Tuesday, October 10, 2017

My Beloved Railroad - My Cat - has passed away

Dear Friends

    This Past Friday - Oct 6, 2017 - My Beloved Railroad - My Cat - passed away at 7 a.m. in our Kitchen.  He was laying in front of our Kitchen Sink.  My Heart just sank clear to the ground.  When he took his last Breath on Friday at 7 a.m. part of my heart went with him.  I was so upset! 

Railroad found me one early summery night - morning when I was out walking and he was just a baby kitty back then...maybe a year old.  That little stinker followed me all the way home - 6 blocks - on his tiny little paws.  I did pick him up at one point and carried him for a while but he wanted back down and he walked right beside me all the way home.  We was near the Railroad Tracks when he decided that I was going to be his Mommy for the rest of his life and he told me that he was going to come home with me and live with me.  Sure enough he did. 

He slept in my car that night on top of my hooded sweatshirt that was laying in my back seat.  I gave him water and food and put it in my car.  That little stinker curl up and went right to sleep and he slept all night long on that hooded sweatshirt.  He was completely worn out and so sleepy.  I had my window down part way so he could get fresh air. 

The next morning I took him back where he found me and I felt so dang guilty that I went back and pick him up again and he lived with me than for the rest of his life until Friday Morning Oct 6, 2017 when he took his last breath at 7 a.m. 

I am having him cremated and I get his Ashes back.  I now have Chewy's Ashes - Peanut's Ashes - and pretty soon I get Railroad's Ashes. 

I was so upset this past weekend plus Sunday was my Dad's Birthday and Railroad passed away two days before my Dad's Birthday.  I was a mess this past weekend.  Railroad was the love of my life and he knew that early morning that he would be very well taken care of and very spoiled at that when he followed me all the way home and after I went and pick up again from the same place and brought him home.  He was sure orniery.

He did not show no signs of being sick or nothing - he was fine until 5 a.m. Friday morning when he woke me up crying out.  My Vet does not open up until 7:30 so as soon as my Vet open up I took my poor Railroad to the Vet.  Well he died at 7 a.m. that morning. 

Railroad was the love of my life - he was my very first kitty cat that I got to keep and to spoil.  I am so very lost without him.  The hard part is when I get up in the mornings.  He is no longer here to wake me up - to beg for his Tuna Fish - to run to the refrigerator after he would wake me up and let me know that it was time for his Tuna Breakfast.  Every morning he would run to the refrigerator - wait for me to open the Refrigerator Door - stick his head inside of the Refrigetator and tell me where his Tuna fish was at - than I would put his Tuna Fish in his special tuna fish bowl, just a small amount - and while he was eating his Tuna he would make the most cutest purring sounds that you ever want to hear. 

He lived to be 10 years old so his actual age was 70.  I had him for 10 full years.  When I lost both of my dogs - had to be put down - Railroad was there to help me heal up from the loss of my two dogs...he came into my life just at the right time.  Railroad got along really good with my German Shepherd - in fact - they were best of buddies - Railroad would lay up against Chewy's belly and go right to sleep.  My Boston Terrier - Peanut - that is a different story altogether - part of the time they got along and other times they did not so I would just put Peanut in the bedroom and shut the door until he got calm down and than I would let him out of the bedroom.  He had to go and apologize to Railroad...LOL. 

As of yesterday I am doing better - I still have my crying moments in the mornings but eventually I will get over that too.  I am so very thankful that Railroad did not have to suffer long cause his crying out just broke my heart in half and it was so very heart breaking to listen to him crying out and there was nothing that I could do.  I did take a wet warm wash cloth and rub his back and his face and that help him a little but not much.  I tried so very hard to make him as comfortable as I could.  I felt so sorry for him. 

The night before - last Thursday Night - that little stinker decided to dump his cat litter box upside down onto the floor and Cat Litter flew everywhere.  Oh he was being so dang orniery on Thursday and Thursday Night.  He was being himself all the way up to last Friday Morning.  He is not suffering anymore and I an so very thankful for that.  I can't stand to see animals suffer.

