Monday, June 07, 2010

A Little Excitement

A big thank you to everyone who has expressed concern over my last post. I'm not really worried especially since the dr. said all my tests (so far) were clear and good.

It was a short and busy weekend. We went out of town for the day on Saturday to where my dad lived. The Hospice House had a dedication for the brick walkway which some of you may remember me mentioning a while back. Harold and I had a brick put in the walkway in my dad's memory. It's a beautiful walkway (pictured to the side) which they hope to add to and an emotional trip for me to the Hospice House since this is where he passed away and I have my final memories of him here. Since he is buried somewhere else, I placed a single flower on his brick. Afterwards, we stopped by my all time favorite BBQ place. I grew up eating this BBQ and every time we would come up to visit, my dad would make sure I would get some whether we came out to eat here or just got some take out. In my opinion, it's the best BBQ in the world but I could be showing some favoritism since I have so many fond memories of this place! Next, we stopped by the cemetery to place some flowers on my mother's and infant brothers graves. The last stop was to go by and visit with my stepmother whom I haven't seen since October. So much had happened around here making it hard for us to get back up and to be honest, it is a little hard for me to go into my dad's house knowing he won't be there to greet me with a big hug.

All of our running around on Saturday meant that we were going to have to grocery shop on Sunday. Ugh. Who wants to grocery shop on a Sunday? Not me but we really had no choice or did we. On our way home from out of town on Saturday, DH's work called and left a message they needed him for an emergency job on Sunday so before we even went home on Saturday, we stopped and picked up some groceries to last a few days until we can get back out for the main shopping! By the time we finally got home we were both so exhausted and ready to collapse.

I updated by trade/wishlist (link in the sidebar) because it won't be long before I am adding Independent Mind to the list that I have for trade. The house on Independent Mind was really holding me up. For some reason I just couldn't get moving on it but I finally decided that enough was enough and I picked it up and really got busy on the house! Hopefully that will be the last stitching block in my path to finishing up this piece.

I took some time to look through all my HRH charts. I have often mentioned how much I love them but also how intimidated I am by them mainly because of their size. I had an idea about how to do them and make it so much easier on me. I would like to do my favorite blocks individually, frame each one individually and have a HRH wall of all sorts of pieces intermingled! It sounds like it would take a lot of the pressure off of me and in my mind it looks wonderful! I even have the wall picked out. The one and only draw back is that would be a lot of frames to buy! So for now I am back at square one trying to figure out a way to do these pieces that will make me happy and in the meantime other stitchers are starting and finishing their HRH designs! So far I have three ideas on how I may do them. I would love some input! Tell me what you think.
1. Just like they are shown
2. Cut the designs back to 9 of my favorite blocks (I really don't like them all)
3. Do each one individually and frame it on an HRH wall (my favorite idea and probably most expensive)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Your visits and comments always mean the world to me! Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart!


Margaret said...

It's nice that you got to go to the dedication of the walkway at your father's hospice. Sad memories but a good thing. Good for you for being almost done with A Mind Independent! Can't wait to see a pic! As for the HRH -- I like that expensive idea of doing your favorite blocks individually. What a beautiful wall that would make!

Hazel said...

I echo Margaret. Hopefully there were lots of good memories for you too. x

Jeanne said...

It's nice to have the memorial brick which you can visit from time to time. I'm not trying to compare my dog to your father, but we have a memorial brick for him at the stadium in our city and everytime we go there for a game we stop and 'visit' him. I plan on doing only my favorite 9 blocks of CoHRH. Individual blocks would be nice but yes the framing costs would be a roadblock for me. You could finish them yourself like I did with the Thanksgiving banner (see my recent blog entry) - that cost me virtually nothing. It's a thought :).

Carolyn NC said...

How sweet to have a memorial brick for your dad. Looking for pics of IM, now; don't forget! I vote for doing the blocks you want and forget the rest. And either individually or together will look great!

Deb said...

I have to echo Margaret for everything that she said! And I too hope there were a lot of wonderful memories for you!

Siobhan said...

I echo Margaret, too! ((((((((Sherry))))))))))

I do like the expensive idea of the HRH being framed individually. Maybe save up framing dollars. Every ten hours spent stitching on a HRH design, slip a dollar into an envelope. I tried doing that once & always robbed myself (LOL), but it's worth a try. You could also finish some into pillows & put them in a basket nearby the framed pieces.

Meari said...

That's really nice you had a brick put in your Dad's name. The pathway looks beautiful.