I love the two little birds decorating the tree. When we celebrated our first Christmas together, we were living in a tiny four-room house called the "honeymoon cottage" because so many newlyweds had lived there. In the rural Idaho area where we lived, there was hardly any housing available for rent, and we had to take what we could find. The house was built before the owners had indoor plumbing, so the bathroom was actually a hallway that had been converted into a bathroom. The poor little old house was overrun by mice, drafty in winter, and just plain shabby, but rent was cheap and we were happy. Our first tree was so beautiful, and we made the house into our home.
We ultimately decided to keep our Honda Civic and buy his CR-V rather than trading. We hired an auto transport company to haul it clear across the country, and when it arrived, it was so clean, so well maintained. The seller, Sean, had saved every receipt from every oil change and repair.
If you look in the corners of the stitched border, you will see two little gold beads on opposite corners. One is for us in Idaho and the other is for Sean in Connecticut.
That same year, Shawn became a partner in the ranch.
He came C-section because the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck a couple of times. The doctor was so nervous. I remember that operating room being bone-chilling cold (this was a rural hospital, and they weren't expecting to use the OR that day so they hadn't bothered to turn up the heat). My doctor was actually sweating in that ice-cold room. Luckily, the night my son was born was the same night the hospital had its holiday party, so I had three doctors and umpteen nurses in the delivery room. We were in very good hands.
This ornament was my first time using overdyed threads, and stitching over one. I did not care for the over-one stitching - and this was before I needed reading glasses! But the threads were so beautiful.
When Shawn first saw the ocean, he was in AWE. But when he stood on the beach, pants legs rolled up, and that ocean water hit his feet, it was like something magical came over him and he was hooked. We have gone back every year since.
This ornament is the Yaquina Bay lighthouse (pronouned Yuck-WIN-uh). It's within walking distance of our favorite beachfront hotel.
After we returned home from our cruise, I went to the doctor because I was having a lot of pain in my hips and knees. I thought it was osteoarthritis, since that runs in my family, but I found out that my breast cancer had returned and had spread to my bones. When breast cancer spreads beyond the breast, it is called metastatic breast cancer. There is no cure, but immunotherapy looks very promising.
The Celtic cross ornament is a freebie from Teresa Wentzler that can be found here.
I had a really hard time finding a camping-themed design for an ornament, so I bought this Mill Hill beaded kit called "Cabin Fever." It's HUGE for a Christmas ornament. It was not designed to be an ornament, but rather a framed piece, but I couldn't imagine only stitching one part of the design. I couldn't stitch it over one to make it smaller because of the beads incorporated into the design, so I just said, "Oh, well," and decided that it would be OK big. I attached the perforated paper to felt with some button-shaped brads.
This design is "Snow is Coming Down" by the Trilogy, stitched over one on a 25-count mystery lugana.
The ranch back home was in the path of totality for the 2017 solar eclipse, so that's where we watched it. We had more than two minutes of darkness, and it was SO cool. Magical, really. I wasn't expecting the temperature to drop as much as it did, though, so if I could do it over again, I would bring blankets to cuddle in. We were in the mountains, and they had this beautiful pink haze behind them as the stars appeared in the sky at midday. I will never forget that experience.
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