The Heron

The Heron

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Hi Cloud Friends!( Remember that's the name my DH has given to all of you).  I hope it has been a nice week-end.  I am sure the weather has gone completely crazy.  I know rain exists because I have read about it on your blogs.  I sure haven't seen it around here for so long!!-Yes this really is the Seattle area!  Everything is turning brown unless it gets watered.  That ,plus our temps are ranging 10 degrees above normal.  I am watering my garden and that's about it.  So you will see some of the flowers that are blooming now. 
I'm still working on  For Spacious Skies by Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery.  I have made lots of changes to the cottage.  I want it to look like a Nantucket cottage so I have gone from browns to greys.  I will most likely finish it this week. 
I also want to wish all the fathers a very happy day.  My DH has gone to the US Open at Chamber's Bay so he will not be around at all.  I hope he has lots of fun.  I put the photo of the St. Francis in my garden on the blog today.  This is to honor the memory of my wonderful Dad who always had one in every garden that  he grew!


 I did lots more on the house last night.   The grey does show up better than on this photo.

 I love day lilies.  However, we have been hit with a very nasty bug, the hemerocallis gall midge.  It deforms the buds.  These two aren't as affected as some of my other day lilies.




 My DH has a great sense of humor.  He saw this little guy in a garden shop and just had to add it to the garden!

 I think this has been the best year for the Mock Orange.  It is almost finished blooming and I will miss it's wonderful scent!

I love you Dad and I will always miss you.

Thanks for joining me today and have a wonderful week!

Monday, June 15, 2015

A Catch Up !

Greetings Cloud Friends!  I hope all is going well with each of you.  We are still very warm and sunny.  As you might have heard, the US Open Golf Tournament is here this week and week-end.  The DH has tickets for the final round on Sun.  I will be home sitting on my lovely cool deck stitching, no golf crowds for me! I have head some people say that they are worried about the world seeing how beautiful it is out here.  The golf course is along Puget Sound , a lovely location.  That plus the week-end is to be sunny and warm, dispelling the myth that it rains all the time up here!
Anyway on to stitching.  I finished ,"In Full Glory" by BBD.  I used linen and threads that I had so I didn't follow the chart. The great thing was, it fit perfectly into an antique frame that the DH and I had bought several months ago.  It is another walnut with a small black inner border.  I love it. 
Since I am still in a patriotic mood, I started Heartstring Samplery's "For Spacious Skies".  I love the big flowers on this design.
I have also added a few pictures of our house on Flag Day and the hydrangea bushes.






 I can't wait till this is all blue!!

Thanks for joining me! Have a wonderful week!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Cross stitch and Lighthouse Views

Hi to all my cloud friends!! I hope you are all getting ready to have a wonderful week-end!  Here in the Pacific NW, the weather is just incredible, maybe even a bit warm for me.  I love the 70's but the 80's are getting a bit warm. I finished Miss Mary Jane this week and started a small patriotic piece by BBD.  Today the DH and I were on duty at the lighthouse.  We do this once a month from April to Sept.  What a beautiful day at the beach! I hope you enjoy the pictures.

 A finished Mary Jane Smith!


 I did change a small portion.  Where you see my initials there was a very strange looking girl, no arms.  Plus it was all in over one.  I didn't think it was worth that effort.  I do like the way the initials look in that small space.

 This is my current project.  I'll have photos in a day or so.

 I stitched this a long time ago.  I think I will get around to finishing it this year.

 Welcome to the Point No Point Lighthouse!

 I have shown lots of pictures of the lighthouse so today I am focusing on the drift wood furniture and sculptures by the Keeper's House. We have no idea who has done this work.  You can rent half of this house. What a great place to spend a hot week-end!



 Room for a snack or an adult beverage!



 Do you see the eye on what I think might be a  porcupine??!!?

 Mount Rainier.  It is quite a treat to see the mountain from this far away!

 Makes me want to sing,"Oh beautiful for spacious skies......"

