Monday, May 23, 2011

I'm Back

I have been a very lazy blogger. Thought about writing every day but never quite but the finger to the keyboard. Life just keeps getting in the way. First up is a stitching update. I have been making good progress on the three projects I've been working on. Firtst is new day which is a really happy and feel good project. I am doing it on a light lemon opolescent fabric. Makes me smile every time I work on it. At this point it is about 1/3 done. I'm also working on my Jenny Bean sampler. It's about 1/4 done. and looking terrific I might add. My new start this week is "272 words by Primrose Needleworks. It is the full text of the Gettysburg Address. I loved doing One Nation, and gave it to my brother in law for Christmas. But this Baby is for me! Its a good project to workon at night (when I can keep my eyes open). I am doing it on 32 count and using DMC threads. As it called for 10 skeins of Gentle Art Nutmeg and I can't how it makes any sense to spend that money. I love the effect on larger areas. I am also taking a quilting class its called "Baby Steps" and I am making a table runner. I am not so much interested in starting a new hobby (Lord save me from my addiction) but I thought the class would be helpful in teaching me some skills I could use in finishing. Oh forgot to mention I took a trip up to Williamsburg on Sat. met some friends there, had lunch and of course shopped till I dropped in my favorit stitcing store, Haus Tirol. So many pretty pretty things. Mostly got fabric. They have a fabulous selection. On another front,my continued quest towards health and fittness. I have lost 40 lbs. and am at my lowest weight in the past ten years. I would like to lose 60 more before the end of the year. Weight Watchers is a great program and I am also going to OA as I want to make this a lasting change. I have been reading (on my third read) Marianne Williamsons Weight Loss course. I can't say enough about this book. It has opened my eyes to so many ways my negative thinking has contributed to my weight struggle. I continue to go to the Y Mon -Fri. My schedule is crazy. I get up at 3:30 (yes 3:30) Drink a pot of coffee and do some inspirit. reading, get to the Y at 5 swim labs till 6, walk around the therapy pool for 30 minutes then take a short 15 minute nap in the hot tub (kidding-about the sleeping part) I have been trying very hard to get to work by 8. Needless to say I am whipped my 8pm!I feel so much better.Well I need to tend to my job, so everyone have a good afternoon and give yourself a big hug.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Lazy Blogger- found it

The week just kind of got away from me. And here it is almost monday again. Was able to atitch a little bit every day (which always improves my mmood) Worked some on Jenny Bean-slow progress but the piece still makes me smile. Also started a small piece for an exchage I am doing in the fall. this is a group exchange where there are several themes. The one I am currently working on is a fall theme- and I decided to modify the little house monthlies- I am using October-I love the pumpkins and the gate- am still working on what words to use at the top. Then I need a creative way to finish it. I have other themed items I need to work on for this exchange- and as we all know time has a way of getting away from us so I want to be on top of things. My birthday is coming up soon and I am a firm believer in gifting oneself (isn't that just another name for stash) anyways I have been debating about buying a sewing machine-just something simple to do some basic finishing and maybe a little sewing (I have never had much success in this area-I'm not patient, but patterns now seem so simple) anyways JoAnns had a sale this week and I bought a basic singer machine. I'm sure I'll be successful at this because Martha Stewarts picture was on the box and if Martha says I can do it well who am I to doubt Martha - we shall see-. Have a great sunday- stitch if you can and get some sun. Huggs

Missing Blog?

Well yesterday I wrote a lengthy blog and phoof it is nowhere to be found. Dosn't that just bite. Well I'm going to post this short note (to make sure all is working well) and then I will be back later this afternoon to reconstruct yesterdays note.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Funky Day

Spent yesterday feeling not quite myself. Not sick, somewhat bored and definetly tired. Did all my usual chores. Avoided going back to bed, really wanted a nap but I knew if I did that I wouldn't sleep last night. Never even picked up my stitching once during the day. I guess some days are just like that. Today I intend to make it a better day. My stitching buds are coming over this afternoon and I am looking forward to that. We have been meeting on Sundays as a friend has been working on Saturdays but I know I will be glad to return to stitching on Saturday afternoon. I try to have a less structured Sunday, family time and getting ready for the work week. Have been really faithful to my eating plan although it did not show up on the scale this week, stayed the same. I was kind of surprised as I had weighed myself several times at work and it seemed i was going in the right direction. Oh well since I knew I had been faithful to my eating plan it didn't much matter. I know there will be weeks like that this is a marathon not a sprint. And I know logically its not about the number on the scale (but that so matters sometimes)it is about the changes I am making towards a healthier lifestyle. I have been attenting my local OA (overeaters anamoyous (?)) meeting. I'm not sure its my thing yet, but I am willing to use all the tools available to me to help me get healithier. I have no problem admitting I'm addicted to food and that my life has become unmanageable, just not sure I am ready to give up control (yet). Guess I'll just keep listening. Have a great Sunday, Hope its sunny where you are. I am grateful for the beautiful day here in Virginia.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The gov't owes me money!

Realy the truth is they will be sending me back my own money but its more fun to think of it the other way. Every year I wait to the last minute to do my taxes. Tajes no time at all and you do it free on line. So whats my problem? I always think I'm going to owe money-so I allow my self to be anxious for a few months its good self abuse, don't ya think. So I did the fed and got back a respectable $141 (I have a problem with letting the gov't spend my money for a year and then giving it back to me with no interest) so I play it pretty close with my withholdings, when I did the state I got back $435! shocker! what will I do with that money, Pay off bills? hell no, save it? yea right, buy a little stash? you betcha! I will be having a little extra spending money when I go to Williamsburg next month. Oh the fabric, the fibers, the colored preferated paper, all mine, such joy. OK sorry for the bragging I'm just a happy girl. Got a little stitching done this morning and a little ripping out(which is unusual for me since I usually live with my mistakes). Enjoyed my lunch with my sister yesterday the lobster salad did not disappoint me. Doing my time at the Y after work (dosn't it sound like I'm talking about prison, well it feeels that way) Everyone have a great day and thanks for following my blog!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sittin at Panera Bread

