This week has started much better than last week. Everyone who was on my nerves last week is officially off my nerves this week.
As much as I don't like to admit it, sometimes when I'm faced with big entertaining - like 50 or more people, which is big for me - I start to get a little persnickety. And a little compulsive. And difficult to live with. All right. Downright impossible to live with. It's a good thing I have an understanding family and nice friends. Especially my husband, who agreed to help me host the neighborhood party last Friday, knowing that he'd be working an 11 hour day and returning to a house full of people. And getting up to go back to work Saturday morning. He's a great guy.
All in all, it was a good kick-off to a holiday weekend. Then Saturday morning I met with my friend Linda at the Oakmont Bakery, where we had some lunch and talk and stitching. I had never been there on a Saturday before and we were amazed by the crowds of people ordering rolls and baked goods and by the amazing cakes walking out the door. It was really something to see. I wish I could have taken some pictures to show you, but there were so many people in front of the bakery counters that I would only have been able to show you the backs of people's legs. So after a week of kind of stressing out (and completely denying that I was stressed), a morning of friendly stitching was just the ticket and Linda is a terrific stitching companion.
Enjoyed a relaxing day on the deck on Sunday, then all of the fun July 4 happenings here at our lake. And I would have been sad to get back to normal yesterday, except that these beauties were waiting at my post office. Look at this sweet monogrammed pincushion!
her pincushion in record time, but I'm still stitching away on Rose Garden. Almost finished though...But anyway, when Denise returned Basket of Memories, she also tucked this sweet pincushion into the package. I just love it. Love my monogram. Love the silver button and the trim, love the thought that went behind it. I've already thanked her privately, but now I'll do it publicly. Thank you Denise! It's awesome.
And generous Joanie read my post about our visit to HDF, where I talked about my love affair with those particular silk threads. Well, this was the result. She sent me a big squishy envelope of these wonderful silks. It was like opening a rainbow. At Christmas. But in July. Thank you, Joanie! I enjoyed fondling them and sorting them and photographing them, and now I'll enjoy stitching with them!
I am one very blessed blogger.