Jul 1, 2020

Cabin Time

Yep we are still here hiding from the world. Still having a blast.
My boys and I. We did have two friends come stay the weekend with us last weekend but we are back to just us 3 most days and we love it. We play games. We watch movies. We talk each others legs off. I can't say it enough. I love our time together. The above photo we are playing a board game from Dungeons and Dragons called Dungeons. It's a very fun board game. We kept stopping to talk though and it literally took us all day long haha. No stitching yet. Maybe today. I'm finally really really missing it.

1 friend is coming tonight to pick up her camper and leaving tomorrow morning. My husband and Damein's dad will show up Thursday after work. We keep joking about how we refuse to leave Sunday....we are supposed to....we don't want to. I didn't figure we would be serious about it though. I said something to mom about being worried about crying myself home Sunday and she said Why don't you stay? What?? Really?? So we'll see. We have another big event planned here July 22nd. So I could stay until then to help get ready right? We'll see. So I'm checking in. I'm still alive. No worries from my faithful blog friends please. I'm off to catch up on your blogs now.

Jun 23, 2020

I'm here!!

Hi Everyone! I'm sorry for the delay in my posting. I'm still here. Wow what a few weeks it's been. Mom, Jeremiah, Izzy and I came down Wednesday the 10th to hide from a repair guy. Mom headed home Friday morning I think that week. Jeremiah and I stayed and Fred came after work for the weekend. We went home Sunday like normal. Monday we did some things and then back down Mom, Izzy, Jeremiah, and I came to our cabin. The rest of the work at our house was going to be finished up. It was finished successfully Tuesday the 16th. Which was fantastic. Finally fixed. Plus not near as expensive and we were thinking it would be. Jeremiah and I stayed here at the cabin (Yes still here currently!) to help with preparing for a big party over the weekend of the 20th. Lots and lots of physical work but we had a blast. Mom headed home Tuesday the 16th. Fred came down Wednesday to take Izzy home. Here is how she felt...
Poor girl was exhausted from all the walking and enjoying the outdoors. She is honestly ready to hide at home for a bit. Mom said she doesn't even hardly want to go out to potty haha.

Our big party was a success. It was HOT but we had a blast....
My Dad's uncle is on the left side of this photo. He belongs to a wonderful band. This is our 4th annual Elshire Bash and it was just wonderful. We had probably 75 people show up. Being outside it was perfect for social distancing as much as you wanted to. In this county too they have only had 2 deaths from the virus so it's doing great here in the country.

Getting ready and all the home repairs made for a lot of stress. Sunday the 21st everyone started leaving. I made the decision to keep my godson Damein though. So yep Jeremiah, I, and him will be here at our cabin. Until the July 4th weekend. Yesterday I finally could feel the stress leave me. I relaxed. This vacation is going to be exactly what I need. Last night I received a very sweet email from a dear blog friend. She was worried about me. I've not sounded like my normal self the last few posts. She is right. I was getting very depressed. Tired. Nothing was making me okay. Stitching and reading blogs was just not something I wanted to attempt even.

I will be okay though. Thank you so much for caring. I'm okay. Just needed to get past some crap. Honestly I worried myself in there too. Stitching is a great escape but my brain just wouldn't cooperate with me to concentrate. I have it here with me. I have lots and lots of time since the boys love playing Xbox together. We also have a stack of movies, some board games, and D&D to play. But I really hope to stitch again soon. If not though it will be there when I have time again. Right now relaxing and stress releasing is my number 1 priority. Yesterday was a perfect day. The boys played. I watched some Netflix shows I had downloaded on my laptop and I did NOTHING. It was wonderful. We had a delicious dinner then watched a movie together. We shut the movie off and was ready for bed at 11pm. Then we started talking. Talking about everything. At 4am!!! I finally said Oh my we better get to bed. It was perfect.

Thanks for caring about me. You are a true friend Rachel. I appreciate you very much!!!

Now I'm off to continue relaxing. No worries no more. I will be okay.

Jun 8, 2020

Quick Monday Update

Sorry this one is going to be quick.

