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Friday, December 8, 2017

Winter Wonderland in SE Texas!

I remember not being impressed with snow while living "up North" but when it snows down here in SE Texas, it's pretty exciting.  The meteorologists were predicting some snow falling but we weren't expecting any to make it to the ground so we were pretty surprised to see snow on the ground when we woke up this am.  It's the first time since 2004 that we've had any accumulation of snow here.

They enjoyed some snow in Austin and San Antonio too.

I finished the model so now am working on some snowmen for some sled ornaments.  Hopefully I'll have some pictures to share soon.

Happy stitching!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Family Visit

We got to spend Thanksgiving with DH's family and the following weekend with my parents.  DD and her family and 2 of our 3 sons joined us for Thanksgiving.  We used to always spend Thanksgiving with DH's family in Pittsburgh before we moved to Texas (2001) and this was the first time we've done it since then.

In OH while visiting my parents, we got to see the city park all lit up for Christmas.  It was beautiful!

We took pictures with my parents but they're on my DSIL's camera.

I hand delivered my granddaughter's stocking that I made and Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher (Bent Creek Christmas Eve).  I hope to stitch others from that series for the rest of the family.

I'm finishing up a model, hopefully will be complete by next week.  I'm really enjoying it and will be a little sad to see this one end but I have a lot of personal stitching projects waiting in the wings.

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Check in from the Happy Wanderer

I'm back home after yet another trip.  This one was to Ohio to visit my parents and then attending Camp Gottastitch in Berlin, OH (OH Amish Country).

This was my second year to attend the camp and I had so much fun again this year.  It's so great to hang out with fellow stitchers while having no distractions...except from all the "show n tell", and talking and laughing with the other campers.  We stayed at the Berlin Grande Hotel in Berlin which was a wonderful facility in which to hold our camp.  Right across the parking lot is an Amish style buffet where we all had dinner Saturday night.  The food was yummy but what I remember most is the pie.  Yum!  I took a little break from model stitching while at camp to work on LHN's Autumn Band Sampler.  (I'd stitched the model for that one but wanted to stitch another for me and finally got around to starting it.)

Speaking of the model, it's coming along nicely and I'm hoping to finish soon.

We're spending Thanksgiving with my husband's Italian family, 2 of our 3 sons, and our daughter and her family.  It's the biggest Thanksgiving we've had since moving to Texas and I'm really looking forward to it.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Another Contest at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is hosting another contest for some of her beautiful floss.

Check out her blog for details.

Happy Stitching!Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Sunday, October 8, 2017

I'm Baaaaack!!

I arrived home last Tuesday night from what was supposed to be a 2 week trip that turned into a 3 week trip.  The first week went well...I visited my daughter's family (CA) and helped with my 18- month-old granddaughter.  I even had her to myself for a weekend while my daughter and son-in-law went backpacking.  The "baby" loves outings and is very social so I took her to a little farm with a train to ride and a petting zoo.  We really enjoyed that outing.

My next stop was to visit with my parents in OH.  Things started going badly when the room I prepaid/reserved (because I had a late flight and a 2+ hour drive after landing) wasn't honored.  Not only that but they didn't find me another place to stay as is what they were supposed to do.  So there I was late at night with nowhere to stay.  I called Booking dot com with whom we made the reservations (it wasn't their fault but the fault of the local motel) and, since the person with whom I spoke wasn't familiar with the area, I pretty much had to tell her what part of town to look for another room.  Long story short (another 25 minute drive with my friend "Google Maps" leading the way along roads under construction), I finally got checked into my room.  I was so keyed up by then that the last time I looked at the clock before falling asleep, it was after 3 am.

