Monday, September 15, 2014

Klondike Fever

Hi folks!

This has been an incredible year.  It just seems like the hits keep on coming!  Some good....some not so good....and some just plain fabulous!!

My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary back in August.  (At first posting I had written 39th anniversary, but it is only our 30th...sorry for the confusion!!)  We knew it was a bad time to get away, so we thought long and hard and decided we wanted to take a cruise to Alaska in September.  We didn't tell too many people, first because our son would be home alone and because we knew of others who had taken a cruise to the same place, and we wanted to make our trip our own.  So...then we got terribly busy, too busy to really plan, or rest, or contemplate our navels...and so we didn't have much time to make up our minds what we wanted to do or see.  So, we had to wing it, but in that we had the ability to be spontaneous, and though that is FAR outside my comfort zone, it really worked for us this trip.  It was exhilarating, it was relaxing, it was invigorating, it was exhausting all at the same time!  We came back refreshed, and ready to tackle another 30 years on the road to wedded bliss.  LOL!!

Everywhere we went, they told us it was the first nice day in ages.  We saw that it had rained overnight a couple of times, but it never rained on us directly.  The sun was out most of the time, but cloudy when it was important to be cloudy.  The Naturalist on board the ship told us that it was best to view the glacier on cloudy days as that is when you see the lovely blue tints.  Seriously, there wasn't a day that went by that I didn't say WOW at least 10 times at the amazing scenery we saw.

We saw all kinds of animal life, whales, seals, eagles, ravens, sea otters, deer, salmon (this is the time of year that they migrate back to where they were hatched to spawn) but no bears or moose.....or northern lights (really a bummer!!) BUT...We saw other fabulous sights so I'm not complaining, and that will give us a reason to go back another time!!

I did get to visit a cross stitch shop (though it was really in a quilt store) and picked up a couple of patterns I hope to stitch to commemorate our trip.

I did NOT get any stitching done to speak of.  I maybe stitched two sides of a block I hope to make for a Christmas ornament, but not even enough to show you my progress here.

I DID get to meet someone who stitched on my round robin!  My new pal Sally from Friendly Stitcher's yahoo group made a trip to Seattle with her hubby to meet me and  my hubby and we had lunch together.  We had a lovely time and I hope we can meet up again another time!!  Turns out we had quite a few things in common, so it was a lot of fun to sit and talk at lunch (which was yummy from the Pink Door in Seattle!!).

I found the most amazing nativity to add to my collection....isn't this the bomb??

So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite sights from our trip...

Mt. Rainier

Chilhuly Glass Museum

The Space was a beautiful day to see Seattle from the observation deck!
 Johns Hopkins Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park

 Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau

 The salmon run in Ketchekan

 Marsha made a new friend...a "Good Time Girl" in Skagway, and this stores facade is made of drift neat!

The wild life was pretty amazing!

 And the full moon made quite an entrance one night!

All in all we had an amazing time....and I hope we get the opportunity to go back another time, and this time spend a little more time on land.  Thanks for visiting, I hope to actually get some stitching the next time I update my blog!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Muddling along...

Oh yes, I'm ticked at myself!!  I wish I had thought to bring my camera yesterday!!  It was Market Day at our LNS, so Astrid and I managed to meet up at The Stitching Post to have a look see, and a little ladylike drool over all the lovely new things that just came out in Needlework Land.  We ran into two fellow stitchers and decided to have lunch at Peace a Pizza afterward.  Did I think to take a picture of all of us yesterday????  NO!!!  What was I thinking??  Did I think to take a picture of the newly opened dessert shop attached to our favorite pizza joint?  NO????  And I call myself a blogger...pshaw...shame on me!!  Anyway it was a fun afternoon chatting away with Danielle and Jill and Astrid.  Good times!!

Did I buy anything?  Silly question!!  But I only bought one thing though a few things tried to jump in my basket.  I was the model of restraint.  Was it because my husband was with me...NO!!  I was good all on my own.  And a few well chosen words from Astrid...LOL  She likes to keep me on the straight and narrow!!  Here is my purchase...

