.  Having said that, I am excited with the idea of being able to get a years worth of photos in one album!  I have exactly three sections left on my Ikea shelf that houses my albums so I'm in business for years!  LOL Bring on the grand baby photos!

The scrappy room has been dismantled.  It is now a spare room/man cave for Rob.  Some supplies went to family and friends. The remainder is in a garage sale at my LSS, Treasured Memories.  Any proceeds I get from my sales will give me a store credit which will help stock some more Project Life supplies!  I'm feeling minimal!  My new system fits in one credenza and an Ikea cart!  I'll keep you posted along the road of this new adventure.


Monday, May 29, 2017

On a Fine Spring Afternoon...

It really is the perfect afternoon.  The sun is shining and there is a calm breeze.  It's warm but not too warm.  So what's going on around here?

Outside we have been busy.  Rob and I have decided to really try to embrace our high maintenance yard this year.  Instead of complaining and putting off the weeding we hope to focus on pride and curb appeal.  We'll see how long our motivation lasts.  ;)

Geraniums always last into the fall on my front porch.

We decided to put another pot out front for a pop of colour once the clematis is done blooming.

We even got super eager and planted a few annuals in the front beds.  Mostly we did it because every time we plant a new perennial it seems to die by the following spring.  This seemed like a cheap way to fill up some bare spots.

The hostas are up and I wish they stayed this trim and neat all season long.  Nature does tend to be unruly and it just goes against my personality.  ;)

Inside I have an orchid blooming in my kitchen.  My plan is to try to wait it out once it stops blooming and see if I can get it to bloom again.  I have a habit of putting them in organics once they get ugly.  It will be a challenge I tell you.  LOL

We are trying out a new hand soap scent from Method.  It is a really nice kitchen scent!

On the crafty front I'm all about the baby hats these days.  I have found a place to donate them!  They put together baskets containing clothing and some books and stuffies to outfit a newborn up until one year old.  The items can be new or gently used.  The items are colour coordinated and they are given to new mothers in need.  Such a great idea!

And so the baby yarn stash has been growing.  Yikes!

My scrappy desk has looked like this for the past month.

Yes there isn't much mojo.  I'm in the middle of a double LO of Thomas.

I do enjoy seeing this smiling face as I walk by.

I just started reading this book.

It interests me because I love having a peek into what women's daily lives look like in other cultures.  Not sure I'll embrace getting up at the crack of dawn to make Rob a hearty breakfast before he heads out to work at 6:30 am.  Nor will I be cleaning in my good clothes to make sure I look presentable throughout the day.  And I know for sure that I won't be serving up a three to five course meal each night.  Yes it sounds delicious.  Soup to start, then  meat,  potatoes and veggies, followed by a salad.  Then for dessert a homemade tart and then a selection of cheese.  How do these women stay so slim?  LOL

And on the iPhone front I am continuing to text!  Yes I am now officially moved into 2017.  I've driven most family members nuts with my emoji... except for Susan.  There really is an emoji for everything!

Lastly, we find out on Wednesday the gender of Lisa and Steve's little one.  Lisa is half way there in her pregnancy and feeling great.  She looks so cute with a little baby bump.  I'm just giddy waiting to find out if I'm having a granddaughter or grandson.  I've been seeing "pink" since the beginning.  I'll keep you posted!


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Is This What Crazy Looks Like?

The neighbours might be talking about me.  They might be saying, "We always thought she was a bit off but now we know for sure."  Yes that might be how it goes when they see me out on my walk with the pups.  Here's the story.

Lady has a bad leg.  It has been getting progressively worse.  She is an old girl of 14 years and the two medications she is on don't seem to be giving her much relief. In the last year we have shortened the length of her walk significantly.  Unfortunately this has shortened Maggie's walk also.  Might I add that Maggie needs her walks because she is a fatty.  But it is really hard to leave one behind.  Either way, one dog is missing out on something that they need.  Lately I have had to carry Lady home.  She would just stop walking and sit down on her sore leg.

