Monday, January 27, 2014

Coats, Planes and Needles!

The coats have found their rightful owners and are being sent via mail today.
Thank you Mary Dyck, (administrative assistant at Bethany Chapel, Calgary) 
for solving the mystery of the coats. Facebook alerted her attention to the blog title.
Mary will be receiving a copy of the Celebrations book.
She was quite excited to know that she would receive her own copy,
  as she had purchased many copies as Christmas gifts, but did not own one herself.

 So what happens when you are on a plane and you find yourself knitting.
but realized you forgot a stitch marker.  A stitch marker is an enclosed hole, which can 
mark when you need to increase a stitch or mark the beginning of a row.
Well I began desperately searching for something to mark my row.
In my pocket I found a know what I mean, isn't it for garbage?
Or would it be referred to as an emesis  pouch?

 I created my own marker by tearing off the twist tie and it worked perfectly
while we were cruising at an altitude of 40,000 feet.
When there's a will, there's a way.
It worked perfectly.
Here's a collection of some of the items that I have been knitting over the past months.
Anything from scarves, to cowls, toques, booties and blankets.

I always vowed to myself that when I retired from my work outside of the home,
I wanted to take up a hobby.
And I quickly chose knitting, and began classes in our own community.

"Knitting is clothing made in spare moments, or round the fire, whenever women gathered together... It's something to celebrate-clothes made in love and service, something women have always done.” 

If I stitch fast enough does it count as an aerobic exercise?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Does This Coat Belong to YOU?

 Last year I went out on Boxing day and purchased myself a winter coat.
I was quite happy for a bargain hunting deal.
It was a size' Large'....just perfect for adding a warm sweater.

A few days ago...I was thinking that I must of gained some extra pounds.
I was sitting in church and was feeling that my coat was somewhat snug
 and so I decided I would unbuckle the belt.
I reached down to my side belt buckles to find no loops.
What?  Did I cut them off?
I felt the other side...
There were no belt loops.
But I had bought a coat with a belt and side buckles which would cinch it tighter.
When I got home, I took of the coat hastily and looked inside.
It was a "NorthFace" name brand and a ladies size Medium.
(oh, by the way...the cowl is mine)

I started laughing...I obviously had someone else's coat
and someone has mine....but where would this of happened?

I remember taking it off a funeral for 'Kurt Janz' in Calgary.
I hung it up during the service.
Or did I leave it in the 'Janz' home?
Who knows where it could be.
 Anyways, I can't find my coat...and if this coat belongs to you, let's trade.
Somewhere, someplace,  someone else must be thinking the same thoughts.
Start chatting about the 'missing coat' and let's see what we can find.

Better yet, whoever solves this mystery will receive a complimentary copy 
of our "Celebrations Cookbook"

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Hey Jude!

Happy Birthday Judy!
She may be taking a sabbatical...but her Front Porch is always open.
Today we celebrate YOU!
It's hard to believe that 7 years ago...we rekindled a friendship,
that started about 50 years ago in high school.
We started our adventures early in life.
And years later after our families had grown and left home,
we found that our adventuresome spirits needed to be ignited again.
It doesn't take much for sparks to fly...
Over the last years we have enjoyed planning many activities.
Sometimes in big groups and sometimes just the two of us.
In our early teen years we wrote notes and carefully folded them
and passed them secretly up and down the aisles at school.
We both purchased IPhones about a year ago...and here's 
just an example of how we communicate today.
Today a quick alert notifies us that there is a new text.
Meet you at the tennis courts at 3:00 pm
What ya doing?
Steps today?  Let's meet at the bottom of Promontory.
Baby sitting?
Let's head to Ship Happens!
Look at my big buns.
Why are you not in church today?
Oh no, What happened?
How should we pray?
Crazy lives eh?
Can I bring fresh bread?
Might be your old farm on Kenny Road
I'm stuck at the border.
Home Again...Exhausted.
Guess what?  I need a vacation.
Slept In!

And so it goes...

