Saturday, January 5, 2013

Beginnings and Passages

With a New Year, we all think of beginnings and make resolutions. But beginnings are precluded by endings ... rather passing through yet another doorway. Philosophy has never been my strongest point but the passing of my mother has given me many quiet moments for thought. On my father's side, she was the last of the generation. Mother was the oldest of all the cousins on her side and all the surviving cousins were saddened by her passing; there was a real reason she was known as "Sister."

Yet other doorways have opened. Two of my sister's children have bought their first homes. Both my sisters and my brother are grandparents with one sister a great-grandmother. One of my nieces has just had a baby and another is expecting in April. It's so strange to think of all those little girls and boys being grown up, with responsible jobs and having children of their own.

I've done a bit of tatting but have completed half of the challenge that my mentor, Bobbie, gave me in June of 2011. I have completed one hand-knit sock (I can't believe i actually turned the heel ... we just won't say how many times I had to attempt it before I was successful) and only lack about two inches on the second before starting the heel. I just shouldn't have used 4" DPNs as they have a tendency to dig into my palms. Once I get the second sock completed, I'll post a picture.

For the coming year, I hope to continue to gain skills I've wanted to learn and would challenge everyone else to do the same. I'm actually teaching my husband and younger son how to do some cooking (will be better on the pocketbook for sure). They've been raiding my cookbooks and recipe box for easy meals. They are starting to get a better understanding of the time and preparation that goes into preparing meals. I just need to be a bit more patient with them. I'll also need to write out preparation directions that I always took for granted. Hubby plans to make another attempt the weekend at Lemon Chess pies but I'm not sure anyone can make them like my grandmother did ... Slim's pies were famous!

Jane E will be starting another TIAS soon and I am resolved to participate more as I haven't done so in several years. I really have missed that and they are so much fun. I've also resolved to do quite a bit more tatting with the goal to get enough snowflakes completed so that all my nieces and nephews can add to their trees in December ... they won't all be white because I have a lot of stash that isn't white. We won't talk about the entire boxes of DMC white in 70 and 100 that I have!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

After a very difficult six months, my mother passed away in early November. My focus has not been so much on tatting (although I have done some ... just for the therapy!) but rather on family as well as some major reporting to government agencies for my company. I certainly hope to remedy that more in the coming months.

I would however like to give my thanks to everyone who sent personal notes on my various e-mail accounts and through Facebook. I've also received many cards ... especially a very special one from Bobbie in Montana. I am extremely grateful for the time and thought that went into all the notes; your graciousness means more than I can say.

I would also like to express my gratitude for family and especially our extended family. Under our sad circumstances, I was able to speak with cousins from across our country from Alaska to Florida. While many I had not spoken with in a number of years, it was as though those years simply melted away.

I wish you all a wonderful fall season; well, what there is left of the season. I also want to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and happy new year in 2013.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Last Night along the US Northern Tier

Tonight is our last night on the Northern US tier of states. We have stopped at Mitchell, SD and will go into Sioux Falls to get the oil changed before turning south on I-29. It was really hard to say goodbye yesterday to the wonderful weather in Thompson Falls yesterday.

Since we left Billings, MT this morning it's been hot, hot, hot and of course VERY WINDY! Then, it's always windy across South Dakota. Lots of folks heading to the vacation spots of Mt. Rushmore and then Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Should be home Sunday afternoon in time for DH to pick up a rental car and then onto work for him at one of the plants, next week he'll be in Mississippi and I'll be home then I'm back to work on the 9th.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

2012 Trip to Western Montana

Our trip this year is nearly done and we'll be starting home later this week. Really enjoyed our time in MT ... just wish DH could have had a vacation as well. He spent all our time traveling (since 6/16/12) answering business calls, emails and working estimates. He actually has not had a real vacation in 7 years.

Enjoyed being will all my tatting camp friends and meeting new ones.

  • Jack and Gwen from Washington
  • Dick and Tess from British Columbia
  • Louis and Irene from Oklahoma
  • Debbie, Gary and Randy from Colorado
  • Brad and Diana from Utah
  • Char, Bobbie, Diane, Teri, Prue and Lydia from Montana
  • Sabrina from Idaho.
DS#2 is house-sitting and called us to let us know that there were issues with the HVAC on the lower floor. A call to our long-time service company indicates that a new compressor will have to installed. Oh, well ... it's only $$. Hope it gets done before we get home as it's sweltering there.

