Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hello Blog, I'm Here Today

After a few years, it gets hard to find a good title for my blogging. Yet, most people probably don't read it, so I really shouldn't worry about it.

Today started out without having to help Cherrill. I enjoyed the morning. Got my white clothes washed - hate doing whites! I even had them folded and ready to go!

I played my games. That is way too normal for me. I am a nut when it comes to games! I have my favorites. That was part of my problem with being on Facebook. I would chat with friends and play games as well. My whole day would be gone before I knew it. Today wasn't one of those days.

I pulled out my HAED piece and started to take it apart! I didn't like it, and I was getting too many mistakes on it. I'm thinking I'm going to do it on a different size fabric. 28 ct is good, but I'd rather do it 2x2 then 2x1.

One good thing - It's hard to take out!! I really did a good job of putting this in! I've only got about 50 stitches taken out. This may take a while to take out. I also realized the fabric isn't really big enough for the piece.

I did that for a little while and then went back to Ambrosia

I got the foot done. That's a good deal. I'm doing the skin in 1x1 so it's taking a little while to do. At times I can't see if I'm crossing them but it looks like I am. I'm hoping that will look good. I like the way it's coming out. Just need better glasses! lol

The good news is that the rock is done. I have some more water to work on and then it's all Ambrosia. There is a couple areas that I'll have to work on after I get to the right spot. I could continue with the diagonal but there is about 100 stitches that are not stitched that I have to work around.

This gal has a LOT of beads!! I have been trying to leave the spots open like it shows, but it get confusing at times. I'm doing pretty good though. The worst part for me has been around the foot. I had to take out 1x1 at least 3 times! That was a major pain in the rear! I'm working on it. I'll do the Kreinik floss one of these days. I want to get to another spot where it's called for before I put it in. Then I can keep it up as I go.

Cherrill and I went for a walk after supper. We walked a good mile and then some.

Life is good, we're all okay. Prayers are going to those in Texas! If I could be there to help, I would! Pulls at my heart strings!

In the meantime stay Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Got Back To Genealogy - Oh, NO!

This morning I made up for not getting much sleep the night before. I didn't get up till about 8:15 am and had to get moving to get to Cherrill's before 9 am.

I went over and we had some tea. We chatted for a good hour. I really enjoyed that time chatting. Getting too used to it. But her husband passed away about 3 years ago, and I guess she misses chatting with him. So, I'm easy to listen.

Got back home and worked on laundry, then made Scottich-a-roo's. After that was done, I called mom. Guess we are having supper at their house on Friday.

I then got back on ancestry! I didn't get off it till after Patrick got home. I was even working on it before I started this blog. I was able to add a few more names to the tree. I fixed a couple names in the tree as well. I had to merge a few names. Found Park Wineland that I was looking for. He died in 1966. But was able to figure out where he is in the tree. Then I found a couple Wineland's that were 4th cousins that married. That was interesting!

I've been thinking about my HAED piece.

I seriously thinking of taking all this out! I find it hard to work with at times. I have mistakes in there as well. So, I'm going to take a day, and cut this all I'm thinking. I'm not happy with the piece and once I get it all out, I can do it again another time. When I decide what I want to put it on.

PLUS it gives me one less thing to worry about working on.

Life is good, I'm still getting stuff done - even if it's genealogy! Funny how a few hours fly's by when I'm doing genealogy or playing games. Oh, well. At least I'm working on history. heehee

Life is good, Life is fun! Enjoy being Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Another Hot Day In WA

Today I was 1  3 am....and again at 5 am. Anyway, you get the picture. NOT a night for sleep - at least not for me.

No clue what had me up and down all night. Tried sleeping on the couch...NOPE...tried sleeping in my chair...NOPE. Finally made it back to bed at 3 am. At first I thought it was 5 am, but then realized I left the bed around midnight. Oh, well.

I was up at 7:30 am enjoying my breakfast. Then went over to Cherrill's to help her out. Almost stayed for tea, but had to get back because of my game. Yep! Was playing games in the morning.

Then I decided it was past due time to do my Flosstube. So, I did the video and posted it today. Flosstube 12 made.

I did shut the house down today. Closed a few windows and had the fan going. It stayed cooler in the house. It did get up in the 80's today. Yesterday it reached closer to 100. But I'm okay with 80's. Still too hot for me. Of course we have a haze out there because of all the fires. To many fires around this area lately. Good thing it rained so much in the beginning of the year.

I worked on laundry. Also got a visit from our neighbor who is selling his place. I have to send an invoice to the Title company, so they know what he paid for water. Easy enough. They also wanted to know who they needed to contact when places around here sell. So, I'm working on a letter of information for them. That way they can contact us for the water, since they don't have contact information on it.

I have been thinking I'm going to stop working on my HAED project and restart it. I'm not liking it were it is right now. I'm going to buy a bigger piece of fabric and work on it later. I put it away and I took it out of the frame I was using. I also took the Ambrosia piece and put it in there. I moved the pieces around. I even used the bars from one and the sidebars from the other. It worked out pretty good that way.

I went looking for my pattern on the family history (Precious Moments) piece. Been looking for it for a long time. Finally figured out where I put it. I pulled it out and will work on it when I get tired of this piece.

I'm getting more done! I worked my way to the foot. Worked on that piece for quiet a while. The foot takes longer, because I'm doing 1x1 instead of 2x2. I like the look of it. It's smoother and is looking natural.

