January 27, 2014

A Sweet Love

Beautiful story…..A very poor man lived with his wife.

One day, his wife, who had very long hair asked him to buy her a comb for her hair to grow well and to be well-groomed.

The man felt very sorry and said no. He explained that he did not even have enough money to fix the strap of his watch he had just broken. She did not insist on her request.

The man went to work and passed by a watch shop, sold his damaged watch at a low price and went to buy a comb for his wife.

He came home in the evening with the comb in his hand ready to give to his wife.

He was surprised when he saw his wife with a very short hair cut.

She had sold her hair and was holding a new watch band.

Tears flowed simultaneously from their eyes, not for the futility of their actions, but for the reciprocity of their love.

MORAL: To love is nothing, to be loved is something but to love and to be loved by the one you love,that is EVERYTHING. Never take love for granted.

January 24, 2014

What Is On My Needles

I dabble a little in knitting.  Nothing major, just your basic knitted blanket or afghan.  I have made a few baby blankets and one larger afghan for my hubby back 12 years ago.  I have also made some scarves for friends...none for me as I don't wear them.  I have never been able to wear anything around my neck... not enough turtle neck tops. I don't have photos of the scarves but this one is of the afghan I made for my hubby so many moons ago.

I knitted one pair of house shoes in the 11th grade.  That is the only item other than something "straight" that I have ever knitted.  I don't know if I could knit another pair now or not.  I did purchase a book to teach myself to knit more things than blankets and afghans and I am hoping to put it to use this year.  I would love to be able to knit baby layettes.

I can crochet but my elbow will not let me.  Crochet is so much faster than knitting.  But I can crochet for 30 minutes and it takes me an hour to get the stiffness out of my elbow so I refrain.  My older sister crochets beautifully so I leave it to her.  She has made several baby layettes that included the sweater, hat, booties and blanket.  She also knits and has made 4 blankets using the stitch where as you knit, you are building a cross stitch area.  I will have to get some photos of those 4 blankets on my next trip home if I can.  She cross stitched baby animals in each square and they are beautiful.  Here is one of those type blankets that she did for me and hubby.  She always finishes her blankets with a cute edging!  I love it!

This is another blanket that my sister made for us.  her hubby almost died 2 years ago rendering him unable to work and we helped them as much as we possibly could.  She felt she needed to do something for us in return and gifted us this beautiful blanket.  We will cherish it always.

This was actually the very first crocheted item that my sister gifted me with.  Isn't it darling!

And finally... This is what is now on my needles... I have no definitive plans for this afghan.  I saw the thread and thought it was gorgeous so I bought it and put it on the needles.  I will most likely gift it to someone once it is finished but right now, I don't know who.  The colors are what I use in my master suite so who knows, it may find a place across the foot of the bed  so I can grab quick cover when I take a power nap during the day. :)

So, do you knit?  If so, what is on your needles?

January 21, 2014

My Latest Crazy Quilting Work

How about some eye candy for the night.  These blocks are part of a round robin that I have been participating in.  I haven't shown any crazy quilting in a while so it is time.  Enjoy!

My work on Diane's block...

My work on Carol's block...

January 11, 2014

Hello 2014!

I hope that everyone had a safe and wonderful Christmas holiday and happy New Year! Hubby and I have been gone for 2 weeks on a trip to Alabama to be with my family.  It was hard to leave them behind but also nice to be in our own bed last night.

We brought home the flu bug with us so I don't see much getting accomplished this weekend except resting, hydrating, and hopefully getting rid of this unwanted visitor.  We are already doing better and we are grateful for that.  With the sharp changes in the weather, it is no wonder as many people are sick as are.  One day it is 10 degrees and 3 days later it is in the 50's.   I can tell you, it is no piece of cake traveling with the flu.  I thought we would never get home.

I want to share a few photos of Christmas with my grandchildren.  They are the loves of my life!

We had them all sit down beside each other as they opened their presents.  They love chewing gum, as any child does, so a tin of Juicy Fruit was in order... Here you see Parker makes remarkable headway getting his opened...so much for the surprise factor for the other 2... lol

He is carefully examining the tin to see how to get it open while the girls finish getting theirs out of the wrapping paper...... We actually had to wait until they all 3 opened their tins and got a piece to chew before any more presents were opened. They are so funny...


Next up was the Pez candy... It and the gum are always on my gift list for my grandbabies. :)

Then it is katy-bar the doors for the other gifts... Time to rip that paper off the boxes. :)

Emilee is in to Dora now and Parker and Allie are helping her with her new babies.

After Allie showed promise of being a very good photographer while visiting the farm this past summer, we thought it was time she had her first grown up camera.  She is 10 now!  Where has the time gone!

Parker got a new game console and we gifted him with 3 of the character pieces to go with it.

I was in Bed Bath and Beyond a couple of months ago and spied these silly hats.  The grandbabies love them!  The ball is an air pump to make the tail, ear, or hands actually move up and down. lol

Here I am with my 2 daughters.  We had a wonderful day shopping and having lunch together.

My siblings and I grew up in a home where we loved to play board games with our granny Ida.  My daughters also love to play games.  We shared several nights of playing games while we visited.  On one occassion my baby sister came to play.  Here she is concentrating on her next move... don't knock it down now!

As much as I love being home to visit, it is always nice to get back home and in a normal routine. I need to work on my website and finish setting up a second website that I am building.  And I am looking forward to getting back to the blog!

Take care now!  Happy 2014!