June 30, 2022

Mid-Week Music...

Even though the wind picked up and the temps dropped after sundown, it was an otherwise perfect evening for a concert in the park. Performing was the Milwaukee Symphony and we had a great crowd.

Handsome went to town in the middle of the afternoon to help the MSO staff set up the stage. He came home and picked me up, and then we went back to hear the concert. It was wonderful. It had been four years since their last concert in Fond du Lac, and everyone was glad to see them back.

After the concert, I went back to our vehicle and waited out of the wind for Handsome to finish his volunteering to help the staff pack their setup into their equipment truck, and then we came back home. I made a late (light) meal and we settled in for the night.

All in all, it was just the date night we needed. Handsome will be performing again in a few weeks with the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band, and then we can declare things back to normal for my dear husband, too. I can't wait.

June 29, 2022

Yesterday At The Farmhouse...


I thought I'd share images from yesterday. L-clockwise: Taggart enjoying the beautiful day; Braided onions, grown right here; Claudette (and Crystal, waaaay in the background) keeping Tag and me company; Freshly baked Farmhouse Bread loaves and buns; Bella inspecting our west field; And, newly opened hollyhocks.

I wish I could also share the smells with you. Well, most of them, anyway. Freshly harvested onions, homemade bread and flowers come to mind.

I also refilled the hummingbird feeders, cleaned up the kitchen after baking, and made dinner. These are just a few of the things that completely fulfill and restore me. I love being a homemaker. Do you? What are your feelings about that role?

I'm working in the garden for a bit today. Then, I'm heading to the studio to pull out some threads to finish my Everlasting quilt top. It's time! Pictures to follow...

June 28, 2022

Tuesdays With Tag - We've Got A Bandit On The Premises...

 Hi, Everybody!

Seems we have a real bandit on the farm these days. Mom's been up close and personal with this one, and now, she's actually feedin' it! Allow me to explain.

This started about ten days ago. Mom would go to feed the Barn Girls in the mornin', only to find that the food from the night before was completely gone, and their dishes were scattered about. I'd been barkin' at night, but alas, like the kid who cried "wolf", Mom and Dad just attributed it to my big mouth. They didn't believe I could actually hear somethin'.

Then, one night, Mom heard somethin' on the front porch. She looked out the window where the table is that holds the girls' dishes, and she was face to face with a raccoon! They were close enough to each other that Mom could see it was a "she", and she was nursin' babies. Well, that did it. Mom would put out extra food for her so she could help support the mama.

The big thing was that we don't really want a raccoon on the porch at all, but especially at night when the girls are sleepin' there. So Mom started puttin' food out in the Compass Barn for the furry bandit. Now, Mom brings in any remainin' food that the girls haven't eaten, to dissuade mama raccoon from returnin' to the porch.

Last night, I heard somethin' and barked again. Mom sighed, but quietly went out on the porch to make sure no one was botherin' the girls (besides me). She got there in time to see the raccoon scamper off to the barn. That's good. There's a lot of food out there for her! (The best picture she could get was it's butt headin' into the barn. The raccoon is fast!) 

So, that's this week's excitin' news. Everythin' else around here is "copacetic" as Mom's grandpa used to say. All is right in our world. We're all pretty lucky. Gotta run. You know me. I'll be busy keepin' alert, so  everybody's safe.

I'll see you again in seven. 'til then... 
"Been There, Chewed That!"

June 27, 2022

I’m just sharing two photos from Craft Day with you this time - our group photo, and one of all the completed projects. 

It was nice to see everyone, considering the sad event that  brought us all together earlier this month. There was a lot of love in the house Saturday, as we tried to give Adrienne a normal day, even if for a short time. 

It was Kim’s turn again to choose our project this time. She has a Glow Forge, which laser cuts just about anything. She cut wood pieces that formed the stripes, the field of stars, and the “Welcome”. 

We each chose the colors, painting and then gluing the elements together to create our finished pieces. Some added hangers, and some added ribbons. I decided to think on that for a while, so I stopped with my assembly, and will decide later whether or not to add more.

It rained the entire time we were together, and the rain followed me home. It was a much-needed soaking for the plants and crops. 

Tag will be here tomorrow. I’m ready for a cup of coffee, and then it’s time to bake bread. I’ll be back Wednesday to tell you about the rest of my weekend  


June 26, 2022

June 24, 2022

It's Blooming Time Again...

