Sunday, August 23, 2009

Local Observations

I was driving home the other day and happened to notice something in my peripheral vision. I did a quick "double take", made a big "u-turn" and headed back to make sure I wasn't seeing things. Have you noticed the trees? Please don't hate me for mentioning it since we have had a disappointing summer. Where did I spot these trees changing colors so soon? That's right...Brockville Cemetery. It just so happened that I had my camera with me and decided to take a stroll around the grounds. Have you ever done this? No, it's not creepy, spooky or even eerie. As you know, everyone is "dying to get in there". It's very interesting, if you love history.
My mother grew up in the country outside of a town called Palmerston. Mom had a cousin by the name of Ken Henderson who happened to be the mayor of this town and was also the funeral director. As kids growing up, Mom and Dad dragged us to everything, especially funerals.
A memory that I have is, one summer afternoon we attended the funeral service of one of Mom's relatives at the Palmerston Cemetery. We ended up spending the rest of the afternoon walking along with Ken and basically had a "tour" of the grave sites of where my Mom's family is buried. Now keep in mind, Ken was quite the story teller or did he "weave webs". I'm not really sure but when you are just a kid, it doesn't matter and he was really good at the story telling. One thing about Ken is that he always stood with his hands clasped behind his back and he was never in a hurray about anything. Oh wait, yes there was one thing that he always made sure was right on time...funerals. Why? He had one thing on his mind at every funeral...the luncheon afterwards at the Palmerston United Church. Could these ladies put on a spread of food! And of course, the dessert trays!! The best assortment of squares you have ever seen especially date squares! Ken always remarked that a funeral wasn't the same without date squares. Perhaps attending all these post-funeral luncheons is where my sweet tooth got underway.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Another Quilt in the Works!

A perfect way to get away from the construction noise is to barricade one self to the studio for some serious sewing time! But also I have a deadline to make since this quilt is an upcoming class that I'm teaching at Taylor's here in Brockville. It's called "How Does your Garden Grow". To make a lap sized quilt, it uses a "jelly roll", but cut into strips and then sewn in a "braided" formation.
I'm almost done adding the sashing and then the outside borders need to go on next. Then the best part, off to be quilted by my friend Tammy Spencer. Perhaps I will get this sample done and delivered to the store a week before their Open House and not delivered the day before or the morning of. I'll post the final outcome or if you are local, drop into Taylor's. If you have a moment, check out their website and have a look at their fall classes and dates of their Open House. You just might see my completed quilt there.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

At My Front Door Cont'd...

As a kid growing up on a farm there were always things to do to keep us busy for long periods of time. This would consist of chores in the barn, working in the fields, or helping out in the garden. Not very often were we left alone. Usually Mom or Dad were close by to supervise. However, once in a while Mom and Dad would venture into town to do a quick errand and would leave us alone with one of my older siblings left in charge. Now keep in mind, it's not that we were destructive children. No, we had other things on our minds. It usually consisted of my two brothers coming up with an idea to build/repair/take apart something or my older sisters would bake something in the kitchen that was perhaps a bit more complicated than the previous recipe that they tried. There were times that Mom and Dad would almost "cringe" with the thoughts of what they might find when they got home. Well, this certainly came to mind when I came home from work the other day. I was on the day shift and left the house at 5:30 a.m. and returned at 8:00 p.m. This is what I came home to!! The day before, the hole that was dug in front of my house was about "man size". Now it has grown to a size that would "ingest a dump truck" You can also tell from the other pic that my neighbours up the street received one as well. The good thing that absolutely no one would be able to drive down the street. Therefore no "summer traffic" which has been nice! It's Saturday morning and we have gotten a break from the construction noise which I give "thanks" to!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

At My Front Door

My plans were to avoid blogging any further about what was taking place on the street where I live. However, due to popular demands, questioning and curiosity by my regular readers, the sega will continue. This is what happened outside my front door today. Yep, the workers removed the front cement slab to locate the water line that runs into the house. Here is another "man eating hole" that they dug to gain access to the lines. Don't you just dig it??!!
This is the view from my front door. Notice how my plants are on the edge of destruction? I begged the construction workers to take pity on my innocent plants and avoid the brutality. They did!

But I have another story to tell. See the picture of the two cute little girls? While I was negotiating with the foreman over my flower bed and wanting to know precisely how far back they planned on digging, these two little girls came down the street amongst the construction. I noticed right away the workers getting their wallets out or rummaging through their pockets. These little girls started their own lemonade/ice tea delivery business. The workers placed their orders... 50 cents for a cold beverage or for $1 you got a beverage and a home baked chocolate chip cookie. (Of course, I had to get the scoop!!) They returned to their house or "head office" which was just around the corner, filled the order and returned to deliver their orders. They informed me that yesterday they made $23.00. Not bad for their first day in business and the weather was perfect for sales... hot and humid! Now that's impressive!! You go girls!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Rainy Weekend Activity

Yesterday was a perfect day to be the rain. Not far from our cottage is Dawn King who makes rustic cedar furniture and offers classes. It just so happened that this past weekend she was teaching an "arbour" class. I've made twig furniture before which sits in the front porch at the house. I've always loved the look arbours in gardens but appreciated the ones that were a bit different. I showed up Sunday morning at Dawn's place with my list of tools and went to work. It was a snap putting together since the frame work had already been precut by Dawn herself. The majority of the time was spent creating the sides and top by bending, drilling, nailing the cedar branches into a rustic theme. You can see the end results. I'm really pleased however, Neil has to go back next weekend to pick up my arbour with the trailer. It kind of reminds me of "science projects" that end up bigger than expected and you had to get your Mom to drive you and your project to school since it wouldn't fit on the bus. I remember those days all to well!!