Well a much delayed cross stitch finish ..I know it has been a while. I bet many of you remember The Osmond's (yes I know...do you cringe when you hear them mentioned...I do because I loved Donny, but then I was only a youngster that is my excuse and I am sticking to it!!) the song "Love me for a reason" and some time later Boyzone's version ... have always been a song I have loved.
Well a few years ago as it was one of my little girl's favourite song I thought " I know I'll stitch those lyrics" . well using a wonky alphabet and drawing a freehand heart I set about making a cross stitch.
Then with the major upheaval a big house move from Kent to West Wales involves it got packed away and forgotten about. Last week I found it again and it only had half the heart to finish...what a shame not to finish I thought and the last few evenings i carried on with it and I finished it.
My plan is to make a patchwork cushion .
Now to the very important business of young love !!!!
Who is Jessica ?
I thought as it is the day of "love" I would share this with you, hope you like a giggle.
Last week Little Miss came home full of giggles and smiles. Lovely. I asked her how school went
and her reply so made me laugh "well I'm going to get married!" She said
"Oh and when did you decide this then?" Me
"I like Henry and I want to be Mrs *+*+*+$¥" she replied
"Well I don't remember Henry asking Daddy if he could marry you" I teased her
"Oh" was her reply"oh does Daddy have to say yes?" By this time I was finding it hard to hide my amusement
"Yes he does need to ask Daddy and where do you and Henry plan to live ?" I asked
"In the annex but you will need to move your stuff!!" Oh the fun of it
"Well I think your brother has already decided he is going to live in the annex, so where are you going live?"
"He will have to live with you, I'm not moving out!" She declared "I'm the big sister" well that settles
it I thought laughing to myself, nothing like a 12 year old putting one in one's place!!!! I have no idea where she gets that bossiness from ha ha, but I'm sure DH has a idea!!'
Thankfully she has just turned 12 so I have a bit of breathing space for when/if that day ever happens
and looking at the amount of "stuff" in the annex I probably need all those years to empty it anyway!
This reminded me of a similar conversation I had with Little Man a few weeks ago, as you know
Little Man speaks very little to us so this was a big glimpse for us into his world and thoughts.
This is what happened...
whilst getting him ready for bed (he still needs help in normal things like
washing, teeth brushing, dressing etc etc) a few weeks ago, well out of the blue he said
"When we have our own house we will have huskies , lots of them" well my ears are so fine tuned to
listen closely to when he speaks..I look for clues , for snippets of his life when he shows it.So when he said "us" I asked who was "us" and so a beautiful part of my sweet boy emerged...oh I was so happy...here is how our mother and son chat went..
Me "who is us?"
Him "me and Jessica". Wow ..never mentioned her before..I was so happy and excited !!!!
Me " is she a new girl in your class?"
Him"no". Not put off and trying to hide the excitement of him sharing with me in my voice ,I
" is she in your school?"
Him "no ! she is in big school" well big school is the mainstream school next door to little man's unit,
he attends there for some lessons, like English and Maths.
Me "what is she like?"
Well he looked shy and embarrassed ..I had never ever seen that before..my heart leapt!!
"Is she lovely?" I asked , his reply...
"Yes , she is very pretty and has blue eyes...we are are going to get married, we are going to have a
boy called "Dave " and a girl called "Sarah " if we like them we may have more !!!and 3 huskies". My heart was so ...I cannot describe it ....
I didn,t know whether to laugh or cry...sharing ...so many autistic kids don't share, they just don't
have the need or desires to do so ...
and when my kids open up and share and it is blunt..no roses and champagne they just say it as it is ,..... this is always. a big thing for me, and usually a funny one.
And so I asked Little Man "Tell me some more , what is Jessica is like ?"
She , Jessica, is apparently kind , has white hair, blue eyes and they are going to live in the "little
house" (our annex) because I will need to cook tea because Jessica is too little to cook!!! And clean too apparently as she is too pretty to clean and they will be busy!!!
Oh his face when he spoke of this little lady..he is truly smitten!!!! I went to sleep that night a happy
Little soul.. My little man is "dreaming " in his own world, thinking of "Jessica , Dave. and Sarah"
and the huskies of course.....Little Miss dreaming of being married to "Henry". (I hope he grows a bit taller though , she already towers over him !!!!" How and where did all this lovey Dovey stuff come from ? Wherever it came from it was lovely , Cupid has definitely flown into our "nest" and I am liking it lots....
This week in between finishing and sending off Tracy's (Mad about bags) Valentine Swap to the lady herself , we have (daughter and I) been machining more random patchwork squares...it has been
excellent practice for her to get used to her and my machine .... I cannot tell you how happy those times have been... We have chosen fabrics and threads and chatted away , she has chosen die cutters to use and just been such a honey.
This morning blue skies oh so beautiful , I was wondering about outside and you know the expression "BEHIND YOU".
I turned around
Big smiles ( me that is!!)
They are back in the next field
the electric fence removed
and only maybe 6 feet away.
Snowflake is the white girl in the middle
She is the latest arrival....
I could almost touch them
I wouldn't of course
but having them so near again
another reason for choosing our home.
They moo and watch us with such interest
I was so pleased I had the camera to hand
for a change.
Then looking for something else
I found this in the pantry
and these too
knocked up a quick sponge...
filled it with above
A Jaffa cake sort of sponge.
I use milk chocolate because we prefer it
but of course you could use plain chocolate..
I used to make this more often
it was too.