Friday, September 2, 2011

Another Journey ~~

Good Friday Morning everyone....  I'm sitting here with my last cup of coffee before I get my day started. Had a great night sleep last night, and am ready to get some things done today here in the house, and then spend time working on some hooking later.   I have been reading other blogs and how they are all welcoming September. I'm not so quite ready to do so. Just a bit harder for me to let go of Summer. Perhaps if I start decorating my home for Fall, the feeling of acceptance will follow. It will come, just a bit slower for me.  The nights have been really comfortable for me sleeping lately. And that's only after
I got up one night this week in total frustration, and got some more blankets (and put socks on my feet). Can you see why I don't want to welcome the cooler weather too soon?  I don't tolerate it too well.... So now that I'm all snug under the blankets, I'm sleeping just great. I have to say that the only thing I'm looking forward too with the colder weather is the day that I can put that Down comforter I received as a gift on my bed :).
This week was the start of a new journey for Nicole as she started her first day at college.  Also a new journey for George and I as we realize the house will be an empty next before too long.  Not sure yet, but Nicole is looking at starting boot camp for the Coast Guard next October. I have a feeling time is going to fly by before we can blink. 

I decided to pull out this picture of Nicole on her first day of Kindergarden when we lived in NJ.  The reason I pulled it out was to get a chuckle out of the car in the driveway.  It belonged to Nicole's Grandmom. She took this picture. 

And here is Nicole this week driving her Grandmom's car to college :) Might not be funny to others, but it just cracks me and George up!   I ran out the door to snap a picture. Really happy to see that she smiled for the camera.

Another journey we will be taking is our son Craig's wedding at the end of October.  They are slowly finishing up their details of the day to come.  As a parent, I have cried at different times of happiness, excitement and sorrow for each of my kids. But God help me on the day that my son marries. Anyone know of a really good waterproof mascara?  Each journey now in the later years of the kids lives, is just an eye opener for me.  They are grown up. I have to thank God that He has been with me each step of the way. Couldn't have done it without Him.  Proverbs 3:5-6.  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight."  Have held this scripture in my heart from day one when my kids were born, and for each trial that has passed our way.

Yesterday was the hook in at GrantStreet.  It has been slow for the last few weeks.  Summer is dwindling away and people are getting their kids ready for school, or finishing up the yard work, canning their foods, etc.  I'm sure it will pick up when the cooler weather pops in and people get the itch to start a new project or finish one up that they have put aside during the hotter months.

There were just a handful of us, and we had a good time.  Joan came and was finishing up her chair pads. I searched my camera, but I guess I never got a picture! 

Nancy came and brought Barb and Linda with her. So good to see them again!  Linda made some delicous (fabulous) cookies, and we got a chuckle out of Barb enjoying 2 at the same time :). 

Nancy was working on a piece she will be teaching, so no up close pictures. Barb was working on a checkerboard design by Pat Wenger.   Linda was working on a Bea Brock pattern.

A close up of Linda's piece. Don't you just love her colors?

Sherri stopped by later in the evening after work. She pulled out her piece to whip, but I don't think she got anywhere with it. We just chatted the rest of the night. I did a little bit of punching. I'm losing steam with motivation and need to get it back. So hopefully this weekend, I can get some things done.  It was nice to relax and just enjoy everyone else yesterday.  I'm just happy that my house is finally getting back in order. I'm thinking that is another reason I have slacked off. I don't want to create such a mess again!  I still have some cleaning to do, and it's been more of a deep cleaning. So I guess I am getting ready for Fall whether I realize it or not lol. 

"If" I get the cleaning done that I have planned (making a list really helps me), I may, just may get out my Fall decorations. Maybe if I get them out now, I can enjoy it for a longer period of time... I think what I have done in the past is put them out just a short time before the winter months hit. Then I'm really sad when I don't get to enjoy them.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, no matter what you have planned!


Joanne said...

Kathy - there is still time to enjoy Summer - the first day of fall isn't until nearly the end of Summer - it's WINTER that you should be dreading - I could skip that one completely - however I'm not ready for blankets on my bed yet = still way too hot - we have the ceiling fans going at high speed with the windows open! Too funny Nicole is driving that same car - how cute is that picture! Missed everyone at the hook-in!

Doris said...

Hi Kathy - there is a malaise that overcomes all of us when the seasons change. It's like our bodies have to catch up. I do think that getting gourds and pumpkins on display helps. Good luck with the cleaning - I'd rather hook!!!!

Linda Keller said...

I just love the pictures of Nicole and the ""car". I bet her gram is smiling too. I am with Doris, rather hook than clean. Have a great weekend.

weaverpat said...

The cool nights are great for sleeping, but I'm not ready for the cold either. Yuck to the winter coat!!!
Love the two pictures of Nicole and the car.

moosecraft said...

Yes! Those pics are crackin' me up! "This is not your Father's Oldsmobile"... (it's your Grandmother's)! lol! So good to see an American Classic holding strong! Linda's rug is gorgeous!!! Love the colors and design! I will be starting some fall cleaning and bringing out the fall decorations today too! Thanks for the inspiration!

WoolenSails said...

They sure do grow up fast. Mine live on their own, but live close enough to visit. I haven't hooked in ages, need to get down to the rug shop and see what everyone has been up to.


Rugs and Pugs said...

Kathy ~
Great post and great pics!
I do not look forward to the cold weather and the older I get, the more I hate it and the harder time I have staying warm!
Your babies are all grown up. It't bittersweet, isn't it?
Hugs :)

Nettie said...

Hi Kathy... That picture of Nicole aside of the car is so cute... It is really hard to see them become young adults... But I know you are a good mother and you raised your children right... Miss you. Hope to see you soon...
Love Nettie