Winter Flowers

Winter Flowers

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!


  1. What a difficult trip that must have been, Barb. We are dealing with my MIL's effects and this week my husband is making the trip over the mountain passes to bring back the things that the kids have said they'd like and to hold a memorial tea. I will go to Edmonton to be with our son. Hard decisions all around.
    It has been dry here too and I can't believe that I have to water in May! Your pansies are so pretty - I'd have a hard time letting them go too!

  2. Beautiful stitching, Beautiful flowers, Sunny Greetings from New Orleans, Alice

  3. I hope your step-mom adjusts well to her new living arrangements. Must have been difficult for everyone. Very nice florals.

  4. It is no easy task to box up the treasures of another...I'm sure you did a great job! Oh I love that little BBD bird... I stitched him a couple of years ago but never found an oval frame...settled for a square one. Hope you have time to relax & stitch now that you are home.

  5. Those pansies are so pretty. It's a tough job having to go through a loved ones belongings so soon. At the least, we have our stitching to take our minds off of things and mull things over. Have a great week too!

  6. Cudowne kwiaty. Pomarańczowe bratki niesamowite! Pierwszy raz wizę taki piękny odcień.

  7. It's hard to go through another's belongings.
    Hope your Step-Mom adjusts to her new home.
    The BB will look great in the oval frame.
    That's a lot of berries on Mary Jane!
    She looks great, so pretty.
    Your flowers are all beautiful.
    Love, love, love the Iris.
    They are my favorite flower.
    Mom always had them.

  8. Sorry to hear that you had to go through difficult family things. But I am glad to see you back.
    Your stitched pieces are beautiful !! And I love the bright blooms around your house :)

  9. That sounds very difficult. I'm glad you are still stitching.

  10. I;m so sorry about your step-mom. It is painful when your loved ones don't really know who you are. The mason jar with tulips - my daughter sent me one - so lovely!! Glad you are back.

  11. I'm sorry to read about your step-mom. Hope she feels comfortable in her new home. This disease is so cruel. Glad to read you are still stitching. It helps!
    Your stitching is beautiful and so are the flowers.
    Warm greetings from Germany

  12. Sorry about your step mom ,Barb.. Love your two projects ...going to look up that BBD chart :) The flowers are beautiful ..those orange pansies are amazing!

  13. Sorry to hear about your step-mom. I had the same difficult task to go through 6 months ago with my mom. She is very angry and depressed about being in a skilled nursing facility....and guess who bears the brunt of her anger.

    Your flowers are lovely. Now I want to go out and buy more plants!.....Carolyn

  14. After such a difficult visit it must have been a reief to be home with your lovely flowers and stitching projects.
    I hope your step mom is as comfortable as possible Barb,

  15. Barb - A very tough trip, no easy decisions I am sure. What a pretty berry border on your stitch. I love your Pacific Coast Iris and your pansies - the colors are very you! Pretty tulip bouquet. Welcome home - we are getting some much needed rain showers and hope you are too.

  16. Having been through a similar situation with my dad not so long ago, I truly understand all the emotions that you've dealt with lately, Barb. At least now you know your step-mother is safe and well-cared for. It must be difficult being so far away from her and trying to deal with everything.

    Anyway, I'm glad you're home again and your stitching and gardening time are picking up--everything looks just lovely! Enjoy those tulips--they are just lovely :)

  17. I do know how hard your trip must have been Barb, We did something similar last summer for my mother. But I'm happy you found some time for stitching! And your flowers are a real day brightener.

  18. I am sorry for such a difficult task you had. That is not ever easy. Hopefully going forward its a bit better for all. Your stitching is lovely and coming along! Have not had a chance to visit the store I mentioned to you yet. So much stuff has happened in the last little while that I am waiting for a "break in the clouds" so to speak. Then its on the agenda!! Lovely flowers too!! I have never ever seen irises that color - magnificent!! Love the Halloween colors! I try to plant purples and oranges too! :)

  19. So sad we have had to do this twice it is hard.
    Love the flowers so pretty.
    Love your stitching choices, I have a Patriotic corner in my home, love it to bits.


  20. I felt the same way when I had to clean out my mom's house. Your flowers are beautiful. I don't think I'd pull out those fall flowers--I'd let the fall flowers continue their wonderful display.

  21. Oh Barb, it would have been a very hard trip for you. We are yet to clean out my DFIL's room and it has now been four months! Lovely stitching and flowers. Hugs, Kaye

  22. Sorry to hear your reason for going to Alabama wasn't a happy one. That is so hard to do, I did a lot of that with my Mum's crafting supplies when she passed. Hard to let things go but you can't keep it all.

    Congrats on getting all of the berries done on your sampler.

  23. Oh Barb, what a tough trip. ((HUGS)) Those Irisis are BEAUTIFUL!! OMG I love the color. My grandfather use to grow Irisis. He had quit a garden full of these beautiful flowers, they have always been one of my favorites.

    Wishing you a great week

  24. A very difficult thing to do, and it doesn't help when you live so far away. I know it from my own experience when my sister and I were shutting down my dear mother's apartment some years ago.

  25. It is never easy to see a family member with that disease. Glad you could come home and be cheered by your stitching and all those beautiful flowers! Hugs!

    1. Aw Barb, I'm sorry to hear about your step mom. It's never easy to deal with these issues. I am sending my thoughts and prayers to you. Lovely stitching and beautiful flowers! Hugs!