Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Fitness, Pistols and Building a Mystery


Today's Writing Prompt: Perceived Shape

Have you ever been significantly more OR less physically fit than you are today?  What was different about that? What was easier? Harder? Did others treat you any differently?

I hate to answer these questions because I always feel like people might think I'm being all whiney . . . but my physical fitness changed in a week.  I went to a convention in good shape, healthy . . . I had been hiking just a few days before.  While I was away, I got sick.  I was so sick that I was scared to go the hospital because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to go home.  So I waited until I returned to Canada to see a doctor.  After nearly a year of tests I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  My life has never been the same.  I believe that was 1996.

Pistol Patent Day

When : Always February 25th

"Shoot! I don't have a Pistol Patent." If this thought is going through your mind right now, then this day is for you. You should aim to get a patent today. Why, today is Pistol Patent Day.

In order to get a pistol patent, you must have a new design for a pistol. I'm sure you can whip one up in short order and lay down the permit application fees and such, right? If not, how can you participate in this day? .... we offer no answer to this question.

Did you Know? Samuel Colt invented the revolver, a pistol with multiple chambers for bullets. He patented it in Europe in 1835, and in the United States in 1836.

Origin of Pistol Patent Day:
Samuel Colt invented the pistol. He received Patent # 138 for it on this day in 1836. The patent was for the Colt Revolver with a rotating chamber containing six bullets.

February 25, 1998 - Halifax-born singer Sarah McLachlan wins Grammy Award for best female pop vocal for her song, Building a Mystery. Los Angeles, California

Monday, December 29, 2014

My first home, Tortilla Chips and William Shatner . . .


Today's Writing Prompt: Home

Write about your first home: Your childhood home or first apartment of your own.

As far as I know, I lived in the same house all my childhood.  Since I can't actively recall the first year or two, I can only guess about those years.

We lived at 343 Wellington Street, one of only two modern flat-roofed homes in town.  Apparently the house was fairly small when it was first built.  I was old enough to remember when the house nearly doubled in size but I couldn't actually tell you how old I was.  Next door to us was an empty lot owned by my grandfather.  You could walk between Wellington St. and Mary St. E. through that lot.  My grandfather's house abutted the lot at the Mary St. E. end.  It was a great place to play.  

National Tortilla Chip Day

When : Always February 24th

Today is a holiday with a crunch. One might even suggest that it is a corny holiday. Well, that's okay because today is National Tortilla Chip Day. Just a few decades ago, Americans seldom ate Corn Chips and Salsa. It's popularity has grown immensely. Today is a tribute to that rising popularity of one of America's favorite munchies.

Did you know? The corn chip recipe was brought to the U.S. from Mexico by texas businessman Elmer Doolin.

Celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day with a handful of crunchy, tasty corn chips and your favorite salsa or dip.

2010 - February 24 - Sport - Kaillie Humphries (Calgary, AB) and Heather Moyse (Summerside, PEI) win Olympic gold in the Two-woman bobsleigh competition at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Fellow Canadians Shelley-Ann Brown and Helen Upperton take the silver, marking the first time Canadians had won two medals in one Winter Olympics event. Vancouver, BC
February 24 - Sport - Jessica Gregg, Kalyna Roberge, Marianne St-Gelais and Tania Vicent win Olympic silver in the Women's 3000 metre Short track relay at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Vancouver, BC
February 24 - Sport - Clara Hughes wins a bronze medal in Women's 5000 metres Speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Vancouver, BC
February 24 - Sport - Canada's mens hockey team defeats Russia 7-3 to advance to the semi-finals against Slovakia at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Vancouver, BC


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Mackie's, CASO Station and dog biscuits . . .


Today's Writing Prompt: Needed

When was the last time you felt needed?

I am very lucky that my family live close together and we help each other whenever we can.  I feel needed most of the time.  Better still, I feel wanted.

Only one blog post today:


We enjoyed a scrapbooking crop on \february 22nd at the CASO Station.

The Canadian Southern Station is an historically and architecturaly significant building.  This is what it used to look like.

A local community group was formed to restore the station.  There is still a lot to do I imagine but it already looks gorgeous.