So I decided to take the plunge into crazy and buy her a pet stroller.  We gave it a whirl in the house and she seemed quite happy in it.  Then Maggie wanted a turn and Lady followed along until it was her turn again.  Today we took it out for a spin around the neighbourhood.  I took Rob along in case I had troubles keeping Lady in it and managing Maggie on the leash at the same time.  Well it went super smooth.

I let her out three times to sniff around and feel like a real dog instead of a "baby".  On the third time out she just sat on the grass waiting for me to put her back in it.  She seems happy as a lark to just sit looking out and spend some time sniffing the air.

Now Maggie can enjoy some longer walks and Lady doesn't have to be left home alone away from the pack.  It's a win win!  I may be subject to some drive by mocking but I'm okay with that.  I don't mind looking a little bit cray cray if it makes a better life for my pups.  :)


Monday, May 15, 2017

Tiny Knitting

I took a break from knitting yet another baby blanket to knit a baby hat!  Look how tiny it is in newborn size!

The yarn is a wool, acrylic and nylon blend but is so soft that it almost feels like a cotton.  Lisa has a thing about wool being itchy so I know that she'll feel good about putting this on her little one's head.

Now I'm making one in the next size up... baby.

This tiny knitting meant a trip to the good yarn store to buy tiny needles.  This granny thing is a lot of fun!  I am thinking of making some in  the premie size to donate to our children's hospital.  A future project for my charity knitting.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

To the Baby Department!

It has been a long time since I've hung out in the baby department.  I forgot how much I enjoy it.  I love the colours.  I love the patterns.  I love that everything is so tiny.  I've been picking up some essentials and some non essentials.

Washcloths and a towel and burping pads and bibs.

Some little spoons for a little mouth.

A little hat with a pair of booties and mittens.  Little hangers, some in tardis blue!  And just incase Little Blueberry enters the world with an immediate need to read a book... I'm gathering a library of sorts.

The world of baby has opened up for me!  While thrifting I found the Mickey Mouse dish for $1.  It was brand new and I love that it has three separate compartments that are nice and deep.  I also thrifted the Peter Rabbit book for $1.

The flannel burping pads and bibs are handmade.  I found them at the Butterdome Spring Craft sale.  All of those baby booths that I used to walk on past were fully investigated. It was so much fun!

Lisa is 17 weeks along and we find out at the end of the month what the gender is.  Then I'll be looking for baby clothes!  Yay!


Friday, May 5, 2017

Just Random ~ This and That

We are enjoying a "summer" day here in Alberta.  It feels so foreign.  It was still snowing two weeks ago.  I did catch myself complaining about how hot it was today.  LOL  I'm not really a hot weather lover and 29c is out of my comfort zone.

I've been knitting.  I finished the Tardis blue baby blanket.

Now I've started one in pink... just in case.  I am really loving this yarn from Estelle.  It is a 50% washable wool, 40% acrylic and 10% nylon.  It is so soft.

Rob celebrated a birthday.  This card from Lisa perfectly describes her feelings for him.  She will forever be a daddy's girl.

I'm feeling grateful to have these on my kitchen table.  Oh yellow.....

So I've been trying to move on into 2007 and actually use my iPhone.  Texting still seems long and tedious but I have found the perfect motivator.  My emoji!!  It's like stickers for the cell phone!

I have an update on my Canadian Geese.  Although I haven't been over yet this week, last time I checked in I could see that not only is this goose being left water, but some kind of grain also.  People are kind and it makes me realize how much our wild life and nature mean to many. You can see just how tiny her spot really is.  Imagine having cars parked on each side!

I'm starting to feel some scrappy mojo coming on.  It could be just in time for National Scrapbooking Day tomorrow.  I know I'm getting ready to play with paper when random items I see on my travels seem like the perfect scrapbooking supply.

Here we have:

~Paper doilies that were placed under our fancy ice-cream dishes at Joeys.  My family all know to quickly hand over the doily before food gets slopped on it.  And... why does everything taste better when it is served with a doily?

