Sunday, April 16, 2017

End of Spring Vacation

Today is the last day of my Spring vacation, tomorrow is back to work. I didn't manage to get as much crafting done as I hoped. It turns out that when Mom fell three weeks ago she actually fractured 5 ribs. So I have spent much of this week off helping her. I was able to work on my Prairie Schooler Santa when I was at her house, but Baker Beach had to wait until I was home. 
This is how Baker Beach looked in my last update.
I have partially filled in some of those white spaces. This is a lot of confetti stitching so it is taking some time.
It is not a lot, but at least I can see the progress.
The rest of my daffodils have bloomed.
Bunny paid a visit again also.
I think he/she is wishing everyone Happy Easter!

On Monday I will be joining the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape. Pop on over to this site to see what other bloggers are stitching.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Santa is stitched

I have been working hard in my quest to finish this Prairie Schooler Santa. I need to have one less WIP. This 2014 Santa is almost finished. All that is left is the back-stitching. Yay! 
I will finish him as an ornament after I finish one other Prairie Schooler Santa. Then there will be one for each my children next Christmas.

Spring has finally sprung in my back yard!
 My daffodils are in full bloom!
I'm not sure where the one with the orange center came from, but it fits right in. I am so glad that the daffodils seem to love my garden. I have split them in the fall and now have them blooming all over the place. They make me smile each day.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spring Vacation

My Spring/Easter/Passover vacation from school started on Friday afternoon. Hubby and I have no plans other than to relax and hopefully enjoy some nice Spring weather. Hubby has to teach his university classes as they are not on break. I will help mom with a couple of doctor's appointments.

I hope to get some walking in. I know I will find time to craft. I have spent some time this week working on my Prairie Schooler Santa. He has his scarf and face now. I had to frog his pant legs. When I went to add his boots they were all wrong. I don't know where my mind was when I stitched them.

Baker Beach has a few more stitches. I hope to get a whole lot of stitching done on this during my vacation week.
 Bunny is back in our yard. We see him/her every morning and evening. 


Sorry for the lighting of the picture. I am not sure what happened there.

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

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Moving on...

As I posted last week, we lost the patriarch of my husband's family. We had a week of sorrow and celebration of a life well-lived. Now we must all move on. My children have returned to their respective homes and lives. Hubby and I have gone back to work. My MIL is learning how to live alone for the first time in her 83 years. Life must move on....we must live our own lives to the fullest from now on. Sure there will be sorrow and adjustments. Holidays and celebrations are forever changed, but that happens when marriages/divorces and births occur too. I am a practical person. I accept what life has thrown my way. I try to gracious about it most of the time. I usually don't rant and rave and only rarely do the "woe is me" thing. I learned at a young age that life goes on. My own father died when I was just 3 years old. 

So enough with the maudlin post. Life moves on and my life is not complete without my family and my crafting. My family has mostly returned to their normal routines, now my crafting must. My mom also fell this past week, so I had some time while helping her at her house to work on my Prairie Schooler Santa this week. He has his green trim, his beard and part of his face.

I also spent some stitching Baker Beach. The rest of the black of the rocks is stitched. Now I have to fill them in with browns and oranges.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. On Monday, I will join the Stitchery Link Party.  Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are stitching.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Quilting and Cross-stitching

In my free time, meager as it has been lately, I have been quilting and cross-stitching. The weather has been cooperating....cold and miserable. Perfect for stitching. I have removed almost all of my mom's quilting and have been adding my own. I almost have all of the stitching done in one direction.
Baker Beach is filling in slowly. Last week it looked like this:
You can see that I have added part of a black rock and some of the water above it.
I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. If you read yesterday's post you know that I may not be stitching much. I am also linking to Quilting is More Fun than Housework. On Monday, I will join the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are up to.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sadness

My FIL passed away today. He is the handsome guy second from the left. He turned 90 years old on St. Patrick's Day. 

This picture is of the three generations of men in my husband's family. My son, FIL, Hubby and Hubby's brother. This picture was taken 3 years ago. Since soon after our family has been navigating the long road of dementia. He and my MIL were married 65 years. 
I have known him since I was 18.....almost 40 years. Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers over the next difficult week.




Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring?

Ah Spring, where are you? Spring starts on Monday, but you wouldn't know it here on Long Island. We were supposed to have some more snow last night, but thankfully nothing stuck. My deck is still covered from last week's snow. 
My Spring Angel needs be taken out. I wonder where I stored her? That reminds me that I really have to finish my Summer Angel design and then stitch her.

