What I’m Working On

Hospital time has given me stitching time.  I finished this one…

If you’ve been reading the blog you know that I started this series of Sheep Virtues by Little House Needleworks back in January before Kramer was diagnosed with cancer.  Little did I know when I bought them how fitting they would be.  I’ve stitched “Hope”, “Love”, “Peace”, “Courage”, “Faith” and now “Simplicity”.  I was thinking “Simplicity” was a little lame.  I really didn’t think that was so relevant in my life right now.  Wow…did that change as I stitched.

I’ve learned that many things mean so little in life once you get to where we are.  It’s truly the simple things that matter.  It matters that we are together.  It matters that we have our kids and friends.  It really doesn’t matter that when I went to the hospital with Kramer, I had capris packed and it was colder weather and I wished I had pants.  It doesn’t matter that I accidentally packed two socks that didn’t match.  All of this doesn’t matter at all.

Simplicity really has taken on a new meaning for me.

With “Simplicity” finished, I am on to “Patience”

I love this one…and again, it seems it will be a timely sentiment.

Kelli gifted me a cross stitch pattern…this one.
We had both liked it.  I am excited to kit a couple of these up and throw them in my stitchy bag.  Working on something quick while I’m on the go really makes me feel like I accomplished a lot.  So..this is on my to-do this week list….

I can see that I’m going to want to get the other patterns in this series.  Am I goofy that once I start a series I want the whole thing??

Anyway…Kitting these up are on my to-do list.  I should probably kit up the June one but I like the April one best…Oh decisions, decisions.

The rest of my weekend was spent gardening…

On Sunday Kramer and I went to the garden center.  I got the impatients from my front boxes….

I got the ones that line the driveway….
and I got the tomatoes, peppers and cabbages.

I thought about not putting in a garden this year.  But then I decided that I wanted to “feel normal”.  A garden is normal around here.  I also decided that we’ll be sticking around home and I’ll want to get out of the house from time to time and the garden is a great place to go.

Who knows…maybe it will be a large week patch but for now, I want to give it a try.

11 thoughts on “What I’m Working On”

  1. I agree simplicity has taken on a new meaning for me too. I have become a minimalist (not with fabric; can’t have too much fabric)! Your yard looks beautiful!!!

  2. This is a great series – may have to purchase it eventually!
    Your yard looks great – normalcy has such an impact on our lives, doesn’t it? Happy to hear Kramer can get out for awhile. I’ll bet he enjoys the normalcy too.
    Have a great week.

  3. Carol Lorraine Stearns

    Love love the garden! So pretty! Some day, would you turn your stitching over so we can see the back. I recently picked it back up again and never did learn how to make the back pretty. Its a mess. How do you bury your thread. I like the KISS METHOD MYSELF. Keep it Simple S—-d.

  4. If you think about it, tell us what you put around the tomatoes. I’m guessing to keep away cut worms? They look like clay tubes but I’ve never seen any short pipes like that at my garden places. I would have planted also!! Just think of the frustration you can take out on weeds, haha!!

  5. Jo, after seeing your garden picture last year, I planted my tomatoes and peppers in clay tiles. We had a dry summer and being able to put a half gallon of water in each tile, twice, was so much easier and more effective than watering the whole garden. I had lots of tomatoes and peppers.

    Wishing only good news for you and Kramer.

  6. Jo, is that rhubarb growing in your garden in the back corner? Oh, how I wish I could grow that! It doesn’t get cold enough in the winter here in SC. Do you make pies? Can you tell I’m hungry for it? Hahaha Luckily, I can find it at my grocery store but man, is it ever expensive! It’s a treat when I buy it. I’m glad you planted your garden and flowers. Digging in the dirt therapy!

  7. Maxine Corimski

    I have to laugh when another stitcher turns over my stitching to look on the back. My grandmother taught me over 65 years ago how to hide the tails of my sewing. You just weave it under other threads. Before stitching an area (counted cross stitch) I review the area, planning how I can stitch it and save as much thread as I can. It makes me proud when someone turns over my stitchings. But most of my patterns are matted and framed so only my framer and I know what the backs look like. But I know, that’s what is important. In counted cross stitch you are not supposed to knot any thread, but — I knot single thread stitches because I do not trust them. But it’s such a little knot. If anyone needs to know how to hide thread, please do not hesitate to contact me at corimskimaxined@yahoo.com.
    Jo I wish my family was as closely woven as yours is. I follow your posts faithfully and send them on to a quilter that I know. May God bless you and yours and keep Roger wrapped in His loving arms. And breath the life of good health into his soul.

  8. Beautiful flowers ~ so cheery! Your landscaping looks so lovely! Great to read ~ a visit for both of you to the local nursery! Nothing better than homegrown tomatoes! My prayers for good health to both of you!

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