My flowers from this morning. Looking beautiful after braving the bad storm last week. All the flowers were blown away but now they’re back stronger and prettier than ever.
Now I can finally share my cross stitch masterpiece gift I gave for my cousin’s baby a few days ago! It’s one of the best (and longest) cross stitch projects I’ve done. I should do more of these!
Hope everyone’s enjoying their Memorial Day weekend! I am definitely enjoying the good weather by finally planting flowers on my balcony! I nixed the tomato plants two years ago - it just got plain messy to keep up with - and pretty much fell out of gardening for a while. Now I’m back! Getting down and dirty… And it’s prettier than ever!
A new silent auction charity basket featuring my magnets and wine charms for the May 20 Golf Tourney to support http://journeyofhopells.com/
Custom made magnet gift set for our condo maintenance staff (he fixed my water heater wire issue and restored my hot water!). He didn’t want to take my money but specifically requested my magnets with a bike theme as he is the bike enthusiast. Hoping to find him this afternoon and surprise him :-)
If you’re interested in custom made gifts, check out my shop!
On the way home last week, I stopped by Monticello (finally! It’s been on the list!). Beautiful home and grounds and I learned so much about Thomas Jefferson that I am now reading a book about him on my kindle. Achievements are amazing and it reminds me how lucky we are to have these freedoms.
My weekend tennis getaway at the mountains of Shenandoah has been great. I played a lot, was with a great group of people, had very good (and patient) instruction. Overall, I just learned to relax and be comfortable. Let the strokes flow naturally. Be more aggressive with my shots (net play, overheads). And importantly, don’t let anything on the court shake me up - be cool and confident. Know that in the end, I played a great game and that I should be happy about that. All this to live by outside of my tennis life too.
This has been a good and crazy week for tennis. I am super exhausted. My body is about to just fall apart. Finally was able to pull myself out a losing streak and miraculously qualify for playoffs. Just had an epic USTA match this evening. I don’t think I’ve ever pushed myself this hard - physically and mentally. I feel like I’m making up for lost time - the times I never believed in myself. It’s all exhausting! I’m ready to pass out like the puppy.
It’s been a whirl wind of self-discovery, self-love, confidence… A new sense of self …
It is a labor of love - right here - cross stitching. The complete work is almost done (it has taken about 4 months here and there) but shhhh it’s supposed to be a surprise! It’s for my cousin’s first child due next month! Can’t wait to put this all together with mat and frame along with the baby’s name and birth date. Creating is happiness!