Friday, September 27, 2013

Pumpkins For Cathey

Wishing you a very happy blogoversary, Cathey. I hope these pumpkin blossoms brighten your day!

Thank you Sharon for organizing a special day for a very special lady!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Back In the Hamster Wheel

I recently read on someone's blog (wish I could remember which one) that it was back in the hamster wheel now that school had begun again. That is exactly how I feel. I need to keep reminding myself what is on the other end of all this work and that it will end at some point. After having pretty much the whole summer, it is hard to get back into the routine of school. Very hard to put school first, and my stitching, reading, etc. second, or third, or wherever it falls after school, cooking, cleaning - you know - all those fun things. :) Really, though, my life isn't all that different from most of yours - most of you work and have families and I'm sure not nearly as much stitching, fun time as you would like. I've already fallen behind in my blog reading and commenting - sorry. I'm trying to catch up a little, and I hate being days, sometimes even a week late in my comments. Not sure how you all feel about late comments. August seems to have disappeared in a puff of smoke, and now it's September. Can't say I really miss August though, it was kind of a sad month.

Anyway...I have one very small finish. A few months ago, I went in search of some old Handwork samplers - can't even remember which ones now. I tried the Attic needlework shop and while she didn't have the ones I was searching for, she gave me a list of a few that she did have. Sight unseen, I ordered a couple, one of which was Naomi Dartnall.

I'm currently trying to finish Emma Lerch. After stitching a gazillion leaves, it's down to some filling in and should be done very soon. I recently came across the 1848 Lydia Ann Sharp sampler in the Spring 2013 Sampler & Antique Needlework issue. The colors are somewhat similar to the colors in Emma (to my eyes anyway-may have to pink it up some), and I'm kind of thinking about starting it. Grand plans I know.

I'm also doing some secret stitching on a Halloween piece to be seen later in the month.

We took a short trip to Bellevue State Park a week or so ago...

Even though it is hard to believe, we once had a castle in Delaware. Before and after pictures of the remodeled Bellevue Hall.

We took another short trip to North Carolina in August to help our daughter and son-in-law move back home. Sadly, things just didn't work out on the job front for my son-in-law and it was decided they would come home and try to get back on their feet. The night before leaving to come back home, we enjoyed a delicious farewell dinner with some of my daughter's co-workers along the Cape Fear River. An absolutely beautiful evening.

Looking across the river

Lola wanted a chance to redeem herself after that unfortunate picture of her funny expression. It doesn't look like she is being very successful.

Sound asleep, and snoring.

Not happy about the impromptu photo shoot. Would any of us want to be awakened out of a sound sleep to have our picture taken?

Finally, a very big thank you to all who stop by and visit! Whether you leave a comment or not I really appreciate your time. Welcome to new followers! Every time I consider discontinuing this blog thing, someone new pops up and I'm simply amazed, and think...well, maybe just one more post. :) Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!