Leaves, leaves, leaves.
The majority have fallen down and it took as a few days of raking and filling bags.
Lots were mulched and added to the wild areas of the garden and the rest were added to bags to take to the landfill.
The milkweed pods have opened and the seeds are taking flight to find new homes to grow next year.
The Welcome friends embroidery has been finished, just need the backing added.
I’m not totally happy about the white embroidery on the white background. At first I used a chain stitch but did remove it and change for a running stitch to match the rest of the embroidery.
Welcome friends embroidery pattern can be found here if you want to stitch one of your own.
I get lots of inspiration from other stitchers at Slow Sunday Stitching and appreciate all the visits and comments from there. Visit them and gather some inspiration for yourself.
Reviews for A Friend for Christmas, a story about overcoming fear, being strong, and facing what scares you, and The Christmas Beaver, about helping others, were put online. I recommend reading both of them to kids and grandkids. Check out more of Mike Martin’s books here.
As you know I’ve been getting my Christmas shopping finished as I have knee surgery on November 16. So my next embroidery project will be some gift tags. These came with tag board cutouts and patterns. I found it hard to get the needle through the tag board, and at first I found some thinner tags but opted to cut my own out of a firm felt. It will be much easier to embroider on these. Plus I can add embroidered names as well.
Lots of birds are visiting the feeders in the garden. The red wing blackbirds and robins won’t be around much longer. The nuthatches, red bellied woodpecker, and doves will visit all winter along with bluejays, cardinals, downy woodpeckers and chickadees.
Colder weather means comfort cooking, and a sausage casserole is just the thing.
The weather gave us a bit of a warning about what is to come and we had some snow and ice pellets and a dose of cold weather on November 8. It didn’t stick around long.
I’ll be MIA from November 16, 2023 as I’m in for total knee replacement surgery that day. My days after wards will be filled with recovery and exercises. See you soon.