Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July WIPocalypse Check-In

No pics to share this month as I will not share one until The Gardeners is complete. I have a teeny tiny bit to go so hopefully there will be an update soon!!

In the mean time...

This month's question for the WIPocaplypse:

It’s halfway to Christmas.  Do you start your holiday stitching this early?  If so, what do you hope to accomplish this year?

I don't really keep a plan for holiday stitching as I tend to stitch holiday pieces when the mood strikes. That may change when I start to feel more comfortable in my surroundings (I have a few major repairs to make in my living room) and have the room to spread out. For now, I will just keep on keepin' on and try to get The Gardeners and Coming Home for the Holidays finished up this summer.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Let me preface this post by saying that I don't feel bad about being away from this blog so much over the past year. I have finally accepted the fact that I just don't want to keep up with anything right now. Not that I don't want to keep up with you, my readers. I just don't want to do this on a regular basis.

I wrote a while back about my depression and the battle I have with it. Well, it's back and with a vengeance. I have found that I am forcing myself to do anything: cross stitch, read, clean the house (and it really needs a deep clean), etc. If I don't force myself, this depression may take me over completely.


So, with that said, I am so close to completing "The Gardeners". If I can sit with it for the afternoon tomorrow, I should have my FIRST finish of the year, lol! Even though I did some little things (bookmarks and handkerchiefs), I don't really count those. They were quick projects for specific events. And I don't even have pics of the latter. Oh well, such is life I suppose.

I will share with you some of the pictures I have taken this summer monsoon season so far:

Pasco County Historic Courthouse taken June 14, 2014

Hope your summer hasn't been as wet and stormy as ours!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

June WIPocalypse

I was asked in my last post if I would share what "The Gardeners" is supposed to look like when it's finished. So that is what I am doing for this check in (in addition to answering this month's topic).

The Gardeners by Elsa Williams
Kit # 02162

I can't remember where I found this kit, but I have had it a number of years. Side note: I am one of those weird one's who enjoys working kits rather than piecing together myself, lol

Here is where I last left off on this before picking it up again over the past couple weeks:

And this is my progress as of the other day:

I have actually worked on it a little over the weekend, but I will save that for the next WIPocalypse check-in! And I should have a finish!!

And now this month's topic: Have you ever been to a stitch gathering such as a retreat or a festival? If so, tell us about it! NOPE. And not because I haven't wanted to attend a gathering of some kind. There just isn't anything like that close enough for me to participate. 

Happy Father's Day to all the father's out there who may read this. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Gardeners...An Update

Just a quick post to share the long anticipated update on The Gardeners. I finally got around to taking a picture.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

I am listening...

We have been doing a series at church called "The Voice"; not to be confused with the TV show. It's mainly been about listening to and hearing God's voice when he speaks to us. Whether it be through Bible reading, prayer, in our hearts or even in our dreams when we sleep at night, God speaks to us. He can be soft and subtle, or loud like thunder booming in the sky. I have had moments in my life where something came across to me and it was most likely God giving me direction. Did I always listen to Him? No. Do I always hear Him? Nope. But I do try to listen to Him.

This morning, in those wee hours of waking sleep, I was dreaming. I don't know what the dream was about but I did hear something quite clearly:

"Friends scatter from friends and meet new faces."

I do believe this was God's voice I heard and I do believe He is telling me something; giving me direction. I don't even know if there is anything in the Bible that states this or anything similar. But it was very profound and very clear to me in my dream. (I did a cursory search on Google and couldn't find any specific Biblical reference so if any of you know of one, please share).

In other news, yesterday was our annual Hayes Family Reunion. I am not going to share a lot of pictures, only one. But I will say that I have yet again come away with a lot of new information about my family genealogy. It amazes me every time I learn who we are related to; that is, our family's connection to rather famous persons. This time we learned of our connection to General Robert E. Lee. Funny thing is, I remember sitting next to a kid in class my junior year of high school (eons ago) who was named for General Lee; and is a direct relation. Very cool to learn all these years later that he and I are distantly related, lol.

I am in the front row standing all the way to the left. My dad's brother is in the scooter (the only living brother at this time).

The next year should see me more actively involved in family research, especially as it pertains to archaeological digs in and around Sumter County. I'll talk more on that later.

As it continues to storm outside, I will close and leave you with this:

"Be still and wait on the Lord" ~ Psalm 37:7


Tuesday, May 20, 2014


You know the one thing I realise I haven't been sharing with you is my journey through the Bible much lately. It's not because I'm not reading it or any other spiritual / religious / faith -based text. On the contrary, I am reading 4 different books right now in addition to trying to pick up my Bible a few nights a week. Ok, so I have gone a bit backward on my Bible reading and I feel horrible about this. I just can't seem to keep the focus.

This past Sunday we received a 30-day Bible Reading Plan with our programs. I have every intention of working through the plan, but decided to wait until June 30th. I don't know why I am waiting, lol. Maybe because I am afraid I will lose the first half of Genesis if I open it too many more times. You see, I have a tendency to get into it so much at times that the pages start separating from the binding. Mind you, this particular Bible is a soft cover / paperback.

See what I mean?

I have been looking to buy a new Bible and have narrowed my choice between these 2 options:

Both are a leather-type binding.

My ideal Bible would be a NKJV, Leather bound, Thumb indexed, with Concordance. Anything else would be the cherry on top!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

It's Not Fair!

That's what I want to yell to God! It's just not fair.

Ok, this past week I spent in Kissimmee / Lake Buena Vista / Orlando for our annual training. Each spring the State sends us to a location within the state to give us refresher training on our jobs / duties. It was a pleasant week and I had a great time with colleagues from the central Florida area. Our hotel was in Lake Buena Vista; Downtown Disney area to be exact. My first impression of the room was "I could live here". It was great!

Here are some pics I took during the week:

Now, why do I say "It's not fair" at the beginning of this post. Because I am really working on myself and my relationship with God. I am trying to live right. But I keep finding myself wanting someone I simply will never have a chance with. One of my very best friends, someone I have known for more than 20 years. I love this man dearly and he knows it. God knows how I feel. God knows how he feels. The only thing I can say is it's obviously not what God wants. But I still say...

It's not fair!