Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Dear Grandpa

An open letter to a Grandpa I encountered today. My DH and I are on holidays and we went out to lunch to this cute little Vintage Tea Room, they specialize in British cuisine. We didn't realize how busy it was as we've not been before. The only table left was the one for 6. They happily seated us and we began to order some nice Earl Grey tea, which is served in tea pots with teacups very fancy. Ordered our lunch Steak and Kidney Pie for DH and Steak and Mushroom pie for me. Shortly after an older man arrived with his Grandson. I knew all the other tables were reserved and my initial thought was they could sit with us. The owner sat them on two cozy chairs by the fireplace, not generally a lunch spot but they made it work for them. Eventually we were asked to share our table with two other ladies, which we happily said yes to.

I wished I had suggested they sit with us. While I enjoyed my lunch I couldn't help but notice that through the whole meal the grandpa was on his cell phone, not talking but looking at it constantly. There was not pleasant chit chat. In fact the most chit chat the young boy got was from the waitress who was extremely friendly. Aside from that he was sitting quietly eating his sandwich and drinking his iced tea.

I know a lot of young people get a lot of flack for being on their phones 24/7 but this man was well into his 70's and he couldn't leave it alone, not even to enjoy some nice quality time with his grandson.

Dear Grandpa,

I saw you today, out for lunch with your grandson. I immediately thought what a lovely thing to do with him on his summer holidays. That quickly passed when I realized that you were on your phone the entire time. You were doing something on it(not talking) but whatever it was had your entire attention and you couldn't bare to put it down.

Today your young grandson is 6 years old, he thinks the world of you. When he knows he gets to spend a day with you he is over the moon. He is probably pacing and watching at the window to see your car pull up in his driveway.

The years pass quickly, before long he will be a moody teenager, if you are even here to see that. He might give you the time of day and he might not. He might be on his cell phone or listening to his teenager music.

Today you have the opportunity to have that one on one quality time, life is too short, too precious to pass it by. When you are with your family - put that dang phone in your pocket and leave it there. I plead to you, live your life. When you look back on it, you aren't going to say I wish I was on Facebook more, I wish I had checked my email more often or I wish I had got a better Bejweled score, what you will wish for are these moments that you have and you are throwing them away.

So put that phone back in your pocket, and live your life!

I wish I could have told him that - I wished he knew what he was passing up - I hope he realizes it.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Chicago Style Baby

This past September my brother got married on a cruise and a reception was held in October. Me and my DH flew out for the occasion and had a great visit. It's very hard to live so far away from family that you wish you could see so much more often.

We had a few different outings and made the brief trip even more enjoyable. We spent a nice evening with my Dad and his wife. My sis put on a pot of delicious chilli and we all just relaxed. My DH and Dad strumming on the guitar is something I will always cherish from this trip.

My Dad had a secret stash of Chicago style popcorn. I didn't realize how protective he was of it but I sure learned. This stuff is delicious, the combination of sweet/salty is just perfect and normally I don't go for that at all. His was bought from Costco and since I refuse to pay to belong to a shopping store we've not had it since. On Tuesday I had to go out for a doctor visit and afterwards fill a prescription and our local pharmacy has purchased a grocery store chain and they now sell their products in the store. Look what I found, Chicago Mix popcorn, you bet your boots I bought a bag and I think that was showing some good restraint. This is dangerously good and I know why mad Dad kept telling us to leave his!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Many flavors of Boneyard

I've decided to finish what's on my needles before I start. Sometimes it's just life that prevents you from finishing. I got this yarn with gift certificate money I had at Eat Sleep Knit - I'm super stoked that I still have money left to spend, these gift certificates are so awesome to receive! So I got this yarn because I knew I wanted to knit yet another Boneyard Shawl. I absolutely  love this pattern. You can switch it up so much just by different color variations. I have a solid grey, I've got solid stripes and this time I decided I wanted to knit it all one colour except the ridge row I wanted in an accent color and I will finish the shawl off with the accent color for the border.

