Monday, September 22, 2014

The Short and Sweet of it............

Well hello there!  It's been so long since I've blogged that I would think some of you have forgotten who I am!  Even I need a little reminder every now and then.

To tell you the truth, I haven't looked at even one blog in months. It's been a rough year.

After one year of battling cancer, Mom passed away on August 5th.  I flew to PA and arrived at the hospital just one hour before she took her last breath.  They say she was waiting for me.  I don't know but if that's true, I'm glad she did!  She was 70 years old.






My Aunt Laurie was with us when Mom passed and was a tremendous support.  Her husband, who travels a lot because of his job made time to be there for Mom's service.  Little did either of them know that just over a month later, he would also pass away and Laurie would be attending yet another funeral service...this time of her husbands.  He was in Wisconsin on business and was found laying in the hall of the hotel he was staying in.  He had a stroke but could't be given the med that needs to be administered within a certain amount of time afterward because no one knows how long he was laying there.  He lived about a week after that.  He was 54 years old.




I am still reeling from the loss of my mother and now I feel so badly for my Aunt.  She has two grown boys who I know will be there for her, supporting her as she did us.

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We will be doing our usual outage this Fall but we are going up to Maine to see Masterchief's mother for her 89th birthday first.  All four of her kids will be together.  She will be delighted!


I don't know when, if ever the blogging bug will bite again.  I haven't picked up a needle in ages!  I know it will all return some day....maybe during the Winter when things settle down.


Oh, I almost forgot.  Mom had two miniature schnauzers that she adored like they were her own children (maybe even more) LOL!!!  They are brothers and have always been together but my step father couldn't take care of them both because of his own physical limitations.  Masterchief made the decision that we could bring one of them home with us.  ♥(YAY)♥  It's like having a little bit of Mom right here in Kentucky with me!


He has claimed his chair





This is how he sleeps




He seems quite comfortable here

His name is Gibbs.  Mom named the boys Gibbs and Magee, after two characters on a TV series she liked to watch, NCIS.  It's going to break my heart to have to board him while we go away for work but I feel good about where we are taking him.  That makes all the difference.

As we were going through Mom's things we found these papers.


She took the time to copy pictures of the food she always gave them and where it could be bought.  When I read the last part, I had to swallow the lump in my throat.



So I am.
Honoring one of her strongest last wishes.
I hope she is pleased.

Hug the ones you love! We don't know what tomorrow brings.  Cherish each moment.

~Hugs to YOU
~~Peggy Lee

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Here We Are Again

I should probably have titled this one "Here We Are, Still".
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Masterchief is either the fella way over to the left, or the one on the most right. I would ask him but he's snoring right now like a bear in hibernation.  They all look alike, don't they?  Sometimes someone will come up to me while walking through the plant and talk to me like they know me and I'll give just look at them in a stare.  I don't often recognize them when they are in plain clothes.


The outage ended and our last day was May 9th.  We planned to go visit with Masterchief's mother after the outage, and we did but not for as long we would have liked.  We were only there for a few days when we got a call asking us to come back.  They had a problem and needed Rad Pro to help them once again.
So here we are.  Seems like we never left.  We got the same hotel room we stayed in for the outage.  It's packed wall to wall with all of our must haves.  I must say that staying in a small hotel room for this amount of time (since March 29th) tests a marriage!  There is no place to go for "me time" and Masterchief can't go out to his shop to get away from me when the grumpies take over.  Considering our cramped quarters we are doing quite well.  We started out working six 12 hour days but we are now doing five days.  It's amazing what that extra day does!

I miss my stitching so much and I miss seeing what you all are up to.  I went to The Strawberry Sampler in Glenn Mills, PA last week on my day off to pick up a small project if I should get the time.  I think I might have put a total of ten stitches in so far.

I haven't had much time to read your blogs like I want.  I have today and tomorrow off so maybe I can get a few in between naps and doing laundry.  We found a good laundromat here.  The one we were going to right down from us was steadily getting worse in cleanliness so we went searching for one out of the neighborhood.  It's in Springfield PA but it's really not too far away.

Please take care and know that I miss you all.

~hugs
~~Peggy Lee

P.S  I received a nice email from one of you telling me that all the pictures on my blog are white boxes with gray dashes or exclamation points in them. I don't know why that has happened.  I see it there too.  If anyone knows an easy fix I'll try to do it.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Are we half way through March already?  This is crazy!  Where has the time gone?  I know this Winter has seemed especially long to some and it has felt like that to me too at times but soon we will be complaining about the heat.  I can't wait!!