Well I'm well into my third cup of coffee, read the newspaper, checked out some blogs, enjoyed a bagel and now its time to give you a little update of my weekend. Yesterday i got up early and did a good amount of stitching on Jenny Bean. I then went to the Y and did 30 minutes on the tread mill, I've decided to hold off on the strength machines for now as they are very busy when I get to the Y and I seem to be slowing up the flow as I'm not familiar with them also I need to "LOVE" the treadmill or at least tolerate it.So I have my "workout" clothes with me and will do my time at the Y before enjoying the afternoon with my stitching buds. Last night I experimented with making egg rolls, I put them in the oven rather than deep frying them. They were pretty good, next time I will leave them in the oven longer to get more crispy. 4 of them were 8 ww points, with that I had a salad, was a very satisfying meal. Tomarrow I am taking my sister out to lunch. We are going to the Green Onion in Norfolk ( for those of you who live in the area) They have the most amazing lobster rolls (only for lunch), somewhat pricy ($20.00) but you get tons of lobster in two New England style hotdog rolls (which are toasted) I will pass on the fries (which are also very good) but I WANT both rolls so I will have a light supper of vegtable soup. I have been looking forward to this meal but I do want to have another good weigh in (2.8 lbs lost last week) I would like to reach my ten percent goal by my birthday (8 lbs-4 weigh ins). Yesterday I pulled out some old journals and read through them. Kind of depressing, seems I've been battling the same issues for the past 10 years. At first I was feeling that I have made no progress in these areas then I decided I was just a slow learner, then I ripped out the old pages. They will not be there 10 years from now to laugh at me. Have a great Sunday, be good to yourself!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Well yes I Did!

Thats right I did go to the Y on Tuesday, used the treadmill for 15 minutes and the strenghth machines. I could not figure out how to turn on the treadmill and comes to find out it was broken and I'm not stupid! I tolerated the treadmill but I really enjoy the strength machines, although I could tell I was not pushing as much weight as previously, I will get back up there. So I'm off to the Y tonight for the "B" leg of my excercise routine (treadmill, weight machines)this will be my routine for Tue, Thur, Sat, Sun and then The "A" leg will be my swimming on Mon Wed and Fri). So I have not done much stitching yesterday or today. Have had my nose stuck in some healthy cooking magazines I picked up at the grocery store yesterday.I am really enjoying cooking more although I wish they had more recipies for cooking for one. I hate leftovers and when I freeze something I feel like I'm eating a frozen dinner and I am not satisfied. Weird I know.The only thing I don't feel that way about is when I make my vegtable soup, that I pretty much eat every day. I was so excited today about my lunch, I was having a turkey sandwich on one of those thin bagels with spinich, red onion and mayo. Well I relly enjoyed my spinich and red onion sandwich. I think I but 2 bags of turkey in tomarows lunch. Oh well sometimes it dosn't pay to try to be organized. Have a great day Peace and Love.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Jennie Bean and Me

Although I did not get a chance to stitch last night but I was up bright and early this morning and working on Jennie Bean. With coffee by my side and my favorite local news team on the TV I was able to acomplish quite a bit.I am starting to get used to the fabric and so love the colors. I love to do alphabets and this is what attracted me to this piece in the first place.
I am not as attracted to the othe Jennie Beans so I do not think I will be starting a trend. Need to go to the Y after work today, theres no getting around it my "swimming" on MWF is not going to cut it. I need to use the treadmill and do some strength training. I've been putting this of to long and I just need to make myself. But I don't like it, not one bit! I mean whats a half hour. Its about 10 songs on my Ipod. I keep reading all these stories about people who learned to love excercise. I think they were all written by Richard Simmons! Well I don't think my daughter even knows who Richard Simmons is and she loves excerise so that blows that theory. Enough whinning I JUST HAVE TO DO IT!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sick of winter!

I'm sure everyone feels the same way but I needed to get this off my chest. This morning when I went out to my car at 6:15 to go to the Y I could not belive I had frost on my windshield. Enough is enough. If I am going to keep up my motivation to get to the Y in the morning is it too much to ask for a little cooperation really what does a girl have to do? Had a nice afternoon with my stitch group yesterday. Made a sizeable dent in my Jenny Bean friendship sampler although I will admit that those four houses look a little overwhelming. I love the muted colors on the lambs wool and can already invision this hanging on my wall. For me thats a good indiction that a project will actualy get finished and not become a WIP at the bottom of my ever growing to do list. Some people have bucket lists I have WIP'S.Never did make it to JoAnn's yesterday. Stopped at barnes and Nobel and then drove right by. This could be just part of my denial process. Finishing is my least favorite part of this passion of mine. Part of the problem is space (very short of it) so I have to drage everything out and once its out I need to compleat things as I cannot stand to have it all hanging around. I wish there was such a thing as a finishing fairy ( I could leave the project under my pillow and like magic it got done) girl can dream. Take time to stitch today its cheaper then therapy!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring Cleaning

Spent a good chunk of yesterday organizing my very small kitchen. I have so many new foods and gadgets since starting weight watchers ( not necessary for success on the program I just tend to be a foodie, or go over board, depending on who you ask)anyways things were starting to look a little messy and I was not happy with this. I am a big box/basket person so off to Michaels I headed. I found large basket with a cover (larger then a bread box) that I but on my counter to but in the supplies I use every day. Then I found a matching smaller basket to put in my coffee/hotchoc. and cold drink supplies. Things are looking much neater. I then moved on to organize my stitching supplies more things went in decorative boxes. I truely am the queen of boxes. Worked on my two small projects (which were supposed to be projects for work, but I got so involved I just kept on working on them. Finished the little doggie project and I'm off to JoAnns to get some cute backing material. I worked on the stitchers heart this morning but will but that away this afternoon and work on Jenny Bean friendship sampler which I have not worked on all week. My stitching buds are coming over this afternoon well at least two of them. Seems like its been a long time since we've all gotten together. Life seems to be getting in the way, which is not acceptable. Only kidding as I am the only one who has no husband. Hum maybe thats why I love being single. I am having a good weekend with food, since stitching Group isn't meeting until 1:00 today there will be no goodies. Even though I plan on the points its not eating as healthy as usual. So I will go hame and have a good lunch. Sorry ladies its BYOG (bring your own goodies) from now on. Bad hostess. I hope you find time to stitch on this rainy and cold sunday. Peace and Love.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Projects!

