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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Time for TUSAL!

I can't believe the month of February is almost a done deal, where has it gone! When I was growing up, mom used to say, the older you get, the faster time will fly, and now I get it. I also see that the older I get, the smarter I think my mom was. I didn't appreciate her as much as I should have when I was growing up, and now that I am a thousand miles away, I wish I was with her more, for fun though, not just because she has a need for my medical knowledge.

Well, as quickly as the days have gone, I have been managing to squeeze in some time for stitching. It may have been only a few stitches a night, but I'll take it whenever I can get it! I tried taking my stitching on the road one weekend when we were moving my son, but I just can't seem to keep track of the little holes, and not stab myself a million times when working in the car. Ten hours in the car, time wasted.

Here is my TUSAL update for February. I have been working on a little piece by Abbey Rose designs, To Thine Own Self Be True, it is a pincushion that came as a complete kit, backing and all

There aren't a lot of threads remaining. Since this was a kit, with hand dyed floss, I am trying to be so conservative, in case of a mistake. This piece is so easy to stitch, and I love the way it is turning out. Pink is not one of my favorite colors, not something I usually use, it will probably end up as a gift at some point.

 Little by little my orts are adding up. If you aren't familiar with the TUSAL or ort's, you can find more information here.

With all the patients I see that have had pneumonia and upper respiratory yuck, I have made it almost through the winter untouched, until now. Seems I have finally become a victim. I have my mug of hot tea, a nice warm blanket, and a comfy couch calling my name. I think this is a good weekend to get a little more stitching done, and enjoy watching the birds at the feeders.

Have a great day, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 2, 2015

A weekend at home

I have to admit, this is the first weekend that I have been home, for the entire weekend, in months. I have spent weeks in Texas, taking care of mom after surgery, weekends following my son's new Air Force career, weekends with son in TN, and any weekend not mentioned above, I have spent with my dad, weekends I will cherish.

If you've followed my blog, you may have read at some point, that my dad fell last year and broke his hip. Maybe I talked about it here, maybe I didn't get around to it. We didn't think dad would pull through the surgery he needed, but we had to take a chance. We almost lost him, but he's a tough man. His health has continued to decline since the hip, but he was on hospice care before he fell, so we knew he wasn't healthy to begin with. I spoke with his nurse last week, and made it known, when he needs me to move in, my husband, and my employer know, that's where I'll be.

So I have really, really needed a weekend at home, to catch up with stuff, maybe do some long overdue cleaning. With so much to be done, how did I prioritize? I can't wait to show you!

This is my "scrapbook room. " When we bought our house 15 years ago, this was a wet bar in the basement, by the pool table. We aren't big drinkers, so we didn't need a wet bar, and out it went. It has been a perfect area for all my papercrafting supplies. Over the past year however, I have pulled the products I needed to use, carried them to the kitchen table in the basement to work, and just dropped them back in this area, to put away later. As you can see, later just never happened. As it turns out, other things get dropped here too-for instance, see the stack of tshirts on the floor in the bottom picture? That is a collection of shirts from all the motocross tracks we travelled to with youngest son. In my spare time, these will become a tshirt quilt for him. I washed them, counted them, and sorted them according to color and how many pieces I could use from each shirt. Then they were restacked, and haven't been cut yet. My biggest goal for the weekend, to just be able to get to my desk and actually use it!

Over the years, I bought and loved the cubes by Crop In Style. I don't know if they even make them anymore, I haven't been able to find them. I bought some by another company, and was seriously disappointed. The Recollections brand I bought at Michaels craft store were not the same size, nor were they the same quality. I spent hours building them, only to find out I had wasted my money, lesson learned. Now i have a pair of useless wooden cubes sitting around.

I made some progress cleaning my zone, not as much as I hoped for, see paragraph above. But I now have the ability to use my desk! And I was so happy at having made some clear space, I was able to play a little. I am member of a 4H group of papercrafters, and we are hosting a crop for cancer in April. I fiddled with projects for that, so more paper, cutters and punches were brought out. I had time to play and create, something I haven't done in a while. My zone remains, a work in progress.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you had a great weekend!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

TUSAL update

Hello my blogging friends! I'm excited to share an update of a few things I've been up to lately. Believe me, I've been busy with a LOT of stuff, but I'm really only interested in sharing the fun stuff, some stitching! I haven't had much time for stitching in the past year, but I've been squeaking out a few minutes almost every day this month, and it's made a difference in my unfinished projects.

