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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Quick Post

It's cold, cold, cold here in Upstate NY. We had spring and summer a few weeks ago and now we are back into late October, early November weather. One of the managers at work said that we are to have the same summer we had last year. Dreary, cold and wet. Yuck.  Too grey to take pictures of my stitching.  I tried but the pics just are too dark. So once again, no stitchy pics.

I am very busy at work. Last week, we "entertained" Customers for 13 hours a day all week. This week, we are "entertaining" government auditors for 12 hour days until Friday. I am POOPED!

I've been stitching, it's been my sanity for the last few weeks. I finished up my Blackbird Designs exchange piece and now on to the finishing. I also worked on Alphabets and I am struggling with the buttonhole flowers on Lucy Minton. Lucy would have been done weeks ago but I can't seem to get a handle on counting when stitching the buttonholes. My flowers look mishapen and all alien like. I thought hard about doing something different with them but the buttonholes add so much charm to the piece. And, I am completely not going to let them get the best of me. LOL!

And, my clicky finger has gotten me in deep doo-doo. I've bought up a lot of Carriagehouse Samplings and kitted up a Quaker sampler, another Lucy.   Meet Lucy Haworth.

There is a SAL going on at Ellen Chester's With My Needle and Pen group.  I saw the sampler and fell in love.  I couldn't resist her but honestly, even though I kitted her up, I won't start her until later this year or even next year.  She's in the want to stitch pile.

And I really got in trouble cause I bought a sewing machine. A Janome 7330.

I've been looking for a sewing machine for a while and this will fit the bill quite nicely.  I shouldn't have spent the money but hey, you only live once, right?  It's got a little more that I wanted but the price wasn't bad and I did want some of the options that this machine offered. 

On another note, the 2nd Lietenant and the lovely Jenna are now at Goodfellow AFB in Texas for the next 9 months.  They got there on Sunday.  Today, they found an apartment.  Hopefully, the Air Force will get their stuff out of storage soon so they can sleep in their own bed and eat off their own dishes. I know they both are tired of temp housing. 

And we are waiting to hear if we can adopt a dog.  We are trying to get a rescue German Shepherd.  You would think we were adopting a child.  We had to fill out an adoption application, go through a phone interview, give them 3 references plus our vet (and they called ALL of them) and now we are waiting for them to come "inspect" our home to see if it and we are suitable to own a dog.  It's been time consuming and somewhat frustrating.   One rescue group turned us down because we have 3 house cats and they felt we couldn't handle a dog and the cats at the same time.  They felt that this situation required a professional dog trainer. We aren't "professionals" so we were denied an animal that needed a home.  We've had dogs and cats who lived in the same house with us for our entire 31 year marriage and the DH has had dogs all his life.  The animals work it out (and yes, we are vigillant so no one gets hurt) and they co-habitate quite nicely.  So cross your fingers that we "pass".  Otherwise, we may end up at the local SPCA.

Well, that's all the news in my little corner of the world.  Thanks for hanging in there with me, kids. 


Vonna said...

You have to be kidding...homeless animals and you have to go through all that?! I think I'd drive slowly on back roads calling "Here Rover, Come on Boy!" :)

You'll love your Magnolia 7330, I got the exact same thing in December (I called it my X-mas present...really wasn't - made me feel better!)

Love your new addition to the stitch pile!

Katrina said...

Poor dogs, need a good home and you are getting turned down. What a shame.

Great sewing machine and can't wait to see stitching pictures.

Brigitte said...

Greta new sewing machine. I also have a Janome, an older model but I love it.
Lucy is a great addition to your stash, and I'm looking forward to seeing all the new CHS you bought.

Rue said...

Hi Joanie :)

I'm so sorry about the adoption issues! I understand their concern, but this is all just too much. The fact that you were turned down because of having 3 cats is ridiculous. I hope this one works out.


Jeanne said...

Hope you got the new pet! My DH and I were refused a puppy from a shelter when we were first married because after we filled out the application they said their policy was not to give puppies to working couples. So you just never know....their intentions are good but it can be frustrating! Great new stash by the way.