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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 55 years this February.

Friday, February 25, 2022

TRYING TO KEEP MY HEART AT PEACE

February is almost gone and I'm so behind in my posting.  Even though it's been a rough month for many, many people, it sure went by fast for me. The whole world is in an uproar and world peace is threatened by Russia invading Ukraine, but still, I feel peace in my heart and I trust in God.  Communism is trying to take hold of the free world. It's time for people to wake up and start praying.

Please pray for the poor people of Ukraine. 

  Praying with my Zoom friends every day makes everything bearable.


Very bad photo of me waiting to join the Zoom meeting.

I haven't been up to much this month except for praying, but I spend a lot of time watching live stream news from Ottawa and checking many different News Media, from left and the right and everyone sees things and interprets them with biased opinions which are normal and is expected so I won't get on my soapbox here and leave it at that. I'm just glad that no one died in the whole demonstration and that the Emergency Act here in Canada has been repealed for (now) at least, but some measures taken will stay permanent. Our freedom is shrinking more and more every day. 



I've been making my own bread lately and freezing it.  It fills the house with an aroma and I love sinking my teeth in hot bread with butter and molasses. Yummm. I wish you could smell this.




I splurged and bought a Cyclamen for Valentine and now I have to learn how to care for it. 

This is my very first Cyclamen plant. I hope I don't kill it by neglect.  I don't know how fussy it is.



I made some valentine cookies for hubby. In no time they were all gone. I made a few without icing sugar or sprinkles as I prefer them plain. I ate two and the rest just dissapeared.

Meanwhile, my poinsettia is still doing well and bringing me joy.


I had one Coleus seedling that survived on my deck last spring while the rest just baked in the sun. I had started them from seeds. I was very disappointed but at least, one survived.

This week, I took several slips from it and they are just starting to root. So hopefully, I'll have some coleus plants to put in my garden this spring.

I'm almost done working on my baby blanket. My rug is left untouched as my heart just wasn't into fixing my directional hooking while the country was in turmoil but it looks like the unrest is still going on elsewhere so I will pick up my hook very shortly since my blanket only needs a few more rows.



In the big wind, one of our tarp hay barns got ripped from one side to the other. Luckily, it is half empty and I presume it will be costly to get fixed.  We are still waiting for a response from the tarp barn company. 



That's all for now.  It's rather picture-heavy but since I don't blog often and a picture is worth a thousand words,  I think I better stop while I'm ahead.

 It's snowing today and I have some daffodils poking out of the ground in the back of the house but I didn't take any picture. It's only 23 days to spring. Yay!


Stay safe and well. Thank you for the visit and comments. I appreciate them so much.

Hugs,

Julia




Wednesday, February 2, 2022

MR GROUNDHOG PREDICTS AN EARLY SPRING

The groundhog didn't see his shadow today so maybe we'll have an early spring. At least, I didn't see the sun, I was kind of busy all day. lol...

It's warmed up today and is 3℃ or 37.4 ℉. tonight and I can hear water dripping off the roof. It's supposed to rain here and then snow. 

I really don't have anything to blog about today but I've decided to do a post anyway. I've been on Zoom prayer meetings and Bible study almost every day this week and my circle of friends keeps growing.

I somewhat managed to crochet a small section on my latest chevron baby blanket and I find that the progress is very slow because of single crochet.  The pattern is very simple but still, I have to pay attention as it's so easy to miss a stitch, and then I have to unravel a row. 

I have a whole large laundry basket full of crocheted baby blankets.  I still have a lot of baby yarn in pastel colors that I need to use up, then maybe I'll start crocheting some shawls and lap blankets for seniors or maybe, do other crafts.

I did some more hooking and tweaking on the blue mantel but still more tweaking to do but I can only do a little bit at a time. I'm sure you are getting tired of looking at it.  My loops are so uneven, maybe it is because I'm hooking with a #3 cut on monks' cloth but # 3 cuts is so much easier on my hands than #5 cut.

One area, I'm not too sure on how to go about fixing, where the directional hooking is not flowing nicely. Tweaking isn't my favorite thing to do and it takes time and perseverance and I don't like to rush the process. Then, I'll start on the background. I haven't decided if I'll make it plain or multi-color like the image. 



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Julia