Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Finish

It feels so good to have almost caught up with the monthly Joyful World SAL, actually getting August done before the end of the month!

The colors look a little washed out, perhaps as I took the picture right next to the window. I had to make a couple of modifications due to running out of one color of floss, and to a counting error. Those things happen! At least I didn't have to rip any stitches out!

August will be pinned to the other months I have on my bulletin board of finishes.

Tonight we'll be going out to the fair and rodeo with one of our sons and his wife. We get dinner at the sponsor hospitality tent - prime rib! Yum!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thorny Thursday

It's pretty slim pickings in the garden this week. Hot weather shuts down production, and what I do get is usually much smaller.

Spirit of Freedom
Claire Rose
Love the little bunches of flowers!
Graham Thomas
Graham Thomas is blooming at the very top of the shrub, which right now is about 8-9 feet high.

I'd probably get more blooms if I'd get out there and deadhead! I've just been in a stitching mood lately.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Progress and Regress

Yes, regress. Ugh.

The ugly stitches at the bottom of the center banner in A Moment in Chalk offended me so much I just had to get rid of them and try again. Out they came and here is where I began again:

I've found that working on the WDW Gunmetal linen goes better for me in the daytime, even with good lighting at night. After working on it this morning, this is where I ended -

A Moment in Chalk
And progress has been made on my Joyful World SAL pieces. Today I'll show you September and save August for later.

Doesn't look like much yet, but I am enjoying the fall colors called for in this design.

The summer heat has moderated a bit this week and it's been so pleasant! So nice to walk in the neighborhood again rather than the treadmill at the gym. But I'm noticing that the sun is going down earlier which always makes me sad - I so love the long days of summer and hate the short winter days.

Last night my husband came home from Costco with 2 LED bulbs to replace the fluorescent ones in the basement where my craft space is. Wow! What a difference!! I really like the light - it's so bright! It might even get me through the dark winter days in better spirits, especially if we get a couple more light kits installed.

Till later, my friends!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Weekend Wrap-Up

What a great weekend! Gary and I were able to attend the Seattle Mariners vs. Milwaukee Brewers baseball game Sunday as guests of Dairyland Insurance in the suite they rented for the game. And VIP parking was included! We had never been to a Mariners game as Gary's not a big sports fan (I'm far more of a fan than he), but he couldn't pass up this opportunity.

We decided to drive over to the Seattle area the afternoon before so we could have a more relaxing Sunday morning, and arrived at the parking garage a couple of hours before the game started. Traffic gets awful on game day! But once we parked the car, we bypassed the crowds and were directed to the upper level for the suite ticket holders. At the suite we found a concierge and a room with popcorn, peanuts, chips, and a refrigerator full of drinks, and later they served hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken strips - the usual ballpark favorites. Our Dairyland hosts greeted us and we had a nice time visiting with everyone as they arrived.

Safeco Field is a beautiful stadium.

Looking out at the field from the suite
The game started out pretty well for the Mariners with a 6-1 lead over the Brewers. Then in the 8th and 9th innings, things fell apart and they ended up losing 6-7. The crowd was not happy! But we had a great time watching the game.

We hung out for a little while then made our way to the parking garage before it closed. It took awhile, but we finally got out on the freeway to go down to Southcenter Mall because I wanted to visit the Daiso store for more project boxes. I also found some zippered bags, washi-type tape, children's bento lunch boxes, and some wrapping paper, each item was $1.50. So many cute things!

While I was shopping, Gary went next door to the County Library. What a great place for a library!

Now we're back home, ready for a week of activities at the Benton-Franklin County Fair. Up tonight is the Demolition Derby.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thorny Thursday

It's hot in the garden today. All week the temps have been high 90s to 100 degrees F. So the roses that have blossomed have quickly dried out on the shrub. I've still been able to get some pics of blooms before the sun got to them.

Geoff Hamilton

Abraham Darby
Glamis Castle
Lady of Shalott
It's so nice that even though I've neglected the garden quite a bit this year, it still looks nice and rewards me with beautiful blossoms throughout the growing season.

The weekend is almost here! I hope it's a good one for you!