Saturday, July 19, 2014

H H & PC

Hot Humid and Partly Cloudy....the weather this morning. They predict temps of 103 or so and some rain.  I just went out for a walk and now feel like a wet dishrag! I had thought about taking the drive --- 50 miles and 3/4 of an hour ---- to The Attic, but I think I will call and have them charge and send my items. I do not want to leave the air conditioning today. Oh I know, the car is air conditioned, but I still have to get up and go. Much rather sit comfortable and stitch and watch a movie with Mr H.  Thank you all for your kind words and encouragement for him. I am almost finished stitching Blueberries. and the Delphiniums are all planted and the fence posts are up in the Hummingbird Garden.  Today starts the real journey we took 10 years ago....hope you are enjoying the saga and will return to follow along. In the meantime, glad you stopped by and hope you have a wonderful day.

I am writing these excepts from my journal as I wrote them, as they happened then.
Arizona Bound
Tuesday July 20 2004
The day started early. We packed the very last of our possessions and did the final walk through the house and garden. I will miss this wonderful home. I gathered up the maps which would guide us across the states. We put the pooches in the truck and set up the gate... there would be only one driver and that will be Dennis without the help of the pooches. And it starts; Sherlock yelping because he is not in favor of this arrangement and Zoe looking very confused. Dennis has a look of what are we doing! By 12:30 we were finally on the road. A 15 foot Penske truck with a car carrier and the car loaded on it. "We should have sold the car: was the first thing out of Dennis' mouth and we only drove down the street! I think I have a headache. At 1:30 after an hour driving we stopped for lunch in North Stonington Connecticut. One of my favorite places. ( won't be back here for a while) Zoe refused to eat but could not wait to walk and did not want to get back in the truck, Sherlock ate but refused to walk. By the time we made it to Groton Connecticut, they both settled down a little, Dennis too. Dennis mumbled a lot and I did not dare ask what he was saying. We stopped at 3:30 for gas and the pooches were offered a walk which they accepted. Dennis was mumbling again. He really has no patience. I was beginning to think that this was not going to be easy. We had many miles to go. At this point no one was talking to anyone. Zoe and Sherlock remained as far from each other as possible, Dennis said I was not going to drive . What is he mumbling about? We entered Pennsylvania and there were signs for deer crossing the road. Dennis said he did not want to see any deer and they should stay off the road.  I have lost count as to the many times I  had to undo my set belt to go into the back to tend to the pooches who had not resumed their friendship. Dennis constantly needing another soda. I began to notice a bruise on my left thigh and if I bump my head once more we may be making an emergency room stop! Oh and my left shoulder was very bruised. Dennis could not understand why I had these bruises and said that I should really be more careful. Trying to maneuver through the small pass way while the truck was traveling 60 miles per hour just may have something to do with it. Did I mention Dennis has no patience. I think I have a headache. We entered the Pocono region. Beautiful scenery along the way. It was 7 pm and we were so tired and it was dark. We stopped at yet another truck stop, ( Pilot Travel Center, Drums PA) these were great places for us to stop for food and restroom and walks. We could go no further...too tired and it began to rain. We parked between two rigs and settled down for the night. Did you know that truckers have to take a number to use the showers? These truck stops have been quite the experience. Tomorrow will be interesting, I just know it. Dennis' last words before sleep "What are we doing?"
Day 2 tomorrow.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Someone is watching me......

This will be the first day this week that we are not going to a doctor...the cardio tests are finished and we now wait for results.I feel confident that they will find nothing wrong. Then we move on to the next doctor...and on it goes for now. I am so very lucky. Mr H never ever complains.... but I am seeing him worry and that is hard to see. I am keeping a positive thought at all times.
A little more stitched on Hummingbird Garden...
Delphiniums are almost complete. I really love the colors in this piece. Once some definition of stems and the brick work at the bottom are  in, it will look much better. Of course the hummers will be last.... then the feeder will have a few of them hovering about. While at the doctors these past two days, I began a small...
It is called Blueberries, another lovely design from Diane Williams of LHN. Ele  (Elena) from Busy Hands Craft offered it and I was lucky enough to have her send it to me from Italy. I am stitching it on white as I may hang it in the kitchen with the Clematis and when finished, Hummingbird Garden and white background works better than cream linen. The other thought I had for this is a box top. We shall see. Look who was sitting out my front window watching me yesterday...
What a cutie. His ears are so big and hind feet so large! We have so many bunnies in our courtyards.... this fellow actually lives across the yard from me but likes our flowers...sh, I never tell Mr H when I see him eating them.... I think he knows though. Well, laundry #3 is in the wash, I need a cup of coffee, and backe to my craft table to stitch..... or maybe start that embroidery...still need to stuff the ornie....let's get the coffee first then I will decide. Thank you for sharing time with me and for the kind words for me and Mr H. Hope you have a grand day.

