Sunday, September 22, 2019

Goodbye Summer, Hello Football!

Hi, stitching friends!

Can you believe that tomorrow is the first day of fall? When you think of fall, what comes to mind?

Cool weather. Pumpkins. Turning leaves. Sweaters, maybe. Definitely football.

On Friday, my husband's aunt took us and two of our friends to the Boise State University versus Air Force game. We are all BSU alumni, and our friends are season-ticket holders, but my husband and I haven't been to a game since we were students! And that was a loooong time ago.

We couldn't believe how much the university has changed in the years since we lived on campus. We've been to BSU for various reasons over the years, but driving through to the stadium, we saw that so much has changed. If I were a student there now, I would be so lost.

My husband's aunt has her own suite at the stadium, and the view of Boise was great! No wonder Boise, or "Les Bois," means "City of Trees."

The game was great! BSU won 30-19. Always so much more fun when YOUR team wins, isn't it? And the suite was wonderful. The whole front window opened so we felt like we were really part of the crowd, but when it got cold we could close it and stay warm. Definitely a treat. The view of the Blue Turf was unbeatable.

A Good Weekend

Saturday we went to see the new Downton Abbey movie. Have you seen it yet? We loved it. I love the music, the clothes, the drama, the cinematography... everything about it. I just wish the series didn't end. Do you get attached to characters in TV shows and books like I do? When they end, it's like saying goodbye to friends.

Today I have Whole30 Classic Chili ( <--- clickable link for the recipe) going in the slow cooker, and we've been watching football all day. I didn't used to like (or understand) football, but when I was pregnant with my son, my husband and I would cuddle in our big overstuffed living room chair and watch the games. Once I understood what a first down was (ha!), it started to click. Now I love it.

Do you have a favorite team? Believe it or not, I don't! When I was very young, I adored the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and I wanted to be one, but I didn't know or care about football. Now that I watch it, I like the Seahawks (my mother-in-law's favorite team), and I enjoy watching Patrick Mahomes with the Chiefs. I used to not enjoy the New England Patriots (because they always won), but I decided that if I started cheering for them, maybe watching them would be more fun. I was right. Go Patriots! (Ahem... this does not mean I have a team yet.)

And the winner of the "Farm Fresh" chart is...

Congratulations to Catherine (diamondc), who won the giveaway for the "Farm Fresh" chart by Country Cottage Needleworks.

You can visit Catherine's blog, "I Love to Stitch," at

Until next time! Be well, and I hope you have lots of time to stitch.


  1. The only "sport" we watch is "fake" we watch WWE. We love it though. It's something we do as a family and I love that part. It's fun to keep track of who is fighting who and the story lines. Yes I get so attached to people in a TV show and then miss it when it's not on any more. Luckily I have a million more shows to be attached too haha. Congrats Catherine. That's a beautiful piece!

  2. Meg: It is always fun to visit a place where many memories are made.
    I am happy you had a good time.
    Thank-you for the win, I now have a line-up of things I want to stitch before the end of the year, this will be one of them.
    Yes Fall what a lovely time of the year but here in Minnesota I do not look forward to seeing snow, it is pretty but still I do not like winter.
    Have a lovely week.


  3. How fun! We are big Auburn fans and alumni. We have season tickets but sometimes give them away. Going next weekend though. I may stay at our house there and let my daughter go. I will watch Tucker. The blue field definitely makes Boise State unforgettable.
    As for pro, we have always been Saints' fans. My son-in-law grew up in the Atlanta area and is a huge Falcons fan. The funny thing is though that we love the Atlanta Braves (baseball).
    I got my birthday card too. Thank you!

  4. Hallo Meg,
    das sieht und hört sich nach einen tollen Wochenende an.
    Mein Mann schaut auch sehr gern American Football. Auch schauen wir gern alle gemeinsam die MLB League im TV.
    Have a nice new week,Manuela

  5. How fun to watch from a box!! We love college football but our team, Georgia Tech, is stinking up the field again this year. We are planning to attend the Homecoming game...maybe they will pull it together for that one.

  6. Football was never a big deal in our house, except for the Super Bowl, until last year. My 10 year, at the time, old grandson started a fantasy football league with his parents, my other daughter and her husband and his grandfather (my hubby)last year and now football has become a 'competitive' sport in our family. I was shocked at the amount of time they put in researching players for their draft, switching things up weekly and watching games. They like "trash talking" each other and claiming bragging rights each week. My older daughter even fashioned a trophy for the winner(my SIL won last year)and I love how this is connecting them all. Me...I am happy sitting on the sidelines and stitching the games away!!!
    We plan to see Downton Abbey this week and I can't wait!!!
    Glad you had such a fun filled weekend, Meg...hope the upcoming week is just as fun!

  7. Happy Fall, Meg! I love fall -- the crisp air, the changing leaves, the cooler days, the pumpkins, and of course, pumpkin spice items. Not football fans here; actually, my husband is not a sports fan at all although he will watch the UFC. I do like baseball, but haven't watched it in years. I am probably the odd person out as I have never seen Downton Abbey -- either the show or the movie. Enjoy your week!

  8. Hope your fall is off to a great start, Meg! We aren't football fans here unless the Steelers make it to the playoffs (which this year with their 0-3 record is pretty much impossible!). It sounds like you had fun!

    I am planning on watching all the seasons of DA again before I go to the movie. I never saw the last season at all, but need a refresher of the other seasons first :) Nice cool weather binge watching material!

  9. Meg, I still don't know what a first down is!! I don't care for football at all, too violent for me. I am a baseball fan. We go to Local AA games and we went to several Met games this year. I will watch the Yankee's if they get into the World Series, I have to root for the NY team!! I loved the Downton Abby series. I saw the movie but it was after a very long day and a long drive to Cape cod. I had trouble staying awake so I will have to go see it again. I"m glad you got to go to the game and isn't it amazing how things change so much ove the years. When we went to Billings after 25 years I literally cried, my nice small city was now ugly!! I'll check out the whole 30 chili recipe. I made a butternut squash chili this week with black beans, (no meat) and it's a fav fall recipe. I buy butternut squash for 2$ each from a local farmer. Last year they were only 1$ each and I thought he was crazy for selling them so cheap.


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