These colors are so me! I chose Cascade Yarns Superwash in Silver Grey(MC) and Pacific(CC). I've just picked this one up again and I'm really enjoying it. I have no idea what sidetracked me but I'm glad to be working on it again and I can't wait to wear it!
Current WIP - Boneyard

A Prayer shawl I knit, I just had fun with the colour variations on this one - Patons Canadaina 
Cascade Painted in Reds for my Mom

My anytime shawl made in Berocco Ultra Alpaca

My version of Sock Monkey shawl using Patons Canadiana and the pink is Red Heart Soft 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


I started this on January 2/15 with yarn I was gifted by my DH for my birthday in December. I have no idea why it has sat so long as an UFO. It's such a quick project. I'd pick it up from time to time, thinking I would have dropped a stitch, but thankfully I hadn't. I started picking it up seriously again this past weekend as I think part of my lost mojo for knitting is these UFO's hanging over my head. This is more blue than the photo shows, I took it last night. The yarn is gorgeous Madeline Tosh DK in Betty Drapers Blue and the pattern is Downton Cowl

It's such gorgeous yarn and a great pattern, I have another skein to use to make a hat with so that's the plan once this is off the needles.

Why are there always projects that sit as UFO's for so long?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Homemade Iced Cap

It's that time of year as we Canadians refer to as 'Iced Cap Season'. There is nothing better on a hot summer day than a cold iced cap from Timmies. However, there are times when you are at home and you just want one but you don't even want to brave the! Or, let's face it your coffee budget is used up...:D

The other day I wanted an Iced Cap but due to construction the closest one wasn't easily accessible so I went home and got creative and it turned out pretty darn good. There is less ice in mine but still quite impressive for a home recipe.

Homemade Iced Cap:
Pot of double strength brewed coffee(warm is ok)
Honey - 3 Tbsp

Fill blender almost to the top with ice cubes, add the honey and then fill the blender about half way with coffee. Add cream - this is a personal preference I based mine on how the colour was to my liking. I kind of know that by looking and you probably do to. I'd say maybe 1/4 to 1/2 cup. Blend away and pour into a nice glass and add a straw...enjoy! This made quite a bit about 7 servings.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Leftover Stash Throw

I had all of these extra bits of yarn and unused balls that I never found a project for so I decided to make a throw for the living room since a lot of the colours went with my living room furniture. It's just a simple ripple throw. I did some rows of sc around the throw and then a shell border.

All done

The beginning

In progress


The Border

Sunday, May 31, 2015


Since Easter me and my DH have been trying to get walking in each and every day. For our anniversary I bought him a FitBit Zip. It's amazing how that inspires you to move more, when you see it increase or not throughout the day.

I find my mood is better, especially getting outdoors. You see nature every day and other cool stuff too. Some pictures from our many walks.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

24th Annual RHS Dog Jog - Raising money for animals

Our family is doing the dog jog as we strongly believe in the work the RHS does with abandoned animals.

Nine years ago we bought our dog Oliver(beagle) from a pet store. This was before we knew about 'puppy mills' and how dogs are treated by some breeders. Oliver has huge anxiety issues and I know if the wrong family would have bought him from that pet store he'd have been a shelter dog waiting for someone to put the time and energy into him. Thankfully he ended up with us and we know he's special and we love him just the same.

Four years ago we wanted another dog and we decided it had to be a rescue dog. Our first visit to RHS we met our Piper a border collie lab mix. She was three months old and was there with a brother and a sister. As soon as we met her we knew she had to join our family. We've never looked back, she is the most gentle dog you'll ever meet. She grew quite big, bigger than we thought she's a tall girl and weighs anywhere from 60-70 lbs. She's full of love!

Without a place like RHS I dread to think of what would have happened to her and her siblings!

Click below to help save pets lives! Anything you can give would be of great help!