Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Playing Through

My DS and DD took the girls to a Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Putt Centre last evening.

I stayed home because there are too many things to trip over at one of those places.  But the girls had a great time!  My DS did too.

The place is very dark and black lights are used.  It makes the area seem surreal.  Everything is very colourful.  Here is my student taking her turn.  They didn't keep score, but just had a fun time.

It was impossible to take photos inside because it was so dark, so here is one my DS took outside of the building.  Will the next Tiger Woods please stand up.

Only a couple more days before the girls leave for camp.  I wonder what we will do this evening.

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Pink Scarf - Finally Something is Finished

I usually spend the summer months, knitting and crocheting mitts, hats and scarves.  The children at the school where my DD teaches often come to school in the winter without the proper accessories to keep them warm.  That is where I come in.  I make a lot of hats and mitts that they can wear.  Here is a scarf that I started a long time ago and just finished this weekend.  So glad to get it off my needles!  I think a cold, little girl will like this.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cooking Japanese Food for Us

We thought it was going to rain today, so we stayed home and the girls cooked a delicious meal for us.

Sorry, I can't tell you what the dishes were because I have forgotten already, but everything was fantastic! And not only did they cook the meal, they also cleaned up afterwards.

On our way home from my DD's house it started to rain and thunder and lightening.  The storm is growing increasingly intense and now I am fearful that our power will go off.  So I think I'll go to bed.  See you tomorrow.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

At the Beach

The weather man lied!  It was actually a wonderful day.  The air was warm and the water was too.  After we ate our lunch we went for a swim.  Just testing the water here, folks.

We played some games.

And sang some songs.  This was practice for Monday when the girls have to sing at a community centre.

All too soon it was time to go home.  But we had a fantastic day.

The Beaches Jazz Festival

We try to go to the jazz festival every year.  It's a lot of fun.  Lots of music, entertainment, food and people! I love to go 'people watching'.  Queen Street is closed to vehicular traffic for about a kilometre.  We walked and walked and were totally exhausted by the time we got home.

But this morning we can sleep in.  (Well, not me exactly. I always get up early.)  and today we will be able to relax on the Beach at Sibbald's Point Provincial Park.  (That will be me doing the relaxing!)  Maybe we'll play some ball, Frisbee or badminton.  If the lake is warm enough we can swim or just float around on air mattresses.  I think I will take my hexies along so I can do a little stitching while sitting on the beach.


Friday, July 25, 2014

This Year's Students Have Arrived!

If you have been a reader of my blog for a long time, you will know that we try to host some Japanese students each summer.  This year is no different.  It is such a great experience!

The girls attend school during the day, to increase their knowledge of the English language and to see the sights in and around the Toronto area.   In the evening they stay with us, to experience what we do in our day-to-day lives here in Canada.  They arrived on Tuesday evening, but I have not posted anything until today because I kept forgetting to take photos.  And you know that I don't like to post anything without a picture.

But last night we took a walk along Lake Ontario out in Ajax and I remembered my camera!   It was already starting to get dark, so please excuse the poor quality of my photos.

We walked along the paved path that goes along the lake.  It's a wonderful area.  Lots of wildlife and birds. We even had a coyote cross our path.  The geese were talking to us from the lake below.  One of my DD's friends met us at the park.  She has a 1-year old daughter who just learned to walk by herself two weeks ago.  The girls loved looking after her.  I had trouble keeping up with them on the walk, so my HD (who came along) and I sat on a bench and enjoyed the nature all around us.  The others continued on the path.

Hopefully I can add some quilty stuff when I do my Japanese student blogs in the future.  But I have not had much time to sew lately.  I hope to find some time today.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Some Works in Progress

Oops, I haven't posted anything for a week.  Not much sewing has been going on, but I have been working on a few things, a little each day.  First are my hexies from The Hexie Blog.  I have appliqued May and June onto a background fabric.  The basket for April is not finished.  I am also experimenting with the sashing.  I think I will do the HST that I sewed between May and June.  I kind of like them.  What do you think?

Then there are my POTC blocks.  I have been working on these when I need to unwind  I cut out the pieces during the day and sew them together while I watch television in the evenings.  

I put a round of white hexies around the first block.  And I discovered something!  The blocks are made up of 24 coloured hexies.  This part goes pretty fast.  But then there are the white hexies.  There are 24 of them too - for each block.  The white doesn't hold my attention as much as the colours do. So I am having to persevere in order to get them sewn on.  I am going to have to set a goal for myself.  Like 12 white hexies before I start a new block.  That way I may get them all done before I run out of steam.  I am also experimenting with the joining squares.  I was going to make them colourful, but I think I will make them all a dark blue in order to save my eyesight.  All those colours are just too much!  

So there you have it!  My summer projects for 2014.  Both are English Paper Pieced.  And I love them both! There will be lots of machine time when the cold weather comes back and I have to stay indoors.  

I am going to link up with Audrey at Glory Be Quilter, who is taking over for Angie this week.  She has a give-away too.  So go there to see some more hexie love and maybe win something.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Zucchini Bliss

My zucchinis are growing like mad.  I went out yesterday, after not seeing any baby zucchinis on my plants on Saturday, and found another 9 huge, fully ripe zucchinis!  My fridge isn't big enough for this!  So I started to look up zucchini recipes, especially ones that can be frozen and I found many.

It was cool and rainy this morning, so I made a batch of zucchini muffins.   They turned out fantastic!  I also grated several cups of additional zucchini to freeze for future muffins.  Right now I have a pot of zucchini soup on the stove and a zucchini bread in the oven.  I think that will be enough for today.  But tomorrow I will make more.

I was able to finish the centre part of the Rosewood Cottage quilt.  Yesterday, while at Walmart I found a piece of light blue fabric that will work for the inner border.  I have already started to applique the outer border, but there still is a lot to do.  This is what I have so far.

And here is another pretty lily from my garden.

It has stopped raining and my cooking is done, so I am going out into the garden.  These wonderful blooms don't look after themselves!  I noticed some red lily beetle larva on this plant and I want to take them off before they eat the whole thing.  The Red Lily Beetle is an interesting bug, but very detrimental to lily plants. I wrote about it here.

Have a good day!