Friday, June 9, 2023

A Beeautiful Day!

A beeautiful Friday to you, my sweet friends!!!

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Well, are you ready for an awesome weekend? I sure am. I had hoped to post my June doodle on the first, but with the internet being down that did not happen. So today is the day!!!

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Just a little June bee skep for the garden. 

If you are so inclined, grab the image for the doodle. For printing tips, refer to the post Tips for Printing which has loads of tips from my sweet friends. . 



Earlier when I was working on my embroidery, my youngest grandson  saw my embroidery on the table. He  grabbed it,  and put in some stitches himself. I was tickled pink to see his work ; especially since he has never shown an interest . If he had not wrapped the thread around the hoop , I would have left his stitches in and called it finished. But later when he left with a heavy heart , I picked out his stitches. 
My youngest grandson added some stitches. 

I will have to create him a special embroidery to work on for himself. 

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Each block is stitched  on a 7 1/2 squared piece of fabric and then trimmed it to 6 1/2" . The block is then framed  with 2" strips .

This little quilt is coming along. Thank you to all of you who are working on these doodles as well. I am always so excited when I see one stitched. 

Now speaking of bees have ya'll seen the new bee dinnerware at the Dollar Tree?  I was as happy as a bear in a honey hole to pick up a mug while in Oklahoma and Eeeeh !  when I came home I found the plates, a couple of tea glasses and the scarf which I will make into a table runner. Are they not the sweetest?  

Mom was able to find the oven mitt, dish mat and pot holder on one of her Dollar Tree adventures. So they are out there if you are interested.  You know I will be doing a bee hutch display in the future. Oooh I can not wait to do that. 
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This  is last year's Buzzin' About  hutch with the Dollar General plates . They were just a dollar a piece.  Oh I promise you they are back there somewhere behind all of the clutter . You know I am a clutter bug. 

If you are interested in seeing more about the hutch or the bee stitches just click on the link above. I will be doing a bee stitch parade next week. 

Alright ya'll, I have jabbered long enough. I could chat with you all day, but I know you have places to go , people to see and things to stitch and quilt on.  You are a busy busy bee as well. πŸ˜€πŸ. Stay sweet,  my honey pies. I hope to chat with you tomorrow or Sunday. 

As always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting, ya'll

Melisa 

Kind words are like honey; sweet to the soul.  - Proverbs 16:24

Hugs and Stitches!!!!πŸ€—πŸ§΅❤

Dedicated to my dear sister, Amy. I love and miss you so much.❤❤πŸ‘Ό  

I thought I would sneak two more vacation photos in the mix to share with you.  πŸ˜€πŸ˜Š

La Ventana Natural Arch on BLM near El Malpais National Monument. 
Pressure Ridge Crack in the lava flow at El Malpais National Monument. 



 

Thursday, June 8, 2023

Home Again Happenings

Good morning, ya'll. It has been forever and a day since I last chatted with ya'll. I sure hope you are doing well and the last few weeks have been good to you.  Have you been quilting or stitching the days away? Or have you just been enjoying the long summer days doing whatever catches your fancy?  I hope you have been enjoying yourself either way. I sure have  missed ya'll!!!!πŸ€— 😘

 Well let me tell you what has been going on here in the holler. First,  Mr. Pinker and I had a wonderful vacation . It was nice to be off the grid roaming around the countryside in the ole' red truck and with  Annie the raggedy little camper.  

We named her after our first camper ( Raggedy Annie # 1 which was an older camper that we used to have. She wasn't pretty , but she was built well). This one is a little raggedy too, but she fit our needs perfectly and both the truck and the camper had a great trip considering they are over 20 years old. 

Abiquiu Dam

 Anywhoo, Mr. Pinker and  I rolled back into the holler after almost 2 weeks on our trip westward. We traversed around Oklahoma and New Mexico visiting some of our favorite boondocking camping spots and even enjoyed discovering some new ones . 

Echo Amphitheater  in New Mexico was closed . 

It rained just about every day, but the sound of the rain on the roof of the camper , made a good night's sleep for me. 

We did not see as many animals as usual, but we did see a few. While in Valles Caldera  National Preserve, we saw 2 wily coyotes traipsing along the prairie dog fields.  

