Friday, December 29, 2006

wee wee whiner


Boy, does that post about my PIF sound whiney! *lol* My offer will stay open ... if anyone should like to sign up, please leave me a comment & we'll proceed from there. In the meantime, maybe I'll get ambitious enough to just choose people of my own to share a RAK with. ;o) Will it be you?

We took the kids to the zoo last night to see the Wildlights & what animals we could. We got there while it was still daylight so we were able to see the flamingos outside but we saw few other 'outside' animals. The kids liked the reptiles - I liked the aquarium. ;o)

I think today's to be a somewhat quiet day - get the house in order a bit for tomorrow. We're getting pizza from a couple of the south end pizza joints to give Josh & Meg a taste of what they're missing. *lol* They're talking seriously about moving here ... how cool will that be, to have them & theirs here as well as Andrea, Joe & Xander???

I got a little bit of stitching in yesterday afternoon ... I may actually finish Quilt Time Sampler! And maybe my silks will arrive today so I can have "Two Blue Houses" all kitted & ready for Monday. I *should* work on the boosters books & such once the house quiets down Sunday evening, but ... nope. Monday's going to be for ME. I figure Tom will alternate sleeping with football watching all day Monday, so I'll just stitch away. :o)

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

No one likes me? ;o)


Wow ... I knew I was posting 'pay it forward' at a possibly inopportune time but I thought someone would sign up by now! :o(

I'm back at work ... still haven't posted stitching pictures. Just been busy with the stuff of life. Have spent my lunchtime surfing others' blogs & discovered a cool one by a woman farmer in Montana. Very cool. I'll explore moe from her site later.

Tom's son & family will be here this afternoon ... madness & mayhem will prevail with 3 little kids in our house! It'll be great fun & a wild change from the usual.


Friday, December 22, 2006

PIF!!

Well, I've joined the ranks of the stitching bloggers who are "paying it forward" ...

So, now here's your chance to get a legendary, one of a kind, work of stitched art by ME for the very low price of...nothing! That's right! This is my PIF post! Be one of the first five people to sign the comment section below and I will mail you one of my masterpieces in the next three months :o) What's the catch, you ask? Well, you just have to PIF to five more people :o) Simple as that!

Now I can't tell you what you'll be getting because that would ruin the surprise but I can tell you that it will be handmade by me. This event will not repeat itself! Sign up now because when they're gone, they're gone!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Rain

I'd like to know when we moved to the tropics ... I don't remember doing so, but with 50 degree temps & rain, we must have moved. :o)

I didn't get any stitching done last night, though I did finally get Kel's piece mounted & in the frame. Tonight's sewing ornaments & finishing the backs of all the framed pieces. And we need to get the next few days planned - what we need from the grocery store, etc - so we can all sit back & relax, SOON. At least the office seems to have quieted down, though one boss is blasting off email requests constantly since he's trying to finish a lot of things before he heads to FL next week. Gotta love that ol' trickle-down stuff. ;o) Anyway, I'll try to post pictures tonight of my finishes ... In the meantime, I've had great fun looking at everyone else's! Thanks to all who share on their blogs & such!!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Baby!


Isn't he just the most beautiful baby???

This is my great-nephew, who is on a plane this evening, flying home to FL. I miss him!!!! He is the sweetest cutest baby - a real joy! He's 3 months old, jabbers a mile a minute, grins beautifully ... we all very much loved having him here. Oh, his mom (my niece) & his dad (her husband) were here too ... ;o) We've not seen my niece in 4 years & we'd not met her husband before this weekend. We had a wonderful, wonderful long weekend with them. They're hoping to move here sometime within the next year - we're all keeping our fingers crossed that it all works out!

Needless to say, I got very little stitching done. We still don't have a tree up. I think I have most of my shopping done, but stuff that's to be mailed is still in bags, all around the house. :-( Kel's finished her baking, gift wrapping ... everything goes to school with her tomorrow, then she's done with school until January. Cool .. now she gets to clean the house! *lol*

And CBJ won tonight! YEA! Beat the Detroit Red Wings!! Yea, Jackets!!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Ok, what's the deal? Gabby Hayes here today ... ;o)

Kelli & I went to my client/friend's open house this evening, in German Village. For those unfamiliar with Columbus OH, we are a city settled in by many different nationalities, but one of the earliest & strongest were the Germans.

Add to that, that my own ancestry is predominantly German ... and you have this woman here who loves the German influence in her Christmas. My maternal grandmother always made sure we had plenty of anise cookies, Pfefferneuse, springerle .. all sorts of yummy cookies, mostly with some sort of German heritage attached.

Anyway ... there's been this small, family-owned & operated bakery in German Village that is open only during the Christmas holidays. I've wanted to stop there for years but they used to have very short daily hours, often closing by noon, when the cookie supply for the day ran out. This year, they're open until 6pm or 7pm! Whoo hoo! So, Tom being the nice guy he is, stopped there Tuesday & bought a box full of assorted cookies for us. As we decide which we like the most, we'll buy more. The silly things cost $14 a pound (!!!) but oh ... they are soooooo good! Tonight, I've been searching (quickly) online for pictures of the cookies so I'd know what I was talking about when I ask him to go buy more or when I stop there. Haven't been very successful, but ... that's not stopped me from eating a few of what we have left here! :o)

Gotta love Christmas cookies!!

