Monday, May 23, 2016


One of our favorite garden plants is an early bloomer called Forget-Me-Nots, and I think it is so appropriate for this post, as you probably thought I have forgotten how to post on my blog! Somehow, the hectic nature of life seems to have interfered with regular posts. But I vow to improve my communication skills.

 My husband and I were fortunate to spend time in Florida this winter, which is always a welcome change from the snow and cold of Michigan. Now we are entering our favorite time of year - Spring and Summer, and we spent the weekend getting out all of the porch furniture from the basement, power washing the front of the house and planting perennials, pots and annuals. We love eating outdoors for a few months, and being able to enjoy the yard with our family. On Mother's Day we hosted a brunch here and  spent part of the afternoon playing croquet. Pictured here are 3 generations of Whitman's : my husband Dick , son Mark, and grandson Wyatt.

The kids love setting up elaborate layouts for the croquet games, which often involve going up and down hills, and sending balls into the woods. We hope they'll never forget what fun we have together and we realize how lucky we are to live near all of the six grandchildren.

In the Spring  you will often find us at any number of baseball games.  Our youngest granddaughter (7) Elli plays on a Little League team and does amazingly well as the only girl on the team.

But then she takes after her older sister Ashton who is the only girl on a JV high school baseball team!  I never learned how to play baseball properly, so I'm very proud of my granddaughters for being part of this sport.  To say we attend lots of games is an understatement, but how lucky we are to be part of their lives.

Since beach season is approaching, don't forget about some JBW designs that would be perfect for this time of year.  Beach Bound has been designed for this pre-finished beach bag, and the Patriotic A,,B, C's is a great one for your 4th of July decor.

Believe it or not, I'm busily designing for Halloween, and before I know it - it will be time to begin Christmas leaflets.  Oh the year is going by much too quickly - so be sure to enjoy every moment - and remember - I haven't forgotten you!
With kind thoughts and happy stitching -

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