Sunday, March 29, 2009
I am glad that the weekend is over...not a typical reaction most people have on a Sunday evening. But this was not a "fun" weekend. I felt like I was "walking on eggshells" around my DH - things get stressful like this when things don't go "his way". I think that all of this hockey travel for the 2 boys, which takes us in two different directions is wearing on us. Also, I have been doing the majority of the travel with the older son - and this weekend he is going to Nationals which is a HUGE thing - which DH would love to be at (but as the team manager, I have to be there). Our younger son is going to his hockey State Finals next weekend, so DH needs to go there with him. Well - we are looking forward for both boys' exciting finale(s) to their hockey season.
On the "good" side of the weekend - not only did I finish up the RR - but I got all the bathrooms cleaned today! That is a good thing and a nice way to leave the house.
I wish everyone a good week! Remember to Live, Laugh, Love and Stitch often! Lisa
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I am looking forward to the trip over to NC, not only to be there for my son and Nationals (I hear it is something to really take in and experience)...but I have family coming to meet us there. My parents, from Minnesota; my in-laws from Kansas and an Uncle/Aunt will be driving over from another part of NC to meet up with us. But the really neat thing is, my grandmother (Robert's great-grandmother) will be able to travel up from SC to meet up with us all. My parents are helping to make this happen. In the beginning of the season, when we heard the hockey schedule and the locations of Nationals being in NC...I kept hoping that the team would make it there - for how neat would it be to have my grand mother be there to see her great-grandson play hockey. When we were at District finals in Seattle on March 8, and we were getting ready to play in the Championship, my son looks at me and says "this is for Gi-Gi (great-grandma)." All during that game, as the boys played very well...I had a feeling that this year long "dream" would come true, but it wasn't until the final second ticked off the clock that it became a realization that we would be going to NC and grandma would be able to see this. I am a little sad that my grandfather (who recently passed away on Christmas Eve) will not be there...but I believe that he was at Districts in spirit and he will definitely be there at Nationals!
Well, I didn't mean to write all that above...but these are thoughts that have been going through my head as we get closer to the event.
On the stitching side of things....I received Kathy's RR from Michele on Monday. Very excited to stitch on it - I picked the heart I wanted to stitch and the colors of floss from her choices included in the package. I counted out the number of stitches from the heart she started with to the one that I chose...and began to stitch. After a while I saw that the center of the chosen heart wasn't lining up to the grid that she measured out. So after confirming with her - I decided to just rip out the stitches and then start a different one, which was located under the one Michele stitched...this was a little easier to count out to and begin, without the feeling that it was in the wrong place. While I am enjoying this RR a lot...it is funny how stressed out I get myself when stitching on others.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Spring day! Take care! And remember:
Live...Laugh...Love...and Stitch Often!
Monday, March 23, 2009
However, while I have been home these last few weekends, I have been making a dent in some of the house hold chores that seem to get ignored when I am busy or out of town. I go the lawn mowed and started to weed the back yard - I will probably have another go at it next weekend before I take off for North Carolina on the 31st of March. I also got the kitchen floor cleaned & mopped. Yahoo (that should last a least for a few days).
On the Stitching side of life...I did get a little work done on my little "Wish, Dream...". But not enough to show right now. It sounds like I will be receiving Kathy's Friendship Sampler RR from Michele this week (please Mr. or Mrs. Postperson) - and I look forward to receiving it and working on my heart for hers. This is really a fun activity!
Well...time to get the week started - school for the boys and work for DH & I; followed by hockey practices for the National & State bound boys...hope this week brings you all much love, laughter and goodness! Remember to Stitch often! Lisa
Friday, March 20, 2009
Earlier in the week, I mailed off the Friendship Sampler RR and hear that it has already been received in AZ. So, while I have been waiting to receive the one coming from WA, I have been working on a few other projects. I did finish Frosty Friends, which I have finished off as a pin-keep...this is my first time attempting one. I do need to put on a ribbon or something, just incase the person receiving this wants to hang it. I am planning to give this one to my grandmother, who might be coming to North Carolina when I am there (when Older Son plays in National Hockey tournament). I stitched the Frosty Friends ornament with her in mind. The pattern does call for the lime green coloring of the hat...which reminded me of the Gecko Green VW Bug that my grandmother would love to have (but was denied...for my uncle didn't think that a 90 year old woman needed to drive around in the Bug). The pattern also called for the bird to be stitched in blue (blue birds are a symbol of friendship). However, I decided to make it a red bird...to represent my grandfather, her husband, who past away on December 24th. My grandparents lived in St. Louis, Mo for a long time and the Cardinals were my grandfather's favorite baseball team. So, the more I looked at this little pattern, the more I saw my grandmother and my grandfather looking at eachother. Like the little bird came down to visit. I think that it came out pretty good...finishing it up around the corners was a challenge. But I am happy with it and I hope she likes it.
