Surprise!


My hubby and I recently celebrated a significant anniversary. On that special day we were at our little cabin in the woods. Since we were unavailable to celebrate with others no parties were planned.

This past Friday night we were invited to attend a birthday party for a family member. The only instructions we were given was to arrive at 5:45 pm. All offers to contribute food for the gathering were turned down. After accepting the answers I never gave it any more thought.

We left for the party early, stopping along the way to pick up a few items at a local store. When we arrived at the party the driveway was already filled with cars. All of them were familiar. Being the last ones to arrive seemed a bit odd.

The two of us entered the home together. After removing our shoes we rounded the corner to the kitchen. From the kitchen we could see a room filled with decorations, flowers and guests. The color theme of the party was obviously red because almost all of the attendees were wearing red. The decorations and flowers were primarily red as well. We didn’t put two and two together until an explanation was provided for the color theme. As the realization set in we were overjoyed! How awesome to be surprised and acknowledged for our amazing milestone.

There was a time when we never thought we would make it this far. My hubby has had cancer two times. With the first occurrence we were told not to expect him to live more than ten years. He has now surpassed that milestone by five. Thankfully we have lived to experience this anniversary and will hopefully celebrate many, many more.

To our family and friends that follow my blog we extend a huge THANK YOU! We feel blessed to be honored with such an amazing show of love!

Here for your enjoyment is photos of the beautiful flowers we received.

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This Little Guy


This little guy lives in the bottom of my dish towel drawer.  He’s stitched to a homemade, linen bag that my oldest daughter Jenny gave me a long time ago. The bag is meant to hold a loaf of bread.

There was an era when Jenny had the time to make bread. Those days are few and far between. She is wrapped up in the task of home-schooling her three children. Anything she touches, whether it be bread-making, home-schooling as well as her talent for sewing is done with excellence. I’m very proud of what she has accomplished and the wonderful person that she is.

While putting away a stack of clean dish towels recently I saw this little guy looking up at me and it spurred me on to jokingly send her a text message. This is what I said:

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This little guy lives in my dish towel drawer. Every time I pull open that drawer I see him. Perhaps sometime he will once again wrap himself around a warm loaf of homemade bread. Hint, Hint!

She replied:

LOL, I’ll keep that in mind.

You know, it never hurts to ask! The worst she could say is “No.” On the other hand, a maybe is way better that no. I’ll keep hoping she can sneak in the time to make a fresh, steaming, hot loaf of yummy homemade bread. Until then, every time I open that drawer and see the little orange birdie he will help to keep the dream alive.

For now….

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

Daily Post: Anticipation


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Anticipation, we all have it! It’s that feeling we get in the pit of our stomach or the core of our heart. Whether it be for good news or bad it effects each one of us differently.

On this day before Thanksgiving I have a great deal of anticipation. I’m making my lists of things to do. I’m thinking about the menu and the seating arrangement. I am planning the entertainment. I’m washing the dishes that get used only on holidays.

Yet in all that hustle and bustle the anticipation of the arrival of my children and grandchildren is what makes these preparations all worth it. Their presence, in my home, is what’s most important. Just being together is what makes this special day meaningful.

I am filled with joyful Anticipation!

Cindy Anderson

 

Meal Train


Two weeks ago today my newest grandson was born. Our family has established a tradition of orchestrating a schedule to provide meals to the family for the first two weeks at home. I am a very enthusiastic participant for several reasons. First of all it gives me extra time to spend with our newest family member. I just love being able to cuddle with the tiny little person. Of course the added bonus is being with my daughters and their other children. All of them add so much joy to my life.

Today is one of my self designated days to provide a meal to the family. Even though the weather outside is predicted to be sweltering I’ve decided to prepare a meal filled with comfort foods. The wonders of air conditioning are what will make it all possible.

Of the items on the menu are Chicken Parisienne (a family favorite) and a recipe from Betty Crocker called Angel Toffee Dessert. To round off the meal I will add a vegetable as well as some type of fruit. I realize that this may not be a menu that would be added to the list of healthy options but I don’t care. It’s my last scheduled meal train visit and I’m going to make it a comfort food extravaganza.

Here are the latest photos to be added to my family photo album.

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My daughter Ms Katie and Mr. B

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Time for me to get organized and set this meal in motion.

Thanks for being a part of my day! I look forward to your next visit.

Cindy Anderson

Tea and Art: Project Complete


Saw Tooth Star –

I love spending time with my grandchildren. Way back on September 21, 2015 I posted a story about a project we participated in. During our special day the children finished making three saw tooth star blocks.

Left unfinished were the bindings. Binding is one of my daughter’s least favorite things to do so I volunteered to add them.

Procrastination? –

Obviously quite a bit of time has passed since my original post. If I had simply set this project aside because of a bad case of procrastination I would be embarassed to even bring you up-to-date. But an endless stream of life experiences, both good and bad, left this tiny project languishing on my shelf. I’m so glad to be able to get back to finishing them up.

Binding –

To make binding these squares a little easier my daughter had cut, stitched, pressed and rolled together a large roll of binding. Using that neatly prepared resource it was easy to machine stitch the binding to the front side of each block. I then flipped the blocks over to reveal the back side, folded the binding to the back, pressed them in place and secured it with my clips.  With needle and thread I hand stitched the edge of the binding down.

Drum roll please…….

I’m happy to say they are finally finished. Here they are!

Cindy Anderson at In A Stitch Quilting