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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 57 years this February.

Thursday, November 17, 2022


 Today November 17, already.  How can that be? Time is slipping so fast, it makes my head spin. November is my birthday month and I noticed that I'm not getting any younger but that's how it's supposed to be according to the natural law. I'm trying to live my life the best I can with what I've got and do as much good as I can while I still can and have some joy in the process. It's a choice I make while the world is turning the wrong way.

I looked in my iPhone library for recent photos of what I've been up to in November and I'm getting slack about taking photos. Here's what I found.

My slow progress on Madonna of the Street. I dyed some wool for the background and I'm trying to get it to look dark but not too dark. I started with a color around the outside of the halo and now I think I might have to change it as it not what I had envisioned. I'm satisfied with the rest of the mottled dark. I may leave the color in and change the direction of the loops. 

I baked these Jam jam cookies but instead of rolling the dough flat and putting raspberry jam in between the layers, I did it  the lazy way and make them as thumprint cookies. My husband love molasses cookies. The raspberry jam came from  Eric, a friend who has a raspberry patch. 

Some of my blogger friends share beautiful sunrise and sunsets on their blogs but I never take time to do that until now.  Darkness comes so early and I captures this just before the sun dissapeared for the night.

I had two Halloween pumpkins which wasn't even carved and I didn't want to waste them so I saved the seeds and stems and made pumpkin preserves with the rest. I don't usually make pumpkin preserves. If someone want to use these stems, just let me know.

While washing the seeds I couldn't help but see the pattern and movement in the seeds. It reminded me of hooking a background on a rug.

I made two batches with a Bernadin recipe I found on line. It has pineapple and golden raisins and lemon juice. My husband loves it. 

By the time I cut the second pumpkin, I ran out of white sugar and decided to do make due with what I had and used light brown sugar. I made my own recipe and used less sugar. It was pretty good and not as sweet. I put the bottles through a boiling bath in the canner for 25 minutes to finish off. I can't believe I'm still canning in November.

Some people have started decorating for Christmas so I put my Christmas wreath on the door but no picture. Our snow is almost all gone but is still hanging on. 

Stay warm, safe and happy. Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends.

Sunday, November 6, 2022


What a fun day I had in St Andrews even though I only knew a few people from our hooking group, I got to meet most of the rug hookers from all over the province and beyond, by going around the tables and asking them if I could take their pictures with name tags so I could remember them for when we meet again. They were all so cooperative and nice about it. I also asked if I could post their pictures on my blog and they all said it was ok.

The three and three-quarter hour drive to St Andrews by the Sea was very pleasant and I saw a total of three deer on my round trip but thankfully, no moose. The weather could not have been any better. It was warm and sunny.

I took a lot of photos of people and Kimm took some photos of the amazing baskets of prizes which I hope she will share on her blog. There were a lot of great prizes but as per usual, I didn't win anything. lol...

Rosie was the little blonde rug hooker Mascot and made her mom proud by being so well-behaved.

Not to be undone, mascot Ebony also made her mom proud by being well-behaved as well but she was a little camera shy. (I hope I got her name right...)

I didn't get the name of this lady as she didn't have a name tag but her hooking was exquisite
 and she is with the HRHG rug hooking group in Fredericton, N.B.

Again this lady is from the HRHG group and I forgot to ask her to show me the name tag 
so if Kimm read my post, maybe you can give me her name. Her rug is going to look great.

Sharon Cahill from the HRHG group was working on her mug rug. 
I hope I'll see her again soon. Having pictures will us to remember.


This lovely lady is Bev F.  She's a member of the Tea Room Rug Hookers group from Sussex N.B.  
When I asked her if I could take her picture, she recognized me from my blog and said yes and then told me that she has been reading my blog for a long time and she knew all about what I share on my blog.
I was so delightedly surprised that she read my poor neglected blog. 
This alone made my trip to St Andrews worthwhile. I hope I'll see her again soon.

Pat Neill was on her lunch break so her rug is not in the picture. 
Pat is a member of the Carnegie  Hookers, from St John N.B.

Lynn K. is also on her lunch break and is a member of the Carnegie Hookers.
I could not make out her last name as the name tag came on blurry in my photo.

This is Jean McBride, a member of the Carnegie  Hooking group of St John N.B. Again, 
I've missed seeing the rug she was working on since she was on her lunch break.

Gwen Henry,  a member of the Carnegie Hookers, St John N.B. graciously allowed me to interrupt her lunch to take her picture.

