Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lighthouse Finish

This was a real quick finish.   It's actually from a book called Lighthouse Sampler by By the Bay Needlework.   I did have a problem in that I didn't have a couple of colors and I misread one of the symbols by the time I discovered it I had too much done to take out plus I didn't have the correct colors.   I'm sure I'll do more from this book and the colors I was missing will be replaced by the time next spring or summer comes.  Living on the shores of Lake Michigan I love Lighthouses.   We use to go down to the Lake a lot and watch the lighthouse and go to the channel see the big boats come in.  Those days are over the big ships don't come through like they use to but smaller boats do.  

I had thought about doing another summer piece,  or doing the soccer piece.   But instead I have kitted up a Wedding piece I promised my nephew and his wife I would do for them.   They've been married 2 1/2 years now so about time I did one.   They also have the cutest baby boy who is almost 7 months.   I really need to start doing pieces for my family too.  The great nieces and nephews have very little if anything I've stitched.  Problem is I'm not big on baby or young child pieces and most are 3 or under!   All in time since there are 12 of the 16 that don't have anything stitched from me it will take time maybe by the time some get them they won't be so young.

I just heard I'm average as far as Americans drinking Pop go.   I drink about 4 cans of Pepsi a day which is average.   I need to cut down thouogh.

Well.....I hope everyone has a Good and Safe Labor Day Weekend.  Until next time Happy Stitching.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lighthouse Start

Hello everyone!  Thank you for reading my blog.  I hope all of you on the east coast made it through the hurricane, flooding and earthquake with limited damage, well as limited as they can be.  I have never been in any of them so have no idea what it is to go through them.   Well I do know know what high winds are like as we do get those sometimes.

 I had hoped to finish this tomorrow but it's not going to happen so I decided to post this today get one last post in in Aug.   I really hate to see August end.   It was such a good month this year.   Usually August and December are the two months I hate the most.   But not this year at least not Aug.   Maybe December will be almost as good.   It sort of sounds like Friday will be the last warm summer day for the year after that it drops to 70 which really isn't all that bad.   Still a little cool for those who want to camp one last time though.  Yes cool even by MI standards.

This summer you may have noticed I'm on the kick of doing summer projects.   Who knows I may be in such denial that the summer is ending I may sneak in one more summer project before doing the soccer players.

Well---enough whining about the end of summer.   Until next time Happy Stitching!. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Black Bear finish

I loved stitching on this piece.   It was so much fun!   I hope we do another Camping Quilt and I can do another piece from the book.  Think I better buy the book though.  

To those of you on the East Coast I hope and pray you stay safe the next few days and that the hurricane will break down and not be quite so strong.   But stay safe!

Tomorrow we are having our KIA (Kids in Action) Kickoff Carnival.   We are having games and a petting zoo.   I can't wait.   I'm working the Prize Table.   Hopefully it will go smoothly.   We are hoping for no rain.  Right now scattered showers are in forecast but in certain areas and I think later than what our fun will be.   We are even having a Dunk Tank.  Three of our Pastors are going in it at different times.  I'm  looking forward to the fall season's programs to begin.

Oh I'm having a problem with making comments on some of your blogs this message comes up saying I don't have permission to view the page.   What do they mean, I've seen the blog, read the page yet I don't have permission.   I'm wondering if people are having problems comment on mine since lately I have been a little dissappointed by how few comments I'm getting.  I don't know if people just don't like it or if they can't comment.  I know I don't comment on everything I see either, but right now on some of you I'm having problems with the comment page, others no problem. 

Well, until next time......Happy Stitching!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Lots of Progress on Black Bear

I know I am speinding entirely too much time on this piece but I love doing it and it's hard to lay down something I enjoy so much.   Only problem is I don't see any eyes on this poor bear.   But the pattern doesn't call for them so he must have hidden eyes.

