Monday, February 20, 2017

Babies and Stitching

What a nice time I had with my baby grandsons this weekend! Isaac (5 months old today) has discovered his toes so he's grabbing them and pulling them to his mouth a lot. Of course, he's teething and loves to chew on whatever he can grab. He's just the happiest little guy!

Isaac with his dad, Kevin (my son)

Gideon did come home on Saturday, but what a long process! They didn't get home until 6 p.m. and everyone was wiped out. On Sunday afternoon, I texted my son, Geoff, to see if he needed anything at the grocery store as I was needing to go for myself. He did, so I was able to pick up a few things, drop them off and got to see and hold little Gideon. What a precious boy! Geoff and Amber have two boxers who are quite taken with the new family member.

Big Boss and Joy looking at Gideon
In between holding babies, I finished up L-O-V-E by Hands on Design. What a fun little thing to stitch for Valentine's Day!

And I'm closing in on a finish on Blossoms and Blackbirds!

I'll finish that and then get back to my Victoria Sampler designs.

Happy Presidents Day for all my U.S. friends! Have a wonderful stitchy week!

Friday, February 17, 2017

February - Year of Starts

It's February 17, the Year of Starts day for 2017. For this month I've chosen to pull a little chart out of the depths of my stash - Country Cottage Needleworks' "Daisy Sampler".

I'm using the called for DMC, but substituting WDW Scuppernog and Whiskey for the overdyed floss on the chart. The fabric is Cashel linen, flax. This is a sweet little design that speaks to me of the coming Spring!

I also started another little free design from Hands On Designs called L O V E.

This is on the same 36 ct. Creme Brulee linen as "Be Mine" using Northern Lights Silk in Fuschia, and I'm working the border in an unknown silk overdye from my stash.

Little Gideon is in NICU today (Friday), but it looks like he'll be able to go home tomorrow. His mom and dad are at a discharge class this afternoon. I'm curious to find out what they go over in this class.

Tonight Isaac and his parents are coming over. It's been a couple of weeks since our last visit with him since he's been sick with bronchitis and RSV.

Here's a pic his mom took on Valentine's Day. How sweet is that little guy!

I'm really looking forward to a quiet weekend, holding my grandbabies and getting in some stitching. I hope you have a great stitchy weekend too!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A New Little Valentine

Our 7th grandchild, Gideon Oscar Paulson, was born on Feb. 10! 7 lb 7 oz and 20 inches. He's such a sweet little guy, but I haven't been able to see much of him or hold him yet as he is in the NICU. His mother had gestational diabetes so little Gideon had low blood sugar and has had a couple of respiratory episodes since his birth. He's now regulating his blood sugar like a champ and they're watching his breathing for a little while longer before releasing him. Prayers that he will soon be home!

This weekend I found a couple of freebie designs from Hands On Designs, quick little stitches for Valentines Day. So far I've finished this one:

Obviously, it's "Be Mine", a tiny little thing at 34x29 stitches. I stitched it on 36 ct. Creme Brulee linen with a couple of silk flosses that were in my stash, Northern Lights Silks in Fuschia (dark) and Medium Carnation. I love finding little designs to use some of those fibers that have been languishing in my stash for far too long!

The last couple of days has been warmer and much of the snow has melted, but not all. The sun was beautiful on Monday, but Tuesday was gray and cold again. Now this morning we had freezing rain again and they closed the schools as it's too dangerous for the buses in the neighborhoods - I think this is the 10th day Kennewick schools have been closed this winter, it's surely a new record! Hope this is the last one!

I hope you had a nice Valentine Day with your loved ones! Yesterday we had a little V-Day party at the end of our ESL class, combining the two classes that meet at 9 a.m. Most of the refugees in these classes are Burmese/Karen and most are not fond of sweet treats, but their little children are, lol! And they enjoyed getting together and chatting, trying to keep a lot of it in English. They're such a wonderful group of ladies!

Well, the 17th is coming up and I have a new start planned for Stitch Maynia's Year of Starts and I hope to have good news about Gideon too!  Keep him in your prayers.

Thank you, friends.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017


Here we go again, more snow and freezing rain later. Yesterday there was snow on the ground, but not on this picnic table outside our office in Kennewick.

This winter will live on in our memories for a long time!

Since the trip to Florida, my stitchy bug has taken a bit of a hiatus. A couple of times in the last week I've picked up a project, but not every night like I was. I think the snow is getting to me.

But I did complete a tree on my VS Jingle Bells Xmas Tree Farm!

Lots of backstitching. It reminds me of the Christmas tree at the top of the Heirloom Christmas Sampler, just a lot smaller.

And I started the bird in Blossoms and Blackbirds.

Oh yeah, I got more of the blue border done too - gotta give myself a little credit, lol!

This morning I warmed up my car and brushed off the snow to go after 3 of my grandkids for the morning. I typically like to go to the McDonald's playland, or over to Krispy Kreme to watch the donuts go down the line, but today we went through the drive-thru at McD's and got some hot chocolate to drink at my house while watching Floogals (a cartoon). The fewer times in and out of the car and less driving the better today! But they still got a treat and their mom had fewer distractions while teaching her literature class.

Warmer weather is coming - that's my new mantra.

Friday, February 03, 2017

It's A White World

Yes, more snow here in the Tri-Cities. We got a storm of huge, fluffy snow on Tuesday morning and then another storm came through Friday morning, with freezing rain predicted to start around 4p.m. this afternoon. Ugh, enough already!

At least the ground is getting some moisture.

We got home from chilly Florida Monday afternoon and it's taken me a couple of days to get back into my stitching. But I did finally pick up Blossoms and Blackbirds for a stitching session last night.

Because I cut the fabric so small, I'm stitching in hand like I did way back in the day.

While away from home on those long flights, I got a fair amount of reading done. Our library has a decent selection of titles to download for the Kindle, so I got a couple of history books. Both are very good. First up:

My reading of 18th century English history has been lacking and this title intrigued me. It begins with a review of the dysfunctional Hanoverian family and George III's desire to break that cycle. It's very easy to read, not a dry tome, as well as interesting. I'm about 28% finished.

Then I took a break from the 18th century to go back to the 16th century Tudors.

As you can see, this is on the life of Lady Margaret Douglas. Alison Weir's histories are always well done. If you're tired of Henry VIII wives, this is the one to pick up! I'm also about 25% done with this one.

Well, friends, that's all for now! Have a great weekend and enjoy the Super Bowl on Sunday!