Monday, May 3, 2021

Monday Mixer - Special Anniversary, Cross Stitch, Sharing Joy


I hope you had a wonderful weekend and will find joy today.  After all, it is Monday and this is a day to start sparkling and spreading joy with others.

This past week my husband and I celebrated our 33rd Wedding Anniversary.  Hard to believe it has been that long, as it truly seems like it was just yesterday that we married on the beach at Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park,.  To celebrate, this year my husband picked the restaurant and we went to Harbor House, a local restaurant overlooking the harbor.  We both enjoy boating and it was fun to watch the boats coming and going on a windy day.  All the boat captains did an outstanding job handling their boats under such conditions (no bumper boating).  Needless to say my DH enjoyed a nice cold beer (I opted for water).  We typically go to the Kona Inn, which is also on the water, for dinner.  But it closed this past year, due to the covid lockdown and it is unclear if it will ever open up again.  Still, we remain hopeful.

Surf has been up so we haven't been able to get as much diving in as we typically like.  And, when you go diving (or snorkeling) the visibility isn't all that great.  A few days ago we opted to go, simply for the exercise, but found after we had been in awhile the visibility got a "little" better.  As we saw 4 Manta Rays, a couple of baby octopus (all 8 legs stretched each was still no bigger than a closed fist of a woman), and plenty of colorful fish.  Here is a Go Pro video my DH created of this dive:

I've been able to make a little progress on learning cross stitch this past weekend.  I'm faster at spotting when I have made an incorrect stitch, as well as learning to read patterns. While I haven't finished anything, I wanted to share with you my progress:

I enjoyed stitching pinwheels, which will be turned into pinwheel flowers, once I add stems and leaves.  I'm also thinking of adding some small butterflies.  I also want to add an inspirational sentiment at the bottom.

Some playful cats.  I need to find a design for a little mouse, or figure out how to create my own, for this design.   I also want to add an inspirational sentiment at the bottom.

A couple of happy hearts:

As previously mentioned for now, I'm planning to use my cross stitch projects to make greeting cards to send out "Happy Mail".  I'm still in a learning mode, but having a blast and enjoying keeping my hands busy creating something while I'm traveling without my sewing machine.  In reading cross stitch patterns, you may recall I wasn't certain what "2 strands over 2 threads" meant.  I found a good explanation for this simple here.

I really do hope you are finding joy and time to create.  Where we can, I hope we can all help to spread joy and kindness with others.  Sadly there are many people who haven't been able to get a good hug in a very long time, haven't received a phone call from friends or family members (or a card or email either) and simply may not have a lot of joy to help them smile.  So, let's try to do what we can to  help others find joy.  I'm all ears and would love to hear your ideas on how we can help spread joy!  Would you like to receive some "happy mail", or maybe help to share joy with others by sending someone some happy mail?  


Rebecca Grace said...

Happy Anniversary, Darlene! That manatee is so cool. I have never done diving or even snorkeling, but it sure does look magical under the water. Your cross stitch projects are looking good, too.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Happy Anniversary! You caught up with hubby and me. I've made lots of phone calls and texts and emails this past year, trying to check on people.

Raewyn said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby - lovely that you were able to celebrate it! What a fabulous video! And well done on the cross stitch adventures.