January 24, 2019

Honoring Your Sparkle...

Brynwood Needleworks - Swarovski Sunglasses
Handsome and I were in Sarasota yesterday. A bow on his glasses broke and it had to be repaired or replaced. We've bought our glasses from the same optician for the past sixteen years, so it was a great thing that we were in town when this happened.
We found out that his frames were eleven years old, so it made sense to buy a new frame. They had what we needed in stock, so we said we'd wait the fifteen or so minutes for them to switch the lenses over. 
I got to try on new frames and just "play" while we waited. As it happens, I forgot my sunglasses in Roxane's car this week, so I went to the sunglasses section just to look. I saw these beauties and was immediately smitten. Remember when my last favorite pair broke? (You can read about them HERE.)
Now, understand, these are sparkly! They've got Swarovski crystals imbedded in the frame. I put them on, showed them to Handsome, and he hated them. He said so...multiple times. I just kept them on, giggling about how I loved them. At our house, we have a rule though. If one person says "no", the answer is "no". We agreed to these terms nearly forty years ago, and it's served us well (even if one person is disappointed in the short term). I put them back. I was good with that. No moping or grousing. We talked about what else we'd do when we left, and I "let it go".
Handsome's glasses were finished and new, so we were ready to leave, We thanked our friend, who used to own the shop and only comes in once in a while (we lucked out that he was there so we could see him), and I turned to the door. Handsome stopped me and said, "I think you should get them."

I turned around and asked if he was serious. He repeated, "No. I really think you should get them." I kissed him and turned to our friend and asked if he could get my Rx off the glasses I was wearing, because I don't have it with me. He assured me he could, took my glasses in back and took all the information he needed to set me up. He also promised my glasses will be done well before I leave next week.

Now there's a reason I'm telling you this story. I married a man who honors and appreciates me every single day. He loves me just the way I am, and he has a partner who likewise honors and respects him. These new sunglasses are almost a symbol of how he allows me to always sparkle. He's always let me be me, even if he thinks I'm being a little silly.

I know these sunglasses are more "Florida Girl" than "Farm Girl", but it's fun to share my sparkle to others. The best part is that Handsome and I are each other's biggest supporters, and he promotes my inner - and outer - sparkle. I love that.

I think this is a good lesson for everyone - male or female - to share your life with those who bring out the best in you. Share yourself with people who bring out your sparkle. I do, and I'm blessed every day.


January 23, 2019

Butterfly Progress...

Brynwood Needleworks - RSN Butterfly Upper Wing Progress
I spent last evening with the Paneras ladies again. Because of the lighting in the restaurant, I didn't take my butterfly to work on, but this is how much I've done since my last update. The upper wing is coming along nicely, don't you think?

I'll continue to work on it today, and see if I'm able to finish this wing section. I'm anxious to finish the butterfly now, so I'm going to keep going. Today would have been Mom (Grace's) 91st Birthday. I smile, knowing she'd love seeing me working on this. I wish I could see the look on her face.

I took my "little" embroideries with me for our gathring, and finished another. Five down and more to go. I'll share those photos later. I know I'll be going back to snow next week, so I'm going to enjoy these warm, sunny days while I can. 

Happy Heavenly Birthday. I love and miss you, Mom.


January 22, 2019

Tuesdays With Tag - Aunt Roxane...

Brynwood Needleworks - Roxane and Cooper

Hi, Everybody! 

No pictures of me this week. I know. You're disappointed, aren't ya? lol
Instead, I'm sharin' pictures of someone Mom and I really like...

Mom and I met Aunt Roxane in 2013 at the Florida Corgi Picnic. Mom and Aunt Roxane were friends on Facebook before that, but we met her in person then. I liked her and her Corgi, Cooper from the minute we met them.

Brynwood Needlworks - Mom and Aunt Roxane
Aunt Roxane knew we're in Florida, so she sent us a text and we made a date to get together. She came over yesterday, and I got the chance to snuffle and snuggle her. 
After The Black Dog, Miss Lucy and I all said "hi", she and Mom left us and went out for an afternoon of lunch and visitin'. I'm gonna tell ya, I was peeved! I'm not sure why I couldn't go, too.
They're gonna see each other again this week ('cuz they're goin' to the Englewood Farmer's Market), so I'm hopin' I can go along, too. If not, at least I'll be able to see her again before we go back to Wisconsin. Maybe I'll see Cooper, too! That would be real fun. 
I'll see you again in seven, 'til then...
"Live Like Someone Left The Gate Open".


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