Friday, September 11, 2015

Photo Friday

Shepshewana, Indiana
Don't you love that name? So fun to say! Shepshewana.

The Amish in their horse and buggy.

Took this picture in a restaurant in Shipshewana where they have squeeze bottles of peanut butter on each table.  Peanut butter?  Must be an Amish thing?

On one of my walks in Decatur, Indiana

Our view at Whispering Hills RV park in Georgetown, Kentucky

The houses in Georgetown are so picturesque!  I always wonder about who is inside.  What is the story this house tells?

Wonder how old this rock fence is?

These horses are pasturing right up the road from us.

And don't these cattle look content.

Out on my walk in search of the camel farm.

I was carrying flowers in my hand and these little guys came running.  "No fellas they aren't carrots, just flowers, sorry."

Kentucky is a beautiful state and makes for gorgeous pictures!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Seen On Today's Walk!

I have enjoyed my walks here in Georgetown, Kentucky.  Today I shared with a neighbor in the RV park about walking in the area.  You can imagine my surprise when she asked if I had seen the camel farm up the road.

It rained this morning, yes more rain but after lunch I decided to hit the road in search of the camel farm cause it is not every day you can see a camel farm, right?

I took my usual route and searched the horizon as I walked to make sure I hadn't missed the camels on my prior walks.  No camels.  So I walked and I walked and I walked.

I found them!  I think I walked about an hour, when sure enough I came upon the camels.  First I saw two and then on the other side of the barn I saw about 6 more.  The first two came right up to the fence and said "hello."

If you walk far enough you will find the camel farm!  What have you seen on your walks lately?  Can you beat seeing camels? 

Love and Hugs,

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

My New Hobby

Is this not the cutest bag?  I found it at one of my favorite thrift stores in Arizona - Gracies.  I have had it for a while, it added graphic color to my office wall where it hung.

This week when I decided to bring out the embroidery "stuff" and try my hand at a new craft the butterfly bag seemed the ideal place to stow all my threads and hoops.

I have had the tools I needed for this craft for a while and I packed them in the motorhome because it is a perfect craft.  You don't need a lot of room for the tools and you can start and stop a project at any  time or place.  Perfect.

The first thing I had to do was go online and find out how to embroider.  There are lots of links and you tubes to choose from.  I actually keep my laptop open to my instruction site as I take my stitches. Works perfectly for me.  You can do lots of embroidery with mainly 3 stitches and that's a good thing at this point in my life.  I need easy.   I need simple.

When I look at the back of my work it reminds me of two things.  

First Ava taught me to sew in 4-H when I was about 11 years old.  The one thing she said that stuck with me was, "It doesn't matter what it looks like on the inside, it is what it looks like on the outside that matters."  Ava is over 100 years old now and last year I shared my sewing memory with her.  She did not remember teaching us that or maybe she just didn't want to admit to telling us that.  I don't think it is good sewing advice but it does make me smile when I think of it.

The second thing the back of my embroidery work reminds me of is the tapestry of our lives, how that God can see the beauty of the tapestry from the top while we see only the knots and threads of the underside.

My stitches are not precise.  They are not perfect.  You know what?  It is ok.  I happen to be a first born defeated perfectionist.  Is that personality or a character trait?  Interesting.  I need to look further into this because I am not sure which it is.

I have ripped out a few stitches and redone them.  This tea towel will not win a blue ribbon by any means but I like it.  I felt good when I finished it.  I love the red and yellow together.  It reminds me of my kitchen in Arizona.  This towel definitely shows some sloppy stitches but as I looked at the over all affect, I really like it.  It is casual, it is relaxed.  It is me.  Just needs to washed and have the wrinkles pressed out.

The most positive thing about my new craft is that it is very relaxing.  I need this!

Love and Hugs,