Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Around Here

It's been a long time since writing an actual post.  I needed a blogging break.  I felt like I didn't have much to say.  Sometimes silence is good.  In the end it always comes back to missing the writing process.  I like having this "journal" to peek back on the ordinary days, which really are the best days in life.

Life has had it's ups and downs in the past six months.  Sadly, my father passed away last spring, just six months after my mother's passing.  It was unexpected,  although we knew that his lungs were bad after 69 years of smoking.  He was admitted to hospital on a Sunday and passed on the Tuesday morning.  We are thankful that he went quickly as it was how he would have wanted it.  I have realized that it is hard losing the first parent but even harder when the second on leaves.  The connection is lost when both parents are gone.  It feels strange to be an orphan, even at the age of 50.

On  a happy note, my brother Andrew along with Chantal and little Thomas came to visit for three weeks this summer.  It was a great time and so amazing to have so much time together with both my brother and sister.  We had lots of fun and having a four year old around was terrific.

On the scrappy front, I have slowly been getting back into it as I work on a summer album documenting our memories of Andrew's visit.  It took my favourite muse, Tom to get me going again.  When I took my scrappy break I was able to purge a lot of older supplies and stuff that I had too much of.  This seems to have helped the creative process.  Much of my stuff is still packed away and I just have my favourites out for easy use.  On the horizon I am planning on getting into some art journaling.  More on that later.  I finally found some inspiration for this in a more paper friendly mode.  I am still afraid of wet medium although,  Color Shine is my friend now.  ;)

I am happy to report that I knit over 30 hats for charity this year.  They will be donated to some inner city schools this month along with 140 pairs of mittens that my MIL has knit.

I'm currently working on this pair of mittens as a gift for one of our neighbours from the condo.  It is Rowan wool in 100% wool.  My new favourite yarn!

In other exciting knitting news, Susan and I are going to meet our knitting mentor, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, also know as The Yarn Harlot next month when she comes to Edmonton!  In preparation, we are both reading her newest book.  She is hilarious!

Finally, in our backyard we have lots of these.  :(

Yes,  the crows along with the Magpies have decided to hang out here.   It all started when we put out peanuts to attract Blue Jays.  How can the beautiful Blue Jay be related to the crow?  Needless to say, the song birds are scarce at this point.  Oh well, the crow sets the perfect mood for Halloween next month.

Wishing you all a wonderful fall day!  :)



  1. Jen, I'm still using the Black Dress papers you so kindly passed on! I'm so sorry you lost your parents.

  2. It's so good to see you writing again after your break and the hard time you have been through. I'm sending you and Susan best wishes from across the ocean.

    I like the look of that blue wool and the book. I'm going to keep an eye out for it here

  3. I've missed your writing and your photos Jennifer. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of both your parents. Sending you lots of love and prayers.

    Ps. I've always wanted to get into art journaling. ;)


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