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Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Rachel Summer 2014 (Left)
I have some good news! In several areas! I have so much good news I do not know where to start!

Dahlia Yesterday 6.5 months
I guess, I can start with Rachel and her braces. She has never been happy with her teeth. She had a small gap between her two top front teeth. Almost every picture she has taken over the past several years, she has refused to smile in such a way to show any teeth. I was able to get her an appointment with an orthodontist. At first they said her problem was not enough that the insurance would help
with the tab. We don't have the kinds of funds that we could just hand over that money, so it looked like Rachel would have to live with her teeth the way they are. When I explained to the orthodontist how important this was to Rachel's self-esteem, they resubmitted the request. It was granted this time. They were put on in mid to late January. She will have them for one year. Her next appointment is in mid March. She can already see the difference. She has
Rachel Today
worn glasses for years but hates to take pictures in them. I think she is beautiful either way.

Sarah, Chance and Dahlia moved out the beginning of February. They had been hoping to get a two bedroom, one bath home in a small town 15 miles west of Danville. Population 200, before they moved in,  They had been looking at this house and really wanted it. Sarah worked with the banker and was able to get a mortgage to buy the home. She also started nursing school in January and Chance landed a well paying job in February. This one he got on his own, not through a temporary agency. Jobs you land by yourself always seem to last longer.

Life's Little Tangles early February
Life's Little Tangles Today
I have been struggling for house cleaning clients. A little over a week ago Jack and I talked about me putting myself on It is alot like Angie's list. A three month subscription was very reasonable. We figured it was worth a shot. Every other venue of advertising had not generated much of anything. Within a couple of days, I received an e-mail from a gal. She wanted me to come to her house and  discuss what she wanted completed. I did that yesterday, as well as actually cleaning her home. She and her husband were very impressed. They now want me to come every other week. So, placing my name here has already more than paid for itself. Yay!!!

Jack is getting around so well now, he no longer needs the Jazzy. He uses a one prong cane to get from one point to another when the distance is quite far. At places like the grocery store or Walmart, he will use one of their electric carts, but at home 95% of the time he just walks. He uses his rollator in the kitchen, when he cooks or does the dishes because of how much time that requires for someone to be on their feet. For those of you who have not heard the term "rollator" and are wondering what on God's green Earth that is, it is basically w rolling walker with a seat, so if the person using it gets tired, they can sit a spell.

I have paid for the stitching retreat in full and actually purchased the airline tickets so now its really official. I am going to Stitching Under The Oaks!!

I have been stitching a fair amount (some might say alot). Since the beginning of the year I've been concentrating on my HEAD, "Life's Little Tangles". The picture on the right of LLT was taken something like February 2 or 3. The picture on the left was taken tonight.

 For the past few weeks I have had some pain issues in my arm. Not sure why, but I have an MRI this week. Maybe that will give some answers.

I have come up with a system that helps me if I have to stop at a point within a pattern, that is not what could be called a "natural" stopping point. The far left side of page 1 of any HAED, at the top "Section 0". As you move to the down you have "Section 10", "Section 20", and so on. As you move to the right in the pattern you have your columns. As you move down you also have rows. So, for example if you are working with DMC 3371 and you have to put your project down for a bit you can make a note. Using color 3371 at Section 60, Column 34, Row 68. That way you can tell right where you are, or at l
Numbers on Box 1
east I can.
Threads in Box 1

Something else that was recently discussed was the way you store your threads. I was asked to discuss what I do, showing pictures. When I talked about this on group I said each compartment held 5 full bobbins. I misspoke. Each compartment holds 6 full bobbins. I am not happy with the picture of the numbers on Thread Box 1, but the way it goes is white (blanc) is in the upper left corner; then ecru; then the numerical ones start. The lower right corner has the highest DMC number in that thread box box two will start with the next DMC number. I have a total of 5 DMC threads with just one bobbin of each color. I have "overflow" boxes as well, but they are not quite as organized. Box 1:  Blanc- 543, box 2: 550-829, box 3: 830-3328, box 4: 3340-3849, box 5: 3850- B5200 plus the other numbers that start with 52. I have my metallics in clear cases on stitch bows, I hope this answers the questions of those who messaged me
about how I did things.

Happy stitching everyone!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Way Too Long, Way Too Crazy!

