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.