Thursday, 19 October 2017

TH THursday

THinking, THinking, THinking...

THinking THoughts, and being THankful on THursdays.


Today I am thankful for memories of my younger years.

Memories of Ducksberry in Devon.




Memories of my older brother leaving for Boarding School.

 Memories of Clovelly, also in Devon.

Memories of graduation and my first car.

Memories of my Mom making this clock that I got to help with.

Memories of our dog, Hannibal, a big slobbering softie!

So many memories, always making more because tomorrow is never promised.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Baby reveal and a find

New kind of baby reveal - to me at least!
My friend since jr high, Nina, is going to be a grandmother again, this time to twins. Her daughter and son-in-law are expecting them in March, so probably in February!

*Before*


*During*

 *After* 2 girls!!!


So much for the Gmen helping out for boys! 😉

And poor little R, he wasn't happy at all that he was getting two girl cousins, he wanted boys too!

As goofy as this shirt is, I must have saved it to pass on to Beth!



And in stitchy news...
Hey Jo, look what I found!
This past weekend, Nathan and I went to visit my parents and stopped by the antique mall on the way there. I had this magazine years ago and gave it away because there wasn't anything I wanted to stitch in it - or so I thought. Although I'm not ready to start this yet, I'm hoping for early next year.


And these were only 25 cents each, I couldn't resist.

Some scenes on our way home that evening.

I pulled over to take these, perfect timing for the sunset. 



Once again, I'm behind on replying to blog comments and reading blogs. I'll see what I can do about that tomorrow.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

TH Thursday

THinking, THinking, THinking...

THinking THoughts, and being THankful on THursdays.


Today I am thankful for the support of friends - not for me, but for another.

If you haven't seen this yet, where have you been?!

This quilt was made for Danielle Jones, aka Stitcherista, who is being treated for breast cancer. She lives near me and we've met at the Stitching Post and had lunch several times - our group includes Jill, DJ, and Denise.

This quilt idea was started by Laura Johnson Ellis, stitched by many wonderful people, and quilted by Cindi Jackson. What a group effort!
And if you know Danielle, you'd know this is totally her.

Cindi Jackson's photo on fb.

I stitched the Oriole bird - sometimes while watching Nathan play baseball in the spring.

The cats kept me company many times.

I almost made the Ravens bird too, but just couldn't do it!

So I am thankful for a community that cares, and in this case, it's the stitching community.

Danielle is on flosstube if you want to see her reaction to opening it, it should be this one. Jill recorded her opening it when she gave it to her on Saturday.


Fun in the Fall, so far!

Karen, Nathan and I went to the Pottery Stop before school started and painted these pieces.

This was the end result, what fun! 


Gman2 asked me to make this for his friend, who I'm guessing likes Godzilla.


Laps for Lexi was a huge success...

Look what they raised for Children's Hospital and the scholarship fund at school!


Getting spooky for Halloween.

I think our ghosts are actually deflating dying, I had to "amputate" an arm to keep them up!
Is it just me or does the pumpkin look a like the Kool-Aid Man?!


The latest Harvest Moon, loving it!

Hopefully more adventures this weekend...

Thursday, 5 October 2017

TH Thursday

THinking, THinking, THinking...

THinking THoughts, and being THankful on THursdays.


Today I am thankful that Karen was able to come over and visit, especially since she was HIT BY A CAR on Sunday evening! She was leaving work (she's a nurse at Shock Trauma in Baltimore) and in the cross walk when she was hit by a car turning left and said he never saw her. So even though he ran over her feet and knocked her down, it could have been so much worse. There were nurses behind her who saw it all and came running to help her. Her left foot ended up being broken, she's bruised and sore all over, and probably has a concussion.
I'm thankful she's okay and on the mend!


Friday, 29 September 2017

TH Thursday

The late edition of Thankful Thursday!

Laps for Lexi is tomorrow, which is the last day of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This is a special event for me because it's for a daughter of a friend I grew up with. She died at age eight from liver cancer. This event raises money for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's National Medical Center and the Lexi Speight Scholarship fund at SSFS. Every year it gets bigger and bigger, what a wonderful thing out of something so sad.
It doesn't matter how much time goes by, her family and friends still think of her, miss her, and love her dearly. So as Petr says, "Today hug your child a little tighter, tell them 'I love you' a few more times and even embrace the not so good moments. Take it from me, you will cherish EVERY moment as they grow up." 
And what he ALWAYS says, "Hug your kids every day because you just never know."

So as sad as this day will be, they have made it into a wonderful event to help donate money to help those children with cancer.
This year Gman2 will be joining us and will actually run the 5K! I'll be happy to walk the mile with DH, Nathan, and friends!

And here's Lexi's friend, Davison and his sister, Madison, with their song, Forever and Always. It was written for Lexi and can be purchased on itunes. 

What event or charity are you thankful for?

Thursday, 21 September 2017

TH Thursday

THinking, THinking, THinking...

THinking THoughts, and being THankful on THursdays.


Today I am thankful for the generosity of others.

A couple weeks ago, my gf's mother dropped by with a pattern booklet and fabric for finishing. She's a quilter and I had previously asked her if she had any baking fabric when I made Nina's block. She didn't, but found some later and brought it over for future use. What a sweetie!

Next...
My gf, Kim, had tickets for the Orioles game tonight that she couldn't use so she offered them to me - four tickets right behind the Orioles dugout!
I drove to her work to pick them up, what a beautiful drive in the country! Areas that I had never been before and it was lovely. The leaves are starting to turn, but not much.

I stopped here on the way home to say some prayers.

With four tickets, DH, Nathan and I went, but the Gmen weren't interested so Nathan brought a friend.

I'm not sure why we're blurry, what's up with that?!
Can you see I'm taking pictures?

Getting a high five from Poe.

They were ready almost the entire game, but no balls came their way.

Now Nathan wants to go to more games (there's only two left!)
I told him that's fine, but don't expect these seats every time!

So thank you, dear Kim, for helping us make memories, we are truly thankful!


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Clean up, clean up! And stitching

Nathan's toy area in the basement, a total mess. Although this isn't as bad as it was before this picture. I don't think the floor had been vacuumed in over a year!

Some things put away, but Lego pieces were everywhere! He was not a happy camper when I made him pick them all up.


He actually donated some toys and we stored some things in a closet (planning ahead for grandchildren!) So much better, he just needs to clean up the table.

Next project, his room. 😧


As for stitching, I bought a HAED pattern years ago but stopped because I didn't like the way it looked.
I started in the middle on 22 count. I tried using one, then two strands and it didn't matter.

Last week I bought 30 count and restarted it, starting in the upper left corner this time. This fabric is much stiffer, which I think has helped.


I am liking this so much better! So far I've only used two colours, so it's been pretty easy. I don't quite know what I'm going to do when it gets really busy, but I'm not too keen on parking.

I have a bigger one, but thought I would start "small" and see how it goes! Any suggestions on stitching a HAED would be greatly appreciated!

And I'm behind again on my replies and blog reading, sorry!