Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Second Bobcat showing up

Hello! I've stitched quite a bit on this piece, The second bobcat is showing up. Now that I have made progress it's going easier but I will still be glad to have this finished but I'm a long ways from it.

Last weekend was fun. We really like this Pastoral candidate and his family, we'll vote this Sunday on him. I really think it will happen. He seems to be a good fit. If it doesn't happen I think Jonathan and the rest of the search committee will cry.

Boy the flu really seems to be going around here. I know of at least 4 people from our church that have been struck by it and it doesn't leave too quickly either.

Tomorrow after working in the food pantry my sister in law and I are going out for lunch. I ordered from Feeding America this past week so that food is coming in tomorrow. I just hope it comes in earlier than they did last time I ordered.

Well until next time Happy Stitching.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bobcats Start

Good Afternoon!
It's been a cool week around here. My electric bill will like that since I turned off the air conditioner.

I started Bobcats for Love Quilts a little over a week ago. It really was not an easy piece to really get into. It's funny because I have done 3 other pieces from this book (Endangered Young'uns by Ruth Morehead put out by Gloria and Pat), and they went pretty good. Oh by the time they were finished I was ready to start a new piece. But this piece at first didn't click and I really doubted it would be done by Nov. 15. It's going better now, but still slow going. Still wondering if they'll be done by Nov. 15 even though it's almost 2 months away.

This weekend will be a busy weekend. We have a possible Pastoral candidate coming in this weekend. (I say possible as this weekend he's just checking it out and we're checking him out to see if it's a good match. Which so far seems to be). Anyway Sat. morning the women are having breakfast with his wife at Russ's on south side of town and men are having breakfast with him at Russ's on north side of town. I'm sure the children will be there to. Then at noon we are having a picnic with the whole family on the church grounds. Sunday is Back to Church Sunday and he'll be preaching then we'll have a dinner after church with the whole family. My only concern is we have very few teens and children at church anymore, so I'm a little concerned about the children adjusting. We do have about 3 boys that are teenagers around his son's age, but I really don't know of any children the ages of the other 3 children. Maybe 1 or 2 but that's it. Our church has dropped so bad....sad, when the pastor leaves the church drops so much. Then the 28th if things go well this weekend he will candidate and we will vote on him after the service. Everyone has their hopes up high. So we are praying things work out, don't know how much longer our church will last otherwise. Those that could have carried our church through these days left. So there are only about 2 or 3 men picking up the slack. The other men are getting up in age and served their time.

Monday the 22nd it will be a year ago that my dad died. His first anniversary in heaven. But we really miss him here. We are having flowers sent in memory of my dad to the church then we'll plant them at my dad's grave. They'll be mums I think and will come up every year. We finally got the gravestone. It took forever it seemed for everything to be done and for them to finally do it. When my brother said it had to be done by the 22nd things got moving.

Well...until next time Happy Stitching.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Year of the Acronym (YOTA)

I just saw on someones blog about YOTA and I thought it sounded like fun so have decided to join. It's where you pick out an UFO and stitch on it some each month until it is finished. You post the start which I am here, then each month post the progress you made on it. This also is one of my Turtle Trot pieces so it may get done. This piece is called Count Your Many Blessings by Leisure Arts.

Well...until next time Happy Stitching!

Friday, September 05, 2014

Turtle is Finished!

Good morning!I finished this piece earlier today. It was a cute, fun stitch but I was happy to get it finished. So much green in it.

Now I've started Bobcat Kittens from Ruth Morehead's Endangered Young'uns, published by Gloria and Pat. I've done several from this book and these animals are so cute. A lot of work as they are not easy but worth it in the end. It's going to a quilt project we are doing at Cross Stitch Addicts featuring these animals. The quilt will go to a child at Love Quilts.

Well....we finally have a potential Pastor at our church after 15 months without one. He will be coming 2 weekends the end of Sept. Then we'll vote on him. We are so happy as we need a Pastor bad. We've had so many people leave our church during these months and plus some active long time members died. We are afraid we may not have a church much longer the way we were going. But we are confidant God will turn things around once we get a new Pastor. Problem is we are an inner city church and sometimes they don't grow quite as fast as other churches.

