Monday, April 22, 2013

Stitching, Knitting, Shopping

So I have done a bit of stitching at last. Here is my progress on Autumn at HRH. I am enjoying the  piece but found the over 1 on 25 getting a bit tedious  so I switched  to my latest Mystic Stitch effort. It is called Magpie  and I am working over 2 on 32 count. That should be easier on the eyes except that the colours so far are a pretty boring mixtures of taupes and greys in a large variety of shades. 

                                                    I have managed to knit up a few socks.
Last week I went shopping.  I do not like the Ott Light that I have been using for a few years. I had bought it at Michaels and found it to be wobbly. The shaft connects in the middle and the threads are stripped and it never did sit well in the base so I treated myself to a new one. I'll take this one home and leave the old one here. As an added bonus I got 50% off  the price at Joann's so I am feeling pretty pleased with myself.

While there I picked up some more yarn for socks. I think there may be socks in the familys' Christmas stockings this year!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Hi Everyone, I know it has been a long time since my last blog but things have been happening. As you know  we came to Florida after the March retreat and a very stressful number of months with Dan's Dad's illness and death in February. If ever we were ready for a break from routine and reality this was the year for it. 
So here we are in Florida. We spent a couple of weeks in the  rental house which we enjoyed for the last 3 years we have been coming down here. However this year, we bit the bullet and bought our own place and here is a shot of Dan carrying me over the threshold of the new house!
We did not purchase it in two weeks. We had been looking for 2 years and during the winter our excellent Real Estate agent, Ron Kubala found us the perfect house. We closed the deal after we got here.
He also had to carry Paddy over the threshold.

And of course Mollie too!

Here we are having a meal on our lovely lanai overlooking the pool. We spend a lot of time out there. it is screened, shaded and private.

My stitching has taken a bit of a back seat to a lot of other things so far on this holiday but I am hoping to get back at it  very soon. Yesterday we had a bug guy coming to spray the house  so in anticipation of the fact that he was going to spray all the baseboards, we pulled out ALL the furniture and appliances in all the rooms and vacuumed   behind and under them  and wiped down all the baseboards.  I have to tell you we were somewhat unimpressed with the cleanliness of the house  but it is pretty shipshape right now.
Now that the moving in, the cleaning, the placing of things where we want them, the buying of the stuff that was missing,the arranging for TV and Internet,  the improvements that Dan is puttering at, are all mostly done I am planning on stitching and blogging more. 
I have some photos on my camera of some visitors who came by yesterday  and of course I will show my limited progress on my new Mystic stitch piece and on Autumn at HRH. Alas my 40ct Rosewood Manor piece has not yet seen the light of day but photos of the others will be posted soon.