Thursday, August 30, 2007

Stitchy Pictures

This picture is of my Mill Hill Picket Fence for September. I am so glad to finally be finishing these. I have the ones for the rest of the year to finish but will hopefully do those as the months come around.
This picture is of my current progress on Queen of Freedom by Mirabilia. I have finished the bottom of her dress except for the beads and the Kreinik. I don't know if I will be able to finish this any time soon or not because I am getting a bad case of startitis, which leads me to my next picture.
My next project is The Scent of Old Roses on Cherub PTP fabric. It was the only fabric I had that I thought would be suitable but I think it will do OK.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Burial Day

This will be all about my aunt's burial so....fair warning.

Wow what an interesting day today was. First of all, crazy lady (my cousins "girlfriend") didn't show up. My cousin was dressed in blue jeans and a camo shirt for his mother's burial. We arrived at the funeral home for the family viewing of the body. My aunt looked horrible. I guess it could be attributed to the fact that she was sick, the funeral home didn't put any makeup on her, or maybe the fact that one day she was at the funeral home they didn't have power. I was sorta creeped out and didn't really look at her. I did the same thing at my dad's funeral though he looked really good. Once I looked, I was good to go. The funeral home was just the family although a good friend of my cousins who was to be a pall bearer came with him. We are talking poverty here. I got really sad because I realized that my cousin is left on this earth all by himself. He does have 2 uncles, me and my mom and brother and then his adopted dad and his real dad but, he and his mom were together 24/7. His mom was his life and he was her life. He was just this lost soul. So off to the cemetary. The public was invited there. My aunt didn't want a funeral. This son is mentally ill and she didn't think he would be able to handle it. Well, we pull up and nobody is there and there are 3 little flower arrangements, one from my other brother, one from some other cousins and one from a family friend. There were a few people that trickled in but it was just so sad. How awful to live your life and only have a handful of people to mourn your death. My cousin kept crying and crying but at the end he held it together pretty good. When we finished he put the flowers in the back of his truck and drove off, just like he was riding around town on any normal day. I kept comparing it to my dad's funeral which was a big mistake. First of all my dad's funeral was at the church there were so many people (my dad was a school teacher, owned a business in town, and played the organ at my church). The church was packed that day, my dad looked great, there were tons and tons of plants and flowers, my dad's casket was gorgeous (my aunt's had to be special made she was so big and it ended up being just a flat top square box casket), the flowers were brought home by the funeral home. There were just a lot of differences. I wasn't going to go but in the end, I am glad I did. I would have hated to have regretted not going.

There were some things that happened to that were not related to all that. First of all, at the funeral home, this really nice looking guy came in. Well, he is a first cousin that I never even knew I had. Seems that my uncle was married once before and this is a son that he had that he never claimed. Today was the first day that he had ever introduced him as his son. I just met this guys mother not too long ago when I met his sisters that were also new cousins to me. I know, how can you have cousins that you don't know. Then when we were at the cemetary, my brother said "Gee, who are those people buried there? They have our last name" Me: "Ummm, grandpapa and granny LOL". It has been so long since either one of us have been there that we didn't even know it was our grandparents. It was really funny.

So all in all it was a good day. Right now, I am pretty emotionally spent. I am really glad that everything is over. I have peace that my aunt knew about crazy woman and that is why she called us to get her money. I also found out that crazy woman ran up my cousins credit cards and put him in a financial situation and then skipped town for 2 years, then when my aunt got sick, here she came running back. She (crazy woman) was furious at us for "stealing" the money. I think my aunt knew very well why she came running back and trusted us to take care of everything to protect her son. I know that last Saturday night there was beautiful music when she crossed through Heaven's gates and my daddy was there with open arms to receive her.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Aunt Annie and Lilly

Introducing Lilly. Isn't she so cute? I think she is so delicate and feminine. This wouldn't be a pattern that I would choose to stitch for myself but I do like how she turned out. This is on Leigh's Round Robin. I have a few more stitches to add to her but basically she is finished.

On the family front, my aunt Annie died Saturday. I think I have mentioned her before. She was my dad's sister. They both died when they were 63. I think that is so strange. I am so glad she is now out of her misery. She did not live a very peaceful life. She has a son that is mentally unstable and there was always bickering and fighting. I am just glad that now that part is all over.

Back to stitching on my Queen of Freedom tomorrow...yippee!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

I interrupt my normally scheduled programming

to bring you this....This is the WIP of the latest round of the Mirabilia Round Robin. I love the color of this fabric but I don't like the fabric. Anyway, I am almost finished with this fairy. I should be done either tomorrow or Thursday if I can get in some good stitching time. I think she will turn out just fine. I will post a picture when I finish. I am really missing Queen of Freedom and can't wait to get back to her.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Queen of Freedom

I finally broke down to post a WIP picture of Queen of Freedom. She is coming along nicely. I think I can probably finish her in a few weeks if I can work in some stitching time.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Too Busy!

I need to apologize to all of my friends out in bloggerland. I know it has been a while since I updated. If you don't already know, my dad's sister is dying and I have been given a huge responsibility with her impending death. I am exhausted physically and emotionally. The latest is that she told my cousin that she would be dying today. If God is ready for her she just might. On a funny note, she told me that when she gets to heaven she is going to find my daddy and tell him he left a brat (that would be me) down here on earth.

Carol, Happy Birthday. I am sorry that I missed it.
Karen and Kaye, if I miss yours please forgive me but I hope you have great birthdays too.

I have been stitching some. I am pushing on Queen of Freedom. Strange but, it reminds me of my dad. He died July 1st and the last service he played at the church was the patriotic one the day he died. With all of the death surrounding me right now, that piece reminds me of him, which gives me the comfort I need at this time.

My Mirabilia RR is still missing. The post office did find it but the package was damaged. We are still waiting on word as to whether or not the actual stitched piece was damaged.

I will update on everything when I get a chance.