Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunless Sunday

I used the word soggy in my last post title, so needed to come up with a different word to describe this very wet day. Sunless seems inadequate, but I can't seem to come up with anything better. You know how it's hard to think when you have a cold? The same thing happens to me when it's a rainy grey day. My brain seizes up.

This has been a busy week. On Wednesday I met up with Lynne the Sock Lady. We had a great visit, and I even won a free coffee in the Roll the Rim to Win game. For those of you who haven't experienced going to a Tim Horton's donut shop, during the Roll the Rim to Win contest you roll the top rim of your paper tea/coffee cup and hope to see the name of a prize hidden there. I rarely go to Tim's so I gave my winning cup to Lynne. If it had said Toyota Camry or $5000 Visa prepaid card I might not have been as generous.


Thursday I met with my friend Cindy in Langley. We did some shopping together, then went to her daughter's home (she and her husband were there for a visit) and played a game of Sequence. It was a great game, and one I think I will add to our family collection.


Then Friday Rebekah came for a visit. She flew into Bellingham, Washington, which is a bit closer and a whole lot cheaper than flying into Vancouver. This is the first time I have picked someone up in Bellingham and had everything go as planned. It was even a dry, warm day on Friday. On the drive home, about a half hour from where we live, there was a field of daffodils. I couldn't resist stopping to get a picture.


When we got here Rebekah needed to borrow some 5.0 mm knitting needles for a project she wanted to start. We went up to my small craft room to find them, but there didn't seem to be any in the bag of needle packets. There was, however, an empty Hiya Hiya packet for that size. This was bad news. It meant the needles were "in the wild." I dug further down in my basket to pull up the rogue needles, which, I must confess, slightly resembled a curled up mass of snakes hibernating for the winter. At that point Rebekah gasped. Then she started laughing.


Thanks to her great organizational skills my circular needles are now all sorted. The weird thing is those 5.0 mm needles never showed up. They must be attached to some UFO (unfinished object), which is where they are going to stay for the time being. Given Rebekah's reaction to my knitting needle jumble, I think its best to leave the stash undisturbed.

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  1. Hi Kristie, it sounds like you're having fun even if the weather isn't so good today. How exciting to win a free coffee! And it was so nice of you to give it away. I've been to Tim Horton's but it was a long time ago, in Ontario. I had a good doughnut. I've never played regular Sequence but we have Sequence for Kids and it's really fun. Both of my kids have enjoyed it. Maybe Lucy would like it when she's a little older. I hope you've had a nice visit with Rebekah. Have a great week!

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    1. I didn't know there was a Sequence game for kids. Thanks for letting me know that, Jennifer! I'm wanting to get a few games to play with Lucy when she gets a bit older. Tim Horton's donuts are much loved here in Canada. I'm glad you've been able to experience eating one.

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  2. That is so funny sorting the knitting needles. While on a visit with a friend in Fife Scotland I gained the name of Mrs Tiggy Winkle for organizing things.

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    1. I'm sure your friend appreciated your organizational skills while you were visiting her. My daughter could go by the Mrs. Tiggy Winkle name as well! :-)

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  3. What a lovely surprise to come across that field of daffodils. We have sun here, but it is cold and we have no color to add cheer to the drab landscape.

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    1. Before you know it you'll be surrounded by colour, Cathy. In the meantime, enjoy that sunshine!

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  4. Gorgeous daffodils...that must have cheered you up in a miserable week for weather'
    We have UFOs too...when I clear out the freezer and find the Unidentifiable Frozen Objects

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    1. They were very cheery, Helen. There are several daffodil fields in the area, and also a few tulip fields. I have those kind of UFOs too. I always think I'll remember what is in the container of leftovers I popped into the freezer, but once frozen everything looks similar.

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  5. I'm laughing at the knitting needles. I don't have as many as you, but the ones I do have are always trying to get out of control. I do love the circular ones though. Maybe you could both pop round and organise them for me. CJ xx

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    1. We would love to pop round. You and I could have tea and a chat while Rebekah sorts through your needles. :-)

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  6. I love the photo of the daffodil field, what a nice view on a long car journey. Funny, I just tidied my knitting needles today. It sometimes does need doing. I am not as organized as Rebekah though. I hope those missing needles turn up soon. Have a lovely week. x

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    1. I'm impressed that you sorted your needles out, Christina. You must have the same organizational skills as my daughter. Had it not been for her intervention my tangled mess would have only grown larger. :-)

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  7. I hate organizing circular needles! And what a pretty field of daffodils! They always look like little stars that fell to the ground, to make us all cheerful and happy :) My favorite part of spring!

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    1. Circular needles can be a challenge, that's for sure. Let me know if you would like me to send Rebekah over to your house for an organizational visit. :-)

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  8. A busy week, but it sounds like a very enjoyable one. Those daffodils are lovely - such a splash of colour. Your needle tangle made me chuckle. DD has given me a special storage case in an attempt to keep mine in order.

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    1. I hope you share a picture of your circular needle case on your blog, or on Facebook, Perpetua. I would really like to see what your husband found for your needles!

