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my Canadian Sweetie ❤ Maple Leaf

I AM Canadian_KWH


Today’s our birthday!
Happy 146th to our
home and native land!

To celebrate Canada Day, I have paired my Sweetie❤Knit❤Heart Shamrock with our country’s sweetest symbol, the maple leaf. Who knew these together could create such a Sweetie❤Graphic :) It’s no maple syrup, but I like it! What do you think? I’d still like to figure out how to knit a maple leaf of my own… That’s knitterally one of my Canadian dreams 🙂

And did you know we’re the second largest land mass in the world? This vast land of ours spans from shining sea, to sea, to sea. And all that’s in between includes: natural scenic goodness of fresh air, ‘big sky country’ prairie sunsets, mountain ranges, ocean shores, a rain forest, great lakes and even a desert. Our population of only 35,141,542 lives mostly in the southern portion of the country… because, well, have you seen our latitudes?!? We cover 6 time zones, 10 provinces and 3 territories. So, come on over! We’ll be pleased to welcome you when you get here… EH ?! 😉

It’s our honour to call you neighbour and include “u” in all our favourite, colourful things too 😉

Happy Canada Day & Happy 4th of July to my American friends! ❤ Jackie


47 responses

  1. Happy Birthday Canada! Maybe the States will be able to hold a candle to you! 🙂


    July 1, 2013 at 2:52 am

    • THX ❤ Happy 4th of July to you too! Speaking of candles… We’ll be looking forward to watching this year’s sparkling display of USA fireworks celebrations on tv 🙂


      July 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      • TV never does it justice, sometime you’ll have to see the real deal. Where I live we have one of the largest fireworks displays in the country…maybe I’ll try out my camera this year!


        July 1, 2013 at 3:32 pm

        • Yes, do that! Your fireworks pics will be like the next best thing to being there ❤ Edmonton will have a worthy fireworks display/party, but tv is closer and less crowded 😉 We have neighbours who have also been shooting off their own fireworks all weekend 🙂


          July 1, 2013 at 4:27 pm

          • We get a lot of that too – as long as they don’t set my house of fire I really don’t mind!


            July 1, 2013 at 4:30 pm

            • True that… yikes!!! Our street backs onto open land, with a park at one end and farmland behind our place. Fireworks are usually set off in the park. Neighbours living 2 doors down use the field sometimes 🙂 … I ❤ fireworks!


              July 1, 2013 at 4:40 pm

  2. Lisa

    Happy Canada Day to our Western Canadian family 🙂


    July 1, 2013 at 11:54 am

    • THX Lisa ❤ Wishing you and all our family in Eastern Canada a very Happy Canada Day too!!!


      July 1, 2013 at 1:50 pm

  3. Happy Canada Day from the UK! 🙂


    July 1, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    • THX scouseaspie ❤ Having great weather here and hope yours across the pond is sunny ‘n bright, too 🙂


      July 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm

  4. Happy Canada Day!!! Enjoy your wonderful country. It is beautiful!!!


    July 1, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    • THX caforiginals ❤ And even our weather has co-operated by kicking into high-summer gear just in time for the long weekend 🙂 Wishing you a very happy 4th of July weekend south of the border!


      July 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      • Thanks!!! Summer has finally hit here, too, with rain, but enough days to encourage some outside summer “play.” So on June 12th I seem to have fractured my foot, last Fri. finally got to the doctor, got an x-ray, and tomorrow see a podiatrist and get a bone scan. My greatest holiday thoughts for this long weekend of 5 days is just giving myself some TLC with this foot, reading, resting, and doing as little as I like. LOL Celebrations all around and none seem enticing enough to hobble and try to attend. Plan some napping in there, too. I thank God for my knitting and needlework skills daily as it will keep me sane in all this. My other foot is so stressed from favoring the fractured one and walking wonky I ended up kicking it into a hard piece of furniture leg. Possibly I am living a Chevy Chase movie. Not so funny when you are living it though. lol Keeps my perspective a good one though picturing it that way.

        I bought a small beading loom and maybe I will try learning that this weekend with this injury. My orthopedic life has A LOT to do with my skills. I make the recovery time a learning experience. It helps take the mind to another place, definitely a more peaceful pain fee one. I will make the weekend enjoyable!!! It is my mantra with Christ at my side.

