Monday, February 27, 2017

Retro Expo

Little Man has started March break.
To celebrate, we both visited Montreal's Retro Expo.
It took place at the Delta Hotel.

For Little Man it was just an exposition of really cool, really old stuff.
For me it was a look into my childhood.
The event itself was fun.
For a five dollar entry fee you can take a stroll back into what it was like to be a child of the 80s and 90s.
I stood looking at all the merchandise thinking, so and so had that toy, he had that one. I was never allowed that one.
It was really great fun.
Little Man found his happy place at the video game table. They had everything from Gameboy to the original Nintendo console, Game Cube, Sega and all sorts in between. Since we have quite a few of those consoles still in operation, Little Man came home with a couple of games. March Break will now be Simpsons action packed!
I came home with a mission to track down Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne. I was addicted to that game a number of years back. The story line was fantastical and in depth. I am looking to purchase another copy of this game for a reasonable price. I do not really want to sacrifice an organ. I might need it later.
It was a wonderful day!

While we did not actually take photographs within the event, we did take a few on the way home.

While I am not sure what this week will bring, we will make the best of some down time and quality video gaming marathons.
I hope you are all well
Chat with you later.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Winter Wonderland

It has been snowing pretty steady for the last few days.
The week began all nice and calm.


Now we have about two feet.


Jackie is thrilled!


Tommy? Not so much.


After all that fun outside, Jackie and I are resting, knitting and making cookies!


The cookies I made are called Jell-O Cookies.

The recipe is super simple and the ingredients were already in my kitchen.
These made very excellent cookies!

I am still going very strong on my sock knitting obsession.

I completed a pair of Time Traveler Socks.


I have also started on another pair of Simple Skyp Socks.

These are my go to socks when I want relaxing knitting. The pattern is simple that you do not really need to count your stitches or pay too close attention to what row you are knitting. Perfect for binge watching Pretty Little Liars.

When I have sufficiently defrosted, I will venture out to the garage and continue on my painting.

I'm not exactly sure which direction I am heading with this painting but, I am certainly having fun trying to get there.

I hope you are all well.
Chat will you later.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

It's a Bit Weird Over Here

That is the only sentence that really fits.
We have all had a very odd week. I still look to certain spots where Rebel used to like to chill. I can almost hear that very distinct meow.
It sounded as if he was saying Mom. The 'O' was more of an aaw sound. Imagined the way Fran Drescher's character used to speak on the sitcom The Nanny.
Napoleon still looks for his older brother. That is the hardest part to deal with because you cannot really explain to a cat where his brother has gone.
We spend a lot of time cuddling.

It helps us both get by.

I did a little painting this past week.

It is a watercolour titled, Red Rhode Island Hen. It is based on a photograph I took a few summers ago of my mother-in-law's chickens. Those little characters are quite interesting to watch. They follow mom around like she is the Pied Piper of Chickens.

I have also been knitting.
Mostly socks.
I completed a test knit of which I am really proud, at the moment called, Branchiocaris.


I just started another pair called Time Traveler.

I love the yarn I am using. I wish I could locate the band label. For the life of me I cannot recall the name or even the type of material used.

Jackie has been great company, though a bit mischievous.
She assisted with laundry the other day.....


After laundry was complete, we needed to recuperate.


It is a bit too chilly to venture out this morning. We are going to rest inside and binge watch Sherlock.
I hope you are all well.
Talk with you later.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Thank You

This morning I made one of the toughest decisions of my life.
I had to say good bye to my best friend.
He had been in my life for 20 years.
I like to think we chose each other.
That thought makes me smile.
I said good bye to Rebel this morning.
It was time.
He told me so.
There will never be another cat like that.
Someone to share a Big Mac and a glass of rye while we watch the Leafs.
If it was not for him, I would probably would not even be here.
He needed me.
I made him a promise to always look after him.
He looked after me.
He gave me a reason to get up everyday, go to work, come home, and enjoy life.
He would help me fall asleep, which is no easy task.
I return the favour this morning.
Right now I feel a little empty.
But,
I am also really grateful that he chose to share his life with me.
Thank you Rebel.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Good Morning

I hope you are all well!
We visited my parents in Ontario for the holidays and had a wonderful time.
A very stress free, come as you are, just enjoying the company.
Gifts and jokes were exchanged.
A lesson to Grandma and Grandpa in texting was preformed.

