Archive for December, 2005

Busy Day

No stitching today.  Dropped off Hannah as school just before 9
am.  I had many errands to do today.  First I headed to Petsmart and
got a window shelf for the cat to sit on.  I also was hoping to get JoJo a
new pair of shoes, that’s right…I make my puppy wear shoes when she goes out
in the rain or snow…but they didn’t have any in her size.  They did have
about eight pairs in a size that would fit on my head. 
Then I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond…I had a gift to get for my uncle and
his wife and I officially finished my Christmas shopping.  Actually thought
I was finished, but remember that I hadn’t yet gotten them anything.  I got
a great easy to use wine bottle opener set and since I have been wanting one
myself, I got one.  Also picked up one for one of my best friends just cuz
I know they enjoy drinking wine too. 
Then to Target (got nothing), The Home Depot, the bookstore, Wal-mart, took
myself out to lunch, Kmart and to the grocery store.  When I got to the
school to pick up Hannah, I still had six minutes to spare.  Then home to
put everything away. 
Hannah’s winter break begins tomorrow.  In the morning we will be
making reindeer cookies.  My friend is having a root canal tomorrow so she
will be dropping off her three tykes for about an hour & a half around
lunch.  Hannah is looking forward to it.  After she gets them, we will
bake some more cookies and make some Chex Hawaiian Mix. 
Saturday I will prepare the brine for the turkey, hard boil eggs for
my make to make deviled eggs, bake a pumpkin pie and make some taco
dip…up to the last step of baking it for 20 minutes.  That is about all I
can do until Sunday when I will make red potatoes, fresh green beans,
sausage-apple stuffing, broccoli-cranberry salad and a few quick to make
Also on Saturday, after my parents get here, we will be giving them one of
the Christmas presents earlier.  Saturday night we will be going out to eat
and to see A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre in DC.  Will be a late night
so I will have to get lots done in the morning that I usually due in the evening
but it will be worth it.

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I am Rudolph!

You Are Rudolph
Sweet and shy, you tend to be happiest when you’re making someone else happy.

Why You’re Naughty: You sometimes stick that nose where it doesn’t belong

Why You’re Nice: Christmas would be a sad affair without you!

Saw this on Kiwi Jo’s blog and had to do it too. 
Merry Christmas to all and all a good night!

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Hannah is fever free.  I decided to put her in a cool bath.  She was starting to act like she wasn’t feeling well and her temp was getting close to 102.  Fifteen minutes in the bath and she is much better…started asking to eat everything in the house, had a pep in her step and as of bed time, her temp has return to normal.  Now I am keeping my fingers crossed that it stays that way. 
I read lots of stitching related blogs and many stitchers have monthly goals that they post.  What they have stitched on during the past month and what they are planning on stitching in the new month.  I don’t usually make goals for stitching.  It is my hobby and I don’t want the pressure.  Plus, usually when I say somthing like I want to finish this by the weekend, I usually lose interest and motivation. 
But I have been thinking about it…maybe I will.  I have been inspired by the stitching bloggers of the world wide web.  I will start off small with just a few at first.  See how it goes from there.  Might help to get motivated to get a few things finished.  So, that is going to be one of my New Year’s Resolutions.  I have even been thinking what my first set of goals will be but won’t be posting them until the end of the month.
Off to stitch…finally!  TTFN

