Thursday, September 24, 2015

With a little help from my friends

I know that we all have difficult times. Whether it be health or money or just family situations. Today one of our blog of my long time blog friends is having difficult times. She may even be one of your followers---Cindy De Rosa ...if you click on her name you can read all about it. Cindy and I were going to do an ornament exchange. It has been set for months. She of course is not able to send to me but as my gift is almost complete, I will still be sending to her. Please read her post and if you can find a way to help, please let me know. She has lost everything. This was not my intended post today...but it is what it is...I have asked Cindy for a current mailing address so if anyone would like to mail her a little something please let me know and I will pass on the info.

The only way to have a friend is to be one.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Angel Noell

Remember the blurred picture hint... well this is what it became
I do not always like to stitch on perforated paper because you must leave some of it showing so as not to loose stitching. This did turn out quite cute. It is by the same designer, Brooke's Books that I did the Lady in the shadow box from. I found it in JCS Christmas 2015. I of course made a few changes: I did not add the flower to her hair or the leaves and I added beads for the berries in the wreath. So pretty is Noell. Now on to the next project...or two. First I prepared my cloth for a class I will be in on the 27th in Ribbon Embroidery.
All the stems are ready for their blooms. I do know how to do ribbon embroidery, and as a matter of fact, Lil who will be teaching this class is the same sweet gal who taught the last class. Just thought I would participate again. Yesterday I mentioned the rain storm that was expected---- well it did not hit us here in The West Valley. Once again the skies are cloudy and the temp is cooler but not sure if the rain will arrive. We sure could use some rain. I am need of coffee... I think  Swiss Chocolate Almond will do nicely. So happy to share this time with you. Thank you for the kind words and friendship...I noticed that I have a couple new friends who are stopping by...welcome. Enjoy your day.
PS: October Card Exchange list will be going out soon...still time to sign up...

Monday, September 21, 2015

And the skies are cloudy

what a cloudy day so far. We are expecting winds and rain and there is a flood advisory for much of Arizona today and tomorrow. Luckily we are in an area that does not flood but still we are careful. The yard will have to be wind-proofed and certainly with how cloudy it is the umbrellas will be folded. What have I been up to...let's see. On Saturday Mr H suggested we go to a garlic festival at the Queen Creek Olive Mill. I really like the Olive Mill but must say that this event posed some problems. Plenty of parking but only one way in/out. The restaurant was so busy many of us did not try for lunch. The wait was over 40 minutes and there were not enough tables to sit at or shade area. We did enjoy the tastings and bought a bottle of Strawberry Balsamic Glaze. The ride was nice and not much traffic.
Every direction we drive around the Valley we see the mountains...this is Superstition Mountain in the area of Queen Creek. We are surrounded by wonderful scenery.
Here along the highway is a giant Gila Monster ... just one of many Southwest icons. Some areas have lizards or just hieroglyphics. Something to see. Recently we have been under another look-out... you may have read or heard on the news about the shootings on the interstate....
these electronic signs are everywhere. There is a $50,000 reward for information. They do have someone under arrest but only can link him to 4 of the shootings. Driving on the interstate is unsettling. We are able to avoid the I-10 for the most part. I am almost ready to show you what I have been stitching....almost. Had some problems with my hand yesterday so rest time was often. But that was fine --- it was football day and in this house we watch all the games. Today Mr H will be looking for the replays.... me, I will stitch and prepare my next project.  Did I mention that I am enjoying this retirement thing? I think that about covers it. Thank you for stopping by and for the kind words and your friendship....I really appreciate all of you. Oh--- an update on EvaP (mom). no results yet on her problem...still a wait and see issue. Thank you for the good wishes for her. I hope you have a good day.
PS...don't forget the October Card Exchange. I will email the list this Friday...