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Monday, April 7, 2014

Test Day

Rose Bowl
Hello, Everyone!

I titled this update "Test Day" because this is my first attempt at posting my entire blog using my iPad. A very good friend of mine here in town gave me her old iPad about three weeks ago, when she bought herself a new one. My blog update a couple weeks ago was partly completed on the iPad and partly on my lap top. I wanted to see if  I could do this completely via the iPad.

As you can tell, hopefully, in have made a decent amount of progress on "Rose Bowl"  in the past couple of weeks. If I had to guess, I'd say I'm 50% done with page three. The only section ten area that is close to going as far to the left as you can see, is the first ten rows at the top and then the first three of the next section of ten. After that, the furthest stitch is probably forty-seven from right to left. The narrowest section of ten is only fifteen wide, from right to left. I have fifty-four rows that go from the top of the completed ten by ten square(s) to the bottom row.

I am hoping to get "Rose Bowl" done sooner than later. I was originally giving myself until August, my DIL's birthday, but I believe I need to push for at the latest the end of April. There are two reasons for this. My son and DIL, who live in Central California, are buying there first home. I, needless to say, am very proud of them. I was thinking this would look great in their new house.

Sarah at 22 weeks
The second reason has to do with my daughter, Sarah, who is expecting her first baby. She is  weeks along, this week. I need to do a birth announcement for her baby. We know she is having a girl. She and her fiancĂ© have decided on the name Dahlia May. We think Sarah's iron level is low, as is still very tired all the time. She still, occasionally, has nausea, but not nessecarily in the morning or associated with a particular food. The doctor has put her due date as August 10.
Broken frame

Father God had His protective hand on Sarah Thursday evening! She had put her in-home care client to bed and was on her way to Subway, the job she has had since she was sixteen. Three miles from Subway she hit a famous mid-west winter pothole.  This made her truck frame snap right behind the front right tire. Sarah had heard a grinding sound as she drove the rest of the way to work, but didn't know what caused it until she pulled into her parking spot and looked under the truck. I cannot help but think of the Country Music song, "Jesus Take the Wheel". This song is about a driver asking Jesus to take over the driving of her vehicle. Once the frame of a vehicle breaks, it cannot be safely driven, yet, Sarah made it to work! Sarah's ex-boyfriend looked at it sitting in the Subway parking lot. He is a mechanic. He agrees that it is a miracle Sarah made it to work that night. Her dad, Jack, picked her up from work that night. Today Jack went to one of the local junk yards and sold "Lucy", Sarah's truck to one of them. They will pick up "Lucy" @ 7:30 tomorrow morning. Hopefully, between what Sarah has in the bank and what the wrecking yard will give for the truck, she will be able to purchase a different vehicle.

Two Sundays ago I baked cherry chip cookies. Your typical chocolate chip recipient, except with cherry chips. I'd never done that before, but, someone gave us a bag of them, so Jack requested I try it. I made a single batch - equally fluty-eight cookies - and they were GONE in under four hours. I think I had four! I'd have to say they were a hit!

This past weekend we signed Rachel up for the softball season this summer. She is very excited. She has been talking about softball a great deal. The other thing she talks about a great deal is that she recently started becoming a cadet fire fighters.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Too Long, Again!

Rose Bowl pg 1 & 2

Hello Everyone! Once again I took a long time between posts, but I can honestly say it was not completely my fault! As it turned out, I put the cart before the horse, so to speak. As it turned out, Chance has not started with the new job, as we thought he would. He was told it would be seven to ten business days and then he would receive either a rejection letter, stating why he did not receive the job, or a phone call telling him when to come in to get his schedule. Neither has occurred. He has called a few times but naturally the person he needs to speak with is unavailable. Because of this, he spends the majority of his day on my laptop. I am okay with this though, because I've been staying very busy, between my stitching and my house cleaning.