The flowers are beginning to bloom again here at the farmhouse. English and French lavender...

and hollyhocks!

 Lots of hollyhocks.

I need to take a better photograph of these magnificent honeysuckle blooms. Now that the weather is hot, their fragrance permeates the air. The hummingbirds appreciate their nectar, and we appreciate their colorful, heady blooms. These are the honeysuckle that survived being transplanted away from the house. 

It probably wasn't my first choice for replanting them, as I just wanted to protect them from demo, but now that they're reestablished here, I'm happy with their placement. When my garden setup is complete, this location will place them at the entrance to the gate opening to all the flowers and vegetables. I suspect this will be a two year setup, but I'm looking forward to the process.

Today is Craft Day again in Portage. Adrienne asked that we not cancel, so we'll all gather together with our dear girl to create something beautiful with her. I'll share our project and group photos with you on Monday. I'm finished with my breakfast, grabbing a morning coffee, and heading out the door. I don't want to be late!

Well, Hello, There...

I now have the start of a compost pile in our backyard. Two evenings ago, I was taking some kitchen vegetable scraps out to add to the pile. I was slightly turned to the west (and I have excellent peripheral vision), so when I saw movement in the tall grass, it got my attention.

I very slowly turned to face the movement, and lifted my cell phone/camera to chronicle what I saw with you. If you go through the photographs as you would read (top row l-r, second row l-4, etc), you'll discover what I saw.

I held my breath, and steadied my phone, watched and waited as this beautiful, young buck made its way down the hill. He stopped more than once to process my scent. The wind was at my back, so I fully expected him to "high tail" it at any moment. The Barn Cats had followed me to the compost bin, and they were completely visible to the buck, so I'm thinking that's part of what baffled him.

Nevertheless, that silly boy came within 15 feet of me at one point. That's the second to last photo above. Then, he slowly sauntered past the north end of the pole barn, and slowly made his way across the north field to the "Habitat" tree line. That's where I could finally take a deep breath and a few more photos.

Again, the farm reveals its blessings, and again, I'm reminded I'm one lucky girl to be in the right place at the right time. God is good.

June 23, 2022

Thrifted Joy...

About two weeks ago, the caster on my sewing chair finally gave up the ghost and couldn't be repaired. In fact, as far as Handsome and I can tell, it can't be replaced either. Our two brains together are, apparently unable to discern a way to remove them and replace them with new ones. It appears that the stems for each caster is a welded, attached part of the frame. It left me a bit distraught, as it was a chair I purchased from a sewing machine shop in Florida, specifically for my studio. 

I limped along with it - reattaching the parts that kept dropping off the caster - for as long as I could, and finally gave up. It's been in my way in the fabric studio ever since, until two days ago, when I finally took it out to the garage until someone might be able to tell me whether or not it can be repaired.

In the meantime, I need a rolling chair in the studio. I've been using a regular sidechair for my desk and sewing table, but I have to get up and scooch it around every time I change a task. (Cue Moaning Myrtle).

Yesterday, I told Handsome I had to do something about it. As I was already running to Plymouth on a few errands, I was going to check the St. Vincent de Paul store to see if they might have something that would work. He offered to drive, and away we went.

I found a perfectly good Hon™ office chair, and the best part was that it was only $10.00! I'm sitting on it as I write my post, and am not ashamed to say that this $10 expenditure has made me a happy, happy girl again.

As long as we were there, we milled up and down the aisles to see if there were any other treasures that might need to be rehomed. I always look through dishes and kitchen things, and imagine how I smiled when I saw these two bowls. I looked at my dearest and declared, "These will be perfect breakfast bowls for the two of us!". He thought I was kidding and just smiled and shook his head. 

When we got to the checkout, he realized I was serious. They were $1.00 each! The cashier asked if I'd like to round up my purchase to help the local homeless (of course, I did). I handed her $13.00 and we were on our merry way.

I can't wait to make breakfast this morning. Fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, and a tablespoon of Grape Nuts in one of these two bowls. What a great way to start the day. A gentle reminder that life is good here at the farmhouse. 

June 22, 2022

Available Now...

