Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Canada Day 2020

It's a different Canada Day this year.
We're following regulations
of a pandemic, like the rest of the world.

Despite record breaking heat and dry weather here,
my flowers are flowering beautifully,
even though it has not rained in over a month. 
Fireworks were not allowed this year
because of the increase of forest fires,
across the province.

Two of my Grandkids, Sabrina and Mathieu,
came to visit last week.
Sabrina my granddaughter,
helped decorated the Gazebo.

We hung paper lanterns from the roof.

I cut some Oriental poppies and made a bouquet.

Added white to the pitcher, 
snow-in-summer and caraway

The poppy is the official flower 
of the Royal Canadian Legion,
memorializing our soldiers 
who fought for our country.
 The Royal Canadian Legions 
are closed during this pandemic.

Poppies beside the old Hayraker

 The Grandkids did crafts,
 played games and visited the beach.
They collected some rocks on the beach
and painted them to add to the garden path.

Sabrina made my garden shed
her art studio.

Sabrina and Mathieu

They are growing up.
They are taller than me.

The garden path...

At the beach.

It's easy to physical distance there.
It may change after the tourists arrive,
for Summer vacation.

Sabrina and Mathieu with
 cute dog Pinot.

We played horseshoe.

Mathieu didn't feel well all week.
He had an earache, (Swimmer's Ear).

A lot of things are different this year,
We are in a drought, no rain for over a month. 
I have no birds at the feeders.
I assume they are staying in the woods
where it is cooler and near the lakes
to get water. 

I got the winning ringer.
 We also repainted these garden 
houses that I've had for many yrs.
I got them at the Dollarstore when it
first opened here. 
Mine is in the middle.
Sabrina painted the 2 others.

Annie's is the first one.
 It's missing some parts of the roof.
However, she made it look beautiful. 

Mathieu choose black and white.

A before pic.
The kids were toddlers 
when they first painted them 
many yrs. ago.

We had a feed of lobsters.

In front of home we can see

the fishing boats in early morning

My sister Annie painted
this heart rock.
We are gratefully to live
in a Wonderful Country, Canada. 

In closing I want to wish all my Canadian friends
A Happy Canada Day and all my American friends
on July 4th, a Happy Independence Day.
Stay safe and well. 

Thanks for your visit xo..

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Friday, June 5, 2020

At The Beach

Following the rules of the pandemic, 
I had to spend 14 days in quarantine after
 returning home to Gaspé, in Eastern Quebec.
I spent the Winter with my sister Annie
  in Central Quebec.

Our 14 days went by quickly, Spring cleaning
and working outside and gardening.

I had to go out today to do some business.
On the way home we stopped at the local beach.
It was a beautiful day a comfortable 14deg. C
 and since tourist aren't allowed yet,
it wasn't crowded and easy to physical distance.

 People fishing for flounders.
Flounders are a flat sweet fish similar to Sole.

From the dock, a line of people
 fishing off the large rocks.

This guy caught 2 at the same time.

We took a walk up the beach.

The tide was down and the long strip of land
is visible only at low tide.
My Grandkids named it "Starfish Island"
because they find starfish there.

We never know what will wash up with the tides.

Love is in the air

The camping ground.
With the pandemic rules, tourists
 may be allowed by the end of June.
The few campers belong to local residents.

Annie trying out the new chairs.
A great place to sit and enjoy the view,
or read a book.

The lighthouse is unlocked during the Tourist season.
One can climb up to the lookout at the top.

We did enjoy our first day out,
 since arriving in the Gaspé,
The beach is a great place for
 physical distancing, walking 
and relaxation.

Me and Annie at the License Bureau.
One person allowed inside at a time.

Stay safe everyone.
The curve is flattening.
Let's keep it that way.

Thanks for your visit xo.
All photos taken with my phone.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Face Masks for Covid-19

My niece and family

Since we're in this pandemic 
and I have the time,
I decided to make some masks,
for my family.

After watching videos on YouTube,
lots of ideas and patterns,
I came up with my own pattern,
with a nose wire and pocket for a filter.
The mask is washable, 100% cotton. 
Ironing is recommended and
contributes to sterilization.

I'm sharing it step by step
for anyone who is interested.


I used a cotton tablecloth fabric for the front
and a soft cotton (almost like a flannel) for the back.

Two pieces of elastic 1/8" to 1/4"wide ~ 12 inches long.

The nose wire, I used a garden wire similar to a twist tie.

How I do it

Cut 3 pieces of fabric.
One piece for the front  11" by 8"
Two pieces for the back, 4 1/2"  by 7 1/2"

On the 2 back pieces iron and sew 1/4 hem at one end.
Place front to front on the large piece
 of fabric in the middle, with the hem in the middle.
This will be the opening for the filter.

Stitch the outer top and bottom edge.
(Not the sides)

zigzag the edge.
These masks have to be strong because they 
should be washed after each usage.
(If you have a serger machine, this would be nice)

Turn the pieces right side out and iron

Now, it's time to place the nose wire.
This is easy...
I use a garden wire, similar to a twist-tie.
 cut 9 inches long and doubled.

Pipe cleaners are good to use also but I
didn't want to go to the 
Dollarstore in this pandemic.

Place wire in the centre and mark with pins
the beginning and end. Remove wire and
and sew a channel, about 1/4 inch leaving one end
open to put the wire in.

Turn the fabric and place the wire in the opening.
Sew up the open end. 

Stitch down the sides of the lining fabric.

Time to make the pleats.

The three pleats should be in downward direction, 
in the front. (The nose wire is at the top)

I start in the middle and pleat, folding
over about 1/4 inch by hand.

About 1 inch from the top,
make another pleat and
make another pleat under the middle pleat.
I make the side approx.  4 inches.

Sew the pleats down.
 I try to sew over the same seam
that I sewed the lining to the front fabric.
Unless you have the same colour thread
and it wouldn't show as much. 

Almost done!!
Turn the fabric over,
I sew on the outer edge about 1/4 and iron
to make the outer casing for the elastic.
Iron the edge up. This makes it easier to fold
up the edge.

Place the elastic near the end
and turn the hem up to meet the
lining fabric. 
The elastic can be threaded in after
the casing is made,  but I find it easier
to do this way. 

Pin and sew.
Do not sew the elastic. 

Tie the elastic in a knot.
The elastic can be adjusted to fit.


The opening for the filter.

coffee filter or a tool box blue towel
or non-woven interfacing used for sewing,
are recommended by the experts.

I cut some filters from interfacing and ironed 2 pieces
together and they can be inserted into the masks.

Some others

Special request, I made some white ones.

Stay safe and stay well.
Wear a mask when you go out,
you're protecting yourself and others. 

My niece Caroline

My son-in-law Martin

Thanks for your visit xo