Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Letter Shoe Box

We've been going through our cedar chests (we have 3 of them that Alan built when we were first married) and I ran across this shoe box that my paternal grandmother had sent me years and years ago. It contains letters that my dad wrote to her during and after WWII. I've been reading a few every evening and put them in chronological order by the post mark dates. They run from 1941 to 1949.

Knowing my dad so well, his words just brought me closer to him. In the war years, he couldn't say where he was stationed and every letter from that period had a passed censor stamp on it. Later he was stationed at Tsingtao, China. He does speak alot about the Chinese people, their culture and what he experienced after the war. He became very fluent in Chinese also. I haven't finished reading all the letters but they're fascinating.  I also inherited a large photo album and hope to coordinate the photos to the letters if I am able to. In some of the letters, he asks for a camera and he evidently got one as there are a ton of war time photos. 

With Memorial day coming up, we will be flying our flag in memory of all those that endured much and serviced with honor.
So thankful to my grandmother for saving these precious bits of history.!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Happenings and Squash

Wow, I didn;t realize it had been some time before I last posted. Its been a busy and stressful few weeks.
I was woke up at 1 a.m. a few weeks ago to my husband calling for me. He had fallen in the garage and hit his head on a heavy metal desk he has out there. Blood everywhere and a deep cut on his head which needed stitches. So I quickly got dressed and got him in the car to go to the emergency room.
We;'re both so thankful to the Loma Linda emergency, they took him right in and got him taken care of. He got 9 stitches in  his scalp. They also checked with a MRI to check for any concussion or brain problems. Thankfully he has a thick head!
He had been trying to reach for something in the garage and stepped up on a kitty litter plastic box which collapsed. Yes, he now knows that was a dumb thing to do. 65 year old men often don't realize their age or so it seems.
Here is a photo of his poor head. He has the stitches out now and you'd never know anything had happened. The doctor did a great job.

A week later, Jayden got sick with a stomach ailment and we all fell like dominions. One after another got sick with the same thing. Chills and stomach upset. April has been a rough month for everyone. When it rains, it pours.

Everyone seems to have recovered now and hopefully things can get back to normal. Our trio group decided not to have a giveaway this month but we will have one in May. I haven't stitched much this month due to the situation but sure miss it so will be coming up with  some new things soon. 

Our garden is doing producing and we're been enjoying peas and carrots, beets too. Those have all been harvested. We put in loads of tomato plants now, ready for the summer.
We planted a new type of  summer squash, its called "Cupcake" and is exclusively with Burpee seeds.
If you click on the link above, it will take you to the Burpee website. There is a video that explains all about this new summer squash and  how good it is. Its a combination of a patty pan and a zucchini. Great for stuffing which is what I did in the photo. Very tender and tasty. Like zucchini, the plant produces alot too! I served the stuffed squash with baked chicken thighs, and green beans with crispy onions.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Our Trio Giveaway

The Crafting Trio is having our March giveaway and there are going to be 3 winners. Above is the one that I'm giving away, this cute Yorkie puppy card. There are two other items being given away so I hope you go sign up as there will be 3 winners. Just chose which of the items you;d like and sign up! You can also find this card in my Etsy shop as I've made several.
Another card that is just listed is this Shih Tzu

These cards are not found anywhere else right now so if you want something unique and not the ordinary, please check out my shop. I'm working on some other ones now, old fashioned vintage transport, a penny farthing bike, a old time auto and a biplane. I thought they'd be nice for Fathers Day.

If you have problems entering the giveaway, just leave a comment here and I will count you in. For some reason, only Google + people seem to be able to enter. I've reported the problem.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesday Visit

I've been fairly busy so haven't posted much this last week. I wanted to share my African violets with you as they're blooming so well right now.

I also finished a new candle mat. I made this one rather primitive and I really like it. Its a pretty sunflower.

                                    Its in my Etsy shop now and ready for a new home.

I've also signed up for Bible Gateway's 40 Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer and its terrific. Today he speaks about work and prayer...

Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
   and prosper for us the work of our hands․
   O prosper the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17

Monday, March 9, 2015

Garden News, and New Listings

The nectarine tree is loaded with blossoms. It does every year but never seems to set much fruit. I'm not sure if its birds or just bad luck. But since its such a pretty little tree, we enjoy it anyway. The french isis hasn't bloomed yet this year. I look every day for any buds but so far no.