Baby Raymond's Bib
I know it has been WAY to long (almost a full two months) since my last update and I apologize for that. These last couple of months has had my head spinning wondering which side was up!

Framed Dahlia Announcement
I made a local friend who was due to have a baby. He was born healthy and is doing great - beautiful baby Raymond - on the Friday before Thanksgiving. I decided I'd stitch a baby bib for him. I didn't start on it, largely because I didn't have a bib to stitch on, until after he was born, but I was able to get it done in just a couple of days.

I noticed I had made an error on Dahlia's Birth Announcement. I had put the year as 1-4, instead of 14. I corrected that and added the time she was born. Then I framed it and gave it to Sarah for Christmas. She loved it.

Dahlia's Footprints
Chance made something neat for us and his mom. He and Sarah put paint on the bottom of Dahlia's feet and then turned the feet into butterfly
Rascal Sneaking a Peek
wings. I do not know how Peggy, Chance's mom, felt about it, but Jack and I LOVED it!! We went ahead and had it framed.

I also completed "Stop That Cat". I want to frame it and put it in  my bathroom. When I saw this pattern, I thought of our cat, Rascal, immediately. he definitely lives up to his name regularly! I finished stitching this project on New Year's Eve.

 In the picture of Rascal (right side) he is looking underneath my bedroom door that leads into the kitchen, watching Sarah's cat, Mindy. He and Mindy do not get along at all, so when she is roaming the house, he is in our room. When he is
Completed "Stop That Cat"
roaming, she is in her cage. If we don't do this we will learn the definition of "Cat fight" in short order. It really isn't fair to either cat to have to be locked away for any length of time, but, that will end when Sarah and her family move out. These two do this to
each other on a regular basis, so in a way this is funny. When Rascal is locked in our bedroom, Mindy will sit on the kitchen side of the door where he can see her under the door and taunt him (that's whats happening in this picture). If Mindy is in her cage, in Rachel's room, Rascal has been known to sit atop her cage. Rascal is 2. Mindy is more like 8 or 9.

I ave also made a fair amount of progress on, "Heaven" for my friend since second grade, Michele. Mickie (AKA Michele) knows about this. I  have made great progress, especially since my goal is to have it done by her birthday in mid June!

Because of putting my stitching efforts into these two projects, I did not stitch on my HAED. I plan on it though, now that I have one of my projects completed.

Speaking of June, I have exciting news! In summer of 2014 I was invited to attend a stitching retreat in Florida, called, "Stitching Under the Oaks" in June of 2015. After Jack and I talked about it, I said, "yes, I want to go!" I have NEVER been to a stitching retreat in all my years of stitching. I have heard alot about them and they sounded fun. I was honestly a bit nervous about saying yes, because I was unsure if we could afford for me to go. God is good!!! He provided!!! My parents sent me some Christmas money. I had paid alot on it already, but was hitting a snag at the end of the year. We were told of some finances that would be coming my way because of an auto accident I had been in June 2013. The other person was at fault, got the ticket, etc., but her insurance was trying to say I was 50% at fault. She had a stop sign, I didn't. So my parent's Christmas money paid for the remainder on the retreat, save $39, and the settlement paid the rest plus my  round trip airline tickets!

If you're wondering why I haven't talked about my house cleaning business lately, it because things slowed to almost a halt. there has been nothing to report. Hopefully, I will be able to go "client hunting" soon.

Take care everyone! Have a Happy New Year and happy stitching!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

My Needles Were Hot!

Hello, Everyone!

I know, once again, it has been way too long between updates and I apologize for that. It seems like since my last post alot of things have been occurring.
Captain kissing me

Chance was laid off of his job and is trying to get the GED taken. He has passed everything except one subject. He is getting some tutoring to help him with that subject before he takes that portion over again.

