Saturday, October 5, 2019


In late August, we had a going away/birthday party and baby shower. Here is a picture from the party. Owen is a couple months past 2. 

Rob and Owen 
Our son, Logan, has left for Moscow, Russia. He will be there teaching English until late May 2020. He has been accepted to the University of Glasgow in Scotland for fall 2020. He will be studying for his PhD in Sociology. My baby has flown from the nest. I was a wreck with worry. He's doing well, making friends, and adulting.

Courtney is due with baby boy #2 in a few days. Under three weeks, I'm grandma again. Woohoo! I can't wait to meet the little guy...will he be a red head like all my other babies or will he have dark hair like daddy?

Our house is mostly sold...the new owners are in and we are awaiting a closing date etc. I have started re-decorating here. The fireplace is now a grayish-olive and the walls are in the process of becoming a very pale olive -- bay sands. The colors work very well together and the mantle looks smashing if I do say so myself.

Remember this?

I have been stitching...after many trails and errors.

This was my first fabric. A very nice 25ct aida. But, the fabric pattern went up and down the stitch, which bothered me. And after a bit...the 25ct over 1 was too much for my eyes. I can't find the actual stitched piece. Sigh...

Then I bought a 14ct PTP Storm. As you can see, I made headway. But, the fabric was floppy. And I just wasn't feeling it. 

So, I went to Jo-Ann's and got a piece of 14ct white aida. It was working out. Until, I realized I had cut the fabric incorrectly and instead of a 24x60" piece I had a 30x48" piece. Considering the stitch will be 46" -- it was a tad short. 

Off I went to Jo-Ann's again, got another piece. I cut it correctly, but did not think to straighten the edges., I realized this before going too far and started for the 5th time. If I had continued, at about 1/3 down of the stitch... I would have run off the edge. 

So, I took the last remaining piece and straightened the edges, and gridded the top and bottom from the center. I have side salvages that are very narrow. But, the stitch fits on the fabric. I am loving this piece. And my mojo has returned!

I've been promised a trip to Maine when I complete my lighthouse. 

I'm further than this, but not by much. I have decided I need to make a rotation and get this one going again. In that rotation will also be - Colorful Sky

And then Birch Forest in Alps - 

So, I'm back and hopefully, I will be around some more.