Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Monday, September 28, 2020
Even though we love our little Grimmwood, I was glad to get home to Decatur and back to a routine. My biggest problem is waking up in the middle of the night and trying to figure out where I am! Now that is a First World problem for sure.
Sorry for the lack of photos with this post but I just took the week off in many ways.
We visited with Ben and Katy on Saturday before we headed to Grimmwood. It was so good to visit in their pretty new home. Margaret and I shared a cup of hot tea. I had taken her an electric tea pot and some more tea to sample. Baylor is settling in at his new school. His new teacher is determined to see him make progress. She says he is capable of much and she is working with Ben and Katy to help him meet some mile stones. I know many of you pray for Baylor Man so if you could say a few extra ones right now I would appreciate it. Elliott is his usual funny self. He is into animals and he was telling me facts about some of the animals he has been studying. Hyenas seem to be his current interest
We had a good week at Grimmwood. You can tell that fall is coming. The temps were in the 70s and low humidity reigned. After a hot summer, Fall is such a delight to weary southerners. The trees are changing colors and our grass is not growing as quickly as it does in the summer months. Bad news on one of our bee hives. Again, they just up and left. The other hive is doing well so we just do not understand what is up! Marvin thinks he needs to be there full time and that could be it. Even bees need a bee man. Mother is doing fairly well. Her short term memory is gone but she can tell you stories of things that happened many years ago.
We did visit Ellijay on Wednesday. You can tell it is Apple Season in Georgia. Ellijay was very busy both at the orchards and down town. We did have a nice lunch at Cantaberrys then shopped at a few of the stores on the square. I visited Green Willow Soaps and picked up a few for me and Marvin. One was named Trick or Treat. It has a candy smell that is very nice. I am waiting for their Christmas soaps to come out. Christmas Flannel is my favorite.
I did not get as much stitching done as I had hoped but that is okay. I think I just needed a rest from my stitching as well.
I will be back visiting your blogs. I look forward to catching up with all my blog friends.
Monday, September 21, 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020
No big haul this week my friends as I am trying to be good. However I did meet with several ladies to stitch this week and there was some passing of the stash. Here is what I got for FREE...the best price of all.
My friend, Sue, gave each of us a lovely mug rug for our stitching places. It also included a bookmark. Sue is a former librarian however I think being a librarian is like being a former nurse or teacher. It never leaves you! I have a book waiting for this bookmark.
I finally finished THE WHALE on Riley Harbor. I have eight houses to build and five are small so I can see a finish for this piece. I put 20 on the whale's tail so that will motivate me to get this done.
I am also seeing a finish for Trick or Treat. I have made some changes on mine but I am loving it so much. It is going to be a cute Halloween decoration for my home.
I am putting together some project bags to take to Chatsworth. I hope to finish the grands ornaments as well as a Prairie Schooler Christmas Sheep I am doing for my sister in law. I will be working on an exchange project as well. Our secret swap in the North Alabama Stitchers group must be in the mail by November 2nd.
While we were at my friend's house stitching, K took us on a tour of her lovely stitching room. I was a bit jelly I admit! She showed us quite a few project bags filled with kitted pieces. We asked if she passed away before we did could we come and take one. She assured us that would be given out as goodie bags at her services. We all had a good laugh at that one. And I hope I NEVER get one of those goodie bags.
I think all of us older stitchers do think about what will happen to our things when we die.. I usually say my family will have it all out in a big yard sale with bargain prices. I told my friend, Brenda, that when I die I am leaving her in charge of dispersing my projects and supplies. I think the death of Leanne of Lost in Floss really hit our stitching community. Her best friend, Barb, who filmed with Leanne, is carrying on. She showed a few of Leanne's projects that she had fully finished for her family. Barb also shared a lovely Blackbird design that she started on Leanne's August birthday as a memorial to her friend. I think we all hope our stitching will have a cherished spot in someone's heart.
I was telling my friend, Sandy, of I Majored in Home Economics, that I think I am becoming a sampler stitcher. Who would have thought that would come to pass? I was always a Prairie Schooler gal but they do not hold my interest any more. I am being drawn to Blackbird projects. I guess we all grow and change as stitchers just as we do in life.
I hope I will have a lot to show you when I share my next Saturday Stitching on October 3rd. I may have a special giveaway to celebrate.
Friday, September 18, 2020
Instead of Friday Five I am doing Friday One....
As many of you know we were supposed to go to Gulf Shores next week for our annual anniversary trip. Well Hurricane Sally put an end to those plans as she roared ashore in the little beach town we love so much. Pictures from Gulf Shores show much devastation and my heart aches for those who must now pick up the pieces.
We spoke with our landlady there and she said she has not been able to get to the condominium to assess any damage. She was told by other home owners in the complex that there was damage to the pool and the entrance way. She has no openings for later in the season so we will miss our trip this year. So we may plan a trip in October to visit the Creation Museum and the Ark. Or we may just stay home. 2020 is the year for going with he flow for sure.
So instead we will head to Grimmwood and stay there Monday through Thursday to allow my sisters to have some time to get away.
