Thursday, August 14, 2014

It's up and running...

...a tatting patterns E-Book by my friend Elaine Gan over at Facebook's Tatting Box. Available on Craftsy. The book is ready for download with 20 patterns. 
Clear instructions and diagrams. Cost is only $12 USD, What a deal! 
I am so proud of her, for her mind, her talent and God's grace. Go on 
over and check it out! Tell her Nancy sent you. *smile*

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Two and a half hours today...

                                    4 of us today...Pink, Yellow, Blue and Rosie Red!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

My visitors from Chile...

I was blessed to have met a Facebook tatting friend! Irma and her family are here (in Arkansas, USA) for a visit with their daughter. Who happens to live in the next town over!!!
It was such a lovely evening. We sat on the cover deck and was even graced by a deer! 


We had gifts for one another. We shared our hand made tatting and jewelry.  Her DH laughed when I showed them my 'tatting area'. Nancy said "what you don't understand is my mothers room is JUST LIKE YOURS!" We had a lot of the same things, containers, thread, tatting items! We may be half a world apart, but you'd never know it.
It's a small world, after all!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Kayaking at Lake Ann

Another beautiful evening spent with 'Rosie' and about 21 other kayaks.


                                 Spotted a purple flower...in someones lakeside yard...
                                        (Click on the pictures to enlarge and view)
                                       











Such a wonderful time...getting close to a Blue Heron...

Monday, July 7, 2014

A 'new to me' experience...

 ... Picking Blueberries at the 'Blueberry Barn'!

                                     
                                   


I met 2 of my walking buddies at 6 AM to be there for 'early pickin'. Once the parking lot is full at 6:30 AM they turn folks away. Didn't want that to happen. No sir're.





Last week the Paddle Club went to another lake, much smaller but very nice!

At this point it's very shaded...at least 10 degrees cooler. What a wonderful evening for kayaking!


I am walking 6 miles a day and trying for 6 days a week...and loving every step!

                                Got my tee today...its official! I'm a Walkie Talkie!! LOL


Yes, I did tat. I test tatted for my friend over at Tatting Box...a lovey pieces she calls 'Spring'. I used the new Lizbeth Twirlz thread in the color of Monarch for the butterflies and leaves in Leaf green med.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

What a mouth this has been....

The week after Mother's day, I spent some time in Kansas City, Mo. with my youngest daughter. She flew in to be in a wedding and with it only being 3.5 hours away you know I had to join her! Went to a KC Royals baseball game and its always nice when they win! She had wonderful news to share with everyone...here is what she post after her first trimester:


After my visit with her, I went on to Wichita Kansas and spent time with my dearest friend. What a nice treat that was. 

Last week I went to New Iberia, Louisiana. My home town~ My sister was celebrating her 70! Visited with family and friends and ate everything my heart desired. Gotta love that Cajun food and music! Got to sit in on Cajun Jam Session!


When I returned DH took me 'shopping'....meet Rose AKA Rosie! 


You are looking at the backside of my new Kayak. 
The next day I took her out with a group of about 30 at a near by lake.


 Even with all the highway miles I put on my car, I did find time to tat. Imagine that! *smile*


Saturday, May 10, 2014

My new outdoor planting area!!

I just love the umbrella! Dh pretty much thought of everything! A new water spigot on this side of the house, a cute (removable) galvanized tub complete with drain hole. Today a small clear hose will be added, then all I have to do is place a bucket underneath to catch the water flow. He attached a really nice hand-hand nozzle with all the bells and whistles. (spray, mist, etc). Now the truth be told, this is pretty much for him as well as me. His work shed is behing this so when his hands are all nasty and stuff from working...he doesn't have to come in the house!! I have to rembember to put paper towels in the storage area!! Yep, I'm all set...now bring on the Iris'! You have to know how hard it is to dig in this area...Something about being in the 'Ozark Mountains'!  *smile*

 

The other day we had a wonderful rain. With all the 'oak dust' pollen from the trees it was so nice to have the rain to help wash most away.  I just love the view of what I call the Mini Forrest. We are slowly clearing out the dead wood...



Looks like we're pretty much set for the summer with the new ceiling fan! Now to sit, tat and enjoy life at its best. Family, friends, birds and wild life are all welcomed! *SMILE*


Monday, May 5, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Come walk with me

Yesterday on my 6 mile walk we only had 3 walkers so we took a different route. Here is some of what I saw.




So inviting...













...lets sit and enjoy!







Or perhaps tat. I did this for a friend. This pattern is by Martha Ess. Talk about 'fussy'. It tried my patience, but I think it came out fairly well. 


Monday, April 28, 2014

I can hardly stand it...

...birds, birds, birds! Just now I had a male Cardinal AND an American Goldfinch sitting at the same feeder with a Bluebird sitting on his birdhouse! To fast for me to capture them on pic. But I did manage to get this one


                            So far I have seen 3 of the Humming birds at 2 different feeders.

                                                                  AND...

This Indigo Bunting! 

