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


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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 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~

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

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! :-)