Sunday, May 15, 2011

Going Batty!

It has been a busy time.  Our Normandy trip was wonderful - this is the B&B we stay in when we visit.

It is right across from La Fiere Bridge which the US Paratroopers needed to secure, and they did.  Many of our brave men died right here holding this bridge.  

Right across the street is the Iron Mike Memorial.  

If you ever have the chance to visit Normandy, I can highly recommend our B&B  La Fiere.  Have a look.

While dashing in & out of Paris, I managed to visit Des Fils Et Une Aigulle.  What a lovely shop and a great deal to see and buy.  Sadly, she did not have many historical samplers.  Here are  a few shots of her window display.

She had a model of Plum Street Sampler's Paradise Lost done over one... totally drool worthy.  Now that I have seen it, mine MUST be the same.  She also stitched LHN's Hillside Travelers over one... so, so cute.  

We also survived Prom, if just barely.  Here is a group shot of Erika's group - she is in red.

Alex also went to Prom.  Rob and I just thought he looked so handsome, and oohed & aahed over him - much to his dismay.  He is a bit squinty because of the bright, setting sun.  LOL.  But still, getting him to wasn't going to happen.

Erika and her date Vite.

Well, after Erika's group had left for dinner we continued to wait with Alex for his date.  After 30 minutes, we encouraged him to give her a call but he could not get ahold of her.  We waited and waited - and we watched Alex wait... another 30 minutes passed.  We were so upset on the inside and trying not to let Alex see it.  After about one hour of waiting he finally received a text from a friend of his date - she had lost her cell phone, got held up at the hairdressers, and finally made it home to use her mom's phone to text her friend to she could, in turn, text Alex.  She was on her way!  

So, we shooed away by Alex, but waited around to get a glimpse of his date, literally running past us - totally ignoring the perils of high heels and cobblestones.  We did try to take a photo on the sly, and this was the best we could do. 

I am happy to report that a good time was had by all.  Over dinner Rob and I figured out that we still have another 5 years  of Proms ahead of us.  Sigh.

Oh, and here is where these lucky children get to have their Prom - Heidelberg Castle - in the part that still has a roof - not the in the ruins, lol.

I have been keeping busy on the stitching front.  My third ornament from LHN is done - over one. 
I really enjoyed stitching this one.

I also finished BBD - Simple Things.  It has been in my WIP basket too long, and one of my stitching goals this year was to knock out some of these WIPs.  At my rate, I think it will have to be a 10 year stitching plan.

ATS has also seem some action and I am so happy to report that Page 1 is behind me!  I am hoping Page 2 stitches up a bit faster.

Please ignore the upside down Adam & Even needle minder... things you see after you take the photo.  Sigh.

I could not find my travel project when I left for the trip to Paris, so I grabbed another project that I had kitted up and really wanted to stitch.  BBD - Live Each Season.  Since we are doing several trips this summer with visitors, I am hoping it will see some decent needle time and perhaps I can get it finished before Fall.  I am stitching is on the called for R&R fabric which I have had for several years.  I have to say that I am disappointed that most of the coffee dyeing has disappeared.  I have noticed that this has happened with most of my R&R fabric.  As much as I like the effect, I think I am done buying their linen.

As to the title of this post.  Erika and I had a  close encounter with a bat two nights ago.  Around 1 a.m. in the morning Erika runs into our bedroom and tell me that there is a bat in the living room.  Rob, who must have been sleeping even deeper than I was told her not to wake us up because of a bat.  Huh??  Well, I jumped out of bed, and Erika and I "bravely" confronted the bat situation - me, crawling on hands and knees to turn the lights off and Erika on her belly, soldier crawling to open the patio doors, both of us muttering things like " Please don't fly into me."  " Please don't land on me."  " Please don't have rabies."  " Where is dad??" - all the while the bat is wheeling through the living room.  After a bit, the bat kindly obliged and returned to the wild, and I returned to bed to my hero and protector, who had remained blissfully in dreamland throughout the entire episode. 

 Here is hoping that you are having a wonderful weekend.  

