Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Greetings dear friends!  I trust you all had a wonderful Christmas.  Time has gone by so quickly for us here.  We have been on the road since August and before I knew it, Christmas was here!  I didn't even send one Christmas card out and I feel bad about that.  I received a beautiful card and sweet holiday wishes from Sweet Sue.  I am so thankful for the friends I have met through blogging.  I also received a couple gifts that I want to share with you now.  

Shirlee from Easily Influenced Stitcher sent me this pinkeep that she made so beautifully.

I love the primitive look of this.  Shirlee added a rusted pin and jingle bell to it to finish the look.  I have to say here after reading a few posts on Shirlee's blog about how she has had so much trouble finishing her pieces I now know she finishes her things very beautifully and professionally.  I could take a lesson from her! Thank you so much Shirlee for thinking of me.  I will treasure this always. 

I received this next gift from Cath of The Stitchin' Chicken.  She must know that I like the colors blue and white together because she made me this beautiful little pin pillow in sampler fashion.

I am always drawn to pieces with letters and numbers so this will fit right in.  I just love it Cath!  I thank you so much.  Your timing was perfect because I received it in the mail on Christmas Eve.  

While visiting family in PA my mother gave me a few dolls that belonged to my grandmother.  I will put a few other pictures on a future post of the other beautiful dolls but for now I want to show you just one. 

When I first pulled him out of the box I said "no thanks" but he grew on me.  We picked up an outfit from the infant section at Walmart and it was a tight squeeze.  He's a bit too chunky for the newborn size!

On our travels this Fall we picked up a few things from antique/thrift stores.  Of course you know we were suffering from a shortage of Ball jars (NOT) so we picked up a few more.
They are waiting for Masterchief to find a proper display case to put them in.  

I found a few things for me too.....
....a couple more old sewing baskets that I like to collect, some old lace and some wooden thread spools all with black thread on them.  

I am slowly finding my stitching mojo.  I picked up the Saxon Sampler and have put a few stitches in it.
I was very relieved when the thin line that is part of the border actually met the other end perfectly.  I'm sure some of you know that sinking feeling when it DOES NOT!  

Back in November, Lisa from The Inspired Stitcher did a post that mentioned this book about samplers.  She would make a good sales lady because after reading about it I knew I had to have it.  Masterchief found a good deal online and I was thrilled when it arrived in the mail.  

I have read the entire book from cover to cover already.  It is so interesting to look in to the lives of those young girls (and two boys) and to get to know them a little bit through their needlework.  I learned a lot with this book and would recommend it to anyone!

I'll leave you with one last picture.  I can't help it!  

I had to get all my lovin' time in before it was time to come back home.  She so precious!  

Well that's about it for this post my friends. Thank you for visiting and I wish you all a very blessed beginning to your New Year.  Where did the time go anyway?  It seems the older I get the faster time flies. 

Till next time....
~~Peggy Lee

Friday, December 21, 2012

Twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38,
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate. 
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air. 
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there. 
They were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say. 
They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day. 
"Where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse. 
"This is heaven" declared a small boy, "we're spending Christmas at God's house." 
When what to their wondering eyes did appear, 
but Jesus, their Savior, the children gathered near. 
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same. 
Then He opened His arms and He called them by name. 
And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring, 
those children all flew into the arms of their King.
 As they lingered in the warmth of His embrace, 
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face. 
 As if He could read all the questions she had, 
he gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of Mom and Dad." 
Then He looked down on earth, the world far below. 
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe.
He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand, 
"Let My power and presence re-enter this land!" 
"May this country be delivered from the hands of fools" 
"I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!" 
Then He and the children stood up without a sound. 
"Come now my children, let me show you around." 
Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran, 
all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can. 
 I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight, 
"In the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT." 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Looking for a Shop....

Hey Friends!  A very chilly "HELLO" from Ann Arbor Michigan.  I was called last Monday morning while shopping in Walmart to come to Michigan and start work the next day.  It was a 7 hour drive for me.  Not so bad.  We are working at the Ford Nuclear Research Center on the North campus of the University of Michigan.  They removed their reactor in 2007 and we are here to conduct the final status survey.  In other words....we are making sure they got all the bad stuff out of there.  For the most part they did.  We found two spots but they are minor.  

It's absolutely FREEZING in this building and no matter how many layers I wear I can't seem to keep warm.  

