Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Throwback Thanksgiving - 37 Years Ago

Thanksgiving has always been a special Holiday for me, but it changed in 1977, when it began to be our Anniversary, too.  This year, our Anniversary falls on Thanksgiving Day, and we're spending it with each other alone.  We learned (the hard way) that trying to celebrate and enjoy our anniversary, we should not be with family.

That was the weekend I married my hubby, Lee.  We decided to have the wedding on Thanksgiving weekend so our out of town families would have time off work and could travel to join us.  Well, it worked out well in that respect....that is until the blizzard, which started right before the ceremony on Saturday. 

Lee's mom and nephews at our 1st house with Lee and our younguns -- no snow

Our rehearsal dinner at the Kahiki, Columbus, Ohio -- no snow
After the ceremony, Doug, me with a giant headache, my sister Betty, and Vince -- 4 inches of snow

The story:
So, all was going really well, thanks to our families.  We had a really nice Thanksgiving on Thursday with my Mom's family and Lee's folks, and a wonderful rehearsal on Friday with the subsequent rehearsal dinner.  Lee's friends from school came down on Friday night, and we all spent a fun evening at the Kahiki Polynesian Supper Club after the rehearsal dinner.  All was just great until Saturday morning.  It seems that, even though I had only one drink after the dinner, it was made more potent than I assumed it was .... thanks to Lee and/or his friends...no one is accepting blame yet to this day.  Saturday morning, I was sooooo sick....hung over.  I didn't know if I'd ever get away from knealing in front of the throne, and the time to leave for the church was bearing down.  I finally made it out of the bathroom, but I couldn't to get my contacts in to save my soul, so my Mom's nephew (a realtor in Akron, Ohio) said he'd drive me the 25 miles to the church. 

Akron has its fair share of snow and ice and winds, so you'd think a Realtor (who drives in all this for a living!) wouldn't be fearful of a few flurries starting to blow along the way, but he was.  He kept saying how wasn't accustomed to driving a small car in this kind of weather, so we went only 35-40 mph on the freeway. Sigh.  It took us 1.5 hours to make that trip.  I blew into the church (in my jeans without contacts in yet) 5 minutes before the ceremony was to begin.....well, I at least got there.  Now, Kids, this was before cell phones, so my husband (and guests and pastor and organist) were beginning to wonder..ALOT..luckily, the organist knew more songs than we planned for.  I finally made it down the aisle, and after the pictures were taken, we walked out to find snow up to our ankles. 

Oh my gosh.  Somehow, we got married, and made it back home after the reception (another story).  Sunday morning we walked out the airplane and were so happy to leave Columbus and all that snow behind for a few days.

Sailing, St. Thomas
We sailed, and swam, and snorkeled, and shopped.  It was lovely.  Although I missed the boys I knew they were being well cared for by Mom.  When we got back home we set about making our new house our home.
Christmas at Mom's, our 1st as a family
Tomorrow we will have been married 37 years.  We have four children and eight grandchildren.  We have so much to be thankful for, and we plan a nice, quiet day.  I'll pop a pumpkin pie in the oven in the morning, and we'll have a small ham with cheesy potatoes and  the obligatory green bean casserole for dinner.  No fuss, just a low-fuss day celebrating and remembering the good times we've had so far. 

May you all, Good Readers, have a day full of love and good memories.  Happy Thanksgiving!

~~Karen~~

Friday, November 21, 2014

Embroidering Sweet Kitty Designs



Mom's Old Embroidery Basket
Now that cooler weather has arrived, and our traveling has stopped for awhile, I'm in the mood to start a little hand stitching.  I used to knit and crochet, but now that I have asthma, the fibers bother me, so I've dug out my embroidery basket....actually, Mom's embroidery basket.






 
I've been looking at old kitten embroidery designs like the one on my old bib.
my old bib







Here is a picture of an old transfer pattern.  With my trusty transfer pencil and a Xerox machine, I'm hoping to replicate a few of these designs onto a set of bibs for our little grandbaby, Wrenn.  I think they're just adorable, don't you.







Sew, until next time......

     ~~Karen~~

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Good Fences, Bacon's Castle

Lee an I are trying to visit sites nearby to become more familiar with our new home here in Southern Virginia.  So, a few weeks ago, we took an afternoon ride in the country and passed by a large sign stating "Bacon's Castle, turn right"....so we did.  Luckily, the museum of of Bacon's Rebellion was open and we took the tour.  Wow!  This place is really, really old.

This house of Jacobean design was built in the 1665 by Arthur Allen and his wife Alice, a wealthy merchant.  His son inherited the house and was a member of the House of Burgess.  This was "the frontier" and Indian raids were a problem that the settlers wanted the Governor to deal with, but he refused to make the effort, and some of the affected landowners, led by Bacon, decided to take the fight to the House of Burgess.  This is known as Bacon's Rebellion, and during said rebellion, Allen's house was taken over by Bacon's men.

This house has been remodeled and added onto by subsequent owners, but its much the same as it was.  Quite interesting architecture and building methods.  Here are some pictures of a few of the property's fences....Enjoy.
The back of the house

The fence continues toward some of the remaining out-buildings


The original homestead while the large home was being built

One of the out-buildings

The garden wall
Garden Wall Close-up
Until the next time.....

~~Karen~~

Monday, November 10, 2014

Surprise! A sewing post.

High Chair Pad Remix...

Yes, we've been traveling for the last several weeks, and I haven't been sewing.  But, we did manage to make it home once in awhile in between trips.  One day we went to a yard sale and picked up a really nice highchair for our little grand, Wrenn.  The seat pad is in good shape, but has a water proofing sealant that is starting to flake.  So, thought that I'd make a removable cover for it.  It's been a bigger challenge than I thought it would be, but I've finally gotten the pattern made.

Original Seat Pad
Making the pieces fit
Close, now lets try it with some elastic around the edges...
This "prototype" pattern is cut from an old sheet.  My next step is to tear out all the stitching and use these pieces to cut out the cotton duck we bought at Ikea,. 

I'm hopeful that this will all work out when I sew the back to the front so it will stay on the pad.  Now that my traveling has ended for awhile, I'm going to drag out this unfinished project and finish it off this week. Hopefully, I'll have the end result, good or bad, to show you guys soon.

Sew, until next time......

                   ~~KAREN~~