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Friday, March 18, 2016

Spring Cleaning Time!

Hello, Everyone!

Life's Little Tangles
I have managed to get some stitching done, both on "Life's Little Tangles" and even started another project but more about that later.

Boy have things been hopping the past week or so! Jack and I did a deep cleaning of our bedroom, something it has needed for awhile. We got rid of the clothes that no longer fit us; got a new mattress and bedding set; cleaned out the cedar chest; I reorganized my cross stitch stash; Jack and I were election judges; and, the van's engine went out on us!!

Because of the engine going out, Jack is putting up his fishing boat up for sale or trade with someone
Psalm 23
who has a vehicle they no longer need. Jack's boat to him is what cross stitch is to me. I feel bad because he has put his heart and soul into tending to that boat.  I have some cross stitch stash that I want to sell or give away. Mostly patterns (leaflet mostly) that I know I will never stitch. Some due to the fact my taste in what to stitch has changed. I'm not sure how to go about it. I doubt that I could sell my cross stitch stash for what a car would cost. LOL

I stitched  on "Life's Little Tangles". I did nearly 500 stitches, I think. Like every stitcher, I wished I could have done more, but life gets in the way!. Much better progress than before the iPad program I was introduced to!

Rachel and Sarah
On Election Day I brought the kit "Psalm 23" by Bucella to the polling place. I brought something to stitch just in case we didn't have a very good turn out. I have been an election judge for at least 15 years. Some elections, sad to say, we have had under 20 people show up to vote. We did, however, have a decent turn out, so my stitching time was limited. There were two precincts at Jack's and my polling place. My precinct had 140 voters, while Jack's had about 130 voters. I expect more voters will show up for the Presidential race.  I did stitch on it a bit last night as well. I had really wanted to stitch on my HAED, but my iPad charge was very low, so couldn't. I guess that would be the negative thing to the GoodReader program. If you don't have a good charge or a long iPad cord, your stitching time is limited.
Sarah and Dahlia

Both Sarah and Rachel have found employment. Rachel has been at McDonald's now for about six weeks. Sarah stopped working at Subway and started a new job at Circle K. We are very proud of both girls! Sarah has a full load in college courses in preparation to start the nursing program in the fall. Rachel actually has two jobs, the other helping a woman who has cerebral palsy. Rachel also does home school and volunteering as a cadet on a local fire department. She is one busy girl! I love her for everything she does! I am also very proud of Sarah. She works, goes to college (getting A's on all her tests, etc.), is raising a toddler, and maintains her home. When she can tell Mom is about to go off the deep end, she talks with me and helps me get my mind back to where it should be.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

I Cant Believe I Haven't Posted in So Long!

Hello Everyone!

I know I've been meaning to update everyone for a long time, but is it really March? 

I know I ended up putting down "Life's Little Tangles" and then stitching a couple of things from the Ornament issue of Just Cross Stitch. I also stitched at least one other Christmas related item. I gave all of them as gifts.

My niece married a nice young military man. They now live close enough that we can go to their house or they can come here for various holidays, etc. They came here a few days before Christmas. I gave her the pillow I made. I stitched the silluette of Mary sitting on the donkey and Joseph holding the reigns of the donkey. We opened gifts with them early. They spent the night as Sarah's and went home the next day. They spent Christmas Day at his sister's place on the east coast.

I also made an ornament for my client in Savoy. I also stitched an ornament for the client I help here in Danville. It was fun to make! Jack helped me put the loops on to hang on the tree. They were a great deal of fun to stitch.

I started an ornament for Sarah from a different book, but never finished it and ended up lost. I'll start a different ornament closer to next Christmas πŸ˜‰! I also wanted to stitch a total of four small projects and insert them in coasters. I wanted to give this to my son and his family in Modesto for Chrisrmas. That didn't happen eitherπŸ˜ͺ. So much a stitcher wants to stitch, so little time!

After Christmas, I started on "Life's Little Tangles" again. I finished page two, went to move the material, I was stitching over two, and realized I had started stitching in the wrong corner.😒 Because of the cost of material, not to mention I'd be starting this project a third time, I decided to frog the project and reuse this material. I was doing just fine with that, thank you, when it got a hole in it. That's when I decided to stitch this over one, this time. 