This is Della Ackles of Della's Rug Hooking and she came all the way from Amhurst, Nova Scotia to be with us. She was hooking on a metal mesh basket with strips of wool.  I was very impressed. Della owns a rug hooking studio where she sells and dye wool.
Della was the winner of a huge basket full of goodies. She even got a nice bottle of wine.

Lynne was eating something that looked very yummy. Lynne is a member of the
Newport Loopers of Nova Scotia. I'm so glad you could join us on this beautiful day.

The name is partly hidden by the hair but I think her name was Shelly Myers of Amherst.  If I'm wrong, I apologize.  I did not have the name of her group.  Maybe Kimm, can help me with this. 

On the right is Kimm of Evening Matters,  Fredericton N.B. Kimm is the contact person for our group. 
She is the one who invited me to join her group of rug hookers this year. I met Kimm through a friend's blog. She keeps our group informed on rug-related events and is doing an amazing job. Thanks, Kimm.

On the left is Lita Lewelyn member of the HRHG,  and also a member of Evening Matters of Fredericton N.B. Lita is the mom to the little four-legged blonde rug-hooking mascot you saw above.

This is a member of the Quoddy Loopers of St Andrews, who hosted this hook-in. 
Since she didn't have a name tag, I'm at a loss to remember her name. Kimm, maybe you can help me with the name. 
She lost her sister Sandra to cancer and was giving everyone all of Sandra's wool worms (and there was a huge, huge amount), also lots and lots of patterns, and rug hooking magazines so we could all have a part of her sister spread over New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. This was so generous of her. I took home lots of wool worms and magazines. Thank you for sharing so generously.

This is Mary Jones, the contact person for the Quoddy Loopers of St Andrews.  It's so nice putting a face to the lady I contacted to register for the hook-in. Such a lovely lady. I'm sure to return at the next invitation.

Again, I don't have a name for this member of the Quoddy Loopers of St Andrews, N.B. since she didn't have a name tag. I hope to get to better know her next time.

This beautiful smile belongs to Susan Waddy of the Quoddy Loopers of St Andrews N.B. and I'm loving her sunflower rug. 

This is our well-known and beloved  Doris Norman, accredited teacher of the Pearl McGowan and  The  Rug hooking Guild of Nova Scotia and an incredible artist. She is also the mom of the little four-legged black rug hooking mascot you saw earlier.  Doris is a member of the HRHG group and also of Evening Matters. 

This pretty lady is Audrey Norman and a member of the Quoddy Loopers of St Andrews N.B. with a fistful of wool worms.
Check out the dog bowls on the floor. 

Another happy rug hooker, showing us her beautiful rug in progress. Cindy Needler of the Quoddy Loopers, St Andrews, N.B.

Lynn Kozak of the Quoddy Loopers, St Andrews N.B. showing her little work of art. I should have asked her what the red thing was.

I don't know who this lovely lady is or from which group she belongs to,  but I'm in love with her partridge in a pear tree rug. 

This is Theresa Bogle of the Carnegie  Hookers of St John N.B. I'm sorry, I cut the top of her head off but I was focusing on her name tag so I could remember her name.

The only gentleman among a sea of rug-hooking women. Alen Tibbetts member of the Carnegie Hookers of St John N.B. I wish I could show you what he was working on. 

Another member of the Carnegie  Hookers of St John N.B., Lori Landry as her name tag clearly shows. Lori is a friend of Theresa Bogle. Somehow the picture came out of order. 

Ann Christenson of SussexN.B. I assume she is with the Tea Room Rug Hookers.  She is working on a Christmas punch needle piece. 

This is Dorothy McDonald and I have no idea to which group she belongs but she was definitely enjoying her proddy project. Look at those wide strips.

Krista of Evening Matters, Fredericton N.B. was our only seller and was doing a brisk business with the help of her husband in the background. She kept him busy measuring and cutting and folding.  Krista is also a rug hooking teacher and was announcing the upcoming rug beginner course.  I came home with a lighter wallet. Sorry, I didn't take pictures of her gorgeous wool and supplies.  Ironically, Krista lives near my home but I had to go to St Andrews to buy her supplies. 

Finally, a selfie of me to finish this post. I'll show you the little progress I did on my Madonna and Child in my next post. I promise a much shorter post and I apologize for the length of this post but I wanted to keep all the photos together to get familiar with all the happy rug hookers.
Happy Hooking everyone and thank you for allowing me to take your photos and be part of this project. I'm very grateful.

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