(I put DH on the job of complaining to the corporate office of  (what we used to think was a good quality chain) because not only had I prepaid the reservation but also we'd informed them that afternoon that I'd be checking in late to which they responded that they'd be holding my room.  It took several attempts before finally someone there finally accepted responsibility that they'd (both the local motel and then corporate) screwed up.  (Maybe it was the fact that I told them I would be posting my experience on social media and would name names.)  They apologized and gave me a free stay for  another I'd trust them and make another reservation with them every again.  Grrrr!!!

I finally made it to my parents' house and got sick a couple days later.  Then my mom got sicker but didn't want to go get checked out.  The night before I was to return home, she got so much worse that we had to take her to the ER.  I decided to stay longer until she was feeling better and I'm so glad I did.  (She's doing significantly better now.)

I booked my new flight home to correspond with DH's return from a business trip so we could meet up at the airport and drive home together.  My adventure wasn't over yet.  Apparently there was some weather in Dallas (where I was to change planes) and we circled Dallas for over an hour before landing.  I knew I was late for my connecting flight but then reasoned that if we couldn't land, my next flight probably couldn't take off.  I was right but I still had to sprint from one end of the terminal to the other to get to my gate on time.

After all the pleasant travel from summer 2016, the averages caught up with me on this trip.  lol!  (I'm almost scared for the next trip!)

Stitching....while I was gone, Diane (Little House Needleworks) released a design that I model stitched for her...The Beatitudes.  I loved stitching this one so much that I was a little sad when I finished it.  I'll most likely stitch it again to keep.  Isn't it a beautiful design?!

I'm currently working on another model that I'm enjoying.

Happy stitching!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Unwelcome Visitor

I'm sorry I haven't posted an update until now.  Things have been a little crazy around here since Harvey impacted Houston and our city.  I'm sure you've all seen the heartbreaking videos and pictures from Houston.  We didn't have strong winds (tropical storm force winds) here from the storm but were waiting for much of that water from Houston to flow to our area in the rivers/bayous/creeks which happened as Houston started to drain.

First of all, we feel very blessed!  Our lake level is high and is covering our dock and new deck but our house was never in danger.  We lost power a couple of times during the storm but the longest we were without power was 45 minutes.

Before the flooding arrived:

After flooding arrived:

                                                       Fish swimming over deck:

I wish that everyone here had the same luck as we did.  Unfortunately I know many people whose houses flooded and others who were either under voluntary evacuations (streets flooded so they couldn't get in or out of their neighborhoods) or mandatory evacuations (their homes were at high risk of flooding and some did).

I could fill this up with picture after picture.  It's so sad!  Many of the people flooded were also flooded last year during a "100 Year Flood Event" and had just been able to move back into their homes late last year.

The silver linings are that there were no deaths or serious injuries in our county from the flooding/rescues/etc. and it's been very heartwarming to see neighbor helping neighbor, stranger helping stranger, etc.  Our city and county authorities have been great preparing for the storm/flooding, pumping out some of the water to prevent even more homes from flooding, and regular communication/updates to residents.

I was able to take some food over to a nearby shelter at a church and was privileged to get to help do laundry for some National Guard members who are here helping  our community.  A local laundry is letting people in shelters and the first responders do their laundry there for free (they're even providing the detergent/fabric softener sheets and even doing some of the laundry for them). 

The recovery will be long but I know our community is strong and will get through this together.

Now we're watching the news about Hurricane Irma...and praying for everyone's safety.

My stitching has brought me comfort.  I've been working on another model but also stitched on BBD's In Full Glory:

I've also started LHN's Autumn Band Sampler for a sal with the LHN/CCN FB group.  I stitched the model for this one and this fall sal is a great excuse to finally stitch it again to keep.

Finally I stitched some reins on DGD's stocking, Bent Creek's Christmas Eve stocking.  Reins weren't charted but I wanted to add some.  I've mailed the stocking out to Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher, for finishing.  I can't wait to see what she does with it.  She's so talented!

Happy stitching!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Go Home, Harvey!!

I've been model stitching this week, but I can' show any pictures.  I'm sure enjoying the design, though!