Arizona Bound
Sunday, July 17 & Monday July 18 2004
Sunday--The Brother Alan and his wife Colleen had a wonderful party for us today. The family all came and the food was great. Lots of pictures were taken for my new album. Leaving the party and saying good bye was very hard. Lots of hugs and tears. 
On Monday I had the film developed and became teary looking at all of us together in the group picture...looking at the individual pictures too. I think I will put them into the album and leave them for another day. Monday---So many things to do today...first is to get the moving truck. My friend owns the rental place. He got us a 15 foot Penske with a sliding door between the back and the cab. Perfect. The Brother Alan is coming today to help us with the packing. He has had experience when he worked for Fed EX.  I am so glad I have all the boxes in order. Dennis and I bring them out and Alan stacks them in. First in is the box spring and mattress across the sliding door. While the guys are loading I "make up the bed" for the trip. Plenty of sheets and a quilt on top. This is where the pooches Zoe(pug) and Sherlock(Schnauzer) wille be traveling across the open door I place a doggie gate to prevent them from trying to help us drive. We also want to be prepared in case we need to spend a night or two sleeping in the truck. (advise from my friend at the rental place) It does not take too long. We chat the entire time because we know this is good bye with Alan for a while. He leaves and sits in his truck for a few minutes while we talk to the next door neighbor. When he comes back he  tearfully hands me an envelope..."do not read this until you are on your way" and off he went. The pooches are frantically running about the empty house. Empty except for the quilt on the bedroom floor and a few odds and ends. We remembered to fill the cooler with ice and some food for the night. The last night in our home of 12 years that we have loved. Tomorrow is D-Day...Drive Day.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I got mail

Yesterday was day 2 spent at the cardiologists office so Mr H could continue testing. We will return today for the final test. I brought along a small project to work on yesterday and will continue on it today. Each visit is for around 2 hours.... today hopefully will not be as long. I did get a package in the mail....
from Cucki, all the way from her Cove. She made all the items herself except for the Giraffe painted pencil. Sounds like a mini drum when you twirl it. Love all the stamps on the package.... Thank you my dear sweet Cucki. I am so happy to count you as a friend. Our blogging community is such a wonderful place. We care, we share and we encourage one another.... what more can you ask for. It would be wonderful to meet some of you in person... so, if anyone is heading to Arizona, please do let me know....
Our weather is quite cloudy right now and there is that wind again. Would not be too bad except it is a hot wind.The umbrellas will not be up today for sure. I am feeling lazy today...
Tuesday after work, a group of Jo Ann's gals went for dinner at The Olive Garden. It is right in our parking lot!
We counted 9 of us and had fun and good food. I enjoyed the Parmesan Shrimp dish...yum! Oh, and a Mojito too. We are going to try to get together at least monthly. Do you see me? I am way in the back of the right side....(white blouse) good to spend time away from work and share friendship. Our next outing may be a pool party and pot luck lunch..a few of the gals offered their home as a meet up.
I absolutely need a cup of coffee...and a needle in my hand, so off I go. Glad you stopped by to chat..... hope you have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I would like to think....

Now, doesn't the title for this post make you want to know what is going on in my mind? Well, there is too much junk floating there but I will share this...
This little Quail family is about the right size of our orphan and there are out here everyday. In my mind, I want to think this is who came to retrieve the baby bird......better to think this than ..... anyway, let's think this is the family. I have been busy stitching in between this and that. I hope to get more on the Hummingbird Garden to show you, but here is
the Santa ornament ready for the backing. Love this red and white snowflake fabric I bought last year. My goal is to sew this up in the next few days while I am off from work. Speaking about work, I saw my hand doctor yesterday. "As long as you continue to cut fabric for 5 hours several times a week, your hand will be inflamed", a direct quote. Luckily for me, we are in our summer snowbirds gone time and my hours are much less. We all have something to adjust to in life.  I enjoy my part time job so I will adjust to this inconvenience. 
As I was being the sous chef for Mr H the other evening, I thought, (that thinking again!) gee, hate to toss out these red onion skins... so I boiled them up and tossed in a piece of fabric...
really like how it turned out....wish I had used a larger piece. I am sure to find something to make with it. We are still with the Monsoon Season and the humidity is really high today---46%...very high  for us. The other evening this was the sky at sunset...
I almost expected Old Man Wind to appear, but the sky was still and this puff just hung there with lightening and a few claps of thunder. It has been a quiet morning and since I have a dull headache, I will return to my comfy chair to relax before going to work later this morning....glad you stopped by today..... hope you have a great day.