Saturday, October 18, 2014

Yes! It Is That Time Of Year....Ornament Issue Time

Every September I look forward to the release of the annual ornament issue from Just Cross Stitch. I have stitched so many ornaments from these issues. Thank you to all the designers that contribute each year.
  Here are a few of my favorites from this issue....
This sweet design by Nikyscreations. I have seen a few finishes of the design out on the blogs already.
I love this Mistletoe ornament from Ink Circles. I love the colors. The Holly ornament in the ornament preview issue is pretty too. The 2 designs are the same size and could be used to make a fabulous 2 sided ornament.
This one is from New York Dreamer. I like the overdoes.
This is by Cherished Stitches. I really like this border.
And Little House Needleworks. 
There are quite a few more that I would stitch. 
  This magazine is such a great value when you consider how much a chart costs.
So here is my start on the  Mistletoe ornament. 
   I am trying to get back to stitching some.
  I hope that everyone is having a great weekend. We are enjoying some beautiful fall weather.

Stitch On!

Chris

Friday, October 10, 2014

Detroit... The Food Report

Hello Friends!
   You know that when I travel I like to try different foods and search out some of the kinds of food that aren't available in Asheboro, NC.
   So here we go...
Middle Eastern Food
Amazing Fatoush, hummus, tabouli and baba ghanoush.
Stuffed pepper. These meals were at a little family place called Pineland. The teenagers in the family were the servers. They were so kind and funny. I ate here a couple of times.

Next is Polish food, I really wish that Rich was with me for this.
I found a place called Sabinas in the Melvinville section of town. The pierogis, kielbasa, and stuffed cabbage were wonderful.
  In my tour of downtown Detroit Tina took me to the place that originated the hot dog, with chili and onions, aka the coney. 
What is not to love?
Hmmmm....
Oh boy.
 Tina also made sure that I had one of these...
It is kind of a cream soda, or should I say pop?
  Tina and her sister also took me up to the town of Frankenmuth for dinner one night. It is about an hour and a half from Detroit and is a German community. The buildings are in the German style, it is really pretty.
  
But we were there for the chicken. 
Everything is served family style. It was yummy.
  So, do I need to go on a diet now? Yes!
Thank you Detroit!

Chris

Hello From Detroit!

Happy Fall!
   I hope that wherever you are there have been some beautiful fall or spring days. I love the temperatures, the colors and pumpkin everything.
  I have still been traveling and ended up spending a couple of weeks in Detroit.
This is a view of the city from Belle Isle.
I wasn't working downtown but a ways out from the airport. I stayed at a couple if different hotels by the airport. They were so nice and were convenient to resturants and a convenience store.
   It was easy to get around too. The suburbs are all laid out in a grid so it was easy to get back to my hotel and to find different things.
  I was lucky enough to meet up with some friends in the area. My friend Tina I had met 5 years ago when we were both in Fresno, CA working on a CVS conversion. Tina was anxious for me to explore Detriot. Detroiters love their city!
Detroit is 313 years old this year. This is the spirit of Detroit.
Detroit was a major stop on the Underground Railroad.
Canada is right across the River. This is a view of Windsor. The statue is right behind me.
It was great having a tour guide in Detroit because I don't think that I would have gotten to see as much of the city by myself.
Here I am outside the Tigers stadium. I loved the statues and how there are tigers throughout the stadium.
The second week that I was in town we made it to a game.
Here we are in the stadium. We got great seats from Stubhub.
Whoop!
The Tigers won. It was a great night.
  I got stuck in Detroit over the weekend due to the fire in Chicago so I was able to explore some more.
I visited the DIA, the Detroit Institute of Art. What an amazing collection. I wouldn't have had the opportunity to see it if it hadn't been for the fire in Chicago. And the weather was beautiful.
I took a break and sat here in this wonderful space at the museum.
After the art museum I walked across the street to the Detroit History Museum.
This museum was full of wonderful exhibits and admission was free. I learned a lot of things about Detroit.

