Friday, August 27, 2010

July...and August...oh me oh my, where does the time go?

The longer I neglect this blog, the harder it is to get back into it!  This sentiment was just echoed by Lee but she has only been away for 10 days and I've been away for what, almost 2 months?  Mostly it's been my lack of stitching which has kept me away since I have so little to show and I've been so preoccupied with family life that I've had trouble "letting go."

I'm playing around with Picnik, hoping that it will solve my photo editing woes.  Photoshop Elements just bogs down my computer and drives me crazy!  Blogging ain't fun when you've got to sit there and wait and wait for a photo to be saved. 

Here's a taste of what we've been up to this summer.

My cozy stitching spot at camp (yes, I did take my Ott light with me)
A little light retro reading at camp
Claire learning how to water ski

Red Hill Firetower, Center Harbor, NH
Keepsake Quilting, Center Harbor, NH

View from the tower, overlooking Lakes Region of New Hampshire

Revolutionary War Cemetary in NJ - my father is buried in the cremation garden

Isn't this a beautiful headstone?

We made a family oriented visit to New Hampshire and New Jersey.  Lots of changes in both places, some very stress inducing.  I wouldn't really call these visits vacation, but we did enjoy seeing everyone and relaxing at the lake place, which we call camp, for a few days.  

And last, but certainly not least, we are officially empty nesters, at least for awhile!  We dropped Claire off at  Miami U a week ago.  We were all disappointed by her room and my response from residence life was a suggestion to remove the shelving from the desks so that the desks could be backed up to the wall.  They do not fit under the slanted ceiling! They are going to bunk their beds so that they gain a little more space but the desks will have to remain where they are.  Crazy.  But Claire seems to be enjoying herself and I know she is keeping very busy with her studies.   She lives right across from the fabulous rec center and the ice arena.  The location is perfect for her. 
The cramped and dark dorm room.  Boo.
I promise, really I do, that stitching pics will soon follow.  I've been on this blasted computer way too long!


Kathy A. said...

Oh what lovely vacation photos.
I love old cemetaries and that one really interested me. You see that design on the tombstone on several cross stitch designs.
Is that the "Keepsake Quilting" that puts out a wonderful catalogue? How lucky you are to be so close.

Carol said...

I love the look of your "camp," Barb, right down to those neat old magazines! Looks like my kind of place... And what a lovely old headstone!

So glad Claire is settled at Miami--I'm sure after a few days, she won't even think about the smallness of the room! Hope her first year is a great one--sounds like you're doing just fine with the "empty nest" thing :)

Deb said...

Your vacation looks like it was wonderful. Just love that tombstone that you took a picture of - so cool. And I'd love to see Keepsake Quilting. I bet is was a great store - I always spend an evening looking through their catalog when it comes.

Lynn said...

Your vacation photos are wonderful! That cemetery headstone is really unique.

Karoline said...

Great holiday photos especially that headstone.

Suzanne said...

Sounds like you had a great holiday. Great photos and I love that tombstone.