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my Canadian hero of the day 🇨🇦 Jody Wilson Raybould

Jody Wilson Raybould
pictured: Jody Wilson Raybould via BCIT News

Jody Wilson Raybould
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Wow, wOw, WOW!!!
… honesty is the best policy in Canada 🇨🇦 😍

Honest politicians are notoriously rare. But finding one without elitist’s puppetician strings attached is extremely rare. 😱 So the fact that Jody Wilson Raybould 🇨🇦 chose to risk everything for the sake of truth is a breath of fresh air! Trudeau had her legally bound from testifying—until Thursday, when she blew the lid off his PMO’s political interference to control independence of the federal Crown. It took guts, integrity and courageous strength of character to stand against JT and the powers that pull his strings… It took a hero!!! And it earned her a place of honourable respect in every Canadian heart ❤️

Well, almost every Canadian heart…

JT still refuses to release his grip on power and sees nothing wrong with conflating partisan Liberal party business with the Government of Canada. I’m sure he’d like Canada to give him another chance, but that’s asking for more than we can give right now… So like everyone else, he’ll need to work hard and earn it! Until then, Canadians demand his resignation! Hopefully one day, before it’s too late, he’ll realize the error of his foolish, arrogant, dishonourable ways.

THANK YOU Jody Wilson Raybould 🇨🇦
May the Lord bless & keep you safe always ❤

 

Poor li’l clueless “people-kind” puppetician! 🙃

meme: Maybe if Trudeau goes to prison he'll actually complete a sentence.

 

 

 

Romans 13:7

“Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due;
custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.”

King James Version (KJV)

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In the end, the liars all lose! ♥ Jackie


Flake News! 😳😝😧🤔☃🇨🇦📢

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Hey there… How’s it snowin’, eh? 🇨🇦 It’s been snoOow long since I’ve been gone…
Nearly half a year of impromptu silence from the blog due to real life curveballs.
Yup, some heavy stuff snuffed my focus until I finally dropped the blogful ball ☹️
But through it all, I’ve learned to lean more deeply upon the LORD Jesus Christ ✝
Whatever happens… once you choose to follow Jesus, He will be your ALL and
His strength will comfort, sustain, carry and pull you through all life’s valleys ❤ 

By now, the Canadian geese have been squawking to and fro for weeks.
And after this week’s snow, I’m sure they’ll instinctively fly south soon
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Time truly flies, whether or not anyone’s having fun! But how can it be
mid-September with our first snow-scape already over and done?!? 😮
Last time we saw September snow was 2014, making our wild weather
all the more normal—here at the 53rd N parallel on the Alberta prairies.

SnoOowww… hope your weather’s treating you well 😎
Fun to catch these snowful pics while they lasted, but sure
hope our summer’s still got some high temps in the tank!
Well at least it roused me from blogful hibernation, right? 😉 
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my 200th blog post 💜 show’s over… hooray!!!

keyboard with hand-knit birdie/flowersiMac with June backyard in bloomkeyboard with hand-knit birdie/flowersHello & Welcome to my “curtain call” episode for seasons 1 & 2 of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is the one thing my heart’s been longing to write for the longest time… my iMac is BACK!!! 🙂

Seasons come and go, and now November has us blanketed in snOw! But the story behind today’s post began way back in the spring of 2014, when for 6 solid weeks my iMac fell comatose. Question then was whether to fold or pick up my iPad and go with the flow?!? Choosing the latter allowed this blog to grow and also set my heart to overflow!

Then one year later (nearly to the day), another fork split my blogful way when that sleepy ol’ iMac of mine died again!!! We were sure it was gone for good, this time :-/ Still, we kept trying to restart it. And for 2+ years, the iPad said hello, while the ol’ iMac had become a photo prop for “the show”… Good thing too ’cause those pics kept us from depositing it at the recycle depot 🙂

Finally lo and behold in June 2017 after this post, we gave it one.more.try and my iMac said a bright-eyed hello!!! Thank You Jesus for hearing my prayers and answering with a keen sense of heavenly humour by “replacing” my ol’ iMac with none other than my ol’ iMac… HA! 😛 Definitely a bright spot amidst our crumbling-grumbling world. And what a relief to be loosed from my iMac’s merry-go-round ❤ Indeed, it took several days before I could pick my jaw up off the ground! 😉

So for today’s 200th blog post, I’m celebrating God’s earthly provision ❤ For it is His provision that has enabled me to knit this whole mess into 8 + 85 KWH iPad Show posts PLUS welcome 1,000+ fresh faces into blogful followship PLUS keep my sanity!

And to all of you dear readers…
my heartfelt appreciation for your hearty support and encouragement along the way! ❤

Now here we go… the complete
list of links from “the KWH iPad Show” 🙂

 

the KWH iPad Show ♥ season 2 ♥ 85 episodes
(2+ years from Easter 2015 ’til Easter 2017) 

#65 💜 summer solstice… new day dawning

#64 💜 tangled heartstrings, yet… “Even If” by MercyMe

#63 💜 a very special day in May

#62 💜 Hallelujah… Easter is God’s Amazing Grace!

