Monday, August 15, 2016

Here I am!!

Dear Friends:
I have missed all of you, but have tried to check in and see what fun things you are doing!
You know that I have been trying to get everything from my husband sorted out.  I have everything almost done and completed!  I am so relieved!

I am determined to totally finish a few more ornaments!  I will keep you posted!  I have a nice, big stack just sitting there and waiting for me!

I went to my mailbox today, and look at the wonderful things that were waiting for me!!!
Kim sent one of her lovely RAKs and I am just so thrilled!

Her gift is totally personalized...cats and music...my two favorite things!
Look at my precious Treble Kitty!!!  Isn't he special with his little charm on his tail!
And look at the precious little August kitty chart!  Also included are music ribbon and fabric and black and white floss!! (just like on the piano!)



I am just blown away, and this made me feel so much better!  It's been a tough few weeks, but it's slowly getting a little bit better.  I think it will definitely take a while but I'm hanging in there!  I have smiled a lot today--every time I see my cute cat ornament!  Thank you so much, Kim!  Everything is just perfect!

I will be checking back soon with a finish.

I also bought the Just Cross Stitch Halloween issue.  I liked several patterns in there and decided to splurge and get some new "reading material"!!

Thanks for stopping by and please visit again to see what is going on next!

Frances

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July to all my blogging friends!!

 

Here's two views of my Fourth of July tree!  I always enjoy this tree.  Patriotic decorations are all over town right now!  And fireworks are tonight!

Thank you for your kind and loving comments to my last post.  I am sad and lonely, but I know things will get better!  I never would have guessed that our lives would come to this point at such an early age, but you just never know what is in store for you.  I have read that people who were happy before a tragic event usually can become happy once again, so I'm counting on that!!!!

Happy Fourth to everyone!

Frances

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Where I've Been...

Dear Blogging Friends,

I am so very behind, and have thought about posting so many times recently.
I truly think I will finally get caught up and back into the wonderful swing of blogging and stitching!

I am a very private person, and you know that I usually post mainly about stitching, with a few fun things thrown in the mix.

My darling, sweet husband had been sick for the last 16 months.  I always thought he would get well. This has been a long, hard journey and last Tuesday he lost his battle with lung cancer.  Before you ask, he was not a smoker and this is just one of those things.....

We are devastated and sad beyond all sadness.  I cannot believe he is gone and I cannot believe that I am a widow in my 50s.  But this is how it is and we will keep going and somehow we will be ok.

I didn't have much to post recently--I had been caring for him more and more, which took all of my time.  You know I wouldn't have been anywhere else but with him.  I still have my church job, which I am so grateful to have!  We had a beautiful Funeral Mass there in the Cathedral and it was so lovely.

I have a stack of finishing to do, and hope to jump into that for some pleasure and distraction from all of the other stuff I must now take care of!  I also plan to put up my patriotic tree this week.

Anyway, please say a prayer for my family.  We will heal and be ok, I know.  My son and his wife are doing ok and we've been spending a lot of time together.  I'm also grateful for my beautiful cat Omar--he is such company and I'm so glad to have him with me!

I'm sorry this is such a "down" post, but I wanted to explain my huge absence.  I will be back on a happier note very soon!

Frances



Sunday, April 3, 2016

Back Yet Again!!

Hello Blogging Friends!!
I am back to blogging now...Holy Week and Easter are behind me now!  What a great feeling to have it all finished!  Everything went so well.  It was really beautiful!

The week before Holy Week, we lost one of our retired Bishops.  We were sorry because he was such a lovely person and will be sorely missed.  I have played for priests' funerals before, but never for a Bishop!  It's a three day group of events!!!  And this was the week before Holy Week!  I could not believe it, but everything was wonderful.  It was a joyous funeral.  We just had to juggle things greatly at the last minute!  Bishops from all over came--here is a photo of them during the processional hymn.  Quite an impressive bunch!


