Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Never too late

I was hoping to post before Memorial Day, didn't happen but it is never too late. This photo made it to Instagram but that was it.
I have a love hate relationship with this photo.

My old blogging friends will remember when Jeff (AKA Army son) joined the Army.
I was proud and I was sick...cried like a baby when he told me. After boot camp he was sent to The Defense Language Institute. I thought that was great and he would be safe and out of harm's way. What an idiot I was. You need someone who speaks a language to go on missions that are dangerous. Duh!!  That could be why I received this pic a couple years ago in lieu of a call (easier to "talk" with mom when she is not hysterical). I happened to be with J.W. when I received this photo. I texted back and said it was beautiful and what are you doing in the photo? He texted back it was taken when he re-enlisted for 5 more years. Waterworks and more waterworks. I am so proud of him and all he has done to keep us safe. I call him the bionic man with the titanium brackets and screws along with ceramic discs in his neck. UGH! Getting shot.. another story which I found out by text as well.
After that...the cell is pretty much always on. hehe. 

I spent some time yesterday reading the letter in this pic. It was sent to my gram's gram in 1887. Her father was a prisoner of war at Andersonville Prison during the civil war. He was held for 244 days- from Oct 11, 1863 to June 10th , 1864 when he died. The payment due to her was $61. Our course it was never received. 

So many gave up so much and still do. God Bless our servicemen and women, their families and our country. 

Enjoy your week friends.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Fine as it is

So, a friend asked if I was going to re-do my blog now that I was attempting to get back into blogging regularly. She thought I would want to remove some of the "clutter" (I love her dearly or we would have an issue-hehe), simplify it and tie it into my website. I thought about it for zero seconds. It is busy and that is fine with me. I l have loved my header from day one. Tiffany did an amazing job and it always makes me smile. My tag line has been my philosophy since I was a young teen. French is a state of mind and that is not a bad state to be in.

O.K. I finished the second Burberrys stocking. People, in 7 months it will be Christmas. Time rolls by quickly. I am kind of like a one woman Christmas stocking sweatshop. In a good way.

I think it turned out nicely. I may have difficulty parting with it. 

So, another post for May and it feels good!

Big hugs!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Just some rambling....

Three posts since May 7th. I think I am working on developing a new habit- regular blogging. They say it takes 30 days for a new habit to stick so we'll see. Hehe.

The photo's below have nothing to do with this post but they make me happy so I am sharing. I figure what makes me happy someone else may also enjoy.

The workmanship is exquisite!

Can you imagine waking up to this everyday? I could look out those windows everyday- no complaints. I would have a comfy chair and watch the world go by. I've always been a reader so I would need some good reads for those moments when I would NOT be looking out the windows. I used to share some of my favorite books right here. I think that tradition may continue.

What an odd collection!  Dearie- The remarkable life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz is a wonderful biography. The photo of Julia on the cover is what caught my eye. She was a lovely young woman. To think that when the photo was taken, she had no idea that her name would be known everywhere.

 Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger was a gift which I will jump into next. If you read The Devil Wears Prada or saw the movie (guilty on both counts), this picks up a few years down the road.
We'll see. 

I love magazines but have gotten pretty picky with what I purchase now. They all seem to be the same. When I picked up French Cottage - Victoria Classics. I knew it was a winner. Definitely worth looking for. 

Living in Italy by Alvino Fantini (love the sound of his name) is a book that I purchased in 2000. That was 3 years before hubby and I married. Every once in a while I pull it out and read through...one.more.time. Now, he reads through it. A kindred soul- hehe.

This last photo is a Christmas stocking I made from a Burberry item that no longer fit well.
As soon as I finish this post, I am off to begin work on another. The design will be different but they will work well together. 

I used the label, the ribbon from the garment. Repurposing at its best. Hehe. 
I only have enough fabric for the 2 stockings. Wish it would have been a dress or something larger. 

Well, I have rambled on enough. Hope to keep on rambling.

Big hugs!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Still in love with this place

My ONLY post in 2014 was about this incredible project. I am kind of in love with it. Let's just say if  I could just pick up and leave, I would be there. In a heartbeat.  Hubby, if you are reading this, only joking. 

Actually, I think he would join me. He has visited the website a few times. I would like to think he was looking into booking one of their workshops (embroidery?) for me. Dream on...hehe.

This breathtaking chateau was built in the mid 1700's. It is located in the village of Chateau Verdon. The family started renovations in 2013. Can you even imagine?

You really have to see all the progress they have made. The website is a favorite and whenever a pic pops up on instagram, I am in heaven.

Oh, and they have very cool video's on the site. Can you tell I am in love?
Someday, I will visit. Putting it out there...hubby can you hear me?

Thank you for stopping by and my dear friends that left comments on my first post for 2015,  I love you!

I do have a question.  Why do I have to prove to my blog that I am not a robot? Is it just blogger toying with me?

Big Hugs

Thursday, May 7, 2015

What happened to Blogger?!

The last time I did a post, it took quite a while as blogger had changed so much. Today...serious stress. He he. I haven't used my log in for blogger and could not remember my password. Then I thought I can just switch over to my Gmail address. I googled how to make that change. Evidently, if you try to do this, you lose all your old posts. Since I first started to blog in 2008, that was not an option. Too much history there that I don't want to lose. Now that I finally figured out how to log in again, the page looks very unfamiliar. Hoping I am in the right area. 

In case you have forgotten me... my name is Barb and I am hoping to begin blogging again.

This photo was taken overseas in November. Still the same, just a little bit grayer.
We have had some health issues...again. As I speak, hubby is cancer free as of the last 3 month checkup. He sees the dr again for the next 3 month check up next month. Lots of prayers going up for sure. J.W...good days, not so good days. At this point, he is having more "not so good" days. Staying positive and always sending up prayers. Please keep my guys in your prayers.

Keeping busy and that is a good thing. 

Busy hands keep one out of trouble. He he.

I wanted to share a hysterical link with you. This woman just makes me laugh until I cry. Plus, she is really crafty. This truly makes me want to find a piano I can work with. I hope you have a chance to read through her "piano adventure". You will not be disappointed.

Seriously, I am hoping to get back to blogging. It will not be like the good ole days because those days are gone. Life has become more hectic but that is o.k. I will post and visit when I am able. If this is my last post...I will blame it on the fact that I could not find my way back to my blogger log in.

Big hugs
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