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!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Where does time go?

Hi there cloud friends! Time is just flying by.  It looks like I have been neglecting my blog so here is a quick catch up.  Last Wed. I had my one year checkup for my good old replaced knee.  The Dr. was very satisfied with my progress.  The best news for me was that my right knee looks good!!!  I really feel for people that have to have them both replaced.  I thought it was a big nasty ordeal. Of course, it didn't help that all the pain meds made me sick.  Well, on to happier thoughts.  I have continued to work on  the Mary Jane Smith Sampler.  That's one reason I haven't blogged as much.  There just isn't enough to show very often when you are doing a big sampler.  I have to make a trip to Alabama again.  So I am keeping all the flowers on the border to stitch on the plane.  This will not be a fun trip.  My step-mom has been moved to  the skilled nursing(in the old days , the nursing home )part of her complex.  We have to go down and clear out her apartment.  She is very angry about the whole thing.  The only good part is we will be spending the time with my sister and BIL who live in Florida.
 I am adding some pretty garden photos.  I am really enjoying watching spring come to so many of your gardens!!

 I am not loving  Miss Mary.  However, I saw it finished in a shop and thought it was great so I am continuing to work on her.

 I forgot to show you this wonderful egg my DD, the artist of Woolpets, made for me this Easter. Isn't it wonderful?

 The Wisteria is blooming.

 The first Rosa Metabulis.

 The Golden Rain Drops crab apple has been beautiful this year.  I was weeding under this tree and thought there was a bee hive in the tree as I heard so much buzzing.   No hive just hundreds of bees! I moved away very carefully.

 The peony is now in full bloom.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope your spring is as pretty as these lilacs!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Finish, A Start, and a Walk!

I hope this has been a great week-end for all of you.  It has been spectacular here.  Actually a taste of summer with sun and temps in the 70's.  We have spent lots of time outside getting the deck and the yard ready for summer.  In the yard, we put up the bird bath and fountain.  Tomorrow we plan to fertilize all the plants.  That's going to be a big job!!
In the stitching realm, I finished one design and started a new one.  We all seem to have different habits for stitching.  I generally do one design at a time.  I stitch almost every evening from 7:30 or so till about 10.  My DH loves TV, I can take it or leave it except for a few programs.  Anyway, that's how I got started stitching in the evening.  I would do more at times during the day but good old arthritis only lets me stitch for a few hours a day.
I'm also including a few pictures we took from a walk last week.  We went to a state park called Penrose Point.  It's about a 2 mile walk and much of it is through the woods and often there are water views.  It's a very pretty walk.

 Bittersweet September is all finished!  This is a BBD  from the Ladies Prim Society.  The only changes I made were the linen, 36 ct. to a 32 ct.and the color of the pot on the roof. I am trying a new finish for this design.  I will show you as I get it finished.  I'm not in a hurry as I will most likely use this in the Fall.

 The start of Mary Jane Smith, and I did the traditional happy dance when the border met up just right! I think this is going to be a fun sampler to stitch.  Did you notice, no house?  After the huge white house and the house in Bittersweet September, I am taking a break from houses.  However, not for long as I love houses in samplers!! 

 Two big apple trees and no house!

 We loved the way the clouds were reflected in the water.

 Dead trees provide homes and food for the wild creatures and the birds.

Have a great week and thanks for joining me!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Cross Stitch and Sunsets

I hope all of you have had a good week.  This was our Spring Break out here so I did not have my volunteer job at the school.  It was a nice quiet week for us.  We did have more showers this week so our world is filled with all different shades of beautiful spring green,  after all Seattle is called The Emerald city!
One evening we decided to go over to one of our favorite spots to enjoy the sunset.  The pictures show an area about 30 minutes from our home. I'm also making great progress on  "Bittersweet September" by BBD.  I think I'll be finished after just a few more nights of stitching. 

 Sorry for the wrinkles.  I never press until I am all finished.  This was a fun house to stitch.  I think because of the way the colors were broken up.  I changed the color of the pot on the roof as it was too close in color to the shade of the roof.  I have one more design to put in the pot and the border flowers to finish and then it will be done.  I have an idea for finishing that I will share when I am finished,

 Sunset at Seabeck!

 These are the Olympic Mountains.  During most winters they would have lots more snow at this time of year.
I love the way the evergreens look in front of the mountain.

Thanks so much for joining me today.  We went for a nice walk so I will show the photos when I finish the project.  Have a wonderful week!

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Tulip Festival

Hello Cloud Friends! If you read my blog to see stitching, you might want to skip this one because today, I'm taking you to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival! The Skagit Valley is a few hours north of Seattle.  The DH and I took the ferry and headed up there for the day.  It was beautiful.  There are between 400 and 700 acres planted with tulips.  Between 300,000 and 400,000 people come from around the world.  That's why we went on a cloudy Wed.!!! I can only imagine that sunny week-ends are impossible. The first thing I will show you are the fields.  I compare them to rainbows on the ground!

 Now, I will share some of our favorite combinations.

 Here are some individual favorites

I hope you enjoyed seeing photos of the Tulip Festival. Thanks for joining me.  I wish all of you a very Happy Easter!!!!