Monday, June 23, 2014

I'm Still Here

Yes, it's been awhile.  This spring has been for lack of better words, terrible!  School has sucked up every bit of our time recently.  To deal with this in a therapeutic manner I've broken off my son's battles with Dysgraphia into it's own blog  However it's summer, school is now done and I'll enjoy our little reprieve for the next 8-10 weeks :)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Do You Want To Stitch A Snowman?

Frozen is now officially Lily's favorite movie, which means we sometimes get a break from the Annie soundtrack ;o). It is also Lily's birthday a week from today.  However when I look out the window and see the latest storm outside, I can confirm that the crocuses will NOT be in bloom like they were in 2010!  There is so much snow we still don't have our Christmas lights down!  We even had a couple of hours off of work on Wednesday which NEVER happens (seriously downtown flooded one year so it was a moat around the office and we still went in). So to go with the snow theme...I figured I'd through a snowman into the stitching mix!

Seriously this was the forecast for Wednesday and we are expecting another 30-40 cm today!

Which makes me feel about like this...

Until next time,

Katie :o)

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Took the plunge and registered for our spring stitching retreat this morning.  I needed a little something to cheer me up.  I'm looking forward to a little get away in April but my goodness it's making for a hectic month. 

April Weekend 1: Lily's Birthday Party Saturday, real birthday and family celebration Sunday
April Weekend 2: Recuperate from DH's mid week birthday, Palm Sunday (not a bad weekend)
April Weekend 3: Easter here at the house, then travel to Grand Falls after Easter service for our mandatory appearance at the family meal hosted by one reluctant to pass the torch when it comes to holiday celebrations to our generation.  GOOD GRIEF...we are getting to/in our 40's.  That's a whole other rant ;)
April Weekend 4: Retreat!!!  Now hopefully my retreat co pilot can get Friday of...heck I hope I can get Friday off the rate things have been going at the office.
May Weekend 1: Bryan Adams concert in Saint John.  Super excited about a one night get away and seeing one of my favorite artists!!  The last time we got away for fun stuff was U2 back in 2011, we're overdue!

If I factored in how little time that would be until the May long weekend I would begin to feel a little "claustrophobic".  While I enjoy the things we do sign up for, it does take a bit of maneuvering to make things 'happen' and not have the house go to complete shambles.  I think this may all play a significant part in me becoming beyond annoyed when we are voluntold to attend some event.  Momma needs some downtime. ;)

On a brighter note, the ramp up for Alex's birthday celebrations at the beginning of June are non existent this year!  Fear not, I'm not a cold mother. ;)  In February he came home with the 'grad' class trip information for middle school.  It is a pricey trip but with a jam packed itinerary it is something that we couldn't do as a family trip to accomplish as many sights for the same price.  So we let him sign up as part of his birthday/"grad" present.  I don't remember leaving junior high under nearly as extravagant terms but a trip to Ottawa and Quebec City will be an exciting adventure for him.  Bonus, 4 whole nights off of teen drama ;)  Win Win!

Until Next Time,

Katie :o)

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Rainbow Bridge

Between our schedules and the boy's allergies we could never have a dog full time.  In early 2006, my parent's adopted a former 'stud' Nova Scotia Duck Toller named Jazz.  He was quirky like the rest of us and that made him family. A little over a week later my grandmother passed away suddenly and while mom was still at the hospital, this poor dog that had been between my parent's and my grandmother's house , possibly not fully house broken was just sitting there so I went over to walk him.   I hadn't walked a dog since the days of not pooper scooping. I grabbed 4 bags...he pooped 5 times. The fifth time in front of someone...on a train track, no way of hiding our lack of bags.  We were embarrassingly bonded for life. He's been my dad's companion and 60lb lap dog, my mom's personal food vacuum, my brother's vet practice, my thanksgiving turkey guardian and my child's friend. Last night he collapsed and passed away enroute to the emergency vet.

Farewell my little brother dressed in fur

Monday, March 24, 2014

Labor of Love...or Confirmation of Insanity

When we moved into our house 10 years ago there was a huge bedroom in our basement that was designated as the guest room.  I have always hated that room.  The former owners had a love of semi gloss paints and decided to paint the room with concrete grey.  I set up shop in the room beside it, smaller but it had a nice little closet, I even painted it and had a nice second guest room.  Fast forward to 2010.  Lily arrived, her bedroom had been used as our office and needed a new I ended up forfieting my beloved craft room to live in limbo between the office and guest room.

Finally last year we walked into Canadian Tire and there was a 3 door armoire on sale, dirt cheap.  Waiting for an actual closet would take forever and I was tired of being 'homeless' so it hopped in the van with us and made it's way to the cave.  Now like all projects in that room it got derailed.  Yes it was standing, yes it held crafting goodness but it was a mess.  It was hard to arrange the contents of the other closet and as usual, we had company incoming.  

Fast forward yet again to the end of February, my parents were invited to their friend's cottage in Florida, our primary visitors were going to be out of the country for an entire month.  So I headed to Home Depot and came home with some "Heather Plume" paint and determination....because I HATE painting.  The task was even more frustrating because the walls, or at least the lower sections will be replaced and the ledge wasn't installed correctly but I could bare the grey no longer.  Because of the size of the room and the contents of the armoire that needed to be emptied this was a multiphase project (hence the lack of posting).  This weekend marked the final push and everything is back in place (although I need to hang some stitching).  I was always inspired by my friend's craft room which I always lovingly teased her was more of a shop ;)  This weekend, I took one step closer to having one as well...

Katie's Crafting Shop and Guest Services..."Hanwell Hilton"

Oh yes...the hubby has a man cold, hence the slushies i the middle of winter

Now to convince DH to actually replacing the Demi Walls (they are not thick enough to put outlets in), and to lay some laminate....and install the new light fixture.  I've ordered a landscaped canvas shot of our wedding for the head board wall and DH should be installing some candle holders in the near future ;)

Now to go nag him to do so ;)

Untill Next Time,

Katie :o)

Monday, March 10, 2014


Unfortunately not 5 lbs off of the scale, but 5 long months since you've been gone my friend.  I came across that email today and it all came rushing back as if it were both yesterday and far in the past all at once.  I miss you Cathey xo Katie
Cathey, Faye & Katie - Camp Wildwood Stitching retreat, Bouctouche, NB

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Happy Dancing

February was poor blog is feeling a little neglected.  My latest work project finally rolled out this month and while it's been a great experience, it's been a lot of extra work and last minute preparations.

I did however get some stitching done in my brief hiatus.  I may just have to add to my stitching goals as Holly is now done :)  Now here's hoping the Village pics up :)

The kids are off to Grand Falls for a couple of days to visit their grandparents over the March Break.  As much as I love them, I'm enjoying a couple of nights off.  The house stays clean for more than an hour straight.  I even started painting the craft/guest room.  Here's hoping for two more productive days.

Until next time,