Thursday, January 22, 2015

Post 8, 2015 - Catching Up

Wow...sorry for the little hiatus. Life has a way of getting in the way of the best laid plans...but it has been good things. Here are some little snippets of life here:

January 11, 2015
My older son turned 19 - WOW! Where does time go. Hard to believe that I have a 19 year old. But it was a bitter sweet celebration this year.

It has been tradition to have a celebration at breakfast time - the birthday person would wear the traditional Birthday Hat, we would sing Happy Birthday and Birthday person would blow out a candle in their toasted waffle. But said birthday boy was 3000 miles away on the east coast of USA at prep school :(

But to make sure Robert had something to put a candle on, I ordered a chocolate cake from Harry & David.
So Sunday night, he brought out the cake and his housemates sang "Happy Birthday" to him. I guess, the days of celebrating a birthday all together will [almost] be a thing of the past.

January 13, 2015
My DH and I are knee deep into Valentine's Day planning for both our Edible Arrangement Stores. This is our biggest holiday, so it is important to make sure that we cover all basis. I took a trip up to our Brentwood store to converse with our employees up there, as I typically go up to this store to help out during holidays (DH stays at our other store, which is close to our house). 
It is always fun to visit our Fruit Experts up in Brentwood and touch base with them. They had the lobby decorated for Valentines, showing off some of our new boxes which will contain hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries...

January 15-19, 2015
Hockey tournament in Minnesota with Matthew's hockey team. 
My son Matthew (the one seated in the window seat) on the airplane with his teammates
It is always nice to have a hockey tournament in Minnesota, because I then get to visit with my parents, sisters and their family. 
We have created a tradition over the last few years, where my parents host a team meal at their country club. It proves to be a wonderful evening for all.
Matthew with his cousins: Lizzie and Sammy

Matthew with Grandma/pa and cousins

My whole family (sisters, spouses, kids, my parents, Matthew and I)

And of course, if you are taking photos at an event like this, you need to get a team photo...

It was a nice weekend. The team won 4, lost 1...made it to the semis, but unfortunately lost in the last 10 seconds. 

While the team stayed in a hotel, I stayed at my parents house which allowed me to visit with my family when we were not at the hockey rink.
Me and my nephew, Sam, at his hockey game


Although that didn't stop me from going to watch others play hockey. My nephew, Sammy, just started to play. So of course I couldn't miss the opportunity to catch one of his games. There is a big difference between watching his Mini-Mite game and watching Matthew's Midget Minor :)







In addition to watching Sammy's hockey game, I also got to hang out with my niece Lizzie. As an aunt who isn't around much, I did feel the need to totally corrupt her. In fact, we picked her up from school early on the Friday I was there so she played hooky with me.

And, also, I felt the need to teach her how to eat Ready Whip from a can:
All good things a good Aunt should teach a teenage niece - right?

Well that should basically catch you up on my life. But just a couple of things to show to finish off this post. 

First, here is the status of SamSarah In My Garden -

And lastly, while in Minnesota I got to go to my favorite stitching store: Stitchville USA and picked up a little stash...

Which I felt that I just couldn't live with out...LOL!

Well, if you made it down to here, I thank you. This is one long post. 
Until next time, take care and remember...
Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!
Lisa

Friday, January 9, 2015

Post 7, 2015 - TGIF!!!

Time to do a "Happy Dance!"
Yahoo...
Yipee - Skippee!

Here is why


D - E - L - I - V - E - R - E - D

My Torah Portion has reached it's destination -
it has been delivered and signed for! 
Such a relief! 
Now the organizers of this great international project will proof-read my stitching and if it all is correct, they will scan it and upload it to the website for all to see. Once every few months they create a slide show, which they post on the website, of all the new arrivals. As soon as mine is there, I will let you all know.

