Friday, April 11, 2014

My trip to Exeter, NH with Robert (older son) a few weeks ago...we had a great time. He is really excited about attending Phillips Exeter next year. Before we left Exeter, we ended our trip with a great seafood meal:
Every seafood meal Robert has had when we travel out east consists of clam chowder and a lobster roll (pictured on the bottom with fries). 

Robert, wearing his new Phillips Exeter sweatshirt, enjoying a cup of clam chowdah!
I got back from New Hampshire on Friday, April 4 in the evening...Saturday the 5th I was home, catching up on laundry and restocking the refrigerator and the kitchen pantries for the boys, because...Sunday the 6th I was on a plane again heading out east. This time, my destination was Connecticut for a meeting at the Edible Arrangement Corporate office.

Since my husband and I run a couple of pretty good Edible Arrangement stores here in northern California, we were selected to take part in the "Fruit Summit" which is comprised of the top 20 franchise groups in Northern America. The group of 20 represented franchisees from California, Mississippi, North Carolina, Maryland, Texas, Hawaii, Ohio, Illinois, New York, Canada, Michigan and Florida. It was a 2 day meeting (Monday 4/7 and Tuesday 4/8). It was informative and interesting. As always, it is great to get together with other franchise owners to pick their brains on new advertising ideas as well as any operational ideas. 
Reception desk and lobby of the Edible Arrangements office in Wallingford, CT. Fun way to be greeted at the corporate office...looks like the lobby-front of an Edible Arrangements store. The case in the lobby was stocked with chocolate dipped strawberries, apples and pineapple just like the cases are suppose to be in store. 
Anyway...the meeting was over Tuesday evening and I flew back home on Wednesday...arriving back in California around 1:30pm in the afternoon. 

IT IS GOOD TO BE HOME. 

I have been traveling too much this month...and fyi I am leaving town again next Thursday (4/17) - this time with my younger son, Matthew, for a hockey tournament in Chicago. Definitely racking up the frequent flier miles in April!

Well, I wish that I had some stitching to show you...but unfortunately I just haven't put any X's into anything. It has been crazy this month. Hopefully I will take some time to make X's...if you can send some stitching mojo my way I would appreciate it!

Until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and [try to] Stitch often!
Lisa

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hello from Exeter, New Hampshire

Hello all and a belated Happy April...hopefully April will starting bringing everyone some spring:
Yesterday, Robert (older son) and I flew across the country - from California on the west coast to New Hampshire on the east coast. It was about 6 hours of plane time. Not too bad...flights were pretty smooth and both legs (from Oakland, CA to Chicago, IL and Chicago, IL to Manchester, NH) were on-time departures followed by early arrivals. Pretty much unheard of these days.

From Manchester, NH we drove the 30 miles to Exeter, NH where we arrived at our hotel around 5:30pm. After a little drive around town, "to get a feel for the land", we headed to dinner at The Lobster Boat. I enjoyed a shrimp cocktail and a lobster salad - fresh green lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes with HUGE chunks of fresh lobster - YUM! Robert enjoyed the classic lobster roll and fries. Just look at those HUGE chunks of fresh lobster...is your mouth watering yet?

It was a nice low-key meal, nice to be spending time with Robert during these events, especially since he will be going away to school here next year.

Bed-time couldn't come soon enough. Those long travel days from one coast to the next are draining. Both of us got ready for bed. I set my alarm for 7am so that I could get up and going...as well as get use to the east coast time (3-hours later than I am use to).



Wednesday, April 2
This morning, after hitting the snooze button on my phone, I got my lazy butt out of bed around 7:45am and got ready to go out for a walk/jog...even though the temp outside was 30 degrees (20 degrees colder than at home in California). I enjoy getting out around these small New England towns, something I did last August when Robert and I were out here looking at colleges. 

Here are some of the sights I saw while doing the 10 mile walk/jog:

There is definitely a lot of history back east. Many of the houses that I past by had plaques on them - several circa 1710-1882, several had plaques that called out the name of the person who lived there and the date of the house, other's noted special events that occurred or famous persons who visited (Folsom Tavern, circa 1775, had the plaque noting George Washington was entertained there on November 4, 1789).

Other sites I spied during my walk/jog:
I just love looking at the colonial architecture of the residences. The Main Street is quaint with several shops and eating establishments.

Eventually I made it to the school - Phillips Exeter Academy - the reason for our visit...