        My dog will love her “me” time with her recovering mistress tolerating “no walk” time for a little longer. We can sit outside together and soak up some healing rays and enjoy the sunsets weather permitting. I have found even an all day rain can be very peaceful and enjoyable with the outdoor sounds of birds and raindrops a quiet symphony.


        July 2, 2013 at 6:54 am

        • Sorry to hear you’re laid-up with a foot injury… although just sitting ‘n knitting is a bit like living the knitter’s secret summertime dream 😉 Hope your foot is healing & feeling better every day! I’ve never tried beading. Your loom sounds interesting/fun. Yes, life sometimes seems like one big Chevy Chase movie …lol… Just gotta keep on keeping on… leaning on Christ for strength… filling your days with crafting ❤


          July 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm

          • Yes, in a way it is a knitter’s needleworker’s dream to have more time to do their work. lol Yesterdays doctor visit ended with an MRI to be scheduled to check for any ligament damage and now wearing a boot fiber cast with an air cast inside going part way up my calf and pain meds if needed. Quite heavy actually and at one point this past weekend probably would have begged for one or pain meds if a doctor was present. lol

            Actually not so bad now with some medical assistance and plan of action instead of the one I was following on my own. Adults really shouldn’t crawl at times to get about the house, but it did work quite adequately occasionally. We forget that skill once we walk sometimes. Some exercise programs include it as beneficial so that is what I kept in my mind. lol

            A new life experience as never had a cast before, thus another learning experience. I might not have had. There is always a positive somewhere in everything if one keeps their mind open to it. The doctor’s plan of action will keep me out of the Chevy Chase movie mode as he really does have the knowledge to rationally think me through it. Less bumbling along the way I guess, so plan on following it.


            July 4, 2013 at 8:07 am

            • Awe… that’s rough, having to wear a cast during summer’s heat 😦 Sounds like you’re keeping your chin up, though 🙂 Try to keep the leg elevated, I guess… and no more crawling! I’ve never broken any bones either. The only time I crawl is if I forgot my keys on the counter, but don’t want to remove my shoes just to get ’em 😛 Oh well, take care & happy 237th birthday to you in the USA ❤


              July 4, 2013 at 7:16 pm

              • lol I guess it is a plus that I have worked with infants and toddlers for so many years who get around any way they can until they can walk and that I have crawled weekly many times in play with them. Just seems a little normal to me. lol
                Not sure that I have broken a bone before and this may be bruised bones, really bad sprain, combination of a lot going on in this foot ankle. I am just so glad that they gave me this cast so I could keep walking and take care of my needs. One learns to just make the most of the time learning new things, rediscovering things like books, needlework, internet skills, etc….. When working one doesn’t get the time, so I make it a positive in that way. Have my quilting out again to get at it when I feel I can.
                When the pain gets too bad I take the meds and do “bed rest” like doctors of way back used to recommend and the meds take me there anyway as the only option. I don’t like to take pain meds as had some bad experiences with them as my body seems very sensitive to some of medications, but this injury makes me even thankful for them. lol
                Makes me ever so thankful for medical care. It might have healed in time, but this is making it so much easier and hopefully a shorter recovery time. This new doctor seems very professional in his care and very knowledgeable with what he is doing, just a very organized, routine, know what I am doing; yet, not arrogant attitude. That has not always been the case in my care. So A LOT of pluses…………………..God is good. My hope is that it will lead me to much better care for the orthopedic difficulties that I have.


                July 10, 2013 at 7:13 am

                • You go girl! The way you tell it, this injury sounds practically pleasant 🙂 Hey, have you visited my facebook page yet? I’m still getting into the groove with that, but now we can chat there, too ❤


                  July 10, 2013 at 3:28 pm

                  • MMMMmmmmmmmm? Can’t say it is “pleasant.” The MRI was 30 minutes last night of noise and not moving a muscle. Definitely not “pleasant” even with the music on. But things can be so much worse in every way so I am accepting this as not so bad really. God is in control so what He gives us He gives us the grace to get through it. I prayed A LOT during the MRI which did get me through it.

