Hey! I know, this is the big “thud” heard round the world. I can not believe it’s been months since I blogged. Pick yourselves back up onto your desk chairs and pour yourselves a cup of tea (iced or hot) and let’s catch up! Funny, I’ve taken pics for months to share so you’ll go through several seasons, several animals pics, and whatever else was in my camera because darn it, I’m sharing it all. If I took the pic you’re going to see it! haha And yes, that is Merlin staring down from my office loft! He is a little over a year old now and he and his brother Gandalf turned out to be gentle giants always ready with a purr. Both have awesome personalities and my husband says they’re so big they’re on the verge of lionhood. Oh they are definitely on the verge of something. LOL
I promised Mary Kathryn I’d post my Blueberry Crumb Cake recipe. As you well know, blueberries come into season and it’s pancakes, muffins, cobblers, crumb cakes, and anything else I can put blueberries into! Love them. This crumb cake is an old favorite. I gave Mary Kathryn this recipe and the picture she posted got alot of requests for the recipe. I snitched her picture of the cake too, mine never lasts long enough.
Blueberry Crumb Cake
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, softened
Blend together to form a crumb topping and set aside.
Now Mix Thoroughly:
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
Then Stir In:
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
Sift together and then add:
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Fold in 2 cups blueberries. Pour into a greased square pan and then crumble topping over the top of it. Bake at 375 for about 40 mins or more. Test this one with a cake tester until it comes out clean in the center. Enjoy!
Now onto life. . . this was my profound realization in recent months, life really changes when a parent comes to live with you that needs care and Liann’s senior year in high school was beyond busy. Add to the fact that she’s a music major and life was 24/7 concerts, quartets, Youth Symphony, and gigs. Not to mention normal high school senior activity! ACK!
Liann won second place in the Wichita Symphony Youth Talent and played her solo with the Repertory Orchestra. Click on the link and you can hear her piece! The orchestra is comprised of young musicians from middle school to high school! What incredible talent! She brought tears to my eyes that night! It was months of practicing and rehearsing for the final Wichita Youth Symphony Concert in March! This was her last year with Youth Symphony as well. We were so proud of her! She’s continuing her music in college with a double major in music education and music performance.
She graduated High School last month. That was another addition to my stress level with doing a graduation party for her.
Oh but I’m missing Senior Prom and goodness that was alot of fun.
This is a picture of Liann in front of the Red Bud. Gosh the blooms on trees and flower beds were profuse this year! Must have been all the rain and snow earlier on in the year. We were waiting for her date to get here so I was taking some solo pics!
Once Steven arrived we promptly got pics of them in front of the lilacs. They had a blast! Several of them came back to our house after prom and I had set out several different appetizers and snacks that I had made. I was amazed everyone’s favorite dip was the Baked Clam Dip! It’s always been my favorite but who knew the kids would devour it too.
So that was a quick trip through Liann’s last few months, Regional Solos in March after the Youth Symphony Concert, State Solos in April. Prom and then graduation back to back. It was a whirl wind.
During Regional Solos we had a bad scare as Dad collapsed right there in the hallway as we were waiting on scores. That was horrible. Fire Dept arrived before the ambulance and you know, I was honestly scared when we realized his blood pressure had bottomed out and heart rate was way too low. We believe he had another heart attack, but we never found out for sure, but Dad was in the hospital for several days. As it was not in our area we “commuted” for a few days to spend time with him and keep up his spirits. Afterwards was the round of doctors appointments and trying to strenghten him up. He’s doing fine now but life did take another change. I am thankful he’s with us and we hear all the neat old stories. And he still makes pierogies for us with our help. Yum!
Ok, flash back. . . let’s address the cold, snowy winter we had here in the midwest. I took some great pics to share and if it’s as hot there as it is here you’ll appreciate the coolness of the snow shots!
These were cardinals that I caught with my camera in the branches. It snowed pretty hard that day.
Another shot of the same snowstorm. I loved all the snow just not the bitter cold this past winter.
Rain followed the winter storms and we certainly had some torrential rain this year.
From my loft window you are looking at a completely flooded horse pasture. It was horrible. Just when you thought things were finally going to dry out it started pouring again. Of course I’m sure that is the reason for the gorgeous showing of flowers we had this year.
The Red Bud bloomed better than we’d ever seen it in the five years we’ve lived here. Our lilacs didn’t even bloom last year if you remember and this is the same bush this year!
I would say this was a quick review of the last six months that I’ve been absent from my blog. Okay, I missed mentioning after I got my Dad well my own health went downhill but think I’ve finally got that managed now as well. My thyroid was overlooked for quite a while now and sure enough it was a culprit.
My models went to the side of my desk. Several in the works but I never managed to find time to keep up with stitching on them.
I will say I am finally back into stitching as of last month. I worked on a Blackbird Designs piece for my Patriotic Block.
Last year I stitched up a March Stocking and decided after going to a stitch in last month that I wanted to stitch another Blackbird Design stocking and from the October booklet this time.
I didn’t use the color nor fabric called for. I instead used a piece of cream 30 ct murano and GAST Apple Cider.
Now it’s back to model stitching. I need to get back to my designing and get them all stitched up.
Liann is done with music camp and while she was gone it was amazing what I did manage to get done. There’s hope! College is around the corner. And she’s not that far away!
Hoping I am finally back to blogging. I thought of it, you can see by the pics I took that it was on my mind. It just never got further than my camera! I am pretty sure I shared anything you might have missed. There might be some music camp pics on my phone but I can do that later in the week.
I don’t think Merlin realizes he’s gotten too big for sleeping in this cat scrathy thingy.
Gandalf certainly doesn’t look comfortable in that chair any longer. Cats really crack me up because it doesn’t seem to phase them where they fall asleep!
Off to stitch on a project. Glad I’m back and hope to update the gallery this week as well. Goodness knows I am backed up with alot of stitcher’s wonderful finishes that I want to share with all of you!
Enjoy your day and chat again soon!
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