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Living in a Snow Globe

It has been quite warm for Canada so far this winter. We got rain recently that cleared our snow away. One day that Quebec got slammed, I posted the picture below to show my friend that we had none. However, todayB912D7CD-0432-41F8-B9EA-0956B4D60FCC (January 17, 2018) I live in a snow globe. Beautiful flakes coming down slowly with not wind. It hardly ever happens that we get a storm and no wind on Prince Edward Island. Too bad the camera did not pick up the pretty snowflakes. I am home sick so the softly falling snow is lulling me to sleep this afternoon. So pretty.

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New Year Plans

I manged to do one more CAWcreations Podcast before the end of 2017. I have really loved this and look forward to continuing it next year. It was a great way to review the knitting and designing I have completed. Such a busy year, so much learning and fun. I am so excited to see what everyone else thinks of all my hard work so far.

Today is my first day back at the university. Students are back tomorrow. There is so much to do but it is the cycle of it. I love the school calendar and planning for the new semester. Here is to being an excellent support to our students and professors. We have a newly renovated space that I am looking forward to using. It all looks so clean and new. I even have a new office. My plan is to clear out the unnecessary “junk” and start the space off with only necessary stuff.

Now for new year plans, NOT resolutions because those never work for me. I plan to…

  • Make time for a walk each day,
  • Meditate when I feel stressed
  • Make healthy choices most often

My word for the year is:

ho·lis·tic
hōˈlistik/
adjective

Philosophy
adjective: holistic
  1. characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
    • Medicine
      characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.

New Trail at Strathgartney Provincial Park

Saturday morning I finally managed to get on the Bakery Bears POP Live event. The hardest part of the whole thing was figuring the time difference (yes I am that person that always confuses time zones). It was so fun chatting about knitting and making a bunch of new knitting friends.

Dan mentioned that although the knitters had made it around the world, that the runners had not. I am no runner but apparently they allow walkers/hikers on their team. I was inspired so as soon as the POP Live event was finished Tim, Molly, and I hit the trail.

Tim knew that Strathgarteny Provincial Park had hired some students to create new trails in the park this summer. Last weekend we had checked our geocache at the park but had not made it down to the trail. I really wanted see what they had done because the last hill on the old trail was a killer for me with my asthma. I do want to keep moving but have to balance that with my breathing. You know breathing is kind of important.

We walked down through the park roads to the old trail entrance (picture on left above). Instead of going straight across the bridge to take the old trail, you turn left and can see two new trails along this side of the stream. We took the one closest to the clearing. It was a beautiful walk through the woods (see pictures below). I think it could be good for biking too. All the banks are shored up with island stone and there is a new bridge across the stream as you get deeper into the woods. We came out in a clearing that led us back to the parking lot that you use when the main gate is closed.

I cannot wait to go again to try the other trail right from the parking lot.

On Sunday, I posted CAWcreations Podcast Episode 10. I did the recording and then went to Knitting at Beanz. When I got home, I did all the editing and posted CAWcreations E10 on YouTube by later in the evening. I think it is my best episode yet as I am finally starting to relax in front of the camera. Let me know what you think.

Have a wonderful week and Happy Knitting.

Happy Canada Day!

We celebrated Canada Day with the annual Wartman Canada Day Washers Tournament and BBQ. It was a smashing success, even in the rain. The tournament started at 3 pm 19686301_10154912218281748_1365491656_oand we managed to get all the games in before it rained. I love that the kids get mixed right in with the adults. We have had some great parent child pairings over the years. This year it was the brothers, Jack and Taylor, who were the strongest kids team. Bob and Wade won again. Someone has got to knock them off their pedestal. Jack is in training to do just that. He and Taylor managed to win a game against the top team. Jack 19488506_10155372133329462_8388273018065918028_otells me he will get them next year, but for this year he presented the green jackets to the winners.

Tim was kept busy cooking for everyone. We had a great night even if the fireworks were a bit obscured by the smoke.