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It's the 14th!


Happy birthday to me! ;o) Yep, I'm weird.

The best gift was the morning hugs & kisses from Kel ... of course! She made me a birthday card - I'll share a picture later. And she got me "Miracle on 34th St" on DVD - yea!!!! Oh wait ... it's on my credit card! *lol* Mom got me 3 more Italian charms & a mushy card (her favorite kind) - and tonight I get to unwrap the sweater & turtleneck she bought me a couple of weeks ago. ;o) Tom was sound asleep when I left this morning ... I'll get snuggles from him tonight! We've been invited to a client/friend's open house this evening, so I hope he's up to going ... she always has great parties. And I just bought 2 tickets from one of my bosses for this Saturday's CBJ (hockey) game - YEA!!! They're having all sorts of pregame holiday stuff, then the players are signing autographs afterwards. Oh yeah ... I will stay for that! Let's see ... who all do I want to try to get? Jody, of course ... Manny? Ah! Anders aka Bubba. He's such a sweetie. Maybe Steady Freddy ... gotta get the Nasty Norwegian for Tom ... No, Tom will not stand there & wait for autographs .. but I will! :o)

And my niece called last night, confirming their arrival times tomorrow & all. Cannot wait!!! It's been at least 3 years, probably more like 5, since I've seen her ... and we get to meet her husband & Xander! Whoo hoo!!! Gonna be a busy weekend for us - Sat morning, Kel & I have hair appts, Sat afternoon Mike & Linda will be here, Sat night's game, Sun afternoon an open house at Tom's nephew's (finally finished!) house, then dinner with all of my family ... and I'm off Monday so I can spend time with my niece & all. Hmmm ... maybe I can squeeze some shopping in there, too? How can it already be Dec 14?!?!?!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

will it get done?



This little guy is soooo cute & I am going to get him done as a friend's present for Christmas ... but, man, is every one of those over-one stitches taking forever!  *lol*

I've spent tonight finishing most of our Christmas cards so they'll go in the mail tomorrow.  I've got to buy another box - and here I thought I'd have leftovers!  Oh well ...

Kel's holiday concert last night was wonderful!  The different bands did so good-it was cool to see Kelli in the symphonic band.  How far she's come since the summer before her freshman year!  And I loved seeing all of the kids - didn't realize how much I've missed them!



 

Mom's fob



I have the front & back stitched ... now to assemble it before Christmas!  ;o)

 

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Done!




I finished Country Cottage's JCS ornament.  The fabric I'm using for the backing doesn't show real well in the picture, but I think they're going to look great together.  



And, I did refold my fabrics ... then paired a number of them with ornaments to be finished this week:




and (ta-da!) Isabelle Vautier's freebie "Joyeux Noel" for Kelli's French tutor, though this is the in-progress picture:



I have half our Christmas cards addressed, signed, stamped - ready to mail tomorrow!

I feel I accomplished quite a lot this weekend.  Yea, me!  *lol*  

Oh - and here's my Red Hat ornament finish:


As Tom's niece said, the gaudier the better!  :o)

I've done laundry, sorted out my winter/Christmas sweaters ... I didn't accomplish quite all I'd have liked to but I cannot complain at all about what I did get done.  Phew!

 

Friday, December 08, 2006

too funny!

We're always teasing my daughter about everything being about her - 
have bought her tshirts, etc etc.  Add to that some recent happenings in 
my life, and this quote on my Google homepage today 
is toooooo funny:

When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be
disappointed to discover they are not it.  - Bernard Bailey

Wonder how long it'd take me to x-stitch that for Kel?  :o)

 

Mary Kathryn (aka Happy Stitcher) posted a picture recently of the fabrics she'd started organizing in one of her Longabergers. I really liked the idea, so last night, I gathered mine from their container in the basement - so, they're now in my Longaberger (lol) but in major need of re-folding & such. I considered doing it last night as a calming effort, but ... didn't. Instead, I stitched a bit which always feeds my spirit.

So, tonight, if I'm too tired or buzzed after our cookie exchange, maybe I'll play with these pieces of fabric. I'll post a picture when I have done the reorganizing ... there, holding myself accountable! *lol*

Country Cottage almost done


For whatever reason, this thing is taking me far longer than it should! *lol* At least now all I have left is the white of the sheep, the stars, the windows ... I want this finished by tomorrow night so Sunday, I can sit at the sewing machine & get finishes done. I can do this ... I can do this! :-)

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Dec 7

Ok, this Advent graphic doesn't come even close to memorializing Pearl Harbor ... but, it's the one I have. :-(

Some days, the drama & nonsense at work is pretty unbelievable - and this was one of those days. One particular coworker has been saying a lot of inappropriate things this week to clients, auditors, coworkers ... it's pretty sad & weird. Our newest employee is about to lose her mind from it all. Not good. And all of our annual year-end nonsense is picking up speed ... the guys are adding these numbers & talking about this & that & trying to figure out what we have money for & what we don't, how big their bonuses will be, how big ours won't be ;-) ... here, fill this out. What do you do with this for this client? Can we up our rates to compare with that? *sigh* Silly silly silly.