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

When : Always February 23rd

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day is a day for the dogs. And, that's because there is no one else who can really appreciate the true value of a dog biscuit. They say "Every dog has his day". And, it will definitely be his day,when you give him some tasty dog biscuits.

You might appreciate their value in pleasing your dog, as a reward for behavior, or enticing them to do a trick. But, the dog is the recipient of the treat.

Celebrate today by giving your dog a few dog biscuits.

Origin of International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day:

Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. It wasn't a dog. It had to be a dog owner. In any event, it appears that holidays and specials days are "going to the dogs".

Why this is an "International" day, we may never know.

Source:  http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/dogbiscuitday.htm

February 23, 1893 - Hockey - Former Governor General Lord Stanley donates the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup - later known as the Stanley Cup - to the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association Champions. Montréal, Québec

February 23, 1894 - Hockey - Ottawa Capitals hockey club refuses to go to Toronto to play in the second annual Stanley Cup game, so the Cup is awarded to the Montréal AAA (Amateur Athletic Association) for the second time. Toronto, Ontario

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dream, think and realize . . .


Today's Writing Prompt: Dreams

Describe a dream you have had recently.

I wish I could . . . but they disappear as soon as I wake up.  I do know that if I am mad at someone, I usually dream about them and it involves water and usually them drowning.  

International World Thinking Day

When : Always February 22nd

Just think about it! Today is a day to ponder and contemplate.

International World Thinking Day is celebrated by Girl Scouts, Girl Guides and other girl groups. The original objective of this day was to set aside a day for girls all over the world to think of each other, and to give thanks and appreciation to "sister" Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. Over the years, it has been expanded to include the opportunity for girls (young and less young) to learn about health issues that affect girls and young women.

You don't have to be a Girl Scout or a Girl Guide to participate in this day. Rather, we encourage all females, young and old, to learn a little more about health issues today. If you are in a position to provide education and training on health issues, do so today. If you can not conduct it today, then schedule it for some time in the near future.

Something to think about: February 22nd is the birthday of both Lord Baden-Powell founder of the Boy Scouts, and his wife Lady Olave Baden-Powell . Lady Baden-Powell who founded Girl Guides.

Origin of World Thinking Day:

According to the World Thinking Day organization's website "World Thinking Day was first created in 1926 at the fourth Girl Guide/Girl Scout International Conference, held at Girl Scouts of the USA’s Camp Edith Macy (now called Edith Macy Conference Center). "

Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/worldthinkingday.htm

February 22, 1903 - U.S. side of Niagara Falls runs short of water due to drought conditions.

Winning at cards and hockey . . .

February 21, 2014

If you are looking for a delicious hardy side dish you really must try this recipe.  I love it.  http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/oven-roasted-vegetables.html

Card Reading Day

When : Always February 21st

Card Reading Day is a fun day. It's a day to read cards..... no more, no less.

Beyond a doubt, the stationery and Ecard companies love this day. It encourages you to send cards. They like that.

As we did our research, we thought we'd find some history that suggest it is a day for Tarot card readings. It very well could be. But, we found no written evidence to support our theory.

What we can tell you, is that its very popular to send and receive cards today. In order to read a card, someone has to send one. So, get the ball rolling and send out some cards today. Chances are, you will get a few back.

Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/cardreadingday.htm

February 21, 2002 - Sport - Canada’s women’s hockey team defeats the United States 3-2 in the gold medal game at the Salt Lake City Olympics, ending a 50-year drought. Some say Canada's luck turned after Canadian icemaker Trent Evans buried a loonie under centre ice. Salt Lake City, Utah - YouTube

Don't waste your day . . . Hoodie Hoo it!


Today's Writing Prompt: A Waste

What is your idea of a wasted day?

My idea of a wasted day is when I start a bunch of things and don't manage to finish anything.  I need to scratch chores off My Dreaded To Do List.

Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day

When : Always on February 20

On this winter day, people go out at noon, wave their hands over their heads and chant "Hoodie-Hoo".
It is a day to chase away winter blahs, and bring in spring. After all, everyone in the northern hemisphere are sick and tired of winter at this point and a little crazy being cooped up inside all winter and not seeing the sun.

