Saturday, September 13, 2014

Trying to get back into the "swing of things"

The morning greeted me with a deep turquoise sky filled will little puffy, cottony clouds. It is nice to have little clouds as it will help keep the temperatures down here, but I wish that these were rain we are in desperate need of that wet stuff that falls from the sky! Hopefully this winter season will be a rainy one. We can hope, right?

Well, it has taken some time for me to get back into the swing of things since returning home from the East coast. One would think, since it is 3 hours earlier in California that it would be easy to get up and get going. But I think that this old body takes longer than it use to when trying to get back into routine. I think that today is the first day that I feel like myself (which is 6 days since I have returned home).

With only one child at home, I have noticed a few changes...such as: I don't have to go to the grocery store as often to buy milk or any other food, the house stays a little cleaner, I only have to drive down to the rink 2-3 days a week instead of 6-7 days a week. Thus, I have found I have more time to be home. So I have actually found some time to sit and stitch this week. Can I have a...


So I took out my torah portion, which is waaaaaaayyyyyy over due. I did sign a promise that I would have it stitched and sent back to Toronto in 6 months, but we are coming up to 9 months. I was able to stitch a few word this week. Here is photo update of where I am right now:

(I'm sorry for all the creases). I have about 2 and 1/2 more lines to finish stitching. I do have a border in mind as well as a design of a burning bush I am planning to stitch at the bottom. 

If you want to see what some of the finish panels look like that have been sent back, go to this link:

If you want to see what the exhibition concept looks like (how the finished panels will be put together and presented), go to this link:

I am always overwhelmed when I look to see what other's have done with their panel pieces and I get excited to be a part of this huge project when I take a look at how the exhibition of this will be done. It will be truly amazing.

Well, it is time for me to sign off and get a few things done around the house so I can sit and stitch today. Until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Last part of my trip out east

Once my son was settled in his room, I really didn't have anything to do on Thursday (Sept. 4); although I did purchase a few more hangers for his clothes and a yoga mat & bag for him. I was fortunately to run into him while he and one of his hockey buddies were walking around downtown Exeter - so I handed him the bag with the stuff (thus, I didn't need to go back to his dorm/house and bug him anymore). I also got a brief hug; the kind that say "I do love you mom, but I cannot really show my affection because a friend of mine is standing near us." So for the rest of that Thursday, I just vegged out in my hotel room; catching up on some sleep before I headed down to Washington DC for my cousin's wedding.

Sun coming up on Friday, Sept. 5 over a boggy area in Exeter, NH
I woke up early Friday morning to get in a nice jog before I had to head to the airport. The cool, crisp air was such a blessing. And the beauty of the landscape as the sun rose was overwhelming.

The view of downtown Exeter from across the pond as the morning sun shined down
My plane left Manchester, NH around 12:30pm. Manchester is just about 30 minutes from Exeter. Not too bad of a drive. I arrived into Washington DC around 3pm, where I met up with my mother and father. We shared a taxi to the hotel. After getting unpacked, we decided to take a little walk down to the White House.
A selfie with my mother and father in front of the White House - definitely goofy!
That evening, since we weren't invited to the rehearsal dinner, my parents, sisters and brother-in-laws had a wonderful meal together. It was fun to get together with the family...something that we don't get to do very often.

Saturday morning, I got up early and had a very good and inspiring run: I passed the White House, Washington Monument, Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, WWII memorial, Vietnam War memorial, etc. It was really nice (hot and humid, but inspiring!).

Saturday evening was the wedding. Unfortunately it was outside, where the temperature was 91 degrees and the humidity was 100%...nevertheless, it was a beautiful wedding.
Congratulations to my cousin Charlie and his beautiful bride Kelli!
The photo on the bottom right is me with my cousin Katie
Well, now back home. Only one kid here in the house. Robert is doing well 3000 miles away at school. We have heard from him daily. Which, when I think about all the technology now-a-days, it is nice! Back when I went to college, I had one phone (land-line) in my room which I shared with my roommate. We did have computers, but internet and email wasn't around yet. So my conversations with my parents were just limited to two or three times a week. On the other hand, Robert has texted us daily as well as called several time. Although, we will see how long that will last :)

Any, that should bring you up to date. Just getting use to the new routine here with one kid to deal with - take to school and to hockey. I am finding that there is more time at home and less time in the car on the way to the rink. So, maybe...just maybe...I will find more time to sit and stitch; you think?

