Monday, June 18, 2012

Blog? What's a blog?

The title of this post is just to show about how I'm feeling right now -- rather discombobulated.  lol!  It's been busy busy busy around here!  I have been stitching here and there though, so I will show what I've been working on first.  Remember this piece?




It's And They Sinned, of course.  Here's the part I've been working on recently.


I'm so happy to be getting to the fun parts of this one!

So there's been a lot of activity around here with the kids.  The girl child is apartment hunting, the 21st century way, online.  So far, no luck.  Bummer.

The boy child -- well, we headed off to Boston this past weekend.  Stayed with my sister and her family -- they live close by Boston, which is a real boon for us.  Friday was the placement tests at the boy child's future music college, which is in the heart of Boston.  A very exciting day, full of tests and auditions for the boy child, and talks for the parents for the father type and I.  Here is the father type waiting with me for the boy child.


Saturday was a busy day.  We headed into Boston with my sister and her family for dim sum (yum!!!), and even managed to do a bit of grocery shopping at the Chinese grocery (I'd been neglecting that at home).  Then it was off to do some apartment hunting for the boy child.  We lucked out and found a really nice apartment for him very close to what one would call the college's campus (the college has buildings scattered throughout one area of Boston).  The boy child loves it, and he's very excited about starting out at his music college in the fall.  Here is the door to his apartment building.


So exciting!  And very scary for his mom.  lol!

Sunday was Father's Day, of course.  (Happy Father's Day, daddy and father type!)  We drove home, but did manage a nice stop at a Cracker Barrel on the way home for lunch.  The boys played a couple of games of checkers while we waited for a table.


And then we were home after a long drive.  Yay!  We were very happy to have things even more settled for the boy child's start at college.  Furniture shopping and stocking the apartment will be in the future.  Ugh.

Mia was resigned to being alone with the girl child at home this past weekend.  Mia has a thing against the girl child, sadly.  But it sounds like they basically avoided each other most of the time, so that's good.  Here is Mia before we left.  Such a life of luxury.


Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!  (If you're wondering what that is on Mia's back, it's a Reese's miniature pb cup wrapper -- the boy child put it there, of course.  lol!)


ps.  Happy 70th birthday to Sir Paul McCartney!

57 comments:

Annie said...

Lots of good family time!

Your sampler looks beautiful and such fun to stitch!

Vickie said...

Beautiful stitching as always. Such scary steps for you both and your son! Wow! It looks like a great apartment building. Hope you have a productive week. http://astitchersstory.blogspot.com/

Diane (di) said...

Oh my goodness, ATS is gorgeous Margaret. Beautiful Boston pictures, too.

(Love the pic of the Reese's PB wrapper on Mia's back. I've got a bunch of those Reese's in my freezer right now.) :)

Lene said...

So many beautiful details on 'sinned'! Amazing. Lots of excitement and scary things ahead for both you and the kiddies. It will all work out:)

Loraine said...

Hi Margaret! Oh I loved ATS. You are really coming along. I need to start that one someday, so I can have a chance at finishing it in my lifetime!
I'm so glad you got your son's apartment figured out, and that things are going in the right direction for him. Scary indeed! I don't want to think about that day, but I know it's coming soon. :)
Hope you are enjoying your summer, and that you can get a lot of stitching done this week!
Hugs.

BrendaS said...

And They Sinned is looking great Margaret. So glad things are starting to fall into place with your son. Before you know it he will be off to college and having the time of his life:))

Stitchesbyme said...

gorgeous peace

Erica said...

WOW! You have been busy!
It's a wonder you have had time to stitch at all!
ATS is coming along nicely. Soon you will have another finish!

barbara said...

I was wondering what was in Mia's fur, LOL.

Sounds busy and wonderful. :)

Nancy said...

Your stitching is as beautiful as ever, and so is Mia! Nice photos you have shared. I can't believe Paul McCartney is 70!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Your progress is looking good! I love those doors to Boy Child's apartment building. What a great time of change you are experiencing right now! I'm sure it will all work out just fine.

Vera said...

Hi Margaret, ATS is just so beautiful. I am tempted...but have so many projects started and so many lined up AND I have recently become obsessed with knitting again. Tons of those projects going on as well. The BC's apt entry looks great...much different than my son's first apt which we dubbed "the tenement apt" - really a basement LOL. Hope the GC can find a place soon. Mia is just so cute!! Vera

robindefender said...