I'm doing well with it. I have the width of page one completed and am working my way down. I had heard about "parking your threads". I was told this would be especially helpful with large projects. I was told of a video that was helpful in learning how to "park". I watched it and immediately understood and caught on. I decided I'd start that with this project. The last time I stitched, about a week ago, was the day I learned how to park and I stitched 300+ that afternoon. That's excellent for me! A couple of days ago I paid $4.99 for an app on my IPad called GoodReader. The woman in the video was talking about how helpful this app is. She is right! I think I'm going to be able to stitch "Life's Little Tangles" much quicker!

The bottom picture of "Life's Little Tangles" is after just over 100 completed. The top picture is after 200 more stitches.πŸ˜„
Happy stitching everyone! Love you all and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Where Did the Time Go?!?

Life's Little Tangles
Hello! Sometimes I get so frustrated! I WANT TO update my blog regularly! It seems like EVERYTIME I start to update something happens, yet again! GRRRRRR!!!!!!!!

The thing that just made all of that better is a post I saw on Facebook from one of my friends. Thank you, Sherry! Here is what she posted:

For every time I've stumbled, there is a time I've flown.
For every time I've messed things up, there is a time I've grown.
I know my Lord in Heaven is watching over me.
At times He sends His angels, at times He lets me be.
For life without some trials would be quite plain indeed
And I wouldn't learn the lessons He knows that I will need.
So I continue to endeavor and live my life with grace
Knowing angels are by my side and ready "just in case". Author unknown 

It is amazing to me sometimes how God works...using people and things to calm your spirit and realize who really is in charge!

Thanksgiving Turkey
In the nearly two months since my last update, we have had happy things, sad things and even scary things happen. I would have to say the scariest was my puncture wound. I was in the backyard, getting boxes and putting them in the van to take to the recycling center. I ended up puncturing the back of my right calf. Being that it was my right leg, the paralyzed side, I could not feel the wound occurring. I felt a scrape on my left calf, but didn't think much about it because it didn't hurt badly. A few minutes after, I look down and notice my white shoes are red!!! I don't know why because I cannot SEE any wounds! I turn on the water, rinsing my shoes and the blood spots on the driveway and within a short amount of time its back. Finally, I go in the house and wake Jack. He sees my legs and calls 911 and puts a pressure bandage on my leg. My blood pressure in the ambulance was low. I ended up with eight stitches that needed to be kept in for 14 days on my right calf and my left calf was able to be glued shut. Jack tells me that if CSI had come in our kitchen he would have been drilled about where was the body?! He said I lost at least a unit on the kitchen floor before he put the pressure bandage on.

Hope Ornament
The sad thing would have to be that because the way my insurance is now in order for me to receive a new shoe on my brace, I had to get a brace on each foot. The good thing about that, on the other hand, is that Jack and Rachel have been telling me I was occasionally dragging the foot not braced. The place that originally did my brace suddenly informed me they no longer take my insurance when its time to get new shoes. I found a place that did take the insurance, then found out about how the insurance would only cover the shoe with the brace on it. This means I'd have to buy, outright, the unbraced shoe.  I received the new braces a couple weeks ago. I am getting use to having a brace on my left leg. Everyone is telling me I am walking better. That is a good thing! :)

I would say the happiest thing is my niece's fiance first coming home from Afghanistan, then after his
Danielle and Nick
 "down time" he and my niece were married. I am so very happy for her! Congratulations, Danielle and Nick!! They will be moving into their own place, off base, in the next couple of weeks. Right now they are packing up all of Danielle's things to move her.

I have done a pretty fair amount of stitching as well. I have stitched on "Life's Little Tangles", I am not done with page two, but if I were to fill in these blanks, it would be done. I know for me to finish this project, I need to stop finding other projects to stitch as well, but as my DH says, I am going along just fine and then I see something. When seen, I say, "Shiny!!" (I want!) That is me! As a result, I end up with more than one project to stitch. Some might say more than I could EVER stitch.