Tomorrow's the cookie exchange here. It's going to be such fun! But I still can't decide what my "generic" gift will be! *lol*

Ok ... off to stitch!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

One finish


Cool ... taking the picture with my camera phone works for this! ;o)

CBJ Won!

The guys did an awesome job last night!!! They shutout the Avalanche - a huge turnaround for CBJ & a huge win over Colorado. CBJ's never won at Colorado - until last night. The Av's had way more shots ... but ours were the ones that made it in! The game was just incredible ..!

More high school drama in Kel's life .... the sort that makes you wonder what some kids live with at home, that they come to school & behave as they do. Truly sad.

Stitched a bit last night on CC's ornament from JCS. I realized, after I'd put it all away for the night, that I have this handy dandy camera on my cell phone now. I think it'd be much easier to use to get pictures here of my stitching. Maybe tonight my brain will click in & I'll remember to try it! :o)


Tuesday, December 05, 2006

uh oh

I've found the prettiest French blinkie website ... I'm in big trouble! ;o) I've joined her site ... not sure yet what that really means or gets me, but ... cute stuff! http://completementblinkies.com/ I'm going to have to figure out how to use Babelfish to translate it all but I can do that ... sometime. Anyway ... It's another fine day here in chilly Ohio. The cold temps of winter are here but no real snow, yet. Flurries yesterday, but ... no accumulation yet. It'll come.

Did a bit of shopping last night - got a cool pair of shoes, a couple of pairs of pants, a sweater - love those sales! Kel did a Hot Topic run for a friend's gifts. Oh, and we got the pink sweater Mom & Kelli insisted I get so we'll all be wearing pink on Christmas day. We've even ordered the Victoria Secret's raspberry Santa hats. This is gonna be good! :o) By the time I took Kelli to her dad's & got Mom & I home, I was pretty much done for the night. Knitted a few rows on Ethan's shawl/scarf but that was it. And I did email my west coast friend (bwc=best west coast) ... not sure if things are getting straightened out or finishing off. Pretty strange, sad experience ...

*deep breath*

Ok, I've lots of work to do here so I'd best be to it!

Monday, December 04, 2006

my bwc friend


because my life's been strange lately, i've taken things a bit 'on the chin' and now have upset/angered/whatever'd my bwc friend. i've been retreating, not really doing much online of late because of all that seems to swirl about me lately. my cousin's wife has been released home - my worry about my cousin has increased as he tries to do more than one person probably can. my mom's best friend - my 'second mom' - was diagnosed last week with cancerous tumors on her liver. not good at all. so add a bit of additional concern for my mom & her friend - and her family. (ok, add a lot) kel had her first real date this past weekend - so we discussed & discussed if she should be allowed to go because of her schoolwork, because of the weather, becausebecausebecause. my ex-sil had 24 mini strokes ... my niece & her family will be here in 10 days & i'm so not ready. tom's son & his family may be here at the holidays - may not, since he lost his job, went off the wagon, lives 8 hours away. tom's niece has gotten quite mouthy (not unusual) about her impending move into her mother's house and what tom's behavior & actions "should" be. everyone wants to be together for christmas but almost everyone is complaining/whining about money. and on and on and on ... and while it's a lot of stuff i can't directly affect, it has it's affect on me. i want off my antidepressant 'cause i'm tired of weighing a zillion pounds & waddling everywhere ... so i've cut it back even further. will it be a wise move? who knows ...

oh, anyway ... i didn't intend to hurt my bwc/f's feelings, which is probably what i did. i'm sorry!

*sigh*


Just what I don't need ... something else I "have" to have! *lol* I just ordered a Quaker stocking from Elegant Stitch ... and just discovered this Sampler Girl one at Mary Kathryn's OLS. I know I'll eventually break down & buy this but first, I'm going to go through my stash after Christmas, clean out what I won't do, sell it on eBay or some such thing. May do the same with some of my Longaberger's. We'll see.. Right now, I'm in the mood to minimize - wouldn't have anything to do with Tom moving more of his stuff in, finally, would it? ;o) Before long, we're going to have to start hanging things from the ceilings. Two anal stashaholics (ok, he doesn't collect stitching stash, but books ...) living together ... what an adventure! :o)

Finished stitching an ornament over the weekend, but haven't taken a picture yet. My frames from Lori arrived - yea! I may have Michael's cut the foamboards though, as a couple are a bit larger. I need to get to finishing things - ornaments, things to be framed ... one frame has to be painted - the "Love You Forever" I've done for Kelli. And I need to figure out what to stitch for Chelsea - I want to give her an ornament or something for Christmas. She's such a sweetie! I started a scarf/shawl for Ethan - he decided he likes Tom's & now wants one for himself. That works! ;o)

