Slice of Life & EPP Starflowers

It’s been a hectic few days around here :)   My son and DIL went away to Jamaica for four days along with close friends and met up there with my oldest son ( who lives in St. Louis ) and his fiancee.   They had been on vacation there before and made some good friends who were now getting married down there.

The DIL is very organized.

  • They were to leave for the airport at 3:00 a.m. My youngest son would stay overnight, though I kept his dog Koopa HERE, so that Merle ( their dog ) and Koopa would not decide to play at 3:00 a.m. and wake the kids.
  • Leaving Koopa here I went down at 7:00 to get the kids off to school. Nate then retrieved Koopa later on, and brought him down to play with Merle. I went down to get the kids off the bus, look over school work, etc.
  • Early evening, Tallica’s twin sister came for the kids for an overnight and she’d have them Saturday night as well.
  • After church, their aunt would take the kids for the day and stay overnight and get them off to school in the morning.
  • Meanwhile Nate would continue to stay with the dogs until the aunt showed up.
  • On Monday I cooked a big pan of lasagna, prepared some things for their Tuesday lunches, did their weekend laundry, and then we did after school homework, showers, pajamas,dinner, and then later on popcorn and a movie until their parents got back from the airport.

In between all of that a few wrenches got thrown in. Koopa and Merle are both young dogs and played non-stop, very noisily and in the end I kept Koopa here because they were driving my son crazy after about 12 hours of non-stop playing and noise.

A cousin on their dad’s side died of a tragic head wound accident and he and my youngest were quite close so things got even more hectic. He was just 29.   They’ve played together since they were little kids.  His older sister had to handle everything because their mama died years ago….so I mostly kept Koopa so that Nate could help her with everything….

Meanwhile a recommendation for you if you have Amazon Prime and can access their videos. I was cuddled up with Koopa and tried this one :

And then I got hooked and stayed up until the wee hours going through at least 4 episodes. I highly recommend it. It is a BBC production and set in the same time period as “The Crown”.

As to the EPP project, I’d started making some EPP Starflowers awhile ago and in a prior post I showed how I’d made a mistake and needed to un-stitch a few connectors.  ( HERE )  It was painstaking work to take out those tight little whipstitches but I did manage to do it without damaging the fabric.

Then I made another crimson shaded one….

And a gold / red / black one….now attached to the black and grey one. Doesn’t look like a lot of progress but these take a bit of time :)

Slow but satisfying…there’s something about EPP that is rather addicting :)

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Well Susan Branch was Right ; I am Hooked :)

I was reading Susan Branchs’ post the other day HERE .  

As usual, her post was long and lovely and visually appealing…toward the end of the post she mentioned this show…and I quote ” Now, before I go, I have to tell you about a TV show that I bet you already know about, but just in cases: You should try to find A Place Called Home.  It’s on Acorn TV (probably other places too) ~ it’s set in rural New South Wales in Australia, and is so well-written and so well-acted, and so exciting that sometimes you’re forced to wring your hands and yell at the TV screen, because it’s very fast-paced and everything that COULD happen, does. The music is great and the cars are fabulous! Set in the 1950s. If you have any worries on your mind, this will give you respite. And Joe likes it as much as I do. There are three seasons available right now . . . a good winter hibernation project! We pour wine, make dinner, get blankies and settle in. Give yourself a few episodes to get used to it, because it just gets better and better.”

I had never heard of this series, nor Acorn TV, but after a little research, I found that both are highly recommended. If you have never heard of it, ” Acorn TV streams world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond

I found that I could sign up for the free trial either on their site or through Amazon. Since I am an Amazon Prime member I did it there. Prior to this I wanted to check out some of the other programs, other than the one that Susan recommended, and many looked very interesting.

Last night I settled in to watch the first episode of A Place to Call Home and after binge-watching three or four  in a row, I have to say that Susan Branch was right!  Aside from The White Queen, I didn’t think that I’d find anything that would get me hooked on something in the the way that I was hooked on Downton Abbey, but this series is amazing.

I pulled this image from the Amazon site…I am sure they won’t mind :)

I haven’t done a recommendation post on here for ages but this one is worth checking out if you are not familiar with it.

And if for any reason you are not familiar with Susan Branch or her blog, you will certainly enjoy the link at the beginning of this post.

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