Thursday, March 8, 2018

Oh For Spring Time

     This time of year it does seem to so many, that spring weather will just never arrive.  Same here in this part of North Carolina.  We had several beautiful days but knew that winter's cold was still going to come back and hit us.  It has indeed.  Though we don't have any snow in this area, we do have a strong and biting cold wind.    We've also had a few days of rain and a few just misty cloudy days.  On the other hand! We have different flowers that have been in bloom for about three weeks and more.  The colors are lovely and just the sight of them can make one's heart smile!

You can also see fat buds on trees.  Most are green but you do also see red and white and even yellow buds.  The cherry trees have bloomed and are now dropping petals.  In a couple of weeks we'll see the pollen from the pines blowing through the air over the roadways and through the rural areas.  The birds are gathering up soft mosses and pine needles and making their nests in the bird boxes we have.  Yes.  Spring in certainly on the way and we all look forward to the changes and the new life it brings to this wonderful world.
     Finally finished up! I say "finally" as I thought I would never get the veins in the two large leaves right......Truth is, is that they still aren't correct, but enough is enough! I put in a total of 43 hours on this.  Enjoyed working with the autumn colors and the stitch was really easy and enjoyable.

     I did up another set of three dish cloths as well.  These are fun knitting up as they make nice gifts and they're quick.  Only thing is, is that there is always left over yarn and I never know what to do with it.  I have an idea though and I'll try it.  Will show you all when I've finished it.  For now though, here are the cloths.  I always like doing one up with the variegated and a couple in matching colors.

     I've been enjoying doing some redecorating at home.  I've fallen in love with the farmhouse and country look.  Getting a lot of great ideas from different pages on Facebook as well as Pinterest.  Here's a before and after picture of an old piece of furniture I picked up second hand a few weeks back.  It now sits in my kitchen and is being used as a "coffee"  bar.  Not the first time I've  painted pieces  with this red and I always love the way it turns out.  This is chalk paint covered with a dark wax.

     One last picture, and I must, must, must show you this! My birthday is this month and my sweet Billy and our best friend, Dave bought this beautiful sewing machine for me! Not only is it in tip top shape, but came with the case and is fully operational as well.  Sounds so good! I love it, and it does fit right in with my new decor!

     I know I said that there was just the one more picture, but I just remembered that I have this one of our sweet friend, Dave.  This was one day when I was getting ready to prepare some collards.  Tell me he doesn't have a sense of humor! We sure enjoy Dave so much.  He is such a best friend of ours and we truly love him.

     Well I need to let ya'll go now.  Thank you to all of my dear friends and followers for stopping in to see what's going on here.  Sometimes there isn't much.  Sometimes there's a lot.  It's always interesting to me though to live in my world.  I'm so blessed.  Come back again and in the meantime, be well, stay safe and don't forget to "feel the colors".

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Busy Time of The Year!


     A dear friend of mine asked me yesterday if I hadn't posted since December! I  thought about it, and had to admit that I hadn't.  With Christmas.  The flu.  A trip to NH to see my new great grand, Isaiah, and everything else going on....I had ignored my postings.  Sorry my dear followers.
     First thing I noticed, when I arrived here this morning, is that we still need only six more followers to reach the 100.  Once there, I'll draw a name to see who wins the surprise box of goodies.  We've been at he 94 for a while now, so let your friends know about the give away.  Keep in mind that they have to sign up as a follower and they have to mention the giveaway on their own blogs.  Here's the box below.  Shoe box size.  It doesn't look like much, but it's full of goodies.  I hope we reach 100 soon.

     I made, knitted, a few Christmas gifts and then crocheted up a kitchen towel and cloths to go with it.  Wish I had taken a picture of these.  The towel wan the red, white and blue ombre, and I did one red and one ombre cloth.  Made a nice set.
     I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever finish this piece below, but I have only about an hours worth of stitching on it.  Just got too busy with other things over the holidays and didn't pay a lot of attention to my love of cross stitch.  As you can see, all I have left are the long stitches in the leaves.  Maybe today........

      I have seen quite a few SAL's this past week or so.  Very pretty things.  Not only cross stitched, but knitted and crocheted as well.  Are any of my sweet followers here participating in any of them I wonder and if so, which.......  I participated in just one long time back.  Did good for about three months, and then got involved with too many other things.  I decided then and there that, that would be the last one.  I did finish it, but way, way later than it was supposed to be finished.  Good thing I wasn't being fined for being late! So now I look at them and admire what everyone else is doing.
     A happy but late Valentine's day to all of you.  This picture below was taken of my Bill and I at the local senior center.  It was a Valentine's day celebration.  The love of my life indeed.

     Must catch you up on another love of mine.  Here's the latest picture of Isaiah, my great grandson.  He just loves Peepa, my son.  They're so blessed to live so close to him  They're great grandparents.

Just one more of our four generation family photo.