We started this week watching the eclipse and are ending it preparing for Hurricane Harvey.  We live on the TX Gulf Coast and Harvey will dump a lot of rain on us.  We'll have wind too but probably no more than the 50-60 mph range at worst.  (I hope they're right!)

We've been advised to prepare and to stay home (and off the streets which will be flooded).  We'll probably be without power for a while too.  We're following authorities' advice and are confident that we'll be safe.

I pray for all in Harvey's path, especially those who will have more of an impact than we will.

I just took this picture and wonder what time our little pier will be under water.

Happy stitching!


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stocking Buttons and In Full Glory Progress

I've been stitching this week on a model, In Full Glory, and stitched the buttons on the stocking.  Slow but steady wins the race!

For some unknown reason, I stitched the door in the red brick.  Maybe it was not such an unknown reason;  the symbols for both the correct and incorrect color are very similar.  The gaps on the sides of the steps are where I had to frog enough to secure the ends.  I'll be filling in this week so it will look like it's supposed to look.  I've been wanting to stitch this one for quite some time so I'm glad to be working on it.

Happy stitching!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Stocking Progress and a New WIP

I'm nearing the end of the stocking.  I just have to stitch on buttons and figure out something for the reins (that weren't charted on the design for some reason).  Then it goes off to the finisher.  I'm really pleased that I decided to stitch on 28 count instead of 18 count.  The size will be just right!

I also restarted BBD's In Full Glory.  I'd started it before with subbed (with what I had on hand) threads but didn't write anything down so when I placed my big order a couple of weeks ago, I bought the called-for floss for this one.

I think I've narrowed my choices down for a fall LHN/CCN sal but haven't made my final decision.  Start date is Sept. 1 so I have some time to think about it for a little bit longer.

I'm also working on another model which will take my stitching priority.  It's going to be a fun project!

The "Waltoni" (I call my Italian exteneded family, the Waltonis when we all get together) Thanksgiving plans are progressing nicely.  Even my sister-in-law and her husband who live in Alaska will be joining us!

Happy stitching!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Already?!

If it's true that time seems to move faster and faster the older you are, I must be getting pretty ancient.  This past week flew by!

Both DH and I had medical appointments that went very well.  (Uh-oh! Another sign of age is when your conversations often have something to do with medical stuff.  I'm doomed!)

A few days ago, a big (extended) family get together has been proposed for  2017 Thanksgiving...for the Italian side of the family.  We're already starting to get excited about it.  The last time DH and I got together with this many relatives on this side of the family was for my MIL's funeral.

We're having a busy social weekend (for us, anyway).  In addition to church on Sunday, we're playing cards with a group tonight and will attend a retirement celebration for one of the (beloved) HS band directors who was there when my kids were in HS (and for which I volunteered the equivalent hours of a full-time job plus overtime).

I mentioned in a previous post the goose family that lives on our lake.  A Canadian goose that lost his mate got together with a brown goose and they have one surviving baby.  Well baby is now bigger than mama and has characteristics from both parents.  Poor Mother Goose!  Daddy and "baby" can fly faster/farther than Mother Goose and they take off without her...sometimes for days.  She'll stand sentry on our little pier watching and squawking for them to come back to her.  I feel sorry for her when they're gone.

I have a small finish (for the Halloween ornament sal) from last year's JCS Halloween edition.  It's part of a larger design and I kinda like this little guy:

The Bent Creek stocking is coming right along.  I was talking about the "journey" on this one yesterday with my friend who came over to stitch with me.  It seems like I took forever to decide what to stitch, then I didn't like the fabric it called for so restarted, THEN made a stupid mistake, omitting a row in one of the reindeer that required frogging and restitching.  Yikes!  I seem to be well on track now to get it finished in a few more days.  I'm really glad that I used the higher count fabric.