This sachet is complete and ready for a new home. I'm calling this one "Whimsical Garden". It has flowers in shades of pink, lavender, grey blue, and cream embroidered on a white linen ground fabric. It's filled with organic cotton roving, has a core of lavender buds, and a tiny bit of crushed walnut shells in the point.

Rather than use my traditional green wool for the leaves, I opted instead for a lavender houndstooth wool this time. You can see from the image of me holding it, that it is a nice size at 4" long by 2" wide at the top. 

I'll pay postage to ship this piece, and you can purchase this one-of-a-kind sachet, created by my hand, via this payment button.

Strawberry Sachet - Whimsical Garden


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June 21, 2022

Tuesdays With Tag - Another Photo Shoot...

                                                                                            Hi, Everybody!

Get ready for a cuteness overload. We really did it this week. Mom did a photoshoot with us, and we're lookin' gooood! Check these pics out, if you don't believe me.

Just look at us! Aren't we regal? Mom really loves this one because no tongues are hangin' out. Dad calls that tongue-out look, "Hangin' out the boiled ham." This is much better. Just the beautiful girls, and my own handsome self.

Next up is Bella (aka WMBBD, aka World's Most Beautiful Black Dog, aka Boo, aka Mama)
There are some I use for her, but Mom said if I shared them, I'd be grounded.

Next up is The Kid. Her lanky self, indeed. Uncle Mike (in Florida) will appreciate this fine example of huntin' dog. Mom's been playin' with new techniques on her iPhone, and this is her first attempt. She'll keep workin' on it, though.

Let's not forget Claudette and Crystal. This is where they like to hang out durin' the day...right on the porch furniture. At night, they move around the corner into Mom's two rattan (cushioned) chairs. 

I think the reason they like it so much around there is because Mom fixed up beds for them on the other chairs so they wouldn't be too cold. It seems to be appreciated, especially on colder evenin's.

Well, I know this is quite a bit of handsome for mere mortals to take in, so I hope you're okay. I'm gonna close for now and get back to a little Summer loungin'.

I'll see you again in seven. 'til then... 
"Been There, Chewed That!"

June 20, 2022

It Only Needs A Stem...

Otherwise, it's done! I'll be sharing more photographs Wednesday, when it will be available to purchase. I'm going to add a Square checkout button to my post, so that it can be purchased directly from my blog. 

This is a second version of the Flower Garden theme I used in the last one I created. I'll take daylight photographs so you can see the colors, but they're shades of muted blues, pinks, tan and lavender. The strawberry has a small amount of lavender right in the heart of the organic wool stuffing, to impart the slightest, sweetest fragrance.

I also chose to change up the leaves, going with a lavender houndstooth wool, instead of a usual shade of green. I really love this one, and I promise lots of pictures, so you can see what the embroidery looks like moving around the strawberry.

Tag will be here tomorrow. We had a little photo session over the weekend, and I know he wants to share it with you! I'll be back on Wednesday. Time for coffee now. Happy Monday!

June 19, 2022

June 18, 2022

This Area Is Next...

This is the regenerated honeysuckle that used to reside next to the staircase on the old wooden porch. I moved it next to our big pole barn/garage right before the old porch demolition, and prayed that it would survive the move. It looked more than a little rough last year, but this year it's back like gangbusters!

This area was mulched a couple years ago, and has pretty much gone renegade since. It's the next area I/we'll tackle. Handsome loves that dang weed wacker, but the problem with that is it doesn't leave much to grab onto to pull weeds/grass. I'm going to be getting down on my (ouch) knees to get the leverage to clean this all up. I'll train the honeysuckle onto the fence rails while I'm at it. It's worth it. The fragrance for this bush is heavenly! I may do some research on propagating this, too. I'd love to have it growing along the front of the house, too. Once this is all weeded and tamed, we'll put dark mulch here, too.

These galvanized tubs and livestock sink all have history. Andy found the double, curved front sink for me after we first moved here. I usually plant tomatoes in it, but this year I did onion sets, lemon grass, and lemon balm (for jelly). 

I found the square sink - filled with auto parts - in Dad's garage. I knew it would be coming to the farmhouse. I brought it home, scrubbed the sink, and left the stand as is. I'll probably give it a clear coat or even clean up and paint the base with Rustoleum in the same creamy color. I have thyme, rosemary, and I forget-what-else growing in it. 

