Saturday, October 31, 2015

I'm back :)

Dad has been gone 6 months today, I still can't believe it.  My life has completely been overtaken by events surrounding his death, but aside from wishing he was still with us, I wouldn't change anything.
Moving back to Erie has allowed me to spend time with my mom, connect with high school classmates, pick up my stitching and crocheting again, and enjoy the beautiful fall weather that Northwestern PA is so famous for, leaves with burst of colors, long winding country roads and watching all the farms do their annual fall harvesting.

So we are somewhat settled in our new little ranch house, it sure is nice being on one floor!(next major project is to create an upstairs laundry room)  I love having a pool, we kept it open all of Sept.  (the gas company loves their new customers too)  it was lovely having a heater and swimming every night.  Best sleep I have had in forever, evening swim and then right to bed.

My childhood home was sold, along with 44 acres of Concord grapes, we just had our final harvest last week, I will surly miss that.  Mom is now in her new little home just 2 miles down the road from the farm.  We are still trying to get her to adjust, she is having her good days and bad days as are to be expected after her and dad were married just short of 62 years.  I am glad we are short drive away from here.  She remains stubborn, had to buy this house, and now she regrets the purchase wishing she would have moved in with us as first planned, ugh!  Had to buy a mini van, now it's too big for her, ugh!  Growing pains, lol.  I can only laugh, at least she is keeping us busy.  She now understands that no major changes should occur in the first year.  She know she is surrounded by love from my brothers and I and we will do what it takes to keep her happy as best we can. Dad will never come back but we can keep our promise to him - taking care of mom, everything is for mom.  

You would think I could behave and be happy with all my stash that I have accumulated over the past 30 years, but nooooo, I still jump online and buy more patterns....damn you designers, damn you, I have no will when it comes to all the lovely patterns and floss and fabrics.....when I die, just roll me in a bolt of linen, make me like a mummy with all of my overdyes!  When the mail comes I have to hurry and thow packages in my car so hubby doesn't see them, and then when I open them, I have to peel the price lables off so he doesn't see that when they show up in my bag (oh that?   I bought that a few months was on sale....)  sound familiar?  I have even ordered patterns from Canada now, Traditional Stitches was the only place I could find "Merry One" from Plum Street Samplers when the store I ordered it from originally was sold out and I called a few of my other online stores.  Yes, I have an addiction....

I don't have any pictures to show at the moment, I will have to do that from my other for finishes, I don't think I have any, lots of wips though.  I picked up Cinnamon Stars that I started 2 or 3 years ago when the chart came out?  I have been trying to concentrate on that before I start something new.  I surly have 20 wips in various levels of completion.  Am I the only one living in this chaos?

I have been job searching, not too much to choose from without my masters degree.  I am however qualified to be a substitute teacher, so I working on that at the moment, just waiting for my orientation next week and the last of my background checks to come back and the physical I need to schedule...then I can pick and choose assignments,  the flexibility will be nice, I will be still be able to help mother out and get some stitching in.

I hope everyone is blessed and enjoying this fall weather. 
Happy Halloween! 
Be blessed!
Hugs and stitches


  1. Oh Dawn, so sorry about your dad. All the changes are hard; it will get easier with time. Your mom is lucky to have her kids watching out for her.

    Substitute teaching? Do you remember how we treated those poor people? Good luck with that...don't pull your hair out. Lol

    If your dear hubby hasn't caught on to your little stitching addiction yet...he ain't gonna. Silly boy to even sat anything.

    1. Thanks Denise! We are learning to adjust. As for teaching, I can choose the grade I want and so far nothing else is out there unless I want to do retail. This will allow me to work and play some with getting to pick and choose assignments. Can only hope it works out, lol. Tony doesn't say anything but I don't want to give him a reason to either, hehe

  2. So good to have you back Dawn.
    It is hard when you lose your loved ones.
    Always think of the good times .
    My DH gives up on me with my stash , but I am trying to get better.
    I could do with a retail spend right now , my football team have lost again.
    Not a good day for me.
    Enjoy your halloween hugs.

    1. Thanks June! OH retail therapy is a must then! Thinking of you often and your beautiful garden!

  3. Glad to see you back.
    Sorry about your Dad, but glad you are close by your Mom.
    Your new house is pretty, and what a Great pool!
    We all have our quirks when it comes to stash, don't we? ;)

    1. Thank you so much. Every day it gets easier.

  4. The loss of a loved one, especially one's long time spouse and a Daddy...that's hard. I am glad you are settled and that pool looks HEAVENLY! I'm right with you on the buying patterns! HA HA HA! Maybe we need to see what each other has :) Hardy har har...

    1. Yes, its painful, I was the baby and the only girl...he and I had our own special relationship. It's hard not to pick up and the phone and call him. I was so blessed to be with him every moment of his last few days. Hardest thing I ever saw.
      Hubby didn't want the pool but now that he has been in it and maintenance isn't difficult, he's sold. Just let me know when you want to compare patterns, lol

  5. Loss is never easy. I'm glad you are close to your mom now. I'm sure she's glad you are there too. Good to see your new abode and that pool...swoon! You'll all settle into a routine eventually. Have a good week!

    1. Thank you so much! I miss Cincy ! I miss Keepsakes and the girls. Hope you are doing some beautiful stitching!

  6. Nice to see you back, Dawn--your home looks so nice and I know the pool will get quite a workout! Nice that you are near your mom, too...

    I lost my dad just over a year ago. It has gotten easier although the world still feels like a different place without him. You were so lucky to have had such a special relationship with your dad--keep concentrating on those happy memories and know that he would want you to keep on doing things that make you happy!