Continue to tat. And work on the prayer shawl. And work on
the canvas. I still haven’t unpacked from the trip, so no photos today. Unless
I can figure out how to use the phone to get the photos here. Sigh. I think I’ll
take a nap first. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
While on the return trip down the coast, I broke my foot.
Yes, broke it! I’ve been on crutches before, so it wasn’t a
big adjustment for me. Since we were driving most of the way, we didn’t have to
change our plans that much, but there were a few things we didn’t get to do.
So, we’ll just have to take another trip later when I’m healed.
In the meantime…..
More Saint Saens progress.
Saint Saens progress
So, here’s what it looks like with
the motifs in Round 2 attached. I like the idea. We’ll see if it executes well
and sets me up for round 3. I’ve a few ideas. Now I need to try them out.
I have a few roses in my back yard here. Nothing
spectacular. Not like the test gardens in Portland. That’s another of my
favorite places in the world. Walking around the beds and seeing the blooms
always brings a smile to my face.
Anyway, I have some
carpet roses and a climber. I tried to keep it simple. Every spring, we get
over-run with aphids. This year, I tried to watch really close. We have fruit trees
in our yard, so I’m reluctant to spray too much. I just may have to this year.
Looks like I need a third batch of lady bugs. They have helped, but not enough.
I also have the Peace rose I’m trying to get established. I think it will
survive and grow. I think…….
I think I’ll take my tatting out onto the bench and see if I
can cheer on the lady bugs. Go eat ‘em!
I’ve taken a break from the Saint-Saens to fix a Christmas
ornament I gave a friend a few years ago. She was so sweet when asking me to
repair. It gave me a chance to get feedback on bead choice. I was unhappy with
the way the one metal bead has tarnished. Well, maybe not tarnished, but it’s
definitely discolored. Nothing a bit of detail cleaning and then preserving
couldn’t fix, but I was disappointed. Now everything is ready for the next
I recently celebrated a birthday. Not one of THOSE
birthdays. I am over 50, which I’m proud to have celebrated. You see, when I
was much, much younger, it was recommended I have a lump biopsy. Thus began my
“benign” dance with life. Even though I have never had a diagnosis of cancer, a
biopsy is still surgery. It can throw a wrench in your schedule! And bring your
dreams and hopes and aspirations into sharp focus: “someday” becomes “next
year” and “after I finish” becomes “whenever I can”. I’ve been very lucky. I
finished school, got married, raised 2 children, worked in several career
fields, and generally enjoyed life.
So, what’s in the bucket list? I emptied that a long, long
time ago! I decided a bucket list is for those who have not been focused in
their goals. I’ve been very happy with my goals, adjusted them often, and
accomplished what was really important. I think. Well, I did lose that folder
of papers last month. Perhaps I should find it today. I think it was under that
stack……….wait a minute…..is this important?? Well, yes….sigh!