Thursday, April 27, 2017

How Do They Decide ? ~ A Canadian Geese Story

Well it is springtime in Alberta, which means that we are still wearing our winter jackets, there is snow on the ground and each day it threatens to snow or at least it rains a bit.  But... this doesn't stop the Canadian geese from coming back in March.  I love spotting pairs of geese.  Some are still milling around together and some are already sitting on eggs.

I know that they return to the same nesting spot each year.  So, how do they make that original decision on where a good nesting spot would be?  Around here, the lucky ones hang out at our cemetery.  There aren't too may humans to bother them, there is a great pond to swim in and best of all, the staff keep baggies of food to feed them in the office.  Frequent visitors know to go in and ask. These geese get really excited to see humans, after all there could be a snack involved.  It is a really beautiful spot to live.  I consider these geese to be the "upper income" geese.  Then there are the "lower income" geese.  These are the ones you see nesting on the side of a busy highway next to a shallow slough.  Why hang out there when there has to be a better spot and why return each year to the same crappy location?

This year I have spotted a pair in the worst spot ever!  Mama is sitting on her eggs, on top of a low juniper shrub,  in a small curbed area in a parking lot right next to a parking stall.  I mean the nest is about a foot away from where a car would pull in and park.  The building houses Rob's chiropractor and many other businesses and is somewhat busy.  It just makes me sad.  Papa hangs out on top of the roof of The Superstore, which is one building over, or sometimes he hangs out in The Superstore parking lot.  Why choose to nest there?  How are those goslings going to stay safe and not get run over?  Where is their water source?  Upon chatting with an elderly lady who lives in the old folks home nearby, where Rob's mother lives, they have been nesting there in previous years.  Don't they want a better life?  ;)  The geese who hang out in the better parts of town have ducks for neighbours.  Today Mama had a crow sitting next to her nest and last time I visited it was a seagull.  So sad.


I was laying in bed the other night thinking that the owners of the building should barricade that one parking stall off so that this poor family can have some peace and quiet.  I'm clearly not the only person who is worrying for this couple.  I spied a plastic Cool Whip container filled with clean water sitting near the nest.  A makeshift water source supplied by a human who doesn't realize that the female will briefly leave the nest to eat and drink.  Papa will keep the eggs warm while she is gone.

I will continue to visit the nesting area when I'm in the neighbourhood.  I'll keep you posted.  I guess it could be worse.  Each year we hear stories on the news of couples who decide to nest on a roof top or the balcony of a high rise.  No worries though, we call in the firemen to rescue the babies.  It is just what Canadians do to protect the Canadian geese.  I guess it is true for all living beings that life is not as easy for one as it is for the next.

Jen

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Oh Johnny

I saw John Mayer last night in concert for the third time.  I seem to think when I saw him last in 2010, I did a post and named it the same.  LOL  I do love me some Johnny.  He just gets better every time I see him.  It took some time but I finally dragged Rob into my world of Johnny and now he too is a fan.  We were lucky enough to get fifth row seats on the floor.  We stood through the show but it was well worth it.


So we finally got to see the new Rogers Place in Edmonton.  We are late to the game.  Yeah we don't get out much and never went for the community viewing when it first opened.  I was really looking forward to seeing this beautiful piece of artwork in the Ford Hall.  An amazing mosaic by Alex Janvier.  It almost seemed disrespectful to even walk on it.


While waiting for the show to start we took our obligatory concert selfie.  I think we might be getting just a bit better at the selfie photograph.... I think.


My newest favourite song, Emoji of a Wave, was played.  Very exciting as he hasn't played it in every show.  Score!


We got to see the John Mayer Trio live and they played a cover of a Jimi Hendrix song, Bold as Love.  Score!


It was a really fun night.  Now if I could only convince my little brother, Andrew, that John Mayer is amazing.  It will never happen.  LOL

Jen

Monday, April 17, 2017

It Has to be Tardis Blue

I've just started knitting a baby blanket for Little Blueberry.  I have to say that it is special,  knitting for an expected grand baby.  "Each stitch was stitched with love" and all that mushy stuff seems to actually hold true.  We went to the good yarn store and bought the quality yarn.  It is 50% washable wool and 50% acrylic and it is so soft that I am loving every stitch except... for the colour.  ;)  I bypassed all of the awesome soft baby neutrals for this!