Three weeks from today is Christmas ... I am not going to spaz about a countdown. All that I want to do, will get done. Kel & I got all of the decorations & such out of the crawlspace on Saturday, so slowly but surely, our house will morph ... HoHoHo!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

i'm melting!!!

i need a little graphic of the wicked witch to put here ... ;-)

i am indeed melting as i sit at my desk & try to work. it is 70 outside & 80 in here!! we're all complaining ... but nothing's changing!!

the search is on!

when michele & i went to the stitcher's retreat back in may, a couple of women had these wonderful felt stitching "rolls" for storing their needles, scissors, etc. they weren't big, couldn't carry your pattern or whatever - and the rolling was like a jewelry roll. they were made out of felt & had been finished like a penny rug - blanket stitches. i cannot find a pattern or anything, though i know they exist. and i'm remembering this because shepherd's bush's latest newsletter (i received mine yesterday - yea!) mentions the ones designed by blackbird. i haven't spend eons purusing blackbird's website, but i didn't see anything jump out at me there - nor on s bush's site. if you know of a site where i may see one, may buy one, may something with these rolls, please let me know. please!!!

thanks!
Wow ... what strange weather we're having! It's 60 degrees at 8am! Usually, this foretells a good storm coming and from what's been out west, yep, I bet it's coming ...

Didn't stitch at all last night, though I did knit a few rows. I caught up the boosters' bookkeeping, which took longer than I anticipated & I was so braindead when I finished .. I had 7 letters to prepare for returned checks. We all make mistakes at one time or another - those folks, I feel bad for. But I had a student with a new checking account who was following her mother's wonderful example - they both bounced checks! Another family routinely bounces them, so they don't get to write checks to us anymore. *sigh*

Going to work tonight on invitations for our Dec 8 booster silent auction meeting/cookie exchange. Should be fun! It'll be nice to be with everyone in a social environment, not worrying about uniforms or who's paid for what. :-)

Kel's first "real" date is this Friday ... I'll spend the whole evening fretting! *lol*


Sunday, November 26, 2006

Sunday already?!?!

 ok, i won't complain ... much *lol* ... though this has been a quick long weekend!  i suspect most people feel the same way, though.

we had a nice relaxing fun time at m&l's.  both of her sons & their families were there at one time or another - very nice to get to know them.  william, l's grandson, is a such a sweet little boy!  we had great fun with him.

came home saturday, watched hockey ...
CBJ WON! ... vegged.  still haven't really done a lot today, though we did get the names all drawn for the family exchange.  i just can't get into the holiday decorating mood - it's too warm & too green here still.  farmers are still clearing their fields - normally very unheard of in november.  weird, weird, weird.  we'll start next weekend, though tom will hopefully put up the outside lights the early part of this week as we're to get hit with more winterlike weather at the end of the week.

*yawn*  back to work tomorrow ... lots to do!

Joint effort


Michele & I have each stitched this ... me, in blue ... her, in red.  Can't wait to see hers completed!  We both used far more floss than anticipated, though the Gloriana's were well worth it.  Yummy silks!!


 

Ornaments


I've gotten a few done, but am going to continue making them - then take a weekend day or a couple of nights to finish them however ...

 

LHN/Elegant Stitch

This is the charity piece LHN, ES & Crescent Colours combined to create ... now, to remember to order a frame!  :-)


 

Friday, November 17, 2006

well, if i can figure out ...

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what the deal is with the word wrap .... when others look at it, do they see the seemingly never-ending line of words as i do?

i'm playing technogeek right now. have the laptop AND the desktop going. whoo hoo! *lol* i'm transferring stuff off of the laptop onto a jump drive, then i'm going to try printing a quickbooks report from the laptop. keep the fingers crossed!

i really like the french manicure i got. i have the 'natural' one, the one that's not so bright white. and now i'm wondering if i could do it myself. just takes a very steady hand ... i usually do my own manicures as well, when i do them - this was just a treat to myself on a dreary day.

been watching the jackets in their hockey game tonight. they are not doing well, at all. the crowd was booing as they left for the 2nd period break. :-(

tomorrow's the buckeyes WINNING against michigan AND my honey will be HOME. yep, he called tonight, said he was leaving up there around 8pm. yea!!!!!!!

i finished 'sampler noel' today & mom stitched it with a backing for me. now to figure out how i want to totally finish it. and i've got my next ornament - a tree - going, again over-one. who needs eyesight??? when i complete this one, i'm going back to finish 'pursue' since the extra gloriana i ordered arrived today. need to get michele's in the mail to her too ...

happy happy me! tom's home tomorrow!!!!!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Pretty nails

I should take a picture of them... *lol*  I stopped for a manicure after work today - got a French manicure.  Ooo, lala!

This may be my last night here 'alone' (doesn't Mom being downstairs negate me really being alone here?) I'm going to straighten things up a bit, then sit & stitch away.  Want my weekend as free of "work" as can be since Tom will be coming home!  YEA!!!

So maybe later, I'll post a picture of my stitching progress ... 

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

yea!