I will admit it is a little harder to get 1x1 with such small fabric. Think I need to change it up and go with something a little bigger. Not sure. Will see what I can get from my eye doctor so I can see them a little better. I may see if I can get a magnifier or reading glasses that will work .

As hot as it is, life is still good. My we all pray for the Texans who are being displaced. I pray we help faster than we did before. May those of you in that area be bless and looked after. If one of my readers has lost their craft supplies, let me know and I'll see what I can do to help you out!

Life is good, hard at times, but each day something new comes along. Keep your spirits up and know I'm thinking of you! Best wishes, and keep Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Enjoying A Day To Myself!

This morning I was up and ready to go. It was Brazilian embroidery day. I got all my stuff together and realized as I was on my way, that I wanted something to drink. So, I went to Safeway's Starbuck and got some chia tea. Then I headed over to the church to our meeting.

I worked on my birds today. I worked on the feather of the black and white bird. I kept satin stitching that feather! I couldn't believe it!! It's finally coming to an end.

I'm attaching the wing here. It's coming along fine. I got a lot done and need to work more on the wing. I'm thinking of letting it hang there. It's actually looking like it's hanging over the edge.

Got home and I worked on my cross stitch. Since Patrick was going to be home later, I got the mail and found an awesome pattern waiting for me!

Angie from my IG friends, sent me this pattern of King Henry and the wives! She did this on IG and I was loving what she was doing! The pattern is a little beat up, but still usable. She also sent me the Spring Angle of friendship. It's cute! I'm probably going to do that first, then the others. But o in any big hurry right now. That was so sweet of her!!

When I went downstairs, I had to take a photo of my kits I've been getting together.

Still have a few more to do.

Then I was back to working on my Maribelia pattern. Ambrosia is doing great! I getting more and more done, and will work more on her tomorrow, since my week is going to be a lazy one! I'm looking forward to being at home all week.

Still enjoying life and what it brings. Each day at a time. Life is good and I'm living the life of Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Started Bowling Again

Today we enjoyed the morning. Patrick went outside right after breakfast. After awhile he came in and asked me to come help him. So, I did. I had to hold the ladder while he painted the trim of the house. Would you believe I marched and stretched while I was holding the ladder?! I got bored. How in the world can someone get bored holding a ladder?!? Guess that would be me. Just like when I got sleepy watching a rock band on the ship! Till this day, Patrick can't believe would fall asleep watching a rock band performance. Really don't know what to say to that. Got bored.

Came in after he was done. It was SO HOT today for me. Sweating all day long and I'm really not a heavy person! Any kind of heat over 75 degrees and I start sweating! I can't breath at times. It's a major pain in the butt!

When I finished working on my bills for our water system, I came into the kitchen to find zucchini sitting on the counter. I was so happy! So, decided to bake zucchini bread......but wait!..not eggs. So, called Cherrill and asked to borrow 3 eggs. When I went to get them, I told her I was doing an exchange, a zucchini for eggs. She laughed and gave me the eggs. She was busy chatting with her brother and helping her son in the yard, that she didn't have a chance to get a shower and dress. I laughed because she looked fine. It was 1 pm and she was still trying to get breakfast. As I was getting ready to leave, she asked me if I would like some clothes she found that are in good shape and she wanted to get rid of. I took most of them, because I think they will fit fine. I seem to get really nice clothes from friends and half the time I don't have to go shopping for good clothes.

Came home and finished making the zucchini bread. Patrick told me to add apple to the recipe that I have. So, I did. Trouble was, my first loaf fell apart. The second one did okay when it came out. It does taste good. I'll have some for breakfast tomorrow!

Then I finally wanted to sit and work on my cross stitch after I played games.

I worked on the area around the Seahawk. I need to order some kreink floss. I'll try and do that tomorrow. I decided to go back to my Mirabilia piece. I want to get this one done, so I can get a couple more done before I do another one.

We went bowling tonight. First night of bowling for Sunday night. We won't be bowling next week because of the holiday. Dan looks good! He got another tattoo. He told me he's getting married 6/16/18. That gives me time to work on an announcement for them. I will see what I can find that will be just for them. I have plenty of magazines to go through, so will see what I can find.

I bowled a 159, 144, 179. I actually beat Patrick by 2 pins!! Neither one of us where on top of it. A lot of bowlers decided not to bowl because prices when up. We went from $13 to $14 a week. Then USBC went up to $24 instead of $21. So, a few bowlers were ticked off and decided they wouldn't bowl. That put us down to a full team and 3 people short. We used to have 16 teams. Tonight it was really looking like quiet a few people were missing. We'll see what happens in the next few weeks.

Life is good, Life is fun and we all enjoy our crafts. Tomorrow is Brazilian Embroidery and I'll be working on my birds again. Looking forward to being Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Another Two In One Day.

I was thinking of posting yesterday and then before I realized it - I forgot, so this is two days in one.


I was up and running in the morning. Drove up to Cherrill's to get her brace on before I left for my folks. I stopped at Starbucks for tea and a bagel. I split the bagel with mom when I got to their place. Got dad going, and took him to PT. Mom stayed home for quilters to show up. When we got to PT, I made the comment to Bob that my back was stiff and he told me to walk around the building 4 times. So, while he worked on dad, I walked around 4 times. Then came back and did the exercises with dad, getting him to do better. We had a good time together. Reminded me of when I was younger and he pushed me to do better.

Got back to mom and dads.

So, I pulled out the rabbit that mom and I worked on.

