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Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Barnabee's Quest SAL
I also learned that the hive-like structure they used to keep bees in is called a skep.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Jenny's Just Nan RR
I had to do a few substitutions because the fabric is white, and I had to backstitch the bunny to make him stand out more. The scan is pretty bad--it looks better in person.
I'm working on The Awakening here and there. Tomorrow night I'll work on Barnabee's Quest since I have to game on Thursday.
Diet: I had to quit Weight Watchers because I'm pregnant. I'll still watch what I eat, but the doctor has already told me I'm not to lose weight while pregnant.
January goals reviewed
My Stitching Treasures--finish stitching it Almost but not quite
HAED The Awakening--finish 2 pages Nope
Love Quilts square--begin working on it I had to finish it because I didn't realize the deadline was Feb. 1
TrickORTreat--finish making it into a box, correct problems if I can Nope. I'm going to take this off the list for a while.
Exchanges--Work on HAED RR and next Just Nan RR; do finishing of birthday piece I sent off the birthday piece and did my RR work
I also figured out what I had ordered the Alpaca thread for! (That was really annoying when I didn't know what I had ordered it for.) Apparently I had looked at the back of the chart for Hummingbead Heaven where there was also a mini chart. The main chart doesn't use the thread, so I'll have to do the mini too.
Monday, January 29, 2007
I thought I had started my period, but all I had was spotting, so I started wondering. I read online about implanatation bleeding, so I figured it was a good idea to take the test. Matt was in shock and says he's scared. I'm excited and am trying not to think of the scary aspects of being a parent.
I told my mom, and I know she's really excited (hi, Mom!). I told people at work too, and they were happy for me. I made a OB/GYN appointment for next week where they'll do the blood test and go through the whole routine.
Stitching: I'm working on The Awakening right now, but it's slow going. I need to switch to Barnabee's Quest Wednesday for the SAL (we game on Thursday). I also received the HAED and Just Nan RRs, so I also need to think about those.
Blog stuff: I entered all the blogs I read into Bloglines. That makes it much easier to keep up with blogs.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Rose Quilt update, with missing fibers
I have moved over to The Awakening, which has been much neglected. I don't think I'll get my two pages done for this month, especially since we're gaming this weekend. I'll have to make up the pages. On the agenda beginning February is the Barnabee's Quest SAL and the next installment of the Rose Quilt, which will only be one square. Whew!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Rose Quilt update, block 2 finished
I ordered a book on how to make braiding since I can't ever seem to find cording. We'll see how that goes.
I went through some boxes of my mother-in-law's craft stuff yesterday (she passed away months ago). Unfortunately, she was a heavy smoker, and everything smells heavily of smoke. My throat and eyes were burning afterwards. There are a few items I can salvage. Can you believe that Qsnaps can smell like smoke? I washed them and left them out for a while, and I think they're OK. There's one piece that my MIL had almost finished, so I'll soak that in Orvus and then try to finish it. Her other kits weren't started, but they were taken out of the bags and such. I may offer them on one of the boards to see if another smoker wants them. They're not my style (Dimensions mostly). I just don't want to toss them because I know how heartbroken I would be if someone threw away my stash.
Gaming: This weekend is the double experience point event on City of Heroes. That means a weekend of gaming. No time for stitching!
Diet: I did so-so on the diet this week. I lost another 1.4 pounds in the last two weeks. Blah, but at least I didn't gain. I did actually get on the exercise bike for 10 minutes Tuesday. Any exercise is an accomplishment for me after the forced inactivity with the broken toe. Which has healed VERY crooked, by the way.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Rose Quilt update, block 2
I haven't finished my two pages of The Awakening for this month. I'm behind, ack! I want to be able to start Just Nan's Barnabee's Quest for the SAL in February too.
6 weird things about me
6 Weird Things about Me
The rules: Each player of this game starts with the "6 weird things about you." People who get tagged need to write in their blog of 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names.
Since I don't really like tagging people, I'll ask for volunteers. ;-)
1. I hate geckos with a passion. I don't know what it is about them--the way they slither, their see-through skin, their icky little feet. If one gets in the house, it MUST be gotten rid of. I've vacuumed them up before and left the vacuum outside for a few days so they can either crawl out or die. Eeeeeeew!
2. I cannot participate in silly games. When I was in high school, I was a member of student council, and I just couldn't participate in those cute little mixer games. As an adult, we had to go to a team-building thing, which I absolutely dreaded. We had to run around and stuff, and I broke down in tears. I told them that it was my hip, which had been hurting, but I just couldn't make myself do those silly things. I thought it was a complete waste of time, but I also have a phobia of looking stupid. I guess it comes from being teased as a kid.
