Even in troubling times, the calendar seems to turn at a fast pace. Soon September will be here!
1. Okay, this is a rant and if you don't want to read it, I understand. There is a lot of ranting everywhere these days. This is a cross stitch rant. A lovely cross stitch chart is being released called Coming to America. It is in honor of the ladies who sailed on the Mayflower 400 years ago. There is a picture of the ship and a list of names. It is lovely but not really my style so I passed on ordering it. Last week while watching one of my favorite floss tubers, she mentioned she was due to get her chart soon. Then she added that there was controversy regarding if you should stitch this or not. Girls, I almost lost it right there in my living room. I am so tired of people trying to re write history, ignore the things that bother them and generally lose their minds over every little thing. I was willing to overlook this mania until it hit my happy place, the cross stitch world. This is America. The Pilgrims were courageous explorers in my opinion and I would not be sitting here in my cozy chair if it were not for them. God Bless America!
2. I am reading Alex Trebek's autobiography, The Answer Is. I have always liked Alex and I am a Jeoprardy fanatic so I was eager to read the book. I am about a third of the way through it and I am really enjoying it. You may not know that Alex's father was a Ukranian immigrant whose name was George Therebeychuk. It was shortened to Trebek which I always assumed was French Canadian. Alex was known as Sonny in his family. That made me smile because Alex does not strike me as a Sonny. Alex credits his parents with raising him with a great work ethic and a moral compass. He is still in college but will graduate soon....what did he do in the years before he was on Jeopardy? I am eager to find out.
3. We are fortunate to have a nice furniture consignment store here in Decatur. I have purchased several things there. I saw a set of chairs that I thought would work well for my dining room table. Marvin and I went to look at them and they came home with us. I took the old kitchen chairs up to my craft room so now we have room for the grands to sit and craft with me. You will see the chairs in my Friday Five.
4. Speaking of my craft/storage room. I took most of Friday to clean out and organize the space. All my seasonal decorations are there. I am really paring down on my things. Some will go to Ben and Katy while others are gifted to friends and one pile will go to the thrift store. ( Linda of Linda's Life Journal, I think you would find some things you like in the boxes I am dontating.) I got rid of some of the craft things as well. Kendall and Landon are not so interested in that anymore and the other grands are seldom here to use the things so it was an easy decision to get rid of most of the supplies. We have a thrift store near us, run totally by volunteers and the proceeds go to missions. That really makes it easy for me to purge some of my things knowing I will be blessing others.
5. Marvin and I take a walk around our neighborhood each evening after supper. We are seeing signs of fall. The big sunflowers a neighbor has planted are bowed low, heavy with seeds. Several bushes are sporting yellow leaves and my hostas are beginning to look rather shabby. The other evening there was even a nice breeze as we sauntered around the block.
6. Like many of you, my eyes have been on the weather channel watching the storms headed for the Gulf. I am writing this on the weekend so by the time this has posted, we may know more about the situation. I have several friends who live in the path of the storm. Praying for those storms to fizzle out!!
Have a good week dear friends.