I'm just now getting around to posting some pre-Christmas stitching.
I stitched The Birthday Tart from Plum Street Samplers three times for friends for Christmas. I have another tart pan to stitch one for myself. I really didn't mind stitching multiples because it was such a fun stitch.
Also, finally getting around to showing pictures of our new bed.
We bought the mattresses and frame at Christmas last year thinking that we would build a headboard and footboard, but the longer I looked at it, the more I missed my metal bed (we went from a queen to a king so I couldn't use the old one - passed it down to the middle kidlet) so I started looking for a metal one but they were few and far between in stores and I was a little hesitant to order on online fearing that it would be too lightweight.
Right before Christmas we went back to where we bought the mattresses and frame. This was the first bed I saw when I walked in the store and it was exactly what I wanted. (and the only metal bed they had in the store!) It's nice and heavy. I think it also comes in white, but I wanted the black. (I already had the bed linens)
Long story about the delivery and set up but I'll just say you can go to Lowe's and get $8.00 worth of bolts and washers and put it together yourself and save a $99 delivery fee. (they couldn't figure out how to attach it to the existing frame and wanted to send a 'technician' to see what was needed to attach it, seriously? I did get my $99 back)
We did have to lower the frame which meant my bed skirt was too long. I finally got that fixed and back on the bed.
I'm thinking I need a rug to go under the bed but I'm happy with it!
I did it! I finished January! That completes the set.
I've only been working on it since 2004.
Got the tree down and this is now the view to the right of my stitching chair.
I have 'winter' in my tray in the kitchen. It looks like winter out there this morning but who knows what it will do from minute to minute it could be in the 30s one minute and 70s the next (I think we actually hit 80 one day last week) Texas weather - don't like it? Give it a minute - it'll change!
I have plenty to keep myself busy inside so it's all good.
I started this Lizzie Kate series way back in 2004 when it came out - it has taken me 16 years to finish it! LOL January is the last one of the monthly charts and I'm aiming to finish it before the end of the month! I know it looks small, but I'm a slow stitcher - plus I had to frog a bit due to not paying close enough attention to the chart.
My goal for today is to loose this view. (from my stitching chair) I think this may be the latest my tree has ever been up. This is the last one to put away but it is also the largest and will probably take most, if not all, of the day. It's 9' tall so there is a lot of up and down on the step ladder. I still have a few things on the front porch I need to get put away today as well. We are expecting strong storms later today and tonight so I need to - don't want anything blowing away. (winds up to 60mph) The high temp today will be 75 - tomorrow it will be 40.
Most years I don't even try, but this year I thought I would at least give it a shot. I'm more than happy to put 2019 in the past. (I did and didn't make it - I dozed on and off but didn't actually go to bed until after midnight)
2019 was not the best year. There was a lot that went on - some of it I've shared here - some not.
It wasn't all bad though.
Hubby and I celebrated 40 years in March but we took our 'anniversary trip' to New York in May. Baby boy has lived there for 10 years and this was our first trip. We did and saw a lot but there is more to see and I hope we don't have to wait another 10 years to go again.
In August, my sister and I went to Las Vegas for a few days. We went to see Donny and Marie before they closed their Las Vegas show. It was a fun trip and again, lots more to see than we could fit into a few days. I would go again - but not sure I would go in August again!
November brought us a wedding!
These guys here, they are my everything. I don't get them all together at the same time very often but when I do, I'm a happy girl.
We clean up pretty good!
Brittany has been part of our family for a couple of years but it's 'official' now. I've never seen Brian as happy as he has been since he met Brittany and that makes this momma very happy.
Baby boy made two unplanned trips to Texas this year. While both trips were not for fun, we did enjoy having him here and he was a lot of help while he was here. He finished staining the fence for us when he was here in December.
We rewarded him for a job well done with a shaved ice treat.
Between our trip to NYC and his trips to Texas, we saw more of him in 2019 than we have since he moved to NYC.
I hope 2020 proves to have more of the good/fun stuff. We don't have any big plans for this year - calm and uneventful would be just fine. Spending as much time as possible with family and friends - that's all we really need.