Archive for August, 2005

Feeling sad today

I watched some of The
Today Show when I got up this morning while making Hannah’s lunch.  They
were showing pictures of New Orleans, Gulfport and Biloxi.  My sister used
to live in those two cities in Mississippi and we visited her there back in the
mid-80’s.  I feel such sadness for the people of these areas.  I feel
deeply for their loss and I pray that no more lives are lost due to
Hurricane Katrina.
After dropping Hannah at
school, I came home and walked the tread mill for a while.  They say that
exercise makes you feel better, but that hasn’t helped today.  Not even the
hot shower afterwards perked my spirits.  
I have since been
listening to my Tribute To America cds while drinking my cup of coffee…I am
down to one cup/mug a day which is very good for me…and reading my daily dose
of blogs and group mail.  It is kind of nice to have the music on in the
background instead of the Disney Channel, but I have to admit…I MISS MY
BABY!!  She so loves school and really likes her teacher too.  So,
I shouldn’t complain.  I just hope that when it comes to school she
takes after Sean.  He is very self motivated and very smart.
Well, I am off to
Walmart and the LNS.  Then to pick up Hannah from school. 

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Summer Reading…

According to my calendar
the last day of summer is September 21st.  Which means that I have
twenty-two days to finish eight books that are on my Summer Book
list.  I think I will just change the list name.  :0) 
I am glad I made the
list even if I didn’t finish reading all the books.  I love to read but
usually choose to stitch during any free time I have.   So that means
I don’t take time to read very often.  I finished four of the books on the
list (and a fifth since The Dogs of Babel wasn’t on the original list) since
June.  I am actually pretty happy with that.  It seems that in the
last few years I have been lucky to read about four to five books.  This
year I have been reading a lot more. 
So, here is the
Fall Reading List:
1.  Peace Like
A River
by Leif Enger
2.  Life of
by Yann Martel
3.  The Dante
by Matthew Pearl
4.  The Secret
Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
5.  Bare
by Kathy Reichs *
6.  Monday
by Kathy Reichs
7.  Cross
by Kathy Reichs
8.  A Tree
Grows In Brooklyn
by Betty Smith *
9.  Light In
by William Faulkner *
10.  The Sound
and The Fury
by William Faulkner *
11.   The
Good Earth
by Pearl S. Buck *
12.  Wicked
by Gregory Maguire *
Confessions of An Ugly Step-Sister by Gregory Maguire *
14.  The
Mermaid Chair
by Sue Monk Kidd * ~ currently reading
* previously on the
Summer Book List

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Finished Room Three

YEA!!  Room three is finished and in record time for me.  I started it on 8/17 with days that I didn’t skip, a total of nine days.  Now that is more like it.  If I can only keep it up.
On to the forth room….

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Come Monday…

I didn’t get as much stitching done yesterday as I had hoped.  I
wanted to finish the third room of the Dollhouse.  I am almost finished
though.  We did watch The Wedding Date…which I loved…and The Ring
2 which was also pretty good…creepy. 
Today I am going to try to get the laundry finished…this means washed,
dried, folded and put away.  HA!  Wishful thinking, esp. since Hannah
and I are meeting her best friend for lunch and I have so far only started the
first load.  I should get busy, but as usual I have been finding more
interesting things to do with my time this morning…blog reading and surfing
the web.  :0)
I am hoping to find out how to make some really nice needlecases.  I
have seen a few on-line recently and now am starting to think about which
patterns I have that would make a good needlecase.  The ones I have seen
also have scissors tied into them.  So I need to find a good finishing book
that explains this, but to be honest I am not sure which book to get.  I
might be able to figure it out myself but would much prefer to have actual step
by step instructions. 
Well, since I really should be doing the

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What book are you?

