Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! I hope you and your family will have a wonderful holiday making some special memories together and remembering old memories as well. When I turn the lights on the tree I am reminded of my childhood. Waking up early in the morning, turning the Christmas tree lights on and looking at the bounty of gifts under the tree. Mom and Dad made Christmas special for us and I will always cherish the memories of the past. Opening new pjs on Christmas eve from Gram, the lights that Dad put on the house, wonderful meal mom cooked, and the many sacrifices my parents made so we could have a bountiful Christmas. Here is something I read in my Bible this morning, commenting on the manger scene, Luke 2:7, NIV. "Although our first picture of Jesus is as a baby in a manger, it must not be our last. The Christ-child in the manger is the subject of a beautiful Christmas scene, but we must not leave him there. This tiny, helpless baby lived an amazing life, died for us, ascended to heaven and will return to earth as King of kings. Christ will rule the world and judge all people according to their decisions about him. Do you still picture Jesus as a baby in a manger-or is he your Lord? Make sure you don't underestimate Jesus. Let him grow up in your life." There is no greater gift then having Jesus, the King of kings in your life.





Friday, December 16, 2011

Good bye Stutters

There goes our container, empty and then end of the reno's. Now everything is in boxes in 5 rooms of our house. Guess what I will be doing in January...sorting...sorting and more sorting. Perhaps the most boring of pictures this time round, the bathroom newly painted in a lovely pale aqua.



And then dry wall...after 20 years...actual dry wall....wow!


So as you can see I have my work cut out for me. Sorting and re-decorating, won't that be a great thing to do in the winter blues season. All in all it has been a blessing in disguise. Stutters has been great, the people who work for them I have come to really like and looked forward to seeing them. I am thankful for the process and all the blessings that came with it.





Saturday, December 3, 2011

CARPET!!!!

A look at our new carpet downstairs! We decided against Berber and really like this. Funny thing, I thought I was choosing something a bit darker then upstairs....um nope...same color! We love it.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The downstairs

I thought I should get some pictures of the downstairs before it is all finished. The bathroom with its wonderful new light fixture. This is lucky number three, the first too big, the second a fatal flaw in its design and this one is just right. I am excited about the color going in and of course it is the last room to be painted! All in good time.

The rec room hasn't looked like this since we moved in. Gerry was at home mid week and I nabbed him to take out the wall unit so that the carpet would go under the unit rather then around it. My practical side wanted to use up the paint from upstairs, so green for the storage area and blue for the rec room, it had been blue anyway, now it is just cleaner looking.



Amanda's old room, looks like it is yellow, but it is tan, like coffee with cream, Gerry's choice. Good one, it looks great. Decided to keep the doors teal, gives it that punch of color, or too lazy to paint them in reality. It will no longer be a spare bedroom, we are thinking of getting a ping pong table and maybe a air hockey table...something for the family to have fun with.





And the back spare room the same green as the rest of the house. This has been a big week, painting done and today new carpet. I think we are getting to the end. Some dry wall in the laundry room, and the bathroom to be painted and new ceiling put in. Then another re-sort and re-organizing, but that will have to wait until January!







Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The snow has arrived! Even though I really don't like winter, and mostly snow on the roads, deep inside of me I do have a fondness for how lovely it makes everything look. I love how it settles on the branches of the trees, or makes a scalloped edge on this chair. It is the wonder of God at work. I am not sure if it is the onset of winter, or the coming of Christmas that the urge to craft comes in to play. Really it can hit at anytime. While sorting through a million boxes and getting the upstairs set up, it hit me. One of the lampshades had a big crack in it. So after thinking for a short time, off the the store I went. Once at home, the glue gun out and ta-da, a new lampshade and back to sorting. There is just something about being able to make things either for yourself, your home and best yet for others. These little candy bags are for the dessert night at church this next Monday.

Amanda and I did these cute ornaments from old hymn books that she got for free. It was kind of odd tearing the hymn book apart, but now we will have some of our old favorites on our tree. On of mine is "What a friend we have in Jesus", my grandma's favorite song. I can not ever sing this song without thinking of her. I think we will have to add a bit of "Martha Stewart's" glitter to really make these ornaments shine.



