Monday, April 21, 2014

So I was just walking Eco when a man with a cane stopped to pet her and tell me how nice she was. He started to tell me how he had a Catahoula and how he learned to train dogs when he was in the military. I then learned about his African Grey Parrot and two other birds that he has. I also learned about his 14 years in Marines and the time he spent fighting Escobar's men in Colombia; about how he was writing a book but he was doing it on line and then the CIA stopped him and put him on a 'no fly' list; he ended up giving up his US citizenship in trade so they would leave him alone and now he writes the book - he's been writing it for 2 years but has only 78 pages due to panic attacks and post traumatic stress disorder. He's 52 and all his family has been in the military all the way to the US Civil War (fighting for the North of course). He's from Brooklyn (although had no accent at all) originally and how he came to my little community outside of Vancouver is, apparently, a long story.His son is currently in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Jp says I should just walk away from people like this. Judging by all that I know he figured I stood and listened for about 15 minutes (which was true). I find it hard to be rude to people even if they are strangers and I politely wait for an exit opportunity. Does this ever happen to you? How long do you stand and listen?  Is it my fault Eco's so dang cute that everyone wants to pet her?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hoppy Easter

Wishing you all a Happy Easter! *

Time for some Easter Yoga
Yoga Bunny by Brian Russo

*(assuming you celebrate - if not, you can still do yoga) 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Some projects

Here are some cross stitch/embroideries I have been working on -

This one is still in progress

Sorry I didn't iron them yet. It's harder to see them when you're distracted by all the wrinkles isn't it? They are for my mom. When I'm done there will be a total of 10 and she is getting them framed in two horizontal sets of 5. I hope I can show you the finished framed pieces one of these days.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Yarn Bombed (Again)!

Remember the other day when I found some local yarn bombing? Well lookie what I just found (the pink and blue attachments to the park bench):

This one is about 1/2 kilometer away from the other one, but similar colours so it could be the same person. It's extra fun when you run across it on a rainy day when no one else is around)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunny Gardening Weekend

Well I did get out there and garden on Saturday. In fact, I was out there for about 6 hours. And it was another glorious perfect spring day on Sunday too, so I was out for about 4 hours. Saturday I put together some pots an planted some seeds. Then I worked on edging some garden beds and tidying them up. I discovered some extra plants and some plants are missing - like a wonderful viola that should've been up by now and seems to have disappeared under a pile of fern leaves. The only good thing is that the viola likes to travel and I have found little plants in other parts in the yard so I hope they will be able to establish themselves.

I also moved two roses that may have been a mistake. One has been overgrown by the wisteria and couldn't even bloom since it was robbed of light and water - however, thanks to those wisteria roots it was IMPOSSIBLE to dig it out, so I used my fingers to get ahold of as much root as I could and pulled. I sure hope it can regrown in the new place. It'll be so much happier where I moved it.

And that's basically my weekend- almost all of it outside and almost all gardening. But I'm so very grateful for the wonderful weather - it's been a few years that we've had an April like this one. One more day of sunshine and then it's back to rain for the rest of the week. But I sure am looking forward to the Good Friday holiday! And Easter this weekend, I can't believe it's already time for Easter. It's just the two of us, but we'll make it special somehow

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hurry up - there is work to do

Today it is a beautiful, gorgeous spring day. It is the perfect day to get out and garden and many people already have. During our morning walk there were many people cutting and raking and pulling weeds etc. But I woke up tired and achy and with a little bit of a headache. And I don't feel like gardening at all. Not one bit.

So presently I am finding other things to do, but I know that I will just have to get out there and start. Start something. That usually does the trick. I am old enough to know that if I just get out there and start something I end up starting many things and next thing I know 5 hours will have flown by and it'll be time for dinner.

Do you have that? Where your mood doesn't match with the weather or your chores? Usually for me it is the other way around - I try and fool myself and say "gee, I totally would have painted the house if it wasn't raining today" or "aww, too bad it's raining, I would have mowed the lawn" or "I would have baked cookies if we had eggs".

Okay, time to be an adult and get work done. I know. I know.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Yarn Bombed

For years I've heard of,  and seen photos of, yarn bombing - sometimes in some very famous places, such as these:

And sometimes whole groups have put them together and you hear about a type of 'flash mob' descending upon a location to decorate a public place or space. A couple of times over the years, my sweet brother has clipped a photo from a newspaper and mailed it to me, showing me another inspiring knitting or crocheting story especially about yarn bombing and as a knitter and crocheter myself I've always enjoyed seeing them - mainly because they are usually so very colourful. Just google "yarn bombing" and see all the images that come up.

So then you can imagine my surprise that I came down a side street in my residential neighbourhood, in a little suburb outside of Vancouver to discover this walkway fence had been yarnbombed with multi-coloured hearts! So neatly done, in three little rows :

I love it - SQUEE! Isn't it fun?

            well I thought it was.

(ha! I didn't realize that Eco was in this photo too--she's probably 
wondering why I was standing there facing that fence)