 View from the door

 View from a window! I'd say not a bad place to spend a Fri. afternoon!!!!

Thanks so much for joining me and have a great week-end!


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Gift and Some Stitching

I very quietly celebrated a birthday last week and my DD made a wonderful gift for me.  She had been experimenting with copying NW native designs in wool.  The raven is a very important symbol to the NW tribes.  She presented me with the most beautiful raven! 

Isn't it just lovely !  I am very proud of her talent as an artist.  Of course, this is a one-of-a-kind.

Now on to some stitching.  I am really getting close to finishing Mary.  I was in a mood to do something more patriotic but decided to finish her first as I am within a week of being done. She is growing on me. I am now doing some of the over one verse-not my favorite part!


As you can see, I have the red flowers in the middle to finish but decided to get to that over one verse.

Finally, here are a few flowers blooming in the garden right now.
 

 
Thanks so much for joining me and have a wonderful week!


Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

Many of us in the U.S. are taking time today to think about the many men and women  and their families who have sacrificed so much for our nation.  While it is a time to remember those who did not come home, it is a time for our family to be very thankful for the one who did come home, Major Jeffrey Stvan.

 Jeff flew 2 tours in Iraq in  a Blackhawk helicopter.

 About a year ago with our grand daughter Hannah.

 A few years ago when he became Major with Caleb.

 Last Fall enjoying some football together.

 Last July he married Kacey  and gained another son Ian.

Thanks for joining me today.  Tomorrow, I will do a catch up post on stitching.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Stitching and Flowers

Greetings to all my cloud friends! I am tring to post at least one time each week.  Since I am working on that larger sampler, there isn't as much to see in the cross stitch world. 
It has been a busy week still working on my step-mom's situation.  Things are still coming up that need our attention.  I will be very glad when we get things into more of a routine. We have totally taken over any business that she has.  She is not even able to write her own checks any more. It complicates things as we are so far away.
Anyway, I am still busy with Mary and I still don't love her.  We will just have to see.
Isn't it hard to believe that Memorial Day will be in just about a week??!! I'm getting the itch to start a patriotic design.  That will be a good topic for my next post.

 This is so much brighter than it shows.  Last night while watching, "Outlander" I got most of the left side finished.



 I think this turned out just right for the oval antique frame.  This year, I hope to do my patriotic decorating  so it will be up from Memorial Day through the 4th of July.  Then I can do the summer decorating. All that decorating keeps me out of trouble!




Just a few of the pretties from the garden this time of year.  I hope you have a wonderful week and thanks for joining me!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Back Home!

We are finally home from our very difficult trip to Alabama.  The purpose of the trip was to shut down my step-mom's apartment as she has been moved to skilled nursing care.  We are not sure she knew who we were.  That plus, I found it very difficult to get rid of her things while she is still alive.  I was not able to do any commenting and I have missed all of you and your blogs.
I do have some stitching to share. I saved all of the berries on the Mary Jane Smith Sampler to stitch on the plane.  I have also decided my summer project for the antique oval frame. I was going through charts and found the "Souvenir's of Summer "  booklet by BBD.  I am stitching Summer Song.  It will go well with any patriotic decorating that I decide to do. 
My last pictures are taken in the garden and on the deck. We came home to very dry conditions.  It did not rain while we were gone.
 I hope all of you that have children had a great Mother's Day.  I spent mine with my DD and had phone calls from my son and DIL as well as my sweet little grandson! All in all it was the perfect day.

 Summer Song using the suggested floss and a scrap of linen that I had, I think it is antique ivory.


 All the berries on Mary Jane finished!!


 My dear kids know what I love-FLOWERS!!! Tulips from son and DIL.

 So many tulips I had to use two containers!

 Beautiful Rhodies from my DD's yard!


 I love these iris. I think the colors are magnificent!


 If you have followed my blog for long, you know I love the Fall and Halloween.  I planted these two containers last Fall.  This is what they look like today.  I hate to pull the flowers out for my summer planting!!!!

Thank you so much for joining me today and have a wonderful week!