Today I am looking forward to a home day. A bit of cleaning and sorting and of course what I am really looking forward to doing is sewing. I tell my girls that they need to have some sort of creative outlet. Something they can do well, whether sewing, a craft, or baking. In times when money is short, if they have something they can make and give as gifts, not only does it make them feel better but it is a wonderful way to give a piece of your heart to others. Until next time~





Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hannah's week at home

Hannah was home for reading break last week. We were all happy to finally see her. The week was pretty busy, shopping in Kelowna, all three Lord of the Rings movies, out for dinner and just hanging out. Lots of talking about school....and boys. I have missed that.

I have missed the lived in look of Hannah's room and her sweet "Good Morning".



Watching all three Lord of the Rings. Now we are back to counting down the days until Christmas break!





Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Living room Pictures

Little by little I am getting things re-sorted and put in its place. Here are some snap shots of the living room.

A close up of the lamp shade I re-made, can you guess from what???









I am not sure why I thought I needed a sofa and a love seat before, now I am liking the spacious look of not so much furniture.

















Next the computer room, but that will have to be next week since I am off to quilting retreat on Friday. Best of all Hannah comes home for a week, how we have missed her! Until next time.....

Monday, October 31, 2011

Pictures!!!

Finally some pictures of the upstairs and the rooms I have re-sorted and cleaned. Our room is a different shade of blue, and I have put up some curtains for now. I am hoping to be finished with the upstairs by the end of the week. Then will decide on new places for pictures later.

Our bathroom, from tan to nice and white.



The kitchen from several angles.























Main bathroom, no more sunflowers.




















Hannah's room, it was green and now a slightly different green, and lovely new carpet!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A big week

More changes. It is a big week. We decided that we could spend some money on some of our own upgrades. So it was decided...counter tops. There is such a wide variety of choices, and as per I asked everyone and their brother opinions. I even looked in fancy magazines and finally came up with...I have to decide for myself, I am the one who looks at it more then a zillion hours a day. So.... light=safe or dark=dramatic. I went out of my box and went dramatic, and I love it! At the end of this week our carpets will be put in, another exciting event. After two months of being downstairs I should be back living in the sunshine again very soon. When our stuff comes back into the house I will do another sort, I want to live a bit more simply. It is a new time in our lives as empty nesters. I don't want to spend all my days a slave to cleaning or embarrassed that our place looks pretty tired and worn. We have been given such a wonderful gift.... a brand new place. What a blessing this whole thing has been.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Living in the basement

Thanks to Amanda and Ryan I have a lap top that I can use while mine is packed up. I seem to be learning all kinds of new things, laptop, new cell phone and living in the basement. I kind of feel like that new show called "CONSUMED'. It is about a family and the house is a mess, everything gets taken away for a month, then they see what they really need. My month will be on October 1st. At first the house insurance people said it would be three weeks to complete. I had wondered after my second week if that meant three weeks of them working and not my idea of three weeks in a row. Now I think it will be more like two months and hope they are done by Christmas! I am not complaining, I have everything I need and it is not that much of an inconvenience. I know that once our stuff comes back in I plan to re-sort everything and make things simpler.
The house is coming along great. I have had a few oh dear moments when the colors went on the wall. First the green, love it, and then the blue, oh dear that is alot of color and alot of blue! White in the spare room looks like a room you go into if you are crazy and need calm. It will be fun to redecorate everything again. One of the best parts, we also get new carpet in all the bedrooms and living room, what a dream! Until next time.....

Monday, September 19, 2011

Exciting week

I am so excited about this week. The whole upstairs of the house will be painted. Walls and ceilings! I have picked the paint colors that I have fussed about over quite a few months. I am still having second thots, but am going to just plunge in and stick to what I have picked. It is only paint and can be changed if need be. If I can live with a burgundy wall that sucked the life out of the place for a few years, I can live with what I picked out this time too! I will take pictures of everything at some point, perhaps when my camera is unpacked from the container, or I might try my new cell phone camera. I am not that savy on that kind of thing. Anyway, I will say goodbye to my computer for another week, back in the box it goes. Until next time~Terri

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I would like to publicly apologize to anyone who has had to sleep in our spare room, commonly known as Amanda's old room. The bed or the the sink hole is terrible. One of the worst parts is that the fitted sheet does not stay on the corners. How many times did I say to poor Amanda "boy you must toss and turn a lot" in a rather snotty voice Um... the mattress is made of the most slippery fabric ever.

