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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday Stitches

Well, it's been a very low production week this week.  I'm not giving up, but I will taking this week off from His Eye is on the Sparrow.  It should all be revealed next post.


You know what else will be revealed?  The house color.  That's right.  I have choosen to throw the color key completely out on this one--tehe.


Things that bless me:
  • suede work gloves that fit
  • wheelbarrow tires that don't go flat cuz you KNOW I'm going to overfill the wheelbarrow.
  • potable water


Until next time count your blessings--God's gifts to you.

Judy



Monday, April 16, 2018

Sunday? Stitches

I had fully intended to post Sunday Stitches yesterday, but I knew I would be more awake today.  Did I stitch?  Of course I did.  :-)

I've been looking back on my progress, and here is where I was 2 months ago.



last week



The stitching of this verse was very special.  I have spent my fair share of time teaching special needs children to write.  Part of that process is across the table as I guide their hands in the formation of the letters.  The letters are rightside up for them but upside down for me.  That is exactly how I stitched the verse--very special indeed.

this week

I everything below the verse finished?  Not quite.  I ran out of Brethren Blue.  As soon as it comes in I'll finish up my little birdy.


There has been a little redecorating on my YouTube account.  The photo is still cross stitched but now looks like this.


It is spring here in Middle TN, but of course the dogwood and locust winters are still hanging on.  There was light snow falling as I sat in my yellow dusted car (pollen) waiting for our son to get out-cool.

Does anyone else have a hard time buying presents her husband?  Well, I hit the jackpot last Christmas.  Not only was it something Mr. HH would enjoy, but it was a clutter free gift.  Two Saturdays ago he finally cashed in his second gift of the same type from Groupon.  He got to drive a really fast car along a course in a parking lot, and got the ride along with the driver who turned off all the safety switches and burnt just a little rubber.  I went with and nearly froze that Spring afternoon.  It was crazy how bundled up I was for a Spring afternoon.  There were high winds and beautiful snow.  Nothing accumulated--just really pretty.  :-)


Speaking of cars.  I was at it again with the scones.  Our son was planning on making dessert.  His thinking was a berry compote, on top of Hawaiian rolls and topped with homemade whipped cream.  I cringed when I heard the roll part--even if they are sweet.  I made him scones.  I've not seen the other elements yet, but the scones are nearly gone-lol.  

What does ANY of that have to do with cars?  Maybe it's just me, but I swear I see a scone parking lot.


Would you like the recipe?


Here it is . . . straight out of my recipe box.


Heidi was really trying to act cool, but she has been really Jonesing for a scone.  Sorry, kiddo, no people food. :-(


Speaking of Heidi, we have learned she'll play fetch if we used the right toy.  She prefers anything soft.  Daniel, bless his heart, was playing fetch with her a few days ago.  Let's just say his throwing is worse than mine, so this is not a mid-air shot.  It is where the bone got lodged.  Whoopsie.


I went to Mom's last Friday.  The plan was to go to Lowes and buy a new push mower for her, mow off what I get to with the riding mower and have some lunch--not necessarily in that order.

One of the first things she asked me after getting into my car was if it had a name.  Well, I've decided to call it the Blessingmobile.  It's a great reminder I should be a blessing to those who I come into contact when I arrive.  I don't want to give anyone cause to roll their eyes when I arrive.  Mom liked the sentiment, but she suggested the name Matilda would be a nice name.  Hmm, I do too, so now the Blessingmobile is also known as Matilda.


On our way to town we pass by a home with these adorable little alpacas.What joy I feel everytime I see them. :-)


This photo has been taken of the southwest portion of my mother's property.  Do you see a dark spot with trees around it?  That dark spot used to be a pond with a single tree.  My brother used to fish there when we were kids and visiting my grandparents in the same home my mother lives now.    

Eventually, the pond drained and a sinkhole opened up.  I noticed several weeks ago the shape reminded me of a heart.  I love this land. I love the people who have lived on it, and I love getting to spend time with my mom who now lives here.  We are blessed.  


Things for which I am thankful:
  • love of history
  • the internet
  • technology that allows me to mix the two
Until next time count your blessings--God's gifts to you.

Judy
















Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Scones

Mary was hoping for the scone recipe.  After 10 years, I didn't dare send it to her without re-testing it today to make sure it was the right one I had talked about.   

Well, Blog Family, I tried posting this in a tab.  No success, so I'm going to post a picture from today.  You may find the recipe here.  Enjoy. :-)


Things I'm thankful for:
  • butter
  • clean running water (hot and cold)
  • purring cats


Until next time count your blessings--God's gifts to you.

Judy

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sunday Stitches

When last we met this was my progress on HEIOTS.


Considering the 95% better eye strain, I think I'm coming along very nicely.  I'm a nose to the grindstone kinda girl so slowing up has been a lesson in character development.


Two weeks ago Monday I decided not to wait for the chain saw, so I started taking down the ornamental crabapple with a hand saw--lower branches only.  Of course none of that can stay in the front yard, so I drug it to the back woods and finished the bits and bobs with a rake. 


Only about half the 25' tree came down that day, but I was really loving the love note I found inside. :-)  Sadly, this tree can only be ordered in the fall, so I'm leaving the other half until then.  When I get the Email telling me they are back in stock I'll take the rest of the tree down and extract the root.   The new one will go where the current one is planted.


I did a little baking a week ago.  I was pretending we had smellavision while watching The Great British Baking Show.  The recipe for Snickerdoodle Scones was a dud, but the show was definitely more fun.  Back to my tried and true scone recipe.


I've now finished the first side of my biscornu car project.  Who knows how long the other side will take, but I need the frame, so maybe I'll just finish the cross stitch real quick and FFO it later.




Things I am thankful for:
  • handrails
  • gas stations
  • our pets


Until next time count your blessings--God's gifts to you.

Judy