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The days are much shorter – the last ‘walkies’ for the dog at 10 p.m. are now done in the dark – such a change from mid-June when it’s still daylight at 10 and even at 11 p.m. it still isn’t completely dark.  And of course, by 4 am, it’s light again.  Quite a change from our winters – when it’s dark by 5 p.m. and not light again until after 8 a.m.  One of the advantages of living in the (semi) north.  I understand that Washington, Oregon and California are considering staying on daylight saving time year round – and that if that happens, our Provincial Government is considering doing the same.  What a truly terrible idea that will be for those of us here in the north – we might get an extra hour of daylight in the evening – but in the morning, it will still be dark at 9 a.m. Where I live, the sun doesn’t clear the mountains until after 10 a.m. in the middle of the winter.  Year round daylight saving time will result in the sun not coming up until after 11 a.m. 

Anyway, the days are getting shorter and the garden is starting to wind down.  Today I picked a bowl of ripe tomatoes and there are more coming.  In spite of a fairly nice summer, my tomato crop is going to be the smallest in years!  Last year I was giving them away to anyone who was willing to drive out here to get them.  This year, we’ll be keeping them all for ourselves, I think. I did want to make a batch of Antipasto Relish and hope I’ve got enough for that, at least.  The yellow plum tree produced lots again – and I gave bags of them to my quilting friends.  The prune plums will ripen in September and from the looks of things, I’ll be begging people to come and take them as well. Or maybe someone with too many apples would like to make a trade! And I got too many cucumbers from my tiny little patch – so I now have 6 pint jars of dill pickles (I have dill volunteering everywhere) that I wasn’t expecting to have to make.

During the winter I completed this quilt – Orca at sea - designed by Marie Noah of Northern Threads.  She has really beautiful ‘northern themed’ patterns.  (and excellent instructions too)

At the request of her mother, this spring I made Sophia a couple of little dresses – just little jumpers, really, with matching ‘bucket hats’.  Unfortunately, I neglected to take photos of the dresses and although I do have photos of her in the dresses, I’m not to post her pictures on the Internet, so I abide by her parents rules.  But the dresses were really cute!  I did make her a little tote – using one of the paper pieced cat patterns I did (from Silver Linings Originals).   Sophia uses the bag to carry books from her school library. Her mother really liked it – I got the feeling that she almost decided to use it herself, so maybe she’d like one too! Good thing I’ve already got another cat made! Possible Christmas gift?

Our quilting group has made another ‘heart quilt’ for one of our ladies who lost her son this spring.  We made it in her favorite colour – purple.  We all cried when we presented it to her – no parent should ever lose a child – not matter how old. Her son was a big Edmonton Oilers fan, so we included their logo on the quilt. 

DH has given up his driver’s license, so we decided to sell our motor home. I was never comfortable driving such a big rig, so no more camping for us.   How I am going to miss it – I enjoyed our trips in the old thing so very much.  But it’s gone to a good home, and I’m sure it will continue to provide the new family with many wonderful memories.


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Comment by Barb/WI on August 19, 2019 at 1:30pm

Love the Orca at Sea quilt and the beautiful tote!  The heart quilt is also beautiful.  I would have also cried when it was presented.  Just the thought of losing a child tugs at the heartstrings of any parent.  

I am sorry your DH had to give up his license.  That had to be a difficult decision.  You will both miss camping, but will enjoy the memories you've made that way.  

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on August 18, 2019 at 5:50pm

Carol Ann - Oh, I hope you're right about Daylight Savings Time.  It's amazing how many people here in BC want it year round.  If we're going to stop the Spring and Fall change over - then we need to be on Standard Time. Not that they'll listen to me.

We live on a beautiful lake so in a way it's like being on a holiday all the time.  Except that it isn't. Sometimes you just need to get away.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on August 18, 2019 at 4:56pm

Loved your post, Rebecca!  The Orca quilt is the spectacular.

Just so you won't worry too much, as I understand it, the individual states cannot decide for themselves how to handle Daylight Savings Time; they would have to petition Congress, and any change must be approved by the U.S. Congress.  It could be a very long process, especially with our current Congress. 

Sorry your camping days are behind you and your spouse; you just have to adjust.  When we couldn't camp any more, (DH could no longer back the trailer up straight into a campsite to save his life!), we just bought a little mountain cabin, and took all our camping gear up there!  There's a stream to fish in and a national park is nearby for spectacular scenery!  

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