Friday, April 21, 2017

A New Trend!!

Dear Fellow Bloggers,

I know you think I moved away to a foreign land or am hibernating in a nearby place! However, neither is true!  It's been Holy Week at church and much business around that!

I'm going to start a new trend, I think!!!  I didn't get my Easter tree on the blog before Easter.  (You may also recall that my St. Patrick's tree was late, too!!)  Maybe this should just be the way I do things now!  hahaha  But I didn't want to let the holiday slip by without showing the tree!  So, here it is!  I'll be switching to a Spring tree this week!



Speaking of Easter, I had lunch at my house.  My child and his family didn't come.....they went somewhere else.  I was a little bit disappointed, but I decided that I would not be sad and sit around and cry!  SO, I called several people that are alone, and we all got together at my house and had a wonderful time!  It was such a lovely lunch, and everyone seemed so glad to be included!  I guess when life gives you lemons, you must make lemonade!!  I forgot to take a photo of my table, which was pretty with my mother's ceramic rabbits in the center of the table.  I took this after I had washed all the dishes except the glasses and chargers.  I couldn't believe I forgot my camera!!  Oh well, this gives a general idea.  It was very festive!



Holy Week and Easter were beautiful at the Cathedral.  Everything went so well and the music was fabulous!  (If I do say so myself!)  The choir was wonderful and I had a flute soloist along with the pleasure of playing our wonderful pipe organ.  The church was decorated to a "T" and looked gorgeous.  This is a panoramic photo of the Cathedral.  It's so beautiful!!!


My dear friend Janie has told me that she is coming for a visit in May, so we will try to get some finishing done!  We both have a stack to deal with, so I hope to show progress soon!!

Well, you know I have to show my granddaughter!  She came to visit me and we had a nice time!  We went outside on the porch for a while.  I had noticed her squinting and sneezing previously in the bright sun, so I had gotten some fun leopard sunglasses! You're never too young to be fashionable!!!


When we went inside, a certain kitty was not particularly pleased to have attention-getting competition at our house!  As I went to put her in the bed for a nap, Omar jumped in and gave a forlorn look!!  I think he feels he's been demoted!!  hahaha


Finally, here's a sweet smile to close with!


Thank you for stopping by!  I appreciate the few readers I have left!  I have been so sporadic in my posting, but I'm determined to continue my blog!  Thank you for visiting, and please stop by again soon!

Frances

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! (late!)

Dear Friends,

I am late in posting this, but I'm going to go ahead and post it because I had a nice tree fixed for the holiday!  I think I've told you before that we have an annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and we always have tons of green beads!  I actually didn't attend the parade this year, but I understand it was a fun time and rather lively!!

Here are two views of my tree, full of fun green things!  I have two other pieces stitched, and I hope to get those totally finished, but of course that will be for next year, now!!
haha     I always think this is such a fun holiday!

 

Spring has finally sprung around here, I think!!  Our weather has been so strange.  It's been really cold (for us) and down around freezing at night and highs in the low 50s.  This week should have highs in the 70s-low 80s and lows in the 50s!  If only it would stay that way!!!  I took this photo a couple or three weeks ago.  This Japanese Magnolia is now all green leaves.  I started not to post it because it's not current, but I thought I would anyway since it's pretty.  This is beside the Cathedral.



We had an ordination over the weekend.  A seminarian became a transitional deacon.  He will become a priest next summer.  These are always such joyous events.  I played the organ, of course, and the singing was really lovely!  A glorious evening!  The other seminarians are seated in the pews on the left side.  It's so nice to know that so many young men will become priests.



You know I have to give a quick update on my granddaughter!!!  She is smiling and being silly!

 

Thank you for visiting and come back soon!

Frances

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Another Tree!

Valentine's Day is over and the tree must come down!  I have the boxes out and will put everything up tomorrow.  It was actually a pretty good day.  Of course, my first one without my husband, so that was different.  It was also his birthday....he was a Valentine Baby!  I managed without a cry or a meltdown, so I guess I'm doing ok!  Omar was my Valentine!! He's a pretty boy!



Mardi Gras is a pretty big deal here in the Deep South!  I have my Mardi Gras tree up and it's so fun and festive!!!  I need to stitch a few new ornaments.  I have TONS of beads on there!  And my fun parasol from a convention we attended at some point.  (I don't even remember when!) Omar had to check it out!!