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  9. I'm glad you've been having fun despite the sogginess. I'm sure the needles will turn up, especially now that so few remain in the wild. Ihope Rebekah and the mister are doing well in the States.

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    1. Rebekah and Anton are doing great, Rick. Although their time in the States is rapidly coming to an end. More on that in a future post!

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    2. Their initials come really close to = my last name and first initial. Which is meaningless, but one of those things that sticks with me. :)

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  10. I wish I could send you my sun, then you would have some. Love that you were busy and with people you like to be with!!

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    1. Thanks for the offer of some sunshine, Karen. I'm kind of used to all the rain though. I've lived on the "wet coast" long enough to know it just comes with the territory. :-)

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  11. Perhaps you could hire Rebekah out to hapless crafters like me - she could do wonders with the congestion (mess) in my craft cupboards! What a nice thing for her to do for you, Kristie. Love that field of daffodils, and looking forward to my first cup of Tim's (only 5 weeks :) - I didn't know about the prize thing, will try that one, for sure. A lovely post, despite the soggy weather.

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    1. I'll have to pass along your business idea to Rebekah! I think there are many hapless crafters out there, and I would certainly be included in that group. :-)

      As for Tim's, I'm not sure the contest will still be on in five weeks. You should ask your daughter to save a couple of the contest cups for you so you and your husband can roll the rims when you get here.

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  12. Hey Kristie,
    How lovely to have a daughter that organises things so well. I'd love one of those! We have many daffodil fields in bloom around here. They are such a cheery sight. Oh and if it helps, the weather has been awful this weekend. But the sun is shining this morning. Hooray!!
    Have a great week, and I hope that the rogue needles turn up ;))
    Leanne xx

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    1. It's great Leanne, although clearly I can't take any credit for having trained her in this department. :-)

      The daffodil field is amazing. I drive by it frequently, and it always makes me smile. I hope you get your sunshine today. We are forecast to have some as well.

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  13. We didn't fair any better than you with the weather over the weekend. At least you had some wonderful company, such a great idea to organise the needles into bags, hope the missing ones turn up...

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    1. It seems as if everyone had a soggy weekend! And yes, having Rebekah here more than made up for the rotten weather. :-)

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  14. Sounds like a good week! I hope that you find the needles that have gone wild! The field of daffodils is beautiful! xx

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    1. The needles are still in hiding. The funny thing is after the search and needle organization she decided she needed a different size anyway, so it all worked out. :-)

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  15. That field if daffodils is spectacular, such a vibrant yellow! Oh all those circular needles they get so tangled up! I bought a case for my "good" circa, and it does keep them in one place. It's sure nice to have your big kids come home for a visit.

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    1. Somehow my reply to you ended up as a comment instead. Good grief...

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  16. I see that field every time I drive towards Abbotsford and Vancouver, Chris. It always puts a smile on my face. As for circular needles, yes, they get into a mess no matter how careful I try to be. Hopefully Rebekah's system will help. It's very nice having her here. :-)

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  17. friends with organizational skills are the best.
    a perfect rainy day activity.

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    1. Friends are great, but it's even better when it's your daughter who has the organizational skills! :-)

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  18. what a lovely weekend :) I just brewed myself a cup of chamomile tea and on the bag it says this: "There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea"-Bernard-Paul Heroux

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    1. I love that quote! Thanks for sharing it. Truer words were never spoken. :-)

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  19. Isn't it infuritating when you misplace needles, I lost one of my 3mm double pointed needles here in the house and to date it's still missing, I reckon it's languishing inside the depths of my sofa!

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    1. Now that's scary! A double pointed needle hidden in the sofa sounds like an injury waiting to happen. :-)

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  20. I would be very glad to have Rebekah here, I nearly always have seek for days needles, someone maybe kidnaps them or my hundred and one ufos keep them as hostice till we finish them. Happy and blessed Easter Jaana

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    1. Many of us seem to be in need of Rebekah's needle organizing services, Mizumatte. :-)

      Happy Easter to you too!

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  21. We've played Sequence after dinner at a friend's house a couple of times now. It's always so long in between sessions that I have to be retrained each time. It's getting a bit embarrassing actually!

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    1. I'm like that with games too. Settlers of Catan is the one I struggle with. Every single time I play my kids have to go over the rules with me. :-)

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  22. Your tangled knitting needles and fiels of daffodils made me smile! Sarah x

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    1. I'm glad I could make you smile, Sarah. :-)

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  23. Those needles are like the knitting equivalent of a rat king!

    Gorgeous daffs ... I often think I'd like to be a flower farmer.

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  24. Nice post, things explained in details. Thank You.

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  25. Ha! I'm glad I'm not the only one with circular needle woes ;) Mine are all in one fabric tote, but beyond that, no sorting. I keep thinking of different ways to organize them, but then forget what the plan was when I get time to do it. The ziplock baggies seems a good idea. Love the field of daffodils btw ... what an uplifting springtime sight! Wendy

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