I went shopping at the Salvation Army (after leaving some donations!) and couldn't pass up this little strawberry picture.  It was a whole dollar!!  I plan to take it apart and make a little pillow ornament with it!  So sweet.  I always feel bad to see someone's hard work end up in a junk store!


You all know how wild I am about my sweet kitty Omar!  I got him a little t shirt.  You can see that he is not a fan of t shirts!  His expression is priceless!  I guess I'm just not going to have a cat that wears clothes!!!  hahaha   It even says "mommy's little dude" on it! hahaha


I'm embarrassed to show my Easter tree now, but I will do it anyway!!!!  It was cute and I enjoyed fixing it.  I will pull off the obvious Easter things and add some flowers and butterflies to make it a Spring tree!

 


I love all my sweet bunnies and carrots!

Finally, here are a few photos of the Cathedral decorated for Easter.  It is truly a stunning place!







Our weather has been delightful in Mississippi, except for the pollen and oak tassels!! Everyone is snorting and snooting!  But that's just how it is at this time of year.  These azaleas were so pretty at the rectory.  The bushes are so full!


Thank you for stopping by and please come back soon!  I hope I will have more posts and finishes to show very soon!  I am planning a big finishing day--my stack is growing and I'm very anxious to jump in and get some things done!  Now that Easter is over, we have a long stretch of calm regular Sundays!  YAY!!  Nothing special!  I feel like I will finally be back in my normal life!


Happy Spring!
Frances

Thursday, February 25, 2016

St. Paddy's is coming soon!

Dear Blogging Friends:

I have taken down the Valentine Tree and now have the St. Patrick's tree up!

 

This green tree always makes me happy!  I don't have any new cross stitched ornaments, but I do have a sweet little Lizzie Kate kitted up to do--hopefully before the holiday is over!!!

St. Patrick's Day is such a fun day here.  Jackson has the St. Paddy's Day Parade, and it is so much fun!  Everyone wears green and throws beads and dyed green potatoes!  (not sure about that, but it's always done!).  Many of you may have seen the books about the Sweet Potato Queens.  They were always in the St. Paddy's Day parade, until recently!
They are so funny!  Google them if you aren't familiar!!  A Riot!
Anyway, a local shopping mall used to have a Miss St. Paddy's Day Pageant.  It was a farce--not a real one!  Everyone was silly and dressed up funny!  To make a long story short, a friend of mine posted on Facebook a photo of me from like 1995, when I was Miss St. Paddy's!!!  In the parade, I rode in a golf cart driven by an Elvis Impersonator!  It is such a highlight of my life!  hahaha
My name was Miss Kitty from the City and I wore leopard and tiger print, with large fuzzy tiger slippers with plastic claws!  I teased my hair and wore a Burger King crown!!


Our weather has been so wonderful lately...except for the horrible storms a couple of days ago!  ha
The Canada Geese love to come in our yard and visit.  Here is a sweet couple, just waltzing and honking through the yard!  Look at all those sweet gum balls on the ground! They make such a mess!



I had a wonderful trip to Louisiana last week.  I accompany a friend of mine from when we studied for our Masters Degrees.  She is a wonderful singer.  We presented a program on music from the Harlem Renaissance and it was such a delight!  It was at an art museum--a beautiful setting!


I even have a tiny bit of stitching to show!!!  It's a very tiny bit, but some, at least!  And one is not quite completed!!  I stitched these with some wonderful floss that was sent to me by our sweet friend Annette.  This floss is Cosmo Seasons floss.  It is wonderful!  Egyptian cotton and glides beautifully!  I didn't know about it--we have no local stores--only Michael's and Hobby Lobby, and they only carry DMC.  Thank you again, so much, Annette!!!  I will make these into two sweet little ornaments!  I am getting a bit of a stack for finishing.  I will have to take a day and get it all done!


