Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Laughter heals the soul

What a week this has been!

We had our grandson, Jackson for a week's visit. He is off to school next week for the first time and we wanted some quality time with him before his life changes.

Our Jackson is all about his Poppa so I don't often come into play except as a source of food and clean clothes. However, his Poppa was busy one afternoon and we had a great time. I let him pick the schedule.
We went to the local store to buy a Matchbox car, then to the train station to watch the trains - 3 came by, then to visit his Uncle Bob at his job, then to Dairy Queen for a chocolate dipped cone and then the Splash Park for an hour or two. This necessitated driving all over the city and retracing our steps several times but he was having a great time and I was enjoying his undivided attention.
We came home to pizza for dinner and then it was Poppa for bedtime. DH took him back home to his parents Saturday.

Saturday and Sunday was Ann at Knowledge and Needles annual open house. What a great time we had. We were about 30 stitchers over the two days.

There was a great deal of food, a great deal of laughter, a large showcase of finished pieces and some small amount of stitching. Since DH was out of town, I packed up my pj's and spent the night at Ann's with some of the out of town guests. Ann's husband, Dan, made French toast and bacon on Sunday morning. It was divine.
I borrowed a couple of photos from Dani's blog. For other great shots check out Dani, Christin, Beatrice and Ann's blogs.

In this photo you will see Beatrice and mine finished Paradigm Lost.

We added fabric to them and made them into table centerpieces. We had to learn to make mitred corners and that caused lots of discussion and finally success.

My stitching progress for the week - Baby Shoes is down to the back stitching and adding the name.

My Mira RR piece is well on it's way - This is one of the little people from Crystal Christmas. What fun it is - lots of beads and some Kreinik.

I have a request. One of the ladies in our stitching circle is looking for a pattern from some magazines. They are spread over more than one magazine and with all her hunting she has had no success. I told her I would put it out there and see what happens. If you can help her please contact me.
She is looking for

Cross Stitch Collection - Lazy Days in Cotswold - Issue 88 and 89
Victorian Street Scene - Issue 97, 98 and 99

Please pass the word around. We would appreciate any help.

I want to thank everyone for your kind words, prayers and warm hugs. They are so much appreciated. We are on hold as we wait for further appointments before any decisions are made.
It is tough to wait but stitching, family and friends make the waiting easier. Thank you.


Rebecca (AKA - Rebel In Ontario) said...

Jackson looks like he is in heaven while with you and Poppa!

Loved the time we spent together on Saturday...hope to see you again soon!

Carolyn NC said...

Continued prayer for all of you in your situation. Looks like you had a great weekend with your grandson and stitching!

Ranae said...

What a fabulous Grandma you are. Will you adopt me?! I could tag along to those great stitchy get togethers. I am potty trained, lol .
Take Care

Wendy said...

Ooh your grandson looks so adorable. seems you had a great time with him!!

Love all of your stitching, this is some wonderful progress.

You are still in my thoughts, and do hope that it will soon be better.

Hugs from Belgium,

Berit said...

Hello; wandered over from Edgar Blacksheep's place. Love your stitching, especially that house square biscornu!! I have that pattern, but have never seen it stitched up! I think I smell a new start!

valerie said...

Sounds like you had a much better week. I think it's lucky you have this retreat to go to...I'm jealous! Lovely wip's. I enjoy seeing these MiraRR's traveling around.

Kim B said...

That RR looks amazing. And it sounds like Jackson's visit was a lot of fun. I'm sending prayers and happy thoughts for whatever you are going through.

Cheryl said...

Awww sounds like you had a lovely time with Jackson!
How great do those PL look hanging up together?! Impressive!
Hope your doing ok. Laughter is indeed good for the soul

mainely stitching said...

I'm glad you're having some good times despite all that's weighing on you. Wish I could help with the sought-for magazines, but alas. Take care!!!

Rachel S said...

If I'm not mistaken, those can be ordered through the magazine. At least the street scene She can either call West Coast Embroidery at 01704 873301 or mail order it by sending to West Coast Embroidery, Mayflower House, 67 Liverpool Road, Formby, Liverpool, L37 6BU. The code is CSCKIT03 for the kit in aida or CSCKIT04 for it in 28 count evenweave.

Missy Ann said...

Beautiful pictures. I'm glad you and DGS had a good day together. I was Grandpa's girl when I was little, but when I grew up I really appreciated my Grandmother. Of course I always loved her, but I really got to know her better when I got older.

Anonymous said...

It was great meeting you on the weekend - we did have a good time at Ann's.

Wanda said...

I can't even imagine how wonderful it was to spend the day with your little guy there! Such a wonderful schedule. I think he thought of everything!! Very nice progress especially on the shoes. The colors on the Mira RR are so great.

Jenny said...

My Mira RR looks like it is coming along great - love the pattern you chose.

Glad you got to have some fun time with Jackson. :)

Kathy A. said...

Thank you Rachel. We are hoping to find the books as the cost in euros is just too high!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Boy did we have fun... including the race for the red lugana!

stitcherw said...

Glad you had such a good time on your day with Jackson, sounds like you found a perfect assortment of things to do. The stitching get together sounds like it went wonderfully as well, what fun. Your stitched pieces look beautiful as well, can't wait so see more of your part of the Miri RR.

Lynn said...

One on one time with Jackson sounds like heaven. I wish my granddaughters lived closer. We had a webcam chat tonight.
Your weekend at Ann's looks like it was a blast as I'm sure it will be this coming weekend at your place. This summer just has not been a good one for me. Too much on my plate (workwise).

samplerlover said...

Hi Kathy,

It sounds as if you had a wonderful time with your Grandson. My the grow up so fast.
All your stitching looks wonderful and it looks as if you all had a wonderful time at Anns. - Sandra.

Suzanne said...

What a great time you had with your Grandson. Lovely stitching progress.

Carolien said...

The PL's are splendid!!!

Hugs, Carolien