Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Odds and Sods

:: Those of you who come to my blog to see what I've been up to in the crafting department are probably wondering what's happened. I would like to reassure you that crafting is taking place, but there's a reason I haven't posted any pictures lately. In a word - Christmas. January should be awash in pictures of finished projects.

:: Gardeners, procrastination is not your friend. A fellow Garden Club member and I were in charge of planting garlic in the community garden. We had been talking about the need to get it in the ground since the beginning of October. Had we taken action back then we wouldn't have frozen our hands stiff planting it this week after an Arctic front had moved in.

:: Fresh turmeric stains everything it touches. I did not know this. I used it for the first time last week in a Jamie Oliver recipe, and for several days afterwards my fingers looked like they belonged to a 90-year-old smoker with a three pack a day habit.

:: My first book, Ting Ting, was just included in Great Reads For Kids, a booklet put out by the Toronto Public Library. It's a collection of over 200 recommended books for children ages six to 12.

:: The storm clean-up here at The Cottages continues. Our cottage wasn't damaged, but several others were. This cottage with the tree on its roof is just down the street from us.




:: Scarier yet is this cottage that has been impaled. The bottom part of the branch is sticking through their bedroom ceiling. Imagine what it would have done to a person!




:: Teapot Hill took quite a hit as well. There were over twenty trees down on the trail. This one was the most impressive. You can see how massive the root system is. Either that, or I'm very short. Or both.




:: Still on the topic of Teapot Hill, yesterday morning both our telephone and cable were down. It seemed odd to me that the two would have gone out at the same time, but we were in the middle of another windstorm, so I just figured that was the problem. Not. It turns out that in the middle of the night thieves cut through the wires right at the base of Teapot Hill and stole $10,000 with of copper wiring.

:: The latest windstorm came as an Arctic front made its way into our area. The waves on Cultus Lake were spectacular!




:: This wasn't quite what I had in mind when we put up the bird feeders.




:: Fergus and Jenny have both corners of the couch covered. They consider it their job to make sure no neighbourhood dog goes by unnoticed.




Have a great second half of the week! And Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American readers!

45 comments:

  1. You have a lot going on out there with your weather! Congratulations on your book being on The List. That is great. We are 300 feet from the street and Gabriel will bark at any dog he sees passing by. Our windows go to the floor so he'll sit in front of the window and wait.

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    1. They are such funny creatures! Does Gabriel bark at dogs when he is off your property? Fergus never barks unless we are at our house. The sitting and waiting is funny. Fergus seems quite despondent when a long period of time passes without something to bark at. :-)

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    2. No, he never barks at other dogs--he just runs up to them and begins sniffing them all over. Maybe when they're barking they're just signaling the other dog that they are confined indoors and the other dog must come to them so they can get sniffed.

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  2. I love the idea of Teapot Hill! Is it called that because it is steep and tricky to climb? Obviously not so difficult as to preclude carrying a teapot but tricky enough so you would need a cup of tea when you reach the top. Truly a place name to conjure with.

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    1. Teapot Hill got its name when an old teapot was unearthed at the top. That was many years ago, but the name has stuck. :-)

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  3. There have been some damaging storms here too, which is unusual. The storms seem to be causing havoc all over the world, not Mother Natures finest hour! My dog watches the world go by and barks when he sees another dog too and yet never barks when he his out on the lead, peculiar aren't they?

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    1. Is your dog a terrier? They seem to be especially good at barking at every dog that goes by! It's strange how they don't bark when on a lead. I think it has something to do with territory. They only sound the alert when they think another animal is trespassing. :-)

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  4. Wonderful news about Ting Ting - which is a wonderful book, Kristie! Well done :)
    What a funny squirrel - although I would love to find one visiting my bird feeders...
    That was scary damage from a scary storm. Hope for more peaceful weather going into winter.

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    1. Here we are struggling with fall/winter storms, and you are just heading into the season when you have to worry most about fires. I'm not sos are you would want to find a squirrel at your bird feeders. They are cute, but quite a nuisance. :-)

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  5. Hey Kristie,
    Many congratulations for you and Ting Ting. That must be very gratifying. I do enjoy these sorts of posts. The weather has been rather wild with you. Last year our local news reports were full of a huge storm coming our way. In the end the only thing of any note that happened was the lid of my refuse bin blown off.....
    Leanne xx

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    1. Thanks Leanne! I wasn't sure whether or not to post about my book. I hate to look like I'm bragging. I'm a very terrible self-promoter. :-)

      We get a lot of false severe storm warnings here too. The problem becomes that you start to sort of ignore them when they never seem to actually happen. But as it turned out, last week they actually underestimated the severity of the storm.

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  6. Wonderful news about Ting Ting...congratulations! Glad you came through the wind storm unscathed! Aha, copper wire being stolen.....Seems this happens quite regularly in the UK...and when it is replaced, they might come back and steal it again!

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    1. Thank you Anne! I hope the thieves don't come back, but you are right. It could easily happen again. I'm sure the reason they picked that spot was because it is fairly secluded, and there is very little vehicle traffic along the nearby road late at night.

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  7. Congrats about your book, that is fantastic news!!!! The storm damage is so extensive, can you imagine being in bed with that branch coming through the ceiling? Hope you have a wonderful day.
    Meredith

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    1. Thank you, Meredith! No, I can't imagine being there when the branch came through. It was scary enough just listening to the wind, and watching branches sail through the air like arrows. I don't know how you handle living in a place where there are hurricanes!

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  8. Congratulation on Ting Ting. I have a faux LeCrueset dutch oven with white enamel interior. Well, it used to be white, till the turmeric set in. Those winds! Yikes.