Another fun delivery was made today...not to me, but to...
Harry and David Birthday Cake
Robert (my older son) who turns 19 on Sunday, January 11. 
Since he is back at school several 1000 miles away, I wanted to make sure that he had a birthday cake to celebrate with. This will be the first year that we won't be able to celebrate as a family; but I am sure between the dorm-house of boys, his classmates and his hockey team, there will be some celebrating going on!

Over the last few days I did manage to put some X's into SamSarah's In My Garden. Just enough to finish the 1st border I was working on.


Now it is time to move on to the flower inside the square. It looks like it might be a quiet weekend...and Matthew (younger son) and my DH have started playing a new XBox game...so I should be able to find some adequate stitching time.

Well, time to sign off. Hope you all are enjoying your Friday. 
Until next time, take care and remember...
Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!
Lisa


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Post 6, 2015 - "Hump Day"

Here we are, the first "Hump Day" of 2015. As my morning routine has been for the last few days, I have started by checking "where in the world my Torah Portion is?" When I click on the link of the USP tracking number, here is what I get today:

I guess it is getting closer for it is finally and officially out of California now. Still showing estimated delivery date of Friday 1/9.

Didn't get much stitching done yesterday, even though I sat at the rink for a few hours. Matthew's (younger son) hockey team has a tournament in Minnesota next weekend, so as the team manager I was busy finalizing some of the plans last night with some of the parents who will be traveling to the frozen tundra with the team. The team participated in this same tournament last year, during the coldest/snowiest winter on record. It seems that the temps are quite chilly again; so we have decided that renting a bus to transport the team around Minnesota next weekend would be the best choice. Could you imagine California bred parents having to deal with scraping ice or snow off their cars early in the morning to get the kids to their first hockey game at 7am? I can't.

Well, that is about it here. Time to bundle up and go for my morning walk (it is just 37 degrees here). Until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Laugh, Love, and Stitch Often!
Lisa

Monday, January 5, 2015

Day 5, 2015 - Back to reality

Today it was back to school for Matthew (younger son) and back to "routine" for my DH and I. It felt really strange to be getting up at 6:15am and making school lunch again. I feel like we all were on holiday vacation, even though DH and I worked a lot in our stores during the boys' holiday vacation.

Nevertheless, it felt good to get back to the "routine". It means that I have the morning to myself, which is the time I can get outdoors for a run or a walk or a combination of a run/walk. Living in Northern California allows one to be outdoors even during this time of the year. The mornings have been cool though - getting down near 32 degrees - but I cannot complain when my family all lives back in Minnesota where it is very, very chilly :)

I was able to get in some more X's on SamSarah In My Garden...

Mullied Berries portion complete; just finishing up the Frog Legs on the corners; then it will be time to stitch the flower which is inside of this square.

Well, that is about all from here. Hope your week is off to a good start. Until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!
Lisa

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Day 4, 2015 - "Empty Nest" weekend

Thank you all for soothing my anxieties about sending the Torah portion. I know that I have nothing to worry about...and since it was sent by UPS International, I can track it :)

Well, Saturday started off really early (alarm going off at 3:30am) so we could take Robert (older son) to the airport to catch his 6am flight back to the east coast for prep school. It is sad to see him go, but exciting all the same. He really is enjoying his school and hockey year and life in the New England area of the US.

With Robert on his way back to New Hampshire and Matthew (younger son) in LA, my DH and I find ourselves "empty nesters" this weekend until 6pm tonight (Sunday). 

It is strange to have the house to ourselves and to worry about only ourselves. It is like it was "back in the early years" of our marriage - BC "Before Children". Strange how the cycle of life works. 

Most of our day was filled with napping, as waking up at 3:30am can play havoc on one's old body. But we did fire up the Netflix on the big screen tv and watch some interesting movies, like: 

  • Mud - Matthew McConaughey and Reece Witherspoon. It was kind of a love, tragedy type of movie.
  • Our Idiot Brother - Shirley Knight and Paul Rudd. Strangely entertaining movie of a very messed up family.
  • Pulp Fiction - John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson. Can't go wrong with a Quentin Tarantino movie. Dialogue is always great.
I was able to put some X's in SamSarah's In My Garden...
Trying to get the border of this first square completed, which is stitched with Mullied Berries and Frog Legs. It is always fun to see how the variegated subtle color changes lay as you stitch, don't you agree? 