Yes, Tardis blue at the request of the Dr. Who loving Lisa and Steve.  But what if it is a sweet, delicate baby girl?  Oh well, she will learn to love Dr. Who in time.  The nursery is planned to be a space theme with lots of Tardis blue.  Apparently space will allow them to tie in some Dr. Who themes.  I know nothing of Dr. Who so I couldn't tell you.

The good yarn often has to be rolled since it comes in skeins.  Luckily, Rob doesn't mind the task.  I find it finicky and boring.


I'll be spending lots of time in the next couple of weeks knitting away.


In other knitting news,  I started and completed this baby blanket before I even knew that Lisa was expecting.  Not sure who will end up with this one.  It would be good for a boy or girl.  I love this colour.  I tried a new pattern.  I love the look of it.  It had lots of purling and I did seem to do quite a bit of ripping back.  But in the end, I am really happy with the result.


Our recent dumping of snow is melting and it is feeling warm out so it just seemed fitting to have some yellow tulips on the kitchen table.  An Easter Monday half price sale made them hard to pass up.


As tradition goes, Thomas received his Easter parcel from us on Easter Monday. When he was three years old and the parcel arrived, he asked his mom if the Easter Bunny had sent it.  I remember this every Easter.  It was the cutest thing.   These days, it's all about sharks and chocolate of course.


I'll leave you with a photo of Thomas on Easter morning.  That bunny looks delicious!


Jen

Saturday, April 15, 2017

There Were 5 More

This old blog of mine has been ignored.  It's time to try to catch up and post what I have been creating for Treasured Memories.  There where five more created, however when I went to photograph them just before heading off to drop them off, my battery became exhausted.  I'll try to remember to post them when I get them back from the store.  There has been lots of new product at the store with all of the new CHA releases.  It is always a fun time because we get lots of DT kits to play with.

First up is a new paper company called 49 Market.  The papers are terrific quality.  They are so thick. The style reminds me somewhat of Prima.


I loved this new Kaiser Craft line with it's beautiful watercolour effect.



I used a sketch from Citrus Twist for this page.


This Echo Park line "Once Upon A Time ~ Prince" is an all time favourite of mine.  It was the perfect collection to scrap this photo of Thomas with a knight in shining armour.  I just love it when you find the perfect photo for a new collection.


I used this sketch from Page Maps.


One more of handsome Thomas.


Another sketch from Page Maps.


Lastly, I designed with this new Prima line with rose gold foil accents.  Very amazing collection.


And the second LO.


I used another sketch from Page Maps.


I have some new Carta Bella "Toy Box" that I am really looking forward to playing with.  I have the perfect photo of Thomas!  Wishing you all a happy and creative weekend.  :)

Jen

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The "Granny Club"

I've been waiting patiently... very patiently.  I have wanted to be a part of this club for quite some time.  It's a great club.  You get to cuddle little humans and sniff their heads and take in that new baby smell.  You can spoil them and not worry about following all the rules that you made yourself follow with your own children.  When they get older and exhaust you, you can just go home and get some quiet time.

Here are the soon to be parents.  October 16th is the promised date.


Meet "Little Blueberry" at 12 weeks.


Why this nickname?  When Thomas was in the womb I named him "Little Peanut".  The night that Lisa and Steve gave us the news, we all thought she was 7 weeks along, when in reality she was only 5.5 weeks along.  At 7 weeks, they are the size of a blueberry.  From that night on, I referred to this little one as "Little Blueberry".

It's a very exciting time for our family.  Every time I see a baby, I get excited again thinking how we will soon have one in our family too!  I'm so happy to be joining the "Granny Club".  Not sure what my official name will be, "Granny Shaw" or "Granny Jen".  Rob will be "Poppy"... or maybe "Grumpa".  ;)

Jen

Monday, April 10, 2017

How to Make a Little Boy Happy

I always say that children and dogs are what make life worth living.  Here's a good children story.

Rob has been taking up the hobby of building Lego for the past couple of years.  His biggest build to date is the Death Star from Star Wars.  It was huge and a somewhat complicated project.

Last year while we were getting our house painted we met our painters little boy.  He came down to view Rob's Lego collection and was quite taken back by the Death Star.  Rob knew then that one day when he was ready to give it up, it would go to this little guy.

