Phil’s quilt

This quilt was one Wendy made several years ago for Philip.  It’s called Star Light Star Bright.  We were visiting Phil and he and Amanda had given it to us to have on our bed. I thought it would give us a chance to get a few photos and post them here.

This quilt was one of the block-of-the-month quilts that Wendy made while living in Calgary.  I loved the contrast of the bright colours on the black.  And when she had it top-stitched she chose a variegated thread with loops and stars that would stand out.

You’ll see that the label is a bit more rugged as she didn’t have her Janome 350E, but she used the font on her sewing machine.

this blog was from 2016 and is included as part of a series I will be bringing forward from when Wendy had her own quilting blog.





My little sister turns 50

Happy birthday Catherine. I think I’m one of the few people who call her that. Most know her as and call her, Cathi.  As a young teen, she decided that if she was going to be Cathi they it would be with an i…not a y.

I was with my Nann933874711017af774a20c973663c8eb2y and my uncle Jim (who is 18 months older than me) when Catherine was born. There was no phone at the cottage (nor television, nor if you can believe it did we have central heating/AC or in the early days electricity.  In fact we didn’t even have access to the internet.  So to get to the phone we had to take the boat across to Morrison’s which was the general store.  The phone was on the store wall – it was wooden, had a crank on the side to call the operator and you spoke into the microphone which was attached to the front of the phone.

It was on this phone that I heard the news that I had another sister.

Dad was on the phone to tell me the news and let me know that Mom was doing well. It was a couple of weeks before I got home to see my baby sister.  So to now know she’s 50 makes me feel, well, old.


Yesterday was a party to celebrate her 50th year and it was great to be in attendance.

Happy birthday Catherine Margaret – it is great to be your brother!

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Heralds of Hope reunion

On June 19, 1983 the 52 Heralds of Hope were commissioned and ordained as Salvation Army officers.  Not all 52 have remained officers and 6 have passed away, but many of us joined together by the airport for supper and reunion.

We enjoyed seeing folks that we’ve not seen in years and years…. I don’t we had seen Christine in 33 years.  Julie was another one – where have you been? Others we’ve seen lately like Henry and Lorraine!  And can you believe it, some thought I had really changed in appearance.  Wendy was picked out as one who has not changed much and I agree.

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Some have retired and of course, Wendy and I are getting closer to that reality too.

One can’t attend this kind of gathering and not feel blessed, by the flood of memories that come and the realization that God has been faithful. It isn’t that there have not been tough times but in those times we have felt strengthened and directed by the Spirit of God.

So happy anniversary to the Heralds of Hope.


A few thoughts about us as a family and our interests.