Yesterday I got my B'Day projects offf to the framer. It was a load of my mind. And although on Sunday I started the Jenny Bean friendship sampler (and no I have not worked on it since-bad girl)and have been sporadicly working on Sams Socks I decied I needed some small projects to take to work. So this morning I kitted up a couple of patterns that I got over the weekend from my friend Maggie (my very generous friend) The first one is a cute little Lizzie Kate Quick-it design Dogs leave paw prients I am doing it on a dull yellow fabric and pulleed threads from my stash- I am making this for my "grand-Puppy" Benjamin- this is hard for me to admit but I really don't like dogs- would never in a million years have one but I love Benjamin! He is a big dog and so sweet-he is the light of my daughters eye-she is thinking of sending him to doggie daycare-as he loves other dogs. anyways I am making this to hang on his crate (he loves his crate)so He'll think of me. The send one is a design by Beth Twist called I will stitch you in my heart it is a Heartstring Primitives design- I am using a piece of green fabric and again I took the threads from my stash. I think I will make this into a pillow for my daughter.I can't wait to get started on these projects. Tonight is weight watchers and although I was on program all week will have to see if my efforts will be rewarded. I do know I have been able to lower the amount of insulin I take at night and I rarely have to take any during the day, so I need to focus on those things not just the scale. I have to tell you a funny story, my daughter comes to supper on tuesdays, my son-in-law has school usually but this week was semester break so he came. He asked Rachel what I was making for dessert-Rachel told him I wasn't making dessert to which he relpied "theres always dessert". Sorry Joe theres a new eating plan! Have a great day-stitch your heart out!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Omlette maker

I could not wait to try my new mini omlette maker so instead of quina chilie I made an omlette for supper last night. Beat up a couple of eggs, sprayed the omlette pan with pam put in some salsa, some cheese closed the lid, cooked it for three minutes on one side flipped it over and cooked it another three minutes. Opened the pan it flipped right out on to my plate. So delish, and easy. I give this gadget 5 stars. I can see many more omletts in my culinary future. Got a little stitching done last night and stitched for a couple of hours this morning before work did not want to get ready for work but the thought of being homeless motivated me. Where is my prince charming, who will support me while I persue my lifes passion. Could be hes hidding somewheres with my winning lottery ticket. Hope everyone has a good afternoon, find a little time to put up your feet and stitch, your worth it.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Face Lift

As you probably guessed I am not very computer knowledgeable so I must depend on the kindness of friends to help me out. This weekend my friend Maggie and I got togeter on Sunday for our weekly stitch fest, 2 members down but we held the group together (by the way,great spinich dip). So I wanted to change the background on my blog. Maggie was very sweet to take time away from her stitching to help me out. Well it turned into quite the project really gave Maggie the fits, but I think it looks great and I thank you Maggie. Before going to Maggies I had a little shopping spree at Bed Bath and Beyond. I had seen this Weight Watchers cook book there but for some reason couldn't tell by the way it was packaged if it was a new cook book or a collection of ones I already had. Anyways my daughter bought it and said it was really good, so of course I had to have it. While I was there I took a look in the gadget department, big mistake. I am a sucker. so I needed a new citrus squeezer, bought one last week but it was plastic and it broke, this one is metal. Also I have such a had time making eggs for egg sandwiches, they had this cute little pan just the perfect size. Then I found this cute little omlet maker, its about four inches round and you cook one side then flip it over to cook the other side, Can't wait to use it. Also bought my sister an imersion blender for her birthday. Shes a very good cook and very hard to buy for so big sigh I've got her birthday covered with 2 weeks to spare!

On the stitching front I got the Jenny Bean friendship sampler started. Got 7 letters of the alphebet started, those four houses look pretty time consuming. I'm not liking the lambswool much too stif and having some trouble seeing the holes so I know I should work on it every day to get used to it, Will see how that goes. Hope everyones Monday gets off to a good start. Peace and Love

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Quite day lovin it

Have been stitching most of the day. Have put in the last stitches in birthday gift #2. Now I need to save up some money to get them both framed. I'm feeling a little anxious about money today. Got my notice in the mail for my lease renewel I expected my rent would go up about 20 dollars but it is going up 50! Kind of suprised. Seems whenever I get ahead its a step back. Such is life. Well thank goodness I have that stash to rely on, see another reason to buy when the times are good. So what should I pull out of my stash. I have so many WIP's and I love them all but I yearn to start something new. So with no guilt I am going to start Jenny Bean's friendship Sampler- I am going to do it on 32 ct Lambs Wool ( a piece I bought from ABC stitch and alredy comes surged-gotta love it. I actually can't believe I've held off starting this project because from the moment it came out it called my name. Well then again thats true of all my WIP'S ha ha.Well enjoy the rest of your weekend. Thanks for reading my blog.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Day Off!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have the day off from work, our census is low and for some reason it helps our cost when salary people take a vacation day. I usually don't like to take a day off in the middle of the week, but I have meetings on thursday and friday. So I had a lot of plans for today but its raining cats and dogs so 6:00 came and went by and I didn't go to the Y, 9:00 am came and went and I didn't get up and go to Target. I've come to the conclusion that my day is "best" spent sitting in front of the TV and stitching. Poor me. I could really get use to this life. Am making good progress on birthday gift #2. I hope to finish it this week. I am also slowely coming along on Sams Socks. I NEED a new start,(Have many wips but theres nothing like blank piece of fabric) Have a great day, if its raining in your neck of the woods stay dry. peace and love

