Sunday, March 23, 2008

Thursday, March 20, 2008

I've finally begun

My DD & I have talked about creating a scrapbook of/for her, before her high school graduation, for many months. She's gone through some of our stash of photos & made groups - which, truthfully, overwhelmed me a bit when I decided I really needed to start putting everything together.

So, I made myself sit down & get started last week ... and have finished 4 pages (2 sets of companion pages). Happy dancing here!

The colors of each set are the same, though the pictures don't show it. Would help if I used my 'real' camera instead of my phone's camera, but ... hey ... at least I took pictures!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

What a difference a week can make!

A week ago today, we were at the tail-end of our blizzard. We got about 20" of snow between Friday & Sunday, just last weekend. Of course, the city pretty much shut down ... one would think we never get snow here!

Today, all but the huge piles of plowed snow are gone. See the wheelbarrow? No snow!!

Wonder what it will be, 2 weeks from now, when we're just home from NYC? Uh oh ... I better not jinx us! All please pray for safe, warm weather while we travel!

Round robin finishes

The past week or two has been all about doing my part on round robins. I hate to keep them here very long for fear something will happen to them or I'll get caught up in something else & not get them done. ;o)

So, in order here: The first is a Lizzie*Kate one for Rosalie from PALs. I stitched July. I originally stitched all of these for myself, each month individually, but they are really cute stitched as a group like this, too.

The second one is Karen's, also from PALs. These are all Prairie Schooler birds (I did the robins) & the border Karen's stitched really sets the piece off prettily.

The third one is Milly's signature RR - you can see I added a little Quaker touch to her piece. Signature RR's are always interesting, seeing how each stitcher adds her own touch.

So now I'm back to stitching for me. I'd thought about starting one of my punchneedle pieces, just to give my index finger a rest, but of course, I didn't. Instead, I'm back to an over-one by Brightneedle. Which one? You'll just have to wait & see! ;o)

Sunday, March 09, 2008

SAL finished

We're doing a SAL in the Bent Creek/Heart in Hand/Trilogy group I'm in ... and I actually got mine done! :-) It's over one on 32 ct antique white fabric & I'm very pleased with it. I have a little frame I bought last year that I'll hopefully put this in yet today.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Anyone want snow?

The wind's picking up, so the visibility's even lower than when I took this picture a few minutes ago - but, we've got & are getting LOTS of snow! We've not hit blizzard status yet because the sustained winds haven't stayed at 35mph for 3 hours - yet! - but, we've certainly got the snow & the winds. We had thundersnow during the night. What a storm!

I know there are parts of the country/world that get more than this, but as they were saying on the national news last night, it's rare for us in central Ohio. Columbus' position on 2 rivers & all usually blocks a lot of the more severe weather - but not this weekend. We're under a Level 2 snow emergency & most businesses are closed - all schools are.

On the stitching front, I finally started my BC/HIH/Trilogy SAL. I decided to do Trilogy's "Spring" over one - no snow pieces for me right now! *lol* I've finished one RR I have here and will do the other as well as the signature RR I have here after I finish the SAL. I just needed to stitch for me.

I did work a bit on my Pizazz companion pages last night - got 2 done. I'm going to work on the other 4 today, I think - and have to start on K's scrapbook. She sorted photos last night, but we need to find what's stored on the computer & get those printed.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008


I saw this on Anna's blog & think it looks like fun .... How many have you read?

Look at the list of (100) books below. Bold the ones you’ve read. Italicize the ones you want to read. Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in. (Movies don’t count.)

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25 . Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner(Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She's Come Undone(Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones' Diary(Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane & Abel(Jeffrey Archer)
91. In the Skin of (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

Wow ... I'm better "read" than I realized! *lol*

And so it begins?

If the planets align just so & She thinks it's time ... this box will eventually (soon?!?) walk out of my office and into my van, never to return. And, more than likely, another box will join in its journey... Yep, Monday I have an interview for a different position with a different employer.

And when I have that occasional "OMG, should I really do this now?", something even more bizarre happens here, as though a big finger's being pointed & a voice is saying "is THIS what you want to work with any longer?". It's downright scary ... I've been here for 14 years. I've never, in all of my bazillion years of employment, been one to change jobs on a whim or after a short amount of time - which translated means, I've no idea how to be interviewed for a job! My gosh, can't everyone just love me & want me all for themselves? So, I'll be "me" and we'll see what does - or doesn't - happen.

In the meantime, I have piles of work to get done & better get to it ... though I'm highly tempted to open my office door & sling it out amongst my coworkers who apparently have nothing to do. Yes, it is better to be busy than not ... and I must keep reminding myself of that.

Sunday, March 02, 2008


I so love Mary Garry's designs ... why did she have to retire? I have debated for awhile about which to stitch first & finally made up my mine (ok - that's obvious, isn't it? *lol*).
T has said he'll make frames for me. He better start soon!

I went out to dinner with a few band mom friends last night ... what an enjoyable evening! Good friends, good food ... Today I'm going to see "Jesus Christ Superstar" with one of the women - can't wait to see Ted Neeley!

I'm now stitching on two PALs RR's. Ok, I'm stitching on one (wish I could figure out how to stitch on more than one thing at a time!). I think it's finally truly centered so I can just keep stitching. I've frogged 3 times! The owner stitched 50x50 squares for us to stitch in and the one I chose has a 49x47 stitch count. Hmmm ... how do you fit 49 stitches in 48 holes??? The other RR is Lizzie*Kate's flip its from a few years ago. I stitched all of them for myself that year, then swore off of L*K's annual flips its. So much for that resolution, huh?

My scrapbooking class Thursday was wonderful! I'll share pictures after I make the companion pages .. which I'd hoped to do today, but JCS, here I come!