Monday, July 17, 2017

Harvest Moon...

Good Monday morning, dear friend!

I hope that this new week finds you refreshed from the weekend, or at least exhausted but happy...

First for the Harvest, and then for the Moon...

Despite the soaring temps, my tomatoes have been going like gangbusters...



These are "Chocolate Covered Cherry," one of my heirloom varieties...they are not showing up in the pic as brown as they really are...they really do taste like a chocolate covered cherry! Thanks to Pa for the both the "harvesting" and the pic.

Now, on to the Moon...

I spent last week, and this past weekend working on AAN "Spring Moon," and I am pleased with my progress. I just love when a WIP begins to take the shape of the design and begins to reveal it's "personality."


It reminds me of those Big coloring books from my childhood that featured designs that we colored in with felt markers, which were old school originals of todays "Adult coloring books." However, as it was the 60s and we were kids, we had no idea that we were either relaxing, or for that matter stressed...who knew back then.

This has been really fun to stitch, as the color changes with each small design, which allows for frequent change, and therefor my attention from becoming deficient. I also adore the bright DMC colors! I should be switching to the next WIP in my rotation, but I am really enjoying this design so I decided to stay with it for a while longer...I'll keep you posted on my progress.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit, dear friend.

Hugs

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Oh Boy!

Good Wednesday morning, dear friend!

I went too long without my daily coffee and blog visits, but I gotta tell ya'll that since I have been daily reading my blogroll, once again, I am over the moon! It feels so good to be connected with all of the many talented friends that I have met over the years...10 in January! You are artists, humorists, humanists, wise folks, and the list goes on. I have laughed and cried with you, and even feel that I know your significant others be they human or animal...or both!

I want to thank you for taking the time to share your lives with me, and I look forward to my daily visits.

That is all

Hugs

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Jeepers, Peepers, Creepers...And A Wedding

Good Sunday morning, dear friend!

Jeepers...
Two posts in one week...what gives, right?

Well, since it's been oh so hot in this here valley there hasn't been much to do outside except keep the plants watered so that they don't die, which has forced me to sit inside with the air conditioning and come to grips with that stack of WIPs that have been peeking out of my stitching basket with looks of disdain upon their fronts for months. So, without anything else to distract me, it's been stitching and not much else.

Shall we start with a start?

I made a nice start on AAN "Spring Moon"



I love the DMC colors that are charted on this design, as they are all so bright and happy, and go perfect with the whimsical design. I find myself excited to get to the next section to see what fun color comes next...I actually find myself looking forward to stitching!

A wee bit of progress...."Bless Our Home" by La_D-Da


I just adore the saying...


I am oh so behind on this sweet sampler, that I started stitching for the kiddos when they first bought their house...over a year ago...insert huge eye roll. As the months rolled by and it was obvious that it was not going to be finished before last December, I changed it to a Christmas 2016 gift, and then I had to concede that perhaps it would be a one year house anniversary gift in May 2017...you can assume just how that turned out. I am determined to have it finished, framed, and in their sweet hands by Christmas...as God is my witness and all that. We'll see, fingers crossed and needle flying.

I also made some progress on "Prayer of Saint Francis" by Lizzie Kate...


If it looks a bit funky when you read the prayer, it's because I have only stitched the right side, so far.

I am using the charted WDW, but as I find it tedious to stitch with (for some reason I am the only person who finds it easily broken and frayed) I chose to use it anyway, since I had all of the colors in my stash...I do love the colors themselves...Now to live by this prayer.

Now for the Peepers...

For months I have been lamenting upon the fact that part of the reason that stitching hasn't been so enjoyable for me is that I have slowed down a lot, and it seems to take me so much more time to finish a lot less area and my eyes get tired so much faster which makes me sleepy. I finally figured out that maybe it was time to up my stitching readers, and decided to try a stronger lens. The next time I was in Costco, I headed over to the book section and up to the reading glasses where the strength chart was, and sure enough I was no longer a 2.5 but had become a 3.0 (don't panic people, as I wear glasses 24/7, they are bifocals with a 2.0 reading strength, but for stitching I need much better magnification). Since I didn't see anything that suited my narrow face (silly God gave me a narrow face and tiny ankles on a size 14/16 body...what was he thinking), and so I took to the Internet and found a perfect pair of readers, that fit great and work fantastic...I have found that I am back to stitching at a much faster pace, and my eyes don't get tired anymore...I'm optimistic that this may be a good thing...I even purchased a second pair yesterday.


Eyebobs.com "Topless" Get it? They are half lenses, which means that I can watch TV and stitch at the same time, Woohoo!

On to the Creepers...

