Friday, May 16, 2014

A Little bit of Everything

Well, it was 4 weeks ago today that I had my knee replacement.  I am so glad this month is over!!!!! ( Every time I think a thought like that , I think of my dear Mom who said it is wrong to wish your life away!!) Sorry Mom, I am GLAD this month is over.  I do PT twice a week at my Dr.'s facility and then on the other 5 days, I do it at home.  It always hurts but I am making good progress and that is what counts. Enough of that!  I have relegated "Liberty Lane" to a WIP and started on "Betsy" that is an older Sheepish Designs chart.  There are still lots of things I can't do and I think I needed my stitching project to have lots of different things going on.  I got a bit bored with the houses in "Liberty Lane".  I do love the design and I'm sure I will go back to it.  In the meantime , I am having lots of fun stitching "Betsy". Plus it is a good patriotic design and I will easily have it done before the 4th of July. I'm also sharing a few garden pictures with you.  Even walking down in my garden makes me feel better. The DH is doing a great job weeding etc.  These are actually things I like to do.  Both of my children were sweet enough to think of me on Mother's Day and I'll show you my wonderful gifts from them.

 The start of " Betsy"

 I have changed a few colors.  I am using more barn red and coral, not so much the pink shades.  Plus I am using my favorite Needlepoint Silks Inc. for the blue colors. More details as I go.

 I love the way it looks but I was just getting too bored with houses and I still have3 more to go!

 My DD, Laurie of Woolpets fame, made this wonderful Steller Jay to add to my bird collection.  I am trying to come up with an idea for sharing all my birds in one area.  I think that will really show them off.

 My son and his family sent me these beautiful tulips!  They were just beautiful and he knows how much I love flowers.

 I love this picture of a chive blossom just beginning to open.

 A dear friend gave me this Itoh Peony 3 years ago.  It was just a baby.  This year, it is filled with beautiful blooms.  This vaiety is called "Morning Lilac."

The ruler shows the bloom to be 8 inches wide.

Thanks so much for joining me and I hope you all have a wonderful week-end!


  1. Ha!
    Have to laugh! My mother used to say the same thing about wishing my life away!
    Hope you are fit as a fiddle very soon!

  2. I think we were all told variation on that theme about wishing our lives away but there are definitely some time periods that need to move on quickly! Hope you have a fast recuperation. Love Betsy - I'm in the mood for something patriotic too. And that stellar jay is so cute -I love bird stuff ... among my many other collections - LOL!. Enjoying the flowers here, although we've had a cold snap - brought my hanging baskets inside the garage last night to be on the safe side. Have a great weekend.

  3. Beautiful stitching Barb,both projects are delightful.
    I am glad you are making progress with your knee.One of my closest friends is recuperating from a knee op.Unfortunately she does not stitch or read much!! I tried to interest her in stitching but it isn't her 'thing'
    Hope you have a good weekend.

  4. I am so behind in blog reading. I am just now seeing that you had surgery. I am glad that you are on the mend. :-)

    I love liberty lane. It is looking beautiful. I completely understand about needing to change projects to keep some variety in your life. :-)
    I love the color changes you made to the other stitchery. It's looking lovely. I LOVE the birds that your daughter make! ! She is so talented. :-)
    Your flowers are gorgeous! I hope each day finds you stronger and healthier. :-)

  5. I'm another trying to catch up with blog reading.
    I hope you continue to make a good recovery after the knee surgery.
    Beautiful stitching.
    The little bird looks so real :)
    Happy weekend,

  6. Lovely stitching, Barb--I really like how Betsy is looking. I am happy to hear that you are improving, and hope that progress continues at a quick rate! I hope you have a great weekend.

  7. Gosh, I can't believe it's been four weeks since your surgery, Barb!! This year is simply flying by, isn't it? Good to hear that you're feeling better and better...

    Betsy is one of my all-time favorite designs. I started it last year, got a bit further than where you are, but miscounted and the big peacock was stitched in the wrong place. So, I set it aside and never got back to it! Maybe seeing your progress will inspire me :)

    I'd love to see a photo of all of your wool pet gifts from your daughter--they are so beautifully made!

    Enjoy your weekend :)

  8. Wonderful to hear you are doing your PT. Just PLEASE keep up all your efforts on your PT. All your hard work will pay off. Betsy is looking so pretty! Love your Liberty Lane! Good to switch off wips and keep stitching. Makes it fun too:) Sending you well wishes.
    love Annette

  9. Glad you are making progress Barb. Slow and steady wins the race. The women in my family also chant don't wish your life away! Love your nested felted bird and what a wonderful peony. Stitch whatever is fun!

  10. Glad you are making progress with your knee.
    Betsy is looking good, and Liberty Lane looks so colorful.
    Sometimes we have to switch projects for awhile.
    The Stellar Jay is sooooooooooooo cute.
    Thank for the flower pics, that's one big Poppy!

  11. Love your Liberty Lane ! Your new project looks great ! The felted bird from your daughter is beautiful , as are the tulips ! Glad you are doing better , wish your therapy wasn't painful !

  12. Hi Barb! Glad to hear things are going along in the right direction with your knee. Physio is a great thing post surgery. I am sorry to hear it does hurt though. I loved your stitching and those houses are just lovely! The jay is superb! Great colors. The tulips are so beautiful. We planted tulip bulbs here one year and not one came up. I guess the squirrels got them all. Have a great weekend!

  13. Wishing you continued healing with the knee surgery ... no pain, no gain! Love your stitching WIPs. Your flowers are gorgeous, I'm glad they brighten your days.

  14. Love your Betsy start Barb!! The other LHN project looks great too.
    You need to find some great branches to display your birds on your mantle.
    I hope that the PT starts to get easier as you strengthen and heal.

  15. I am stitching Betsy now, too! I'm really loving her as well. I had to go find your Laurie's Woolpets. So beautiful - I'd love to see your collection.

  16. Know that you're glad to have the last month behind you. We have a young friend at church who had the same surgery two weeks ago and is still on a walker.

    Your new project looks wonderful, and I always enjoy seeing your daughter's beautiful creations. Wouldn't they look cute in a bird cage or on a branch in your house?