I see that almost a month has passed since my last post. I thought I'd better do a post today because soon enough I will be mucking around in all things Alpha, Beta and Gamma.  Well...hopefully not so much of the Gamma.  : )  We will be leaving in a couple weeks and won't be back till late May.  We want to spend some extra time visiting family after the outage.  Masterchief's mother is getting up there in years so we want to spend some quality time with her while we can.  My mother has been going through a tough time with the chemo treatments so I want to be with her a bit.  And we can't forget those grand babies!  I miss them so much and they grow ridiculously fast.  

It seems that Mom's platelet count is rarely high enough for her to go ahead with a treatment and she hasn't been feeling well.  These six treatments should have been over and done with long ago but she is still pressing on.  



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When I wait so long between posts I feel like I need to play a game of catch up.  So here we go with a bunch of pictures to let you in on what I've been up to this last month.


I worked on my sampler a bit more.  I added the flowers and squiggly design under them.  It took me forever to decide what to put under all that.  I finally settled on the first verse of my grandmother's favorite hymn, The Haven of Rest.  It took me equally as long to figure out what font to use.  This sure is turning out to be more complicated than I wanted it to be.  It gives me a whole new respect for those who design for us.  








I made Dum Dum flowers I saw on Pinterest.
I gave one to the neighbors little girls and now
don't know what to do with these. 



Made some killer biscuits. They didn't last long.

Walked in a different direction and found an old
cemetery in the woods.

Munsey Cemetery - founded in 1860




L.W. Johnson


A view in to the pines beside Zollicoffer's Headquarters.

This chimney still stand in the middle of
Gen. Zollicoffer's Headquarters.

We live right in the middle of the Battle of Mill Springs tour stops.
Lots of Civil War history here.


Masterchief had the idea to buy us both a new gun.  It is my first and the only one I really care to have. I'm not as crazy about them as he is but it's good to know that if someone should break in and mean to cause us harm, I am ready for them.  We live way out in the country so it would take a long time for the Law to get here.   It was 75º on this day and someone should have slapped me when I heard myself complain about how hot it was!  Any one of you can offer a virtual smack on the forehead and I'll accept my punishment.

Masterchief's is a Taurus .40 cal compact.

Mine is a Walther .22 cal with a laser sight.



Ever have one of these days?  For a few days it seemed everything I touched I broke, burned, scratched or flooded.  I managed to break both of these at once.  I believe that's called multi-tasking.




Had my yearly Dr's appointment yesterday and was told that since I had my hysterectomy at such a young age,  I have probably been experiencing the symptoms of menopause during these last 5 or 6 years and blamed my behavior on whatever was going on in my life at the time. Thanks Doc!  I suppose that is to make me feel better?   Masterchief says "bring it on, I can take it".  The poor guy doesn't know any better but it is still very brave of him to say so.  


That's all I have today.  I've done my exercises today and now I need to look for a dustcloth.   If you could see this place you would realize that I don't look very hard.


Thanks for stopping by and thank you so much for taking the time to leave such sweet comments. I appreciate each one!

~hugs
~~Peggy Lee

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What I've Been Up To

Hi Friends!  Besides thumbing almost daily through the journal of the traveling pattern, I have managed to do a few other things here and there.  I really haven't accomplished much stitching in the last week or so but I hope to change that this week.

I'll take you on a photo journey of what I've been up to.....

Masterchief and I decided we were sick of the brutal hand that Old Man Winter was dealing us and packed for a week's stay in Florida.


Daytona Beach ~ we actually got a little sunburn!

Some hungry beggers


We saw a gator and some turtles when we took the glass bottom boat tour at Silver Springs.


Waiting for our boat to arrive. Looks like he's thinking
something devilish.

Before we left for Florida I received a sweet gift from Faye - Carolina Stitcher -   what a wonderful surprise on a very cold day.

Thank you so much Faye.  The pins are so cute and the pin pillow is adorable.  The fabric is so soft!
I purposely took the picture on my kitchen counter while the sun was shining.  It feels so warm standing at my sink.  Can you see the shadows of the birds I have sitting on my windowsill?

I had this all stitched up by Valentines's Day but then we left for Florida and I never finished it.  It still looks like this today......
"Love Never Fails" ~ a freebie from The Primitive Hare

Last week the weather warmed up so nice.  It was 70º a day or two!  I took advantage of it and went for a long walk down the country road by our house.  I haven't been able to do this in a long time.  I saw some old friends...