I plan to join an Autumn LHN/CCN sal group starting next month.  (I'm a glutton for punishment with all these sal's.)  I'll start with a LHN one and if that goes well,  I may start a CCN one.  (I have no idea what key I hit to make the font change.)

Oh dear!  That means that even after that big stash order last week, that I "need" to order more floss...and probably another design I looked at last week but resisted ordering.  

Happy stitching!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Hot, Hot, Hot!! Patio furniture, Stitching, Birthday, and a Books

You know it's hot when you actually use the phrase "cool off to 91 degrees" in a sentence...but that's what we have to look forward too.  In theory it should feel better than the high 90's we've been having but.....

We recently purchased new patio furniture to use down by the lake but once it arrived, I decided it would look better (and weather better) up on the porch where it's semi-protected by a roof.  We moved it up there and moved the old patio table and some chairs down to the lake.  We'll probably get an umbrella to use with the table on the lake.  I also ordered a deck box to store the pillows when not in use to keep them dry and out of the sun.  Hopefully they'll stay nice for longer than if they'd be exposed to the elements.

Hopefully soon it will cool down a bit so we feel comfortable sitting outside!  Otherwise they're pretty comfortable.

(The picture, obviously, was taken before we moved them to the porch.

After stitching a bit on the stocking (and not enjoying stitching on 18 count over 2 and deciding a smaller stocking will work out better), I started over on 28 count fabric.   Luckily I had the right color and count here in my stash.  I've been enjoying this one SO much better.  That is, until I discovered that I was off by a row after stitching the 2 reindeer.  Aaaaarrrggghhh!  (I sometimes find that I make more mistakes on the easy stuff than the challenging stuff.  Perhaps it's a matter of my concentration?)

Before mistake:

After frogging and restitching:

I'm going to splurge and send this one out to a finisher who can, no doubt, do a much better finishing job than I can.  (I'm finishing impaired!)

I also have another small finish for a SAL.  (Shhh!  We haven't had the reveal yet.)  It's designed by Prairie Schooler.  I think I'll eventually look for a cute button or charm to embellish it and not sure how I'll finish finish it.  (Bee designs seem so popular now.  I love them!)

I've obviously been spending too much time inside in the AC.  I phoned in a rather large birthday order to Needlecraft Corner.  A little percentage off (and the promise of 12 freebies) is all I needed.  I carefully planned it this year...a few designs and lots of overdyed floss (for projects I want to start soon).  Our daughter also sent me a design I had on my wish list at 123 Stitch (and the floss for it) for my birthday.

I'm hoping to stitch a small Halloween piece so I can make it in time for the July theme...ghosts.  I finally picked out something to stitch today.

Speaking of my birthday, I just squeaked in being old enough to qualify for the National Parks lifetime pass before the price goes way up so I ordered it today.  (Even after the price goes up from $10 to $80 after Aug. 28, the lifetime passes are well worth it.)

I'm expecting another model to arrive soon and looking forward to working on it.  They've all been so fun. looks like I'll be busy stitching for a while.  What else can one do when it's this hot outside?  ;-)

I listened to One Summer by David Baldacci this week while stitching.  (I love being able to combine 2 of my favorite things at the same time!)  It's a bit different than many of his books and I enjoyed it. I also started The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah after a friend recommended it.  After a brief start, I'm enjoying this one too.

Happy stitching!

Giveaway at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Nancy's celebrating her upcoming birthday by hosting another giveaway.  Click here for details:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Good luck and...

Happy stitching!

Friday, July 21, 2017

12 Days Finished, Calendar Girl WIP finished, Sampler Wip, Stocking Start, Pool Show, Fun with Instant Pot

Ta Da!  (Now to get inspired to finish finish the ornaments.  In the meantime, they're hanging out in zip lock bag.  Maybe they'll finish themselves?)

I pulled out an almost-finished Calendar Girl and finished it.  Now I have only 2 more to go to finish this series.  Who knows when that will happen?

