Saturday, January 25, 2014

Grow Your Blog 2014

     Are you ready for your grow your blog party ?  Ready to meet a lot of new people from all different areas. I don't know about you, but it is my way of traveling.
     
     Welcome to Shirleystitches blog. I write about things in the past, today, and the future. I am semi-retired since the lumber yard closed this past year. I never thought it would happen, but you just never know. I found out what it is like to live by myself with my husband in the nursing home for over a year. I still go to visit about every day, but with the terrible cold weather I am incline to stay home. We did celebrate 50 years this past October. We never thought we would make it that far. I am one of ten  with six brothers and three sisters which you will read about our growing up on the farm at times.
     
     You will see my embroidery that I do every so often on my blog that is for sale in my etsy shop custom orders are welcome, pictures of my grandsons riding their horses, and playing sports. Many know that I enjoy spending time to watch my grandsons regardless of what they are doing. Their ages are 14, 9. and 8. Just don't ask me to video something not going to happen. I have three children, two sons and one daughter. My oldest son is in the state of Louisiana working and my other son and daughter live close by so that when mom needs a little help they are there for me. 

     My daughter and youngest grandson took care of me when I had my cataract surgery this past year. He was always asking if I needed something. He even shared his bunk beds in his room. He let me have the bottom one and he took the top bunk. 

     You will be reading about what the boys are doing that help to keep grandma entertained. The horse show season will be starting soon. My two oldest grandsons both show horses. Last year I watched my middle grandson get thrown from his horse Cleo. It was scary, but he didn't break any bones just had the wind knocked out of him. He is changing horses this year because he has to learn to lope and Cleo does not like to lope. They don't want him to get hurt.

     We share many things here in blog land with friends that we have made and hope to continue to make new friends over the next year. I know that I am looking forward to the party and hope that you are too. Vicki is our wonderful host and she has some really wonderful volunteers to help considering that she had 500 sign up. All we ask is to leave us a comment so we know that you were here. Have a wonderful weekend and have fun at the party. 

94 comments:

Vickie said...

Well! Hopping around to that many blogs should keep you real busy this weekend Shirley. I have been praying for you two this morning. Have a beautiful weekend.

NanaDiana said...

Oh-Shirley- I love visiting you. I feel like I have made a wonderful fried with you through our blog visiting back and forth. I have ridden the ups and downs of your health journey with you and your hubby and have felt your pain when the lumber yard closed.

I hope you get lots of new readers. Saying a prayer for you and your hubby and that you can manage in this terrible cold. xo Diana

Quinn said...

I always admire the closeness of your family, Shirley! Stay warm and enjoy the Party :)

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

Happy to have come across your blog. Enjoy seeing your stitchery and reading about your life's stories.

Hettienne said...

I found your blog via GYB and am now a follower! I will be visiting your Etsy shop as well. I just love your blog header!!! If you get around to it, please visit my blogs as well - I am doing giveaways on both :D, Hettienne

Lorraine said...

Hi Shirley! Thanks for participating in the GYB event. Have fun visiting all the other blogs too. Lorraine (GYB volunteer team).

Mereknits said...

Shirley, I am not joining the party, but you know I love visiting your blog. Have fun.
Meredith

Beth said...

This is a wonderful post Shirley! I really enjoyed it!

Accroquilt said...

Shirley, you always have nice pictures on your blog. I like this. Have a nice day!

Acorn to Oak said...

Have fun at the party! Thanks for stopping by at my blog! :-)

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Hi Shirley, I was so pleased to get your visit as a fellow GYB volunteer :)

Looking over your blog, and seeing your wonderful stitching, really brought me back to my childhood love of embroidery. I faved a few of your listings on Etsy... that butterfly, so colourful :)

I am so much in agreement with your comments; our crafting gives us back so much, and is such a stress reliever!

Hope you are having a wonderful day of blog-hopping!

A Scattering said...

Hi Shirley, thanks for visiting my blog earlier today via Grow Your Blog. It's been nice 'meeting' you, have a great day! Elaine

Cheryl @ TFD said...

This party is fun, isn't it? I love visiting you Shirley and it's even more special that you are a MO gal, too. Hope all is well with you and your loved ones today. I enjoy seeing what you are making, you inspire me to try my hand at making something. I hope to get my sewing machine out of storage and into use soon. There's just so many things I'm interested and not enough time! Enjoy your weekend!

Bluefinch said...

Hello! It is so nice to meet you! Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I cannot wait to see those grandkids and their horses!
XO
Rachel

Pam Bustin said...

Hi Shirley
Strolling through blogs.... this party is my first and I'm really enjoying it.

Especially nice to "visit" with so many people when it is cold cold cold outside. Your blog feels very warm and cozy.

enjoy the party!

go easy ~pam

kathyinozarks said...

Hi Shirley-are you ready for our next winter blast? brrr stay warm

Blondie's Journal said...

Shirley...I think I know your story by heart. You have been a great friend and I care about you like you lived next door! I'm always wishing the best for you, you know that! :)

Keep up the great blogging!

XO,
Jane

Jules Woolford said...

Hello Shirley and thanks so much for your lovely comments on my blog. I am very pleased to return the follow! It's always great to meet another embroiderer:) I enjoyed your post -you have a very close and loving family, which is a wonderful thing! Enjoy the party!
warm wishes
Julesx

Gert said...

Oh Shirley..you put up the most interesting posts! I can't wait to read it each time I see your post!! I hope you have lots of new followers!

Blessings,
Gert

Jeanne said...

So hard having your partner of so many years not with you. These are years that you plan to enjoy together. Glad though that you have family to help you. My daughter is a big horse person, and I watched her be thrown from her horse more than once. Not fun! Thanks for stopping by my blog, and hope to see you again there! Sunday blessings to you!

Melody Brown said...

Hi Shirley!
I never heard of this party. What is it? It got up to 48 here today and melted the snow off the driveway, so at least I can drive down the driveway to get home instead of walkin the acre, but I'll probably have to stay up at Mom and Dad's cause it's supposed to rain then freeze,,,sigh...things are the same here to. Not sure when things'll ever change.

Marilou said...

Hi Shirley,
I'm your newest follower as I love to stitch but mostly SRE and crazy quilting You have a wonderful and interesting blog! Will be back again, now off to visit a few more!
Hugs and have a creative week!
Marilou

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Shirley
Just popping in to say "hi" - I've been on the Volunteer list too and thoroughly enjoy visiting so many new blogs like your own.
Loved reading about your work here.
Enjoy the party and come put yourself in my Giveaway too,
Suzy x

knitalatte said...

Hi Shirley,
Loved stopping by here on the gyb tour. You have such a lovely blog and pictures too. Your family sound's amazing…Thanks for stopping by knitalatte...
Hugs,
Karen

kim leavens said...

Hi Shirley, still making my rounds on the GYB party. You have a pretty place here and I will be following along. Thank you for visiting me @Babes and Brides the other day. Stay warm...xx's Kim

cmoh said...

hey Shirley, You may be wishing for spring but boy is winter pretty where you are. you have a lovely family. It has been nice getting to know you.

Hugs
Caroline

Vicki Boster said...

Dear Shirley-- I'm so happy that you've been a part of this little party this year. I'm happy to share you with all my friends-- so nice for you to meet new people-- they will love you like I do:)

Love
Vicki

A Nudge said...

What a nice nostagic feel your blog has with that pretty setting. Glad to meet you, Shirley. Sounds like you have a full life. Thanks for helping Vicki with GYB.

macmillanmarie said...

Hi, how nice to meet you and your lovely family. It has been nice learning a little about you. Your work is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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