Currently, I have:

1) "Peacock", which for the time being is safely tucked away
2) "Life's Little Tangles", whose pattern is still on my pink metallic board
3) "Thanksgiving Turkey", which I would like to get done in time to put on the wall this Thanksgiving (LOL)    and 
4) "Hope", my first ornament this year

Very Helpful Resource
I'd venture a guess that I will finish "Hope" before anything else since what I have left on it is all the same color. "Thanksgiving Turkey" only has four colors but it is a bit bigger than "Hope" as well.

I wanted to stitch some Christmas gifts this year. I thought small things or ornaments would work. I received the Christmas Ornament edition of  Just Cross Stitch and have a few picked out. I also have a couple other publications which have ornaments I would like to do. I bought a few coasters to make up as Christmas gifts, as well as a bracelet. I figured a couple of the "ornament" patterns would be perfect for the coasters. I bought a total of four.

I did buy some goodies to help we with my stitching of the projects. Those things have arrived!Yippee!! :) Two of those things are these books. I also bought some things meant to help me complete the ornaments. I am jazzed!

Another thing I have done, related to stitching is wrap all the threads my sister gave me last year. I PRECUT THREADS. I saw some of the cards she used at Joann's the other day, so I may end up redoing the binders. If I do though, the cards will be in numerical order, the way I can understand. I know I need to learn which colors are what number, but I haven't done that yet.
Another Helpful Resource
had wrapped the unused skeins she gave me months ago, but hadn't done anything with the threads she had in these binders. All of the thread was cut into lengths. I chose to not leave them like that because my sister had them sorted by color, not number, unless it was a card for a project. I decided to put all of those threads on bobbins. I am going to put these threads in their own box(es) and then label the box(es)
Flower Garden

My oldest daughter (Sarah) turned 21 yesterday. I remember when she was shorter than my arm, resting comfortably on my arm. Now she works two jobs, is going to college full time and is a Mommy herself! Her daughter is 14 months old.

This past week Jack and I did some beautification of our yard. This planter is in the south lawn of our front yard. Besides the mums you can see, we planted tulip bulbs and daffodil bulbs in the spots where there are no mums, in the hopes of having a pretty planter this spring. We have more tulip and daffodil bulps to plant, we just need to figure out the best spots.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

What An Interesting August!

Kit I Started in the Hospital
Hello Everyone!

I have had an interesting few weeks! Some of you may not of seen my short blog update a couple weeks ago. I ended up in the hospital for a full week because of an abscess in the lower half of my left knee. About thirty-six hours after the surgery to remove the abscess, they released me from the hospital. They made three vertical incisions. They didn't stitch them closed because they want the incisions to heal from the inside out. A nurse from Home Health Care comes twice a week and looks at it and bandages it. As long as I have her coming, they pay for all my bandaging supplies.

As to how the abscess happened, that is a guessing game. It could have been when I tripped mowing the lawn or when I was on my hands and knees in my bedroom removing carpet. There is not really
More Kits Adana Gave Me!
an entry wound. Either way, I went into the Emergency room for the second time in three days on July 31. They started IV antibiotics on me and decided to put me in the “observation unit”, which was suppose a twenty-four stay. After I was there for twenty-four hours I was supposed to either be released or moved to a different unit. I was there after the twenty-four. Shortly after I was there for forty-eight, they moved me to a different unit. So they moved me on Sunday. Thats when other doctors started getting involved. When Jack and Rachel were visiting me Monday, Jack told one of the doctors that pumping me full of antibiotics was going to do no good if they couldn't find the
Life's Little Tangles Before This
 Times Stitching
source. He told him they need to do an MRI or CT scan. The doctor agreed. I had an MRI later that day. It showed a couple of abscess areas in the lower part of my knee. Shortly after I was moved upstairs, a stitching friend (thanks Adana!) brought me several kits to stitch. She even
Even More From Adana!
 Only thing not pictured are the scissors
bought me some scissors, bless her heart!!:) On Wednesday someone from Orthopedics came in and talked with me and showed me the MRI findings. They sent the x-ray machine in because the MRI was showing that I had a “foreign object” in my knee that had caused the whole thing. The x-ray showed nothing, so it was concluded the MRI was “over analyzed”. They did the surgery Wednesday evening and I went home on August 7. Jack and I think the "foreign object was so small, it came out with the puss from the abscess unseen. 