My honey is back in MA! The camping trip is done & all survived. ;-) Today's going to be a recoup day for him & he's going to try to see Ricky - tomorrow, up to Charlie's. He's not sure if he's staying for the wedding or not. I just keep reminding him he misses me! *lol*

Good stitching progress last night. Yea me! I'm lovin' this stitching mode I'm in!!

Shelleen called last night .... good conversation. She's such a sweetie!!

Go Buckeyes! Beat Michigan!!

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Monday, November 13, 2006

and the one in progress

Fancy Work's "Sampler Noel" ... it's a combination of over-one & regular x stitch ... pretty cool! :-)

Ornaments!

I spent large parts of my weekend, stitching ornaments:

JBW's Reindeer Tree
Cherished Stitches' Emblem of Friendship (without the outer border)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Election day is DONE!

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I am always grateful to be living in the USA ... but I truly hate election day & all that leads up to it. This year has been especially bad, as our client who was up for re-election was in a very tight race so lots of money came through here as well as way too much discussion of politics. But, it's done ... now we just deal with normal every day work stuff. Phew!

About 1/2 hour after I got to the office today, half of our power blew! Some of us had computers & desk lights still working, some had nothing. Sorta strange ... *lol* So what does my clueless coworker (ok, one of my clueless coworkers) say? "I can't use M's computer - I don't have her log-in info". Can we all shout "duh!"? Your log-in travels with you ... and how long has dingbat been working here??? *sigh* This same person didn't "know" that our accounting software imports from QuickBooks, Peachtree, etc ... oh, yeah, that would mean she'd have to read something besides emails from her adult children. ;-)

Tom made is safely to MA yesterday. Yea!! Guess one of the van's tires blew, though ... and he traveled the whole way in rain. Yuck! But, he's there, so now he gets to help get all ready for their departure tomorrow. And, if he stays as long as he's thinking he will, I'll be spending a day in Cincinnati with Char & Teresa, stitching. Very cool!!!


Monday, November 06, 2006

need to get...

...some pictures of my finished pieces on here! after today, life should settle (sort of) for a week or so, while tom's on his camping trip.

the band got a superior rating friday night. awesome!! it was a weird evening - 1 of our percussionists fell at school, had a concussion, played anyway. a colorguard girl fell at competition as they walked to their warmup spot, ended up at the hospital. and it was waywayway too cold! spit valves were freezing shut, chimes were clanking, the astroturf was frost-covered - but the kids persevered & were wonderful!!

tom, kel & i headed out of town for the rest of the weekend. relaxed, vegged in the country. *sigh* was very nice. i got a lot of stitching done - finished the stitched part of the wreath from mbeach. hopefully, the silks will come today for 'pursue' so i can finish that up early this week - 'cause my plan is to stitch nothing but christmas gifts while tom's away. (gotta love goals ... will i make it? *lol*)

will be a short work week. we're getting a new server at the end of the week, so ... no server, no work. whoo hoo!

Friday, November 03, 2006

TGIF

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Good Morning! This is God! I will be handling all your problems today. I will not need your help...
So, have a good day! And don't worry or fret about a thing. I can handle anything....
nothings too hard for me.
~Author Unknown~

This is a day I need to focus on this ... I need to let Her take all of this over 'cause I just can't handle it. Last night, T had one of his major rants - no, tantrums! - about K being in my mom's room with her. I'm tired of him thinking we're in a dictatorship, I'm tired of him interpreting everything as being directed at him, I'm tired of K disregarding whatever's set for her ... I'm tired of it all. I wrote K a letter yesterday, expressing my concerns & disappointments & encouragements as I just don't want to talk about it anymore. It seems nothing changes her behavior, so why keep hitting my head against the proverbial brick wall? She's such a good kid but just can't or won't step up & work hard enough to accomplish even a little bit more. And Sunday she'll go to her dad's & catch up on tv shows he's taped for her, though he knows she's not to be watching tv. In T's perfect world, she'd not watch the shows ... I'm tired of feeling as though everything she does or I do is a disappointment to someone, particularly T.

My cousin's wife is worse. Blood clots, high temps ... and he's to start radiation himself soon. How wrong this all seems, how trivial it makes the stuff in my little world. I want to be able to take some of the burden from him, I want to help but no of no way except to be around for him, when he needs a shoulder.

*sigh*

It's Friday. Short work day. Last day of band-sitting. State contest tonight & my heart's not in it ... but, I'll go, I'll play my part, then I'll go home & retreat in sleep ...

Thursday, November 02, 2006

November

Here it is, only the 2nd of the month, and so much's happening ... *sigh* No wonder I'm asleep so quickly at night.

November ... my parents' wedding anniversary is the 4th. This would be 51 years, I think. :-( Boy, do I miss my dad sometimes. Veteran's day ... Tom's "big" day & annual 'he-man' camping trip in NH. Will be our nephew's wedding in 2 weeks. The end of marching band season - definitely a good/bad thing. The beginning of "oh, my gosh, Christmas is in HOW many days????". This Friday's the end of the 1st grading period for Kel. Damn. I know her grades haven't majorly improved from the interims - I doubt her math's come up at all. I'm sick & tired of the grounding. It sure doesn't seem to be working, so ... what shall we do instead?

