ahhh, Friday again

I have to say I love working 4 ten hour days. There is something sweet about not working on Fridays. It’s not like I sit and eat bonbons all day, quite the opposite. I do all sorts of errands and have appointments with plumbers and get the car serviced and go to the dump and get my hair cut. But it feels really good to be able to spend a day doing all that sort of junk (and nice that it can be done in a whole day, not crammed in before noon on Saturday when everything closes) and STILL have a weekend ahead! I am lucky.

Today, in addition to all those things I listed, I am going to stop at Joann’s and see if I can scare up a tie pattern. It turns out that I will have lots of extra fabric from Mom’s wedding outfit, and I thought I would surprise B with a tie or two. Perhaps an array of ties in different styles? I have never seen him in a tie, but it seems like it might be a fun thing to do…

Tomorrow, since the weather will be damp, I will work on that big pile of blue sewing I have to get done. And A and I will move Andy’s table saw upstairs, because brother N is going to come pick it up in the afternoon. And hopefully, while he is here, we will run to Castine to pick up the dining room table that a friend is giving us! I am so excited to start having real furniture. Never thought we would get a couch AND a dining room table in the same year. We must be almost grown up now.

Last weekend was beautiful – I spent Friday sewing, and missed some sunshine, but there are lots of windows in the craft room, so it was OK. I got the samples sewn up in time for Mom to come over and try them on – I have a photo, I will see if I can attach it here… hopefully I won’t forget! The skirt fit fine, top will need some adjustments, as you will see, but the best part is that I used fabric I had on hand that I thought I wouldn’t miss. So was NOT thinking about how it would look together. The result, as Mom said, is fetching. I hope B still wants to marry her now that he ahs seen her in this outfit!

Mom's fetching wedding outfit

checked my lottery numbers

and think I will go to work today.   I am glad to have a job to go to, for sure.  But wouldn’t it be nice to be able to offer it up to someone else?  🙂

Rainy weather has settled in, it is hard to find energy to get things done. But we went for our little walk today, and plan to work on some overdue cards and sewing tonight, something to look forward to. Just gotta get through a 5 hour meeting today. Don’t I sound excited?

better go do it.

birthday weekend in St Andrews by the Sea

St Andrews is one of my favorite places to visit – but amazingly, I have never stayed there over night, just always made the mad dash up, shopped and driven home.

Well those days are OVER! A and I found the cutest little place to stay – Seaside Beach Resort – catchy name, right? (www.seaside.nb.ca) It is just outside of town, at the edge of the historic district.  The proprietor has restored a whole compound of houses and barns and built little cottages – all with pine interiors, very compact, but with all amenities.   If I had to guess, I would say there are boats in his background.  And yes, that is a guess.  But beyond really cute little cottagey apartments and cabins, there is a huge expanse of green lawn, new and mature plantings and trees, decks that go right down to the water (OK, at high tide.  To the beach the rest of the time) and the world’s most comfortable wooden chairs and tables along a short board walk.  And it is all in the prettiest seaside town with the nicest shops and restaurants.  By my reckoning, anyway.

Best part?  Cottage craft yarn store is still there, still unbelievably underpriced, AND there is a brand new scrapbooking store directly across the street from the cottages.  Yes, I was in heaven! I got yarn to make a sweater – 100% wool.  $35 american.  I don’t know if he did the exchange rate backwards or WHAT, but I paid the money and took the yarn. Scrapbooking store was totally a surprise, and thus, unfunded.  A gave me all the Canadian money we got back from an ice cream purchase, and I made that $13.50 go FAR.  The young woman running the place just opened it in December, and she already had a sale bin – yes! It is a nice bright room over her garage, not a huge selection, but good variety of items.  Lots I wanted.  Made me wish we had paid for the ice cream with a $50 or something. (http://hendersonscrapbookingcompany.blogspot.com/)

And the sun was shining on Saturday, we did all the retail therapy we wanted, had a good lunch at the Gables restaurant on their wonderful shady deck,  checked in to the “resort” and sat on the board walk reading for a few hours.  There was a heavenly breeze, so not hot, no bugs.  Had a supper of snacks in our little cottage, and flaked out early.  But not before we walked on th beach, tried the water (too cold to swim in, even for me) found lots of sea glass, but only clam shells, and scoped out all the empty units. Some of the floor plans are strange, but clearly the place was designed to meet the needs of travelers with families who love the shore. Today we were going to sit and have breakfast on the board walk before heading out, but awoke to low clouds and the threat of rain, so after a walk around town early,  we ate a restaurant (the Chef’s Special) and then headed out.  No sweat returning to the US – new border crossing very smooth, easy to navigate, pleasant border patrol guy. He even let me keep the pumpkin seeds I forgot I had with me (bought in the US, never taken out of the package, but still not allowed!)

