Tuesday, April 19, 2011

When I woke up

I saw this outside my window yesterday.

When is it going to stop?!!!!  I cant believe it--April 18th.  3 inches of the white stuff all over the place and coming down for a few more hours.  It was cold, windy and with a mixture of sleet and snow.

Overall, my weekend was fabulous!!!!!  My Husband and I spent the last few days with my Grandmother, which is such a treat.  She is 81 years old and is doing better then ever.  It has been tough for many years-- dealing with cancer hasnt been easy on any of us, but last week she got the best report we could ever hear--Cancer free!!!!!!!!  How wonderful!!!!!!!!!!  So many prayers and so many people looking out for her, it is such a blessing to hear such positive news.   When Grandma knew about us coming a few weeks ago, she of course couldnt be more pleased.  She went and got some of our favorite late night snacks-- ice cream, cookies and even baked a cake.   You know when visiting Grandma, food is always top priority-- especially when visiting with relatives, breakfast, lunch and supper --going out for it is the norm.  For me, I dont eat out all that much, especially 3 big meals in one day, although every meal time couldnt be full of more fun and laughter.  For me, it all balances out.  We had a great time, seeing everyone again.  We took Grandma to an antique store that she had wanted to go in, and it was great fun to hear her say-- "I have that, I used to have that or so and so had that!"  Finding a few goodies is always fun-- and the hunt is the best part.  What is around the next corner, it could be it!  

She has been crocheting afghans for all the great-grand children and it is amazing to see the pile.  Each one thought out for each child.  She is whipping right along with them--only has a few more to make before Christmas, I think she is going to make her goal :).  She is working on one of those huge floral cross stitch projects-- I cant think of the name right now, but the flowers are so life-like, one of the iris' she is stitching and has been working on it for a while, lost her place so put it away.  I was thrilled to help get her back on track and perhaps after the afghans are done, she will pick it back up.  It was fun showing her some of my WIPs, and she just was floored over the small counts-- and what count is this?  40.  This?  45.  Ooh, and she'd lean back on the sofa with amazement.  I have never seen such fine linen- she said.  I didnt stitch much while there-- really hard to start and stop in between all the eating!!!!

She has a nest of Duck eggs right outside her garage door, which is so amazing to see, however where is the mother?!

Grandma got a new canary and boy does it love to sing!  She is thrilled with her new friend and  it brings her such joy.

To see her light up each time we came back to the house and run over to him, they had a special chat.  Then she would come back into the kitchen, put on another pot of coffee and say, want some cake?  LOL, we just got off the breakfast table!!!  Classic.  We were sad to leave her early last night, and am looking forward to the next visit with her soon. 

Last week I did finish a small project-- Be Joyous by Homespun Elegance.  I used the called for silk with 40ct Vintage Pearled Barley.  It was a great little project and one down in the WIP pile.

I have been super busy with work, but managed to get in some stitches on Peace.  I think I am going to work on this for a while, and see what I can do about this HUGE WIP.  I am in love with the colors, and definately looking forward to progress.  If I dont open up the sheet I am working on, it doesnt scare me as much.  I am going to work on it page by page.  It is too big to do the whole border at once, and I want it to line up in the worst way!!!!  LOL-- who doesnt want their borders to match up?!!!!

The top pic is more the true color of the 40ct Sienna Night Lakeside I am stitching on.  With the miserable weather we are having, it was hard to get a clear shot, so the bottom pic is under a bright light.  I am already bummed, tonight I have to work late, so I dont think much stitching will take place, but there is always tomorrow right? 

Thanks for all your great comments on Ichabod Seabury, the color is fabulous and I hope some of you give it a try sometime!!!!!!

Until next time!  Happy Stitching everyone :)


  1. Glad you had such a great visit with your grandmother!
    I love the colors of your WIP Peace. Can't wait to see it completed. It will be beautiful I'm sure!

  2. Peace looks fabulous! And I love Be Joyous. It looks great. I've been attracted more to the bird charts since our little bird challenge late last year. I may need to find this Be Joyous chart. Maybe I'll start a bird wall in my house! :-) I'm so glad you had a good time with your Grandmother and that she is doing so well. Sorry about the snow, I had to scrape ice off my car this morning, but at least no snow! Hope to see you soon. L.

  3. Visiting family is so wonderful. Anytime I go back home and step foot in my Grandmas house I know I will never go hungry LOL Glad you had such a wonderful visit and WOOOHOOOO that she is now cancer free beautiful words right there!!!

    Your WIP Peace is looking great I love the colors. I cant wait to see more progress. EEEKKKK On all that snow in the middle of April, what is mother nature thinking dose'nt she know you need sunshine for taking good pictures LOL

    Take care and hopefully your night is not to late..

  4. Glad you had a good visit with your grandmother. Cancer- free -- that's huge! Love your Homespun Elegance piece! And that enormous BAP! Whoa, is it gorgeous!!!!!

  5. Your WIPs are lovely...My aunti used to have canaries and their songs fill the room with joy.

  6. So glad you had such a good visit with your grandmother! She sounds like such a nice and caring person. Grandmas are special. It's nice to know that she still stitches at her age! Glad she is now cancer free, such a blessing!

    Love your WIPs, they are beautiful!

  7. I woke up to that snow yesterday - about three inches worth. We were suppose to get more today, but it never panned out thank goodness. It's spring, isn't it?

    Love your Homespun Elegance piece and really love the colors of your BAP - very pretty.

  8. Happy Easter dear friend!

  9. What a wonderfully inspiring blog.
    And to think you still have snow. Here in New Zealand it is cooling down and I imagined that you would therefore have Spring.

    Can you tell me where you obtain your 45 count linen?

  10. I so enjoyed reading about your special time with your grandmother! It really puts a smile on my face. Congratulations to her on being pronounced cancer-free - live life to the fullest! :D Sounds like she is doing exactly that.

    Wonderful finish - really gorgeous colors - and some beautiful WIPs. Good luck with them!

  11. There has definitely been some weird weather this year. Congrats to your grandmother on being cancer free! My prayers are with her to remain that way.

  12. What a fun visit you had! Isn't it funny how Grandmothers are all about the next meal?! Your Homespun Elegance piece is lovely - congrats on another finish. I am so in love with your Peace - glad to see it out again!


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