My Beloved Railroad is now up in Kitty Kat Heaven and I am sure that he is being just as orniery up there as he was down here on Earth.  I told him to behave himself up there -well you know how that goes...LOL...

The Good News is this - I am getting a 3 month old Kitty tomorrow morning - Wednesday Oct 11th.  He is another Tabby Color Kitty - just like what Railroad was - and he was born on July 6th 2017.  He is three months old now.  I named him Butters.  I am so very excited about getting Butters. 

Here is the funny thing about this: 

Railroad found me on July 7th 10 years ago - Railroad's Birthday is on July 7th -   Butters was born on July 6th 2017.  A Day apart only in different years.  What a coincidence huh? 

God sure has a way of doing things and taking care of us when we need it the most.  Butters could not have come in a better time than now.  He will help me heal over the loss of my Beloved Railroad.  Butters will not be Railroad but at least I will have him to spoil and to cuddle and so on just like I did with Railroad.  I will always hold a special place in my broken heart of Railroad - he will always be part of me for the rest of my life and the love of my life.  It was so very difficult to let go of Railroad last Friday Morning at the Vet's.  I spent some time with him before I said my final goodbye to him. 

Once I get Butters I think I will start to feel better because I will have another kitty to hold, to give kisses to, to hug, and to take one million pictures of him. 

Everybody was really worried about me because I was so upset and I just wanted to die last weekend when Railroad passed away last Friday.  He was part of me - we loved each other and whenever I was sick or something he would not leave my side.  He was with me at all times.  He followed me in every room that I went to.  He was my side kick.  He was the love of my life. 

When I get my new kitty - Mr. Butters - tomorrow morning - I will take a picture of him and post it here on my Blog.  He so reminds me of Railroad due to his colors. 

May You Rest In Peace my Beloved Railroad - I will love you forever and you will always hold a special place in my Heart!

Take care
Linda K

Saturday, September 30, 2017

What A Beautiful Day

Dear Friends

It is a gorgeous beautiful fall day here in Northern Indiana...the sun is out...the leaves are falling...the trees are turning.  Love the Fall Weather.  Fall is so beautiful with all of the Trees turning and the leaves are falling down to the ground.  I love it!  I love to sit in the mornings in my chair with my Coffee Cup in Hand and Covered up with my Fleece Blanket Reading my Book.  My Mornings could not be more perfect than that. 

My girlfriend who I told you about that lost her one brother two months ago...well unfortunately and very sad she lost her one and only living brother.  This family has been through so much over the last few months and when a family loses two brothers - two sons within two months time it is so heart breaking and so very sad.  The Funeral Home was standing room only on the day of the funeral.  Richie loved driving a Truck and he loved to go traveling all over on his motorcycle with his beautiful wife.  They both had their own Motorcycles.  They also loved to go Bowling on Sunday Evenings.  Him and his wife has been all over the USA traveling on their Motorcycles. 

On the Day of his Funeral they transformed a Semi - the front part of the Semi - into a Motorcycle and than the rest of it was a flatbed Semi Trailer.  They put his Casket on the Flatbed Trailer and took his casket to the Cemetary.  There was also a Motorcycle Motorcade too that followed behind the Motorcycle/Semi Flatbed Trailer.  He took his last ride through town and the town had flags on each of the light poles in Honor of Richie.  People stood outside of their Businesses and Paid their Respects.  I am sitting here all teary eye telling you this.  It was a very heart warming awesome but yet a very sad day.  He Seved in the Military for a alot of years so they had Military Services at the Graveside. 

They had a Funeral Dinner afterwards and they ran out of food during the Funeral Dinner. 

My girlfriend and her Mom are doing okay and they have been staying busy which I am glad that they are.  Richie's wife works at a Military Academy in one of the offices so this will help her to keep her mind off of things too a little bit.  Its still going to be very difficult for all of them.  Please keep the Kunkle Family in your Prayers.  They need all of the Prayers that they can get. 

