The cross stitch picture above is from a container of many lovely (and a couple not so lovely) pieces mainly done by my Ray after he retired. He enjoyed doing it so much and did such a beautiful job. I know it gave him many, many contented hours doing this gorgeous needlework. A lot of them are not framed - but many of them are and are in my house and the homes of our kids. He used to mat and frame them himself - it is very costly to have them done. One day I hope that the granddaughters and their kids will have some of these in their homes if they wish.
I have more cross stitches to show, but will save them for another post. Don't want to overload you!
Now, here are some wise words: