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My name is Kaye and I am 58 years old. Unbelievably to me, at my age, I have now just embarked upon my third career - as a History Education Consultant! I love to cross stitch and quilt, especially with my kittens, Furio and Milo "helping" me. I also love to read, I have a passion for history and I have been cooking since I was about 12 - move over Junior Masterchef! So, this blog, which started out as a cross stitch blog sometimes morphs into a reading journal or a history lesson (sorry, I used to be a secondary teacher before I became a publisher and now a consultant) or a post about my cooking mojo. Whatever it is, this blog is alway about me, my family and my life here in Eaglemont, Victoria. I have been happily married for over 30 years to the most wonderful man and we are blessed with three beautiful grown up children.

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Saturday, 17 September 2016

Happy Big 5-0, dear Jo ...

... and welcome to Jo's Big Birthday Blog Hop....

I have been given the year, 1992.  Here is what Jo has to say about that year's events for her.


1992 - Jo was 26.  Following the demise of Ripley the Hamster in the winter, Jo was delighted to hear the patter of tiny feet this year.  Or tiny paws!  She adopted a rescue cat.  Jo wanted a black cat she could name Vasquez (Aliens theme to the pets) but the cat she adopted was so shy the name just didn't suit her.  When Jo tempted her out from under the cupboards she discovered the black cat was actually white at the roots of her fur, so the name Spooky was chosen.

Jo's instructions go on to say:

On the 17th September you post that information on your blog and add an anecdote either:

1. What happened to you in that year
2. What happened to you at that age
3. What happened when you had that life event

Then add a photo of something you've stitched which you think will appeal to me.

I have chosen #2, what happened to me that year.  

Well, I, too, heard the pitter patter of tiny feet but these were not feline but human, at the end of this year, my third child was born - DS2.

He was born on Boxing Day, 1992 and I can still remember being at my sister's for Christmas Day, feeling very uncomfortable as I ate Christmas prawns and literally crossing my legs, declaring that this baby was NOT going to be born on Christmas Day.

Well, I managed to hang on - just! - my waters broke the next morning and my second son was born late that night.  His birth was a difficult one, an emergency caesarian, the months following his birth were also very difficult as he was a very clingy and quite demanding baby. Plus two weeks after his birth, DD came down with chicken pox and two weeks after that DS1 and then DS2 (the baby) had a mild bout (the daughter of my friend who looked after DS1 and DD on the day of the birth came down with chicken pox that very day!).  And, oh, we were also doing major renovations to our house!   But once his babyhood was over, he turned into the most delightful toddler and child and has become the most easygoing of young men - kind, caring, thoughtful and loving.

Once DS2 was born it became clear, that three children was the right number of children for our family.  So, that meant that I could finish the family birth sampler ... Wind in the Willows.









(Sorry about the glare on the photos - I have taken lots of the different sections so that you can see them more clearly - it is a very big piece).

I would have to say that this is my biggest stitching accomplishment and is certainly the one of which I am most proud - which is why I chose to showcase it for Jo.

Dear Jo, I just want to wish you the very happiest of birthdays today. May it be a very special day for you and I hope that your menfolk spoil you rotten all day long.

I also want to tell you how much I value your friendship - we have been wonderful online friends since 2012, I believe, and I find your stitching advice and finishes totally inspirational.  I love your various blog hops and I enjoy our email discussions on a variety of topics very much.  Long may our friendship last!

All my love, and.....





xoxoxox


22 comments:

Melinda Forbes said...

Doesn't Jo just pick the best way to share. Not only am I learning a little about Jo as we go -- I am learning about you too....

Ariadne said...

What a great piece you have stitched there! I love it!AriadnefromGreece!

Lesley said...

What a beautiful sampler.It is lovely to read snippets of what we all remember of our given years.

Xeihua (Sara) said...

Great way to learn a bit more about you two... I can so imagine you on Christmas day turning to the bump saying to hold on. And your family tree is gorgeous :) definitely the piece to be proudest the most :) xoxo

Margaret said...

What fun -- a great idea from Jo (happy birthday!). Loved reading your story. My kids were born right around your youngest, 1990 and 1994!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in the Birthday Blog Hop. I chose a good year for you too! My older son was due the week before my Birthday and I was determined not to have him on MY special day and crossed my legs all day! He came along six days after.
Love the sampler, the perfect design from a publisher to a bookseller!
Thank you for the lovely compliments, I treasure our friendship too. Your Lady Godiva comment is the first one I remember receiving and thinking "what a knowledgeable person!"

jocondine said...

Great post, how nice to share this event with you all, the birth sampler is just AMAZING! Can't stop admiring it! Bravo ! Amitiés ! xxx

KimM said...

What a great post, Kaye. And what a gorgeous sampler - such an accomplishment. It's nice to know more about (both of) you.
Hugs

Vickie said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your post Kaye. Your sampler is so absolutely wonderful!!

Cathy said...

I too am enjoying reading all the memories and I especially like the birth sampler, Kaye.

Julie said...

A wonderful post for Jo's big day. Your sampler is amazing, such a fabulous project.

Astrids dragon said...

Cat, kids, can't go wrong!
Your sampler is fantastic, what a wonderful family keepsake.

Bea said...

Terrific memories from you both, thanks Kaye. And a gorgeous piece of stitching!

Sarah in Stitches said...

Amazing post, Kaye! And that's a lovely family sampler. Great memories! :D

rosey175 said...

Great post, Kaye~ Your sampler is very sweet and your memories! Crossing your legs and saying "nope" to stop a baby haha. What women can do!

Stitching Noni said...

Kaye, what a great story you shared! It really was all go there for you!
I just love that sampler... it is gorgeous :o)
Thank you so much for sharing such a special time in your life :o)
Hugs xx

Brigitte said...

This birthday blog hop is such a great idea. I love both your stories, how interesting to learn abut Jo's life but also about the lives of her online friends. I loved reading your very special story, Kaye.
Your family birth sampler is such a gorgeous piece and yes, it's huge. A family heirloom for sure.

Katie said...

I'm hopping by on the blog hop. What a great post. Thanks for sharing. What a beautiful piece you choose. What a heirloom!!

Tiffstitch said...

Wow, what an amazing year, and that project is fantastic!

Elfie said...

I am slowly hopping through the birthday blog posts. I enjoyed reading your most interesting post, and seeing your beautiful pictures. This is such a nice thing to be involved in.

Mini said...

Great post Kaye! You got a fabulous year to share your memories with us. The birth sampler is a heirloom.

Heather said...

Great post and stitching!

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