I did manage to get an episode of CAWcreations posted on Thursday even though I was not feeling well. My Dad tells me that Molly pops in to the background a couple of times. One of which I really should have edited out but I missed it. Oh well such is life. I am working on both my sweaters for my “I like your sweater” KAL. My Fleece and Harmony projects will be going in the Canada KAL. Moria announced it on her podcast Knitting in Stitches.

Happy knitting!

 

Celebrating Knit in Public (June 10)

Our knitting group knits in public all of the time so we decided to celebrate world-wide knit in public day – June 10 – by taking a road trip to some of our favourite yarn shops in neighbouring New Brunswick. I am excited to spend a day with my friends knitting and chatting. They are so fun to travel with. I am sure that my yarn diet will crash and burn but who cares.

How do you plan to celebrate June 10?

Dream Come True at the Delta

Last night was so exciting for me. One of my favourite authors, Diana Gabaldon was talking at the Delta Hotel for Reading Town PEI. The event was sponsored by my favourite local bookstore, The Bookmark. They are so supportive of authors and have events throughout the year.

We made a night of it. Seven of us met for supper at the Water’s Edge at 5:30 before the event at 7:30 pm. The Water’s Edge team really knows how to spoil. I have a bunch of allergies so the chef came out and spoke to me about my supper. It was amazing salmon with smoked salmon and arugula paired with a side salad. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. We did not have time for dessert, which was fine because I was so excited about the event.

Some of our crew went and got seats while we paid for our meals. There were over 600 people waiting to hear Diana. The energy in the room was amazing. We were sitting with Dr. Edward MacDonald a UPEI History Professor. He was lucky enough to have supper with Diana Gabaldon. It was not long before she was on. What an amazing speaker. Time flew. She reminded me of why I write and how much fun it can be. The audience was enthralled, especially when she read a scene from her current book. Then we got to ask questions.

Kilby was not sure if she could stay through the line up to get her book signed, but I was determined. She had her original paperback well read and so loved. I knew she needed it signed so right after the talk we pushed up to the front and got in line. It is hard to describe the excitement I felt. The girls who had books had their names printed on post-it-notes marking the page they want signed. We chatted and the time flew, suddenly we were right there. Kilby got her picture and we left. I drove some friends home.

Going back by the Delta I thought you know what I need to get a picture too. I stopped back in to the Delta picked up a book and waited at the very back of the line. Diana did not make us feel rushed, and was wonderful signing books. I never know what to say and I am sure I came off as so dorky but what a moment. I got my picture.

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Thank you everyone who planned this wonderful night for us!

Family Flying the Nest

It has been a year of change. My children are growing up so well. I am proud of all three of them. But it does mean a change in my focus, they do not need quite so much of my attention. Usually when I have time to do stuff, they are working, studying, or hanging with their friends. I know it is what I raised them to do and I so want them to have their own lives and experiences. Now I have to let them go and do their thing.

This Easter weekend it was particularly apparent. My oldest has his own spot downtown near his work. It has been really hard but I have been waiting for him to text me instead of texting every time I think of it. I did not hear from him until Sunday morning before going to my parents for Easter dinner. My middle guy is in the midst of his final project for second year engineering at UPEI, so he did not go to any of the family gatherings because he had to submit assignments periodically throughout the holiday weekend. My baby drove us to both of our family gatherings. She is graduating from high school this year and is already registered for her courses at UPEI next year. Where or where did my babies go.

My husband and I are spending lots of time together. I am so glad that we have stayed close because most evenings and weekends it is to two of us. On Friday, we took our dog, Molly for a walk on the beach while both the kids that live at home worked. We stopped in at Fleece & Harmony on the way so I could pick up yarn to draft new sock patterns for the summer season. Saturday we went  to the market and did some shopping before picking our baby up from work and going to visit family in Summerside. Sunday was dinner with my family including my oldest and youngest. Monday we got to relax. I so needed a down day.

We are watching the new Anne of Green Gables series on CBC, so I looked up my Anne books and have started rereading. I do this fairly regularly but it has been a few years this time. Last night I finished the first book. I like how they are true to the book while adding a bit of the darker side of life during that time period.