~The packaging from my new cell phone cover along with the bag it was given with.

~An advertisement postcard.  I'm loving the colours and paisley pattern.

Wishing you all a great weekend with some time to celebrate paper!


Thursday, April 27, 2017

How Do They Decide ? ~ A Canadian Geese Story

Well it is springtime in Alberta, which means that we are still wearing our winter jackets, there is snow on the ground and each day it threatens to snow or at least it rains a bit.  But... this doesn't stop the Canadian geese from coming back in March.  I love spotting pairs of geese.  Some are still milling around together and some are already sitting on eggs.

I know that they return to the same nesting spot each year.  So, how do they make that original decision on where a good nesting spot would be?  Around here, the lucky ones hang out at our cemetery.  There aren't too may humans to bother them, there is a great pond to swim in and best of all, the staff keep baggies of food to feed them in the office.  Frequent visitors know to go in and ask. These geese get really excited to see humans, after all there could be a snack involved.  It is a really beautiful spot to live.  I consider these geese to be the "upper income" geese.  Then there are the "lower income" geese.  These are the ones you see nesting on the side of a busy highway next to a shallow slough.  Why hang out there when there has to be a better spot and why return each year to the same crappy location?

This year I have spotted a pair in the worst spot ever!  Mama is sitting on her eggs, on top of a low juniper shrub,  in a small curbed area in a parking lot right next to a parking stall.  I mean the nest is about a foot away from where a car would pull in and park.  The building houses Rob's chiropractor and many other businesses and is somewhat busy.  It just makes me sad.  Papa hangs out on top of the roof of The Superstore, which is one building over, or sometimes he hangs out in The Superstore parking lot.  Why choose to nest there?  How are those goslings going to stay safe and not get run over?  Where is their water source?  Upon chatting with an elderly lady who lives in the old folks home nearby, where Rob's mother lives, they have been nesting there in previous years.  Don't they want a better life?  ;)  The geese who hang out in the better parts of town have ducks for neighbours.  Today Mama had a crow sitting next to her nest and last time I visited it was a seagull.  So sad.

I was laying in bed the other night thinking that the owners of the building should barricade that one parking stall off so that this poor family can have some peace and quiet.  I'm clearly not the only person who is worrying for this couple.  I spied a plastic Cool Whip container filled with clean water sitting near the nest.  A makeshift water source supplied by a human who doesn't realize that the female will briefly leave the nest to eat and drink.  Papa will keep the eggs warm while she is gone.

I will continue to visit the nesting area when I'm in the neighbourhood.  I'll keep you posted.  I guess it could be worse.  Each year we hear stories on the news of couples who decide to nest on a roof top or the balcony of a high rise.  No worries though, we call in the firemen to rescue the babies.  It is just what Canadians do to protect the Canadian geese.  I guess it is true for all living beings that life is not as easy for one as it is for the next.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Oh Johnny

I saw John Mayer last night in concert for the third time.  I seem to think when I saw him last in 2010, I did a post and named it the same.  LOL  I do love me some Johnny.  He just gets better every time I see him.  It took some time but I finally dragged Rob into my world of Johnny and now he too is a fan.  We were lucky enough to get fifth row seats on the floor.  We stood through the show but it was well worth it.

So we finally got to see the new Rogers Place in Edmonton.  We are late to the game.  Yeah we don't get out much and never went for the community viewing when it first opened.  I was really looking forward to seeing this beautiful piece of artwork in the Ford Hall.  An amazing mosaic by Alex Janvier.  It almost seemed disrespectful to even walk on it.

While waiting for the show to start we took our obligatory concert selfie.  I think we might be getting just a bit better at the selfie photograph.... I think.

My newest favourite song, Emoji of a Wave, was played.  Very exciting as he hasn't played it in every show.  Score!

We got to see the John Mayer Trio live and they played a cover of a Jimi Hendrix song, Bold as Love.  Score!

It was a really fun night.  Now if I could only convince my little brother, Andrew, that John Mayer is amazing.  It will never happen.  LOL

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