Did you know? Hoodie Hoo Day is a copyrighted holiday. It was created and is provided, courtesy of the great folks at Wellcat.com

Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/hoo.htm

February 20, 1945 - Welfare - Government issues Canada's First Family Allowance cheques. Ottawa, Ontario

My favourite work of art costs a lot more than a toonie


Today's Writing Prompt: Art

What's your favorite work of art? What do you love about it?

My favourite work of art is Clark McDougall's Talbot Street 1964.  I love the comfort of the piece, the sidewalks clean from a fresh rain just ended, the beautiful colours highlighted with black enamel.  I have a print of it in my dining room.  On a tour of the local art gallery a couple of years ago I was able to see the original.

Chocolate Mint Day

When : Always February 19th

Chocolate Mint Day celebrates anything and everything that is chocolate mint flavored. The most common chocolate mint treats are ice cream, candies, and desserts. Not everyone likes chocolate mint. But those who do love it. No, we don't know why some people don't like this great flavor. But, we do feel sorry for them!

For Chocolate Mint lovers, this is truly a great day. Whether its candies, ice cream or desserts, make sure to get your fill of Chocolate Mint.

Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/chocolatemintday.htm

February 19, 1996 - Royal Canadian Mint puts new $2 coin design into circulation; bimetallic Polar Bear replaces the $2 bill. Winnipeg, Manitoba

Source:  http://canadachannel.ca/todayincanadianhistory/index.php/February_19

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Soothing upsets and hearts of gold . . .


Today's Writing Prompt: Soothing

How do you soothe yourself when you're upset?

Sadly I am a stress eater.  Apparently thinking about food makes me forget what I'm upset about.  I understand this about myself so I try to make sure to have lots of healthy snacks and no junk food in the house.  Once in a while I still give in and go to the store for a bag of chips though.

Two blog posts on February 18th:  

The first is about a tea party fundraiser I attended.  http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/afternoon-tea-party-to-benefit-pink.html

The second is about the square I designed for the Oddball Sampler Afghan I am making (still).  http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/oddball-square-aussie-map-sort-of.html

National Battery Day

When : Always February 18th

People get a charge out of National Battery Day. We are absolutely energized about the many uses and applications. It's an opportunity to celebrate a vital invention. Batteries are used everywhere, from the battlefield to smoke alarms to headsets. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and power capacity, to fit a wide array of needs.

Just imagine where the world would be without batteries. We'd still be using a crank to start our automobiles. We'd have to cart around long extension cords to bring the boombox to the beach. And, forget about hand-held games. They'd never be popular tied to an electrical outlet.

Yesiree, batteries are electrifying!

Today is a good time to appreciate the the power of batteries in our everyday life.

Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/batteryday.htm

February 18, 1972 - Music - Neil Young receives a gold record for Harvest, the only #1 album of his career; includes the #1 hit single Heart of Gold . New York, New York

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mackie's fries and sauce . . . and other random acts of kindness


Today's Writing Prompt: Love or Be Loved

Would you rather have a significant other who was too clingy and needy, or one who was too cold and distant? (Obviously both are pretty awful, but if you had to pick one....).

I would definitely prefer the colder other.  Sad to say I have a huge lack of empathy for people that are too clingy.  They get on my nerves.

Random Acts of Kindness Day

When : Always February 17th

Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. And, you know what to do...perform a few random acts of kindness. Almost any kind deed will do. And, we highly recommend you perform kind acts on as many people as you can.

This is a favorite day of many people and groups. People like the idea of showing a little kindness to others. Its a fun and good thing to do. And, they like being on the receiving end of this day as well. It makes both the giver and the receiver feel good.

Schools have used this day as an educational event, and to promote the value of kindness. Organizations have used this day to promote their cause, and for fundraisers.

Caution: What comes around, goes around. Random Acts of Kindness is highly contagious.

Also see World Kindness Day

Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/randomactskindness.htm

February 17, 1981 - Start of final round of constitutional debates in the House of Commons. Ottawa, Ontario
February 17, 1982 - British Parliament gives approval in principle to proposed Canadian Constitution. London, England

Monday, December 15, 2014

Oh fuddle duddle, you old grouch . . .


Today's Writing Prompt: OMG

Have you recently seen a peer (another parent, a coworker, a friend at school) do something that shocked you? These kinds of events make our jaw drop because people we think we have a lot in common with turn out to be totally different than we thought. What happened?

