Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Yes, the title may seem a bit vague, but you will understand momentarily why it is so.

The past couple of weeks have been spent preparing to start a new chapter in my life. I have worked on creating a syllabus, reading on some American history, and preparing notes for lecture. You see, in a few days I begin my part time job as an adjunct professor at a local college. I am super excited about this and hope it works out well enough to lead me into full time teaching. But this is not the possibility to which the title refers.

I have also spent a bit of time chatting with someone online. The way we met is through a mutual contact. We actually met for the first time in person today at the airport when I went along with his sister to pick him up. I am not quite sure the reason this person has been brought into my life, but the way I am feeling I can't see why he wouldn't be. I am not quite "giddy as a school girl", but receiving a hug from him seemed right. Is that even possible? I am looking forward to getting to know this person. And the possibilities this new friendship holds.

I am grateful to God for giving me the open heartedness I am feeling. I am thankful that I can allow a new person into my life without reservation. It's been some time since I have done that. I pray that God guides me down the path He has chosen for me on this journey and what may be will be.

Here are a few more pictures from my adventure at the airport this afternoon.

Tomorrow, I go back to work after a short stay-cation during which I got over whatever cold I caught, rested, and relaxed. Alas, no stitching was done.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

August WIPocalypse Check-in!

Is it really that time again!?! And I missed the supermoon (stupid monsoon season)!?!?!?! Where have I been lately? LOL

Yeah, that's about how things are for me. Confusing as usual. I did finally finish all of the x's in The Gardeners and only have the backstitch details to go. Here's a pic...

or two...

On the bright side, I feel good about this piece. Can't wait to frame it and hang it somewhere in my home (once all of the house repairs/remodeling gets done and hopefully in this decade, lol).

This month's topic: Tell us about your oldest and newest WIPs.

Well, let's see. My oldest has got to be Coming Home for the Holidays. I was stitching this for my dad and nearly had the x's finished before he passed. I still have a little bit to go; mainly backstitch. He at least got to see it before he went to build my mansion in Heaven (he was a carpenter after all much like Jesus). Here's what it looks like currently, and for the past several months:

Close up of last areas I backstitched; around the roof

Full image taken before roof detail was done

Now for my newest WIP. Hmmmm! I don't know what that would be at this point. I would have to say that one is Praying Hands by Yiotta's XStitch. I haven't picked that one up in f-o-r-e-v-e-r!!! I think I may work on that one next. Or Cirque des Carreaux. Anyway, here's where it stands:

Seeing as though this one is for a special occasion yet to happen, methinks I have plenty of time. :)


I am going to leave you with scenes from one of my favorite movies starring the late and GREAT Robin Williams!

Rest In Peace, Mr. Williams! I sure hope my daddy has a front row to your forever show!!

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