Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It's True What They Say...

The longer you put something off, the harder it is to do. Well, I found that out here! I've been trying to write on this blog for nearly two weeks and it's not getting easier. So I'll take the plunge. It's my blog after all. There are no rules or police. I'll try to recap the past month, it's been a busy one.

In September I went to the WA/OR Stitcher's GTG in Portland. I try to get to these as often as I can. The ladies are so wonderful & we have so much fun. Vicki even gave me a personal ornament finishing lesson (which I shamefully haven't tried yet).

I also attended the annual Elder Women's Retreat for the Coos Tribe (DH is Native American). These gatherings are so much fun and it's great to meet with and learn from such amazing ladies. DH's cousins always make me feel right at home.

On October 1st I met my dear friend Julie in Newport, Oregon. Julie & I used to work together in our previous lives. She's one of the few people I still keep in touch with. We had a condo for a week. Lots of relaxing, exploring and gabbing. Beautiful sunsets!! The weather cooperated and everything was amazing. Here are a few pics...

While I was away, our buddy, Tom (who lives in his 5th wheel in our driveway, temporarily) injured his back. Then he got awfully sick. We moved him into the spare bedroom to keep a closer eye on him. Then on Tuesday DH had to go into the hospital. Man! I'm sick of sick men!!! They're awful babies. I'm sick of driving these guys to & fro! I'm sick of doctor's offices and hospitals!

But wait! There is light at the end of my tunnel!!! I'm leaving all this testosterone behind!! On November 3rd I leave for a month in Alabama with my granddaughter. Whew!

In all these festivities I did manage to get some stitching done. First, I finished Lizzie Kate's "Time For God". Which I've managed to misplace. So I'll show you when it's found and photographed.
Next, I finished Lizzie Kate's "Prayer Connection" again. I loved the way this turned out on the one I sent off to Afghanistan, so I stitched another for myself on a larger count fabric. Mine will be made into a pillow, I think.
And then, I started "Guilder" by Ink Circles. It's the companion piece to "Florin" which is Tracy's SYHO piece. I chose my own colors by Gentle Arts. My fabric for both is a 32ct Belfast Hand Dyed Linen by Silkweaver. No color is specified on the package but it's a lovely mottled purple/lavender/blue. It's not quite finished in this photo but it is finished now & I've begun stitching "Florin". (pleae excuse my wrinkles)


  1. Where in Alabama? I live in Gulf Shores, right close to the beach. if you are down this way, I would love to meet a fellow stitcher! Have a great stay with your granddaughter.

  2. Loved your post, Barb. Hang in there til November! Hope both men are healing quickly and completely! :) Cathryn

  3. You have been busy. All that traveling and more to come. I'm so glad you can see that light in your upcoming Alabama trip. And I do hope all the sick ones are feeling better now.

    I like your LK finish also. It will be cute as a pillow.

  4. Gorgeous pictures of Oregon.

    Beautiful stitching and have fun in Alabama.


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