When you stitch with such fibers, do you try to control how the color changes come out on your stitched piece or do you just stitch?  

Well, my blogging friends, it is time for me to go and see what this day holds for me. Until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!
Lisa

We cannot live only for ourselves. 
A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men and women; 
and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, 
and they come back to us as effects. 
~ Herman Melville

Friday, January 2, 2015

Day 2, 2015 - Little Anxiety Attack

I finally carefully wrapped up the stitched Torah Portion, packaged it up in a shipping tube and sent it off to Toronto Canada this morning...and while at the shipping store, I could feel my heart go pitter-patter in my chest and my stomach doing flip-flops. There is something about sending off a stitched piece - wondering if it will get there safely. Do any of you out there get that anxious feeling too?

I have a tracking number in hand, but that will not suffice my worries; only when I hear from the receiving party that they have it safely in hand will I feel better. :)

As part of the project, I have written up a little narrative about myself to send with it. From my understanding, after they put together all the portions in a wonderful scroll-like display, a documentary of sorts will be created highlighting the thousand of stitchers who worked on all the portions.

My narrative I sent along with my finished Torah Portion to be included in the information about all the stitchers who have participated in this international project.

Tonight we are planning to grill a couple of steaks and chops; thought it would be nice to have a little family dinner before Robert (older son) goes back to prep school. He leaves at 6am tomorrow. We have enjoyed having him at home and it will be sad to see him go back. But he is having a great year as he prepares for college, which he will attend next year. He spent most of the vacation at home finishing up his college essays, which my DH assisted him by proofing them before he submitted them. It was kind of like a deja-vu moment. Last winter vacation, he was not only filling out college applications but was also finishing up prep school ones too.

Matthew (my younger son), who is down in LA this weekend, scored a goal in this afternoon's hockey game which was the first of five his team is playing down south this weekend. Several of the parents who drove down there to watch the team play email updates throughout the game, so we can feel like we are kind-of-like down there. Nevertheless, I do miss being in the crowd and cheering: Go Sharks! Go Matthew! They have another game later tonight.

I did get in a little stitching on SamSarah's "In My Garden", while watching one of my favorite movies, "Driving Miss Daisy"...

Until next time...take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!
Lisa

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Day 1, 2015 - Happy New Year

Out with the old...
In with the new.

And so today starts a new year - 2015. I woke up to a beautiful day, cool and sunny, vibrant blue sky contrasted by the ever so green of the grass. The beauty of Northern California peaks around this time of the year when other parts of the nation are deep in winter. 

I took a short walk around this morning enjoying the surroundings of the neighborhood. It was quiet, except for a few others out walking, allowing me to reflect back on the last year - which I am grateful for - and ponder thoughts to the new year - which I look forward to. 

Last year, one of the large projects I accomplished was my Torah Portion for the International Torah Stitch-by-Stitch project. I have been delinquent in sending in the finished piece, but will get on that this weekend now that my DH took a photo of me with it, which I will also need to forward to the organizers of this big project.
Me and my torah portion, standing outside in our backyard, in front of the orange tree on New Year's Eve.
With the beginning of a new year, I have decided to go through my stash and pull out a project that I will work on this year. 
I found...SamSarah - "In my Garden". 
While watching some of the New Year's shows last night, I went ahead and gave it a start...

This series is filled with wonderful bright colors. It caught my eye several years ago, but it has sat in a plastic zipper pouch, all kitted up. So, 2015 it comes out and I hope to make this a finish before the year ends :)

Today, Matthew (my younger son) leaves to go to a hockey tournament in Los Angeles with his hockey team. They are taking a bus down there - just the players and the coach. Lots of male bonding will be going on in that bus, I'm sure. 
Since Robert (my older son) is home from prep school for a few more days, neither me or my DH will be traveling down to LA to watch the games. Robert is doing a post-grad year at a prep school out East. He was home for Thanksgiving and then, now, for the holidays. The time always seems to fly by when he is home...and I know that I need to make the most of this time, because one day he will be really on his own. 

