Saturday, November 18, 2017

Paris Cross Stitch

I haven't picked up my cross stitching in a very long time. Probably longer than two years. About a week ago, I picked up the last thing I was working on. I call it the Paris Cross Stitch. Here is the picture from the CrossStitch magazine...
And here is where I was shortly after I started it (like 4 years ago!)...
I decided to finally finish it off, and try to do so before the end of the year. Well, it turns out that I had done quite a bit of it, and there was only a few days of stitching left to get it done! Here is the finished project...
I still need to try and turn it into a pillow. Although my sewing abilities are not great. So maybe I'll frame it as a picture for my craft room. I haven't quite decided yet. But I am so glad I got it done!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Day off

To use up my vacation time this year, I have booked every Monday off from now until Christmas. The first of these days is for this coming Monday, and I'm planning to go Christmas shopping with my mother-in-law, and then go out for lunch. The weather has been downright wet all week, so imagine my surprise when I saw the weather forecast for next week. In amongst all that rain, is a wee bit of sunshine, and it just happens to be on my vacation day. *yeah*

Sunday, November 12, 2017


My mother-in-law's cat always looks like you caught it doing something naughty...

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Sad Day

I went to a funeral today for a co-worker of mine. We hadn't worked together for about 10 years, but back in the day we spent 13 years together at the same company. He was a great guy, and always smiling and in a great mood. I never heard him complain about anything!
The funeral was great, but very long and crowded. There were a lot of people there. Including a lot of ex-co-workers that I haven't seen in 10-15 years. It was great catching up with everyone, and brought back a lot of memories of some really good times.
On the way home, I got stuck in traffic. There were a lot of first responders lining the overpasses of the Highway, because a fallen police officer from Abbotsford was being transported from the downtown hospital to an Abbotsford funeral home. The police, fire, ambulance and other cars were blocking the far lane on each overpass over the highway. Which caused a huge traffic nightmare. But, it was hard to be upset about it, because it was actually really touching to watch.
I tried to get pictures, but it's hard to when you are driving...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The colours of Fall

Despite the snow at the beginning of the month, I've been able to capture a few pictures of the colours of fall over the last couple of weeks. Here is a few of them...

Saturday, November 4, 2017

More Camera fun

I recently tried playing with an exposure setting on my camera. It takes 4 pictures of the same thing, and then overlays them on top of each other. The idea is that when you take pictures of really dark settings with no flash, the shutter needs to stay open for a long time. But, if you don't have a tripod, the pictures after become very blurry. This setting will take 4 pictures, and digitally put them together to take out all that blurriness. So I tried to take some pictures of the moon. It worked pretty good, but not great. I think I need a bit of practice playing with my settings...

Friday, November 3, 2017


It snowed for the first time this season. After the wicked winter we had last year, I am not really looking forward to the same this year (which everyone says is going to happen). However, the snowfall does pose some awesome picture taking opportunities and allows me to play around with my camera...

Thursday, November 2, 2017


I found a new word today. It came from a book I'm reading. And it is a Japanese word:
Tsundoku is the phrase for acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them.
I have to admit. I'm suffering from Tsundoku. Or I have Tsundoku. I'm not sure of the correct way to use this word yet. But it does offer a new way to explain the fact that this year I have purchased way more books than I can possibly read in a year.
In the past, every time I moved I gave away my collection of books. (And there have been many that I wish I had kept over the years!) But I haven't moved for a number of years now. And I haven't given away a lot of books lately. Also, I seem to be on a bit of a buying spree. I tell myself I'm stocking up for retirement. But that is quite a few years away, so it's really not a great excuse. Meanwhile, my collection (while not as bad as these photos) is growing.
 One day, I'll own a library big enough to hold all my books and then some...
Well, I can dream, can't I?

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


I was at my sister's for my birthday, and ended up hanging out with Jerrie for a while (and trying to take selfies with him)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017