Wow I am in awe and just think what I'd do with a 'real camera' (instead of my iPhone).  I'd be dangerous! 
I have found for me to get anything done I need to just walk away! From ever window in the house! Or else I'd never get any tatting done. LOL 


Don't you just love my little booklet! It has become my new bible of the bird world! 
Since the 4th of July also known as 'Independence Day' will soon be here for us in the U.S.A. I am starting a new project. I just love Red, White and Blue. UPDATE: I have removed the beads on the chain. I didn't feel that is was working out. So after 17 attached...I un-tatted. Looking better, I think.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dogwood trees....

                                       ...are in full bloom now! Here is a yellow one.


Here is a beautiful white one. I need to get a pic of a pink one next!
While on my 5-6 mile morning walks it amazes me to see all the beauty! 


This is the Dogwood Trails at Crystal Bridges. This adventure took me on a 9 mile walk. Most of that was just trying to find my car! LOL 


I just finished working on a 3 piece gift set for a friend of my daughters. One regular 'Spinning Wheel Glass Mat' and 2 mini's. Pattern by Mary Konior from the book Tatting with Visual Patterns. I used Lizbeth size 20 thread in the color of Latte Foam, Ecru and Mocha Brown Light. Please note that the idea for the 'mini' was from my dear friend Elaine Gan. Such a cleaver idea.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Still doesn't look like much...

I am walking 5.5 miles each morning for 5 weeks now and this is the view I see at the place I park. But I know soon things will change. After all, it is Spring! 

This is my view from the garage. We are the only one of two houses on our Lane and the last house on the cul-de-sac. Yesterday morning I opened the garage door to see a Deer and her fawn right in the middle of that little wooded area in front of you. What a delightful surprise!

Now I leave you with these little guys. 100% fat free and zero calories! 


Monday, April 7, 2014

Who doesn't love Chocolate Bunnies!

                    
One in Vanilla and the other in Fudge! Best thing ever is these are zero calories! But you know how bunnies multiply...off to make more! lol 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Happy International Tatting Day!

                     Today I shall go to the library to tat. Some place nice and quite! *smile*

                                               A lovely piece I finished yesterday!
Lizbeth thread size 20 in the color of Scottish Thistle. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

It goes in the mail tomorrow!

Hanky bonnet in the color of Lizbeth's 'Pretty in Pink', the booties in 'Pink Medium', Both in size 20 thread.            Booties pattern by Mary Konior, 'Goodie Two Shoes'. 
                                              
                          


Friday, March 28, 2014

Another 'Pretty in Pink'...

I've finished the set, now all I have to do it 'put it together'. The pattern is Mary Konior's 'Goodie Two Shoes'. Thread is size 20 in the color of Pink Medium and Pink Parade.

Bradford Pear tree is starting to bud!

Things are turning green!
My 7 AM 5.5 mornings walk was a good one. NO WIND and what a difference that makes. Didn't even notice the mid 43 degree temperature. Today was a larger group. I think I counted 15. Here is what a saw on today's walk...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Walking in the early AM and loving it!

I started walking with the lady's in the area. Wow! I started out with the '3 mile group' but by the end of that week I decided I wanted to increase to the 5 mile group. Each day I have been posting on Facebook my progress but today I wanted to share with you as well. 

Walking: Week 3, day 3 (I think) Since DH has retired...everyday is Saturday! lol Walked my 5 miles in one hour and 16 minutes. I want to share something with you. I have said from the beginning there is nothing like walking with others. I have not had that...until now. So, I need to practice what I preach, right? I have found myself so driven...I just want to walk...fast....no time for chit chat. Reminded myself of that character in Alice in Wonderland! I notice others slowing down, walking a bit with the '3 mile group'. Oh no, not me!!! I am on a mission. Well...I've decided to change that. And today I had that very opportunity. I notice this dear lady chatting with others...trying to keep up. So as I came toward her, I introduced myself and here was my 'change of heart'. I slowed down...way down. I gain so much respect for her during our short time together. Last year at this time she could not even walk. Had brain surgery..so on and so forth. WOW. What an inspiration to me! We caught up with the others at the cal de sac and joined right in. She started chatting with someone else and away I went. To my surprise I walked my 5 miles about the same amount of time!!! Its all good...*smile* Here is a quick pic along the way...you see, a rock yard!
                                    This hill is quite the challenge.
                        I do very well and going down is just as much as work-out! 

      What a view! One of 7 lakes in this lovely town. Can not wait to see what SPRING brings!!!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Bluebird Update:


I am so exited. This little bird came a few days ago and went inside! Stayed for a long time...just enjoying the morning.

Now, as you can see, here is another little bird on the bird feeder. At first I thought it was a Goldfinch. After looking at a little booklet: 'Arkansas Backyard Birds' I think perhaps it's a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. It states they are a 'winter resident'.

I started walking last week. I am up to 5.5 miles and that takes me about an hour and 20 mins. Here is a little view while on my walk:


Now this hill is my toughest part and I'm doing pretty good! Most part are pretty much level. 


Now, what a view!!