I always look back at the photos when my two boys were young....

 and wonder where those two kids went.


Definitely proud of the young men they are becoming.

Well, it is time to sign off on this 1st day of 2015. 

I wish you all a very Happy New Year!
May it bring you all my health and happiness,
Love and Laughter!

Love,
Lisa

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

It was lost...now it is found!

OMG...it is amazing with all the stash I have, all the WIPs,  the stack of projects I have waiting to kit up and start, new samplers on their way...there has been this nagging feeling of an UFO - I project that was started years ago...a round robin that I shared with wonderful women all over the world - my Friendship Sampler (by Carriage House Samplings).

It's been a project that I have been searching for in my closet, in my semi-sortof-organized stitching corner, for months...probably even years.

Over the summer I remember taking everything out of my closet. Stacked it up on my bed; going through it; organizing stitching magazines that dated back to 1989; categorizing DMC and other floss as well as fabric. 

I could not, for the life of me find this round robin project. It was making me sick. Not only was the stitched piece MIA, but the little booklet that traveled along with the piece where everyone wrote wonderful things about themselves. I knew it had to be here, but after months of search and no luck of finding, I gave up. Chalked it up to being trashed or left behind some where.

However, today, while packing for Chicago - another hockey tournament weekend - I was looking for a cute pair of boots I knew were hiding in the depths of my closet. And lo' n' behold I found this:


A see-through zipper bag...a stitched piece...patterns...floss...Could it be, the Friendship Sampler?

YES!
YES!
YES!
OMG - Tears of happiness!


I found it! I found it! I am so happy and excited to have found this piece! It was in the strangest of places, so it is by luck that I stumbled upon it!


And the traveling journal was there too! I am so relieved! 

So, of course this is going in to my stitching bag I am taking to Chicago!

Until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Laugh, Love and Stitch Often!
Lisa

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Happy Dance on Friday :)

Exodus 4:12-15 - My Torah panel for the Torah Stitch by Stitch International project
It is complete!
The last stitch was crossed on the burning bush!
Time for a Happy Dance!


I will be finishing up some of the required paperwork over this weekend, which is required to be a part of this project, and then it will be traveling to Toronto Canada to be joined with the other panels. I am excited to be done but, as always, it is always hard to part with a stitched project. But I know that it is a part of a much larger thing.

Now to figure out what I would like to put some X's in...I have several WIPs which I should bring out of the dark and I have a few new things that I am aching to start...and I have the Just CrossStitch Ornament edition that is also calling my name. Ugh, so many choices...so little time :)

Well...I am going to hunt through my stash and make a decision. I'll let you know what I decide next time. Until then, take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch often!
Lisa

Egret walking along the little waterfall near our neighborhood golf course - photographed on my walk in the gloomy, fall day in Northern California

Friday, October 3, 2014

TGIF...

TGIF and Hello from rainy, gloomy Detroit, Michigan. It is the first hockey tournament for Matthew (my youngest son). We left mid-morning and arrived here in the late afternoon. Perfect timing for a nice team meal catered by the hotel.
Matthew and his teammates camped out at the gate waiting to board the plane to Detroit for the first hockey tournament of the season.
The flight was smooth and gave me some time to put some X's in my torah portion. Here is what the burning bush looks like now.
I am feeling pretty good about how it is coming. When I am finish filling it in with Gold-#729 and Red-#816, there might be a little frogging to do. There is an area where I stitched some Red X's on the left hand side, which I am thinking Gold might look better. But I want to wait until the whole thing is stitch to make that decision. If anyone has any thought, please let me know. I value your opinion.

Well, sorry so short today. On East Coast time, so I need to get my day started. But I will leave you with this photo...
Wednesday morning's run from my house to our store, this hawk was sitting on the bridge, looking down into the creek - probably hunting for his breakfast. As I jogged past, he didn't move and I was pretty close to him. He was so beautiful.