Also enjoyed Father's Day Weekend with DS#1 and his wife. Had dinner one night at the Triumph Grill in St. Louis. The food was great and DH enjoyed the part of the museum they could enter; most of the display closes at 4:00 PM daily. DH is already planning another trip, this time on his KLR; he has to test out the new suspension he'll be installing onto the bike after we get home -- at least between his business travels.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sometimes Technology Just Sucks!!

Finally ... finally. My 3-year notebook computer DIED the Monday after we got back from TatDays! Don't know why but the motherboard conked out and that makes the 2nd time in about 15 months!

I wound up purchasing a new one and then my online backup service had to restore my files twice!! Their techs worked with me for several evenings until the wee hours each night. I only had to rebuild two weeks of daily stuff that I do but my critical files are back and whole.

Now, I'll be able to get some serious tatting done ... YEAH!! Maybe I can even get pictures posted. Fall is here and almost wish we were going up the Blue Ridge Parkway; I'm betting that the foliage will be beautiful for the next ten or so days.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Home Again ...

Another Palmetto Tatters Guild TatDays Event in the books ... and on-line! In addition to a wonderful slate of teachers with fun and challenging patterns, we went live Friday night to create a World record consisting of the largest number of tatters, at the same time, tatting the same pattern. The recorded video can be found at World Record 23-Sep-2011. In addition to the 62 who were in the room at Toccoa, GA, there were another 65 from all around the world who joined us via FB or U-stream. It was really fun and there are a lot of pictures posted from others on FB and hopefully their blogs.

There were so many new faces this year ... many that I've corresponded with during the last ten or so years. Of course, we always welcome the faces who come every year and want to thank the entire Guild for the planning and hard work that goes into an event like ours. Our international traveler's this year included Riet from The Netherlands and Maria from Mexico.

Also joining us were Tracy and Bill of The Lacemaker from Cortland, OH. Of course they had the latest Lizbeth colors as well as some proto type shuttles that will soon be available (I think) from Handy Hands. They are interesing! In size between a SewMate and a Tatsy, they remind me of overgrown Boye plastic shuttles. They appear to hold a lot of thread!

Will post more later!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Has it really been that long?

It's been a really busy year. Just returned from our monthly Guild meeting in the Columbia, SC area. Lots of cars on the road with flags for the Clemson Tigers (played and beat Auburn) and the USC Gamecocks (played and beat Navy). Lots of folks getting their tailgating needs as well.

Last weekend, we were in Raleigh, NC for DS#1's wedding. DS#2 was the Best Man; he gave a heart-felt speech about the relationship between Lee and LaWanda. LaWanda is a beautiful bride ... I'll have to get some pictures of the edging she wanted me to add to her wedding gown.

Thursday I leave for PTG's 9th Annual Tat Days again this year at Toccoa, GA ... a beautiful venue with great teachers, wonderful food and many tatting friends. DH will be joining me hopefully sometime Friday. He's having to make an emergency meeting in TX because of his j-o-b. That 'thing' always seems to interfere with his vacation plans. He spent half his "vacation" in Montana last June working.

DS#2 graduated from MMI in Orlando FL in August and has moved back home along with the dog he rescued. Chris is a certified motorcycle mechanic in Kawasaki, Suzuki and BMW! In fact, he was the only 'wrench' in BMW for that class. Looking for a position but most of the shops around here are gearing down for the non-riding months. Funny ... DH doesn't park his KLR650 during the winter but he sure gets cold some days!!

More later and hopefully I won't wait so long to post. BTW, Friday, September 23, 2011, Palmetto Tatters Guild on Facebook, 6 to 6:30 EST (USA East Coast). Pattern at 2011 Tat Off Pattern. Comment or Chat with us on Facebook. Let us know your location by country. How far can we reach? We're hoping, with the aid of all the Tatters around the world to set a record for the most tatters SIMULTANEOUSLY tatting the same pattern. We've filled out all the paperwork and have a journalist who is willing to certify to the Guiness people. In the end, it will be up to the Guinness folks to accept our numbers. We're also planning a live broadcast at Streaming PTG Link. Join us if you can and we'll show the world that "TATTING IS NOT A LOST ART."