Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Back to School ???

For a majority families around Canada and the United States, today would be the first day of public school but in our province teachers are still battling for an agreement and have technically been on strike since last May. Not only did the past school year end abruptly but this year's start date is very uncertain. Additional information here and here

Yesterday I heard  political journalist, Keith Baldry, say that he wouldn't be surprised if school didn't start until October. October??

I don't want to get too political on this blog, and there's plenty of information and opinions floating around, but bottom line - it's the kids that are suffering the most. Instead of the beginning of the school year being exciting for kids who get new stationery and new clothes, now they don't know what's happening, or have to wait to use it. They will have to make up for lost time, and it's very likely the school year will run longer next June as well.

And parents are left scrambling to find day care for younger kids as they return to work or regular schedules most likely without any holidays left after this summer (since school had also ended abruptly last June). What a terrible situation to be in - for the students, the teachers and the parents. What a mess!!

Back to School! has now been replaced by Back to School? 

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Monday, September 01, 2014

Lil Pink Sock

Any fans of Patrick McDonnell's cartoon "Mutts"?

Then you must remember the cat playing with his 'lil pink sock'?

Well I made a pair of them for a co-worker who's expecting her first baby in 3 weeks:


The stitches are tiny but the sock still knits up pretty fast! With only 30 rows for the leg and 8 rows for the foot. I made these out of an elastic cotton, I figured they would wash up really well, and stay on really well (since some babies can really fling those feet around) and she should be able to wear the for quite a while.

Unfortunately I had to make three socks because it wasn't until I was finished my second one that I found I had looped the yarn (by skipping a needle)


If it was for me, I would have left it but since the mom may want to roll down the sock it would then be visible, plus I didn't want her finger or the baby's toes getting caught on it. So I had to rip it all out and start the sock again.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Showgirl Embroidery/Molly Crabapple

What else do you do on a rainy long weekend? Well I do laundry and finish projects - after getting soaked to the skin in less than 5 minutes during today's dog walk.

Finished showgirl embroidery:


Embroidery stitching by me. Pattern by http://sublimestitching.com/. Artwork by Molly Crabapple. I encourage you to check out her page, her artwork is quite fascinating.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I'm cold as ice

When I was in Grade 4 kids in my class kept 'accidentally' stapling their fingers. It didn't make any sense to me so one evening after about the 5th kid in class did it, in the privacy of my bedroom, I intentionally stapled my finger to see if you could accidentally do it. I determined that all those kids must have been intentionally doing it to join in.

I have never been one jump on the bandwagon just because everyone else was doing it - that meant not wearing my thong well above the waistline of my jeans and not doing the macarena all way up to the current ALS Ice Bucket challenge.

It's not just about the challenge, I also have an issue with donating to some 'charities' - as they say, "if shopping cured Breast Cancer, it would have been done already". It seems  I am not alone, and just like me it took a while for those opposed to speak up about it - but here is one of the best explanations I have read so far. It comes from Discovery Channel's Mike Rowe - read his article here. He writes:
The spectacular success of the Ice Bucket Challenge is not the result of a conscious, collective commitment to rise up against a terrible scourge; it’s the result of a marketing campaign. Consequently, a foundation accustomed to working for decades on a million dollars or so in annual donations, will now have to manage a $75 million jackpot. That worries me, as it should anyone who has ever studied the fate of lottery winners. That’s not their fault, but it doesn’t change the situation, and I’m not inclined to challenge more people to send more money to coffers that are already overflowing....

and this as well
...The Ice Bucket Challenge is different. Here, people I’ve never met give me 24 hours to either write a check to a charity I’m not familiar with, or dump a bucket of cold water over my head. Tell me honestly – if that precise challenge arrived to you privately, via the US Mail, what would you do with it? You’d throw it in the trash, right? But a public challenge is not so easy to ignore. Online, everyone is watching. Your friends. Your co-workers. Your clients. Maybe even your boss....
...When it comes to asking people for help, I don’t like to put them in an awkward position. So the only challenge I’m issuing today is to Freddy [his dog]. If he can refrain from peeing on the floor, I’ll send a check to the local shelter. Beyond that, I’m staying dry.
See? I told you I couldn't say it better than Mike Rowe. So tell me  - did you do it?  and why?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mobile Fish

My bright and happy Mexican mobile:




My neighbour brought it back from Mexico for me. I just love the neon bright colours and it moves so easily in the wind. Aren't bright garden decorations so much fun?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Found froggie

During my dog walk the other morning, I come across two fairly large ceramic froggie planters at the end of a driveway. Do people do this in your neighbourhood - when they don't want something they put it at the end of the driveway in hopes someone will take it. Usually I find they put out junk but it does seem to disappear, so I don't know if others actually do pick it up, or if the garbage men take it.

By the time I returned home, I was still thinking about those frogs so I loaded up my garden gloves and a garbage bag to protect the car and drove back to the house when I had found them. They were still there, so I took them home. Sure they're a little cracked and missing some feet, but I stood them amongst the plants and no one's the wiser.

Isn't he adorable?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Garden Mystery

After I pruned some branches in my garden, I discovered this in a neighbour's tree:


What is it? I haven't seen any birds going to it, but it does have pieces of string, and the ribbons from balloons and even strips of the neighbour's tarp. Perhaps birds built it, but now wasps took it over?

I can't figure it out at all. Any ideas?

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