Yes I have witnessed some of these jaw dropping events . . . I guess I assume that all people who think would have similar opinions on certain subjects especially gender-bias, racial and religious-bias and so on.

I will say that my husband and I got into a HUGE fight years ago when I heard him declare, upon watching a news report about making O Canada more gender inclusive, that that was a stupid idea and that the anthem has always been a certain way and should not change.  I crushed him with facts and realities, including how the anthem first came into being and the number of times it has already been altered.  And then the knock out punch was to wonder why I wasn't as Canadian as he was.  

Since that time, whenever he makes a comment without thinking it through, I ask if he wishes to get into another O Canada battle.

Do a Grouch a Favor Day

When : Always February 16th

Do a Grouch a Favor today. Do it and make the world a better place.

Everyone has been a grouch at one time or another. Some people are seemingly grouches all of the time. It's in their nature. Others are occasional grouches, influenced by events in their lives, lack of sleep, the weather, etc. A few people are good at disguising their grouchy mood. But, they still need cheering up.

Look around for someone who is in a grouchy mood today. Then, do him or her a favor that will cheer up their day. There's plenty of grouches out there to practice on. Try it on all of the grouches that you see today, and watch the results!

Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/grouchfavorday.htm

February 16, 1971 - Pierre Trudeau, under opposition attack in the Commons, utters an apparently unparliamentary expression that he later describes as fuddle-duddle. Ottawa, Ontario (CBC Archives)

Gumdrops, Aliens and a flag of our own . . .

February 15, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Adjusting

What's the biggest adjustment you've ever had to make in your life?

In my world, I've had to make adjustments so many times that I'm not even sure which is the biggest.  We've lived in tiny apartments and big homes.  Each required adjustments.  We've had children and we've had an empty nest.  More adjustments.  I've been married and single.  A whole lot of adjustments.

I've only blogged about one thing today:  http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/spacecraft-aircraft-and-luggage.html

National Gumdrop Day

When : Always February 15th

National Gumdrop Day honors the popular, gelatin-based candy. Gumdrops have been a favorite candy for many decades. Nowadays, the "Gummi" candies which are the same gelatin base, are the most popular gumdrop type of sweet.

On National Gumdrop Day, you know what to do . . . eat Gumdrops to your heart's content!

Test your Knowledge: Quiz: What children's board game includes Gumdrops? For the answer, scroll down.

Source:  http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/gumdropday.htm

Answer to quiz(above): The popular Candyland board game by Milton-Bradley. First introduced in 1949, it includes Gumdrop Mountain and Gumdrop Pass.

For nearly a century Canada had no distinctive national flag. Each time Canadians suggested a new symbol to replace the Canadian Red Ensign, modelled after a British naval flag, there was controversy. Maple leaves, beavers, crosses, crowns — propositions that went nowhere. In 1964 Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson said he'd introduce a new national flag. But Opposition leader John Diefenbaker and the Royal Canadian Legion wanted to stick with the Red Ensign. Everyone had an opinion before Canada finally chose the red and white flag with the maple leaf.

Source:  http://www.cbc.ca/archives/categories/politics/language-culture/the-great-canadian-flag-debate/first-official-canadian-flag-raised.html

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Who didn't love Mr. Dressup? Seriously!!

Two blog posts on February 14th, both about new paper piecings:



About Valentine's Day

When: February 14th.

Valentine's Day is a celebration of love and lovers. The roots of Valentine's Day goes back to ancient times, when people paid honor to the Roman God of Fertility. This was known as the Feast of Lupercalia, and was celebrated even then on February 14th.

The traditions of Valentine's Day are broad and many. It is a time to exchange cards or small gifts. Chocolates and jewelry are the big hits of this holiday as is romantic dinners.

It is a romantic event for lovers and a fun event for kids and family. Many a couple become engaged or wed on this day. For others it is a day to fall in love.

Did you know? While 75% of chocolate purchases are made by women all year long, during the days and minutes before Valentine's Day, 75% of the chocolate purchases are made by men. Over $1billion of chocolate is purchased for Valentine's Day.

Saint Valentine's Day Massacre During the "Roaring twenties(1920's)", mobs, crime and gangsters were at a height in many parts of the U.S. Alcohol was banned, spawning the rise of Bootlegging and mob activity. Chicago , Illinois experienced more than it's share of mobs and gangsters. On Valentine's Day, February 14, 1929, four gangsters dressed up as policemen, massacred seven members of a rival gang.

