Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Lots of Things Going on Over the Past Few Months

Hello my friends,

I have to say I'm sorry I haven't posted in some time.  I love posting on my blog but lately or I should say over the past few months things have been really busy.  I am going to really work on posting more often.

I have been knitting, painting, reading, gardening, playing with the grandboys and just plain working!  There seems to be a rash of babies being born in either my family or people I know.  I started one for a former co-worker.  The pattern was beautiful but just wasn't working out, so I frogged the whole thing.  I moved on to a baby blanket for my boss.  Love this pattern and it is coming out beautifully.  I am almost done with this one.  The baby was born about 2 weeks ago, so it is a good thing I'm almost done with it.  Then I will go into high knitting mode again for another baby blanket.  My niece, Tawny is due on October 31st.  She is having a little girl.  I need to have the blanket done for her baby shower in the beginning of September!  I better get a move on!  Then my other niece, Devyn is due in January.  We are going to NJ this year for Thanksgiving, so I will be bringing it to her then.  I also have a friend, whose daughter is expecting in September beginning of October.  I really don't know if I can squeeze that blanket in. 

I have been painting alot also.  I started painting watercolors (which I have never done) in the beginning of the year.  I have been having so much fun creating painting and giving paintings.  I have even sold a few paintings!  I found Let's Make Art on FB and subscribed to it and I love it!!  Sarah Cray the owner of Let's Make Art is wonderful and talented.  I love her weekly tutorials!  Some of the weekly paintings have been a challenge but she always encourages everyone to try it because it's only paint and paper.  This is such a simple statement but oh so true! 

My gardens are still going strong even though the heat of the summer and some of our plants are near the end of their growing season.  This year our gladiolus were spectacular!!  John planted these glads about 2 years ago (he loves them and I didn't have time to put them in the ground, so he did).  The bloomed and bloomed and really added beautiful color to the gardens.  We had so much rain this spring, I really think that helped alot.  Jack and I planted our usual potatoes.  I love to see his little face when we dig them up out of the huge pot we planted them in.  He is 6 years old now and we have been doing this since he was 2!  We also plant moon vines but this year he seems to have lost interested in that adventure.  When we dig the potatoes up, I will post photos.  I love doing things like this with the grandchildren.  Mainly because I want them to remember fun things we do together but also because it is something special we can do together and hopefully they will remember and maybe pass this tradition on to their children or grandchildren.  Owen and I planted a Mr Lincoln rose.  Owen loves Abraham Lincoln, so I remembered I used to have a Mr. Lincoln rose.  Sure enough they had 1 left at the garden center and I snatched it up.  John dug the hole and Owen jumped right in to help plant it.  When he comes over he talks to it and says it needs to be strong like Abraham Lincoln was.  The mind of an 8 year old, so awesome!!

I had my 9 month oncology appoint last week and everything is the same.  My oncologist said my blookwork was really great this time.  I hope it stays that way!!  I did have a scare though in June.  I had a lump by my jaw.  I was so afraid one of my lymph nodes was acting up which would mean the Lymphoma was starting to act up.  I went to the Dr. and they said it was an infected salivary gland.  It was painful, but with strong antibiotics it cleared up for the most part. 

Well know you all know why I haven't been on here until now.  It has been a very, very busy first half of the year.  I'm hoping the second half slows down a bit!  2 weeks from now our entire family is going to Tybee Island, GA to celebrate John and my 40th wedding anniversary!!  Should be a great time and a good way to slow down.

Everyone have a wonderful day!!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Spring has finally sprung!!

It is windy today and not really warm but the sun is out and that is just perfect for me!!  I got to come home from work early (3:15), so I took a walk around the yard with Emma.  She loved the chance to run around the yard while I tossed her ball to her!  Here are some things I found on my walk:

Our new azalea out front is starting to bloom!  We had to take out another rose that got the rose mites.  I will miss the rose because it was one of my favorites but the azalea will be real pretty too.

Cute little pansies growing in the front garden.

On the way home this redbud tree started blooming.  It is so pretty!
All the pine trees here are in "bloom".  This causes alot of allergies for me.  They are pretty though!

My Chocolate Mint is waking up :)!!

This is our Carolina Jasmine out front climbing up our front porch and steps railing.  We planted it out back but not enough sun.  The front of the house has so much sun and I guess it really likes it better her.
Spearmint is waking up too!

It's hard to see but this is my Tree Peony.  It has 7 buds on it this year!!!
This little bunny is tucked in amongst some spring flowers and beautiful green moss ready for Easter!

Another view of my bunny.
I hope with the warmer weather and sunshine, there will be even more flowers coming out and other plants popping up!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Is Spring Really Coming?

Last weekend I had to go to NJ for a funeral.  When I got back to Mint Hill/Charlotte on Sunday I saw daffodils blooming in the yard.  Now if anyone has been to NJ in the winter time, you know there isn't any daffodils blooming and not for some time!  I'm so glad I live here in NC!  On Monday I was driving to work and I spotted this beautiful cherry tree blooming while I was at the stop light.

Then when I got home from work, I let Emma, our Golden Retriever out.  I fed the birds and then as I was turning around I spied a Lenten Rose blooming!!  I love this plants!  They love the cold and the colors in the blossoms are just so beautiful!

I don't know why but the photo won't flip the correct way, but you get the idea about the colors!

Then I walked around to the front of the house and that is where I saw the daffodils blooming.

Again the photo won't flip the correct way, sorry!