I actually got more than this done. I have the paws and the other foot done as well. I didn't get the tail on though. It worked out pretty good. I enjoyed the company, even though there was only 7 of us. I'm just happy to get more done on this. Mom had the fox and the bear done with the exception of the noises.

Came home to find Patrick home. He took the afternoon off. While he worked outside, I worked on my cross stitch inside.

We got a lot done. I did a lot on my cross stitch and Patrick got a lot on the yard.


We slept in today. I was really tired and seemed to get a lot of sleep in. When we both were ready we went to the casino. Didn't do so good today and were out of there within an hour and a half.

After that we went to the movies. There was more "M-F'ing" in the movie than I can for. It was "Hiregun's Bodygaurd" and it has a lot of blood and guts as well as swearing. Not my kind of a movie, but I did like the idea of what they had, and not what they produced. I think a movie with less swearing and more entertaining is more to my liking!

Came home and I pulled out my cross stitch again.

Was able to get that "row" done. I decided I didn't want to keep working on it. I'm tired of the confetti in this one! But I guess that's normal for HAED cross stitch pieces. I'll take it out next month and work on it, but will let it go for now.

So, I pulled out my Mirabilia piece and will get back to working on that one. I need to finish a piece or two. Don't like having so much going at once. Makes me too jittery.

Life is good, we're doing great! Stuff happens, and all's well. Happy Quilting/Happy Stitching!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Enjoyed a Day With An Old Friend From HS!

Last night I got a call from Dale S., whom I went to school with. We graduated together and have been in contact ever since. I haven't seen him in at least 20 years.

So, this morning I was up and cleaned house just in case I brought him here. Good thing I did, because he arrived in town at about 10 am. I went to the truck stop and picked him up. We came here and had lunch. Then I took him around town, showing him where my son lived, where Patrick worked, and the little part of town that we live in. He then said it was 2 pm and I took him back to the station. Got home and realized he was on mountain time, and sent a text teasing him about being an hour early. He didn't have to pick up his load till 3:30 pm. Come to find out, he was having to wait longer for his load. He didn't get out of town till around 5:30 pm. After all that, I forgot to get a photo! I realized I forgot to ask about his grandchildren. We did get caught up, but not as much as I would have liked.Then again, 20 years worth takes a while to get caught up on! lol

After he left, I tried to get some cross stitching done.

I have a couple more places to fix and then I'm going to live with it. Hopefully the rest of it will be done fine. I've gotten 200 stitches in today and I'm happy about that. There for awhile I was thinking it was taking forever! Not the circle is starting to show! It's a little harder to cross stitch with 28 ct 2x1. I have double checked that several times. I think it would have done fine if it was 1x1. I'll have to remember to think about doing that the next time I do a HAED project. I'm not sure how much longer I'll work on this. I'm hoping to get a couple rows (sideways) done. I can hope!

I had an awesome visit with Dale, worked on my cross stitch and watched some TV shows. So, Life is good and I'm still Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A Lazy Day!

Today I was up and over to Cherrill's.

Came home and played on my tablet till it was time to go to my Physical Therapy. We walked around the care center, We talked about my pains. Most of the time it's sitting. Even more of the time is when I drive. Really, no rhyme or reason.

Came home and enjoyed the time to my self. I working very little on my cross stitch.

I fixed a few spots that were done wrong. I found that I'm getting 3371 mixed up with 3771. So, I had to go fix the ones I did wrong. I have a few more spots. I'll have to pay more attention! It's not easy to take out floss, so I'm having to go over the threads.

Patrick was getting pushy on me getting my photo box done. So, I took a long time between yesterday and today to figure out what I wanted in it. I didn't want all people pictures. I added a couple cat photos, one of Charlie and two of Kitty. I may replace one of the Kitty photos later on.

I got a call from my friend from HS. He's in town tomorrow!! So, I'm going to spend time with him. I won't be able to go to the quilt meeting because he's going to be here. Haven't seen him since we graduated. It will be a blast!!

Life is good, all is well! Happy Quilting/Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Day of Cleaning

This morning I was up and ready to go. I enjoyed a walk over to Cherrill's and helped her out. Then came back home.

I got laundry started. Even took a couple loads of towels out to the line. I was able to get a lot of laundry done, which was well needed.

I watched a couple flosstube video's. I am surprised at how a lot of people can watch all those. It takes a good morning just to watch about 4 of them. I have 30 on my list of "watch later" and more keep coming out every day. How does one keep up?

This is where I finished yesterday before putting it away. I'm thinking it's going to come out pretty soon! lol

This is the fabric I got in the mail yesterday. I love them! Not sure what I'll use them for, but I will figure it out. I love these! I'm going to keep ordering from her. I just love the colors she has.

So, I worked on this again today. Not getting very far on it. Found a few parking areas that were wrong, but fixed them. It's a little harder to stitch on this piece. I'm getting there.

Walked with Cherrill this evening and enjoyed a great walk.

Life is good, things are going great.  Prayers go out to my friends that live close to the fire in Ground Mound area. I'm hoping they can still be Happy Quilting/Happy Stitching!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Visiting With Folks, Running Errands, And Cooking

Today Patrick woke me with "Think you better get up." I was up and ready to leave. First I had to get my eBay sell shipped. I realized I had charged shipping when I said it was "free shipping." So, I refunded the amount and tried to get it ready to go in the mail. Of course, that would have been easy if it had been anyone else. I tried to get the computer to print out the I went to my laptop to see if I could put it on a thumb drive and print it out on the computer......nope...'course not! So, after 20 mins of trying to get this done, I decided I better get out the door!

