Friday, May 20, 2016

Where did April go and how can it be this close to the end of May??

Hello Stitchy Friends 

Well I have to admit I am woefully behind on updating my blog.  I just managed to catch up on reading blogs this week.  I'm always happy to catch up with what all is going on with you, and see your beautiful stitches.  I've gotten out of my old routine of reading blogs with morning coffee before work.  Since Henry's arrival my morning routine has altered to taking him outside for that first potty break of the day.  He's doing much better, but he still is a very busy pup that needs supervision.

Things have been busy around here.  The guys decided on doing some home improvement projects that have taken serious chunks of free time.  We decided to fence in our backyard to make it a little easier for Henry's outside enjoyment. (And ours!) We have some much needed improvements scheduled to happen this summer in the backyard.  But, the fence turned out great as a first step.
Our son knew his Mom wanted something a little fancy for a gate so this is what he came up with
Since it's been completed we did get it painted white. It looks good white. Please don't notice the house in need of painting. I'm hoping it will be on next years list.  The yardwork is endless.  It's not one of my favorite things to do.  Our daughter in law, Lauren, loves working in the yard much to my delight. I'm hoping she will work her way to our yard to work some magic.  

Then, we decided the carpet in the dining room had to go.  Too many pet accidents. I honestly don't think shampooing was going to fix it.  So, out came the nasty carpet and in went a laminate floor.  Our son in law, Joe, did this project with help from Mike.

It looks so much better. But, I still have one large cupboard that needs to get unloaded and moved in there.  It seems like the weekends are so packed trying to squeeze stuff in.  So, I guess that brings you current with projects here.  Well to frost the cake even more, so to speak, our son has started a fence project at their house, so I've been helping stain fence boards for that.  Then, our daughter and son in law are rebuilding their downstairs bathroom from scratch.  Mike has helped them some with that too.
It's great that everyone pitches in together to help.  We've worked on David's fence on nice weather weekend hours, and the bathroom on rainy ones.  The projects still have a long way to go.

On the Friday before Mother's Day, Mikes's younger brother passed away.  He had been ill with cancer for the last several months.  Of course we didn't quite expect it to happen as soon as it did.  It was up to us, and his other brother to plan his services.  We also cleaned out his things.  He had been in hospice care the last couple months.  So, it has been difficult dealing with all of this.  Sad times.

On to some stitching news.  I did get to my LNS to pick up some framing.

I was happy with Addy's birth sampler.

I also got my four Prairie Schooler birds framed.  I'm planning to hang them in the dining room.

Then I framed this piece that I had stitched for Mike several years before for our Anniversary.  I haven't decided for sure where to hang it.  But I think it will fit in the bedroom ok.

I picked up Lauren's Mirabella for her.
They promptly hung it up in their living room. They picked out a pretty frame.

I've been stitching on this of late
I have a mirror image of the birds to go on the other side of the verse, then it will be done.  

We celebrated Addy's first birthday with a big party near the end of April.  She had so much fun. I think she liked being the center of attention.
Her Mom, and Aunt Heidi did a great job with a cute theme of Rainbow Fish.
Her shirt was so cute, it said "wild one", then she had cute silver sparkly skirt and shoes.
You notice on her chalkboard sign I get billing with the I love grandma? ❤️
I hope I haven't bored you with the family news.  But I like having my blog share my life happenings as well as my stitching endeavors.

I'm hoping it won't be so long before I do another post. Happy stitching everyone!


  1. Great update! You all have been busy with the fencing, flooring and renovating. I like your gate. I am sorry to hear about the passing of your brother in law. Happy belated birthday wishes to Addy! Where did that year go? Enjoy your weekend!

  2. How nice to catch up with you, Melody! It sure sounds like you've had a busy time of it with all the home improvements, but I 'm sure they lift your spirits each time you see the finished projects :) I can hardly believe Addy is 1 already--such a cutie and I love that chalkboard sign and the pretty color theme.

    Beautiful stitching and framed finishes--the PS birds will look great in your dining room with that lovely new floor.

    Hope your weekend is not as gloomy as ours appears to be--lots of rain as has been typical for our entire month of May so far...

  3. Little Addie is so cute. I love the wood in your room, but I am very partial to wood floors. We have been in our home 12 years and the carpet is really looking old. There is only the two of us with no pets! Plus we take our shoes off at the door. I agree with you about blogs and I enjoy hearing about the lives of my blog friends.

  4. Sorry to hear about your BIL.
    You've accomplished some big home projects.
    They look great.
    Love all of the framed pieces, especially the birth sampler, so cute.
    Addy looks like she so much enjoyed her Birthday.
    She is such a cute, happy baby. :)

  5. Oh my, you have been busy! From home repairs and projects to stitching and Addy's birthday. So sorry for you and the loss of your BIL.

  6. It's good to hear your news -- love hearing about what you've been doing. So sorry to hear of your BIL's passing. But it's good you all have been busy with home improvement projects of all kinds. I wish my DH was more handy so we could do such things. Love all your stitching -- your current project is gorgeous! And all the framing is beautiful too! Happy belated first birthday to Addy. Such a cutie!

  7. I just now pulled out the PS chart Birds and Berries before reading your post. Love, love, love them! Your framed pieces look so wonderful. With Addy's birthday party and all your home improvement projects you have been super busy!

  8. Love your framed PS Birds! Not to mention the Anniversary and Birthday pieces! Great work so far on the WIP of Use Your Talents. I have that chart, I think... not stitched yet tho! So sorry to hear of the loss of your brother-in-law. We have recently suffered some losses, and it never gets easier. Thanks for sharing Addie's birthday with us... they are adorable at that age! Hugs!