While I was waiting for John to come home, I opened the pattern for needlepunching I had ordered from Michelle Palmer on etsy:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/MichellePalmer?ref=l2-shopheader-name
Michelle has gorgeous items on her site-check it out!  I traced the pattern on to weaver's cloth I had bought and then stretched the fabric on my new frame.  I bought the weaver's cloth, needle punch and frame from The Old Tattered Flag:  https://www.theoldtatteredflag.com/.  I am now addicted to needle punching!  I had never done this craft before, but I watched some youtube videos and learned what I needed to know.  I love it!!  Here is what I have done so far:

This is also sideways.  I'm at work now and I probably could have turned these photos around at home, again sorry!

Lastly, last night our oldest daughter, Megan and her husband, Ken had me over for dinner.  My husband was at his guitar lessons.  I remarked how nice her swag of hearts were that she had made.  After dinner we were chatting and she takes out a bag.  She pulled out some thread and strung some hearts for me!  She is very talented and I love these hearts!!  Just in time for Valentine's Day!  I put them on my painted cupboard in the dining room.  They will look really nice when hubby and I are having our Valentine's Dinner in there tomorrow night.  We have decided not to go out because it is just too crowded and definitely rushed. 

I wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day!!  Hugs!!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Reading, Knitting and Relaxing

After a hectic 2018, I had made a promise to myself that I would slow down and relax more!  I have accomplished that so far! 

1,  My new job is much less stress (started that job 12.03.18), so that makes my days much less hurried and stressful. 

2.  I knitted a cute snowflake hat for Owen.  It turned out really well and now I'm working on one for Jack.

3.  I'm reading again.  I am almost done with the Christmas book I started in November.  I have also listened to The Bastard by John Jakes.  I am going to start listening to The Wife, which was recommended by my sister.

4.  I have started dieting and so far I have lost 4.5 lbs.!!  I walk almost every night with John after dinner and that has been very relaxing for me. 

5.  I really don't get too worked up over getting projects done by a specific time.  I work on  my projects and get them done but I don't make a specific date it has to be completed unless it is a gift.

Basically I am not going to let things bother me, or get to me like I was.  I really think it was because I had so much work to do at my last job and I was very, very stressed out.

I hope you all are having a wonderful 2019 and remember take time for yourself and relax!!  Hugs!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year Everyone and all the 2018 Books I read!

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!  Every New Years Day I post the list of books I read for the previous year.  This year I read more than the last:

1. Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand
2. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
3. Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
4. Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
5. Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley
6. The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
7. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
8. Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand.
9. Rare Objects by Kathleen Tessaro.
10. Plum Crazy Tea by Laura Childs.
11. Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan.
12. Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs.
13. The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand
14. By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank
15. Shot in the Dark: A Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle
16. Becoming Belle by Nuala O'Connor
17. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
18. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
19. A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
20. Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper.
21. The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews
22. Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
23. Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
24. Past Perfect by Danielle Steel
25. Juror #3 by James Patterson and Nancy Allen
26. One Day in December by Josie Silver
27. Tony's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
28. Holiday Buzz by Cleo Coyle

I hope to read or listen to even more books in 2019!

What are you reading?

Friday, December 28, 2018

Now that Christmas is Over....

Now that Christmas is over, I have started to make a list of things I would like to do in 2019.  I wouldn't call them resolutions, I would call them goals.  I always have the philosophy, that there are many things I would like to do but with time constraints due to working, being with family, etc. things don't always get done.  I don't get stressed out about not completing something, because it will get done when it gets done.  Here are some things  I would like to try or do in 2019:

1.  Make beads out of polymer clay with the new translucent clay that looks like glass.  I have already bought the clay, so now I just have to make the time to do this.

2.  Quilt more items.  I made a Christmas table runner this year and I would like to continue making some other quilted items.

3.  Maybe do some watercolor painting.  I signed up for a monthly box to be delivered to me and it has watercolor paper, paints and ideas.  All I will have to do is create it!  Looking forward to that! :)

4.  Learning how to use the kiln I bought years ago.  Once that is accomplished I would like to make some fused glass jewelry.

5.  Read more.  I have gotten away from that and that needs to change.

6.  Knit more.  I am working on 2 knitted hats for my grandboys right now.  I really missed working with different yarns.  So I will definitely be doing some more of that!

7.  I have changed jobs, so life isn't so over the top stressful.  I want to continue that route with my new job.

8.  Garden more, increase my garden in the backyard out into the wooded area.  Last year I started a little gardening back there.  I planted an azalea, 2 hostas and 1 columbine plant.

9.  Get to the beach more with hubby and possibly the grandboys.  They love the beach and we always have so much fun!

10.  Last but not least, I want to enjoy life and nature.  I want to take walks on the greenway, watch the birds more that inhabit our yard, basically just take time to smell the roses!!

Well that is my top 10 things for next year!  Do you have goals or wishes for 2019?  Enjoy your day and Happy New Year!!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Christmas Cookie Making 12.15.18

Jenny, Jack and Owen came over as made our Christmas Cookies!  We had such fun!  We made cream cheese cookies (which everyone in the family loves), chocolate chip cookies (the original standby cookie) and lastly sugar cookies.  The boys love to cut the sugar cookies out with cookie cutters that are new and ones that their Mom used to use with her sister and I!  Here are some samples of what the boys made:

Jack getting ready to make cookies (of course we washed the counter before we began LOL).

Jenny in cream cheese cookie making mode.

Little Red Riding Hood Sugar Cookie.

Owen's version of a Hawaiian Hula Dancer sugar cookie (coconut bra and all) LOL!!

We got Papa in the cookie making actiona for a little while.

Owen, myself, Jack and Jenny making cookies.

Sugar Cookies decorated, waiting to be eaten!
It was a real fun day!  Can't wait until next year's creations!!  Merry Christmas!!

Ring of Kerry, Ireland
My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!
Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!