Monday, 28 June 2021

In the trees.

 We are loving our new spot in the trees at Rockwood Park.  Even the kitties have been enjoying it more. Climbing trees and chasing after the squirrels.   I've been keeping up on the walking and here are a few shots of the flowers that abound in the park.

Phlox covering the hillside on the way up to Fisher lake.

Yellow iris here and there.

Purple iris alongside.

Of course we have to include the mommy duck and her babies.

With all the fog and rain the last few days it has been short walks and a lot of indoor time.  I'm working on getting to the center of the galaxy (No Man's Sky) and finishing up Tyler's Christmas sweater.  Almost done.
Carl likes to play too!!

I've been saying every evening when I go to bed that I'm going to pull out the sewing machine and finish making the bench covers.  And every morning find many other things to do.  Oh well I have lots of time and they are cut out (the bench fabric pieces),lol.

Monday, 7 June 2021

Rockwood Park

 It has been wonderful spending time at Rockwood Park.  The campground is so close to trails, lakes and outdoor activities.  

Living like a gypsy definitely has its advantages.  Up in the morning, coffee and a shake, then off for a stroll for an hour or so.  I've been averaging 4 to 5 km a day.  


I think I've tried every trail on the campground side of the park, even a few not listed.  The wild flowers have been spectacular.

Lots of deer, chipmunks and birds. I'm sure there are lots of other critters in the surrounding bush.

Lunch at Lilly Lake Restaurant at least once a week.

Even Carl and Sammy are having a good time.  It was wonderful how quickly they remembered being on a leash and harness.

So we are having fun and enjoying all that Saint John has to offer before heading back west in a few weeks.  We even opted to stay for an extra month.  So nice to relax and enjoy the park.

Monday, 10 May 2021

Our new baby...Bella Donna!!

 We finally got our new Minni Winni home, six weeks after buying her but she is now all ready to go (well we do have to finish loading her).

We had 3 solar panels installed and should be good for off the grid boondocking.  Although since Tyler will still be working for another month we will be living in luxury at Rockwood Park. 

I keep wondering where everything is going but the nice thing about being parked right outside of the house is that you can move things inside and out as needed.  

We had a leak in the roof where the solar panel installer was a little cheap with the flex sealant, but Tyler climbed up and looked after that very quickly.  I think is was the guys first solar install.  

We moved in last Saturday and even the kitties are getting acclimated to the new home.  I think Carl remembers but not sure Sammy does as he was not a happy camper for the first few days.

Now just to finish purging, get the house cleaned up and then up the the campground and I am going to walk, lay around and do absolutely nothing for the first few days.  I'm pooped!!

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Making Spiced Nuts

 Nuts are a great snack.  They are my go to as a bedtime snack most nights.  So I thought I would share my spicy nut recipe with you.

Spiced Nuts


1 large egg white

1/4 cup sugar (I use monks fruit sugar for less calories) 

1/2 tsp salt

1/2  tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp ground all spice

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper

4 cups nuts (any mix will do, cashews, walnuts, pecans, almonds)


Preheat oven to 300 deg.  Beat egg white until frothy. Combine all the spices and add to egg white. Mix well. Stir in nuts until well coated and spread mixture in a single layer onto a ungreased cookie sheet.

Mix well

Bake nuts for 15 min and remove from oven. Toss using a spatula to help separate nuts. Reduce oven temperature to 250 deg. and return nuts to bake for another 10min or medium brown. Remove from oven and toss and stir again, then place cookie sheet onto a wire rack to cool.  They will crisp as they cool. Break up any that stick together and enjoy.

Into the oven

Don't they look yummy!!

I must admit I do take short cuts occasionally; this morning I used 2 1/2 tsp of Cajun spice and it works well.  For an Asian flair, 5 spice is another but cut the spice down to 1 tsp and use brown sugar instead.  Italian spice,  Montreal speak spice, just to name a few.

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Our Maple Leaf

 A wonderful quilt made by Rose with our Canadian Flag in mind.

Made for her son, it is wonderful.  Wanting to show off the colors and the bright red maple leaf meant matching threads and keeping the topstitching simple.

It was fun to topstitch the water pattern up and down as I had to load the quilt on its side in order to take advantage of thread swapping.

It turned out fabulous. I'm sure her son is going to love it!!

Pieced back.

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Lisa's Sedona Quilt

 What a wonderful quilt, bright, white, and colorful all mixed into one.

The Sedona was a fun quilt to work on and Lisa loved the meandering feathers that gave the quilt a little motion besides.

Lisa decided to make her Sedona quilt linier rather than the more traditional of mixed blocks and designs. 

Pretty back.

A lovely quilt Lisa, fun to topstitch.

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Keyhole quilt

 Anne From Calgary commissioned me to make this wonderful Keyhole quilt for her.  It is large, about 108" x 115".

The view shown above is only a quarter of the quilt.  It used 2 Bali Pops and about 3m of blue fabric for the top.

All the squares are randomly placed and topstitched with a large meandering feather pattern.  Non computerized of course.

I just love using wide back fabric, you can match the front to the back and make the binding consistent with the rest of the quilt.

I am sure Anne is just going to love it when she comes to pick it up in May.

In the trees.

 We are loving our new spot in the trees at Rockwood Park.  Even the kitties have been enjoying it more. Climbing trees and chasing after th...