I went to see the surgeon yesterday. He likes the looks of how I am healing. He okayed me to start doing small things, but nothing on my knees, of course! I see him again in two weeks.

I looked at “Peacock” and thought about stitching on it, but didn't. I did however stitch some on “Life's Little Tangles” and “Noel” one of the kits Adana gave me. I ran into an issue with "Noel" pattern when I made the mistake of doubling up pearl cotton size 12. Silly me was reverting back to normal DMC where most of the time you make it two strands thick. Boy did I feel dumb on that one!
Life's Little Tangles Now

I thought I needed more white. I got some white from the maker of the kit, Turns out I had just enough. But I ended up ordering the green DMC 503 pearl cotton from 1-2-3 Stitch. I need to watch a video on how to do a particular design (spider rose). I think I found one on You Tube. I am suppose to do this with DMC floss not ribbon. Most of the videos show it with ribbon, but I found one with regular floss.

When I ordered the 503 Pearl Cotton size 12 from 1-2-3, my adoring husband, asked me if I
Order From 1-2-3-Stitch
wanted/needed anything else! We found out if we added DMC 310 and B5200, both pearl cotton size 12, that it would not increase the shipping cost at all! So we did that!!

Chance and Sarah went out of state and picked up Chance's daughter so she could have her one month a summer with Dad visitation. She is a beautiful young lady. Very well behaved. Jack and I immediately loved her! She dotes on her baby sister like she is a pro! They arrived here the day I was released from the
Dahlia's Smash Birthday Cake
hospital, which also happened to be Dahlia's first birthday. She celebrated her birthday at Chance's parent's home. She had a purple frosted smash cake she had fun with!
Brianna and Dahlia Cuddling
She was wearing one of the dresses Papaw bought her for her birthday during her celebration.

Our washing machine died in early June when our basement flooded because of a very fierce storm that our drainage system in the basement couldn't keep up with. The water heater died as well, but Jack was able to fix that. The day I got out of the hospital, on the way home, we stopped by Home Depot and bought me a new machine. We talked that we were washing at the laundromat and drying at home but we were spending more on the laundry this way than if we just replaced the machine. Even though it made things tough, we just took the
Dahlia After "Smashing" Her
Birthday Cake
leap of faith and did it! Father God has seen us through this trial. We are okay!!

Another time Father God had His protective hand on Rachel and me was yesterday. We were heading down a state highway, 55 mph, when the front right tire and wheel came completely off the car!!! Rachel was driving. She has her learner's permit. She managed to get the car over enough to the right that cars could safely pass, but not so far that the tow truck couldn't pick it up. She came to as safe a stop as any professional!! :) You could see the terrified look on her face but she did great. We did not crash, did not get harmed, and the car got home unscathed. Jack says the whole thing happened because the tire that came off was a bit bigger than the other three. No harm to the tire either. What we are going to do is put the tire back on long enough to get to the tire place and then get the proper size tire mounted!!

Well, that is it for now. Happy stitching,everyone!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hospital Time

Hello, Everyone!

I have stitched very little this week. What I did stitch was on the left peacock on "Peacock" sampler.

Most of my time this week has been spent as a patient in the hospital. I hurt myself last weekend and the wound became infected. I originally went to the Emergency Room on Tuesday. They gave me an IV antibiotic and sent me home with a prescription to fill. They told me to give the antibiotic forty-eight hours to work. If no improvement, then come back. 

Wednesday was a bit better, but Thursday and Friday my leg looked worse. Jack took me back to Emergency Room Friday. They admitted me. Originally for just a 24 hour observation. Then  the swelling area grew so kept me a second night. Now staying a third night. The swelling went down, but not away. The redness decreased, but didn't go completely away. Still in pain.

Didn't bring my stitching with me to the hospital. My husband brought me my iPad when he came to see me today.

My leg still hurts a great deal!

I am sure that next update will be more positive. Happy stitching, everyone!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Very Fast Summer

Hello Everyone! This summer has been flying by! In early June I went to SUTO (Stitching Under the Oaks). I had an absolute blast! I met so many stitchers and had a wonderful roommate in Anna πŸ˜‚ I am very glad I went!