Well...off I go. Until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!
Lisa


Saturday, September 27, 2014

It's a doggie-dog world...but we are making due :)


Just thought I would start my post with a "hello" from our old dog, Bruno. He is so happy to get a new bed. Bruno is a very old dog - 13 years old - and his poor joints aren't what they use to be. Prior to this bed, we actually gave him the boys' old crib mattress, as it was only taking up room in our closet. Well, Bruno's claws finally shredded the baby crib mattress to bits and pieces after using if for a little over a year. So after cleaning up his "bedroom", we purchased this nice soft doggie bed. He was very happy to get it.

Anyway, yesterday I did muster up the courage to start stitching the burning bush onto the torah panel. Here is where I am right now...

Each time I designed it on my iPad and then stitched it (the practice burning bush and the one that is being stitched on the panel) the outline of the bush and the flames slightly changed. But I like how the outline came out on the panel. 

I decided to stitch the outline using 3 strands of floss, just like the hebrew lettering; and I stuck with the moss color. For the flames, I am going to use just the magenta-red color (#816) and gold (#729), but I am going to stitch with only 2 strands to give it more of an airy, light, watercolor like feeling.

I appreciated the comments from Shelly and Cucki. While I loved their ideas, I, unfortunately couldn't use a brown to stitch the burning bush because it wasn't an approved color listed on the Torah Stitch by Stitch website. They want the entire torah scroll, which will consist of over 1400 panels stitched by over 1400 people, to look uniform. So we just had 7 colors on the approved color list. None were brown and none were orange, which really would have helped the flame appearance. Oh, well, I am making due. :)

Today, after working in our store...where I dipped the strawberries, apples and bananas dipped in chocolate...it was time to get home and feed our youngest son so he will be energized for his hockey game this afternoon. 

Time to sign off...hope your weekend is off to a good start. Until next time, take care and remember...
Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!
Lisa

Friday, September 26, 2014

Practicing the stitching of the burning bush is a good thing...but does not make one really prefect

Let's just say it is a good thing that I am stitching a practice piece before I actually stitch my Burning Bush onto my Torah Portion panel. This pseudo-designing thing is really difficult! Kudos to all those stitching designers out there, I don't know how you do it. To take something that you have in your mind, a piece of clipart or design ideas and then translate it onto graph paper and finally in colorful X's. Definitely not going to be a career for me :)

So here is my mess...

Things I love -

  • I love the design
  • I love the outline in moss (DMC #731) - for you know that the burning bush was on fire, but the fire didn't consume it. So it seems appropriate that the trunk of the tree, it's branches and some foliage that shows is still a greenish color 
  • I love the top part in gold (DMC #729)
  • I love how the reddish (DMC #816) mixes well with the moss and the moss stands out. 
Things I do not like -
  • The middle section, this is where I am stuck. 
  • I was thinking about using the rose (DMC #223) color for the middle area, it was suppose to act like the orange-ish color you see in a flame between the yellow and the red...rose just wasn't going to act that way
  • A stitching friend of mine suggested maybe I should blend rose with red and/or gold for that area...I appreciate her input, but it is just not working either.

So, I am thinking that I will just keep it simple - use moss for the outline/branches/trunk of the tree, use gold for the outer/top portion of the flame and red for the bottom/lower portion of the flame. And kind of make it look like a watercolor painting of the burning bush, where the outline is vivid and strong, but the yellow and reddish part of the flame bleeds a little past the outline and fills in the drawing.

This morning I went back to the drawing board and manually manipulated the graph of this design to simplify it. I have been using the StitchSketch program on my iPad to help create the graph for this illustration. Anyone out there ever use this? It is pretty simple, yet I am definitely not a pro at it.


Now there are only 3 colors represented on this. I think that I graphed the design how I would like to stitch it. So, I might be ready just to stitch it on the official panel. Just need to take a deep breath and make that first X on the panel. Need some courage!