I have not been stitching hardly at all - between everything that has been going on in my life I just haven't had the time to Crochet or to Stitch. 

Last Weekend my town had our annual Falloween Fest with the Big Huge Parade last Friday Night plus all of the Festivities that went on for the rest of the weekend.  I went to it all three days.  It was a very miserable weekend due to the extreme hot humid weather but the school was open where it was held at since there was activities going on inside the school.  It was nice and cool in the school.  I got my Cherry Snow Cone - My Fish Dinner - My Elephant Ear - My Hot Dog and Fries.  That is all I wanted was those things.  One of the Booths was a Garage Sale and it was held in the back of the school so I went to that and they had tons of books for sale so I bought 4 Young Reader Books that I never heard of before and they sound really good.  I got them like for 25 cents each.  One of them was a Nancy Drew Book - Yes!  I am collecting all of Nancy Drew Books very slowly. 

My Town is getting a New Library and they have started to Build the New Library...I am getting so excited.  It is only going to be one floor I think but it is going to be so nice to sit on soft seats - read  or whatever you want to do.  I will be able to walk to the Library too except for during the Winter Months.  The New Library is going to have so many neat things - like the saying goes...it may be small but it will be mighty!  I got to see the Lay Out of the New Library and it is going to be really nice. 

Right now I am Reading My Own Books that I have here at home.  I am trying to finish up the Alphabet Mystery Series by Sue Grafton.  I am Reading J right now.  I have Read A - I so far and now I am on J. 

I finished reading a Kindle Book called Antiques Swap by Barbara Allen I think that is her last name.  It is a really good book. 

I want to get some of my Own Books Read. 

Well I think that is all for now....

Have A Beautiful Day

God Bless You
Love & Prayers
Linda K

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Beloved Rose Of Sharon Progress - Other News

Beloved Rose Of Sharon - Designer is Paula Vaughan - Friday August 18, 2017

Beloved Rose Of Sharon

Designer - Paula Vaughan

28 Count Ice Blue Lugana

2 x 2 Full Cross Stitch

I am slowly stitching on this...if you have ever done a Paula Vaughan Pattern you know that there are tons and tons of Quarter Stitches and Back Stitching on her Patterns.  The Section that you see is below the Sewing Machine.  Eventually the Sewing Machine will appear one of these days!  

Today we are having very beautiful weather...cool and sunny and that is the way I like it.  

I am still reading "The Doldrums" by Nicholas Gannon.  This book is so very good and I dearly love the Old Fashion Illustrations that are in this book.  

I have been on a Mama Mia Kick lately and I've been watching this Musical Movie and I just love this Musical.  It is so good.  I dearly love the Songs that they sing in this Musical too.  I am going to be buying the Songs from this Musical from Amazon.  I am going to also get the Sound Track of the songs from this Movie as well too from Amazon.  

Oh Speaking of Amazon I sent for another Cozy Crime Mystery Book.  Don't ask me the name of this book because I forgot already and I didn't write it down.  Its a new Author to me.  I love reading Cozy Crime Mystery Books.  They are my favorite Genre's to read.  

My older brother has been doing things for me which is mostly changing the light bulbs in my Ceiling Fan Lights.  He buys everything at Menards that he needs.  The newer light bulbs which are so much brighter and takes less electricity to have them on.  My Ceiling Light Bulbs will last for 18 years.  He also bought the same type of Light Bulbs for my Floor Lamps as well too.  Now I have the Brightest Light Bulbs in my house that you ever want to see and they will last for lots of years.  I just use my Reading Lamp which is on my floor lamp as well now instead of the Halogen plus my Reading Lamp.  I don't need my three way bulb anymore cause these newer light bulbs are so bright that they will practically blind you if you stare at them too long.  I won't need to buy anymore light bulbs now for lots of years which I am so glad of that.  Menards has the cheapest Light Bulbs...you can buy the newer light bulbs in a pack for around 4 or 5 I think and you get more for you Money.  They have them for Ceiling Lights and for 60 watt light bulbs too.  The 60 Watt Light bulbs - the new ones in place of them - they only use 15 Watts of Electricity and that is it.  Like I said I dearly love these new Light Bulbs - they use less electricity - and they are really bright.  I am in love with them.  