In the lower level of the museum they have a street set up with old storefronts. This store had some wonderful spool cabinets.
Here is one.
And another.
The fire house.
This was just an amazing place. I am so glad that I had the chance to visit even though I was really blue about being stuck over the weekend. I would not have gotten home until Saturday and would have had to leave Sunday morning to fly to Ohio. It was better to just stay in Detroit and drive the 3 hours on Sunday to my next stop.
  I also stopped here..
This is the site of a famous Arts & Crafts pottery, Pewabic Pottery.
They have beautiful things.
After my sightseeing in Detroit, I headed over to Tina's best friends home. They were celebrating the 60th birthday of Her friends Father. Tina had spent the last 3 days helping get the house and yard set up for 100 people. It was so kind to be invited and everyone was so welcoming.
It seemed like I was with family.
Yum! What a wonderful event.
So, Detroit also has wonderful food but I am going to do another post about that.

What else can I say about this wonderful city? It is full of people who love their city, the history, their teams, their food. I worked with the nicest people here. 
I think I can sum it up by saying Detroit, I love you!

Thanks for traveling with me!

Chris

Monday, September 8, 2014

You Know That You Have Been Traveling A Lot When....

you are driving on 40 on your way to Asheville, NC and you see a guy sitting on a guardrail hitch hiking and you realize that you saw the same guy walking down the side of the road 5 weeks ago in Centerville, FL. True story!!

So I have been in NC for the last 4 weeks training new employees and 2 weeks in Asheville opening a new store.
Asheville is a beautiful city in the Blue Ridge Moutains. I was lucky to have the chance to go out to the farm of one of my coworkers. This is a picture from her farm. What a gorgeous place!
I had the golf cart tour. That is her house and barn.
She has some beautiful gypsy horses.
Happy farm cats.
Happy dogs. What a great way to put the stress of the work day behind you.
Sweet horses.
 Asheville has a wonderful food scene too.
I had a amazing vegan meal at Plant.
An amazing breakfast at..
Some of the best Mexican I have ever had at Papa's & Beer.
The second week that I was there one of my stitching friends came up from Greenville, SC and we ate at Seven Sows.
They are supposed to have one of the 10 best fried chicken entrees in the US. It was an amazing meal. So glad that I could share it with a friend. I continue to try and catch up with friends during my travels.
  Well, it is time to get on my plane.

Happy Monday!

Chris


Sunday, September 7, 2014

12 Days In A Carry-on

Knock, knock!
  Who's there? Anyone? 
   I saw this after arriving back in NC one trip.
I have not been able to find a balance with my traveling and stitching. I carry it with me everywhere but I don't take it out.
  So since we last spoke I have been to the following places....
I was in Florida for 2 days and I made sure that I stuck my feet in the water.
Then headed up to Beantown. I met my friend Susan for the weekend and some blood work for a diabetes study.
We stayed down by the navy yard.
So that meant a ferry ride back and forth to Long Wharf.
We spent a day at the MFA where we saw the Magna Carta, the quilt exhibit and many more wonderful things.
The next day it was off to Salem via the ferry in the rain.
What a great way to travel!
We stopped in the gift shop at the House of Seven Gables.
I love visiting Salem.
Back in Boston on our way to Newberry St. we stopped in the Church of the Covenant to see the amazing Tiffany lantern and windows.
 Of course we had some amazing meals in Boston.
Fabulous Italian for lunch in the North End.
  Susan headed back to NC and I went on to Warwick, RI. I met a friend that I haven't seen in 20 years for dinner in Providence.
Then and now!
Ray and I worked together at Lechters Housewares.
  My last night in RI I went over to Newport.
What a beautiful evening. I sat outdoors and had chowder and a lobster roll.
Then back to Logan. I love the parking level names at the garage.
I am enjoying taking photos from inside the airplane. Southwest, I am an advertisement for you! Lol.
 
If you know what this is, you know what my next stop was. Five-way chili at Skyline in Cincinatti.
I have no words for this, but I had to stop and take a picture.
And of course you have to have Graeter's ice cream when you are in Cincinatti. Yum!
    So this is where I ended up a month ago. I have been driving my own car for the last 4 weeks! Yea!
  I will have to do another post to catch you up on the last month.
   The job is keeping me busy. I am really tired on the weekends. I try to see something each place I visit.
   I need to work on the stitching. I have Xmas gifts to make. 
   I miss my blog friends and haven't visited with you very much. I hope that I can learn to balance everything.

Hugs!
Chris