I almost forgot...the latest model I stitched for Country Cottage Needleworks, Time for Tea, has been released.  It's a small, sweet design that I just may stitch again for myself:

I also put a few stitching in Pink Sparrow Sampler (With Thy Needle and Thread).  The color palette is totally different than what I usually stitch but I like it.

I started DGD's stocking.  It's by Bent Creek and looks so cute on the cover of the leaflet.  I think my procrastinating had a lot to do with the called-for fabric (18 ct.) and stitching it over 2.    After stitching a bit, I have a better idea of the size...and a confirmation that I really don't like stitching over 2 on 18 count (with 3 strands of floss).  Now that I see the size better, I really think it will be fine stitched over 2 on 28 count so I probably will restart it on that.  (I may also finish this one and keep it here for her stocking at Grandma's house so the materials and time I spent on it will not go to waste.)

We and our neighbors have been entertained lately by watching a new house being built on our lake.  The owners also built an infinity pool and (long story) one of the TV pool shows filmed it for one of their episodes.  The episode aired last Monday.  It's a beautiful pool and it was interesting seeing the cameras' views of the construction but (how do I say this?) the episode wasn't exactly what we observed in describing what happened and even the location.  (We're in a small city about 45 minutes from Houston and they showed some footage of the Houston skyline without explaining that it wasn't our city's skyline.  There were a couple of other discrepancies we noticed too.)  In some of the footage of the lake, you can see our backyard in the distance if you don't blink.   All in all, it was an interesting experience and we and the neighbors are wondering what other entertainment we have in store at the lake now that this is over.

We're going to enjoy these new neighbors.  They're already friends with a couple of our neighbors and seem friendly and fun.

Finally, I've played with my new Instant Pot 3 times so far and we've enjoyed all 3 meals.  I think it meets my goal of being able to widen our summer dinner menus without turning on the stove/oven.  At some point I might try making yogurt and cheesecake in it (like I've seen on Instant Pot groups on FB).

Happy stitching!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

12 Days of Christmas...on the home stretch

I finished the stitching on Days 10 and 11 and started Day 12:

I'm behind on the Halloween ornie sal so will need to choose what I'm stitching and get going on those.

I also need to get going on DGD's stocking.

But...I feel like working on a sampler so I may sneak in a few days each week on LHN's Elizabeth Hancock and Pink Sparrow (I think by WTNT?  I'm too lazy to get up and look right now.)

What a week it's been!  In addition to my daily (weekday) walking and coffee with my walking buddies, I went out to lunch with different people/groups 3 days, went to another coffee yesterday with another group, went to a movie yesterday afternoon after a friend spontaneously asked friends to go (The Big Sick), and then went to see a local production of Mary Poppins with DH last night.

Annnnnnnnnnnnd, I finally caved and ordered an Instant Pot on Amazon Prime day.  There seems to be a "cult" surrounding the Instant Pot.  I'm already on a couple of IP groups on Facebook.  Aside from getting on the IP bandwagon, my thinking is that our summer menus might benefit from using one since I rarely want to turn on the oven...or even the stove on some days...during the summer.  I've been too busy (see above) to try it out yet but I think today might be its maiden voyage.  Wish me luck!

(Pardon the door.  DH sanded it in preparation to restain it.)

We're blessed to live on a small lake and I often think how I get busy and take it for granted.  I happened to notice a sunrise the other day and took a picture.  We've also taken occasional boat rides on our neighbors' boat and I've made a point to go sit on our deck some evenings this summer to just "slow down" and watch the wildlife.

(We built this deck over an existing bulkhead last Oct. and I need to take some time to shop for new patio furniture down there.  We're also talking about buying a fire pit and installing a deck ladder for anyone who wants to go swimming.  (The house you see under construction is now almost finished our our new neighbors will probably be moving in next week.  They had an infinity pool built there and it was filmed for the DIY show Pool Kings that will air July 17.)

Happy stitching!