The bed is okay for one- you just have to get up in the middle of the night to put the sheet back on- just coordinate it with your nightly potty time and it works well. But sleeping two in that bed-yikes. Someone has to sleep the hole, while the other perches on the down hill. Its like sleeping on a ravine. I wondered if I should tie my nightgown to the nearest chair so I would only in slide so far. There is no my side of the bed or I do not feel like cuddling. Perhaps it is good practice to sleep in the beds you offer to company, just to make sure the are actually going to get a good nights sleep. So once we get to have our furniture back upstairs, the fate of this bed is a trip to the dump. Again, most sincere apologies.

Monday, September 5, 2011

I think I need a survival kit













We have just gotten home from taking Hannah to Millar. We had a wonderful trip and time with Hannah on the way there and knowing that she will have such a blessed time at school. Great school, teachers, room-mate, old friends and the new ones she will make. We had the added bonus of staying with Wanda and Harry, and seeing Lois in Banff.







Then home, well it doesn't look much like "home" at this point. Like Laura had said, "it looks like you are moving". It does. Paper for curtains and no lamps. Empty and all boxed up. So far they have boxed up the livingroom, kitchen, computer area and the spare room. I think they looked in Hannah's war torn room, cried and went home in hopes that someone else would clean it. That is one of my jobs today...thanks Hannah, I will be thinking of you :)


So in looking at the kitchen, they must think I am a coffee drinker as it was left out, but my tea kettle is gone. Oh well. This morning I get up and ready for my usual tea, no tea kettle so I will just boil some water in a pan....wait a minute...they packed the tea bags....ALL of them. Thankfully Amanda made me a "tea caddy" for my purse, so I have tea for today. Hmmm...think I had better make a survival kit before they pack up the toilet paper.

Monday, August 29, 2011

countdown

The countdown begins...I have tried to avoid the whole thing, but it is before me screaming so loudly...I can no longer put it off. Three days left at home, a busy week for me with working and lists that stretch on for Hannah. Thursday we go, a trip we have not made for many years. I am excited about seeing the Millar campus again, and the wonderful memories I have there. I pray that it will be a wonderful experience for Hannah and that she will be able to look back to her days there with much love and fondness. I know I will miss Hannah, the fun she brings into my days, feeling "cool" watching shows like "Teen Mom" and singing along with Taylor Swift. She keeps me current. I told her that when she gets back I will be just an old mom, watching game shows like Wheel of Fortune and listening to old 70's music. I don't like leaving the familiar. This path has been a long one, filled with girl drama of one kind or another, I like it and so thankful to have wonderful daughters to share life with. So..... off our sweet little bird goes, holding tight to God's hand, ready to learn more about Him, and make wonderful memories that will stay with her forever. Now the countdown begins....67 days until Hannah is home again.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Nasty furnace soot







The nasty furnace, now in a pile at the dump, did one last sneaky hurrah. Instead of just quiting, or breaking down, it put soot on all of our walls. It wasn't noticeable at first, and I thot, do I really see lines on my walls and ceiling? I did, and behind pictures, the corners of our rooms, the windows....everywhere. A friend suggested we do a house insurance claim, so insurance was coming up and I mentioned it. Thus the process begins. First thing, a new furnace, that was a given. And since we are getting a new furnace we will get air conditioning as well. The exciting part will be my 20 year summer ban on making anything unless absolutely necessary in the oven. To think...I could make a cake...just for fun...right in the middle of summer on the hottest day...WOW!



The next part will be the clean up, that will happen after we take Hannah to Bible school. So in the mean time I am trying to gut each room, sorting out what I really don't want anymore and then storing the rest in boxes so they can be easily taken to the container that will be in the driveway. I have to say I am kind of excited about it and kind of nervous since I don't know what to expect. The end result will be a clean house, either painted or ready to be painted, so I can't really loose. I know that the soot does not come off with normal cleaning supplies, so I am thankful that the cleaners that will have to come in will do a way better job then I could ever do. So the pictures....the furnace on the way to the dump and on Hannah's wall the word "Photography" written in soot. The clean -up continues....