 I just went around the edges of the campus during my walk/jog. Tonight we are going to the Athletic Dinner which takes place on campus - where Robert will get to meet some of the new and current hockey players who will walk with us to the dinner. Tomorrow is when we go to the Experience Exeter event - where I get to meet other new parents and tour the campus, while Robert is paired up with a current student and attends classes.

After I got back from my walk/jog, Robert and I got cleaned up and walked back down to Main Street where we had a little bite of lunch. We enjoyed a bowl of warm soup and some home made bread.
I enjoyed a couple of slices of Cranberry Orange bread and Chicken-n-Rice soup. Yum! Nice and warm and filling!

Well, it is time to go and take a nap! Until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!
Lisa

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A little bit of reality is starting to settle in...

When you become a mother, you do understand that eventually the babies you bring into the world do grow up and leave the nest, but it is something that you really don't think about...your babies take their first steps, begin school, start traveling with their hockey team without you...but the thought of them leaving the house to go away to school, not being there every day to talk to in person, seems strange and incomprehensible. 

Robert, my older son, will be graduating from high school in June...my first baby. Both my DH and I have been working with him as he filled out college and prep school applications back in December and January. Back then, the thought of him leaving home the Fall of 2014 still didn't seem real...the thought of him graduating high school didn't seem real. 

This month, Robert has heard back from all of the prep school and almost all of the colleges (he is still waiting to hear from Williams and Harvard...or as we jokingly say: "we are waiting for the rejections from these schools." We are not quite sure why he didn't get into some of the schools, for his GPA is 4.33 and his SATs were ok...I think that he just pick very, very competitive schools). Robert has been accepted at 2 prep school and 3 colleges he has applied too. Since his "dream" or "goal" is to play hockey for a school (versus playing club hockey where only the parents are rooting in the stands), he has decided to do a PG (stands for post graduate; kind of like doing a 2nd year high school senior year) year at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. It is an amazing opportunity to further his academics and his hockey skills.

Now as March turns into April, we find ourselves 2-1/2 months from graduation. Now all the senior activities will be starting up. One of the things our school does, is ask for the parents to put together a 11x17 poster of their senior. This was a project that was announced back in January and is due March 28. This Monday I figured it was time to start :)

Monday I took over 3 hours to go through 5 drawers of photos, 30 albums of pictures and 2 computers' photo storage to find the best photos of Robert's 18 years of life. 

Oh My G-d...can someone buy me some Kleenex!
Now it is starting to hit me!
My first baby is going away to school next year!
He will not be here every day to talk to!
Yikes!

So after 3 hours this is what I found...


Laid out on a countertop, hundreds of photos of Robert from birth until present, that represent his life - early childhood in Minnesota which consisted of his first pair of hockey skates, his Mite year, growing a 10-foot sunflower plant, many special Halloweens....the birth of his little brother...fishing and camping in Colorado in the summertime...moving to California where most of his growing up and maturing would take place.

When I found the 11x17 piece of paper that I would need to adhere the photos to, it was apparent that I would need to be very selective...for 11x17 isn't really big :(

But after some time, I did manage to come up with this....

Robert's Senior Poster

Phew...that project done, taken to Kinko's where they made a color copy of it and laminated it. The Senior parent representative will pick it up with all the others on Friday. These posters will be displayed at the Senior events that will be coming up over the next 2-1/2 months.

Next week, during the boys' spring break, Robert and I will be traveling to Exeter, NH to visit the school. They have a week called "Experience Exeter" where the incoming students and their parents can attend classes and take tours of the campus. Since we have never been there, this was a great opportunity to see where Robert will be next year and get an idea of what we need to do to prepare him (i.e. like buy him clothing, will he be doing his own laundry, etc). 

Anyway...enough of that (sniff, sniff, sniff)...time to head out and start my Wednesday. Hope you all are doing well. Until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often
Lisa

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Very Wee Bit O'Irish...


Happy Monday everyone and Happy St. Patrick's Day.
 It is time to start the week. 
On this day, I always think of my great-grandmother - Alyce Friedman. 


Growing up, she always told a story of her Irish mother, Kathryn, met her father...an German milkman. The story was romantic. 
My great-grandmother also collected Belleek - she had a nice collection which I inherited after she past away. The frame above, which holds her photo, is 1 piece from the large collection I have.
Throughout my life, I always felt that I had some green Irish blood coursing through my veins...however, several years after she left us, my grandmother spoiled the dream when she said that Kathryn lived in the states. Oh, well, I can still dream, can't I?  :) 
At least there is a little bit of Irish in us all today.


