Mom and I spent a lovey week in Phoenix, Arizona with my brothers and their families. I went the Camelback High School 50th Reunion while there.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
We have been living here for 18 years now and it's becoming time for some aesthetic changes. First on the list is new carpet in the Great Room and down the hallway. When we had them come out to give us the estimate, I also asked them what they would charge to restretch the carpet in the studio while they were here. Given that it was not as much as I had thought, we agreed that should be done the same time they installed the new carpet. We had to remove all the furniture from the Great Room (where oh where do we put it all? Some went into our bedroom sitting room, some into the garage, and some shoved into the morning room area. Then we needed to unload the entire studio - anything that sat on the floor needed to be removed. Fortunately, my best friend's daughter and her family came up on Saturday and helped. It only took 1 hour to totally clean out the room - some went into our 2nd bedroom (the one that I want to make into a real guestroom) and the rest went into the garage - poor John's truck had to be parked outside since we took over his parking spot for studio stuff.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Some folks might know that those of us who live in the country and have animals need to prepare for the winter well in advance of that season. It's only July, but we are thinking of the coming winter and making sure we have enough food for the 4 cows we are raising. Hence, the delivery of 15 rolls of hay this past weekend.
Sunday, June 20, 2021
I guess it's really not beyond belief if you know me....I tend to make plans to be consistent in blogging and then time gets away from me - big time! I get fairly focused on a project and eveything else just disappears from my radar. This time around, I've finished a couple of quilts, competed in Sock Madness again (year 15!), done a mystery Gnome Knit-a-Long, had several machine embroidery workshops and classes, started teaching my best friend's granddaughter to sew, and started teaching my best friend to use my embroidery machine. It's no wonder I forget to blog! That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!
We are in the throes of summer here in southwest Missouri and summer doesn't officially start for another day or so. It's hot and humid and miserable outside. Not pleasant for me and certainly not pleasant for mom - the humidity is dangerous to her already compromised breathing. So we stay inside a lot during the summer. That gives me a lot of crafting time.
I recently started back to cross stitching. I'd done a lot of that during the 70's and 80's but had put it away when I discovered quilting in the 90's. I read a blog post one day about Floss Tubes and it got me curious. I started watching a few and one of them mentioned Cross Stitch Camp. I researched it and decided I'd like to do it. So I am currently participating in Cross Stitch Camp. For June, you choose a design inspired by someone or something else. For July, do a chart by someone you've never used before, and August is to use either a fabric or thread you've never used before. I've been reading a blog by a lady name Debbie Bailey in Alaska for years...she is a prolific quilter as well as making felt Christmas stockings and small cross stitch ornaments with beads. I had gotten a few of the ornament kits but the beads intimidated me and I'd never done them. I pulled one out and decided to make that one as my June camp project. The way this works is, you post the chart, fabric, and thread on June 1st to the Instagram page with tags to the Camp Director...then on June 30th you post a picture of your finished project. Now, it doesn't have to be framed or hung, just the stitching done. I've never been a monogamous crafter - EVER - but I figured I could get that little cross stitched and beaded ornament completed in 30 days...it's only about 2.5 by 3.00 inches big. So I started it and, well, I finished it the first week of June! Even so much as putting the beaded hanging string and backing it. Here is my June 1st picture.
John has started to work on the gardens....he spent a long weekend cleaning out the garden beds and installing the electric fences and planting the tomatoes and squash.
Sunday, April 4, 2021
It feels as though Easter came early this year. I don't know why...it just does. Thankfully we are all safe and healthy and home. John is cooking a ham and baking some sweet potatoes. I am making a caesar salad and deviled eggs. And there is a choice of peach apply cobbler with ice cream or just ice cream with chocolate sauce for dessert. We have invited our next door neighbor to join us. Simple but still a blessing to be able to share with friends.
When John took the two cows to the vet last November to make sure they had gotten pregnant during their stay at a neighbor's property this past summer, the vet told him that Rosie was about 3 months pregnant and Belle was about 3 1/2 months along. My calculations said that Belle should have her calf in mid-March. Belle had a quick, uneventful delivery of a little girl calf on March 16th and Rosie presented us with her little boy calf exactly 2 weeks later, on March 30th. Both calves are pure black with no other markings. Since Belle belongs to our son and his family in Utah, we left the naming to them. They chose the name the name Babette (or Babs or Baby) and I chose the name Zeke for Rosie's little boy. Here they are this morning...
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Well, today is the last day of 2020 here in the United States. It has been Our own Annis Horribulus! From worldwide Pandemics and the resulting isolation from the community to an accident involving a dog leash, a slight hill, and a less than graceful lady resulting in surgery for a broken wrist, it's been quite a circus!
I will hopefully get my cast off this coming Tuesday. It has been quite an eye-opening and humbling experience. I had no idea how much I rely on my right hand for everyday living. And I am eternally humbled by my darling husband and precious mother for their help for even the most simple things like combing my hair and cutting my food. Let's not talk about bathing and washing my hair (You are my hero, John!) This last 5 weeks in a cast have taught me to appreciate the little things!
We had snow then other day - not much, not enough to interfere with driving on the roads. But enough to make the view from the front pretty.
Sorry this is short...typing with a broken wrist is quite time-consuming and bit painful....Wanted you all to know that we are wishing you a Most Happy New Year....May this next year be blessed beyond measure!