Well....I was going to put a few pictures here but the darn thing says I'm out of space.  I don't have time to mess with it now so I suppose this post will go "naked".  

Now for what I really wanted to post about.......

It is possible this job will be over for us on Wednesday or Thursday.  When I travel for work I like to look up a shop to visit.  Does anyone know of a stitchy shop near Ann Arbor, MI?  We will be traveling east on 80 to go back to PA so that means we will also be going through a bit of Ohio.  Maybe around Toledo.  I know I could try to look them up but I thought I would send the word out on here and see if anyone could suggest a shop before I go digging.  

Must get to bed now.  I know it's only 7:20pm but we get up pretty early and this job is a real brain drain!

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.  Oh...and a big (((hug))) to everyone who sent well wishes and congratulations for the birth of my grand daughter.  Thank you so much!

Thanks for stopping in.  Hopefully my next post will be from Kentucky.  I can't wait to get there!

~~Peggy Lee

Thursday, November 22, 2012

So Very Thankful....

So VERY thankful for a dear, sweet daughter-in-law
who  allowed me to be a part of her birthing experience today. 

Laymie's mother on one side and me on the other, with Josh at her side
coaching her on.
Supporting her.
Encouraging her.
I'm so proud of them I could just squeal.
Which is exactly what both mother's did as Abby made her entrance.

The doctor turned around just in time to catch little Abby.

The proud parents allowed me to cut the cord.

Abigail Elliette
7lb 8oz
21" long

I hope your Thanksgiving was one you will always remember too!

~Peggy Lee

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Hint for Joy...

Ohhhh...I had to stop and think for a while of what day this is.  I should know this because tomorrow we are headed to PA.  Laymie's due date is the 25th.  I don't want to miss the birth of my precious granddaughter!  I am also so excited to give my little Liam a squeeze.  I miss him so much.  He's getting so big.

I realized that I didn't give so much as a hint of what Joy won with my giveaway.  I took a few pictures last night before I packaged it up but the pictures I took were of EVERYTHING.  That's no hint....that's just plain giving it away.  So I took another pic today......

Seems I went from one extreme to the other with the "hint" pic.  I wrapped it all up this morning and took it right to the post office to send it on it's way to Joy.  The only hints I can think to give are..

~ I  made one of the items during the summer and blogged about it.
~ I picked up a couple of the items at a really neat store called World Market in Georgia.  We don't have them here as far as I know.  I love to browse that store!

I am at a loss for another hint.  I hope Joy enjoys her box of goodies as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

While I was in town yesterday I stopped at the two antique/peddler's malls I like to visit.

Look what I found!

Masterchief  googled Gene and Glenn.  They had a radio show years and years ago that was very popular.  We listened to a couple songs they sang together.  This is an original tin and finding this inside was an added bonus:

I took this picture after I had already taken some of the old wooden spools out and did this:

I had to put one of Masterchief's jars in service.  I hope this one isn't one of his favorites.  I try not to pick the ones that would make him lightheaded if it were to break.

I also found a couple angels to add to my collection.  I'm sure I already have these somewhere around the house but I had to get them anyway.

These blue and white little figurines are my favorite because of their simplicity.  I don't care for painted on eyes or that gold trim I so often see on these.  Every once in a while I will see one at a peddler's mall or thrift shop and I know it's going home with me!

That's all I have to share tonight.  Sorry I haven't had much stitchy news lately.  My mojo hasn't revved up yet since being home and now we are leaving again!  I am looking forward to long comfy evenings sitting in my new chair with a heating pad at my feet stitching away on a sampler.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hopefully the next post you see here will be the announcement of Abby's birth.

~~ Peggy Lee

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Drum Roll Please........

A big thank-you-hug to everyone who entered my giveaway here at Kentucky Sampler. I know I said I would be using a number generator thing but I'm such a dunderhead when it comes to those things.  I tried to figure it out.  Maybe I wasn't using the same one I've seen on some of your blogs.  Anyway....we did it the old fashioned way.  Masterchief did the honors.

The winner is.....





Please visit Joy's blog if you haven't already.  I was not a follower but as soon as I get done with this post I will be!  
Congratulations Joy!  I will be gathering your winnings in the next day or so to put in the mail.  Please contact me with your mailing address.  Thanks.


