Saturday, June 24, 2017

Why this picture


Very simply so I remember what I need to go dig out of my mess of a sewing room. Simple solutions to a very absentminded focus.

I have been commissioned to do a christening gown similar to the one in this magazine. Heavenly Whisper by Martha Byrd Broyles [or Southern Matriarch] which is her blog name.  This is not my first go around with making this style gown, I made my grand daughter's gown two years ago based on the same basic idea.  It is a beautiful gown period.

Anyway...now I need to dig out my magazine...where or where can it be?? Disorganized...yeah more than that, but not quite total chaos. Just I never have finalized where things 'should' go. It changes with the seasons.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Climax Blues Band - I love you 1981

Today was a relatively uneventful Sunday.  In the morning I messed and played on the internet...Yes I am a junkie on the computer. 
Then I ran out to pick strawberries, welll.....THAT was bust.  A very basic quart picked. Between there being no berries to speak of..they had been all picked?? and my back not having it I was sore dissappointed. Home again jiggity jig.
Time to get ready to attend a celebration Mass for 25 years of priesthood. 

Father Michael Lang was ordained 25 years ago. We met him in 1995 at St Gregory's RC church in Hamilton NJ. Hank and he actually became friends while taking the youth group to Appalachia during the summer. 
Anyway...the point is..he has been here for our family in a number of ways. 
Most memorable was visiting our Joseph in the Hospital in 2001. Mike just came, taking time to bless Joe and be there as we all prayed for healing.

Then he married Joe and Danielle. 2009
Married Michelle and Ron 2014. 

And he helped us celebrate Hank's life...without pause. 2015.

I needed to go celebrate Fr. Mike.  I did. A lovely celebration of love, faith and finding Jesus' spirit in all and everyone. 

Okay..so then home again right?? I was missing Hank as I drove home. Wishing he had shared the Mass with me. Wishing he was near. Remembering that it's 39 years this Memorial Day that we 'connected' and began our journey together. 

So on the radio comes the Climax Blues Band from 1981. I love you. 
When I say I was stunned to hear words that I would say Hank wrote himself. 
The entire song is almost a perfect explanation of how we began and how
I know Hank felt about me and us in general. 
Do I think he put it on the radio ?? Yes I admit I do. 
So here's to you Hank...forever in my heart.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Busy----Still here!!

Hello world!!

No I am not gone...just busy.

Hard to write about life these days...even though I have many thoughts on many different matters of life.  Just busy trying to figure it all out.

Still sewing yes.,,.,.and knitting  and even got back to my cross stitching on occasion,.

Did make the dear 'little' ladies their Easter dresses,...thanks to Kathy Dykstra's inspiration from Classic Sewing Magazine!!  [See still in love with needles and such].


Pink for Mackenzie and Blue for Brooke.  Largely because before Easter we tried their jackets on from last year! They still fit...so I tried to complement the jackets. OF COURSE NOT..it was 80 degrees Easter..no Jackets needed. Have to just laugh.

Keep saying I will journal my sewing adventures here,..and I take pictures! Then it's always other chores that take me away. So dear readers...I am hoping to start again,  Time will tell!!  JUST BUSY!!

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Happy New Year 2017


Haven't forgotten about the blog. Just have had very little to post about.  And yet there has been much happening in my world.  Some stitching and such, but more about family and life in general.  In truth, my New Year started back in the early days of November. And as I look back in the blog I now realize why I didn't post the news...it was to be a surprise!!

The family surprise is/was that my second son, Bryan, whom had moved to Florida in March of 2016, came back to NJ the first Sunday of November.  He is staying with me until his wife and son come back at the end of their lease. Main reason: job security and income,  Personal reason...it wasn't what they hoped for. Truthfully, for myself...I am very happy to have them back. Brantley, is the only baby of my grands that I have not had much time with. And from the looks of things, he is his father's identical self [as a small fry].  Yes my wishes came true, but I still am anxious to spend time with him and get to know him.  Soon.

So needless to say, I have been busy. First rearranging the stash storage and making room for Bryan, Then there comes the holiday preparations. And not for nothing, the older son made Thanksgiving a real nail biter.  Winding up in the Hospital on Sunday night with a bad case of diverticulitis. First time...and it was worrisome. He came through okay and is now on normal mode. [we pray].  So my turkey is still in freezer,  Guess it will have to be my 'birthday' dinner,,coming up soon.

Christmas was, as it always is, lovely and delicious and crazy,  It will always have a shadow preceding it for the rest of our lives with Hank's absence. Yet I feel that all of us have come through this first year in good shape.  Life is for us to live, love and enjoy. Something that grief can put a stop to. We have not let that happen and I see joy and happiness resurfacing more and more in the entire family.

So that my friends, is the summation of 2016 and my feelings going into this New Year 2017,  Wishing each and every one of you all a Healthy, wonderful and best year ever.  My sincere resolution? hopefully more frequent blogging? A few pounds down [of course], more sewing,...yes, and always a good life.

All the youngsters including cousins.
 Bryan and family were not here=that's another fun story...later.
And with my sister and myself.  
My house is packed full with all of us!! But we had a good time.

Happy 2017