Sunday, November 19, 2017

A good day to embroider

Not the best nights sleep, but not too unusual. Finally awake and ready for coffee at 7:30. There is a nip in the air once again but not to worry it will warm up soon. I think I will sit inside at least for now and embroider on Bay #2.
I am trying to pick out some of the print to stitch. So far getting the stems in here and there. Still trying to think about the flower part. I do love hand work...love to  do embroidery.
The Hummer feeders are clean and filled. Now they will wiz by to check out what I did before taking the nectar...so cautious they are. I moved Dennis' Lantana plant so it now is on the watering system and I won't forget to water it. Because it is in a large pot it has to be done more than if it were in the ground. I still have not changed the timer yet...hope that I can understand the directions. The older one was not easy to program.
Decided yesterday that I would make a Thanksgiving dinner for me. I bought a nice turkey breast and the fixings. I, so far, have been unable to get chestnuts. Well....that is not exactly true. AJs Fine Food ( an upscale market) has them for $15.99 a pound! Outrageous!! I will check two more places tomorrow. If I absolutely have to I will get at least 1/2 pound of the "must be made of gold" chestnuts. It is not that I really mine paying that much, but it is because you know that at least a few or more will not be any good and will be tossed in the trash. While I was at AJs I bought a couple of gifts for Christmas and this for me
Although it is sold with Christmas ornaments, it is not decorated as so . This will be kept out year round. So pretty.
I have also decided to put out the Christmas village and the tree up. I do not think I will go with as much as usual, but who knows. I love decorating for Christmas. As many times as Denny would say he did not like Christmas decorating, he would always look for a new ornament each year and help me get it all done. He really liked the village. I will need the cheer of the holiday around me especially for this first Christmas. All of it will be of good memories and times shared. He will be with me in spirit.
Later today I hope to make the Pizzelles and then the Almond Biscotti. I did promise Glenda some biscotti.  All of a sudden I am quite hungry for eggs! I best get a move on and have breakfast. It has been so nice chatting with you. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. Thank you most of all for your friendship. Let's have a good day.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

So I really can use the drill by myself!

Where does the time go lately? It is Saturday and Thursday will be Thanksgiving already. As Vickie of Christmas24-7-365 told us is 6 weeks until Christmas. If that is so, then year's end is almost here.
I may not be cross stitching much, and tatting has slowed but sewing has been my current project as has been the house and garden. Thanks to Don for his coaching on using the electric drill I was able to install the screening for the lanai.



We always have this screening across the lanai opening to help diffuse the sun and it helps keep the  dust from getting all over the furniture. It is the screening that is used on gazeebos. So, I had to re-drill the holes for the eye hooks and then attach the wire and tighten it taught before I could hang the panels. Now to be honest, it should be tighter but I could not get it very taught but it is fine. I used hooks to support the center area. So far it is working. Glad Don and I had lessons in using the drill! The picture makes it look darker than it really is....
During the day when the sun is not a problem they are tied open and (can be opened completely) then when the sun shines in filling the half way area they are closed. I am able to zip them closed during the windy times and keeping the powder like dust out is helpful. Of course it also help to keep the furniture from fading. Denny never got the chance to hang the new panels. We have been replacing them every 2 years. Last evening Honey (Keith) and Dear (Al) stopped by to bring me some homemade chocolate cookies and to pick up the shortbread ones that I made.....we do share our baking/cooking.... they gave me the pat-on-the-back approval. That is what my friends do, encourage me.  
I finally decided on the embellishments for the Swaddled Bay #2 so that is the project for today.  Hopefully I will enjoy the outdoors again. We did have some rain drops yesterday for about one minute. The day should be seasonal around 79 and still another cloudy day. I did manage some yard work yesterday, trimming the Fountain grass and getting cut up in the process! I also moved Denny's Lantana so it would be on the watering system. As a matter of fact it is about to come on so out I must go to be sure the water flow to the plant is correct. Nice to have you to chat with today. Thank you for your kind words and friendship. Have a good day my friends.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A nip in the air

A bit chilly today......temp is 56! Not to worry it will be in the 80s later today. The temp inside the house is 72 and comfortable. The doors were open last evening until 10 PM. Loving this weather.
Today our blogging friend Lynda Ruth from Purple Pixie Dust is in for shoulder surgery. This has been a task getting this far as it had been cancelled before. Let's wish her well that all goes according to plans. I know her hubby Dave will be taking good care of her.
I got as far as the Swaddled Baby #2 face yesterday
and her cap. She stands about 11 inches tall. Now to embellish her so she can travel to her new home. I decided to give her brown eyes and a plain white hat. I love sitting outside working on her.




Speaking of outside, my Hot Lips Salvia has almost tripled in size and this morning I found

This is just outside my kitchen window and the first thing I se when I open the verticals each day. The Hummer loves it and was upset just now when I took the picture. Look at that sweet blooms. I think I will need to get it a small trellis to support it. I am so pleased with how the garden is growing. It means a lot to me that it does.
I have to meet a friend this morning then back home to bake. The biscotti did not get made but yesterday Honey---aka Keith--- came by to help me with a printer issue. He love my shortbread cookies so that is what I will be making for him. Talking about the computer....Best Buy Geek Squad sent an email that they will not longer be servicing Kaspersky security software. So I need to go in to purchase another product today. Then I can come home to bake.
I will be joining a groups of ladies from here in Arizona for a stitch retreat to be held in Tucson in January. Hopefully enough will attend so it can go as planned. The designer for the workshop will be Linda Vinson with a special project for us. If you are here or nearby and are interested in the details let me know and I will email you an invite.  So glad you took time to visit. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. Thank you for your friendship.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Gumbi in the garden

I went to a movie. What? You do not see the big deal? Well, I have not been to a movie since sometime during the 1990s...yes, you read that correctly. I can not even remember what I saw or what theater. The other day an email from Glenda asked if I wanted to go to see Victoria and Abdul. Initially I said no. Then I thought it sounded familiar so when I checked yes indeed I would go. I love Dame Judi Dench and all that she does. So off we went to the Harkins theater and after following Glenda through getting the ticket and then popcorn we sat to watch a very good movie. Through the years Denny went to the movies but not me. He really enjoyed the action movies. Another first to my list.
I decided to sort through more of my stuff...little by little I am tossing out this and that. I have some patterns to donate to one of the needlework groups but lots are just copies run off on the computer form various sites...you know the free offers. Next will be the magazines that are collected but not looked at again. We all buy them with the intention of stitching this and that but then we don't. I would rather pass them along.
Today might be work in the garden. There is another sprinkler head that probably needs to be replaced and I would like to add a few drip lines to some plants.  We shall see. There is a new cactus in the garden. It has been here now for a week or so
It is Opuntia Gumbi.  It gets the gumbi name because it feels rubbery...hopefully this will root. It is a cutting that was given to me. If in the ground they grow quite large so in the pot it will live.
Then there is the Swaddled Baby doll that needs last finishing and Alice and well, you see where this is going.
I have been awake since 2 AM and this morning could not fall back to sleep or felt lazy enough to just stay in bed. So, possibly my list will have some cross offs by days end. I may even get the walnut biscotti made. I am very good at making lists. Today's list keeps getting longer so maybe an early start will get things done. Thank you for visiting with me and for your kind words. Most of al thank you for your friendship.