The two round-bottom tubs were just purchased at an estate sale. The person running the sale actually lives with her husband in our first farmhouse/home. It's the place where Handsome and I were married and started our lives together. I still love the place, and I'm so glad she loves it as much as I do. They've lived there about thirty years now. 

The watering can was also a gift from Shelly. I planted it with flowers and hung it from a hook one year, but I'm using it for water now. 

This whole length of planting bed along the building needs to be weeded and remulched. I have plans for this whole area, too. Handsome and I actually talked about it yesterday. I'm going to be taking some measurements and drawing up some plans to see what works best. Then we'll either build cedar raised beds, or purchase galvanized stock tanks to implement the plan. 

Don't fret, though. Whatever we decide, I'll bring you along on the process. If you don't yet follow me on Instagram yet, you might consider it. I think when we start working on this, I'll be doing short videos (reels) to share on that platform. You can find me @brynwoodneedleworks, or search "Donna Liljegren".

It's the weekend, and I'm looking forward to more time outdoors. It supposed to be in the mid-70s all day today, with lovely sunshine. Wishing you beautiful weather, and you doing something you love. See you tomorrow!

June 17, 2022

So Peaceful...

Seeing Claudette (and/or Crystal) sleeping peacefully on our porch never fails to bring a smile. When she's not on the porch, Crystal is never far away. She always comes running when she sees me, but Claudette is happy to spend her days right here. I suspect she does her roaming overnight, so she needs to recuperate from her forays during the day.

I was the one roaming yesterday. I began my day with a little housekeeping. I tidied up the living room, and then ran the vacuum through the house. I made a grocery list to fill when I went out for my haircut. 

Handsome traveled to Milwaukee to watch our granddaughter in the State soccer semi-finals. Sadly, they lost to the number one seed in Wisconsin, so her high school soccer days have come to an end. She starts college-level soccer in about six weeks, so I think she'll enjoy the time off.

After my haircut with Wendi, I did some grocery shopping and then came home. I guess now is as good a time as any to tell you I've been working on a weight-loss program through an app with "Noom". I check in daily and report my weight, meals (with a handy calorie counter), and activities in the app in my phone, and this program works with the psychology of weight loss. (Working to reprogram the childhood "you're not getting up from the table until you clean your plate" mentality, and more.) 

I've lost a solid twelve pounds in six weeks, and my shape has changed, too. I've hit a bit of a plateau this week, but the scale is finally moving again. I'm able to eat almost anything I want as long as I stay within the proscribed calorie range for the day, and I'm moving around a bit more, too. My goal is to lose sixty pounds by my birthday this year, and according to the experts at Noom, that's perfectly achievable.

Why am I telling you this? 1) to be accountable to someone beside Handsome, and 2) to explain why it took me over an hour to put away the groceries. I'm eating breakfast now - which I hadn't done before - and that usually consists of fresh fruit, Oikos™ greek yogurt, and a tablespoon of Grape Nuts™ cereal sprinkled on top. Before I put the fruit in the refrigerator, I soak the strawberries, blueberries, green grapes, and apples in water with a touch of white vinegar. Then, I rinse everything, let it dry, and then place it into canning jars with a folded paper towel in the bottom of the jar. 

I also prepared much of the vegetables I brought home, along with putting away the rest of my purchases. It felt like it took forever. By the time I was finished, Handsome was walking in the door and it was time to feed our furry charges. I'd put a small beef roast into the slow cooker late morning, so that was completed cooked and ready for me to add gravy, prepare some vegetables, and serve up hot roast beef sandwiches on homemade buns, with the veggie side dish. Needless to say, there was no needle dancing as originally planned.

However, today is Friday! I'm going to stitch my way into the weekend! I'd like to finish the flower embroideries so I can assemble the strawberry and share a finished piece tomorrow or Monday. For now, it's time to feed the critters, and pour my first cup of coffee (to go with breakfast). See you tomorrow!

June 16, 2022

Cultivating My Thread Garden...


This is how far I got on my newest Strawberry Sachet project yesterday. It was so hot outside, but it was comfortable in the farmhouse. Ceiling fans moved the air, so we kept the windows closed. 

I went out frequently to make sure the Barn Girls were okay. I gave them fresh water, and added ice cubes to it. They stuck close, preferring the covered front porch to the Compass Barn or woodshed. I was glad to see them and know they were comfortable.

