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…of Friends, that is!  I pre-ordered this from Amazon.com as a Christmas present from Sean to me.  It arrived today.  But I can’t have it until Christmas.  Sean isn’t home yet.  The box is screaming to be opened!  I called Sean to tell him that he needs to get home and hide it from me…only then will it be silenced.  A friend and I love this show.  I think next year we will have to plan a several marathons so that we can watch them and stitch. 
 
I went to the LNS on Wednesday.  I picked up the fabric for the new Winter Snapperland series and the Stoney Creek magazine.  I failed to renew for the first time in 10 years!  I must get my subscription renewed.  Tomorrow is Red Hat Stitcher Day at the LNS.  I will hopefully be starting a new project tomorrow because my plan is to finish Key West Sampler tonight!  There are a couple of shows on tonight that I like plus I have tons of shows on TiVo to watch. 
 
We plan on doing the leaves again this weekend.  Though two of our trees aren’t even close to being finished shedding their leaves.  My fear is that if we don’t stay on top of it, it won’t get done.  (This has happened before but that is another story.)  And I want to make sure that we get them completely raked this year before the first snow fall, because a couple of friends said that right before we are getting snow would be the best time to spread grass seeds.  Something about the snow packing it down and then melting.  So I figure it won’t hurt to try it, but the leaves will have to be gone.  Luckily here we only have to rake them into a pile onto the street.  They come on Monday or Tuesday with a big truck that sucks them up.  And we actually have a yard blower so it isn’t that hard to do.
 
TTFN!
 
P.S.  BTW, Sean is home now and has hidden the box from me.  Though he and Hannah opened to make sure that all was well.  :0)

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My little sweetie

On Tuesday I went to Hannah’s school to see her get rewarded for her show of respect of follow classmates and the school’s staff.  So here is a picture of Ms. Kelly, her teacher and Hannah.

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For some reason I didn’t receive this week’s SBQ via email but while reading blogs this morning came across it, so here goes…This week’s SBQ was suggested by Kimberly and Lili and is:
 
How do you feel about staying totally true to a pattern? Do you feel that you have to rip out stitches to fix a mistake or do you feel it’s acceptable to incorporate a mistake into the design?
 
I would say that I stay true to a pattern.  Very rarely do I even change the colors of a pattern, though I have a time or two.  On Hannah’s birth announcement I completely left out the alphabet on the mountain and just filled it in with the solid color.  
 
If I am stitching and find a mistake I almost always rip it out and re-stitch it.  Though on Key West Sampler I have made a mistake that I have decided not rip out and leave it.  I have ripped out and re-stitched on this design more times than I would like to remember.  I don’t think anyone would ever notice the mistake I am leaving as it is just one stitch off and doesn’t affect the design.
 

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A couple of weeks ago, Sean asked if I thought it would be a good idea to see about getting tickets to take Hannah to see The Nutcracker or something next month.  So he went online to see what was available.  Then he wanted to know if I thought it would be a good idea to get tickets for Christmas Eve and take my parents who will be here as part of their Christmas present.  I thought it was a great idea.  So we are going to see The Christmas Carol…which just so happens to be one of my mom’s favorite.  The tickets arrived safely on Saturday.  Yea!
 
I have been telling Sean for the last two or three months that I didn’t think we could afford what he really wants for Christmas…an xBox 360.  However, I preordered one along with several of the games he would want back in August.  I went to the game store last week to get something for Hannah and found out one of the games I preordered has a new release date for NEXT year!  Okay, I can deal with that because there are other games coming out that he wants and I will just get one of those.
 
Well, last week or so, I told Sean that it really bugs me that all he talks about is the xBox 360 release when I explained to him that we can’t get the new game system right now and that I think he is going to be really disappointed come Christmas morning.  Then yesterday he calls to tell me that it is a good thing that he isn’t getting it because he heard on the radio that it was possible that people who preordered way back in February might not even be able to get them. 
 
Today several of the games I preordered came out…weird since the systems release isn’t until next week.  So I went by to pick up the games and asked about the "rumor". The manager asked if my hubby listens to "Elliot in the Morning" (yes he does!) and then assured me that I would be getting a call to pick up the system.  YEA!  Let’s just keep the fingers crossed that that is true.
 
I finished my last Kathy Reichs book that I had on my list to read.  It was pretty good.  I hope that another book will be following soon.  I started to read Wicked this weekend.  I was going to start Confessions of An Ugly Stepsister, but changed my mind.  It is good, but very different then what I excepted. 
 
I am going to be finishing the Key West Sampler…hopefully before the weekend starts, but at least by the time it is over.  I am having a really hard time with this piece.  I haven’t had to frog this much in who knows how long.  Guess the frog is making up for some lost time.  I found a couple of small Christmas themed projects in my stash that I really want to stitch up for the holidays.  Plus, I want to get back to the Dollhouse and get started on the teachers’ gifts.  I have decided to wait until next year to give the name trees as gifts, that way I can stitch all of them and give them all next year instead of just two this year that I had planned on. 
 
Off to stitch….TTFN

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Sunday night

It has been a pretty good weekend.  Friday was a pretty busy day.  I met with Hannah’s teacher, the speech therapist, principal and vice principal on Friday morning.  They are going to start the progress of evaluating her but the speech therapist has already met with her three times and said that Hannah will need speech therapy. 
 
