Thursday, May 20, 2010
I like the way it's coming together, though to be honest, I'm still not really sure that it "works." I mean, can you tell that it's a may pole? Does it look weird with those letters at the end of the ribbons?
Regardless, I guess I'm committed to the design at this point -- way too much stitching done to change the plan now! :)
Monday, May 17, 2010
When we were first married, and living in an apartment, the woman in the apartment under us would play her music so loudly that the floor of our apartment would vibrate -- literally. Our china and glassware rattled in the cabinets. I was afraid that pictures would fall off the walls. Later, in our first house, we lived next to a man who would have violent arguments with his girlfriend at all hours of the night. Then he abandoned the house completely, and left it to fall into complete disrepair.
So, I know what it's like to have bad neighbors, and how much neighbors impact the quality of our daily lives. Lucky for us, for years now we have been blessed with wonderful neighbors. We live next to families with young children, so my kids have playmates right next door -- and that, in and of itself, is a blessing. But in addition, our neighbors are responsible, caring, helpful people, really the definition of what a "good neighbor" should be. And that, my friends, is a huge, continuing, daily blessing!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
So, here's to patience! And may I have the patience to return to the "books" square soon. :)
Monday, May 10, 2010
This one I'm calling "L is for Laughter," because laughter is such a blessing. A child's laughter is particularly wonderful. But also laughing with one's spouse -- sharing a smile over an inside joke -- can really lift your spirits. I think we'd all be a lot healthier if we laughed more. :)
Friday, May 7, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
My entire extended family is from Louisiana. My mother's side of the family is French Cajun in origin; my great-grandmother lived in the country in a tiny house surrounded by sugar cane fields. She and her friends spoke French (though it was nothing like the French I learned in school). They had huge Catholic families, who in turn had huge Catholic families. My parents met when my mom was still in high school and my dad was at LSU. They graduated from LSU and married, and promptly moved to Houston -- away from virtually all of their friends and family. I was born shortly thereafter.
Many, many hours of my childhood were spent on Interstate 10making the 5 hour trek between Houston and Baton Rouge. Since all of our family was there we spent a lot of time there, and it seemed to me like a second home, with an incredibly rich culture of its own.
Lately, Louisiana just can't catch a break, what with hurricane after hurricane, and now this massive oil spill. I worry about the fragile ecosystem there, about the future of the barrier wetlands and marshes, and about how it will all impact the economy of a state that was already on the ropes. I hope and pray that it will not be as devastating as people are predicting.
So, Louisiana has been on my mind, and hopefully Texas will understand.
For this square, I attempted a padded stitch. Hmmmm.... is about all I can say about that. I think it turned out okay, but not nearly as neat looking as the examples in my stitching book. I guess that's usually the case, though. :) I'm glad I tried something new, though I couldn't resist adding a few French knots on top!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
For this square, I stitched two rows out of this delicate vintage lace, and then put yellow French knots on top. It's going to stand for the blessing of health. I try not to take my health for granted, but there's nothing like a little speed bump (or a herniated disk!) to wake you up and make you appreciate having a fully functioning, healthy body. I'm slowly getting back to normal now, with less and less pain from the back issue, and now I'm planning to re-dedicate myself to being as healthy as I can be, each day.
So, for today I celebrate the blessing of health, and wish all of you much health and happiness!
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Hope you are having a lovely weekend!