Thursday, March 25, 2010

Happy Spring

In Northern California, spring time seemed to arrive a few weeks ago as all the flowering trees have looked like the one above - like someone had hot glued white pom-poms...or on the ones that have pink blossoms: pink pom-poms. In our neighborhood, all the trees seem to blossom at different times - so some of the streets have trees that have lost their blossoms and area already dressed in their summer leaves...but down the street from our house the trees just puffed out with their floral dresses, so we get to enjoy the colors. In addition to the trees, there are a lot of wild flowers that bloom on the hill side.
There are even wild California Poppies (the state flower) that show up. These are fun to watch, because they open their pedals in the morning and in the evening they close up. Also on the hill is some wild sweet clover that blooms in yellow and some purple...which is a beautiful contrast to the green of the grass. Nature certainally stitches a beautiful spring picture! But we have to enjoy it now! In about 2 months everything will be brown due to the lack of water. Here we have 2 seasons: green and brown!

This week we have been enjoying out evenings at home for the most part. Since Robert (older son) hockey season came to an end, we haven't had to drive down the San Jose for hockey practices for him. He has, though, started up with school track - which practices are after school. And even though Matthew (younger son) still has hockey practice, they take place at a rink near the house - so don't have to travel very far for those. So this has given us a change to rest & relax and catch up on life.
However, DH came home from the crazy hockey weekend with a very bad cold/cough - so I have been playing nurse: making sure that he rests (he has been coming home early from work to nap - which has upset my afternoon routine), gets plenty of liquids (I made some chicken soup for him to have for dinner), and has been taking his med (a combo of Sudafed and Mucinex). Little by little he is recouperating and therefore I am getting my afternoons back, which I found are good napping times because I have been feeling drained lately.

However, I do have some stitching finishes and an update to talk about (and will show photos soon):
  1. Ornament Exchange - I have not only finished the ornament for Lisa V, but got it in the mail to her. So as soon as it lands in Australia I will post a photo of that finish.
  2. Gift for Sister - I finish stitching "A Walk in the Park" and have mounted it on a little wooden cigar box. I just need to photograph it and get it in the mail. I am not sure if she reads my blog on a regular basis...but just to play it safe, I think I will wait until she receives it to post a photo
  3. An Update - Mary Wigham came out of hibernation and I have put some stitching in last night. It felt so good to put needle/thread to the project, that I couldn't put it down...the desire to stitch was greater than my drive to exercise last night and stitching I sat on my stitching butt and stitched.
Well, that is all the updates I have for you today. I hope to have some stitching photos soon to share with you the finishes listed above and an update on Mary. In the meantime, remember...
Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch often!


jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

The Walk in the Park is such a lovely piece. I am sure your sister will love it. The picture of the Poppy's is beautiful.
Be always in stitches.

Angela said...

I love all your Spring pictures :) It's still bare here and it's cold today! Brrrr....hurry up Spring. I'm looking forward to seeing a pic of the Walk in Park box for your sister :)

valerie said...

Sounds like you've been busy! Can't wait to see everything. Good for you for bringing out Mary! I'm still in PIF zone...almost finished!

Lisa said...

I'm excited Lisa, cant wait for my ornie to arrive!
Hugs LISA V.

Carolyn NC said...

I do love Spring! Glad you're able to catch up on things and relax a bit for a while.