Handsome had his first concert of the summer season this evening, but we had tornado watches and heavy storms coming, so it wasn't going to be held outdoors. In the end, we decided I'd stay home with the dogs and he'd go to his concert. I'm glad I was home because we got seriously heavy rains, and the dogs were agitated. I was able to keep them calm, and make sure the girls were okay in their beds on the porch, too. I'll make it to the next concert, for sure.

In between, I stitched. There's still more to do before I form it into a berry, but I think it's coming along nicely. I'll be listing this one up when I'm finished, but I'll share the progress with you in the meantime. 

I have a haircut this afternoon, but will work on this before and after my appointment. What do you think? Do you like it so far?

June 15, 2022

All That Glitters...

...is a royal pain in the butt! This is the quilt I did as a favor to my sister, Di. The fabric she chose for the backing has a glittery finish, and it "sheds". I've got glitter all over my studio, my clothes, and who knows where else! 

This is a Christmas/fairy-themed piece, and Diana did all the piecing. She's a beginner, and I'm very proud of how she calculated all her blocks and measurements. I've suggested she toss it in the washer and dryer to purge some of the glitter before she gifts it, so the recipient isn't a sparkly mess, too.

Now I can get back to my own projects, and things I want/need to do around the house. Tonight is Handsome's first concert in the park for this season. I'm hoping the forecasted rain doesn't come to pass, so we can be outdoors, as opposed to a large pole building facility at the fairgrounds. Either way, I'll be there to enjoy watching my guy play again. It's going to be a great night, and yes, I'll take pictures to share.

June 14, 2022

Tuesdays With Tag - Like Watchin' Cars Rust...


Hi, Everybody!

It's that time again. I'm back in the saddle and ready to dish some fresh lies again this week.

I'd love to tell you that I've been doin' excitin' stuff since the last time we visited, but the truth is, it's been pretty borin' around here for the Corgi. Yesterday, Mom put the long leash on me and Dad tethered me to that mighty, great moorin' monument in our front yard. I'm good, but there was no way I was even gonna try to drag that thing around!

They were workin' in the yard. Mom said somethin' about deterrin' me from goin' on walkabout, so they decided to tie me up instead. Whoop dee do. I could still bark my fool head off, so I got my revenge after all. I also got my line twisted around the small yard tractor, which was most inconvenient for the erstwhile gardeners.

Watchin' them openin' and tossin' mulch ranked right up there with "watchin' cars rust". Booooorin'! It was a good thing Claudette came to visit, because otherwise I would have lost it.

Mom keeps promisin' we're gonna go off and do somethin' fun, so I haven't given up hope that I'll have a real interestin' post to share with you soon. So, I'm not gonna punish you by draggin' this weeks' post out. Instead, I'll wish you a fair week, and promise to be back next week. See you then!

I'll see you again in seven. 'til then... 
"Been There, Chewed That!"

June 13, 2022

A Little More Mulch, Please!...

The hummers keep me busy refilling the feeders these days. It's fun to listen to them buzz by, and to watch their aerial acrobatics. I think they're liking the new look in the gardens, too!

This was my view yesterday as I drank my morning coffee waiting the Handsome to return with our hard-working guys, Mike and Justin. They're really transforming our gardens from an unkempt mess to a tidy, lovely place again, and we're extremely grateful for their help.

My kitchen garden is lovely again. The hollyhocks will be confined to the kitchen wall (under the windows), and the one lush plant next to the main entry staircase. The hostas have room to flourish, and I planted two English lavender plants under the oriole and hummingbird feeders. 

Near the rocks on the left, the monarda (bee balm) is already spreading, and I have a few small hollyhocks near the birdbath. I purchased those showy sunflowers to add a pop of color right now. They look so happy, and they make me smile!

On the other side of our entry staircase, I planted two French lavender plants. The creeping phlox along the wall have already blossomed and the sedum in the corner is getting huge.  There is one big "volunteer" hollyhock under the second pillar, and the showy columbines are closer to the downspout. I have more monarda plants toward the front corner of the wall, along with a pretty new shasta daisy at the very end. A coneflower cluster will bloom this summer, and the mums are really spreading out. I chose to keep all the milkweed plants that came up on the terrace, too. 

