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Sunday, November 6, 2016

An Extra Hour

Spring ahead... Fall back... minus an hour... plus an hour... I'm sure there's a good reason for this ritual... however, I don't think it changes much? Does it?

So... what did I do with my "extra hour"?

Let's see... I went to sleep same time last night as I always do... pretty much woke up the same time I always do (for a Sunday)...

There's always Sunday breakfast... eggs and potatoes... yum!

Then I took a walk. Breezy, cool day with sunshine and brilliantly colored leaves. Ahhh fresh air! :-)

Then I headed to my stitching/hooking room...

This is "Alpha Basket Needle Roll". It's the July/August/Sept kit for Notforgotten Farm's "Little Stitches Club". Beautifully kitted, easy to stitch little primitive sampler... I should have completed this piece by now being as I've already received the Oct/Nov/Dec kit. But, you know how it is... Summertime has many distractions... *grin*!


Next up is this little Kim Diehl runner. It was one of the kits from her Simple Whatnots club. I had finished the piecing on this a few months ago... but, today I finally got around to the quilting... and even managed to sew the binding on. Turning and hand stitching the binding to the front will be my "relax time" at the end of each work day this week.


And finally... the Four Petals rug is all hooked and steamed! Stay stitching is place and it's ready for a whipped corded edging... that will be more hand work to relax with each evening during this week. :-)


And now... time for pajamas and Sunday Night Football... that extra hour sure did wear me out! ;-)

Until next time... stay healthy and keep on smiling!

~Sharon

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Puttering

I guess that's how you could sum up the past few weeks...

puttering.

Only thing is that most of my "puttering" had intent and purpose... I just decided to take it all in a much more leisurely pace than previous. September brings the annual exchange of shorts, t-shirts, sandals and crisp light beddings and curtains for jeans, sweatshirts, cardigans, loafers, boots, flannel beddings and heavier window treatments... it also brings the time to put away the window air conditioners, dehumidifiers and fans and bring out the space heaters... time for applying fall lawn treatments and putting the gardens to sleep...

as they say "up north"...

buttoning up (for the winter)!

I do enjoy this time of year for what it is. The cooler days and crisp nights. The sun, with it's golden light, lay lower in the sky. And, of course, the changing of the leaves in all their final, colorful bursts of brilliance... jewel toned mums... frost sparkling on pumpkins.... ahhhh... I'm ready for a couple of months of a slower pace... time to bring out the wool and plug in that sewing machine once again! It's now the season to enjoy the indoor hobbies! :-)

And do I ever have a lot of rug hooking, cross stitch, needle punch and quilting to catch up on!  For instance, here is the progress of my hooked rug "Four Petals" that I started way back in July (i think)...


It's really a small rug... 24" x 16"... but, it's still "in progress" after 3 months. lol!

Wishing my Canadian readers a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!! And sending prayers to everyone in the path of hurricane Matthew...

Until next time... stay healthy and keep on smiling!

~Sharon

Saturday, September 3, 2016

September

So there we were... this past Wednesday night... sitting at a picnic bench enjoying a California cheeseburger, curly fries and root beer at our favorite Car Cruise... when the announcement blared over the loudspeaker...

"Welcome to our LAST car show of the season"...

Ummmm.... what?!?!?!

I almost cried right there on the spot! Yes, I was full aware that this weekend was Labor Day weekend (3 days off!)... but, it was just that moment that I had realized that this glorious Summer was coming to an end... it was fun! In fact, the best Summer we've had in a loooooong time... but, it just went by so quick.

Alas, I will enjoy the September days that are now upon us... even as the last rose of Summer is just beginning to bloom...


Apologies for the blurry pic, but we have already begun to feel the effects (winds) of "Hermine". I think that by the time it reaches us, it will be a tropical storm... but, the winds are going to be the main element for this area.

So for now... off we go... in our 1967 Buick Sport Wagon... to enjoy another one of those "last of the season" car shows... all along Main Street in a local historic town...

Until next time... enjoy each day for the gift that it is!

~Sharon
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