Our dog, Captain has had severe arthritis for the past couple of years. We were giving him
Captain before his appointment
glucosamine, to help with the pain, but we started noticing that it wasn't working that well anymore and that he was going outside only twice a day to do business for a few days. He had been losing his hair too. We have no clue why, but nothing the vet did helped that stop.  We talked about it and decided it was time to put him down. He was a Labrador/SharPe mix. He would have been 11 on December 21. I asked the vet how long does his bread usually live. He told me 11-13 years. So he was close. You could tell by looking in his eyes he was ready to cross the Rainbow Bridge. I was a mess for a few days afterwards, because Captain was really my dog. He slept at my feet, was fed and watered my me, gave me kisses and hugs, and so much more. He protected this house against a burglar a few years ago. Needless to say, a very faithful and loving pet.
Rachel and Kristian at the Military Ball

Rachel went to the Military ball with her boyfriend. They have been going out a couple of months. He is a member of the Junior ROTC and is hoping to go into the Marine Corps when he graduates from high school. She and I shopped for a dress a couple days before the ball. She tried on the dress she was planning on wearing, but realized it didn't fit right. We went shopping at a store called Debs. They carry everything especially meant for teenage girls; from jeans to formal wear. Homecoming was a few weeks before the Military ball, so the formal dresses were drastically reduced. We bought her dress with a 70% discount. I thought that was a great deal.

I broke my fourth toe on my left foot, Not sure if it happened when I dropped a cookie sheet on it, side first. When I dropped the cookie sheet I was drying the dishes.That same night, about an hour later I stubbed that same toe in a strange way. I guess one could have started it and the second completed the break. I went to the clinic the day after. They x-rayed it and showed me the films. The break is what he called an oblique break. It starts just below the top knuckle on your toe and goes down and sideways at the same time.

Stop That Cat
I had quit smoking in September 2011, but ended up starting again in February or March of 2012. I have been wanting to quit again. I set a last date to smoke (November 3) and put the patch on the morning of November 4, when I first woke up. I can honestly say there have been a few times that I really craved a cigarette. I have not given into that craving though. I am starting week three of the "Stop That Cat!" for the slower times. That didn't happen very often though. We had a pretty good turn out in the polling place I worked. Honestly, the only real slow time was the last hour. We only had two people come in then. We had five people within 15 minutes of the poles opening though.
patch. Yay!! Why quit the day I did? Because it was election day and I was an Election judge. Therefore I didn't really have time to smoke. And when I did, I had brought along

It snowed a couple of inches here this past Saturday. We'd had flurries a couple of times before then, but nothing that stuck. This time it stuck. It has not gone away yet either. I heard it may be gone by this weekend. I hope so. I have a good friend who moved up to Baldwin, Michigan at the end of spring. She was estatic that they got five inches of snow. She loves winter. Me? I tolerate winter I
love late spring and early fall, before it gets horribly hot or cold.

Since I have broken my toe, I have been doing alot of stitching. I have stitched on "Stop That Cat" as well as "Life's Little Tangles".I have also started "Heaven", the project I am doing for my best girlfriend, Micki. Micki and I met in second grade and we have been best friends ever since.

I am pleased with how much I was able to accomplish on "Heaven", in
 Life's Little Tangles
justa few hours work. My thought was to give this to her for her birthday this coming June. I gave her mom my piece "Amazing Grace" for Christmas a few years ago.

I stitched on "Stop that Cat!" for a couple of weeks. I frogged  the lettering I had done, "What's yours?" because I realized I had done it in the wrong color. Oh well, its not like the works take a long time to do! :) I am glad that I am getting to work with the colors of the cat now. I know I have maybe 600 stitches left on the "roll" but I need to take a break from white on white.

I also have stitched on my HAED, "Life's Little Tangles". I think I have made great progress, or at least good, for about two weeks of work. I think in that time I have stitched about 2,000. I have been able to spend a nice amount of time stitching especially in the week since my toe broke

I have also done something that I don't get to do very often. I bought some stash! I bought some from a fellow stitcher as well as 1-2-3 Stitch. I have not received any of the things yet, but I'll fill you in on what I bought next time. I also sent in the post card to start receiving the magazine, "Just Cross Stitch". I am excited!!!

Well, I need to be going. I'll talk with you again soon. Happy Stitching!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pictures, Pictures and MORE Pictures!!

Hello, Everyone! 

