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Saturday, February 19, 2011

I Have a Few Pictures

but because I am brain-dead, I accidently deleted all the pics of the give-away that Kathy won.  Just suffice it to say that she was quite happy with the contents of my give-away and I hope she'll post a picture of what she received.  Damn.  I was hoping to whet your appetite for the "I AM SICK OF WINTER" give-away.  I'll post at tease for the Sick of Winter giveaway, I'm just starting to stitch something totally adorable!

Anyway, by some miracle, the blurry pics of Her Sampler survived the Great Picture Purge.  Here they are:

These pictures were taken 2 weeks ago and now, the sampler is almost done.  I only have the acorn on the lower right side to stitch and then, STRIKE UP THE BAND for a happy dance.  Can you hear the orchestra tuning up and the angels warming up their voices to sing the Halleluia Chorus?  And finishing this sampler will be #2 of my 2011 Wip Bust.  I finished Snow Fairy too.

Now it'll be on to another WIP, BOAF's Friendship Sampler and Merrily Beams, Alphabets.  Friendship Sampler has just the top border finished but I really screwed up the colors because I misread the color chart and I hate the coverage with the Charcoal WDW floss.  But I'm not frogging it out because at that point, I'd just have to start over.  I will frog out the Charcoal and sub in a GAST color that's very close to the Charcoal thread.  I think I can manage that but to rip out all that Tropical Blue border to replace it with Cornflower, NO THANK YOU! 

I have to tell you that I've been in a funk recently too.  I hate February,  It's the longest month of the year for me because by this time, I am very tired of the cold and snow.  We had a bit of a thaw here in Upstate NY this week. Spring-like temps and SUN!! I was very encouraged to see Daffodil shoots coming up in my garden.  That's encouraging.  Today, we are under a wind advisory, it's snowing and cold again!

In other news...
My kids are in Japan and I believe settling in nicely.  Mike will be very busy the next couple of weeks spinning up to speed on his job supporting Search and Rescue.  There are a number of training exercises comng up and then....he deploys to Afghanistan this Summer.  I know that's what he signed up to do but I can't help but be worried and scared for him.  I guess he's just not playing War but is in one.

I am also struggling with a few health issues (I am at that age, high cholesterol, high BP and pre-diabetes) and some other personal things and I am very thankful for my stitching because it calms my mind and I don't think about the things that bother me when I have a needle in my hand.  And, I am trying to be positive, focusing on my many, many blessings.  That alone lifts my spirits, as do all of you who come by my blog.  I am so grateful for the internet and the stitching community.  But if you would and are so inclined, keep me in prayer.

So, I am off to start my Saturday.  My coffee is finished, the load of laundry is done and needs to go into the dryer and the vacuum is calling my name.  Have a great weekend!  And thanks for stopping.  Come back soon!


Jan said...

Good for you, knowing that by picking up that needle, how much more we are healthy!! It does lower BP too, so you are ahead of the game!

I just finished this cutey a couple of weeks ago, and I love it, can't wait to get it framed.

Best of luck with the rest of your wips this! Have a super great weekend!!

CalamityJr said...

Your HER sampler is going to be lovely, and I am beginning to hear the music! Sorry about your physical difficulties. Hang in there, and take good care of yourself!

Melissa said...

Hi Joanie,

HER Sampler is just lovely. I have to put this one nearer to the top of my to stitch pile.

I'm sorry you've been in a blue funk, for many reasons. I'm there too I think. As well I am thankful for stitching to keep me from climbing the walls! Take care!

Melody said...

I know what you mean about being sick of winter this time of year. I live in the midwest, and another storm is predicted for this weekend, but it looks like it will stay north of us...! yeah! I'm ready for SPRING.

Love the sampler you are working on.

Vonna said...

Hi Joanie :)
LOVE her sampler!
I'm praying for your health, it is a worry, that I worry myself....thank heaven's they say stitching lowers BP, so that means its good for us! That's about the only thing right?!

Kathy A. said...

I am with you. Stitching just relieves so much stress. Isn't it wonderful to have something so special to relax with.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

her sampler is turning out really well - I still have to get mine framed. Good luck on the Friendship Sampler - sorry about the coverage. I loved stitching that one because the colors are so pretty!

Sorry you're not feeling well - I can totally relate....

Will keep you in prayer.

valerie said...

Her Sampler looks wonderful! Can't wait to see your other wips. Best wishes on better health!

woolwoman said...

Her sampler is beautiful and the snowy things for the blog giveaway were SO nice ! Sorry to hear of your health issues but keep on stitching and maybe when spring comes you can get out and walk - my dr said even 5 minutes twice a day helps. Take care Mel

Anonymous said...

Lovely photos and stitching is a wonderful way to calm the soul. I too have some health concerns for both me and my husband. Kathy is a good friend and I know treasures stitchy gifts. I hope you feel better and try oatmeal for lowering your numbers. It has worked for me.