Sunday, May 20, 2007

Hello Neighborhood RR

Here's the start to my Neighborhood of "Heaven and Earth...and Beyond," for our RR starting June 1st. This is the angel from "Heavens Above," design. I'm stitching her 1 over 1 on 36 ct. Her little outfit is so tiny!!! I love it! :))


I think I mentioned to you that I'm asking that the Morbid Pithies and Proverbs from the Workbasket designers be used...and tombies from the different designers. It should be fun to see when it all comes back around! Especially the tombies!


Other than stitching on this, I was able to mail out my HAED RR last week, so that was great to finally get on its way. I simply stitched the "HAED" initials at the top in a Waterlilies color mixed with blending filament in an Old English alphabet. And, it's off!! That was the one I had spent 15 plus hours on just kitting up the threads!



On another more humiliating topic:

Naples is feeling quite sunny and happy as the "snowbirds" aka "winter hawks" have flown back to their summer homes! This leaves our roads once again free of too much traffic, our restaurants open for seating without reservations, and our stores quiet with happily unstressed staff!! Oh, the joys of Summer!! So.....



We went boating today...it was a 4 hours plus trip on water to an island with a "2000 yr. old Native American settlement" grounds to explore. Or so I was led to believe by my sweet DH. We went with one of DH's men's groups who also brought their wives. I went to do my wifely duty...you know, like sex...sometimes you just have to close your eyes and fend!!



Well, I did, fend, that is...windswept, deaf from the motor of the pontoon boat, a little sun-burned, hungry and tired...some 4 hours later...we had seen a narrow shell path through mangrove trees (these are the swampy low hanging trees that snakes and alligators love to hang out on and by), and dense vegetation to several "mounds."



I soon find out on this trek that all it really amounted to was seeing these "mounds," which were actually 2000 yr old "trash heaps." Imagine how glorious it was. DH happily took my picture by a mound. And I took his. Everybody was happy as a lark...


Before we left, I called to tell my daughter where I was going with DH, and she burst into peals of laughter. I'm a very girly girl, love to stay home and stitch and truly am not your trek through the swamp type.

Plus, she knows my DH's record in dragging me off to things like this, and she thinks it's hilarious before I even get started! Does this give you a foreshadowing?? Her husband, a Coastie, and specialist in "search and rescue" and homeland security for this coastal area said, "Sorry, mom, I'm not sure what island you're talking about, and I've never heard of such a Settlement." :)) But, we'll certainly span the hundreds of inlets and islands should you go missing. Such comfort and assurance I get! :p



Here's just a delightful picture of me, wearing my worst clothes, full of enthusiasm and joy at the prospect of hopping off the boat into swamp water to take a trek with DH through those swampy woods that other guides you pay on the Everglades tell you not to go in without an experienced guide!

Plus pics add 10 lbs., so this also just thrills me. Note the smart ladies behind me in the boat who never left the boat and are sipping beer together! But, I'm back in one piece. And, DH is happy for another few months!! Yea!!!


Until we talk again, your swamp-mound educated exploring friend, Deb
PS: Just so you get the full picture of all of this: My hat says, "High Maintenance" in rhinestones. And, my DH gave it to me.

19 comments:

Barbara said...

Oh, Deb, you are such a good girl!

Barbara said...

Oh, I forgot to mention that my email has been bounced from your server again. :( I don't understand what the problem is.

Marie-P said...

Hi Deb, You are a riot! I chuckled through your post. You are a better wife than I, for I would NEVER have gone. I would have stayed home stitching!
Glad that I finally got around to viewing your blog...I'll be back!

cathymk said...

I just love your hat!
Both your RRs will be gorgeous. I hope you will keep us up to date with how they progress.

Sandy said...

I truely understand your post, living in swampy Louisiana and having my DH drag me to lovely out of the way places all the time that I'd prefer not to go to. But I go and act like I'm interested. LOL I almost fell off my chair laughing. Love the hat, I really need one of those myself. Just think, the reflections of the rhinestones may have helped the search helicopters see you guys. :D

Hope the RR's do well. Loved reading your blog.

BeckySC said...

I can't wait to see more of your RR, Deb :)
Have a great week :)

Cheryl said...

LOL I enjoyed reading your post!

Margaret said...

Sounds like a very FUN day. Thank goodness I was home cross stitching.

The RRs are going to be great!!

sugardoll said...

Hi there,

Just want to let you know that the mirabilia 2001 free cherub that i contributed to Carol's freebie gallery is still available at the mirabilia website for download. If you go to free designs, it is on the first row, #3 to the right, if you click the pic it will show you the download link. Hope it helps. =)

Simone said...

Hi Deb,
I had a good laugh reading your story of the trip to the swamp! LOL

Great start on your neighbourhood RR!

Hugs, Simone

Julie said...

Deb, you look great! I love your hat and your shoes! I think, though, that you should have taken some stitching with you. Something small. I'm glad you made it home safe. I was hoping to see a picture of the mound! Have a good week, Julie

Mary Ann said...

Your neighborhood RR is looking great! I'm looking forward to seeing more of it!

Von said...

Great start to your neighborhood!

I'm so proud of you for getting out there with your dh. Swamps wouldn't be my preference, but the boat looks like lots of fun! :D

Kajsa said...

It actually sounds like a fun outing! Cute outfit!

Great start to your RR too!

Teejay said...

I've been reading your blog for the past couple weeks and you seem like an interesting person. I like a lot of your stitching.
Please check out my cross stitching blog, if you like it pass it around or add it to your favorites, thanks,
Tracy
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Tannia said...

You're a much better woman than me - I am someone that would have stayed home stitching too :)

Well done you for making the wifely effort!

Isabelle said...

Happy birthday Deb! Hope you have a wonderful day today.

Kim said...

ROTFLOL...Oh Deb....you're too funny! I needed the laugh today! Glad you "fended". LOL

Meari said...

ROFL, what a great story.. right down to the hat!!