About marymargaretripley

I am a professional Bakery Manager at a privately owned grocery store. I also owned my own bakery for over four years. I have been baking for 15+ years professionally. I also teach canning and preserving classes and have been gardening since I was 5 years old. I live in Western, NY with my husband, teenage son, Bernie the Cat and Muffins the Hamster.

SAL Onions and Gourds #11, WIP Spring House

It’s been another three weeks! I worked on my big project for the first half but got an itch to start a new project which I have been working on for the past week.

Onions and Gourds is coming along. I had to change the position of the fabric and I hope to get to the right side wall of the chart by the end of the next three weeks.

Here is were I ended last time:

Here is what I accomplished up to today:

I was getting sick of greens and blacks and yellows so I downloaded four free charts from brookesbooks.com. They are the four seasons house. I have started Spring House.

Adorable isn’t it?

MY SAL (stitch-a-long) group is full of very talented stitchers. Please do go and see what they are up to. If you are a stitcher and have a blog you would like to join our group with, please contact Avis, the first link below and see can fill you in on how to join us.

See you for another update in three weeks! -MM

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda,

Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy


SAL Onions and Gourds Update

We are in the middle of an ice storm today. It has been a strange Spring for sure!

I got a little bit of stitching done since the last update. Not a ton but it’s something!

Here is where I was last time,

And here is what I have gotten done,

The third gourd is starting to take shape!

I have also been working on butterfly bookmarks and have added a little photo video for you to watch.

We have added new stitchers to our group! Welcome everyone! Can’t wait to check out your projects.

Please feel free to visit the other blogs and stitchers of this fine SAL group. The links below will take you to their pages.

See you all in three weeks!

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda,

Heidi, Connie, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy

My Child is Not a Child Anymore!

I gave birth to my son December 31, 2001. This year he turned 16. He doesn’t exactly like the term “Sweet 16” but is was sweet for me none the less. Bittersweet actually.

I have seen such a change in him since last year. The moodiness of a young teenager has lessened and a more mature young man has emerged. He thinks of what he wants to do in his future and has already started planning for it accordingly.

When he was just 15 he started working at the grocery store with me and his dad. Cashiering is perfect for him.

I was a little worried, I must admit about how he would take to working. How he would feel with a different schedule every week and how he would juggle school, work and basketball practice. I was right there listening to his words and ready to act if he got too overwhelmed and a couple of times he did, but in the end I just let him sort through those feeling himself. If he needed an ear I was there but otherwise my philosophy so far has been to watch and see what happens.

I can’t tell you how wonderful and how extremely liberating it is for a young person to have a job and to start becoming independent. The money my son has earned has not been lost on him.

Items I would normally buy for him are not quite necessary for him to survive now that he has to pay for them himself. I see him value money much more and it makes me laugh out loud sometimes!

He has opened a checking account, has a debit card, has gotten a driver’s permit, has been looking at used cars and figuring out how to pay for one with his own money and he has become very thoughtful with his new found wealth.

The laptop I am typing on right now was mostly purchased with his own hard earned money. I was almost embarrassed to accept such an extravagant gift from my young son but he said I deserved it for all of the things I have done for him. Also for Christmas he bought a brand new coffee maker for his father which was a proud moment for my ex-husband as well.

Next year, in his junior year of high school he will be attending afternoon BOCES classes and will be studying computers and many manufacturing and engineering principles. He also has his path for college mapped out and hopefully, if all goes well he will graduate from college with a degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in computers.

I hear a lot from the generation ahead of me how the next generation is entitled and lazy and whose work ethic is sorely lacking. And do you know what I say to that? I think the youngest generation emerging into the work force is smarter and more advanced than any other generation before us.

They need to be challenged. They need to be engaged. They need to be pushed. They need to be given the freedom to explore and dream. They need their talents used and not pushed aside.

I am so excited for my son. I am excited to see what he becomes. Thank God I survived his terrible two’s and his temper tantrums (because he was a real shit lol!) and those sleepless nights. I keep telling him good thing you were so cute…

How about you? What is your parenting philosophy on teens working? What was your first job? Mine? I was a private gardener 😉 -MM




SAL Onions and Gourds Update

Ok it has been such a busy, exhausting three weeks that I got no stitching done at all. Zero, nothing, nada.

Hopefully things will be getting back to normal now so I can get some stitching done!

Please check out my other fellow stitchers by visiting their blogs. Hopefully they got more done than I did!

See you in three weeks!


SAL Project Onions and Gourds #8

I have had so many side projects this last theee weeks I am surprised I have gotten as much stitched as I have. Add to that a vacation to Pittsburgh and South Carolina and a sick baker at work and well…

Here is where I was last time I posted on my SAL:

And here is where I am now:

That second gourd is kind of a fat boy lol. Next update I will also add what the finished project will look like so you can get some perspective.

I belong to a group of stitchers who updates their progress every three weeks. Please feel free to check out my fellow stitchers to see what they are up to!

If you would like more information on joining our SAL, please contact Avis who is the first link in the below list of names.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Connie, Jackie,

Project Onions and Gourds #7

I am so excited! I got a ton stitched this time. Things are starting to take shape although it’s still messy looking. It will be much more recognizable as gourds and onions next time.

Here is where I was last update:

And here is where I am now:

Another gourd is taking shape!

Please check out my other fellow stitchers in the group by clicking on the links below.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Connie, Jackie,

I want to welcome new member Sunny to the group! Here is the link to her blog. sunny

See you in three weeks! -MM