                    The pain is easing off a bit and it was nice to be out of the house and even to get an ice cream cone after. My Friday night “date.” lol Today just glad to be back home healing again and figuring it all out how to get on in my life and get things done. I am just thinking positive with things to do after e-mail. If you have a disability or injury like this, it just requires figuring out how to do things differently rather than not being able to do things. That’s where my focus is.

                    I don’t go on facebook as it used to freeze up my computer. Now when I go on it has changed so much and is so “busy” that I have to learn it all over again. So not sure when that will happen. Recently I went onto my homepage and didn’t really know how to get to the simplest thing. A bit frustrating as so many people and organizations use it so readily. Like my blog, we will see when time allows. It should be fun I would think as so many people use all the social sites. So enjoy!!!


                    July 13, 2013 at 7:12 am

                    • Awww, poor girl… I know this experience is not pleasant for you, only that your choice to exercise a positive attitude is a delight to my ears 🙂 I hope you’re feeling stronger every day! Too bad about the facebook, I’d been looking forward to interacting with you there too ❤


                      July 14, 2013 at 10:02 pm

                    • Maybe someday. My son just stopped and my grandson is having a bit of a medical crisis and they are trying to get him into Shriners today. He stopped to get my son’s car so his wife could go to work and can’t take him on his motor scooter. Sure got my mind off myself. Had just done my “OT”, what I call it if I was in a rehab facility as they would have me up and going first thing, some household stuff and am about ready to rest a bit.

                      My son’s are tough, but both seem a bit stressed by all this, the one now with Kian besides his care being curtailed here and the other working all day in this heat. I have gotten pretty organized with things over the years with injuries that included intense pain and a bit of rehab to get things done, most just doing it and doing more and more each day even in small increments of ability. Thus not asking much of them to assist my daily living and then because of Kian’s need for care sometimes that will require a lot of all of us. A lot of times it is just figuring out and learning to do things a little bit differently and getting it done. Never really time to feel sorry for ourselves or get into much of a pity party.

                      Maybe God is teaching us how a family really should work together to be a functional family unit of support and less selfish in our personal pursuits. If we don’t do that none of us will have much a future that doesn’t include even more tough and tougher times. I don’t want that for any of us. It’s a choice.


                      July 16, 2013 at 7:40 am

                    • Oh dear, I hope little Kian is alright! Having a child with special needs can be very stressful, even at the best of times. Yet as you say, God’s reward/purpose for families is that they choose to grow together through the difficult times. Plus, anything that gets our minds off ourselves isn’t all bad 😉 Working all day in the heat of your long hot ‘n humid summer would be really, really tough! It appears that all of eastern Canada & the USA are experiencing another huge heat wave… In fact, your humidity has been SO heavy that our northerly region has also been high with humidity. Heavy humidity is not necessarily the norm for us, but my husband & I enjoy it—because we know we’ll get so little of it! Try to keep cool! Drink lots of water and keep up the good work with your ‘OT’ ❤


                      July 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm

                    • Sorry it has taken me so long to reply. The meds and pain had me on A LOT of bed rest. Kian is fine with all infection cleared up. The plan is for him to start coming here again and I have arranged for the 3 teen daughters of friends of mine, taking turns, to help me with him and any little task I need them to do as I still can’t go up and down the basement stairs. or the front porch ones which are only 3. The back I can do as they are shorter.

                      Decided to wean myself off the meds with doctor’s permission as the up side was OK, but the down side was getting me quite depressed and I was getting nothing done. Better to just deal with the pain and do as I can with a little over the counter. Couldn’t even get myself to do the small task I had planned or any knitting or needlework and that was REALLY depressing to just be in a medicated funk. I needed the bed rest I am sure, but it was time to get up and doing again with cast. As you said knitters are used to “casts on” .LOL

                      This is going to take A LOT longer than I realized, but with just a little help we all will get through it. I have had periods of long PT and rehab before. Your caring and encouragement has meant SO MUCH, so when I finally got on the site again it was really a “cheering up” to see the replies. Thanks SO MUCH!!! Hope all is well with you and your husband.


