Wednesday, December 30, 2015


I'm happy to say is finally finished!

Christmas went by in a blur. My parents have required quite a bit of my time lately resulting in some very long days. I'm afraid I had a mini meltdown the other day. I just feel physically and mentally worn out. Hauling 50-pound bags of horse feed and maintaining two homes has taken a toll. And of course, I'm worried about my husband. All of your kind words have really meant a lot to me. I'm literally bleary-eyed by the time I read email and comments and hope I haven't missed responding to anyone. I'm hoping to carve out a little time to think about my plans (stitching, reading, knitting, etc.) for the coming year. After a brief hiatus from school, I will be going back in February. My focus for the year is to finish - after all I don't want to take the mature student status too far. 

Just a few Christmasy pictures

Lola thinks we put the tree up every year just for her and was very indignant when I had to put the gifts under it.

And my husband and I many moons ago

And I guess I need a disclaimer after being informed by a helpful soul that I'm not a writer. Well, I'm not a writer. I'm a math and science person. :)

Again, thank you, everyone, for your kind words concerning my husband and for taking the time to visit! Wishing you all a healthy and happy new year!

P.S. We have been given a date of January 14th for my husband's surgery, so continued prayers and good thoughts are much appreciated!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Distracted guessed it...scary medical things. It seems my husband has developed a condition that needs surgery as soon as possible. He wants to wait until after the holidays, even though he has been told it could become an emergency. Between hoping everything behaves and waits, and choosing a surgeon it has been a very stressful couple of weeks. I really expected to have a finish to share, but instead will have to settle for a progress picture.

Holly by Notforgotten Farm

Ha ha, and once again it is raining today, so not a very good picture.

I am so loving our weather! Much more pleasant running around without having to bundle up. Of course with these warm temperatures there is no snow in the forecast, so I will have to be content with this
Lola knows what to do on dark dreary days, and I'm having to fight the urge to join her.
But, I've procrastinated long's time to finish my cleaning. I will be back next week, hopefully with a few finishes to share. Thank you for taking time to visit!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Strange happenings this morning. I'm not sure I'm ready for December, but when I came down this morning November's calendar page was laying in the floor. There was December looking right at me. Anyway, our plans for Thanksgiving fell through. My poor husband came down with a nasty cold, so we ended up staying home. We still enjoyed our dinner...just a few days late. The only problem, and it was a pretty good problem as problems go, we ended up having to eat a couple of pies that we intended to take to the other dinners. So, maybe there were a couple of extra pounds added on.

I'm still clinging to November and wanted to post this finish from a few weeks ago. Our sun has disappeared and it is very dreary here. It is impossible to get an accurate picture and I know this because I'm not even going to tell you how long I tried. Some of the thread colors didn't really stand out very well on the fabric and maybe I should have changed them.

Grateful, Thankful, & Blessed by With thy Needle and Thread

I have a few things I want to stitch that are Christmas related, but it has felt so chilly in the house that I'm torn between stitching and doing something involving yarn. I'm hoping to take these lovely items and turn them into something nice, but when using dpns I could just end up with a mess. The colors in this yarn are beautiful, so if plan A doesn't work there will definitely be a plan B!

I love the convenience of downloading books to my iPad, but nothing feels quite as good as making an actual trip to the book store (even though I detest the mall). And since I'm afraid book stores are going to vanish altogether, I need to make frequent trips. These are a few that I've added to my towering pile by the bed.

Although the list of books I want to read is unbelievably long, as in would take many lifetimes to read them all, I'm always looking for suggestions. I'm not sure how many of you are on Goodreads, but I would love to be friends. 

Finally, this is a poem I came across on a blog that I read everyday. I think it's beautiful.

I appreciate all who stop by to read my blog! And I'm happy to be visiting my favorite blogs once again! Hope you are finding lots of stitching time, or time for whatever makes you happy.

Take care ~