Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hello Friends!  Remember me?  You know it's been a long time when you look over on my sidebar at August's IHSW note!  I need to fix that.

I just wanted to pop in and thank you all once again for the many prayers and hugs sent this way for my mom's recent situation.  She is doing well.  Surprisingly well!  She says she takes a handful of pills before each chemo treatment so she won't get sick.  She did lose her hair early on but she was prepared for that and had a wig made that would fool anyone.  I even had to look twice.  They sure have come a long with these things.  No one would ever know that she didn't grow it herself!  She is about to have her fourth of six treatments.  She was able to go to my brother's place for Thanksgiving.  I was glad for that and I know everyone else was too.  Keep the prayers coming!  We appreciate each one.

Masterchief and I returned home after being away for our usual Fall outage in mid November.  We were able to go to our good friends for Thanksgiving.  They have been so kind to invite us to have the traditional Thanksgiving meal with them and their family in the past and we were glad to be able to join them this year too.

We have the lighted wreath out on the porch and Masterchief dragged the tree down from the attic last week.  That is the extent of our Christmas decorations here.  I have no energy to dig them out and I really dread putting them all away afterward.  I know...I sound like such a scrooge but we don't have any kids in the house to entertain and we are always here alone for Christmas so I'm good with it.  Uh-oh, I stand corrected.


I suppose we do have a couple kids after all.  Polly and Paulie are ready for the big day.  How could I forget them?

I don't remember if I posted a picture of our finished deck so here's a good one......


Here is one Masterchief took the other night after he put the lights all around it.  He will leave them up year round but will probably only turn them on if we are out there.



I'd imagine it looks like a landing strip from above, ya think?


I'm afraid I haven't looked at many blogs since returning home.  I just don't have it in me to sit down in front of the big girl computer any more.  I am much more comfortable in my cushy chair in the living room.  My doctor has sent me to physical therapy for my back.  I go twice a week.  The therapist also has me do exercises every day at home.  I try to do them at least twice each day but I think he wants me to do them three times a day.  I told him this morning that I think he finds a new muscle in my abs every time I go see him.  All this is supposed to strengthen my core so that my back will feel better.  I'll give it a shot.  Sitting in this chair right now is hurting so I'll send big hugs to each of you now and head for my big soft chair with my stitching nearby.

I hope you all have something warm, soft and cozy to trot off to as well.

~Hugs
~~Peggy Lee

Sunday, September 22, 2013

♥ THANK YOU ♥

This will be a quick post this morning to thank you all for the many emails with thoughts and prayers attached that I have received in the last few weeks. 

A big thank you to Shirlee for posting my message on her blog.  I just didn't have the time to sit down for a blog post then and I am grateful to Shirlee for letting everyone know why I was MIA for a bit.   

Mom was very touched and thankful for the prayers being sent her way from all over the world.  I went through the comments and emails just telling her where they all came from and we both were amazed at the kindness of all of you, even though most of us have never met.  She says to "keep 'em coming" as she faces the many doctor's appointments and treatments ahead.  She had the port put in place during the past week and will begin chemotherapy treatments soon.  I flew to PA to help prepare meals, etc during her recovery after the surgery (total hysterectomy).  She is being told to gain weight before she starts with the treatments so she is now eating all the stuff that she spent her whole life trying to drum up the willpower not to eat!  Mom has never been what one would consider overweight but now she is needing to beef up so she has some reserve for the upcoming possible side effects from chemo.  

So  now I am in New Jersey preparing to start the usual Fall outage at Hope Creek Generating Station.  As usual, the outage is slated to last until the first week or so of November.  I hope nothing goes wrong that it lasts longer because I want to be available should Mom need a helping hand after these treatments begin.  

I haven't had much time to read or comment on any of your blogs.  I always miss keeping in touch with you all while I'm working but soon the outage will be over and I'll be catching up with what all of you are stitching for the upcoming holidays.  

