Sunday, November 17, 2019

It's Fall Y'all

Fall finally arrived in Texas! 

This was our tree a week ago. It was so pretty.

Then a cold front blew in - and I mean blew! Knocked the leaves right off this tree!

Now it needs to blow enough to blow the leaves out of the yard or someone is going to have to rake them up.

I feel like I'm behind since I haven't even started any Christmas decorating. I never do it before Thanksgiving but it seems like everyone is already decorating. We bought a new tree for this year so I know it's going to take a bit of shaping before I decorate it. It's smaller than the last one so I hope I can get everything on it! (same height, but slimmer) I don't know about where you are but around here the Christmas stuff is already getting picked over so by the time I get around to doing mine who knows what will be left.  Haven't even thought about gift shopping yet - other than to think about the fact that I don't have any ideas as to what to get and that the traffic is already horrible.

I have been doing a little stitching but I'm stitching on black so it's going slow and I don't have any pictures to show. I will be lucky if I get one new ornament stitched for this year. I have some gifts stitched but I can't show those yet.

Hope you are having a nice fall wherever you are!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Catching up

Whew - it's been a crazy couple of months. I showed you photos of the wedding in the last post - here is a picture of the sampler I stitched for Brian and Brittany. Since her favorite holiday is Halloween, I went searching for a Halloween chart I could make into a wedding sampler and this is what I came up with. Love One Another by Plum Street Samplers. I added their names and the date to the bottom. It was really a fun stitch and I may stitch it again (minus the names/date) for myself - some day.

I've been out of town the past 3 weekends in a row. The first one, I took my dad to Arkansas to his high school reunion. This is where we took our morning walk. Three miles through the field. This is the farm where my dad grew up. His oldest brother owns it now.

The next weekend, we went to Austin to pick up baby boy and his girlfriend, Rachael. They flew to Austin for a wedding then spent the week with us so they would be here for Brian's wedding this past weekend. 

We went to dinner at a place on the lake. The weather was great so we ate outside.

We were treated to a beautiful sunset!

We took Rachael on a mini tour to show her where Jason grew up. This is in front of the football stadium that just underwent a huge renovation. 

We dropped the off at the airport in Houston before we headed back home on Sunday. (they made it back to NY before we made it home!)

It's always quiet after any of the kids have been to visit. Miss them being around!

Finally finished stitching a couple of Christmas gifts (not fully finished yet) and started an ornament last night. (I'm stitching Be Merry first but hope to get all three stitched) I thought I would stitch in hand but I'm going to have to try putting it in a hoop and see if the holes are easier to see. I didn't leave a lot of margin since I knew I was going to be making it into an ornament - hope I have enough space to get the hoop on!

That's it. Just trying to catch up on stuff around here. Being gone three weekends in a row puts me a bit behind! 

Hope you are having a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Wedding Weekend

What a fun weekend!
Brian and Brittany planned their wedding the way they wanted it and it was very much them. So much fun!
I only have the photos I took with my phone (around the photographer) and some I might have lifted from Facebook posts of other guests. The preview pics from the photographer should be ready soon but here are a few from before the wedding and from the reception. (Brittany requested no phones out during the ceremony so we have to wait for the photographers pics)

Brittany wanted the pictures taken outside so they were taken in their back yard. This was before they went out to take photos - before Brian saw her dress for the first time.


My boys. All grown up.

Well, mostly! LOL

Brittany made her bouquet as well as all the flowers.



I wish I could have loaded the video of Brian dancing - so out of the norm for him!

As you can see, this was not a 'traditional' wedding. They walked down the aisle and back to music from Star Wars - and it was perfect!

I've never seen Brian look so happy and that makes my heart happy. 

Welcome to the family Brittany!

Monday, October 21, 2019

A Little More Fall

This is probably my favorite place to decorate for holidays. If I could only decorate one place in the house, this would be it.

I just stick holiday stuff inside around the everyday stuff

The top one says 'the witch is in'

October stamp 

Love these little jars - looks like I need to move that middle one over a bit. Funny the things you notice in pictures that you don't notice IRL.

All of the stitched pieces are previous finishes. I didn't get anything new stitched for this year. 

That's my sweetie - 55 years ago!

My great-grandmother made the afghan - I'm guessing in the seventies? I've had it for a few years but it's just been in a closet. Thought fall would be a good time to pull it out to use.

My poor pick-up truck looks like he needs some air in his tires!

That's all folks!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

On the porch and in the kitchen

Not much changed on the porch this year

bought one real pumpkin for the flower bed

On the side porch

Same old stuff in the kitchen

I did buy the plate in the window - it was just too cute to pass up! 
Too cute for pie stays out all year. 

Little touch of fall in my metal tray.

Pics from the living room to come later!