I’m going to try this yet again

My Grandmother and Great Aunt watched the soap opera “As The World Turns” faithfully; I do not have to watch a soap opera, my World is a soap opera or at the least a whirlwind. Now is could be that my world is turning at the same speed and I am getting slower and older but  I have two new knees and I want to get my money’s worth out of them before their warranty is up.

So no apology for not writing for a year, just know I have been moving and learning and having a whole lot of fun along the way! I will spend some time re-reading my blog and try not to bore you with re-hashing things and I’ll take lots of pictures. So if you see something in one of the pictures you’d like to know more about just ask.

In 2012 we combined households with oldest son and his family. It was a good experience and I would not change a minute of it but the time had come for us all to move on our separate ways. The two grandchildren at home have grown and are more independent every day, we all have different interests and different schedules. So we are empty nesters again (November 2018) and thinking seriously what and how we want to spend the next years.

I have spent the last few months putting house back in my order. I have been sorting thru things with the idea of downsizing, I have looked at all my holiday decorations with the idea of keep or let go. Of course no decisions have been made yet, we need to think about where we want to move (I will never want to do this again), so I want to take it slow but move forward too. I will ask the kids if there are things they would like to have but that does not seem likely as the next generations are minimalists. So I see a great multi generation sale in my future.

I have been thinking about my art/craft belongings and have decided to start going thru my needlework stuff and downsize them too, although I see this as a minimal downsize. If it comes to a tea set or my needlepoint books….well, I hope someone in the family wants the tea set it is nice and has some history. I do have some books I am will to part with, not because I don’t love them but I may have two of them and in some cases I have moved on from that technique or I will never get around to trying.

Anyway, I am going to take my computer into the computer doctor to get it a full check-up and then I will proceed like I never left and hopefully I can keep my blog  up to date.

But before I leave I want to tell you about an exhibit you should put on your calendar, especially if you live close to Kansas City. The Liberty Memorial WWI Museum (https://www.theworldwar.org/) has a special exhibit going on until Sept 2nd, 2019; Color of Memory, Fabric Art of WWI. I was privileged to go to a class last night that allowed us to see this exhibit and also to make a postcard (2019 version) of those made in WWI. Since I have one of these postcards (https://sudukc.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/my-birthday-present/), it was a treat for me and now I have two postcards to display from Memorial Day until Labor Day when I exhibit my R-W&B collection. So if you are in my next of the country, don’t miss this exhibit; and enjoy the rest of the museum too, it is our history.






Thanks for being patient with me. See you soon.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have time to stitch today.


It is COLD!!!! but I have been reading …

Oh will this cold weather ever let up? The first 12 days of 2015 have been spent reading and keeping warm…I am in a historical fiction phase. Everything I am reading is fiction based on some facts; none of which I knew much about. I have become very interested in history again; because if my nose hasn’t been in a book, I have been on the internet finding out more about the Romanov’s and World War I.
I saw the book Romanov Bride at the library when I went to see the Jason Pollen show (http://www.jasonpollen.com/ or http://www.kclibrary.org/event/jason-pollen-unfurled) and (https://sudukc.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/creative-week-but-no-photos/) I 15-01-12 Bk Romanov Brodewas going to pick it up on my way out of the library but forgot, so I requested it online and had it sent to closer library. The book just sitting there on the shelf in the library must have become a popular book because it took almost 8 weeks before I could pick it up. That was right in the middle of the Christmas rush and so I just put it aside for later (also had to renew due date).

But January 1 brought cold weather and the desire to do nothing but keep warm and read. I wasn’t 25 pages into the book (and of course because I read the back of the book first) I already knew this was a historical fiction book and that Robert Alexander had written two others based on the Romanov Family. I ordered these to be picked up when I returned Romanov Bride.

Romanov Bride is the story Grand Duchess Elisabeth Feodorovna. She was the sister to Alexander Romanov and wife of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia. After The Grand Dukes assassination she founded a convent, Convent of Saints Martha and Mary (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marfo-Mariinsky_Convent and http://www.alexanderpalace.org/palace/marthamary.html). Until I read this book I had thought that only the immediate family of Nicholas and Alexandria had been assassinated. And I never knew about this convent.

15-01-12 Bk Kitchen BoyKitchen Boy was my next read and I thought it was a very interesting read. Since somehow I missed in history that Nicholas and Alexandria and their children had not been imprisoned and executed quickly; it was interesting to read this historical fiction account of their lives in exile and imprisonment before their execution. And of course there is a twist to this tale, but I won’t spoil it for anyone that wants to read Kitchen Boy.

My least favorite of the trilogy of
15-01-12 Bk Rasputins DaughterRussian historical fiction was Rasputin’s Daughter. Rasputin was a dark figure in history and this book reveals this and more. It is a daughter’s view of her father and what he did, how he lived his live and her love for him through it all.

And my last book April Smith’s A Star for Mrs. Blake is another historical fiction based on journals kept by Colonel
15-01-12 Bk Star for Mrs BlakeThomas Hammond. His first deployment after graduating West Point was the liaison officer for a party of Gold Star Mothers to France after WWI. I knew of the Gold Star Mothers organization (http://www.goldstarmoms.com/), it exists to this day but I did not realize their history. And since I live right here in Kansas City where the World War I National Museum (https://theworldwar.org/) is located I plan to do some more studying. And I want to see these medals…15-01-12 Tiffany Gold Star medalwouldn’t it be fun to find these somewhere? I have several 15-01-12 Gold Star Mother's badgeantiques from WWI and WWII; a blue star flag and an embroidered post card and a beautiful photo album my father put together after WWII; I even have my own blue star flag from when my second son served in the first Iraq War.

And, I did not know that the last Sunday in September is Gold Star Mother’s Day, but this year I will remember those mother’s and wives who have sacrificed their precious sons and husbands for the freedoms we enjoy today.

And now that the weather is supposed to warm later this week, maybe I can un-cocoon from my pile of blankets and get some needlepoint stitching or finishing completed. But I do have a reserve of needlework related books in case the weather takes another cold dip.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you find time to stitch today! ttfn…sue

My Birthday Present

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My birthday isn’t for another week but my present came early. I have wanted a WWI embroidered postcard ever since I saw them a couple years ago at the Liberty Memorial WWI Museum (http://www.theworldwar.org). My wonderful husband (deserves more than usual designation of DH) told me to go for it…if I could find one for less than an arm and a leg I could get one. I found several I liked, I watched and bid on several on eBay (search: WW1 Silk Embroidered Postcard) but only won this one. It is my favorite and feel very lucky to have won it. Some are just postcards but this one is like an envelope with a small card inserted. Mine came from www.stamps-auction.com, isn’t it wonderful? Now I just have to get it framed.