Until next time...take care and remember,

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The first paragraph in the next chapter of life has been written

Well, I find myself alone in my hotel room - and Robert is settled in his dorm/house - and tomorrow I depart, leaving him behind. However, this has been a fun week. A great opportunity for a Mother-Son week before leaving him at Phillips Exeter.

Last weekend was the Labor Day hockey tournament in Salem, New Hampshire. There he was on a team with some of his Exeter hockey teammates as well as other hockey players from other prep schools in the New England area. Robert's team did well...and the most exciting part was Robert scored the first goal of his team to start off the season and then scored the tying goal to get them into the quarterfinals. Nevertheless, they lost the quarter final game.

After that last game on Labor Day (Sept. 1), we headed north to our destination of Waterville, ME. It was close to a 3 hour drive from Salem, NH to Waterville, ME. We stopped in Portland, ME for a late lunch/early dinner at Eventide Oyster Co. When we travel, we like to find new places by using Yelp or Urban Spoon apps. We pick a town and see what restaurants get good reviews. So, Robert Yelped and found this spot in Portland. It was amazing and was a fun foodie experience.

Left Side Column: Maine oysters on the half shell; Roasted Jumbo Winterpoint Oysters (Korean BBQ, Slaw, Fried Potato); Eventide Lobster Roll on a steamed bun. 
Middle Column: Name of the Restaurant from the oyster list; photo of the oyster bar/drink bar with the oyster shuckers were hard at work; a Side of mini-biscuits w/soft butter with was sprinkled with salted bacon crumbs and chives
Right Side Column: Beet Salad (Tonnato, Trout Roe, Crispy Quinoa), Tomato Salad (Tahini Vinaigrette, Eggplant Puree, Fried Onion), Corn on the Cob (Aioli Sauce, Salted Bacon Shavings, Sweet/Spicy Peanuts)
Everything was delish! It definitely was an experience in food! Robert and I really enjoyed ourselves.

We finally arrived at our hotel around 5:30pm and, after unpacking the car, we plopped on our beds and relaxed. The purpose of us being in Maine, was to visit Colby College. Last August, Robert and I visited this college as part of our New England college trip. We decided to come back up here so we could take another tour of the campus, for Robert to have an interview by a representative of admissions and to meet with the hockey coaches. It was a great meeting and it sounds like they have some interest in Robert; so he will definitely be re-applying to Colby.

We departed Colby, drove down through Brunswick where Robert had an interview at Bowdoin, and then headed on to Exeter, NH.

Yesterday, Wednesday Sept. 3, was the big day. Robert checked-in at Phillips Exeter, got his key to his room and received his ID. We spent a good part of the day unpacking and setting up his room.
Robert outside his house: The Dutch House. A boys residence; 8 boys will be living there this year. Robert has a double room on the second floor.
On the first floor is the common room which has a living room area with couches and tv. Opposite the living area is a small kitchenette, where the boys can keep some food in the refrigerator. There is also a little hot pad, microwave, sink,  filtered water station and coffee pot. Off this area are two single rooms. The stair case is very narrow!
Robert's Room: 2 beds, 2 desks, 1 book shelf, 1 armoire and 1 closet. The door with the mirror on it leads to the bathroom. On the second floor there is one more bedroom which is also a double. The four boys on the second floor share the bathroom.
When Robert's roommate arrived, we got a chance to meet his parents and his grandparents too. They live about 2 hours from the school. After his roommate finished unpacking, we all decided to move the furniture around, putting the beds on either side of the room and putting the desks in the middle near the window which leads to the fire escape.

