Mar 25, 2014

For the second time..

Lydia Hinckley!  And I wouldn't even mind stitching her for a third time.  I will remove her partner Frances from the mount board and sew them both for hanging.  I don't want a lot of color on the back so I'm using two different neutrals and will age the linen a little before sewing.
It's so hard to find fabrics that I like locally.  I do have three quilt shops within a half hour but only one carries Moda (limited choices) and I seem to like their designers best.  Most of the fabrics I see are for quilts (guess that's why they are called quilt shops)- bright, floral, colorful.  I like muted, simple, and drab.  I have to go for scans Thursday and Friday may be another golf day for husband so the web will be my shopping guide.  No I don't like to drive any distance by myself because 1. I am directionally challenged and couldn't find my way off a one way street, and 2. I'm a white knuckle driver waiting for another old fart to smack me.  Yes I have a GPS but that bitch has an attitude and we don't get along.
All your purchases were mailed yesterday and I thank you.  I hope you like them!  Here's a few things I learned yesterday. 
1.  Never sell ALL your inventory - keep a spare in case of a finishing accident.
2.  When waxing the finished product, remember that it can get slippery.
3.  Never wax an item over a sink with water filled dishes.
4.  Put the dirty dishes where they belong - in the dishwasher.
I'll be 63 in a few months and still learn something every day.  We went to the Social Security office and my husband signed up for benefits.  He'll be 66 in July and this visit really drove home that we are "seniors". Without pensions, it will be a change. The majority of our friends and neighbors are retired teachers with 100% salary for pensions (all over $68,000 a year PLUS full social security), and they still complain even though they are making much more in retirement than when working. ?????  He's still not sure when he will leave the job, no earlier than July, but maybe not until January.  I guess it will depend on how the fish are biting.
The sun is shining and temps in the 50's are coming my way for the weekend (after a snow dusting this afternoon).  My CA cousin is in rehab for a few more weeks after her six bypasses and I thank you all for your well wishes and prayers.  The surgeon is amazed, never thought she would make it through the surgery.  My MN cousin in the nursing home doesn't understand the concept of a gift, and the beautiful pink journal and card weren't received with joy as I had hoped.  So sad.  So quick.  A vibrant, world traveling, honored teacher, can no longer understand the world in her early 60's.   Embrace each day, learn something new, be grateful for your thoughts.
Stay safe - thanks for visiting.


Vickie said...

They look great Marly.
Thanks for the words of wisdom. So very true.

Shirlee said...

Great looking projects my friend. I must admit ... neither of us having been teachers in PA ... living on retirement has been a learning experience. Every so often I think of the days I used to go into a store & tell the salesclerk "I'll take that" without even looking at the price tag. Sigh! But like you say ... embrace each day. You never know what the next one will bring.

Kathy F said...

Check out Country Sampler in Spring Green WI. they have a great website & all the drab fabric you could ever want!! Take care & good lych with the scans.


Dianne said...

I have been 'lurking' on your site and enjoying your needlework for quite some time. Your humor and perspective always make me smile! love your samplers and thank you so much for your freebies...I have stitched one of your pears and hope to do more. I adore your primitive style and the ongoing tale of your painting and remodeling...Thank your for the reminder to enjoy and cherish each day, whatever it brings! have a lovely it Spring yet?!

gracie said...

Reality hits when you go to the SS Office...been there done that! And yes, shopping habits do have to change and a big yes to the fact, there will be those who make the money even after retirement and still complain. Love the stitching and hope you find just the right backing fabric.

Robin said...

Congratulations on your Lydia finish! She is lovely. I always take something away with me from your posts, Marly. Someone should chart your words of wisdom on this post about embracing life.

Enjoy your sunshine; it is snowing here and has been since about 7:30 this morning!

Robin in Virginia

C. M. Designs said...

This journey through life that we are making sure can be trying at times..
I'm sorry that your cousin didn't love your pink butterfly journal. I'm sorry that she's in the condition too.
I understand how you feel about driving.. My vehicle has been in the shop for about two weeks. The mechanics can't find what's wrong with it. My life has changed not having "wheels" to take me where I want to go.. Never thought I'd be so restricted.
I look forward to your wit and wisdom.
Charlotte in Virginia

Barb said...

Like you, I usually like Moda fabrics! Your words carry a lot of wisdom. We just spent a few days with my 90 something step-mom who seems to be loosing the ability to connect the dots. Very sad.

Carol said...

I'm so glad you have your stitching to help you deal with these trying times, Marly. Your poor cousin--I can't imagine how sad it must be to see her decline at that young age. I am very happy to hear that your other cousin is doing well, though--that is great news!

I have no pension through the library either--if only I'd become a school librarian it would be a whole other story. Oh well, I do love my job and I'm not sure I would have if I had been in a school setting day after day.

Congratulations on your Lydia finish (am wondering why the Frances Bliss one has "Sex" on it? Am I missing something???? Or maybe she just spelled Six incorrectly? I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to samplers!)

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Marly, I know what you mean about the quilt shop fabrics. Seems like brighter colors and those horrible batiks are in fashion now. Try ebay, search for Civil War Reproduction fabrics, I think you'll find a lot.
I stitched Lydia (once) year ago.

Margaret said...

Love your stitching -- the colors are what make them beautiful. Seniors -- isn't it amazing? I'm not there yet, but I can feel it coming. How do these things happen?

Heritage Hall said...

Marly ~ Could not get back for
the 8:00 deadline on the "Mary"
journal....hope you will consider
making up a few more when time allows... All of them are so
Hope your senior years will be
golden...You bring so much to life
and I hope it returns its rewards
to you ten-fold....

P.J. said...

Lydia is lovely, again. :) Continued prayers and good vibes for both of your cousins.

Chris said...

Lovely finishes Marly. These are such sweet samplers.
So glad that your cousin is doing well!
You make me smile with your GPS. I hope that you find a place for perfect fabric for your finishing.
This getting older is tough. Your friends are so lucky to have a pension like that.

Kellie from Indiana said...

63? Why you're a spring chicken! I think nowadays you're actually two decades younger than you really are. Which means Im twenty so you're 43. That logic works for me. As long as you have good health it's all just numbers, which is only good for counted cross stitch imho!

Jacqueline said...

Just hearing about your family health issues is enough to remind me that money is the least of our problems.

I retired last Sept.. no pension either but I am doing just fine. It is amazing how your life style changes to fit your pocket book and you don't miss the other stuff anyway.

Pam in IL said...

Your finish looks great! Teachers here don't pay into SS so most work part time jobs just so they can get SS benefits in addition to their teaching pensions.

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