Archive for January, 2009

I haven’t been stitching to much, really just a few stitches here and there, so no new photo to post. 

Today was a sad day.  We go to church pretty regularly on Sundays, but tonight our head pastor gave his last sermon.  After 18 years at the church, he has gotten another calling, and is going active duty to be a Navy Chaplin.  Sean and I really wanted to be there tonight.  The church was packed and was standing room only, until they started pulling chairs from the gathering hall for people to sit on.  Communion usually takes about 10 minutes or so and tonight it took about 40 minutes.  We wish him well of course, are proud of his service (both to God & country), but we selfishly wish he wasn’t going.  One of the things we love about him is that he doesn’t preach at you, but talks to you.  He is very funny, kind, wise, down to earth and faithful.  He will be greatly missed.

Tomorrow Hannah and I will attend church and Sunday school.  Then after a quick stop at the grocery store, we will be heading home to get ready for Super Bowl.  Sean has requested chocolate cookies for tomorrow.  We will have some chips and dip, sausage balls, and plan on ordering pizza.  I am not really routing for either team as neither is my favorite, but Sean has decided he will be routing for Pittsburgh.  I rented Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory for Hannah at her request.  She loves Charlie & the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp and wanted to see how they differ.  She also loves the book, so I will have to have her tell me how the three are different.   I have never seen Willy Wonka…by choice.

Just a few more days and I will be heading down to sunny Key West!

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Wee Progress

Just a bit of progress has been made on this project, but I am still enjoying this one when I pull it out.

Today because of the weather school was closed for the second day.  Yesterday we got a couple inches of snow and then ice in the evening & over night.  Sean worked from home today.  I went out to shovel, though he said he would do it, I told him I would so he could work.  About half thru he came out to finish it, but I told him to clear off the cars instead.  Then I spread icemelt on the drive way and sidewalks.  Hopefully, tomorrow it won’t be to bad when we go out. 

Hannah had her first orthodontist appointment yesterday.  Bad news and good news…she will need braces, but it can wait until she is about 12 years of age.  Thankfully no pressing need to start or we will just have to do it again when her 12 year molars come in.  There was on issue that had to be taken care of right away.  Due to her overcrowding a permanent tooth is pushing against a baby tooth.  Doesn’t sound like a big deal except it could cause the baby tooth to come out to soon, leaving no room for the permanent tooth waiting to come in later.  So they put a tiny little spacer between the two and hopefully it will move the adult tooth enough to solve that little problem.  We will find out in March. 

Not to brag, but I had perfect teeth as a child until I was 14 years old and my wisdom teeth came in.  However it caused a tiny bit of movement with my four front bottom teeth that is barely noticeable unless you are looking at my bite mark.  My brother had gapes between most of his teeth and my sister had braces to pull down her incisors to align.  Sean had a spacer and his brother also had braces, though I don’t know what was corrected. 

Today was a good mail day.  My auto from Down Sunshine Lane arrived, but before Amy sent it she emailed to see if I wanted anything else. 

  Chocolate Wishes scissor fob

LHN Sea to Shining Sea Midwest, PMD Countdown to Christmas Punchneedle (the auto) and L*K Giggle Boxer

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A Stitching Update

I did stitch a little earlier this week.  But Friday and Saturday my hands hurt so badly from being dry and cracked that I just slathered on the lotion and didn’t stitch.  Today they are feeling much better, so I do plan on stitching a bit after dinner, but I haven’t decided what to stitch on. 

After we got home from church and errands today, I spent a couple of hours looking thru my patterns looking for a design I just knew I had.  Since I am stitching again with more regularity, I have decided to stitch something for my friend that is getting married in a couple of weeks.  I know that I won’t have it done before the wedding, so I will mail it to her when I am done.  For now I will get them something else.  I haven’t seen her in a number of years, so I am not really sure on her decorating style for her home.  But I have picked out a couple of things. 

(The Cricket Collection)  I thought these would make a nice ornament set for their tree. 

 Perhaps a sampler from this book.  These were designed by Diane Williams, yes of Little House Needleworks.

(Key West Sampler by Brightneedle)  I am leaning towards stitching this one since they are getting married in Key West.  I have stitched this one before as a gift for my parents when they were planning a trip to Key West, sadly they didn’t go.

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I Pledge

After listening to President Obama’s inaugural speech, I am reminded again that not only is he a great speaker resembling the late, great President Ronald Reagan, but his words are reminiscent of another late, great President, John F. Kennedy … "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." 