Last year, I saved my ORTS, and since I didn't have much stitching time, and no time to post my TUSAL updates, I pitched everything. I've started saving them again, and have a little bit to show this month. In case you aren't familiar with the TUSAL update, or why anyone would save their thread pieces, you can find info here.

I have what feel like is a million of the Crystal Light plastic containers, and the smaller one is perfect for saving my threads!  I have a lot of fall colors in these threads, since I worked on, and FINISHED this project, yeah! This piece is Autumn Tree by the Trilogy. I've had it in my basket for years, never finished. Unfortunately, when I bought the chart, I didn't buy the buttons. On a good note, when hubby and I went to Northern Indiana for our 30th anniversary this month, he was so sweet to go check out a needlework shop with me, and I was able to purchase the shop's very last package of the required buttons, how lucky was that! One unfinished project checked off the list.

I have another very small project I started last year, and was able to finish this month

This is a very small Christmas ornament, I hope to finish up for my granddaughter, before her parents get their tree up at the end of the year! I found a book of Christmas ornaments at my local library, and this was a quick stitch while I was sitting in a hospital waiting room, while my husband had surgery.

Another project I completed after many, many years. From the magazine, For the Love of Cross Stitch, 1993:

This is too funny, I have changed the direction on this photo a dozen times in my photo library, and when I upload it here, I can get it to go every direction, except the one I want! I think it's been a little too long since I've played on blogger, and not being very computer savvy in the first place, I give up. Don't look too close, just laugh at my lack of ability, and let's move on.

Believe it or not, with my limited stitch time, I had one more piece that I completed! I have so many projects that recommended being stitched on linen, but I have always been so intimidated by it. I have purchased several pieces of linen with my charts, and I was determined I was going to master stitching on it. The first piece I attempted was by Little House Needleworks, but I got scared so quickly, and never quite got the first stitches in. I tried again on this chart. It's far from perfect, but I was excited to attempt something new with my stitching. I still find linen a little intimidating, but I think I will continue to work on it. I don't remember the name of this piece or the designer, but I really enjoyed working on, and completing this one.

I have a couple of first year anniversaries later this year, and if I can get this "finished" finished, it might make a nice anniversary gift.

Several pieces completed off my works in progress! I feel like I've really done a lot, with the limited time I've had to work on anything.

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Simple Woman's Daybook

It's been a while my friends, and it feels good to be back!

Outside my window, the rain is falling softly on the trees. The sun isn't up yet, and it's a very peaceful feeling.

I am thinking that I needed this day, this calm.

I am thankful for my job, and a compassionate boss.

In the kitchen, coffee is fresh, the smell fills the house.

I am wearing comfy pajamas, with hubby's robe. He's out of town today, and wearing it makes me feel closer to him.

I am creating a cross stitch Christmas ornament. It's been in my work in progress pile for a year, maybe it'll be on the tree this year.

I am going nowhere today.

I am wondering if it will stay this dark, this peaceful most of the day.

I am looking forward to catching up today. Didn't sleep well last night, might need to nap, case analysis to be done for school, if I start now, I might get them done by the due date. And my cross stitch projects are screaming to me that they've been ignored.

Around the house it's quiet. We are officially empty nesters now. I want to put out my fall decorations, but with the boys not around to notice, I am having a hard time getting motivated

A quote for today, Peace comes from within, do not seek it without.

Plans for the rest of the week include getting back to work tomorrow, participating in the first 5K that has almost worked into my schedule in months, and going to the nursing home to see my dad.

Hope you have a wonderful day, thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, March 3, 2014

Mug o' Comfort

When you sat down to your computer to surf your favorite blogs, did you happen to bring along a cup of your favorite comforting drink, maybe coffee, hot tea or cocoa? Do you have a favorite cup you like to drink out of?  I do. I have an oversized mug my boys gave me when I started homeschooling them, years ago. It has a cute little teacher saying, and it's my favorite mug to use, despite the fact that my cabinets are overflowing with cute little coffee cups, and simple ones that match my dishes.  Because I find a warm beverage so comforting, and the growing collections of cups makes me smile, I've signed up for the latest swap hosted by Chaotic Goddess Swaps

I've received so many wonderful things in the swaps I've done with Chaotic Goddess, I couldn't pass up on this one! All you have to send is a mug, filled with goodies the recipient would love. I can't wait to go shopping for this one, once I've been matched with my partner. There's still time to join, just follow the link, I promise, you won't be disappointed!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Here we go again!