Creation Cat
Rough Day Cat
Some of you may remember that I stitched three different cats for my friend and sister in Christ, Jan. Dan, Jan's husband, was our pastor for a long time. About a year after he retired, which means he resigned from full time preaching, and started sub preaching, we found a different congregation.. When I stitched them, she and her family lived a few miles from us within Danville. A few months ago they moved up to West Central Michigan. :(   Her husband took a Pastoral Call there.  The congregation he is now the Shepard of is quite a bit smaller, which is what Dan was looking for, so it was perfect for him.Anyway, she sent me pictures of all the four projects in their new home. I thought you might want to see what they   

Love Spoken Here
Attitude Cat
   look like framed and hung up. Actually, Dan is holding, "Creation Cat" because the couldn't get a straight shot of the picture when it was on the wall. The fourth project is called, "Love Spoken Here". I don't think this picture is on the wall in this picture, but you can see the picture, framed, well.

Lori's Patterns

 I had mentioned a couple posts ago that my cousin, Lori, in California, had sent me an envelope full of cross stitch WIPs and supplies. She cannot stitch anymore. Not sure why, but she asked me if I
 could use them. I said of course! She sent me all of her things.She had
started both the girl in pink and the postman. I didn't take pictures of her WIPs, but there are plenty of pictures to see this time! Wow!!

About a week later my sister, Tracy, who lives in Idaho, sent me a BIG  box of  cross stitch supplies without
Material from Tracy, Baby Bib
 pattern, & Thread Chart

 even telling me the box was on its way!! Tracy is a huge reason I began cross stitching to begin with, so I was very surprised. The first cross stitched item I owned was one Tracy had made me when I was single and living in an apartment by myself. It said. “Home Sweet Apartment”. She sent me all kinds of adia, various colors as all kinds of other supplies. I called Tracy to thank her and also asked
Packaged Material from Tracy
why she sent me so much. She said she has slowed down on her stitching. She basically just does things like baby bibs now and other small things like that.

Then last week I received yet another box! This time it was from my Uncle Bill, Lori's dad. Uncle Bill is the grandfather of the young man whom I did the wedding sampler for earlier this year. He had Lori ask me if I'd be interested in the project my Auntie Faith cannot finish. Auntie Faith was diagnosed with Alzheimer's several years ago. She
Kits from Tracy
hardly knows anyone much less remembers how to do needlepoint any more. The project is needlepoint, not cross stitch, Uncle Bill was uncertain if it was complete, but, if it hadn't been completed, I believe I could have done it without any problem at
Auntie Faiths Project
all. The only color yarn he included was the cream color background. It is beautiful flowers. Uncle Bill included in the box he told me once I finish it to keep it because he has no where to put it. I will proudly find a place to hang this! This box didn't just have the project my Auntie made – stitching is all done – needs to be stretched and framed, but my uncle also sent me some beautiful tablecloths, a book called, “Gifts for the Heart”, but a watch, a radio  you  listen to with headphones, a macrame purse, and other types of memento
 items. He actually said in the letter if I didn't want any of the items to give them away.  Silly man! Why would I give away things from my
Bag of Threads
Uncle that he thought I may appreciate? He was right! I appreciate them more than words could ever say!

Tracy and Lori both sent me a bunch of DMC thread that needs to be put on bobbins. For the time being I have put ALL of the skeins. In one bag, Tracy had hers in the bag. I haven't counted how many skeins I ended up receiving, but I think its at least 200 skeins! :)

Tablecloths from Uncle Bill 
The tablecloths on the left are so pretty! There are several. Cream, white, green, red, and a cream one printed with gold thread! The picture on the right is of most of the extras that Uncle Bill sent. I know the book isn't part of the picture, but I cannot remember if there is anything else not pictured. It has a
Auntie Faith's Extras
package to put together a Bell Pull.The width looks just right to make Auntie Faith's project a Bell Pull, so that is what I am going to try. It should be interesting, since  I have never done a Bell Pull. I pray putting the hardware on it isn't hard! I may be asking either Dawn or Richard for help on this one. Be prepared, fellow stitchers, for some silly questions!

I also found out how to get the 2014 Christmas Ornament magazine from "Just Cross Stitch". That arrived a few days ago. Thank you, Sara, one of my Facebook friends with a cross stitching store! The  magazine also had a card in it for me to sign up for the normal bi-monthly magazine at more than half off! I am considering that, given I cannot find the magazine in
Stop That Cat
any store in my area!