Was at the folks house at 8:20, with dad's PT being 8:45 pm. Turned on mom's computer and went to my eBay account to get the shipping printed. Of course the first time I tried, didn't work. Then I did it again and thankfully it printed. Then I wanted to print out a shipping label. Of course I didn't take my password to my paypal account so I could do that. So, I printed out what I could off eBay's page. Wrote a note and sent a quarter with the pattern book. That was for the money paypal charged for the refund!! Go figure!! I couldn't tape it up because it was time to go!

Dad and I went to his PT. Dad's doing awesome with his physical Therapy! I was amazed at how much better he's getting. He's off the stroller or walker. He's now using his cane. Doing great.

When we got back to the house, I was getting ready to leave when mom asked if I would like to go to the gathering place and check out the eclipse. I asked if she wanted to go, and she did her usual, "only if you want to." So, I took her over to the gathering place and there was about 50 people there. We all shared the glasses and got to see the eclipse. It was awesome!!

Came back to the house and mom had a dress she wanted me to order for her. Then she wanted to get a rebate app. Then she wanted me to get her game done for her. So, by the time I left, it was 11:30 am.

My first stop on the way home was the post office, where I picked up my package! I got my fabrics from xjudesdesigns. They are awesome! I post the photo on IG but didn't get it sent to the computer. Will try and post that tomorrow. Then I also got my Butternut pattern from eBay. I also posted that on IG.

After the post office, it was to the bank. Next stop was the gas station which had gas at $2.83 a gallon. All because of the eclipse no doubt. Went up 4 cents from yesterday.

Finally headed home. Stopped at the corner store and bought a lotto ticket. Then came home. By the time I made it home it was 12:45 pm. I called Cherrill and told her I'd be other in 30 mins after I had lunch. Then went to put her socks and brace on her. Stayed and chatted for a little while.

Came back home. Played on the tablet for about 30 mins and then had to get supper started. I made Breaded Pork Chops. That took some time. I started prep at 2:45 and had it in the oven at 3:15 pm. Then I took the laundry out on the line. Of course the floor was dirty, so I swept the floor. Turned the chops over and let them cook longer. After 2 hours of cooking, they still didn't turn out as good as they usually do! They are usually tender but these were tough. I couldn't believe it!!

Once all that was done, I decided to put the cross stitch away. I decided it was time to work on another piece. So, I pulled out my Precious Moments tree to find out I didn't know what I did with the pattern or the floss. So, I put it back away. Went downstairs and found the other three. I pulled out my HAED piece to work on.

I left it at this point. Now I'm getting back to it. The center area is the area that I worked on. I'm going to try and get more done tonight. I really want to get some stuff done. I'll work on this for a while and then go back to the Ambrosia piece later this weekend or next week. I'm not sure if I'll do the hardanger tomorrow or not. Need to watch the video again. I'm really behind on a lot of videos.

life is good, I'm busy and loving how things are going. I'm trying to cut back on helping the folks, and time will tell. I'm still missing my Kitty, but life goes on! May we all enjoy life, enjoy being Happy Quilting/Happy Stitching!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Interesting Day With Water Issues!

This morning I was up bright and early. I enjoyed a couple hours without Patrick. lol

After Patrick was up, he was checking the water system because the water wasn't filling in the tanks like it was supposed to last night. Well, it wasn't doing what it was supposed to today either. So, most of the day he was home and checking the water tanks. When he was home, he was putting the faucet in the sink. The usual swearing was going on. I went to help a little. He would quit and head to the well. He told me to check with the neighbor, and I misunderstood what he said. I told the neighbor to check it out and see what he thought could be the problem. He came back and talked to Patrick.They determined it was a leak somewhere. Patrick checked one part of the neighborhood while Raymond did another. Raymond came back and took Patrick to the leak on Jackson Hwy. So, we had to call the company that maintains the well to fix the leak. That's going to cost. So, I' going to expect a bill soon.

In the meantime, Patrick got the faucet one and everything seemed to do great, till he used it and found out there is a crack inside the faucet where it's leaking. Nothing he did, it's made that way. So, now he has to take it apart and take it back to the store to get another one. Talk about not happy about all that work an finding the faucet it'self is damaged!

I was able to go through some photo's on the old computer and put them on a flash drive. Then I marked a folder for Patrick to print out some photos to go in my photo box in the bedroom. I need to get that filled up!

I was also able to get some work done on my cross stitch.

I started working on the skin - this is the foot. I decided to do 1 x 1 stitches. I like the way it looks on the skin, so thought I would try it. Just means I do 4 times the amount of work. I started this about 3 times. The worst part about all this, is that it was a major pain to take out. I had to take it out twice and was thinking twice about doing the skin this way. But once I got going, it worked out. I have to do each X before going to the next one. I'm not real happy with that. Some people think it's more even that way, but I'm finding out that's really not the case. But if I try to do on / and then another, it doesn't work right.

It's getting there. I'm going up farther on the list. It's getting there slowly. Now with the skin starting it's going to take a little longer.

We had our bowling meeting tonight. It's all ready for next Sunday to get started. Then miss a week and go back in two weeks. We'll be back into bowling soon!

Tomorrow I will be running all over the place. I've got to help dad get to PT, then I have to go to the post office to get my fabric, go to the bank, then get gas. After all that, I have to go to Cherrill and get her brace on her leg.

