Monday, June 27, 2016

Christmas in July*****

This year I joined KimM who is hosting Christmas in July....and Saturday I received my exchange package....
and of course since there is no Christmas tree up yet, I tucked it into my small palm tree.....so if you recognize this package as yours, thank you and it has been safely received! The hard part is not opening it until July 25th! that is why I have left it in the bubble wrap to prevent me from handling the gifts.....I will be good----I will be good....My exchange will be ready for mailing by the requested date....almost complete.
Today it is a cloudy start to the day. The temps is 90 and a slight chance of rain/dust/winds which is all part of the daily forecast now that we are in Monsoon season. The temps for today are expected to be around 111......even without the sun shining it is hot. The heat does bring out
the lizards.... this guy was sitting outside my living room window last evening. I think he is a Desert Spiny Lizard....he has a band of color on his throat of yellow, teal and a black band. They are rather large, a body of around 5.5 inches then the tail which is probably the same. I have not, thank goodness the opportunity to actually measure one, but I judge from the surroundings when I see them. I did some stitching yesterday, not too much because I just could not settle on doing anything! Okay, I was lazy. I am planning hoping to accomplish more today. I really need to buckle down. Mr H is really doing well. Has times of discomfort and has abandoned the walker. Unfortunately with feeling better also comes the "I can do" attitude so I still nag a little. So glad to have the time to chat with you....thank you for your friendship and kind words. Hope you have a great day.















Palm trees and a cloudy morning...

Friday, June 24, 2016

Ready to fly~~~~~

I am so pleased with this my second Punch Needle project.....I am learning as I go. For example...I do not need to punch so close to each row...a little more space is better. Most of the time I am leaving a space between rows... then I think it will not be full enough and I get off track. This had Rayon threads so that was new to me. I am already thinking of the next one! We are still in our heat but they removed the Heat Advisory, because the temps will only be in the 115 range...still hot no matter what you call it. This is also the start of the Monsoon season...dust and lightening/rain storms. I will remain in and out only when necessary. Mr H is starting to pay attention to what he is not suppose to do and is feeling much better. Yesterday was our yearly trim the palms....
I am so amazed at these men who shimmy up/down the 40- to foot trees. The are heavily dressed: head and necks covered, long sleeve shirts and long pants in blazing mid-morning sun. The temp was around 110 when they were here.
3 men do the trimming, and seven do the clean up and shredding. It makes for quick work. We have 19 palms on our property, 9 of them in our courtyard. After they leave all the cow birds arrive looking for bugs and seeds to munch. It gets rather busy! Today I must concentrate on my Christmas in July swap...it has been started but I really need to complete and get ready for the July 1st mail date. Especially since my package is leaving the country. I must tell you how grateful I am for your friendship...thank you for the kind words and good wishes for Mr H. I hope you have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

We are doing okay....sort of

What a time we have had. Mr H and I reported to the hospital to check in at 5:30 AM on Friday for a 7:30 surgery. Not really! At 7 am he was admitted to pre-op and I joined him at 7:30. They were having difficulty getting the IV in place so they had to have someone come to pre-op to get it in. Spoke to the doctor briefly then he disappeared. Finally at 8:30 a gal came in and after one half hour of prodding and poking got the IV in. Mr H was ready to pass out. Now it is 8:30 so I ask about the surgery. It had been changed to 10:30....and instead of being first, Mr H was second to go. Finally a 8:15 in comes the doctor and the anesthesiologist to sign off and the OR nurse. Then comes another doctor who starts to hook up wires and explains that he will be monitoring this and that...why I ask; well the surgeon will be cutting clos to the spinal cord and I will help make sure nothing goes wrong....one look at Mr H who is now turning white...luckily, this doctor was really in tune and he and Mr H began to joke about. So, after 6 hours in pro-op ! off to surgery. Once there they discover that the IV is not working so now they have to redo that....fast forward to 2:30 and Mr H was headed to recovery. Did I mention that I had been awake since 1am and Mr H since 3???? I have to tell you that I was completely exhausted. We are finally home, came home on Sunday.  First day home was lots of pain, but slowly feeling better. Now to keep him in check. Like: why are you walking without the walker, what are you doing outside, do not bend, no lifting...and it goes on. Because at the moment he feels okay, he thinks it is okay to do this or that. I did manage to do some stitching at the hospital on my hummingbird.
I really am enjoying Needle Punch. This project has lots of Rayon thread which is quite slippery, but so far I think it is looking good.
I did try to keep the garden watered but with the  temps around 117-118 for a few days (they are still around 116) it was not easy. Mr H looks out the window and sighs.
I does appear that the Snail vine is lost....as well as a few other plants. Like this Snapdragon

