I got my computer back from the repair shop today. $170 bill for a new power jack. Of course, the warranty expired three weeks ago.We have had nothing but problems with this laptop since we bought it and I will NEVER buy this brand again.
Since my last post was photoless I will do my best to improve it this time. Here we go.
First up, photos of Beatrice, Adriana (Beatrice's mom) and I at our Sunday stitch and visit. I just love these two people and was delighted to be able to spend some quality time with them. On the back of the couch behind us is part of Adriana's latest work - an angel full of Kreinik and beads and she is 92!!
Next up, Cathy B.s Neighbourhood. Cathy asked us to stitch something representative of where we live. Since I spend 6 months of the year in Arizona and have for the past 6 years I decided to stitch something representing the southwest. My block came from a Cross My Heart booklet from 2000 called Shades of the Southwest. I added the saguaro cactus and the mountains.
I worked on Paradigm last week and am within a dozen stitches of finishing page 1. That means there are only 9 more pages to go!!!
Since I was on a neighbourhood roll and I had two in my possession I decided to keep going. Next up was Erin's neighbourhood and she wanted a woodsy, rustic theme. For her I chose my pattern from the Page A Day Cross Stitch Calendar - January 10th to be exact. Since we are presently in Canada babysitting our grandchildren in the midst of the snow I really liked this one. I added the Canada Goose and the Beaver from Thea Dueck's Canadian Cross stitch to add a little Canadian flair. I really enjoyed this stitch and I hope Erin likes it too. I have also included a photo of her neighbourhood to this point too. Since I was done with this so early, I sent it off to Annemarie and when I let her know she says she is already looking at patterns!!!
Last, and never least, I thought I would include a couple of photos of our grandsons. One photo is of Poppa and Jackson reading the newspaper and the second Jackson, Hunter and Poppa are playing with PlayDoh. There are no photos of me since I am holding the camera and therefore am not ever in the photos.
It has been very interesting - a lot of fun, a lot of laughter and totally exhausting looking after our two grandsons. We took them to their swimming lessons last Saturday. My organizational skills revived themselves very quickly making sure we had all the necessary ingredients for a successful trip. Jackson is a little fish in the water and spends more time under the water than on top. DH had to go in the water with Hunter as he is in the very early stages and is rather tentative. Tuesday was "Visit with the Doctor" day. Hunter was due for his needles and Jackson was due for his 3 year old checkup. We left the house, ran into a snowstorm, drove into the city (very slowly) promptly got lost and arrived at the doctors 1/2 hour late. The appointments were successful. Both boys are in great shape!!! Thank goodness the parents weren't around. We may have gotten fired.
Looking after the two boys has revived my earlier days. I am back to organizing backpacks for daycare, meals, laundry, play time, snack time, nap time, bed time and any other time in between. I have picked up 40 sippy cups, 100 little trucks and 1000 legos and assorted toys. I have changed 20 dirty diapers, given 14 splash filled baths, kissed 10 boo -boos and held my hands over my ears only 40 or so times (well, maybe less). Through it all, it has been an experience I will never forgot. The parents return Friday afternoon. We love our grandsons dearly but will happily settle back into the roll of grandparents. It is much more relaxing and much less responsible. I am too old to be so responsible.
Now, to a new problem. Somehow, I have the same photos at the bottom of this post and have no idea how to delete them - end result - too many photos $)%T^&@J
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