And it's not just us anymore...
It looks like our spouses are also enjoying the ride as
we together, celebrated a birthday outing at the Harrison Hotel,
 listening to the Jones Band, singing many familiar tunes.
The words of  'Hey Jude' brought us back to our early days.
The song was written in 1968 by the Beatles.
We were both Sweet Sixteen!
John Lennon had been challenged with a difficult relationship.
But, being such good friends, Paul McCartney sat down and wrote these words,
about his friend, a song of care, compassion and concern.
The words reminded us of some of the difficult things we both had endured.
We've cried on each others shoulders.
We've taken our concerns to God.
We've prayed together.
We've laughed and giggled together.
We've travelled together.
We've surprised each other.
We've cooked and baked together.
We love our spontaneous outings.
There is never a dull moment...
Truly a gift of friendship that cannot be taken for granted.
We've both held on dearly to the things we value and cherish most.

And now it's time we put on our signature 'Olympic' mittens,
and begin planning how we will celebrate the upcoming winter
 '2014 OLYMPICS!"

“You can go through life and make new friends every year
 every month practically
but there was never any substitute for those friendships of childhood
that survive into adult years.
Those are the ones in which we are bound to one another with
hoops of steel.”

A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.
Happy Birthday JUDY!

A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.

Monday, January 13, 2014

These Girls Keep Life Interesting!

They truly are sisters and both of them have something to smile about.
My last weeks have been busy as we are making final preparations
for a birth and for a wedding.
These girls are jewels.

 We've been browsing the northwest for wedding venues.
Now it's just about making the right choice!
I've been told that 'it will be a 'typical northwest wedding outdoors'
 and guests can plan to bring their umbrellas.

It was deja vu'  It seems just like yesterday when we walked this strip.
And sure was the first dress that she tried on.
The dress is beautiful and graceful just like her.
What an honor to have been asked to wear my veil,
 hand sewn by my mom, her grandmother.
The 'true dress' will only be revealed after the wedding date.

Meanwhile another household is busy collecting things.
We are on a count down for the new baby's arrival.
Collecting strollers, high chairs, overnight bags, play pens.
Remember those white cotton diapers?
I can't wait to experiment with these colorful diapers. 

A final inspection takes us to at the 'Farmer's shop'.
He's been busy putting on the finishing touches for a change table.
He handcrafted my change table 37 years ago and
was more than delighted to design and extend a labor of love once again.

I will leave you this 'hand written' poem from my mother.
She wrote this on my 30th birthday.

It was addressed...

"A birthday prayer for my winsome daughter
and my grand daughters."

"Let the winsomeness of the Lord be upon me"
I've been allowed the privilege as your mother to see
you grow from innocent babyhood to beautiful young womanhood
and into glowing motherhood.
As I have watched you grow, I have seen
the winsomeness of the Lord developing in your life.
On this your memorable birthday my prayer is that
this beauty will continue to reflect itself in your life
and in the lives of your precious daughters __
Suzanne Jolene and Michelle Anna Marie.
"For their worth is far above jewels"

I treasure her thoughts and prayers as I pass them along.
I know she is sharing this joy with us.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

HOPE for the New Year!

What's inpsired me to leave you with this poem?
I received a collection of poems that my Mother cherished.
I love browsing through her cherished writings and
search for the deeper meanings...
It's the time of year for reflections.
This week I've been contemplating what the New Year brings for me.
I think of a new baby being born in weeks to come.
I think of a wedding happening in the following months.
I think of our 'Papa' (101) and see his health failing.

 Often your tasks will be many,
And more than you think you can do
Often the road will be rugged
And the hills insurmountable, too

But always remember the hills ahead
Are never as steep as they seem,
And with Faith in your heart start upward
And climb till you reach your dream

For nothing in life that is worthy
Is ever too hard to achieve
If you have the courage to try it
And you have the Faith to believe

For Faith is a force that is greater
Than knowledge or power or skill
And many defeats turn to triumph
If you trust in God's wisdom and will

For Faith is a mover of mountains
There's nothing that God cannot do,
So start out today with Faith in your heart
And Climb Till Your Dreams Come True
Helen Steiner Rice

Hoping and Praying that you have the Faith to endure!
A Happy New Year to all of YOU!