Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Up the Ski Slope

About a month ago my family and I spent a week in Maine. We had a wonderful time. One afternoon we decided to hike up a ski slope that was around the corner from where we were staying. I have never been skiing, so I had no idea how high and how steep ski slopes are. All I was sure of was my love of hiking, and that the view was sure to be spectacular. 







We started up the slope feeling ready to conquer the side of the mountain, but only two of us made it to the top, my husband and our ten-year-old nephew. Ralph, my mother-in-law and I made it up farther than the majority of the group, but considering our group was made up of mainly young children (including nine-month-old twins) that is not surprising. It was a difficult hike. There wasn't a path to follow. The grass and weeds were a little overgrown, and there was hardly any shade. Some areas were very steep and wet and slippery. I used several tactics to keep me moving up the mountain. I traveled slow and steady with few breaks. Then I did fast bursts with frequent breaks. I walked up a straight line and then walked up a zig-zag line. Finally feeling defeated, I made my way down. 






Once most of us were back on flat land we quickly realized we had ticks in and on our shoes, so we took them off, and stuck them in a bag. Ugh, ticks are the worst! Then we waited until everyone was back from the hike before heading to the lake house. When we got back to the house, someone asked how the hike went, and I quickly responded, "It was probably the worst hike of my life. But I am happy I did it." 









And I was happy. Tired, and a bit sore, but happy. The hike was difficult, but the many breaks gave me a chance to appreciate the distance I had traveled and enjoy the magnificent views around me. I wanted to turn around about fifteen minutes into the hike, but I knew that I would be better for continuing forward. The happy satisfaction I knew I would feel at the end of the hike kept me going.


Isn't that the way it always is with the hard situations, the struggles? Sometimes our life journey is hard, but we have to keep moving forward, taking breaks when necessary, and always remembering to still seek the beauty that God has placed all around us. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Summer Stitching Stash Blast #10 {link-up}

It is week ten of the Summer Stitching Stash Blast. 

The two projects that I am currently working are gifts. Some of the materials are from my stash, but I did buy new items for them, so I guess that makes them a bit of a cheat. Well, people have birthdays and others move into new homes and gifts must be given!



I am still knitting away at the blanket and have high hopes for completing it by my personal deadline of August 1st. I have also picked back up the Doctor Who cross stitch that I am stitching for my sister-in-law, Abby. It stitches up quickly because it is an easy pattern that is worked on 14-count Aida. I have no doubt that I could finish it in a couple of days if I didn't have other responsibilities. But my family needs to be fed, my house needs to be cleaned, and the beach needs to be visited. 



And here is a picture of the second sugar skull sackcloth napkin. The stitching is complete, but it still needs to be washed and pressed. 

So there you have it! What are you working on or have completed? Link-up below!


The rules:

- Write a blog post showcasing your current and recently completed needlework and sewing projects. If you would like to combine your stitching post with another topic, such as a daybook, weekend happenings, book review or what your wore to church, that is cool with me.

- Any post that is not about needlework, sewing, or stitching in some form will be removed from the link-up, as will any post that is offensive. (I do not see that happening, but I need to say it.) See the first post for a the full description of needlework. 

- Please place a link to the most current Summer Stitching Stash Blast in your post so other stitchers can find the link-up.

- Show the other bloggers some love by visiting them and leaving a comment. We all know how hard it is sometimes to finish a project. A little encouragement may be just what she needs to complete her project.  



Sunday, July 19, 2015

Summer Stitching Stash Blast #9

It is week nine of the Summer Stitching Stash Blast.

I had high hopes for finishing all my projects this summer, but what I did not take into consideration was how busy I was going to be this summer. I am not able to devote time every day to my projects now that summer is happening with full force. Good thing there are seven more weeks left of my stash blast! I have a feeling that once we get back into our full school year routine I will be able to focus on a few of the projects that I have not even touched yet!




