Friday, January 3, 2014

My Random Two Week Vacation!

Leisure is not the opposite of work,
it is the opportunity for free participation in
joyful activity and rest of those who
are exploring the full potential of creation.
                                      Colin Wilbur Williams


The Christmas/ New Year holiday always brings My Hero two weeks of vacation. Let me rephrase that, HIS vacation usually brings his darlin’ wife (that would be me) two weeks of vacation unfortunately for him this really just gives him a change of duties. Oh yes I love those two weeks of mine and not having to rush out in the cold to feed the cows. Don’t get me wrong I love this job and visiting with the girl’s and then wandering through the bush but I do not always enjoy going out in the cold especially this extreme cold front, it is -36 degrees Celsius with the wind chill at this very moment. My Hero loves visiting with and wandering among the cows everyday something he does not have the pleasure of doing while working off the farm. His being home has also had him plowing snow and scraping ice. Good timing for me, not so much for him. I found different ways to keep busy during my vacation while he did my chores. We both won in his vacation. You know that saying “A change is as good as a rest”.

It is Random 5 Friday once again with our lovely host Nancy. Here are my five.


1-   I have been knitting a few of scarves; I love the creativity of the whole process with the added benefit of the sense of calm that continues to come with it. I love to play with different colours and textures without worrying about techniques or sizes or the pressures of learning how to purl or read a pattern. There have been many scarves going out to people I think could use a hug. I still continue to only mail to non-knitters making my scarves look good. There are two scarves that I wear myself as they are full of noticeable mistakes and honestly using them to fight off this darn cold weather has been a blessing.


2-   As you can see with the photo above I finally tackled the knitted hat thing again after that unintentional but still very cute knitted hat for a teddy bear instead of a normal size head. This time I think you will come to the same conclusion as I did; a basketball size head is what is needed for me to give this hat away. I love the way it turned out though with the mix of colours and I hope to find one of those large heads soon, it would be a shame to waste it. I will continue to try to get it right. I will just keep experimenting then trying to find heads for them to fit. Sounds like a good plan don’t you think? I do think the basketball is looking rather dapper even so.


3-   A very nice friend dropped off an old Singer sewing machine that supposedly had some working problems and was no longer needed so My Hero and I hoped with a little work we would be able to get it working well. We have always been on the lookout for cheap or free sewing machines to fix up and pass on to people wanting to learn to sew and have no other way to get a machine. This machine turned out to be a little different. After we took it apart and My Hero worked his magic I sat down do the sew test. I was instantly hooked; this machine will be staying here at least for now. It now sews like a dream. I made some bags for Christmas and am thinking of going back to quilt making. I have always loved sewing and this kicked that creative outlet back into gear. Wish me luck. Thank you friend. Another sewing machine made its way out of here at Christmas for someone wanting to learn to sew.


4-   I have been writing more short stories, this is something I think you may have noticed as something I need to do. I had decided early last year after listening to the encouraging words of friends that I wanted to see if my writing was publish worthy. This is a question every writer at one time or another grapples with. I also selfishly wanted to show my Mom who loves my stories something in print. This December wrapped up in plastic bags thrown in driveways all over our area, and then covered in snow and layers of ice during a storm, then possibly scooped up and thrown into the recycle bin without being opened was our local paper with my story on page four. Mom was so proud,her smile with her words "Told you" was all I needed.


5-   I have been wandering around on snowshoes in the bush only a few times because of the strange weather that keeps me inside. I need to take photos that will be captured and held tight of the beauty that I am so very lucky to be surrounded by and I have now realized I will never be able to leave behind.


 Oh yes these two weeks of My Hero’s vacation turned out to be not too bad at all. I do hope he enjoyed it as much as I. Back to normal for both of us on Monday. Don't look so sad Red I will see you soon.


Later
Random 5 Friday

62 comments:

  1. Ah, the hat is attractive even though it is a tad larger than most heads. Congrats on having a story published. What fun!

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  2. Loved reading this - I agree the hat needs a head, it is so nice! I am glad you have had the time to relax. I wish I could sew, knitting and sewing for two weeks sounds blissful! Well done on being published - that is just so fantastic, such a dream of mine!

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  3. congrats on being published, love the photo of the cow, never got up close and personal with a cow before.

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  4. You are a pulished author...good for you.
    I had no idea you were providing sewing machines to folks. What a great outreach idea. Your knitting is going great guns as well.
    Sounds like a terrific start to a New Year. You go girl.

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  5. Love the bags. And the knitting projects - the blue scarf is my favorite. I'm glad you got a bit of a vacation - well deserved!

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  6. Congrats on being published!

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  7. Congratulations on your story, what fun!!! And cool that you've a machine that has encouraged you to go back to quilting, I'd admire your persistence with the hat, I made one that would fit your basketball too but mine has unintentional holes :-). Love that icicle photo and your lovely Red.

