We took a much to short trip down to Florida to see a big part of our family there. Amazing how the kids all grow so quickly. Here are some pictures below. Families are amazing!
I did a lot of crocheting on the afghan I'm working on while on the road. I never know if working on something or reading is going to work for me while riding as at times, just checking our location on a road map will make me feel dizzy and queasy. All worked out well this time and here's a picture of the afghan so you can see the colors. Not the usual colors I would choose or work with, but I wanted something for the porch that would brighten it up come spring. I think this will do the trick!
Just an easy shell stitch. Easy to work with and using knitting worsted. I haven't done much crocheting in quite some time, so this is something different. I miss my cross stitching, but I do have one piece started. Just haven't picked it up in a couple of weeks !at least.
I've been busy throwing away, sorting and cleaning out still. I've gotten a lot accomplished. A lot of things organized, but let me say this! I have already found that being organized hasn't helped me find everything. I have a pair of mag eyes that I love using when working with tiny stitches. All my cross stitch things are organized and put away where each belongs. I haven't found my mag eyes anywhere! I wound up ordering another pair before we left for Georgia!
I've also been enjoying changing our home somewhat. Loving the farm and primitive look. Everywhere I turn, I see things that I just have to have, and it's hard telling myself I can't! You understand I'm sure! LOL. Doing a room at a time, but have been working on our bedroom the last week or so. Loving the comfy look and feeling.
Still have lots of large branches and lots of debris in the area from the two storms. It's a shame what people have lost, and continue to recognize how much God was watching over this family. I happened to see this below, at the end of our drive and just had to take a picture. Being Halloween and all, I'm not sure if this is what's left of a downed tree or twin goblins!
I should let ya'll go for now. I pray that tonight and tomorrow will be full of blessings for all. Be well and safe, and don't forget to "feel the colors".
Yes! Bill and I in a tizzy indeed! Nothing bad at all and as a matter of fact, many good things put us there! It started the first of June when we decided to spend some time in NH and Maine. We have a son and a beautiful daughter-in-law up there. A beautiful daughter and her significant other in Vermont. Two grandsons and a dear sweet young lady who is engaged to one of them. Last but not least, we have our great grand, Isaiah. Here he is here with his daddy, Dylan. Needless to say, we had so much fun and spent lots of time with everyone. Enjoying a beautiful lake and mountains.
New England is a wonderful area to find lots of classic and antique pieces, so we visited many shops. Found some beautiful pieces for excellent prices. Also went to a lot of thrift stores and church yard sales. Amazes me how you can walk up to a register with an armload of treasures and they say, after looking over what you have, "Ummm. How does five dollars sound! s to you!". I got into that kind of buying real quick like!
We enjoyed church at what we still call our home church in Milton, NH. Nute Ridge Bible Chapel is full of wonderful brothers and sisters and grows in leaps and bounds. Also went to our son and daughter-in-laws church as well in Portsmouth. Had some wonderful Sunday fun days with lunch and fun after the church services together.
Billy and I went skydiving for the first time ever! A tandem dive for both of us and it was amazing! I thought for sure I'd chicken out at the last minute, but we both stayed so excited. Here are a couple pictures below. We jumped from 14,000 feet and free fell for 15 seconds. Dropping at a rate
of 135 miles per hour. Dang cold up there. Once the parachute opens you have lots of time to enjoy the view. Beautiful mountains and lakes. I'd do it again in a heart beat.
We also went zip lining for the first time ever and loved it and went for several rounds of tree top adventuring. Another couple of pictures.
We got some mountain climbing in as well with my beautiful DAL, Liza. She's such an amazing lady and just never stops. God has blessed my son so much with her.
Now for the tizzy part! Once up in Maine, the postal service didn't deliver all that was to be delivered. Two packages, to this day has never come. Some monthly bills that we have always paid, the day they arrive in our mail box never showed up. The Daily Bread wasn't delivered. So we started calling back here and checking with the postal workers up there, and in the meantime, calling our utility companies down here and paying the bills online.