                      July 28, 2013 at 6:18 pm

                    • Dear caforiginals ❤ Awe…. so far, this has been a difficult summer for you. But it’s good to hear both you & Kian are on the mend. And isn’t it thoughtful of God to assist you by way of 3 teenage girls 🙂
                      We are okay here, although God has allowed my husband’s bone disease to flare up again 😦 We don’t understand why God is allowing him to endure such extreme pain, yet trust in God’s promise to provide for our needs and sustain us throughout this difficult season in our lives. (Isaiah 55:9)
                      Thank you for your very kind words… I am honoured to hear that anything I’ve said has cheered you up 🙂 You are a blessing to me, and you’ve made my day today! Praying for your speedy recovery and that you’ll be back to your crafty knitting self very soon! ❤


                      July 29, 2013 at 12:23 am

                    • I do sympathize with your husband. You can sprain muscles or strain ligaments, etc,. but the bone injuries are such intense pain. His strength and courage are probably an example to others, but it does make us wonder the why of all of it sometimes. At this point I don’t know that some of this pain, etc. will not be permanently with me like the pain after the automobile accident was with me years after until I worked through it.

                      I have thought of you and your husband throughout this as a source of courage and hope and faith that somehow this will be OK and that I, too, can be courageous and strong through it fighting to regain the life I was living before it. I have never regained everything I could do before the auto accident, but enough to live a good life independently for the most part. That is what I hope for now, to just recover enough that I can continue to do the things I was doing.

                      Once I get the cast off and begin knitting that new life, I have a razor metro electrric scooter picked out so that I can at least buzz the neighborhood a bit, and get to the library, and have a sense of more freedom besides the wider scope of the internet. My height requires something designed for a 12 year old, lol, and there is only one other option in my size which is classier, but more child like. They don’t require pressing the foot on a gas pedal.

                      One has to be creative in solving the problems of these things. lol Maybe it will be an example for more people as except for kids I haven’t seen anyone with anything like this although there is 1 woman in the neighborhood who does have one of the mobility scooters which are quite costly that she uses to walk her dog. Some people are even too embarrassed to use a cane.


                      July 29, 2013 at 7:04 am

                    • Yes indeed, bone pain is terribly painful. Everybody has some form of pain in their lives, though. We all can find strength and encouragement in each other’s story. Extreme pain has become a way of life for my husband, yet I admire his willful determination to keep active. You just can’t keep a good man back He takes as little pain medication as bareable and rarely complains about anything! He is a huge source of strength/encouragement/enlightenment/appreciation for me! ❤
                      Your scooter sounds great Simple child’s play for some, yet a practical means of keeping you active in day to day living. I love to hear how you insist upon looking at the bright side of things. We hope and pray that the pain you’ve been experiencing will not be permanent. In the meanwhile, looks like you’ll get to have a little fun scooting around the neighbourhood! ❤


                      August 2, 2013 at 10:49 pm

                    • You are definitely right about pain as when I think about it, it does seem there is physical pain and if not that emotional pain about something or a psychological struggle to over come something. One is never quite totally free of some sort of challenge most of the time or they are just striving to do something. Maybe it just keeps making us stronger.

                      Like your husband I take as little medication as I can and keep it bearable. I would rather change my lifestyle a bit and use exercise for strengthening to help. A doctor told me with my back, she only gave me one prescription for pain, then said “the muscles hold the bones together in place, so do these exercises every 4 hours instead so the muscles don’t spasm.” It worked so that is the way I go with it. It seems wiser.

                      Everyone needs some fun in their lives, lol, to balance out the other stuff. Thus I think the scooter and getting out a bit more will help. Even without my injured foot, I borrow my son’s car as I no longer have one. It is not always here, so to be able to go a few miles this way on sidewalk or bike path should be just the thing needed so I can just go on a whim somewhere. lol We will see……………..