Happy Veteran's Day to all who have served our country.  Thank you.  A special thank you to WTCM R. Reynolds (aka my Masterchief) who retired after 23 years, 3 months and 10 days from our US Navy.  His daddy, SHCS R.Reynolds also retired from our Navy.  He passed away before I met my husband but I am still thankful for his service (he was on the USS Nevada during the Normandy Invasion.)

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments.  I appreciate the time you take to leave them!

~~Peggy Lee

Thursday, November 8, 2012

MORE Jars and Other Treasures...

How many of you sit with your fingers poised over the keyboard trying to think of a title for your blog posts?    Come on now, be honest!  I usually give up and start the post and try to think of a title later.  Which is what I've done just now.  Maybe by the time I'm done putting this together I will have thought of one.


First let me thank you all for leaving welcome home comments on my previous post.  Your thoughtful wishes warm my heart!  I have not replied to comments as I usually try to do this time for a couple of reasons.  1. I just turned off the word verification thingy and while I've figured out how to get your comments posted I am still working on replying to them from my email where they all show duplicate! A bunch of you are no-reply as well.  I hope you don't think I'm ignoring you when I can't reply to you.  2.  There are so many of you who entered my giveaway I would be replying for days!  Please know that if you expressed that you wanted to enter the are entered!  


We have been home for one week today and if you were to look at my house you'd think we just moved in! I have stuff everywhere.  Right now the 'over the range microwave' is in the middle of the kitchen floor.  Apparently it blew it's fuse and Masterchief is in repair mode.  

In my last post I said I would include more pictures on the next post of a few things we picked up here and there.  So let the uploading begin............

These jars only represent the enormous numbers of them all about the house.  I cannot begin to count how many we he won from Ebay or picked up along our travels recently.  When we arrived home and began to unpack I found jars slowly invading my kitchen.  On the table, here and there on the counters...I couldn't function in my own kitchen!  I went to the back room and grabbed one of my old enamel trays for a temporary home.  Ya hear that Sweetness?  Temporary.  :-)  ♥

Here's something else Masterchief picked up for himself.  And when I say himself, I really mean HIMSELF! I'm not going near this thing!

The Judge


We picked up our mail, excuse me.....our LOAD of mail on our way home and I found a couple surprises!  I was so excited I couldn't wait until we got home to open them.  The car was packed so tight, the only room for the mail was on my lap.  So there I was with boxes and flyers and envelopes up to my eyeballs.  In fact that's all anyone could see if they passed us....a set of eyeballs peeking over the edge of a USPS box full of mail.  

Bekca has been so generously gifting someone every month for their birthday and I was lucky enough to be chosen for August!  

In the envelope were these wonderful treasures.....a little bar of luscious smelling soap and a post card both from when she went on a trip to France.  Some threads, ric-rac and ribbon with the cutest little soldiers on it. I am certain the button tin will be home to a few stitchy related items. 

And from Shirlee.....

Just look at this lovely assortment of wool!  When I opened the package I squealed so loudly Masterchief almost went off the road!  Shirlee took the time to go through her stash of wool and sent some to me.  I can't wait to use it in finishing some things.  At the rate I'm going though that might be a while.  

Thanks so much ladies!  It's true...stitchy friends are THE BESTEST!!!  

Also during the month of August I won a giveaway offered by Shirlee.  It was a $25 gift certificate to my favorite OLS, 123 Stitch.  The entire time I was away working I was thinking of what I would order with it.  It seems my wish list gets longer each time I look at it.  How does that happen?  I added a couple bucks to the total and here's what I ordered...

How Great Thou Art
My Big Toe
 I stitched Great Is Thy Faithfulness in the Spring also by MBT.  These are lovely hymns!

Books of the Bible
My Big Toe
 I knew immediately when I saw this one that it was a MUST for my stash basket.  I don't know when I will start it but some day it will adorn my wall.

Tabithy Eaton Pin Pillow
Beehive Needleworks
This one is so cute, don't you think?  I also ordered two Belle Soie silks to use on Books of the Bible. 
Thanks again Shirlee!  You have been a doll in helping me to enhance my stash.  I will never be able to stitch all I have in one lifetime but since when does that stop us, right?


It's time for me to fess up.  I might like a jar or two every now and then.  I found a few Barbasol jars to add to my collection.