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Taking my breath away

"Life is not measured by the number of breathes we take , but by the moments that take our breath away!" author unknown

This sums up what this hobby, my passion does for me. It could be reading other blogs, finding out what other people are stitching, thumbing through a stitching magazine, picking the brains of my stitching buds for more ideas, adding to my stash, seeing a quote I like and thinking, someday I'm going to stitch that, planning a vacation around stitching. dreaming about retirement where I can spend more time stitching. It goes on and on and the beauty is it can only cost me extra money when I chose to let it. It gives me an opportunity to be generous, I love to share with my friends, I get as much out of giveaways as the reciever. I also love that I am leaving something of myself behind ( no children, you do not have to save everthing). Right behind my children it gives me a reason for living,a reason to wake up every day and do something I love. I guess this is a reason I'm such an ealy bird theres no better way to start off the day then spending a little time with needle and thread. I then know that what ever challengs face me I have at least one thing to be grateful for. I hope your passion for needlework has a chance to shine today.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

weekend, first its here then its gone

Well even though it was short I felt like I packed a lot in. On friday night I went with family and friends to a charity event to support the food programs in the area. It was called the open bowl and is sponsered by the local pottery guild. The concept is when you get there you get to chose a ceramic bowl and oh my they were so many to chose from. I would pick one up I was in love with and then by the time I got to the next table another one had caught my eye. I finally settled on a sage green bowl with a scallped edge with leaves stamped in the inside of the bowl. After my difficult decision I enjoyed my supper of vegtable soup, a slice of bread and a donut. It is to symbolize a typical meal a homeless person would be lucky to have. There was entertainment and a silent aucction (I was out bid). The evening was very enjoyable and supported a worthy cause. if your community has a simular event I encourage you to attend. I will definety make this a yearly event. Saturday was spent stitching, grocery shopping and cooking. Sunday was spent getting ready to spend the afternoon with stitchig friends. I worked on my sams socks and got quite a bit accomplished. I then cooked a great supper garlic glazed chicken and brown rice. Spent the rest of the night getting ready for the week. Getting stuff ready for the Y tomarrow and packing my lunch for tomarrow. I have lost 21 ponds on weight watchers and it seems every week my points get lowered its ok I am eating plenty but I need to get more creative. I was doing some thinking about how much weight I have lost since what I remember as my all time high (about 12 years ago and it is a total of 102 lbs. Small changes surley do make a change over time. Hope every one had a great weekend.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Making life a little easier

I have a key ring full of keys I have no idea what there for.I have two keys that look exactly alike. One opens my office the other does not the odds are 50% of the time I use the wrong key. The same thing with my house key. This has been going on for years AND I MEAN YEARS. So did it take a rocket scientist to figure out that I needed to take the mystery keys off my key ring. Now I'm no longer frustrated 50% of the time when I chose the wrong key. It amazes me that problems that are so easily solved somehow escape me. So I am now on the lookout for more of these. Tell me about the little things you avoid doing that if you just took action your life would be so much easier. I would hate to think I am the only one out there. Find time to stitch today. I know have 5 secounds more to my day that I can use to stitch.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Quick note

Just a quick weekend update (the day got away from me-and my eyes are closing fast). Stitched quite a bit this weekend, sunday was rainy and it felt good to be looking at the rain and not be out in it. I am almost finished with birthday present #2. I also spent some time finishing my diva giveaway, which got in the mail today.I love having giveaways, but standing in line at the post office is no fun. Well I hope everyone gets a good nights sleep.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Special Day

Today is my daughters 27th birthday. I'm sure eveyone says this but I just cannot believe how those years have flown by. I will say eveyone of those moments with her have been presious she is such a blessing. She is an amazing woman and my best friend. I had a very busy stitching day yesterday. And I hope to continue on today. We are not meeting as a group today due to sickness and car troubles. Fortunatly I am fine. And I hope my buds are back on track soon. Heard from a friend that there was a new baby pattern in Just Cross stitch. I think I will stop at Barnes and Nobel and check that out. I am feeling a need to add to my baby box. Just realized it is pouring rain out. well I guess I should be counting my lucky stars I'm sure this means more snow somewheres.Have a great sunday!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Gift to my self

I I am the proud owner of a new net book! I have been having problems posting from my phone and decided to bite the bullit and get a netbook. I so enjoy my blog and all the stitchers I am meeting that when it become problematic posting from my phone I saw no alternative. A brief update of my week. I have made good progress on birthday present #2. I had today off from work and had a friend over to stitch this afternoon. This evening I had my daughter, son-in-law and my son over to celebrate my daughters 27th birthday. We had a WW friendly supper and no cake. Since my daughter and son-in-law are going out to a very swanky resturant tomarrow night my daughter apreciated the lack of desert. We both had a great weight loss week, me 2.2.6 lbs and she 3.4 lbs. Love WW.

Monday, February 28, 2011

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not in my nature. Jane Austen

This such a beautiful saying someday I hope to stitch it. It also sums up my lovely day stitching with friends. It started my week off on a mellow note. This morning my swim buddy was back bearing gifts. I had been drolling over a butterfly lunch sack and she ordered it for me! LOVE IT! Cooked up a storm this weekend, I will post the recipies tomarrow real yummy and easy. Well I want to catch the last fleeting moments of warm weather and sunshine.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Diva winner!