                      August 6, 2013 at 7:52 am

                    • Yup, so true! Less is more when it comes to medication. It makes me so sad to see him enduring such pain 😦 Yet it is my honour to witness the strength by which he conducts himself, and I’m so blessed to know he is ❤ mine ❤ … Everyone is challenged in some way or another, though, and no one gets it easy for long. There may even be times when we’ve no hope of regaining the lifestyle we once enjoyed and all we can do is not let the hardship get the better of us. But as you always say, we must find creative ways to overcome these obstacles. The good part is that these experiences can help us grow stronger. Opting for wiser choices along life’s way will help alleviate the inevitable tough times. For now, I’m so glad you’ll have the scooter. The scooter will be a fun way to get out of the house for a bit of fresh air 🙂 We have a neighbourhood pond surrounded by walking/bike paths, here. Even in the winter, I’ll go for a brisk walk for some fresh (super-crisp) air… It’s a good way to clear your head … lol … Too bad this world’s so bit, or we could go for a stroll together ❤


                      August 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm

                    • There is something very therapeutic about just getting outside and getting outside and walking is even better. Even on the scooter it will be therapeutic. Because I hurt my foot outside and working out playing ball on the driveway cement after the initial injury, I have “bad” feelings about even walking outside or outside on the cement. I kept working out because I didn’t “feel” the pain for some reason, so now I am extremely over cautious and maybe being on the scooter will, also, break that inhibition. lol It is very comforting just being inside like a cocoon and not facing the situation. Silly, but true.

                      Today I am going to add baking to my daily repertoire of activities that I “can” do. With blueberries to use up I think a coffee cake will be simple enough and not keep me standing too long. Another thing I can do to keep taking care of myself and living independently.

                      I have to get over the trauma of it. The auto accident and the following situations were quite traumatic and this takes me back to all of that, so it is a journey to get over all of it once again and move on. At the time I had decided that if I had to be in a wheel chair, so be it and I “would” still live a good life. The scooter is sort of facing that reality even though it might not be a total reality and only a temporary one.

                      I have been reading some books by a spiritual writer and teacher that seem to be helping. Because there are so many things that might have to be faced in this situation, I am focusing on my knitting and future etsy site this weekend and making that more a reality as I am inside more. It is such a comfort just having the girls here taking turns as I am not having to solve everything all at once that comes up in the day, but I soon will have to face all of it by myself daily and have to keep working at that. My kids are putting a load of laundry in or putting it in the dryer or bringing it upstairs as they stop daily so it only takes a couple of minutes to do a step in the process and the next visit or day someone to do the next step. LOL That problem solved.

                      All with patience and in God’s time, so I just try to face one more thing as it presents itself in the day and get past that road block or mile stone. Last summer I painted the entire outside of this small one floor ranch house doing a little at a time, so this is quite a change. But God had me do it last summer as He must have known, so if I rely on His guidance all will take care of itself. When doubt begins to creep in I go to someone or a book by an author of a faith perspective to get back on track again instead of the tears or fears that could crop up instead. One has to do the day by their knowledge and faith instead of their “feelings” as feelings can so betray one as to how it really is.


                      August 10, 2013 at 6:48 am

                    • This is beautifully written… Truly, you are a wise woman of great strength and a blessing to me! ❤ Here is a link from one of the blogs I follow @ http://becauseofgrace.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/a-word-from-the-sponsormay-26run/


                      August 11, 2013 at 10:35 pm

  5. Happy Canada Day! I hope you had a wonderful day celebrating your beautiful country! I remember many family vacations visiting Canada! Our family always loved the lakes and the outdoors and spent a week each year at an island cabin in McGregor Bay. Of course I spent most of the time sunning, reading, and swimming! Those were some of my favorite vacations!
    We’re off to the lake on Wednesday with BOTH kids (thank goodness) to celebrate the 4th!
    Take Care!


    July 1, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    • THX Sandy ❤ Ohhh yes, Ontario’s lakes are absolutely heavenly! Wish we could all go there again!!! It’s so good to hear your fond memories of Canada 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful long weekend at your lake, with your kids! Looking forward to reading all about it in your next post ❤


      July 1, 2013 at 8:17 pm

  6. Hope to visit your beautiful country one day!


    July 3, 2013 at 1:03 pm

  7. Too bad I missed it here, but I said happy birthday to Canada on Face book. With all this socializing I am almost antisocial, since I do not show up on all ends. hahaha
    Hope it was great for you. I will be working 16 hours on our holiday, since there is nobody here to take my place, but I go home to sleep for 4 hours.


