Friday, March 6, 2015

Current project

This has been my winter project. Hoping to finish it here real soon The close up of the stitches is actually more true to color than the picture where you can see the entire afghan. It is a simple seed stitched afghan.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Marriage and Key Lime Pie

When anyone asks my husband, Noel what kind of pie is his favorite he always responds, "hot or cold". The man loves pie and it doesn't really matter which kind of pie it is...but there is one exception to that rule. He does not like Key Lime Pie even just a little bit.

Saturday our church hosted a dinner for those in leadership and  the dessert for the event was a choice of two different kinds of pie. The one was a chocolate cream pie and the other wasn't as easily identifiable. I saw it and reasoned it was some sort of sugar cream, or banana cream or perhaps not even pie at all but cheesecake.

I went through the line before my husband and chose the chocolate cream pie. Upon returning to my seat the lady next to me commented that the other pie was key lime pie. My initial reaction was, "darn, I wish I would have known that." Did I mention that I really like key lime pie as in it is one of my absolute favorites? But then it hit me Noel was still in line.

I smiled and said, "no problem. I guarantee Noel will pick up the key lime thinking it is something else and I will trade him my chocolate pie for his key lime."

Noel returned to the table and as he lowered his dessert to the table I took his plate and said, "you don't want that. It's key lime, but I will trade you my piece of chocolate pie." To the amusement of the others at the table he was happy I had rescued him from the key lime pie.

How did I know he would grab the key lime pie? After nearly 30 years of marriage I know that while he likes chocolate he would prefer something else in the way of pie. And key lime pie isn't often served places so I knew it would not even be on his radar as he tried to determine what the white cream looking pie was.

After decades of being together there are very few surprises between us. We know one another better than we know ourselves. When things happen he knows how I am going to react, and the same is true when me. I know how he processes things.

Some may find it sad that there are few surprises left but not me. I find that intimate knowledge of one another comforting. The reminder of that "knowing" sure made for one delicious piece of key lime pie.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Isn't it gorgeous!!

I have been busy as most this time of year but wanted to pop on and show you a picture of the yarn bowl that my dad made for me. He does such amazing woodworking. I LOVE it!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Well, I seem to be a flunk out when it comes to blogging. I am not sure why as I have been an avid journal keeper for many years. So I am dusting off my blog here and making a new post.

Winter is arriving early it seems here in Indiana. We have a thin blanket of slow and the winds are bitter cold. For some reason the hush and still of winter inspire the crafter in me. I love curling up with a cup of coffee or hot tea and picking up a set of knitting needles, a crochet hook or my cross-stitch supplies and sitting in front of a window where I can craft while watching the beauty of a winter wonderland.

This week I finished up some ornaments for the shut-ins at my local church and for the team that I serve with visiting those shut-ins. This can be a lonely time of year for many people. Make a point to go out of your way to let others know that you love and care about them. I hope in some small way these ornaments will put a little warmth in the hearts of those that receive them this cold winter.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Still crafting

I haven't finished anything recently because I started a project that is taking me longer than I had anticipated. I am making a shawl and it is going slow. I just can't seem to get into this project but I am too far in to not do it. So I am working on it a bit here and there.

I am seriously thinking that it might be a smart move to begin a small project to work at the same time so that at least I am doing something that I will finish. It is hard for me to stay focused on  craft projects when I go so long since I have had a finish.

Anyway as soon as I have something to post a picture of I will be sure and do so. Until then I hope everyone is having a blessed early Spring and is taking time every day to do the things they enjoy doing.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

two in one day???? What's up with that?

As I was doing housework, trying to blow off steam from the frustration of losing all my pictures, my eyes fell on the most recent cross-stitch that I completed. I had to chuckle at the irony. It was as if God was saying HEY YOU. I got it Lord, took me a few but I got it....

While I am not going to spend another half hour taking pictures of all my completed projects I had to take a picture of the one I finished this morning that my eyes fell upon as I was cleaning and having my tantrum...

Simple yet profound words...Give thanks...sure I lost some pictures but I will never lose the memories of the events photographed. So for that I will give thanks. I spent a half hour taking pictures of things I had made for Christmas presents and that time was wasted when I lost those pictures...but I am looking forward to the times of celebration and being with loved ones when those gifts will be given and for that I can give thanks.

I lost some pictures and was letting it foul my mood when there are people going through real losses this season. I have a roof over my head, food in the kitchen, a supportive and wonderful husband, amazing children who make me very proud to be their mom, a church family that strenghtens and grows me in my faith. I have a lot to be thankful for and to let a small bump in the road cloud my day would be a vast waste of my time.

Thank you, Lord for the reminder that if we stop and look there are always things for which to give thanks. The sun is shining and once again the Son shinned on my life and brought a much needed correction. I will choose this day to give thanks and not whine about things that really are not as big as I was letting them be.

A frenzy of Christmas gifts flying off my needles

I prefer the simplicity of things and ordinarily I do not like a lot of decor type stuff setting around the house. This year with our oldest moving back in and construction on a soundroom for music and recording, I had decided to tone down the Christmas decor. Well that didn't happen...because there is one time of year I don't keep it simple. And we are now in that time. My daughter and I got the house ready for the holidays this week and yep I decided to put up all four trees after all (One large one and three smaller theme trees).

I have been finishing up gift items and my needles of all types have been busy.I took pictures to share but...I made a grave error when putting them in folders on my computer and actually only saved the shortcuts...and unfortunately before I discovered my error I deleted all the files from my computer. I am too lazy and bummed to retake all the pictures....Unfortunately I lost some that I really wanted to save of some singing gigs of my kids and a birthday party. I am seriously hating technology right now. Okay I realize it was my fault and not technology but I am still ticked.

Most of these items have been finished here in the last several months. I have now completed all of the handmade gifts I am giving this year. What has been on your needle heading up to the holiday season?