Tuesday, May 31, 2016


OH--yes you can believe I am doing the 'happy dance'
I have finally--
got my bow tie quilt finished--
This poor quilt has been made and then remade a couple times over the last 11 years or so--
this is a 3-d bow tie block--
It was a block that I learned at the quilt shop in NY that just closed during one of their monthly 'quilt club' meeting and so I ran home and made some and then some more--
until I had lots of blocks--the first arrangement with these blocks the quilt was much larger --
but that was "before" I realized the value of good quality fabric and the other fabric that I had used to but around the blocks all faded--badly--so it got unstitched and re done!!!
and yes this is all hand quilted and let me tell you--
there is alot of blocks there!!!

And on 'slow stitching Sunday--I got a finish --
another one of the monthly counted cross stitch blocks done--
and I even got a start on June's block--
it is a big bear--
and I have decided how I am going to finish these off and display them--
so that is good--right???

love and laughter, di

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


I did get a couple more Splendid sampler blocks finished--
both had lots of handwork on them--

and I did get, yet, another baby sweater knitted-
now these colors of yarn are 'bright'???

and today on my way to the dock--
I went out the back door--
and checked out the one resident's garden and took this photo--
but then I seen this and took another one--
I like how the vine curls and the wire fencing curl!!!
it doesn't take alot to please me!!

love and laughter, di

Thursday, May 12, 2016


I have gotten some things done--
first over the last week end I did get the month of April's
counted cross stitch finished--
and now I have the first 4 months done--
I love all of these--
and there is 2 different colors of cloth that I used for these so far--
it's what I had on hand--
and they will be cut apart, for the idea of how I want to display them!!
So now on to May's and this week we got Junes pattern--so again I am 2 month's behind!!

And I got these 2 large blocks done for this months "in the garden" series--

I seemed to be in the purple mode this month--

And I got 4 of the Splendid Sampler blocks finished--
and I have 2 more of these started--
the rabbit one and the embroidery one--
so that leaves me '3' behind so far!!!

And I still got a couple B-day gifts in the mail this week--
My friend Anne from NY sent me this great Bird book--
and it is great--just love it--
along with a cute piece of fabric and a check for $25 --
Humm--wonder what I will buy with it????
and these little gifts are from a long time now, pen pal in PA--
Thanks Anne and Cindy!!

Well--I am off to see what kind of 'trouble' I can get in before I start dinner for the 'big' kids tonight!!
love and laughter, di

Monday, May 9, 2016


Filled with neat surprises--
and 'yes' as everyone guessed it was my Birthday--
the morning was quiet and I did some computer work--
then at 11:30 I headed out for my walk and to have lunch on the dock--
as I have been doing for a couple months now--
on the way --on the pinecone alley trail--
I got this great photo--
a bright lime green dragon fly--
after I had been on the dock for about 10 mintues another resident came down--
and he smokes--so I opted to leave for a few minutes while he did that--
as I was crossing the street again in front of the dock area--
I heard the large wood peckers and so began looking around and there they where--
so took a bunch of photos of them, then seen that the resident was leaving the dock--
so I went back down to enjoy my lunch and would you believe those woodpeckers followed me??
first time I have seen them there-- and they stayed the whole time I was there--
along with all my other critters that came to eat and wish me a happy birthday, I felt special!!
came home and by the front entrance here I seen this beautiful large butterfly--

got home and was back on the computer when there was a knock on the door and it was my daughter, with a balloon and 2 bags of my chocolate (she had gotten her last job done early so could so was able to come early) and she said she had a surprise trip for us to go on  before we met my son and his girl friend for dinner --so off we went--
ended up at the fish shop where she bought me 2 tiny fish, an air filter, and 3 under the water plants for Bubbles and his tank--then she took me to a quilt shop that I have wanted to go to for months -- and I got 2 fat quarters and some more paper piecing paper--
then we went to Red Robin's for supper with Dan and Lisa-
Lisa got me a neat new tea making pot where you use loose tea--and a pkg of loose tea to go with it--and Dan got  me a gift card--can always use gift cards!!

had some yummy food and I got a free ice cream sundae and the staff did a birthday chant for me!! ( was suppose to get my burger free too, but did not do something right when I signed up on the computer--but if I call, they will make it right and I can go back yet and get a free burger!!!)
then Dawn came back here and we played with "Bubbles" and setting up the new stuff in his tank--oh and the 2 tiny fish went into Red Robins while we ate!!!
I also got some lovely cards on my door and in the mail--
so I truly had a blessed day--
love and laughter, di

Thursday, May 5, 2016


that woodpeckers liked these--
peanuts--he/she grabbed one first--
Here is where I go for lunch each day-
This is right across the street from here--
and on the way down to sit and enjoy lunch and wild life--
sunflower seeds and peanuts fall along the railing !!!

I did get another baby sweater knitted--
I usually knit for bit after I eat lunch down there --
while watching my critters fight over the sunflower seeds!!!

And I have been busy on --
counted cross stitching--
hand quilting--
and some sewing--
just no photos right now to show you!!!
so you will have to take my 'word' for it!!!

love and laughter, di
PS guess what tomorrow is????

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