Tuesday, February 15, 2011

It's In the Air

It's been fairly dull around here since my last post which as you all know is just fine with me! Drama and disasters don't fit well into the scheme of things for me so I treasure the moments that it stays at a distance.

We had our usual weekend of errands and grocery shopping. Not one of my favorite things to do because as soon as all the bags are brought in, we are pushed aside as two grown bottom pits that we call our sons scour through each one for something to immediately devour as if they haven't eaten in weeks! I have learned to just step aside and let them do their thing before attempting to put everything where it belongs. Otherwise, it could be life threatening!

Our weather has been simply gorgeous! Warmer days, clear skies and sunshine! I call this our Spring teaser because it seldom fails that we get all excited about the nicer days and the trees begin to bud then Winter hits again. I can just hear Mother Nature laughing when this happens and saying "Silly people. Haven't you learned by now that I'm not finished with you".

I have been waking up to the sweet sounds of the birds courting songs. The bluebirds are busy starting on their nests. They often make decoy nests in one of the bird houses as well as the one they plan to use in another house. Time to get the feeders ready and stock up on food to help them out a bit during nesting season. The business of Spring has begun.

My rotation isn't coming along very well at the moment. I keep working on Marianne and saying "when I finish this section I will set it down" but I just can't seem to part with her so I keep on stitching. Whether it is Marianne or another piece, I am just thankful to be stitching since I had to leave her all alone for several days due to an arthritis flare up in my hands and an allergy attack that kept me sneezing constantly. That's never fun!

I am planning to take in several pieces for framing next month and I can't wait to see them hanging on my wall! Along with this, I have gotten the all clear sign to make an order around the same time! Yea! I can't wait to see what kind of goodies I find to toss in my basket but I know that fabrics will be a priority! I really don't need to order any patterns but I'm sure a couple of designs will pop up from Market that I will make an excuse to justify tossing them in as well.

Surprises are always fun and over the weekend, the mailman brought the Guarding Eden pattern I had ordered. It was backordered and I felt like I waited forever for it to arrive but it is here all safe and sound now! I have tucked it safely away for now while I work on Marianne so I am not too distracted by it!

I am not much of a Valentine's person so we never do much for it. Even as a child, all I really cared about was the abundant amounts of candy in the stores. My Grandfather (who I never knew) was born on Halloween and died on Valentine Day. I could always sense my father's sadness around this time. My mother's birthday was just several days off from Valentine's Day and since she passed away, I don't feel much like any celebration around this time of month. When the boys were little, I made a special effort for them but they are past that now. She has been gone over 41 years and it never seems to get any easier for me. There are 4 very hard days for me during the year. My parents birthdays and the dates of their death. I am always a little bit relieved if I can get through these days without remembering what day it is because I remember all year anyway. These days just sting more.

Thank you for stopping by again! I always enjoy your visits and comments. Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart.


Peggy Lee said...

Masterchief just put up our new bluebird house yesterday. They are in it already! I am really ready for Spring.

Your grocery bill must be outrageous!


Margaret said...

I think when something has you inspired, it's good to keep on stitching it! I always live by that theory anyway. :D I can't wait for spring.....

Vonna said...

Hi Sherry! Spring and nest building! That's exciting...we're still in the middle of a milder deep freeze up here :)
I hear you on your rotation...I've been sort of a one at a time gal lately and am finding it most gratifying...I think I'm going to stitch to that for awhile, see if I can get myself outta trouble for awhile :)
And I understand the difficult dates...we just had one on February 12. But as my Mama and I talked about it we know our loved one is in a better place and so happy! Hugs to you!

Kathy said...

I so understand about those difficult days that especially remind us of those we love and have lost. December is that way for me.

I hope you have a great weekend and are able to find joy in your stitching and the little signs that mean the coming of spring.

Roberta said...

Hi Sherry, yes, spring is in the air, but I know Mother Nature will definitely decide that winter isn't over yet!!

Well, maybe the good thing about grocery shopping is that you may not have as much to put away!!! LOL

Have a good week.

Carolyn NC said...

Love this picture and especially what it represents!! Hope you're feeling better soon and can enjoy the days.