I completed the top half of "Rose Bowl" a couple of weeks ago and started on page three. My best
guesstimate is that I've stitched 1,000 squares thus far. The progress with page three included is my second picture of "Rose Bowl". I seriously doubt that pages three and four (the final page) will take me anywhere as long as the first two pages  were to complete. Pages three and four are mostly the "bowl". Other than up by the flowers, the "bowl" is only about 300 wide, until the bottom. Then it is wider again, maybe a total of 500 wide.

I was an election judge for the spring election last week. I have been doing this for at least 10 years. We had a poor turnout - 89 out of 603 for the precinct I worked. I brought my cross stitch with me in case things were slow. I am glad I did!

In the month I have been away, I also laid out my material, cut out the pattern and started to sew it together  and I hit a snag. The pattern was suppose to come with English and Spanish instructions. That would be fine, if both were there. NOT. It had all the Spanish directions, but only the first four steps in English. The illustration pictures were with the English directions, naturally, so there was no way I could go beyond step four!! I called the maker of the pattern and told the woman my problem. A few days later I had my pattern instructions in English! :D However, now my snag is time.

About three weeks ago I received a call from a woman who was needing someone to help her with cleaning a rental. She used me three days that week. I netted a nice amount that week. She was very happy with my work and told me she would use me again when another rental became available. She actually resides in Texas. The weekend before she called, I was hired by a couple, cleaning there home twice a week. The weekend after I did the rental home, I was hired to clean a couple of homes. An elderly woman lives in one. Her son and his wife live in a home about 300 yards away from the mother. It will be a once a month job, but, it is an eight hour job at my higher rate, since I am using my supplies.

I am very proud of my better half! The bench seat you see to the right here is one that Jack
Jack's Boat Seat
constructed all by himself! he bought a used Singer sewing machine in excellent shape for only $35. He had me test the machine before he bought it. He told me the only sewing instruction he ever had was when he was a teenager for about an hour. We bought the marine vinyl from Joann's in Champaign, as well as the thread. The padding we bought at our local LNS, where I purchased my sewing machine. Jack put the whole thing together by himself. The only thing I did was give him instructions on how to sew a curve so it wouldn't pucker. This will be the new back bench seat of our boat. The wood was in horrible shape on the ones that were in the boat. He plans on making two swivel bucket seats. one for the driver of the boat and the passenger next to the driver. He ordered the hardware for those seats today. Tomorrow afternoon, after our final membership class with our pastor, we will be going to Champaign to get the material.

Well that is all for now! Happy stitching, Everyone!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Good and Bad Week

Rose Bowl Feb 19
This week has been a combination of good and bad.

The Good:

1) Even though we had a bad storm of wintery mix Monday, the weather is now warming up. The storm didn't actually start until we were in Champaign, but when it started, it was bad!! I had to go to Champaign to have my new shoe on my brace Monday. I was glad Jack was with me.  He has driven winter type weather much more than me, being he drove semi for 25+ years before being medicaled out. I have probably driven as many miles forward over the years as he has backward. When he stopped driving truck he had 3.5 million safe miles. No accidents of any kind in the semi.

2) We could be in the 50's before the week is out. I am so ready for the snow to go away!!

3) I did get in some decent stitching time on "Rose Bowl" I am guessing I have less than 1,000 to finish page one.

4) Jack and I had a wonderful time on our Anniversary. He got the sewing machine I had put on layaway out, had the church wrap it, and gave it to me that night at the dinner. I have bought a pattern, material and needed supplies to make me some navy blue slacks. I have been wanting a new pair.

5) Chance did get the job for which he was applying!

The bad news:

1) My friend, Patti, for whom I was going to stitch the butterfly, passed away in her sleep Monday night. Cause is unknown. Her visitation is tomorrow and funeral is Friday. I am still going to stitch the blue  butterfly, but instead of it going to Patti, I will give it to her family as a kind of memorial to her. Maybe I could have it done by what would of been her birthday next year? That date is January 9.

Well that is about it for now...when I list the good vs bad this way, I can see it has been a better week than a bad week.

Have a great week, everyone!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I Have Stitched and Put a Machine...