#61 💜 the snow came back…🙀😿😻…but then all melted the very same day!

#60 💜 March snow on a beautiful day

#59 💜 shamrockin’ pot o’ rainbows

#58 💜 awe… snoOow fun!

#57 💜 Hello again, my blogful friends!

#56 💜 ‘Twas the weekend before Christmas…

Visions of Christmas Past- Redux via TheLifeProject

#55 💜 O’ snOwy night & day pics… plus music video… O’ Holy Night by Home Free

#54 💜 Honour & Remembrance

#53 💜 morbid moment with a soft touch

#52 💜 I Love Yarn Day 2016

Home … leaf art ♥ haiku via l i g h t room

#51 💜 my Ohhh MYra’s memoirs of her mom’s Everlasting Blossoms & Butterflies

knitting the words via postprodigal

#50 💜 the blog days of summer

#49 💜 How d’ya “like” that?!?

#48 💜 “blog fog” and flight knits for HPP

Pictures That Speak Volumes: The Cat’s Meow

#47 💜 TAG … you’re knit!

#46 💜 Do you see what I see?

The Bear Essentials

“How My Mom’s Cancer Changed My Life: A Son’s Story”

#45 💜 I just blogged to say “I love you”

David Adolf Constant Artz (1837 – 1890, Dutch)

#44 💜 Mirror, mirror on the wall…

#43 💜 my Easter praise parade!

#42 💜 Shamrockin’ St. Patrick’s Day!

Knit Pies for Pi Day 2015 via KnitsForLife

#41 💜 Rare Disease Day 2016

#40 💜 outstanding blog award nominations

Soulmate Defined

#39 💜 cooking for love in all the rose places

#38 💜 February weekend blog highlights

#37 💜 snuggle-up to a warm ‘n fuzzy goat story

#36 💜 happy birthday to all my fun-fibre-friends!

a little … purple

#35 💜 9 months and counting…

the KWH iPad Show #34 💜 crafty Christmas catch-up for a cheery New Year!

the KWH iPad Show #33 💜 knotty, yet merry nice!

the KWH iPad Show #32 💜 all I want for Christmas…

the KWH iPad Show #31 💜 … 20 years blissful love … 246 days blogful iPad-ing … 2 weeks ’til Christmas

the KWH iPad Show #30 💜 November snOw

And I will sing!

the KWH iPad Show #29 💜 Lest We Forget…

the KWH iPad Show #28 💜 sheepish flatulence

Moonlight, Bloody Moonlight

top fashion designers use knitting, crochet and embroidery for Spring/Summer 2016

the KWH iPad Show #27 💜 world pasta day

the KWH iPad Show #26 💜 loss for words Wednesday… Ohhh Canada!

the KWH iPad Show #25 💜 I Love Yarn Day!

Ruellia tuberosa (Minnie Root)

the KWH iPad Show #24 💜 I’m thankful for…

the KWH iPad Show #23 💜 healing hope for HPP

Something to Smile About

the KWH iPad Show #22 💜 STITCH TECH for my Sweetie♥Knit♥Heart… s2kp2 & s2pp2

the KWH iPad Show #21 💜 world’s top 5 wooliest sheep

the KWH iPad Show #20 💜 “In Thy Future” challenge

the KWH iPad Show #19 💜 friendly fibre & neighbourly farewell

the KWH iPad Show #18 💜 “Having a ball… Wish you were here!” by Franklin Habit

This week…All Important Nothings!

the KWH iPad Show #17 💜 the magically eye-catching makeup artistry of Tal Peleg

the KWH iPad Show #16 💜 watermelon & roll kuchen … like eating a cloud!

the KWH iPad Show #15 💜 the yarnbombing flower power of “knitting guy” Bryan

the KWH iPad Show #14 💜 100 days and counting…

the KWH iPad Show #13 💜 my heartfelt plea for HPP

Here I am… the embroidered-leaf artistry of Hillary Fayle ♥ for Canada Day!

the KWH iPad Show #12 💜 Lily for a Day

the KWH iPad Show #11 💜 summer solstice sunset

the KWH iPad Show #10 💜 my 10th fatherless Father’s Day

the KWH iPad Show #9 💜 the knitting reel artistry of Greg Climer

How to: The “Fibre Sandwich” Game!

the KWH iPad Show #8 💜 buzzing blossoms & lilacs & leafy sunsets… Oh May!

the KWH iPad Show #7 💜 my birthday yarn stash

“Five stories, five photos” #1

the KWH iPad Show #6 💜 victorian lamb cake

the KWH iPad Show #5 💜 heartstrings

the KWH iPad Show #4 💜 snow spun in the sun!