Our mom is really enjoying Life Circles. At first she was leary as she had to change Dr.'s and everything, but she's starting to like it now. She goes 2 days a week. They pick her up about 9 am and bring her back around 4:30 pm. She says sometimes the afternoons are boring but like Wed. afternoon they took the people on a Patoon Boat Ride out to Blue Lake and she loved that.

I was having pain in my jaw (only other side then the jaw that has created problems) so went to Dentist. Can you believe I'm teething! I have a wisdom tooth that never really popped through and now it's starting to. He said that happens once in a while, but not too often.

Well.....not much is happening so until next time....Happy Stitching!

Monday, September 01, 2014

Quite a bit of progress

Happy Labor Day! Anyone have special plans for today? We usually don't do anything on Labor Day. I will say last year on Labor Day it was Sept. 2 and we were with our dad at Harbor Hospice as it was our parents 63rd wedding anniversary and their last. As dad died 20 days later. My sister-in-law, Beth had made him Meat Pie at his request. It is a Finnish dish with Hamburg, carrots, and potatoes inside pie crusts. We had it a lot when growing up and he wanted it one last time. He loved it and even had 2 helpings.

I made a lot of progress on this turtle and am getting anxious to get it done. I made a mistake somewhere, and really don't know exactly how. All I know is to correct it I would have to rip off half the piece, I'm not doing that. I'm just improvising.

Not much is happening here, so until next time....Happy Stitching!

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Turtle start

Good afternoon. After a stormy, rainy morning it's going to be a steamy afternoon. Grand Rapids is suppose to reach 90 I don't know if we will.

Last week was a busy week. My niece, her husband and children were in town from VA Mon.-Wed. It was great to see them again. We had only seen Scott who is 4 when he was 2 months ago. We had not seen Connor who is 3 or Emma who just turned 2 before. They were cute. Hope it's not another 4 years before we see them again. Amanda isn't looking too forward to doing the trip every year though. Like all little girls Emma loves the movie Frozen. I don't quite get why little girls like it so well, but I do like that song "Let It Go" We took the kids to the park Tuesday as they had so much energy and needed to run. That was a lot of fun. Next year they'll have a baby to add so it will be 4 small children. Also my sister came in for the weekend.

My sister and I went to Jo Ann Fabrics and I got material and floss and a cute book by Stoney Creek called Bug Babies. So I now have Woodland Babies (this turtle is from that book), Farm Babies, and Sea Babies. Wonder if there are anymore of those animal baby books.

I can't believe how early school starts in some places. My little great niece, Chelsea started Kindergarten Aug. 13. She loves it. My niece-law-posted a picture of her on facebook doing her first homework assignment. Kindergarten and they have homework already. Although Addie told me in Kindergarten they were teach computer so I shouldn't be surprised. My great nephew, Nick, who will be 5 in Sept. started school today so I'm wondering how he likes it. He lives in CO and Chelsea lives in MO. Yes, our family is all over the USA!

Well....until next time....Happy Stitching

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sea Horse and Shells is finished

Good eveneing! I finished this piece early this morning. But I left not long afterwards and didn't get home until a little while ago.

My niece and her husband and 3 children are in town for a couple of days. They live in VA. It was the first time in 4 years they came for a visit and may be another 4 years before they come again. Their 3 children were more then ready to get out of the car when they got here and were pretty wound up all that energy. I can't imagine traveling with three small children like that and expecting a 4th one. Scott is 4, Connor is 3, and Emma just turned 2. But they were so sweet. I can't wait to see them tomorrow. They are going to Wisconsin from here to see his family. Since his parents are also divorced they'll only spend a couple of days with each parent too. They only have a week's vacation. I suggested they fly next year but that would be way to expensive for a family of 6. So they said we'll have to visit them the next few years. Don't all parents of small children feel that way when traveling. Their 4th child will be a girl due in Jan. but since all 3 of her children were born early Amanda figures a Christmas baby. I told her to check herself into the hospital a month early so she's at the hospital when the baby is born. Emma was born on he highway on way to hospital delivered by Amanda herself as Luke was calling for help. He went to help her and found her holding the baby! I'm not kidding she came that quickly.

I have barely started a turtle from Stoney Creek's Woodland babies for a surprise baby quilt we are doing. I can't wait to get it going. Well...until next time.....Happy Stitching.