Last weekend Rob met up with him and his mom.  Mom knew the plan but it would be a surprise for the little fellow.  Rob asked him if he could help him move a box out of his car.  When Rob opened up the box, he simply said, "It's yours."  The photos snapped by his mom tell the rest of the story.




He has it proudly displayed on his dresser along with his other Star Wars Lego.  He was already deciding which friends he could trust around it.  LOL  Such a cute little guy.  I wonder if when he is older he will take it apart and build it for himself.  It is these small moments in life that are truly to be treasured.

Jen

Saturday, April 1, 2017

New Online Store

Just popping in with some scrappy news.  My awesome LSS, Treasured Memories,  has now opened an online store!  I can tell you how terrific this store is as a brick & mortar operation... and now everyone has the same availability to its awesomeness!  Orders over $50 ship free in Canada during the month of April!


They keep up with the newest goodies available.  There is still new product coming in from CHA!  Go and take a peek.  :)

I'll be back soon with some pages that I have recently created for the store.

Jen

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What's Up With January?

After the busyness of December,  January always seems like a really slow eventless month.  Not that there is anything wrong with this.  Sometimes it is good to be still.  But with this quietness, the blog becomes quiet also.  Here's a glimpse of life this month.

January started off with two new blooms on my peace lily.  If that isn't a promising sign to a new year, I don't know what else is.


We have started up monthly game night with Susan and Richard.  We get lazy and forget to get together and play Aggravation. (A problem with two introverts. )  We play as couples and Susan keeps an ongoing score of the winning team.  Yeah, it's the Shaws!  ;)  We always have dinner together for this event.  This time we ordered in Chinese food.  It had been ages since we had it and it was so yummy!


Thomas got his first guitar from his father.  Like father like son.  I think he looks like a little John Mayer here.  It's the stance.


Rob got me flowers!  These beauties are still alive and I'll be sad to see them go.  I love the simple arrangement and calm palette.  He is a really good flower picker!


Thomas turned seven on the 20th!  He had a very busy weekend.  There was a birthday party with family and school friends.  We got a video of the chaos and it brought us back to our "hosting kids birthday party days".  Yikes!  So after a Sunday skate with his parents,  he looked like this.  Andrew refers to it as his "hangover".  LOL  We are heading out for a visit in April and I am so excited!


For the past few days we have been living in a winter wonderland, literally.  It is frosty and beautiful and the snow is sparkling and the skies are blue.  Plus it isn't even frigid.  Here's a peek from my front door yesterday.  Each day the frost on the branches grows thicker.  It's amazing!


As far as crafting goes, I've lost my scrappy mojo.  I have ideas rolling around my head but nothing is getting done.  I've been stuck in a knitting vortex once again.  I blame it on Vanna.


Her wool was "buy one get one free" last week at Michaels so Diane and I stocked up for baby blankets.  I'll post a photo once I get further along.  The wool pictured is the colour combination for Diane's crocheted blankets.  She has four close friends who are pregnant so she has been busy creating gifts.

Hope you all are having a wonderful beginning to your new year.

Jen

Sunday, January 15, 2017

CSI Case File #222

Well there is a new case up at CSI to be solved.  I totally love this colour palette.

Here's my page.  I mixed some new Echo Park with some very vintage Basic Grey.  Remember "Figgy Pudding", "Boxer" and "Lily Kate"?  They are still amazing to this very day!




It's actually the frosty twigs that I find beautiful, the "fosty" ones... not so much.  ;)

My Evidence:  chevron, snowflakes, pearls, stars, decorative border, bow, stamps and glitter.

My Testimony:  I documented something about winter.

Here's the sketch that I used from Let's Get Sketchy.


Hope you'll give this case a try!  :)

Jen

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Birthday Celebration at CSI

CSI has just turned five!  They are on their 221st challenge.  Wow!  Debbi has invited all retired detectives to help celebrate by playing along this month.

Here's the case.  I was super excited that this case even came with a sketch to use.


Here's how I solved the case.




My evidence: grid pattern, circles, fruit, enamel dots, leaves, stamped phrase and string.


My testimony: document a birthday, used inspiration words sweet and delicious, mixed handwriting with phrase stickers.

These challenges always get me to use up older stash.  For this challenge I mixed some newer Jillibean Soup paper with some vintage Basic Grey Urban Prairie.  The palette was exact!

I'll be playing along again in mid January.  The palette is awesome!

Jen

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