I have only been stitching on "Stop That Cat", but I will start in on "Life's Little Tangles"  again now. Here is a picture of my progress on it. I feel like I have made good progress since my last post. There is just so much white, sometimes its hard to see the progress. What I can tell you about my progress is that the right side of the project is completely done, except the backstitching. I go no further on top. The few stitches of 762 you see at the top of the actual roll of toilet paper is the top row of the project. The darker gray (318) you see at the bottom is the bottom of the right side.
Threads on Cards
The left side has a  paw going a couple rows further down, but that is the lowest the pattern goes.

I believe I found the material I want to stitch "Heaven" on. I just need to make sure it is the right count material.

One more picture of something Tracy sent me. It was even more threads on white cards within a tan binder. The cards are from DMC and have room to put the number of the thread. She sent me 5 such binders full of thread! I feel so blessed with all these RAKs! I have no clue what to do with all of this new stuff, but I am sure I'll figure something out!!  :)

Take care, everyone and have a great week!

Sunday, September 28, 2014


Hello Everyone!

I am proud of myself! Since catching up on my e-mail, last weekend, I have taken time every day, except yesterday, to be on my computer at least long enough to go through my e-mail. On top of that, I am actually getting my blog updated in the time frame I wanted. When I came home from work after church, my in-home care client needed lunch, I announced I wanted to update my blog today. A
couple hours later, my computer was surrendered to me!  :)

Stop That Cat
I have not stitched on "Life's Little Tangles" this week at all, However, I have stitched daily on "Stop That Cat!". I was originally wanting to stitch all of page two. A small amount compared to page one, but that was not to be. (GRRR!!) Here is a picture of what I did get done. Page two actually starts on the far left side of the "s" in "what's". The very bottom right of page one is the 11 stitches of DMC 318. I had started to stitch the 318 on the lower left part of page two and then my skein of 318 disappeared! I had to put my stitching down unexpectedly for several hours yesterday and then, vanish! I had originally gone into the kitchen, for what was to be a couple of minutes, to take my two o'clock meds and I get conned into washing a round of dishes by Rachel and then asked by Jack to do a multiple store run.

Rachel had asked for "help" cleaning the kitchen. She was washing the counters very well, so I did a round of dishes, which, honestly, was probably 95% of them. Then Jack asked me to go to the grocery store and get some things he needed for dinner. He cooks most of the time, so I can do runs to the store. It ended up being multiple stores because the first store didn't carry an item he needed. We had meatloaf, homemade mashed potatoes and gravy and homemade biscuits.

Anyway, when I finally started to sit and stitch again, I picked up the pattern and couldn't find my 318! I decided to fiddle around with something else in my bedroom and then when I did start stitching I did another strand of white. The cat has white in him and of course toilet paper is white. Doing this on white is a bit hard. It will be backstitched in black (the toilet paper, so it will be able to be seen, but  I was thinking I should have used a shade of blue.

I found another skein of 318, but for some reason it was lighter than the one in "Stop That Cat", so I decides I'd have to track down the original skein. I ended up looking through my stitching area completely and then found the missing 318 skein.Yippee!! It had attached itself to a blanket. The black/brown DMC on the far right side is the furthest to the right the pattern will go. I will stitch more on this project this week, but not sure how much. I do want to stitch on other things as well. We'll have to see how it goes.

It dawned on me this week, not sure what took so long, but I realized I have really been at peace, inwardly, for the past couple of weeks. Absolutely nothing would or could upset me. I think I was originally stressed out so much because I was trying and trying to get together with a gal here in town that I had considered my best girl friend for years. Shortly before my 50th birthday, she stopped calling me. I'll be 52 on January 1. I finally realized that if she wasn't putting forth the same kind of effort I was to get together (every time I asked, she'd say, "soon", but we never would) she wasn't the friend I thought she was. Also, another gal in town, whom I considered a friend allowed her daughter to put Sarah down major time. Sarah may have become pregnant before she was married, but so is this girl!! I haven't spoke with her either, for the better part of two months.

Jack is doing well. He got 'skin' put on his prosthetic leg. Now its hard to tell he has on a prosthesis if he's wearing pants. You can only see where the prostheses starts if he is wearing shorts.

