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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Baby Steps

Very little progress has been made on my project.  My life is full of confusing paperwork, doctor appointments for me and life in general.  I am really hoping that spring arrives soon and that things calm down around me.  Part 3 of the mystery sampler has been revealed and will be arriving before long.  I am hoping to get my stitching mojo back soon. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blue Ribbon Progress

I did make a bit of progress.  Stitching is still not natural or normal to me.  I want it to work so much but I can't seem to get started and when I do, I find so many other things that need doing.  I am making the rounds with doctors, as I should.  Today I went to the knee doc and he did a cortisone shot and ordered an MRI for Friday.  Then I had my teeth cleaned.  I see my regular doctor on Thursday - Eye Doc on Monday.....   I will be glad to have this stuff done.  I am 'going through the motions' right now and just doing it.  Tomorrow I am home all day, I think.  I should do housework, find my craft room, straighten out some bills and perhaps some grocery shopping.  It is a very busy week and perhaps that is a good thing.  I miss my friend so much.  For one year I knew he was leaving but I didn't want to face it.  Now I have to be confronted with it each and every day.  My heart is so broken. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Thank you to everyone

It has been a strange week.  Yesterday we brought Jack back home in the special box that my son made for him.  It was sad to think of 'bringing him home'.  Today is just one week since I lost him.  So much has happened and nothing has happened.  Tears come easy.  I appreciate all the comments, cards, emails, and letters.  I have a lot of friends and many are praying for me.  It is a wonderful blessing.  As I embark on the new path, it is wonderful to know that I am not alone.  It my hope to get back to my blog.  I want to return to my stitching.  It has been slow as I feel like I am all thumbs with a needle but it is getting easier.

 My son came for a visit with Landon.  I love the matching hats.  The little guy is two now and very busy.  It was great to see him.

Then we had yet another snow storm. Family members built a snow fort with this little snowman inside.  Landon thought this was a great thing and helped by giving the snowman some arms.

Purple tulips from my son.  Spring has arrived on the calender.  There is still plenty of snow on the ground.  The flowers are beautiful.  I love them.  My son has been a blessing over the past so many weeks.

I started working on the Nordic Needle scissors case.  I have even done the cutting for the hardanger.  I need to be able to concentrate to finish this one but it is close to being done.

For some easy stitching, I started Blue Ribbon Designs' Blue Jeans and Daisies.  I haven't done much yet but it is coming along.  Stitching has always been a great comfort for me.  I hope to get back to it and get many hours each day devoted to craft.  There is so much I need/want to do around the house.  I will have to work on a happy balance.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Time to say Good Bye

LAKE GEORGE —John “Jack” Soderholm Jr. passed away peacefully at his home Saturday, March 16, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
Born July 20, 1954, in Fulton, N.Y., Jack was the son of late John W. Soderholm Sr., who died April 22, 2004, and Shirley (Robillard) Soderholm.
Jack graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.
On Dec. 29, 1979, Jack married the love of his life, Thelma “Taffy” Flood at his mother and father’s home in South Glens Falls.
Jack worked as executive vice president for McCarthy Brothers Construction, at which he was employed for 32 years, until December 2009.Jack will be remembered by all those who knew him for his unusual sense of humor, his love of reading, computers and his John Deere tractor, but most of all, for his love of his family.
Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife, Taffy; his son, Warren “Buddy” Curren; his mother, Shirley Soderholm; his sister, Terrie Davall and her husband, Dennis; his brother, Randy Soderholm
and his wife, Mary; his sister, Amy Solderholm; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Arrangements are being handled by M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main St., South Glens Falls, NY 12803.
At Jack’s request, there will be no calling hours.
A memorial service and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations in Jack’s name can be made to American Cancer Society, 959 state Route 9, Queensbury, NY 12804.
To leave online condolences or to view Jack’s Book of Memories, please visit

Friday, March 8, 2013

Better Late - -

 I have tried a few times to upload some photos and the blogger program would not allow it for whatever reason.  Last weekend, family members came and built some snow forts and snowmen.  It was a good day and fun to watch all the activity.

I started working on the Nordic Needle scissors pocket.  I did the box top just a few weeks ago and now that project can move forward.

The Victoria Sampler is getting some progress on it.  Life is a bit confusing, busy, and hectic around here.  I don't seem to find much time to just sit and stitch.  Today I might have found some time but I took several naps and enjoyed the sunshine. 

Friday, March 1, 2013


I am done!!  I am done!!  I am happy to be done with this.  I am done!!  Just Nan.  Love Bird Tree.