Wednesday, September 3, 2014



 I would very much like to know WHY it seems like it takes 4 times as long to stitch the last 1/4 of a project than it takes to stitch the entire first 3/4 of it?!  I was hoping for a weekend finish.  I know I didn't get as much time on it over the weekend as my hubby's brother was visiting from out of state but still it seems like this last little bit is taking FOREVER!  I can't wait to take this one for framing.


Bill's brother was here for the long Labor Day weekend and we took a drive to the Fairgrounds to see the God Bless American art piece.  I did get the guys to pose for a couple of pictures.  This picture captured them both smiling like they were enjoying themselves.
However, Keith still would not get out of the car to take a photo by the art piece.  Here he is sitting in the backseat ready to get on the move again.

Bill did snap a photo of me but it is not a very flattering one.  When your hair has been whipped around riding in the backseat of a convertible, you get unflattering!


Some of you know that my goals for the past couple of years have included trying to live a healthier lifestyle.  I will say I've made a lot of progress toward this goal but there is always room to improve.  I do workout at the Y several days a week but last week with floors being resurfaced I hit the trails in Easter Lake Park.  Let me say that was a workout especially in hot humid weather.  We had quite a bit of rain last week and when I walked the trail on Friday I found the boathouse underwater as well as a few picnic tables.

Took a couple of fun photos as well.  I liked the way the leaf was laying next to the wet print of itself.    Somehow the picture of the mushrooms growing on the tree came out so sharp and clear.  
I was so proud of myself for not screaming like a girl when I rounded the curve after passing through the covered bridge to find this directly in front of me on the path.  I stopped on a dime though and gave it time to decide what it wanted to do.
I don't know if I mentioned that my hubby bought me a Fitbit for my birthday.  The first day I wore it was on a Friday and was shocked to see that on a normal day for me I get in the 10,000 steps.  Unfortunately, this means I will probably need to walk 15,000 to spark any weight loss - SIGH!  I really am not sure how accurate it really is.  I would be interested in the criteria used for measuring the activity.  I find the difference in the tracking my walking on a treadmill compared to walking the path at the park ENORMOUSLY different.  I thought it funny that 2 hours of treadmill and a cardio class counted as 2 minutes of activity where an hour walking the path was 67 minutes of activity.  Oh well, at least the steps counted give you a visual to work toward.


I've been working my way through Deborah Harkness' Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night.  This is my second time through these books as the third installment of the Trilogy was released in July and felt I needed to remind myself of the story before beginning the third installment.  I will say it was a good move on my part as I'm finding parts of it I don't remember reading at all.  I know it is better to read books in a series one right after the other when possible for me.  When I read Blackout and All Clear, it was an older series and it was so nice to be able to close the cover of one book and open the cover to the next right away.


The locusts are noisy and the summer annuals are starting to wither in the nighttime cool temperatures.  The college and high school football season began this past weekend.  It won't be long until we see the beautiful colors of Fall!


  1. I agree that the last little bit of any project seems to take forever!

    I am wondering about those fitbits, too and how they work.

    When I walk on area paths, I see little garter snakes occasionally. That one is the stuff nightmares are made of!!

    Love that last picture with the trees reflections in the water.

    BTW, no humidity here :)

  2. You are making good progress on the PS piece. Except for the snake, you have a wonderful area to walk in. I really enjoyed your last photo of the trees.

    Robin in Virginia


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