Earlier this week tragedy nearly struck at church.  A teen-age boy from a family our church just loves was hit by a hit and run driver while running with his cross country team.   They were crossing the business disstrict of the expressway had the green light and a driver from another state trying to get past the semi's and run the red light hit James.  Worse part is it happened right in front of his younger sister Abigail who also was running with the team.  Fortunately James thought enough while flying through the air to put his arms in front of his head so he would hurt his arms before head when he landed.  He was able to get back up.  A couple of teammates  flagged down a driver had her take him to the hospital while other team members took care of Abigail who was very shook up.   Why do drivers hit people and drive off as if it never happened.  One of the semi drivers did take off after the driver and came back with a partial license number unfortunately the hit and run driver was from another state.  Police told James parents they may not be able to track him down but did contact all Police posts between MI and the state the driver was from plus contatacted that state.  No way of knowing if he lives here or in the other state.   Fortunately James didn't have to have surgery and was hoping to be able to run with the team today if he felt up to it.  They had their first meet today.

Sunday is our annual church picnic down at Lake Michigan.  Hope it is a nice day.  I'm going to make Pizza Casserole.  That usually goes over big.    One of my friends  said she was making her Macaroni and Cheese, which is always a favorite.   This time I hope I get some.   We are having a Pig roast but I really don't like Pork.   I like barbeque spare ribs if they are tender and fall off the bone.   Speaking of spare ribs that's what I had Sunday when we went out for my birthday.  I loved the red skin potatoes.   The spare ribs tasted better the next day.  Funny how some foods are like that.   I made Spanish Rice last night and had some left overs today and it tasted better than it did last night.

I just noitice we can change the font size if we want.  LOL!   Last Sautrday my brother posted on my Face Book Wall:  "Friends of Barb....starting tomorrow you will need to use a larger font so she can see it.  As she will be at that age.  This has been a public service announcement from her much younger brother....Kenn"   He's only 3 years younger than me!   I felt like replaying and saying Kenn?  Kenn who?   I didn't know I had a brother Kenn.   But I was good I didn't.

Well...better close this book and do some more stitching....well read some blogs first.   Thank you for reading my blog.   I notice I get very few comments but people do keep coming back and that encourages me.   Until next time.....Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bear for Camping Quilt

We are doing a camping quilt at CSA for Love Quilts.   I love doing this piece even if the bear has a lot of black in it.   I really wish I would have joined in on an earlier quilt but hopefully we'll do more.   All that floss I have , I didn't have 3 of the colors so I ordered them from 123stitch.  I'll have the floss by the end of the week.   I was so proud of myself, I only ordered floss, aida cloth and floss robbins.  I didn't order any patterns!  

Thank you for reading my blog.   I hope you enjoy it.  I enjoy reading others and do leave comments sometimes.   Well....I better go downstairs and put the clothes in the washer into the dryer.  Until next time Happy Stitching!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Butterfly finish

This was a quick Butterfly finish we are doing at CSA for a teenage girl.  The quilt will be this butterfly only in 3 different colors and 2 different angles.   This is the one sent to me to do.   At first I was disappointed because of the colors I really wanted blue, but I really liked this.   It was a quick finish.   I'll kit up the camping quilt square and start it tomorrow morning.

Yesterday was my birthday and it turned out to be a nice but busy day.   We went out to eat where I got a free meal and ate the left overs today.   The left overs were actually better than yesterday.  Some left overs are like that.  I got talked into barbecue spare ribs and I like spare ribs as long as they are not dry.   These were so moist and tender.  And I loved the red skin potatoes.  Yummmmmm.

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

Friday, August 12, 2011

Seashell is finished

I finally finished this earlier this afternoon.  I really wanted to do a seashell.  Why I don't know and I really don't know why I picked this one except it was in a book I hadn't stitched from and I'm wanting to stitch from books I haven't stitched from yet.   It's ridiculous over 1,000 books and only stitched from almost 300.  Although there may be books I stitched from I didn't record.

Tomorrow I will start a butterfly piece I'm doing for CSA.   We are doing a butterfly quilt for a teen age girl.  It looks like it will be quick.   I also received the material for the camping quilt we will be doing for a boy.   I am looking forward to that one.   The butterfly looks like it will be fun too.

