Friday, October 16, 2020

Mid October

 We are in Mid October and I am finally doing a post. Oh my gosh, I wish I could tell you what on earth I have been doing for all of this month, I have worked on lots of things so I haven't been completely a slacker. 

But first, Do you know the Blog Rugs and Pugs? Lauren sent me the loveliest surprise gifts. She does the best work. I have entered every giveaway she has and I win too, so I do feel guilty a bit sometimes, but I wanted that pumpkin she makes from hand torn strips. I was so happy when I opened that box and there one was.  

Isn't it lovely. That wool is so yummy. I have really moved it all over just so I can see it better. But she also sent a sunflower on an old spring. Another project she has done that I have loved so much. I also move it around. Its beautiful. 

She does the best hooking and making everything look so perfect. She also sent some of her handmade jewelry which I love and I put that on my key chain but I may move that around too. So thank you so much Lauren for thinking of me. 

I thought I would give you an update on baby Halen. He is off the respirator as of Tuesday. He has grown and now weighs 2.8. He it drinking the full amount of milk for babies his age. He is 29 weeks old now. He is such a sweet baby. 

 The nurses were changing his bed and this is the first time Makenzie was able to hold him. I love this picture so much. He was still on the respirator and all of that stuff, but as the camera moves around and you can see his face, if he hadn't have had all of those tubes, he was trying so hard to talk to his Mommy. I tell you I have never cried in my life as I have cried in 2020. 

Okay, onto other things. I have been working on this rug. Its a pattern by Whimsy Rugs. I have really enjoyed it, but not hooking for almost a year, sure has made it hard to get back into the swing of things. At night, my hands are blue. I know it will pass, but I never knew I would have issues with my hands. 

 Its fun and I thought it would be so much faster than it was, but I did have to dye wool and that was fun and nice to do. This rug is 24 by 35. I will get back to my other rug soon, but I needed something just a bit smaller to work on. 

This last weekend, I finally did some wood projects. Very fun. Ron cut out the shapes for me. This was thicker wood than I would use on my scroll saw. I love how they turned out. I hung them outside on the lights around the garage. 

If you can't tell the top one is a nice witches hat and the bottom is a large pumpkin. I had to buy new wood, which was nice, but I did miss my wood pile. That was fun. I haven't done that in a long, long time. 

2020 has been a life changing year, wouldn't you agree? Little did I imagine how many changes would happen. Selling and buying a house and moving is hard enough. Then we have had three more babies added to our family. Two girls and a boy. On Saturday, Elliot proposed to his girlfriend and so we will add another member to our family. Karren. I am so excited to have another daughter in the family. It seems like 2020 has been a year of highs and lows. But looking back, I would say that the highs far outweigh the lows. I think how we look back at September 11th as a turning point, so will be 2020. I know it is for our family.
 There are so many, many things that I could write a book, and I know you could as well. I have been reading lots of books about world war two and world war one because those people made it and were better for it. I hope that the same will be said years and years later, that 2020 was the year we became better for it and we ended up seeing more good than bad and we have found how to be happy despite of what was on the outside and I know for myself, happiness is about a smile, a hug and friendship.  

Thanks for stopping by, we are still in the nineties. So not fall yet. Soon I hope, at least by Halloween.


Dusk in Autumn
Sara Teasdale - 1884-1933

The moon is like a scimitar,
A little silver scimitar,
A-drifting down the sky.
And near beside it is a star,
A timid twinkling golden star,
That watches likes an eye.
And thro’ the nursery window-pane
The witches have a fire again,
Just like the ones we make,—
And now I know they’re having tea,
I wish they’d give a cup to me,
With witches’ currant cake.


acorn hollow said...

Well where have I been I looked back and saw I missed a few of your posts. I am so glad that sweet baby is progressing what a struggle for your family.
I love your witch hat and pumpkin looks great there.
I like your rug you are working on. I looks just about done.
I love Lauren's things too I am lucky enough to have a pumpkin and her flower.
I use the key chain on my scissors makes it easier to find
Wow what a mistake they made. It happens all the time I go over every bill that comes in especially insurances.
Well happy fall we are rainy and chilly tonight time to light the fireplace.

