a favourite shade of blue

a favourite shade of blue

Sunday, September 25, 2016


My right eye is not good, too many surgeries ,  so I rely on my left eye. Tonight it is very painful for some unknown reason. So I hope i get through this blog without too many mistakes. I can see the page but it is not good. SO forgive me any errors I make.

I am not going back to try and fix anything. Why is my eye so sore, I have n idea. Hopefully tomorrow it will be better after a good night sleep.

It hasbeen a quiet day again. We went to Safeway for groceries and to the Crossings for coffee. We bought some bread as well as other things. 

This pagee is just one big blur so I will not be here very long. 

That is all folks. Hope you can read this. Good evening.

Saturday, September 24, 2016


A big day in Victoria with Prince William and his wife Kate whi took a walk along and greeted folks. We watched the visit on TV. It was lovely to see them interact with people. They are just a lovely couple. I wish I was able to see them. i wonder if they are coming over to Vancouver to the airport for the flight back to England. Well actually they have to come here for the flight back but I don't know what day that will be.

Our day was simple and quiet, we stayed home and watched TV, the royal couple. Kate is such a lovely young woman and William is a handsome young man. It would be good to actually see them. But TV will suffice if necessary.

Our granddaughter Kate came over to visit today. She is Rick's daughter and is here from Calgary to visit her mom Carla. We certainly enjoyed the time she spent with us and are grateful that she took the time to visit. She is a lovely young woman.

Other than that we did nothing at all today. Visited, watched TV and ate dinner. For dinner I had a chicken pie, Ray had a sandwich. He loves his sandwiches and makes wonderful ones.

After Kate left we did more nothing LOL. I think I did a load of laundry.

And that is all folks. 

Friday, September 23, 2016


Cold and wet today. I actually had to turn on the heat and I don't usually do that until late October. But it is very chilly today. I hope it warms up tomorrow . 

We had to go and see Dr. Browning today to see about my blood sugar. He gave me a new prescription. Other than that  all is well. And that can be corrected with medication. 

Then we had lunch at McDonald's . We each had a burger and coffee. Very tasty. After that we went to Safeway for stuff and then for my blood tests. It took a while in the clinic to get the tests done.

We had a busy day but it was good.  Tonight I plan to knit and compute.

I see Prince William, Kate and the children will be here in BC tomorrow. It would be fun to see them. But it will be unlikely. Although I did see the royals the last time they were here. They passed by the church where we were quilting. That was fun.

My eyes are hurting and have been for a few days. If they don't get better soon I will go and see the eye doctor.

That is it for tonight folks. Have a great evening.

Sunday, September 18, 2016


Our visit with Richard is over and I am sad. It was a lovely visit and I really enjoyed his visit with us.  Meaghan came over today with Charlotte to visit with Rick and with us to. It was such fun. Charlotte is a great entertainer and I love having her visit. She is such an active little girl and is able to amuse herself as well as to amuse the adults in the room. It was a great visit for us and for Rick too as she is his granddaughter and our great.

Rick left us later in the afternoon to go and spend the night in a motel in Abbotsford which puts him that much closer to home when he leaves tomorrow. It cuts at least an hour off his trip if not a bit more than that. However I am missing him. I hope his trip back to Calgary is easy on him. With the extra hour cut off it should be a bit easier.  And I forgot Kate will be with him going back to Calgary so he will have company. 

We spent the rest of the day which wasn't much taking it easy. I did some knitting while I watched TV.  I finished one cloth and started on another.  Growing my pile. LOL

Tonight watching TV and knitting and that is it for today. I hope you all had a lovely day.  Good evening.

Saturday, September 17, 2016


We are alone tonight, Rick has gone to his friend Chris's home for dinner. But he is coming back tonight. His visit will soon come to an end and I will be sad to see him go back to Calgary but that is life. His home is in Calgary so home he must go. We have so enjoyed his visit. 

I miss seeing my sons but when they are far away there is not much I can do about that. I see Matthew regularly as he lives here in the Lower Mainland. He is good to us and helps Ray out at times.

Today we went grocery shopping and then to the bank for pocket money. We haven't gotten any money for a few weeks so our wallets were pretty empty. 

After the bank we came right home and stayed here. We did not rush out and spend our allowance LOL.

Rick was still here when we got home so we continued our visit. I sure like it when my sons come to visit. Adam and Richard live far away so it is great that they come to Vancouver. 

Today we did very little after shopping. We came home and watched TV. I did a bit of work in my sewing area. I cannot call  it a sewing room as I only have a sewing desk in there with my machine  on it. So far it has worked for me, I cut in the kitchen, the counter is just the right height for cutting, and I sew in the bedroom. I get things done when I am in the mood for sewing.  I told Ray today that I have to go to Fabricana for batting for Eve's quilt. I want to get it to here before she ages out of it LOL. She lives in Quebec so it has to be mailed.

That was my day folks. I hope your day was good.  Have a good evening.