Have a great day!
Until next time, take care and remember...
Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!
Lisa

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Being Mindful on Sunday

Mindfulness means
paying attention
in a particular way;
on purpose,
in the present moment 
and nonjudgmentally.
~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Try to be mindful, and let things take their natural course. Then your mind will become still in any surroundings, like a clear forest pool. All kinds of wonderful, rare animals will come to drink at the pool, and you will clearly see the nature of all things. You will see many strange and wonderful things come and go, but you will be still.
~Ajahn Chah


The weather in Northern California has taken on a summer-like feel as we are experiencing temperatures in the low-to-mid 70s. Beautiful weather. My bronchitis-like cold symptoms seem to be lessening and I have been able to get out for my long jog/walks. Yesterday I enjoyed a 8 mile walk and today a 9 mile. It feels really good. 

I haven't been able to hold a needle all week long or make any X's for I have been busy juggling times I need to be in our store due to being short staffed as well as getting the boys into some non-hockey routine. Nevertheless, this week spring team practices start up for Matthew (younger son) and physical therapy for Robert (older son). But since we are working on "getting things on the calendar" for the upcoming week by Sunday afternoon, I should be able to have a better handle on the week's activities and maybe get in some X's :) Let hope.

Decision has been made for Robert for next year (post graduating from high school). With the acceptance from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire for a PG year and a spot on the hockey team...that is where he has decided to go. Not quite the traditional pathway from high school to college, but this will be an awesome experience for Robert! We are proud of his acceptance and excited for him next year. The first week in April, he and I will be flying out to the East Coast to Exeter, New Hampshire and participating in the new student experience (aka going to classes, meeting some of the other new students and parents, etc). I am looking forward to that - to spending time with my older son!

Well, time to get going. Thank you for visiting. Until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!
Lisa

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

And the season ends...and a new chapter of life starts

Last weekend was the Pacific District Championships for both of my boys (if they did well and won all their games, they would have moved on to Nationals next month). Robert, my older son, re-tweeked his knee and wasn't able to play this weekend - his team lost all their games and their season is done. Matthew, my younger son, had a better weekend. His team won two of their games, lost one and made it to the championship where they lost. Thus, his season is over too. Nevertheless, the weekend started out "cool". In Matthew's first game last Thursday, he got the game winning goal.

1:13 in the 3rd period, the game was tied 3 to 3...Matthew's team had a 5 on 3 penalty kill...Matthew was out on the ice with 2 of his teammates and killed the first penalty. At 33 seconds left in the 3rd, the 4th person entered the ice from the penalty box for the 5 on 4 penalty kill. As Matthew's team was killing the last penalty, one of his teammates tried to clear the puck from their zone. It scooted past Matthew, who caught it near the neutral zone...he skated it in and just stuffed it between the goalies legs (a.k.a "the 5-hole").
Matthew stuffing the puck through the goalie's 5-hole to score the game winning goal
Matthew scored the game winning goal. 
The San Jose Jr Sharks won their first game 4 to 3 with 11 seconds left in the game!
Matthew celebrates as he falls backwards after scoring the game winning goal.
But now the season is over...now it is time to create our new sense of "normal".  Not always the easiest thing though! Spring hockey will start up soon, high school Track & Field will start up...always something.

March also brings announcements from Prep Schools and Colleges for Robert; getting harder to believe that he will be graduating in several months. He received acceptance letters from 2 prep schools (Phillips Exeter Academy and Holderness), waitlisted at 2 and denied from 1. College notices have been coming in too. We have been weighing some of the options for him for next year...and leaning toward prep school at Phillips. They are interested in him playing hockey there, giving him an opportunity to develop further, as well as providing him a post-graduate year to further mature prior to going off to college. It is pretty exciting!

March is also bring some beautiful weather...
blue, blue sky...green, green grassy hills. I have been able to go out for some walks lately, trying to get out more as long as my chest doesn't hurt. The coughing has seemed to do some damage to my chest - probably went from the cold to bronchitis, but since there isn't anything that doctors could really do I just have to give my body more time to heal from that nasty cold/cough I have/had.

Anyway...I am rambling, so I should probably sign off. Thank you for sticking around, hoping to get some stitching in to show you soon!

Until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!
Lisa

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

I am back! I am alive! OMG it is March!

OMG...I am so sorry that I was AWOL during the month of February. It has been a very busy month for me.