the KWH iPad Show #3 💜 knitting with emoticon

the KWH iPad Show #2 💜 April snow showers

Anne Eunson’s artistry

the KWH iPad Show 💜 just you, me & my iPad

the KWH iPad Show ♥ season 2 ♥ 8 episodes
(6 weeks from May ’til summer solstice 2014)

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Thanks for watching 🙂 Please stay tuned! ❤ ♥ Jackie


#65 💜 summer solstice… new day dawning

 

Psalm 65:8 via www.anextraordinaryday.net

4th of July sunrise approximately 4:45 AM

🔼 4th of July 2014 sunrise at 4:45 AM

Hello & Welcome to my 65th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is the thrill of dawn after hours of late-night summer solstice knitting ’til the crack of yawn 🙂

Keeping up with the solstice sunrise can be a challenge… Especially here at the 53rd parallel N on the Canadian prairies—where summer days and winter nights grow extra long. Well okay… winter sunrises/sunsets are easy-peasy. So every year since moving here, it’s the thrill of catching a pixelated first glimpse at summer’s dawning 17-hour solstice “magic” that rises up within my night-owl-ishly inclined inner-knitter’s heart ❤

Summer Solstice 2017… 
sunrise 5:06 am ❤ sunset 10:06 pm

Then last night… errr… 3:30 this morning… uhhhm… actually yesterday morning, since gently “coaxing” this post into shape has taken so long… sighhh :-/

Anyhoo… it finally dawned on me!
Watch my iPad video (below) to see
the bright spot I’m talking about 😉

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Just keep knitting ’til something good dawns on you! ❤ ♥ Jackie


#63 💜 a very special day in May

watermelon & roll kuchen patio picnic


buds on lilac bush

⬆️ Click to view lilacs in full bloom.

Hello & Welcome to my 63rd episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is my dear, sweet husband’s birthday—on this 5th “Cinco de Mayo” day in the 5th month of May ❤

Well it took a few tries, but our snow is finally ALL melted—again, for the 3rd time this season!!! Our trees are barely budding. Red-Winged Blackbirds have returned for another season of sweet summertime tweets. Plus… mid-to-high 20’s ºC temperatures (far preferred over the frozen fluff delivered the morning of my birthday) have bloomed just in time to celebrate hubby’s summer luvin’ personality ❤

Ohhh it’s SO good to finally throw back the flannel, open up the windows, uncover the patio furniture and go outdoors to enjoy everything from breakfast to dinner, yard work and all things crafty! 

Our first (pic-less) patio picnic of 2017 was a menu of pork chops with roasted carrots and potatoes ❤ Today’s photo feast of mouth-waterMELONing roll kuchen (recipe posted here) was actually our last patio picnic from late-August 2016. Yup… that’s how long it’s been since our weather’s felt palatable for outdoor dining :-/ And yes, I do like playin’ with my food… gotta ❤ bits of hearty foodish-ness on a plate… LoL 😉 🙂 

 

The Tweet Song by Tim Hawkins & Jonnie W.

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Red-Winged Blackbird video

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Hope you’re enjoying fine summer weather too! 🙂 ♥ Jackie


#61 💜 the snow came back…🙀😿😻…but then all melted the very same day!


 

Hello & Welcome to my 61st episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is a tangled bit of freshly melted April snow, kitty cats and another blogging milestone 🙂

Want to skip straight to cake? Check out Chef Hurricane’s video below, featuring his how-to for decorating your own Yarn Ball Kitty Cake!

And how ’bout that snow, eh? Yup, our normally wacky weather struck again on April 3rd… SnoOow sweet of spring to gift me this wintery surprise on my birthday! Later that afternoon, my wish came true when it all melted 🙂

April 7th also marked 2 full years since my iMac died and left the blogging to just you, me & my iPad… That’s actually how this whole “KWH iPad Show” thing began, in case you were wondering. An “about” page would be a good place to explain that. I really wanna-oughta- gotta buckle down and do that :-/

Anyhoo, the “KWH iPad Show” is just my way of amusing myself until we can finally replace my old iMac. Who could ever have imagined the show would last 2 years (and counting)… wOw!!! I’m thrilled to know you’re all here and that I didn’t just curl up in a blogless corner, somewhere ❤ 

 

 

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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Wishing you a purrr-fectly productive week ahead! 🙂 ♥ Jackie

 


#60 💜 March snow on a beautiful day


 

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“10 BIBLE VERSES ABOUT SNOW”
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Hello & Welcome to my 60th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is the beauty of our (now melted) March snow-scape 🙂

March was (as always) a wild month of snow, blue skies and beautiful days. It had us dressing for everything from ferocious cold to summery shorts/T-shirt weather. Yup… shorts in March, here at the 53rd parallel N on the Canadian prairies! ❤ It entered like a lamb and inspired me to clown around 😉 But then (from March 7-9), it roared like a lion and raised our snowbanks to waist-height :-/ By month’s end, the snow was pretty well all melted and March felt like a warm ‘n fuzzy lamb… LoL … and that’s sNOw April Fools joke! 😉 

Sure luvin’ this early start to another season of spun in the sun! Literally a breath of fresh air for outdoor knitting, spinning, reading, lunching and yard-work activities! Plus, now that winter’s over and spring’s been sprung, I’m snoOow glad to have paused for pics before all the melting was done!

