Monday, May 4, 2015

Lots to talk about....

I've gotten some more done on the Red Deer Sampler.  These vases of flowers are huge!


Sorry for the perspective -- I have the sampler laid out on a pillow.  :D

I also knitted some more hexipuffs.  Slow but sure.


You can't see all of them -- they are piled up in there.

Saturday, the father type and I headed out to NYC once again.  This time we made it to see the girl child's apartment!  She recently moved to NYC and is very happy there.


We seemed to spend a lot of time eating that day.  lol!  Such good food everywhere!


veggie wrap from the Seasoned Vegan


In line at Big Gay Ice Cream.  So good!


deliciousness from Trattoria Pesce Pasta -- yum!

It was Independent Bookstore Day too, so we went to Book Book.  And of course, we bought books.


There's one missing cause the father type hid it somewhere.  These aren't all mine.  (Mine is the one on the right.)

All in all, we had a nice day together.  And the girl child was off to tango later that night.  Such an active girl!

Judith from MrsLove2Stitch gave me an award.


The purpose of this award is for bloggers to nominate fellow bloggers. In order to accept the award, the nominated blogger must follow these rules:

  • thank the person who nominated you and link back 
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers for the award.
Seven facts about myself:

1. I didn't try chocolate until I was most of the way through grade school -- maybe 10 or 11?  This was because my older sister didn't like chocolate (still doesn't!) and so my mom didn't buy any for the house.

2. This meant no oreos as a child.  Sad, huh?  We had vanilla "oreos," with vanilla wafers for the cookie part.  Not the same.

3. I've lived in 5 different states: Oklahoma, Kansas, California, New Jersey and New York.

4. The father type and I met at Princeton University, where we went to college.  My sister and her husband also met there.  My sister and the father type were in the same class or year, my BIL was the year after them, and I was the youngest at the year after that.  

5. My father went to graduate school at Princeton and met my mother in Princeton town (she wasn't a student there, but they met there).  And the girl child also went to Princeton.  

6. All three couples (me and the father type, my mother and father, my sister and BIL) were married in the Princeton University Chapel.  The father type and I were married by the same person as my father and mother, Dean Ernest Gordon.

7. This is old news, but I'm an Anglophile.  And a Beatles fan.


I know lots of people have been taking notice of how blogging seems to be going away.  I too have noticed this.  I know lots of people have taken to Facebook.  I'm not one of them, despite the fact that I do have an account there.  On the other hand, I love Instagram.  It's my go to place now.  Much easier in so many ways too, not as much of a time commitment.  I've thought periodically about stopping with my blog, but I haven't yet.  Especially since I am not as dedicated to stitching as I used to be, I've wondered if it was time to stop.  I'll think on it some more.  I use my blog more as a record for myself, for things that have happened and for what I've been working on.  I do think I would miss that.  We'll see.

Mia has been enjoying the weather, as we all have.  One of her favorite places to be this time of year is here.


Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

34 comments:

Vickie said...

What a fun peak into your daughter's apartment. I am glad she is happy there.
I for one, look for your post every Monday, and hope you do not give up. I do not do facebook.
May the Fourth be with you!

Berit said...

I'd be sad if you stopped, but you've got to do what's right for you. :) Those food pics look delicious!

Vera said...

Hi Margaret. NYC - such a fun town! The food looks fabulous. Also your red deer. I, too, would miss your blog, but I shouldn't talk -- I don't have my own blog and most likely never will. BTW, The MD Sheep & Wool was a mob scene...and HOT. But loads of fun. I think I would/will enjoy a Fall festival more.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love the brick wall in your DD's room! Enjoyed reading about the family Princeton connection through the generations.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I would miss you if you left this space even though I visit you on Instagram. I refuse to do the Facebook...really long story. I enjoyed your seven facts. DD is such a pretty lady! Have a good week.

Robin said...

Your Red Deer Sampler is looking fabulous. I would miss your blog if you let. I don't always leave a comment, but I do stop by and read. Enjoy your day!

Robin in Virginia

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CalamityJr said...