February, in my house hold meant:

  • A hockey weekend in Phoenix, AZ (Jan 30-Feb 2) with my younger son and his teammates. It was a pathetic weekend of hockey
  • The biggest holiday for our 2 stores...Valentine's Day week is the busiest, craziest holiday for both of our Edible Arrangement stores. It is a holiday where we dip over 10s of 1000s of strawberries in chocolate
  • A hockey weekend in Denver, CO the 3rd weekend in February...I went with Matthew's hockey team again. I got to see an uncle, an aunt and cousin while there; as well as my college roommate whom I haven't seen in over 4 years. It is always good to catch up with friends and family when traveling for hockey.
  • The arrival of the cold-like flu...just as we finished up Valentine's Day, my DH and I got hit hard by the flu-bug (no we don't ever get the flu shot). For me, it started 2 Wednesdays ago...just not feeling 100% and then when I got on the airplane on Feb. 21 to Denver I got achy...let's just say that it is not fun to be traveling or staying in a hotel when you feel feverish and sick...and then let's say that it is not fun to be landing in an airplane when you feel congested and sick!!!!

Well, that was February. It is time to move on, it is time to start to feeling better. I am sick and tired of feeling tired and sick!

Anyway...while it was a busy crazy month, I did find sometime to put some X's into my Torah portion. Here is a status photo of it (sorry about the shadow, I just couldn't get in a good angle where there wasn't one):

I have 2 verses stitched! Just 2 more to go.

Well, that is all right now...just wanted to quickly catch up as well as say "HI". Hope you all out there in blogland are doing ok!

One more thing...we have [somewhat] enjoyed some rain here in Northern California which has given some much needed water to all our trees and shrubs. All of the crabapple and cherry trees have blossomed out. It is absolutely gorgeous around my neighborhood. It kind of looks like someone skipped around the neighborhood, hot glueing cotton balls on the trees :)

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Until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!
Lisa

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday's Random Snappers...

Good morning and happy Sunday. I'm up early this morning to make the cinnamon rolls for the boys, for they have an early hockey practice.

There has been a lot of hype around our rink lately because one of the Olympic figure skating hopefuls skates there...
The administration at the rink, as well as the public down in San Jose, CA has embraced their 15-year old Olympian. We have seen her skate down there over the years, practicing in the wee hours of the morning when we have had early hockey practices as well as in the afternoons. Her mother also works with some of the little figure skaters...warming them up in the hallways and showing them how to stretch out before and after they skate. Polina also goes to a school where some of both Robert & Matthew's teammates go. We are definitely rooting for Polina to do well.

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I guess it is natural for a mother of a "now 18 year old" to go through old photos and reminisce about times when said-18-year-old was a little guy. It is just amazing how quickly they grow up. But I am not the only one, for it looks like my mother-in-law has been doing the same thing. In Robert's birthday card, my MIL sent this photo:
When Robert was about 8 months old, we took a trip to Colorado where we met up with my in-laws. For the first part of this summer vacation we stayed in South Fork, which is in the southern part of the state. We would fish, hike, rest and visit. The last part of the trip, we drove over to Durango, CO and stayed in a famous old hotel, walked up and down Main Street and enjoyed sightseeing around this area. It was here that we did the old fashion photo. It was a perfect set up - Robert in the tub, his 10-gallon hat on his head and the hankie around his neck. Oh, how I remember this photo. He was such a good natured little baby...always loved being the center of attention and getting his picture taken (my how time has changed).

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It was sad the other day, when I was out taking my jog/walk. I was going up hill around all the new developments in our area and I spied this...
A lonely Hello Kitty, sitting all a lone on the sign. Her owner missing. Where o'where could her owner be? Why o'why was she left there to chill in the night air and the cool-damp morning?

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Well, my friends...the sun still hasn't shown its warm face yet. The boys, who just finished eating their breakfast, are taking a shower before we leave for hockey (shower before hockey, a little strange if I do say so my self). 

Enough rambling for a morning. Thank you for visiting today. I hope that it is a wonderful day for you and yours. Until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!
Lisa

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Creativity...

Creativity comes form the spiritual realm, the collective consciousness. And the mind is in a different realm than the molecules of the brain. The brain is a receiver, not a source. 
~ Candace Pert

Today's meditation from livinglifefully.com talked about creativity, which I found very interesting. It asked the question...
Do you let something "happen through you" or do you try to "make it happen"?

I know I have tried both approaches. I know when I try to force things, they don't always work out like I had hoped or expected and then I am disappointed. When I relax and let things happen without force or stress, they work out. So I guess there is a lesson there...

