February 18, 2008

Mid February Ramblings!!

I sometimes wonder how many people actually read my ramblings at this time of year and was going to skip a week or so. Then I received a couple of lovely emails referring to my blog and I now have 3 comments on my last post, so the select few who are reading it have inspired me to write a few lines again this week. My news these days is a little sparse and not quite as upbeat as in the Summertime. I long to get outside and do some planting, mow the grass and get out my tins of paint without having to breathe in all the strong fumes indoors!
I did manage to venture out on Friday as the snow had stopped falling. I am not as bothered by the cold weather now that we are past mid February. After dropping Amber at school and getting my weekly grocery shopping, I came outside to find that another snow flurry had appeared from nowhere and it was already about 2cm's deep on top of my car. Taking the back roads home I did my first spot of 'ice dancing', in the car!! A complete pirouette in fact (fortunately I was on a quiet country road) Once I had come to a stand still and was facing in the right direction, apart from feeling pretty shaken up, both car and myself were just fine. Resisting the strong urge to brake, as my car did it's own thing, I will put down to the 'ice driving test day' many moons ago, which was part of my Norwegian driving test. Along with a night time driving test, long theory test (in Norwegian) and a mock theory and practical test, before being allowed to take the 'real test' I guess this equipped me for the Canadian roads, plus of course the 20 years driving experience since then :D
I have not been totally confined to the house this week I have to admit. Last weekend the whole family (children included!) went to visit some friends further down the valley. Craig has just started doing some consulting work for them in their Timber frame house business, and they had us over for a lovely lunch. Being Quakers, they had plenty of home made goodies to eat and drink and some funny and interesting stories to tell of their travels overseas.
I met my friend Tina for lunch and proper catch up girlie time mid week (between snow days) Then this weekend it was my friend Rhonda's birthday, she came over with her hubby and we had a lovely evening while all the children were over at their house. One of the gifts I gave Rhonda was a Holly Hobbie calendar for her kitchen, it brought back memories for both of us, both Holly Hobbie and Betsy Clarke were my favourite characters which adorned my bedroom walls in the mid 70's.
In my Etsy shop last week I introduced a couple of new designs, the first being a Westie puppy and a baby blue whale! A cat loving customer enlightened me to the fact that a Calico cat is in fact a tri-coloured cat, and I made one up for her as a special order.Bye for now, I hope you all have a lovely week.
Hazel xx


  1. Oh don't stop writing Hazel I enjoy your blog, I am lad you have been able to venture out a bit, after having to spend so much time indoors.

  2. Hi Hazel
    I also enjoy catching up every week so please don't stop writing

  3. Hi Hazel, glad to hear you were on a quiet road and you are safe after your 'ice dancing' incident -how scary!

    I am so with you on the desire to get outside. At this point I have had enough of the snow, we have had SO much this winter!!

    Take care :)

  4. Hi Hazel!
    Nice to hear you again!
    Now I also remember Hollie Hobbie. i once had a pink and brown doll and loved it but it got lost in my parents house when I moved out (along with the Steiff animal collection...). that should remind me to keep some things from the children when they move out because I am still suffering childishly over the loss of some items. And I had some magazine cuttings from HH as well and cherished them. I think this lasted until I was 15 or so. Now we are hosting Strawbeerry Shortcake over here (in the Mexican Rosita-Fresita or German Emily Erdbeer-version as well) and I can cope with that.
    ANd I long to go outside to dig up the small garden we have. I cannot wait to buy plants and pot them. but we are expecting a white Easter this year so it will be indoor crafting.
    So please don't stop writing - we all habe a block sometime but you really cheer me up with your lines!!!

  5. Hi Hazel,
    You know how much I love reading your blog, so please don't stop!

    Catch up soon :-)

    Kathy x


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