Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Off to a great start!

I had the most uneventful trip to Alabama that you can imagine, which is a good thing! I was a little nervous, because I'd never flown out of O'Hare by myself before... I always had an experienced traveler with me to guide me through the process. I printed out my boarding pass at a kiosk, and went through security easily. It took me about 15 minutes to get from the front door to my gate! We had the smoothest take-off and landing that I have ever experienced, and we were on time! Mom met me at the front of the airport, and we headed to Olive Garden for lunch... soup and salad!

When we got to Mom's, it was time for her to open her presents... this linen hanky was my special gift to her. The edging is "Marguerite" (uh, oh... I've forgotten which book it's from... I think it's one of Mary Konior's designs), in Sherry Pence's "Pensacola Beach". When Sherry posted this thread, I knew I had to make something special for Mom. Dad's military service was held at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida. We'll probably drive over there the beginning of next week.

This is Sparkle Plenty, who appeared at Mom and Dad's doorstep about 10 years ago. Mom and Dad tried to find Sparkle's owner, and then one day, Mom came home and found paperwork from the vet showing that Sparkle Plenty was up-to-date on all her shots and had been adopted by Mom and Dad. She is the most lovable pooch you can imagine! She jumped in to bed with me twice last night, and I'm not exactly what you'd call an animal lover, but this dog has a special place in my heart!

This is my beautiful mother! She gave up her chair so that I could tat using her Ott Lite. Sparkle didn't quite understand what I was doing in Mom's chair!

Mom chose to frame "Beatrice"... twice! She was very unhappy with the first framing job, and she's still not pleased with this one. Some day she'll take it apart and straighten it out. Mom and I can be very picky when it comes to our needlework!

Mom also framed her bookmark. It's a little thick for the current thriller she's reading, but it does look nice on the wall! This is also destined for re-mounting. I got my eagle eye from Mom!

This afternoon... Purl & Chain Gang! What fun!


  1. You sound to be having a great time back at your family home(or isn't it?).
    The doiley and bookmark look lovely against the dark background, a treasure for ever.

  2. Wow! Fifteen minutes--that's amazing! It takes us longer than that here in our little podunk airport :) So glad your trip went smoothly!

    Those pieces look lovely framed! Please say "Hi!" to your Mom for us and have a great time :)

  3. I'm so glad you are safely there and with your beautiful mom and Sparkle Plenty! The hanky, doily and bookmark are beautiful and I know she will treasure them forever. Have fun!

  4. Glad to hear from you. Thanks for the pictures, your hankie is super and I like your framed pieces, very nice. Have a wonderful time with your mother!

  5. So glad to hear you had a safe trip to Alabama! How cool that you got to the gate so quickly. I'm glad to hear you're having a great time with your Mom. Soon we get to hear about your visit with everybody's favorite TattyCat...yes, I know she's the ONLY TattyCat, but still...she's everybody's favorite one.
    Your tatted gifts are treasures for sure.

  6. Have fun with your family - your mum looks beautiful.

    Later when you're free I need some advice on mounting tatting - I'm planning to make for each of my family's home (that's six incl mine).


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