Though we loved the house where we were staying, it was like we had a hard time actually ourselves enjoying it completely. We tried to settle in but knew that we weren't going to be there but a few weeks. Our normal routines got lost in all the vacationing and fun. I know it all sounds crazy, but it's true.
Once home, we went back to attend Isaiah's dedication service and had to head right back as our area was expecting Florence. The day we arrived home, we had a mandatory evacuation and left again in less than two hours after we got here. Praise the Lord, we were able to stay with our dear friends, Pete and Sheila in the mountains of NC. Then of course there was Michael when we got back.
From the two storms we have just a little damage. Insurance will cover what we need so we're very blessed compared to so many others in this area, but not this area alone. People have lost entire homes and everything that they had in them. They've lost automobiles. They've lost jobs as their places of employment have been destroyed as well. Pray for all of these people when you think of them please.
So we're home again to stay and we now feel that we so ignored our beautiful gardens and all here. Weeds galore and plants I'm afraid, lost for good. I know some will be back come spring and I'm grateful for that. We're back to our usual and what's normal for us routines, and things are now starting to feel real again. Please don't get me wrong. We feel so blessed that we had the opportunity to spend the summer in a beautiful area with people that we love. I always used to think that people who could live in two different areas, depending on the time of year were so fortunate. Now that we've had the chance to do it ourselves though, we realize that we couldn't do it without feeling like we would just be so out of it.
Well, I've prattled on and on here and I'm sure you've heard enough about the wows of this old couple. I am excited to say that next weekend, I'll be driving down to Georgia for a few days to visit and be with family. Some I haven't seen in a good two years if not longer. I'm looking forward to it.
I'm doing a little crocheting. An Afghan for next spring for our porch. A simple shell stitch with five different colors in it. Will post a picture when it gets some size to it. Also working on a small cross stitch piece for a Christmas gift. I normally work on 14 to 18 count Aida, and this is on 28 count linen over two threads as well as an area over one thread. Quite different for me, but I am enjoying it.
It's good to be home. I love our porch first thing in the mornings with our cups of coffee. I love watching the birds at our feeders that have finally all come back. I've missed ya'll. Stay well and safe until next time, and don't forget to "feel the colors"
Yes! Nancy is having another giveaway, and her threads are always beautiful. You need to run over to her blog and check it out. Beautiful charts as well. Good luck to all who enter.
A little progress is better than none, and I'm feeling good about my hour of stitching each morning. I used to think that one day I could sit in my stitchy chair for as long as I wanted to and stitch for as long as I felt like it.....I must not have figured at the time that my house would continue to get dusty. Yes. Dust bunnies hold meetings under the beds from time to time still. I also didn't figure in that clothes and linens would still need to be laundered. Bathrooms would still have to be cleaned. Floors washed. Well. I'm sure ya'll get it! So, I really am satisfied with the time I do get for my needlework. Below are a couple of pictures. The first of the piece I've been working on, and the second is to show the other houses that go with it that I have finished.
I need to show you a few more things in our yard. I love this time of year as it seems every day holds something brand new to discover. One of my Clematises is loaded with buds this spring and some have just started to open. Not all of their true colors are showing yet but they will.
Love my Wisteria. It grows outrageously wild in our area. Is considered a pest by many, but I have my own in my yard and can keep it in control. The smell is delicious!
Our Egyptian Onion, or Walking Onion as some people call them are looking nice. We started what we have of them over 20 years ago from one that we were given. They do well no matter where we plant them. I use them a lot in salads as well as my cooking and all. These sit in one of my herb gardens.
One more of a perennial type of Oxalis. Oxalis Articulata Shamrock to be exact. Again! These aren't fussy at all. Plant them and they'll grow for sure. I love the splash of bright pink here and there..
Well once again. I need to let ya'll go. Thanks for stopping in and come back soon. Love every one of you. So until next time, stay safe. Stay well and of course.....Don't forget to "feel the colors"