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  8. Nice hat!! I need to move from my knitting comfort zone and try something new. I can't keep to scarves and wash cloths forever!
    Enjoyed your photos,

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  9. Hi, there!
    Thanks for visiting today.
    I love this post! Love your knitted scarves, the picture of the calf, the story of you being published in the paper, and your Mom's comment.
    I'll be back to look around more later.
    Enjoy your day!

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  10. You have really taking to knitting! The hat is cute. Good luck in your search for the right head. :-) I think it's pretty awesome that you and Hero refurbish sewing machines to give away. Congratulations on getting published! It must have been a thrill to see your story in print.

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  11. oh that first shot is so pretty. We are in the midst of a giant blizzard and I can't wait till tomorrow when I can get out with my snow shoes and camera

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  12. That Basketball is Stylin'

    Hey! as soon as you post your blog - you are "Published." You have been a "Published Author" for a long time now . . . you are simply looking to expand your fan base -

    Happy Happy!

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  13. Lovely photos . It has been soo cold here to . Papa here also had two weeks off and goes back to work on Tues BOOHOO !! Thanks for sharing. Have a good day and stay cozy .

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  14. oh that is so exciting buttons!! you'll have to copy the story for us all to read! have a great weekend :)

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  15. It was such a pleasure to read this, Buttons. We are having a rare spell of winter weather here, though not at all like you are experiencing. Just about an inch of snow is on our yard, driveway, and street, and our temperature this morning is 17 degrees F, with colder weather expected by Monday!

    Great news about your story in print!

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  16. i have to ask because we don't get much snow ... those shoes how do they work? well? i guess they sort of keep you on top of the snow? right? i need a tutorial. i am so curious. we miss out on so much without it around here. you stay warm. i love all your creative ways ... you have fun! ( :

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  17. huge congratulations on being published in the paper!!! so very proud of you!!

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  18. I love all this! Keep up the writing. Wish we could all see the paper. Could you photocopy it so we could see it sitting on the page. How fun. We could celebrate YOU more that way. Just take a picture of your story in the paper and show us!!!

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  19. Glad you and Hero got a vacation of one kind or another...

    Would you consider posting for us the website for your local paper so we could read your published story?

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  20. You are so creative, knitting, sewing, writing! I can't do any of those things. Congrats on your story being published in you local paper. I would love to read it. Just the beginning for you.
    Stay warm.

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  21. I can't imagine going out in negative 35 wind chill weather! It just boggles my mind! I'm freezing at 10 even 20 degrees. :) I think it's wonderful that you and your Hero fix up sewing machines to give to those that need them!
    Thanks for your visit today, you have a wonderful blog.

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  22. I just realized I'm already a follower! I need to update my blogroll.

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  23. I'm so happy for you in getting your story published! You write so well, and people are blessed by your words. :-)

    Your scarves and the bag are lovely! I love the colors in that pink scarf. I'm not very exact in my hat making either. I crocheted a hat for myself, but it's so big, it twirls around my head. It might fit a basketball, too.

    That's great that you are enjoying sewing again! I have a sewing machine, but I don't have much success.

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  24. Your knitting is lovely ...and winter is a good time for working on a quilt as well, yes :)

    Love your cow picture...so cute I had to laugh :)

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  25. Oh my the hat and scarf look so warm. I still have a stocking cap my mom made for me sixty years ago....:)

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  26. Congrats on becoming a published author! :-) And congrats on scoring a sewing machine too. It'll be a fun alternative to the knitting. It's ridiculously cold here in Middle Missouri too. The high on Monday is only suppose to be 3F with negative wind chills. Brrrrr! I really like you snow-covered fence rails and the cutie in the last shot!
    Visiting from Random Five Friday.

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  27. Grace, congrats on being published, that's wonderful..and yes you are very talented...your posts are evocative, and carry us with you on your journey.

    Jen

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  28. Well, it looks like you have made good use of your 'free' time, Buttons! Honing your knitting skills, sewing, and even getting published! Congratulations! Wishing you more success with your writing (and with your knitting and sewing, too). Hugs xo Karen

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  29. Sounds like a great "vacation" enjoyed by both of you. And congrats on your words in print, how exciting that must be and how thrilled your Mother must have been. Happy New Year and stay safe & warm!!

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  30. I knit scarves too In fact I have one on the go now. Sounds cold in your part of the world here in the UK we are having gale force winds and rain, thanks for visiting me today.

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  31. Buttons I love that hat ! Looks really cozy , some days Mountain Man tell me I have a big head but luckily I don't gloat every day ;)

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  32. Your knitting projects look really nice! You sure are getting good at it. A big congrats on having your story published - that is amazing!

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  33. You certainly know how to put your time to good use. I love your knitting--keep up the good work. Next time that hat will fit a people head and someone will be so lucky. Too bad we can't go snow shoeing together. But I think of you when I'm out in the snow and that's almost as good.

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  34. Applause, Applause! Job well done. The writing, the knitting...all of it!

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  35. Good news on all fronts for you.

    I never had a doubt your words were publish worthy.

