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well not technically but it is getting warmer – Sunday is supposed to be 28 degrees Celcius (or for those of you who, like me, still live in the days of Fahrenheit, that makes it about 84). Ground hog (a new critter for me – we have NEVER had a ground hog before) was digging in my garden and chewing on plants and here I was blaming it on the deer!!! Our noisy big tree frog is back – Lenny is his name and he has taken up residence inside the post that holds my wire owl. If you look down from the top there he rests making bigggg noises to try to attract some little female! Regular frogs are in the pond – in fact hmmmm should I share this? The other day Gord rescued a frog that was sitting on the rocks that surround the pond looking rather forlorn and making funny noises. Well for him they were not too funny – when Gord went closer the frog did not hop away BECAUSE his leg was stuck inside the mouth of a garter snake!!!! and no matter what the frog did that snake was not letting go. However the frog was BIG – tooooo BIG for the snake to swallow and the leg was not coming off! So Gord waited, snake came out of the rocks and Gord tried to free the frog – not happening until he got a screwdriver and slowly, gently pried open the snake’s mouth. Did I mention Gord has a rather STRONG AVERSION TO SNAKES! and in this case he actually had to pick up the snake! and hold it as he tried to pry open its mouth to free the frog. Now, I know that the snake has to eat too, however, NOT MY FROGS! 🙂  In the end, with a little help, the frog escaped, snake went for a slither into the woods and all was well!!!

Last week at our SBS morning Sue brought 2 rugs she had finished:

Her beautiful Deanne Fitzpatrick on line class rug…


and her Karla Gerard table runner (a combination I put together of Happy Houses and On the Knoll)…

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Jane sent me a picture of her latest sweet mat for a friend…

And geez, don’t think I have posted a picture of my sister Di in a longggggg time – here she is at her new Extendafamily centre where she goes a few days a week for swimming, crafting, companionship – and just plain old fun!…


And a new Shelly Atkinson pattern that is now in my online store – what a great rug for Grandma to do for a very lucky grandchild!…

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Yesterday our guild, Rideau Valley Boots and Baskets, decided we have tooooo much money so the funds raised at our auction in April are being donated. Half the funds will go to the Hooked Rug Museum of North America in Nova Scotia  So a big thank you to all who attended our auction and opened their wallets for good hooking stuff and a good cause. The museum is always appreciative of anything that the rughooking community can do to help with the expense of operation. Last year a number of our members hooked 8×8 inch lighthouse mats  that we sent to the museum for sale in the fibre arts market. We are happy to hear that sales of these small mats are doing well and many of us will hook up a few more to send. The lighthouse mat design on paper can be ordered from the museum if you or your rughooking group might be interested.

Next Saturday the 28th is the Moira Matmakers hookin at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Center in Belleville. I hope to see some of you there – it is always a fun hookin…  Sooo, off to dye a bit of wool! well maybe a lot of wool!!!



6 responses »

  1. I absolutely love the frog/snake story. I’m proud of your Hubby for doing that. I love my frogs, too. I’m not too terrified of snakes but I’m thinking that may be beyond what I could do🐸🐉

  2. elaine allerton

    Lorretta,,, wow,, what a story,,,,, lucky frog to have a gord in his life!! Brave guy!!
    Love the rugs,,,, I did the women and the sea, too,,, what an enjoyable course,,,,,
    Take care,,, enjoy ur blogs,,,,,

  3. What a great picture of Di. She obviously loves Kingston. Sue did a beautiful job on her rugs. I especially like her version of ‘Women and the Sea’.

  4. I love the contrast of the parrot and the straight vertical in Joan’s piece! I aslo love hearing about your happenings across the border!


    Ok I want the Shelly pattern. No grandkids yet but hoping…. Oldest son is getting married at Otto lake July 2017. Jill Sent from my iPad


  6. What a great frog/snake story! How sweet of hubby to save that frog’s life – especially with his aversion to snakes.
    Sweet pic of sis.
    Hugs 🙂


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