It's been weird here at DJ's digs...strange things brewing...and too much going on to get much stitching done.  I did manage to finish this LHN piece for on of the team members who just returned from Africa.  I hope she likes it!!  I'm unsure how to finish, but maybe a pillow would be nice...if only I knew how to make them.  But...a flat fold would work too I suppose...I'll have to give it some thought.

I've also started an ambitious project for me.  I've decided to make an afghan.  Here are some of the blocks I've finished so far.  These blocks are 3 inches square.  They will make a flower design surrounded by off white squares then solid squares of green and light purple.  I know it doesn't sound like much at the moment, but I'll try to show progress on it as I go along.  For now I've finished up all the half squares, so now the solid squares should go much faster.  Crocheting is nice because I can take it along on road trips where it's hard for me to cross stitch in a moving vehicle.  We have a big one coming up soon, so I look forward to making some huge progress then!!

Last, but not least, here's progress on the SAL from Au Point de Croix.

I have been keeping up with this one, thankfully, but am falling behind in Marquoir Francois.  Hopefully I'll get back in the grove with that one soon, as it really won't take long to catch up.

And that is all the news that's fit to print!  Wish me luck as I'm off to sign up for a Fantasy Football League today.  I'm calling my team Tickled Pink Power....somehow pink and football don't really seem to go together.  I'll let you know how that goes...haha  Till then...happy stitching!!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Missing in Action

Hi folks!

Sorry I've been away for so long, I don't know what is happening, life is on full speed ahead and I'm jogging to keep up.  Not an easy task for someone like me!  

Not a lot of stitching going on around here, but here's a shot of a few things I've been working on...

This little owl was fun to work on, but seemed to take ages to finish.

 This is a Christmas ornament, from the back, blurred so the recipient can't really tell what it is.  LOL  Yep...just had to show that I actually stitched something!!  It's also so you can see that I finished two "Christmas" pieces this month, the other was "In the Meadow".

I've also been working on another SAL, but don't have any pictures to show just yet.

Lots going on here, and I've been away from home a lot, unexpectedly.  Not all of it fact I was invited to a cousin's wedding in Pennsylvania a couple of weekends ago.  What a lovely time we had, reconnecting with family we haven't seen in a while.  

Preparing for the wedding, I found a little album they could later fill with pictures, but I found wedding quotes and filled it with some unexpected "bonuses".  It took me days to complete this little "gem", but I hope they find it useful...and truly it was fun putting it together.

We met up with my Mom and Sister a couple of days before...

 This little duck awaited us on the bath tub of the place we stayed....all the comforts of home!!  LOL

Then met up with a few of my cousins on the day of the wedding.  The Bride ...

And her family...

The view from the chapel, the ceremony was held at Hickory Run State Park.  Lovely scenery!!

It was a fun day...I have a quirky family who likes to ham it up...

Oh sorry...I didn't mean lunch...

Here are are before...

and here we are behind...

My cousin Judy and I get together more frequently than the rest of my family.  She sent me Marsha, so of course, Purple Dottie and Marsha had to have pictures taken together.

Just hanging with  my peeps...LOL...

What I loved about their reception, is a friend of their's had an ice cream truck.  They drove it to the property, parked it, and offered all kinds of lovely concoctions for dessert.  Marsha had a Sundae, with hot fudge and peanuts.  YUM!!

Their back yard is pure heaven...serenity at it's finest.  I leave you with a parting show of the pond ... where kids were swimming and catching fish during the reception.  It was a perfect day! 

Have I mentioned that the Orioles are on a hot winning streak?  My son decided to celebrate the latest win by doing this...a w for a win...

It stayed on long enough to get a picture...then he shaved the rest off.  LOL!!

I nearly forgot we celebrated our Anniversary two days later...we got a flat tire on a very busy highway on Sunday and after calling AAA to change the flat, then driving to Walmart to get a new tire, the whole day was eaten up...not to mention all that waiting put us hours behind schedule, so we decided to stay the night near Lancaster.  What a way to mark our 30 years (yes...I said THIRTY years!!  You know he has to be a saint to put up with me THAT long!!  LOL) of marriage.  So I say, here's to thirty more, honey!!