                      We cooked beet greens last night and they were yummy. First greens of the season,
and the strawberries are blooming and have green berries that will be ripe in a few days.

The weather has been wonderful, warm and sunny. We've had a few winter rain storms which are so needed and the hills are covered in wild flowers. Below are lupine.

                                                               Its a great time of year!

  I've also listed a few new things in my Etsy shop....two puppy cards and a wall hanging...

Plus our Trio Blog will be having a March giveaway very soon. I hope you will all sign up for it. I'm giving away another candle mat and this one will reflect the time of year with a big sunflower!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday Post

For my birthday this year, Alan got me a really cool tablet. I'd seen others using them at the hospital and thought I might like one. I didn't really know what I was getting into but sure love it. Its a android Verizon ellipsis 7 for those in the know.
Earlier last year, I had put a Kindle app on my desk computer for free. You can download them on the Amazon.com site. I'd downloaded a number of free books from there. But I didn't realize until after I got the tablet that I could also have the same kindle on it. So I now have not only a tablet but a kindle! I'm reading the complete works of Sherlock Holmes right now. I do love a good well written mystery! I love the feel of regular books but its handy to read in the car, etc. also at night as it lights up so I don't have to turn on a light to disturb Alan.

Nancy finished the coffee mug mats and sent them back to me. I realized that I had some little wire hangers from way back when that would work and think these really look cool.  I don't have them on the wall yet .
                                                            Great for the kitchen
                                  Not sure if I'll keep them or put them in my Etsy shop.
I'm also stitching another candle mat for her daughters birthday. Its the same pattern as the one I gave away on our Trio blog...Here's the photo of that one..

                 She sent me some nice muslin to use plus enough for several more projects.
I also completed two more dog stitched cards, another Shih Tzu and a Yorkie. But the photos are not good so am not going to share them yet. I've continually having trouble with the digital camera focus.
Its hit and miss. The Shih Tzu came out ok but not the Yorkie.

just remember that this Sunday the clocks will be changing again, sigh. Seems like as I get older, the time change is harder, or is it just me?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Iowa Hawk Soap

Nancy has made up some Iowa Hawk orange scented soap and I wanted to let all the Hawkeye fans out there, it will only be available for a limited time. These are the best soap that I know of and would make a wonderful little gift for that special fan. Stock up for Christmas, birthday or other holiday!
Just comment and let me know if you're interested and I'll get you in touch with her. The soap is quite reasonable in price also.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Finished Card and other news

I finished the Shih Tzu card and its in my Etsy shop now. I had alot of fun making this little puppy. I think she's really cute. She's become my favorite, I think. She's my No. 1.

We've only gotten 12 people to sign up for the February Giveaway so hope if you're reading this , you'll take the time to sign up. One winner this time, so there is a good chance  you will win. Go over to the Crafting Friends Trio to sign up, here is the link. 
I'm giving away this rather primitive candle mat which is exclusive for the giveaway.

                        Its called In My Garden and the pattern is from Primitive Stitches.

Its  was a wet and cool weekend for us. The storm came in Friday evening and we woke on Saturday to cool wet rain. The peas are going crazy with the wet stuff and I've seen a big leap in growth with them. Also two more tomato seedlings sprouted in their peat pots.
and now for a funnie..

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sneak Peak!

This is a sneak peak of the third in the series of dog cards..this is a little Shih Tzu puppy. They are adorable little dogs but do take alot of grooming.  I just finished stitching her last night and haven't made the card up yet but think shes kinda cute.  Many of these stitched cards are suitable for framing.

Here is a photo of a Shih Tzu puppy...

Friday, February 20, 2015

Some New Cards

I've been stitching some greeting cards, and doing a series of dog patterns..this is a favorite of a Border Collie. The saying is My Best Friend.
Here is another one, this one is called Top Dog...he's just a muttly dog, no particular breed.

The third one I'm not finished with yet..its a Shih Tzu puppy. I'll share that another day. There are more in the series so I hope to get those patterns soon.

I took the photos outside as you can see the dimension, otherwise they look rather flat which isn't the case at all. You will find these cards and more in my Etsy shop, Sweet Home Stitchery