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Morning Thoughts

Devotionals

Reading the devotionals this morning. It is about peace.

I read from Joyce Meyer Trusting God day to day. It is a lovely book with anedotes she shares that puts the scripture in perspective.

“Pursuing peace means making an effort.”

I hear so many of my clients wanting peace. I agree we need to make an effort in it, but we need to seek God for the help.

I usually ask my clients what behaviors can bring you peace?

My Peace

  • Quiet house
  • Reading devotionals
  • Bible study
  • Beauty
  • Nature
  • Cross Stitch
  • Knitting
  • Art
  • Calmness around me
  • Positive people
  • Soft fabrics
  • Good food
  • Clean home

I think the list can go on.

Try thinking and writing down your peace. And ask yourself if you include God in it.

Breakfast

My breakfast, green tea, toast with avocado and fried egg with everything bagel seasoning, and tomatoes and cucumbers with lemon basil vinaigrette.

Of course my cat has to lick the plate.

I have a few minutes before I have to take my dog out one more time before I head to the office. I’m going to tidy up a little and knit a few rows of the scarf I’m making.

Happy Day

Caroline

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May Stitching

This is where the stitching was left off at the beginning of May.

It’s been a difficult month. There was intense ups and downs within myself and with my clients. I concentrated on finishing my yoga teacher training. And now trying to work on managing this stress hovering around me.

I stitched a lot but just didn’t have the energy to put it in a blog post.

So here are some photos of the progress on Derby.

I get amazed at the different amounts of thread colors in one section. It has taken a long time to finish some of the cross stitch blocks because of the amount of colors. It’s worth the time and effort.

And then there’s the tea

Today I am working from home and will have the morning and evening to stitch.

This morning I’m starting my day off with green tea.

It’s a blooming flower called Soothing Star. It has a nice smooth flavor. Comfortable on my throat.

Look how pretty it is:

Well I’m going to enjoy my tea and stitch before I have to sign in to work.

Caroline

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Time for Tea and Stitching

The choice of tea today is from Simple Loose Leaf, Anise Pear.

The description is “sweet like candy.” It has anise and elderberries in it. It is a green tea.

Derby Cross Stitch

I have stitched a little yesterday. Here is where I left off at:

The horse is starting to be shown in this cross stitch.

I had to stop stitching tonight. My arthritic hand is stiff and need to rest.

Hope you enjoy this progress.

Caroline

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Derby Stitching Today

I did not stitch as much as I wanted to today. However, it’s coming along.

The stitches on this column had numerous amounts of colors. For one block of stitching it had about 20 different colors to stitch! That is why this took me a long time to complete. The changing of colors and going back and forth from stitching to threading the needle took up time. Plus I had to look at the copied page and the original page many times. I use a copy the pattern and mark off the symbols I stitch, however it did not copy clearly.

Anyway here’s how the progress went:

A few more columns to cross stitch for the top row!

TEA:

image from Pinterest

The tea of choice for today was:

By Simple Loose Leaf: Misty Morning Tea

It is a green tea that has a smokey flavor. According to the Simple Loose Leaf brochure it is “similar to Yunnan black teas.”

Until next time

Caroline

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Oolong with each stitch

Below is where the stitching was left off…

Friday:

Tea of choice for Friday is Spiced Oolong. It is from Simple Loose Leaf

It has a nuttiness of cinnamon and ginger. When I opened it, instantly I smelled the nuttiness.

This is a wonderful tea. Normally spiced tea is not appealing to me as I find it sometimes overly spicy. However this one I definitely on my list to buy again.

I had a craving for nutella. This was my Friday evening snack reward for getting through a long week (even though I have clients scheduled for Saturday)

It just seems like it is taking a long time to finish the top row, nevertheless it is coming along.

I am loving the various colors especially when the stitch is not just blue tones.

Saturday:

No stitching on Saturday. When I got home from work a little later than expected, I decided that my eyes and mind were just to tired to read a cross stitch pattern. I decided to do grocery shopping after I walked my dog. Then took time for myself relaxing watching TV. Have you seen Victoria on PBS? It is on Amazon Prime, and I get hooked on movies and shows about the British Royalty. I just could only imagine what it was like for Queen Victoria. Amazing woman.

Sunday:

Tea of choice is Green Harmony from Simple Loose Leaf

Green teas have such a gentle taste. It has a mix of Jasmine green, Houjika and Sencha with citrus. Houjika is a twig tea, that gives this type of tea an earthier taste.

I decorated for Easter last week.

Then I ran into a slight problem, my cat sat on my cross stitch pattern book. The look she gave me when I made her get off of it. Don’t worry she is all about me, she can’t be mad at me for too long!

Foxy won’t let me cross stitch

I was able to stitch on Sunday without a headache. It seems the last few Sunday’s I was unable to function. It is surprising because the weather is warming up after a few days of snow, which causes a headache/migraine for me.

Don’t you love how the more colors are showing up!

My eyes are grateful for colors other than the blue tones.

If you would see this in person, the blending of colors is fascinating, especially when it walk further away from it to view it.

Here it is:

Page 6:3 columns to complete. Then page 7 has only 2 more columns to complete.

Almost done with the top row!

I am so grateful for everyone who is following this blog. It really encourages me to complete this cross stitch in a timely manner.

Caroline