    July 4, 2013 at 3:35 am

    • THX Beate 🙂 And a Happy 237th B-day to you too! Canada Day in our neck of the woods was sweltering hot, just the way we like it 🙂 Oh, and thanks for reminding me that I need to set up a KWH facebook page, so I can mingle more with the anti-social crowd 😉 Only 4 hours sleep? Awe, you work so hard, Beate 😦 Hope you get at least 5 hours! God bless your efforts in His name ❤


      July 4, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      • Yes, Look me up on Face book. I am not social either, because I work on patterns , when I am at work as caregiver. Until my client finds Jesus, I will be here, since they can’t hire anybody to work here. Everybody leaves after 2 days, some make it a week. I am here since August, so I am almost 1 year, but would not be here either, if it was not that God wants me to be here. This couple really needs help. They were already in a nursing home and wonder of wonders: They are back home ( no surprise to me, because NOBODY puts up with this stuff, except if Jesus says so. I would not want to work here for all the tea in China). At first I thought it be a short “stint”. because he is 95 and she is 93 years old===he accepts jesus as savior and done with, but it has been not so easy. She has dementia and needs constant supervision, so I can’t get a good eye full sleep here. But I do my patterns and learn computer stuff, so it is ok. Hope my business will pick up some revenue soon, else I WILL have to get a REAL job. Be blessed


        July 4, 2013 at 9:43 pm

        • Oh goodness, Beate… I admire your devotion! God will surely bless your efforts in His name. Praying for your renewed strength each day and that this couple will open their hearts to Jesus before they run out of time. I love what you’re doing over there with your crochet blog. And now, my added pleasure is to let you know you’ve been my kick-in-the-pants inspiration to finally create a KWH facebook page. 🙂 THX for that! ❤


          July 7, 2013 at 7:55 pm

          • Praise God! let’s get the message of good news out together! Friend me asp. Beate Oma on fb.
            But please do not be disturbed that I have more Muslim friends than Christians. They kind of calmed down for the most part, since I was not on fb much this year, but some get aggravated every time they seen my posts. I just talked to one, who DID commit his life to jesus on Skype. he is sooooo happy and full of enthusiasm. He never knew life can be soooo awesome, even though he got beat up, he is happy. God is great! Love you much! PS I got kicked out of a Christian Etsy team too. Too funny.


            July 7, 2013 at 10:01 pm

            • Yes! I’m excited about all the fun it will be to facebook together 🙂 You got kicked out of a Christian Etsy team??? I grew up in a church-going family and even invited Jesus into my heart at a young age… yet never REALLY felt that I knew Him until 2007. Up until that point, I’d never known how awesome life could be either!!! Praise the Lord & love you too ❤


              July 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm

        • Wow, so inspiring!!! They need you so much and you are being blessed with the Grace to do the job and you are making it productive by still accomplishing other things as you are supplying their needs. These things do show people’s true colors if they stay and help or if they go. God has they living this long for a reason, also, as He is still giving them the gift of life.

          I am a care giver, too, but usually of infants – school age children and now also am in need of care with a severely sprained foot and ankle with a cast on. I bless this cast every day as it allows me to walk again and have found that I can do everything except drive, it’s the right foot, and the laundry as I won’t tackle the basement stairs yet, but even the TLC and just knowing someone cares beyond what I can’t do for them is so critical to my positive attitude and healing. You are an “angel of mercy” to them for sure.

          When I am giving care, I too, bring my bag of knitting and when I can I work away at it. It gives me patience in those not so patient times and is a very good thing keeping all things positive. Take care and even if they don’t or can’t say it, know that all you do is SOOOOO appreciated.


          July 8, 2013 at 8:12 am

          • Good to hear you’re keeping such a positive attitude, caforiginals ❤ It’s not easy to feel blessed when it’s finally summer, but your leg is in a cast! Hmmm… then again, you’re a knitter… and knitters are known for being a little kooky for “cast on” 🙂


            July 9, 2013 at 1:15 pm

  8. Happy Birthday Canada! I wish you many more years of happiness and freedom!


    July 23, 2013 at 7:08 pm

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