I had a scary episode last week. I woke last Sunday at my normal time and my left arm was shaking badly and wouldn't stop. After awhile, I woke Jack and a few minutes later we called 911. The shaking lasted for over seven hours. The hospital ran tests but had no answers. I saw my regular doctor the next afternoon and she ran some tests and got me into a neurologist. One problem we discovered I have is that my upper back, just like my neck, now has Degenerative Disc Disease. Also I am starting to form a hump on my back, similar to the one my grandmother had (maternal). I do not have osteoporosis though.

Well, I better get going. I want to stitch some more tonight! Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Chaos of September!

Hello, Everyone!
Life's Little Tangles Restart

Well, once again it has been near a month since my last update. BRATS! I really do want to start posting more often again.

I have been stitching a lot on "Life's Little Tangles". I cannot remember how fast or slow I did it last time I started, but it seems like I am stitching slower. Maybe it is my imagination. I don't know. What I do know is that I love using the red guide thread on this project!! In this picture you can see on the left that I have some stitches under the completed sections. Page 1 ends one row under the bottom stitch. Page 1 also ends one  column past the short brown line on the right. With me using the red guide thread, I feel like I can more easily count and it will be easier to move from page to page.

Jack mentioned to me that if I finish "Life's Little Tangles" by the beginning of next summer I'd blow them away at the fair. He may be right, but, I have other projects I want to do as well, thus I don't want to ignore them either. I don't want to put too much pressure on myself. This project is 24 pages, 450W and 373T. If I don't finish it by summer of 2015, maybe I can try for the summer of 2016?! Jack is supportive of me either way! I love him so much!!

I have stitched a bit more on "Stop That Cat".I also frogged a bit of Dahlia's birth
date on her announcement. I noticed that I'd put a dash symbol between the 1 and the 4 on the year
Stop That Cat
she was born. It won't take much to fix that. It will  .end up giving me enough room to put the time, like Jack and I had discussed.

I also have a pattern that talks about friendship that for the longest time I've been wanting to do for my girlfriend since second grade. Micki and I have been through everything together. She still lives in Fresno, California, where I was born and raised. After our first year of marriage Jack and I moved from Fresno to Bakersfield, California. The next year we moved to Illinois, largely because of the cost of living in California. We have been here ever since. Micki comes out to see us periodically. We have also gone to Fresno on occasion. Honestly, Micki has been able to come here more than us to there. I think a big
Dahlia May 5 wks old
part of that is because she never married. She is very shy and has trouble introducing herself to people. She is a wonderful person with a huge heart!

Sarah and Chance are in Pennsylvania on business for Chance and to show Dahlia off. They left early Thursday morning and arrived at his mom's house Thursday evening around 9:30, Illinois time. About a fifteen hour adventure. Not too bad, considering they had to stop periodically so Sarah could nurse Dahlia. This picture of Dahlia was taken last week. She was 5 weeks old. The outfit she is wearing a friend of my sister-in-law in Tennessee crocheted for her. She looks adorable in it! I'm not sure if you can tell, but Dahlia has blue eyes. They should be home on Tuesday or Wednesday. I'm not sure which.

The way Chance's hours are at work, it turns out he didn't have to take any time at all off for this business trip. Sarah is working again, but very minimal hours. She's hoping to go full time again before long. They are looking at a home in a town a few miles out of Danville. It is a very cute home, very reasonably priced.

Rachel is still going strong with the fire department. This morning she had to be at the station early because they were going to burn a condemned home as a training exercise. They finished the burn about an hour ago and now they are going out to eat.

Rachel is also doing well in school. Her Dad and I are very proud of her. She had ended up with a couple of low grades on her progress report, but did what was necessary to bring them back up. The first actual report card comes out in mid October.

Jack recently had a birthday. He received a refurbished laptop from his sister. His other laptop died months ago. Considering Jack writes on fan fiction that was very bad news. He recently started a new story that seems like it will be v ery good. The lap top arrived yesterday. He got right to work on it. He is so happy! Which of course makes me happy!!

I have signed up to attend "Stitching Under the Oaks" in Florida late next May. I have it about half paid for now. Lord willing I'll be able to finish paying it off soon. They request you have your portion paid for by March, which makes sense.