Since the retreat I have been stitching on “Life's Little Tangles”. I was not happy with leaving it as it was before I started concentrating on stitching on the retreat project. I now have it at a place that I will be able to pick it up easily and not be lost. A part of me wants to keep stitching on it. Another part wants to pick up the SUTO project. The picture here of "Life's Little Tangles" has the width of pages one and two completed
Life's Little Tangles

I am excited and nervous to start stitching the “Peacock” sampler again. It has a great deal of stitches in it that I've never done before. Some of the threads are silk, some are normal DMC (cotton) and others are pearl 5 and 8. Part of it had a metallic kind of thread. It also has a hardanger section. Before the retreat, I had used cotton DMC, some metallic thread, and in one project I used glissen gloss. Before the retreat was over, I tried to do a little of each stitch in class. Thea also gave us a CD, so if we needed to watch it being done again we could. She also gave us the material to turn it into a bag for our WIP's.

I am very excited...Joann's has opened in our mall! :D Rachel and I went opening day, and “window shopped”. I was ecstatic! I saw everything I need to do do cross stitching. I also saw some cute stamps and that made me think about maybe making some cards, especially since I've seen the end result of others doing cards. You never know, you may be the recipient of a handmade card! πŸ˜‰

We are in the process of getting things organized here. I have all the music related stuff tucked away and the stack of stuff needing to be shredded done. I also have all of the wallpaper off the north wall in what was the dining room that can be reached by me without a ladder. I still need to do the south wall. It won't take near the length of time as the north wall, because it has a very large window. The east wall has paneling, so we are leaving it be. The west wall Rachel tore down Now, instead of a Living Room and Dining room, we are creating a Great Room, I believe is the term.

I also tore up the majority of the carpet in Jack's and my bedroom. When Jack was having to use an electric wheelchair (AKA Jazzy) it tore a major hole in our carpet in the bedroom. I have fallen a few times because of catching my foot on the carpet. There is a hardwood floor underneath, but the reason we covered it to begin with is there are various issues with the hardwood floor, such as paint splatters and needing sanding and resealing.

I am still going through tests, so I don't have final results, but the CAT-A of my brain showed I do not have any aneurysms forming. That is the good news. On the other side of the coin it showed I have what they term as a “small” benign tumor in my brain. I am scheduled to talk with my neurologist anyway on Friday. The main doctor office said he will discuss with me the options and then I may see the surgeon.

My granddaughter, Dahlia, is growing a great deal. She started walking about two days before this video was taken. That was a couple weeks ago now. Her first birthday is August 7. It took her a bit longer than I remembered my girls taking, for her teeth to come in, but once they started coming in, watch out! Now she had seven teeth, I think.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Let's Talk SUTO!!

Completed Peacock Sampler
Hello, Everyone!

I apologize for not writing for so long. Things have been on the crazy side for me. Also, typing for me, has become interesting. My left arm jerks a great deal now, because of whatever is going on with my neck and spine, so typing proves to be very interesting. The thing I find interesting is that it will jerk when I type, but not when I stitch. Why? I don't know. Don't get me wrong, I love the fact my arm behaves when I stitch. Just curious though. Jack and I may have solved this problem (the jerking arm) as far as me being able to do anything via the computer. LOL I mentioned to Jack my frustration at the jerking of the arm. He thought about it and came up with the idea of me using his remote keyboard and mouse. So, Jack hooked up the remote keyboard and mouse to my laptop. Typing this out that way works very well. I was thinking about it too. I jokingly said, “I wonder if I dictated it, if Rachel would key it out, since she can type a lot faster than Dear Ole Mamma! I wondered aloud if there was a free on line dicta-phone. Guess what there is! Even better, it is a natural part of the computer programs already on my computer!! I will have to do that next time though, because it requires some sort of microphone, which I don't have right now.

Me on  Boardwalk at steps to beach
I did get everything I needed for the SUTO retreat. Sarah and I went clothes shopping so I could have some much needed summer type clothes. I flew down a few days early. I stayed with my friend, Jennifer, for the couple of days before the retreat. The Florida trip was a lot of fun! I enjoyed myself a great deal!! Before the retreat, Jennifer took me to the beach area and she took some pictures of me on the boardwalk.

