Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Almost Finished

We are close folks!  This large rug, approximately 24" x 36", has been my hooking project for a year and I am so close to finishing it.  I found this Claire Murray kit at a thrift store last year for a fraction of what I would have had to pay for it had I ordered from her store.  This was only my third hooked project and my first done with wool yarn.  I made a few mistakes, ok, several mistakes but I am happy with the finished look and so they will remain.  The rug has been steamed and is ready for me to stitch on the binding and turn the edges.  It will get a place of honor next to our bed where I'll enjoy it every time I walk through the bedroom.

We have a good friend that has an amazing green thumb.  He likes Primrose plants and they grow so well for him.  When I look at this rug I think about my good friend Don and all of my wonderful memories that he has been a part of.  
I have a little smaller piece that will go on the frame next.  I have lots of yarn leftover from the rug above so I may as well use it up.  It does no one any good sitting in a tub in my closet.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Grandchildren Camping With Us

Andy was up north with the two kids for a week and we had the best time.  We don't see these two grands as often as we would like so we enjoyed every minute of it.  We hiked and swam, read and played, ate and crashed.   

S'more Testers

Here is a photo of nine of the great nieces and nephews.  I did not have enough t shirts for all unfortunately.  We had a great dinner and get together at my parents place.  T shirts or not, they all love S'mores around the campfire.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Fathers Day

We celebrated Fathers Day this year in Oak Creek with our extended families. 
The weather was absolutely perfect and we sat outside on the deck at my sisters house enjoying each others company.
My dad is eighty eight this year and it is getting harder for him to get around but he was out and enjoying the day as well.  My brother in love Earl and my baby sister Gen kept him entertained.

My niece, her husband and their boys.
The generations were there in force and there was lots of laughter, fun and love being shared.
Tom was recruited to cook the brats and dogs.  Everyone brought a dish to share and we all ate too much. 
Here is a picture of four of the sisters with mom and dad.
A day together would not be complete without a game of Farkel. 
These are the things that we miss living so far away.  How do you put a value on the laughter and stories shared on these occasions?  Watching our children interact with grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins is so amazing.  Watching their children learning to play together and build relationships
within the family is even more amazing.  We are richly blessed.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Make New Friends But Keep The Old, One Is Silver And The Other Gold

Forty five years ago this young married couple joined the Oak Creek Jaycees to meet new friends and get involved in the community.  We were all in our twenties just starting careers and families.  Over the years we worked together and we played together.  We cried over the joys of new babies and friends lost too early. We did group camping trips with a dozen families and vacations around the country.  Over the recent past we are burying parents and siblings.  When ever we get home to Oak Creek we try to get together with some of them.  The men still congregate to their own end of the table and the women to the other.  We catch up on children and grandchildren and events in our lives.  Now we talk about aches and pains and where we go to avoid the winters.

When we are together it is as if we have not been apart.  Our hair has turned from dark to silver and our waistlines are long gone.  We still love our Friday night fish fry's even though we usually go right home after instead of partying until the bar closes.
These are our golden friends and we are well on our way to achieving platinum status.

Loving The Old Crochet

Friday we stopped at my cousin Susie's house for a visit.  Susie's mom is my Aunt Margie and she passed away a little over a year ago.  She was my favorite auntie from as long as I can remember.   When I was a child she spoiled me rotten.  As a teenager she often hired me to help her work at her job.  As a young married woman she traveled with me on trips to visit family in Minnesota.  She was a positive force in my life and I don't ever remember her being negative or nasty.  She carried a lot of sorrow in her life.  She lost four children and didn't have a great partner in my uncle.  You would not have known it though because she was so full of love.
Susie has kept all of her things pretty much the same as they always were in the house where she now lives.  Aunt Margie was great with a crochet hook and she had so many cute little examples of her work.  These little potholder hot pads were hanging in the kitchen.  Adorable and so very Aunt Margie!  

We miss you every day.