I met with Catherine and Bert (Brett) this past Thursday.  I always look forward to meeting with them.  It's probably a good thing that we don't live very close because we could really stir up some trouble.  I didn't bring my camera or think of taking a pic with my phone and for that I am kicking myself but there will be another opportunity I'm sure.  We met at a Starbucks, then went to the Strawberry Sampler.  I picked up the Forget Me Not Sampler that came out recently and also the 2014 Book Of Days.  After that we shopped a little at the Christmas Tree Shop and Bed Bath and Beyond.  Lastly, (and the most fun) we stopped in to Maidenform and went bra shopping!  Now that was a blast!  Those ladies asked us if we were related or just friends.  I think we said something about one of us picking the other up along the road that morning. Like I said, we could have most people thinking we escaped from the mental ward if we lived any closer.  

It is probably going to be until sometime in November before I am able to post again so in the meantime, please know that Mom and I are both so very thankful for all of your sweet notes and comments of thoughts and prayers said on her behalf.  Please continue to pray that Mom will have a positive response to the treatments and that she will have little or no discomfort through this process.  

Heartfelt thanks, 
and lots of hugs,
♥ xo ♥
~~Peggy Lee

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Friends and Frogs

Now don't get one mixed up with the other!  It just sounded good for a post title.  ☺


We have company coming for ribs on the grill, home made rolls, corn on the cob, twice baked potatoes with a triple chocolate cake for dessert so I want to get back at prepping for the feast.

I met with another stitchy friend!  I wasn't sure we could make our schedules meet but I am thrilled to say we did.  Vicki from Simply Victoria and her family were traveling over the weekend to drop their daughter off at college. They were coming back through Kentucky so we met at Cumberland Falls.  Well I don't know what happened to me but I'm afraid I talked the poor girl's ears off.  She was so kind to let me rattle on.....


and on.....


and on.....


and on.....


We had such a good time visiting with Vicki and part of her family (two were not there).  Thank you Vicki for taking the time from your travels through Kentucky to meet with me and Masterchief. I so enjoyed our visit.  


I recently was picked as the lucky winner of a giveaway from Michelle over at Michelle's StitchCraft Place.   I was so excited when the package arrived from across the pond.




I love the bluebird pin pillow and the card with roses on it is beautiful.  She also included some threads, a little pouch for an "on the road" project, a piece of gorgeous fabric and the cutest little scissors I ever did see!  Thank you Michelle, so very much. I appreciate the thought and time you put in to this and will treasure it always. 


I had an unwelcome visitor recently ---  


Hopefully I scared him away and he won't be back for a long time!

Must get moving now.  Not getting much done sitting here in front of the big girl computer, but oh how I love cruising through your blogs.  I get such inspiration from you!

Have a super weekend!
~Hugs
~~Peggy Lee

Monday, August 19, 2013

IHSW and a WINNER!!

Happy Monday!  Are you happy it's Monday?  It's not so bad.  

I didn't get as much stitching in as I wanted to over the IHSW but I do have a little progress to report.

I finished the J block on ABC Tapestry and started K.  



I finished a little pin pillow or hanging.  I needed something a little "horsey" to fit in here in KY.




Please don't look at the beaded edge too closely.  This was my first attempt and it's not so nice.  Pretty good though for my first, I think. 

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I had Masterchief pick a winner for my giveaway yesterday.  Congratulations to Barb from Wicked Stitcher!    I have emailed you Barb.  Thanks so much to everyone who entered and for all the birthday wishes.  I appreciate everyone who takes a moment to read and comment on my blog.  Yes, I appreciate you lurkers out there too!  ☺  


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The deck is finished!


It wraps around the end of the house to the shop/garage entry.  If you open the pic up you can probably see that there is a hummingbird feeder at every window and one at the right side end.  By the end of each day they are all dried up.  They sure are hungry little bundles of energy.  Wish I had just a smidge of their metabolism!  We go through four cups of sugar a day.  Good thing Sam's Club sells it in 25lb. bags. 

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Can't finish this post without adding a little bit of recent cuteness from my grandbabies!

Liam made Grandma out of leggos so he could give me a hug!  *sniff-sniff*   Isn't that just the most precious thing?  


Abby is growing so fast!  She will probably be walking by the time I see her next.  


