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Foam Fest Mudder


Today I was able to cross another item off my bucket list.  We ran our first mudder in Red Deer this morning.  It was a lot of fun and I would definitely do another one.  It was a cool rainy day which helped to make the mud even thicker and more slippery.  I didn’t lose a shoe and I came out injury free….now that’s a good day!  We had mud and grit in cracks and crevices that we never knew we had.  It was great to get home and have a long hot shower.




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Hypothermic Half Marathon


This morning the skinny guy and I completed our 4th (me) and 2nd (Don) Hypothermic Half Marathon.  This is the first year that the race hasn’t lived up to it’s name.  It was a balmy zero at race start and 4 degrees celsius and sunny when we finished.  I forgot my ice cleats at home so I struggled a bit with traction but otherwise it was great.  It is hard to believe that the weather is this mild and beautiful for Edmonton in February.


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Beautiful Morning Workout


Finished 18km (-2 degrees)

What a difference a week makes.  Last Sunday’s workout was unbearably cold.   Contrast that with this morning’s balmy -2.  Even though we went 2km further (18km vs 16km) we sure look a lot fresher and less frosty at the end.


Finished 16KM (-31 degrees celsius)

This is what I looked like after spending a couple of hours outside with the temperature at -26  (-31 with the windchill).



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I have managed to keep up with the 365 quilt challenge.  I’ve got my first 21 blocks of the year done:



My Quilts of Valour WIP is on the longarm getting ditched while I decide how I want to quilt it.


And finally, I have all the blocks pieced on my baby quilt so I am in the process of sewing the blocks together.  I haven’t decided if I am going to add any borders.


Linking up to:

Design Wall Monday @Patchwork Times

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

WIP Wednesday @Freshly Pieced

WIP Wednesday @The Needle and Thread Network

Needle and Thread Thursday @My Quilt Infatuation




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2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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FAL 1 for 3rd Quarter

I’ve got my first finish for the 3rd quarter of the finish-a-long hosted by Adrianne at On the Windy Side (here is my original list).  It is a lap quilt made with  “Scrumptious” charm packs.


Linking up to:

3rd Quarter Finish-a-Long @On the Windy Side

Design Wall Monday @Patchwork Times

Made by You Monday @Skip to my Lou

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

Sew Cute Tuesday @Blossom Heart Quilts

Too Cute Tuesday @Funky Polkadot Giraffe

Handmade Tuesday @Ladybug Blessings

Link Tuesday @Freemotion by the River

LAFF @Richard and Tanya Quilts

Finish it up Friday @Crazy Mom Quilts

TGIFF @Crazy Dutch Bird Quilts

TGIFF @Quokka Quilts

Can I get a Woop Woop @Confessions of a Fabric Addict


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Tribute to Bella

Life has a way of really testing us.  The day I published the post about Wally and Bella’s reunion I got a message from her family saying that she wasn’t doing well.  She had stopped eating and had trouble breathing.  They took her to numerous vets and the prognosis was not good….she had cancer.  I had wanted to get Wally and Bella together because my boy was so old and I wasn’t sure how much longer he would be with us.  I never dreamed that we would be losing Bella first.  Three days later I got the news that my beautiful girl was gone.  We are devastated……I can’t imagine how her family is feeling.

I think Wally has now outlived all of the puppies from his first litter.  I’m so blessed to still have him.  I put together a slideshow of pictures.  I hope that it will help her mourning family.  It starts with a picture of Misty, Bella’s Mom.  It shows the puppies when they were just minutes old and goes up until the day Bella left us when she was 6 months old.  Bella was the darkest puppy in the litter and she wore a baby blue grosgrain ribbon collar.      Goodbye my beautiful Bella….Tango, Ming and Tasha will keep you company over the rainbow bridge.

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