I have already warned A we are going back, and thought about how I would keep her entertained if we went for more than one day.  Of course, I think there is plenty to do, but we might have to bring a bike and a couple of kayaks!

The best part of all this?  Low season rates apply until 6/15 (they come back into effect after Labor Day, too!), so we got it all at a discount.  Exchange rate isn’t great, but even so, it wasn’t that expensive a trip.  Gotta love it!


Has it really been nearly two weeks?  I guess lots has been going on!  Much of it has to do with crafting, of course. And working. And reading.  Yup, I can see why I haven’t been writing!

 Crafting first – it is nearest to my heart.  Been working on the outfit for Mom’s wedding.  Funny story there.  I made a sample top for her to try on so we could alter it as necessary.  She tried it on, we made adjustments, it was ready for her to try again.  that’s when I discovered I made the wrong top.  Sigh.  We had been going between two patterns, and I didn’t realize that I had BOTH in the bag, so when I pulled one out, I figured it was “it”.  Good I figured this out before I made the real one!  Not sure why we didn’t figure it out sooner but there is plenty of time for this kind of thing to happen!  So I will start over again with another length of fabric from the overwhelming supply.  I knew I had all that fabric for a reason!  The skirt is almost ready for her to try on, just need to stitch the waist casing, and we can see how it flows.  This was fun, as I got to basically, make myself a skirt.  That one, I did use the right pattern.  🙂

Last Saturday Mom, sister C and niece E and I went to the Maine Fiber Frolic – wow, was it fun.  A gorgeous day, and loads of space, not loads of people, so E could run a bit free, which she loved.  So much fiber to look at and touch and BUY!  I got some great sock yarn and a bunch of lace weight yarn from a woman in Denmark – www.Pinestarstudio.com she does wonderful things with colors, I wanted the whole display.  🙂  Am working on the socks first, the yarn knits up really nicely.  I do love good  expensive yarn!

I also got some nice soft wool/alpaca blend to make myself a sweater after the socks.  Hats are going to have to wait!

And then there are the birthday cards.  I know half the family has their birthday today, tomorrow or next week, and I know I only mailed out one card so far, but I have brilliant ideas for the rest of them.  So hopefully, I will get some done tomorrow, so they won’t be TOO late being mailed.

I didn’t get so much done on cards because the sun finally came out, and I have been working away at the yard work.  The pool relocation project is as done as it can be – the pool is filling slowly – an hour or so a day, and it is already up to my knees.  I can’t wait!  It is fun to get in and wade around scooping out the leaves, but it will be more fun when I can really get wet!  And I have moved one raised bed, spread out the dirt from it and planted grass, which is just coming out – very nice, another patch of lawn to “mow” with my clippers! Got the tomatoes in the ground, and today I planted peas, lettuce and beans, I hope to put spinach and carrots and swiss chard in this weekend, but I might not make it – I have to set up a new raised bed to do that.  I did cover the strawberries with bird netting today, they have their berries set, it won’t be long now!  And I covered some raspberries as well – we will see if that does any good.  the bushes look pretty with their white flowers, but if they don’t produce berries, they are out of here.  They are WAY too invasive, and are everywhere in the yard.

A and I are going off to St Andrews by the Sea for a few days, that will also slow down paper crafts and gardening, but I will get lots of knitting done in the car.

reading – I promised to tell you about the Post American World, and This Life is in Your Hands…  the first was very good, very thoroughly researched, well written, a little scary, but not too. Just kind of things to be aware of.  I think I will reread it.  I enjoyed all the world history – it seems that I never took world history in school, I got American history for 4 years – I guess going to three high schools had something to do with it!  Anyway, I enjoyed reading that part of it, and learning all sorts of things everyone else probably already knew.

This Life is interesting to me as it is about this area, and people I have heard of, and it was also well researched (or she has an incredible memory for details from her childhood) by Coleman.  I was fascinated to read the story “behind the scenes” so to speak of the good life  and homesteading movement of the late 60s and 70s.  While it may have been wholesome, it wasn’t great or easy. I guess pioneering isn’t, it just sounds glamorous. Great fun to find out that the Nearings weren’t perfect – whew! Anyway, I raced through it much faster than Post American – not as dense material.  But both were good, and worth reading.

There – all caught up – now I am going to go to sleep – big day tomorrow visiting R and family at the cottage.  Maybe a swim in the ocean???

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