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Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday

Hey there!  I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.  Our Thanksgiving was very quiet, just David and me.  It's been that way for a few years now and although I do miss the bustle of family, it was very nice just to have a fairly unstressful day.   I roasted a turkey breast and made all the trimmings.  I like making that meal so it was a joy to do.  It came out very well and we will have leftovers for a few days. 

I have been working on With Thy Needle and Threads, Needleworker's Sampler. 

I've changed it up a bit and I am pleased with what I've done so far. It's really unusual for me to change up a design but something about it just didn't work for me.  I realized that the house and the basket of fruit above it wasn't centered and being a symetrical type, I move them over and then the fun began.  Now things didn't fit like they did before and well, the top half of the design is now "re-designed".  It's ok though.  It's good for the brain to shake things up a little.  I added a lady friend to the left side of the house and gave the man a doggy friend. I moved some of the pinwheels and will go about re-planting the flowers.  I will have to move the woman holding the needle in the next band too so she's centered under the house. After that I think I will leave the rest of the design alone. 

I did go out this Black Friday. I was very surprised how easy it was to find a parking spot and that the mall wasn't terribly busy even with all the doorbuster sales.  Maybe they were busier on Thanksgiving Day (GRRR...nothing is sacred anymore) and I got what I went for which really was for me.  I needed jeans and a suitcase.  My trip to Japan is almost here and I had to have a bigger piece of luggage than just the carry-on.  I wandered around but nothing drew the money from my wallet.  Which really is a good thing cause my wallet is pretty light.

I've joined the "Snooty Parrot" SAL on Facebook.  Terri from Chocolates For Breakfast is hosting it. It starts on January 4th.  I'm waiting on threads and we are 100 strong!  A beautiful sampler for sure. It pushed out a couple of samplers I thought about starting at the beginning of the year.  Oh,wait, I always start a little something Christmas Day so just maybe....who am I kidding.  I know I will but what is yet to be decided.

Anyway...that's all from Chez Doghair...I'm covered in it.  And it's time for a nap.  All that shopping just did me in. 

Have a great weekend everyone!  Thanks for stopping!

Sunday, November 03, 2013

A Post - WooHoo!

It's been 5 weeks.  Geez Louise!  I don't even know where to begin. 

First of all, I have been stitching.  I started (and finished, *GASP!!*) Cross Eyed Cricket's, Be Ye Thankful.  I stitched it on 36 count mystery linen with the recommended DMC.  I think I 'm going to frog out some of the yellow that just fades into the fabric.  And I would like to get it framed before Thanksgiving, but I am not sure I can.  If I can't, it it will go into "the box" with all the other finished but not finished pieces.

I actually stitched an ornament from the Just Cross Stitch Halloween issue, Lizzie Kate's cute little witch.  It's also in "the box". 

And I actually finished finished October's Wordplay and December's Word Play too!  OMGosh. And there's another that I finished but for the life of me, I can't remember what it is.  I blame my forgetfulness on my thyroid brain.  No focus.

I am working out of my WIP box but I desperately want to start either A Yuletide Welcome or another Christmas piece.  But I'm holding strong and working on those pieces that I've begun.

My David has taken a job out of town during the week.  He is 3 hours away and has taken an apartment. He comes home on the weekend.  (I can't wait until Friday at 6:30PM!) So I am now caring for my 3 horses and the 4 cats and the dog.  Barn work at 4:45AM my friends!  And again in the evening.  Not much time to do anything in the evenings.  I am getting better though, I'm getting into a rhythm so it's getting better. And I'm not collapsing at 8:30 like I did the first week.

Dave's Mom passed away this week, so we high tailed it to Pittsburgh for a whirlwind funeral and all the stuff that goes with it.  The funeral was a lovely tribute to a wonderful woman who accepted me as her daughter and treated me as if I actually was.  She never had a bad word to say about anyone and I can honestly say that I KNOW with my entire being that she's in Heaven with our Savior.  She was 89 and God was gracious and took her home quickly.  No suffering and no lingering.   

And the biggest news is that in a month, I will be in Japan for 10 days visiting Mike, Jenna and my sweetie pea, Alena!  She's 11 months old now and I will be there for her first birthday!  I can't wait!!

So, that's the news.  I hope not to be away for so long.  It's just been a wild ride these last few weeks!
Take care and thanks for stopping by!