Tuesday, June 27, 2017

What's New

Summer is in full swing which means we have been traveling to Florida Bar meetings with Mr.MW, Mom has been stitching Halloween and Christmas goodies, and Annie...Annie has recently scooped up a couple of new awards.

First, this is where my mantle use to be. This old pine chest-of-drawers use to hold our t.v. on top. I had to get rid of the mantle and move it to this wall to make room for this...

I ordered this piece from The Seraph in the spring and it arrived last week. I love the piece...lots of needed storage! 

Also ordered this table from The Seraph for the family room. Love the tiger maple top on this traditional porringer table. 

These two pieces arrived the day before we left for Boca Raton for the annual Florida Bar Convention. Whew!!! It was close!


We had a great time in Boca. Annie received a President's Award from the outgoing president, Bill Schifino on the left...and a Lifetime Membership Medal (around her neck) from the incoming president, Michael Higer, on the right. She was so surprised...and so were her parents!!! 
It's hard for me to get good pics because so many people are taking photos...professional photographers for the Bar...people with cell phones...I end up in the back row...but I think you can see how happy our girl was to be honored by these wonderful friends.

That this organization and these great friends go out of their way to recognize Annie is amazing. Her dad has been on the Board of Governors for thirteen...starting fourteen...years. Annie has only missed one meeting in all that time. That's over eighty five meetings! These folks are our family.


Speaking of family...meet Will...our first great nephew. His dad, our nephew, is on the Young Lawyers Board. His mom, also a lawyer, works for the Governor of Florida.

Finally, thirteen nephews...three nieces...finally, one of them reproduced! Welcome, Baby William!


I've done a wee bit of hooking. Yesterday, I mostly reverse hooked...yuck!

Hope you are all enjoying these summer days. We have had so much rain my door garden is full of soggy dead herbs. My gorgeous rosemary and lavender plants...drowned. With calls for rain all week, I don't expect any survivors. I'll just stay inside...and reverse hook.

Enjoy the day,

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Randomness...early summer

Shooner redware bank

Hello friends...hope these early days of summer are treating you well.

Summer, to me, always comes with a reading list. And it seems this year Annie and I share a common subject...Colonial America/ the American Revolution.

We are planning a trip later this year and, as preparation, Annie and I are reading/learning all we can about the early days of America.

Having traveled to historic towns like Philadelphia, Alexandria, Boston, Concord and Lexington, Annie knows a good bit of our country's history. She can tell you why her mother's home state of Virginia is called "the mother of presidents" (eight of them born there...the most of any state) and name the big ones...like Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe. 

 Annie has been fortunate to visit Valley Forge, Mount Vernon, Independence Hall and the home of Betsy Ross among other sites of historical importance. I always try to prepare her before our visits so she will know what she is seeing so she can enjoy it, and not be overwhelmed or bored.

I never know how much Annie retains from our visits so I was absolutely over the moon when we found the Eyewitness book above in Barnes and Noble. Paging through it we saw lots of familiar sights from our visit to Philadelphia a few years ago. Annie proceeded to tell me all about the pictures we were looking at and telling me things like, "This is Independence Hall in Philadelphia." I was one proud mama...and teacher! Even better, Annie was so proud of herself. 

So...we are brushing up on our history for our next adventure. 

I am reading 1776. David McCullough is a wonderful writer and I am loving every word. In my opinion it should be required reading for every American...especially these days. Patriots like these, I fear we have seen the last of their breed. 

The coasters in the photo are pics of our trip to Philadelphia and are a wonderful way to preserve memories and see them every day. Made them with Shutterfly.


For those of you who are stitchers, I wanted to share with you this great tray made by Lori and Peter Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm fame. This handy tray attaches to the arm of your chair and holds all things necessary for your stitching pleasure.

I am a chronic needle loser! This tray comes with a magnet attached to it. I added my favorite needleminder and it works like a charm. All my sewing goodies in one place...love it!
Great little helper this talented team came up with!

Sadly. I have not made any progress on my Karen Kahle rug. I've have been doing some seasonal stitching for the fall. Mostly I have been spending time with my girl...in addition to our Colonial studies, we have a few art projects going. Never enough time. 

Take good care everybody! The Fourth of July will be here momentarily!

Enjoy the day,