I'd certainly miss you if you decide to stop blogging. Your needlework is amazing and inspiring, and the glimpses into your family life and short journeys offer great tidbits about the big cities. But... I do understand doing what's best for you; after all, I don't even have a blog!

Mugwump Woolies said...

Hi Margaret...I, too, would be sad if you stopped blogging. It is a dilemma I am facing as well. I will never "do" facebook" either...it is just too invasive. I am honored that you nominated me and will be back later to address those questions. Hmmmmmm.
DD is a beauty...with brains and dancing feet...the very best kind! Lucky you...another day in NYC. We are in Tallahassee...nice, but hardly comparable to NYC. Mr. MW will be presenting an oral argument at the Florida Supreme Court tomorrow morning. Annie and I will watch him live on the computer. Red Deer just keeps getting better!
Robyn

Linda said...

Please don't quit blogging Margaret. I really enjoy reading your blog. Lovely progress on your sampler. Looks like another fun weekend in the city.

Linda

Vicki said...

Ah, Margaret, I would miss you so if you stopped blogging. I read every post, even if I don't comment on every one. I enjoy seeing the needle arts projects you're working on, regardless of the medium. I am not on FB, Instagram, or Twitter, they just hold no interest for me. But I do enjoy reading (and writing) blogs. Thanks for the look at your daughter's NYC apartment! And for sharing the seven facts about yourself -very interesting!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Thank you for the nomination--am colleting my thoughts. I so enjoy your blog: your projects, family, events and Miss Mia. For myself blogging is a way of keeping a journal and learning and sharing. Time consuming yes, worth is also yes

Melissa said...

The Red Deer Sampler - you're getting so close to finishing (that's knowing how fast a stitcher you are)! It looks wonderful.

How nice that your kids are close by at least, and it's a good excuse for an "outing". Your daughter's place looks grand, perfect for the twenty-something!

I know what you mean bout the blogs going away. I want to get on IG but need my DH's help so it will take a bit of time! lol.

Angie said...

Margaret, I would definitely miss you and Mia on Mondays! I love your Red Deer sampler. So close to a finish!

Linda said...

Oh my gosh would I be sad if you stopped blogging! Your blog is one that just makes me happy! And Mia - how I would miss seeing and hearing about her. I love seeing all your knitting! and just different things you do! places you go...

Linda in VA

Annie said...

Great work on the sampler and the hexies. Glad to see you x-stitching again.

What a great foray into NYC. So much good food and your daughter looks so city-girlish in her new digs.

I'm tired of blogging too. I actually haven't been doing as much crafting lately anyway. We'll see. Times change and we all move on to different things. It's the way of the world.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

A great visit by the looks of things Margaret, so much lovely food. The hexipuffs look a lot of fun to work on - so much freedom to choose what you want to knit with. Mia is such a lovely puss - our two have been very unwell this last week. They seem to be on the mend now but only after a lot of intervention by our vets.

Sue Robinson said...

I always look forward to reading your blog on a Monday, I hope you'll decide to continue. If you stopped I'd really miss reading about your life, not just seeing your projects and I do appreciate the effort that goes into blogging. I live in France and your writing and pictures give me an insight into life in at least part of the USA. You are a good ambassador!

averyclaire.org said...

I DO look forward to reading your blog. But I understand the thoughts on stopping. I have had a difficult time keeping up with my own. It is very time consuming. But I do love reading them! Love your red deer and the knitted puffs, but best of all I LOVED reading about you and a bit of your history. Will follow you on Instagram or Facebook if you decide.

Annette-California said...

I too would be sad if you stopped blogging. I do follow you on Instagram but so much more can be shared with blogging. Like you my blog is great place for recording all what I stitch and create. But you do whats best for you.
I am not on Facebook. Your DD is so beautiful and love her banner she made of displaying cards.
Very lovely progress on Red Deer and its such a Gorgeous sampler.
love Annette

Mary Ann said...

Wonderful progress on Red Deer and the hexipuffs!

I would miss reading your blog very much, but you have to do what feels right for you, and do what you enjoy doing!!