3. I have a severe case of verbal road rage when I drive. It's all smack talk--I'd never do anything stupid. People act like idiots when they get behind the wheel.
4. I like bats a lot. I'm fascinated by them. I had never seen them in Louisiana, but there are some in Texas. They're so graceful when they fly.
5. I don't eat onions or peppers. And I'm Cajun. My dad forced me to eat them when I was a kid, and most Cajun food has onions. To this day I won't eat them unless they're sliced thin and fried or completely unnoticeable. It's the texture that just gives me the willies. I'll pull the onion out of thick onion rings and just eat the breading.
6. I like fantasy and science fiction. That may not be that weird nowadays, but I felt like the freak of the week when I was growing up. I finally figured I needed to marry another weird person rather than dating "normal" people. And guess what, it worked!
I asked DH what was weird about me, and he said that was a loaded question!
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Rose Quilt update
The next square is a butterfly, and I'll start working on that today. I should have a good bit of stitching time. Matt's working on his computer.
I mailed my Love Quilts square today, so that's a load off my mind. Since OleTexas asked (can't remember your real name--ack!), the signature on my quilt square is just one I came up with.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Military Hummer HD
And yes, it took me 6 days of almost constant stitching!
Ice everywhere: Today in Texas we thawed after a few days of being iced over. I tried to get in the car Tuesday, and my car door was iced shut! That told me that I shouldn't go anywhere. Our oak tree looked like it was split in half with all the ice pulling the branches down. Today the icicles along the eaves of the house have been crashing down, and the dog has been barking and terrified. I drove today--sheets of ice kept coming off my car and onto my windshield. Kinda cool!
Ouch: Due to the ice storm, I couldn't get to the pharmacy to get my Nexium refilled. So today the heartburn hit me full force. Ow.
I called Silver Needle, and the lady said the sale only covered in-stock items and the website said that. I don't remember seeing that, but OK. They could have emailed me or put something on their website telling us what was in stock and what wasn't. Had I known, I wouldn't have ordered the other small items and wasted the postage! All the lady could say was that's the chance you take. Well, I won't be taking any more chances with them, and they are off my list.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Frantic stitching on Love Quilts
I was supposed to work on The Awakening for the HAED SAL this weekend, but I reluctantly didn't participate. What a letdown.
I also got accepted to the Stitching Bloggers Exchange Bulletin Board (SBEBB)!!! I'm so excited. I kept reading blogs and seeing all the lovely exchanges. Now I can actually participate! Now to find the time...
Weather: The weather's been cold and icy--finally some winter weather! Unfortunately, it's limiting what we can do. The grocery store was a madhouse Saturday in preparation for the expected storm. So far today, nothing but drizzle.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Just Nan RR for Kari
Next is my Love Quilts piece, I think. I also need to work on The Awakening this weekend. So glad we have Monday off!
Diet: I think I forgot to mention I went to Weight Watchers Thursday evening and lost 7.4 pounds on my first week. That's about usual for me. It's the following weeks that will be tougher. I also haven't had a soft drink (soda for some of you) in two weeks. The only caffeine I've had was tea when I went out to lunch with work. Surprisingly, I haven't missed it.
Friday, January 12, 2007
Progress on Chatelaine's Rose Quilt
I think I overcommitted for January. I have my Just Nan RR, a Love Quilts Square, two pages of the Awakening, and Rose Quilt to do. Good thing I have MLK Day off, but I don't think it's going to be enough.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
I'm working on the finishing of an exchange piece right now, plus putting a few more stitches in Chatelaine's Rose Quilt. I'll post a pic soon.
Reading: I'm onto Icefalcon's Quest by Barbara Hambly, a fantasy author I like. This book feels like one in the middle of a series, which I'm sure it is, so it's a little hard to get into. I had started it a while back and never finished, so I restarted it. I also ordered two more Mercedes Lackey books that came out in paperback recently. I can't wait to get those. I really like her elemental series.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Received my New Year's exchange
I got the neatest package from Melanie (Medieval Needle) as part of the Rotation Stitchers Bulletin Board New Year's exchange. She stitched a cute Kats by Kelly piece, and the jar has fortunes in it! The one for today is "Brush up on knock-knock jokes. They're on their way back." I of course love kitties, so I love the piece.
She also sent me other goodies: bath confetti, tealights, bath fizzes, a wishlist pad, and a weekly list pad. I love making lists, by the way, so that will come in handy!
