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#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

–— 💜 Have you thought about buying a copy of my knitting pattern today? 💜

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Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

More to come… so keep looking up! ♥ Jackie

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

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Hello & Welcome
to my 32nd episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is
all I want for Christmas 🙂

This snowy winter wonderland’s photographer is our sister Laura.
The tasty homemade cherry jam, alongside stylishly crafted handmade
house, bar and cupcake soaps are the creations of our sister Lisa. 
Thanks so much, we love you dearly ❤ and thank God for all our family!   

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Every year it’s the same thing…
all I ever really want for Christmas
… is YOU 🙂

Well to be honest, I also really want
… more skeins from EWE 😉

And after 3/4 year blogging
with just you, me & my iPad
It comes as no surprise that
what I’d also really want is to
finally replace my ol’ iMac !!!

But when it comes right down to it,
all I really ever want for Christmas is
to be of good cheer, in good health
and know family goodness is near 🙂

Now 3 months since beginning
treatment for my husband’s HPP,
we thank God for hearing our prayers
and can whole-heartedly say that
 health is progressing our way 🙂

Plus… there is one fine family benefit,
which helps compensate for those
periodic plane rides to see doctors…
That’s because hubby gets to see his
sisters who live nearby those doctors…
Sweet sisters who send him home with
and homemade family goodness
from their hearts to our home ❤

So now, you tell me…
What do you really want

for Christmas, this year? 

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Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

That’s all I want this Christmas! ♥ Jackie

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

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Hello & Welcome
to my 24th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is Thanksgiving and
a few things that I’m thankful for 🙂



This weekend is
“Thanksgiving” in Canada!

One day of thanks is good…
One 3-day long-weekend is grand…
But with millions of moments and
cherished memories along life’s way…
I’d say the calendar overflows with
an abundance of joy to fill our hearts
with thankfulness on ANY given day! 
This is true, even on a “bad” day!
Wouldn’t you say?
Now looking at this photo of my ol’ iMac
that died 6 months ago, I’m ever-thankful
for my iPad that has kept me blogging
all these months—
just you, me & my iPad

So this year…

I’m thankful for my husband’s precious prescription of HPP medicine and the doctors/researchers who worked all these years to give us hope for a healthier tomorrow! Plus, so thankful we could visit family en route to picking up the first month’s prescription! 🙂 ❤
I’m thankful to live in a peaceful nation where individual rights for freedom of speech, politics and religion are valued, respected and encouraged!
I’m thankful for unobstructed
sunset views from our own backyard!
I’m thankful for YOU ❤
This blog would be a lonely cyber-place
without all of you guys stopping by!

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

–— 💜 Have you thought about buying a copy of my knitting pattern today? 💜

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Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Thanksgiving! ♥ 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 🙂


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

–— 💜 Have you thought about buying a copy of my knitting pattern today? 💜

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Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

Hope continues… ♥ Jackie

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

watermelon & roll kuchen

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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 🙂


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 🙂

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

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

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Hello & Welcome
to my 10th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is Father’s Day
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Proverbs 10:9, 12:2, 14:26, 29,

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Deborah Lynn @ Green Willow Pond

Well… it’s been 10 years,
since cancer took my dad away 😥

 And while time truly eases heartbreak,
a sense of loss shall always stay…

Now he lives pain-free in Heaven 😀
where we’ll be together again, someday!

So for Father’s Day this weekend,
here are a few links to family stories 
you might like sent your way 🙂 

What I want for Father’s Day.
and why it’s an impossible request
via Chris Martin Writes

Daddy’s Girl
via Morning Story and Dilbert

Our Subway and Canvas Board Gifts
image by Deborah Lynn
via Green Willow Pond

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Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

Hug your dad and have a happy Father’s Day! ♥ Jackie

where we went this summer ♥ Niagara Peninsula

driving view across Niagara River toward Fort Lewiston, USA
leaving on a jet plane

Jetting off into the wild blue yonder…
en route to the Niagara Peninsula and
a full week of fun with family/friends 🙂

 Hello & Welcome to my blogful
summer vacation photo album 🙂

September is now here
and autumn is near.
Time waits for no one,
my dear…

But it was earlier this year,
when we packed up our gear 

and left on a jet plane
destined for family cheer 🙂 

Canada’s Niagara Peninsula
where we went this summer…  

And while the tourists appeared
to be searching for souvenirs,
we found ours to be as simple as
a hearty hug or friendly beer  

“…the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world.” 

— Winston Churchill, describing Canada’s ultra-scenic Niagara Parkway

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As the pictures portray, we were there during the height of tourist season. Finding a parking spot along the Niagara Parkway was fairly impossible. So opting for drive-by iPad sightseeing photos from the open window of our moving vehicle was the best we could do. After trying all week, I finally caught the crowds on iPad video and posted it here on my facebook page… LoL… Also captured a moment of pleasant pond life at Niagara Falls 🙂 All this and more can be found on my Knitting With Heart facebook page 🙂

Historically, the Niagara Peninsula’s Niagara River was where the first major battle in the war of 1812 was fought. Canada was not yet a country in 1812 and lost that particular battle. But we went on to win the war, becoming a nation in 1867 🙂 And that was the last time the Americans tried to invade us! 😉   Watch this video for a quick refresher course on the war of 1812.