Anna van Schurman said...

I don't think blogs are going away; I think they're contracting back to what they used to be. (Personal logs) The dude just got that Modiano book out of the library! Funny coincidence. :)

Brenda in WI said...

The Red Deer Sampler is looking very good. I too will miss seeing your blog. It is the first thing I look at on Monday morning. I hardly ever comment but I do enjoy your blog. Especially your goings and comings in New York and all those neat little shops. Your knitting also is great. Will miss you if you decide to quit.

Mary said...

Margaret, Red Deer is looking great! Glad you're coming along with it, because it's such fun to watch it change froe week to the next.

And as always, I love reading about your adventures in the big city! Always so much to see and do there, it makes me wish I could tag along.

So that, in a nutshell, is why I love your blog! Please keep posting, Sometimes you just have to keep putting it out there and wait to see it all come back to you.

Melody said...

Margaret, your red deer sampler is looking good! It was fun to see your pictures in NYC, and exciting that your daughter is living there.
Thanks for thinking of me in your nominations.. I will have to compose my thoughts ;).
I hope you decide to continue your blog. I would miss you if you stop...

Brigitte said...

So great to see your progress on the Red Deer Sampler. And all these knitted hexies look good in the bowl where you keep them. And as usual I was enjoying your pictures from your trip to NYC to visit your daughter and all these wonderful places with their fantastic food.

You are right, many blogs are fading away and I can understand this fact because everyone says that IG and FB are faster and easier. I'm not a member of FB or IG, so I can't compare. But from my own blogging experience I know that it's some work to put a post together. That's why I always try to leave a comment when I visit someone's blog. It would be sad if you stopped blogging but I could understand it. As Annie said, times change and people move on.

Mrs Love2Stitch said...

Nice to learn more about you ♥ Your sampler is gorgeous, love the colors on it. I understand the dilemma about blogging, I am feeling the same. Have fb, but am only following some groups. I love Instagram, it is fast and easy to leave comments or likes....

Rugs and Pugs said...

I've noticed quite a slowdown in blogging, but I still enjoy it. I find it so much more personal than Facebook. I'd miss you if you'd no longer blog. Instagram??? I haven't a clue what that is.
I love girl child's apartment...red deer, too.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Beth said...

I'd certainly miss your blog should you decide to end it. Like you I started blogging as a way of documenting certain aspects of my life. I continue to remind myself that the most important reader of my blog is me! So as long as I am happy with it, then it will continue. I do hope you chose to continue for a while. Honestly I for one am tired of constant tech changes. I am on Facebook, but not Instagram. I have CDs but no MP3 music files. I still have a flip-phone! I think that continual changes in technology and social media are exhausting, and at some point I stop trying to keep up with the latest New Thing!

marly said...

The Red Deer is different, I like it! I don't have a cell phone to do the Instagram, started Facebook and hate that they scramble posts and you can't find the newest quickly, and prefer the more personal writings on blogs. I understand your feelings and we would miss you. But never say never! You can always come back.

Carol said...

I would miss your Monday posts, Margaret (although I rarely get to them until later in the week due to my work schedule :) Perhaps you could try posting just a couple of times a month like I do. It is a bit easier, but there is no doubt that blogging takes a long time! Not just photography and composing, but also commenting, answering comments and emails, etc. I know I've thought about stopping, too, but, for now, I'll just keep plugging away and doing it as a record of my finishes :)

Really love your daughter's apartment--it looks so cool. Glad she is happy living in NYC!

Hope your May is going well, Margaret :)

Lisa said...

Oh, no! I don't know anything about Instagram! I guess I may have to learn! I looked online to see what my favorite Monday morning blogger had to say and didn't see any updates....

Kaisievic said...

Your daughter's apartment looks very cool as does she. How exciting to be living in NYC! I, too, use my blog as a record of my life and the friends that I have made through blogging are important to me, so again, I say, please do not give up blogging.
hugs, Kaye

Kaisievic said...

P.S. I loved reading the 10 fun facts about you, too. Also, thanks for nominating me.