Monday, February 28, 2011

How High?

Normally, when I look out from the rec room in the basement, I have a nice view of woods and the bay. After Saturday's storm which included rain, snow, wind and more snow, we have almost no place to put the snow.

The deck above the pictures is more than eight feet high, so it gives you an idea of the height of the snow which has piled up from shovelling the deck above. Needless to say, I feel like a gopher this time of year, living in my snow cave and peeping out once in awhile for a breath of fresh air.

Sunday, February 27, 2011


I took this picture this morning of some of the finch that my birdfeeder has been attracting. For the past two days, I have had many eating at Chez Julie. So much that I had to fill the feeder twice yesterday.

I use a type of a sock and fill it with niger seed (thistle). I have found this seed to be expensive but the birds don't waste it. It also only attracts finch and juncos, so bluejays and other larger birds stay away. I also put out some suet in a cage for the chickadees.

I love looking at the birds and during yesterday's storm, an odd sight caught my eye. I could see a finch upside down and oddly seemed to be moving with the feeding sock. OMG, I noticed it was attached. Somehow, the bird got its toenail in a long piece of thread from the sock. I hurried and dressed to see if it was still alive and it was.

I pulled in the clothesline and took the bird in my hand. I couldn't get its toenail out but I could snap the thread as close to its foot as I could. The little finch flew away, and I thought that was that. In a second or two, it landed right beside me on the clothesline as if to say thanks!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pottering Along!

I am working on Harry mostly now and then. The picture doesn't do his cloak justice. I used a black and gold ribbon for the folds of his cloak and it shimmers when you look at it.

I am also working on my new larger project on the Cheticamp frame and when I have the bottom border completed, I will post some pictures.

Yesterday, our rug hooking group decided on a project which we will all work on next. The size was decided at 14 x 24, it must be at least 50% tee shirt material, contained a building, a tree, flowers and at least, one animal. It is made up of all elements that we would like to practise on and it should be fun to work on a similar project together.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Parallel worlds, polar shifts!

Even main stream media is now talking about parallel worlds, polar shifts and preparedness and that frightens me. A couple of us stood in the hall this morning talking about the strange weather, earthquakes, and the unsettling they have in their souls.

I worry about the future sometimes in the quiet of night or while pulling wool in my latest project. But as my Mom says, the future will take care of itself.

I am thinking of a theme for our rug hooking group at work. A small project that we can all work on together and bring out our own level of uniqueness.

Do you have any ideas that might be fun! Let me know! More fun thinking of rug hooking than polar shifts!

Saturday, February 19, 2011


I don't believe my rug hooking projects are completely finished until they are bound and steamed. So this week, I completed the yarn binding on both projects and steamed them this morning. I can finally declare both bound and finished!

No more talk about the weather but I can finally say that after receiving 265 cm or 9 feet of snow since January 16th, 2011, we have had a break and hopefully, the end to winter!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Signs of Spring?

Or has this poor, lonely robin been caught in a wind and blown to the West Coast? This weekend was spent in long hours of snowshovelling, plowing and cursing at the weather we have been having.

Since the sacrifice to Url in January on Marble Mountain around the 9th of January, we have had non stop snow events. I wonder if there is a snow cessation sacrifice to some sort of obscure Viking diety?

On a brighter note, I noticed a couple of chickadees scoping out my birdhouse for a little love nest, so indeed, we are on the downside of winter!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day, dear Hearts!

To all the wonderful people in my life, a moment to reflect how loved we all are and how special, not just today but everyday!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Holy Cow, Batman....

it's Harry Potter and the Holy Crapper! This another one of my crazy ideas for a gift to a Harry Potter fan. A toilet seat cover with none other, than Harry Potter pointing his wand!

I think that I have learned that there is nothing you can't hook!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Nowhere to Go but UP!

Well, I am sure that everyone is tired of snow stories but here are some more pictures. In about 16 days, we have gone from none to lots. My inukshuk, Gabrielle is holding up snow on her shoulders. The garden buried under a mountain of snow.

Most of the weekend was spent on snow removal but I did get my new project outlined and on my wonderful Cheticamp frame. It is going to be quite large and hopefully, I will have some pictures soon and less on the snow front.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Ground Hog Day!

Ground Hog Day is an annual event to predict whether or not, there will be six weeks more of winter.

This is a nice picture of Corner Brook looking out towards Seal Head. No visible ground hogs.

Oh wait, I think Mikey spotted one. Hey, Mikey?? Where did the ground hog go??

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Clogging Along

I have had a couple of questions about those wonderful felted clog slippers on where to get the pattern etc. I found a free pattern at and just look for the knitting pattern for the family of clogs. There is another website at Fibre Trends but there is a nominal charge for the download.

Well, I keep hearing how "exciting" it is to turn a heel when knitting. I didn't find it exciting but quite frustrating. After watching youtube videos and the videos from the Knitting at Knoon, I attempted the turn. I had to reverse knit several(read many, many) times and was ready to throw down the towel. But this morning, enjoying my coffee before hitting the shower, I had an "ah ha" moment, and turned the heel. Now, onto the gusset!