Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Letterboxing in Oakland, Kitchener and Cambridge

Hal & I headed out letterboxing on June 15th in the Cambridge area.  It was a gorgeous sunny breezy day for a road trip.  Our first stop was United Empire Loyalist in Oakland ON.  It was an interesting location and a fairly easy find.


Next stop was Cambridge to find the five boxes that make up the Scooby Doo Where Are You? series.  What an awesome park.  We saw kids collecting minnows in the creek and lots of picnickers and kids on all the playground equipment.  The boxes were fairly simple to find.  We just had to be slick and sneaky so we could pull the boxes and replant them.

The fifth box, which contained the log book for the series, gave us the biggest headache.  We figured out the clues quite easily BUT a lady decided to take up residence about 3 feet from where we needed to be.  We wandered around the area taking photos and wishing she would move.  Instead she settled in with her music and book and bottle of water.  Sigh! 

We didn't want to leave the area so we decided to go have lunch.  We stopped a young man and he recommended a local fish and chip place.  The fish was quite fabulous but the fries and slaw and atmosphere . . . not so exciting.  We returned to the park and she was still there!  But she was meditating and seemed to be in her own little world.  She still had ear phones in so I took a chance and "posed" near the box for a "photo" and quickly leaned over and pulled the box.  Yeah!!

We went back to the van to stamp in and I assumed I'd be able to pull the same stunt to rehide the box.  Nope!!  When I sat back down in the appropriate spot to rehide she turned around and looked at me.  I hadn't noticed that she no longer had her ear phones on.  Back to the van we went to decide what to do.  Finally we went down the road to Tim Hortons.  When we returned, she was gone.  The box was safely replanted.



On to Kitchener to pick up Neighbourhood Love.  We had such a great time with this box and we hope the creator, Vivian the Viking, doesn't mind that I am planning on copying her idea.  This box was our last stop before heading home. 

We were thrilled with our day. 

June 2011 Mystery Knit-along Final Step

Day 5

Row 49: K1, P1, K1 *P3, K4, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, K1*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 50: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P2tog tbl, yo, P5*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.
Row 51: K1, P1, K1 * P3, K7*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 52: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P7*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.
Row 53:  *K1, P1* to end of row.
Row 54:  *K1, P1* to end of row.
Row 55:  *K1, P1* to end of row.
Row 56:  *K1, P1* to end of row.
Cast off.

I am working on the patterns for a matching tea towel topper and a tea towel.  I’ll post them as soon as I’ve got them finished.

Are you interested in another mystery knit-along for July? 

Day 4

Row 37: K1, P1, K1 *P3, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, K5*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 38: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P4, P2tog tbl, yo, P1*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.
Row 39: K1, P1, K1 *P3, K2, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k3*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 40: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P2, P2tog tbl, you, P3*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.
Row 41: K1, P1, K1 *P3, K4, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, K1*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 42: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P2tog tbl, yo, P5*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.
Row 43: K1, P1, K1 * P3, K7*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 44: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P7*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.
Row 45: K1, P1, K1 *P3, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, K5*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 46: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P4, P2tog tbl, yo, P1*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.
Row 47: K1, P1, K1 *P3, K2, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k3*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 48: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P2, P2tog tbl, you, P3*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.

Day 3

Row 25: K1, P1, K1 *P3, K4, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, K1*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 26: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P2tog tbl, yo, P5*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.
Row 27: K1, P1, K1 * P3, K7*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 28: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P7*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.
Row 29: K1, P1, K1 *P3, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, K5*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 30: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P4, P2tog tbl, yo, P1*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.
Row 31: K1, P1, K1 *P3, K2, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k3*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 32: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P2, P2tog tbl, you, P3*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.
Row 33: K1, P1, K1 *P3, K4, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, K1*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 34: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P2tog tbl, yo, P5*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.
Row 35: K1, P1, K1 * P3, K7*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 36: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P7*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.

Day 2

Row 13: K1, P1, K1 *P3, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, K5*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 14: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P4, P2tog tbl, yo, P1*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.
Row 15: K1, P1, K1 *P3, K2, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k3*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 16: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P2, P2tog tbl, you, P3*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.
Row 17: K1, P1, K1 *P3, K4, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, K1*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 18: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P2tog tbl, yo, P5*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.
Row 19: K1, P1, K1 * P3, K7*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 20: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P7*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.
Row 21: K1, P1, K1 *P3, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, K5*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 22: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P4, P2tog tbl, yo, P1*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.
Row 23: K1, P1, K1 *P3, K2, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k3*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 24: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P2, P2tog tbl, you, P3*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.