So, we went through thirty five - 2 cu ft. bags of mulch (so far). That wasn't enough to cover the entire front side of the house. Handsome will pick up more today when he's in town for another appointment, and we'll put that down ourselves later this week. We made a decision to keep all the flowers on this side of the terrace, and the terrace area around the corner of the porch will be seeded in grass. We may decide to add bushes or other plants in the future, but for now, we'll just keep it mowed and tidy.

I'm also planning to bring the flowers that are in the garden near the fence across our yard into this area in the fall. I think the daffodils will add lovely color in the spring, and the bearded iris are flowering right now, which would be a perfect followup. There are tiger lilies, my huge bleeding heart bush, and a few other plants that will move over here, as well.

Our plan is to remove the rickety length of fencing there and turn that area into grass next year. Plants will need to be moved first, though. I don't want to lose a single one.

I'm really happy with the way our terrace garden looks with the dark mulch. We've nearly always used cypress mulch, which has a golden color to it. I like that this mulch looks like black dirt, and will do its job to keep the weeds down. I'll also do my part to keep up with the weeding as it's needed. 

We're thinking we'll have Mike and Justin back one more day (next Saturday) to help clean out two more beds. Then everything will be in order, and we can concentrate on other things. You can tell by the dirty knees that they really got into their tasks, and we're the beneficiaries.

While they worked in the yard yesterday, I baked, and at the end of the day, I sent the guys home with fresh rolls. Justin had to take a bite before they were even in the truck to go back to Kewaskum! It was pretty cute.

So, there's our weekend in a (large) nutshell. I'll be in the studio today. My sister, Di, has asked me to quilt a lap quilt that she made, and then to bind it. Of course, I said yes. I guess I'd better get it done now. We're scheduled to get rain, which the gardens will love. It will be perfect for sitting at the sewing machine, too.

Have a great week. I'm off to get my cuppa coffee and some breakfast before I get to work. Tag says he'll see you tomorrow!

June 12, 2022

June 11, 2022

Garden Cleanup...

The kitchen garden was such a mess that I didn't even take a "before" photograph to share, but after much weeding, our handyman had this area looking much more hospitable. It's not finished yet, though. 

Today, two more men will be joining Mike to do the fine work, till the soil and then put down barrier and mulch. Then, it will look the way it's supposed to. 

I'm heading out first thing to purchase the bags of mulch, and Handsome is going to pick up the crew. We were told that Exodus House (a halfway house in Kewaskum) hired out appropriate residents and "graduates" for such work, so we made the call. Mike was just what the doctor ordered. He loves gardening, and has the grounds at Exodus House neat as a pin. He loves gardening, and it shows in the pride with which he executes his work.

I asked that he start in this area closest to our entry doors, as it's the area most visible when going in and out of the farmhouse. I pointed out what I wanted kept, and he pulled the rest. I'm going to plant lavender back into the center area, it'll be mulched, and then I'm making a commitment to keep up with the weeding.

I like having the hollyhocks in front of the kitchen windows because when they grow up, they also cover the ugly electric meter and piping. Perhaps I should be planting more morning glory plants to camouflage that by climbing. (The hollyhocks killed off what was there, but I'm going to keep them under control in the future.)

Next, he worked the little front garden on the street side of the walkway, and moved over to the area I refer to as "the terrace" around the porch. All the "volunteer" plants were taking over, including a few ore hollyhocks that moved in. They can stay for now, and I'm going to see if they can be pruned if they start to get too tall.

Mike cleaned up around the creeping phlox, and took out the crown vetch and ground ivy that was trying to take over the beds. I'm happy to have them grow in controlled areas, but for now, they're out so I can see the plants that need to stay.

When the crew arrives today, they'll be cleaning up this area. It's filled with tiny thistle plants (all going!), milkweed (staying for the monarchs), mums, monarda, and more hollyhocks. Everything else, including a sapling that I certainly don't want growing up this close to the house, will all go.

Its going to be a busy day. I'm running out to get mulch, and lunch for the guys. Then, I'll be putting on my work gloves to help plant the lavender and a shasta daisy.

It's scheduled to rain today, so we're hoping it holds off until the beds are weeded and the new plants and mulch are in. Then, a gentle, overnight rain would be just perfect. Fingers crossed!