Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday and the Doves

Here it is Friday...another week passing by. This weekend I will be joining many gals with the
International Hermit and Stitch Weekend  -- takes place every 3rd full weekend of each month, from Friday till Sunday. In our very busy and hectic lives, IHSW is a chance for us to squirrel some time away for ourselves and "Hermit and Stitch." It is a time set aside to take care of us and our love for stitching.
Hosted by Jo  http://serendipitousstitching.blogspot.com/. You can see the emblem on the side bar that we will display. For me I will work on
a Tilda doll yet unnamed. She will be about 16 inches tall and so far I am still not sure about clothing fabric. This is the first time I will be participating in this event and hope to join in each month. All types of needlework are included which is nice.
Yesterday my footstool
I noticed it when I took it from my bedroom to use with the rocker in the living room. It will need some care very soon. I guess I am not the only thing in the house with a leg problem! I think I will be on the look-out for another one...footstool that is.
I was asked where do I keep my snowflakes and Icicles....
They are hanging on a tree branch that Denny cut for me a few years ago so that I could display whatever. Right now it is the snowflakes. I do have my felt tree that has my other tatting. I think I will make "nodules" here and there to hold them in place better.
News to share...The Doves have settled into a place to live...back to the clock...I prefer them there as it is a better sheltered spot from the hot sun and we can avoid walking by them. So for now while they are settling in I will block off the path in front of the construction zone.
Yesterday was my PCP appointment...she is not pleased, sort of. My blood pressure is high again. So, I will begin to keep a record and upon my next visit ( with lab work) we shall see. I really like her and her staff. Where else does a doctor hug you upon entering the room and tells you to call the office at any time there may be an issue and where the office manager Debbie greets you with a hug and cares about you and misses Denny. We have been going there for almost 14 years. When Denny was ill they both called me frequently to check on us both. I am lucky to have them for a care team.
Well, I should get the bed made, take the Bissell for a walk around the place and invite Swiffer to join us then I can relax. Thank you for your kind words and your friendship.
Today a package is suppose to arrive someplace....!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lovely Mary Snowflake

Just a quick post...the morning has passed me by! I have a doctor appointment and will be leaving shortly but I wanted to show off Mary
the newest snowflake (from Jennifer Williams book).  A little tricky at first, but once I got the pattern established it was not bad. I would like to make one with gold beads. it still needs starching to add the stiffness that it needs.
The Doves are starting to spend the nights in the garden and as of today they have switched where they will construct their home. First one planter then the other and this morning back to the clock. Don't know what the issue is because the lease amount is the dame for all the garden. I hate to disturb them when they are here busy, so I will go out to check on things later this afternoon. The temps are cool this morning and are going to jump back to the mid 70s.
The A/C unit is still making the humming (loudly) noise....guess that will be a call to make....again. I do not seem to be getting anywhere with this problem.
Well, hate to shoo you off,   cut this short, but I have to drive about half an hour to the appointment so best get a move on. Thank you for your kind words and your friendship.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A box of Wheaties found!

Laundry done, coffee drank and now I am tatting a new snowflake
This is from my newly purchased book and I hope to make them all! I love using beads in all my needlework so this is a plus that there are a few in the book. I enjoy a challenge and tatting with beads can be just that.
I am still in the re-arranging of the craft closet. So, yesterday I decided to find a new place for all my photo boxes to a place I had not moved items on a closet shelf that essential was Dennis' storage area.
This was behind a binder....an unopened box of cereal with the NE Patriots on the box from Super Bowl #36 in 2002. I had forgotten all about this box. When he bought it I thought I would get to eat the cereal and (he does  did not like wheat products) his response was ---  I am saving this box as is and maybe one day Tom will sign it for me ----. Well, now what? Guess it will sit on a shelf someplace else --- unsigned. Still discovering things.....
I have given up on controlling the Alien Snail Vine...
It is everywhere...and even stepping on it does it no harm! It is almost impossible to walk under the arbor s it is almost 2 feet deep and reaches out everywhere! Truth be told, I love it's wild look. The blooms are delicate and pop out here and there.

Yesterday I also cut out the body for a Tilda doll which I will work on this weekend. Now to pick out fabric for clothing....as difficult as it can be to go out and buy new clothes.
Finally made it to the post office yesterday. The package will arrive (hopefully) on Friday at it's destination.
Time  to get more than tatting done around here. Another cup of coffee and a bagel too. Thank you for your kind words and your friendship. It is so nice to have you stop by.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

They really are bagals!

Just poking around today. Yesterday I made bagels....taste okay but let me tell you, they could never make the "nice looking" part of the bake-off.

Entirely my fault as I did not form the dough smoothly. Next time...if I do this again, they will look better. Some with sesame seed and others with poppy seed topping.
I also finally understand and think I can manage Cluny tatting.
The first one on the left is perfect, the one on the right, let's just say it is almost right....by that I will say I did not count the wraps just the process so in that case it is acceptable as a learning piece. Practice will get me there. I also need to practice Josephine Knots. When I learned to make them some years ago they wee good but when I do not do them they now need practice. So in between tatting I will practice both of these.
My latest snowflake is complete and just needs starching. It is the same as the last only doing the first half this time. I like some different looks. The next one I try will have beads. I love tatting. Before you ask, I have not given up on my other needle work, just need to change for a time. For now, it is tatting and sewing. Today is definitely cut out doll morning. Also a trip to the post office to get my package mailed.
The Doves were here earlier, resting on the wall at the gate. Until the nest is complete they will come and go as they please. Dennis loved having the nesting birds here.
Today will be a salad with tomato and beans form my garden along with Romaine and cucumbers from the market for lunch. Think I will add a bit of Provolone cheese. I like to try to plan ahead so I am not hungry and trying to find something to eat. With that said and laundry ready to hang, I think I will plan dinner too. So nice to chat with you. Thank you for your kind words and most of all your friendship.