I'm not sure how much of the lesson will be retained, but everyone enjoyed the experience.

When we returned home we were relieved to see that Rebel had indeed survived the holidays. He is eating a little more. Still have trouble remembering what he is doing from one minute to the next. But, he really enjoys playing with the decorations on the Christmas tree.
Napoleon proceeded to get in my face and give me hell for disappearing for a few days.

We were very lucky to have a loving furchild babysitter. Jo's mom is awesome to the fuzzy children. Spoils them and makes sure everything is good before she makes her way back to her own home and fuzzy children.

Mom loved her Bird Mittens


I finished my Cthulhu Mittens, but unfortunately ran out of the blue. The thumbs were completed in black.


On Ravelry, there is this thing called The Great Sockening. It is just fun to say the words to be honest. A group of knitters dedicating this year to be The Year of the Sock! What fun. So many different patterns and techniques, I had to get on board with this event. I love knitting socks. They travel well and never leave me feeling bored no matter how simple the pattern.
To start off my year, I cast on Aquaphobia Socks

I am knitting two at a time in Loops & Threads Luxury Sock yarn, colour Canyon.

I also did a little painting.

It is watercolour based on a photo we took during the fall at my Mom's house. I titled it Feeding Time.

My day is moving forward rather quickly.
My fuzzy children are relaxing in various parts of the house.

Time to shower, eat and start the day.
Have a good one everyone!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Did You Survive?

Christmas has come and gone for another year. I hope you all had a wonderful time, whatever holiday you celebrate.
We just tried our best to relax and enjoy the day. That is a bit difficult for me as I worked.
I did however receive a very special gift. I was called Mom. I may not be his biological mother, but we are family. We do the best we can. I try to teach and show him love. He actually does the same for me, even if he doesn't know it. I feel very blessed this holidays season. I could not ask for a single thing more.

The fuzzy children enjoyed Christmas.
Turns out Tommy has a thing for Candy Canes

While we were eating dinner, I could hear this bizarre crackling, crunching sounds. I could not quite place it. I turn around and lo and behold! There is Tommy, sitting all nonchalant, with his, what? face perfected.

Rebel just likes to sit back and watch the chaos.

Rebel is still having a rough go. He drinks lots of water, just has no interest in food whatsoever. I try my best to make him comfortable.
I was just telling hubs this morning, You know, this cat and I have been together longer than the average marriage.
That is 20 years under our belts Rebel. He has probably seen more of Canada than most people as he has traveled with me all over this beautiful country. I cannot possibly complain. He has been one of the best companions I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

We have been experiencing some interesting weather in Southern Quebec as well.
One day everything is covered in ice,


Then it all melts, next thing you know

BAM!

Return to winter,


I read in the paper, today will be much colder. So all that wet stuff that fell during the night, yes, most likely to freeze.

I want to show you what I have been knitting. I have had so much fun with some of these projects!
I actually made two of these toques!
The pattern is called Fuck The Cold,
Hubs really likes his. It keeps his head warm.


Cthulhu Mittens
!

Still a work in progress.

Mitts for my Mom,
Bird Mittens,


Finally, a toque for Jacob,
Dead or Alive Fish Hat,


I have had a long night, so I must retire.
I hope you are all well.
Enjoy your holidays!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Free Pattern

Arched Beanie

I was inspired by the church tower in my little town. The arches are decorated by stained glass and reflect beautifully in the snow. This is a beanie I created using leftover yarn from a previous project from Caron Cakes. Aran weight. I used approximately 65 yards with size 4.5mm needles.
You can find the pattern available for download at
Craftsy
or through
Ravelry.
I hope you enjoy it!