ATS is looking great! Mia and Reeses. Sounds like great company to me!

Miss Pants said...

Love the fanciful nature of that piece. Big weekend for the parents as well as the kids. Congrats!

Cari said...

Wonderful ATS Margaret. I so love this piece and watching yours come along is fun.

All of your family pics (including Mia) are so fab! Thanks for sharing. I bet your son wished he could move tomorrow to start his new adventure!! He'll miss sweet Mia though, and she'll miss him.

Hugs

Melissa said...

Glad to hear your boy found a nice apartment. One down, Margaret!

Your sampler is looking lovely. It's always nice to get to the fun parts!

When your boy moves out later, make a check through his luggage - there may be a white furry bundle hiding there! lol.

Dawn said...

Wow - so much fun and so many milestones.
Love that door photo - must be a great building.
Love the sampler - it's almost like a dream scene - love all the details.

Mugwump Woolies said...

As always, a gorgeous sampler! The colors are so wonderful on this one! Enjoy seeing all the pics..love Boston ! Such a great city...I'm sure your young fellow will have a fabulous college experience while living in this historic place.
Have a great week,
Robyn

Jenny said...

It sounds like you had a great weekend and a very productive such too! I really like Boston, so I am jealous! LOL
Your And They Sinned looks fabulous! Great to hear that you are getting to the good parts now - have fun!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

ATS is looking great, Margaret! Sounds like a busy, fun and productive weekend! Can't wait to hear all about the BC's auditions/placements and how much he loves living in Boston!

Myriam said...

Birds leave the nest!
Mia is still with you??

Cathy B said...

Yes, you did have a busy weekend!

Your stitching progress always inspires me. You are making great progress on ATS...one of these days I am going to start that one!

Michelle said...

I better get with it on ATS - you've passed me!!! You had a very productive weekend, and have been busy busy with everything going on lately. Here's hoping you get some time for a breather!

marly said...

ATS is a monster of a beauty! I'll bet you're very glad living arrangements were found for the musician. How exciting for him to start this chapter of his life. Busy weekend!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

ATS is stunningly wonderful Margaret! It will be a sight to behold!!!
YAY! for the boy child and his apartment and college life to come. How exciting for him and you too!

Lanie said...

Hi Margaret! I think I know how you feel ... my head has been spinning for a month with the girl's activities ... all good, just busy, busy, busy! So glad you can cross one apartment off your "to do" list! Your son's apt. building looks charming (hope he doesn't mind that description!).
Too soon the sound of silence will be deafening in our houses!

RuthB said...

Wow -- even when you're distracted, busy, galavanting, and not stitching much, you still produce the most amazing stitching. Tell you what -- I'll forward all my stash to you -- you just let me know when it's done. :)

Congrats on a very successful Boston adventure.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Magnifique broderie !! bisous bisous

Lois said...

Nice to see ATS again! Sounds like you've been busy and I can totally relate to the discombobulation!!!! Great news that you've got somewhere sorted out for your son to live. My three have all done the online thing when searching for somewhere to live and so far it's always worked out fine for them so hope your daughter finds somewhere soon.

Elizabeth said...

ATS is wonderful! I admire you gals for taking that one on. So many exciting things happening right - I think Boston is a fantastic city and I haven't been back there in a while. My mom loves this tiny Italian restaurant in the North End area that is a small family place. She says they have this lobster-pumpkin ravioli that's to die for. Of course I can't remember the name! Look forward to seeing more of ATS.

Kathy Ellen said...

Some beautiful progress on ATS, Margaret. You are certainly a "masterpiece" needle artist! Your gorgeous pieces should go in the Smithsonian Museum of Art someday:)

It is a bittersweet experience getting one's first child ready for college, isn't it? He will love Boston though. We love that city...so much history there and so much to explore. Glad that you all had a great time there!

Blessings!

merumo said...

Beautiful progress on And They Sinned. And looks Mia all figured out about your son is also leaving the house very soon. Isn't he taking her with him to his new place?

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

Your ATS is looking wonderful! I remember completing mine and seeing it hang on the wall was one of my biggest thrills! Its just beautiful.

woolwoman said...

