Sunday, September 5, 2021

September 2021

 Hello Friends,

I hope you are all doing well. It has been a rough few weeks for me and my family.  The end of July, we lost a dear aunt. She was 93 and took a bad fall. At the same time, my father-in-law’s heart condition worsened. He had been in a skilled nursing facility to get physical therapy. The facility went on lockdown due to COVID cases and he got severely depressed. After his stroke in 2008, he lost most of his ability to talk, but he very clearly said he wanted to go home. 

Robert
1937 - 2021

As his conditioned worsened, he was transferred to the local hospital. The doctors explained to Hubby, his sister, and his mom that my father-in-law’s heart condition was very bad and he didn’t have long. My FIL came home on hospice on a Tuesday. The family surrounded him with love, comfort, and peace. He passed away peacefully the following day. 

The following days were a blur.  During this time, we learned of the unexpected passing of three friends. Then came news of two aunts and a cousin who had passed. In three weeks time, we lost five family members and three friends.  

For several years, Hubby’s company has had a fishing trip in Canada for the top techs of the company. Hubby has always been in the top three and enjoyed these fishing trips. They couldn’t go last year, but the Canadian border was opened to vehicles just before the fishing trip was scheduled for this year. 

Hubby had a great time, except that it was very hot and humid there. He packed for much cooler weather, expecting it to be like past years. Instead, he came home with a sunburn. 


We had thunderstorm one evening and were treated to a rare, full, double rainbow. It lasted at least 30 minutes and was so vibrant. 


We have had some spectacular sunsets. This evening sunset filled everything with a gorgeous warm glow.


Do you have a “Tupperware drawer” in your kitchen? I do, and it’s the one drawer that I let my grandson, Baby L, play in. Hubby forgot to close the little lid on the gravy shaker before he put it away and, of course, Little Dude chose to play with that item. The little lid went missing and we looked for it for weeks.



I finally found it the other day, lol. I swear I looked in that container too!


Ha! Turns out the exercise bike is multi-purpose after all, lol.



School is back in session and I get to spend several days a week with my sweet grandson. He loves every kind of fruit and loves helping in the garden. The apples on our apple tree are ready for picking and Little Dude discovered them. Notice the doggy nose in the picture? Hazel(nut) loves apples too! Hazel and Hollie think anything Little Dude gets to eat, they do too. 


Flowers and tomatoes have been outstanding this summer.











Enjoy the last weeks of the season!


I pray that wherever you are that you and your family are safe and healthy.

Until next time,

Happy Stitchin’

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Summer

Hello Friends,

I'm shocked that it's been so long since I've updated my blog.  

We've gone from winter coats...



to short sleeves...

Baby L and Hazel "talking" to Duke, the neighbor's dog, sticking his nose under the fence.

to playing in water on a hot day.

I've have not done any stitching or crocheting, but have made a few cards.







Hubby decided to try self-wicking flower buckets this year.  He watched a few youtube tutorials and scavenged through the shed for things he could use.  Hubby used some drainage tubing in the bottom of 5 gallon buckets and pvc pipe with cut water bottles as funnels for watering.  These are the buckets right after planting on May 15.




The pics below are how the buckets look today.  The flowers have filled in so much that the buckets are barely visible.



I have had good, consistent results with Proven Winners Supertunias so I purchased those again this year.  I usually stick with the various shades of pink, purple and white Supertunias and decided to try yellow and red Supertunias this year too.  

I also added some Superbena Sparkling Amethyst.  I love that each little flower has multiple shades of purple...


and Superbena Sparkling Rose with its little flowers of different shades of pink.


So far, we've been very pleased with how the self-wicking buckets are working.  We've had some very hot and humid days with very little rain (until this past weekend) and I've only had to fill the buckets every couple of days.  I do still use liquid fertilizer in the buckets once a week. 

I love it when a perennial reappears after being gone for a few years.  This Coreopsis (tickseed) was planted about five years ago, disappeared for a couple of years and reappeared last summer.  

It is doing really well this year too.



Wishing my USA friends a safe and
Happy 4th of July!

Until next time,
Happy Stitchin'






 



Monday, March 29, 2021

Catching Up

Hello, Dear Friends!

Gosh time is flying by.  

Can you believe it?  The Triplets turned 3 on March 16!

They are all doing so well.  

 

I get to spend four days a week with Baby L and I LOVE every minute of it, even the toys and stuff everywhere! 

Every day, Little Man is exploring and imitating what he sees others do.  

"Helping" me work.

Organizing lids.

Figuring out how to slip lids through the crate bars.

Sharing breakfast.  


No stitching to show, but I crocheted some slippers for my sister


and made a few cards.






Sad news...
Dottie Dog 
2005-2021

Dottie loved Peeps

and roasted hotdogs.

She had the best and biggest smile and she knew how to use it to her advantage, lol.