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Another Sick Day

My munchkin is home sick
again.  However, I have spoken with her doctor’s office and have discovered
something about her illness.  I explained that I have a five year old just
entered kindergarten that is on her third cold since October.  I was
assured that this isn’t uncommon.  Gives a worried mother a little
relief.  Second, I explained that she has had a fever since Saturday night
and how it has been running up and down.  Also that once given the Tylenol
or Advil that it brings it down but will later go back up.  Right now it is
at 99.2 and I was about to give her another dose before I decided to call about
whether or not to bring her in. 
Here is what I found
out.  They don’t really consider 99 as having a temperature and don’t
recommend giving anything unless the temp is 102 or higher.  The nurse I
spoke with explained that the temperature going up is for a reason…to fight
off the virus and to let it for 72 hours.  Unless it goes up to 102 or it
has been longer than the 72 hours.  She also explained that I needn’t bring
her in unless she starts really acting sick or the temp goes up…she hasn’t
acted sick at all really with the exception of the obvious sniffing and
coughing.  Again this all eases a worried mama’s mind. 
I tend to over worry
every little thing being as she is my only child.  My friend who has three
always says that with each child it changes.  The first one you call the
doctor about every sniffle and bump but by the third you just pull out
the box of tissue and band-aides.
So, home again
today.  Hoping that she will be able to go to school
tomorrow.  Only two days left of school this week as Friday is the
start of Winter Break.  I have much to do this week.  Just having to
re-adjust my schedule and get more of the things done around the house earlier
and leave the errands for later in the week. 
So, off to do some
housework :0( and stuff like that.  TTFN

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Sick Day

Well, here I am sitting in the living room watching the news, reading my list of blogs, drinking my morning cup of joe and waiting for my munchkin to wake up.  She should be in school, but when she crawled into bed with us in the middle of the night with a fever, I decided that there would be no going for her. 

Hopefully, tomorrow she will feel better and be able to go.  Hannah loves school and counted down all weekend to when she would be going back.  She is a pretty early riser and a morning person, usually up with the sun, so for her to still be sleeping and here it is almost lunch time just proves that my baby isn’t feeling to well.  This is the third time since October that she has caught a cold.  Within a week or so of getting over one, she catches another.  Could this be the joy of entering kindergarten this year?
I managed to get some stitching in last night.  We had rented some movies and watched a couple last night.  Cinderella Man (very good) and Fantastic Four (okay…better than expected).  Sean really wanted to see Fantastic Four.  One because he watched the cartoon as a child and two because his two favorite TV actors were in it.  He loves Michael Chiklis (The Shield on FX) and Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck on FX).  I tease him a lot about his man crush on them, he takes it well.  :0)
So I have decided it is well past the time to post a progress picture of my WIP.  I am almost done with this area of stitching and then will be doing the backstitch on the area.  I had planned on having the stitching done last Thursday but that didn’t happen.  So maybe within the next day or two.  I have a busy week getting ready for Christmas, so we will see.  I would like to get to the backstitching well before the weekend.  TTFN

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Sunday, Sunday, Sunday

Today is my dad’s 70th
birthday.  Happy Birthday Daddy!  I have been very lucky having him
for a father…grumpy as he is :0)  He is the best!
Yesterday was the ninth
anniversary of Sean popping the question.  We had only known each other for
six weeks but here we are nine years later and having celebrated our eighth
wedding anniversary in October.  I gotta say that I still like the guy so I
guess I will keep him around.  :0)  But there I was twenty-five years
old at the time and having to tell my dad on his birthday no less that the guy I
had recently started dating asked me to marry him the night before and I had
said yes.  Yikes!  Thankfully, both my parents liked Sean…and still
do, too.  LOL
Today I got up way to
early and have been spending it messing around on the computer…reading blogs,
ordering some pictures online, saving pictures from my camera to a disk
and revising my book list.  Though I enjoy reading blogs, I have been
trying to narrow my list down in order to spend a little less time on the
computer.  However, what I have ended up doing is adding more to my
list of must reads!  Oh well…My name is Annette and I am a
blogaholic.  :0)
It is time that I have a
bite to eat so that I can stitch the reminder of the day away.  That
is if my family will let me.  TTFN!

