Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hooking Along!

As you may recall, I have started a hooking group at the Day Job. We are quite small, only four, myself included but we are having a great time.

Here are two of the rugs in progress. I am absolutely impressed with the original designs and the imagination of these two projects. The lighthouse is done all in yarns and the fishing rooms, in mixed media.

I am currently back working on the Hearts and Flowers that I started last spring. It is in the rec room on my Cheticamp frame and now, with the cool, rainy weather, I am back in the house with the woodstove to keep out the chill!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Raclette Weekend

This was another wet and windy weekend which was perfect for raclette grilling. I used our new raclette grill for the first time on the weekend and had a fun time. It is the "new" fondue technique of the 70s and 80s and if you haven't tried it, here is what it is.

Raclette is a Swiss Cheese dish that has been popular for centuries. There are different opinions about who started it. Some say shepherds in the mountains, other say it was the grape harvesters in the vineyards of the Valais region of Switzerland. No matter who, fact is that after a hard days work, they gathered around a campfire and held the cut surface of their local cheese against the glowing coals. As the cheese melted, they scraped (french: raclet) it off onto potatoes and pickles, thus coming to bear the name "raclette". Everybody agrees, that it took place in the Valais region of Switzerland and that the original cheese was made there.

Today there are countless varieties of healthy meals each person can prepare while sitting together at the dining table around an indoor grill. Sharing stories over drinks while creating personalized dishes on a racette grill or with a raclette melter is an activity everyone will love. And you’ll be cooking with your friends, not for them.

I didn't have a theme raclette but had a selection of cold cuts, cheeses, pickles, potatoes, and eggs. It was great fun!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

You've Got Mail!

One of the disadvantages of living on the edge of North America, is slower mail services. And to add on top of that, we have had ferry problems, so snail mail over the past two weeks, became even slower snail mail.

But today, I got mail from my dear friend Cathy G of Orange Sink(the reason for the name was revealed today). Her lovely pattern arrived with a special handmade card and a picture of the completed Autumn Trio.

Thank you so much Cathy! It will be a privilege to complete your pattern.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Answers to Friday's Quiz

I had a great laugh as usual with the answers from Kim. But here are the real definitions to Friday's Quiz.

1) Tallywack: A rascal or a scallywag

2) Garnipper: An extremely large biting mosquitoe.

3) Whinker: A wicker or neigh from a horse.

4) Shuck: A cloth covering on a mitt or a boot.

5) Rightify: To correct, recitify or make right.

The weekend went back in a flash as usual and weather has not been good with lots of rain and very few days of sunshine. Busy getting ready for the snow to come; garden has mostly been put to bed and still a few things to do.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Time for Another NL Quiz!

One thing about living in Newfoundland is certainly getting used to not only the accent but words that I have never heard before.

Many people always comment about my "Ontario" accent which comes as a surprise as I don't think I have an accent, let alone an Ontario accent.

But here we go;

1) Tallywack

2) Garinipper

3) Whinker

4) Shuck

5) Rightify

Put on your thinking caps and by the way, have a great weekend.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Did I hear the supper bell?

Back off, Buddy!

I just had to post these two pictures. They made me laugh outloud today in the office. With so much saddness in the world, it is sometimes hard to find something heartwarming or just plain funny.

When humans put their minds to it, we can be so inventive and courageous; like watching the Chilean miners being lifted one by one after 69 days of imprisonment in the copper mine.

Or just having fun like these little dogs, and living in the moment.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Where Have You Been?

GRRRRRRR! I changed internet providers and even gave myself a couple of days extra, just in case. So when I tried to set up the new account on Friday, I was told that my hook up to the internet would require a service call which was going to be five days away. Oh no, no internet for FIVE WHOLE DAYS!

That would mean a long weekend with no blog pals, no email to my mother, no listening to internet radio and my favourite radio program, Coast to Coast, no new recipes, no encyclopedia, no Facebook, no online banking, no online shopping,no netflix... How could I survive it?

I did survive but how dependent my life has become on something I didn't even use much a few years ago. Pretty scary!