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Sunday, September 24, 2017



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Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.



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.
Crazy.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017

WIP SAL report day

This is the regularly scheduled WIP SAL report day.   This day occurs every 3 weeks.  IT has not been that long for me since I joined mid-stream, so to speak.

Please make sure you check out the other members - It's wonderful to see what everyone is working and their progress -  AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina,
Now for my progress.

WIP #1 - The Patchwork Quaker SAL

last time


As of this morning Sep 17, 2017


I made some progress along the bottom and a little on the left side.
Still lots to go.

As for my two other SALs,
here is their progress:



Three Things SAL
Sampler group on facebook



Please excuse Max's paw
The big empty block from before is now mostly filled in.
I decided to go ahead and put in the alphabet someone
else used.  I really like it and it makes more of a sampler to me.
Most of the long straight lines across have been converted into
sampler stitches - i.e. herringbone, long-armed, etc
Mystery Sampler
Linens and Things
on facebook

I admit that these three are the only things that I have worked on for the past couple of weeks.



Don't forget!

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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

FINALLY!

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.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Happy National Thread the Needle day! 

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Yesterday (4 July) was the posting of the Declaration.  Today is a brief explanation of what happened to some of those signers.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their LIVES, their FORTUNES, and their SACRED HONOR.
What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well-educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKean was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson,Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
​J​ohn Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.
Remember: freedom is never free!
We thank these early patriots...."

Tuesday, July 4, 2017



Most of us remember the beginning of the Declaration 
and the end (pledging lives, fortunes and honor) from
various history classes, etc.
Here is the whole declaration:


In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness of his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Denunciation

This section essentially finishes the case for independence. The conditions that justified revolution have been shown.[80]

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

Conclusion

The signers assert that there exist conditions under which people must change their government, that the British have produced such conditions and, by necessity, the colonies must throw off political ties with the British Crown and become independent states. The conclusion contains, at its core, the Lee Resolution that had been passed on July 2.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Monday, July 3, 2017

I missed yesterday because I was bust cleaning up and sorting my stash.  The family room is going to be painted on Wednesday which meant I needed to clean up my huge wicker basket, the top of it (piled high), behind it (very stuffed) and beside it (stacked).  I do have photos but will post later.  TIme is short now and it's time to do some of my favorite photos.


My son is in this group - during his first tour overseas.


My son during his second tour.







Have a great 4th of July.