Rabbit Hole Blog

I admitted on a previous post that I was unable to adjust my blog to be visible on tablets and phones. My daughter-in-law, Kim, offered to look into it for me. Turns out that the theme I was using didn’t support what I wanted. She suggested that I try a different theme. Sounds so easy, right? Well, Alice, let me tell you – click on another theme and you are plunged down the rabbit hole! There must be a way to preview new looks, but I was in too much of a hurry to check that out. Instead, I suddenly left the security of my established theme and format and found all of my content looking really bad while I floundered looking for a quick fix.

The format you see now is the result of some fast and fancy clicking on my keyboard. I have not finished looking for a new theme, but I hope that I have things looking presentable for now. Of course, I’ve been so lackadaisical about blogging that nobody will probably even notice. If you do, please feel free to weigh in with comments and suggestions.

I’ve been preoccupied for the last few months while dealing with my elderly parents. They live about 200 km. south of where I live, so I’ve put a lot of miles on my car. (It doesn’t seem natural to say I’ve put a lot of kilometers on my car, but that’s what happens when a country changes systems of measurement after you’ve learned to drive.) It’s been stressful with various health issues to deal with, and they were still living in the house they built in 1963. On December 6th they celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary.

My Mom passed away last Sunday at 94 years of age. My Mom was a force to be reckoned with. She was the eldest of 9, and together with my Dad, raised several of her youngest siblings. They lived in a small town in southern Alberta and that’s where my brother was born. They moved to Lethbridge before I was born. Mom was the matriarch of her large extended family. My parents worked together at their dry cleaning business, and my Dad never seemed to mind not being the boss. Good thing. Mom retired when she was 86. She liked work, but she loved being in charge. She will be missed.

Now there’s just Dad to worry about. He is 93 and currently in a health care facility. I’m too spent to say much else right now. I’m managing to go from one little deadline to another, as it helps to keep busy. I need to get some creative work done soon – as soon as I dig myself out of the mess that has accumulated in my house! No more excuses. Back to work.

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Here’s my parents with my oldest son, Brad, and his wife, Kim. Hard to believe this photo was taken at the end of July.

Dec. 13 – or Where is this month going?

This month has been a whirlwind of activity – as usual. I feel like I live my life from one deadline to the next, and I know I’m not alone here. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not complaining. Having nothing to do would be the worst thing that I could possibly imagine, but somehow a compromise between ends of the spectrum sounds like a good idea. I’m not sure I’ll ever get there.

Here’s a glimpse of my month so far. The first shot shows the elves the first time they made coffee with me. They’re very helpful, and they’re not fussy about how their coffee turns out.

Next my daughter, Devon, came for a quick visit. Whatever time I get to spend with my family is a good time. We made a day trip to Lethbridge to visit my parents – and Felix. It was an excellent day.

I was impressed with the Christmas veggie display at the grocery store. It’s great to see people infusing the Christmas spirit into the produce department! My fibre group, Contextural, had their December meeting/pot luck at my house. I stitched together a new tablecloth to celebrate the evening. We have some very talented members and the food was delicious!

Last Saturday was a workday for our Calgary chapter of Days for Girls. It’s always fun working with the enthusiastic volunteers supporting a very worthy cause.

My activity report wouldn’t be complete without a photo of my assistant/companion, Kush. Sometimes she actually lets me work by sleeping next to where I’m working. Not like now – as I type across her body.

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Lastly I’m including some pics of my favorite Christmas decorations. I have a number of large glass vases filled with beautiful ornaments, so I’m showing some close up views as well. In case I don’t get back to my blog before the 25, I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

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Thank Goodness – my blog is still here!

I was afraid that after over a month of abandonment this page might have just disappeared. Luckily that is not the case. The first week of the new year is drawing to an end and I feel like I’m catching my breath. I’m making a concerted effort to clear space in my studio – an ongoing project that I’m getting tired of. I’m trying to get rid of some of the things I don’t need or will never use, but it’s tough going with my broad range of interests. I know I could be more productive if I could single out one technique or even one project and focus, but choosing one area of work is so difficult for me. Instead I’ll try to work one area at a time and not get distracted. Wish me luck!

My last post showed a few fabrics I’d designed and sewn into tea towels. Here are a couple more that were Christmas surprises. The first one was done for my son, Marc, who graciously brought Kush into my life. Since he won’t get his cat back, I thought the least I could do was give him something to remember her by. This is an overall view and a close up.

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The second fabric was my official “wedding souvenir” tea towel for the family. I loved working the photo into an overall pattern that isn’t obvious from a distance. The detail shows a close up of the six members of the wedding party. As you can see they were hardly having any fun.family tea towel detail of wedding party tea towel fabric

I still have 10 tea towels to trim and hem but I need to keep track of my time. Then I can decide whether they would be worth producing for sale. I’m setting them aside for now so I can get started on the design for some new quilts. One thing at a time, right?

Happy 90th Dad!

I’ve just returned from celebrating my dad’s 90th birthday on Valentine’s Day. He didn’t want a party like we had for my mom last year, but we certainly couldn’t let the day go by without recognition. My brother and I arranged a small family gathering and it was a surprise – successfully carried out! On the 14th there were a series of surprises, starting with the arrival of my brother and his son from Victoria. Then after lunch I arrived with my daughter from Montreal and my niece from Toronto. A bit later in the day my niece from Squamish arrived with her beautiful baby boy. My parents were delighted – but of course babies like Finley make everyone happy. Just look at this face…baby FinleyWe booked dinner at the New Dynasty Restaurant, and a few more friends and relatives were waiting there when we arrived. Again my parents were surprised. It was a great evening with lots of time to visit. I baked a ginger pound cake for my dad because he likes ginger as much as I do.cake timeMy brother and I and our families who arrived on Friday stayed till Sunday, so we had lots of time to laugh and poke fun at each other. The weather was agreeable and my dad was appreciative, even though he complained bitterly that we had all wasted our money by travelling so far just to see him. He said we should have just given him the money. His sense of humour hasn’t lost a thing over the years. We managed one decent photograph before everyone had to leave.group shot at birthdayPhoto includes nephew Jeremy, niece Briana, me, daughter Devon, brother Phil, Mom, Dad, baby Finley, niece Meg and uncle Henry. Happy Birthday Poppa!