Did you Know? February 14th was formerly thought to be the first day of bird's mating for the season. This sparked the custom of sending valentines to each other.

Source:  http://www.holidayinsights.com/valentine/index.htm

February 14, 1996 - Media - Ernie Coombs, CBC TV's Mr. Dressup finishes his last children's show, after 31 years on the air. Toronto, Ontario 

I remember taking my oldest son to see Mr. Dressup live.  Now that was a very, very long time ago.

Source:  http://canadachannel.ca/todayincanadianhistory/index.php/February_14

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Anger, Blame and Flying High . . .


Today's Writing Prompt: Angry

What has made you angry this week?

So far this week I can't think of anything that has made me angry. Of course I've been home alone and things are going pretty well. That could change before the week is done.

Blame Someone Else Day

When : The first Friday the 13th of the year

What a great time you can have on this day. Imagine all the problems, errors, and mistakes you could heap on someone else today. On this day you don't have to take responsibility, or the blame, for any faux pas on your part. On the downside, this day comes as a double edged sword. While you are busy putting the blame elsewhere, someone might just be putting the blame on you!

So.......if the is somethin wrong whif the spellin of this artickle, it's not my fallt.....its' yours.

Blame Someone Else Day could just be your day. But, watch out..... any blame you place today, can come back to bite you tomorrow. After all...what comes around goes around.

Source: http://holidayinsights.com/other/blamesomeoneday.htm

February 13, 1981 - Military - Capts Leah Mosher, Nora Bottomley and Deeana Brasseur graduate from CFB Moose Jaw as the first women to become Canadian air force pilots. Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Source: http://canadachannel.ca/todayincanadianhistory/index.php/February_13

If you are interested in learning more about the history of Women in the Military check out this link:

On Stage . . . in more ways than one . . .


Today's Writing Prompt: School Play

Were you ever involved in a school play as a student? Did you act, sing, design props, play an instrument, or hold prompt cards? Tell us all about it!

The details are foggy because you know it was back in ancient history but I vaguely recall being a master of ceremonies for something (Christmas concert?) and I shared the podium with someone (a boy). I was in Grade 6 at Forest Park School. I wore a long red and white dress. That's all I've got for you.

I didn't blog on the 12th

Plum pudding is something I associate with Christmas but apparently February 12th is
Plum Pudding Day
When : Always February 12th

Plum Pudding Day is your chance to eat some plum pudding. Doesn't this make you happy!?! You must admit, if it wasn't Plum Pudding Day, you probably wouldn't even think about plum pudding, let alone eat some.

Participating in Plum Pudding Day make take a little work. You will find vanilla and chocolate pudding on store shelves. You'll find banana and tapioca pudding, too. Unfortunately, we do not believe there is a packaged Plum Pudding on the market. That means you get the joy of finding a recipe and making it from scratch. You can also seek out a restaurant that serves it. Tip: call and check before you go.

Plums are popular in Chinese and Asian cuisine. It is likely that this day originated either in Asia, or was created by someone enjoying a Chinese plum pudding dessert.

Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/plumpuddingday.htm

2010 - Governor General Michaëlle Jean declares the Vancouver Winter Olympic games officially open.  Source: http://canadachannel.ca/todayincanadianhistory/index.php/February_12

I absolutely loved the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Olympics. To watch the complete opening check out this link. http://youtu.be/MxZpUueDAvc

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Don't cry over spilled milk or bad notes . . .


Today's Writing Prompt: Olympics

Are you watching the Sochi Olympics? (Many people are boycotting them or just aren't interested.) If not, why not? If yes, what do you think so far? Any favorite sports, stories, athletes?

I'm not a real sports fan but I do enjoy the Olympics.  Sadly, February was a slow month at work for the hubby and he kept interrupting my Olympics-viewing.  He is not a fan.  Don't know why.

I only have one blog post for February 11th and it is about a paper piecing I had just finished making.  http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/paper-piecings-small-suitcases.html

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day

When : Always February 11th

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day is in recognition that everyone spills a little milk now and then. It's a day to be optimistic, think positive, look on the bright side, and to find something good in everything that happens. As the song says: Don't Worry, be Happy!