Life is good. Let's keep going! Stay Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Today Was A Good Day!

We did our usual trip to the casino. We ended up staying for about 5 hours. At first we were loosing and about ready to come home, when Patrick hit it pretty good! He hit a $750 spin. After that it was up hill. We won a few more big hits and then finally called it good at bring home $700.

We decided to go to Pete's Pizza in Centralia. It was really good pizza. We then went to the store to pick up a few things we needed.

Then we came home. It was nice to get back. lol I got a little caught up on my games and then I went back to my cross stitch.

Patrick fixed the shower head. I was so ticked this morning with the shower head that Patrick figured he better change it NOW. Put me in a bad mood! lol

We also got a faucet for the bathroom. The other one was leaking and didn't really work very well. So, we got one to replace it. Not sure when he will do that, but betting it will be tomorrow. I know him to well to say it will wait till later this week. I'm thinking that's going to be one of the first things he does tomorrow. IF he doesn't do it today!

I know this blog is just for good things - not bad. But today I have to say somethings. The protests have gotten out of hand. I'm sorry but the Civil War has been over for 130 years. They fought for what they believed in - right or wrong! They were good warriors that fought for this country. Just like the Vietnam War vets fought for this country. Now the protesters are destroying - yes DESTROYING history. History needs to stand. We can't act as if it didn't happen. It happened. Even though my family fought for the North, if my ancestors fought for the South, I'd feel the same way! They gave their lives for what they believed in. What right do we - 130 years later - to thumb our noises at them and destroy the monuments that were put up?!? Those were put up because of the type people they were! Robert E Lee was a soldier - yes, he fought on the "wrong" side, but he was one of the best soldiers and officer that we ever had. Now we are saying he was a "racist" when he was a soldier.

Okay, I'm done. Life is good, we need to enjoy what life we have. We all love life - Happy Quilting/Happy Stitching!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Hello Friday!

Today is Friday...yah, not big news there!

I was up and over to the neighbors a little later than usual. I called her because Patrick was home and I was waiting on him before I could go over. She had just got off the phone with her brother and needed a few minutes, so I said I'd be over a little later.

Stayed and chatted with her. Then came home. Really didn't have a lot to do. Patrick was busy all day with getting the eves fixed. He's really been working on the eves ever since they did the roof.

He's in his own world up there. The music is in his ears and he's getting it done. He's a hard worker and I couldn't have asked for better! Poor guy married a lazy gal!

I did work on the sourdough bread while he was working. Plus I worked on laundry, only got 2 loads done. The bread turned out really good!

While he was outside, I was inside watching my mystery movies from Hallmark. I got in about three of those before he came in. One of them he did have to watch. teehee

I'm getting more done, but not fast enough! I'm starting to get tired of the rock and may have to put this aside to work on something else for a little bit. I'll see how I feel tomorrow.

So, now for the photos that I wasn't able to put on yesterday.

My niece-in-law did an awesome job on the Birthday party yesterday! She went all out! Her mom is vegan so there were both vegan and regular food out there. The vegan food didn't get eaten as much!

Even the cat cake was vegan. Only because my NIL's mom is vegan and she made it. She has a tradition of baking a cat cake for all the kids 1st Birthday. This didn't have egg or sour cream in it, so it was a little on the "baking soda" taste. It was a carrot cake and dad had to make the comment it would be a lot better with nuts in it! I couldn't believe him! But their were no nuts because someone couldn't have nuts. I'm not sure if the was the baby or if that was Lisa.

Today was "Hello Friday" and "Goodbye Friday" all in one. It will be back soon! In the meantime we can all be thankful and be Happy in being Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Spent The Day In Vancouver

This morning I was up and over to Cherrill's early.

Came home and played a few games before mom and dad came. I had to drive us to Vancouver. We were on our way to see my great niece and enjoy her Birthday party. It started at 2 pm and we arrived there around 2:10 pm. My nephew Zac was up in Seattle for an interview and was supposed to come from Seattle all the way down to Vancouver to meet up with us.

We arrived with mom and dad's dog. Since the dog wasn't allowed in the house, she was outside in the yard. We had stopped and got lunch before we headed down there. As it turned out they were waiting on us to have lunch. The minute we arrived they started to eat the food. I didn't have  problem with that. I wish I had known that before we left, but then mom and dad ate when we got there. I had some sweets, which wasn't a good idea for me, but oh well.

Mom and Lisa's mom got in to a discussion with Lisa's Uncle over religion. Mom and Lisa's mom where very one sided on the religion, while her Uncle and I were another. It was a big topic the whole time we were there, but I just listened to them. I tried to stay out of the discussion as much as I could. I did put in the fact that the bible was written by man, and then let them go. It was interesting. I believe religion is a "personal" thing and not something I need to convince someone else into believing. I'll leave it at that. Even though mom said she prays for me because of what I believe.

We ended up staying till 5-5:30 pm. Then it was time to come home. I drove all the way back. It was a good ride. We got home in good timing. Arrived home at 7 pm. I was hoping to be home sooner to work on my crafts, but that's okay. I enjoyed an awesome day with my great niece. She's a sweet heart. I was thrilled to see my beads arrived in the mail! Now I have the beads for my cross stitch piece.

Since my camera died on the way home, I can't show any photos. I will try to remember to post them tomorrow.

Life is good, Life is fun and I'm thinking about being Happy Quilting and Happy Stitching.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Had A Fun Day!

Today I actually relaxed for the day. I enjoyed having a day to myself.