I think that is all for now....

God Bless You
Love & Prayers
Linda K, Railroad

Saturday, August 12, 2017

ASIT - A Stitch In Time Progress

Re-Start on A Stitch In Time - ASIT - HAED Pattern - Artist is Aimee Stewart - Designer is Michele Sayetta - Friday August 11, 2017

Re-Start on ASIT

A Stitch In Time 


Artist is Aimee Stewart

Designer is Michele Sayetta

28 Count White Lugana

2 x 2 Full Cross Stitch

I have decided to Change out the Fabric and Stitch this on 28 Count White Lugana instead of 25 Count White Lugana 1 x 1 Full Cross Stitch.  

I love using the Loop Method and I love using the Waste Knot Method as well.  On 25 Count 1 x 1 Full Cross Stitch you can't use the Loop Method and the Waste Knot Method - well not all of the threads are stitched over due to being only one single strand so that is why I changed out the Fabric from 25 to 28 Count.  

I went to my LNS two days in a row - I have spent my wad now - The First Time I went I got new Fabric for my New Start and the threads and Q Snaps plus a new pair of Scissors which I dearly love.  
The Second day that I went - the day after I went the first time - well I wanted to get my new Fabric for ASIT.  The Width alone is 60 inches Wide and the Length is like 45 or 47 inches in Length.  Thank Goodness my LNS had the 28 Count White Lugana in the size that I needed so the owner of my LNS waited on me and she cut my fabric for me.  I think I went on Thursday of this week the second time and the first time I went on Wednesday of this week.  Two days in a row...you can't beat that.  

After I got home I got everything together for my Re-Start and marked my left hand corner of my fabric and I have started on ASIT.  I have the first 10 x 10 block done.  

I have my Three Projects now that I will continue to work on until they are finished and they are:

Daisy Offerings - HAED - Sandra Kuck is the Artist - Michele Sayetta is the Designer

Beloved Rose Of Sharon - Paula Vaughan is the Designer - Leisure Arts

ASIT - A Stitch In Time - HAED - Artist is Aimee Stewart - Designer is Michele Sayetta

These are the ones that I will be working on from now on until Finish.

HAED is having a Sale right now and I bought one pattern called Artic Window.  It is a really neat pattern.  It just happen to jump into my Cart.  What can I say...LOL...Haha!  A Stitcher cannot have enough patterns right?  Right!  

Last Saturday Night I went to my 40th High School Class Reunion and I had a Blast.  We all had a really good time and it was so good to see my Classmates.  The Food was made by one of my Classmates who is a Chef.  The Building that we had our Reunion at did not cost us anything because it is owned and run by one of my Classmates and her husband.  Its a joke now between me and my Classmates cause I don't drink so they started calling my Pepsi - Pepsi On The Rocks!  A Glass of Ice with Pepsi in it.  It was hilarious last Saturday Night.  I took a total of 55 Pictures.  One of my Classmates is going to make a 40th High School Class Reunion Book.  We all sent her all of the pictures that we each had.  We also had a Class Group Photo taken too which was really neat.  We haven't changed a bit hardly at all in these 40 years.  I hope that we have another Class Reunion next year because I want to go next year to my Class Reunion.  I had such a Blast last Saturday Night.  

We have been having Hot Humid Weather again and now its finally cooling down again which I am so very Thankful for.  My Allergies are really bad right now - I am allergic to every single kind of Weed so Spring through the first frost is hectic for me.  I have been sneezing like crazy lately.  

This weekend I will spend time looking and reading at all of your Blogs.  I just haven't had the time lately to hardly do anything.  

