Sunday, May 9, 2021

When it Rains

 Happy Mother's Day! 


I am so happy that our son is visiting us this weekend. He actually planned this visit not only for Mother's Day, but to give me a hand as Hubby had hernia surgery on Thursday. Hubby came through the surgery wonderfully and was feeling great all the rest of the day Thursday and most of Friday. He was walking around just fine and having no trouble getting up and down from the couch or even walking up and down the stairs to our second floor. I was even able to leave him for a half hour each day to take a quick visit to mom. Then the nerve block that was used wore off Friday evening and the pain and discomfort began in earnest on Saturday. Thankfully our son drove up yesterday morning so I have some help. He or I can help out my mom or Hubby's mom if necessary. Mother's Day will be quite low key today. 

Now for the 2nd story about Thursday. Hubby is showering to get ready for his 7:45 am surgery appointment. I had just finished showering and was on the first floor gathering a water bottle and the newspaper. I hear a "click, click, click" which turned out to be a "drip, drip, drip" of water from the top of the window in the downstairs bathroom to the bottom. Now this window is directly below the shower in our bathroom and there was a puddle forming. Needless to say there wasn't much I could do except dry up the puddle and leave a towel on the windowsill at the time. This did manage to distract Hubby from some of the anxiety he was feeling about the surgery though. After a plumber's visit on Friday, it turns out that the drain pipe has dislodged (I thought the problem had to do with the water regulator as I now have to turn the handle all the way up to get hot water. I was worried that the tiles that we recently - two weeks ago - had regrouted would now have to be busted up.) The plumber will hopefully be able to fix the drain pipe this coming week from the outside of the house through the overhang. He will also be changing the regulator for the hot water....no tile busting needed. 

Now about the 2nd story about our son's visit. Unfortunately his car was rear-ended in traffic on a local parkway in Brooklyn about 30 miles from home. The damage isn't much thankfully and our son wasn't at all injured. The car that hit him wasn't registered. On a better note, my son gave me this beautiful hanging basket of flowers for Mother's Day. 

On Friday, the deck guys came to replace some boards and part of the railing cap as well as seal the deck against water. All of our patio furniture as well as our grill are currently on our back lawn.

Speaking of the back lawn...a bunny decided last Sunday to start burrowing to make a nest right in the middle of it. Now this must be a first time mother bunny as our back lawn is right out in the open. Needless to say, after checking the area for possible babies, we discouraged Miss Bunny from continuing her burrowing by covering the area with an overturned garbage pail. We saw her hopping around the yard later this week. Hopefully she found a more suitable place for her nest. 

On Tuesday I realized that the air-conditioning in my car wasn't working. Hubby had noticed a leak under my car when it was parked in the driveway that we knew wasn't oil. My car went in for repair on Wednesday and is all fixed now. It is 15 years old and I think it is getting to be time for a new one. I had the same air-conditioning problem last summer.

So you can see, the past week has been a case of "When it rains, it pours".

Despite all that going on this past week, I did manage to get a bunch of stitching in on my secret project. Here is a little peek. 

I am filling in the half-cross stitch background on the upper half of this piece. Once these stitches are completed the upper half will be complete except for backstitching which I will leave until the end. I am making steady progress, but I can't work on this over the weekend while my son is here.

That means Santa will be getting all the attention for the next few days. I really enjoy working on Santa, because I get to stitch large swaths of one color each time. 

I added some stitches to his hat since my last update.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. I will be taking care of Hubby, visiting with our son, stitching Santa and maybe planting some flowers. That is for another post.

Thanks for stopping by! 


Sunday, May 2, 2021

New SAL project

Three Boats has been put aside for now as I realize that I just can't juggle working on 3 different cross-stitch projects especially when 2 of them are time sensitive. That being said, I will now be sharing my Santa Christmas stocking for my Stitch-along updates as the other project is my secret stitching. I will return to posting Three Boats updates once Sant is finished.

 I have been steadily working on this stocking to have ready for my son-in-law for this Christmas. The last time I shared this piece on my blog, I had finished filling in Santa's face. 

As I have mentioned previously, I am not filling in any of the white stitching until most other colors are completed as I want it to stay as clean as possible. I wash my hands before I stitch on Santa, but the white can still get dirty from handling. Currently I am working on a small part of Santa's hat. It is nice to add some more colors.

A happy cheer for the fact that my son received his second vaccine yesterday! Now only my daughter and son-in-law are waiting on their second which they will get in about 2 weeks. My son will probably be visiting next weekend for Mother's day and to give me a little help as Hubby is having hernia surgery this Thursday. 

Thanks so much to Avis at Sewing Beside the Sea for hosting this Stitch Along every three weeks.

Grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea and take some time to visit the other talented bloggers below who are part of this stitch-along. You will see a wide variety of stitching projects. These talented stitchers are from all over the world so please allow for the time differences and check back for each post. 

AvisClaireGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathy

MargaretCindyHeidiJackie, SunnyMegan,

 DeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharon

DaisyAnneAJ, JennyLauraCathie

LindaHelen  

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