Today is a day to recognize that s_ _ _ happens. And, when it does, Don't worry, or fret, or cry over it. Rather, take a positive attitude and fix it, or get past it.

We all know the concept of the question: Is the glass half full or half empty? The pessimist sees it as half empty. The optimist sees it as half full. It's all an attitude towards life.

You should participate in "Don't Cry over Spilled Milk Day" with an optimistic attitude and a smile on your face.

Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/spilledmilkday.htm

February 11, 1942 - Musical comedienne Anna Russell gives her First one-woman show at the Eaton Auditorium; her parodies of concert music and opera, made her a favorite around the world. Toronto, Ontario

Source: http://canadachannel.ca/todayincanadianhistory/index.php/February_11

I couldn't find any videos that would allow me to embed them in this blog post but I do suggest you check out some her videos on youtube . . . very funny . . . very clever.

Who might I have been in a past life? What is your opinion?


Today's Writing Prompt: Past Lives

Assuming for the sake of this prompt that you believe in past lives, who do you think you were in a past life? What events or traits do you 'remember' from the past, or connections do you feel with the past?

I have no idea who I might have been in a previous life, if such a thing even existed.  Who do you think I might have been.

Only two blog posts on February 10th.  Both showcase different crafts I do.

Paper Piecing:  http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/paper-piecing-sea-planes.html

Knitting:  http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/i-just-cant-believe-it-two-more.html

Umbrella Day

When : Always February 10th

Umbrella Day is in honor of one of the world's most invaluable inventions. On a rainy, day, we are sure glad that someone was smart enough to invent it. It's also increasingly popular to use umbrellas to shade ourselves from harmful UV radiation, and the heat of the sun.

Umbrellas come in all sorts of sizes, colors, shapes, and, designs. Businesses and organizations use them for advertising. The smallest umbrellas fit inside a purse or glove compartment. Golf umbrellas are popular sizes. Then, there are lawn and beach umbrellas. There's one (or two) made just for you.

Celebrate Umbrella Day in a couple of ways. First, make sure your umbrella is handy. Second, use it, or walk around with it. If you don't have an umbrella, isn't it time to get one?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Awkward Dates and a Free Library

February 9, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Dating Scars

What's the weirdest or most awkward date you've ever been on?

Went out for lunch at Michael's on the Thames in London. I was probably 19 or 20 a the time. We were way underdressed for the restaurant. And while we were waiting to order, my date casually mentioned that he hoped I could pay because he was broke. Yup. I only had a few bucks on me so I ordered a caesar salad to share and then we got the heck out of there. I think that one qualifies as weird and awkward.

Two blog posts on February 9th:

Showcasing the scrapbooking layouts I finished in January:  http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/january-2014-scrapbooking.html

Showcasing an very interesting square for my oddball sampler afghan:  http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/another-oddball-square-i-cord-flower.html

Clean Out Your Computer Day

When : Second Monday of the month
Clean Out Your Computer Day is a day to logically review, and delete old files and programs.
Most of us add programs and files to our computer with reckless abandon. After all, computers have huge storage capacity. Many of these files and programs are forgotten over time. Overtime they clog memory and cause confusion during retrieval and use of other files. And, some may slow down your computer.
Somewhere along the way, a (most likely) computer geek or service person, created this day as an opportunity for us to remember to cleanup and delete old and unused files.
So, get into the spirit of the day, and clean out the old computer.
Source:  http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/cleancomputerday.htm

February 9, 1883 - Ontario's First free public library opens at Guelph. Guelph, Ontario
Source:  http://canadachannel.ca/todayincanadianhistory/index.php/February_9

Clones and Kites and Long Live the Queen . . .

Today's Writing Prompt: Clones

If you could clone yourself, what would you have your clones do for you today?

I'm not sure I would want to clone myself. Wouldn't my other me have the same arthritis, etc.? If so, she would be pretty useless to me. But if they could take out the arthritis gene and maybe a few others that are wonky and replace them with healthy non-arthritic genes, that would be very useful. She would be able to do all the things I can't do know . . . like scrubbing the kitchen floor and cleaning out cupboards. If she thinks like me I'm sure I could keep her pretty busy in the studio trying out all the ideas I keep trying to make time for.