First and most important for the people who have been enjoying the robin babies with us. This is what we seen when we got back to our cabin on Friday...
We are empty nesters. We got the nest all cleaned up. I looked online and they don't normally come back to their original nest. So we are saving it to remember our neighbors and how much fun it was to watch. We didn't see them around. We hope they have found a safe place to hide out till they can fly away and have a full life.

The guys got busy Saturday and Sunday on two projects...
They made Grandma a full length table for her kitchen addition. Fred even jumped up and sat on it to show how strong it was. It will work great for all our yummy things and her crock pots that she brings.
They also started a lean-to on the barn. They are going to move a leaky trailer that is stored inside the barn under here when they get the metal added to the roof. It will make a huge area inside the barn for Bev to spread out her odds and ends.

I have been stitching. I finished the May Fairy finally on Tuesday. Of course I just realized I don't have a photo to share. It was only a few days late. But she is finished and I love her.

Another photo I don't have to share is my 99 Bottles. I started on my delayed May 4 Bottles. Got two done Wednesday. Worked a teeny bit on Thursday.

Still in the fun cycle of so much cabin time and boy it's just getting more and more. Mom, Jeremiah, Izzy and me are going down Wednesday to hide from a repair man that is coming Thursday to fix our AC. Might as well stay till Sunday right? Then we are hoping to hear more about when the other repair will be done. So a lot more cabin time in my future. Oh darn right!?! We love it down there!

Sorry for the short update. Take care of yourself please.

Jun 1, 2020

Monday Update

Guess what no stitching since my last post. Yep still stress but I will survive. No other choice.

We had a lovely weekend at our cabin. Here is a baby Robin update...
 They are getting their feathers and sure growing big. I bet they will be moving on soon. They were sure fun to watch grow up.

We had another large project to do over the weekend. We built a new deck area connected to my Grandparent's cabin. She had a trailer that sat beside their cabin but it had a very steep ramp to get up onto it. So we all thought it would be better to make her a new area to use for storage and cooking goodies. Plus another covered spot to sit if it's a rainy day. Look at what the guys put together...
 
 
 
Just perfect! It was a lovely weekend. Nice and cool. Now it's getting hot again. No news on our home repair. Waiting on the company to get the parts they need.

I am finding myself having a hard time concentrating again. What a crazy year we've been having. This virus craziness. Now the riots and so much sadness in the world. Our city has been having a lot of riots but luckily we are safe where our home is located. Just sad to watch. I'm trying not to pay attention but I guess I am one way or another. I picked up my May fairy once last week and put just a very very few stitches then sit it down again. I really hope I can focus soon. I miss my stitching. Just can't focus. I tried to read blogs. Just too many words and they don't make sense. It will pass. I know. I just need to breath.

Stay safe. Stay happy. Stay healthy. Thanks for stopping by.

May 28, 2020

Really Late Monday Update

I'm still alive. Just busy and life just keeps throwing things at me. Yesterday was a crappy day all around. Even my dad called several times with things going wrong for him. We have a major house repair ahead. Our AC coil has a leak so our AC quit just as we had our first 90 degree temp days. Lovely. Also finally fixing this drain in our garage that has been not draining for years now. Which means we can get a new water heater so that will be a nice bonus. Most the time Jeremiah ends up with a cold shower toward the end of his shower routine.

Anyway I'm ahead of myself. Let me go back a bit first...

I posted on the 19th. I had two more days of stitching on my Mill Hill Maynia after that...

Tuesday I worked on Happy Camper and added 30 minutes for a make up day for the 16th...
I also put some work into the Pizza Slice and finished up the beading. So Wednesday I FFO the Pizza Slice...
I made it into a magnet for our house refrigerator. Wednesday I also got to work on another new start from my Mill Hill Maynia pile. This one is Land of the Free...
I really enjoyed this one. I might use some birthday money I received to buy the other two from this patriotic set. How can I not have the whole set??