On another note...the first few days of Autumn brought us some wet weather, at least in the morning hours. Might have gotten about 1/2 inch of rain over those 2 days. We will take anything!
But today, the sky is clear without a cloud in sight. Come on raining season, lets get a start...California needs it!

Time to get a start to the day as I seem to be dragging. Hope you have a good Friday. Until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch often!
Lisa

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The end of summer and a partial finish

Happy Autumn

In some places, the leaves turn colors because it is that time of the year. But here, in California, most of the trees seem to be very distressed and have been looking a little brown and sad for quite some time. Yet, there are those areas where the trees were taken care of, either with sprinkling of recycled water (or by some of us who decided to water our lawns and endured the high cost of doing so) where the trees will start turning lovely shades or red, orange and gold. 

Hopefully, with the arrival of the new season, the rainy season will start! Maybe we need to do a rain dance to get it started?


Well, this weekend I was doing a small happy dance! Yes, I finished the lettering of my Torah Panel! And here it is:
(Exodus 4:12-15) My Torah Panel for the Torah Stitch by Stitch project
Here are 4 lines of my portion and their translation:

Exodus 4:12 -
 וְעַתָּה, לֵךְ; וְאָנֹכִי אֶהְיֶה עִם-פִּיךָ, וְהוֹרֵיתִיךָ אֲשֶׁר תְּדַבֵּר.
Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt speak.'

Exodus 4:13 - 
 וַיֹּאמֶר, בִּי אֲדֹנָי; שְׁלַח-נָא, בְּיַד-תִּשְׁלָח.
And he said: 'Oh Lord, send, I pray Thee, by the hand of him whom Thou wilt send.'

Exodus 4:14 -
 וַיִּחַר-אַף יְהוָה בְּמֹשֶׁה, וַיֹּאמֶר הֲלֹא אַהֲרֹן אָחִיךָ הַלֵּוִי--יָדַעְתִּי, כִּי-דַבֵּר יְדַבֵּר הוּא; וְגַם הִנֵּה-הוּא יֹצֵא לִקְרָאתֶךָ, וְרָאֲךָ וְשָׂמַח בְּלִבּוֹ.
And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and He said: 'Is there not Aaron thy brother the Levite? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee; and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.

Exodus 4:15 -
וְדִבַּרְתָּ אֵלָיו, וְשַׂמְתָּ אֶת-הַדְּבָרִים בְּפִיו; וְאָנֹכִי, אֶהְיֶה עִם-פִּיךָ וְעִם-פִּיהוּ, וְהוֹרֵיתִי אֶתְכֶם, אֵת אֲשֶׁר תַּעֲשׂוּן.
And thou shalt speak unto him, and put the words in his mouth; and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.

While I have completed the stitching of the lettering, I am planning to stitch a border around the edges and an illustration in the lower left-hand corner. Because there is some constraints set by the organizer of this international project regarding margins/edges, I have just emailed photos of the completed panel to her to get some directions on how wide my margin should be and what my limitations are on the bottom. They do a good job on responding, so I will wait to hear from them to begin. 

However, since I do have a design in mind for the illustration - which is a burning bush (can't you picture Moses standing in front of the burning bush during this conversation between him and God?)- I have started to stitch a practice piece. I wanted to make sure that the sizing and the color adaption would be right before I stitched it on the panel.

So here is the designs I found:
And here is the beginning of my adaption of the two -

For the Torah Stitch by Stitch project, we are limited to the following colors:
#917-magenta, #816-red, #223-rose, #729-gold, #731-moss, #3810-aqua, and #3750-indigo. So, I have chosen moss, red, rose and gold to stitch the burning bush. I thought moss would be the perfect one for the branches and the trunk of the tree because according to the commentary for this portion, the bush appeared to burn but really wasn't. So, the branches and trunk should stay green. Any way, we will see how the flames turn out. Yellow will definitely be on the top and rose somewhere in the middle. I'll show you what it turns out like when I finish the practice piece.