A couple weeks ago my sister, who lives in Idaho and cross stitches as well, sent me a huge box full of all kinds of stitching supplies. I was not expecting this at all. I knew she was sending something for Dahlia, but I had no idea about this box that has everything from various colors of adia; in several sizes, and way to much else for me to break down everything. I may see about taking a picture and posting it, but trust me, this box is huge and stuffed to the gills!

During the few days that Sarah and Chance have been away, I was able to be at my computer. On Thursday I caught up on my e-mail. I was very behind. Yesterday Jack "defragged" my computer and I cleaned my desk completely. No more clutter at all! I am very pleased. at the accomplishment. True, I was at it all day yesterday, but it looks so much better! Here' is to hoping it stays that way!! :)

Well I should be signing off now. I have a kitchen to clean and a load of laundry that needs to be started.

Everyone take care and thank you for reading my blog. I appreciate each and every one of you. Feel free to leave me a comment. I try to respond to each one!

Happy stitching to those of you who stitch!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Will It EVER Slow Down?

I'm beginning to wonder if life will ever slow down enough for me to post weekly, like I WANT to,
McGlasson Sampler Framed
or if it'll stay this hectic forever!!

Rose Bowl Ribboned
The couple I made the wedding sampler for sent a picture of it in it's frame. I like how it looks in the frame. Most importantly though, Brittany and Randy love it! I do wish I'd been able to get more of the wrinkles out before framing it, but Jack told me that that is one of the ways you can tell it was hand made for them, with it having a couple of wrinkles.

I finished Rose Bowl in time to enter it into the Georgetown Fair. It was in the beginning of August. As you know I did this for my Daughter-in-Law, Denise. I was making it her birthday gift this year. I felt like I had time to enter it into the fair since her birthday isn't until the end of August. I wasn't sure if it'd place because my cats managed to put a couple of small snags in the material and there was a small spot that didn't appear to come completely out. Nonetheless, I ended
Dahlia Mae less than 24 hours old
up in sixth place. I am not complaining, at all. I am proud of my work and Denise opened her gift early and loves it! I think I am probably my own worst critic. Everyone who sees it loves it. I doubt anyone besides me can see the flaws I am talking about. But isn't that all of us?

Dahlia's Announcement
My granddaughter, Dahlia Mae VanRyan arrived into this world on August 7, at 12:07AM (after 46 hours of hard labor). She was 7lbs 10oz and 20 inches long. She didn't want to open her eyes very much at first. When she did open her eyes, it was just one and that wasn't very long at a time. She opens them (both now) for longer periods of time. She currently has dark blue eyes. Chance has blue eyes, but they are a lighter
Sarah and Dahlia
blue. Sarah's eyes go between gold and hazel, depending on her mood, just like her dad. I stitched a baby announcement for Dahlia. I don't have it framed yet, but it is done. Jack suggested I put the time she was born under the date, on the same  squares thus far. I may see about doing that. Then my signature. I just realized as I was posting this picture that I accidentally put a hyphen between the 1 and the 4 of the year. I will frog that and put the time in smaller numbers to the area to the right of the date. I am actually very proud of the kind of Mommy Sarah is being to Dahlia.

I have restarted "Life's Little Tangles", again. You may remember when I was stitching this last time I have been working on it about a week. I think I have made pretty good progress. I have stitched about 1,100. I decided I'd used the red guide thread this time on it and I like how quickly it seems to be coming along.  I would say I've been
Life's Little Tangles
Stop That Cat
stitching on this about a week. Jack says if I can get it done by the time next year's fair rolls around I'd "smoke the competition". The first place ribbon in this year's competition went to a project of the Titanic.  It was gorgeous! It had every square stitched. So will "Life's Little Tangles". This picture isn't the best quality, but you can still see it pretty well. Hopefully my next picture will be better quality.

Also, here is a picture of "Stop That Cat" thus far. I have been putting most of my stitch time towards "Life's Little Tangles" so have not made much headway on this one, yet. I know the quality of this picture isn't the best, but hopefully you can see what I have completed.

Rachel started her sophomore year of high school this week and Sarah returned to Subway, small shifts for now. She will start looking for CNA positions now that the baby is born. Chance has been told he will be made perm at his job, but nothing has been signed yet. Jack was given a different prosthetic leg by the VA. The one he had before had become way too big because of his weight loss. This prosthetic actually has a bending ankle and middle of the foot.