Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Celestial Treat and Quick Review

Good morning, good morning! 

You'd think after the rousing grand time we had last night with Brian and Cheryl that I'd be bleary-eyed and a bit crabby, but no. I managed to moderate myself very well (I think Cheryl might be hurting, though) and was up at 5:30 (did you know if you type that with the 'caps' key locked, it looks like swear words?) as usual.

The extra treat was a perfect, absolutely perfect, view of an absolutely perfect total lunar eclipse. I don't have photos because I was driving to work, watching the eclipse in my rear view mirrors for the first 30 kms; wasn't until I turned north at O'Keefe Ranch that I got a good view of the event. When I pulled up to Tim Horton's for my morning coffee (Starbucks isn't open at 6:15 - go figure) the eclipse was complete. Clear sky, still above the horizon (and above the land line which can be tricky, living in the mountains) and just so ..... well, perfect.

I have a quiet morning at the moment. Got the first section of the paper (which is actually B section, but the first to the plate room and hence to the press) to Travis by 7 am, and it will be awhile before Graeme is in to finish the sports pages. All this is leading up to the fact that I have some 'down' time to finally get some writing done!

Recap of Recent Projects:

Baby Quilt

Mom Sarah is delighted with it. Young Declan, born Oct 29, has yet to render his opinion.

Watercolour Class

Last class was Nov 22 and much as I was exhausted come Tuesday morning with the late hour of said class, I truly enjoyed it and learned so much. And I miss my classmates!

This was a still life arrangement for my watercolour classs. I was excited about capturing the oyster shell in paint but it turned out to be a real bitch-kitty. I think it will be an on-going challenge.


Preparing for the exam took up an extraordinary amount of my life, and yet I hardly looked at books the last few days - busy with work, curling, work, laundry and work. Was at TRU bright and early, felt a little foolish sitting amongst a group of undergrads most of whom are younger than at least one if not both of my children. However, when the exam administrator stood up to get things started, we were all equals in the face of the challenge.

Four and a half hours later, I felt good. That's no guarantee that I did good but the deed was done and all I can do is wait patiently (!!!) until January when our marks are announced. And meanwhile get my admission application papers in order and pray for some benevolent funding to descend.

Big check.

We're 7-1 for the season to date, with two games this coming week (lots of double-game weeks in our schedule this year). Our volunteer icemakers are doing a fabulous job this year and playing conditions are great. We commented on Thursday night that it's so much more fun playing smart instead of playing lucky (on iffy ice, even the best player is the fool of fate).

On Deck:

The CP Christmas Train
The most beautiful train in the world will be pulling into Salmon Arm on Dec. 14 (between curling games, thank goodness!) and so we are going with bells on. Meeting PK and Gary, taking in the event that signals the beginning of the Christmas season for me.

Maybe it's hard to tell from this photo but that is one very pregnant little Jack Russell curled up in Becca's lap.

Socket had an illicit rendezvous with a studly Maltese while up north with Bryan. Ergo, puppies are expected on or about Dec. 23. 

Hannah Banana has a new home in Vernon with a family consisting of another Jack, a large dog of undeterminate breed and two young boys who absolutely adore her and mutually wear each other out. All in all, a good move. Socket has quieted down as an Only Dog (the heavy baby belly may also be a contributing factor) and is totally into being a Good Dog. We like it.

Val's Last Book Project
Publishing partner Val delivered her last manuscript to me a few weeks ago. I'm ashamed to say it's been languishing on the back burner (so to speak - it's actually been in my face on the kitchen side counter, glaring at me every time I glance that direction) while I cleared the deck of other projects (can you spell LSAT? of course you can). I've now created a home for it on my laptop and got the layout set up. Monday I'll sort through the photos, move the text onto the layout and begin work on the design. Piece o' cake ...... stay tuned for future temper outbursts..... Seriously, I want this off for proofing before the end of the month.

Quilts and other things Fabric
Yes, Juliette, your quilt is still on the list. I also have two large quilts to finish for a co-worker, tops inherited from her grandmother (yes, tugging the heartstrings with this one). One only needs to be bound around the outside (some church ladies quilted it already); the second is a remarkably complex pattern of Texas stars and tumbling blocks. But it will have to wait until Juliette's rebuild is done.

I have a backlog of other sewing projects I've been aching to get at: a Burda dress pattern that both excites me and intimidates me all to hell. I think I may consult with a sewing diva in Vernon before getting too far into it. Also have some shirts for Bryan and a wool-&-brocade top for me in the lineup.

Christmas Baking
I'm not ready for Christmas. I'm never ready for Christmas and yet it still arrives just fine. I am booking next weekend for baking, to at least get some gift boxes done.

So now, do you forgive me for being delinquent in posting? I've been thinking of you. Really!

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