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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Marti’s Musings: More Progress

We have been here in South Carolina near our daughter/SIL/grandsons for the past month.  We did a lot, and we are really learning how to live the retired life!  :c)

Much of our time was spent making memories with the grandtreasures – which Paul has mentioned in the blog – football games, sleepovers, learning to play horseshoes, playing Wii, geocaching, soccer, school start up – phew!  It was busy, but that is what memories are made from.

We saw little Owie play his first soccer game, he even scored a goal.

 
His parents were so proud.
 
 
We also accomplished some "business" – Veterans Administration issues, tax issues, and some minor RV repairs.  Progress!

I was even able to make progress on Christmas preparations.  For every grandchild I have hand made each a  Christmas stocking for their very first Christmas.  The average time it takes is three months with all the embroidery and hand stitching required.  This year, two stockings had to be done, with the arrival of Anabelle and Rebekah.  This past week I finished the second stocking! (Phew!)

 
 
 
Yahoo!  Now I will focus on sewing dresses and other  machine stitching for Christmas – but most of that will have to wait until after our upcoming Branson, MO trip.  Sewing takes up more room than hand embroidery, and with two other folks living with us (my sister Gail and Paul's dad)  for ten days while at Branson – well, Christmas prep is on hold until after then.

I did a little project for Owie, a Robin Hood hat for a dress up party at school.  The boys were fascinated with my sewing machine.

 
They each had to take a turn operating the sewing machine.
 
 
 
Even though we were here a month, there are still things on our To-Do – hard to believe we ran out of time when we were here so long.  Perhaps the retirement thing is really kicking in, and we just don’t feel pressured to get things done "R-i-g-h-t.  N-o-w.", unless necessary…yup, Progress!

So, tomorrow we head out and will have some mini vacation time on a leisurely 900 mile drive to Branson, MO with five days to get there.  Afterwards we'll slowly head back east back towards more grandtreasure time, the Carolina Clan gathering, and then the holidays begin (Ack!).  Where does the time go?

Now I understand when folks say: “I don’t know how I had time to work!”  Life is as busy as we want it, and we are loving it.  Progress!

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.

21 comments:

  1. Those Christmas stockings are gorgeous. What a keepsake for those baby girls.

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  2. This sounds like great progress Marti. And those Christmas stockings are just fabulous. Boy will they be family treasures for each child.

    Isn't it wonderful to be able to do just what you want to whenever you want to. How did we ever manage to live that other life??

    900 miles in 5 days? Hmmmm I'll believe that when I see it. LOL - I'm betting you are there in 3 or less. Remember it's the originator of PDD you have driving. :-))

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  3. What beautiful stockings! They will treasure those when they get older :)
    900 miles in 5 days..hmm, we'll be doing that soon :)

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  4. The stocking are certainly lovely. What a great idea. That's great that Owie made a goal. With such a large cheering section, you all must have blown the roof off (well, if there had been a roof.)

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  5. Behind in reading. Maybe I'll do point form.
    1) Watching kids play any "field game" is a hoot. They all swarm around the ball like bees in a swarm.
    2) Wouldn't you just once like to meet the very smart Engineers who comes up with some of the things that need to be dealt with? Speaking for myself, it's probably best it never happens. I wouldn't do well in prison.
    3) I've wondered about those mattresses. Now I know what happens when they cr*p out. Nothing else to say.
    Have fun.

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  6. Those hand stitched Christmas stockings are gorgeous; I can see why they would have taken so long to make. Each is a treasure.

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  7. I know I sound like a parrot...but I love your hand-made stockings. What a great tradition and keepsake. I envy your talent. I follow over 15 rv blogs and although I enjoy them all, I rarely comment. But had to send you a note. Happy travels. We are from St. Louis and Branson has been a destination for us for over 30 years.
    If you haven't been to Mel's Hard Luck Diner, try it. The servers sing between delivering meals. Fun place.

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  8. I'm with Sherry. 5 days to go 900 miles, I'll believe it when I see it. :)

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  9. I'll know you're making progress when you actually take five days to go 900 miles. lol Those stockings are just gorgeous. Such a treasure for them to keep forever.

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  10. Love the stocking Marti, real keepsakes for sure!!!

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  11. Marti, I love those Christmas stockings! I can tell that retirement is great for you! Hi to Paul. I've had a busy summer and back in California now as John has a new work contract. See you!

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  12. Marti, those stockings are just darling! That looks like so much fun. I'm going to have to learn how to do that!

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  13. Alright, scored a goal! Enjoy your drive to Branson.

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  14. Love those stockings. I'm not sure I'm buying the five days for 900 miles either!

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  15. Absolutely gorgeous stockings!! Have a great time with the kids and Branson. I can't believe you're going back so soon. Weren't you just there? Or, has time gone that fast?

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  16. What beautiful Christmas Stockings and treasured keepsakes for each of your new grand-daughters!!

    Having a safe and fun trip to Branson:o))

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  17. beautiful stockings....glad you had such a nice long visit with the kids...have a great time in Branson....stay safe

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  18. the Christmas stockings are beautiful!..ones the girl's will treasure for many Christmas's!!

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  19. Those Christmas stockings are amazing! Well done!

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  20. Wow! Those stocking are absolutely gorgeous!!!!

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  21. Another beautiful Christmas stocking comment...they are fabulous!
    As for the 900 miles, your hubby has quite the reputation and if you can slow him down and convince him to spend 5 days getting there, you'll enjoy the trip as much as the destination :)

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