This meditation comes at a good time...in relation to my Torah Portion. First of all, here is where I am on stitching my portion:
Obviously I haven't had much time since to stitch on it since the last time I posted a status photo. But my mind has been in total creative thinking about how I want to make this portion stand out...how do I want to make this mine? As one of the 1463 stitchers of this international project, we all have the option of adding a border around the hebrew words - stitching a border on the sides and the bottom. 

Since my Torah Portion is of Moses kneeling in front of the burning bush conversing with G-d, I would love to create a border that represents flames and maybe even stitch a burning bush or large flame at the bottom of the piece. So, which I still have a lot of stitching to do before I add any color or border, my mind is going 100 miles per hour thinking about a design. Does your brain ever to this? Does it keep you up at night?

To help picture what my piece might look like with a border, the organizers of the International Torah Stitch by Stitch project have started a slide show of finish pieces...they are beautiful. If you would like to see what some of the pieces look like, click on this link. They are definitely inspiring.

If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. 
Angels whisper to us when we go for walks.
~Raymond Inman

Well, time to get my walk/jog in this morning so maybe I can sit and stitch tonight. 
Until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!
Lisa

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Just 2 days ago and several thousand miles away

It is hard to believe that only 2 days ago I was here...

a land filled with blinding white snow, chilly polar air; a place where mittens, hats, coats and boots are a MUST.



A place where the frozen land begs for you to come skate until your nose hairs freeze and you can't feel your fingers and toes.

And today...

I enjoyed the warmth of the sun on my face as I took my morning 10.5 mile jog/walk. The poppies greeted me with their colorful faces as I ran by.

I probably shouldn't have, but I called my parents back in Minnesota to brag about the 70 degree temps, the blue sky and the fact that there was no snow on the ground. Yes, I know it was very mean :)

Well, time to sign off. Until next time, take care and remember...
Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch often!
Lisa

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Home...where it is sunny, warm and no white stuff on the ground

It was a great weekend in Minnesota...although, it is nice to be home where the temperatures are well above freezing and there is none of that white stuff on the ground :)

Well, Matthew's team didn't make it to the Semi-Finals as they lost their last round robin game on Sunday night. It was a heart breaker loss. They were tied all the way to the last minute of the game and then the other team scored. Matthew's team needed to win or tie in order to advance to the semis on Monday. Oh, well..."ya win some, ya lose some".

Since we didn't have a game on Monday, we planned for the team to do a little outdoor skating on a pond...something that you don't get to do in California. It was a little chilly...dropped from 12 degrees when they started skating around noon, to 6 degrees when they finished up, which was around 2:45pm. It was nice that the facility had a beautiful warming house, for the boys would skate for a while...until they couldn't feel their fingers...or cheeks...or ears...or toes and then they would come in and warm up....and then go back out.
Matthew's team skating on a pond in Minnesota. 
Us, hockey moms, tried to bundle up as much as we could in order to watch the boys skate...but some of us just didn't prepare for the polar chill in the air.
My hockeymom friend, Rynette, and I outside the warming house. It was COLD!
My sister Jamie brought my niece and nephews to the outdoor rink to skate with Matthew and his hockey team because they didn't have school as it was MLK break.
Cousins - Sammy (age 8) and Matthew (age 14) out skating together
Cousins - Lizzie (age 11) and Matthew (age 14) warming up in the warming house
By the way...here is a photo of Cousin Lizzie and my son Matthew from a long time ago... My, how they are growing up!
Cousins - Lizzie and Matthew from many years ago.
It was a great weekend. Always good to spend time with my family!

Well, time to get caught up on the laundry and a few of the house hold chores. Until next time, take care and remember..

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!
Lisa

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Traveling to Minnesota for Hockey = time with family!

Anytime one of my sons have a tournament in Minnesota, you know I am on the plane with them. It is a great opportunity to visit with my parents, sisters, brother-in-law and niece/nephews. Since Matthew's team didn't have a game until 5pm today, we decided to plan the Team Lunch at my parents country club. This is something that I started last year with my older son's hockey team and it has been well received.

The venue always provides a great relaxing meal with pretty good food...and a wonderful opportunity for my family to meet the hockey players, the coach(es) and the hockey families that I hang out with in California. And we had some great photo ops!

