|design adapted from Stoney Creek Towels of the Month|
design completed in 2019
Wow. Where does one begin when life is so, so .... eventful, awful, wonderful, baffling (and a lot of other descriptives)?
|bear from daughter-in-law in our dining room|
I doubt I am alone in the blogging community as I wonder how to share the good stuff when there is so much hurt and fear. I don't want to be disrespectful nor minimizing of the hardships we are all facing (to one extent or another). But at the same time, my readers absolutely do not need one more rant-filled editorial about current events.
|a re-run here: sharing again the beach chair and sunshine design|
by Rovaris with the addition of a verse that
brightens my attitude during the hard days
I'll just go with what's become my form of blogging over recent months -- sharing lots of pictures from the past week or so in an attempt to journal (for myself), share ideas, and maybe put a chuckle on your lips -- all meant to be a pleasing distraction for a few minutes and maybe serve as inspiration for us to be people of hope.
|Beloved's generator and cover|
Since I've just referenced the hard times in our nation and Hurricane season (June 1 - November 30) begins in a couple of hours (!!!), I'll show you some of what Beloved's been up to. He ordered a really nice cover for his generator because you're not supposed to run it inside the garage, but the chances are at least 50/50 it will be raining outside when it's running and you're supposed to protect the thing from the rain. Yes, I know that's a run-on sentence, but that sort of illustrates how one thing led to another and then to another.
He got the cover but then couldn't easily see some of the controls, so then he ordered a clear piece to replace a solid piece so he can now (1) run the generator in the rain, and (2) read the controls while standing in the rain. Makes sense. We're ready.
Regarding this flag collage, I can be a stickler for certain details. Not all of Beloved's projects are his idea. We had an aluminum/gray flag pole bracket with a matching pole for our flag. When the flag was not flying, the bracket was there all by itself in that highly visible portion of our house and I just didn't like the look. One of my neighbors has something similar and she chose to hang a very nice wreath on the bracket but I didn't want to do that.
We found a black flag bracket online and Beloved humored me with the purchase of a black flag pole. This past week he installed it all and I am completely satisfied. He also put a solar light in the ground below the flag so now we can leave the flag up all the time. ("Happy wife happy life", as they say)
|completed on May 30th|
Making a segue into more patriotic things, here's one of my most recent cross stitch finishes. This design was a delight. I love the blue floss of the bird and the contrasts of the red and white against the beige Aida cloth (14 count).
|the Blessed art work is a project made at|
our community center last summer --
back in the good ol' days when
socialization was encouraged
My stitchy friends may remember that Beloved gave me a big handful of the Heart in Hand cross stitch bird patterns this past Christmas, so I'm gradually going through them. This pattern called for a small ceramic flag button, which I didn't have, so I spaced out the stars in such a way that there is not a big bare spot. I also added the year of completion.
|Spring by Heart in Hand|
completed earlier this year
You may also remember I posted this one at the beginning of spring, commenting that the entire time I was working on that big brown thing, I thought it was a bee skep (several of you commented you had thought the same thing).
Turns out with those black crack lines and the nesting materials at the bottom it finally occurred to me the brown thing is the bird's egg!!! (duh!!!) The pattern had a tiny ceramic button of a dragon fly, which I also did not have. Just today I found a pattern for a bee and so I added that.
For those reasons, it's a confusing piece of art, but I'm okay with it and will now just leave well enough alone.
|"Told in a Garden" design by Country Woman|
made into a Birthday card
I've been saving this photo for months to share with you. It's a birthday card for my eldest granddaughter, who is now 18 years old! She is a lovely girl, so pretty and feminine, and always does the nicest things with her very long brown hair. She loved the card when we gave it to her a couple of weeks ago.
In 1988 I made this design and framed it to hang above my bedside night stand. So now I've made this twice!
|where the kitchen transforms|
to the family room
This week we got into more socialization, both outside of the home and inside. My staff decided it might be safe to leave the confines of the upstairs sewing room to join Mandy Sue here on the main floor. I found a place for them where they are easily accessible when there is a task for them to do.
Mandy Sue is the only one wearing a mask. The rest may or may not get masks... it's not a high priority on my To Do List as I am very hopeful the worst of this thing is behind us.
Please note that I still have "Rent-a-Nurse" on my staff (she's the very short little gal standing directly in front of Mandy Sue's pink cupcake apron). "Rent-a-Nurse" served us well years ago when Beloved had his knee replacement, so we have kept her on retainer. During this pandemic she's been a comfort to have around.
Spud has been privileged to get a little more attention than the rest of them. Surfer Girl, Surfer Boy, Grandson #4 and Granddaughter #5 came here for lunch on Memorial Day. We have a shoe box of parts for Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. Spud, of course, does not live in that box, since he is Grandad's right hand man, but we put him out with the shoe box so young people could play with him. We took this snapshot of him before company arrived so that after the visit was over, we'd remember exactly what parts were his. He was a very good sport about it all.
My last piece of exciting news is to share our take on the successful SpaceX launch of the two astronauts into orbit on Saturday. Living only 130 miles from the launch site, we could not help but get caught up in all the excitement about this first manned launch in 9 years from American soil.
|the view of the launch from our front porch|
We made no attempt to drive to the Atlantic coast to see it since we eschew crowds for the most part and also because the weather reports for a successful launch were pretty discouraging.
|Beloved watches the launch on his iPad|
from our front sidewalk
We had seen an unmanned launch from our front yard some months ago, so when the time came for this launch, Beloved tuned in his iPad to our TV station and we stood outside watching both the iPad and the sky, hoping to catch site of the fireball in the distance.
|TV coverage of the SpaceX launch|
It was a good idea, but the clouds that had been threatening the launch hid the fireball from us and we saw only what was on our electronics. Ah well, that's okay. We are just thankful the second attempt was successful. It was still a thrilling, teary-eyed experience.
I'm closing this post with a verse that calms my heart during these challenging times. I hope it will bless you as well but that can only happen if you have asked the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive you of your sins and to live in your heart. He is real, His message of salvation is real, and genuine, lasting peace comes only through Him.
[Jesus is our] anchor for the soul, firm, and secure.
Until next time, grace and peace.