Enough. I'll get a good pity party started here if I keep this up. *lol*

Hope the silk floss I ordered arrives today so I can work at finishing "Pursue". Time to be on to something else....

Veteran's Day (early)

"The Things They Carried"

Americans enjoy remarkable freedoms including the freedom to worship. We have recently been reminded that those freedoms can be challenged and sometimes must be defended. This Veteran's Day take time to "count the cost of freedom" and perhaps express gratitude to God and those you know have "carried" us.

The things they carried . . . .

They carried P-38 can openers and heat tabs, watches and dog tags, insect repellent, gum, cigarettes, Zippo lighters, salt tablets, compress bandages, ponchos, Kool-Aid, two or three canteens of water, iodine tablets, sterno, LRRP- rations, and C-rations stuffed in socks.

They carried standard fatigues, jungle boots, bush hats, flak jackets and steel pots (helmets). They carried the M-16 assault rifle. M-1 for us older Dudes.

They carried trip flares and Claymore mines, M-60 machine guns, the M- 70 grenade launcher, M-14's, (M1's), CAR-15's, Stoners, Swedish K's, 66mm Laws, shotguns, .45 caliber pistols, silencers, the sound of bullets, rockets, and choppers, and sometimes the sound of silence. The B.A.R. for us older dudes.

They carried C-4 plastic explosives, an assortment of hand grenades, PRC-25 radios, knives and machetes. Some carried napalm, CBU's and large bombs; some risked their lives to rescue others. Some escaped the fear, but dealt with the death and damage. Some made very hard decisions, and some just tried to survive.

They carried malaria, dysentery, ringworms and leaches. They carried the land itself as it hardened on their boots.

They carried stationery, pencils, and pictures of their loved ones - real and imagined.

They carried love for people in the real world and love for one another. And sometimes they disguised that love: "Don't mean nothin'!"

They carried memories for the most part, they carried themselves with poise and a kind of dignity. Now and then, there were times when panic set in, and people squealed or wanted to, but couldn't; when they itched and made moaning sounds and covered their heads and said "Dear God" and hugged the earth and fired their weapons blindly and cringed and begged for the noise to stop and went wild and made stupid promises to themselves and God and their parents, hoping not to die.

They carried the traditions of the United States military, and memories and images of those who served before them.

They carried grief, terror, longing and their reputations.

They carried the soldier's greatest fear . . . the embarrassment of dishonor.

They crawled into tunnels, walked point, and advanced under fire, so as not to die of embarrassment.

They were afraid of dying, but too afraid to show it.

They carried the emotional baggage of men and women who might die at any moment.

They carried the weight of the world.

THEY CARRIED EACH OTHER.

Remember them this Remembrance Day, November 11.

PRAYER: Almighty God, thank You for the veterans who answered the call and paid the price to guarantee our freedom of worship. Help us to remember and never forget their sacrifice nor the eternal sacrifice made by your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

--from "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien. Selected from "God at Work," a ministry of St Mark's United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd., Lincoln Nebraska 68520 U.S.A. .

Friday, October 27, 2006

the group

for those wanting to know ...
I'm 5th from the left, back row
Amy's the one in front
Shelleen's far right, behind the kneeling Laurie
Char's to the right/front of me
Fiona's one over from her
Michele's behind, to the right of Shelleen
Beth's in the back row, right side, behind the woman in the gray tshirt
Teresa's to the left of the woman in the gray tshirt

ALL of these women (including little Emily) are awesome women! They are intelligent, humorous, fun ... just wonderful!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Whoo Hoo!

Hopefully I'll soon have a picture to share with this post, but in the meantime ...

The percussion section placed first in class AA as well as winning best percussion for the entire contest!!!

Yep, my daughter's part of our high school marching band placed FIRST!!! They have worked sooo incredibly hard this year - it is so wonderful to see them recognized! Now, on to State which is Nov 3.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

comfort

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"Blessed [be] God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."
~2 Corinthians 1:3-4~

I sure hope I can be of comfort to my friends & family ... so many are dealing with burdens far greater than any I may have. *sigh* I do wish I could spare them all ...

Sunday, October 15, 2006


"This is the day which the LORD hath made;we will rejoice and be glad in it."
~Psalms 118:24~

I first woke up at 5am, hands tingling .. *sigh* I may have to breakdown & visit the ol' doctor some time soon as this is making me crazy (ok, crazier than usual). Did go back to sleep, woke up at 7am - and figured it was time to just get up & enjoy the quiet of an early Sunday morning. Besides, when Michele says she had to get up at 4am to get ready to leave for SeaTac, I can say I was awake then too! *lol*

And a beautiful fall morning it is!! If I had pumpkins outside, there'd be frost on them. As it is, there's frost on roofs & car tops & the grass. Fall is here with a vengeance! The neighbor behind us had a shed put up this past week, so he put things away from his yard & garage - all the while, casting looks over his (ugly) fence at our back yard. I do think we're the scourge of the area as we're not nearly as picky about our yard as some of our neighbors. And Tom's yet to put the garden fully to bed for the winter. They want it different, they can come do the work.