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Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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Hope it’s a beautiful day in your neighbourhood! 🙂 ♥ Jackie


#58 💜 awe… snoOow fun!

 

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Hello & Welcome to my 58th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is a snowy bit of fibrous fun 😍

Oh how I love to watch snow melt—especially after being surrounded by it since November. Friday’s mild temperatures melted a lot of snow, so I grabbed a few colourful props and ran outside to enjoy the show! Yup… gotta ❤ a good ol’ fibrously fun backyard yarn-bombing photo shoot 🙂 Later that night, a storm blew into town and re-blanketed us in several inches of white :-/ But oh well, it was fun while it lasted…

The golfing clown is a Jean Greenhow design. This half-knitted WIP of mine has been cooped up in the back of my yarn closet for … gulp … years! Really wanna/oughta/gotta get around to finishing that guy! Fun to take him out to play in the snow, though! 😉 Want to try this at home? M’ Snow Lady’s face uses a pink Bramble❤️TINI for her nose and 2 green Hearty Links with Felted Loops for eyes and mouth 🙂

 


 

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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Hope everything’s snowing well where you are! 🙂 ♥ Jackie


#54 💜 Honour & Remembrance

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Previously posted for
Remembrance Day — November 2014.

War is not a video game... Ask a veteran.

Previously posted for
Remembrance Day — November 2015.

WWII knitting for the R.A.F. poster

Previously posted for
D-Day — June 2014.

Hello & Welcome to my 54th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is a reflective Remembrance Day post in honour of all veterans ❤

This was to have been a quick/easy post… But my iPad sometimes likes to fight my blogful efforts :-/ Ah well… just gotta keep fighting the good fight! Now that it’s finally done, I hope you’ll feel free to click images and visit my previously posted links 🙂

 

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Lest we forget… ♥ Jackie


#50 💜 the blog days of summer

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Hello & Welcome to my 50th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is my latest crazy-hair-brained technique for beating the blogful summertime heat 🙂

Well here we are, mid-way through August and the sounds of Canadian Geese are becomng more frequent—signalling the beginning of the end to our favourite season :-/ All in all, it’s been a good summer. The snow melted extra-early 🙂 Then it rained more often than not 😦 And now, I’ve finally discovered the secret to my future outdoor summer blogging success! 

The iPad makes it easy to bring blogging outdoors, of course. But gosh-yarn-it… that glass screen reflects EVERYthing!!! And that makes reading and/or snapping pics in the sunshine quite difficult—especially for me, being visually impaired due to RP :-/

Hopefully someday, Apple will find a way to fix that glaring issue. Until then, I’ve taken drastic draping measures into my own hands and pulled the non-wool sheet over my head and iPad… LoL… ’cause y’know… 1-2 of our neighbours might not yet think I’m cuckoo 😉 But hey… not so nuts, since I got to edit all these photos AND enjoy an afternoon of fresh air 🙂 Plus now, I won’t need to choose between catching up with all my favourite blogs or enjoying the sunshine!  ❤

Do try this at home…
I highly recommend it!

So here in my photos… I’m all set for a blogfully constructive day in the sunshine with my iPad, charger/extension cord, earphones, fitted cotton sheet (elastic around the back of the head helps hold it in place if/when the wind blows) and water-filled hazelnut coffee creamer container—for a sprinkling sip o’ fun in the sun 🙂

Special thanks to Ralph at Bluefish Way, for his clear how-to instruction post filled with ideas to create your own animated GIF-packs 🙂 This first animated .gif of mine was really easy… I may need to make more! 

LINKS:

Ralph’s GIF-packed instruction post

Ralph’s GIF-packed instruction post
via my Pinterest pins

Online Animated GIF Maker & Editor
for iPad

Online Watermark & Photo Editor 

 

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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Go ahead… dare to cut the glare! 😉 ♥ Jackie


#46 💜 Do you see what I see?

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Hello & Welcome to my 46th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is my eye on the sky 🙂

We’re off on another 14-hour road trip adventure to Manitoba for a nephew’s wedding/family visit and HPP doctor’s appt. En route somewhere under the Saskatchewan sky, I glanced up from my knitting and grabbed the iPad to capture what looked to me like a heart in the clouds! Everyone else seems to see something different in this photo, though …LoL… So, what do yOu see?