I started out with enjoying my game time. Then I decided it was time to watch a few shows that I didn't get to see earlier. Love taping them for later. I watched 3 of them and deleted them when I was done.

I was actually trying to figure out how I could cross stitch and video tape at the same time. That way people could see how I do it. Not sure how it will work with the camera I bought. I'm a little ticked with the camera because it's not matching my voice with my mouth. I'll probably try it out on Friday. We are going to my great niece's 1st Birthday party tomorrow. Which means we are going to Vancouver WA.

I'm almost to the point of starting the skin. I have another set of rows to do, then I'll be at the skin point.

Yesterday I wasn't able to do much of anything. I took Art to the Casino.

I was doing pretty good with walking today. Didn't make the 10,000 steps, but getting close. I'm still getting my 250 steps an hour when I can.

Life is good, and all going great! Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Monday, August 14, 2017

An Awesome Day With Brazilian Embroidery Friends

I was up and ready to go. Called Cherrill to see if she was going to the meeting today. She said she couldn't, she had a ton of things she had to do today. She's been having trouble with her rental house and getting that fixed before renters moved in. Now that they moved in, she has to contact them to fix the fireplace. I did go over and get her brace on her ankle. Poor lady has to wear compression socks and how has to put a brace on her right ankle.Guess she wasn't walking right and it was causing problems with her back.

After I left her, I headed to our meeting. It was funny. I arrived about 5 mins late, and there was already 4 members there. I'm usually the first one there after Pat. We talked about our class we are going to have with Virginia Chapman in October. We still need to decide what we are going to work on while she's here. It will cost $35 for the class. I let everyone know Rita is going to be selling the BE floss and some kits. I also told them I'm teaching a beginner class. I also told the others that they could teach the intermediate and advanced classes. It will be fun! We talked about having to find a place to have our meeting on the 11th, because the church is going to have the carpets cleaned or replaced. Everyone wanted to come here, and I was okay with that.

I finished the embroidery on the black and white bird. I need to do the wing for that one. When I cam back home, I did the wing of the brown bird. I had started work on the wing, and decided to finish it when I got home.

Now I'm working on the black and white wing. I realized I need to do the yellow and red on the tip of the wing. One can get the idea of where it covers. I'll work on this later. It will take some time. Then I can get started on the last bird! I'm getting it done!

After supper, I decided to get back to my cross stitch. I was thinking how funny it was that Bev was talking some of cross stitch fabrics. She was dishing some of the fabrics I use. I thought it was funny. She didn't want to hear what I had to say about the fabrics. I was okay with that. Actually used to people thinking I don't know anything about some of the crafts I do. Guess that's where this comes in handy. They can come to my blog and see I know a little more then they think I do.

Guess if I put more of my stuff in the fair, I wouldn't get that attitude, but truthfully, I really don't care. When I finish stuff then they are shocked. But I'm not that type of person. I love doing what I do, and I don't have to prove to anyone that I know what I'm doing. I love learning from others and that's good enough for me.

I finished up the left side but have more white to show too. This was a piece I thought I wouldn't like but since I changed the purples, I like the change. It's brighter and looks a lot better in my mind. I rarely change colors of what I'm doing but in this case, I really didn't want to work with the muddled up colors they had.

I posted a couple cross stitch pattern books on eBay. I need to get rid of them, and hate to throw them away. I really would rather give them away. Oh, well.

Today was another awesome day! I enjoyed spending it with good friends. I was invited to go to lunch at Denny's but turned it down. Told her I'd join her next time, and I believe I will! I love spending time with the gals down south. We have members that come from all over and the longest trip to our meetings is from Ocean Shores - a good hour and a half away. Where Ruth moved to. We had a good visit! It was worth it.

Having days like today make life worth it! Good friends, good fun - Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Had An Awesome Day With Cross Stitch and Seahawks!

This morning I slept another 2 hours on the couch. It felt good. When I got up, I wasn't feeling good. My stomach didn't seem to like getting up. But then I did have a headache too boot! So, I took my migraine exederine and called it good.

Patrick went to the store. He picked up a few things. I stayed home.

So, the afternoon was spending it in front of the TV watching some movies. Then we watched the game.

In between the game and commercials, I was baking bread. Our bread didn't come out very well, but the one I made for the neighbors looked a lot better! Theirs wasn't done till 8 pm tonight because they went to the Mariner's game in Seattle.

I was working on my Marabilia piece. I'm getting close to the skin area. When I get there, I'm going to do it 1 x 1 instead of the 2 x 2 method. I like the way the skin looks. I'm even looking at my "Quiltmaker" piece on the wall, and thinking of redoing it with the skin change. I may do that yet.

I worked on laundry and got about 3 loads done. Need to do 3 more, since Patrick pulled the rugs out to be washed. I'll do them tomorrow. We have embroidery tomorrow and I need to get my stuff from downstairs and bring it up to take with me.

It's coming along great. I'm getting farther up the piece. 

Life is good, I'm still getting stuff done. It's coming along great! Can't wait to see more! Tomorrow I'll be working on my birds. Staying Happy Quilting/Happy Stitching!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Enjoying A Cool Saturday

This morning I went to the couch to sleep. My back was bothering me. Funny, but I actually slept till 8:30 am on the couch. Now that was a first in a very long time. I'm usually on the couch for an hour tops.

We did the usual trip to the casino and they had a car show going. We couldn't find a place to park, but once we did, we ended up staying 3 hours. We did pretty good today.