Just read an interesting article, The Power in Writing About Yourself. Here's the link http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/12/ew-feelings/383475/?utm_source=huffingtonpost.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pubexchange_facebook

Only one blog post on February 8th . . . http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/the-advantage-of-snow-storms-and-bitter.html

Kite Flying Day

When : Always February 8th
Today is Kite Flying Day, a great time to go fly a kite. People have enjoyed flying kites for thousands of years. Its an ever popular activity for children, and enjoyed by many adults.
Ben Franklin was perhaps the most well known kite flyer. He flew a kite in a thunderstorm and discovered electricity. He got a charge out of flying kites!
We are amazed that Kite Flying Day is held in the middle of winter. Chances are few people in the northern areas of the country will brave the snow and cold today to go outdoors and fly a kite.
Did you know? Kites were first used by the military in ancient China over 3,000 years ago.
If the weather is good in your area, we have one thing to say to you.... Go fly a Kite!

Source: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/kiteflyingday.htm

February 8, 1952 - Queen Elizabeth II takes the Oath of Accession to the Throne, following the death two days earlier of her father, King George the Sixth. London, England

Source: http://canadachannel.ca/todayincanadianhistory/index.php/February_8

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Paper Piecings that begin with B


Baby Ball

Baby Bib

Baby Bottle #1

Baby Bottle #2

Baby Buggy

Baby Buggy and Teddy Bear

Baby in Balloon

Baby in Blanket

Baby in High Chair

Baby on the Moon

Baby Rattle #1

Baby Rattle #2

Baby Rattle #3

Baby Shoe

Back Pack


Balloon Border

Balloon Cluster

Balloon Family

Balloon with Cake

Balloon with Horn

Balloon with Present

Barber Pole

Baseball and Bat

Baseball Cap

Baseball Equipment #1

Baseball Player


Basketball and Hoop

Basketball Boy

Basketball Bunny

Bat and Moon

Beach Ball

Beach Cat


Bear Hugging Balloon

Bear in Wagon

Bear Sitting with Balloons

Bear Sleeping on the Moon

Bear with Balloons

Bear with Bib

Bear with Bow

Bear with Eye Patch

Bear with Heart on Shirt

Bear with Hearts

Bear with Star

Bear with Heart

Bear with Wagon of Hearts

Bedbug Baby

Bedbug Pointing

Bedbug with Teddy

Bee #1

Bee #2

Bee #3

Bee #4

Bee and Daisy #1

Bee and Daisy #2

Bee in Flower Pot

Bee in Hive

Bee on Cloud

Bee Sitting in Jar

Bee with Banner

Bee with Bonnet

Bee with Butterfly

Bee with Candy Cane

Bee with Flower

Bee with Heart

Bee with Holly

Bee with Merry Christmas

Beer Stein

Bees with Sign


Big Ben



Bird and Cage


Birdhouse, Large

Birdhouse, Small

Birthday Boy

Birthday Cake #1

Birthday Cake #2

Birthday Girl


Bookworm with A

Bookworm with B

Bookworm with C

Bookworm with Book

Bookworm with Chalkboard

Bookworm with Globe

Bookworm with Lunch Pail

Bookworm with Pencil

Bookworm with Star

Bookworms with Apple


Bows Border

Bows, Raffia

Boy and Dog Fishing

Boy Bear

Boy Eating Cereal

Boy Fishing #1

Boy Fishing #2

Boy Fishing #3

Boy Reading

British Telephone Booth


Bucket Loader

Bug Jar

Bug Sitting on Flower

Bug Smiling

Bug Snorkeling

Bug with Crayon

Bug with Glasses

Bug with Leaves

Bug with Paint Brush

Bug with Paint Bucket

Bunny #1

Bunny #2

Bunny in Half an Egg

Bunny in Watering Can

Bunny Napping

Bunny Slippers

Bunny with Bow

Bunny with Carrot

Bunny with Heart Lollipop

Bunny with Vest

Bushel of Apples

Butterflies with Pencil

Butterfly #1

Butterfly #2

Butterfly #3

Butterfly on Paint Brush

Butterfly Side View

Butterfly with Banner

Butterfly with Scissors

Butterfly with Smile Bag