Happy birthday to me... happy birthday to me... ROFLOL... yes, hard as it is to believe, yet another year has come and gone, and what an eventful year this has been!

Bill got laid off last summer, and in the fall took a new job with a mine in Campbell River, BC.  We are still waffling about a move out there, even as we're buying a house that closes in April!  Those of you coming to see me at the Creativ in a couple weeks maybe sad to know it may be my last show... Bill's not entirely happy with the company, and is actively looking for a job that will put him back on the 2-on-2-off schedule he loves, which would mean I could stay here, as he would travel to work!  We'll keep you posted on developments there...

But of course our most exciting news is the arrival of our first grandchild!  REEM AUDREY arrived in February, and we can't wait to go to England in May to meet her in person.  I was lucky enough to be Skyped from the delivery room, and saw her and our daughter just after she was born - they hadn't even weighed her yet, LOL.  We have been exchanging texts and videos almost every day since, and the little sweetheart is sure growing - though I think she may always be a tiny thing.  She has great big eyes, and her face is so expressive!

OK, enough proud grandma, what else is new?  My sister has moved into the same village we live in, so if I do move away, she will be close for our parents, so that's one thing I don't have to worry about.  She has also been coming over for a couple hours a couple nights a week, and helping me get ready for Creativ, which is a big help!

Her DH has also been coming over as he's able (he's on disability for back issues), and spending a short time working on my library stairs for me... it's taking a long time at the rate we're going, (GBG), but we might actually get them done this summer!

He also finished the two additional pantries Bill was making for the laundry room, and I got all the doors hung, and they look great, see:

I still have to put on the rest of the handles, but that will have to wait until after Creativ, as I just have too much on my plate right now... well, that's about it for this month... I'm still working on my 2017 bookkeeping, which Bill needs to finish the taxes (sigh), so I best get back to it!  Talk next month...


Greetings from beautiful BC!  No, LOL, I haven't moved yet... but it's getting closer... we bought a house last week - which closes in April.  But I still have to get our house in Ontario finished up, and then we have to decide if we're going to rent or sell, LOL.

But right now, I am out visiting Bill, though he's at work each day, we had a very nice weekend - sunny days even!  On Saturday our agent arranged for me to see the house, so now I'm not buying it sight-unseen (GBG).  We went and had a cup of tea after (well, Bill had coffee), and we laid out the things we want to do right away.  We set our budget, and have pretty much figured out what order we want to do things in.

So, that's one major thing going on.  I think I mentioned our youngest is expecting our first grandbaby... we know it's going to be a girl, so we're quite excited!  She's due any time now, which is another thing that is keeping us on our toes.

Aside from that, I have the Creativ coming up in April, and I'm trying to get a lecture and in-booth activity together for that - always a lot to do, and not enough time!

On our home renovations, I FINALLY figured out what was wrong with the doors on the corner cabinet (the one that sits on the counter and rises to the ceiling).  The edges of the front faced the wrong way for the cabinet doors, and I had to add a triangle strip to the face, to turn the edges around the corner, so the hinges faced the right way.  Kind of hard to describe, LOL, but here's how they came out - I even did the door handles (ignore the green paint tape, LOL)!


 So that's one thing done in the kitchen... and we're working on the stairs too... I started working on the posts for the stairs as well... when I get home we'll start working on the spindles and handrails - I may be able to show you those next month (wink)... until then...


OMG, so much is happening around here, LOL.  OK, well I told you my DH took a new job and that we might be moving... looks like that is becoming more definite, as we put an offer in on a house out there!  We'll know this week if all conditions are waived, and the sale is final, so fingers crossed and say a prayer, (GBG).

But that means we have to get this house in shape, so I've hired a couple guys to do some of the jobs Bill never got a chance to finish... so far they have added a layer of wood to the library stairs (to raise them the same thickness as the floor), and once they finish adding some side pieces, I'll do the same laminate flooring as the library, all the way up the stairs, with L-shaped rubber guards on the front edge, so they aren't slippery.  I did the stairs at the rental property we sold in December the same way, and it looks kind of neat.

We had some gorgeous days, so I had them cut that melamine covered sheet board pieces that we need for several projects - the 'corral' for the fridge; 2 pantries for the laundry room; the half-wall in the kitchen; the top of the bookshelf railing on the balcony... and they've already got one of the laundry room pantries assembled!

I want to use up the leftover laminate flooring I have, and finish the bedrooms upstairs, with a high-end look.  I don't have enough of the lighter wood to do either room completely ... but I have a whole lot of a contrasting dark wood, and I think I can do a border around both bedrooms, and fill the laminate in the middle, which will look very good, if I do a good job, LOL.  I'm hoping there's enough of the dark wood to do the floor of the walk-in closet as well, so fingers crossed!

But all that will have to wait until I get back home, as I am set to head out to BC in a week or so, and spend some time with my sweetie - and see our new home, and check out the area where we'll be living!  Bill's been back in BC since a couple days after Christmas, and even though we talk several times a day, it's not the same as being together, so I'm quite looking forward to our visit.  Come back next  month, and I'll let you know if we got the house for sure (wink).  Have a great year until then... and happy stitching!


