God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
& all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Another Morning in the Life of the Easily Influenced Stitcher

"Lean on, trust in, & be confident in the Lord
with all your heart & mind
& do not rely on your own insight
or understanding."
Proverbs 3:5

The sun is shining brightly this morning here in the devil's playground.  I decided to take a brief walk in the yard with my camera to see what I could see.  I would've taken Pearl with me but she is still sleeping.  The blind (me) leading the blind (her) in the execution of french knots was not the smartest undertaking for either of us yesterday.  She needs all the rest she can get.  Anyway, back to the yard.  I don't have any photos of new iris blooms to show you today but here is a rose bush that is already blooming profusely.  These roses actually smell like roses!  It's so hard to find roses that smell like roses anymore.  

While taking my stroll I was excited to see a bluebird!  I managed to capture a couple photos of him ... one on the rain gutter above the garage & another on a fence post.  I have seen him & Mrs. Bluebird flying about the yard now & again but this is the first time this year that I was able to get photos of one of them.  I am glad they are visiting us again this year   : )

Speaking of critters, here's what I have to deal with most mornings when I'm at my computer.  Note that Pearl was so exhausted after our french knot fiasco that she passed out right here on the table!
Thank God I don't have any aspirations to be a hand model!  Look at that fat hand & all those veins & wrinkles!  If horror movies were still in vogue, Hollywood would be beating a path to my door.
"Hey!  Why did you take your hand away?"

I'm not sure what I will be doing today.  My guess is schlepping around the house looking at all there is to do but not feeling like doing any of it.  Yep, another morning in the life of the Easily Influenced Stitcher.  I did do some stitching last night but I'm not ready to show it to you yet.  Maybe I'll do some stitching today.  Then again, maybe I'll just go back to bed.    


cucki said...

Wow such lovely roses...looking so so sweet..
Aww I love blue bird too...
Maloo is sending the happy purrs to the sweet fellow.
Hugs x

CalamityJr said...

Your roses and birds are beautiful. Don't fret about your hands; it happens to all of us. I woke up one morning and had brown - age?!?, no way! - spots on mine! And, oh, do I understand that schlepping around deciding what needs to be done first, then doing - nothing! Enjoy whatever you choose today!

Catherine said...

Beautiful roses and bluebirds!! Sweet Pearl!!

butterfly said...

Beautiful roses Shirlee, and what a lovely bird , I would be over the moon to have a bird like that in my garden.

I did once be a hand model for Cadburys , always had nice hands but now they look overworked, but thats life age creeps up on you.

marly said...

I can't stop laughing at passed out Pearl in the background.

Kim said...

The roses look so pretty in front of that fence. The blue bird is very pretty. I have stalked one in my backyard but he is camera shy and so far no luck in getting a photo.

Vickie said...

Yes, Pearl made me snicker too.
Sweet Sophie and Henry both like to hang out with us at the computers! ;)

Peggy Lee said...

Like Marly, I am still giggling about Pearl passed out right there where she landed. I remember once (not too long ago) when I fell asleep on the floor while dusting the bottom shelf to a bookcase.

We had a family of Bluebirds hatch in our grill a couple years ago. Needless to say we didn't grill until Momma kicked them out of the nest that year!

The only stitching I got done last night was the ripping out kind. Tonight I will attempt to stitch that section correctly. Maybe Polly will help me this time.

Simply Victoria said...

Lovely roses! I hope you snipped one or two to enjoy in the house. You and Pearl can join me in the "I despise french knots" club.

Barb said...

Oh how lucky and thanks for sharing the pic of the blue bird.We do not get them here in the UK . Pearl is just a laugh a minute,and if you think your hands , you should see mine oh well ,hands that do dishes eh.
You seem to be stitching up a storm and you have a beautiful cat there, Take care

Melody said...

The photos of the roses and bluebirds are so pretty! I've not seen a bluebird in our yard. But it is a thrill to spot some new visitor!

Trace4J said...

Beautiful roses friend.
And I think Sophie thinks your hand is beautiful.
You create beautiful things with those awesome hands.
Woolie hugs

jennifer768 said...

Evening Shirlee,love the roses!I saw a couple of bluebirds the other day.Once upon a time I had a family of bluebirds in an old gourd that I hung up.You would have thought that I was a tiny child the way I kept check of the eggs and babies.LOL! Sophia is such a beautiful kitty.Keeping you in my prayers.Hugs,Jen

Pam in IL said...

What a lovely walk around your yard! Yesterday, I had one Iris bloom open, today I have tons open. Of course, there is frost advisory for tonight and we are rushing around covering everything. It sure doesn't feel like May.

My furbaby always lays her head beside my laptop too.

Chris said...

What!? French knots?! Stop torturing me. I hate them.
Love the cat pic. Did you have to move her box since the house is on the market?

gracie said...

The dreaded French Knots! I guess there are not favorites of most of us....love the roses....and the bluebirds....

Michelle said...

Beautiful roses Shirlee - I love the photos of the birds xx

Carol said...

Oh, I'm so jealous that you have bluebirds, Shirlee! Would you believe I've never seen one in real life? For some reason, they just don't come here...

I hope you and Pearl enjoy the weekend--hope she has recovered from the attack of the French Knots by now :)

Anne said...

What gorgeous roses Shirlee! I can almost smell them here...mmm. Never seen an actually bluebird! It's so pretty. I love that photo of Sophie nuzzling your lovely hand...don't be silly..and then the one where she looks up. Give her a pet for me!