There are more stitches on Baker Beach . I am about one-third of the way finished with page 8. Last week it looked like this:
 You can see below that I have filled in some of the greys and blues below the black rock which is also finished now.
I also spent a little time working on Autumn Church. Please ignore the hoop marks.
I rarely work on this, but I decided to add a few stitches to the tree all the way to left. It was satisfying just to know that I worked on it.

I think that I will spend my Sunday working on Baker Beach and starting to quilt this pretty little quilt. 
This is one of the quilts that my mother hand-pieced. It is a crib-sized quilt. Mom had already basted it. She also started quilting the center bars in a cross-hatched pattern, but she does not want to finish it and was thinking of just getting rid of it. Noooooo....... I told her that I would quilt it and save it for one of my (hopefully) future grand-daughters. This will not leave the family though. 
I am going to remove her quilting as it appears that she used a white thread instead of cream. I have put in my first row of quilting stitches following her markings. My quilting is on the right...mom's is on the left. I don't like the border stencil that she marked. It is too small. I have a couple of stencils that may fit the borders. I will decide that when I get there.

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

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Finished!

What do you do on a snow day without much snow? Well, first you bake some Irish Soda Breads. This one is ready to be wrapped to give to my MIL. You can find the recipe here.
Then you finish reading The Runaway Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini. I really liked this book which is number 4 of the Elm Street Quilt series. We return to Elm Creek Manor and learn more about the beginnings of the Bergstrom family through a long forgotten memoir. This is one of the more historical novels of this series. Easy and enjoyable reading although sometimes disturbing, but what life story isn't disturbing at times.
I think I will begin reading A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler.
 This has been on my to-be-read list for quite some time, but I haven't been able to find it at the library until recently. I will have to renew it because it is due back on Friday, but that shouldn't be a problem. 

I also finished knitting my shawl on my snow day. 
It still needs to be blocked. I love it. I love the pattern and I love the way the yarn shaded as I knit it.
  It required some frogging along the way, but it is so pretty that it was worth it. Now that I understand how to knit a lacy look, I am sure I will find some other pretty patterns to attempt. 

I think I will now concentrate on finishing my Granny Square Roses.
They have been hanging around for quite some time and need to made into something....probably an afghan. Of course, first I have to finish all the roses and then I have to figure out a plain color Granny Square to go in between each rose square. Ah well, it is a WIP that may take some time.

I am joining Ginny at Small Things 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.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Slow Stitching and Bitter Cold

We have a high of 32 degrees F expected today. It was colder yesterday. I woke up to 16 degrees F. Brrr! I have to go food shopping today and pay a visit to my mom, but other than that I will be hibernating. 
That is what I did yesterday also. We had a little bit of snow on Friday. This is my back deck...
 and my back yard.
You can see from what is left on the railing that we only had a couple of inches. Since we had 60 degree weather the day before this snow, the sidewalks and streets stayed clear. That is not supposed to happen this coming week though. We are having a deep freeze on this weekend, so the huge snowstorm that is expected Monday night into Tuesday will definitely stick to the roads. I may actually have a snow day this week. You know that I will enjoy a full day of crafting if I am home. Although I will probably have to shovel some snow also.

This weekend's bitter cold with a strong wind is perfect for finishing my shawl and working on Baker Beach. This was where I left off last week.
I added some more grey stitches yesterday:
I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. I will be adding more stitches to Baker Beach today. On Monday, I will join the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are stitching. 

I will be enjoying the last gasps of Winter (I don't mind hibernating). 

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

I'm back!?

I hope that I am back blogging for a while, but I'm not so sure.  My laptop has spent a good amount of time in the shop and is still not back to normal, so there is no guarantee that I will be able to be back blogging consistently. That being said, I need to quickly give you some crafting updates.

I have made great strides stitching Baker Beach. I finally finished the 7th page out of 10. I have also gotten a really good start on the 8th page.
Unfortunately, all that wonderful stitching is on somewhat of a hold right now, because I aggravated a trigger finger problem in my right hand. My palm is now swollen and sore. I have a doctor's appointment scheduled for next week to get a shot of cortisone in my palm. That is definitely not something I am looking forward to. You may recall that I had this happen last year too. I have a feeling that I will eventually need surgery to fix this problem once and for all. (I had the surgery on my left hand when I was a teen many moons ago) That will have to wait until summer if it is necessary.

I have also been knitting my shawl.
It is almost done. 
This is probably another reason why my hand is hurting.
Isn't it pretty?