Day 1

1 ball of cotton knitting worsted
4.5 mm knitting needles

Cast on 49 stitches

Row 1: *K1, P1* to end of row.
Row 2: *K1, P1* to end of row.
Row 3: *K1, P1* to end of row
Row 4: *K1, P1* to end of row.
Row 5: K1, P1, K1 *P3, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, K5*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 6: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P4, P2tog tbl, yo, P1*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.
Row 7: K1, P1, K1 *P3, K2, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k3*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 8: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P2, P2tog tbl, you, P3*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.
Row 9: K1, P1, K1 *P3, K4, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, K1*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 10: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P2tog tbl, yo, P5*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.
Row 11: K1, P1, K1 * P3, K7*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then P3, K1, P1, K1.
Row 12: K1, P1, K1 *K3, P7*, repeat * to * to last 6 stitches then K4, P1, K1.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Letterboxing in Burlington - June 12, 2011

We kept the boys for a sleepover so we could leave at the crack of dawn to spend the day in Burlington ON.  Our first stop was Can't Stop the Signal.  It was a beautiful hike, we found all 4 boxes plus an unexpected geocache.
 You could tell it was early in the morning by the cranky look on our "new" teenager's face . . . LOL.  He cheered up quickly when he found his very first geocache.

 We tried to find Box of Bumbles but I guess we aren't really good a puzzling out clues.  It is a beautiful cemetery with an impressive war memorial.  Bumble gave us an extra clue so we will go back again and hopefully find it.
 We had lunch at a park near Don't Believe Your Eyes that had a miniature airfield for model airplane enthusiasts.  We had a great time watching the little planes.  Cameron had picked the lunch and he did a great job.  We had egg salad, cheese, and pb&j sandwiches, carrots and dip, and lots of fresh fruit.  After lunch we went looking for the nearby letterbox and found it after a bit of a search.  We were really excited when we found the Magnetic Hill and it really worked.  That really made our day.  It was Open Doors Burlington so we stopped in to tour the Burlington Fire Department. 


Bike Path Call of the Birds has been replanted and we were able to find it with no troubles at all.  Next stop was our third attempt at Gossip.  We had no luck on previous attempts because of all the muggles and a couple of huskies.  This time we were lucky.  It is much easier to create a distraction with the 3 boys along . . . LOL.
It's hard to get Cameron to sit still long enough to fix his shoelace . . . LOL

I love this photo so much that is is my screen saver now.


Austin is reprising the role of Jack in Titanic . . . he's the king of the world . . .
 Our next stop was Old Downtowns.  It was a simple find and the stamp is awesome!  It was time to head for home but I was determined to find Mohawk Chapel in Brantford.  We found it!

Brotherly love . . .
We delivered the boys home in time for a late supper and then we headed home to rest.

Relay for Life

I was very proud to participate for the first time in the Relay for Life to honour my mom's winning battle against cancer.  And I was very proud of all our friends and family who came out to support us with donations and good wishes and taking some of our laps for us.  Special thanks to Mackies and the Lale family for supplying us with an amazing roomy tent to keep us dry and warm.

Our goal as a team was to have someone from our group on the track at all times and with all the extra people who came out we were very successful.

The organizers were amazing at keeping us motivated, entertained and fed all night.  Some of the highlights for me were the survivors lap, the trivia contest and the dancing.

I am really proud of my grandchildren who walked laps almost non-stop right up until 1:30 am when their parents made them go home.  I think they would have kept going all night . . . LOL . . .

My son, 3 grandsons, daughter-in-law and Mom

Annie was so happy when her hubby brought out her girls.

Okay this hat just makes me giggle . . .

Survivor's Lap



Last Lap


Some beautiful helpers . . .

Friday, June 24, 2011

Some finishes . . . creatively speaking . . .


When we were letterboxing a couple of months back (when we still needed mitts) Cameron lost one.  I finally made a replacement for the missing mitt.


Another mystery knit along from Monthly Dishcloths Yahoo Group.


Some finishes . . . creatively speaking . . .


When we were letterboxing a couple of months back (when we still needed mitts) Cameron lost one.  I finally made a replacement for the missing mitt.


Another mystery knit along from Monthly Dishcloths Yahoo Group.