Monday, October 31, 2016

Inventory shopping via Facebook

Really? on facebook??  Yes indeed.  The 'little' Sewing Shoppe has a page and I have started writing 'note' pages which give you available stock. At the the moment limited photos, but it will come soon.  Paypal is the method of invoicing and payment,  So if you are looking to shop at 2 am,,,check out the page on Facebook.  Thanks,.

PS: Happy Halloween,...this Facebook thing is not a 'trick' it's really there!!


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Fall is Here!!


All four seasons of the year hold just about equal share in my heart.  Fall runs right next to spring and summer with winter being just behind.  This past summer seemed to have a grip like no other 'heat' pump, but it seems to be moving on.

Currently we are watching a hurricane called Matthew headed for Florida. Needless to say, I am anxious for Bryan, Morgan, Brantley and Lisa who are situated 'inland' but seem to be right in line of the 'bulls' eye.  I pray they are safe and secure in their home and suffer no major problems.

Life is ever moving in my world. Now I am teaching one day a week at a local college campus. It makes me remember the window on the world that education shows us!! The day then ends with a bible study that is also very illuminating for me with regards to my faith and beliefs.  And all of it is helping me move onward and forward.

And fall is here. Which means time to gear up for the holiday needles and threads and revisit the permanent list of 'to do' gifts that occupies now two pages of my sewing wish list book. NONE of which have yet to be truly crossed off,...humorous in a way,  BUT also very upsetting [in my mind] that the adage:

SO MUCH FABRIC
SO LITTLE TIME

Will be my headstone carving in the end,

For my few followers this is not news, as I suspect most of you are also in the same mind frame most days.   Maybe...Just Maybe...the coming days will see a dent in the stash??

Happy Fall all!!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Follow up to Hank's Fishing trip

Saturday August 13, 2016
Cape May New Jersey

The family was supposed to go out on this boat: Lady Chris.
A good boat and really perfect size for the 15 of us. 
Captain Jeff was so wonderful to us all. He explained that because of the sea breeze [winds] it was very very choppy/rough on the water. And he offered us this boat: 
 The Miss Chris
A lovely bigger boat. For a smoother ride.
Can't tell you how compassionate Captain was. Just a true gentleman.

We went fishing!! But it was a splashing bumping ride out to the ocean! So we turned back and went into the Delaware Bay by the Ferries coast. 
Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal along Town Bank.

After a few moves..trying to find fish, and smooth water..it was rolling to be sure, there were some signs for me that it was time to say farewell.

First one, Bryan caught a small flounder! 
 Had to throw back, but that told me Hank was near.
Second: right then both a butterfly and dragon fly came by. 
Another sign it was time to send Hank off. 
We did. 

One has to know that our family has always had comedy over seriousness. 
Often sarcastic, but most times funny. This was no different.
Joe had his father, Michelle and Mike had the sky lantern.

Boat is pitching and rocking...
Joe let's Dad go down into the water after a few words which I don't remember
...bounces/splashes on one roll/wave.
And down under the boat he goes. 
Sky lantern...JUST too windy!! 
If there was a video you would have to laugh.
The lantern went kaa plop into the water and down.

Everyone went to the other side of the boat to see if 
Dad popped up over there??
Nope...he's forever swimming now.

Captain Jeff offered that we could maybe get a lantern up from the top deck?
We tried...NOPE...too windy. 
Lesson learned..sky lanterns only work in calm air!!
[that remains to be seen if true]

We fished a bit more. Came home with a few Kingfish keepers. 

This is the crew that saw Hank off. Captain Jeff is in the red shirt and Mate Gavin is the blue shirt next to him..another very special young man.
As I said before.. the family can be comical. As is proven by dear grandson Jon bunny ears over his uncle Joe.  Our family here from left to right seated:
Ron, Michelle, Sarah Beth, Myself.
Next to Capt. is Gavin, Bryan, Joe, Jon, Danielle and grandson JJ. 
 Three men on the right side are our adopted sons: Frank, Mike and Zach. 
We were missing daughter [in law] Morgan.  
Baby girls Kenzie and Brooke, and baby grandson Brantley 'Guy'
were also not along. 
Thankful we didn't bring them...
they would have been tossed around!!

For anyone outside looking in, surely they thought we were nuts, 
For us it was how Hank would have enjoyed the day!!

This was the sky as we said farewell. 
Do you see the ship? 

I do. God Keep you Hank.




Saturday, August 6, 2016

August Already?