The tall kid is my son Matthew...in front left to right - Jacob, Cousin Lizzie and Cousin Sammy
Matthew with Cousin Sammy
Left to Right: Aunt Jamie, Aunt Debbie, Son Matthew, Uncle Theo, Grandma and Grandpa
The Sisters
Left to Right: Jamie, Me and Debbie
Matthew's hockey team posing with his cousins
It was a nice time had by all! But now is nap time; so until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch often!
Lisa

Friday, January 17, 2014

A restful end to a crazy week

Hello from the tundra...otherwise know as Minnesota.
Looking at the backyard of my parents' house
I am at The Dolginow's B&B - my parents' house - the place I go when we travel to Minnesota for a hockey tournament for my younger son, Matthew. The team gets to stay at the hotel and I seek refuge at my folks house...a little pampering goes a long way :)

It has been a very, very crazy and stressful week. Started off on Sunday, when my older son Robert got back from a hockey weekend in LA with a hurt knee. Monday it was a trip to an orthopedic doctor where we had xrays done, was told that it was either a Grade 1 or 2 sprain of the MCL, which we ffollowed up by an MRI on Wednesday morning at 7am so we would know for sure. During this 3 day period, we struggled making an decision whether or not Robert would join his hockey team as they flew to Michigan this weekend for another hockey weekend. On top of that stress...Robert had to finish up 5 prep-school applications (college apps are a piece of cake compared to prep school ones!).

Well, long-story-short...we made the decision before we got the final MRI reports...we erred on the conservative side of things and decided it would be best for Robert to stay home - to go to school Thursday & Friday, to rest up his knee and start a little rehab to get it healthy, to prepare for semester finals which are next week; as well as get caught up on sleep.

Last night I received a phone call from the Orthopedic Dr office with the finding of the MRI. Robert has a Grade 2 sprain and a bruised bone...so we definitely made the right decision for him to stay home and rest up.

So the timing of Matthew's (younger son) hockey tournament in Minnesota comes at a great time...I get to do a little R&R.

While on the flight last night, I was able to put some stitches in my Torah Portion:
I restitched the last word on the first line: פִּיךָ and on the airplane I stitched this word: וְהוֹרֵיתִיךָ  which means and I will instruct you

After that was stitched I watched a movie - The Butler, which was very good - and then fell asleep for a little bit.

Anyway...it is time to get ready to go to the hockey rink, to get my team checked in before they play their first game.

Until next time...take care and remember...
Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!
Lisa

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Where did time go (Part II)...and...The Frogs Go Marching :(

18 years ago today, my DH and I loaded my suitcase into the car and we drove to the hospital. At 7am, the nurse injected the meds to start my labor. Throughout the day, my parents, sisters, friends all came to visit. In the afternoon, I was given some painkillers and then in the early evening I demanded the epidural.

16.5 hours later at 11:37pm, Robert made his appearance...all 9 pounds 2 oz. It was an incredible experience! One of the most remarkable experience I have ever had.
Robert was such a good baby. He basically slept through the night; although I did wake him ever so often to feed him.
 He was always so curious and observant...looking around, listening to endless Dr. Seuss books...
 He went every where with us...was a great traveller from an early age...and definitely a great snuggler.
 Full of life...always smiling!

Robert is growing up to be such a handsome man...busy with school, hockey, track...filling out all of those college applications as we prepare for the next chapter of his life


I am definitely a proud mom of this wonderful young man!
Happy 18th Birthday, Robert!

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Yesterday I spoke about my torah portion - finishing the first line and it not being centered correctly. Like I mentioned, I thought that I started the first line at the point it describes on the Torah Stitch by Stitch website. Well, I didn't quite count from the exact point I should have...so, yes, my portion isn't centered like it should. 

So last night I emailed the contact person and got a response back this morning with several different options. None of which mentioned ripping the whole thing up and starting over...Thank Goodness!!! One of the options I have is to continue stitching and when it comes to the border (stitching a border is completely optional and gives the stitcher a way to be creative, to make it unique, etc) I will have to make a narrow one...1-3 stitches wide versus a 5 stitch wide band. It will make more sense when I get that far.

In the meantime, since I emailed a photo to the contact so that they could take a look at what I was describing, the spotted an error. The last hebrew word I stitched wasn't in the correct place, so the frogs ( צפרדע) came to visit my house after all. 

You can still see the faint hebrew word that was frogged. I hope that when I restitch it, you won't be able to see where it once was.

Anyway, in order to get unstressed after dealing with my Torah portion, I took out Seven Pines by LHN and put in a few X's and a button...
I still have a few more X's to add around the pine trees...but another LHN project was calling my name. Out came Monthly Samplers-April by LHN (sorry about all the wrinkles)...


Now destressed, it is just about time to call it a night. Thank you all for visiting. Until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch often!
Lisa