Oct 12, 2009

Marvelous Monday Update 10/12/09

On Saturday, the wind was pretty raw on the ole face. Not only that, it actually SNOWED! I was happy to see it didn't last long. Nor did it accumulate. We haven't even experienced fall yet. Where's FALL??! For this time of year, our area set a record low temp of 25F on Saturday night! Brrr... was it cold Sunday morning!

To answer Nancy's question from last week -- No, I hadn't turned on my furnace yet... Not until this past Sunday. Prior to that, I'd been lighting the fireplace to take the chill out of the air -and- used the electric blanket on the bed.

Due to the cold temps, the outdoor planters were hit with the frost. Some are wilting and dying. :( I was smart a few weeks ago and took some cuttings off the sun coleus. They've already rooted and I'll be planting them in pots. By spring I can plant them outside again.

I pulled everything out of the garden on Sunday. At 41F, the weather wasn't too bad... as long as you kept moving and worked up a sweat. LOL I raked the yard and put all the leaves in the garden area, along with old potting soil and garden additives I bought on clearance about a month ago. JT came over and tilled it all under for me.

We started to plant tulip and daffodil bulbs, but got chilled before we could finish. This coming weekend is supposed to be nice, so hopefully that job can be finished and then we have bulbs to plant at his place.

Last week was a a wonderful mail week!

Sheila in TN RAK'd me the November issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework. Thank you, Sheila! She's new to blogging and recently learned a new craft called Kimekomi. Check out her blog, if you have a chance.

Vicki in CO had her first ever blog giveaway. She had her DH pull a winning name from the contestants. Guess who was the lucky one? Moi!! I picked up Vicki's package from the post office the same day I got Sheila's. So it was a double-whammy!! {big grin} Here's what she sent me:

Thank you so much, Vicki!

She even sent me the piece of paper with my name on it that her DH drew as the winner. I thought that was just precious! :)

I'm speeding right along on TMQ. Finished another quilt square motif. :) This one is called Star of Bethlehem.

And I've almost finished another one:

Two more after this and I'll have the outside border of TMQ done. Other WIP pics of it can been seen HERE. These are all being stitched on afghan fabric, two-over-two. I'm still trying to decide what to cover the back with. Any ideas?

In addition to TMQ, I was able to stitch on two other projects:

Lorri's Scissor Case
by Lorri Birmingham

Flower & Bee
by Annalee Waite Designs

Annette of Annette's Acre is celebrating her 6th blogversary. In recognition of six years of blogging bliss, she's sponsoring a fabulous giveaway that ends at midnight on Oct 18th. Check it out if you're interested!

In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Jennifer of Feathers in the Nest is hosting a giveaway. Visit her blog, and take a peek. :)


Sandy In Montana said...

What a great "Marvelous Monday Update" sounds like you got a lot done outside. Your stitching is looking fantastic, especially the scissor case, just beautiful.

AFwife99 said...

Your stitching looks great as always. You have been busy in the garden too, and your work will definitely pay off.

CindyMae said...

What wonderful goodies in the mail!!! Your stitching is looking amazing!! You can send some of that snow this way if you would like!!

Carolyn NC said...

Wow - you've been busy! Stitching and flowers look beautiful!

CJ said...

Hey Meari - Looks like you have been a busy bee this weekend. We had crappy weather here as well, we took the kids to the lake for fishing and well no fish to be had in cold, rainy, windy weather. But we had fun.

Take care.


Donna said...

Stitching, gardening and free stuff. Sounds like my kind of weekend.

Kelly said...

Your stitching is really lovely.
Your weather is colder and here in the UK, ours is warmer than it should be, weird huh.

Nancy M said...

You just keep those little white things that fall from the sky over there!!! I'm glad you posted about JT, I was wondering how that was going. I tried to save some plants from the frost....but it's futile now. I thought with the yucky summer we'd have a better fall. Well doesn't seem to be working out! Looks like you've been doing lots of stitching again. Oh course I have to ask....how's JG coming along?

Gabi said...

Beautiful stitching Meari. Great new stash too. Your tulips looking great too. Love those colors

Mylene said...

Wow! Great goodies you received and stitching progress are looking beautiful.

Mel said...

Wonderful stash! And great new stitching.

It is also snowing here... I feel like we missed autumn entirely.

Sarah Lindfield said...

Wonderful progress on your TMQ Meari it will be sucha treasure when it is finished and wow what a lovely win you had.

too_busy_to_stitch said...

Snow? Brrr! Come back summer. It's not so bad here - cold overnight, but still about 60 degrees during the day. Love the stitching - especially that gorgeous scissors case. Viv x

Katrien said...

Your stitching looks very nice. Lovely the goodies in the mail.

glenda said...

Your stitching is coming along wonderfully.
This is awful...but we beat you on Saturday night. We had a record low of 10 degrees. It has finally warmed up a bit today, but brrrrrrr
We still have snow on the ground, as well.
Stay warm!!

htimcj said...

You've made great progress on your WIPS. They'll look great when they are done. I know what you mean about the weather and what happend to fall. Here in Southeast Idaho, we get about two days of fall, two days of spring and the rest are either summer or winter. We've already had several days of snow (luckily nothing stuck) and our night temps are consistently in the 30s!

Marita said...

Brrr cold.

You have been doing some lovely stitching. It is a pleasure to see the pictures :)

Kristin said...

Beautiful stitching and wonderful stitchy acquisitions in the mail.

Louisiana Momma said...

your stitching is looking pretty of course. I haven't been able to get back into cross stitch yet.. but the cold weather finally making its way here in Louisiana does have me doing some tinted linen embroidery - so it's only a matter of time :-)

Debra said...

Good to hear JT is still in the picture. I turned on the heat Oct. 1st. LOL! The needlecase is pretty.