Congratulations to Teresa. I have contacted Teresa to make arrangements to get her prize to her. Thank you all for entering I enjoyed reading your responses, I am in good company with all the stitching divas in blogland. Keep reading I will be having a new giveaway soon. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pink fabric with a mind of its own

When I made my stitching plan for the weekend my main goal was to get busy on the prize for my sixty follower giveaway well wouldn't you know I couldn't find the pink fabric or the needed pattern, thought I had left it at work, briefly thought about driving to work to get it but

then decided that it would make my weekend seem short so on to plan B and as you know I accomplished quite a lot on
b'day present #1. When I got to work on Monday my stitching wasn't here. Well now I'm confused got home Monday night spent an hour of valuable stitching time looking for it. No luck. Then last night I found it right under my nose. Once in a while I catch that show on the Oprah network about cluttered homes or as I prefer to call my home organizationally challenged. Well my fingers will be flying this weekend so I can get the prize in the mail on Monday. There's still time to enter dear divas.

Monday, February 21, 2011

a little extra time

My swimming buddy was not feeling well this morning so I was able to get in an extra 45 minutes of stitching of course then I didn't want to stop but I was a good girl and went to the Y. I got a lot of stitching done this weekend, I hope to finish birthday gift #1 by this weekend, sorry I can't share any details with you the birthday person is a follower. I hope to be able to stitch tonight, if I can keep my eyes open that is. In fridays mail I got a lovely surprise from Catherine at Bramblewood stitches. She sent me a lovely pin cushine with the sweetest buterfly yellow of course. I was so touched by her gift. Thank you Catherine for thinking of me. You truly made me feel like a stitching diva. Remember its not to late to enter the diva contest. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Friday, February 18, 2011

60 follower giveaway!

Well whoever my newest follower is thank you so much- in fact thankyou to all my followers- I so appreciate your support. So in homer of this milestone I am going to have a giveway. The prize will be a stitching diva finished hanging piece and some other surprises. If you wand to be entered you must be a follower and respond to this question I'm a stitching diva because.......... I will pick the winner on Feb 26th good luck to everyone. I look forward to your creative answers. So friends old and new put on your thinking caps.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Positive Thinking

Our workday lives are filled with opportunities to bless others. The power of a single glance or an encouraging smile must never be underestimate. G. Richard Widget

I am trying to hold on to this thought as I muddle through a difficult day. As a new social worker many years ago I remember talking with other social workers and planning our careers - we all wanted to work with the "worried well". Well that bus left the station and I didn't get on. The people I work with are sick, poor, scared and when God was passing out coping skills and sometimes manners they forgot to raise their hands. As the economy gets worse and there's so much talk of cutting back on programs I grow more frustrated. It's great to have all these mircle drugs but if your insurance wants you to pay a four hundred dollar co pay what good is it. So sometimes all I can do is smile and encourage my patients to hang in there. So if you have your health count our blessings. If you have health insurance you are double blessed.

On the stitching home front Sue recieved package and posted a picture on her blog. It made my day that you were pleased I'm already planning the next giveaway.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day

What I would like most for Valentines Day is a nap! Oh yea streatched out on a beach chair somewheres warm, fruity cocktail in hand, stitching by my side. Ok back to reality, had a fun weekend. Stitched with the ladies on Sunday fun time there is just so much talent floating around that room its hard to keep up with all the good ideas. I started a small project on Sunday, its a small design by Sherry Senicar called stitching diva, I am doing it on a scrap of green fabric and "winging" the colors. I came across a small piece of pink fabric the other day but for the life of me I cannot find it now. A place for everything and everything in its place is something I'm working on. I decided I needed to buy myself something for Valentines day. Since I need instant gratification I can't order any stitching stuff on line. Candy is out. Then it hit me my own toaster for my office. It hit me when I came to work this morning and one of the "kids" was cooking fish sticks in the toaster oven at 8:30 am then I'm supposded to toast my English muffin? I don't think so. Have a great day.

Friday, February 11, 2011

great day

"Today I am learning to think and act in a positive way that is healthy for my mind, body and spirit."

Yesterday I went to the doctors and got an excellent report. All my labs were in the normal range and I was so grateful. I have been seeing this doctor since Oct. I felt that the doctor I was seeing was not doing enough for my high blood sugars. She wanted to see me every month then wouldn't' change anything. I had been saying I was going to get a new doctor for the past two years. I'm so glad I made the change. My new doctor empowers me, let's me manage my diabetes like I have half a brain. When I don't eat like I'm supposed to I take more insulin. Because I'm responsible I do a better job. As I continue to lose weight my hope I can not need the insulin. Lost 3.8 lbs this week. I started a new project yesterday I can't say much about it because its a birthday IOU I will say its working up quickly, I'm using an overdyed silk so no color changes. I'm planning a birthday dinner for two of my stitching buds and I do plan on having a piece of cake but someone will be taking the rest of the cake home with them!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Snow Day!

I apologize to every one who is over their heads in snow. I'm excited for the day off because I know by this afternoon it will all be gone. There seems to be about three inches out there but here in Virginia that might as well be a foot. So I am all cozy and already stitching on Sam's socks. So far this is a fun piece. Once I get over having to cut the Weeks floss( I frustrate over the small stuff) I'm enjoying myself. So my trip to Target was for not as they did not have my lunch sack. I did notice that they have expanded their food section. Must be trying to compeat with Walmart. I don't care if they carry less outdoor stuff but I will miss some of the home decore stuff not that I ever have much cash left over after my stitching spending. I did buy a neat necklace and earings and was going to wear them tonight to Weight Watchers but they might be a little heavy.yea I'm crazy! Yesterday I had a swim buddy who met me at the Y just what I needed to keep me on track. I admire my friend who needs to travel about 30 minutes while I could walk(but never would). I have went swimming three times a week since I joined. It's not so much to aid my weight loss but it does feel good to move more, I don't even take WW activities points. Well if your home to day enjoy your extra free time if not please be safe on the roads. Thank you all for reading my ramblings I love your comments and your blogs.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