Friday, September 16, 2016


We are watching NETFLIX tonight. Rick set it up for us. I don't know how we will do it when he goes home. This story is about the Shetland Isles on the north east side of Scotland. I like to listen to the accent as it is the accent I grew up with. My mom was a Scot and so the accent is familiar to me. Reminds me of mom , just a few words and phrases are the same as mom's speech patterns. I love the Scottish accent. Aye as they say!

Rick is so helpful when he comes to visit especially with the computer stuff. Oh yes and he cooks too. What a treasure he is.

We stayed in today for most of the day other than to go for blood tests in the morning and then to have a bit of lunch at A&W. When we came home Richard was up and at the computer.  Ray and I are not sure why we had to have blood tests but the doctor sent us so we went LOL> Those doctors have a lot of clout.

In the afternoon I did a bit more knitting and sewed in the ends of the wool on the cloths. That is not my favourite job as I have probably complained before.  But I did the finishing on about five cloths and now they are folded up and in the closet until required. I like to have a stash of them for people who want some. I should ask Marg if she wants a few.  Do you Marg.

And that was my day. I hope yours was productive and pleasant. Have a lovely evening. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016


Rick is busy in the kitchen preparing dinner for tomorrow to go in the slow cooker. He is so good at cooking. It is great having him here not only for dinner but for his company as well.  We had roast chicken for dinner tonight, courtesy of Safeway. Rick does not take after me, I am no good in the kitchen

Today Ray and I went to the ostomy clinic and all was well . We go back September 21st. They keep track of my ostomy for me.  They are very good there at the clinic.  It makes me feel secure to have the experts check up on me regularly.

Rick stayed in today and he is cooking right now or preparing I should say. It is so great having him here.

I am one who likes to get out every day and get around. You could say I am not a homebody all the time. Or even some of the time LOL.

Short blog folks. Not that much to say.  Have a lovely evening wherever you are. it is beautiful here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Rick just came in from Calgary so we will be visiting with him and thus no blog tonight. Have a good evening.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

short time

Not a lot of time to write this blog tonight. I am not really interested in writing anyway. Some nights I am gung ho to write and others  I have to force myself to write. Tonight  I force. 

It was a very quiet day here but we did go to TIM'S for a coffee and a bagel with cream cheese. That was our excitement for the day. When we got home I spent time on my laptop and then got a bit of sewing done. I finally finished the top of my quilt. Now all I have to do is get it quilted.  

A whole day and very little accomplished. Oh well that is life in the slow lane LOL.
I did some more knitting on my cloth, it is almost finished. Then to begin another one to add to my collection. I have some left over bits of yarn from other cloths I have made. It takes about three quarters of a ball of yarn to make one cloth so there is always some left but not enough left for another whole cloth. Then I need to piece.

Marg came over with a book for me and I had one for her so we made the exchange and visited for a while. It was nice to visit with her.  We always exchange books. That is good for both of us. Saves us money$$$$. It's a good thing we like the same books.
Nancy has asked me for this quilt for her new baby Eve. NAncy is Ray's granddaughter and Eve is his great GD.

I am good, got things to do, books to read , yarn to knit, patchwork to quilt  and typing to do. Great eh!

And that is all tonight, have a lovely evening.

Monday, September 12, 2016

blog tonight

Tonight I blog, even though it is nearly 9 o'clock. 
Jean just to let you know I finished the quilt top today.

It is Monday , we went to Costco for supplies. While there we had one of their great hot dogs and then we even had hot dogs for dinner. Talk about over doing it. We came home with our our purchases and did not go out again. I did some sewing , finished adding borders to my heart quilt so now it is ready to be sandwiched and quilted. Do I do it or do I get Lauren to do it on her long arm. I am vacilating back and forth. I may just do some simple line quilting. But first I need to get the batting and backing. I may use fabric that I have for the backing though I would probably need to piece it as I don't have enough for one big piece of backing.
Once I saw a backing where the quilter just used her full fat quarters , that makes sense to me rather than buying more fabric. I'll see what I can roust up for that project.  

Then I did a bit of knitting tonight and will do more when this blog is finished. I feel good when I get things done and have accomplished a few things. So today has been a good day for me.

Tonight after I finished my top I am writing the blog and resting in my chair. I think I deserve it. Oh well deserve it or not
I am going to rest. LOL

I found a new top in my closet today  . Nice one too. So I wore it today. I have a  habit of buying tops and then losing them in my closet only to find them much later. But that's all right I think I have a new top LOL.

And here comes Ray with some toast for me so I'll say good night all.

Sunday, September 11, 2016


not much to say tonight......

so I'll just say good night , sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite. 
That's it folks.

Saturday, September 10, 2016


I forgot about my blog and here it is 8:10 but that isn't too late I figure. So here goes.
Today is Saturday, we shopped for groceries and then we went to the casino. 
Ray came out with money , but I did not. This was my day to lose but we had a good time, gambled and had lunch. Lunch consists of mushroom soup which was very good and then a buffet. It was a late lunch so Ray said it was dinner LOL.  I am not sure what I had from the buffet but it was great . Some memory....