Then back in the backyard at “party central” where all the family’s been gathering from Ontario, BC, Saskatchewan and Alberta—rays of afternoon sunshine offered some brilliant shadowy effects as preview to another golden prairie sunset ❤

 

 

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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More to come… so keep looking up! ♥ Jackie


#42 💜 Shamrockin’ St. Patrick’s Day!

Sweetie❤KNIT❤Shamrocks . . . a free little knitting pattern that felts like Spring!

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Sweetie❤KNIT❤Shamrocks . . . a free little knitting pattern that felts like Spring!

Shamrockin' Spring bracelet with split (heart-shaped layout) yarn tails

Hello & Welcome to my 42nd episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s “St. Patrick’s Day” feature is a blogful compilation of my snowy shamrockin’ posts over the past few years 🙂

Our snow has all melted 😀 But mid-March is still early, so this morning’s light dusting of fresh flakes came as no surprise. Spring and the sounds of returning Canadian Geese are definitely in the air, though!

Yup… won’t be long now, before our earthy landscape turns a springy shade of green! March 2013 and March 2014 snowbanks were a different story—see above photos, compared with today’s few flakes. Then last year, the snow melted nearly as fast as this year! The weather was so mild that I happily “planted” a crop of handknit felted shamrock props before it all melted! Click here to view my iPad video.

That’s our normal wild ‘n crazy weather!

The video props include a few Shamrockin’ Spring Bracelets, along with 3-/4-leaf clovers. Unfortunately, my “luck” ran out and DIY instructions for the bracelets never got published in time, before my iMac died 😦 Now one year later, I’m still searching for that ol’ pot of iMac replacement gold at the end of the rainbow… And hoping all those how-to graphics I created are indeed safely locked inside my hard drive!!! :-/

For now, click the following links and see how to knit your own patch of shamrockin’ clover and/or tiny hearts: 

Sweetie♥KNIT♥Shamrocks

Sweetie♥KNIT♥Hearts

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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Shamrockin’ knit play! ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #30 💜 November snOw

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Hello & Welcome
to my 30th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is the season’s first snowfall…
as seen through the eye of my iPad 🙂

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Hey there…
We’ve got snow!

Yup…
It’s that snowy time of the year once again, here at the 53rd parallel north on the Canadian prairies. And awe shucks, I haven’t even blogged about my summer or autumn photos… yet!

This year’s first foot of flakey blanketing white fluff arrived Monday morning and continued to fall hard for us until Tuesday afternoon. It’s our first real snowfall since “snow angel” neighbour Randy moved away. And while my husband’s HPP medication is definitely showing signs of healing ((( yay, God heard and is answering our prayers!!! ))) he’s still on crutches. So, this 2015/16 season of snow shovelling is in my hands, which is totally okay. After these past few years of not having to shovel, my nimble knitting muscles are about due for a workout anyway 😉

The first snowfall is always the prettiest. Yet these (now less than 8 hours) short days leading up to winter solstice can be a challenge, when trying to capture glimmers of glistening fresh snowy magic. And so, my trusty iPad and I have been keeping one eye on the sky and a finger on the camera trigger!

Forecasters have predicted we’ll have another winter like last year… And that sounds good to me, since last year was mild! Whatever the case, I’m sure the snow will stick around until mid-to-late April—just like it always does :-/ 🙂 ❤

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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Snow-fully yours… ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #29 💜 Lest We Forget…

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Hello & Welcome
to my 29th episode of the KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is Remembrance Day…
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
Lest We Forget the Sacrifice of War ❤

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In thankful remembrance…  ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #26 💜 loss for words Wednesday… Ohhh Canada!

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to my 26th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is my humble political opinion…
my farewell ❤ salute in honour of outgoing
prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper.

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Thank you Stephen Harper…
for leading Canada with integrity and
building a country I could be proud to call my own! 

 

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Conservatively heartbroken in Alberta… ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #25 💜 I Love Yarn Day!

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Hello & Welcome
to my 25th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is a bit of backyard knitting
amidst the golden leaves of autumn 🙂

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I love yarn!
… and I love autumn!
… and yarn!
… and autumn’s golden leaves
… before they all fall!
… and I love knitting with yarn!

And of course, I love today… 
because today is “I Love Yarn Day”
… yay!

These photos are from Thanksgiving weekend.
And today is another sun-shining 19ºC/66ºF day!
So pictured there in that photo is where I’ll be!
… sitting ‘n knitting 🙂
… with the man I love ❤
… and yarn I love 😉

 

Then election day is Monday the 19th.
Canadians will head to the polls…
where I hope our greater majority will join
Wayne “the great one” Gretzky
in casting votes for Stephen Harper!