Until next time,



  1. Busy time indeed! No more bat stories for now I hope. Bats in houses is not a good thing. lol! Your Alex is like my son -- no smiling for the camera -- and try to avoid camera at all costs! Love your stitching!!!! The LHN ornie is wonderful and my favorite one of the designs. And Simple Things -- gorgeous!! ATS is looking good too! Love the new start too! Love the pics of Normandy and the store too. Droolworthy indeed!

  2. LOL at the bat episode, glad it ended well! What a fantastic location for their prom, really makes it an event to remember.

    Love your finishes and your ATS progress. I wish BBD wouldn't use R&R linen, I hate it and always sub it out for something else.

  3. Loved looking at the travel, prom and stitching photos. TFS Wow... what a fabulous location for a prom.
    Congrats on your finish!

  4. Gorgeous finish!!! Love your Simple Things :-). And congrats on finishing the first page of ATS too. And cute, cute ornament!

    Glad prom when well and the bat left. My DH would have had to buy me a make up present ;-). Fun trip too.

  5. Definitely a busy time. Loved all the pictures of everything! My son is getting ready for Prom too - I'm still trying to get over the fact that he actually has a date as he's pretty shy!!

    Your finishes look great and so do your WIPs. You have a lot of things to keep you busy in the stitching arena!!

    And boo on the bats! Those things can scare you something awful.

  6. All of the girls were stunning! What a great place for prom!

  7. Ack, bats! How scary! Glad they didn't land on you two.

    Prom looks like it was fun. Your DD and DS look great. So fun to dress up!

    Beautiful stitching. Just love that chain stitch detail. ATS looks great! Congrats on your page 1 finish!

  8. Love the photos of Normandy and of Prom - how fun to have Prom in a castle. Your Simple Things is amazing - that chain stitch really makes the piece. And your over one ornament is fabulous too - I'm loving all of these over one. But, Paradise Lost over one...I'm not sure about that one. Please note how long it's taking me to stitch Dorothy all over one! Yay for finishing page 1 - I'll get there eventually!

  9. Eek! A bat! I would have freaked OUT. lol

    Lovely pictures!! I can't believe that's where they got to have their prom. It's looks terribly romantic. :)

  10. What an amazing place for a prom!

    Beutiful work on all your stitching. ATS is looking fantastic.

  11. Sylvia, sounds like you had a fun time in Normandy and Paris !!! Thanks for the pictures.
    I LOVE Simple Things !! Congratulations on your finish.... You inspire me to start ATS. I have it all ready to go, just no time for now.
    Your kids look great in their prom outfits. What an exciting moment.
    Glad the bat is gone !!!!

  12. Beautiful pictures!! I loved seeing a bit of Normandy. The needlework shop--love! Great pics of the prom kids, too. We are having the prom/grad discussions here already because apparently the thing is to ask your date to go with you in October--and the grad is the following August. It should be interesting!

    Your ATS looks great, as does your ornament! I LOVE Simple Things! I love that close up pic of the chain stitching.

  13. I enjoyed your Normandy pictures - how pretty is is there. I bet it was awesome to see Paradise Lost over one! You will have to stitch it that way so we can see what that would look like.

    Simple Things turned out beautifully! Congratulations on finishing.

    Enjoyed the prom pictures,too! Everyone looks so nice in their formal wear.

  14. How nice you visited Normandy! I've been there a few times while I was in Germany years ago. And your BBD finish is looking so pretty with chain stitch around the flowers? What a nice way to embellish the work!! ATS looks coming along very nicely :) Bat? Oh, no!!!!!

  15. Beautiful stitching! Paradise Lost over 1 must have been amazing to see.

    Who wouldn't love prom in a castle?! You have a beautiful family.

  16. What a busy girl you have been! As always your stitching is just wonderful. I wish I could accomplish as much.

    The kids are all growing up so fast. Erica looked so beautiful! You should be so proud of such great kids. Looks like you are having some good times for a change. You deserve it.

    Thanks for the vacation photos, it looks so much fun. I am so jealous of you!

  17. What a nice trip you took!

    Your DD looks like a fashion model! Both your children look smashing all dressed up for Prom :o)

    Lovely stitching Sylvia.


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