Saturday, January 5, 2013

Celebration and Transformation

Yesterday was Sam's 54th birthday.
 We had beautiful weather for an early morning walk.
 A walk that lasted an hour and 20 minutes.
 We met friends at Tang Chao for Chinese.
 Where there were still signs of Christmas.
 I snagged a couple of these rocks outside the restaurant.
Is it stealing if they are just sitting there covering a grate?
 We then headed to our friends' place for coffee and Indian sweets.
The one on the left is made from a flaky pastry and lentils.  Very interesting.
 And in the evening, our friend, Ali, came by for coffee.
He works here, but his wife, one of my very best friends, lives in Lebanon with their boys.  He just returned from there and she sent along this lovely cross-stitched Christmas pillow just for me.
The rocks I picked up yesterday and from my walk the other day have now been transformed with yarn.
Today's walk has already been taken and now it is time to prepare myself for reality.
Back to school tomorrow.
That will certainly be a shock to the system.

Have a great weekend.


  1. Happy belated birthday to Sam!! Looks like it was a wonderful celebration! Your transformations are beautiful, Tammy. It cracks me up that you collect them from all the places you go... about 20 years ago I did that, too... to place in my garden. I loved knowing where they all came from... the memories they held for me. Your transformations are beautiful! blessings ~ tanna

  2. Happy Birthday! We went back Thursday and I am so glad we went at the end of the week. Now I can handle the entire week when Monday rolls around!
    Stealing? Nah, you are beautifying! You ought to go get a couple more, crochet covers for them and then put them BACK on the grate and see if anyone notices! ha!
    Thanks for popping by.....see you soon!

  3. I've never heard of the word snagging, but it sound much better than taking, lol
    the covered rocks are lovely, so pretty.

  4. I've always wondered about the rock dilemma, too. There are some beautiful ones on my walk and I try not to pick them up. But I always watch for wish rocks, perfectly smooth small ones, and heart shaped ones.

    Happy Birthday to your husband, it sounds like he had a busy, fun day.

    Sorry you have to face reality soon. At least you have a day or so longer. Blessings, Diane

  5. Hi Tammy

    Change is constant. So blow away your `Tom' worries. :) Belated Happy B'day to SAM. Why don't you put up a post of all your dressed stones in a post? I'd love to see them all.

    Hope you have a joyous start at School...

    ps: Yesterday I walked. Thanks for inspiring me.... Couldn't go today. But tom... I surely will :)

  6. Looks like a really fun day! I love how you put yarn on the rocks - so neat!

    Good luck at school! My husband is a teacher and started back last Weds. Definitely a shock to his system!

  7. This one is for Sam: "Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Sam, Happy Birthday to you!"
    And since he knows how fast I can talk, think this one in song version and slower.
    Hope he enjoyed it, on the photo's he had a lovely sunny day.
    And the black rock Rocks!
    Hugs! Mxx

  8. Dearest Tammy,
    So glad to read you enjoyed a busy but lovely day together walking and with friends. Thanks for the shout out of my Papa's 92nd Birthday. He was in high spirits. My eldest brother had driven 30 km one way to pick up his widowed sister and half-way also his ailing brother. More brothers came for a visit and they had a lot of laughter which is good. How many more times they can be together like this?
    Sam looks in great shape for his age; still young though! But walking surely is good. Hope his health will remain well and you of course are the best healthy cook!
    Hugs to you and enjoy what you are doing.

  9. Beautiful weather for walking and for celebrating such Happy Birthdays! I would have picked up the top right rock with the bands around it and the other one with the blue band around it...very good luck! The crochet covers are wonderful. Blessings as you return to school dear...

  10. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to Sam!
    I love the new crocheted rocks! I'm sure it's not a problem with you picking up a rock in a drain... as a fellow rock picker-upper, I understand. :-)
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  11. Yay for Sam's birthday! Glad you had such a great break. I went back this past Wed. Hard to give up my own time but nice to see everyone. Have a lovely weekend. Kit

  12. Wishing the best of birthday wishes for Sam. Sounds like you had a wonderful day and I so loved your photos.
    About Archibald... yes he is very fat and that is because he eats way to many flies. I must teach him moderation. Ha LOL.
    Have agreat first day back at school!

  13. Hi Tammy...Thanks for all your sweet visits. Happy Birthday to your love! May his new year of life be awesome. Susan

  14. Gorgeous pictures as always, love the shadow of the moon.
    Pretty decorations at the restaurant and pillow made by your friend.
    Hope today is a good one.

  15. Back to school on Monday - I don't really want to think about it - although once I'm there it will be great.
    I have bowls of rocks from various places - none as pretty as yours covered with crochet.

  16. Happy Birthday to your Sam and Marietta's Papa at 92....congratulations! Looks like I'm in good company!
    Look at all the beautiful decorations there for Christmas and the yummy desserts too!
    Your covered rocks look so good...mine is giving me fits and starting to ruffle. I'm going to try a smaller thread tonight. You must have a special crocheting gene as I need a pattern it seems but this one isn't working for me. I may look at your pictures and just follow that...somehow. Yours look great!

  17. Hard to believe you are heading back to work..I think you more or less liberated the rock and made it more beautiful
    Have a great week back, glad you had a good long walk and the weather was nice for the birthday❤

  18. Loving your rocks and sending Happy Birthday wishes to Sam!

  19. Beautiful clear blue skies! Love your dressed up rocks! :)

  20. Dear Tammy
    It seems that you had a wonderful day by walking and meeting your friends !
    Happy Birthday to Sam and I wish to you and your family ,love ,happiness ,healthy and all the best !

  21. Looks like a great day! Glad your husband had a good Birthday :)

    And I so hear you on tomorrow and the return to school - my first day back to work as well and I am NOT looking forward to it. My job isn't busy most of the time and it just makes the time go soooo slow. :(

    Hope you have a great new week,

  22. Beautiful pictures and what a nice gift your friend gave you.


  23. Happy Birthday to your husband--looks like you both had a wonderful day!

    Love your embellished rocks, Tammy--what a beautiful transformation!

    Wishing you a wonderful day, dear friend...


  24. Sounds like you had a fun day celebrating Sam's birthday. That Indian dessert looks interesting. Did you like it? I like most Indian foods, but haven't tried something like that. What do you do in the school system; are you a teacher?

  25. Thanks for visiting my little page. Love what you did with your gathered rocks. As Rock Candy's a good thing.
    Blessings ;-)

  26. Hello, Glad to have discovered your blog in blog land :)! Love the pebble crochet - beautiful. I am back to the usual routines tomorrow too but bring it on ::-) Leah xxx

  27. What a wonderful day to celebrate so many birthdays at once. The cookies look fabulous.

  28. Happy Birthdays! :)
    Love you crochet rocks, don't blame yourself, you gave them much better life now!
    The pillow cover is awesome, lucky you to get it:)I'd love to try those sweets, can't actually recollect which Indian sweets they are.
    Have happy working days too! Take care!

  29. It sounds like a lovely time was had by all. Happy Birthday to Sam. Those crocheted rocks looks so pretty Tammy I must give them another try my first go wasn't so successful. I hope you have a lovely day.

  30. Belated birthday wishes to Sam! It looks like you had a wonderful day! I adore your crochet-covered rocks. :)


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