Have you noticed as you get older that your body reacts differently to different things? I used to have zero issues with scents. The strongest scents wouldn't faze me at all. Then I noticed that I cannot have my clothes washed in ANY kind of scented laundry detergent. Just can't hack it. So now we have two boxes of laundry detergent - the scented and the unscented. Once the scented is gone - there will be no more in our house. Why do they make this stuff so strong? I can be walking outside and smell when someone is drying their clothes with scented products, and it's not pretty!
So the other day, M was burning some incense. The first day, I'm OK. The next day she burned something different - not sure I want to know what it was. My nose went into overdrive and ran like a sieve the entire day. Our house still smells and badly and well ----- there will be NO MORE incense in the house. I can feel a heaviness in my chest, and we do NOT want this to progress to anything worse.
I can handle a candle burning as the scents are very subtle, but the incense is INTENSE and no way can my system handle it. My nose is fine today, but I've been sucking back Claritin to prevent another day like yesterday. I'm sure there will be more changes as I get older, but hopefully, all can be accommodated!
But let's move onto more pleasant things. I'm not sure if I posted this picture, but this is what you can expect to see in Northern Ontario. Rocks, trees, and water! All three of them in one picture!
|Typical scenery from Northern Ontario|
This is the same highway (there's only ONE) that I rode my bike on when I rode across Canada in 2013. Notice how narrow that paved shoulder is, which means that, at times, you're riding in the live lane. Yep - with all the transport trucks, the RVs, and the other crazy drivers on the road.
And this is the scene from this morning. AH -- those shoulders are so much wider and much more fun to ride along. I posted this picture because I remember stopping here. I think we had ice cream and sat on the swings that they have out front. It's near Pancake Bay Provincial Park, and it's called Agawa Crafts.
It's weird because this picture is taken looking west when I'm walking eastward. That's OK because unless I rotated the picture, I wouldn't have known that I was at this spot. Normally you wouldn't know this, but I've caught it in other photos as well. I'm not sure why, but that's OK.
This brings back so many memories! I do remember that being a very long stretch as we rode through Northern Ontario. KM after KM with nothing. Well, I guess that's the same thing we experienced when we rode past the Arctic Circle. KM of NOTHING. At least on that trip, traffic was sparse!
So, the other day, I had a few repair jobs to do. These are my blocks from the "Long Time Gone" quilt by Jen Kingwell. I had quickly sewn them together, but I wasn't happy with them, and I wanted to get some good closeups to send to the group. So, back to the sewing machine and the ironing board. And here are the three flying geese blocks that we had to make. Yep - that's a LOT of flying geese.
|Flying geese block one|
|Flying geese block two|
|Flying geese block three|
|The block is fixed now|
|One fabric is shouting|
|All is calm|
|Quilter's Patch block|
|The hired help|