I am sooooo happy with our new interior paint! It's a much warmer color, very cozy & "me". And the newer living room chairs look extremely good with it. It is finally becoming the 'home' I envisioned! Tom even made the plate shelves for the loft yesterday AND hung them! He wants to tweak something on them this morning, then I will put my Cat's Meows up (thank you, Kelli, for finding them!) and all of my various collectibles. Then it's reassemble the loft furniture, make Kelli's room presentable for Michele - then I'll be done for the day. Well, I'll have to pick Michele up at the airport ... *lol* ... but I'm spending my evening stitching. I realized this morning I started 2 ornaments for the exchange in MB - but haven't touched them all week! Yikes! Need to fully finish them so I can take them with me!

Off for more coffee and a bit of stitching til Tom wakes up.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

encouraging words


"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through
the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through
the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the
flame kindle upon thee."
~Isaiah 43:2~

instead of watching hockey

i'll post here, update a bit ... my guys are losing (4-0! NOOOO!!!!!) and i can't go to bed yet and my eyes are too tired to stitch, so ... here i am.

i've not stitched this week much more than a few rows. the house is torn up with the interior painting, though it is now beginning to return to normal. the loft is painted (though tom's just created touch-up spots, installing new shelving ... oops!) but we wanted to get the living room cleaned up first. the bathroom is all done & looks wonderful! the shower curtain needs to be put back up but other than that, it's ready to use. yea!!! i'm thinking of not putting my snowmen back up - just leaving them for a "winter" decoration - and keep the bathroom patriotic. i am clearing out clutter rather than putting everything back, in every room, as it was. we have so many family things, between tom & me, we could stock a whole 'nother house - instead, we've got a full crawlspace! *lol*

the week's been full of good & bad. trudy began her radiation & her chemo - it's going to be given on a very intensive schedule so i pray she handles it all well. bill won't know any mri results until next week for his prostate cancer. we found out today his youngest brother, who's only 2 years older than me, has also now been diagnosed with prostate cancer! mike's just retired and his insurance is so expensive. i just cannot believe all of this, all at one time.

michele's neuro is holding off on a diagnosis - of any sort - until many more tests are run. it's a relief - but a temporary one as we wait for a diagnosis.

lots of drama with kel's friends...one boy's now going to be attending another school, after he spends time at the psych hospital, again. i wish we had a house large enough to take in these kids - they have such awful home lives & try so hard to find someone to care ... senior night at the game last night was nice, though it was soooo cold, we all just wanted it to speed by. our team lost, though they did play well. the jazz ensemble performed at 'football friday night' on a local tv station - very cool!

i'll miss this week's contest. :-( i need this time, though ... i feel very, very burned out ...

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Annie's Homepage - love it!

"While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and
day and night shall not cease."
~Genesis 8:22~

Visit:
Annie's Daylight Saving Page
Don't Forget to Turn Your Clocks BACK ONE HOUR on Sunday October 29th, 2006 AT 2:00AM.
It's SPRING FORWARD FALL BACK!

Fully finished

I'm very pleased with both of these. The frame on the sampler is from Lori Nice - love her frames! America is in a frame I found at Michael's ... Now, once our walls are newly painted, I'll be able to display all of these pieces. Yea!!!!

What I do for others ... ;-)

A friend asked me to stitch this for her, for a gift for a friend of hers. I do like it ... going to be hard to part with it! *lol*

Xander's gifts



I wanted to make "personal" things for my first great-nephew, Xander. I sure hope he & his mom like these! :-)

Thursday, September 28, 2006

phew!

i've been having issues with getting my other blog links to work, to list. finally got it today! yea, me! *lol* now, to update my stitching pictures ... i really like how some others (like mary kathryn) post so many pictures. and, i've decided i'd like to start setting goals for myself - like, stitching goals - that i'll post/track here. give myself a bit of accountability, i guess. i see the biscournus that are being stitched & other finishing techniques and i want to try them. and i'm seeing december not too far away on the horizon & need to decide what i'm doing for whom and get working on it.

anyway ... back to my numbers ...

Monday, September 25, 2006

timing

come friday night, i'm usually at a football game being a band mom. this past friday, the team played in cleveland so the band stayed here & practiced until 7:30. that meant i got to go home about 6:30 & spend the evening with my honey, vegging.

talk about timing ... talk about things being as they're meant to be ....

about 8:30, my oldest cousin's daughter called mom to tell her my cousin-in-law's diagnosis. t (c-in-l) has been battling severe debilitating headaches for well over a year. one treatment would work for a bit, then not. over and over and over. a week ago, she had swelling on the bridge of her nose & was very disoriented. now we know why. she has invasive, fast-moving brain cancer. thank god i was home! my mom was such a mess - she couldn't hold the phone, couldn't talk, just sobbed. there is nothing good about this, of course. no good answer, no cure, no whatever. i'm grateful they don't live far from us, so i can take mom to see them as soon as they're ready ...

following through with 'timing', i'm an early riser on saturday mornings. as i walked downstairs to get coffee started, i could hear sounds from mom's room. thought at first it was her tv, then realized it was her, sobbing. she was on the phone with my cousin - who is more mom's brother than nephew - and again, just couldn't talk.

i wish there were better answers. i wish, like so many other people, i understood why people like t are being taken while other wicked people are left on earth. i wish i wish i wish ....

