Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Guess it's been awhile since I posted. Time flies and I lose track of it! We've been busy. We had our inspection. We had a gas leak that needed fixed right away - so no water for 2 days. We managed showers before the hot ran out and I boiled water to do dishes (like a caveman haha). It was fixed by dinner the second day - whew! We had to have the wax seals replaced on two toilets - those were the only repairs they asked for! They had a survey done and the appraisal came back "fine" (whatever that means) - and that's it! We have been packing - it's good to go through and get rid of stuff you don't want to take with you but it draws the process out! Glad I still have two weeks to pack!  I have our moving truck booked and movers coming to help load it!
I have two brothers Chris and Brian - there is at least a 15 year age gap between us. They live in Tennessee - a few weekends ago they came up to see me. We haven't seen each other in 25 years - I guess I should say they are half brothers because it's weird that I haven't seen them in so long otherwise.  Brian brought his wife and daughter. It was really great to see them and I hope to see more of them!!
Stephanie, Savannah, Brian, Scott, me, Ryder and Chris

Chris, Brian and Ryder
  It's weird how much Ryder looks like Chris - just weird!
My dear sweet husband had a birthday - July 9th. I bought him some music he wanted and made him some lair balls from Nomnom Paleo since we are still on the Whole 30 diet and can't have cake. They are good - would be better if I hadn't gotten stale macadamia nuts - grrr. Speaking of the diet - it's going OK - some days I would just like to have some sugar and cream in my coffee. That is really all I miss. I think everyone should try this for 30 days - it is eye opening! If you do be sure to follow the book closely because there are mood swings that you need to know about beforehand. You don't have to do it forever like I need to - just do it for the 30 days and see what foods bother you. If anybody does decide to do it - email me because I have some tips to make life easier - it's still hard at first. I have struggled with high triglycerides for YEARS - no matter what I try I still have them in the 300s - yep HIGH!! I did whole 30 for 33 days and then had a blood draw - not because of whole 30 -  it was just time for blood work to renew a heart medication I take. My triglycerides dropped from 364 to 167 - in 33 days. That alone makes it worth it!!  We will be moving right at the end of this 30 days so I will be off it for a few weeks while I get rearranged and then I hope to be on it for a few months to really get the full benefits!  

I have a finish -
The Drawn Thread - Simply Autumn. It was a quick stitch and cute. My lighting stinks as usual. I did change two colors to stitch from stash. I got all the frogging done on my Amish picture and added some stitching before it rotated out.

I finished the cherries on the Teresa Wentzler fruit bell pull before it rotated out
I finished some more on Tiramisu before it rotated out - and let me say how thrilled I was when all the circles matched up - with the luck I have had with the Amish project I fully expected a huge gap.
Last night I started Patriotic Poppies by With Thy Needle and Thread - so cute!!
 I forgot to blog about participating in The Great Backyard Bird Count way back in February - it was fun. You can do it once or a million times - no pressure. I would stitch where I could see the bird feeder and if a new bird came to eat I would start my minutes so I could get all the birds I usually see. I hope to do it again next year!!
oh rats - I didn't write my name on there!

look at all those red birds! Cardinals, American Finch, Red headed woodpecker

Ryder spotted this guy in the yard
That is all I've been up to - really. Packing and stitching and family and plumbers and inspectors and cooking. I hope you are all having a nice summer. I plan on posting one more time before the computer gets packed. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Great post, my dear, full of lots of lovely stitching, family and birds! I have to ask, is Ryder your son?

  2. Good luck with your move!that turtle is beautiful, never seen one like it.

  3. Good luck with the move. I hope it all goes well for you.
    Great stitching and I'm really curious about that whole 30 diet. I've never heard of it!

  4. Wow! You have been busy with some very nice stitching!How nice that you got to meet those family members before you move. I'm very impressed that you have stayed on the diet so well.

  5. Great finish and progress on your WIPS.
    Cool Turtle!

  6. Have a safe and fun move! I could not survive without sugar and cream in my coffee!! xoxo Becky