Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Maybe I'll Take Up Needlework Again

I learned how to embroider when I was 12. On a set of pillowcases, I embroidered a lovely pair of kittens playing among multicoloured daisies. Then later in my 30s, I took up cross-stitch. I embroidered towels, a baby bib and an amazingly beautiful baby blanket, if I do say so myself. But I gave up cross-stitch when I decided it was too sedentary a hobby and that I really needed to do something more physically active for my health.

I quite enjoyed doing counted cross-stitch, but I did find the range of available patterns to be very off-putting. They all seemed to be either appallingly cutesy and juvenile, or barf-inducingly sentimental, or uber-Christian-religious in nature. Sometimes all three at once!

However, a lot can change in 30 years . . . .

The contemporary "craftivist" movement has now inspired a whole new generation of subversive and/or feminist cross-stitchers to do relevant, humorous, ironic embroidery suitable for our day and age! Now, tell the truth, wouldn't any one of these pieces look delightful on your wall or on a cushion?

Good thing I saved all my embroidery floss, hoops and needles, isn't it? I feel inspired!

**Late-Breaking Addition to this Post!**

Dezzy of Hollywood Spy suggests adding this magnificent piece of cross-stitch art! And of course HRH approves!

Monday, 15 January 2018

Meanwhile in the Canadian Arctic . . .

DAMN! Wish I'd had this gif last week for my Mega Bear Blowout post!

Hey, is that Obear Wan Kenobi? Or perhaps Luke Icewalker?

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Kissy Face!

It's a trip down memory lane today, folks! Here's an old photo of Her Royal Highness and me, taken around 10 years ago if I remember correctly. I believe I was making kissy face noises at her. Awwwww!


Don't believe a word of that bushwa from Debra She Who Seeks -- the woman was in fact nagging me. Nag, nag, nag, that's all she ever did.

"Don't claw the furniture!"

"Quit hounding me for food!"

"Stop barfing up hairballs on the carpet!"

"No pooping outside your litter box!"

Believe me, the following course of action crossed my mind more than once --

Only my super-feline powers of patience and self-control kept her alive. She still doesn't realize how close she came . . . . 

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Mega Bear Blowout!

Okay, okay, all you GAY guys who read my blog, CALM DOWN, I don't mean THOSE kind of bears. No, I'm talkin' REAL bears of which we have many in Canada, including grizzly bears, black bears and, of course, polar bears. Today I'm clearing out my accumulated STASH of bear jokes and memes. So that's why this post is a MEGA BEAR BLOWOUT!

And speaking of being killing machines, this next meme is actually TRUE. That's just being a GOOD NEIGHBOUR in northern Manitoba --

Here's some HANDY ADVICE for your next camping trip!

While you must be CAREFUL around bears, there's no need to be PARANOID.

Bears don't ALWAYS want to kill you, of course. Sometimes they want to PROTECT you.

And bears are not STUPID, you know. They can actually be QUITE DEEP.

They have the SAME kind of problems as everybody else.

A little known fact is that bears enjoy CONSTITUTIONAL DEBATE on the issues of the day.

They have bears in RUSSIA too. In fact, bears are Russia's national symbol. But thanks for NUTTIN, bears say. It just means they HAVE to let Putin ride them like horses.

Well, let's end this post on a more POSITIVE note, shall we? Here's a photo of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with two baby pandas. Hard to say which one is CUTEST, isn't it?

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Greetings from Edmonchuk

Long-time readers of this blog know that I am a major Ukrainian wannabe. Personally, I don't have a single drop of Ukrainian blood, but that is not going to stop me in my fanaticism for all things Ukrainian. For example, I've dated a lot of Ukrainians over the years including, of course, My Rare One. I've lived all my adult life in cities with big Ukrainian communities -- Winnipeg and Edmonchuk, I mean, Edmonton. And my favourite food is perogies!

Under the old Julian calendar used by the Orthodox Christian Church, today is Orthodox Christmas Day. But on the Canadian prairies, we simply call it "Ukrainian Christmas" because Ukrainians are the single largest group who mark the occasion here. Today's post is not going to be particularly Christmassy, however, but it will pay heartfelt homage to my favourite ethnic group!

Her Royal Highness the cat helped me with this post and, wouldn't you know it, every single image she picked has a cat in it!


Of course they're all cats, silly human! Everything is better with cats!

Have I not trained you to realize that already? *facepaw*

I must give a special shout-out of thanks to that good Ukrainian boy, Cal of Calvin's Canadian Cave of Cool who created the captioned memes and from whose blog I believe I stole all the other images too, LOL!

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Nothing to Do and All Day to Do It

Thanks, everybody, for all the kind comments and good wishes left on my last post about being retired!

Some of you inquired what my plans will be to fill my time now. Well, my immediate plans are quite simple, actually.

However, I may break up this hectic schedule with a few snooze sessions . . .

. . . the odd crossword or two . . .

. . . some movie matinees with My Rare One and other friends . . .

. . . plus a few good books to read.

And I can lounge about in my jam-jams all day long if I want because now every single day is . . .

I may very well become more ambitious in the future but for now, all I want to do is live by this philosophy . . . .

Monday, 1 January 2018

Today is the First Day of the Rest of My Life

Happy New Year, everyone!

Guess what? I am now officially RETIRED!

After 10 years working part-time in high school/university and 35 years working full-time in my chosen profession, I have finally kissed the workforce GOODBYE and taken early retirement! For the first time since 1972, my life and my time are ENTIRELY MY OWN AGAIN!