Well, one of the funny things about my little part of So Cal, is the fact that if anyone were to wander from another planet and land upon "The Valley" they would think that they had found a Mediterranean paradise, complete with palm trees, lush gardens, tropical fruit trees and all manner of wild parrots...and yes the occasional movie star...however, it's all a facade, people! You see, the truth is that none of this is native to the area because it's actually a desert...a HOT and arid desert. The palm trees, lush gardens, tropical fruit trees and were either left over from a movie set that was planted and left unattended after wrapping, or were brought in from South America as the bedroom communities boomed throughout the area to accommodate the many people that it took to run the studios...and the parrots, you ask...they migrated here to be near the trees and plants that originated from their region, and some others apparently were released from Busch Gardens when it closed in the 70s...I loved Busch Gardens...but I digress because my point is this...when it gets hot in a desert, things happen...

Which brings me to the Creepers...


It is Alligator Lizard season, which means that what one would usually hear deep inside the bushes and never see, now like to sun themselves upon the walls and windows, and here's the "Kick in the chicklets" they grow to be around 2 feet on average, due to their icky long tails...oh, and they bite!

Oh ya, baby, it's Jeepers Creepers, not this girlie girls idea of a backyard party...thank God for my hose and spray nozzle that helps scoot them out of my line of sight, I'm like Annie Oakley and Calamity Jane all rolled into one determined force to be reckoned with...although sometimes I may "accidentally" soak anyone who is in the back yard with me...just for poots and giggles. OOPs!
In their defense, I do have to say that we have a love/hate relationship with our lizards as they eat all of the mosquitoes that love us, so even young kids learn to appreciate them and just scoot them away from the house doors...now do not get me started on the Rattlers...lol.

The Wedding...

Last weekend my sweet cousin got married and boy was it a fun shindig!


My sister made the mistake of stepping away from the table for a chat with a cousin, and left the kids, my BIL and me, alone at the table...


This is titled, "Two oldies trying to take a selfie." I blame the open bar for that one...

Her new husband is a sweetie, as are his entire family, and we all whooped it up far into the night!

I find that I have been distracted, as of late, away from focusing on my daily blog roll reads and intend to get back to it, so after some rearranging of my priorities I look forward to catching up with each and every one of you...love, love, love.

I thank you for stopping by for a visit.

Hugs

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Enough Already

Many pardons, dear friend, for my lack luster blogging these past few months...I have no excuse. Life is busy, but not that busy, so why have I been such a prodigal blogger? Perhaps it has to do with the fact that I still can't seem to find my stitching mojo, and the quilt bug seems to have died a rather quiet death.

"I stitch therefor I blog" seems to be a silly but common theme for many of us, and so to break that theme, I am going to blog today about something other than stitching...

The one constant love...which has been our road travels in the new RV...we have been having such a blast! We just finished our fifth travel adventure, where we met our dear friends who have just purchased an Airstream TT, and had so much fun that we are planning many more travels together.

We haven't ventured too far out of our comfort zone, yet, since we are still getting to know our Lance TT, which has a rather large learning curve...but that has been part of the fun. Our most recent road trip took us back to the Sequoia's and Kernville (about 3 hours away), where we spent a very hot week beside the raging Kern River. The average temperature was 105, and the winds kicked up each and every afternoon...but thanks to our fully stocked kitchen and amazing air conditioning, we had nothing but good times.

The mornings were glorious, Pa went for his mountain bike ride early...and Teagan and I enjoyed the view while I drank my coffee, but as soon as the sun rose over the mountain, it got hot...


So we moved inside for the main heat of the day...


Teagan enjoyed her daily siesta, while I read and finished "Big Little Lies" by Liane Moriarty...I couldn't put it down, and highly recommend it!

Once the sun set, everyone moved outside for the beauty of the evening cool down...


I should mention that someone had a real blast "swimming" in the dirt, since she couldn't go in the water...


She was treated to a nice cozy bath when she got home...Cheeky little miss!

I have no real stitching progress to share, and have not checked into any of the SALs and groups that I belong to...why should this year be any different, as my M.O. is exactly the same each and every year around July...but, I am determined to get back to, with a nice adjustment of my WIP list and rotation adherence. I must mention that I had thought that I would be stitching up a storm while camping, but I find myself so enjoying my surroundings that I can't get myself to focus on the stitching...it seems like a huge waste of this great land, to spend my time with my eyes focused on a WIP, instead of feasting them upon the beauty around me...and so, I suspect that this will not be stitching time.

Our 4th of July was a very nice and quiet one, shared by Me-Ma, Big Sis, BIL, and Little Brother...who grilled some amazing burgers for us all. It was wonderful and just what the day should be...family, food, and laughter. We took time to appreciate the hope that we carry for our country as it moves through it's own trials and tribulations, and pray for better things to come.
I hope that your 4th of July celebration was enjoyable, and shared by those you adore...

That's the scoop, dear friend, and I thank you for stopping by for a visit.

Hugs