This weekend Unity Festival is going on  down by the Lakeshore.  I went last year enough for the next 5 years.  It was good but soooooo many people.   This year Michael W Smith will be closing it tomorrow night.   I forgot who the other one was.  

I got my new Bible earlier this week.  I got New King James Study Bible and I like it.   My sister sent me a lot of  money for my birthday so that was the first thing I got.   My birthday is Sunday and oh no I'm hitting the big 60!  I remmber as a child that was so old.   In fact I remember Grandma Cooper who I just adored (she was not my real grandma but I called her grandma her family and I were so close.)   Anyway she seemed so frail and old when I first met her, and I think she was 59 or 60.  I don't feel frail and I don't feel old.   Although I got notice this week that my Disability will continue.  We sweated that one out.  

Well, until next time Happy Stitching!

Monday, August 08, 2011

A New Start

   Hello everyone.   It's been a really busy week so I didn't get a whole lot of stitching done.   I thought this would be an easy quick piece but it hasn't proven to be easy.  I think if I had to do it over I would pick blue material, the colors would show better and it would be easier to do.   I am outlining the whole outside so it does show better on the scan.

  My mom just called asking where I wanted to go out for my birthday on Sunday, then told me where Dad wanted to go as I would get a free meal.  I said fine as it is a place I wanted to try I had never been there but heard it was good.   As long as they have something other than steak I'm fine.   I don't like steak.    Also she said my oldest brother and sister were sending them money so we could go pick out my Bible next week.   I need a new one really bad.  I'm ashamed at how so many pages tore out of my Bible.   Any book after the book of Hebrews is basically out it's there but loose and falls out easily. 

Bible School went great last week.   We had 75 children which is more than we have had in years.   Eight of them accepted the Lord!     A lot of neighborhood children did come which is what we were aiming for.

Saturday was our first annual Pig Out .   We held it on our lot next door to the church.  The day started out rainy so the men put up tents for everyone to eat in and tents for the different ministry booths.   By the time the Pig Out started the rain had cleared out we were so happy.  We were happy with the turn out too.   I definiately think this will be an annal event.   Now Aug. 27 we will have the first carnival to kick off our Kids and Youth Programs for fall.  We are having a petting zoo, dunk tank and a few other things.   It will be fun.  I can't wait for this and can't wait for the fall program to start.   I think it will be much better than it has been in a few years.

Well....until next time Happy Stitching and Thank you for reading my blog.  

Monday, August 01, 2011

Dolphin Splash is finished

I finished Dolphin Splash earlier this afternoon.   I really enjoyed doing him.   He was so much fun.   Now I'm just going to do a quick Seashell piece.

Saturday we met baby Nolan for the first time.   He looks just like his big sister Addie did when she was his age.    He is so cute.   Addie just adores him.   We had a good time with Heather, Brian, Addie, Nolan and yes their dog, Triscuit who made sure she got lots of attention.   Triscuit is the best natured dog you will ever meet, she is great with little Addie, very gentle.   And believe me Addie does poke at her, etc, anything a 3 year old would do.  And Triscuit who is 10 years older than Addie tolerates it all.  

Addie of course was the star of the day, she was so sweet and cute.  It's amazing how much a child learns and picks up at this age.   And they pick up everything and copy everything.

Bible School started at church last night.   We had a good start.   Our goal is to have 90 kids by the end of the week, we'll see.   It's going from Sunday-Thursday.   Sat. we are having our first annual Pig Out.   We are having a Pig Roast plus others from the community will compete in a Pork Competition and we'll have other food.   Plus the different ministries of the church will have tables out.   The Food Pantry will be represented.   I'm looking forward to the day.   Actually August will be a busy month, there isn'at a weekend we don't have something going.  

    I had a PT evaluation today, and she doesn't think I will need it.  The ENG showed a weekness on the right side of the brain so Dr. thought PT would help.   I had a Cat Scan last Thurs.  don't know the results of that yet, maybe I'll find out Wed.  

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