Monday, March 28, 2016

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!  I woke up yesterday morning to find that my sweet baboo had organized an Easter Egg hunt for me with Cadbury Eggs.  (Note: All chocolate was hidden safely out of reach of Liesl.  Dog Safety first!)  It was a great surprise and made me smile!  Then we were off to church for a wonderful Easter service.  Our festivities culminated in my sweet baboo treating me to a pretty swanky brunch overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  It was very relaxing and the ocean was so beautiful.

We decided to get a little yardwork done after we got home from brunch.  The yard was such a mess.  The rain that we finally got in California this year also made the weeds THRIVE!  Unfortunately, this lushness creates hiding places for critters.  The yard has been like Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.  Just a couple of weeks ago Bill found a couple of young raccoon brother back there, supposedly hunting grubs.  They are so dangerous to dogs, so we needed to eliminate the hiding spots.  I trimmed the bushes and pulled the large weeds in the flower beds.  Today I am doing the ol' day-after-weeding-Frankenstein-walk. 

I am excited because I got the raised bed cleared.  It still had remnants of tomato and pepper plants, so I was thrilled to clear it.  We are headed into a warming trend so I am ready to start the seeds I purchased last month.  Vegetables we grow ourselves taste amazing.  We had to go to Home Depot on Saturday.  They had beautiful blueberry plants on sale so we picked one up.  Fortunately, the nice lady at the checkout told us that we need a second one for pollination purposes.  We would have wondered what we were doing wrong.  I would greatly welcome any blueberry growing tips.  I love them!

Finally, in the evening, I got to stitch.  I am so close to finishing this block.  It is all confetti stitching so it takes forever.  I do love how it is coming along.  It is interesting how the photo looks slightly different from the stitched piece.  I think I am so close to the stitching that I do not see how it all comes together with so much color and dimension as it does in the photo.  While I do love Teresa Wentzler's work, I am not sure I have what it takes to ever stitch another one of her pieces.

Well, it has been a busy day.  I have to put some kissies on a beautiful little schnauzer's sweet head...



phylis said...

Your Teresa Wentzler's piece is looking very pretty. I've always liked her patterns.Her patterns are so intricate, I don't know if I have that much patience any more.I have way more, that I want to do than I could do in a lifetime.I hope all is well with you and your little family.I look forward to your next post. Have a good day/weekend. We are supposed to have snow and cold here in Southwest, Virginia.

Patti said...

Hi Phylis! Thank you so much for your very kind post. My apologies for not responding sooner. I got hit hard with that darn flu and have not spent a lot of time on my computer.

Wishing you warm weather and sunny skies!


Jeanne said...

I've gotten out my unfinished Fruit Bellpull over the past month or so. You are so right about how much work it is! I'm on my 3rd block...I changed the order of the blocks from her design. So far I've done the grapes and apples and getting close to finishing up the cherries but it's a very labor-intensive block like the grapes were. I'm following the chart using the floss as charted and my floss was kitted up about 10 yrs ago so there shouldn't be any effect from the colors changing slightly in recent years. However I'm disappointed in some of this block...the cherries are too pinkish/purplish and I wish they were more red. Also when I look at the photo of this block in the book I'm using (The Best of Just Cross Stitch) the colors of the leaves and stems look very different from my stitched piece. My stems hardly can be seen and I'm going to stitch on top of them again with a darker color. Very frustrating! This is my last TW piece...I'm contemplating one more block (the peaches don't look too bad) but I'm not doing all 6 for sure!