Thanks for stopping by!

~hugs
~~Peggy Lee

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Perfect Timing!

Hello friends!  Two posts in two days???  I know, I know...I can hardly believe it too.  I just had to sit down and do a quick post about my winnings arriving from Mouse!

 

 It couldn't have come on a more perfect day too.  Yesterday was my birthday.  

Here is what she sent me for naming her two little meeces....

A handmade pin pillow, two English Breakfast tea bags,
safety pins (for my rusting adventures), a needle tin and
a skein of Poppy Dragon Floss!


The back of the pin pillow - isn't that cute?


Thank you so much Mouse.  I love it all, especially the pin pillow because I know it was made with your wee little paws!  ♥ ♥

I don't know why but I had to smell the tea bags.  Does anyone else do that or am I weird?  Wait, maybe you shouldn't answer that one. 

Bet you can't guess how old I am!


My requested birthday gift from Masterchief was for me to sit my lazy bee-hind in my big girl chair all day and do whatever I wanted.  He had to fend for himself in the kitchen.  Well that was the plan but by dinner time I felt bad that he was eating hot dogs for breakfast and lunch so I got up and made him fish and rice, one of his favorites. 

We did not win the lottery last night.  Now that would have been an interesting post, huh?  I can just imagine the pictures that would go with that one!  

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I mentioned some time ago that I wanted to offer a giveaway for a few different things: this summer marks 3 years of blogging, I had 312 followers although I see now that I am down one.  Oh well.  Oh and my birthday was this month.  I could think of tons of things to celebrate with a giveaway including all of you who have faithfully followed me and those of you who take the time to leave your kind words in a comment.  I appreciate it more than you know!  

So......this giveaway is open to my current followers only.   I have always encouraged new followers before and I STILL DO!   But this time I want to thank those who are already followers.  
As usual, I don't have a specific bounty in mind but I will gather things between now and drawing time that I'm sure you will be happy to receive.  

To enter:    Please leave a comment on this post only telling me who your favorite designer is and anything else you would want me to know about your stitching style and tastes.  
Last day to enter:   August 17th. 
Drawing:    August 18th.

 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Hang with me here friends. You will be so glad you did!

OH boy...it sure has been a long time since my last post.  I don't know what has gotten in to me but I have completely lost my blogging/emailing mojo!  I have stitched a little bit but not much.  I have left a comment or two on a couple blogs but I haven't been able to drag myself to the big girl computer for a blog post.

Well here I am this morning.  Bright and early.  This will be a nothing fancy, just the facts Maam kind of post. 

Now let's play catch up.....AGAIN!

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It seems I just did an ORT report a very short time ago.  Oh wait...it was in my last post!  Good grief I am behind on my blogging, aren't I? 


There are a few long threads in there which is very unusual for me.  I always use them up to the last tiny bit, wishing I had a bendable needle to get that one last cross in.  I stitched a couple small things up so I wasn't worried about saving threads this time.  

My fern on the porch is loving this weather.



I have a beautiful Gerbera Daisy that I am tempted to cut but can't bring myself to do it after it's given me such a gorgeous show in my flower bed.  That would be mean of me! 



In my last post I mentioned that I was going to try to rust my own pins.  AGAIN.  I have tried several times in the past and have had no success.  I have either ended up with half rusted pins or a pile of rusty dust.  Thanks to Myra for steering me in the right direction in her post HERE, I had success this time! 


Now I know this will come as a surprise to most of you but I went to the antique/junk shops around here again.  *tee-hee*  I always come away from there with a treasure or two.



Masterchief bought a jar.  Another surprise!  I know I got more that day but I can't remember what it was.  
I love the detail on the handles of these little spoons....


I found a new way to eat cauliflower........


I boil the whole head for a few minutes, pour a yummy curry sauce over it then put it in a 400º oven for about 30 minutes.  I spoon the sauce over it after I take it out of the oven.  I could eat this entire thing in one sitting.  Anything with curry on it is awesome.  I love the stuff. 