Hard to believe it is already six days into August.  I do have to admit that I whine every summer about August arriving too fast.  Mea Culpa...it's a habit that comes from college years of working summer, and August only means that September is next.  AND that meant school days and such. 
Don't get me wrong..I loved school..,.as a youngster, College was more work. 
I digress.

It's the beginning of August. And next week, we will be going on a fishing trip. 
Hank will go fishing with his family...the whole family. Myself and the four children, and families. Along with some friends, 
And he will be given back to the sea for his final trip.


2010 I do believe, Hank caught his biggest flounder/fluke ever. He was ecstatic! And it tasted great!! but fresh fish is always the best. 
Maybe I will be blessed to catch a good one next week, hoping Hank helps me. 


This is from a trip Hank took with his sons I believe. 
The back of the shirt says it so well:
PrACTice LIKE a CHAMPION.
Hank was my champion. 

For many, next week will be the 'final' goodbye as they say, 
In a sense, yes it is true as his ashes will be gone. 

My hope is that his memory will never leave any of us. 

And I am thinking I will now begin fishing, 
at least once a year, just to continue the tradition. 

[takes you to another page]

Missing you, Loving you, Rest in Peace.


August Already?

Hard to believe it is already six days into August.  I do have to admit that I whine every summer about August arriving too fast.  Mea Culpa...it's a habit that comes from college years of working summer, and August only means that September is next.  AND that meant school days and such. 
Don't get me wrong..I loved school..,.as a youngster, College was more work. 
I digress.

It's the beginning of August. And next week, we will be going on a fishing trip. 
Hank will go fishing with his family...the whole family. Myself and the four children, and families. Along with some friends, 
And he will be given back to the sea for his final trip.


2010 I do believe, Hank caught his biggest flounder/fluke ever. He was ecstatic! And it tasted great!! but fresh fish is always the best. 
Maybe I will be blessed to catch a good one next week, hoping Hank helps me. 


This is from a trip Hank took with his sons I believe. 
The back of the shirt says it so well:
PrACTice LIKE a CHAMPION.
Hank was my champion. 

For many, next week will be the 'final' goodbye as they say, 
In a sense, yes it is true as his ashes will be gone. 

My hope is that his memory will never leave any of us. 

And I am thinking I will now begin fishing, 
at least once a year, just to continue the tradition. 

[takes you to another page]

Missing you, Loving you, Rest in Peace.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

45 Years...it was only yesterday wasn't it??



Wildwood Catholic High School Class of 1971.

We had a mini reunion on the Delaware bay side of Town Bank, North Cape May Tuesday evening.  And we had a good time. There are more funny photos of getting ready for the one above than I can say.  Making me giggle every time I look them over.  

The fun and amazing part, it all started with one classmate asking another [internet] classmate to get together for a drink [or two.three??]. In less than a few days,,we gathered in all you see above!!  Basically about a third of our graduating class.  That's what is great about the electronic world we live in today,  
After a few hesitant looks, and false name calling, we were soon all laughing and hugging and sharing memories and stories. And our own English Teacher came with his lovely wife and we laughed over classroom memories and fun!!

Forty five years later....and I felt like a youngster again!!
 It does a body/heart and soul good.

To my classmates and Mr. B!! Salute!

"Hail Wildwood Catholic!"







Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Time does soothe


As I move through the hours, days, weeks, now six months after Hank's passing, I am blessed with quiet, soft friends who keep reminding me that he will always be with me, And with our family. Thank you to all who have called, come by, sent me notes, and like this unexpected quote showing up at just the right moments!!

Yes! He was a Good Man. 

My joy is that I am the lucky one to have enjoyed the Splendor in the Grass!



Saturday, May 28, 2016

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Three SEWING Days!

Back this time last year, I polled various sewing folks about the possibility of having a special teacher come to New Jersey.  At that time, I had quite the positive response. With that in mind, I went ahead and scheduled some days with the teacher.  Simply the first step. 

The second step is to pick a 'project' to do. Now the process can get very very frustrating and personal. But forward we march. In the meanwhile...I take another class with this teacher. And there is a project shown at class that is not yet in her portfolio!! THAT IS THE ONE that is chosen. Okay...so far so good. 

Turns out that the positive response is now becoming very unsure as they learn of the cost factor involved in teachers who travel etc. And once again, the mind set of the 1960's-80;s sewing folks comes into play, 
[Let's be clear here: it's 2016 folks..
sewing today is NOT a money saver,,,it's pricey!] 
As is the overall cost of living period. 