It's the little things

So yesterday at work one of our contract workers came in with the cuteset lunch sack. It was a little bigger than the one I have which is good because I take my breakfast,lunch and snacks, (a lot of food) and the bonus is it had butterflys on it! I am such butterfly freak) I am an ovarian cancer survivor (12 years- thank you God) and when I was goings through therapy I did some guided imigery and used a yellow butterfly as my guide I would invision the butterfly traveling through my body and healing it of my cancer. It was very empowering and relaxing. So I MUST have this lunch box. I would have gone to Target after work yesterday but didn't have my wallet. So tonights the night. I don't stitch a lot of butterflys but have a lot of jewlery thanks to friends and my daughter. I love it when I get a "butterfly" gift. And I love it when I find a gift for someone that is their special something. What is your special somethingi

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Good Movie

Last night I rented Wall Street and enjoyed it. I loved the musical score. Although I'm not a very critical movie critic I did enjoy my evening. I also watched Boys on the Side with Whoppie Goldberg there are very few movies I enjoy watching more than once but that's one of them. I also love the sound track from that movie. I also rented Mother and Child I was so excited to see it in my local red box. Funny story about that movie. It only played at the artsy small theater in our are. My daughter and I were so excited to see it we planned a girls day out lunch the whole deal. When we got to the theater I had read the ad wrong it had played the week before! So I promised I would buy it when it came out. So you can see why I was excited to see it. When I got home last night then I realized I couldn't watch it without her! So tomarrow night I will share my homemade soup with my girl. My son-in-law is going to California for the week so I should have some quality time with #1 daughter. Have a great Sunday

Saturday, February 5, 2011

And the winner is:

Stitchin sweet sue! Please send me your mailing address. Thank you to every one who entered my giveaway. I'll post the prizes once stitching sweet sue recieves her package. I look forward to your comments and am already planning future giveaways. My email is

soups on!

It's 5:30 am and my soup is in the crock pot. I decided on leeks and parsnips as my new veggies along with carrots,celery,diced tomatoes, a small can of corn for color some parsley and red pepper flakes. I used a carton on beef brooth and a package of knorrs veg soup mix. I will add some mini bow tie noodles the last hour. When I get home around 12 my house should smell like Julia Child moved in!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Fun weekend plans

I am so excited for this weekend. Have stitchie plans both days. Saturday I am planning to go to a low impact swim class, this will make up for the swim session I missed on Wednesday since I chose to spend the time curled up under the covers. Then a trip out to breakfast. Then my friend will come over and spend the afternoon stitching. I plan to start a vegtable soup in my crock pot, plan to try some new veggies, maybe leeks, any suggestions? Then Sunday my stitching buddies will be coming over , its been over a month since we've all been together. Looking forward to spending time with the ladies. They will also be helping me decode on my giveaway prizes. And showng me how to pick a winner. It has been great fun to see my followers list grow I wish I could give everyone a prize. You still have a couple of days to enter in on the fun. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

new project

I have started working on Sam's socks,shorts -n- such by raise the roof this is such a fun series I have compleated five and they hang in my daughters laundry room. Makes me happy that she has these to enjoy. I plan to do two more after this Scrubs and Peter cottontail. If I could get my fingers motivated I could have them all done my the end of April - we shall see. I also have two birthdays in Feb and they have opted to take an I owe U. Have lots of ideas in my head for these projects. Now that we have January behind us and I was very happy to wave goodbye I am hoping to have a burst of energy. On a whole I am pleased with my New years resolution progress. Need to stay focused on my long range goals. Hope every one is warm and happily stitching!

Monday, January 31, 2011

finally a finish!

Well its the end of January and I have finally finished Lize Kates ABC's of Christmas. And it was actually a WIP so that's really pittiful! Well hopefully Feb will be more productive. It's getting close to the end of my giveaway. I have 57 followers and I am thrilled! I appreciate every one of you for spending time with me and sharing. Your support has gotten me through some tough times this month. I have decided to go in my stash and pull out some past retreat pieces- I have been a very lucky girl to have had classes with some great teachers. For some reason I never start a kit in a class. I always work on scrape pieces and of course I always have the best of intentions! I think the winner will be pleased. So if you haven't posted my giveaway on your blog there's still time to get in on the fun! Sat I spent time with my stitching buds. I am so blessed to have these women on my life. I hope if you don't have such a group you begin one. Don't be shy just start with one or two stitchers.the less rules the better if some members like to play hostess and others don't so what. Don't stress over snacks, chess and crackers usually fit into everyones diet plans. It's the group that's important. Well this weekend I learned how to become a "follower" joined quite a few blogs and will continue to do so. Have a great Monday!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

need to vent

I'm a couple of days late- but this has been bothering me. I am a big Bones fan and I thought Thursdays episode was way over the top in the violence department. Am I crazy, too sensitive or what. I turned it off after 30 minutes I don't think I need those images in my head. I felt this way last season with criminal minds and stopped watching for a while. It's nice my tv comes equiped with an off button. Hope you have a sunny sat where you are.

Friday, January 28, 2011


Looking forward to the weekend. Lots of chores and hopefully some stitching time with my friends. I lost another three pounds this week and I went swimming three times. Next week I hope (no I intend) to add another day at the Y 15 min on the treadmill and 15 min strenghth training. Need to dig out those old sneakers. I also need to go grocery shopping tonight and I hope Walmart has some spring tops cause this girl needs a treat! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

tastey recipe

I made this over the weekend and it got rave reviews. The only problem
Is buying the "special" lngredients.(about $10) they will last a long tome just keep them in the refrigerator as they will go rancid


2 Tbs oyster sauce
2 Tbs soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp white pepper (I used black)
2 Tbs rice wine
2 tsp sesame oil
2 Tbs vegtable oil
1 lb boneless,skinless chicken breast,cubed
1 small yellow onion diced
2 green bell peppers cut into chunks
2 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 cup unsalted cashews