 

Thank you for visiting by blog, and please stop by again soon!
Frances


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello fellow bloggers!
I hope you all had a good week and are enjoying a relaxing weekend!  This is a fun weekend because Sunday is Valentine's Day!  I have always heard teachers say that children really enjoy Valentine's Day more than anything else...they love those silly little cards! I do remember how much fun it was to sit down and fix Valentines for everyone in the class. We would make a Valentine bag from a white paper bag that we decorated! Everyone would walk by the desks and deposit Valentines in all the bags!  Ha!  Such fun!

Of course, it's time to see my Valentine Tree!



I like this shorter tree, that's a little "fatter" than the one I used for Mardi Gras....what can you do when you have two holidays at practically the same time???  Oh, such problems!!



 


I love these fun ornaments!  I probably have more Valentine cross stitch than any of the other holidays.  I love the fun colors!  I also like the pale pink and hot pink filigree heart lights.  They came from Target and are battery operated, so you don't have all those cords everywhere!  I have 3 sweet little furry monkeys--pink, red, and black!  And you might remember that I have quite a few little "antique" Valentines on there.  My cousin was cleaning out her mother-in-law's things and came across these from the early 1930s.  She asked if I wanted them...silly question!  They are so sweet!  I've enjoyed tucking them in empty spots on the tree.

I turned my back for one second, and Omar had to come and check out the tree!  Haha! He loves to be sure he knows exactly what's going on everywhere!


Speaking of Omar, (I think I really need a grandchild to funnel my energy toward!!!) Anyway, you may remember my strange post that he loves to roll around on my bra.....yes, I know this is odd to post!  Anyway, I was changing in the bathroom and dropped my bra and he pounced right on it!  (of course!)  I know it's weird to show, but I think this is so cute!!  (don't think we're strange!!)


He just rolled and rolled!  Doesn't he look happy????  He can pretty much camouflage on that white floor.  He might get stepped on one day!

I hope you have a fun weekend.  Thanks for stopping by and please visit again soon!

Frances

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mardi Gras!!

Well, Mardi Gras is just now over!  And I am just now showing my tree!  haha
This year, I used my super skinny tree, and I think I really prefer a fatter tree for all of my "loot"!!!!  But, this tree had New Years on it, and after I took that stuff off, I just grabbed Mardi Gras and started on that!  I have Valentines on the shorter, fatter tree, which I will show tomorrow!
I have used a parasol on top before, but the skinny little top couldn't handle the parasol, so I just plopped a crown on top and continued to decorate!  It has some cross stitched ornaments, masks, and feathers, as well as several things I have bought through the years when visiting New Orleans.  It also has beads from parades!


Here are a few close up photos!  I like the bright happy colors!



Last year I bought a pack of plastic Mardi Gras ornaments on the deep sale aisle at Walmart! About four or five of them were cracked, so they were pitched a few weeks ago! (maybe a sign that I don't need to buy any!!)   Skinny tree couldn't hold them all, so I put some around the house in jars and bowls.  It spreads the fun and color!



I am so pleased with my sweet cat, Omar!  He has been such a joy!  Here is a photo of me with him, and you can tell that he's really not wanting his photo made!  (yes, that is our Christmas tree, but this was taken a while back...our tree is not still up!!)


He is a mix breed, with Turkish Angora being prominent in his appearance.  I wasn't familiar with the breed, but they have a big mane and chiseled facial bone structure.  I'd say that's a good description!


Lastly, cats do what they do, when they want to!  He knows he's not supposed to get on the kitchen table (or any table) but I caught him in the act!


This was my mother's oak dining set.  She liked antiques and had rust velvet chair bottoms in this.  I selected the leopard with silver piping, and my curtains were finally installed!  They are a silver linen with square silver studs.  The color is off in this photo. The walls are taupe.  But I'm happy with how things are turning out!

Thanks for reading this post, and I hope to have my Valentine tree posted very, very soon!  I also have a few little completed stitches to show!  I've been running around doing all sorts of stuff.  My poor blog has suffered again, but I also have tried to look over yours when I can!  Some of you are stitching such beautiful things!  I am so envious!  I must catch up with you!  haha

Please stop by again soon!
Frances