Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Here are a few more images I took in St. Augustine, Florida, last January. That is such a wonderful time of the year to be in Florida. The air is warm, but not hot, and the sun is so welcome to those of us whose homes are further North.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
These darling little gnomes are in Metamora, Indiana.
They are outside a gift shop welcoming visitors and encouraging them to come inside the open shop doors.
Isn't he cute! ;)
This is my favorite, though. Regular readers know I just love turtles. :))
Those gnomes did the trick. We went inside and met the very nice shop owners who told us about their recent trip to Florida. It's a small world, isn't it! We also bought gifts for our daughter, son, and daughter-in-law. It was a fun day. :)
All the best,Lois
Monday, May 28, 2012
Today is the unofficial beginning of summer, a weekend of family, picnics, and parades. For those of us here in the USA, it is also a day to remember those who have given their lives to keep us free.
Across the street from our home is Xavier University. There is a tiny park next to the Military Science Department where there are memorials for Xavier ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) graduates who have died in combat.
So, as we enjoy the freedoms to celebrate the beginning of summer we also remember those who helped to us to keep our freedom.
All the best,
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Here are a few more images from Cocoa Beach, Florida, that we took last January. While it was very cold in Ohio, those former Ohioans on the right were sitting on the beach watching their lines in the water. Off in the distance you can see a cruise ship sailing out of Port Canaveral. The next night, we would be on board one of those ships.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
May has gone by so quickly! It's nearly the end of the month already so it's time for another Needlework Update. This time I've included Wood Turning in the update, too, of some the great things My Honey has been making. :)
I finished the above sweater this month and it is in the shop already. I had a hard time photographing it to get the richness of the colors and do it justice. It is such a pretty basket weave sweater and includes many shades of blue and green that I love.
I made a few of these Wine Bottle Covers this month.
I restocked the store to replace those sold and made some to give as birthday and hostess gifts myself.
They are wine bottle gift wrap that won't be thrown away.
They also make nice centerpiece decorations that guests can take home after a party.
As you can see, I work a few seasons ahead. :)
Father's Day in the shop. There are plenty of other pens in the shop made from different kinds of wood, too.
So, that's what we've been doing in the creative department for the past month. Our time at home to make all kinds of fun things will come to an end in a couple of weeks when we head South again.
What have you been making? I just love seeing all the different things other bloggers are baking, sewing, stitching....
All the best,
Friday, May 25, 2012
One of our recent mini road trips took us to Fernbank Park on the Ohio River, just West of Cincinnati.
I didn't get too close to take pictures of the children as I walked all the way around the play area to see the river, flowers, and tried to catch some images of birds.
There is much more to see here. My Honey and I did quite a bit of walking here on this beautiful day. Fernbank Park is at the site of one of the locks on the Ohio River when a very complex lock system was built by the Army Corps of Engineers. That lock system was obsolete as soon as it was complete so the locks are now gone at this spot, but some of the buildings remain. More images to come. :)
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Going to school concerts is always such fun. They remind me of the many concerts in which I participated while I was in school and I can identify with the excitement and anticipation of the children as they practice then preform for family and friends.
Congratulations to Granddaughters Kate and Lexi for their accomplishments as violinists!
Aside: I used my baby camera, a Canon Powershot SX210IS, without flash to take these pictures. I am delighted I was able to get the images I got from the back of the auditorium.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Above is another shop in the tourist town of Metamora, Indiana. Nice looking old home converted to a shop, right? It was closed the day we were here. We were here very early in the season so not all of the shops were open in the middle of the week. I have a feeling many of the shop owners have other jobs and are here mostly on weekends until the height of the tourist season. I just have to return to get inside and see what is here because the name of the place intrigues me. Why, you ask? Check out the name of the place:
Please stand by and I'll issue a report on the smelliness of this place when we return sometime in the Fall.
All the best,
PS - I have received a comment from the owner of The Smelly Gourmet who has answered many of the questions asked here. So, take a look at the comments and you'll find out just what (WHO!) is Smelly! Thanks, Steve!