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I got the pin removed from my poor finger!  I am having to do exercises and try to make it more limber and not so tight.  This whole freaky thing is such a pain.  But, I am doing it and playing a little bit with it and typing on the computer.  Also, I have it wrapped because it was swelling at first!  This has really been unbelievable!  This photo was taken right after it was removed.  Now my little wrapping is beige and very thin.


You know that I can't sign off without a Zoe photo or two!  She is trying to smile now!  The first photo was taken by my daughter-in-law and the second was taken by me!

 

Thank you for visiting and I hope you come back soon!  I appreciate all your wonderful and sweet comments!

Frances




Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Time for a new tree!

Well, it's time for a new tree at my house!

I was so glad to FINALLY get all the Christmas stuff put away.  My brother lives 90 miles away and he came up and helped me put it all away.  It was quite a job, but it's done for another year!

I left two small trees out...one for Valentine's Day and one for Mardi Gras.  I have completed the Valentine's tree and it's always one of my favorites.  (I guess I really like them all!!)  Since these two holidays overlap, it requires two trees at the same time!

I used the very skinny frosted tree for Valentine's and it's in the dining room.  I love all these sweet heart-themed ornaments.  I also have some of the cutest bought ornaments to fill in.  And some sweet pink filigree heart lights.  And, finally, I filled in the "holes" with some antique Valentines that my cousin found when cleaning out her mother-in-law's things.  One of them was dated 1934.  I guess that's really not antique, but pretty old!!!!

 


You know I'll never be able to post now without including a picture of precious Zoe!  She is so sweet, and has been so good when I'm around!  haha  She will be 4 weeks old tomorrow!




She came over for a visit last week, and we couldn't wait to see what Omar might do when he saw her.  Well, he almost ignored her.....it was such a disappointment!  haha  He had a little UTI and the vet had given me some pain medicine for him and he was half zonked anyway!  We must have another visit soon,


Thank you for your visit, and I hope to see you soon!  I will show my Mardi Gras tree next time!

Frances

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

She's here!!!

Well, we've had all sorts of happenings in the South lately!

First, our weather has been so crazy!  We have actually had sleet and a very few flakes of snow!!!  It was about 18 degrees at one point!  What a shock!  But, it has since melted and we are going to be back in the 70s this week!!!  So strange!!  Ignore the leaves and trash, but this is the sleet on my patio and it stayed there for about 3 or 4 days.  It's almost all melted now, as temperatures are headed toward the 70s!


Also, I won a kit on Facebook!!!  It's from Heart in Hand!  I was looking around on Facebook and just happened upon their page.  They were having a giveaway and I signed in on it.  Well, to my surprise, I got a little post saying I was a winner!  Isn't this cute?  You know I'll make an ornament!  It came complete with thread and linen.  I was so lucky!!  I spy some big fuzzy feet checking out my loot!!


And I saved the best for last!  My new grandbaby was born last week and is so beautiful and perfect!


Zoe and her Nannie!


Thank you for stopping by and I hope you'll visit again soon!

Frances

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Happy New Year!

You're probably shocked to see another post from me so quickly!!!

I quickly took down my little Christmas tree with my cross stitch ornaments, and then put up my New Year's Tree.  I only have FOUR cross stitch New Year's ornaments!!!  I guess I need to get on that for next year!!  However, a couple of years ago I bought several small packages of gold and silver shiny ornaments at Walmart on the 90% off shelf!  So, I've just filled in with those bought things to make it a shiny and festive tree!!!


I left the little top decoration and just added four gold party horns!  Below are some close-ups of my stitching.  I plan to make a few more.  I did a google search for free New Year's Cross Stitch and a ton of things came up.  And I mean true freebies, not the things tacky people have scanned in that are copyrighted and illegal copies.  I will find a few more that way!

 



A couple are Trail Creek Farms and a couple are online freebies.  I hope to stitch up another one or two soon.

Thank you for all your sweet comments on my last post.  I appreciate your concern for my finger!! I don't think I was clear about my big bandage!  I had that large one on for only two days.  Now, I just have a band-aid.  I went back to the doctor yesterday for an x-ray, and all is fine.  I will have the pin removed on February 7th and I hope this will all be over!!!

Sweet Vickie asked if I would ever be showing my piano...well, I had never thought about doing that, but if you really want to see, here it is:

 



I've had my Steinway for about five years.  I love it!!  This piano came with a player on it.  I never wanted a player because I didn't think I needed one, since I play myself!  However, it turned out to be great fun to have it!  When company comes over, you can let the piano play as background music.  It's really nice!

