Sunday, May 24, 2015

Stitching and gardening

I have finally been cleaning some windows and getting my flower pots filled. Yesterday was spent cleaning all of the windows in my living room, washing the sheer curtains and putting them back up as well as ironing my summer drapes and hanging them. Finally my living room has emerged from its winter look and is ready for the warm weather. 
I also spent some time after work this week potting my vegetables.
I potted 2 cherry tomato plants (the only tomatoes that will grow for me), a sweet yellow pepper and a perennial strawberry plant.

Today I finished filling the pots with flowers for my back yard deck.

 I love the way all the little plants perk up once you put them in the pots. They will fill out in a few weeks and I will have lush pots to enjoy. I will probably start feeding them sometime next week.
Since I have had these other chores lined up after work, I haven't gotten much stitching done. I did a tiny bit on my Prairie Schooler Santa.
You really can't tell it is a Santa yet.
I am also still stitching with the same gray color as last week on Baker Beach.
Last week:
This week:
I hope to finish this color later today. I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are up to.
Lastly, my absolute favorite azalea bloomed in all its glory this week.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Spring blooms

My azaleas are all in bloom!
This one is hidden behind our pool.
These are under my Kousa dogwood near the birdbath and feeder.
 There is also a rhododendron that is just starting to bloom.
These hanging baskets were a Mother's Day gift from my husband.
I hope to get some time today to sit on my back deck, enjoy my flowers and complete some stitching. I have been working on Baker Beach a little bit this week. Here it is last week.
This is where I am as of yesterday.
I hope to finish that brown-grey color that I am currently working on today. I might even be able to stitch those wires today also. 
I am joining Kathy today for some Slow Sunday Stitching. I am also joining the Stitchery Link Party. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are stitching.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day Stitching

Happy Mother's Day!
I hope all the mothers out there get a chance to relax and stitch today!
I have sorely neglected my stitching recently. If you read my most recent posts you will understand why. 
Yesterday I sat down for a little while and made more progress on Baker Beach. Here is what it looked like two weeks ago.
This is where I am as of today.
 I am just about halfway done with my third page. I hope to stitch some today also.
I am joining Kathy for my Slow Sunday Stitching today. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching.

We have a baby bunny visiting our back yard. A few years back we had regular visits from a rabbit family, but last year we only saw a bunny once in a while. We see this little one almost daily.
It is really quite small. That black edging is only a couple of inches high. It is always a treat to see "bunny" in the yard. Unfortunately, I scared him/her the other day when I was tossing bread ends out for the birds. I didn't know that "bunny" was in the flower bed behind our deck. "Bunny" took off like a shot. Thankfully I have seen "bunny" in the yard since then. I really like watching them grow.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sad News

Sadly PO Brian Moore passed away on Monday. 
 Friends, neighbors and strangers have rallied to honor him.

His family needs our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Slow Sunday Prayers

Prayers can work miracles.
 I am asking my followers and fellow bloggers to pray for the young police officer mentioned in this article and his family.
He grew up as my neighbor. He graduated high school with my son.
I can add nothing more.
Thanks for your prayers.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Sky is Very Blue

The sky is blue here on Long Island. Cool and windy, but still sunny with blue skies. My daffodils are in full bloom and some of my tulips from previous Easter gifts have also bloomed.

 Hubby and I bought some pansies last week for our front porch.

I am in the midst of stitching blue sky also.
This is where I was last week.
I hope you all like seeing a bunch of cross-stitch for quite a while, because right now I am enjoying getting between a half-hour to an hour of stitching in each day. I really want to finish Baker Beach this year. That may be pushing it though because it is so large.
This is where I am as of yesterday:
I have had some followers ask me how big this is going to be. The finished picture will be approximate 18" wide by 11" high. You can see the finished height in the picture above, but I have to stitch two page widths to the left and two page widths to the right of the vertical part of the picture that is so far completed. There are thousands for cross-stitches in my future.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are hand-stitching. I will continue stitching Baker Beach and maybe work a little on my Prairie Schooler Santa. I would love to be able to sit on my porch in the sun and stitch, but it may not be warm enough.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015


I finally finished my Jaunty Jacket. The collar was very easy to finish. I really just had to actually get it started.
It fits perfectly. I am so happy! A much better result than Mom's vest. 
I think that now I will return to my Granny Square Roses. 
I am sort of tired of seeing them hang around my house. I can also work on these anywhere which make them easy to work on anytime. I believe I will make these into an afghan. I just have to decide how large I want it to be and whether I want to break the rose squares up with plain colored Granny Squares.

I am joining Ginny for Yarn Along this week. 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 seem to be on a romance novel kick. This is not for any reason except that I have been able to download them for free from the Apple Store on my mini-iPad or on my Kindle through Overdrive. I don't have any large chunks of reading time right now so these fit the bill. 
I have finished reading Since You've Been Gone by Anouska Knight. I never really cared about any of the characters in this book. I found the story fairly bland. I would not recommend it.
I also read Country Heaven by Ava Miles. This was a fairly good romance novel that actually had you interested in the characters. I even teared up a couple of times. I would be interested in reading the subsequent books in this series to find out what happens to the secondary characters. 
I have just started reading The Beach Quilt by Holly Chamberlain. This appears to be a mothers/teens relationship book. So far it is an easy read.

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