Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Catching Up

  I didn't get here much in the fall so let's catch up a bit.

                                        

In November we had a visit with all three boys (along with their young ladies - and their pups) 

So rare to get them all in the same place at the same time. Short, but sweet.

While Jason was here, some friends came by to visit. They spent so much time in our home when they were in high school - it's nice to see the young men they have grown into and that they remain friends.

At Thanksgiving we took Tyler to 'Santaland'. (drive through Christmas light park) They have added a lot since the last time we were there, granted it has been many years since we have been. 
Tyler had the primo view.

Mid-December we joined Timothy, Cindy and Tyler and celebrated Tyler's birthday at Medieval Times.

Since we are already over half-way through January, I won't take you on the whole tour, but here are the three main trees. I don't know why the big tree looks like it's leaning in the picture - it wasn't.

I will show you my mantle - I completely changed it from years past and I loved it so much I took down the stockings and the trees are still there! They will probably stay there until I put out Valentine decorations.

Last but not least, our outside lights for 2021. 

Hubby likes to add something new each year - this year he added the ground lights and wrapped the two trees. I prefer all white lights but he pushed me out of my comfort zone and added red on the ground. I'm still undecided.
That big, bright blob is a snowflake and is really pretty but does not photograph well.

What will he add next?






Wednesday, January 5, 2022

A Little Stitching

I always start out trying to keep track of what I stitch every year and then I flop.
I feel like I might have finished a few more - maybe I've already posted them, maybe not. 
Sometimes I give them away before I get photos, which causes a problem when I try to remember who I gave it to.
Anywho - here is what I know I haven't posted yet. I'm so far behind these people who stitch 100+ a year.

This is the only new (handmade) ornament on my tree this year. I decided to give punchneedle another try. I used Lori Holt's Stitchy Starts cross stitch pattern and just drew it off on the weavers cloth and picked some reds and greens so I could use it for Christmas.

Hey There Pumpkin by Hands On Design.
This is a random piece of evenweave fabric from my stash that I dunked in some tea/coffee. I think I used the called for colors. I hope to get it something done with it before next fall.

I Wish You Lived Next Door by Heartstring Samplery.
Sitched on 36ct Light Coffee with the called for DMC. Ones strand over two. 
I finished it into a small pillow for a friend's birthday.

The next four are all from Jack-o-Lantern Jubilee by Brenda Gervais.
They are all on yet another mystery fabric from my stash that was dunked in tea/coffee.




I think there are two more in the book that I would like to get stitched (and ffo'd) before Halloween but I'm not sure if I have any more of this particular fabric. (which is a shame because I really like stitching on it!)

The next three are from Stitching With The Housewives

Chicken Joy
Stitched on 29ct Glenshee using the called for colors

Mrs. Claus on 28ct Black Cashel Linen with DMC except for the white and I used Anchor for that.

Mr. Claus stitched on 28ct black Cashel linen using DMC floss.

I hope to get all these fully finished before next fall/Christmas. 

I usually take pictures of all my Christmas decor as I put it out but this year life happened and photos didn't. I plan to start taking it down tomorrow so maybe I can get photos before I take it down. If I do, I'll post them next time. 


Monday, December 27, 2021

Life

Well, I have neglected this little blog. Did I say I would have stitching to show next time? Yes. Do I? No, I do not. I do have a couple of finishes from last month but I haven't even taken pictures of them and I definitely have not fully finished them. I have only taken a few stitches since Thanksgiving.

There has been a lot of water under the bridge since I was last here. There were out of town trips, visitors, surgeries, physical therapy, home improvement projects started but not yet finished. (We should not start projects in the middle of holiday decorating) It has been a bit busy. I have not even taken my usual tree tour photos this year.

Right slap in the middle of everything going on, on December 15, my brother-in-law passed away. Totally unexpected. My sister and nieces are taking it one step at a time.


I swiped this photo from my sister's Facebook page. It's from a couple of years ago.

 There is never a good time for something like this, but it seems to be magnified when it happens at Christmas. 

And because that isn't enough, dear daughter-in-law tested positive for Covid on Wednesday. They were supposed to come for Christmas after missing last year (when hubby had Covid) - then on Christmas night she ended up in the ER with a collapsed lung. (Most likely not caused by Covid but exasperated by it) She is supposed to have a procedure to reinflate the lung this morning but we do not know what time. 

It's been a lot. 

I will get photos before the decorations are put away (I did take a few Christmas Eve but they are not on this computer yet) and pictures of the stitchy finishes - maybe I will even get them fully finished.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.
I would say that we are looking forward to the new year but it seems like when I say that it is taken as a challenge and the last three years have been challenging enough.

Until next time...



Thursday, October 14, 2021

We were booed!

 Someone decorated our yard the other day! 

It's a fund raiser for one of the schools (drill team) 
I wanted to keep it but hubby paid them to move it to someone else's yard, so it should be moved today or tomorrow.

This is a before picture of the outside lighting on the front of the house. 
The fixtures were quite faded and just blended into the rock. The one on the left was broken after whacking both hubby and I in the head one too many times. (squeezing between the house and the bushes that there before the freeze in February - weeding, mulching, whatever)


The backplate on the new sconces was one inch shorter and 1/4 inch wider than the old ones, should be easy enough, right? Should fit right into the space that had been chipped out for the previous ones. Wrong. Hubby had to chip out both sides. What should have been a morning project ended up taking all day! (can you ever do a project without having to make at least one trip back to the hardware store? Nope. One of the lights was broken. Thankfully they had one to exchange it for!)


Anywho - I think they look much better. Now to figure out what to do in that flowerbed. 
Anyone have any suggestions for keeping the squirrels out? Dang things bring pecans from across the street and bury them, then make huge holes when they come back for them. 

Have you decorated for fall yet?

I should have some stitching to show next time!



Thursday, September 30, 2021

Two more September Birthdays!

 I'm barely getting these two in before the end of the month!

Brittany's birthday was the 20th so I'm a little late and Brian's is today so I'm slipping that one in by the skin of my teeth.

Wish we could have been there to celebrate with you!

Happy birthday!!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

First of three birthdays this month!

 Well, I just kinda disappeared after posting all those vacation photos. 
It's been busy! A little stitching, but very little. I hope to get back to it soon but we have a birthday to celebrate today!









Happy birthday to my sweetheart! 



Friday, August 27, 2021

Road Trip - Final Stretch!

Our final 'tourist' stop was The Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita

 




Interesting tid-bits. 






I wish I could get my hands on a cabinet like that!






Saw something on tv the other day about people who still ride those big wheel  bikes!












He came prepared! LOL




Ugh!












He's a Texas boy!


Round trip for dad. 
We still had to load our stuff in my car and drive another 30 miles home.

Now to plan the next one!