Sunday, March 24, 2013

Royal Visitors

William and his mother are visiting. No, not this William.

Daughter Helen and her son William arrived from Nashville on Thursday. It was rather late but William is an excellent traveler - - like his mother always was. He was waiting for the suitcase.

And he knew which one it was and told Grandpa so he could take it off.

Friday morning he investigated the guest room. He found the Taco Bell dog which my friend Lise had given me several years ago. The dog says: !Yo Quiero Taco Bell! William thought it was so funny. For short video click here!

Friday is Auntie Sarah's day off so she came to spend time with us. Click here for short video of the new game they played. Auntie brought her super camera and took some very nice photos of William. We hope that we can see them on her blog sometime soon too.

Saturday Auntie had to work and Grandpa volunteered at the church. So Helen, William and I did a few errands but ... William kept asking for Grandpa. We had to promise that we would meet him at lunch. We went to a Vietnamese Pho Noodle place. William likes chop sticks.  
Proof is in the video!
And another one!

When we were finished Helen thought I should take a picture of him. Noodles were everywhere. The picture really doesn't show it. It was so funny. Other guests thought so too.

When William takes a nap, Helen and I work a little in my queendom. Here Helen is taking the first step of layering her quilt. More about it later.

When William woke up from his nap the weather seemed so nice that Grandpa, Omi and William went for a walk in the neighborhood. We did a big round with the jeep stroller but then William  enjoyed a good run on the grass.

Sunday morning. Weather is not so great and the forecast is horrible. Palm Sunday procession even has to start in the parish hall. Afterwards we have to wait for Grandpa who has teller duty. William is a very good sport about it. Especially after the doughnut.

He found the piano. No doubt he likes music. Yes, a video here!

What a change to yesterday. Late afternoon it starts snowing. Helen got her wish. William is excited.

We don't have the right clothes or shoes to really play in the snow but Omi made a 30-second-snowman ... with raisins eyes and carrot nose. William didn't know what to think about the huge snow flakes landing on his face.

Helen took a 10 second video!

William seems to be battling a cold. He is not feeling well. So at bedtime he has a melt-down. Quick thinking necessary.  We looked at the snowman again. He had fallen over. Ah, the snowman had gone to bed ... like William should. We took part of the snowman and put him into the bathtub. William found it very interesting what happened when we drew his bath.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Back in VA and trying to get back into the groove.

We drove all day Monday, unpacked and sorted and washed on Tuesday. On Wednesday we got Jimmy and Schatzi from the dog hotel. Sarah and Wade were on vacation this week and we had promised to have the grand dogs.

They are both good dogs but it started out with Jimmy finding a bag of gingerbread cookies. I found just a little of the bag left. Did that innocent looking dog really do that?

Well, a long time before each meal Jimmy would wait next to his bowl. If you would ask "where is Jimmy?" the answer was probably "next to his bowl"

They never refused going for a walk ... but the weather was so awful that week.

Cold!!! Nevertheless, one or two times each day. That was good for us.

And the daily visit to Edy to give her some loving. She did her nickname proud "Needy Edy". She purred so loudly you probably could hear it two blocks away.

Saturday I left a little welcome snack since Sarah and Wade were coming back around midnight. Not sure whether Edy approves or whether she is going to do like her brother Jimmy would?

Since I am not used to the dogs and they wanted to follow me whenever I got up to just get something, I settled down and did some lace projects. Finishing up some tatting I had started traveling.
This pattern "Heart's Desire" is from Susan Fuller.

This patter "Rosemarie's Heart" is from Rosemarie Peel.

Thanks to both for generously sharing!!!

When I made the first heart with this pattern my thread was too thin and it was very small. But I like delicate thread so I made it again and added a row before I made the edge (as the pattern suggested you could do). I felt though that I needed to add some extra stitches/picots in some places of the edge to give it a rounder look. You can see the difference because the right side has only three picots in the middle and the left side five. Some areas at the sides too.

I am very excited about this project ... Chrismons in Lace!

You can read all about it in the HLG newsletter.
(Actually, I posted that page on the left but unfortunately it is a bit fuzzy)
Info about the Heartland Lace Guild here.

The Butterfly is the first in the series of "Chrismons in Lace".

Yes, the second one is ready. 
The Six-Point Star of David.


And the third too.
The Dove of Peace.

Since the dogs are gone I am trying desperately to get some order into my "queendom". Some progress has been made! And the weather is helpful.
It is the 6th of March!
In like a lion ...

And now ... no more blogging! I have to work on the church anniversary banner. Wish me luck!