Slow Stitching, Twins & Dogs

We had a round of snow early Friday morning….enough for a school delay. Before my DIL brought the kids down to me, she took this photo of the twins.

How cute are these shirts!

For those of you that may have twins in your family I asked where she’d purchased them ( if online somewhere ) but they were custom made by a friend from church.

My youngest son’s birthday is on Sunday and we’ll all go out to dinner. On Friday night he went out with friends and left Koopa here. On Saturday afternoon the middle son, DIL, and the kids took Koopa and their dog Merle ( both are young ) a few blocks down to the fields behind the American Legion to let them run. They have some launcher for balls and the dogs run and run and run but in this case, my DIL sent a photo of them attempting to play tug of war with a “stick” that might have been a wee bit too big for them :)

( This is the same area that I showed not too long ago which was flooded / HERE )

While Koopa and Merle play non-stop when they are together, my dogs are old and he’s very adaptable. He just cuddles up. Here, he and Jugsy are snuggled up in a patch of sunlight in the dining room.

They were at my feet when I was sewing at the dining room table. I finished up two more Little Baskets, using Angela’s  Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month suggestion.

I generally try to join up with others on Sundays at Kathy’s Quilts where she hosts Slow Sunday Stitching.  There’s a nice variety of handwork to view and enjoy every Sunday, ranging from quilting activities to embroidery, cross stitch, knitting, etc.

I have a number of things that I can work on. I started another EPP Starflower, I have an applique block to finish prep work on, and I am ready to move the hoop and mark some more fans on Rose of Sharon in regards to hand quilting, which I’ve not touched for a good week. Hopefully I can work a bit on all of them or at least one, as the mood strikes! :)

Meanwhile, Easter is coming up….if you are planning menus or looking for a special dessert,  here’s one that I have had great success with :)

Raspberry Coffee Cake ; a Recipe Winner 

Flooding, Snowing, Dogs and Stitching

We have had a lot of precipitation lately…snow, thick ice, sleet, rain, more snow, etc. The ground is a muddy quagmire and the creeks are swollen. The last thing that we needed was torrential rains for a 12 hour period. If I go to the main road and down the street, I am literally going down, to a lower lying area, and that is always prone to flooding from Chartiers Creek.

Yet we do not generally have MAJOR flooding. Just last month I showed a photo of what happened down that way behind the American Legion….

This time it was even worse and there were instances like this all over my county with road closures, mud slides, flooded basements, etc.  ( Washington County, PA. )   Uniontown in Fayette County had a tornado.

What is quite rare is what occurred in my neighbor’s yard and mine. There is a sort of underground stream that may bubble up but this is generally something that might happen once every few summers after days of rain. This was after just one hour ( and yes eventually some it  of ended up in the basement but it wasn’t too bad :)  This was at dusk which is why there’s such a blue tone to it, plus it was pouring out there.

There was one day to dry out a wee bit…and while my older dogs don’t tear up the  yard too much, I babysat Merle on Friday night and in to Saturday and he’s two years old and runs like crazy through the yard…you can see the muddy areas around him in this picture. All of the pictures of him running are a blur…he’s too fast for me :) I’ve loved this Rottie-Lab mix since he was a Christmas puppy present for the grands a few years back.

And now we are back to this…more falling as I type and more expected overnight.

I have no shortage of projects to work on for Slow Stitching Sunday at Kathy’s Quilts:

  • I have one border left to tie on the baby quilt.
  • I am about half way through in regards to binding the Botanical Quilt ..
  • I took a break from them off and on to work on this EPP Starflower ; just one more connecting piece to do. These take awhile….


And much more progress on hand quilting Rose of Sharon

In regards to this bizarre off and on weather that we’ve been having my DIL took a picture of the kids at the bus stop the other morning when we were ALL enjoying a freak break of 61 degrees ( before all of the flooding rains came )  This is not normal attire waiting for the bus in PA in February )

Whatever your weather has been , it’s  been a heartbreaking week for our country /not one stitch that I’ve put in to any of these ongoing projects has not been full of sorrow, anger and pain.   YET AGAIN . If you want to see the NRA money flowing in to your politicians see my previous post. 

You might also enjoy Gingerbread and a Christmas Puppy ( Merle )

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