The barks of the prairie dogs warned that predators were around. 

Thankfully, I did not witness them getting  an afternoon snack. Aren't the prairie dogs as cute as a button? 

We visited a lot of the same sites that we have been to before . 

Sandstone Bluffs- El Malpais National Monument, NM

The lava flows at El Malpais National Monument were spectacular. We always enjoy hiking them . 

 

We were disappointed that we could not go into the lava tubes and caves this year. 

The sandstone cliffs were amazing. 

 

The flowers were not in full bloom as they usually are in late June , but they were still beautiful. 

 

When in New Mexico, we always stop at Blake's Lotaburger .  Ya'll , it was yuuummmy!

Every year that we travel out west, the last day of our travels , we always spend the night at the edge of Oklahoma/ Arkansas ,and then I shop the Goodwills along I- 40 as I make my way back home. I will show you my finds in another post.

Slug Bug Ranch, Conway, TX

Cimarron River near Eagles Nest, NM

  By midnight, we were back at home in our own beds. After unpacking and settling back into our routine, we soon realized that our internet was out.  ( I'm old school and do all of my browsing , blogging and checking emails on the computer so that meant I was off the grid still. ) Yikes! 😬😳πŸ–₯

Mr. Pinker determined that we needed to upgrade our modem and router so that meant waiting for a few day for them to arrive.

 In the meantime,   just a couple of days after getting home, Mr. Pinker was off to the hospital to have a scheduled surgery.πŸ€•πŸ©Ή He is doing well and recovering at home . I do believe he is bored and is ready to go back to work , but that will be in due time.  

Soon afterward the router/ modem came and as soon as Mr. Pinker was feeling up to par , we installed it , but it was a no go. Long story short.- well, we had to wait until  our cable/internet provider sent a service worker to our home to repair it.   But I think I am back in business .  πŸ˜€

Sooooo- that's what's been going on in and out of the holler. 

Thank you so much for all of the kind messages checking on how Mr. Pinker and I was doing.❤πŸ€— It warmed my heart something good. Ya'll are the sweetest!!!!

 I had hoped to get online as soon as we returned , but I am sure you understand. I am hoping to get back into routine . I will be posting my June doodle tomorrow as long as the Lord is willing and the creek doesn't rise. 

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Well ya'll it may take me a few days to catch up,  but I will get there.  Have a beautiful day, my dear friends and ...

As always...

Happy quilting and stitching, ya'll

Melisa

Live life with no excuses . Travel with no regret. - Oscar Wilde

Hugs and Stitches!!! πŸ€—❤🧡

Dedicated to my dear sister, Amy. Love and miss you., Amo ❤❤❤

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Hitching up the Wagon

           On the road again  

           Goin' places that I never been

           Seein things that I may never see again 

          And I  can't wait to be on the road again...- Willie Nelson

           

A big hello to you my friends. I bet you have guessed it!  

The wide open roads are calling my name so Mr. Pinker and I are heading out on a 10 day  camping adventure!   

We will be taking our truck camper out on her maiden voyage so it will be very interesting to learn the ins and out of it. Normally, Mr. Pinker and I wait until the weather heats up nice and hot πŸ˜€ before we head toward the desert🌞🌡, but we are heading out a little early this year. We  will be traversing the trails  in Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico or wherever  the open road may take us. These two  wanderlusts  do not have a plan other than seek grand adventures and see all that we can .

  If I have the opportunity, I may pop in to say howdy, but normally we are in very desolate areas where there is little to no service . 

 I hope that rest of the month of May will be fabulous for you and may your days be filled with all of the stitching and quilting your heart desires. 

Happy quilting and stitching, ya'll

Melisa

Life is a daring adventure or nothing. - Helen Keller

Hugs and Stitches!!! πŸ€—❤🧡

Dedicated to my dear sister, Amy. . Love and miss you., Amo ❤❤❤

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Happy Mother's Day

Good morning and Happy Mother's Day  to all of the dear mothers out there. It is your special day. ❤πŸ€—

 I have a gift bag choked full with bee decor items and Pioneer Woman pieces for my mom. I  will be taking it to her very soon. This is her 2nd year decorating with the  bee theme  and she loves Pioneer Woman decor .