We got rid of these.....

......and picked up these......

The one on the left is mine in case you didn't know by seeing the ott light next to it.  I see many naps in our futures with these comfortable babies!  The couch and chair are still listed on Craigslist.  We hope to sell them soon, they are taking up space in our garage right now. 

Masterchief just got back from picking up a new fuse for the microwave.  He said he went up to the salesman and asked him if he had those kind of fuses and he replied..."are you sure it's blow'd?"  

Ah yes, it's good to be home.

There's something wrong with this picture...can you see it?

We have been home for a week now and haven't changed our calendar to November yet.  It was August when we left for work!

Don't forget to enter my Welcome Home giveaway on the previous post.  It ends Saturday night.
Welcome to all my new followers!  ~hugs~

Thanks for stopping by...

~~Peggy Lee

Saturday, November 3, 2012

It's Good To Be Home!

Happy Saturday to all my friends out there in blogland!!  

I've been meaning to do a quick post here ever since we arrived home on Thursday afternoon but I've been running around here getting settled in to my old Kentucky home.  Alright well it's not that old but gosh I sure missed her!  After living in a hotel room since August, my modest sized home feels like a mansion.  

We took advantage of one of our treasured days off while in Georgia to do a little antique/peddler's mall shopping.  We both found a few treasures we felt we couldn't live without.  Of course you would be correct in assuming that Masterchief's treasure were practically all Ball jars or other jars of some sort.   For lack of time I only snapped one quick pic moments ago but will try to share a few of the others things in a later post.

I found this framed cover of an old magazine.  Please forgive the slant as I was trying to avoid the glare.  Click on the pic for a better view.  I love the look on her sweet face and just look at those big eyes!  This particular issue is dated April 1934.  I haven't decided if I will reframe it or not.  For right now it's going to stay where it is until I have more time to fuss with it.  

My unpacking efforts are going at a snail's pace it seems.  When we left home in August it was good old Summer time.  I sort of giggled when I first opened the dresser drawers and saw all our Summer clothes in there.  Well....there was a big sigh after the giggle because I knew what was ahead of me.  I can't really unpack the suitcases until I put those clothes away.  I also have to put all our work related items in one big bin to store until we are called to go somewhere again.  

Needless to say I have yet to stitch one little X. I had all good intentions to start stitching on one of the pieces that you all so kindly voted on in my last post but I was fighting a sinus cold and then came down with something else that I hope I never live to go through again.  I won't go in to details but I seriously thought my Masterchief was going to have to cart my behind to the nearest ER. Thankfully it went away just as quickly as it came on but it did take me a while to get back to 'normal'....whatever that is.  
Anyway.....Land Of The Free won by two votes over the Saxon Sampler so when I get all settled in here I will probably pick up one of them. 

As I mentioned in a previous post somewhere I want to offer a Welcome Home Giveaway.  While I was in Georgia I picked up a couple things to include and I'm sure I'll add a couple more things before the winner is drawn.  

So here's how it works............

If you are interested in entering my giveaway 
just leave a comment on this post only, telling me so.

For a second entry you can post about it on your blog
but you must tell me in a separate comment so I don't
get confused and only count you in once. 
Getting confused is coming easier to me recently.  

So that's it!  I usually have Masterchief draw a name for me but I think I will try that random generator thing. 
I will close the giveaway for entries on the evening of Saturday, November 10th. I will announce it sometime the following day.  Good luck!!

Right after I hit PUBLISH on this one I am going to try to figure out how to get rid of that annoying word verification thing.  It never bothered me before but it seems I can't figure the little letters and numbers out as well as I used to and I've noticed  most of you have done it on your blogs.  So I'll give it a whirl.  

Thanks for stopping by today friends!  I appreciate your comments so much.  I hope the remainder of your weekend holds lots of crossed threads for you. 

~~Peggy Lee

Friday, October 26, 2012


Hello there my dear stitchy friends!  I have missed you all so much.  Thank you all for the comments you have left for me.  I was going to try to read a few blogs and leave comments each night but I was just too tired after working 10 or more hours.  I also caught a doozie of a cold.  It had me in bed for a couple days but I'm on the backside of that and feeling much better now.

 It's Friday and I really hope Masterchief has the weekend off.  My last day was last Saturday.  Well that's if you don't count yesterday when I went in to help just for one more day.  It's almost over at Georgia Tech.  I'll be so glad to finally go home after being gone since August.