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Share the yarn love today! ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #23 💜 healing hope for HPP

Asfotase Alf

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Hello & Welcome
to my 23rd episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is our road trip to Winnipeg
… in pursuit of a healthier tomorrow 🙂

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Asfotase Alf

And we’re back! … Back home, after our whirlwind road trip to Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre—where we finally met Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg in person and received our first month’s prescription of Asfotase Alfa!!! Dr. Greenberg is the renowned driving force behind clinical trial research for hypophosphatasia (HPP). Over the past decade, other doctors have allowed Husband’s paperwork for obtaining HPP treatment to fall short. But that all changed when we found Dr. Greenburg and Dr. Christopher Lee (our personal physician). We thank God for enabling them and blessing us with their dedicated effort to help make this medical mission trip possible! ❤

As well… I’m back to feeling like my usual self—after suddenly feeling mysteriously “zapped” of all energy for the past 5 days. Weird :-/ Dragging myself around and feeding my facebook page was about all the strength I could muster. At least the facebooking was fun… So it’s sure great to be back—in more ways than one!

Here are a few iPad photos of memorable moments and prairie highway scenery from our trip…

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Proverbs 16:9

We set out before sunrise in our 2002 Toyota Celica—which still runs bright like its sunshiny paint colour 🙂 After driving 10 hours, we stopped for night at the Yorkton Days Inn in Saskatchewan. During 2 days of medical testing in Winnipeg, we stayed in an east-facing Canad Inns room (see 13th floor sunrise photo), conveniently attached to the hospital. We also got together with family and celebrated one nephew’s 13th birthday! The last time we saw family was last summer’s trip to the Niagara Peninsula. The time before that was our Thanksgiving 2013 road trip… Fun stuff! And finally, an especially yummy thanks to our sisters, for filling our bags with their homemade goodness of cherry jam, spaghetti sauce, salsa and cookies… Plus, one perfectly purple cupcake-shaped handmade soap! 🙂 ❤

Homeward bound, we drove straight through for 14-hours—eager to refrigerate our precious HPP-fighting Asfotase Alfa cargo… Now we’ll wait and see how long it might be before Husband’s daily needle dosage shows signs of healing 🙂

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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Hope continues… ♥ Jackie


Something to Smile About

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Thank You Tony 🙂 for this 100% smile-worthy list! There’s just one more thing I’d like to add…

At the beginning of July, I wrote a blog post plea for HPP. And for the past couple of weeks, we’ve been smiling inside and out because the doctors finally called with hubby’s approval to begin Asfotase Alfa HPP treatment 😀 That’s the news we’ve been waiting, hoping and praying to hear for SO very long. There were times when we thought this news might never come… But now, praise God, it’s here! The car is packed and we’re driving to Winnipeg to begin the healing process!!!!!!!!!

At the time of my HPP post, only Japan had approved the Asfotase Alfa treatment. Canada and Europe have now approved it, as well! My sincere thanks to everyone who shared and/or signed the online petition from my HPP post. Special thanks to Laura @ In My Words, for reblogging that post!

So that’s all for now…
Looking forward to connecting via hotel WiFi for the next week…
Thanks again and ttys 😀 ♥ Jackie

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Give Me a Reason to Smile

   Kittens

  Puppies

  The smell of fresh baby powder

  The smile of a newborn baby

 Mom seeing her daughter for the first time in her wedding dress

A dad seeing his son graduate from high school

A red rose in full bloom

Lush fresh-cut green grass

Dark chocolate

Forgiveness

Pure love

A baby’s first steps

Bright orange sunrises and purple sunsets

Rainbows after a rain

Letter from a friend

Breakfast in bed

A cat playing with a shoestring

Playing my favorite songs on the radio and singing along in the car

Eating a full plate of spaghetti with my favorite homemade sauce

Cherry cheese cake

Popcorn and a movie at home

Talking to old friends on the phone about our days of childhood

Going barefoot in the summertime

Jumping in the pool on the first day of summer and making a big splash with a cannonball

Someone…

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the KWH iPad Show #19 💜 friendly fibre & neighbourly farewell

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Hello & Welcome
to my 19th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is fibre-friendly
fondness for neighbourly kindness 🙂

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knitting, needles & yarn from Sylvia

Hey… remember a few weeks ago, when our neighbour surprised me with a bagful of assorted yarn? Well, now look!

Another neighbour (an especially friendly clerk from our local Safeway store) has knit a red vest/slipper set and packed it in a canvas “Safeway” shopping bag with 3 pairs of 5 mm straight knitting needles, plus 3 big balls of gold/pink fuzzy-tufty fashion yarn! Such a sweet surprise 🙂 The canvas bag will be a handy tote for knitting projects. But what would you suggest to knit with yarn like this? I’m not sure what to make from it…

Yarn is always fun 🙂

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But then, this past weekend was moving day for our dear “snow angel” neighbour Randy. Now their house is empty and I’m feeling a bit sad. Randy cared about his neighbours and was like a staple in the community 🙂 We’re blessed to have known him and very thankful for his diligent effort to clear the snow from several neighbouring driveways, including ours. There were days when the snow just kept coming… and so did Randy—frequently ploughing our place 2-3 times in one day!!! The weather was harsh, but Randy’s heart was warm. He knew hubby was on crutches and I’d be the one shovelling. So he definitely helped make our winters more bearable! Shovelling is okay and can even be fun (fresh air, sniffling neighbourly interaction, frozen faces, etc.). But y’know it can really cut into my knitting time 😉 So instead, it was my pleasure to knit special gifts of appreciation ❤

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A quick search through my blog found 6 posts mentioning Randy… 6!!!
Click the following links to view those posts.

