Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Summer vacation is coming!

There are only 3 more days of school left, but I have already started my summer reading. It was necessary. I was just waiting to immerse myself in a good story. Since I went to the library without the list that I keep of books that I want to read, I picked up a couple of books by authors that I know won't disappoint me.

I am almost finished with the Nora Roberts book. How I love reading her books with witches. I just get lost in the story. This is the first of a trilogy and the library has the next two. I can't wait to read them.

I have also made some progress on my crocheted Christmas tree. The first layer is finished and the second is almost done. I really don't think this will take much time at all. 
I am joining Ginny for Yarn Along. What are you knitting/crocheting? What are you reading? Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are up to.

I finally finished filling all my outdoor pots with plants. These are on my front porch. 
My back yard garden is blooming with profusion also. Here are some coral bells and astilbe.
My tiger lilies are in full bloom.
I enjoy sitting, stitching, reading and admiring my flowers in either place. Starting next week I will be able to do so whenever I feel like it. 

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Windy day

The wind is really whipping here today. Not a day to work outside. The chairs on my deck are moving all over the place. It appears that it will be another day inside. Not that I am complaining. I think I will be able to finish stitching the pup later today after my daughter leaves for home. 
As you can see I have started working on the back-stitching. Somehow though I forgot to finish stitching the white spots on the pup's face. I am doing that now before I finish the back stitching. I guess I am anxious to be done with this.

I went out in my yard today, and found that one of my tiger lilies have started blooming. Sorry for the poor picture. 
It has a whole lot of buds on it so it is going to be really pretty. I mentioned that my daughter is visiting this week. Since she wasn't here for Mother's Day she bought me this beautiful hanging basket. 
It is sitting on the ground due to the winds.

I am joining Kathy today for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Tomorrow I will join the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape and Cath for Design Board Monday. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are stitching.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A new crochet start

My hands have been itching to start working with yarn again.....either crocheting or knitting. Since I have finished frogging Mom's afgan, I want to start making something. I bought this green yarn a couple of months ago when it was on sale with this project in mind. 

It will be a Christmas gift for my daughter. I hope she doesn't read this post, but I think she is too busy. I doubt that I will ruin the surprise. I have always wanted to make this, but I don't need any more decorations for myself and she will be moving into her own apartment this fall.  She once requested decorations for every holiday, so I might as well start with Christmas.

My Kousa dogwood is in full bloom. We had severe storms predicted the day I took this picture and I wanted to capture it before the blooms were ruined.

My potted plants are starting to fill in too.
 I still need to buy more potting soil. Maybe today since I took the day off to spend some time with my son who is visiting from California. Do you think he might go plant shopping with me? Maybe.

I am having a hard time finding a good book to read lately. I know I mentioned a bunch of books that I picked up at the school where I work, but they are all really dark and gloomy and not what I look for in an enjoyable read. I have returned most of them to school for others to pick up. I have this Nora Roberts book sitting around, so for right now I think that is what I will read.
 I can easily pick this up and put it down and still follow the story line. I am looking forward to my summer vacation when I can borrow books from the library and know I will be able to finish them prior to their return date. 

I am joining Ginny for Yarn Along today. What are you knitting/crocheting? What are you reading? Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are up to.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Rainy Day Stitching

I am hoping to get a whole bunch of stitching completed today as it is supposed to be pouring rain all day. I have made some good progress recently now that my schedule is winding down. 
Maybe I will be able to finish all of the cross-stitch on the pup. It is almost there.
That would leave just the back stitch which will hopefully be stitched quickly. 

I am almost finished with the fifth page of Baker Beach. 

The large swath of black that I am currently stitching finishes the fifth page and starts the sixth page. Then there are only four more full pages to stitch.

I have also started stitching my Gratitude Key.
I have been going back and forth in choosing the floss colors, but I am happy with the DMC 844 that I chose for the key itself.

I am looking forward to a visit from my son this week. He comes in late tonight and will be here until Thursday. We haven't seen him since Christmas. Then on Thursday, my daughter is coming for a weekend visit. I can't wait to see them. 

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. Tomorrow I will join the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape and Cath for Design Board Monday over at Bits 'n Bobs. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are stitching.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Holiday Weekend

Planting, stitching, walking and relaxing. Those are my plans for the holiday weekend. I started the planting last weekend. These are my tomato plants.
The rhododendron is blooming. 
 I was surprised to see my irises in bloom. It has been several years since they gave me any flowers.
I have planted some of my flower pots, but they need to grow a little before they are pretty enough to take pictures. I ran out of potting soil, so the flowers below still need potting. The impatiens in the background are waiting for Hubby to trim the bushes so he doesn't step on them.
 Hubby surprised me with this beautiful hanging basket. He thought it was pretty so he bought it. 
I have been stitching the pup. Yesterday, I sat on my front porch and started filling in some of the open spaces.
I worked steadily until some bees decided that they wanted to be my friend. I like the bees to pay attention to the flowers rather than me.

I also added a few more stitches to Baker Beach, but not enough to give a photo update right now.

I will be working on both of these projects sometime today.I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Tomorrow I will link to the Stitchery Link Party over at Super Mom - No Cape. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are stitching. 

I resumed my morning walking this weekend. I walk a mile and a half around my neighborhood around 7:30 am. Since I am working every day (and the weekends have been cold and rainy), it has been a while since I have walked and I've been missing noticing it. Of course, it is back to work on Tuesday, but soon school will be done and I can walk (almost) every day.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Slow Stitching

I am working on the pup with again.
I really want to get it done. I have a couple of other projects that I want to start. This is one of them.
I designed this a while ago and now I have a recipient in mind for it. 
I can't tell you who. I want her to be a little surprised when she receives it. Although I have the colors specified from my color chart, I have a feeling that they will change as I start stitching it. I might start on it today as it should be a really quick project. Tell me what you think of the design. I would like to know.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. The pup and the key will be my projects for today. On Monday I will join the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape. Be sure to visit this blog also.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Happy Birthday Mom

My mom will turn 89 tomorrow. 
 The picture above is the two of them on Easter. She is knitting this afghan for my daughter.
 It is giving her fits. It is not that the pattern is difficult, she just has difficulty completing the actual knitting with her somewhat arthritic hands. Also, the dark navy that my daughter picked makes it hard for her to see the stitches sometimes. Currently, I am frogging about 50 rows of stitching for her because she found a mistake that far back. I marked it with the green stitch marker.
 Now my daughter and I saw that mistake back in February, but didn't say anything because my daughter really didn't care about it. Unfortunately, my mother recently discovered the mistake and insists that she must fix it or she won't want to finish the afghan. Sigh......

I thought this would be a good week to join Ginny for Yarn Along as I am doing some un-knitting. What are you knitting/crocheting? What are you reading? Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are up to.

As for reading, I am in the midst of The Glass Castle by Jennifer Walls. This is not I a book that I would normally pick up, but it is one of the group of books from the school where I work that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. I am actually finding it quite interesting. It is a glimpse into a way of life that is totally foreign to me. There is poverty (although I don't think the author realized it as a child), homelessness, joy and sorrow. This is a well-written memoir. 

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