Wednesday about noon, we left to go see his cousin Jackie and her husband Richard. They are basically our same age and they grew up together. We had discussed going on an Alaskan cruise with them this summer. Jackie changed jobs and has not very much time available to do something like that and we found out that there is going to be another baseball trip to NYC, so we decided to postpone it for at least a year. Jackie lives about 100 further north in South Dakota up near the North Dakota border. Their house is on Lake Mina about 10 miles west of Aberdeen. Really nice area and several years ago we used to have family reunions there the second weekend in August. Have not done that for several years. We both really have missed having that time to get together. Basically we just hung out with them for the afternoon and evening and left for home about noon the next day. It is about 11 hours home from there.
Here are some photos of Jackie's lake area.
Here is the cutest Lighthouse that Jackie had set up down by the lake. The light actually works and is set on a timer and goes round and round like a real lighthouse. It is so neat. I can just her my sister Nelda say "I want one". She also has a lake house and it would be perfect for her location too.
Jackie is grandmother to 2 with another due later this summer. They live about 5 hours away from her and she really misses them. On the way home I decided I needed to stitch her a little "thank you" gift. On Friday, I ran to the LNS and bought the stuff to do this for her. When I was at Monday night stitch therapy, I finished it. Ordered a frame and left it to be framed.
Just from looking at the photo it is hard to know of the progress. I stitched the sun, lots of words, the fish and the male figure. Also finished the lake water, started the tree branches and some border. It amazing the difference from stitching with Belle Soie silk and then go to GAST threads that this one is stitched in. The dark border, words and tree branches are in GAST Dark Chocolate and I had trouble getting good coverage. Too spoiled by the silk and its good coverage.
With the dog riding in my lap most of the time during the car time, it is difficult to stitch, so instead I crocheted. Here is my work. I am about 2/3 done with another baby afghan like the one I finished earlier in the year. This one is for my niece. The other thing is a dish cloth made from a different pattern than I had used before. This one is somewhat simpler than the other one and I used a Sugar and Cream thread that is dyed so it works up in stripes. I like the look. Just need to weave in my ends. In the background of the photo you can see a smidgen of the fabric for a dress I finished cutting out today. It is to wear to a wedding in less than 3 weeks. Need to spend some time on it. Haven't actually done much sewing in several years. Hope I remember how to.
I hear some thunder, not sure what the weather is doing We have had storms east of us tonight. Yesterday it was rather scary. Here where I live had heavy rain and 60MPH wind, but in other areas that also had softball- sized hail. Broke out car and house windows, damaged cars. One car dealer had every vehicle in the lot damaged. My plants survived. Finally got in some green pepper plants tonight in the mud. Bought some other flowers Saturday, but they are not in the ground yet. Maybe later this week. Just checked the radar and I think we are going to miss out on the storms for tonight. Good!!
Had a scare a little bit ago. I forgot and went to look at somethng else before I got this post published and when I came back to the create mode, everything I had done was gone. However, I was saved by the autosaved draft copy. So I better hit the publish button before I have to do this entire post again. That would not be a good thins since it took me a long time to get in the mood to so this one.