It is not the week I had planned but it is the week God had planned for me. I have learned over the years to trust his providence. My mother is getting older, who knows how much more time I will have with her. And with Covid we have all been reminded that life is a blessing and we need to cherish each moment we have with family and friends.
So I will post a Stitching Saturday but I am going to take off next week as I had planned. See you the 28th.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Good Morning....lets see what is rattling around in my stream of consciousness this morning.
1. Several have asked about Marvin's bees. So far so good. We are going to leave their honey for them for this winter since that seems to be when they take off!! We might take a frame or two for ourselves but we still have honey left from last years harvest so we are good. Marvin has determined that if they leave again, he is done with bee keeping. It is an expensive endeavor when you have to keep buying bees. We will see. He had a good time exploring this new hobby. If it does not work out, hopefully he will find something else to catch his attention.
2. Today is a stitching day with a few like minded friends. It is a small group so we can social distance. I am so looking forward to spending the day stitching. I think I will take my bunny and fill in that big dress. Miss Bunny needs to go on a diet.:) We also found a new location for our North Alabama Stitchers. We usually meet at the library but they have closed down any public meetings for now. Our new meeting place requires that we each chip in about $10 for the day but that if fine with me. It is worth every penny. So many of us have found that we NEED people. Being isolated for months on end is not good for anyone's mental health.
3. Rosh Hoshannah is this week. How do I know? I have enjoyed watching several young Jewish moms on You Tube. As a Christian I find it interesting to learn more about the Jewish roots of our faith. Jar of Flie Flies is a vlog that follows Chana, an Orthodox Jewish mother who homeschools and has the added challenge of a young son with type one diabetes.Another young mom is Marion at My Jewish Mommy Life. Marion is conservative and has two little boys. This week the mommies have been making all kinds of foods for the Jewish New Year. Many include apples. I got a few new recipes to try out. Chana Tova.( I think that means Happy New Year!)
4. Well Tropical Storm/Hurricane Sally is headed for the Gulf of Mexico. Where she will land we are not sure but I hope she leaves Gulf Shores alone since we have our annual Anniversary trip next week. Typically the weather after a hurricane is very nice so fingers crossed!
5. This is homecoming week at Priceville so every day has a theme. Monday was Patriotic Day. Landon was dressed in Red White and Blue. Not sure if Kendall went along with this as she does not like to dress for themes.( Teenager) However I was glad to see this was a theme as there has been so much unrest in our country as of late. I saw a post someone put on Facebook that she wished we could be the people we were on September 12, 2001. Something to think about for sure.
6. I am beginning to get more comfortable with the new blog format. Do I love it? No. I do think the other platform was more user friendly and I cannot really see any improvements in this design but what do I know I am an old lady who blogs. I guess I should be ocmmended for being able to finally figure things out.
Happy Wednesday friends. Hope all is well where you are.
Monday, September 14, 2020
I stayed home to meet with an electrician as we are having the fluorescent light in the kitchen removed and LED cans will be used to replace it. While our workman is here he will change out all our canned lights for LEDS. Our unit is in the middle of three townhouses and we need more light. This is my anniversary gift as I have wanted to have that ugly fluorescent light removed for quite a while. I will be doing a post on the process. It will be the first of October when the remodel takes place.
Hope you all are having a good Monday.
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Not a lot of progress on Stitching this week but a good bit of purchasing happened. I have to justify it by saying my sisters told me to put a wish list on 123 Stitch for Christmas. I am no longer allowed to order anything until after Christmas. I always put a pretty long list on there so they can choose and I will be surprised. Also I do not even look at the site until January. So hopefully I have plenty to keep me busy.
I worked on this sweet bunny for my friend Deborah. She is a lot of fun to stitch.
My little witch is coming along. I chose to do a purple gingham skirt instead of black. Also I am leaving off the pumpkins on the skirt. I like Priscilla's designs but they are a bit busy for my taste. I hope to put this piece on a wreath.
G Legere got some love. I think I am turning into a sampler girl.
Now for the Haul....123 Stitch order arrived.
Also I ordered two Erica Michaels charts from Inspired Needle after seeing her trunk show on display at Inspired Needle. It is on the Inspired Needle Floss Tube channel. Watch at your own risk!!
Patches and Stitches.....
And finally Hobby Lobby.
Now to get stitching on all these new starts!!
Friday, September 11, 2020
5. A Crafting Gift from Audrey. You know it makes Nana jump for joy when her littlest granddaughter makes a flower just for her. I was thinking of making it into a magnet for the fridge but I did not want to use hot glue on it. So it is on my bulletin board and it makes me smile every time I see it.
I would be remiss if I did not remember 9-11. Remembering all the patriots who gave their lives that horrible day. Never Forget.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Some pictures of the grands today. I did not even take any photos of Joshua and Audrey when they were here on Saturday. We were having such a good time we forgot to document. Sweet Kendall came over to help us. She has lots of experience with little ones.
Monday, September 7, 2020
My friends and I had breakfast at Cracker Barrel on Thursday and I took the time to get some pictures of all the pretties in the store for you all to see. It is mostly Christmas and if you do not buy something you like early, then it will be gone later. Ask me how I know???
This old fashioned Christmas Tree took me right back to my childhood.