I packed stitching to go with me to our cabin for the holiday weekend. Then I did NO stitching at all. It was just a relaxing, busy, family, and friend filled weekend. No time for stitching was found. That's okay. It was worth it. I'm not going to make up those days.
We were able to get the last pieces of main metal on the barn. Just corner pieces and roof touch up left. My baby robins sure changed a lot...
I did see that one of the babies eyes were open so that was really exciting. They are doing great. My boys were together again...
My godson and his dog Lily and Jeremiah enjoying time together on the deck. It was a very lovely weekend indeed. It ended up hot hot hot but we had a great time anyway. Definitely another great campground weekend.

So my Mill Hill Maynia has probably came to an end officially. No time to catch up. I've had a crazy stress filled week. So today I'm doing this update and then getting busy on my May Fairy which still isn't finished. Don't worry though my Mill Hill aren't going too far away. I have a feeling they will be coming out more to play. We'll see.

I hope everyone has a great rest of your week and upcoming weekend. Yes we are heading back to our cabin but it should be a more relaxing weekend. We'll see. Honestly I need it.

May 19, 2020

Should Have Been a Monday Update

I'm in a cycle. Go to the cabin. Come home. Monday do some chores. Try to catch up on emails and reading blogs. Post an update. Tuesday is finishing up blog reading, laundry, and grocery shopping. Wednesday is packing and finishing up things that need done before we leave again and hope to squeeze in stitching time. Thursday we leave again. It's a blur but it's a nice blurt. I feel far behind. Slowly but surely I catch up....I think haha.

Lots to talk about so hang in there.

First an announcement. I'm not finishing the Critters SAL. I really thought this SAL was going to be all animals not just bugs. I was going to stick with it but time is special and I have SOOOO many other pieces that I want to work on. So out with the projects I don't really really want to finish. The next one was just announced and it's mushrooms. I don't see myself wanting to do that one either so I won't finish the year of SALs to be entered into the drawings anyway. No worries onto to the next project....projects...seriously we all know I didn't need more options anyway haha.

Mill Hill Maynia Update: I'm still LOVING this one. Right now I have 3 days to catch up on *sigh* but I honestly LOVE working on these every day. So let's see which ones have came out this week...

Monday -- Seaside Sampler
Before Progress...
I got 1 hour and 13 minutes into Day 6 on this one...
Tuesday -- Summer Breeze Day 3 on this one...
Before...
After...
I also worked on the May Fairy some more...
 Wednesday -- Camping Out Day 5 on this one now...
Before and After...
I also took time to work on Beer Dragon because I love it so much and it was my birthday afterall. I put in 253 more stitches...
This piece is definitely a reason to give up on the Bugs SAL. I never want to put it down.

Thursday -- Snowman with a Cardinal was picked. We headed down to the cabin Mom, Jeremiah, Izzy and me. I did get stitching time while watching a movie and TV in the evening with Mom...
Before and After...
Friday morning mom headed home. It was just Jeremiah, Izzy and me. It was lovely. Jeremiah and I watched a TV series on DVD called Titans. We made it through a bunch of episodes and I had stitching time on Friday's pick...Life, Liberty...
Before and After...
Saturday and Sunday ended up with no stitching time.

Cabin Life: Here is the baby Robin update...
Friday we had one tiny baby ready to be fed and one egg that hadn't hatched. But Saturday...
They were both huddled together and ready to grow. I can't wait to see how much they've grown this week when we get back down.

Dad and Fred have been working hard on the big barn on the property. We've been adding new red metal to the outside and boy it's making a huge difference...
Just that little bit on the right of the barn doors left to do. It looks amazing. Hard work but sooo worth it. We are heading back down Thursday. So I need to get this update posted, get caught up on all your blog posts, and get packed up. I've been doing laundry the whole time I've been writing up this post don't worry haha. 4th load in the washer now. Gotta love laundry it just never leaves us alone for long.

Stay healthy. Have a great week. Happy Memorial Day for all my US readers. We are going to enjoy our long weekend with friends and family at the campground what better place to celebrate.