And some new ones....
Some young pups

and an old soul
The last picture is so precious.  Just look at that face!  He came up behind me very quietly and when he'd get a few feet away he dropped down and did a belly crawl to get near me.  He was so bashful but wanted attention so badly.  I had to hold my hand under his chin to take this picture, if I let go he'd crawl to my feet. I know he belongs to someone around there but I wanted to bring him home with me. He is all I could think of in the following few days.  I hope he is doing well.  I know that country folk tend to let their animals run loose but sometimes I wonder if they are getting the care they really need.



There you have it.  Now I'm all caught up.  It has turned cold again, in the 20's today.



  I took this picture out the front door this morning but you'd never know it to look out there now.  The sun is shining brightly and there is no snow to be seen.  It's still very cold though.  As I sit here I look out the window at Masterchief's flag way atop the pole, waving in the cold wind.

I think it's time for a cup of tea and some time in my comfy chair.  Maybe I'll thread a needle and cross a few X's while I'm there!

Stay warm my friends,
~~Peggy Lee

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Homecoming - Part Two


Hello Friends!  
I'm finally getting around to posting the remaining pictures from the journey of La D Da's ABCD traveling pattern.  Sorry for the delay. 

Enjoy!


Maggee was the second stitcher on the list. She used
purple and cranberry floss colors.


Nancy stitched hers in September of 2011. She said she will decide
if she will include the border when she chooses how
she will finish it.

Robin chose very pretty Fall colors on 28 ct Cashel Antique Ivory.



Nancy used green silks to stitch hers because it reminded
 her of the evergreens that surround her during that Winter season.



It looks like Sherry's page got wet somewhere along it's travels
so please go to her blog HERE to see the beautiful pictures
she posted on her blog. (HINT: she did something different
with the border)  


Teresa's favorite color is pink (mine too) so she used
Cottage Colors Secondhand Rose for the letters and finished
it in to a long pillow with chenille trim.


Kathy used a very pretty light green 32 ct linen with Carries Creations
Sunflower and Jellyfish threads. 


Mouse was extra ambitious and stitched it twice!
The first one she will frame.........................
................and the second she will make in to a needle book.
Love your thinking, Mouse!

Cath started hers in a variegated thread but didn't care for it as
much as her second choice of colors. 

Her finished result is beautiful!


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I can't thank everyone enough for taking part in this adventure of the traveling pattern. 
It was such fun!

If there is anyone who wanted to stitch it and didn't get a chance to, please let me know and I will send it on it's way again.  

Here is the complete list of everyone who took part.  Just click on their name and it will take you to their blog where they posted about stitching the pattern. 

Mouse  (first piece)
Mouse   (second piece)


Well there you have it.  
I hope you enjoyed following along.

Till next time ~

~~Peggy Lee

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Homecoming

That's what I'll call it,

she's finally home!

Homecoming



ABCD by La D Da began it's journey around the world about 2 1/2 years ago.  A big thanks to Jennifer for organizing it.  We thought we had lost it part way through it's journey to a pokey Pony Express error but it was found and set back on the path to Kentucky USA.

As I paged through the journal I was amazed at all the different styles and tastes this one simple pattern could bring out of all the talented stitchers! Some stitched their initials or their loved ones initials in a different color. I found the levels of creativity astounding, so many colors of thread and so many choices of linens. Each one is beautiful.  Each one has a story and each one will be a forever memory for me as I see myself thumbing through this journal through the years. 

 There was a total of 18 participants.  Masterchief hovered over my shoulder with the camera while I thumbed through the pages. Here are some random pics.......


Jennifer used Belle Soie silks for hers. Beautiful!

Patty used Belle Soie Sister Scarlet and CC Whatley Woods
on 40 count linen. 

Love these colors Myra! 28 ct. raspberry chocolate linen with
Belle Soie Bahama Breeze and Icing. 

Catherine added the year to hers on 32 count Antique Gold linen
with GAST Brick Path and Forest Glade. 

Edgar stitched on 35 ct WDW Havana using
Belle Soie Chester Blue and Red Fox.

Blu wins the prize for using the most colors ~
7 different shades of purple plus white. Gorgeous!

Andie from New Zealand dedicated her piece to her six children
 by stitching each of their initials in a different color.
How creative!

Cucki from South Africa stitched in the company of her cat, Maloo
purring happily by her side.


BIG HUGS and a heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in this.  The chart itself is in such good condition considering the miles it has logged.  It has that well loved look.



~~Peggy Lee



P.S.    As I read over this post to proof read before I hit "publish", I realized that I love each page so much, I just can't randomly pick a few pictures from the journal to publish here.  This pattern and journal has quite a story to tell and I want to share each and every page with you.  So be looking for the next post where I will have more pictures of your beautiful stitching!