Sunday, August 7, 2011

summer

Finally summer is here, we have waited a long time for the sun to shine, temperatures to be unbearable and for our fans to run 24 hours a day! The first picture is three of my favorite things. The sweet peas we got at Farmers market, I used to have some growing along a cute side garden that is now and unmanageable and destined for a overhaul, or plowed under. Second~ the table runner I made for me with wonderful pastel prints. And thirdly the "fun" candy dish, always makes me smile.

The next batch of pictures is of the yard after a day of trimming, pulling weeds, sweating, raking, bagging, complaining, sweeping and fussing. Yard work.....is not fun....at all. The only thing that makes it worth while is flowers.


















Friday, July 8, 2011

Auntie Irenes leftover quilt squares

Done at last! After cleaning out my linen closet this spring I uncovered a bag of Gerry's Auntie Irene's leftover quilt blocks. I did have a batch before and Tammy and I made alot of them into bread cloths and took them to a family reunion years ago. This is the last of it. I think even though the colors are not what I would choose, they are quite remarkable. Made in the time of using what ever you had on hand, not the best quality of fabric, likely using templates and the big no no, using poly/cotton. Auntie Irene must have loved this star pattern, the quilt that she made for Gerry and I is the same pattern, and so are many others.
I wish I had been smarter about relationships when we were first married. I wish I had taken the time to get to know Auntie Irene better, we liked some of the same things. It is my privilege to finish these squares and pass them to the family and hope they bring some happy memories of a wonderful Aunt.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The crazed cleaning



Nothing like a house insurance claim person coming on Monday to get motivated to clean up...I mean a real clean...like all the rooms, not just the ones you see on a random visit. I think I even perspired a bit, like I do when I am cleaning for other people...usually not in my own place. Our furnace has been nasty to us. Rather then just quiting, it decided that soot on the walls would be its last hurrah. Thus the house insurance guy on Monday.


While in the throws of cleaning I decided to make a couple of pillows. Completely allowable in your own crazy cleaning day. After all they only take about a half a hour and some of that is just locating what fabric I want to use.

I already had the pillow with the flower on it, so the other two are new. Pillow covers make me happy. It gives that little bit of change needed from season to season. It confirms my love for blue and green...all together regardless of the "blue and green should not be seen together thing". So back to cleaning the messiest and last room. Then I can have all the doors open and ready for viewing. Won't that be grand! Until next time~ Terri

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

June

June is one busy month! A quick list of what has gone on so far.

~our 33rd anniversary

~My birthday

~We had some wiring done so now we have the hot tub to enjoy.

~Stairs built so we can enjoy the hot tub and not have to sneak around the front yard in our bathing suits and towels.

~Family camp, we actually had a nice NEW cabin, wow!

~The very best news is that Hannah after being on the waiting list for Millar College of the Bible has been accepted for this coming fall! And an added blessing, so has her cousin Bethany! Watch out Millar, here come some pretty fantastic girls!

~I have finished this quilt for Hannah, I can't really take credit. Hannah with the help of Amanda and I putting our 2 cents in, picked the fabric.

Hannah planned it, arranged it, numbered it and yep, I sewed it together and clipped it.

Isn't it lovely!



Saturday, May 14, 2011

Weekend

I am having a strange weekend. It is Bethany's high school graduation in Taber, Alberta, and the girls have all gone on a road trip. A sisters trip! I admire their courage. I am not sure if I could do such a trip. It is exciting and nerve racking all at the same time. Getting through Calgary is the sore point of the trip, and yet one of the high points since there is great shopping, especially at Ikea, if you can get there without all your nerves shattered! They did, and I was most relieved to hear they arrived safely. Now normally Gerry is home on the weekend....but not this one. And where is he headed? Taber. I feel a bit like a loser. I must admit I did have a moment of tears. But I am making the best of my oneness. I made a rather big list of possibilities. I have quilted, planted flowers, arranged the deck, went to some garage sales with Glenda and Shelley, picked up more paint chips to consider for the inside of the house, and have even just sat and read a few chapters of a book. I have more I want to do, paint the wainscoting white, more sewing and might find that extra spare room we supposedly have...um maybe. I have actually kind of enjoyed myself....like a retreat from the norm. Happy Graduation Bethany, my gift to you...three fabulously fun sisters for the weekend and a glimpse of my favorite guy. Until next time~

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Is it spring yet?