    Stay warm.

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  36. Sounds like a good time off for you. And a published story! Good for you!

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  37. A story published, how exciting! and exciting also are those wonderful knitted scarves and other things. You are one talented lady.

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  38. Good luck with the writing. My dad had his stories put into book form just for family and friends. It is nice to have now that he is gone.

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  39. You did indeed have a marvelous vacation! I once had my grandmother's old table top Singer, the real deal, no plastic. I got a new one {which I still have 40 years later!} and my sister-in-law took my grandmother's. Lord only knows what happened to it but I wish I had it back. I did keep the table.

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  40. such exciting news buttons, you really do have a way with words!!

    really nice images today, i bet those cows have missed you!!

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  41. I am envious of your knitting. I have yet to figure out how to fix my mistakes and end up pulling all my work out. I hope your vacation was relaxing.

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  42. Your knitting looks wonderful. I love that hat even though its a big big.. So glad to hear you have had a nice break from you chores.

    Love your writing. I definitely think you could write a book.

    Hugs~

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  43. Yep, Shes a published author now,

    WATCH OUT WORLD!!!


    ;)

    xoxox

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  44. I would buy your short stories any time. You are a wonderful writer, very special. And you are, as someone said before, a historian of country life. I hope your new year will be a very happy one, dear Buttons.

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  45. Knitting hats and scarves and then fitting them to people sounds like a fine plan to me! Glad your two weeks made you happy and that your husband actually enjoyed the change of pace. It does look quite chilly!

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  46. This is a sweet shot of your cow. Love it! Cute basketball hat, love the colors you used for it. I miss quilting. I have made quite a few over the years.

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  47. Gosh B, where do you find the time to do all that creative stuff! I love the hat and scarves!

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  48. Congratulations on getting a story published in the paper. High five!!

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  49. Hey B...loved today's quote and your random five. That hat is adorable. Keep those sort stories comin'.

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  50. Congratulations on your published story. Sounds like you enjoyed your husbands "vacation"! I do think the snow is pretty -- if it only didn't come with the cold and mess! I enjoy knitting and crocheting and more often than not, give my things away. Fun isn't it?! Enjoy the sewing machine. Happy New Year!

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  51. ...that last image melts my heart. And I can relate to having a working sewing machine that works like a 'dream'. Congrats of your accomplishment!!

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  52. You did get a lot of ice!!! When I was on the bus last week, I saw the ice all over the trees, somewhere between Tweed and Belleville. Almost as bad as the ice storm of '98...
    Don't I sound like an old timer now? I am still fighting with school, and the almost overwhelming desire not to go, but I think it would be such a waste of money to quit now, and I need a job...
    Congratulations on being published!!!

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  53. Great work on the knitting. Congratulations on the story being printed, and keep writing.

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  54. This was very nice to read B. It looks like you had a great time indeed!

    I hope that you'll have a great weekend! ;-)
    Gert Jan Hermus
    dzjiedzjee.blogspot.com

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  55. congratulations, author! i'm all smiles for you!!
    i think red would very much like a hat and scarf in this weather. brrrrr...

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  56. My best friend just had his first novel published so I can imagine how thrilled you are!...:)JP

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  57. Fun post. You reminded me that I have an old Singer that was left in the basement when we bought our house. I never even tried it. A perfect New Year's project! I love the idea of gifting a sewing machine to someone who wants to learn. So, how about you sharing your story in print here??? Aloha

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  58. I have always thought your writing was book worthy. Your writing is like a good meal, it just sticks to your ribs.
    I have a little singer feather weight sewing machine that I learned to sew on and I have had other machines but I always go back to that.
    I love your cows. Well, I am glad you had two weeks of vacation.
    I hope it warms up next week when you have to go back to work.

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  59. All this snow I've been seeing all over blog land is making me very cold but oh so thankful that we haven't had much this winter. I did love your fence photo though with the ice hanging down.
    So glad you had some time away from all that shoveling and being out in the cold. Your hubby was wonderful to help take over those chores for you.

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  60. I'm sure the basketball appreciates your efforts. It is dapper. I imagine you'll find a head to fit.
    That's wonderful you fix machines to give away. I'm glad your sewing interest was sparked with your latest acquisition.
    Congrats on having your story published!

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  61. Hi Buttons, it sounds as if you really enjoyed your Christmas break. You did achieve a lot didn't you?
    I'm pleased to hear you are getting some short stories printed. I didn't realise you were interested in knitting and sewing too. I had a go at trying to make a skirt but never got it finished, and I'd love to knit something too. I used to do a lot of knitting many years ago.
    I hope your monday isn't to difficult for you. Take care!!

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  62. Congratulations on your writing. You are an amazing writer. I have always been so envious of your ability to write with what seem like so much ease and great humor. Getting words our of me is like pulling teeth. Takes my photos to get the words flowing. Your knitting is sure coming along as well. You go girl your creativity is spilling out and what better way to spend your winter.

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