Thursday, June 11, 2009


My friend Helen who is a few cottages over had a guest from Switzerland visiting on the weekend. Of course the weather was rainy and cold to boot. Anyway, while getting ready to return home on Tuesday morning, Helen looked out her window and saw movement in the trees in front of the cottage. Yep a huge black bear was poking its head in the bush about 20 yards from the door!

What a shock! This is an island, not very big either, so not much food for the poor bugger except maybe a human or something like that....grinning here....Anyway, their friend was absolutely delighted to have seen a black bear and lived to tell the tale as the saying goes.

Those that follow the bear thing, say that there isn't enough food source here and that it was probably in transit to the main land. I hope so as we have our dog here who would be in danger if a bear is around.

I know that the bear hasn't been here long because I have been keeping the garbage bins outside at the back door and there has been no disturbance of any kind at this place.

They saw the tracks on the little beach near them when they went out later and said that the tracks were "deep" indicating the weight of it.

Exciting heh?

There has been so much rain since last week and it looks like we may get a bit more in the next couple of days, but at least it's not cold. Damp but not cold. The next few days we should be in the mid 70s right where we are supposed to be.

I don't know where my brains went in the past week but I forgot some sewing attachments at home and today when I was sewing my bags, I thought I would zig zag....Doesn't work if I don't have the right foot. Thank goodness Mary and Bob are coming back and I shall have her get some attachments for me. And can you believe I actually travelled here with fabric and didn't bring a stitch picker? I looked everywhere for my little tupperware box of goodies that I use and I know just where it is at home...

Last night I made homemade Pizza. The recipe for the dough would make two or three large pizzas and so therefore I have leftover dough. I have tried to put it in the fridge and see if it will keep for a couple of does...but it also doubles in the fridge, so I must keep punching it down and so I thought one day...what about a loaf of bread? is so good.

So, I may post this recipe which is so super duper easy. I think I could also put cheese in it to make it a cheese bread...But for now, we are enjoying excellent homemade bread.

Thank you all so much for your comments about Courtney! She was a tired girl, but said it was a great experience...17 races in 3 days I think it was. My daughter, as you know will correct me if I make a mistake...She has read your comments (Courtney) and thought it was nice of my friends to say such nice things.

Oh, just to finish, the black bass is still sitting in the water guarding her eggs. She is alone now, no male know how they are....there she is a single mom doing the best that she can for her young ones...and the hummers are all still here, which makes me happy.

Life is good.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


This is one of my granddaughters. She has a

She wants to go to the Olympics, hopefully,
London, 2012. If not that one then the next will still be there for her.

She has just made the Ontario Provincial team coming out of the unranked to be one of the top
girls in Ontario.

We are so proud, brought to tears by the joy of her accomplishments in the last year. She has been dreaming this dream for about 3 years when she started sprint kayak racing. She races alone, with one partner and also in a 4 person kayak. She has a talent that will hopefully move her to the Canadian Team in preperation for the Olympics.

To go with all of this, she is a good student, has good friends, has time to tutor so is generally a good all around girl.

The photo was given to her at Christmas by her mother who also works hard, making many sacrifices in search of the "big dream" for her daughter. Her dad and step mom are also there for our girl.

When we hear of our youth endeavouring to be the best that they can be, to achieve it, there are many many sacrifices made by many families to help realize the "dream".

Isn't this just the best news for today?

A PS to you all. We are off to the cottage tomorrow. Hopefully we will have better weather than last week. I am taking up my sewing table too. This will help get me going on projects.

I have 5 seat cushions to cover. The result will really change the sunroom. I am so looking forward to showing you the result. I am taking "before" and "after" for when I post in a couple of weeks from now when we return.

I bought the fabric for $5.00 per metre. (40") at Fabricland. It is outdoor fabric and I just loved it. I bought lots of extras to do other cushions too. I also bought some other fabric to make shopping bags. One cannot go anywhere now without paying $.05 per plastic bag. So I am making a bunch of them for me and friends too. I have ambition don't you think?

It has been so nice to have been back for these few days, checking all the blogs and just catching up. Isn't it funny that we don't know each other face to face but it's like old friends getting together to give encouragement and to say "well done" for all that we do. I'll miss you all for the next couple of weeks. Knowing that I am thinking of you, I remain....a quilting friend.