In the meanwhile, I go searching and secure a 'classroom' for said class. It involves changing the dates of the teacher, but she is agreeable to the change. DONE..,.and at a fantastic savings.  

So by the end of November it's settled, we have a teacher, a project, and a place. The 'amazing' response folks...not so much,.



Now..moving forward into December...
well let's just say my focus took a sharp turn away
 from sewing classes and other things. 

Life goes one,.,mid January and I am back to organizing and getting it done. 
And it happened! We had fifteen ladies sign up, The teacher came..we had fun.
[And I never took the pictures I should have...what else is new]


See that lovely lady right in the middle. YES that is Gail Doane and she was in New Jersey teaching her lovely jelly roll jacket and dress project that was the cover feature of Classic Sewing Magazine. [ That's a whole other story folks]


In person, in different jelly rolls, this outfit is absolutely adorable, stunning, fun and more. And the techniques and choices learned by fifteen ladies showed variations that were all equally lovely!! [those are the photos missing now]
You can make some out in the group photos...the number of 'backs' being held. 

Unless all the attendees were fibbing..,.they all said they had fun and enjoyed the class. Gail herself said she really enjoyed this session. A good thing, because I sure hope we can get her to come back again....and again....and again....;-)

As for those who want less expensive classes...good luck, No way will you get three days any less than this one, and let's be clear...there was no gain for this person in getting this together...I also paid my way! And will do so again.

THANK YOU GAIL for a terrific class. 
Come back soon!!
Thanks to all who attended and helped make it a good time. 

My apologies for the tone/attitude of this post
 It is not a complaint, just the facts, 
In the overall I am happy to have made it happen, 
It did show me many truths in the end,

Friday, April 1, 2016

Birthday celebrating not stitching

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!
HAAAPPPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU 
DEAR HANK AND JON,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!


Somehow, I keep thinking this is what Hank looks like now in Heaven,.l
However there are those who say we return to a much younger look, when we rest in peace.  That could be pretty scruffy for my husband...,he used to have very long hair at one time!! Have to laugh...or I cry too much,

The photo above is only a year ago.,..at our anniversary dinner. A bit too close to the phone/flash, but a good shot regardless. A really good memory of that night,. On the Mishelu in Philadelphia [historical ship docked on the Delaware]. 



2001...8 days old..Grandson Number 1, Jonathan coming home for Easter. One of the very best presents a Grandfather could have, his first grand born on his birthday. No April Fool here,  Now a handsome, smart and yes
 sassy teenager of 15, could not love him more.

Handsome and a really good big brother to little sister Brooke.

This is the first really tough family day for all of us. 
But we will celebrate as we have for years. 

We were and are blessed to have special memories for this day.  

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

And so life goes on


It's been just over two months, 10 weeks to be exact since last I blogged.

Not that I blogged regularly, but most of the time they were happy, informative and even interesting.  The last one for 2015 was informative. But so very hard and sad to write.

I am still very very sad. Grieving is not at all easy to get over. It takes one day at a time, hour by hour. I say this because I had a belief that losing my spouse would be later [for one thing] MUCH Later in our lives. Also because having lost my parents, a brother, a sister, [in laws] that I knew how this process worked.

Well, I am writing to say that is not at all how it is.  I hurt every morning, a deep hurt inside that is yet to begin to ease. The tears come at any given moment, even when I am busy busy with grand children, friends, stitching, cooking, even cleaning.

And the then there is the traveling..driving roadways that we drove together...for some reason I can not get passed all the memories of places we would go, times we enjoyed. So I drive with the box of tissues and hope I can see the road through my tears. [Yes I can get a ticket for driving impaired..I know this].

As for the family, the children, their children...they are slowly moving forward. But not all that smoothly. And I can only try and help/support them. As they try to help/support me. We all miss Hank so much.

Happily, we do talk about him. We do laugh, cry together some. The boys are less apt to cry, but all the girls...we talk and cry together.

Ten weeks...two months...the paperwork continues...the phone calls begin to try and sort out how to manage the final expenses. And other pieces and parts of life continue on as usual...stitching times...meetings...church...parties...and more.

Maybe now, that this is recorded, there will be more sewing news here and happy days to report.  But know that tomorrow is not promised, hug your loved ones, forgive them, forgive yourself. AND PRAY...God does work in the quiet moments, sending just the right people at just the right time.

THANK YOU to all who have been sent my way recently...I am grateful.