My New Sewing Machine
on layaway at the local LNS store! I have been wanting a new machine for quite awhile because my current machine has been not working for quite awhile. Jack and I have been discussing what could be wrong. He was thinking it had something to do with the timing but didn't know how to fix it. I had delayed in taking it in because I was uncertain of the cost of the repair. I finally bit the bullet, so to speak, and took it in to ask about a diagnoses and or repair cost. Bill, the man who does the repairs, said if I just had it diagnosed that it would be $20. He also told me that if it is the timing on the repair the cost would be just $35. I spotted this Elan machine, very basic, which is all I need, for $154. He told me I could put it on layaway, so he is fixing my Bicor machine and I put the Elan on layaway. I am excited! I can also get
as many lessons as I feel I need with the Elan for free. I am not sure how long it will take me to pay it off, but just knowing it is there makes me HAPPY!

I have stitched a bit this week as well. I wanted to be further than this, since my last posting on
Rose Bowl
February 5, but I ended up with a high fever for 72+ hours, and could do nothing but lay in bed. I had zero energy. This started Thursday afternoon. When I awoke late Sunday morning, shortly after my Pastor prayed for me with the congregation, my fever was gone and my energy was back, and I was back to normal activities. It was hard for me to believe I had ever been ill. God works in mysterious ways for sure!

Yesterday I started working out at the YMCA again. I had to stop in January of last year because of massive pain in my left shoulder and upper arm. The doctors, after a few months, figures out I had a torn bicep muscle. When I was properly diagnosed, and prayed for, the treatment didn't take very long and my arm and shoulder were back to normal. I went on the elliptical for 35 minutes, including cool down time, and went 2.25 miles and burned 305 calories. Not bad for not working out for the better part of a year, if I do say so myself!

Jack and I have our Anniversary this week. We were married Valentines Day, 1988. This year will be celebrating our twenty-sixth year. We are very happy. Yes, we have had our ups and downs, as any marriage does, but we learned the key along time ago. Put Christ in the center of the marriage and let Him take care of any issues. We plan on attending the Sweetheart Dinner at church that night. They are serving a five course meal. We signed up and told them it is also our Anniversary.

Blue Butterfly
I am toying with the idea of setting aside Rose Bowl when I finish completing page one and either starting my Blue Butterfly or "Stop That Cat". I cannot show you a picture of the latter project because I downloaded the project and there is no picture, just the pattern and color numbers. I also want to get "Life's Little Tangles" guide threads in, so I can restart it soon. I want to use guide threads for the butterfly as well. I don't think I'll need guide threads for the cat project.

It looks as if Chance, Sarah's fiance', has landed a job! We are very happy for him. He has been out of work since early November and has been looking very hard. He is suppose to have his third interview with a new store in town. From what we have been told, during the third interview the company gives you your name tag, debit card - their way of payment, and sets up an orientation date.

I am also excited to receive, in the next couple of weeks, the CD of Sarah's graduation from high school last May. We were unable to get them at the time, which had upset me, but at least we can still get them!

Finishing wise, I still need to frame "Wedding Bells" for my cousin's son and his bride-to-be. The wedding is in June, so I still have time to pick out the perfect frame, get it framed and sent out to my cousin with plenty of time to spare.

Well, that's all for now. Everyone please take care and have a wonderful week! Stay warm!! We are below zero again tonight, but starting tomorrow it is suppose to start warming up. Yeah!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Rose Bowl

Rose Bowl week 1 February
Hello Everyone!

I know, once again, it has been a long time since I have posted. This
Rose Bowl week 1 January
picture of my project for my Daughter-in-Law, Denise, has been stitched exclusively this month. I am completely done with page 2, the right side of the picture and probably have 1,500 - 1,700 stitches of page 1. I have made a great deal of progress on this project. I guess that is the advantage of being snowed in most of the time. I have been stitching as much as I can.  Pages 3 & 4 are mostly the "bowl" part, which is not nearly as wide as the flowers. If you look closely under the full flower on the right side of the picture you will see some yellow-gold thread and under the flower on the left you can see black thread. This is basically the width of the "bowl". I consider it more a vase
Rose Bowl week 2 January
than a bowl, simply because of the shape. At the bottom of the picture there is a couple of pedals and leaves.

