Wednesday, April 1, 2020

How Quickly Things Can Change

Things can sure change quickly in a short time, can't they?  This time last month we were on our way home from a fun vacation to South Carolina and Florida.  Now we are laying low at home.  I'm hoping you are taking precautions and staying healthy!  


I did get to take a shopping trip with my sister before the STAY HOME order came through and I'm so glad we got to enjoy our day together!  Two days later, we were basically home bound.  Since then, I've been busy trying to finish up several projects and I'm happy to share my progress.  The first is finishing up my Square Knot Quilt. This was my first attempt at machine quilting and I can say I learned a lot during the process. Although there is room for improvement, I am pretty happy with it.

Remember bargello needlepoint from the 1970s?  I've been seeing pillows made using this vintage needlepoint style lately and thought it  would be fun to make my own. I worked on this little pillow top during our vacation drive and really enjoyed it!  I finished it up when we got home.

Another project I've started was embroidering a quilt top.  A cousin purchase these blocks and the blue floss several years ago but decided the project wasn't really for her.  I thought it would look good with more color and am pleased how they are turning out.  There are actually enough blocks to make two quilts.  I think the next quilt will have a variety of colored flowers instead of just yellow, like a flower garden.  It's been a long time since I've worked on a quilt top like this and it's fun to pick up and work on now and then.  


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you and your loved ones find creative and projective things to do while we also try to stay safe and healthy.  Let me know what you've been doing to pass the time.

These are frightening and historic times.  I'm pray for all who are affected by this pandemic - those who are suffering from the illness, those who have lost loved ones and those who are working so hard to help us maintain our lives.  

                                                                               Zenda



Sunday, February 9, 2020

A Snowy February

We've had some snowy weather in our part of Missouri this month.  It hasn't amounted to as much as in other places in the U.S. but it has been pretty.  Here are some photos out our window

 The snow has been quite heavy at times and the sky dark.  Fortunately, we haven't had more than 3-4 inches with either storm


 Doesn't the snow make ordinary things look extraordinary?

 J and Sallie coming in for lunch.  

 You can see how big the snowflakes were!  We have an expression around here when they're that big - "hamster-sized snowflakes."  LOL! 

 The cardinals (both female and male) and woodpeckers visited the bird feeder.



I find sunrises and sunsets the most dramatic in the winter, don't you?  These photos were taken facing east early one morning.


I'm also celebrating a special birthday this month!  Jack and his mommy and daddy has us over for a delicious steak dinner. 

I hoped to share a new sewing project I'm excited to start but this post is long enough.  I'll share it next time.  Wishing everyone sunny skies and warm weather!  I know I'm ready for both!

Zenda


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A New Year!

Oh my, it's been a long time since I posted!  Life happens and I just never seem to get around to sharing all my blessings and opportunities.  We had a wonderful 2019 and hope you all did, too!  With the new year, I HOPE to post monthly ... that's one of my goals anyway.  I'm retired and just like to share a bit of my life with my blogging buddies, so that is the focus for the foreseeable future!  Thanks for stopping by now and then to catch with us!!

We had a fun Christmas holiday.  We celebrated with family at our home and at my MIL's, 
and even with Santa!

Our little Jack had lots of fun opening his presents!  Here he is in his new rocking chair from Grammy and Grandpa and with his new comfy chair and guitar from Cami.

One fun tradition that Andy and his friends do over Christmas is go to a movie.  It has usually been a Star Wars movie.  They let me go along, too!

J and I continued another tradition, eating New Year's Eve lunch out then shopping for dinner and preparing it at home.  This year, we enjoyed grilled trout, sea scallops and delicious sides!


We still keep Jack once a week.  He and Grandpa like to have long talks sometimes.


Sallie has to get in on the discussion, too.































I've been keeping busy making some warm wraps.  I gave hand knitting a try making this afghan for Jack,
and a grey one for Andy's girlfriend, J.  She says she's really enjoying how soft and warm it is.  Jack likes to snuggle with his on the floor.  I made these out of chenille but the first ones I made out of a wool type yarn.
This cream cover is in our bedroom and I made one of sage green for our daughter and son-in-law to put at the end of their bed.  Although both are soft, the chenille yarn is more durable.  Jack likes to pull the woolen strands apart.

This winter, I've also been working on a couple of quilts.  Our Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chapter finished and presented the Quilt of Valor we've been working on.  The recipient is an Army veteran who is battling cancer.  She is also a member of our chapter.  It was a true blessing to create and then present this quilt to her!  She is a real inspiration to us all!

And finally, I started a different quilt, just a fun one for me.  The pattern is Square Knot from Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I've had this fabric for years and thought it would be pretty for a Spring quilt.
I hope to start quilting it pretty soon.  

That pretty much catches you up on our world.  Thanks for stopping by!  I'm wishing you a happy, healthy 2020 and look forward to reading about the adventures and opportunities that await us all in the new year!

                                                       Zenda

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

This And That

Well, life has kept me happily occupied these last two weeks!  

Here's a little of what I've been up to.

Precious Daughter and her family got tickets for Mother’s Day to the St. Louis Muny Opera, a lovely outdoor theatre venue in Forest Park, St. Louis.  We live about an hour away so she and I left mid afternoon and did a little shopping before eating at a 
lovely French bristro in the Central West End section of St. Louis.
Precious Daughter ordered trout with asparagus while I enjoyed this delicious spring tart.  We were both very happy with our meals!

Then we were off to the Muny to see 1776!  It was really good, and put us in the 
mood for the 4th of July! 
 Forest Park is a large and beautiful municipal park in west St. Louis and was the site of the 
1904 World's Fair.  There are lovely structures throughout the park as well as a golf course, numerous ball fields and trails, museums (Art, History and Science), our wonderful St. Louis Zoo and, of course, the Muny!  The St. Louis area LOVES Forest Park!!

Favorite Son was home for awhile!  He and J went on a hunting trip to 
Argentina the first week of July.  


Precious Daughter and her handsome husband went to Chicago for a short vacation so little Jack's Grammy and Cami stayed home and spent a lot of fun, quality time with our little grandson and each other!  We took GG (Great Grandma) to brunch one day.  Jack had a great time, too!

Even though our vegetable garden has had a slow start this year with all of the rain and cool weather, THIS week I've been busy with some of the vegetables that are coming in.  We're enjoying cucumbers, peppers, beets and the last of the lettuce.   


 The green beans in the raised bed have been great!  We've had lots of fresh beans for dinner and I've been able to put up 12 quarts and 5 pints.  
More beans have been planted where the peas were so, hopefully, we will have another good harvest in late summer. 

Our county fair has been this week.  I was asked to judge the open class (non-4-H members) on stitching, crochet and quilting.  Here is a fun example of one of the quilts.  The lady who entered was 75 years old!!  Isn't it beautiful?  

Our Master Gardener group has a demonstration garden at our county health department.  Another MG and I put in this succulent garden in an elevated raised bed.  This bed is on legs which makes it higher and easily accessible for those with bad backs.  It has a tendency to dry out quicker than our other raised beds so we decided to see how succulents do.  It actually looked really pretty when we finished.  We will see how each variety does in this environment.

The day lilies and wildflowers around our house are gorgeous now!

Coneflowers
 Vervain
Rudbeckia

And I have to leave  you with a darling picture of J with our little Jack.  
Isn't this a sweet photo?

Thanks for stopping by!  I'm wishing each of you lots of blessings this week!!

Zenda