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    1. Thanks Mary Lou! I'm sorry your dutch oven fell victim to the turmeric. I hadn't thought about that possibility. At least the stains on my fingers eventually went away. I think from now on I'm going to stick with the dried turmeric though. Better safe than sorry. :-)

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  9. It amazes me the power of nature. I always use dried turmeric, still stains if you aren't careful but easier to use. Congrats on the book and I love your watch dogs!!

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    1. I would definitely recommend sticking with the dried turmeric, Sue. Yes, it can stain, but it's possible to avoid it if you're careful. I don't see how anyone handles the fresh stuff without suffering the consequences!

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  10. Don't feel shy about promoting your excellent books. I bought both of them for my granddaughter. She is adopted too, and a voracious reader. Books are a wonderful way to learn about the way others handle their own life experiences and the consequences of their decisions.
    A broken off tree top pierced the roof of the house we used to live in. Fortunately no one was hurt.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words about my books Weavinfool, and thank you also for buying them. I hope your granddaughter enjoyed reading them! I'm glad you weren't hurt when the tree top pierced your roof. That must have been a scary experience!

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  11. Congrats on Ting Ting! I saw some fresh tumeric in the shop the other day, I'm glad I didn't pick it up, I can just imagine talking to my patients about giving up smoking with yellow fingers!

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    1. Thanks Chickpea! Ha! Yes, yellow fingers might not have been the best look to sport when trying to convince your patients not to smoke. :-)

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  12. How exiting it must be do make the top 100 list! Well done Kristie. Storms can be really frightening, particularly when you see the damage caused by one. I hope the weather is calmer now. x

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    1. I was very happy my book made the list, Christina. It's an odd thing, sending a book out into the world. You never know if people are reading it, and if they are what they think of it. :-)

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  13. We had a humongous white pine crash down on our house, and pierce the roof. It had a double trunk. One hit the roof, the other totally destroyed our truck. Having a hole poked in the roof happened at such an opportune time as we were thinking about putting a dormer up there anyway.

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    1. That's awful! I hope both your truck and your house were covered by insurance. It's nice you were able to get the dormer, but probably not how you would have picked to go about it.

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  14. Congratulations in getting in the top 200 recommended reads, wow what an achievement! You have had some stormy weather so glad you home stayed in one piece, with all of the destruction around you. Fergus and Jenny were obviously doing a good job! This made me smile ,as it is so similar to Tavi and Twinkle! Sarah x

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! I'm not surprised to hear Tavi does the same thing. I think all Westies claim the tops of the couches where they live. :-)

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  15. Hugest congratulations re. Ting Ting. Love the shot of Fergus and Jenny. And of your mum and Ella.

    It's been lovely to catch up after my month offline, although for one heart stopping moment I thought that was your home wrapped in trees. Eek. So glad you're all safe and well x

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    1. Thanks Annie! It's nice to see you back online. Hopefully that means things have settled down somewhat in your life. There were many moments in that storm where I feared our house was going to just like the ones in the pictures. It was such a relief when it ended. I'm not the bravest person when it comes to wind. The last time I was petrified in the wind was when I was walking the Pembrokeshire coast in Wales!

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  16. Crazy weather, those poor houses impaled by trees. Tumeric .... yep, we have managed to stain the counter tops etc with it!

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    1. I'm sorry your counter tops have suffered from turmeric. Our counter tops are quite dark, which is a good thing or they would be stained as well. I had no idea I needed to be so careful with it!

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  17. Turmeric certainly can turn your fingers orange but it's a great natural anti inflammatory (so I've been told) and when I've got a cough and cold will often drop some in a mug to have with my lemon and honey.
    Really pleased today, have just found I can order your book The Moment on Amazon Uk, so hopefully it'll be here in plenty of time before Christmas.

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    1. Do you use the fresh turmeric in your tea, Jacqueline? Interesting that ti helps fight a cold. I didn't know The Moment could be ordered through the UK Amazon now. Thanks for letting me know!

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    2. I've used both but the fresh turmeric is the best I think.

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  18. I almost think that a 90-year-old smoker on three packs a day would be a medical marvel! Like, in the textbooks, ha. I'm so excited about Ting Ting being added to the list. Congratulations, Kristie. It's a wonderful book and a well-deserved honor.

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    1. You're probably right about a 90-year-old smoker being a medical marvel, Jennifer. :-)

      Thank you for your kind words about Ting Ting!

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  19. That's great news about Ting Ting, congratulations! I can't get over how big the base of that tree is, but I guess I can understand it falling over if it was growing over top of that big rock. In my youth I would have wanted to dig under that rock to see if treasure was underneath. Well, I'd still like to, but would give it any serious consideration. I'm saving my strength for shoveling snow. :)

    Planting that garlic took a lot of determination!

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    1. I was impressed by the rock too, Rick. It had me wondering when it had last seen the light of day. Thousands of years ago no doubt. And the garlic only got planted because I knew how disappointed I would be next summer had I not got it in the ground.

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  20. Well done on TingTing! But oh my goodness me the damage, how scary for your neighbours, glad you were ok. sending love x

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    1. Thanks! And yes, the storm was scary for everyone involved. I'm just thankful there were no injuries.

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  21. I cannot wait until January when you show your finished projects :) I love seeing your two dogs keeping a lookout on the neighborhood. Silly!! Congrats on your book making a recommended list, so so awesome :)

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    1. Thanks Karen! It's always hard to wait to post about finished knitted items. :-)

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  22. Hey there! You made my day by this post! Christmas mood has overwhelmed me and I'm preparing to see my nieces:) Thanks for the book! My darling Joanna and Kelly will certainly like it.
    With Christmas hugs,
    Jess
    Book's collection at http://www.freelancehouse.co.uk/

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