Monday, October 20, 2014

Back Home

We took a trip this last weekend to New Orleans.  Our best friends for over 30 years were celebrating the marriage of their youngest daughter.  No way we would miss that!  Two of our daughters, along with the husband of one and the fiancĂ© of the other went as well.  It was fun to travel with them and enjoy this event.  Other close friends traveled there as well, so it was just a great time to be community as we once were before jobs and family changed our lives.

The wedding was lovely, the company was perfect and the weather amazing!  We did have time to do a little site seeing.  I didn't take many pictures though.  The NO streets are crowded and I was nervous about dropping my camera.

After lots of discussion about times to leave on Sunday, we ended up attending Mass at a Jesuit parish.  Immaculate Conception was stunning!  Mr. Golfer remarked how your eye was continually drawn upward....a thought not to be lost:))

While away, my sister in law supervised the moving of our daughter Caitlin's piano.  This instrument was a Make A Wish gift 12 years ago when she was suffering intensely from Crohn's Disease.  It has been a fixture in our house, but a memory for her that she is ready to put behind.  This disease is never cured, but she has been in remission for several years thanks to her determination to care for herself in an incredible way.  So it has moved on to another who will love it as much as we have.

This week will be busy.  Saturday will bring a blog post by a great friend featuring Drawstrings and an announcement in the shop as well!  Much to get ready!  My youngest granddaughter turns 2 this weekend as well.  Party time!

Hope your week begins well!!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014



This is the lone zinnia left.  Leaves are accumulating in piles and the hydrangeas are turning their beautiful shades of copper.  As much as I love the planting in spring, I really think as I grow older it is fall that captures me.  Maybe because as I age I see it in such new light.


Another sweet engagement photo of my youngest daughter and her fiancé .


Yesterday my granddaughter took her brother's undershirt and made us all laugh!


I continue to post this picture of my youngest daughter and Nin Pham, the nurse diagnosed with Ebola.  They were high school classmates.  Please continue to pray not only for Nina and now the other nurse infected. And please offer up prayers for guidance for those making decisions and all those caring for the sick.

Linking up with Aunt Leila today at Like Mother Like Daughter!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Yarn Along

Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading (though not at the same time!), and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? 

The Hitofude cardigan has been cast on. I watched others knit this so I'm hoping for a great outcome!! The orange yarn is the provisional cast on.  I'm enjoying this so far.  It is just a 8 row repeat that is pretty easy to remember.  But I am really not  a fast knitter, so it may be Christmas before you see anything else on the needles!

I made my library trip today and picked up a few fiction and one by Scott Hahn that I haven't read.  Hopefully there will be something that will capture my interest.

As I posted yesterday....Nina Pham, the nurse with Ebola, was a high school classmate of my youngest daughter.  Both went on to become nurses.  Please continue to offer up prayers for Nina and her family.
And if you are a reporter reading this... please don't leave any more messages on my front door requesting an interview :(((

Prayers for Nina!

My youngest daughter was a high school classmate of Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse who has contracted Ebola.

Today I ask that we stop at moments during our day and pray for this dedicated young woman who, in the caring of the sick, has put her own life in danger.

As a nurse myself, and my youngest daughter as well, we both recognize the inherent dangers of the profession, yet realize the call that God placed us in.

Feel free to post this picture to your Facebook or IG accounts with the hashtag #prayingforNina.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

In Two Places!


The days have been full.  Children and grandchildren.  When we planned the lst wedding I wasn't filling both of those rolls.  Oh how different this time is! 

This past week I drove on a field trip for my grandson. The trip was to a farm and pumpkin patch.  He and I had a great time, but the temps here were still warm and the heat just zapped both of us.  He loved petting the animals and almost was brave enough to try to milk a cow, but in the end didn't.  It's ok.  Not a life skill he will miss. :)

All the vendors for the wedding are now in place and planning the engagement party is underway.  These last two vendors are new to us, the photographer/videographer and florist.  My daughter just clicked with them and I think she chose well.  

In these next few weeks we will be searching out bridesmaid dresses.  My daughter that lives out of state will be home for Christmas and we need that time to make choices.  So having a plan to maximize that short time she is here is essential.  Then we will celebrate the engagement with a super party!!

There is some news on the Drawstrings front and I will be posting that in the next couple of weeks!  I think you will like it!

BTW...every grandmother should be a Ninja Turtle:))