Thursday, April 30, 2015

Unwanted Win

SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Unwanted Win

Write about someone who wins something they do not want.

I can't write about an unwanted win without hurting some peoples feelings so I choose to write about something a little more general.

I don't wear perfume.  Perfume makes my allergies go wonky.  I hate wonky allergies.  People used to give me perfume as gifts.  Fortunately no one has done that in a while.  

Perfume is kind of a personal thing.  I think that, unless you know for sure what a person's favourite is, you should just get a gift certificate or something a little less personal.  

Okay rant over.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Scrapbooking Finishes from August 2014

Yep, just one layout . . . 

In my defense, it was summer . . . LOL.

Question #23

What would you do if money were no object?

If money were no object, I know exactly what I would do.  TRAVEL!!!  Everywhere!!!

I want to go to Europe, Australia, Iceland . . . 

I want to travel by plane, train, ship . . . 

And I would write stories about my adventures.

Movie Review: Yankee Doodle Dandy

A few days ago I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time I had actually seen.  I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed.  If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies.  I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter.  Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #100 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Released in 1942, it is pretty clear that this film was an important propaganda piece for the United States.  But it is also a great song and dance movie with a little romance thrown in as well.  
Star of the show, James Cagney, plays George M. Cohan, a famous composer, playwright, actor and song and dance man.  It is definitely interesting to watch James Cagney play this part when he is usually a "bad guy."  I am pretty sure I've watched this movie a few times in the past and I truly did enjoy watching it again.  

As I was watching the credits at the end of the movie I saw the name Jeanne Cagney who played Josie Cohan, George Cohan's sister.  A quick google proved that Jeanne is indeed James Cagney's sister in real life.

Yankee Doodle Dandy wan nominated for 8 Oscars and Won 3 . . . for leading actor, music and sound.

Question #22

What memories are brought by the smell of pine needles?

When I smell pine needles I think of outdoors, of course.  

I think of Christmas.  It is only since Hal and I became empty nesters that we stopped having a real Christmas tree.  

Pine needles also remind me of rosemary.  I love rosemary in cooking, especially with roasted potatoes.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Knitting Finishes from August 2014

One mystery knit-along dishcloth completed.

An oddball sampler afghan square complete.  It is called Choo Choo and the pattern is here

A second mystery knit-along dishcloth completed.

The mystery knit-along afghan which I started forever ago is finally completed.

And a second oddball sampler afghan square . . . Fairy Tale Castle.  Here is the pattern

Question #21

Write about your first car.

The only car I ever bought in my whole life was this beautiful 1985 Olds Cutlass Supreme.  I loved that car.  I drove it until the frame finally gave up.

And for those of you who have heard the story of me driving my car while it was on fire to the fire hall . . . here's the proof.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Question #20

List your four favourite desserts.

There is nothing I don't love about dessert.  Dessert is happiness in a dish.

My four favourite desserts are

1.  cheesecake . . . any kind

2.  pie . . . especially blueberry and cherry

3.  yogurt with fresh fruits and granola

4.  cookies . . . any kind

Wow, that was easy.

Six Word Saturday . . . I know . . . I know . . . It really is Monday . . .

Six Word Saturday!

Describe your life or current situation using only six words.

I'm looking forward to scrapbooking tonight.

July 2014 Scrapbooking Finishes

This last layout is missing one photo . . . of the way this building looks today.  I really need to take care of this.

Question #19

Write about your very first job.

My very first job that wasn't babysitting or the one tragic day in the agricultural field was at 13 when I spent the summer working for the Falkins at the Wendie Leigh Motel on Talbot Street in St. Thomas.  I remember that certain things had to be done exactly done . . . especially bed making and that leaving a hair in the sink was a capital offence.  I don't remember what I was paid.

July 2014 Knitting Finishes

I actually finished 3 mystery knit-along dishcloths and one lonely odd ball afghan square in July 2014.  That is it.

What Do You See?

FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: What Do You See?

What do you see, right now, as you're reading this prompt?

The room where I spend most of my time and it is kinda messy right now.  Vendored at a crop on the weekend and I haven't unpacked yet.  See the clipboard on the left corner of my desk?  That is My Dreaded To Do List.

Question #18

Did you ever run away from home?

When we were really young a neighbourhood friend wanted to run away from home because her family weren't going to give her a birthday party and she was heartbroken.  So we made our plans and at the crack of dawn the next day (I believe it was a Sunday) Lori and I filled a garbage bag with clothes and books and food and sneaked out the back door.  When we arrived at our friend's home she informed us she didn't have to run away after all because she did get her birthday party after all.  Well, I suppose we could have returned home but since we were packed we decided to continue running away.  We ran away to a nearby gully (ravine?) with a huge old tree that provided excellent cover.  It was about 4 blocks from home, 1 block from our grandparents and right across the road from family friends.  But we were quite sure we were well hidden and would never be found.  I don't think we had given any thought to what we would do when the bread and jar of freezer jam ran out.  Needless to say, the family friend spotted us and called our parents and we were discovered and returned home.  I don't remember the consequences so it couldn't have been too bad.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Paper Piecings that begin with W - UPDATED


Washington Monument


Watering Can with Flowers

Watermelon Slice

Waving Santa

Waving Snowman

Wedding #1
2" x 2.5"

Wedding #2
2.5" x 3.5"

Wedding Bells

Wedding Cake
3" x 5"

Wedding Dance
2.5" x 3.5"



White House


Winnie the Pooh
5" x 6"


Witch #1
6" x 9.5"

Witch #2


Woman with Camera


2" x 6"

Paper Piecings that begin with S - UPDATED

Sailboat #1
4" x 4"

Sailboat #2

Sand Bucket and Shovel

Sand Castle

Santa head
5" x 6"

Santa in a Pot

Santa Jack-in-the-box

Santa with I Believe Banner

Santa with Noel Garland

Santa's Sleigh

Santa's Toy Bag

2.5" x 8"

5" x 9"

Scary Cat

School Books

School Boy

School Bus
3.5" x 7"

School Girl

School House

Scissors #1

Scissors #2

3" x 3"

1" x 6.5"


3" x 5.5"

Seashell #1

Seashell #2

Seashell #3

Seed Packets

Sherrif's Badge

Ship's Helm

Shirt and Tie

Shower Umbrella

Sick in Bed

Skateboard #1

Skateboard #2
2" x 6"

Ski Boat, Water Ski and Tow Rope

Ski Cap #1

Ski Cap #2
4" x 5"


Smiling Sun

Snail #1

Snail #2

Snail #3

Snail in Bucket

Snail with Hat

Snow Child

Snow Family

Snow Globe

Snow Lady #1

Snow Lady #2

Snow Man #1

Snow Man #2

Snow Person #1

Snow Person #2

Snow Person #3

Snow Person #4

Snow Person #5

Snow White




Snowman with Star or Heart

Soccer Ball

Space Needle

Spanish Hat



Squirrel with Acorn
5" x 5"

Stained Glass Window

Statue of Liberty

Stork with Baby


Suitcase #1
2" x 2"

Suitcase #2
4" x 5"

Summer Days

Summer Heat
4" x 4.5"

Summer Sunflowers

Summer Title

Summer Vacation

Sun with Glasses

1.5" x 4"


Swim Trunks