Well, all good things must end. Today is the last day of our string of vacation days for now.
It's back to work tomorrow. I have not gone into the library once over the time I was off. Unusual for me. I usually end up going up at least once or twice to pick something up, or check on something. Mike stopped up today to do some computer work, and warned me that my office was not a pretty site. Lots of piles to sort thru and boxes to unpack. So, I already know what tomorrow will be like....
All in all I spent time stitching, reading and doing some jobs around home that needed to be done. I cleaned some cupboards out, and we made a couple trips to Goodwill with some surplus things. We took a few day trips, and just generally enjoyed hanging out together. When Mike and I are both working, we don't see a lot of each other through the week. I work first shift hours and he works second shift about an hour's drive from home. So, when we are off work together we enjoy hanging out.
We found this covered bridge on one of our drives.
We also took a day trip to New Salem. This was an early settlement north of Springfield, where Abraham Lincoln lived in some of his early years. Nice old log houses, stores and wonderful split rail fences. A very peaceful State Park.
I am close to a finish on "Needleworker". I will post a picture when I'm finished. I took some time today to put out some more Fall decorations and added Halloween things in as well.
I will share pictures of that on my next post, since I don't have any of those photos uploaded to the desktop computer. It's easier to do those posts from my iPad where I can take a picture with it and upload it to my blog. You will notice the pictures above are much higher in quality than those I take... Mike took both of these with his camera. :)
Well, hope you are enjoying some beautiful Fall weather in your neck of the woods. We are here.
I am pleased to share our first day of vacation with you. Mike and I are off all week. We don't have any big trip planned, but intend to take some smaller day trips this week. We started the week off with one of my picks ;). Spring Green, Wisconsin and The Country Sampler!
I hadn't been to this beautiful shop for a long time...! It is about 3.5 hours north of our house. What a treat to visit again. Even tho I am not 'into' quilting I do enjoy beautiful quilts. They have lots of them here! I did pick up just a couple of charts tho,
I saw this Star chart somewhere online awhile back and really like it. I found it as a kit. It's by Summer House stitche works. The other chart is Liberty House by With Thy Needle and Thread. You can see my Autumn piece stitched in the background.
I decided to stitch Needleworker after my last finish. Here is my progress
It is going fairly quickly and has been fun to work on.
Before we left for Spring Green today, I had to get up early...I had made a 7 am grooming appointment for Harry... I don't know what I was thinking when I did this! But I was having second thoughts about my sanity when on first day of vacation my alarm went off at 6 am! Mike just groaned and rolled over. I got up and showered and off we went. I have to admit we got it out of the way early! But, Harry looked so handsome after he was done!
I had to share a picture of my two handsome guys!
Well it will be interesting to see what the rest of the week brings. But today was a great start, plus the beautiful Fall weather I've been waiting for has finally arrived. I hope it's here to stay for awhile.
I just have a stitching finish this afternoon! The Sunday NFL start allowed me the chance to finish this piece.
Flag Day by With Thy Needle and Thread. I'm not sure how I will finish this. I should probably frame it, since it would fit in well with my other patriotic themed pieces in our computer room. Some of my friends at stitch group were bothered by the fact that the woman has no eye.... But it's folk art... I think it will be fine the way she is.
Now, I can think about what I want to start next.... I have a few choices ;) I will have fun pulling out some charts and seeing what I need to be ready to start.
I finished a great book last night in the early morning hours.... How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny. I gave it 5 stars on goodreads. I think she is one of my favorite authors. If you haven't started these yet, I would start with her first one in the series, Still life. They are mysteries set in Canada.
It's funny how often a cross stitch finish happen on the same day.... A new start for both reading and stitching. How fun is that?!
I will have to organize a new start before Monday night since I'm hosting our stitching group at our house..
I don't know where the time gets to between posts! I have been busy stitching among other things.
I'm very pleased to say I finished my retreat piece!
With the speciality stitches it was a bit fussy for me. I don't stitch them that often, but I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. I don't seem to be able to get the picture to rotate, sorry!
Then I have been working on the patriotic woman with the sheep.
She is coming along. I've been enjoying working on her.
I also was able to pick up a recently framed finish from my LNS.
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
The frame is really pretty.
Harry keeps us entertained. I've been trying to get out several times with him to the park for a walk. It's good for both of us. He is my perfect walking partner with his short legs and slow gait... :).
Hope all of you are finding some quality stitching time my friends.