Sunday, August 1, 2021

One Year Closer to Retirement

 I am officially one year closer to retirement as it is my birthday and I am 62. I can hardly believe it.  It has been a busy day.  On the phone with family, and my son came over so I haven't gotten as much done as I would have liked too such  as fertilizing my flowers.  It was a very nice day.  

I finished Littlehouse Needleworks Farm House Christmas.  Other than the border kind of was annoying, just hard to see while stitching, this was a very fun stitch!  I am extremely happy with how it turned out.  

Nine parts, broken into parts of three.  
I even ironed it before I snapped the pics.  

I dyed the fabric myself. 
Don't remember the recipe but, I call it Portobello
It was my college girls weekend.
Jan brought a really great project for us to each work on
It is a 2'x2' wood board she primed and measured the squares.
A lot of work on her part.    
We had to  painted it.  
It turned out great!
I want to get a can of spray protectorant before hanging on the back yard shed.

While doing a little shopping, there aren't the shops in the small area that there use to be.  
The coffee shop/gift shop is still open and found an excellent replacement for my poor broken mug.
Coffee tastes pretty good in it.  

Mary Beth brought a cherry crumble.  
I had a jar of Trader Joe's Morello cherries,  
Got the recipe and made one when I got home....the following day.  

I have resumed working on HATS Martha Dawson 1837 and am nearly done with the border...
I have a few more motifs and then her name at the bottom.  

I am getting ready for the BBDSAL weekend that I'll start next weekend.  
I was quite happy to work on Martha.  
I'm going to start She Works with Willing Hands.  
I have the box.  
I ordered it after I got the book.  

Been trying to pick an alternative to Weeks Dolphin and Seraphim (?) Eucalyptus and going crazy ordering all kinds of weird fabric.  
Tin Roof is a little dark on the left but, a definate possibility.  
Gun Metal on the right is too dark.
One more color I didn't post is Bramble and that might be the winner.  

I have decided since I'm over 60, living in an area where the Covid rates are going up and only 52% of my fellow citizens are vaccinated, to resume wearing a mask when I am in doors.  
I so totally don't want to get Covid, I have a wedding to help plan with my daughter.
Walking through the grocery store and maybe three other people had masks on, that wasn't most likely the people who aren't vaccinated.  
I don't believe the unvaccinated are wearing masks as they should.  

Stay safe my friends and keep on stitching


  1. Your bellpull turned out so nice.
    Love that barn quilt block.
    That dessert looks delicious.
    I still wear my mask when I got out, just don't trust other people.
    We were in Walgreens getting a Shingles shot, & a man, maybe in his 30's, came in for his 1st Covid shot.
    He wasn't wearing a mask! Makes me so mad!
    Have a great week!

  2. As usual, you cross stitch piece is beautiful. Sounds like you had a good day.

  3. I just love your LHN piece, Monica. Well done. Here's hoping that retirement will be soon. I know you must be counting down the days. You will love it.

  4. Happy Birthday! You're stitching on some awesome projects....and LOVE that coffee mug! I'm looking forward to a stitchy weekend too!

  5. Finally able to comment again. Blogger was not behaving at all for me. Anyway, love your stitching choices. I am in the same boat as you. I told my DH today that I am about ready to start wearing my mask again inside. I wish more of the people would get the vaccine!

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