This week I continued to work on the second sugar skull hand towel for my cousin and the blanket I am knitting for a friend. I will be giving my cousin her hand towels on Tuesday, so I really need to buckle down and knock the rest of the stitching out later today. I still have about four weeks left before I need to give the blanket to my friend, but I would like to get it off of the needles soon. I have given myself the goal of having it finished by August 1st.

Yesterday I purchased the audio version of Own Your Life: Living With Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love by Sally Clarkson. I am excited about this book and hope to spend quite a few hours listening to it while stitching this week. *Link is an Amazon Associate link. If you click on the link and make a purchase I will earn a few pennies. I appreciate when you do that! Thank you!

What you working on this week? Link up below!


The rules:

- Write a blog post showcasing your current and recently completed needlework and sewing projects. If you would like to combine your stitching post with another topic, such as a daybook, weekend happenings, book review or what your wore to church, that is cool with me.

- Any post that is not about needlework, sewing, or stitching in some form will be removed from the link-up, as will any post that is offensive. (I do not see that happening, but I need to say it.) See the first post for a the full description of needlework. 

- Please place a link to the most current Summer Stitching Stash Blast in your post so other stitchers can find the link-up.

- Show the other bloggers some love by visiting them and leaving a comment. We all know how hard it is sometimes to finish a project. A little encouragement may be just what she needs to complete her project.  

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Summer Stitching Stash Blast #8 {link-up}

It is week eight and the halfway point of the Summer Stitching Stash Blast. 

Things have been silent around the blog and for good reason. I am enjoying my summer! Our vacation to Maine was fantastic. Truly, we had a wonderful time and can not wait to vacation there again one day. I had intended to write up a little recap last week about my vacation, but I was busy all week with house cleaning, knitting, a doctor's appointment, a play date, a beach day, and a birthday party. I have been very busy lately and enjoying every minute of it. 




While I was in Maine, I did not work on my cross stitch as I had planned, but I did manage to knit several inches of my Ericka scarf. I didn't realize how much I missed knitting until I picked it up and started stitching. It was a last minute decision to bring it with me and one that I am so glad that I made. Once home, I started working on the housewarming blanket that I started several months ago for a friend. She is visiting her mother here n town for the next five weeks, so I hope to have it finished for her before she heads back to her new house in Ohio. 

I will continue to knit while also working on my embroidery and cross stitching projects. I hope to get many of these projects finished over the next eight weeks. 

What have you been working on lately? Link-up below. 



The rules:

- Write a blog post showcasing your current and recently completed needlework and sewing projects. If you would like to combine your stitching post with another topic, such as a daybook, weekend happenings, book review or what your wore to church, that is cool with me.

- Any post that is not about needlework, sewing, or stitching in some form will be removed from the link-up, as will any post that is offensive. (I do not see that happening, but I need to say it.) See the first post for a the full description of needlework. 

- Please place a link to the most current Summer Stitching Stash Blast in your post so other stitchers can find the link-up.

- Show the other bloggers some love by visiting them and leaving a comment. We all know how hard it is sometimes to finish a project. A little encouragement may be just what she needs to complete her project.  




Sunday, July 5, 2015

Summer Stitching Stash Blast #7 {link-up}

It is week seven of the Summer Stitching Stash Blast. 




Just a quick peek at the cross stitch project that I brought on vacation with me. I am very excited about it and hope to have the completed project to show you next week! 

What have you been working on in your free time? Link-up below! 



The rules:

- Write a blog post showcasing your current and recently completed needlework and sewing projects. If you would like to combine your stitching post with another topic, such as a daybook, weekend happenings, book review or what your wore to church, that is cool with me.

- Any post that is not about needlework, sewing, or stitching in some form will be removed from the link-up, as will any post that is offensive. (I do not see that happening, but I need to say it.) See the first post for a the full description of needlework. 

- Please place a link to the most current Summer Stitching Stash Blast in your post so other stitchers can find the link-up.

- Show the other bloggers some love by visiting them and leaving a comment. We all know how hard it is sometimes to finish a project. A little encouragement may be just what she needs to complete her project. 



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