Monday, October 16, 2017

Give-a-Way Share

Stitching gives me peace and joy. This lovely give-a-way might bring me some spectacularly beautiful threads! So I'll share it with my fellow bloggers.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Kindness of Strangers

Oh, such lovely and kind comments from Blogland. I do wish I could spend more time here. My life continues to be in a state of upheaval, but this will become my refuge again.

Had another good visit with Dad and Pepper in early September. It is not the same since my mother is gone. Nothing in my life has been the same since she died. Now I wrestle with my decision to leave my home here in Ohio and move back with my dad. He's wanted this for a while. Apparently, so has the rest of my New Jersey extended family and all of my Dad's friends. It seems like this has been discussed in lengthy detail with everyone but me!

This little guy makes me smile through all the confusion. Timmy is the latest arrival in August 9. Male, about 6 months old at the time I write this. Just the thought of moving NINE CATS 600+ miles to my Dad's house. And what about poor declawed Pepper?

The "crap tornado" that is my life continues to gather speed!

And these lovely ladies. My new group at the gym this season. What becomes of my coaching career?

Sweet Rusty seems Ok with it all. Big, mellow orange boy! Nothing phases this gentle giant. He showed up in early Spring with his sidekick, Sparky. She's a she girl, white with black spots.

Oh beautiful white house....what will become of you?

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Back Again

With absolutely no internet connection at home anymore and a rather "stupid" phone to rely on, I have not made a blog post in nearly a year!  How odd it is to see my Autumn photo and the "Welcome Autumn" message and realize I've nearly come around full circle.
Always stitching, knitting and even a bit of crochet lately.  Busying myself with my dolls and their clothes, my garden, work with gymnastics and my adorable cats.
My sweet Joe is doing better after MAJOR health issues that consumed the first 8 months of 2017.  I treasure each day I have with him, although he finds my constant presence a bit annoying at times.
Maybe when the dust finally settles (if it ever does) I might get that satellite connection back at home and post some photos.  I've fallen into the abyss know as Facebook and I need the kinder, gentler world of my blog again.
Well, I can't even manage to dig up a photo that's less then a year old (using Dad's laptop at the moment).  Might have to resort to the phone for my next post.  And yes....there will be a next post.  I know you are all waiting with baited breathe for my stimulating literary works!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The New Normal

Moving slowly, very slowly, forward after my mother's death. I've been back to New Jersey 3 times since. Never easy, but I so enjoy my father's company and (surprisingly) he mine! Of course I love to see Pepper. Here they are...

Monday, April 18, 2016


Barbara Ann Walsh Giacobbe
January 17, 1935-April 13, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Being Green

When I think of "being green" I think of this guy!  It's not easy being green and with the linger Winter weather it's been even harder!
Dolly Emily came back with me from my parent's house in August.  She was a well-loved companion of my niece, who is now 18 years old.  All of Emily's long red hair had fallen out and she was in desperate need of a makeover.  I purchased this cute little wig on Etsy and ta-da, the new and improved Emily.  She is all decked out in her St. Patrick's Day attire.
The greenery is coming around in the yard too.  The daffodils and crocus and exceptionally hardy this year.  They are popping up in places I hadn't even realized they were planted.

Working on a pair of green socks.  This is Knit Picks Stroll Tweed "forest".  I am attempting a little diamond pattern around the ankle.  But when I try them on the pattern all but disappears.........
Not quite green, but sporting some green felt leaves, I have mage this bunch of 20 little calico carrots.  Not sure what I'll use them for.  They have a bit of green twine on the top so they could be hung as ornaments or used as napkin rings.
Even less green is this wildly colorful design by Kathy Barrick, "Moon Dance".  I have lusted after this chart for many years and finally bought it last Summer.  It was such fun to stitch that I didn't even notice that I had cut the fabric very short and it wouldn't fit into this frame from my stash.  So I had to stitch on a little "mat" from stash quilting fabric.

This lovely lady has no green at all.  At age 30 Vasiliki Milousi of Greece is still competing on the International Elite level.  Here is my interpretation of her in cross-stitch.

As I set out today to my usual swimming routine, a quick trip to the bank and then home to enjoy a mild day without many obligations, my morning was shattered by the news that my uncle had passed away.  To say I have an interesting family dynamic is an understatement.  I have never met nor spoken to this uncle before.  He is my mother's eldest brother. A prominent doctor, my grandparent's pride and joy.  In the early 1960s there was some sort of argument/rift/disagreement that broke the family contact with this uncle and the children of his first marriage.  I had heard, in my childhood,
 the whispered conversation among the adults on holidays but I don't really know the whole story.  In recent years I have come to know, via Facebook, my cousin, his daughter from his second marriage.  When I return to New Jersey for the funeral next week I will meet her in-person for the first time.
Maybe the older generation will learn something from this.....and the younger folks too.  Life is too short to hold grudges for decades.  There are so few people in the world who are your true family that you can not isolate or cut off anyone.  Yes, I am sure there is fault on both sides of this mystery, but now it's time to move forward with the time we have left.
God bless you Uncle Michael, May you rest in peace.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

In A New Direction

Last week's bitter cold and snow has turned to milder temperatures and a strange big yellow ball in the sky that emits heat!  What is that thing?  THE SUN, at last!!  As the weather moves in a new direction, so does my crafting.  The cross-stitch has been seen in months and felt crafting has taken over.  Even the doll clothes and the sock knitting have taken a back seat to this obsessive little venture.

Last year it was donuts.  The past few weeks I am on to Swiss Roll Cakes.  The Japanese seem to have cornered the market on amazing books on this topic.  Some of the sweets I recognize and some are native Japanese and I have no idea what they are.

They are completed with the proper icing, sprinkles, nuts, whipped cream and candies and are set up in my ,Etsy shop

Now on to other things that need my attention!