After that meeting I took myself to Dunkin Donuts for coffee and well, donuts.  :0)  Yummy.  Went to Wal-Mart for laundry detergent, dog & cat food and cereal.  Then I decided that I wanted to buy some new clothes for myself.  This is something I rarely do.  I hate clothes shopping.  But I headed to the mall and went into B. Moss to see if there was anything that caught my eye.  I found two tops and two skirts.  I felt pretty good because after trying them on, I discovered that I had to go back out and get a size smaller.  Weird, because the numbers on the scale haven’t changed in months.
 
I then headed to Game Crazy to pay on my pre-ordered Christmas pressies for Sean and to buy a Nintendogs Edition Nintendo DS for Hannah for Christmas.  We are now finished Christmas shopping for Hannah.  Yea!  Actually, I am finished with Sean too since I pre-ordered everything that he wanted.  I only have my parents, his brothers and a couple of friends to get something for and I will be FINISHED! 
 
Last night Sean and I watched a couple of movies (Kicking & Screaming and The Interpreter) while I looked thru my stash to find something to stitch for Hannah’s soon to be therapist as an end of year gift.  Doing this I find and decided to stitch "Open a New Box" for her teacher’s aide instead of Bent Creek’s Teacher’s Row.  And Sean picked out something small for the therapist that I know I will enjoy stitching and will be quick…Lizzie*Kate’s Cherish Dream Live.
 
Today we went out for breakfast then I went to met my friends so that we could drive down to a local winery for a Wine & Cheese Tasting.  Wow!  It was fun to taste them all.  I ended up buying four different wines.  A Plum Wine to have the next time we order Chinese take-out, a blush and a light red and a Spiced Apple Wine that you serve warm, not room-temp, you actually heat the wine and it was so yummy, like a warm apple cider but so much better.  I thought it would be good after Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.  Then we headed to Wendy’s house for stitching.
 
When I got home Sean and I started looking at the calendar and from now until the end of the year we have something going on at least one day on the weekend.  The month of December is really going to be busy with something going on both days on the weekends.  Good thing Sean is taking the week after Christmas off so we can get in some relaxing family time in. 
 
With the exception of today, I haven’t really gotten much stitching time in this weekend so I am off to watch some TV and stitch…TTFN!

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Bragging

Today I came home to
find a letter in the mailbox from Hannah’s school.  I opened it up and
reading it brought tears to my eyes.  My sweet little girl has been
"nominated to receive a certificate in honor of her show of respect to
her fellow classmates and  staff" at school.  There is a ceremony to
celebrate next week.  I am so proud of my little angel!  Oh, Sean
is too! 

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Today’s "Stitching Blogger’s Question" was suggested by Dawn ( http://crafterscreations.blogspot.com ) and is:

When comparing large projects versus small projects, which do you get more excited about finishing?

Without a doubt the answer would be when finishing a larger project.  I get joy from all finishes, but feel much more accomplished when finishing a larger project.
 

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Wedding Bells

have rang!  One of my best friend’s called me on Tuesday night. 
She and her fiancé got married on Monday.  I am very happy for them but sad
that we weren’t there to share in their joy.  But they had both been
married before with the whole big wedding and neither of them wanted to do that
again, so they eloped.  They are planning on having a reception of sort
sometime in May.  I will have to find something I thin will be suited to
them to stitch. 
 
One to other news…let me think what has been going on around here. 
Oh, I guess nothing much.  Stitching on Key West Sampler.  Almost
finished.  Trying to decided what to stitch on next.  I am debating on
starting on of the teacher gifts now.  I don’t want to be rushing next
Spring trying to get them finished. 
 
Other than that, nothing much going on around here since the weekend. 
TTFN

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Great Mail Day!

I had pre-ordered the Alias Season 4 DVDs through Amazon.com and when I got home this afternoon from the LNS it had finally arrived!! :0) I have the Friends entire 10 seasons on pre-order but even when they arrive I will have to wait because they are a Christmas gift from Sean.  :0( 
 
So I went by the LNS today, did a little stitching on Key West Sampler and picked up the new Lizzie*Kate’s, the newest Hilltop (only one more to go, I think) and the new Snapperland from Bent Creek.  I also dropped off The Seasons to be framed.  The new snapper series is SO adorable…so far as there is only one out, but I also was able to get the freebie border today and I love it.
 
Yesterday, since Hannah didn’t have school we went to the movies and saw the new Disney film Chicken Little.  We really enjoyed it.  It was sweet and funny.  Will be buying the DVD for sure.  We went to Target yesterday after the movie to buy the soundtrack. 
 
I had hope to take Hannah to the park this morning with her friend from class, but that didn’t work out.  We went down to her house to ask if she could go to the park, but no.  I tried to explain to Hannah that that might happen, but she was pretty heartbroken about it.  My poor baby! 
 
Tomorrow is Girls Day Get Together so my friends and I will be getting together for eating, stitching and just hanging out.   It will be fun. 
 
TTFN!
 
 

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New project started

Since I finished the
SAL, today I started stitching Key West Sampler
designed by Brightneedle.  I would like to get back to stitching on
the
Dollhouse but really need to get a couple of
other projects finished since I had planned on stitching them for Christmas
gifts.  
 
I may actually stitch
the Key West Sampler twice since my cousin lives down there now and is
getting married next Spring there, I thought it would make a nice wedding
present.
 
Tonight is a pretty good
night for TV.  The O.C. is back after not having been on for the last month
due to baseball playoffs.  Love this show.  I would usually TiVo it to
watch Alias though but that isn’t on this week.  Plus, Reunion and later
ER.  So I should have a good night of stitching. 
TTFN!

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