This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our Daughter who has Special Needs)......I am addicted to starting new projects......I am becoming a fabric-a-holic... I love to try out recipes... take a beach walk and breathe in that salty blue to have coffee...sip a glass of a book......I am Queen of the Armchair and am inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

~2014~The Ones That Got Away

 Boy 2014 certainly whizzed by in a flash
Welcome 2015 and let's hope it's a peaceful year all round the world especially in light of what has been going on

I thought I would do my annual post on pics that were going to be made into blog posts but  just didn't make it

First pic is of lucerne bales for a small vegetable garden that I thought we would start up

Mr Armchair built the garden 4 storeys high out of railway sleepers
One reason is I'm tall and don't bend so well and the other is our Labrador Mimi who loves to 'garden'
Not long into it and this is what it looked like

And to keep Mr Armchair busy in February I needed a new bookcase and thought this corner was perfect
And it is........only trouble is the books keep 'growing'

In March JoJo was out with her group and she bought Mimi a collar
Only thing is it's for a puppy and Mimi is a big, boofy Labrador 
Such a sweet thought on JoJo's part

At Easter time in April I coloured some eggs in vine leaves and onion skins..........a Latvian tradition

this being the result
The egg can then be polished up with some bacon rind

In May we went to see a Miss Fisher exhibition
Miss Fisher......played by Essie Davis........ is a glamorous Lady Detective and the series is set in the 1920's in Melbourne
Read more about the series here
One of my favourite TV shows

In June I entered a giveaway by Jennifer Chiaverini and won this book The Master Quilter
One of her best I think

It was even autographed for me
To win I had to enter a question asking which character I would most like to meet out of the Elm Creek Series
My answer was Anna (the cook) so that I could cook with her for the patchworkers and then sit down and do some sewing with everybody later
I think there were about 800 entries so not bad

 In July at around 5pm there was a massive storm and I took some quick pics coming home

The colours were just stunning

In August we went out for JoJo's birthday breakfast and this is the view 

In September I bought an apron off my Friend Miss Vicki and decided to wear it whilst sewing as I get a heap of threads all over my clothes.......especially the black ones

In October I got to meet Monica McInerney who recognised my name from comments I had made to her Face book page
Such a lovely lady

 In November one evening I spilled frozen peas all over the floor (not very exciting I know)
but the next night the garlic I had fell down and landed looking like a triangle so I just had to photo it
And of course Mimi came in and cleaned up the peas
She didn't even know they were frozen as she doesn't eat she vacuums lol

Before we knew it it was Christmas again

 JoJo's programme had a Christmas get together and she was so proud that she cut the sausage and spiked it together with a tomato and a toothpick

And oh my goodness was this ever good
I even made my own Nut Butter (cashews) and Paleo Chocolate
Recipe found at The Merry Maker Sisters

And to cap off New Year's Eve a pic taken off the television of the Fireworks on Sydney Harbour 

Happy 2015 everyone.........let's make it a good one

Love Dzintra


Yvonne W said...

A great snapshot of 2014. Happy New Year and Best Wishes to you and your family for 2015.

Lynn said...

What a fun post, thanks for sharing more bits of your year. How terrific to win an autographed book and aren't dogs great for helping clean up those spills. With our 18 month old, our dog has a new job.

Rachaeldaisy said...

I've enjoyed these fun highlights of your 2014. The thing I remember is the garlic falling like a triangle.

Fiona said...

what a lovely post Dzintra.... all the best for another wonderful year...

Susan said...

What a lovely wrap up Dzintra. You've had a good year!
Hope 2015 is great for you all.

Susan said...

It was a good year all round. Wishing you lots of happy times in 2015. X

Anonymous said...

Hi Dzintra what a wonderful year for you and thankyou for sharing my friend and i hope that 2015 is even better.xx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Dzintra! HOW FUN to see the pics that got away....oh, it is almost painful for me to see the fun, and that I will no longer be a part of it....I will still be visiting, however! The weather for you must be wonderful by now? We are almost done with this dreadfully cold January, so that is good!

Wishing you a fine day my friend. Anita

Bev C said...

Hello Dzintra,

What a lovely post, great snapshot of 2014. All the best with your garden, book reading, Jojo, cooking etc. Isn't Miss Fisher a great show, the costumes are amazing.

Happy days.

a good yarn said...

Happy New Year Dzintra! 2014 was certainly filled with lots of terrific adventures. Bodes well for 2015. That blueberry chocolate cake looks delicious. Clever idea to wear an apron while you sew. I'm a magnet for threads and fabric clippings!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Dzintra! Thank you for coming to visit my last post. However, it is the beginning of something new for me, the only problem is losing my readership over time. But there are always those who remain faithful, and new friends to make. OH HOW I LOVE YOU ALL! Anita

Diane-crewe said...

what a good idea .. I am sure we all have pictures that we were going to share and then either forgot ... or changed our minds about ... thanks for finding .. and posting them x

Fiona@Dragonfly-Sewing said...

Happy New Year xx
Look forward to catching up again this year xx

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