1st post ::: March 24, 2013
2nd post ::: November 6, 2013
3rd post ::: December 30, 2013
4th post ::: January 18, 2014
5th post ::: March 30, 2014
6th post ::: December 31, 2014

snowy sunsets ❤ #10

Now those days are gone… But lo and behold, look what I found! A snowful blast-from-the-past video of the last time Randy ploughed our driveway (dated March 2nd, 2015). How amazing for it to have survived all these months on my iPad! Who could have know that this glimpse of him in action would bid a fitting farewell… We’ll miss seeing them around the neighbourhood, but that’s life… God bless Randy and his wife in their new home ❤

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Your friendly neighourhood fibre-lover… ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #16 💜 watermelon & roll kuchen … like eating a cloud!

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Hello & Welcome
to my 16th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is the simple summer
pleasure of watermelon & roll kuchen 🙂

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Cast your gaze upon these clouds and tell me, what do you see?
I see a duck… turning into a swan… turning into a flock of birds taking flight!
Leave a comment, if you’d care to share your insight 🙂

yarn and daylily gardenyarn and daylily gardenAugust in Canada begins with a long-weekend 🙂 And this long-weekend’s nocturnal rains have allowed for sunny/blue skies with puffy/white clouds floating freely in the breeze. Plus, our neighbour got the weekend off to a great start by surprising me with a bagful of mystery yarn—which automatically makes any weekendwatermelon & roll kuchen a great weekend! You can see it there in the daylily garden 😉 The labels are missing, but I’d say it’s a few balls of cotton and maybe some wool? I’ll need to test how it felts.

And although summer might be half over, it’s just not summer until you’ve had at least one healthy serving of watermelon & roll kuchen 🙂 Last year at this time, we were visiting family/friends in Southern Ontario. The weather there was picnic-perfect. So to their backyard we went—with a platter of sliced watermelon and fresh batch of my mom-in-law’s puffy roll kuchen love ❤ It was a sizzling hot summer day. And this was a simple yet scrumptious Mennonite-style family feast!

There are many versions for the Mennonite Roll Kuchen recipe. Basically, it’s just fat-fried, fritter-like puffs of dough that melt in your mouth and taste as light as a cloud—fattening storm clouds, if eaten too often :-/ For a small batch, we (and by “we” I’m referring to chef hubby who does the cooking because he’s the one who adds a dash of “love” to every dish) use the following recipe.

Oh, and that patch of blue in the watermelon & roll kuchen photo is the sky’s reflection shining through—sink-side upon the kitchen counter 🙂
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Roll Kuchen recipe

1/4 c whipping cream
1 Tbs sour cream
1 egg, beaten
2 Tbs butter, melted
1 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder

Beat egg. Add cream and remaining ingredients. Mix well. Roll flat and cut into rectangles with a slit in the middle of each piece. Fry in deep hot fat until golden brown. Serve with watermelon!

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simply summery ♥ Jackie


Here I am… the embroidered-leaf artistry of Hillary Fayle ♥ for Canada Day!

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July 1st is Canada Day!

To celebrate, I thought it’d be fun to showcase the magnificently stitched maple leaf artistry of American artisan Hillary Fayle. Every single piece of Hillary’s suspended embroidery work is spectacular!!! But if I had to choose a favourite, it’d be her red maple leaf
… since y’ know, I am Canadian!

Take a moment to browse her website… You’ll be glad you did 🙂 Can you pick a favourite?

That’s all for now… Wishing eveyone a happy, safe and fun Canada Day! As well, wishing a happy 4th of July to Hillary Fayle and all our American neighbours visiting my blog today!

Peace to all! ♥ Jackie

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My name is Hillary and this is my art. I am all about creating beautiful things carefully and with regard for the planet. I try to use environmentally friendly and sustainable materials for my art, which has really defined what I do as an artist. Currently I am working with leaves as a primary material, which I coat in a non-toxic preservative and either cut them or stitch them to create delicate patterns which reflect the beauty of the natural world.  Enjoy!

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the KWH iPad Show #12 💜 Lily for a Day

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Hello & Welcome
to my 12th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is the first daylily bloom
from our front yard garden bouquet 🙂

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Hey everyone! … Meet our first daylily of the year 🙂 Isn’t she lovely? Today’s photos are technically the season’s third bloom (all pink). But with a name like daylily… well… Who’s counting anyway, right?!?