After the casino we headed over to Ann's house. She and her husband were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. We had a little bit to eat and then watched a video about the wedding and 50 years. I was surprised they didn't have more in the middle - like having their daughter and things they did while married.

Then we came home and I baked a Blueberry Bowtie Cake. More like a coffee cake. Got a good recipe from my daughter in law that I use. It's really good.

After that I played a few games. Now I'm about ready to head to my chair and work on my cross stitch. I haven't touched it in awhile. I'm getting withdrawal from my cross stitch.

Still need to do the next needle case for my cross stitch. My beads haven't arrived and I'm debating if I'll add the bead before I finish or wait till the end. I'm thinking it would be better to wait.

Life is good, life is fun! We all deserve to be Happy Quilting/Happy Stitching!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Enjoyed A Great Day With Quilt Friends and My Nephew

This morning I was up early because Art called to make sure we were set for Tuesday. I told him we are going Tuesday. He then asked me if I could remember to bring his medallion that he gave me to do the research on. I told him I would look for it, because I forgot what I did with it. I had the paperwork for it as well, and thought I threw it out.

After hanging up with him, I started looking for the medallion. I looked in the draw where I used to keep it, nothing. I looked in the basket I had by my table, nothing. I looked in the box that I have at m table, again nothing. Getting close to 9 am, so went to help Cherrill. We talked about how I was looking for the medallion and commenting that we keep looking till we find what we are looking for. Got back home around 9:20 am. I needed to get moving to mom's. BUT I couldn't! I needed to look some more. So, I went downstairs, looking at where I would have or could have put it....nothing. I went through my jewelry boxes...nothing. Called Patrick and asked where he might have seen it last or if he remembered it - where would I put it. While I was talking to him, I looked in the dinning room cabinet, nothing. Then I went to the place we put my keys when I put them away, still chatting with Patrick, than there it was!! In the ash tray (NO WE DON"T SMOKE) it was laying in the bottom. YEAH! So, I got the papers and the medallion and headed to moms. I stopped at Art's place and gave it to him. He was surprised and told me I didn't have to bring it right away. I told him I had to look for it, and I didn't want to forget to bring it. This way he has it and I don't have to worry about it. Also chatted about how I called and left a message as well as sent a email to the person he wanted me to contact. No reply. So, he was happy to get it back and I was happy it's out of the house again. This was the second time he had giving it to me.

Got to moms and only two others were there. Judy and Ethel. Judy said hi, and I remembered I had her charm from BE Seminar. Then I panicked that I might not have it....but remembered it was in the box I take to work on stuff.

I worked on my needle case I finished last night. I'm not happy with the "D" rings that fasten it. I needed to get a thicker and wider piece for the fastener.

While the others were working, I was going through the bag I took to put all these needles in the needle case. I labeled what I could and I even added a few needles into a page that they really didn't belong, but didn't have an extra page. Funny too, because this has 2 more pages then my BE case. I filled the book pretty good with all the needles.

I realized I need to do one more for my cross stitch needles. I just hope I have enough wool felt. I may need to buy more to get it done. I may ask Dina to bring some when she comes on Monday.

Came home to find Patrick working in the yard. I got more needles in my case and then just ready to sit and cross stitch.

Just then it was time to leave. We went and picked up Zack at the folks house. Patrick wanted to take him out to eat, so we all went to the Olympic Club. We left mom and dad behind. We spent a couple hours eating and chatting. Zach asked some advice from his Uncle and we chatted for quiet a while. It was nice to get to know a little more about Zach himself. We never had the chance to get to know him.

Came back to the folks house and played square 9's. Then came home. Realized I didn't go the blog, so her I am, writing this. Life is awesome, even when things don't work out. Lately we have been fortunate to have it go good. It's so good that I'm still having time to be Happy Quilting/Happy Stitching.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Enjoying Quilting Friends and Visiting Dad

This morning I enjoyed an hour to myself before heading out to my quilt meeting. I thought I would stop by to see how dad was doing before I go.

When I got there, I ended up cleaning up a mess the dog made (she's used to being up at 4 am). Dad was looking good. As I was helping clean the mess, I noticed mom forgot her cell phone. She was at the fair judging quilts. So, I took the phone and went to the fair to give it to her.

When I arrived, she was busy judging. I watched her do about 5 quilts in the 15 mins I was there. I forgot how quick and amazing she is when she judges. She walked around the quilts, felt the quilts, and looked over the quilt. I saw 3 of them get blue ribbons. She was telling me about the dog while she was judging. Then she talked about how impressed with the quilters this year. The bindings were a lot better then they have been in the past. She also said quilters are getting better at making their points match. She loves judging. She even puts her name and phone number on her comments so that if anyone has a question about her judging she can explain it to her. I guess after 40 years of judging it gets quicker. lol

I then went over to our meeting. There was only 4 of us that made it to the shop. I was thrilled to see what Rita had with the Brazilian embroidery supplies. She's going to put them out in Sept., after her inventory is done. It will be awesome to have BE floss so close!!

I worked on my "cones" that I wanted to do. Pine-cones wasn't that easy. This was the first one,

then I did this one. Not too thrilled with this one, but since it's just part of the book, I'm going to leave it alone. This photo should have the same coloring as the one above, but it didn't happen.

I finished up the pine "sticks" and I live the way they came out. Not so with the pine-cone though. Oh, well.

Right now I'm sewing the pages in, then I'll sew the back and front together. It's getting done. I'll try to get it done so I can get my needles in it and be done with it.