I brought some stitching with me but haven't had time or felt good enough to get it out.
Here's what I brought with me.  Could you help me decide which one to work on next?

Peaceful Ways by La D Da

A Multiplication Table Examplar
With My Needle
I haven't stitched very much on that one but it's a start!

Land of The Free
Willow Hill Samplings

Saxon Sampler
from a 1989 JCS magazine

Here is a picture of the finished sampler.............

Well that's what I brought along with me.  Which do you think I should stitch on next?

I have been gathering little things from here and there to include in a Welcome Home giveaway.  I will be so happy to be home that I want to offer a giveaway to celebrate!  I'll  be sure to let you know when to throw your name in the hat.

Have a great weekend friends.
Thanks for stopping by and not forgetting little ol'me.


~~Peggy Lee

Monday, October 8, 2012

A Pain in the Neck!

No really....that's why I'm not working today.  I don't know what I did but it all started yesterday on my day off with a terrible headache that ended up in my neck.  It even hurts to swallow and talk!  Hopefully by tomorrow I'll be good enough to go to work.  After all, that's why I'm here in Georgia!

I cannot begin to tell you how I miss my stitching and blogging.  I just don't have the time to do it.  I miss visiting your blogs and leaving comments.  Masterchief thinks we will be here another couple of weeks.

I miss my house too!

We have taken a few pictures of what we are doing.  I'll share some with you here if you are interested.  This isn't what you normally would find on a cross stitching blog but hopefully you will forgive me. It's all I have to offer right now..............

Looking through the little round window
from behind the airlock door

Masterchief is ready to work. 

Ground floor. What a mess!  

I almost fell on my butt walking down here.
It's very slippery.

One of the contractors cutting pieces from the
wall that are contaminated.

I'm counting air samples

I managed to prop my cell phone up and set the timer
for this one.  It was taken just this past Saturday. 

After this job is over and hopefully before the next, I'll go to PA to visit my son and his family.  Liam's birthday is November 1st and Laymie is due to give birth to my grand daughter on the 10th. I'd like to be there for both if I can.

**fingers crossed**

I am so grateful to Laymie for sending me pictures and videos of Liam.  It helps it not hurt quite so much that I am so far away.

I love this picture. 

Just look at those blue eyes!
Enough to melt a grandma's heart.

The nesting instinct has kicked in for Laymie.
Liam helps his mommy prepare the house
for little sister's arrival.

He even helps her with the laundry!
I could use a little help with my housework too.

I'll leave you with one final picture.


Isn't she precious?
I can't wait to meet her and snuggle her close.  

Thanks so much for visiting with me today.  I miss you all so much!  I am planning to have a "Welcome Home Giveaway" when I finally get back to Kentucky to hibernate for the Winter.  I think when I get home I will sit in the middle of the floor and surround myself with ALL of my stash!  I am looking forward to warm socks, over-sized sweatshirts, hot tea and of STITCHING!

Until then,
Take care of yourself and stitch a little bit for me too!

~~Peggy Lee

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I'm A Georgia Peach!

This is my view for a while now.  Some of you might remember back in February when I had this same view for about a month.

When last I left you, I was in New Jersey playing radiation cop to a bunch of fellas who are tearing  a big chunk from the side of a building.  Now I am in Atlanta Georgia working at Georgia Tech.  They are also tearing down a building on campus.  Whenever there is radioactivity involved you can't just turn a wrecking ball loose on a building.  It changes everything!  And that's how I help Masterchief put beans on the table.

Needless to say I have had NO TIME for stitching.  I really miss it.  Adding even further to my woes is the fact that I don't have much time to read your blogs either!  This first week here at Georgia will be 8 hour days...or so I think.  There is rumor that tomorrow we will be there 10 hours.  UGH!!  I do hope that we have this weekend off at least.  We usually have the first weekend off when a job starts but I'm not getting my hopes up.

Thank you all (from the bottom of my pea-pickin' heart) for leaving so many lovely comments on my last post.  As I'm sure you really warms a bloggers heart when we read those comments!

~~~~~~~~~~  I MISS YOU ALL ~~~~~~~~~~

Until next time (whenever that will be) take care of yourselves and thanks for your visit.

~~Peggy Lee