So today I Pledge…

  • To continue being involved in my child’s education
  • To be a better mother and teach by example
  • To be an advocate for Literacy
  • To volunteer more of my time
  • To Recycle, Reduce, Reuse more
  • To be a better friend
  • To continue supporting our troops
  • To always execute my right to VOTE!

Just to name a few.

I originally saw the link for this video on TVGuide.com and there were a couple of comments about how this was still America under President Bush and "it would be nice is these (celebs) tried to work with all leaders to make a difference for the good of the country",  I totally agree with that.  We all should and I am hoping most of us were. 

I am a believer in "Country First ~ Support the President" and it doesn’t matter which political party you are a member of this message is for all of us. I try not to discuss politics very often with people.  I aim to be open-minded and respect others’ opinions even if they aren’t the same as my own.  However, I find that a lot of people aren’t respectful when discussing certain topics.  But I agree with the message of this video, and just wanted to put it out there, so I ask…what do you pledge?

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  You Are Chicken Noodle Soup

You are a traditional and conservative person. You value the past, and change frightens you.
You are very loyal, especially to your family. You prefer a low-key life, with lots of time spent at home.

You like soup because it’s easy, quick, and cheap.
You tend to have a favorite soup you stick to. Why change a good thing?

What Kind of Soup Are You?

More Blogthings

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Baking again

On the first day of the year, I made Texas Governor Mansion’s Cowboy Cookies in honor of then First Lady Laura Bush.  These cookies were so good.  I highly recommend them.

Today, on Inauguration Day, I made the new First Lady Michelle Obama’s Shortbread.

Yummy!  I did have to make some adjustments.  Sean didn’t want the optional nuts or dried fruit and I didn’t have any Amaretto or Almond Extract to substitute with, so I used Lemon Extract.  As usual, Hannah doesn’t like them…she thinks it is the lemon flavor.  Of course, she never likes anything new we ask her to try.  To me, they are very sugar cookie like.  Sean likes them.  He is also happy that I am using the new mixer so much and enjoying it.

Today I wish the new First Family the best of luck and happiness over the next four years.  I am very hopeful for our country as we enter a new chapter in history and I pray for President Obama’s success in leading our nation.  I also wish the former First Family the best of luck and happiness as they start their own new chapter in their lives.

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Two Afternoons

So Saturday and Sunday afternoon I actually stitched!  I am amazed at the stitching I did.  Most of it was Saturday.  I am enjoying working on this project but I am still finding it difficult to stitch on in the evening.  The fabric is a pretty light green, very true to the color in the photo and not dark at all, so I don’t understand why, but it really is easier with the sunlight as well as the lamp light.  Maybe my eyes are going. 

I hoped that I would get more done today, but I didn’t even sit down to relax until a couple of hours after dinner as I spent the day doing other stuff like laundry, shoveling a little bit of snow we got today, cleaning bathrooms, cleaning out the litter box, vacuuming, dusting, working out, cooking dinner, doing dishes, that sort of stuff.

For dinner today I made Dirty Risotto.  OMG!  This was so good!  Sean had two helpings of it and I wasn’t sure if he would even like it.  We are both hoping that it will be good tomorrow re-heated for lunch.  I will be making this again.


This weekend I made a cake that Sean picked out… Hummingbird Cake.  I love Carrot Cake, but Sean doesn’t.  This is so similar to Carrot Cake but Sean really likes it.  It is very good.

No carrots, but bananas and crushed pineapple.  The icing is the same as Carrot Cake (which I think is the reason I like Carrot Cake so much anyway.)

On a fitness note, for Christmas I asked Sean and Hannah for one of these two Wii games.


I personally thought the Jillian Michaels would be a good fitness program considering she is one of the fitness gurus on NBC’s The Biggest Loser.  And that is the one that they got me.  It isn’t that good.  I hated it.  After a few days I finally had to admit that I wasn’t going to stick with it.  I felt like I spent more time trying to figure out how to do the exercises with the controllers then I spend actually working out. 

I felt bad when I told Sean because they had given me what had I asked for but we did some research online and found it had horrible reviews.  Sean, being the true gamer in the family, said he should have done that before they bought it and said that we should trade it in then get the other one, which got great reviews.  Today I set up my profile and then did a short workout.  I loved it.  It was hard, but I really feel like this is one I will stick with in the long run.  In addition to the Wii Fit, My Weight Loss Coach for the Nintendo DS and walking the dogs two miles when the weather is nice, I may just actually achieve my fitness goals this year. 