Okay, so I was skimming the blogs this morning when I ran across this quiz on another’s blog…so I snagged it. It is really weird that I ended up with this answer. This is my most favorite book….EVER! I loved this book. I read it in 9th grade. And it is very true. I am a bit obsessed with King Arthur and Camelot. My senior thesis was on King Arthur. It was the most enjoyable research I ever did. I did enjoy this Disney movie too and I have always been impressed with the style and grace of Jackie Kennedy.

You’re The Mists of Avalon!
by Marion Zimmer Bradley
You’re obsessed with Camelot in all its forms, from Arthurian legend to the Kennedy administration. Your favorite movie from childhood was "The Sword in the Stone". But more than tales of wizardry and Cuban missiles, you’ve focused on women. You know that they truly hold all the power. You always wished you could meet Jackie Kennedy.
Take the Book Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.

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When it rains

It has been raining most
of the day and is forecasted to rain until Thursday.  I have a feeling that
by then I will be begging for the sun to shine. 
I went to the LNS today
for stitching & chatting with my stitching buds.  I couldn’t stay the
whole time as my MIL was coming for the weekend.  So, I got home and we all
went out to dinner.  Her new friend was up this way so we met him for the
first time.  Seems very nice.  
My mom called the other
day from the bookstore where she lives.  She is so sweet.  Since my
bookstore doesn’t carry some of the UK magazines I like, she goes to hers and
gets them for me.  When she called I asked which ones they had in and she
ended up picking up three for me.  She usually gets Cross Stitch
Crazy.  This trip she also got the Cross Stitch Card Shop and The World of
Cross Stitching.  She is now holding them hostage because she said she
would bring them up with her if we go to my cousin’s Labor Day BBQ. 
Sneaky.  :0)
I haven’t been stitching
this evening.  Sean is watching NASCAR, MIL just went to bed.  I
played and snuggled with JoJo for a bit.  Tomorrow will be a big stitching
day for me, I hope.  We have a couple of movies to watch that Sean rented
the other day.  Thursday we watched Sin City.  I didn’t like it at
all.  Hopefully, I will like the other two he rented.  The Wedding
Date…for me…and The Ring 2. 

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We made it…

thru the first day of school, that is.  I got up early yesterday, made Hannah’s lunch, got her up, in the bath, fed her breakfast and off we went.  Oh, yeah, after I got her dressed, of course.  When we got to school, they were serving breakfast.  All students receive breakfast at all the schools in the county.  Knowing this, I went ahead and fed Hannah at home.  She tends to be a bit picky when it comes to food.  Although I think she is up to 25 foods that she will eat.   I explained this to the assistant, tho they are welcome to offer her anything.  You never know.  One day she may say yes and discover another food she likes.
Hannah was off and running to join in with the other students as soon as she hung her backpack up.  Her teacher, Ms. Kelly, and I had to remind her to give mommy a hug bye.  I really like her teacher.  She is young and seems very sweet.  When I picked Hannah up, she even made a point to ask how I did during the day.  She told me that Hannah did fine and gets along well with others. 
I am now plotting my end of the school year gifts for the teacher and assistant.  Last May I picked up a pattern that was perfect for her pre-school teachers, but was way to late for a slow stitcher like me to complete two.  I am thinking that I will stitch this one for Ms. Kelly, but not sure what to do yet for Ms. Monica, who by the way is my neighbor.  She lives across the street from us.  Her and her hubby are really nice people. 
When I was expecting Hannah, Sean & I went to pick up the crib, dresser, etc. for the nursery.  I couldn’t help bring it in, so Sean was attempting to do it himself.  Well, Monica’s husband was pulling out to go somewhere, saw Sean, pulled back into his drive and ran across the street to help.  We hadn’t lived here that long and that was the first time meeting him.  Most people don’t do that type of thing anymore. 
Back to school…Sean came home early so that he could go to pick Hannah up from school with me.  We started a new "First Day of School" tradition and took Hannah out for ice cream right after school.  Grandma bought Hannah a Dora lunchbox for school, so on Wednesday we went and got her a Dora backpack.  She already had one but I thought that they needed to match.  :0) 

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