Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Tiny Needle Tuesday 8/4/20

Good Morning!

It's dark out there.  It's not really that early (7 a.m.), but we are getting the rain from Isaias...and will be getting it all day.  It's coming down, but not terribly hard which is a good thing.  We - the garden and lawn - need the rain, but we need the kind that will soak in, not run off.  So far, so good.  Another benefit to the pandemic - no need to get up and drive in to the office on a day like today!

Well, it's Tuesday and I did start my next Adam & Eve sampler last week.  It is "Permit Me Not To Stray" by Heartstring Samplery.

I love the BIG flowers and the fact that there is a lion in it!!  I'm very happy that my border has met up.  I wanted to do that first and make sure my count was correct.

The wrinkles are from me bunching up the fabric as I stitch.  I do not use a hoop or frame, but rather stitch in hand.  This is a little bigger than I was thinking it would be - roughly 10" by 10" on my fabric.  I'm using 38 count white Gander linen and mostly Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art.  There will be some DMC in the piece as a couple of the Sampler Threads are not in stock in any on line shop I checked.  I hope to get started on the inside - specifically some of those flowers - today.

Meanwhile, in life around the house.  As I mentioned, Tyg has been hanging out on the picnic table under the camper birdhouse.  It turns out our birdhouse is now a nursery.  Yes!  We have baby wrens.  And Tyg is excited.

Do you see the little bird head peeking out from the opening?  Yesterday afternoon this little guy was mostly there resting his tiny beak on the opening of the birdhouse waiting (not so patiently) for a parent to come by with food. 

On the gardening front, I went out yesterday afternoon to pick tomatoes and grab some onions,  I checked on our Asian Pear tree and our 2 little pears are steadily growing!

They are beginning to get that squat Asian Pear look.  We are keeping the wire "cage" around the tree to protect it from the deer.  Likewise, I looked at our Fig which has come back so strongly after being nibbled to the ground last year.  It looks so healthy and full, but I did not see any sign of a fig.

Yesterday I did receive a call from my doctor's office.  The blood test I had last week did indeed come back positive for Lyme Disease.  Yuck.  But, at least I know that's what the rash was and at least I got on the antibiotic quickly.  My understanding is that I will always test positive for Lyme now.  That's my news for the day.  Hope your week is going well. 


  1. Wow....that's a lot of progress already. I can't even manage to get a 10 by 10 stitch square done a week these days.
    We're in the basement hiding from the storm. A tornado came in from the bay early this morning. At least we still have power.
    Stay safe!

  2. We've got wild winds, rain, and tornado warnings here in MD (and it looks like in NJ, too), but at least there is still power (fingers crossed). I love those big flowers and the lion and am glad your border matched up! I've never had an Asian pear but think I'll look for them. Something new!

  3. I am so sorry for the positive Lyme test. But, like you said, you got treatment early. Darn ticks!!!

    I have a bunch of Sampler Threads too. If you really want to use them, let me know colors and I'll see if I have them. I have lots that I probably won't ever use.

    I like the new project you picked. Those big flowers are really cute.

  4. P.S. I think the border looks like pimiento stuffed olives. LOL

  5. Hello,
    We are getting the rain from Isaias now too. I hope the power stays on. Your pear looks yummy. I like the sampler, the big flowers do look pretty. I am sorry you tested positive for Lymes, I should get tested too. Take care! Have a great day!

  6. Okay, Vera. That photo of the little wren in the "camper" just made my day! :-) I'm sorry about your Lymes result -- but at least you know what you're dealing with, and have the antibiotics to get it under control. I love the new sampler! (I think the border looks like avocado halves . . . with the pits.) :-)

  7. The sampler is going to be beautiful: I like the border, but the flowers will be the real stars of the piece. I’m glad you had the rash checked out and received antibiotics right away.

  8. Lots of new life in this post! Sorry about the Lyme disease--you seem very positive about it which is a good thing!

  9. I'm sorry about the Lyme test but so glad that you got it taken care of quickly. Another friend procrastinated before calling the doctor and is on round 3 of antibiotics because they were REALLY sick.
    What a beautiful little birdhouse and bird. Tyg will be standing guard like a trooper! :-)
    I really like the sampler. I do the same with borders. Pray and pray that everything will match up correctly when they meet.
    Take care and stay safe.

  10. That's so cool that you have baby wrens!
    We have baby robins in the tree behind us - we expect to see them fledging soon... I'll have to keep an eye on Relic when that happens.

  11. I love those big flowers, too.
    I have always used a hoop for x-stitching, but I'm wondering if I should try without.
    And, yes, I see that little bird head. Very sweet!

  12. An Inch or two of rain would be nice if it doesn't get too windy!
    We only got 1/2" from it! The cross stitch will be a good new project for you! The wrens are so sweet-you and Tyg will enjoy them. I'm glad you were on the meds right away-that can be a disease that gets away from you if you weren't diligent! Take care!

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