Wednesday, June 22, 2016

the good, the bad and the stitchy

Ok, which should I start with? I say the good - we got an offer on our house!! Yay!! Now we begin packing in earnest. We've gotten rid of some stuff but not really packed. The next month will be so busy that I am not sure I will be posting much but if you want to see pictures I will post them on my Instagram. I really love that app - I have over 100 followers - something I could not manage to do here. Guess people would rather see pictures than "hear" me blather on about stuff! Anyway - IG is cricketbug33. Another good thing is I got to watch a bird family build a nest, have eggs, hatch them and see the babies fly away. The one ugly spot about it - Ryder smokes but him being outside at all hours of the night has prevented the raccoons from stealing the eggs from the nests on the porch. This is our first and only batch of babies. It has also kept the deer from eating all my flowers - but still, smoking is so bad.
parents feeding

one baby head

getting ready to leave the nest
There were three babies and I got to see two of them leave the nest. They were all sitting out there with just their heads poking up and Scott went out to move the hummingbird feeder and he said - "what are you guys lookin' at?" and they all ducked down - it was super cute!!
I am skipping the bad and going to stitchy - that way if you don't want any part of the bad you can leave after the stitchy. I have a finish
Boo and Baa-bbie With Thy Needle
  I really love this piece. I have Patriotic Poppies - it also has felt flowers on it and I can't wait to start it. I changed the threads - stitch from stash. EXCEPT I didn't change the sheep color - I even ordered the right thread and it hardly shows up - I think I have that problem on every project. blah!  I finished the plums on Teresa Wentzler's Fruit Bell Pull

 and started the cherries
I finished  page 3 which was the halfway point on Tiramisu and started page 4
Oh I have another finish - it's not ironed - sorry 
Barbara Ana Designs - Autumn Tree
It was in Cross Stitch and Needlework Nov 2013 issue but you can also buy it online. Now I am on Pleasant Unity by Stoney Creek - I am hating this project. I have a frog sitting right in the middle of that thing. It's an easy  - even boring pattern but I am ready to throw it away. With all the things going on on my head I just don't have the patience to deal with this mess. I am plugging on though - I guess I like the torture of stitching it twice.  
And now the bad. My daughter got married last Sunday and didn't tell us. We found out because her wife posted pictures on Facebook. She had stopped talking to us awhile ago because she says I'm a racist, she had posted this incorrect data on her blog and when my husband told her that wasn't fair nor was it true she opened a new blog so we wouldn't know what she was posting and only answered in one word answers when we would text her. She's been trying to find an excuse to stay away from us for years. We see through her bs and she doesn't want her version of her life story to have any truth shining on it. Her wife - Lindsay invited her parents. I was surprise because Taylor - or as she is now called - Vivian - railed against these people for years, unclean, drug addicts, klepto and mean but I guess she could be lying about them too.  I wish I could say that I hope the very best for them for many years and eventually I will but right now it just hurts. So, I am going to close the door on the past, lean against it and have a good cry and because I don't expect there to ever be a knock, I am going to walk away. It is apparently what she wants.
So that's it - the good, the bad, and the stitchy. Now I have to pull myself out of this funk and pack a house which is not as easy as it sounds - the packing part is fine but the funky part is a little harder. Hope you are all enjoying the ridiculously hot heat we are now having - uhhhhhhhhh I am a sweaty disgusting mess. Stay cool babies and thanks for stopping by!!        


  1. Me and you baby. Moreso every year. We have so much good happening for us. Look forward and hope for the best. I love you so.

  2. Not handling heat well, either! Congrats on the Autumn Tree (Delights) finish. I have the bottom third yet to do and I have also encountered the Magically Vanishing Animal! On a Plum Street Sampler project and it's a horse. Like your sheep, my horse's hooves showed there was something there! Nice progress on TW. Sorry to hear of the problems at home. Sometimes, you have to let the children make monumental mistakes and be there if and when it all crashes. Believe me, I understand.

  3. You sound very stressed. Know it will pass. You have a bunch of people/friends cheering for you. Don't disappear.....

  4. I'm sorry. You do whatever you need to for what is best. Lots of nice stitching in this post. Have you tried a single strand of a darker shade backstitched around the sheep?

  5. Great finishes and progress on the other pieces.
    Tiramisu is so pretty.
    Sorry to hear about your daughter.
    Someday she will be sorry, trust me.
    Good luck with your packing.

  6. The stitching is all lovely. I'm glad you got the house sold! Now for the daughter. My DH has had to close the door on his daughter too.
    She blamed him for every problem she ever had in her life. We both believe that life is too short and precious to waste, so for now a shut door might be the best thing. It's hard and sad I know but when things can't be changed, best to find a way to let them go.I will be thinking about you!

  7. Congratulations on the sale of your house! My son and his family have been trying to sell theirs for about 3 months now with no luck. And my condolences on the broken relationship with your daughter. You are one of several friends I have whose children have severed ties - this generation seems to toss people aside like so much confetti. My husband and I have been married for nearly 52 years so we have trouble understanding the ease with which they switch partners/spouses and the "forgetfulness" they have about the role their parents played in their growing up. Sad times. blessings, marlene

  8. Sorry to hear your daughter is causing you grief. Focus on what's good in life and move on without her. Hopefully, eventually, she'll come around. Hang in there! Your stitching looks great. :)