Sunday, November 19, 2017

Who's Watching?

This big satellite dish (huge) was out in the middle of the Angolan plain.  It's not for regular communications.  I wonder what entity put it there.

Angolan Resort Food

Yes, it took this long to pull these photos off of my phone.
This is from one of the last activities we did in Angola - we went with CLO to a resort an hour out of town.  The place was nice, and the food was good, but, like almost everything else in Angola, it had issues.  The resort is on a lake and a bit in the interior.
The menu was fixed for everyone.  We started with little amuse bouches and then went to a frou frou appetizer.  I did try the fish course, and at the onion frizee, but I still don't get the appeal of fish.  I also had a couple of caprainhas.  The beef course was very good, as was the mousse dessert.
The problems with the place were the usual - poor plumbing and poor service.  But we're gone now and we had a nice lunch out.  I will post the photos of the actual resort tomorrow.

November Done, December Started

I decided to plow through and just finish this one.  Finished November during the week and started in on December.  Then, I'll be done for the year.  If I do another year project like this, I doubt it will be by month.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Marine Ball Gift

The Marines gave everyone who attended the ball a couple of bottles of wine!  Nice commemorative box, too.

Borders And Faces

The ears are HUGE.  I am going to be working on them forever.  I did manage to get a bit more border and some face bits done this time, though.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Trinity River Distillery.

We found a good distiller in Fort Worth and went on a tour.  Despite being a youngish company, their whiskey was very good.  We bought some, and some vodka, to take with us to Kosovo.  It should be landing at the airport today...

Tanzanite Ring

We went to the Ren Fair and shopped for jewelry, evidently.  Andreas went in to the puzzle ring shop, leaving me to look around as he put one back together.  Surprise!  I found this ring and fell in love with it.  It's an early Christmas present from him.

Bits Here And There

Lots of little bits filled in and a good chunk of blue done.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Treasure Of Braid

Nordic Needle had a Treasure Braid sale.  I bought.

Stitchy Box Autumn

All this was in the autumn stitchy box.  It looks perfect for making an ornament to me.  Now to make or find a pattern.

Bits Of Each

Both flowers and some leaves got some stitches this time.

Monday, November 13, 2017

September Tea

I cannot keep up with all the tea to drink, so I am cutting down my subscription to once every three months.  I am definitely drinking more tea here than I did in Angola, but I still don't drink it all the time.  This stuff is good, though!

Sign For Andreas

This sign is going on Andreas' door at work, so people are encouraged to ask him things.


Both of the last two flowers got work done this time.  I have one more color to go on the lower left one and it will be done!  I will be happy when this is completed.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Almost Roofed

I have very little to go on this first roof.  The second one is well started, as I've had extra floss left over on some colors.  Still working on part four's backstitching.  There was more of it than there was of regular cross stitches.  At least I am on the final corner of that now and should be able to get to some less boring things soon.

One More Purse

We went to the Rangers game for my birthday, and found this purse in the merch shop.  Guess who now has a Rangers purse by Dooney and Bourke?  It's the purse I'm currently carrying.  It's large!

Back Browning

Still very sick of brown, but knowing that I will eventually be rid of it.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Purse, Redux

I bought this purse at the same place I bought yesterday's.  This one should get to me next week.  I will probably change to carrying it when it gets here.

Almost Across

I am almost across the top edge.  Next time, I will be.  Yay!  Then I get to try other colors.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

More Cow Fur

When we lived in Uruguay, Andreas used to tell me he hated cow fur and didn't want it in the house.  Nowadays, he seeks it out for me.  This is one of the purses I bought at the Fort Worth Stockyards.  It's a bit washed out in this photo, as it's much darker.  I used it for the Marine Ball.

Most Of November

November's got a very large start.  One more month to go after this!

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Oh My Pumpkin

Finally! Photos of my pumpkin.  I like the way it looks a lot and want to continue in this craft. The pumpkin is in my air shipment, though, so I have to wait until it gets here to display it.

Three Flowers

Definitely more done this time.  The flowers are almost done and the hearts are coming along. 

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Birthday Presents

 Birthday presents from Andreas' parents.  I now get to figure out how to write with a peacock feather quill.

Pretty Good Progress

I am pleased with the progress I'm making.  The background is going very well.  Perhaps I will finish before the end of the year.

Monday, November 06, 2017


All of the leftmost butterfly is done, and I have begun working on a daisy.

Polish Heart

My mother gave me this pretty little pottery heart that she bought at a Christmas market.

November Started

I started in on November a few days early, and I hope to have November and December finished in the next week or so.  Will be happy to be done with this piece.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Result Of My Glassblowing

 Last month I took a glassblowing class at SiNaCa studio in Fort Worth.  This was one of my results.  I like my paperweight, and it was fun to make.  I'd like to pursue more glass work.

Tired Of Ears

The ears go on and on and on ... but at least one of the gargoyles is getting a face.

Bright and Pastel

I have a subscription with Fiberlicious now; my fabric collection was running low.  Now - what to do with pink?

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Friday, November 03, 2017

Crewel Kits

Three new kits for me from The Crewel Work Company.  Once was even free!