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Sunday, October 6, 2019


As I sit here typing this post on my last day of what was nine days away from the job (also known as living life on someone else's schedule)..lol... I am realizing that "staycations" are highly underrated! I enjoyed nine days of getting done what I wanted and needed to get done around the house and yard, along with some relaxing and quiet time to think.

Naturally, it all started out with a burst of energy and enthusiasm to get the "have to's" out of the way. So some cleaning was done (windows, blinds and curtains) ...then came some dusting ...followed by some autumn decorating. The weather was absolutely glorious! Sunshine most of the days with temps ranging from 95 F one day all the way down to 58 F the next day. We were even blessed with a full day of rain! Honestly...the grass was so brown and everything so dusty from going so long without rain this Summer...I enjoyed the rain...and the coolness...and yes, I enjoyed a nap that day too! :-)

And the Wednesday (Oct 2nd) that it was 95 F was not only the hottest October day on record since 1941 (here)....but it was also our 20th Wedding Anniversary! So, DH and I enjoyed a day trip out to Pennsylvania...then back to here for a rather large and belly busting dinner at a local Italian restaurant! Every last crumb was delicious...we had to bring dessert home....and enjoyed leftovers the next day.

The time off also allowed me to make some progress on this little cross stitch piece I started way back in July...

I'm thinking I still need to add a little something around the neck of the paddle...though I haven't quite figured out what that little something should be?

With time moving a little slower during the last nine days... it also became clear to me that what I actually enjoy doing with my time off is not what it used to be. I'm thinking I'd like to change things up a bit and get back to rug hooking! :-) While I did sell off quite a bit of wool and patterns...I still have PLENTY to keep my hands and heart busy for a long time! So, check back here for some rug hooking projects real soon!

After reading a couple of blogs and watching some YouTube channels, I've decided that the style of cross stitch that I do is going to change as well. I may do a sampler here and there (I have 2 of those projects kitted and ready to go)...but, I'm going to give "full coverage" cross stitch a try. My eyes are weary of the linen...so I'm thinking some 14ct Aida is in my near future!

And needlepoint! I haven't done needlepoint since I was a child (like maybe 8 yrs old?)...I have two kits "in the queue"...stay tuned for that as well!

So with all of these new thoughts and new projects coming up...I also decided it was time to clear out some MORE projects I have lost interest in. The biggest one would be the "Mystery Autumn Sampler" by Fig Tree that I started last Summer...and a couple of other quilt kits, quilt patterns and cross stitch patterns...I divided everything into 4 weeks of eBay auctions...with Week 2 going on now. Click HERE if you are interested in seeing or adding any of it to your list of projects! lol!

So yes...I guess you can notice that there was a lot of change going on here during my two and a half month absence from the blog. But, that IS what Autumn is all about, right? Change?

I'm a firm believer that change is good. Change brings new opportunities to our lives.

My DH invested in a camera upgrade...so we can get more detailed pics of Berwyn...lol!

And, DH can make better videos of the events we attend. Did I mention that September 21st was another Kutztown Antique Radio Show? Well...here's a short video of the event (using the new camera)... ;-)

That about bring the blog up to date! There's plenty more going on here...but, I'm thinking this post is long enough...lol!

Be back soon... promise! :-)

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



  1. I'm glad that you could take time away from the other work to get your work done at home. It looks like you've been very busy. I love your owl cross stitch. It looks super on that paddle.

    I can tel your hubby loves his new camera. A great video.

    Your temperatures are still quite warm. We had a light frost the other morning but it's been nice during the day to work outside.
    Take care, Hugs, Julia

  2. I am with you a staycation is the best! Happy Anniversary our anniversary is the next day. It sounds like you were plenty busy and got lots done. Welcome back to rug hooking I am going to try cross stitch at some point but I have so many rugs to hook that I am not sure when I will ever get to it.
    So nice to see you post again

  3. So good to hear from you. Sounds like your staycation was perfect and recharged your batteries.
    So many projects...so little time. Hope you enjoy your foray back in to hooking. I look forward to seeing what you choose.
    Happy anniversary. May you be blessed with many, many more :)

  4. I love staycations !
    Your stitched paddle is perfect for Fall.
    Change is very good. I’ve noticed an uptick in Needlepoint. We even have a Needlepoint store in Lititz, PA.

  5. Hey Sharon! How interesting that you are changing things up!!! I, too, am in the process of changing...even thinking of finishing my big a** star rug! Truly! I am also in the process of decluttering, though it did come to a standstill of late. I'll get back to it. I am on he waiting list for a senior living apartment complex and I am hoping that it happens next spring. We shall see. One of these days I may even update my blog! xo


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