I have other projects I want to do, some big, like restarting "Life's Little Tangles" and stitching the blue butterfly, both HAEDs. The butterfly is quite small for a HAED. As a matter of fact, it will fit in an 8x10 frame. I also have a project with a saying about friends that I want to do for my girlfriend since we were quite young. We met in second grade. We were in the same class and became best friends for life, quickly. I also want to stitch a project for my bathroom of a cat playing with a toilet paper roll, called "Stop That Cat".

I have some news that is exciting to our family. Sarah found shortly after Christmas that she is expecting her first child. She is due in late July or early August. This means I will have a grand child living near me that I can spoil. It also means that I need to stitch at least a baby announcement. Honestly, the main reason we are excited is because we were uncertain Sarah would ever be able to become pregnant because of surgeries she had as a pre-teen. She and the young man have been talking about getting married for quite some time.

Jack and Chance, Sarah's boyfriend, made Jack and I a new bed platform, headboard and foot board. The platform we had broke. We had a feeling it was going to, so we'd been planning this for awhile, but we ended up waiting until it had broken. It looks very nice!

Well, I need to go shovel snow...we got probably a foot of it starting yesterday afternoon. Have a great day everyone and stay safe in this weather! :)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

BOY was Decermber FAST!

Chance's Wolf Pillow
Hello Everyone!

I pray you had a wonderful Christmas and will have a blessed New Year! :) I am so amazed how quickly this month has gone by! It seems like yesterday was Thanksgiving, when we had Sarah, Chance and friends from our old church here for dinner and tomorrow starts 2014! I also have my birthday tomorrow!

I have done a great deal of stitching this month. I finished the wolf. Rachel and I went to Hobby Lobby with the project and
Rose Bowl 3
looked at material. We both liked the forest green color material with the wolf, and a friend did the putting together for me, as my sewing machine has been on the fritz for awhile./ The back of the pillow is solid green and the front has the green on all sides. I would guess it is about 11 or 12 inches on all sides. I gave it to Chance as a Christmas present. He loves it! :)

I have also made a nice amount of progress on "Rose Bowl". I felt like I was making decent progress
 before Christmas, but one of my gifts (thanks, Mom and Dad) was an Ott light. It is a standing Ott light with an arm which has a clip to hold the pattern and an arm with a magnifying glass. The lamp can either be used as a floor lamp (the way I am using it) or a desk/table lamp. Actually, they sent my Christmas money, I went to Joanns and bought this, then had
Ott Lamp and Stitching Area
Jack wrap it and tag it to me from my parents. I feel I got it for a very good price. It was normally $269.00 before tax and I was able to purchase it for $104.38, including tax!! Most of the time when I stitch I sit with back against these pillows and legs out on the bed. There was a lamp attached to this table that I bought a couple of years ago, but taking the lamp part off, which we needed to replace the shade of anyway, and using the Ott light instead works great! Jack tells me this light doesn't bother him. Most of the time I am stitching, Jack is on the other side of the bed reading his fan fiction or doing something else on his computer.

I also purchased two HAED patterns. One rather big and the other will fit in an 8x10 frame. The bigger one is "The Lord's Supper" and the smaller is a "Blue Butterfly". One of my clients loves butterflies and I figured this would cheer her up! I also purchased a hard bound book of Christmas  cross stitch projects, everything from ornis to wall hangings. Not to mention I want to restart "Life's Little Tangles".  I definitely have my stitching plans ahead of me!

The client that I am planning on stitching the butterfly for gave me a cedar chest last week. She said she has no use for it and wanted to know if I could use it. I said of course! I was thinking of trying to organize my stitching supplies better with the use of this cedar chest.

Sarah finished her CNA classes with a week of working at a nursing home for her clinicals part and then the final in the classroom. She passed both with an A, which does not surprise me. Now she has to take her State Boards. The next test for that is February. She can work in the capacity of a CNA for 90 days without taking the State Boards

.Well, I need to be going...I want to spend some time with Jack and stitch! :)Happy New Year Everyone!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

What a Week!