I was so excited when I opened this. I feel completely spoiled, and she went above and beyond the call of duty. Thanks, Melanie!
Cheryl Ann received her goodies
I'm stitching on Rose Quilt still. I have a few thread colors missing, so that's a little annoying, but at least I can get a start. The ECC kits aren't going to be out until February, I've heard, which is when I'll get most of my missing supplies.
Blogger: What's the deal with spacing? I have to work with it to get a space between paragraphs. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. Blogrolling also isn't working for me again; it may be time to switch.
Monday, January 08, 2007
Chatelaine's Rose Quilt started
This is the top of the decorative border for one block of the Chatelaine Rose Quilt. There are 16 blocks, and we get one or two blocks a month. So far I have the first two to stitch. I'm still gathering my materials, which are going to be pretty pricey. I'll add the beads at the end since I don't want them to get in the way of my Qsnaps. This piece is huge--I have lots of fabric to manage as I stitch.
I've taken a short break from My Stitching Treasures. I started an over-one peacock in the wrong place, and now I have to rip it out. Ugh. All I have left is the top block and the satin-stitched border.
I need to get working on my Just Nan RR and another exchange piece. So much to do!
Diet: I've been doing well on my diet. I think I've lost 8 pounds so far, which is water weight. Being this heavy, it's easy for me to lose 10 pounds in the first week. The following weeks will be harder.
Reading: When I start reading, I go nuts. I finished Mercedes Lackey's Sanctuary and loved it. Then I devoured L.E. Modesitt's Wellspring of Chaos, and I'm now reading Ordermaster. I may have to see if they have any more out in paperback.
Friday, January 05, 2007
We caught the vandal
Wait for it...
How about this picture?
That's right, the vandal was a cute little bunny. Well, not so little. We've seen this huge rabbit running around our yard a few times, just recently. Only last night we were talking about how it could be the bunny, but the wires were sheered clean through. I guess that bunny has some sharp teeth! This is obviously not a wild bunny. Someone let it loose, probably because it had gotten so big. Someone very irresponsible.
So all that stress, all that anger, all those police reports, and that $300 surveillance camera were because of a bunny. I'm glad I never confronted the neighbor!
Now Matt has to follow up with the police, and we need to call animal control. I'm just afraid they'll put the bunny to sleep. We'd adopt it, but I don't know anything about rabbits.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
New Year's exchange piece revealed
I didn't know if this was "new year" enough, so I did a second piece, Trail Creek Farms' New Year Celebrate with Me. It was my first cube-it, and I really like the way it came out.
Thanks for looking!
Monday, January 01, 2007
Goals for 2007
The Awakening--I'd like to finish this piece. If I do two pages a month, I can get it done.
Maggie the Messmaker--This is a UFO I've lost interest in stitching but would still like to finish. I know how gorgeous it will look. I have three UFOs, but it's only realistic to set one as a finishing goal, I think.
Frame pieces--I have lots of pieces waiting to be framed, so I'd like to get some of those on the wall, especially my Teresa Wentzlers.
The life goals are harder:
Lose weight--Yes, I've been trying to do this my whole life. I have to do it. So many things are waiting on this one thing, and I'm not getting any younger. I'd like to see Europe and Disney World again, and I can't do that as fat as I am.
Get pregnant--This depends on losing weight too. I'd be miserable if I were both fat and pregnant, but since I'm 37, I need to get going on this. I need to make a concerted effort to track my ovulation days.
Move into a new house--We want to get out of this neighborhood and buy a piece of land. I think selling this house and not taking a loss will be a challenge. There are 18 houses for sale already, and it's the off season. We need to get the house cleaned and painted and get the house listed ASAP. I hate living here, and it's stressing me out.
Work--Keep up with work stuff better and be more responsible.
So, in order to lose weight, I plan to join Weight Watchers and start riding the exercise bike. My foot's not up to using the tread mill yet. I've never been able to sustain exercise, so I need to work on strategies. Maybe I'll make friends at WW.
2006 was a pretty crappy year for us. We lost Horus, our dear kitty, suddenly. I think that was the hardest part for me. My grandmother passed away, which was hard, but she was old and had Alzheimers, and when things are that bad, passing is a mercy. The same holds true for Matt's mom's passing, but that was not easy either. I can't imagine losing my mother, and I know it was really hard on Matt. We also lost Karma, my dog who was staying with my mom, to a car accident, which was very traumatic for my mom. A lot of other things have gone wrong for us too, like my broken toe and Matt's month-long virus. None of them have been earth shattering, but the sheer volume has just weighed us down. I really hope 2007 is better.
And on that note--
Happy New Year!