Last Sunday and Monday I could not hardly move due to my Fractures in my Back.  I was dancing last Saturday Night at my High School Class Reunion and I paid for that for two days in a row after that so I spent alot of time with Mr. Heating Pad and taking Ibuprofen and my Back finally quit hurting.  There is nothing that they can do for my Fractures in my Back.  My Fractures are in my Spine Area going straight across all the way down from the top of my Spine to the bottom of my Spine.  I shouldn't say there is nothing that they can do for my Fractures - My Specialist that I see once a year - he doesn't want nobody touching my Back.  My Back is getting worse due to my Fractures in my Back so I am going to let him know this when I go in October to see him.  Something is going have to be done about my Fractures.  The Medicine that I am on is not helping any at all with my Fractures in my Back.  

Oh if you want to know how to protect your excess fabric while stitching - here is what I do:

At Walmart they have the two gallon size zip lock bags....Put your Excess Fabric in one of those 2 Gallon Size Zip Lock Bags - if you are using Q Snaps that is - and than just leave your top part of your Q Snap Frame out while you are stitching.  Than when you are done stitching for the time being than put the whole Q Snap Frame inside of your 2 Gallon Size Bag.   For my ASIT I got most of my Fabric and most of my Q Snap Frame in the 2 gallon size Bag.  I also took another 2 Gallon Size Bag and put the top part of my Q Snap Frame in that one so I am using a double bag for my ASIT Fabric and Q Snap Frame so it stays well protected at all times. 

That is all for now....

God Bless You
Love & Prayers
Linda K 

My New Start Progress

Progress on Beloved Rose Of Sharon - Designer is Paula Vaughan - Leisure Arts - Friday August 11, 2017

Beloved Rose Of Sharon 

Designer - Paula Vaughan

28 Count Ice Blue Lugana 

2 x 2 Full Cross Stitch

My Progress on my new Start - I am making this for a friend of mine.  This Pattern can be found in Paula Vaughan's Quilts From The Garden - Book #76 - Leisure Arts.  

The Threads that you see on top of my Fabric - those are my Waste Knot Threads.  After I stitch over them on the back side of my fabric than I will cut those threads off right below my Knot.  I know its not much progress but when I started on this I was already tired.  I need to get back to stitching on this because this pattern has tons of Quarter Stitches in the pattern.  I am Stitching this very slowly so I don't make no Mistake.  I am enjoying stitching this but it is going real slow though due to all of the Quarter Stitches and the Back Stitching.  I am going to Back Stitch as I go along so I don't mess that up.  

Thanks for looking...enjoy....

God Bless You
Love & Prayers
Linda K

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Finished Photo of my Crochet Baby Blanket, Other News

Crochet Baby Blanket - Crochet by Me - Sunday July 23, 2-17

Crochet Baby Blanket 

Size J Crochet Hook

Single and Chain Stiches

2 Skeins of Baby Soft Yarn

I have been crocheting on this on and off over the last couple of months and as of 2 a.m. this morning I finished it.  This is for a Preemie - Small Baby.  The Pattern is real easy.  All it is is Single Crochet and Chain Stitches and that is it.  

This Photo does not do the Colors Justice at all.  The colors are:  Blues,  Greens,  Yellows, White, and Pinks.  I made it out of two Skeins of Varigated Baby Soft Yarn.  They are two different Skeins so all of the colors for a Baby are in my Crochet Baby Blanket.  I dearly love this Pattern.  

My Church helps with the Women's Care Center so I am donating this to them.  We have Baby Items in a Baby Carriage at my Church in the Narthex and that is where all of the Baby Items that people bring are at.  Than next month all of these Baby Items will be taken to the Women's Care Center for them to use for their Babies.  

