I only stitch on days that end in "y".

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

6 Geese A'Laying

I'm still model stitching (almost finished!) but managed to stitch my June block for an ornament stitchalong.  It's from Prairie Schoolers leaflet #74 Twelve Days of Christmas.

We've been enjoying sitting on our deck by the lake lately and I finished this block sitting out there the other night.  I thought it was appropriate to work on it there as we have geese on our lake.

I think once I've finished the model, I may pull out a patriotic wip to stitch.

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Graduation, etc.

Our youngest son graduated from University of Texas last weekend.  It was a nice weekend with something nice to celebrate.  He will be working at the same place where he's been working as an intern after taking a little time off.

I made another visit to spend time with my daughters family in April.  I so enjoy spending time with them!

On the stitching front, I'm concentrating on 2 models and making some nice progress.  I snuck in this Prairie Schooler for some personal stitching.

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Just Chatting

We've been out "galavanting" a bit lately and since I'm model stitching, I don't have any stitching I can show.

A couple of weekends ago, we went hiking at Enchanted Rock in the Hill Country of Texas.  (One of our sons went with us.)  We planned well because the Texas wildflowers were in full bloom.  What a show!  I saw my first roadrunner (luckily no sign of Wylie Coyote!). The hike wasn't too strenuous although the last push to the top of the rock was a little challenging for me, anyway.

 The next morning we went with said son and another to brunch before returning home.

We just returned last night from a long weekend visiting our oldest son who recently moved to Philadelphia.  I'd never been so, in addition to seeing our son, I was pleased to get to see some of the sights in Philly.  (We saved some things to do/see for our next visits.)  We learned about Yards beer, that Philadelphians seem to like oldies music (we heard it in several places we went including the airport), that Philly drivers like to honk their horns, how to navigate their train system to and from the airport and city,  and that Philadelphia is the 5th largest city in the USA.  Also, we tried cheese steak....yummm!

One stitching note is that we found a display of Adam and Eve samplers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Wow!

Happy stitching!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Our St. Pat's Dinner and a Couple of Finishes...and a Model

If we're home, I like to make a dinner with corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes.  The best part is the Reubens the next day from the leftover corned beef.  (Although when our kids lived at home, often there wouldn't be enough leftovers for more than one sandwich.)

This year I made the corned beef in the crock pot with some beef broth, carrots, and onions.  I made colcannon (mashed potatoes with cooked shredded cabbage, lots of butter, milk, salt and pepper) and I tried making a new recipe of shortbread that incorporated some ground up oatmeal (in homage of my SIL's native Scotland).

The results were very good and we're looking forward to the Reuben sandwiches for tonight's dinner.

My friend came over the other day to stitch so, instead of working on the new model, I finished 2 French Hens and started 4 calling birds from the Prairie Schooler's 12 Days of Christmas leaflet.  I'm stitching these to be finished as ornaments and it's a sal theme in an ornament a month group.  (I was so close to finishing the calling birds that I finished them last night...will work intensively on the model from here on out.)

I don't think I posted about CCN releasing the last model I stitched...Lovebirds  It's a cute one and worked up quickly.

Happy stitching!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Beautiful Floss Giveaway at Victorian Motto Sampler Floss

Nancy's hosting another giveaway of some of her beautiful floss.  Details below:

Spring Flowers Collection Giveaway

Good luck and....

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

California Dreamin' and Pi Day

I just returned Monday night from a 2+ week visit to my DD's family to help out a bit with our sweet granddaughter while DSIL had some trips planned.  I got to pick her up early in the afternoons from day care and either took her to the nearby park or played with her at home.  I also did some kitchen help, ran errands, went to the grocery store, etc.  I stayed long enough (and DH flew in for) her 1st birthday party.  (We helped with the prep for that too.)  I made some play dough for the party.  While the kids enjoyed it, the "big kids" (adults) enjoyed it even more.  The party's theme was "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and my DD made the cutest cake.

She's such a sweetie!  I got to see her first steps (walking independently) and DH taught her how to say "uh-oh!".

In the mornings, I would walk down their (steep, .6 mile) hill and over to a nearby park for a nice walk.  I saw deer, bunnies, and lots of birds there.  If you look carefully in the picture below, you can see a deer.

I didn't have time for much stitching but I managed to finish a couple of PS wips I brought with me.

It was really hard to leave (and I'm already thinking about my next visit there) but, I suppose, good to get home and back to "normal".  I have a new model to stitch that looks to be something I'll really enjoy stitching.

We celebrated Pi Day yesterday for dinner by having some of my DH's homemade pizza we'd frozen and a banana cream pie (with rum-soaked golden raisins and toasted almond slivers) that I made from a recipe of my late MIL.  (I'm going to have to do a lot more walking to make up for that meal!)

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine's Day and Stitching Update

I'd intended to update my blog yesterday but the day didn't turn out quite as expected.  One of my walking buddies slipped on a wet floor where we went for coffee after our walk and I and another friend spent the morning with her in the ER and got her safely home.  (She needs surgery on a broken elbow but should recover nicely.)  Her DH is currently working out of state and we "mother hens" are probably driving her crazy checking on her until her DH arrives home today.

I quickly ran to the grocery store and came home to make a pie for last night's dinner.  We both thought a nice dinner at home would be preferable to waiting for a table at a noisy, crowded restaurant.  (We never know when DH will get home from work so didn't even try to make a reservation.)  Our Valentine dinner consisted of grilled rib-eye steak, baked potatoes with all the trimmings, a nice salad, and a blueberry/cranberry/orange pie.  We even cracked open a nice bottle of champagne that one of our kids gave us a while ago.  I'd forgotten about it but after the crazy day yesterday, it added a nice touch to dinner.  I even lit some candles!

Here are some of the Valentine stitching projects I've done over the years:

As for my current stitching, I finished the March LHN Calendar Girl.

I also made a little progress on LHN Elizabeth Hancock (although I noticed that I made a small boo boo) and LHN Adam and Eve.

Happy stitching!