Saturday, May 31, 2014

Happy Bits #48

Well.  Game 7 of the New York Rangers vs Montreal Canadiens was a very good game, but the Habs are done for the year.  Tonight was the LA Kings vs Chicago Blackhawks - their Game 6.  Chicago took the win, their Game 7 is Sunday night, in Chicago.

Got a nice photo of the rhodo that I planted earlier this week.  When it came home it was still only buds but it was fully in flower today.  Bumble bees enjoying the splendour with me :)  It's still pretty teeny but it's glorious!  Will have to cover it for the winter so we don't lose it if it is as cold as this year!

My optimism sometimes way too often gets the better of me - we went to the practice range and I opted for the jumbo pail of balls.  We started on the putting green this time, then moved to the range.  Hit from the higher irons to the woods.  Definitely need lessons.  I was ready to be done quite a bit before the balls were gone ... just like I usually figure I can go 200 miles more than I actually can when we're on the bikes.  Oh well.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Happy Bits #47 - recipe experiments, golf and a new bird

It seemed like such a good idea!  Love avocados, love chocolate.  Have seen a number of recipes for chocolate avocado pudding, thought I'd give it a try. Didn't even stray from the recipe (other than to make only half as there are only 2 of us!).  Didn't pass muster at all.  Ice cream and fruit instead.

Also tried raspberry jam marinated turkey cutlets.  These were quite tasty!

This little fellow visited our feeder this morning - I didn't catch this photo of him, this is from  A Rose Breasted Grosbeak.  Very pretty indeed!

I'm quite enjoying the Cornell Lab app "Merlin" - a bird identifier app.  Seems to work very well!

Last week we decided which set of golf clubs I'd get (very pretty turquoise accents - because it is about the colour) and brought them home. Aren't they pretty!!

Later in the week, after more practice swinging and research, decision was made which set my DH would get.  Unfortunately they were out of stock of the men's clubs.  NP - the store could transfer from another location.  Should be only a few days.  A couple of visits and 9 days later, no clubs.  We went back to quiz them some more - because the weather has just been fabulous and we'd sure like to get out there and practice and learn and play!  Nope, they had not arrived.  We asked if they could trace them, figure out when they'd arrive.

An hour later, and a few sales reps working on locating them ... they were actually supposed to be at the store.  A box was found.  It had the wrong flex. Off for more searching.  There was a shipment (from supplier not transfer in) with more new clubs arriving - there were supposed to be a set (or 3). Another box was found.  Right flex!  Right handedness.  Inspection ensued.  Driver had the wrong flex, all the other clubs were as they should have been.  Oh my. Packaged improperly at the factory.  NP - there are tons of drivers sold individually, and lots of this brand.  

Small issue - the individually sold drivers are adjustable, but the ones with the set are not.  More consulting - for the grief we've had, they'll just swap. But oh yes, the adjustable driver means you also need an adjusting wrench. NP - tool is located.  At the checkout, the rep is just waiting for the checkout and decides to show us how to do the adjustment.  Oops - the tool he's got for us is not the right head (torque, not the triangle this club needs).  Back to the supply room.  New tool located. Demo ensues.  Success!  All clubs present and accounted for, tool works.  Hurrah!  Whew!  That was a lot of work! 

Game 7 of the Stanley Cup semi finals is tonight - Montreal Canadiens vs New York Rangers.  As we watched Game 6 on Tuesday, FB friends were posting from the arena in Montreal!  Go Habs!  

Off to do one more block of my raspberry / chocolate sampler while I watch the game ...

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Happy Bits #46

Another quilting adventure - 'tis the season for quilt shows!  This is the 4th local show I've been to this spring - wohoo!  Today we visited the Ailsa Craig Community Quilt Festival ( - this year's showing is "Quilts of Great Britain".
 This group has been organizing international quilt shows for a few years, each year focusing on a specific country.  What a well-organized show.  From the white glove attendants everywhere to help out, to the lunch with theme dishes, well done!

The quilts were entered as a result of a call for entry, and all quilts offered for showing were included - love that!  There were also 15 banners of the various regions of Great Britain - so interesting!  From miniatures (amazing creations!) to wall hangings, art quilts, bed quilts.  Many were hand pieced, many hand quilted too.
Each quilt had the story of that quilt (technique, name, inspiration, etc), as well as the story of the quiltmaker. Lovely.

Inspiring, delightful!

For the volunteers and vendors, it was the final day of a full week, but there was so much good humour, cheeriness and comradeship, it was just fun.  

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