My next Crochet Project is going to be a Granny Square Afghan.  A good friend of mine who lost her eye sight due to terrible eye disease which right now I can't think of the name of it but I inherited all of her Crocheting Stuff that she ever had.  She started to make Granny Squares and she did not get to finish making them so I now have them and I want to finish making the rest of the Granny Squares that I bought the yarn for and put it together as a Afghan.  I got all of her Crocheting Stuff a few days before she passed away.  I really miss her.  She was a heart of gold sweet caring loving elderly lady.  I want to finish the Afghan in Memory of Her and I am going to keep the Afghan when I am done with making it.  I love sitting and Crocheting.  I mostly do that during the Winter Months but I had to get this Baby Blanket done since I only had til August 6th to get this one finished.  

I want to thank each and everyone of you for leaving comments on my last post about my Friend passing away.  Its still hard to see his Pick Up Truck sitting in front of their Garage knowing that that Truck will never be the same again.  I still get choked up once in a while over him passing away.  Thank you so very much for your beautiful comments.  

My Book that I am Currently Reading is called "Coming Home" by Rosamunde Pilcher.  This has 934 Pages to it and as of yesterday morning I am on Page 530.  I am reading this on my Kindle Tablet.  This is the only Book that I am currently reading.  

My area has been having extreme Hot Humid Weather plus lots of Storms.  I have a Window Air Conditioner in my Bedroom so I spend most of my time in my Bedroom.  I have all of the Ceiling Fans going plus a Box Fan going in the Living Room which does help especially at night after the Sun goes down and the air gets cooler.  Next Spring I am getting Central Air put in.  My Dad had Central Air and Central Heat up until they both died on me so at the time I could only get the Furnance put in since it was Winter Time several years ago and I could not do the Air Conditioning due to Finances.  At the time it was more important to put the Furnance In since it was Winter Time than it was to put in the Central Air.  

I think this will do it for now.  Again...Thanks for all of your beautiful Comments.

God Bless You
Love & Prayers
Linda K, Railroad

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Friend of mine passed away this morning at work

Dear Friends

   I have some Very Sad News

A Good Close Friend - my girlfriend's youngest brother Donnie - was at work this morning in my town where he works at - he had a heart attack - and died right at work.  He works for a Factory that makes Doors.

   My girlfriend sent me a Txt this morning and told me that her brother died while at work and what happen to him.  I called her Mom up this morning and talked to her for a little bit.  I am going to send the whole family a Sympathy Card out tonight.  My girlfriend's Mom lives Cati-corner from me and always has.  All of kids and I grew up together.  My girlfriend and I graduated together from High School.  We are all real close in age.  My girlfriend has one brother left and her Mom left and that is it as far as immediate family relatives.

My Girlfriend and I are both Left Handed - we have the same exact middle name - we both love to read - we both love to Crochet - we both love to do cross stitch.

I will be going to the Viewing and to the Funeral to show my support.  When My Mom passed away my girlfriend and her Mom was there for me so I am going to be there for them.  I can't hardly write this without tears coming down from my eyes.

Donnie use to pick on me all of the time and I would pick right back.  He had a heart of Gold and he would help anybody that needed help if he knew them.  My town is going to be a total loss now without our Donnie - the whole town knew him.  I saw him two weeks ago at McDonalds and that was the last time we talked in person.  He would go to McDonalds during his Lunch Hour and I would go there once a week to have my Lunch and he would walk in with his big Mountain Dew Cup and sit there and have his lunch.

I have lost so many close friends lately within the last month and its just hard.

I didn't do anything during the 4th of July Holiday Weekend...My Town had the Parade and the Fireworks on the 3rd.  It was so ungodly hot and very humid out so I stayed home and read and stitched the whole weekend.  When it is hot and very humid out I stay put.  I do not get out in the hot humid weather due to my Lungs.

I took two more rolls of Film in to CVS to get developed.  I still have two more rolls of Film to get developed and than I won't have no more Film to be developed.

I am going to be Stitching and Reading my Library Book today.  Its Hot outside but its less Humid out as well.

I want to thank each and everyone of you who has been leaving comments on my Blog.  Thank you so very much.  They mean so much to me.  I really appreciate you taking the time to leave your comments.

Take care

God Bless
Love & Prayers
Linda K, Railroad