Wednesday, March 19, 2008

My Mother

Arina Dorschner Beauregard - 1918-2008

Many thanks to all that left comments regarding my Mom and to those that offered their prayers and thoughts.

Mom celebrated her 90th birthday in hospital and was gone 5 days later. She just lost the will to live and she was so tired of being sick. We buried her on Monday this week. It is a sad time for us and we will miss her a lot.

Of all the photos we have, this one is my favourite. Mom was just 2 yrs. old when this photo was snapped. Love her outfit and the baby chicks.

I'll be staying in North Bay for a few more weeks to help my sister settle her affairs.

Once home, my first priority will be to give my DH a lot of loving and TLC. He has been so patient and understanding regarding my absence from home over the past few years. It was our desire to not have Mom in a nursing home and she needed help to get around especially the past few months of her life.

After that, there are a couple of quilting projects that need to be completed. First, there is a bag that needs to be made (it is currently half assembled) and sent to Judith. It is part of a swap between us. Judith sent me a parcel and it is waiting for me at home (will reveal that gift soon).

Then, it will be time to complete my quilt for the Four Seasons Spring Swap and then to arrange a giveaway to celebrate my 1st year of blogging. Feb. 22 was my anniversary date; but life got in the way and that had to be put aside until later.

So, until I return home, there will be no more posts until Apr. 7 thereabouts.

Take care and have fun quilting!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Ice Huts

On my last visit to North Bay, there is a lot of ice fishing going on. Almost overnight, as soon as there is sturdy ice on Lake Nipissing, ice huts start to pop up all around the lakeshore. This shot was taken at Callander Bay, a small village just south of the city.

Ice fishing is a risky sport. During that visit, a truck went through the ice and sank. The two women inside barely made it to safety. People either walk or drive (their vehicle or snowmobile) to their huts.

My nephew has a hut and this is a recent catch. There is a regulation on size of fish that can be kept and ones that have to be returned to the lake. This fish had another fish in its belly when it was caught.

Now you have seen a wee glimpse of life in the Great White North!

Have a great day!

P.S. For those that are curious, the truck was retrieved from the lake. There is a salvage outfit in town that hauls submerged vehicles out of the frozen lake.
P.S. DH's update note: our dear mom is terminally ill... there may be delays for the next post.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Storing stencils

All of my stencils are in this box. It is wide enough and long enough to store them. There is no order to them ….. they are just thrown together and I find that whenever I need a particular one, my memory is refreshed of what else is in the box.

Have a great day!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Table Runners

These were made for my Mom a few years ago and I’ve made a few more (different patterns) since, and which you will be seeing sometime this year.

Have a great day!

Pattern source: Quilter’s Cache for the block

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Making Tracks

Here’s one from my archives. There is a story behind the title; but I don’t want to embarrass my nephew, so I’ll just let it pass on by and just let you enjoy the photo.

Have a great day!

Pattern Source: McCall’s Quilting magazine, October 2003