Saturday, November 18, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017

Nov 5 - I'm grateful for technology and yet I am grateful also to deliberately take a day away from it on occasion (like yesterday).
Nov 6 - I am grateful for my parents. They taught me so many unique things. Today is their wedding anniversary. The last one they shared was their 40th anniversary. MY Dad died a couple of weeks before their 41st anniversary. My mom never stopped missing him.

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Veterans day is coming soon.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Nov 4- Today I am thankful for the local symphony. During the traditional school year period, they have a classical series as well as a pops series and specials in between, etc.  In the summer, they have an outdoor program from June to Labor day.  The best one is the summer, to me, is the 4th of July, which actually runs 4 days.  I am very appreciate that we have access to this this wonderful orchestra and the ability to buy tickets to the shows we want to see.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Nov 3 - Today I am grateful for my husband. I met him the day after I made a commitment (church-related) and it was perfect timing. Over the years we have joked that he was my gift from God. No joke, he really is.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Today I am grateful for the break in the weather. It has warmed up well past 40 degrees and has stopped raining for several hours. Maybe Noah doesn't have to build another ark.

Another attempt at a photo. Trying to take from my phone to the computer and get it to be upright, has become a challenge.

Well, here it is upside down. You can get the general gist of how much is done and how much to go.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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And so starts a month of showing thankfulness or gratitude.

Today I am thankful to be alive and healthy.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

WIP Progress day

Having problems getting the photos from the phone to computer then to the blog.  Here goes.

This one shows the detail.  Yes, it is sideways.  I can not get it to turn at all.

This is the whole piece.  I can't get it to turn either. 
The upper right corner should be in the lower right.

In general not a lot of progress this period.
One of my stitching friends died unexpectedly.
It threw everything off.  I didn't stitch hardly at all for nearly a week.
I still haven't touched the piece I was doing a couple of days before she was gone.

Make sure you check out the rest of the group.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017

Today I tackled the yard - mowed, trimmed, etc.  A great way to "work out" grief.  My husband won't let me trim the trees - evidently last time I did this, I took too much.

Stitching urge is slowly coming back.

Thursday, October 19, 2017


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RIP October 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

While I was stitching with a group of friends, a couple of them were stitching on "The Wave" - a charted canvas piece we did at a retreat a while back.  I was mentioning making one small change - changing a fiber - and was going to this new store after the group was done for the day.   It turned out that 3 cars worth all dropped in on the store. I found the new threads that I wanted plus several more.

It got me inspired to go back to work on my Wave.  I had been thinking I would work on my canvas pieces more in the winter.  I pulled it out anyhow.  I discovered I still had some beads to do before working on the border. After my digging, I found my needle threader and started beading.  The thread (from the kit) is slippery.  The needle kept sliding off. The second time I needed to thread the needle was a struggle  I never did thread and decided it was time to quit for the evening.

The struggle ended with a broken threader
and a bent needle.

So at the end of last night, this is where I was.
The 2nd line from the top only has beads half way across

Forgive the sideways view.
It's the correct position in my file but not here.
Anyhow the beading is complete with a different
needle - my trusty quilting needles.
The quilting needle has a larger eye which I can thread with no problem
an it is small (thin) enough for the bead to go over it.
Maybe tonight I can get to the border and the new threads.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017


It's update time for the WIP SAL.

Check out the others as well.  Lots of great projects happening.


My WIP SAL current piece
Quaker Patchwork Mystery
as of 9-17-2017(last update) (with real sunlight)

as of 10-8-2017 (current) (lamplight)

I'm starting to feel like I am making progress and I will see the end.
I'm even thinking about how it might be finished.
Still plenty to go.

Here's an update on my other two SALS for 2017

last time


Mystery from Linens and Things 2017 SAL

and Three things Sampler

last time

This one has some great things I can do without having to pull the 
chart out.  The flowers in the border, and the fill-in areas of the flowers
in the very bottom row.  Plenty yet to do but I suspect/hope it will 
be done by the end of the year.

Back to stitching!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Saying my prayers for everyone in Vegas.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

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Summer's Over but someone forgot to turn down the temperature!
Another day just short of 90 degrees.
The trees are turning but suspect it's due to the lack of water.

Friday, September 22, 2017

First Day of Fall

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Our temperature today is 88 degrees.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

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Daughter and family are safe
no power
can't go home yet
but safe!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

I've joined a new SAL.  That now makes 3 for me for the year.  The other two will end at the end of the calendar year but the new one will continue for a long time.  At my rate, it may be forever.

This is the description:

 The idea of the SAL is simply to motivate us all to get projects finished at our own pace. There is no set amount that you should stitch for each update and there are no deadlines. The emphasis is on simply enjoying stitching and motivating each other :-)

So here are the WIPs.  as of last week (which is when I meant to get these photos up.

This is my sampler SAL. 
(thru facebook)
Technically more of a current/ongoing project
Note at the top (and working downward)
that there are spots of missing needlework that 
need to be revisited.
However, I am fairly current with this piece.