When my mother died, I got several nice pieces of furniture from her house.  The secretary you see was hers and is filled with old things that were at her house.  You also see part of a settee and that was also hers.  When I had a designer's help, we put a silver leopard seat cushion along with a silver lumbar pillow and a black mink pillow!  I'm not real sure what my mother would think of that!  But I've enjoyed it that way!!  You may also notice a dark brown border by the ceiling.  At one time, I had a little floral border up there. I got an artist to paint it out in dark brown, and then he painted a music quote by Plato, in gold, on top of the brown background.  I love it!  (The tree you see in this room is my music tree).

I am hoping 2017 will be a MUCH better year than 2016!!  I will probably make my usual list of resolutions that I never keep!  hahaha  But one I want to keep is to stitch more and post more on my blog!  Maybe I can at least accomplish that much!

Thank you for visiting and I hope you come back soon!

Happy New Year!!
Frances


Monday, December 26, 2016

Merry Christmas!!

Dear Blogging Friends:

As usual, I start my blog posts with some lame sentence about wanting to post more!  I will just let that go now--you've heard it already!

As you know, this is the busy Christmas Season, and I have been overwhelmed with music stuff, and a lot of other things, too!  But I do want to catch up and hopefully stay caught up!

So much has gone on since my Thanksgiving post!  (isn't that pitiful?!)

I am getting into a rhythm of my "new normal" since my husband has been gone now for 6 1/2 months.  It's not how I want things to be, but I've made up my mind to search for happiness and contentment, and that's where I am now.

You all know that I am a musician, and have a job as a church musician.  Well, imagine my surprise when this happened!!!

Yes, I had a little accident!  I was gluing something with plain old white glue, and got a little on my finger.  I went to wipe it off with my left hand, and heard a little pop!  It didn't hurt, but I looked at my right hand and the end of my finger was drooping!!  SO,,,I went to the doctor and it wasn't broken but the ligament had popped loose!!  Freak accident!  SO, I had to go to a hand specialist and I now have a little rod inserted in my finger. It will heal in 8 weeks and the rod will be removed.  I'm already finished 2 weeks.  Can you believe this???  I am still playing, with 9 fingers!!!!  It's not great at all!!  But I guess I'll survive! This is a minor setback!

My new grand daughter is due on January 4th!  I am so excited!!!!   I will keep you posted on that!

I did put up four trees this year..even did some with a hurt finger!  My heart really wasn't in it this year, but after I was finished and looked at them, it was the right thing to do!  I think I would have been extremely depressed to have no decorations.  


This is the family tree, full of decorations from events in our lives.  This is in the den, and where Santa always came.  We have decorations from our travels, things our son made through the years, old family items, and just a good mixture.  The last time my mother came up before she died, she stood there looking, and said that this tree was like a diary of our lives.  And it really is!

 

This is my music tree,  It has all types of musical ornaments, with emphasis on little grand pianos!  I love this tree.  It's in my music room, of course!  I can see it when I play my piano!



This is a skinny little tree for Mississippi State University!  I did not go there, but my husband and son did.  We have season football tickets and it's just a big deal!  So, I still put this up, even though my husband is gone.  But our son loved it.  It's tucked in the corner of the dining room, so we can see it when we eat!  ha


Finally, this is my cross stitch tree.  I made most of the ornaments, but have a few that were gifts or from exchanges.  I love this tree!  And I have a couple of new ones this year! One was a gift from a FB exchange that Dixie Samplar started.  I absolutely LOVE my ornament!!


Isn't this beautiful??  I am so lucky!  I just love it!


I also had a small finish--finally!  ha!  My dear friend Janie was down from Indiana to visit her mother and she came by and we did some finishing!  I will show you one for another holiday later.  I love this silly little ornament!

I am worried that I might be a no-reply blogger.  If anyone has found that to be true please let me know!  Google + has messed everything up!  It looks like all is ok but I read an article saying that just because it lists your email on your profile, it still might not show up!  I just don't know!  ha

You know I can't post without including Omar!  My son and daughter in law brought him this fabulous kitty cocoon, handmade in Nepal!  He loves it!  I think it suits him perfectly!



I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!  Keep stitching!  Thank you for your visit and please come back soon!

Frances