Hello my blogging friends.  Just when I thought we were headed for Spring, here we are, another snow storm coming down on us. It was so beautiful yesterday, although it was only in the 40's, it was enjoyable to be outside. And tonight, the snow is coming down fast and thick.  I'm not sure exactly what I want to see when I wake up! If we have only 5-6 inches, I'll be driving to my patients through the drifts. If it's quite a bit more than that, we're snowed in, the kids and I.  Either way, I'm not sure I  like my options. It's out of my control either way, I'll just pray for the best.

I've been quite busy the past few weeks, as you can guess from my absence. I have managed to work on a few projects, around everything else.

I was so relieved to finish my large stitching project at Christmas, I decided I needed something small, that could be done quickly. I had a pillow from Pine Mountain Designs that I thought would be perfect, and it was. I completed this in a little over a week, I loved, loved, loved the colors in it

After I finished this, I pulled out some WIP's from last year and am making progress on them, I just haven't taken pictures of them yet.

I've also worked on some scrapbooking. I've got so many pictures to catch up on, I'll still be doing my kids pictures when I have grandkids!  The first layout is using the paper pack Babycakes from Close To My Heart. This paper is still available in the catalog. Although the paper pack has some prints  intended for use with babies, the back of the paper worked perfectly for these photos from our trip to the Dominican Republic last year. By the way, I never scrapbook in order, I just work with whatever photos I pick at the moment.

As another example of out of order, this layout uses photos from my husband's camping trip in 2008!

 I only need to add my journaling to these layouts, and they will be completed. I've told my hubby that when the fishing pictures are all on the layouts, we will sit and do the journaling together. It was his trip, so I decided the memories should be his to share.

Seems this has been minimal progress to show on this post. We've had enough activity happening around our homestead, I haven't had the energy for much else. I don't know if I've shared before, we moved my father in law in with us several months ago, after he was discharged from a hospital. We've had some challenges caring for him. Trying to keep his Diabetes under control was enough of a challenge, then he started falling, multiple falls, daily. Last week, we finally found out the reason for the falls, Grandpa has been the victim of multiple strokes since he's been with us. He spent a couple of days in ICU, and is now safely in a rehab facility for a couple of weeks. I am hopeful he will be stronger with their help, and can be back with us after that.

Just before the trip to the ICU with Grandpa, hubby and I spent a wonderful weekend in Gatlinburg Tennessee. We traveled down to celebrate the wedding of some friends, and decided a long weekend was just what we needed. We rented a one bedroom cabin on a hillside. Since it was offseason, the crowds weren't bad, although the trees were still bare. We took advantage of the 70 degree days, and hiked in the Smoky Mountains, and relaxed in the hot tub in the evenings. It was a much needed escape. We'd love to go back again, maybe in the fall, while there are still some leaves on the trees.

With the snow continuing to fall tonight, I'm going to turn back to my stitching. Until my pager goes off early in the morning, I don't know whether I'm headed out, or stitching all day. I'm going to make the most of this snow while I can. Thanks for visiting my friends, stay safe and warm!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Simple Pleasures

I know so many of us are getting tired of all the snow, all the cold air blowing around. I have always loved winter, and this one is no different, I love it. However, at 6:30 this morning, when I pulled my little Prius out of the garage and started my day, I was a little grumbly. This morning I was tired, and cold, and didn't want to be driving down a dark lonely road that early. As I followed the winding curves leaving our neighborhood, my headlights showed such a beautiful sight....the snow. Yes, I said it, the snow was beautiful. In the peaceful morning with no other cars around, I could see sparkles playing across the untouched white drifts, and it made me smile. I decided it was a beautiful morning, I was on my way to touch the lives of families dealing with more heartache than I have right now. As I drove along, I was thankful for the snow, thankful for my job, thankful for simple things of beauty in an ordinary day.

Hope you've had a wonderful day, full of simple pleasures.