MERRY CHRISTMAS!  What an exciting year it's been - and what a challenging year lies ahead!  First of all, we got the LBH (Little Blue House) done, and it looks adorable, LOL, and my folks were all moved in mid-November, and the sale on the house we had them in closed Dec 1 - so two major things off my list!!

I told you Bill started a new job, and he's quite enjoying it - however, housing in BC is soooo expensive! We're still hemming and hawing about a move, and he's still keeping his ear open for work that will put him back on a 2 week rotation (2 weeks away, 2 weeks home - no move necessary - fingers crossed, LOL)... but at this time it does look like I'll be moving west in the spring.  This will bring about a few changes - for example, it won't be practical to do many shows... basically, Victoria and Nanaimo will be easy driving distance, anything else (even Abbottsford) would be a stretch... so my designing would get more time, but I'd get to see fewer stitchers, which would make me sad, as I enjoy meeting you all at shows like the Creativ in Toronto!

So that change is up in the air, but another exciting change we're looking forward to is the arrival of our first grandbaby in the early spring as well!  We know it's a girl, and they are thinking of REEM for the first name, still working on a second name, LOL.  We already have our flights booked for May, and can't wait to head for England to see the new arrival - and our DD and her partner as well, LOL.  We have 2 step-grandkids over there, as Katie's partner has two boys with his ex, and we look forward to seeing them again as well.  We skype often, but it's not the same as visiting, and getting to hug and play with them in person!

I keep looking around this house and thinking how many things have to be done before we can move (sigh).  Not just packing - though sorting through 12 years of accumulation and down-sizing as much as possible is a daunting task all by itself... but there are things like a ceramic floor tile in the kitchen that needs to be replaced, and the kitchen island has to be finished before I can grout the backsplash, and the library needs a wee bit of painting finished, stair railings installed, and a bit of ceiling tile underneath the balcony as well.... the floor in Bill's office isn't laid, and about 4 doors and one window need headers (which Bill designed and has to build more of)...

On the plus side... I did get the new floor in the livingroom laid, and it's lovely!  I also think I have enough tile left over to do the floor in our walk-in closet, which will finish that area very nicely....

I spent most of Saturday baking 16 dozen rolls, LOL, most of which I took to the Gatenby Christmas party at Bill's mom's house, in Kingston on Sunday.  What a houseful we had - all the nieces and nephews are having little ones, and it's so much fun to watch them all run around... her little house was just bursting at the seams.  Of course we all missed Suzanne, my SIL who passed away quite unexpectedly this past fall ... but Bill's brother Jim was determined that everything would be the same, and he even cooked the ham - and did a splendid job!

Bill and I are doing some last minute shopping tomorrow, but we really don't need anything... just spoiling each other now, LOL.  Saturday my family will come to our place for a gathering, and Sunday Bill and I are heading down to see our other DD, Adriane, who only has Christmas day off.  We really miss her being around, now that she's not working for us any more, and I know some of you miss seeing her at the shows too.  We're going to stay until Boxing Day, then spend that night in Toronto, as Bill heads back to work on the 27th... which means I'm all alone for New Years this year, <GBG>, just me and Miss Mollee, and a pile of movies - and stitching of course!  My favorite way to spend a night (at least when Bill isn't home).

Anyway, time to run, just wanted to wish all of you the very best for the holidays, and in the 2018... talk to you next year!


Wow, so much going on around here.  As you know (if you've been a regular reader), we've been renovating a house for my folks - again (they decided the other house was too big, so are moving back into the little blue house - our LBH, LOL).  Just about done that - I'm laying the laminate wood floor in the living room this week, and that s/b about the last of the major work... though we do still have to install the doors on the new closet in that same room, and I also have to grout the ceramic tile at both doors... but those are minor things.

On top of all that, Bill was off on a mine shutdown for the month of August, and when he went back to work in Sept there was a 2-week notice waiting for him, and he was laid off (sigh)... so he's been looking for a job, and had a few offers - we almost ended up in Holland, but they started getting nit-picky on the contract, and he decided they might be difficult to work with.  However, he was offered a job with a mine in Campbell River BC, which sounds interesting.  He flew out yesterday, and starts work today!

However, if things work out (he's doing a 3-month trial, where they pay his living expenses), then we'll be moving to the island... which will be quite a change for us!  We've already looked at a couple of houses on-line, but don't want to rush in to anything at this point.... though a new adventure is always exciting!

Anyway, just finished Creativ last weekend (in Mississauga), and was just lovely to see so many of you there!  One more show and I'm done that side of things for the year, then we're heading to Florida to relax, so I'm going to keep this short and sweet, and I have 2 newsletters to write, and some flooring to lay before bed (wink)... I hope to have more news on the move soon, but realistically it may be February before we make a final decision!

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