We have three daylily plants in our front garden—pink, peach and purple. At least that’s how I remember it, since it’s been a while and all my daylily photos from last year are currently stuck (hopefully safely stuck) on my iMac-less hard drive :-/ I’d hoped to post photos of those, but didn’t make it in time before my iMac quit. Last year’s first daylily blooms were peach and are posted here. Wow… this year’s garden is way ahead of last year! Perhaps next year will be ripe for the purple plant to bloom first? Let’s get together here again next summer to find out! 🙂

Anyway, there’s something festive about the first flowers of the season! Now at the risk of boring you, please indulge me whilst I “make like a squirrel” and pack my knitting blog with a few flowering summer photos—in preparation for the flowerless months ahead 🙂

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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Have a lily-full day! ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #11 💜 summer solstice sunset

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Hello & Welcome
to my 11th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is our summer solstice sunset …
sunrise 5:06 am 🙂 sunset 10:06 pm
… missin’ my iMac, but luvin’ the 17-hour days!

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summer solstice sunset at the 53rd parallel north in Alberta Canada

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summer solstice 2014
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My favourite thing about living this far north is summer solstice and the extra-long days that go with it! That “other” solstice will have us on the flip side soon enough… But these days, especially with the above seasonal temperatures we’ve been having, it’s just so GOOD to enjoy being outside watching glowing skies finally dim around 11 pm 🙂 That’s my idea of a summertime thrill!

Catching a glimpse of the summer solstice sunrise, on the other hand, is more rare… I’ll sometimes manage to wake up in time to see the sky already beginning to brighten by 4:00 am. But then I lay down for a moment, whilst the sun rises to the peak of our neighbour’s roof… And awe shucks, the moment passes me by again! :-/

Last year’s summer solstice was extra great, for me. That’s when my iMac finally got resuscitated, after a month and a half on the fritz 🙂  Now again, since directly following this post in early April of this year, my iMac has been gone for good :-/ But the blog must go on! And my trusty iPad has been a real lifesaver for that!!!

Thanks for joining me in my iPad-photo solstice celebration of God’s glorious sun setting skies on the longest day of the year. How did you enjoy your summer solstice?

 Our weather forecast—fahrenheit or celcius—for the
first week of summer is looking mighty fine 😀
Wish you were here! 

See how the video is panned to the far left? That’s where our winter solstice 
sun shall set 6 months from now—between the last 2 clumps of taller trees.

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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Happy first week of summer! ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #7 💜 my birthday yarn stash


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to my 7th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is the frill of the yarn . . .
which I’ve draped dreamily to decorate the
late-to-be-leafy trees in our backyard 🙂

Last month, my birthday heart’s desire was for another yarn-filled year with hubby ♥ But then my iMac died… quickly dashing any yarn stashing I’d planned 😦 Ohhh, but have I told you lately how he loves me?

May long-weekend foliage

He loves me SO much that…

On April 29th, one day before my 15% off birthday discount voucher from Herrschners was due to expire, he actually reminded and encouraged me to use the coupon to buy MORE yarn! Yup, you read that correctly 😉 More yarn, after all the years I’ve spent stretching our home’s yarn stashing capacity. That’s love, I say… true love! And so, to Herrschners I went!

My target was $150.00, since that amount seems the best deal for shipping. It was delivered in time for the May (aka Victoria Day) long weekend, when our trees were still leafless and bare. So dressing the trees in frilly yarn was good yarn bombing fun 😉 Now a week later, they are fully-dressed in foliage and the yarn is stashed back inside!

boxed birthday yarn stash from Herrschners

My birthday yarn stash box includes:

Sundance Chantilly Frill yarn 3-pack
—> 3 balls each onyx/fantasy
Northlands Notion wool yarn 5-pack
—> 5 balls each black/denim/berry/olive/putty
Luminous Assortment 10-pack
—> 3 balls each emerald/lipstick
—> 2 balls each ice/frost
Northlands Cavern Multis yarn
—> 1 ball spectra
Dimensions: Learn Needle Felting Kit
Brass Findings Starter Kit
Luxite Double End Crochet Hook size Q-17
Hearts Candy Mold
Plus, yet another 10% off voucher
for my next Herrschners order 🙂

NOTE: I am simply a customer writing this of my own accord—not affiliated with Herrschners in any way.

In addition to yarn, I’m so glad to finally get my hands on a few crafty tools that have been on my “list” for a while. Inspiration for the heart candy mold came from reading  this post by Janice at TSB 🙂 And with approximate yarn sale savings of $250 + vouchers ($375 according to SRP), I’m pretty pleased with my birthday yarn stash purchase… totalling $139.73 shipping/taxes included 🙂

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Tree cheers for yarny b-days! ♥ Jackie