Well, time to hit the road with the running shoes. Until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!
Lisa 




Saturday, September 20, 2014

Just 4 more...

Just 4 more....words
Just 14 more...letters
אֶתְכֶם
אֵת
אֲשֶׁר
תַּעֲשׂוּן

And then I will have finished with the lettering
And then I will have finished making X's in black



I was able to sit and stitch yesterday. I so want to finish stitching my Torah Portion. I am enjoying this and there is great meaning to be doing this, but you know what it is like to be stitching in the same color for a long period of time...especially black. I miss colors.

Yes, I could pick up one of my many WIPs and pull out a vivid color to get my color-fix; but I feel that it would be wrong to set my Torah Portion aside, even for a few X's of a WIP, because I am slightly delinquent on finishing my Torah Portion.

I can do it...I can do it..I can do it
I will finish those black X's by the end of the weekend
If not sooner!

Well, in order to sit and stitch later today, I need to get my sitter outside and jog for a while!
Until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!
Lisa

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fruity Friday!


Happy Fruity Friday. 
My son received his care package I sent a few days ago. 
It contained HoneyCrisp apples. 
YUM! 
Fall is here now that the HoneyCrisps have arrived. 
Those big, crisp, juicy apples are so delish! There is nothing like them. 
He was very excited when I texted him this morning to let him know that the packaged had arrived (I was stalking it on the USPS website). In between classes he went to his post box and got the box...and it looks like he tore it open so that he could get a bite of an apple.
A little silly, huh?
Well, we are a big fruit and vegetable family.
Being away from home he is doing his best to eat like he is use to, and the food at Phillips Exeter is pretty good. But when you are use to having fruit available at all times, it is hard. He said during a phone conversation over the weekend he is getting bananas from one of the dining halls...and he did grab a Red Delicious Apple, but it was "icky"! So he is sticking with bananas only.

I haven't made time to do any X's on my Torah portion the last few days. I have been in a little funk and experiencing a little headache lately. The micro-climate situation where we live in California has been providing us with a little humidity where we live. Several of the surrounding areas received a little rain yesterday (which we desperately need); however we didn't see a drop. But there was a rainbow nearby yesterday morning:
It was so bright and vivid. I swear, I probably could have walked through the park and found the pot of gold. Yah, right...lovely thinking :) 

Well, with out much news here, I probably should sign off. Have a great weekend - take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!
Lisa

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's Wednesday...

Happy Hump Day. This week seems to be flying by. I have seen some of my stitching friends start counting down to Christmas (there are 98 days as of today). That just seems scary. There is so much living that needs to take place now, I can't even go there :)

We had a quiet weekend, which was nice. There seems to be a lot of time on our hands with only one kid at home. I did get some X's made on My Torah Portion (again, sorry for the wrinkly photos):

LAST WEEK...


THIS WEEK...


Yes, this week's is more wrinkled (ha, ha)...but, I did finish 2 more lines. I just have 1.5 more lines to stitch and then I will have completed the hebrew letters of the torah portion. It will be such an accomplishment to have that done. I am so tired of stitching in black!

On Monday, the mailman (or should I say postperson to be politically correct?), brought my copy of:
I was so excited. So many of you out there in blog land received your copies earlier than I...so I was worried; even contacted Just CrossStitch to confirm that it was part of my subscription. You can down load an electronic version if you have a subscription, which I did. But there is nothing better than having the hard copy in hand. I know that there are a lot of things that have gone to electronic versions - books on kindle, e-versions of class room books so that our students don't have to lug big heavy books. But there is just something wonderful about turning pages, looking at the colors, flipping through the book/magazine. I do care about our planet and sometimes worry about all the landfills...but I am also old fashion and like my hardcopy!!!

And since I am so tired of stitching in black, flipping through a beautiful, colorful magazine filled with colorful cross stitched ornaments is so wonderful :)

Well, time to go out for a little walk this morning. Until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!
Lisa