I am now doing a whole lot of reading....no computer, no crafting, so that leaves books. I have recently read The Silent Sister, by Diane Chamberlain and Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline. Although both of these books are a little dark in their story line, I really liked them. They are two totally different types of books, but both contain a sad family story with secrets. They were on my list to read for quite some time and I am glad that I finally read them. I would highly recommend them. They each have short chapters that keep your interest. I am now reading The Runaway Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini. This is the fourth book of the Elm Street Quilt series. I am enjoying this easy read series immensely.  

I will be joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching this week. I am hoping to put a few stitches in on Baker Beach. I will also hopefully be joining the Stitchery Link Party on Monday at Super Mom - No Cape. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are stitching. 

I hope I can regularly keep in touch. 

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Blog withdrawal


I still haven't been able to figure out how to upload photos to my blog on my iPad. My laptop is supposed to be serviced today, but I doubt that I will have it back before next week. As soon as I do, I have a lot of progress to show you. I have finally started the 8th out of 10 pages on Baker Beach. My scarf has grown and I finally finished frogging Mom's afghan.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Trying to blog with an iPad


I'm trying to use my mini iPad to update my blog, because once again my computer is down. I have finally figured out how to get my font, italics and color. I have yet to figure out how to get pictures from my iPad onto the blog. Although I have taken photos with the iPad,  I can't find them when I try to link them. Big sigh.....

Any suggestions would be welcome.

So, I will include older photos which I can link and just give you a quick update. I am so very close to finishing my 7th page on Baker Beach.

I have been steadily working on my shawl also. I am moving on to a really light grey part of the yarn.
  

I am also once again frogging the afghan my mom is knitting for my daughter. Somehow she mixed up front and back and the last 20 rows are going in the wrong direction. Yet another sigh. 

I hope to be able to provide updated photos sometime next week. I don't expect to get my laptop back before the holiday weekend.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Snow day activities

What weather we are having here on Long Island. Yesterday we had a record high temperature for the date and today we have a blizzard! Obviously I had a snow day today. So the big question was what to do with my free time today.
First, I made a pot of Chicken Barley soup. I had a rotisserie chicken carcass in the fridge and some frozen cooked turkey, so I combined a couple of recipes that I found online and came up with a delicious soup.

I straightened my sewing machine table a bit. I started a small new project that I need to buy some bits and pieces for.
I am kicking myself, because I had inherited a boat load of zippers many years ago and gave them away. They weren't colors that I thought I would ever need. Now I could use a few of them as color doesn't matter for my project. Sigh...

I did a little stitching on Baker Beach and tonight I will work on my Feather and Fan shawl. I am also trying to determine which of my crafts is making my right hand hurt. It feels like I might be getting a cyst in my palm. Another sigh....

Hubby and I are waited for the snow to abate a little bit so that we could clear our driveway and sidewalks. It is bitterly cold and windy outside, so we had to take it slow. 
Normally, I don't mind the shoveling, but I am really not looking forward to it today. I will have to get to work tomorrow though, so it must be done. We just shoveled the front walk and our double driveway.
Don't you love the way the sun is shining on the tree behind me?
This is a whole lot of snow!

But a beautiful sunset.
Only one work day and then the weekend.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Shawl progress

Since I finished working on my daughter's infinity scarf (you can see it here), I have been happily knitting my feather and fan shawl. 
I have knitted through the darkest shade of the yarn and am working with a lighter grey again. I have to pay attention and count a lot when I am knitting this shawl or I spend a bunch of time frogging. I really like the way it is looking. I don' t know whether I will get any use out of it this year, but that is okay. I will enjoy it whenever it is finished.

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. I am re-reading The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro. I still had this on my "want to read" list when I went to the library, but I have actually read this book. I have another book that I borrowed, but I decided that I would read this one again. I am enjoying the easy read and I am actually reading it more thoroughly this time. 

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

My first finish of 2017

I have finished my daughter's On the Tracks infinity scarf. I made a small change by adding one extra dc and hdc row each between the open-work rows. When my daughter used mine, she said she would like it slightly wider. 
 I really like this yarn. It is hand-dyed Feza "Artist" extrafine sock weight merino 2004. I would buy this brand again.
I have also been working on Baker Beach. Last week it looked like this. 
I have only added about 100 stitches so far this week, but you can really see the rest of the bridge emerging. I was surprised at how different it looked from last week. I couldn't see the progress when I was working on it.
I will be joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. On Monday I will join the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are up to. I will be working on Baker Beach once again. I want to be able to show you this finished page by the end of February.

We had our resident bunny visit the other day.
I'm sorry the photo is so blurry, but it was dusk and very cold outside so I took the picture from my kitchen window.
It appears that our flower bed edging will need to be reset in the spring. Once again, it is amazing what photos will reveal to you. 

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