Though I never expect or want to be the size two I was when we got married, I am almost okay with my current weight, but I would like to lose the extra pounds around the middle I have from having a child that I haven’t lost yet.  I know it has been eight years, and I have lost most of the weight from having Hannah, I still have that bump that I would love to get rid of, for more reasons than one… Heart health and yes, a little bit of vanity. 

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Hannah and Daisy / Hannah and Jasmine / JoJo

New Stash!   Here is a picture of my recent stash purchase.  I haven’t been buying a lot of stash in the last year, not since the Nashville Market 2008.  Just a few things here and there…mostly things to complete series I had started collecting.  I am looking forward to seeing what will be coming out new in a few weeks at market. 

With this order I received the last two of the Snapperbets by Bent Creek, PMD Countdown to Christmas punch needle ornament kit, the CC/LHN From Sea to Shining Sea/The Mountains, Jasmine by Mirabilia and Cirque des Carreaux by Ink Circles.  This is the latest companion piece to Cirque des Cercles.  I love the new one almost as much as Circles.  (I didn’t like nor get the triangles.)

I have read on blogs that have a lot more traffic than mine of people leaving comments about the pictures of the stash the blogger has recently acquired.  Rude comments.  What’s that about?  Most of the blogs I read are about stitching and getting new stash to stitch would seem like an appropriate thing to post about.  Sounds a bit like stash envy to me.  People should grow up.  Personally, I hope that other bloggers will not allow those comments to prevent them from posting photos (about whatever they want to share) because it is their blog to post about what they want  after all.  If someone doesn’t like it, perhaps they should just move on.

In stitching news, I started something new!  What?  I haven’t finished anything, but just wasn’t really feeling the desire to stitch on things that I had already started.  Last weekend I decided to work a bit on ATS and it was the most stitching I had done in a while, so I thought maybe I just need to put the WIPS aside and start on something else.  Let’s hope I finish it.  I haven’t gotten very far.  The fabric is hard to see at night even with my very bright light.  It is easier to work on during the day with the addition of sunlight, but I don’t usually have a lot of stitching time during the day. 

design by Sandra Cozzolino ~ Friend’s House Project (from the There’s No Place Like Home! book#115)*

In non-stitching news, Hannah and I had our dental checkups this last week and Hannah has received a referral for the Orthodontist.  So the week after next we will see what they have to say about how to correct the over crowding going on in there.

Hannah has also started the Read-A-Thon as of yesterday.  For the next two weeks, she has set a goal to read 250 minutes…this is in addition to her required reading in school.  I have no doubts that she will not only meet this goal but exceed it.  She loves to read and has already, yesterday alone, read 42 minutes.  We have a five day weekend so she may reach her goal before going back to school on Thursday.  She is looking for sponsors to pledge a donation, by an amount for each ten minute increment that she reads or a straight donation.  The money our students collect will be used to purchase new books and other media materials for the school’s library.  So far she has gotten two sponsors, not counting Sean and myself. 

Daisy…hiding her eyes under my leg from the light.  Daisy does this every night while sitting with me.

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Actual Stitching



Amazing what happens when you sit down and actually stitch for a little while.

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Now we are mixing

Today we drove to Baltimore to meet my parents and some other family members, on my mother’s side, for lunch.  We had a nice time and everyone, but my parents (they knew we were coming), seemed surprised to see us.  And happy to see Hannah.  When we got back we stopped on a few errands and picked up some subs, Hannah had her bath while I rearranged some things in the kitchen to make room …  because yesterday I baked cupcakes using my very capable, old hand mixer. and though I love that old thing, it is limited in what it can do when mixing things.

Since the mixer is very heavy, we decided that the crock-pot that was at home on this counter will be on the new cabinet that Sean claims to be putting together tomorrow. 

I got busy making cookies for tomorrow.

I also used our new hand blender with chopper attachment to chop the dried apricots and boy I am also loving that new addition in the kitchen.  It takes a 1/4 of the space and it was way easier and quicker to use than the big blender/food processor I had.

This week I ordered a few things from The Pampered Chef.  I have a hostess discount that runs out at the end of the month that I wanted to use before it does.  I love the scoops (S,M,L) that I got.  I used one to fill the cupcakes yesterday and they made perfect cookie drops today.  The large one will come in very handy the next time I bake Cowboy Cookies.


The cookies I made today are my personal favorites…Hyacinth’s Everything Cookie.  I hope they like them at church tomorrow.

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