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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Summer Village Done!

Finally I am done.  The backstitching went on and on.  I didn't think it would ever end.  I am so happy to have this one done.  The next project will not be done over one or so tiny.  I need to work on something a bit easier.  So now three of the four seasons is done.

Camp Update:  Still waiting on permits.  Insurance is being discussed.  We are hoping to begin construction the middle of July.  Finish by the end of summer.  I still have my fingers crossed. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Welcome Summer

Hi.  I am still here.  I have not been stitching very much as I have been busy with lots of other things.  I actually wonder how anyone can find time to work and still get things done around the house, make the phone calls, keep the appointments and still find time to decompress and actually sleep.  I will post a photo of the Summer Village by Stoney Creek.  Cross stitch is done and I only have back stitching left to do.  I hope to put some time in on it soon.

Camp?  At the moment I am reeling from the bottom line price I was recently given.  I am unsure what to do.  The cost is much, much more than I was counting on.  There are a few things that we can change to help lower the price and I am considering it.  As it would happen, the project manager is taking a vacation this week so I have some time to stop and ponder the question.

Meanwhile I am exhausted and in recovery.  My big brother came for a visit (and camp meeting).  When he is in town we never stop moving.  I have a ton of things accomplished and lots of fun things going on but I am also sleep deprived and weary.  One of our projects this week was to get the cushions for Daddy's chair.  It still needs arms and those are made.  I hope to find a paint to match the cushions.  Here it is. 

My brother also brought me a gift.  I now have my older sister (Love You Jayne)'s BB gun.  I am having a ball shooting targets and scaring off the squirrels.  Annie Oakley, here I am.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Missing in Actioin?

I guess I have been.  It has been a month since I set up a post.  One problem is that I take photos on the iPad and can't do the blog post there.  I have to move it to the old lap top or take photos with digital camera and load them up. I know!  I know!  No excuse!!  Throw those items in with a busy spring, camp progress and not a lot of stitching. 

This spring has been a struggle.   One friend said that year three was just as difficult just different.  It is true.  I am learning to live alone, without my Jack.  Some days are better than others.  Recently the distractions include the new camp.  Here is a photo.

Construction to start July 1.  Big meetings going on and lots of dreams and plans are being talked about and set up.  The shed dormers (upper roof part) is still up for discussion.  We shall see and know more next week.

I have been stitching.  I am working on the last house and the left side of the Summer Village by Stoney Creek.  Stitching over one on 25 count.  I am starting to crave stitching. Maybe tonight I will get some time to try it out. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day 2015

I hope everyone had a wonderful day.  I spent a wonderful time this morning visiting with my dear son.  I so appreciate that time when we can just talk.  I had a good time and I have loving memories from just this morning.  Then I indulged in TV and the pansy project.  I have the corners done!!  Inside corners, that is.  I can now cut the outside part.  Did I mention that I like to do the cutting outside and then pull the threads out.  Then you don't have to vacuum after the procedure.  Let the birds and lawn enjoy those little pieces.  I do collect the long threads but those little bitty parts are gone with the wind.

I also want to share a surprise that I received on Friday night.  I was watching the show Grimm (scary stuff), it was dusk.  I caught the shadow of a large person on my front porch. OMG!!!!!  It was the UPS guy delivering a surprise.  This is to celebrate the news on camp!!  How wonderful is that?  A basket full of Mrs. Fields cookies.  It certainly made me smile.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Deck Stitching - does it get any better?

Spring and summer temperatures are here!!  Plants are getting green and starting to bud out.  It is slow but once we get some rain, things will really pop.  I have been busy with those type of things but I have also been busy with my stitching.  I did some stash acquisition and here is the results.

 I spent some time on the back deck.  Warm breezes, gentle sunshine and peacefulness were there for me this afternoon.  I spent part of that time cutting on the pansy piece.  I am all cut out for the center part and ready to do a bunch of woven bars.

 I have been able to spend a bit of time on the ice cream shoppe.  So pretty!  The red is the chairs and table outside of the ice cream parlor.  It is coming right along.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Summer is here?

Suddenly we have tree pollen that is making everyone sick.  I have not opened up the house yet.  First I kept the windows closed because of the pollen.  Now, it is because of the heat!  It is a hot and windy day out there and much cooler in the house.  The change over was fast.  I have been stitching.  I am having fun with the 'over one' house building.

I am working on the ice cream parlor.  Fun, summer time scene.

Friday, May 1, 2015

May Day 2015

Where does the time go?  I have been having a difficult time this spring.  The two year anniversary of Jack's death came and went.  I seemed okay.  Since that time I have not been okay.  One friend said that the third year can be even harder as you realize that there is no going back and it is final.  Yes, it is.  I feel a turning point is near but I am not sure where I am turning to.  There are days when tears stop all stitching.  I am hoping that I can now return to my stitching as I feel the need to 'get something done'. 

I have been working on the hardanger pansy piece.  I finished the cross stitch and I need to start cutting and doing a ton of woven bars.  I found the prospect boring so I moved on to something new.  Here is the pansy piece.

For a distraction, I started stitching a summer village scene.  Stitched over one and part of a series.  Autumn and spring already hang on my wall.  I am enjoying the stitching.  That is a huge improvement over the last few weeks.

Meetings are happening on the camp project.  The builder is seeking agency approval which will be first before the building permits.  When this happens, life will be hectic and things will happen fast.  At least I hope so.  I will continue to share these plans and ideas on that project.