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Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Holmsey visits Barbara!

Hi everyone,


Holmsey arrived safe and sound from Nancy Reed’s home in Missouri, on November 7th, 2015.

It was the last nice afternoon before a very cold and blustery few days. While I worked my paying job that day and the next, Holsmey met and enjoyed the company of my cat, Camo - short for Camouflage as her fur is very mottled with pretty browns, reds; and my dog, Chessie, a rather long-legged lass of unknown, but suspected heritage of Black Lab and Hound mix. Camo can be rather feisty if pushed too far, but Chessie wouldn’t hurt a flea, and is the gentlest of souls. In fact, other than having a great disdain and rather laughably stocking pose and initial rush mode at one of the members of the local Eastside Squirrel Gang, birdseed and suet thugs that they are, Chessie much rather prefers comfortably snoring, er, rather, snoozing on the living couch and loveseat or her posh doggie bed cushions when not inhabited by Camo.

Holmsey, when also not napping with “the girls”, initially kept busy looking at my stash of cross stitch patterns, kits, fabrics, flosses, and the like. When he got bored of that, explored my good-sized backyard and even met the 2 wild bunnies who somehow have come to live in my enclosed yard and have made a burrow under a very large piney shrub.


The first week, I began stitching the SAL in the later afternoons and evenings. In the first part of the days I had outdoor autumn chores to work on. Holmsey enjoyed chasing the falling leaves as I raked them up and mulched my flower beds, trimmed shrubs - though at times I am not certain whether he was joyfully egging the leaves on to fall and give me more work or admonishing them for giving me more work. Being that he was a guest, I kept such queries to myself. As per the pictures, you can see, Camo and Chessie simply watched us amusedly while enjoying the slightly warmer temperatures and lovely sunshine.

Here are a few websites that tell more about the fair city of Des Moines (pronounced “da moin” like “coin”) and Iowa.

Basic history of Des Moines: https://www.dmgov.org/InfoCenter/Pages/HistoricalInformation.aspx



you may need to turn down the music on this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiXKx0gjh4M

Basic State of Iowa info: http://www.50states.com/iowa.htm#.Vkt10sp3_NU

Basic history of the State of Iowa: http://www.history.com/topics/us-states/iowa


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All-in-all, while I was unfortunately busy and at times the weather was not conducive to get out as I had hoped, I do believe Holmsey enjoyed his visit as we enjoyed having his company. He is an interesting hare with fun tails, er, rather tales, of his life in Ireland.

I enjoyed stitching Holmsey Hare’s SAL, though am not certain at this moment how I will actually finish my project. Must get everything ready for Christmas now. I will share a picture in January, when I have completely finished the project.

All the best to you and a safe trip for Holmsey back to Ireland. Thank you for sharing Holmsey and this SAL experience!


Barbara, Camo, and Chessie

Posted by Holmsey Hare 04:24 Archived in USA

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