I pulled the stand with ABC Tapestry on it out in to the living room once again.  I get so frustrated with myself because I know if I would just commit to doing one block every week or so I'd have this BAP finished in no time.  I look at the entire thing and it seems so daunting.  I need to make small goals with it and I think I could make lots of headway on it.  I'm on the J block right now and it's taking me forever to get it done!



I used one of Hobby Lobby's weekly 40% off coupons to get this tall set of drawers for next to my stitchy chair. 


It works so much better than the small table I had there before. Lots of hideaway places to stash my stuff!

Mouse had a naming contest on her blog HERE and guess what?  I won!  I suggested she name her two little friends "Tea and Crumpets" and they approved.  I hear there is a "wee little giftie" skipping across the pond right now as a thank you.  I can't wait!  Thanks Mouse!!

I also received a surprise in the mail this past Friday from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.  Nancy had a giveaway HERE.  She asked her followers to suggest a name of a friend who they would like to receive 5 skeins of threads from her 1795 Sampler Collection.


Vickie knows I like these traditional sampler-like colors and she entered on my behalf.  Thanks so much Vickie.  You are a special friend.  And thanks to Nancy for this awesome offering too!  You are so generous with your talents.  

Masterchief and I had guests for the weekend!  His son and grand daughter came for a visit and we were so glad to have them.  We all had a great time catching up.  They live in Virginia Beach so it was quite a trek for them to get here and we are so thankful they made the trip. 

 We showed them a few sights here in Kentucky.  The weather was perfect.  Last summer when he came to visit we had temps over 100º!  We took them to Cumberland Falls and Yahoo Falls.  

Here we are at Yahoo Falls...

If you click on the picture you might see us in there somewhere.  We look like tiny ants here!

Last Friday we made a trip to Crossville, TN and then turned around to shop the many miles of yard sales that are part of the famous annual 127 Yard Sale


We didn't come home with any big items (we don't have room for any more) but we did score a few small treasures.



There is still a few Midol left in the old tin. Any takers?

A German print "Guardian Angel"

Cute little chair

I love this woven seat!

I am thinking of stripping the paint from the chair and giving it a more natural primitive look. 

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Now here is the part where you will be so glad you hung in there and made it to the end of this post.  
When I wake in the morning I hear the little birdies singing as the neighbor's cows and roosters bid me good morning.  I am handed my first cup of coffee by my sweet husband and as I make my way out to the kitchen window to catch a glimpse of the hummingbirds squabbling around the feeders, my eyes behold a sight that makes me want to grab the toilet brush and scour my eyes out.


Please meet my neighbor.  He does this several times a day, bringing his little dog down to the road in front of his house to deposit it's little gifties at the end of our yard.  

Oh and you're welcome for posting this picture in the "large" size.  

Till next time,
Hefty Hugs,
~~Peggy Lee

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

July ORT Report and a Finish

Hello Friends...
Just a quickie post to let you know what I've been up to.

First -- the TUSAL report.


There are mostly threads in there from my most recent finish.

Ten Commandments by La-D-Da
R&R 32 ct. Creme Brulee`
1 thread over 2


I squeezed the year above my initials.  I changed every color called for only because I didn't have any of the recommended threads in my stash.  I tried to pick colors that closely matched though. I am very pleased with it.  

So what else have I been up to?
Well aren't you all so sweet...thank you for asking!

I made some pins
Yep, that's a watermelon.  It's been sitting on my counter for a while now.  I really should eat it. 

I grunged up some tags

And then I stamped them



I also watched the hummingbirds fight over the feeders

They are really entertaining to watch, and listen to!  They chatter and squeak to each other, especially when they are wanting the feeder all to themselves.  We have four feeders across the back of the house. 

That's it for today.  Masterchief is waiting for me to get done here so we can go in to town and get more boards for the deck. I am going along so I can run in to Walmart or a Dollar Store for some cheap safety pins.  I am going to try (again) to rust them. I've tried several times in the past but have been unsuccessful.  Myra has peaked my interest in it once again and maybe, just maybe I'll do it right this time!  

I am still thinking about what to offer for a giveaway here.  
Stay tuned!


~Hugs
~~Peggy Lee