      Well I was given a delicious fig bar recipe and I'm going to go ahead and make some.  Between the soup and the bars, the house will smell homey and fantastic. 
     Want to thank all of my dear friends and followers for being so patient with me.  I think of you so often, and just need to get myself here to this site, to catch up with ya'll.  So until next time, stay safe and well and warm.  Of course, the last thing I want to remind you is, not to forget to "feel the colors".

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Getting With It!

     I must say, that I've been keeping my hands busy with the knitting and all.  I finished the pair of wrist warmers  for my sister and I just knitted up another scarf to gift to a dear lady we know.  Here's a picture of it.  First time with this color combination and I though I was leery.....I was pleased with the way it turned out.

     Now, I'm finished up the Christmas gifts, and was fascinated with this pattern for socks that call for such tiny circular needles.  Size 1, 9 inch circulars.  Felt like working with toothpicks at first! Once the ribbing was done though, I was feeling pretty good about them, and this is how far I've gotten so far.  I'm using self striping yarn and was told that as long as I start the second one the same place as I did on the first skein, that they would match.  I'm really enjoying this project.

     Now for a "great" grandmother brag or two.  Little Isaiah was just nine days old when he first came out with this grin......Many were thinking that it was just a gas thing.  Well, just a few minutes later.  He came out with this big smile and a nose crinkle even.  I'm flying up on the 29th. to spend some time with him and the rest of my family.  Please keep me in prayer that day as I am so very scared of flying.  Thank you so much.  Can't wait to hold this little bugger.

     We have been so fortunate with the weather thus far.  Even today with the mist and all, the weather is mild and no need for a sweater if you're just outside for a few minutes.  A lot of the flowers are showing their appreciation of the weather as well by continuing to bloom.  I love this rose from one of the bushes out front.  There is also a white one and a pink one in bloom as well.  God is so good.

     I will let ya'll go for now.  I hope that you're all well and warm this season.  I love each and every one of you.  Stay safe and don't forget to "feel the colors".

Thursday, December 14, 2017

I'm Getting There

     Yes! I'm getting there as far as making up some last minute gifts.  I should be used to this procedure as it happens to me each and every Christmas.....You must know by now that I am indeed a procrastinator.  Let me show you a couple of things.
     First of all.  I've been making these scarves forever and always love the color combinations, but due to a request from a lady that I don't know, I made this solid white one.  I do believe that it is the prettiest one yet!

     Then a pony tail hat for my sister for Christmas.  I would have liked to have used any number of pretty colors, but she's a black, gray and dark blue person all the way.  It was actually hard to find a

pattern that would fit her.  She's like me....small. and her head is smaller than most adults.
     Then I decided to use the same yarn and make her a set of wrist warmers.  So here's the first one.  These make up quickly. Mostly garter stitch and stockinette stitches.

     Here's the first set I made for my little daughter-in-law up in NH for Christmas.

     I'm wanting to try my hand at knitting a pair of socks.  I've picked up some pretty self striping yarn and tiny size 2 nine inch circular needles for the project.  I'm not afraid of the heel turning as I've done that with booties before, but I'm just hoping they come out with matching stripes!
     My one and only Christmas Cactus is in bloom, and it reminds me of the dear lady that had the original "mother" plant.  A very dear friendly lady who loved the Lord.  She raised a wonderful family and had a wonderful sense of humor.  A very kind heart.  We all miss you Miss Geddy.

     Another plant I found out about this past fall is the Brazilian Plume, and it also is in bloom.  I'm looking forward to moving it outside come spring, although I plan on keeping it potted.

        I must share a picture or two of the newest member of our family now! My very first great grandson, Isaiah Allen was born last Thursday, and of course he's beautiful.  He's perfect in every way, and I'll be flying........yes.......I said flying up to NH after Christmas to meet him in person.  I was going to go before, but between having to replace my license because I lost mine on the trail one day, and replacing my broken glasses, I've had to put it off.  I for sure, do not want to be traveling during Christmas.   I can hardly wait to hold him though. 

     Well I see the sun shine is falling across my stitching chair and over there also sits my cross stitching as well as my yarns.  So I think now would be a good time for me to part and let all my sweet followers be.  Speaking of followers! I now have 94 total.  Only six more and I'll be drawing for the gift box giveaway.  If any of you want to mention the giveaway on your own blogs, please do so.  The sooner we get to the hundred, the sooner the box heads to the post office.

     Until next time.....Ya'll take care.  Be warm and well.  Love each and every one of you.  Also! Don't forget to "feel the colors"


Monday, December 4, 2017

So Far Behind

     Yes.  Seems I'm so far behind in so many things.  My stitching.  Christmas shopping.  Birthday cards.  Gardening care.  My blogging as well.  So sorry my dear friends, but I guess for the most part, everyone gets busy and starts running behind this time of year.  It's just that some catch up better than others.  I'm one of the others! Old and slow! LOL

     As usual, for some reason, I wait until November and December, to start Christmas mittens, hats and scarves.  I won't be posting pictures this time around though of anything that I've made or that I'm working on.  I figured that if I stopped to take a few shots, I wouldn't get back to my post, and I'd put this off another few days.  I do want to say though, that I've made a couple of crocheted hats, a couple of knitted scarves and am working on some wrist warmers now.  Just fun easy projects but oh so appreciated when received.  I will post pictures next time.

