Saturday, July 24, 2010

Passing the word

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Dance! Dance! Dance!

Happy Dance time! Happy Dancing around the room! I finished A Mind Independent and Free by CHS! I tried every angle to get a picture and some portion of it was always blurry. Remember this is a very long piece! I asked DH to hold it up for me but his heart just wasn't in it so maybe after it is framed I will have better luck! Of course, you can always see it at an online shop. I have to confess that I was a bit lazy and left out a tiny bit of it mainly because I was running out fabric and space to stitch on. All in all though I love it and am so thrilled to finally have it completed! I will think for a couple of days on whether to add this chart to my trade list or to put up for a giveaway! Hmmmm, what do you think? *silly wink* I haven't decided what my next new start will be yet but what ever it is, I promise it will be smaller and a lot less complicated! For now though, I am taking a stitching break while I ponder on these important decisions! *big grin*

I went for an evening stroll around our yard. Our tomatoes are coming along. For some reason they don't seem to be as big as usual (by this time) but fresh maters still make my heart go pitty pat especially when Harold decides to fix up a batch of his fried green tomatoes! Look at all the wonderful rose hips on this rose bush!

I have a blogiversary coming up next month. The 5 year mark! Five years of blogging and yacking my head off about basically any and everything! I have blogged about quilting, stitching, scrapbooking, decorating, weather, health issues, sad times, good times, fun trips, cooking, holidays, mundane errands, birds/nature, home repairs, gardening and so much more! And I have been very fortunate to share a lot of this with my dear stitching friends! Unfortunately I had some trouble with blogger a good while back and my earlier posts were lost. In honor of this milestone, I plan on having a giveaway. I don't know what it will be yet but keep checking back to see and have your chance at it.

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

Monday, July 19, 2010

Another Hot One

I have spent the past few days trying to catch up on some of my regular blog reading! I have been making some headway and it's fun to spend time with you all again! Sort of like a visit from a dear back door neighbor! If you haven't heard from me yet, be patient. I'm still making my rounds!

I have been doing some serious window shopping at some of my favorite home decor shops and my wish list has gone wild! I picked up the newest copy of Country Sampler. It was sort of a Good Idea - Bad Idea move. I love my magazines and this one always has some amazing home tours to drool over especially when they show off some wonderful stitching but then I tend to look around our house and wonder why I can't have one of those wonderful homes filled to the brim with eye candy! See what I mean. Good Idea - Bad Idea! *grin*

Our weekend was filled with doing errands again. No fun trips but maybe soon. I did get my camera back, thank goodness! I felt like I was missing a limb while it was gone.

We have been having some serious thunderstorms each evening which does help cool it off quite a bit but the next day is right back on the heat wave chart!

About my stitching, I have been working on it a little at a time. I finally figured out my problem. It happens every year around this time. For some reason (probably the heat), I just don't have any big desire to get motivated. As I said in a past post, these hot days just drain me physically and emotionally! That is why I am anxious for some cooler days so that I will once again feel like me again! I have been working on IM in the evenings and am getting closer and closer to the end! Here is a picture of her current progress and probably the last picture I will take (even once I am finished). It is hard to take an overall photo of this piece without parts of it coming out blurry. But I will announce my grand finish when it happens! Actually, I am further along since this picture was taken and I only have a very few stitches left to do before the big happy dance can begin!

Thank you so much for stopping by and brightening up my day! Your visits and comments mean the world to me! Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart!

Friday, July 16, 2010

I'm Back!

It's the middle of July already! There are several yearly dates that really measure the passing of the year for me. July 4th always means that the hottest summer months are upon us and that there really isn't that much left of summer. Then Labor Day. Once that holiday is upon us, the remainder of the year just seems to flies by!

Another thing that July reminds me of is Secret Santa exchanges! I've never been much on exchanges but this was the one exchange I used to do each year with the online quilt group I was a part of. Sign ups were always in the early part of July. The quilt group has scattered to the wind and with it, a fun tradition. I loved to open that wrapped box each year (it usually arrived around my birthday) and find so many fun goodies! Some sewing needfuls and often there was a homemade trinket or two along with some chocolate or special coffee! I do miss that fun exchange!

I got a phone call from my doctor earlier this month with the results from my stress test. All is well. No problems and nothing they want to follow up on. Yea! I think I will make a toast to this good news with a nice hot cup of coffee! Next dr. thingy on my calendar is to get a blood test concerning my thyroid level. Fingers crossed it's still normal so that I won't need the meds!

I am sorry that I have been MIA from my blog longer than usual. I was in a stitching funk for awhile with nothing to show then Harold took a week off and we stayed busy.

We enjoyed some fireworks on the 4th then came home to hit the sack only to get up after several hours sleep to call an ambulance for DH once again. What a way to start off his vacation! The doctor diagnosed him and told him it was his decision whether to stay or go home. The episode wasn't super bad but because of certain factors, it could justify an overnighter at the hospital if he chose to do so. I would have felt better if had stayed but he came on home.

On one of our trips out, I picked up a bag of dirt to doctor up my Forsythia bush then I decided that I missed having a small lamp in the kitchen and went hunting for one that would make me happy! Success! I just think a lamp in the kitchen is so cozy!

Other than that, we stayed at home in the comfort of the air conditioning. No trips for us this time. The heat was making it hard to us to do much of anything except an occassional outing to the store, restaurant or window shopping. We enjoyed some quality time together in front of the TV and even ventured out to see a movie but sadly that fell through when the movie was broken and not showing. Other than all this fun, we worked on several repairs around the house but I wasn't a lot of help since my bursitis kicked into my shoulder and was determined to run it's course no matter what I did to calm it down! All in all, I am looking forward to Harold taking some more time off (whenever that may be).

On the down side, our computer has been acting like it wants to crawl into a corner and die. Harold worked on it some and helped to revive it for awhile longer!I have been daydreaming that my fairy godmother tells me to go get a new one! Would I want another desktop or should I join the hip crowd and get a laptop? Actually, I would like to get both but I don't think my fairy godmother is quite that generous! *wink* I have found several (of both types) that I am interested in. Of course, until my daydreams become reality, I will be using this dying dinosaur and just hoping that each time I turn it on, it lives to see another day!

No recent stitching pictures this time since my camera is in the shop. I am supposed to get it back today. I really really miss it! It is good to finally be back able to blog and catch up on reading other blogs (although that will probably take awhile to catch up on).

Thanks so much for stopping by! Your visits and comments always make my day. Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart!