Friday, 31 July 2009

Beach, Peanut and Fishing

We had a lovely time at Cobourg beach yesterday. It wasn't too hot and it didn't rain (and I only got a teeny bit burned). We spent about 4 hours there. The water was freezing!

Here are some kid pics. The boys decided to dig a deep hole...

a really deep hole...

Ok so he was on his wasn't that deep :)

Today DH & DS went to Rice Lake to go fishing. DS caught a large mouth bass - his first.

Learning to fillet it.

And deciding he likes bass.
And finally some pics of Peanut yesterday - she really missed us when we were at the beach so she needed lots of cuddles when we got home. As you can see, she like to cuddle.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Extending long weekend

This weekend is a long weekend here in Ontario. Both DH & I also booked today and Friday off for an extra long weekend.

In a couple hours we will be heading to the beach - it is not super hot out today, but at least for once in the past several weeks, it is not raining!

I went to Walmart yesterday to buy some fabric to make my son some PJ shorts only to find that they had built a brand new Walmart Superstore (can you tell I don't go to Walmart very often? I never even seen the construction) and they have deleted the fabric department completely!

I had to be satisfied with buying a couple small bundles of fat quarters that I plan to use on a new lap quilt - more on that later. They don't even sell thread anymore!

I will head to Value Village and then Fabricland tomorrow for DS's short fabric. I am hoping I can find a nice old sheet that DS likes at Value Village. Fabricland is now that only fabric store around and their prices are crazy high.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Rag quilt update

So I've worked a bit more on the rag quilt.

Here are the first 3 rows of 8.

Not the neatest quilt but it is going to be used at my son's soccer games when it is a bit chilly (like now!), so I am not too worried about neatness.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

A very late swap post

I joined a sewing swap at Down to earth months ago. We were to make pot holders & a tea towel for our swap partners.

My partner never replied to my emails and so I was given another swap partner who was abandoned by their original partner.

So we were both late getting our packages out and then realized neither of us had taken photos of our creations before mailing them.

So here is what I received from Melanie. I love the colours and isn't that flower sweet?

I'll post what I sent her when she sends me the pics.

Managed to get a bit of sewing done

I had cut these denim squares years ago...literally, out of old jeans.

Several weeks ago I bought a 5 pack of flannel fat quarters and decided to finally get around to making that denim rag quilt I always wanted to. So I cut them into 6x6 squares.

And then I did nothing with them.

At 9pm this evening I decided I really had to get back to doing some sewing. I just haven't had the time or energy since I have been back to work.

So I started sewing flannel to denim. This is what I have so far. The flannel side.

And the denim side.

More to come...soon I hope.

Been surfin

the net that is....

Things I've found and liked.

Error messages in Haiku

This sandwich sounds bad for me but I still want to try it.

Quilt Blogger listings by city

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Very long and photo heavy post - Gardening :)

On Thursday DH & I decided we would put in a garden after all - a little late but so what.

We decided to build two raised beds in the back yard and cut a garden in the front yard.

So that day we went and bought the wood for the raised beds and the various plants we would need. We also ordered 5 yards of triple-mix, a maple tree and a cedar tree to be delivered on Friday.

Tomato & peppers plants

More tomato plants and some others for the front bed

A couple clematis and these red flower bushes DH really likes.

A couple baskets of impatiens in pots for the front step.
The front bed with the sod cut outThe sod pile out back (that's the dogs' pool :))
The side of the house is horrible with weeds.

DH built the first raised bed

On Friday morning the soil was delivered along with the trees we bought.

The dirt pile with only a bit taken out

Our Deborah MapleSide garden filled in - we'll plant hostas here later
While I was raking the dirt in this area, I smelled gas.
That's a gas meter smack in the middle there.
We called the gas company and all of us (dogs included) sat out
back to await the gas guy. When he showed up after about
20 mins, he used an instrument to check for a leak,
which he found, tightened a fitting and left - took all of 5 minutes.

The front garden with the new cedar tree and soil in the bed

Raised beds filled with soil - they hold a LOT of soil

We decided to cut another small bed for the
clematis in the middle of the back fence
DH planted all his veggies in the 2 raised beds
Dirt pile getting smaller

After buying the supplies on Saturday, DH built
a trellis for my clematis to grow up

They are pretty tiny right now though

DH planted the red flower bushes in the corner of the yard -
coincidentally, the flowers growing through the fence from our
neighbour's yard are the same plant.

This is what they will look like when in full bloom - we had to stop
and take a photo of some we were driving by, so that we knew what to buy.
The front garden bed all planted - kiddo helped me

Small blue & purple flowers planted between the rocks - kiddo helped here too

Although DH hauled all the dirt to the back yard, I helped rake and fill the beds, dig out sod and plant. Friday night I could barely move, my back and feet hurt so much.

The weather was actually quite nice, warm without being hot and there was usually a nice breeze as well.

We still have to plant the tree, but that will wait until next weekend. And the side garden will get hostas once my friend splits a few of her hostas up. We also have a large amount of soil in the backyard that has to be spread to level an area that used to hold a pool. That too will wait till next weekend.

It was a lot of work, but the results look good. Now we just have to remember to water each day :)

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Happy Canada Day!

We finished Peanut-proofing the backyard today and so, let Peanut out to go wild.

Here are a few new pictures of her and a video of her with her leash and one with Kodi - they are both quite tired now - they continued playing for some time after the video stopped.