     I've been doing some decorating of the house as well.  Getting into the country, farmy primitive type things and so love the new looks.  Sofa pillows, quilts, baskets, an old kerosene stove all painted up with lights inside.  A couple of new lamps.  Enjoying the new look so much, and Hobby Lobby loves seeing me walk in! LOL Again.  Pictures will come later.  I just want to make this post as newsy as possible.

     Still getting lots of exercise and walking and hiking in.  Preparing for our Appalachian Trail trip next year.  I've been dehydrating foods of all kinds and really having fun learning so many new things about the process.  Even with as much as I'm doing though food wise, I know that our stomachs will be growling and we'll be looking for a good place to get off the trail and eat every so often.  We know though that there will be good days and bad on the trail, and we're ready for both.

     My little Isaiah Allen, my great grand is due any time now, and I hope to make a trip up to NH when he comes.  This little one is going to be so loved, but aren't they all! I'll be flying up when the time comes, and I'm so very afraid of flying.  I keep telling myself that it's a fear that I have to get over...........but is it I wonder.........I can always drive! I want to get in as much visiting time that I can though this time, so a flight will be the thing.

     Speaking of dehydrating foods! For those of you with dogs.  I dehydrate sweet potatoes for our fur baby, Riley for treats.  He just as soon have that than something not nearly as good for him.  You can also dehydrate green beans, canned tuna or chicken and bananas as well.  Nice little gifts of canning jars with these treats in them for our friend's dogs are in my future I think.

     I'll let ya'll go for this time around.  Sorry that there isn't any pictures but the one below.  I pray that ya'll are well and looking forward to family and friends during the upcoming Christmas season.  Until next time, don't forget to "feel the colors".


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Friends Come Home!

     Yes I'm still missing all my friends and followers that always show at the top of my page.  I know they're out there and will be happy when Blogger takes care of this situation.  I have a goody box waiting for a winner as soon as I hit 100 followers!
     Glad that I'm posting this morning.  Seems I put off so many things I enjoy, and yet I can't really see where I've spent the time.  A little here and a little there around the house and that's it.  I am so thankful that I have faithful followers and friends who come by to visit and leave a comment.  Even though I don't post more often.  Thank you so much.
     I am still working on this same piece. "Autumn Hill" from By the Bay Needle Work.  It has been an easy piece to work on with beautiful and warm fall colors, but I had a visit from this guy! Looks

quite innocent! Look again into those eyes..... He threw me for a loop.  I am always so careful and count not just once, but at least three or more times every so many stitches so there aren't any mistakes.  Well...I messed up this time, and even after I took the incorrect stitches out, there was color left on the fabric.  You can see what I saw here.  So after picking all the stitches out and went over the

area with tape to get any little fuzzes off, I wet just that small area.  Used a tiny bit of dish detergent and a tooth brush.  Rinsed it good and let it dry.  All the while, I just knew I had ruined the whole thing.  This is the first time that any of my pieces had to be washed! Well, here is an update on it and you can see that the time wasn't wasted at all.  So signs of the error. It should go right along quickly

 now.  I was pushing it aside for a while there, but with the error taken care of, my enthusiasm is back!
     The weather is cooling and I've slept inside for the last two nights.  To cold to stay out on our porch which I've been doing for weeks.  We don't get the beautiful fall foliage here in this part of NC, but we do have flowers blooming still.  My Camellia is bursting with beautiful pink flowers and the tiny bees are still having their way with them!

       I've been enjoying doing some decorating here at home.  Getting into more country and farm type decor, and really having fun and enjoying the difference. Great boards on Facebook with great pictures and ideas.  Finding great things at Hobby Lobby for half the usual price and more things at second hand stores.  Then you throw in my Tiny Girl here, and it really feels comfy and looks homey.

Notice she's on my kitchen bench type island where she doesn't belong.  Plus she's ignoring me because she knows it!
     One of the things I ran across at a second hand store was this bear! Don't know where his permanent home will be but he certainly is country.  Handmade and is 20" in length.  Paid only $5.00 for him and think he's worth every penny.

     Well my dear friends and followers.  I think I must let you go now.  Love you all and hope that the day will be full of blessings for every one of you.  Until next time.  Be safe and stay well.  Don't forget to "feel the colors".

Thursday, October 26, 2017

I'm Looking For My Friends

     I went to post this evening and I don't see any of my followers on my blog.  They have always been listed in the past but I can't see them now.  Anyone who stops in to read this post, please let me know if my friends/followers can be seen by you.  I was hoping that I would now see 100 in all so I could draw the name of the winner of the giveaway.  So please let me know if everything shows up for you.
     For now, I am heading to bed as it's after 11:30 here.  I will be back tomorrow morning and write a decent post for ya'll.  Love you all.