Monday, April 27, 2009

Whew!! TGIM

Lunaria or Silver Dollar Plant, also called a Money Plant (I wish!)

Thank God it's Monday.
Sounds strange doesn't it? I have mixed feeling about this Monday. On the one hand I am really glad to be back at work. I need the rest. On the other, the weather is so pretty that I really wish I were home sitting on the back deck with a cup of coffee, a good book and my stitching. EXCEPT I know if I were home I would be out in the yard raking and bagging more debris or starting to replant a garden.

Nope, I'm glad to be at work. I am beat. Rest wins. LOL

To recap my weekend. Friday night on the way home from work I stopped at the local pharmacy to pick a brace for my left wrist. If you read my post on Friday I had a few goals that I really wanted to get done and figured I better get something for the carpel tunnel in my left wrist. That done I made dinner and stitched until bedtime.

On Saturday I hoped to get the far left corner of my yard cleared. 19 bags of leaves later I did it! (Well, there is about 10 more to pick up but at least the leaves are all in a huge pile.) I also managed to clear the leaves from two more gardens. Only one more large garden bed to do! Then I will on to weeding and edging them. I wrapped up the yard work at 5. I had absolutely NO energy to even think about making something for dinner so headed to Micky D's.
The Traveling Stitcher
by Little House Needleworks
stitched on 32 ct linen using the recommended Crescent Colors floss

By 8PM everything was put away and it was time to sit, stitch and watch one of my all time favorite movies. Turner Classic Channel was showing "Funny Girl" with Barbra Streisand. Love this movie. And while I watched I actually finished my Traveling Stitcher piece! Wooo Hooooooooo!!

My list of weekend to dos included trimming the shrubs and hedges in my front and side yard. (I only wish I had done this chore on Saturday. It was cooler. Oh well.) Once I finished the laundry and vacuuming Sunday morning it was time to head outside. Now in the past when I trimmed the bushes in the front it usually took about two hours. Now remember it has been a while since I did these. (As you can see in the before photo.) Almost two years. So that two hour job? Try closer to FIVE. In record breaking heat. (87 degrees!) And in the sun! (It is only shady in the late evening. Right before sunset.) Can we say HOT?? Oh my, even with a hat and sunscreen I am burned. But it is done. I'm sore but there is good sense of accomplishment.


So as you can see the weekend was busy. And one where I got a lot done outside and even a stitching finish for April!


Until next time.................
Love and stitches


Mel said...

Great finish Kathy!
And lovely garden... I'm so jealous, we got snow here, again!

Meari said...

Your yardwork paid off! It looks great, Kathy. Congrats on your TS finish. Very pretty. :)

Deborah said...

Lots done outside and inside!!
Think you going to need the hat and sunscreen for sitting in windows that will now be taking in all that sunshine!! LOL!!
Great jobs on all!!

Love and Hugs!!

Donna said...

Lovely job. They yard looks great! And I love traveling stitcher.

Siobhan said...

Love your TS! It's adorable! YGG on the yard work. The hard work paid off--it looks great.

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

WOW great job on the yard and the traveling stitcher!

CindyMae said...

The Traveling stitcher looks amazing! I want to get that pattern and stitch it one day too! It is so cute! Your yard looks amazing. I just love before and after photos!!! And no, thanking God for Monday does not sound to strange at all! Sometimes going to work is the only way to relax!! LOL

Shari said...

wow! You got a lot of yard work done. Congrats! Even thou you are sore, I KNOW you feel so much better about it!!
I am working on my traveling stitcher today! Your's looks great!!!!

Jan said...

First time visiting your blog and I will be returning. Great job on all of that work, the shrubs look great. Also love your Traveling Stitcher. Take it easy this week!

Alice said...

SUPERWOMAN!!!!! You got all that garden work done and then still managed to finish "The Traveling Stitcher"! Well done. I need you here in France. You would pull our 1.6 hectar right within a day. ; )
You go girl!!!

Daffycat said...

Holy smokes your yard looks great! You know you've had a busy weekend when work is restful!

Congratulations on finishing...TS looks beautiful! ***happy dance***

Gabi said...

Your garden looks great.
Congrats with your finish. Traveling Stitcher looks fantastic

Cindy F. said...

Oh wow! Beautiful stitching AND beautiful yardwork! YOU GO GIRL!!!

Nancy said...

So glad you thought about taking before and after pictures!!! You have proof of your hard labor. The TS looks great and I know you had fun doing it as a SAL.

Ranae said...

Love the finish, the stitching is beautiful along with the colors.
Wow! you did work hard and it really paid off. The yard looks great

Rene la Frog said...

Your yard looks beautiful...oh how I miss having a yard to work in but without one I do have more stitching time.

I have to track down the "Traveling Stitcher" after seeing your's and Deborah's it has become a MUST HAVE on my list.

Carolyn's Crafts said...

Wow you sure were busy! Your stitchers traveler looks great!

Charlene said...

Great job! It looks fantastic! Your Stitching Traveler, to boot! Last time I worked in the yard (couple of weekends ago) pulling and cutting ivy from the siding on the house, along with mowing and a little trimming, it was a six-hour task. I appreciate that sense of accomplishment!

Debra said...

Wow, the front of the house looks great, well worth all the work. Love your flowers pictures too. Congrats on getting a finish in.

Anonymous said...

Now I can see why you were so tired when we were chatting! Great job Kathy. Love the saying of the traveling piece, nice work!