Tag: Hayes Reunion

July 2013 Highlight Reel

In July, there were memories to preserve:

  • David & his roommate Paul spent the July 4th holiday with us. We cooked special meals for them and they cooked a special meal for us. We all enjoyed Sierra Vista’s annual Fireworks Display.
  • Bill and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary, eating out at our favorite local restaurant, The Mesquite Tree.
  • We enjoyed a fun Saturday afternoon/evening Canasta playing marathon with friends.
  • We took a Sunday trip to Chiricahua National Monument, which is always a fun jaunt.


In July, there were things that deserved editing:

  • More scorpions, one inside the house, two caught on the sticky pads at the door/house threshold.

In July, there were the moments that hold our lives together:

  • Two visits to the doctor for Karen – nothing serious, just little annoying things that needed treating with antibiotics.
  • We have had some wonderful Monsoon rains, which meant more frequent lawn mowing for me.
  • I picked two tomatoes from my three tomato plants (they are going to be giving me a lot of tomatoes in August, though) and we have been having fresh green beans about every four days for most of the month of July. Delicious!

fresh green beans

In July, there were mountains climbed:

  • I have continued to keep Quicken up to date.
  • Bill passed another Citrix certification, one more in the ever on-going quest to stay employable.
  • I overcame my negative thinking about sewing and successfully created a pattern from an existing skirt, thus sewing a new skirt for myself. I am most excited about the possibilities this has opened up, both for my own wardrobe and for gift giving.
  • I began making updates to my LeapingFromTheBox.com website, updating many church schools. It felt good to get back to working on the site daily.

In July, there were pitfalls to overcome:

  • No jobs applied to this entire month. I think we narrowed our search parameters too much! I really don’t want to be here another winter!
  • I missed another Hayes Reunion in New York. I had really planned on attending this one, before all the job issues started again. Next year. I say again.

First Cotton Yarn, Now Thread

I used up all my cotton yarn last week, making hot pads and plants pad fast and furiously.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to use them all for (I was just having fun trying out different designs), but I see that they are becoming scattered about the house, sitting on desks and other furniture to hold sweating water glasses.

These two, made with Seaside Stripes, went to the Hayes Family Reunion auction, which was held this past Sunday in New York. Each year they hold an auction of donated items to help support the upkeep of the family cemetery in Sugar Hill and also to defray expenses for the reunion. My mom does the auctioneering and it is an experience that every family member should have at least once in their lifetime!

I love the Seaside Stripes combination, but the last few times I’ve been to Wal-mart they have not had it on the shelf. I made two placemats with it earlier this year (see Crocheting Update – Afghans and Placemats) and wanted to make two more. After looking online last week, the only place I could find any was at the Peaches & Crème website.

But look what was back on the shelf at Wal-mart last night:

I bought all six skeins, which should be more than enough to do two more placemats. I was doing the “happy yarn dance” last night!

I realized yesterday that I never blogged about the repurposed yarn holder I picked up in March.

It’s an ice cream bucket! I paid $2.99 for it at a thrift store. Bill took off the side metal latches and I covered the bottom with felt. I set it on the floor next to my chair in the living room and it does a wonderful job of holding my yarn as I work on projects.

Currently it is holding the threads (& some embroidery floss) that I am using on my latest project, which will be incorporating these lovely little flowers:

I have to keep reminding myself that I have WORK that needs to be done and I can’t sit and play with these colorful threads all day long!