Saturday, May 27, 2017

It's Memorial Day Week-end.  
I wish everyone a good week-end and ask that you remember 
those who have gone before us to ensure our country's freedom.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

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Today is another day of pouring rain but hanging on for dear life 
are a few blooms on the Tulip tree.

Friday, May 5, 2017

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About how I talk after a bottle of Tequila

Thursday, May 4, 2017

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May the Fourth (Force) be with you.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

I've added more new blogs in hopes that these folks will be keeping us updated, especially better than I have been lately.

I found this on one of the new ones.  Mentally I have added the words "will be" between the two lines.
I certainly know that my needlework calms me and keeps me sane.  It may not do a lot for my spelling however.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Missed this yesterday while it was pouring.  Today has been dark and stormy looking but no rain yet.  Forecast is 100% chance of rain.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

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It's Good Friday.
Easter is nearly here!
The sun is shining and the temps are up!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

I've gone in and changed the "blogs to read" listings.  IF you haven't posted for a couple of years, I doubt you are coming back, no matter how much I enjoyed reading your blog.  So I did a little surfing and found some new ones which I hope will be interesting.  I hope you enjoy them as well.   Feel free to recommend blogs for me to check out.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Dare I say it?  It has stopped raining.  The sky is blue.  It's also barely above freezing. Are we sure it's April?

Today I am off to the district semi-finals for the Pinewood derby - a Boy Scout thing.  My oldest grandson came in 4th at his pack.  Not bad for a little guy for his first year.  The first 4 go on to the district derby races.  Hopefully he will do well there too but I'm not holding my breath.

So any stitching will be delayed to this evening.  And I have a good-sized "flower" that is in the wrong place.  I am not looking forward to fixing this.  It will be the second time I have fixed it and yes, it has to be fixed for the whole thing to fit properly.  Darn!

Hopefully photos tomorrow.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

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April is here and has brought the rain from March.
March definitely came in like a Lion but it not leave like a lamb.
It rained and rained, and rained some more.
We are sloshing around here and back to 
wearing our winter coats.
Looking forward to those may flowers!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Yes, it is a real "holiday" or celebration might be a better word.  Then again, every day seems to be a cat day in their opinion.

Thanks to our kitten, rapidly moving towards that first birthday, we now move furniture on a routine basis.  It seems that he likes things, anything, that he can push, pull or pick up and then moves it to a hiding place.  I never realized how much space was under my dresser in the back.  Last week I was going crazy trying to find my watch.  So I moved my dresser,not an easy feat.  There was my watch, two missing bottles of nail polish, a chapstick (one of many missing) and some torn paper.  Yes, I have a cat that likes to rip and eat paper.  He has chewed my referral for a doctor, a bill and a box (at least one edge).  Those are just what we know about for sure.

Then there is the cat who is nearly 5.  Calm, relaxed and tolerant of humans to a degree. He doesn't come out when there are guests here.  Though if they stay longer than a day, he will finally wander out.  At Christmas, it's a game of who sees Max first and who scares him off first.  He has made it clear to the kitten who is in charge, even though the kitten is now slightly larger than he is.- height and length, not pounds.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Today looks like spring
however the temperature doesn't quite agree
Glad for the sunshine

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Spring

 This was us yesterday - definitely filling the trash can.
Nothing was recyclable or in any shape to be donated.

Spring MUTTS Comic Strip: Flowers Singing

This is us today.  Rain, rain and more rain predicted.

Friday, March 17, 2017

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Happy St Paddy's Day !

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Sad news

Sad news for the needlework world.  Though this is a bit late, word seems to be just getting out.

Sylvia Murariu has died.

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We'll miss her wonderful designing talents, knowledge of Romanian lace is all its facets, and sweet personality.

I always enjoyed going to seminars ,etc and spending time with Sylvia.