May Gifted Gorgeousness

On the 15th of each month (or soon as you can get time) the lovely Jo has given bloggers a fun excuse to blog. Gifted Gorgeousness is all about sharing some good. Things we are stitching as gifts or things that have been given to us. What a fantastic thing to share. Stop over to Jo's check in to see what others have posted.

We all know I do a lot of stitching that is stolen given to my mom. I don't normally include that. But you can sure see a lot of the Mill Hill's that I've been working on that have a nautical theme. They will sure be stolen given displayed on my mom's side of our house.

I also have two things to share with you guys that I received...
I won a giveaway hosted on Cathy's blog. I just love these cute Christmas gnomes and I look forward to stitching them up. She also included a magazine about birds that I really enjoyed looking through. Plus a beautiful card. Thanks Cathy!

Fred got me a beautiful bag from a friend of mine for my birthday on the 13th...
She has an Etsy store here. Please go check out her beautiful bags. She also does some gorgeous fabrics. Love the license plates and then they are cute lovey plates as well.

That's all I wanted to share with you right now. Like I've said I'm worked on a lot of stitching that was gifted to me. I'm an extremely lucky gal.

May 11, 2020

Monday Update

Okay a lot of stitching to show you. So let's get to it...

I've been really really enjoying my Mill Hill Maynia for May. Let's see what last week brought me with the challenge...

Monday Summer Breeze was picked...
I hadn't worked on this one since the January Challenge in 2015. I only had one day of progress on it...
I added 1 hour 7 minutes to it...
Tuesday was Inner Tube another Mill Hill kit I hadn't worked on for a long time. This one was worked on in 2016 last time...
There it was from then. Here it is now that I added 1 hour and 3 minutes...
Wednesday's pick was Evergreen Snowman...
The before is above. Here it is now that I added only 34 minutes...
I only got 34 minutes in because the May Fairy was screaming to be started. I worked on her Wednesday and Thursday after my Mill Hill Maynia picks. Here she is after Day 2 of being worked on...

You can really see her coming together from just those two days.

Thursday I also worked on Pizza Slice for just 32 minutes...
I finished the stitching on Day 2. Just beads left now.

Friday morning Mom, Jeremiah, me and Izzy (our dog) loaded up and went to the cabin for our Mother's Day getaway. It was supposed to be cold all weekend but we were warm and happy in our happy place. Friday we watched TV together and relaxed. I worked on Best Friend Santa...
I got 39 minutes added to this one...
Saturday we were busy all day. It was a lovely day though. Fred and Dad got some more siding adding to our big red barn. I will have pictures to show of that later. Fred has them on his phone. I need to steal them haha. I also finally got a picture of a new to me bird on my feeder...
I'm going to be 41 Wednesday and I've never seen this bird before. So I had to look him up. He's an Indigo Bunting and let me tell you the picture doesn't do him justice. That blue is just gorgeous in person. I had a lot of fun taking photos of him. I posted several more to my Facebook if you are interested. I've always loved feeding birds. Also for those who wanted the update Momma Robin was still sitting on her eggs. We checked and they haven't hatched yet. Which I'm glad because it's been really chilly. So maybe later this week they'll hatch.

No stitching Saturday so I caught up Sunday when we finally got home.

Pizza Slice was picked for Saturday and Snowman with a Cardinal was picked for Sunday. I put 30 quick minutes into the Snowman with Cardinal...
Remember I had started it for Day 1 of the Mill Hill Maynia. So a little more on the arm and the start of the little cardinal. Then I worked on Pizza Slice for 1 hour 9 minutes. I got some beads added but it's not finished....so close though...
See I told you lots of stitching to share. Even with the one missed day I still made up with progress.

Today's pick is Seaside Sampler, Tuesday is Summer Breeze again, Wednesday is Camping Out.

We are going down to our cabin again Thursday morning. My birthday is Wednesday and I picked to stay home that day and have a TV stitching like a maniac day before heading down for a long weekend. Going to be warmer later this week but forecast to have rain. Which the pond needs so we'll be happy if that happens. More movie watching time anyway haha.

Have a great week everyone! Happy Belated Mother's Day. We sure had a nice time relaxing together and loving one another.