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It has been a busy week.  On Monday, I met with the school about Hannah’s speech evaluation.  She is speech disabled and will now be officially receiving speech therapy from the school.  The therapist has already been working with her for the last month and said that she is a very bright child and a quick learner.  Her teacher also said that her speech is not effecting the way she writes…even though she is pronouncing the words incorrectly when sounding it out, she will write the word correctly.  This is good news as it means it will not effect her in reading/writing skills. 
On Tuesday, I went to Wal-Mart to pick up several new releases and to print pictures from my digital camera.  The movies…Kronk’s New Groove, Valiant (both at new release prices) and a Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer box set that includes Frosty, Frosty Returns, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town and The Little Drummer Boy.  Great value for anyone interested in having the movies on DVD. I had a couple of them on VHS and wanted to replace them.  They were all sold separately at $11.88 each, but the box set for all five was only $26.88 and includes a 12 song Christmas CD.  I love great deals like that!
On Wednesday, I went back to pick up the pictures…they were lost!  So, I had to get the camera from the car to upload and print again.  They didn’t charge me though.  I also dropped off a negative of the in-law family to have cropped and reprints made from my BIL/SIL’s wedding last December.  And since I had forgotten the day before, I picked up The Mummy DVD box set (3 movies).  I love The Mummy (which just so happens to be on right now!) and The Mummy Returns…if they are on TV I will watch them every time…and Sean likes The Scorpion King.   Also a great deal at $19.88 and it includes a ticket to see King Kong.  I also stopped by the LNS to visit with the owner and pick up a couple of DMC threads, the second in the Walking in a Winter Snapperland~Ze Rink, the new zipper Santa’s Reindeer and Leaves.
Thursday I finally got my Christmas cards at 25% off.  So that lead to sitting down, signing and addressing them to mail.  Also included cutting the pictures we had taken and including them in some.  Glad that is done.  Though it is something I want to do…sending everyone good tidings…it is a chore.  Hannah’s school let out 3 1/2 hours early due to weather.  It was expected that the snow would come around lunch time so they decided to close at noon.  However, it started to snow…beautiful big white fluffy flakes around 10 am or so.  Later in the day the freezing rain came.
So, Friday was a snow day…no school.  Hannah loves school so she was a bit disappointed.  Sean went in to work anyway for a couple of hours, so while he was there, I wrapped his gifts.  By late afternoon all was well, so we went out to eat at California Tortilla where I had a coupon for a free burrito for making animal noises on Jungle Night and when I gave them that with my stamped card to have stamped, discovered I had enough stamps to receive another free burrito…so we only paid for Hannah’s dinner, chips & queso and our drink! and yes, crazy as it may sound, get ice cream!  After Hannah went to bed, we wrapped her gifts and my parents.  All done with that now too. 
Today we went to get Sean & Hannah’s hair cut, buy Christmas gifts for her teachers and for JoJo.  We go to a great place for pets…Two Paws Up…and get her bully bones.  The owner told Sean that they are sold in bulk but he explained that I like to come in a pick out the fattest ones from the tin.  After he paid, she threw a couple of really fat bully bones in the bag as a treat for our pup.  After that, the two loves of my life dropped me off at the LNS for Red Hat Stitchers day.  Then four hours later they picked me up so we could have dinner out again…I tend not to cook on the weekends, ya’ know…and then we went to Boscov’s to get me a much needed pair of boots. 
Every year I buy Hannah a pair of snow boots, say that I am going to get some for myself and don’t.  So when I mentioned to Sean that I wanted some he took matters into his own hands.  And since it is so late in the season another great deal…55% off at Boscov’s…less than $25.  Sean also got a new pair of slacks along with a Christmas tie Hannah picked out and I got a turtle neck all on sale.  WoW!
Have a bored anyone yet? 
I have also gotten lots of stitching in this week as I also got my own stitching groove back after a not so stitchy weekend last week.  I spent this week on My Teacher (Bobbie G Designs) and Penn State (HappenChance, I think).  Today I got a few stitches in on Just Nan’s The Promise WIP and lots done on Penn State while at the LNS.  Tomorrow’s plan…finish the area of My Teacher that is the school house.  I am almost finished with that.  And I am almost finished with the Penn State piece as well.  A couple of more afternoons, I think.  Though it will be unframed, I am planning on giving it to Sean for Christmas and letting him help pick out how he would like it framed…mat, not mat, etc. 
Now that I have written a book it is actually "tomorrow" so I am off to bed…TTFN!

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