I’m Still Here

I’m still here. I haven’t gone anywhere. I haven’t changed how I’m eating healthy or exercising daily (some people are prone to say that if a blogger disappears they have fallen “off the wagon.”)

I’m just busy with a single project and a looming deadline. I have lots of interesting bloggie thoughts floating around in my brain, but evidently not enough brain power left to form them into a cohesive blog post. Hopefully they’ll still be around in a week or two.

The Biennial convention for rug hookers is being held in Long Beach this year. It is a big deal for rug hookers, and I am really excited to go to it. In addition, my one rug hooking friend is coming out from Indiana and going with me. Isn’t it fun to find new friends? I am not a very outgoing person, especially in a workshop situation, but Mary Lynn and I hit it off at Cambria one year, and we’ve developed a nice friendship over the past few years. Its fun to have someone to ‘talk shop’ with. You might not know it, but there’s not a glut of rug hookers in the area LOL.

Anyway, here’s the almost completed rug. I’ve been working on it non-stop for a week, including some 8 hour hook-a-thons (all hooking terms added for your amusement.) I’ll write a little more about it on my quilt blog, if you want to hear more. I’ll try to post a completed picture of it before I leave.


And I’m just gonna do one of them random picture posts so I can talk about this ‘n’ that without thinking too much.

On aging gracefully and acceptance of that fact: sometimes I see my hands and I think “where did they come from?” And then I remember–I have my grandma’s hands. She was kind and loving, and she always had her handwork with her, even when she was in her 90’s.  She is who I aspire to be like .


Garden shot:


Finally! My first echinacea that Sophie did not eat:


Still life:


After the bath:


An excellent low calorie dip idea! Mix greek yogurt, SF marmalade, and mustard or honey mustard. I LOVE it on my Sunday evening rutabaga fries!


The pugs’ bedroom (my kitchen):


My first big tomato!!


I’ll be back in a week or so, hopefully with a brain intact and rug hooking out of my system for a while!

12 thoughts on “I’m Still Here

  1. Your garden is gorgeous now. Re those hands….they look like mine. Nothing that a manicure can’t fix temporarily. SMILE Can’t wait to hear about your hooking class.

  2. I was wondering where you were! 😉

    Love how the rug is coming out with the lettering – it looks a lot more precise than I imagined it would. You must be one happy hooker! HAHAHAHAHA

    The twin pugs pic is adorable, and I love how sacked out Noah is. But…something is just not right with this post…hmmmm, could it BE an absent QUEEN??? She even left you a flower – the least you could have done in return was to feature her on the blog!

    P.S. I love your acceptance/description of your hands. That is so lovely.

  3. Random thoughts…
    – LOVE the rug!
    – I have my Memaw’s hands in size and shape, but not in handwork/cooking talent.
    – I have a white dog to bathe today. Would you have time to help?
    – Garden is gorgeous!
    – Enjoy your “hook-up”!

    • Hope the doggie bath went well! I have an outdoor hose hooked up to hot and cold water so its very convenient to give Noah a bath on the deck. Its not so convenient to try to get all the white hair off of my newly painted deck.

  4. Yep, you were about to get a “where are you” email from me although I thought I’d remembered you saying something about a trip. I’ve been so scatterbrained lately, I hardly know where I am. Have fun at the rug hooking get together.

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