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Rejoice!!

I have another finish.  I started Rejoice by the Trilogy yesterday while at my LNS Red Hat Stitcher’s group and I finished it a little while ago.  I loved stitching this.  It was so quick.  I haven’t yet decided if I will have it finished into an ornament or framed…I am leaning toward ornament.  Maybe I will even be brave enough to finish it myself. 
 
Now…what to stitch next?  I am thinking another (hopefully) quick Christmas themed design or to stitch the smallest of the teacher’s end of the year gift. 
 
I have started thinking about the Christmas Dinner menu.  I usually have the standards…turkey, stuffing, ham, green beans, red potatoes, broccoli salad and pumpkin pie.  Then I like to add a new side and appetizer to mix it up.  So yesterday before going to the LNS I pulled out my cookbooks to look thru them this week.  I haven’t ran across anything that seems like a must have yet.  I do know this.  That since we have big plans on Christmas Eve, it will have to be something that is quick to prep early on Saturday or to make on Sunday.  I request no help in my kitchen on the holiday.  We have a small galley kitchen so it would just be to much trouble to have more than one cook.  Oh, my mom will make Deviled Eggs but once I hard boil them she sits at the dining room table to fix them up. 
 
And Sean has agreed that I can mix things up on the broccoli salad.  I am going to make it with cranisins instead of raisins this year.  Since it is his favorite and what he most looks forward to, I felt it would be best to ask is opinion before I go changing it. 
 
I have a new addiction…Pink Lady apples…YUMMY!  They are so tasty.  My friend told me about them so when I sow them in the store I picked her up some and got a few for us.  I can’t get enough of them.  My friend tells me that she only finds them a few times a year.  So I must get my fill of them while I can.  I have also discovered Honey Crisp apples too.  Also very yummy.  At least I am eating healthy…:0)
 
Well I know that I wanted to blog about something else but have now forgotten what it was.  Perhaps I will remember later.  TTFN!

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My eyes…

Saw this on someone’s blog.
And guess what?  My eyes are brown!  (not sure why the picture doesn’t post)
 
***Your Eyes Should Be Brown***
Your eyes reflect: Depth and wisdom
What’s hidden behind your eyes: A tender heart

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Key West Sampler

It’s finished!  This design is from Brightneedle and I stitched it with the Gumnuts Silk Threads on 28 or 32 (I can’t remember) count over one.  I frogged more times than I can remember on this piece…
 
The week’s SBQ was about how you feel about fixing mistakes.  At the time I answered, I knew there was a small error…I was one stitch off in the border.  As I was pretty the last 12 stitches into this tonight I noticed a much larger error.  But I have chosen not to rip it out and re-stitch it.  I think it looks fine the way it is.

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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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