We couldn't do much unpacking until later in the evening because Robert's boxes we shipped a few weeks ago to a packaging company in Exeter, which stores such things until move in day, didn't arrive until 6pm (which was very frustrating to say the least). Nevertheless, as soon as those boxes arrived, we opened them up and got them unpacked within 45 minutes.

Robert's Room
Bed made, shirts/ties/pants hung, towels folded and put away...and his Minnesota Wild flag hung up. He is set and my job here is done!

So he is off and ready to go. School for him officially starts tomorrow; today he has some orientation activities as well as some workout plans with his hockey teammates.

It is bittersweet...I am so excited for him. This is such a great opportunity - he will get a great education and be able to play hockey. Yet, it is kind of is time for him to move to the next chapter in his life.

Well, on that note I will sign off. Until next time, take care and remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch often!

Friday, August 29, 2014

A New Chapter Begins

Wow! It has been a long time since I have posted anything. I am so sorry for my absence. Last post was written in April and now it is August...time has flown by. The last post was when I was visiting Phillips Exeter Academy with my older son Robert - Exeter is a prep school in New Hampshire which he was accepted to for a PG (post-graduate...kind of like doing a 2nd high school senior year) year.

"Why is he doing a PG year? Why would he want to do another senior year in a Prep-school/high school?" might ask. Well, as you know, Robert is passionate about playing ice hockey and his goal is to play hockey in college. The path from playing hockey in high school (in California) to playing college hockey is not a straight path. The majority of the kids need to play in a junior league between high school and college in order to develop further. Going the junior route for Robert had some risks - if he would make a team in the middle of the summer and not make the final cut in September...what would he do then? For Robert, going to prep school meant playing hockey for a school, playing another year before college to develop further while getting a great hopes to go play in college next year.

Anyway...Since my last April post, the boys finished up school in June and Robert graduated from high school.

Robert's graduation day (June 12, 2014) - upper left: me and The Grad; upper middle: The Grad and Dad; upper right: The Grad and his brother; bottom: The Family with The Grad. 
We had both sets of grandparents in town with this big celebration. It was nice to have them all here to help celebrate.

The summer was filled with little trips for hockey (of course) and getting Robert ready to go away to prep school. Prep school attire requires shirt & tie with either shorts, pants or jeans depending on the weather situation. The public school he graduated from didn't require any kind of dress code, so we had to go out and purchase his prep-school clothing.

In addition to clothing, we also purchased bedding and towels, as he will be living in a dorm. All of which we had to box up and ship off to the east coast.
Robert trying on his prep-school attire (shirt, tie, shorts with a belt and, of course the Sperry TopSiders) while we were packing up boxes.
Last Sunday afternoon, we found time to have one last family outing in Half Moon Bay, California. A little day trip to the beach and a nice late lunch at Sam's Chowder House.

 It was a nice afternoon...good to get out and put our toes in the sand, to smell the surf and to have some fresh seafood!

Now, on August 29, I find myself back on the east coast with Robert. Before I take him to Exeter and get him settled in his dorm, we have a weekend of hockey to get through. The prep-school hockey season doesn't officially begin until Nov. 1. However, there is a New England Fall Prep School Hockey League which consists of players from all the New England prep school. They start their season with the Labor Day tournament, which is this weekend. So Robert and I flew out here from California yesterday for this tournament. He is excited because he will be able to meet some of his Exeter teammates...and I will be able to meet some of the parents.

I tell is nice to be on the East Coast - where everything is lush and green (in California we are having a horrible drought and it is so brown!). This morning I got up early and went out for a wonderful jog around the hotel we are staying at...
You have to love the name of the business park the hotel is in...The Minuteman Business Park, which is located on 1776 Rd.
Well...time to end this post and let you all go on with your daily lives. Thank you for visiting! Until next time, remember...

Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often!

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. 


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!

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 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 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 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!

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 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!

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 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

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 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!

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!

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 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, 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!

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!

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.


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).


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?


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!

Thursday, January 23, 2014


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 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 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 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!

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!