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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

It's been such a busy year that the time is just flying by!  I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving already!

We're having a small family group this year (3 of us) but we're all getting together for Christmas, including our son who lived in Denmark for 3 years.  He moved back "home" (the continental US) last month.  After I finish writing this post, I have to get busy on making pies, cranberry sauce, etc.

Speaking of busy, we met a group of friends and went to Galveston for a Segway (historical) tour of the island.  It was my first time on a Segway and made me into a liar.  (I'd previously seen those things and said I'd never ever be caught on one.)  At the risk of sounding like a dork, it was a lot more fun than I thought it would be.  Maybe because I was enjoying being with our friends?  Before we started, we had a short lesson in how to operate the Segways which included info about what happens when you hit top speed....all of 12.5 mph.  Of course, I had to try that out.  lol!

  Our tour guide was great!  He was very informative and obviously very interested in the subject matter.  One of the favorite stories he told was about a house where the original owner wanted himself, his wife, and his daughter interred in a special room in the house.  He was but the house was sold before the demise of his wife and daughter.  Unfortunately because of zoning restrictions, they couldn't make an opening big enough in the house to remove him for burial whenever the house is sold, the owners have to disclose that the buyer is getting the house AND the original owner.

 The next day I flew "back home" to Ohio to visit with my parents and attend Camp Gottastitch with a friend.  I enjoyed the whole trip.  My parents and I went to all the hot spots of my small home town so it felt like I was a tourist.  I can't even remember the last time just I visited them and that was really nice too.  When I first walked into their house, it felt like that commercial where the grandchildren are visiting their grandparents who greet them with a handful of devices and saying "Welcome!  None of this stuff works!"  I updated their new phone/new SIM card (which turned out to be a comedy of errors because they got mixed up which was the old phone and which was the new phone) and their iPad.  Then I recharged everything for them.  The funny thing is that they hardly use either device.

If you only knew how technically illiterate I am, you'd be laughing at my being their tech guru.

I'm most homesick in the fall (down here in Gulf Coast, Texas we don't get the beautiful fall foliage...and this year it's been unseasonable warm here).  The drive from my parents' house to my friend's house and then the drive from her house to Amish country in OH (Berlin was where we stayed) was gorgeous!  I decided I must try to visit "home" in the fall more often so I can experience my kind of fall.  It even snowed while we were in Berlin!  (For some reason, I was a lot more excited to see snow than all the other women Midwesterners.)

Stitch camp was so much fun!  I was already acquainted with a few of the women who were there and made friends with many more crazy wonderful women.  There were 38 of us plus 4 owners and workers from Cross My Heart, the LNS that held the camp.  What a great and fun group!  We had a well-lit room where we stitched (and snacked) and there was a little mini "store" for more stash enhancement.  (They "had" me with some new Elizabeth's Designs.)  Lots of activities and prizes!  We walked down the hill from our hotel for dinner Saturday night and I thought I was going to burst after all that food. (Did I mention the cinnamon rolls at the hotel breakfast?  They were from a local Amish bakery and were to die for!)

I won a prize for coming the furthest to camp.  (Take THAT, Miss Chicago!  😃😃😃)

I took along an old wip of Bent Creek's Snowbuds (I've been trying to seriously work through my wip pile recently) and started a new sampler...Pink Sparrow by With Thy Needle and Thread.

This was my first time to be able to go to this camp and definitely won't be my last time.

Happy Thanksgiving and....

Happy Stitching!

Friday, November 4, 2016

A Small Finish and a WIP

I was able to stitch my November Christmas ornament for the Christmas ornament stitch-along.  It's Winter Forest by Little House Needleworks.

Next I started a Denmark Santa by Heartstrings.  I think I've had this kitted up back when our son moved to Denmark 3 years ago.  I decided that this is the year to finally stitch it for him since he just moved back to the US from there.  I have no idea why I kept putting it off.  It's actually going to be a little big for an ornament so I may to a stand-up finish instead.  We'll see.

We're already enjoying our new deck.  A friend came over to stitch with me yesterday and we took a break by having a piece of apple pie while sitting on the deck.  I'd like to put a table and chairs out there when I have time to start looking for what I want.  It's the same lake it's always been but somehow it seems nicer out there on the deck.  I'm sure it will be even nicer when we put some nicer furniture out there...and maybe a potted plant or two or more.  (We have entertainment now too watching the new home can see it on the upper right part of the pic below.)

For the second time in this past couple of weeks we were asked advice about employer health plans for 2 of our kids.  One is our son who just moved back to the US from Denmark and the other is our "baby" who graduates college next spring.  He already has a job waiting for him after graduation.  What a great feeling!!!

I just received another new model stitch "job" so I'll be working on it now.  Cute design!

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A Thanksgiving Themed Giveaway at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Nancy's hosting another generous giveaway through her blog.  Read all about it here:

Thanksgiving Giveaway at VMSS