Friday, May 31, 2013

Anxiously Awaiting.....

Here it is the last day of May and I can't wait for the middle of June!

Happy Friday Friends!

I know, for me it seems like it was just a very short time ago that it was April 1st and it was my first day of work in New Jersey and now I'm saying I can't wait for June.  You see, I totally missed IHSW  and TUSAL for March, April and May!  Now that I am home again I hope to settle in to a somewhat "normal" schedule of sitting in my big girl chair, stitching away to my little hearts delight. 

I managed to stitch a little bit in March while Masterchief worked a small job in  Northern Jersey before we both started work at the Nuke plant.  
Here is proof of that....


I snapped this one quick at the hotel before we packed up for South Jersey.  I think these ORTs were from the Saxon Sampler. I have only to add our name to that and it's all done.  I even picked up a frame for it while I was in close proximity to The Strawberry Sampler.  Once again, the girls there helped me choose the perfect frame...



I can't wait to get it finished and framed!

Here is what I've been trying to finish in the last couple days...

Crimson Vine
Primitive Things

I chose different colors than what was suggested...probably because I didn't have what I needed at the time.  That is usually why I use different threads.  

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Masterchief has been working on our deck since we arrived home. 


Our original deck was VERY small, just big enough for a couple chairs.  Soon it will stretch down the back of the house and around the corner!  Do you see where the spouting is on the house?  That's where the addition begins.  We added on to the end.  

My Knockout Roses have really gotten big even though I cut them way back before we left in March.  


We planted them at the same time but one is bigger.

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I see I have gained a couple new followers.  SO glad to see you here!!  

I think I am finished with unpacking and organizing for now.  That took longer than I thought it would.

Now to relax........
and STITCH!!  
=)

That's it for today.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  

Thanks so much for your sweet comments.  Each one brings a smile!  I appreciate them so much. 

~Hugs
~~Peggy Lee

Friday, May 24, 2013

Cookie Puddles....

Well here it is Friday already.  Where had the time gone?  I've been home for a little over a week and I'm still unpacking, sorting and donating things.  I've hit every under-the-bed container and every closet in the house so far.  I hope to get it all done over the weekend so I can finally sit and relax.  Oh...and STITCH!!!  I really miss my needle and floss.  I am so close to finishing a few things.  Sorry, no pics right now.  Nothing has changed with them since the last time I took pictures.  

I received a couple surprises in the mail when I returned home.  Denise sent me a little "thank you" for sending her one of those books I had offered to my followers.  I am such a dunderhead though!  I took pictures of it and now I can't find them anywhere.  It's some lovely caramel/gold trim I can't wait to use and the cutest little measuring tape charm with a few adorable buttons.  Thank you Denise!  Sorry I can't find those pics.  When I do I will be sure to post them.  

I must have taken those pictures at the same time I took the ones of my giveaway winnings from Barbara.  DRAT!!  It was several "Fine Lines" magazines, a couple charts and a few other things I am so thankful to Barbara for offering on her blog.  I will add these things to my stash until I can finally sit my fanny down in the big girl chair and stitch till my little heart's content!

Since I have nothing stitch worth to report I will leave you with this....

I am always trying new recipes that I find online.  Some are winners and some are "what were they thinking?"  I was careful to copy the recipe down correctly and measure everything as instructed, and this is what I ended up with.........


Flat puddles of gooey "cookies".  UGH!!  

So I added over a cup of flour to the left over dough and tried it again............


Much better this time.  Obviously there was a mistake with the recipe as it was presented online.  I haven't decided if the mistake was too much butter or not enough flour.  It doesn't matter though.  Masterchief has said they are too sweet for his liking so I probably won't make them again.  They are made with dark brown sugar, choc. chips, crushed chex cereal and marshmallows.  If I made them again I would probably use light brown sugar and skip the marshmallows.  

That's all for tonight dear friends.  I wish I had something stitchy to report.  Soon.  Very soon.  

In case you haven't noticed, I still have April's IHSW and TUSAL dates on my sidebar. I guess I need to change that, huh?  

When I can sneak away from a closet or roll out from under the bed I sit and peek in at as many of your blogs as I can cram in to a few moments.  I'm slowly catching up.  Big hugs to all of you who have welcomed me home.   Big smiles 

Masterchief and I wish you all a very happy Memorial Day weekend.  

~Hugs
~~Peggy Lee






Sunday, May 19, 2013

Home...I Remember This Place!

***WARNING***
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Do not adjust your monitor.
Regular blogging will resume with a few scrolls of your mouse-finger. 


Abby enjoying a little ice cream

Josh, Laymie, Liam and Abby


Liam gets a ride on his Daddy's shoulders
 
"Running" away with Liam


Getting enough squeezes to last until I see them again.
I can never get enough!

Liam test drives my brother's '59 Chevy

Abby and my 7 wk. old Great Niece Lydia


You just don't know how difficult it was to only upload this number of pictures!  Thanks for hanging in there with me.  I only get to see them a couple times a year which is never long enough.  

Before coming home we went to Maine to visit with Masterchief's mother.  We took her out for an early Mother's Day dinner at one of her favorite places to eat fresh seafood.  It's ALL fresh when you live in Maine!  Wish we had that here in Kentucky. 

64 years old and always Momma's boy
 
Mother's Day dinner at Newicks in Dover, NH

Yes, Masterchief did ask for a doggie bag!

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No stitching to report.  I am wanting to stitch so badly this weekend (IHSW) but I am still trying to unpack and get settled.  We came home to closets and drawers full of Winter clothes and I can't unpack until I make the switch.  This could take a while.  

The crate full of mail held a couple surprises for me when I returned home!  I love it when that happens.  I'll share them with you in my next post.  I am hoping that won't be too long from now. 

I have been trying to find a moment or two each day to comment on a few blogs.  It will take a while for me to get back in to the regular routine so please bear with me.  I enjoy reading what you all have been stitching and doing and I miss it so much when I have to be away from it. 

Thanks to everyone for your lovely comments and thoughts while I have been away.  I appreciate them so much. 


~Hugs
~~Peggy Lee

Monday, May 6, 2013

Blue Is Nice.......

...........but I've seen enough of it to last me for a while.






We think Tuesday will be our last day here.  After a quick trip to Maine and then a stop in Pennsylvania, we will return to our old Kentucky home.  Well maybe not so old but we are so anxious to start a much needed summer of fun in the sun.  We will go out on the lake with friends and we have lots of plans for home improvements and finishing the addition.

I miss my stitching time so much and I also really miss reading your blogs!

Until sometime in late May,
cross an X for me.

Hugs,
~~Peggy Lee