My thought is they are only plants...the fish in the pond are fine that was my real concern.  I think I will try to get outside really early and trim back some of the plants. Needless to say, we are hunkered down inside where the air conditioner and ceiling fans is keeping us comfortable. That's the story. Thank you to those who sent me messages and thank you for your kind words and of course you friendship. Have a good day....

Thursday, June 16, 2016

A late post...

I thought I would post now at almost 7 pm because tomorrow morning I will be up at 4 am and getting Mr H up at 4:30 so we can get checked in at the hospital for 5:30! Have I ever mentioned that Mr H is not, repeat, not a morning person before 9:30 am??? Luckily the hospital is only 6 miles away. It will be a very long day. He has been in more pain this week. We will be glad to get this over and hopefully it will help. I wanted to show you ...
my new books that arrived this week. I bought them from Amazon and thy arrived quickly. With them in hand I have organized a few projects....

This is my next Needle punch, a hummingbird....it will have a challenge for me...I will be using rayon threads! Definitely will be interesting. So far just his beak and head done. Next up,
a small penny rug mat....simple but I think I will embellish it with some embroidery on the pennies.  I remembered that I had some wonderful fabric from Dixie Sampler so I started Bee Happy
It is 25 count and is called, Vintage Butter Pecan...perfect! So, I have plenty to keep me organized and busy while taking care of the hubby and also to keep me occupied in the hospital waiting room. This weekend we are having a heat wave warning----- the temps are predicted to be between 117 and 119 for Sunday and Monday. Guess you know that it means the air conditioner will be running and the ceiling fans will be twirling. It is always so nice to have you visit....thank you for the kind words and your friendship. Have a good weekend.

Monday, June 13, 2016

A bear, a wreath and a dress

Finally finished the June SAL...
I had a "bear" of a time with it, seriously...I started the bear twice thinking I knew how to count and finally the third time it worked. See the bees...let's not go there. Then I worked up the crocheted with beads trim into a wreath...
This is the trim I made in the white with pearl beads. I thought since it is so flexible why not a wreath.... voila! I plan to make a few to send out... my first Christmas ornament. I really like the pattern for this trim and it is simple to do even on the go or in my case while waiting at the hospital on Friday for Mr H. This trim really has many possibilities. My books that I ordered have arrived, except for one of them...I bought one for Penny Rugs and Smocking and both are very good. In the meantime while waiting for the third one which is still in the PA facility... I decided to make this..
Using one of my vintage handkerchiefs and origami folds I have a lovely dress. I mounted it in a "floating" frame and this way the back can also be seen...
I added a bit of netting and covered that with lace so the back is as pretty as the front and besides, it covers the folds. I think pattern on the hanky was so perfect for the design. I tried a couple of others and they just did not look so pretty. Today I will gather some threads and kit up the Bee Happy project and get ready to start another crocheted wreath. The weather is expected to be even hotter this weekend..."excessive heat watch" is what they are saying...above 115. Soon we will be back into the Monsoon season with rains thunder and lightening storms. So, I will be staying indoors with the air on and my stitching on my lap. So nice to have you visit with me today. Thank you for you friendship and kind words...have a wonderful day.