Too young to be gone.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

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This was definitely us on March the 1st.
Lots of rain and in the evening there was even sleet
Lots of Thunder, Lots of Lightening
And now we are barely above freezing.
I know I'm behind in everything.  I did change out the Christmas picture at least.

Yesterday March arrived with a huge bang - lots of rain, thunder,  lightening, etc.   I was even dreaming of the sump pump failing.  Does not make for a good night's sleep.   Temps are now back down in the 30's.  I think I need another vacation.

Happy March !

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

On February 8th, all across Japan, Harikuyo will take place in Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. Hari-kuyou is a Japanese religious practice which is said to have started in the Edo era (early 17th century).  Hari means noodle, and Kuyou is a Buddhist memorial service. Memorial services are usually held for spirits of the dead but it is also common to hold them for inanimate objects that have served well in life, or indeed that life depends on.  There is an old Shinto belief that inanimate objects, as well as living beings, have a soul and spirit. The animists believe that to simply discard a tool that has served you well is disrespectful would anger the object's soul.

Known as the Festival of Broken Needles, it is a ritual of thanks and respect for tools of the sewing, tailoring and embroidery trades. It dates back 1500 years; women (and men) dress in fine kimono and gather together all of the needles they've used, broken and/or and worn out during the previous year. They proceed to the local temple or shrine, where a three-tiered altar is prepared. The lower level displays sewing accessories, such as scissors, thimbles, thread and so forth. The top tier offers seasonal fruit, and white mochi (ceremonial rice cake offerings). In the center section is a large slab of tofu or konnyaku (jelly-like substance made from konnyaku potato), into which everyone plunges the pieces of their broken needles. Sticking the needles into something soft is a way of showing appreciation to the needles which have been stuck through hard substances. The needleworkers also pray for improvement in their needlework skills.

Later they will be taken to a sacred final resting place. The tofu keeps them safe and not forgotten, yet because of being protected in the tofu they can do no harm with their points. In a second sense they are still present in life. The priest will incant a sutra, that reflects the passage of the needles from use, and invokes a Buddhist blessing that is passed on to the users of the needles. By showing respect to the needles they have used through the past year, they are offering thanks and requesting that the power and energy of the needles be present in the stitchers for the coming year, so that their skills may be improved. Priests will also sing sutras to comfort the needles, heal their broken spirits and thank them for work well done. No sewing takes place on this day.

In Japan, needles became commonly used in the 14th century. At this time, needles were precious and used with especial care, which probably led to the idea of doing "kuyou" for the needles, a religious ceremony to calm the spirit and put them to rest". Although it is originally a religious practice, in present days, it is widely known as a ceremony for needleworkers to show appreciation for the needles and pray for improvement in needlework skills. These days, many kimono seamstress and needlework schools still go to the shrine to attend the Hari-kuyou ceremony. Some needleworkers show appreciation by simply not doing any needlework on that day, thereby giving their needles a holiday.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

National Boy Scout Day

On Feb. 8, 1910, filed incorporation papers to create the Boy Scouts of America. For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts have helped build future leaders, many of whom went on to serve in the U.S. military. In this 1920s photo, Boy Scouts honor America's Unknown Soldier in observing Armistice Day.
Among the first to observe Armistice Day in Washington were the Boy Scouts of America, who journeyed to Arlington National Cemetery bright and early where they paid a colorful tribute to America's Unknown Soldier. Richard Buddeke and Wagner Lawder, Eagle Scouts, are placing the wreath, while Dick Babcock is [playing] Taps. (Photo courtesy the Library of Congress)

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Sick again.
We have a good vacation and come home and we both caught a bug.  Hubby's mending faster than me. I ended up with a sinus infection, not just a cold.  Be back in a few days.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Happy Birthday to my Groundhog!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Feb 1

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More winter?   Early spring?
We shall see what he sees.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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January was wonderful !  Two vacations, almost back to back.
Lots to catch up on.

Monday, January 16, 2017