So to say that Niagara Falls is more impressive in person would be a ginormous understatement. But here’s hoping you will get the opportunity to visit and see these sights for yourself, someday 🙂 My hubby was born and raised in Niagara. We have a ton of family/friends living there and would love to join them… Oh to be counted among the million or so fortunate folks who call the Niagara Peninsula “home” 🙂

And speaking of family…

If you’re in the area, Lakeside Pottery (aka Ron & Barb) is located at:
755 Lakeshore Road, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada
Be sure to say “hi” from me, if you do stop by 🙂
You can also visit them online at their Lakeside Pottery facebook page 🙂

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Driving around Niagara, you’ll notice an abundance of orchards and vineyard fields. In spring, the blossoming fruit orchards fill the air with the sweet scent of their fragrant beauty! In fall, the foliage turns every imaginable shade of autumn 🙂 And to see/read more throughout the year, visit the Thiessen Farms blog (aka Ron & Lorie—our cultivatingly inclined cousins) about Niagara farm life.

Another impressive and unavoidable sight is the Welland Canal portion of the Saint Lawrence Seaway. This is the waterway system of locks, canals and channels that make it possible for large lakers and ocean vessels to navigate between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Most locals will tell you that the locks are as much fun as getting stopped at a train crossing. But for me and my land-locked life on the prairies, it is still a thrill to (have to?/get to!) stop and take photos 🙂 Watch this HD time-lapse video for an onboard view of the Welland Canal. This stationary time lapse video  is also pretty cool, as it watches the ships move through the Welland Canal locks 🙂

And finally, it was time to bid farewell…
Leaving once again, on a jet plane home.

Thanks for flying with me!  Jackie

I’m leaving on a jet plane… ❤

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What do you love most about summer? We love the sunshine and heat. July has been packed with sweltering 30ºC  heat… and that is just the way we like it! Oh how I love summer knitting with cotton yarn… I always knit standing next to my lawn chair and sprinkling myself with cool, refreshing water 🙂

Our daylilies have begun to bloom and the plants are loaded with buds. Looks like we’ll miss most of the show, though—because we’re leaving tonight on a jet plane… We’re off to see friends and family in the Niagara region of Ontario Canada! We know we’ll be back again in about a week. But oh babe, I’ll miss you so ❤

Hope to see you sooner than that via my Knitting With Heart facebook page 🙂 I’m so glad to have squeezed this post in before taking off, since we don’t know when our iPad WiFi connections will be back again 🙂

See you soon! ❤ Jackie

Thanksgiving Weekend ❤ prairie road trip

sunset_KWH4926Hey, so is it just me or do these clouds from last night’s sunset remind anyone else of self-striping yarn? Hmmm… perhaps they’re more variegated than striped? Tell me true, do you think so too?

Well anyway, we’re happy and thankful to be home-sweet-home again after our 13-hour Thanksgiving road trip. The weather was great… The turkey was tasty… Desserts were in abundance… And it was SO good to spend a few days visiting with family!
Only it’s just too bad we all live so far apart. ❤

Away from home, the iPad was a very handy travel companion. It captured some really decent pics and was convenient for checking inboxes. And when we found ourselves driving smack dab in the middle of two of God’s supremely colourful sky-scapes, the iPad made it so easy to post the rainbow/sunset video onto my KWH Facebook page. Click my FB link to check it out. ❤ Also, for a quick glimpse of the awesome autumn beauty across Canada’s wide open spaces, here is a slideshow from the rest of our highway-drive-by shots. 🙂 Oh how I love the changing leaves and golden fields. The harvested fields might be stubble, but they’re golden in the sun and dotted with hundreds (dare I say thousands) of bailed balls from harvested crops. Truly a sight to behold, under the clear blue sky with cotton-baton clouds! Call me Canadian, but I think it’s gorgeous ❤

Looking back, I’m surprised to have taken so few photos of livestock. We actually drove past plenty of grazing animals… cows, buffalo, and even a flock of sheep! Missed some potentially good pics, for sure… Sure wish I hadn’t missed that sheep shot! Oh well, that’s life when you’re driving down the highway 😉

Happy Autumn! ❤ Jackie

“The WordPress Family” award ❤

wordpress family awardWhat could feel better than knowing you’re part of a close-knit family? And if your family happens to live far away like mine, then it’s nice to know there’s room for you in the WordPress community of family minded folks. Especially Made is one of these inviting places. Her blog shines with warmth and inspiration. Thank you, Especially Made, for nominating my blog to receive “The WordPress Family” award and for making this virtual place feel more like “home” ❤

In the WordPress world… distance is irrelevant, interaction is just a click away, and virtual strangers blossom into relationships that feel more like neighbourhoods and even family ❤ We simply post, read/respond to each other’s posts… and voilå! This reminds me of the jingle I wrote for my Gravatar profile:

“Blogs are virtual, yet somehow real.
Hearts are symbols of love held dear.
And so, behold my virtual salutation!
I’ve high hopes for filling this blog with
expressions of creative communication”

Truly, half the fun of blogging is finding/following/interacting with each other’s blogs! And so, without further ado, here are my 10 nominees:

All Night Knits  Crochet by Gray  Get Your Daily Phil Here  Golly Gosh Girl  knitXpressions  Live, Love, Lake  Patterns Tried and True  Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane Blog  Thiessen Farms  Writings of a Mrs 

If you choose to pass on this award, here are the rules:
1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.
4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them.
5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people who have taken you as a friend, and spread the love.

All this fun of following along with and getting to know so many great blogs has made it tough to select just 10 nominees. Thank you ALL for taking the time to read, share, comment on, follow along with and “like” my blog. Please know that my inbox regularly overflows with the abundance of all your blogful updates—not budging from there until I’ve managed to find time to catch up with you! And thank you again, Especially Made, for including me as part of your WordPress family ❤

relatively yours ❤ Jackie