I still need a case for my cross stitch! Too funny! I'm still thinking about that. Not sure what I'll do! I may use what I have.

Came home and worked on this piece. I had stopped to see dad again before I came home.

Now I'm going to try and finish this up, so I can get back to my cross stitch!

Life is good, everyone is awesome and we're all Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dropping Off At the Fair

Today was a pretty good day. I really didn't want to go to the fair to drop off the embroidery, but I did. It was good to see a few friends. They were dropping a lot off. Kathleen asked me to volunteer to help out, and I told her no. I would help later if they needed computer help but other than that, wasn't interested. Guess the fair is going to make everyone enter their stuff online now. We were talking about that and saying there is a lot of people that enter who will not do the computer entries. They don't like the computer and they are not interested in doing anything on the computer. It will hurt the fair if they do.

I then went over to Michael's to get a floss I needed. While I was there I also bought some candy molds to do chocolate. Thought I would try it. I'm game for making chocolate.

The I sat and watched a few Hallmark shows while working on my cross stitch.

Last night I was able to get more done. I posted both photos on IG to show last night.

Funny how one photo looks tall and skinning and another look short and fat. This is where I got today, didn't really have as much time on it as I wanted. Did some laundry and then had to call and make an eye appointment. It was nice to get more stitches in. I always seem to hunt for one of my flosses. So, I'm going to have to figure out a good way of finding the floss I need. lol

Mom called to see how I was doing. We chatted for a little bit. Going over to check on dad after my quilt meeting tomorrow.

Then Ruth called. Her sister is in the Hospital and it doesn't look good. We talked about her house. Her kids made her cut the price of the house. Shame because she should just leave it where it was. Summer time houses doesn't sell. She should have had it up before May but she just wasn't ready then. We chatted for a good hour.

So, now I don't think anyone will be calling. I'm going to try to get some cross stitch in. Wish me luck. It's so hot that it's not easy to work on my projects. When my hands start to sweat, I'm ready to call it done.

Life is awesome, the world goes around with or without me. I'm making it a good life in the time I have. (No, not planning on leaving anytime soon). In life, I'm Happy Quilting/Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Busy....Yet, Not So Busy

I slept till 8 am because I had a hard time sleeping last night. I was over to Cherrill's at the usual time. We chatted about family genealogy.

One of the issue I had was that one of my half cousins has miss labeled a photo that belongs to my grandfather. She has it as my grandfather's half brother and his family but in truth it's my great grandmother and great grandfather with MY grandfather. I'll have to post a photo on my "Letters from the Past" to try and correct any photo's out there with his name on them. I tried to get my brother and another cousin to contact the gal that posted them, but today they were taken down, which means she took them down or went private on ancestry. I'm not thrilled about that.

Came home and got laundry started. Then I watched a few flosstube videos. I watched how they do 1x1 for skin color. I love the way it looks, so I'm going to do that. I wanted to know how they did it, and watched 2 videos on that. Then I watched a couple other videos. I find that I want to see the more current videos then I want to go back to the older stuff. I was watching one from a year ago, and after 15 mins decided I was done with it. I still have about 30 more videos to watch.

I worked on our bank statement which put me into 2 pm. I then decided to watch "VERA" while working on my cross stitch.

The good news is that I have gotten the bottom done. I'm working my way  up now. I'm ready for the skin, so I'll be doing 1x1 on that part. Not sure how much more I need to get done to get to the leg, but it's coming along great.

My beads are on the way. I ordered them a while back, so they are finally coming. I also ordered some fabric and it's coming in the mail as well. I didn't order fabric from fabulous fabrics this time because they tend to take too long to get here.

Good news is that Pat did the online registration for the fair. So, I have the paperwork and am ready to go to the fair tomorrow to enter the BE pieces. It will be fun to see how well she and Felicia do. I didn't have anything to enter, so I am just dropping the pieces off.

I'm seriously thinking of buying a bolt of fabric so I can dye my own pieces. Should be interesting to see what I do. I'm seriously thinking about it more and more.

Life is good, I'm still here. (laughing) May we all be Happy with Life, Happy Stitching and Happy Quilting!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Spending Time With Dad

Today I had to be up early, but wanted to sleep more. I did get up but I was playing too long and ended up getting late when I went to Cherrill's. What life! Anyway, I finally finished with Cherrill and then came back to leave for the folks house.

Mom and dad were up, eating breakfast. They were getting ready for PT. Dad didn't have any shoes on but we went to PT with his socks on. She wants him to start walking in shoes again. He had to take the compression sock off for the doctors, but had it on at PT. He was a little swollen again today. Not as bad as he was on Friday.

We got back to the house, and then turned around and went to dad's doctors appointment. He's passed with good points. The X-rays looked good. He's able to take aleve again. After the doctors appointment we went to Subway to get lunch. Mom went with to the doctors but she didn't go to the PT appointment. She left as soon as we got back home.

My nephew showed up with mom and dad's new dog. She's Daisy and about 7 years old.

She's real needed at times.

Mom's taken to her right away. She loves to cuddle and was letting mom know she was there when she was playing on her tablet. It was cute. Funny though, I'm not that crazy about this dog. She's a little like the one my mother-in-law had. Wasn't too crazy about her either. Guess I'm not a dog person.

My piece is growing. I like how it's coming along.

Life is good, I can hope tomorrow will be to myself - but we all know how that goes!

Happy Quilting/Happy Stitching!


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