How I would love to post a picture with beautiful spring flowers and trees that are bursting with buds....but I can't. It is spring, just the early stages, it is still dull and grey and a bit cool yet. How do I know it is spring? Today was the first day I didn't wear a jacket or sweater to do a few errands, not breaking out the Capri's or flip flops yet, but it is a start. The other sign... ordering a ice cap or one of the new Real fruit smoothies rather then something hot to drink at Tim Hortons. And the last sign...the screen door open, for just a little bit of that spring air. I think that spring must be a much awaited and loved season. Finally the end of winter...man was it a long one this time, even for us in BC! Until next time~Happy Spring~Terri

Monday, March 21, 2011

Ingredients

The ingredients~ one small duffel bag, 2 small bins, shopping bag of yummy food, rolling suitcase with the most important ingredient, large blue Ikea bag filled to the brim, pillow and extra blanket =QUILT RETREAT! I had wondered if I was even going to go this time! The flu beast hit hard! But I enjoyed 5 days of non-stop fun and quilting. There were 28 of us at one point in the weekend. I didn't come home with any finished projects but a very good start on the quilt I am making for our bed, pictured is the top quarter of it. I also have a table runner, scrap quilt, and a newly learned 4 poesy stack and whack, (the most played with block ever!) All in all a wonderful weekend. I come home inspired, encouraged and a little tired! The star wall hanging is from batiks I had gotten in the fall, we made another trip this time too, great fun!


Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Look


My blog has a new look...thanks Amanda!

What a nice weekend we had. The girls were over on Saturday night, we watched a movie, had Hannah's now famous caramel popcorn and Amanda's new recipe of butterscotch brownies. Both real "bad" and very hard to resist. Laura had gotten some fancy coloring books, so while watching the movie the girls were busy coloring!

Gerry and I went to church together, sat down and a bit later here come the three girls to sit with us. Not unusual, but it really touched me to have them all close by and I know how blessed we are to have that.

Today the snow found us once again, and as always I hope it is the last "hurrah" and spring around the corner.

I thot I would include a picture of Gerry and I, taken by Hannah.

Really I just wanted to write on my blog with the new look! Until next time~Terri

Monday, February 14, 2011

a few projects







I am so excited to have a few projects in the finishing stages. Some have sat around collecting dust for a bit just waiting for a border and a trip to the quilter. Now they are wonderfully quilted and it adds so much to what I have done. It is like the frosting on the cake. Cake is good but sometimes even better with the right frosting! Here are some small glimpses of my projects, they just need a binding and a label and off they go to the special people I have made them for.



And by the way....Happy Valentines day..... Terri

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Remembering Mom

My mom would have been 70 today. We started out in the world just her and I. She was a teenage mom enduring the scorn and shame of those days. Mom protected me from that. I think that is where her fierce love began and extended to all her children and grandchildren. Our gift from her was knowing we were loved. She said it and showed it. It remains in our hearts for all of our days. Thank-you Mom for such a beautiful gift. I miss you everyday.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

New light fixture


It seems to me that the month of January is a sharp contrast to the month of December. All those days we wished we had in December are waiting for us in January. What a long month! We have had alot of snow, which means I have alot of home days. I have gotten some great things done while being at home. Why do we "spring clean"? Spring is a great time of year, weary of snow and the excitement of budding trees and green. So I "winter clean". I am home anyway, why not do something as dull as the month of January. I only have two more big jobs to do, the kitchen and the large closet downstairs. I am pretty happy about that.

The other exciting thing was to get a new light fixture for the kitchen, well two really. We replaced the garage looking fluorescent light with a cloud light. I accidentally got such a good deal on the other light. Now I had gone to all the stores looking for a light, I have dragged nearly every family member to look at lights, and I had gone at least four times to the same store myself. The light I got was priced wrong, but the sales lady said that I could have it for that price, and if I even went into the other room she would change the price....SOLD! I love it. It is pictured at the top, isn't it lovely and so modern...love love love!
On that happy note I will leave you now...might go close the blinds....it is snowing AGAIN!