TheCrankyCrow said...

Ahhhh....that Lauren has a heart of gold and is generous to a fault, is she not?? Not to mention a mad, mad, talent for hooking (and everything else she touches). She is just so sweet (shhh....don't tell her I said that) and you gotta love a heart like that. Wow....I think you made grand progress on your spooky rug!! And that's no "small" rug by my standards!! Love the beautiful colors you've used. Me, I can't remember the last time I had a hook in my hand. It must be going on months. I think I paused in my work on the Beast as I normally do going back and forth between here and the lake, but never picked it up after one return. Not sure "summery" a theme?? Perhaps. Thinking it has more to do with I am afraid of finishing it and not being happy with it....and/or finishing it and having to figure out how the heck I am going to FINISH it. I don't know. I did force myself to pick up my needle a week or so ago and work again on a project I started years ago. I'm not making spectacular progress, but at least it stops me from falling into book after book after book to the exclusion of all else. I was on a bing of WWI/WWII books a few months back...and I still think I have 1 in my "reserve"....we have so much we can learn from history. I find it tragic that people want to erase it. Good or bad, it is ours to own and learn from. Yes, I's been a sad and dark year....but I think you have, indeed, had many high points. I struggle each day to find the good. It is truly difficult to imagine temperatures like I said, we have snow here. So much for my outside Halloween decorating. And hey....I never knew you did wood crafts!! I love your witch hat and pumpkin!!!! Be well and enjoy your weekend my friend ~Robin~

Bonnie K said...

That sunflower is amazing! Congratulations. It has certainly been a year. I'm happy to hear your grandson is making good progress. My nephew was the size of a pop can when he was born. He is a senior this year and doing well. I'm glad you have had more positives.

Rugs and Pugs said...

What a sweet little...and I do mean little...grandbaby!!! How wonderful Makenzie finally got to hold him.
Your Halloween rug is very cool. You should be done soon. Your wood cut outs are very festive, too.
2020...I think we need a do-over.

Ida said...

Very enjoyable post. The best part was hearing how Halen is growing.

Julia said...

Oh, that baby is so tiny but so precious. Look at his tiny hands. Not to worry, they will grow big and strong and soon will be a force to be reckoned with. He is such a miracle.

Your wooden pumpkin and witch hat turned out lovely. I didn't put out any Halloween decorations this year. It's not a normal year.

I spend a lot of time praying for a better world, for an end to the bad stuff that is happening everywhere around the world. I'm trying to spend less time on accumulating material things that never satisfy for long and focusing more on Jesus's teaching and it helps me live more at peace. I haven't spent much time on blogger lately either.

Stay safe and well.
Hugs, Julia

Julia said...

I meant to add that Lauren is one of a kind. Her creations are perfection and I can brag about having many gifts from her too. Such a generous, humorous friend.

Pom Pom said...

Oh, I love the things Mrs. Rugs and Pugs sent to you! Gorgeous!
I love your rug! I really love your hat and pumpkin, too1
God bless you, sweet friend!
Praying for little H! xoxoxo

Gumbo Lily said...

Hi Kim!
God bless your new little grandbabies. Precious lives.
I love the beautiful ruggy gifts you received and all
the lovely things you make too. I hope all is going well for you
in your new home and life. I'm sorry it's still so hot there
in AZ. We are the opposite -- cold and snow. We even went down
to -5* a night ago. Thinking of you and yours.

Kerin said...

I love this post... so many good things here!
What a miracle little Haylen is, and I am so happy for you all to see his progress, and see prayers being answered :)

Congrats on winning the giveaway! Super cute stuff!!

I love your witches hat and pumpkin so much, and I know how much you enjoyed having fun woodcrafts to do :)

Sending ((hugs)) K.

Debbie said...

i will have to visit rugs and pugs, i don't currently but i am excited to stop by!!

halen looks like such a sweet baby, i hope and pray he continues to do well!!

and you better take care of those hands...they have a lot more creating and crafting to do. all of your current projects are so fun and beautiful!!

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