That apt. entry way is beautiful! Boston is a neat place but certainly a big change for your DS and the parental units as well. Remain calm and keep stitching my friend ! your ATS is lovely - have a good week and try NOT to worry - Mel

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Beautiful stitching! You have been on a bit of a whirlwind tour haven't you? The entrance of your son's apartment is lovely!

valerie said...

OMG, your week sounds as scattered and busy as mine was. I am mentally all over the place and haven't stitched in days! Your ATS is really coming along. And the apartment entryway is awesome! I love old buildings like that. Too funny that we both went for dimsum...so yummy! Just try to roll with the flow. I know it must be hard...both kids on their own. Exciting but nervewracking all at the same time!

Mary said...

Looks like you'll be plowing through all that grass on ATS soon enough!

It's all a bit scary when the fledglings leave the nest, but scary in a good way. Congratulate youself on a job well done!

samplerlover said...

Hi Margaret, ATS is beautiful and you are coming along with it.

Glad you got one apartment sorted out. Just need to find another one. Boston looks like a lovely place to visit. - Sandra.

P.J. said...

ATS is looking magnificent!! How exciting for your son and I am sure a little anxiety for mom. He will do well. Best od luck to your daughter in her hunt for an apt.

Penny said...

It looks like you might be a little more than halfway to a finish! It's looking beautiful! Sounds like a very busy but exciting time! Love the entry to your son's new apartment! And little Miss Mia is sweet, sweet, sweet. :) Hard to believe Paul McCartney is 70 - wow!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Exciting times for your children. Boston is a wonderful city.

Mia is going to miss your son.

Think about how much stitching you can accomplish when everyone gets settled. And they sinned is looking good!

Chris said...

Beautiful progress Margaret!
At least you know where one child will be. I hope that your DD finds her new digs soon.
Hugs to you and Mia :)

Katrina said...

ATS is just beautiful!!!!! Glad you had fun family time and got things a little more settled for Eli!!!! It's going to be quite the summer ;-).

Melanie said...

Busy busy busy!! So glad you found an apartment without too much trouble. How exciting to be off to Boston with your own apartment. I'm 40 years old and I would STILL like to do that. lol

Love love love ATS!! :)

Roberta said...

What a great city to be able to go to college in. This is my birth home - a great place to live. What school is he going to?? Glad you found an apt - it could get tough as the summer continues.

Love ATS - this also is a design I would love to do - still haven't bought the chart yet!!! Need to reduce the stash a bit!!

Now is Mia going to college????

Deb said...

Your ATS is looking great Margaret. Almost makes me want to start another one! Seriously, I loved working on that piece.

I'm glad that things are slowing moving along with the kids. I know that this has got to be just the busiest time (and the most worrisome). But everything will work out fine. Just watch!

BeckySC said...

ATS is coming along just beautifully :)((hugs to you))

Juels said...

ATS looks beautiful! What a lot of stitching you've completed on her, Margaret. I love the building where your son is going to live in Boston! Will Mia be staying with you when your son goes off to college?

Giovanna said...

Very nice going on ATS - glad you're enjoying it :-)

Isadarena said...

Your "They Sinned" is really nice, Margaret.
Your life sounds very busy, of course but also really wonderful:-))

Siobhán said...

First off--your APP looks great! I had your blog open last week when DH needed the computer or I had to run the kids somewhere or maybe I did comment but don't remember... in any case, it looks great!

Love the pictures of your trip! The apartment building looks really neat. Great progress on ATS, too!

Catherine said...

Busy, busy, busy!! Sound like you had a fun time, for the most part, in Boston. I love that door to your son's apartment!! Oh poor Mia, what is she ever going to do without her boy child?!?

Karoline said...

Great progress on ATS, it's looking gorgeous.

Glad to hear your DS is getting sorted, fingers crossed your DD will find an apartment soon.

Hazel said...

That sampler is such a stunner! So many interesting parts to it. Great pics. x

Patty C. said...

Drooling over your work once again ;)

Anne said...

I just have to say I love that photo of your son and father type sitting playing that massive checkers board! Boston must have been fun...sort of...I know you've been fretting! Everything will work out I'm sure of it!!

Hugs

Suzanne said...

Wow what a busy time for you all!

ATS is looking fantastic, great work!