Thursday, March 15, 2018

Spring forward

Is anyone else ready for Spring???  It feels like it's been a long winter.  Maybe its due to a lack of outdoor time, patio time ...and warmth. 

Shaking off that sluggish feeling started with moving flower pots/tubs on the patio and pondering this year's garden  .....  Finding ladybugs in residence, pure bliss.

Indoors, a much needed purge in my closet.  The items removed were bundled up and delivered to the thrift store.  Extra space in the closet, priceless.

Since my last post there have been finishes....

off the qsnap, now to decide on a finish either a pillow or frame

eco dyed fabric with applique pieces and hand stitches

a gift stitched for a friend, remembering a parent.

Monday was sunny and warm and yes real patio time.   A pair of eagles stayed in view.  Smaller birds flitted about.  The hummers still hold court on 'their' patio.  And then there was a ladybug on the trellis...... I watched as it walked up, down and around a spindle, sometimes twice.  There didn't seem to be a sense of reaching the end of the line with no where to go, simply adjusting the route and carry on.
Maybe this applies to us 'simply adjust the route and carry on'.

think Spring!!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

makes a day worthwhile

Our winter skyline tends to be blahs of grey, monochrome and 'nothing to report here'  but every once in a while we are blessed with color and light

and  this .........

definitely makes a day worth while.

Friday, January 5, 2018

two years gone

Today marks the second anniversary of my Dad's passing.  I've sat quietly this afternoon to reread my journal entries from those days.  I'm so glad that I put pen to paper.

What started unexpectedly on the morning of December 26th, 2015 concluded on January 5, 2016.  It was a very long eleven days and nights.  And then he was gone.  Gone to join Mom, his wife of 64 years.  Their last chapter's written and their life book completed.  Lives well lived.

And for us left behind, our lives go on and we move forward.  This Christmas was easier.  We adapt, make new memories and hold close treasured memories of Christmas's past. 
And we remember, with love..........

On a lighter note, Christmas decorations are safely stowed away now.  The first round of cleaning is done but glitter still glitters.....darn stuff!   The days are getting a bit longer (slowly).  The West Coast is back to 'normal' weather,  rain and somewhat mild temperatures.  For the folks getting the brunt of winter, stay safe and warm. 

2018 is off to a good start.  I've dipped into my pile of wips, and it's pick one and finish it.  Two done so far.   My gifts to give drawer is in need of restocking  so this is a good place to start.

till next time....

Sunday, December 31, 2017

farewell 2017 and welcome to the New Year

Why is it that December becomes a blur no matter how much planning we do? 

I'm very pleased with what I did of home made gifts.  I truly enjoy the making, maybe sometimes creative opportunities and the true pleasure is  the sharing.  This I hope to continue through 2018.

On this last day of 2017 we have sunshine, blue skies with a light cloud cover and frosty rooftops that are slowly warming up.   Thankfully we have missed the worst of storms/winter weather thus far.  The freezing rain  and snow caused havoc on nearby cities.    And that's only locally.  Wishing all those elsewhere dealing with winter, stay warm and stay safe.

With heart felt appreciation, thank you's to amazing friends for gifts received. 

With love, our daughter Vanessa and grandsons Nate and Noah.


And looking ahead to 2018 ......

12 new chapters, 365 chances

Happy New Year!

till next time.....

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas is calling

Yes it's been a while since I last blogged.   It's those good intentions....the sewing, knitting and crafting have taken up my time.  It has been fun.  Gnomes are new to me.  There are so many options, knitted, crochet and sewn.   As I didn't have faux fur I tried the chenille and yes green noses as the bauble trim was just the right size.

Simply lights on the patio this year.  It brightens the evening.

Recent outdoor visitors.

Our new Christmas tree.   

Festive bauble wreath, a gift from our daughter.

This December there are still blooms to be found.

Early November there was a bit of snow.  It was almost like someone had painted the snow on the tree limbs.

A rare moment to catch a photo of Sully.

December seems to sneak up too quickly and now the countdown is on. 

From our house to yours,
wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!