In a small bowl whisk together oyster sauce,soy sauce, sugar, white pepper,rice wine and sesame oil. Set aside
In a large deep skillet or wok over med-high heat the beg oil
Add the chicken cool 2-3 min.until light brown-not totally cooked
Add green peppers.onion,and fresh ginger. Cool until onions are translucent,chicken OS cooked and peppers are tender.
Stir in sauce and cashew nous,serve over rice or noodles

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

rainey day

Rain, rain go away, bring on spring! I promise I will not complain about the heat. With spring a little less than two months away I guess I better make peace with this weather. I knew last night it was going to suck ( weather wise) this morning so I pack the car last night with my stuff for the Y. Last week one of my neighbours asked me if I was going on vacation, should of said yea I'm gong to Florida, and went! Anyways all I had to do this morning was run through the raindrops and get in the car. I want to thank everyone for all their kind words. I need to learn how to respond to your comments and I will get schooled in this soon.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

need motivation

I had yesterday off work and thought I would get a lot of stitching done but that was not the case. It seems the minute I,sit down I doze off. Hope this is a temporary problem. Was thinking maybe after work I would go to Starbucks and sit and stitch, I don't think I would drift off there you never know though. Last night I am ashamed to say that I was in bed at 7:00, had all the intentions of getting up at 9:00 but that didn't happen. I am a very poor sleeper and do get up at 5:00am. I am getting to be such an old lady. I have been swimming three times a week and preparing my food does take up some time but I'm not ready to trade my stitching time for a new and improved darlene. I want it all!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

hurry up 2012

Well my life has taken more interesting turns. I know its WRONG but I keep saying I hope 2012 is a better year. And in my heart I know that 2011 has many good things in store for me. Anyways on Friday my children's father past away. He was a good man, a great father and a good friend to me. As they say "it was complicated". He was not sick. We assume he had a heart attack. Rachel says that Samantha was being a whiney baby in heaven and needed grandpa to take care of her. I ache for my children, Rachel because she is dealing with het own loses and my son because he. had so many "issues" with his dad (don't we all have some of those "issues". For me right now I feel very lost. Even though we had been divorced for 16 years he was my go to guy. It was the kind of divorce everyone should have (if you have to have one). I kind of feel after 16 years I am really "divorced". Anyways I want and intend to make this blog "fun" but I guess its important for you to know who I am. On the stitching front not much action. I did get the Mary beale sampler wreath pattern yesterday and although I hate to start another project it is calling my name. Maybe its just what I need to jump start my mo Jo. Because my way of dealing with things is always to have a plan or new project this fits right in. Although if your telling me Lord that I should not be cutting back on my stash enhancements just come out and tell me, the lessons I'm learning this month are very trying. Somehow I think that buying more needlework is not the lesson. I'll keep listening.

Friday, January 21, 2011


There was something on one of the early morning talk shows about how people no longer know how to be patient. Well yesterday I had an opportunity to rise to the occassion and I failed big time. Woke up yesterday and my phone was dead. Went to the Sprint store and signed in. THREE hours later I left. Now I know I could of used my time wisely. Could of stitched, read but no I just fumed. I have had this problem before and know that if I take
Out the battery and put it back in it resets the phone but for the life of me I cannot get the back off the phone. Add to that the fact that they have no bathroom and I need to pee every 45 min.. I will need to work on my patients skills. The dictionary defines patience as bearing pain or trials without complaint. But could I get a little help from the service providers. Please. Went to Weight Watchers last night and lost 3 lbs, my daughter lost 8! She really needed the confidence boost. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

isn't technology wonderful

I went on line found a washing machine. Called the store found out it was in stock paid for it with my debit card scheduled the delivery for tomarrow. All from the comfort of my office during my lunch break! No wonder were such an obese country no one moves anymore. I HATE to shop. So I am taking tomarrow off to welcome my new washing machine.I plan on getting some serious stitching done. This morning I had a work meeting at 8am which is an hour earlier then I usually show my face.last night I told my daughter I was thinking of swimming Thursday instead of today. She said it sounded like a cop out. WHICH WAS TRUE! So I got up and was at the YMCA an hour early. Now tomarrow I can spend stitching and washing !

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

new years resolution update

Half of January is history and I am pleased with my dedication. Have gone swimming 7 times ( that's $21 toward my first reward of $150 for a water proof mpg player) have not used my credit cards. Joined weight watchers last week and am progressing well. The new points plus program is very doable-especially when you get 36 points) Rachel only gets 26 points-score one for fat people. The only problem is the time commitment-going through the drivethru takes a lot less time then planning, shopping and cooking. Has cut into my stitching time. My resove to be more "present" at work is a work in progress. To be honest- 75 % of my patients seem to be sick-makes me want to hide in my office,bad social worker! Well wishing everyone sunny stitching days and thanks for supporting my blog.

Monday, January 17, 2011

monday already?

Well this weekend flew by. I come from a family of teachers and government workers so I always feel like I'm the only one working. My dialysis clinic only closes for thanksksging,Christmas and new years. In a way its nice to have all the fexabiliy when it comes to time off. Lots of family time this weekend, my daughter seems to be doing well. Not a lot of stitching done this weekend, I hope to get motivated. Looking forward to Harrys Law tonight I'm a big Kathy Bates fan. We need to support any actress over 50 LOL. Hope I can stay up,wish it was on at 8 instead of
10,no ability to record shows . That would cut into my stitching fund. I was visited this weekend by a gaurdian angel. I was complaining to my sister about my broken washing machine (its only 3 years old and it died). She gave me the money to buy a new one. I will need to stitch her something very special!