This wrinkled mess is my other SAL.
(thru facebook)
The photo is upside down so you can see more of it.
I do have a big gap in it because I wanted to change the pattern.
I have decided what is going in it and will post at the appropriate time.
I am behind in this piece and really want it done by the 
end of the year when it ends.

This is the first official WIP that I want done.
This started as a SAL.  
(thru facebook)
Everyone got the first design area and then you had to send a 
photo to get the next one.  And so on.  Some folks stitched quickly
 and posted photos which I thought was great but the designer didn't.
Then it came out that she expected to be at a leisurely pace of two years.
It got to be you received a whole row at a time.
My problem was that I asked for the last two rows in early January.
We were going to be traveling for most of January and I wanted to
take only one project - a compromise with my hubby.
So I asked nicely and again and again.  I took a different project.
Finally after a few of actually spoke up, we got what ever we had asked for.
BY then I was on to two other big projects and several little ones.
Now I want to get it done and over.

This is WIP #2
Anniversaries of the Heart
As you can see very few blocks are fully complete.
February is!
My son initials and youngest grandson are there.
The freebie sampler block is done.
All the others are close but no cigar.
I picked this size/direction because I already know where
I want to hang it in my home.

Choice #3 is still up in the air.  
Here are some photos of other WIPs that I may
spend some time on or not.

Just needs the buttons.

Mostly needs backstitiching.
Needs to be done for 
Christmas or before the season starts.
For the SIL who coaches

Found this when cleaning up the needlework earlier this year.
I need to double check the vine on the left to make sure everything is done
then stitch a date.  So close!

That's it for now.  There are more in the bag of priorities that I haven't
taken photos of yet.

Check in for the new SAL in 17 September.

Daughter and family in FL did leave southern FL and now are in more 
northern FL (not the panhandle) and planning on
staying there.  Just no fuel any where.  They are staying 
with friends and hopefully will be ok.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

It's been a crazy 24 hours and probably going to get crazier.

BIL and wife survived Irma on St. Kitts.

Youngest daughter moved to southern FL in August.  They are now being evacuated.  Original plans of where to head have been nixed since that area is now also being evacuated.  I doubt that they will come as far north as us.  And his parents are a couple of hours north of us. SIL does have an uncle about six hours south of us.

Meanwhile all hubby and I can do here is to pray, keep calm and be available.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Finish

It seems that all I have done for awhile is really large projects.  Yes, they are making progress but it seems slow going.  So I looked thru my bag of priorities an found something small that was nearly finished.

Miniature Dutch Motifs
by Tricia Wilson
over 1 linen thread, unk ct
1 strand silk or floss


Now I need to go look for a frame.

Have a great week!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Let's hope that this goes well and actually posts as it should.

Progress report:

Walking the water's edge
This is what I pulled out of the priority bag
This is where I left off who knows how long ago.

Three Things Sampler
making some progress
the basing on the left is to ensure I had enough fabric

Close up of the house
left roof top is one color (as called for)
right roof top is my choice
please let me know which side you think looks better

Mystery sampler by Linens and Things
pastel mauve and browns now approaching into the medium tones
the finals third or so will have the darker tones.
the nearly empty row will end up having the alphabet
I debated this  over and over and finally decided on including the alphabet

Hoping more progress next week.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

I found it!

It went to one of the other group blogs - the Christmas one.  So I copied and pasted and it worked. So here is yesterday's post.  Now on to find what was supposed to post this morning.

I know it's been awhile since I posted.  Life has been busy.   We started July with getting the house interior painted.  Things did not go as scheduled.  There were delays then cancellations and then suddenly back to almost the original schedule.  This is what we loved with while getting things done.

This is only downstairs.  The chaos was worse upstairs.

When we had some yard work done for us earlier in June, there was a mishap with the siding.  After checking with contractors, etc, we found one who could get the job done.  Only there were numerous delays for one reason or another and several rainy days.

The tap is covering up the holes made by a commercial weed eater.  Overall we ended up with replacing 4 panels.  However, our color is no longer made.  But the good news is that they painted the new panels to our color.  After it dried for a day, you couldn't even tell they had to replace panels. Yeah!

Painting also made us realize it was time to clean  up and out.
I have a large wicker basket in the family room where I keep needlework
(as well as in the basement on shevles, etc).
I had to empty the basket in order to move it and then ended up sorting thru everything.

Now to the progress

This is filled with Halloween charts to be stitched.

This is the bag of priorities.

Almost ready to moved to the center and covered in plastic.

The painting got done and the long tasks of putting back is still underway.  
As we put back we are making "give away / donate" piles.
We have also found things that seem to have disappeared.
Meanwhile I am still in search of my "Needleworker's home" chart.  
It is still AWOL.

Last week, the computer went down.  We decided it was the power cord and went on the hunt.
A call to Dell offered no help - none in stock.
Tried one local store only to discover it was out of business.
and finally one store that we stumbled across had the cord.
Better yet, a sales person who knew what he was talking about and full
of helpful hints.  Did you know that the led lights indicating power often
go out long before the power cord dies?  True.
Now I am back an up and operating.

Tomorrow - progress shots.