Thea was the teacher and she taught us some stitches I'd never heard of. The project is beautiful!! Part of it is hardanger, which is also new to me. The biggest section of the project that I have done thus far is in just regular over two cross stitch. The smaller parts I have done are some of the specialty stitches. This project also has me working with threads I never have before, Pearle Cotton both 5 and 8. Also silks and blended threads as well as regular DMC.

I took a picture with Thea, but its way to foggy/fuzzy for the blog. BRATS!! The most expensive thing I bought was a magnifying light/lamp, that I put over my project so I can see the holes easier and don't have to bend my neck at all!. It has proven to be very helpful. I had the magnifying, light up lamp sent directly to the house..

Progress on Peacock Sampler
I also had to have almost everything I received during the retreat sent to the house via UPS. I received everything from a scissor fob, to scissors, (BTW both of those were in the theme of the project...Peacocks) to needle minders, to kits, counting pins, markers, and so much more! I also bought a few things from Karen, the gal who brought part of her store, so if anyone needed anything it was there. I bought some beads , material, a needle minder, before I found out I was receiving two. That's okay, I now have three, so if I have three projects going, I have three needle minders! I also bought several packages of beads. Then there is what was being given away. I ended up bringing no less than five thread storage boxes and more patterns and the thread that came in the storage boxes. Some of us brought things to exchange with each other I made a bookmark, which I neglected to take a picture of. I also included a little case to keep small stitching supplies. In the exchange, I received a framed cross stitched angel. The angel, on her right finger(s), has a blue bird of some type. There are flowers on either side of her at the bottom. Underneath her SUTO 2015 is stitched. I have her atop my roll top desk, where I can see her all the time. Thea also gave us a DVD of how to do the project, step by step. Yippee!!!!!

I am getting so excited about Joann's coming to the mall! They open in mid-July! We have been without a cross stitching friendly store in town for a long time. I've had to go 70 miles [round trip] to get anything but thread. And honestly, the store that carries DMC cotton thread charges beyond the pale for it. I'll pay it, when absolutely necessary, but when they charge nearly double what everyone else does...

Life's Little Tangles
When I came home from the retreat, I was in a stitching mood. My Peacock sampler was still on its way here. I decided to try and get some of the 100 stitch blocks complete on “Life's Little Tangles”. I wanted to try and finish out certain 100 stitch blocks before I put it down to start again on the retreat project. There were a couple of squares, on “Life's Little Tangles” that has under 15 stitches. Others had quite a few. I am getting there; I can say I see my progress. I don't know how long it will take me to finish the Peacock Sampler from Thea, but I don't want to leave myself at a point where I'd be completely lost when I picked it up.

I am also very excited about the fact that I have made a new stitching friend. Hey, Hey, Connie! The other day I went over to her house and we chatted and stitched. I really enjoyed myself. When we talk we talk about family and stitching and everything in-between! We have become fast friends. I started a pattern that is quite easy, that I'll only stitch when we are together. It's small in comparison to some of my other stuff, but it should be a simple pattern to sit and stitch and chat! She started telling me about this pattern she was getting in parts, being that it was the chosen pattern for a Stitch A Long.

I want this pattern very badly, even if I have to buy it! I love the clothing and things of that era.
Rachel's Cake
Reminds me that there use to be much simpler times:
Someone shaking your hand sealed a deal; meant more than, “hello” or “good-bye”
Someone saying they will do an act did it
Children didn't even consider mouthing off to their parents
The Bible was followed, not ignored
Neighbors actually watched out for each other

I could go on, but I'm sure I have made my point. I've mentioned before how much I would have loved to live in the 1800's era. Someone pointed out to me that if an accident had happened that made me disabled back then, medical science wasn't as advanced as it was in 1963. this is true. However, the argument could be made, rightly so, that automobiles were not part of the picture until very close to or into the 1900's. Since I am disabled because of an automobile accident, would I have even become disabled? Another thing to ponder.

June is a big birthday month for our family. Both of my parents, my older sister and Rachel have birthdays in June. I am pretty sure at least one cousin does as well. Rachel's is a kinda special one. She was 16.

Sarah posted a picture of Dahlia Mae standing by herself for 10 seconds a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to show it to you, but it won't let me load the video. :(