Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth. Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. Psalm 57.5, 62:5

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

The end of another year

It has been a bit busy since my last post.   The knee replacement surgery went well enough, although even after eight months the knee still does hurt.   A different kind of hurt though, and this will get better.   Fortunately, the other knee is fine because I do not intend to have another replacement.   One was enough. :)

I have been having breathing problems the past few months and it quite possibly is asthma.   So I have inhalers, which are not much help.

My sister in Ontario came out for a visit in June; staying with my other sister in Edmonton.   They came down to Calgary for a day visit, bringing my brother along as well.   The last time we were all together was in 2000 and I doubt we will ever be together again.

We had a major snowfall in September and much of it is still on the ground.   No real snowfalls since; just flurries here and there.   It was also bitterly cold for a week or so at the end of November, but again, not so bad after that.   Compared to last winter, this so far has been bearable.  I am thankful for that because I am afraid of falling on ice and injuring my brand new knee.    

I did no stitching or knitting for a few months after the surgery, but have finished another scarf and a couple of dishcloths, as well as six small stitched pieces.    I have the fabric for Victoria Sampler's Heirloom Homecoming Sampler on the lap stand, ready to start on the 1st.  I always start something new on January 1st; last year it was Home of a Needleworker. 

I am in the middle of my 115th book and expect to finish it by tomorrow.  It is the 5th in a series of 6 and I was hoping to finish the series by end of the year but that is unlikely now.   So book six will be the first finish of 2015.


Leon and I celebrated our 51st anniversary in July and in August, once I was cleared to travel, we took a short trip through the mountains by way of Edmonton.    We drove north to Edmonton on the Thursday and visited with family, staying overnight before going west on Friday.   We had another little visit with Leon's sister in Seba Beach and stayed overnight in Edson before driving south to the Icefields, where we stayed Friday night.    Taking our time all the way.   Saturday we followed the Icefields Parkway down to Banff, before turning east again and home. 

Three Sisters, outside Canmore, Alberta.  

 I will try to keep this blog a little more up to date in 2015. :) 

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

It finally looks like spring

It looks as though spring may have finally arrived, although we have had that teaser before now a few times.   It was a brutal winter; snow came in October and never left, giving us continual snowfalls right up until last week.   And we will get more, but at least it will not stay.    This is what our front steps looked like after the blizzard in December.    Leon had to go out the back door and around as we could not open the front door.   And the other one was taken in January or February during another storm.  That is an outdoor lighted Christmas tree you can see on the left. 

I finally got in to see an ortho doctor and will be going in to hospital tomorrow morning to have a total knee replacement.   I figured now was as good a time as any to update my blog, since I will not be on the computer a lot for a while afterwards, as least that is my understanding.  :)  

I have been stitching and knitting and have finished three projects this year.  First was The Dreaming, a Dinky Dyes chart, stitched with DD silks.  I bought this chart at CATS in Vegas in 2006 and just now got around to stitching it.  :)  

A Stitch in Time took just a couple of weeks to stitch. 
Home of a Needleworker.   I finished this one just the other day.  
The Work of Christmas.  A My Big Toe design.  This is the last one I finished in 2013. 
This scarf is now finished and I am nearly finished another.   I also started knitting dishcloths and have finished three or four so far.