Friday, June 4, 2010

Birthday Fun and More Wildlife!

Birthdays are fun, aren't they? I manage to ignore my age most of the time, and this time was no exception. I'm still trying not to think of how old I am! LOL! But, my DD's age makes me think about it more! She is now 12!! Where did all the time go? She is getting far too old! The big milestone this birthday is that she can now ride in the front seat of the vehicle. But with her height, she probably could have been there before now! She is taller than me! Of course, that's not saying much as I am only 5'1-1/2"!!

We held a joint family birthday this week, on Monday, May 31. Her birthday is one day before mine, May 31, with mine following on June 1. She is my birthday present every year! The gift that keeps on giving! Hubby was actually home and my parents came over for dinner. This year I had all my favourite things; BBQ-ed hamburgers, baked potatoes, home-made potato salad, green beans and for dessert, angel food cake with local strawberries and real whipped cream!! Mmmmm!

And boy did I get spoiled! Hubby has bought me a couple magazine subscriptions to Just CrossStitch and CrossStitch and Needlework, as well at the back issues for The Gift of Stitching Magazine. Plus for our anniversary in the beginning of May, and iPad! And boy is that baby fun to play with!! We don't have high speed yet, but when we do, I will be carrying this thing around the house with me, checking email, looking at youtube and all kinds of fun things!! My DD got me a new Cricut cartridge to play with and I can't wait!

My parents got me the Best of Teresa Wentzler Fantasy Collection Vol 2 and a chart from Told In A Garden, baby sampler with fabric and most of the threads to go with it. As well, my Mom already gave me a needle holder.

Finally I can tell you all the good news!! Very close friends of our family, Wendy and Kirk, (who got married last September) are going to have a baby! Wendy is like a little sister to me and the family can't be any more excited!! So I am going to stitch this up for her and her hubby and little one, who is due early December! We gave them all Samantha's furniture, crib, change table, high chair, swing, excersaucer, bouncy chair. We are all done with it, and it was just sitting here waiting to be used. I am also going to be making a baby album in a farm theme. Watch for that!!

I have a finish to share. In one of my groups, we had a bookmark challenge, the TW one. I have finished stitching it, but have no idea how to put it together. My Mom to the rescue!! LOL!Thanks again to Karen for helping me with this one! She brought over enlarged charts so I could make my own grid for easier stitching. The picture doesn't do it justice; the blues melt into greens and greys, making me think of driftwood and waves.

I think I should run a wildlife preserve here! I keep seeing more animals, and during the daylight hours! Yesterday I saw something at the edge of the wheat field in front of my house and wondered what now? So I ran and got the binoculars and saw a deer!

She was halfway between the house and the road!

Today, while making some lunch for myself, I look up out the window over my sink, and in disbelief, there she is again! REALLY CLOSE!! I ran for my camera and snapped off a whole bunch of pictures thru the window!! (It's a good thing that I cleaned my windows last week! LOL!) She is just beautiful!This one shows how close she actually came to the house! The picture was taken thru the door window off the porch. She kept looking at something up by the house and stomping her hoof! I found out that it was this character!! This guy is Copper. He just showed up one day a few months after we moved in, very tame and affectionate. He'd been neutered by someone, and I took his picture around the neighboerhood, but no one claimed him. So we kept him, and he's Hubby's cat, as Copper thinks he's half dog. He like cheese and summer sausage. Which I discourage Hubby from feeding him!! But they sneak it after I go to bed!

Well, must be going for now. I am working on Papillon Creations Castles In The Air and after that I will be working on TW's Spring Carousel horse and the baby sampler, after I pick up the few colours I need. Enjoy the weather!


Vicki in CO said...

Sounds like an awesome birthday! Great stash and an IPad! I'm jealous! I haven't even seen one in person yet.

Babs said...

Happy birthday Melissa! sounds like you had a really fun one too! Beautiful pics of the deer...and Copper :) I live in the country and am treated to some beautiful sights, too, and wouldn't trade it for anything. Like the bookmark, it turned out pretty with those colors.

Linda K's Creativity Works said...

I have the book of Teresa Wentzler - the one that you got. I am doing Fantasy Triptych from that book...I think that is the one or it's her first one that she came out with.

I dearly love your photos of the Deer...I got pictures of Deer this past week as well as Hummingbirds too on their feeder.

Your patterns that you got are just beautiful...I can't wait til you start them.

I love to read your Blog.

I am now a follower of your Blog. I too have a Blog and if you want to be a follower on mine just add yourself if you haven't already.

Take care & Happy Stitching

Lynn said...

Belated Happy Birthday! Love your presents too. That Told in a Garden piece is really lovely. I've actually started it at one point but put it aside when I realized it would never be done in time for my deadline. I'm keeping it for my future grandchild.
Your pics of the deer are great! I can't believe that it got so close to the house.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Sounds like a fine birthday - with great goodies! Enjoyed your update! Thanks for sharing.

~Narita said...

Happy Birthday!

Do please post a picture of your Castles in the Air. I started it a while back and it got set down and I moved onto other things. Its so beautiful, I really ought to pick it back up!

My daughter is 19 already! And you're right, the time flew by...

My sister was certified by Native Animal Rescue and hers was the place they took all the deer that were injured or separated from their mamas. She had so many that just hung around her house after she set them free. I can remember my daughter complaining that one of them wouldn't get out of the way when they were playing horse shoes one day and how another one would run along behind them when they were driving the ATV. lol

~Narita said...

Oh! Melissa, I forgot to mention that I have pictures of my Castles in the Air someone on the back pages of my blog.


Witch of Stitches said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday. Your cat, Copper, is beautiful!