We came home and watched TV. Still watching. I wish I had more energy. Is it a function of old age, I am 84 now or is it some other reason to be tired all the time. Ray thinks it is my blood sugar which is on the high side. Oh well. I get lots of sleep.

I want to get at my quilt for Eve. We always go out every day and when we get home I am too tired to work. I must talk to Ray about staying home one day so I can work on the quilt. Poor Eve will be going to school before I get it done. It is a nice little heart quilt. I love doing hearts. 

However  I have to get busy and stop being so lazy. I am not getting any younger and want to get it done before I age out too far.

Tomorrow I WILL work on the quilt. 

Tonight I will just write.

Have a great evening folks.

Thursday, September 8, 2016


Sometimes life can be awkward. Sometimes I don't know what to do. What am I talking about , actually nothing today but just sometimes we are not all put together. Actually right now things are fine but I feel awkward for some reason. 
Maybe that feeling will go away soon, it makes me nervous and jittery.. It is usually about money that makes me nervous. Why?I have no idea, oh well maybe it will go away if I wait long enough and hide my head in the sand.

Today we pretty well stayed close to home . We  had a doctor appointment to check my blood sugar. He said he will make an appointment with a specialist. 
I hope we can get it down 
I don't like the idea of going on the needle but Ray says it is not bad, how he knows is a surprise to me.LOL.

Today was just another pleasant day with the sun shining and the temperature very pleasant.
I did a bit of knitting and some computering. We watched TV and now in the evening still watching TV. It is Behind Bars Rookie Years.I am not particularly fond of prison shows but Ray likes them. So we often watch them. I think he should watch what he likes since I have other things I can do like the computer, or reading of sewing or knitting. Usually I do two things at once, TV and knitting for example.

That is my day folks, I hope yours went well.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016


I don't feel like writing tonight folks. Have a great evening.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

once more with feeling

Knit and stitch is what I did this afternoon  after heading out with Ray to the Crossings to buy a ball of yarn to finish a cloth I am working on.
In the morning I went to my Tuesday sewing group with Pat. First Pat and I stopped for coffee at Oakridge. Then we went off to the church to our sewing group. It was a great morning with all the ladies and all the sewing. It is always fun to see what others are working on.

Then it was my time with Ray and it is still is. We are enjoying our evening watching TV. As we ate chili at Tim's earlier in the day we did not need supper. I had thought of making chili earlier but no it was not necessary until another day. So tonight we just had toast with devilled egg on it. Very good. I had made the devilled egg yesterday for my sandwich this morning that I took to sewing,

At sewing I worked on another cloth, gotta keep up piling them up. Who knows who will want some LOL.

I had a short talk with Rick today . I like to check in with him or he checks in with me. I worry so much about him but he always sounds cheerful. How he keeps up is amazing to me.

Short blog tonight , hope your evening is most pleasant folks.

Saturday, September 3, 2016


Nothing to write about today. Sorry folks. Have a great evening.

Friday, September 2, 2016

A weekend

Today is Friday the start of the weekend , but what does it matter, it is always the weekend for us. That is very nice.

We had another quiet day for the most part. Marg and I went to the golf course restaurant where the food is good. Marg's birthday is on the 4th of September which is why we went for lunch. I had a chicken salad but it was a very large order so I took some home for  supper and even then I could not finish it. But it was very tasty.

Then Ray and I spent the rest of the afternoon quietly at home. We both watched TV and I did some knitting as well. And now this evening we are doing the same thing. 

We are watching a period of WW2 where the prisoners of the Japanese were savagely treated. I remember that during the war we were all totally afraid . We lived here on the west coast of Canada and there were enemy planes flying off our coast. But they did not bomb us as we were expecting them to do. It is strange that the experience never leaves us even though we did not get bombed. I wonder why. 
I now have a lovely Japanese Daughter in law who is precious to 
me. Life takes some very strange twists and turns doesn't it.

And that is my day. Have a lovely evening folks.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

great day folks

The weather remains fabulous. 

Our day was pretty quiet. We went to the doctor for a visit and a prescription for an infection I seem to have developed. Also I needed some metformin for my sugar. So we went to the pharmacy after the doctor visit. 

We came home after that and watched TV. Still watching, this time NCIS New Orleans. Good show. I love to read books but still enjoy a good TV show.

Adam and I talked today , It was good to hear him, always a pleasure. I think I am fortunate in my sons, they are all so special in their own way. Adam is my eldest and first born. Rick is second born, Peter is third, Jim is fourth and Matthew is fifth. Wouldn't you say I was most fortunate?

We drove by TOPS on the way home from the doctor and it was all boarded up. That is so sad for me. I ate many a great meal at their table. And that was since the mid 1970s. We used to go there from school when we worked late or on a Friday at noon for lunch. So i actually have been going there to eat since it opened .

That was it for my day. I hope your day went well.