Hello, Everyone!

Things have been going pretty well for me since my update last week.

On Thanksgiving Day, Sarah and her boyfriend came over as well as some good friends from our old church. Jack cooked turkey and ham, made macaroni salad, mustard potato salad, mashed potatoes w/ sour cream instead of milk, pepper gravy and giblet gravy. I made homemade bread and pumpkin pies as well as chocolate pie, banana cream pie and a pistachio cool whip dessert. All the desserts were sugar free. Our friends brought over green bean casserole, butternut squash, German potato salad and sodas. We also served jellied cranberry sauce. All the food was delicious!

Jack and I watched the first NFL game. Green Bay and the Lions. We enjoyed the game. The Lions earned the win for sure! We always enjoy a good football game. I grew up watching all kinds of sports and Jack played football when he was in school. We ended up not watching the second game
I cleaned a client's home Friday morning. Saturday I spent the better part of the day on the computer, finally catching up on my e-mails and really facebooking for the first time in a long time. Church on Sunday was very good. Rachel and I went; Jack has had a bad cold and hasn't been able a to do to much as result.Rachel took care of the woman Sarah takes care of most of the week with her CNA duties before church and I took care of her Sunday evening so Rachel could go to church. Rachel is earning money to buy Christmas presents by doing this. I took Rachel to the mall Sunday afternoon and she bought whatever she is giving me for Christmas. Last week she bought what she is giving her friend. Rachel spent Friday night at a friend's hose and went to the movies. Once again, I cannot remember the name of the movie. That kind of thing escapes me. Aggravating!
Chance Wolf 2

I was able to stitch the day away on Monday! :) I made a big dent in the wolf project. I feel good about my progress! Here is the Wolf project at last post and then this post. The last time I stitched on the Wolf was before I went to the doctor this morning. I finished the wolf's face and neck. Using my red guide line thread, I started working on the rest of the wolf. I am currently finishing all of DMC color 640. Then I will complete the next color of the wolf until I have him done. Then I will move on to what is left of the branch and the back stitching. y plan was to give this to Chance for Christmas, but I am unsure how I will finish this. I started wondering if I had enough edge
Chance Wolf 3
to frame it a couple days ago. I wondered about turning it into a pillow. I have the stuffing, but my sewing machine bit the dust a few months ago. Maybe I can take it to the gal who does minor sewing repairs for me and see if she can help me turn it into a pillow. I may be able to find a frame, We'll have to wait and see.

I am excited about a couple of things stitching related. I have been looking for a magazine cross stitch related for quite awhile and have had no luck. A couple weeks ago I found one in the magazines at the grocery store, and only one! They had tons of quilting, crocheting/knitting, and scrap booking. This magazine is called, 'Cross Stitch and Needlework'. Inside the magazine was a coupon for 50% off a one year subscription. I snagged it and mailed it off! :)

The other thing I am excited about is that I went ahead and ordered a couple of HAED during their half off cyber sale! I put the check in the mail yesterday when I was going around town paying various bills. The smaller of the two is called, 'Blue  Morpho'. It is a beautiful butterfly. One of my clients, who has become a friend as well, loves butterflies. The second one is, 'The Last Supper'. I want to stitch that one too, but before I stitch either of them, I will restart, 'Life's Little Tangles'. My plan this time around with it is to put the red guide thread on the material used for the project. I have a feeling it will stitch much faster with that done first. I will put the guide thread ten stitches apart, the same way the pattern is gridded.

Rachel, her friend Bree, and went to Lowe's last night. Rachel and Bree picked out a beautiful tree. We put it in the stand last night and got it standing straight. We will probably decorate it later today.

The past few days it has been rather warm for December here. Today here it was in the mid 50's. Usually this time of year our highs are in the mid to lower 40's. Tomorrow though it is suppose to take a nose dive by the late afternoon and they are calling for snow tomorrow night.

Well, I must be going now. Take care everyone and happy stitching!