(later....)
i've been sitting here this morning, wondering in part why this is affecting me so much. i mean, i love my cousin dearly - as well as his wife - but i just feel like some huge weight's being drug around. it's partly concern about mom. but it's also partly all the memories of my dad's illness this pulls up. i'm revisiting all the decisions, questions, frustrations, fear ... and it ain't fun. i remember wonderful things about my dad - but i remember too the horror of his cancer. and i know trudy's will be as bad, if not lots worse. ann (in england) is going through it all with her dad & his almost-at-its-end battle with cancer. as he said to ann the other day: we wouldn't treat an animal this way. how sadly true.

when will this world find a cure for cancer & quit worrying about who runs what country? who gives a damn if this area or that area is a democracy or not? not me. NOT ME.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Bent Creek finish


This is "Four Seasons of Joy" - the Bent Creek chart we received at A Stitcher's Retreat in May. I love it!!! Now I want to do more of their rows ....

Lizzie*Kate finish


I love this finish! Michele shared a finisher with me - Deb Blume - who I think did a wonderful job on this! I was concerned, I'll admit, about the fabric she'd chose but she did a great job. This fits our home wonderfully!

Monday, July 31, 2006

And another ...

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This picture doesn't really do the piece justice ... This is "Four Seasons of Joy" from Bent Creek - it's the pattern we received from A Stitcher's Retreat. If you can see it, the "j o y" are stitched in darker colors & with different stitches than the rest of the alphabet. Elizabeth (of BC) wanted the word to stand out, to remind us to celebrate the joy in every day. I can't decide if I'm going to try to frame this myself or pay to have it done. Again - decisions, decisions ...

One finish

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Thank you, Michele, for getting this book for me!! I love how this worked up - using Thread Gatherers' silk floss was so nice. Very yummy! I may try making this into a pinkeep so I can set it wherever, instead of framing/hanging it. Or, finishing it as a pillow with tassels on each corner, like Mary Kathryn's one Halloween pillow. Decisions, decisions!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

the boys



the boys & their toys, 4th of July. aren't they cute???

Done!


This is a Heart in Hand kit I bought at the Retreat in New Harmony - finished it & framed it Friday night. I do indeed like it!

I didn't do anywhere near the stitching at band camp that I thought I would. I had the time but it was WAY too hot & humid! Touching anything was gross & I had no desire to mess up my stitching pieces with the yuck of me.

I'm now working on "America" by Blackbird Designs & I'm liking it. I hope to get a lot done today, though I do have ironing I've got to get done.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

heartsick

i have this beautiful daughter who, right now, i'm treating like shit. i'm hurt, my heart hurts ... and i need to stop doing this to myself & to her. she's at her dad's & being the little 'daddy's girl'. i'm being a jealous idiot. i want her to choose ME, i want her to want to be with ME ... dumbdumbdumb. i want to be a little kid, stomp my feet, have a temper tantrum, cry my eyes out ... none of which will accomplish anything. why am i so possessive? why am i so jealous? dumb. dumbdumbdumb. last night at band she came running up to me 'cause she wanted $ for something to drink. she helped me scratch my nose (my arms were full of uniforms) but did she give me a kiss or anything? nope. so today, i'm being the immature hurt jealous fool. dumb.
i have to work at letting this go. i have to let her have her time with her dad without getting stupid about it. guess it was easier when she'd go with him & get mad because of his relationship with m. i could harbor a hope that she'd get mad enough to not want to be there. again, dumb. hmm... maybe this self-analysis is working ... since some of this i've not been willing/ready to admit even to myself. it's hard to watch her walk out the door to his home but i have to learn to accept this stuff. she's 16 and going to his house is only the beginning of the places she'll go to & not with me. *sigh* why do they have to grow up???
ok, it's helped to let some of this out. going to have to analyze my reactions & all a bit more, later. too much work too do right now.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

almost done

have spent a few hours today, stitching on 'four seasons of joy'. it's almost done so i won't post a picture until it is done. i really like this piece ... thank you to elizabeth & marsha for designing such a joyous piece!

started "smile" yesterday as we drove to marietta. it came with a frame, so i'll frame it ... but then want to stitch something i can make into a pinkeep. i've been so inspired lately by stitchers who do unique, creative finishes as well as those who follow long-ago traditions in finishing. this is one area the internet has been good - allowing us to see what others accomplish, in stitching or anything else. i started to order pins this evening from joann online but that's a bit silly when i can stop by one of the stores & get what i want. oh, but wait - at $3/gallon for gas, is it silly to order online? a thought to consider....

Friday, July 07, 2006

Celtic band sampler




This baby was a UFO for over 3 years! I've never done that - and don't plan to again ...

I love this sampler & finishing it reminded me how much I love samplers of most any sort...