Forever in our hearts.

Have you seen the banners some towns are putting up to honor a veteran or active duty military personnel?  My brother-in-law is very active with his local VFW.  His VFW has sponsored our youngest daughter as she serves our country.  The VFW recently had a large banner made honoring her.  In addition to the large banner they are displaying, the VFW had smaller banners made for us and her grandparents.


This is the last week our daughter will be in Texas.  She is being transferred to Tennessee and has purchased a new home near the base.  She closes on her home on April 1 and moves in right after.  
Remember over a year ago, when the Army loaded up all her stuff for her to move to Virginia for Captain's training and then the pandemic put all that on hold?  Well, the Army has had DD's belongings in storage since early March 2020.  DD is planning for her belongings to be delivered and moved in on April 4.  

We're excited to have her 9 hours closer to us!  As it's only a 7 hour drive now, she has invited us and our oldest daughter and family for Easter weekend.  It will be the first time we've been together since Christmas 2019 and Baby L will get to meet his aunt.    



Happy Easter!

Until next time,
Stay safe and happy stitchin'
















Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Happy 2021!

Hello Friends!

I hope 2021 is off to a good start for you.  

We celebrated Christmas Eve quietly with our oldest daughter, son-in-law and Baby L.  It was so fun to watch Baby L try to open his presents.  He was more interested in the wrapping paper, bows and packaging than the actual gift.

Baby L got this bunny suit (similar to the one worn in the Christmas Story movie) from our youngest daughter.  He wasn't too excited about it on Christmas Eve, but it has been a nice, warm suit to wear when going for a winter ride around the block in his wagon. 

I stitched this for Baby L's first Christmas.  I plan on stitching a special ornament for him each year.

Prairie Schooler - Button Up
Stitched on Perforated Paper with DMC floss.


These are the Christmas ornaments I made for family this year.  The pattern is my adaptation of Christmas Joy by Stitchy Fish Designs from the 2019 Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue.  I stitched them on random sparkly fabrics from my stash with DMC floss.  The branches are stitched freehand and I added beads and a button.


I didn't have any trim for the edge and couldn't run out in the middle of the night to buy trim.  Palastrina stitch to the rescue!  I watched a couple tutorial videos, practiced on some scraps and away I went.  I used #8 crochet thread and a big, sharp needle.  I love how it turned out and plan to use it again.


On January 14, we celebrated Baby L's first birthday virtually with a cake smash.  It was mine and Hubby's first time using a virtual meeting site.  Hubby didn't have the settings quite right so we pretty much missed the whole thing.  I did manage to capture one, not very good, picture though.  


After losing my project bag in May, along with the baby sampler I had been working on for Baby L, I couldn't bring myself to restitch that baby sampler.  So instead, I used some of the critters and trees from Welcome to the Forest by Country Cottage Needleworks to create this baby sampler.

This is stitched on 36 count hand-dyed fabric I found in my stash.  The glass and reflection makes it difficult to see the true fabric color in the picture, but the color is light tan with slightly darker tan areas.  I used DMC floss and mounted the stitched piece in a shadowbox frame from Hobby Lobby.  This was given for his first birthday.

We had an ice and snow storm with strong winds over New Year's.  The ice, snow, and frost that coated everything lasted almost 2 weeks because we didn't see the sun for 17 days.  While it looked beautiful, it was very dangerous.  Many trees had been toppled, had limbs that had fallen or had broken limbs ready to fall.  We don't usually have anything like this for more than a day or two.
  


Here's a few photos from my days with Baby L.  

Watching the village backhoe working down the street.

Kicking Hazel's tennis ball from one end of the room to the other.

"Vacuuming" the floor with a toy from Grandpa's childhood.

Swiffering


Re-organizing the canned food cabinet.

"Bubble Guppies" is his favorite cartoon.

Dragging Grandpa's shoes and slippers everywhere.

Watching the dogs in the backyard.

I had a total grandma fail last week.  Baby L was getting into something he shouldn't and I firmly told him NO.  He looked at me with wide eyes and started to smile - just a little at the corners of his mouth.  I covered my mouth with my hand so he couldn't see me fighting to keep a straight face.  Oh! My! Goodness!  He figured it out and let me have his biggest smile with a giggle to go with it.  I couldn't stop myself from smiling and giggling too, which made him giggle even more.


Our youngest daughter graduates from Captain's training on February 5.  Due to COVID, we can't attend and she thinks they won't have a ceremony.  I'm hoping if they do have a ceremony they will either stream it or someone will take pictures.  She has about a week to travel from Virginia back to Texas.  DD was going to come home during that time, but she didn't want to possibly get exposed to the virus while traveling and then bring it here.  It's been over a year since we've seen her.

I hope and pray you are all healthy and safe!

Until next time,

Happy Stitchin'