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Thank you to all my new followers and for all your kind thoughts. I hope you will visit often and I can keep you interested. Had a great afternoon yesterday with my stitching buds (minus 1 who is visiting her very ill father in NY) Friends are so precious-they ease the road through life which can sometimes be rocky. I will admit that yesterday I did more talking then stitching which is unusual for me as I as usually a busy beaver. I will tell you that I will be "coached" soon on how to add pictures to my blog so please hang on there with me. Yesterday while traveling blog I came upon I a post by Edgar where he posted a picture of a piece he is working by Mary Beale called Sampler Wreath OMG I fell in love.You know that feeling we all get when a project calls out to us GOT TO HAVE IT NOW feeling. Even though I'm trying very hard to use my stash-all that went out the window. I looked on line- no luck-was starting to get desperate-cause you know I have nothing to work on RIGHT. I mentioned this to one of my stitching friends and she said "oh sweetie I have that pattern,let me dig it up for you" instant relief. And thanks to patty I didn't have to break my New Years resolution. Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, January 15, 2011


To celebrate my new blog I am having a "surprise"Valentines giveaway. To be eligible you must be a follower and leave a comment on this post only. If you post this giveaway on your blog you get another chance to win. Drawing to be held Feb 5.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

doing for others

While my daugher and son in law were in the hospital awaiting the delivery of their stillborn daughter they were given a beautiful hand knitted hat,sweater and blanket as well as a hand painted memory box. When I went to see and hold my granddaughter it was such a comfort to see her in this beautiful outfit. I was told that the items were knittted by staff and volunters. I am so gratefull for this thoughtful gesture. It got me to thinking so many times I think of volunteering my time but life gets busy and sometimes after 40 hours of being a "helping professional" I am not up to more "helping". But I now realize there are so many things I can do that use the skills that help me relax and reduce stress. I'm not much of a knitter but I can crotchet a blanket, I can also to a cross stitch top for a memory box. I can be a comfort to someone else.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Things are starting to settle down in my life after a drama filled week with my daughter who lost her baby (25 weeks pregnant) now we will all begin the process of healing. Part of my healing will be to put aside some projects I had been working on for my granddaughter (just for a time) I have been adding to my grandbaby box for several years, have quite the collection of framed pieces and will add more while we hope and pray to be blessed with a positive outcome on the future. I decided to return to a project I've been working on for my daughters new home . I have compleated for of the wash day series by raise the roof,love laundry,santas clothes, warm waterwash and the shamrock design (blocking the name) my plan is to compleate eight for her laundry room. I've started Sam's socks- looks like a fun project. I have been sticking to my New years resolutions except for a Eeeelittle extra chocolate here and there to get me over the rough spots. Tonight I am bringing supper to my daughter and son in law. Here's my recipe for stuffed peppers.


4 peppers any color
1 bag sucess rice cooked
1 jar large your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 can diced tom with juice(I like the spicy kind)
1 lb Hamburger
1 cup shreded chedder cheesei
Spice as desired-salt,pepper,oregeno, parsley

Mix Hamburger,rice,3/4 spaghetti sauce,diced tom with juice,cheese and spices. Cut peppers lenght wise so there is 8 halfs,clean out seeds, fill each half with mixture it souls mound,sprinkle on extra cheese. Place in baking dish with leftover sauce on bottom cove with foil bake at 350 for about 1 hour or until peppers are tender check at 45 min. If you like your peppers more crisp.


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Right now I am struggling. Here it is only 10 days into 2011 and I want to say I hope 2012 is a better year. My daughter is currently on the hospital (since Fri) awaiting the delivery of her stillborn 26 week old baby heartbreaking. I know we will all survive this, but right now it hurts. So food and stitching have been out the window. I did swim three times last week, felt wonderful . I am committed to do my best on all areas. One area where I have succeed is I have had a lot of unexpected expenses including a flat tire is not usingy credit cards. I'll keep you posted

Thursday, January 6, 2011

stitching update

I am currently working on several projects (that I will admit to) I was furiously working on Old Macdonald) and lost my steam, I also started Cinderella by Maribila on Christmas day and have not put the needle to the fabric in the past few days (more like a week) what I have been working on is Lize Kate ABC of Christmas (go figure) I keep this project at work but picked it up after being idle for about six months. Go figure-probably because its such s pleasant and easy stitch and I have a lot going on lately. I had many finishes in 2010- I'm guessing 50/60? I plan to keep track this year. One of my big finishes is One Nation-I really had no place to hang it but really wanted to do it. When I drew my bro-in-laws name in our family gift exchange I knew I found it a home. I didn't let the fact that we Exchange Christmas stockings deter me. I went to Michaels and bought one of those giant stockings-fit like a glove! Happy stitching!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

thinking about New Years resolutions

How to keep your New Years resolutions

1. Own up to what needs to be changed
I need to eat better
I need to move more
I need to stop using my credit cards
I need to be more present at work

2. Write down your goals

Lower my blood sugar
Lose weight
Pay down my debt

3. Start a journal or blog

4. Make up incentives "a prize for reaching your goals"

For every time I swim I will put $3 in a jar until I've saved enough to buy a waterproof mph player

Tell someone else

Thank you Sheryl!

Whatever your dreams and goals for 2011 I wish you much success and joy!


I ate what I planned
Went to the Y
Did not use my credit cards
Shared what I ate


Monday, January 3, 2011

JI want to tell you a little bit about myself. I am 58 yo (that hurts) who has enjoyed cross stitch for 30 plus years. I am a social worker looking forward to retirement (more stitching time). I want to share a great recipe its easy and the ingredients can be kept on hand for last minute entertaining.

Chocolate-cherry frozen pie

Pre made chocolate pie crust (I've also used gram crackern
1 cup boiling water
1 6oz box of cherry flavored gelatin
1/2 cup ice
1 16 oz container frozen whipped topping,thawed
1 12 oz package frozen cherries thawed

In a large bowl combine boiling water and gelatin stirring until dissolved. Add ice and stir until melted. Fold in whipped topping until smooth. Fold in cherries. Freeze until firm, about 2 hours

I've thought about using pineapple it strawnerries what about orange

Have s great day!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

This is my first posting in my new blog. I hope to share my stitching projects as well as some of my favorite recipies. So check back soon to fond out more. Happy stitching!