The new thing that I am working on is this little pattern I found in the Freebies on DMC website (I think). I am doing it on 32ct evenweave - 1 over 1. Very, very tiny! It says "Wish. Dream. Hope. Believe." It has a star, moon and heart - and then a border of triangles, which are done in varigated colors. I will post more photos are I do more. It really is a challenge to do 1 over 1. I have never really done this before...very challenging!
Well...got to get my family around so that I can get my family around and out the door for the hockey game.
Have a good evening!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Two hours does get boring...I do have a supply of magazines (some health related, many are stitch related-love to look at all the designs & stitches and thinking about fun project to do), some books...but having the laptop and reading blogs has become a big part of my wee hour routine. One of the first blogs that I read was The Two-Handed Stitcher by one of my favorite designers. She would write about her designs, some of the free ones you can find on her website, or a little bit about the region she lives. Another blog, which really inspired me to start writing my own was Crossed Purposes. Not only did this blogger write about the projects she was stitching, but about her daily struggles - which really drew me in. It really drew me into her life. Since November, when I became a blogger myself, I started "bookmarking" all of the blogs that drew me in because of their stitching and/or their "open door" to their life.
Now, almost everyday, when I wake up and get on this silly exercise bike, I turn on this old laptop and run through my "favorite" blogs...to visit "my friends"...checking to see how everyone is doing? What project are they starting? What have they finished? Are they looking for opinions regarding thread/fabric? Are they feeling better? Did they get the job? How are the kids/grandkids? If it has been awhile since they have written, I do find myself worrying about them - are they ok? Are they taking some time for themselves, like a needed vacation?
On some blogs, I feel inclined to post a comment - an opinion - offer compliments - offer sympathies - or encouragements. Through the blogging community I have found a belonging, a fellowship and friends.
It is interesting the impact that blogging and reading blogs has affected my life. I am grateful for those who have inspired me to blog & read blogs; I am grateful for the community out there. Thank you!
And thank you for visiting and reading my blog today. Remember to Live, Love & Laugh...and to stitch often! Lisa
Saturday, March 14, 2009
My other project that I am working on, as per my earlier post, is Frosty Friend. Here is my progress:
This is an ornament from the 2008 Just CrossStitch Ornament issue. I am hoping that it will be a quick stitch, because this just might be a little surprise for my grandmother who might be coming to NC to see her great-grandson play hockey. Still keeping my finger's crossed.
Well...it is time to hit the hay! Good night.
Before I update you on my stitching projects, I just want to express my thanks to my lucky stars...we have had car issues for a while with both our old cars (one is a 1995 jeep, the other is a 2001 jeep) - but we are the kind of people who just tend to "run them into the ground". Well, it looks like we might have with the 2001...this morning, DH was running Robert down to an early morning hockey practice @ 5:00am, when he called because the car died on the side of the road. I jumped into the other car and we got Robert to practice and then dealt with getting the other car towed to a service center. But the thing I feel very lucky about is...the car has been making funny noises since Wednesday evening, but we just wanted to make it to the weekend when we could deal with it. Yesterday, I drove carpool (i.e. had other kids in the car) to hockey - making it down there and back (on Fri. the 13th nonetheless) without any issues. No problems until this morning.
And, while I am expressing thanks...the inheritance from my grandmother who passed away in November showed up on Wednesday. The timing was perfect, because we were just about to get a loan to buy a used car. So...with some cash in our hands...and one "toasted" car...purchasing the used car couldn't come at a better time. It is nice when the stars line up nicely.
On the Stitching Front...(I will post photos later today)
I started stitching my heart onto Michelle's Friendship Sampler for the RR I am participating in. It was a little stressful stitching it because - I stressed over getting the count right, over making sure that my crosses matched her crosses, making sure that the color combo was correct as per her directions, etc. I have finished the heart and just need to stitch my name and state by it. We are doing mailings around the 15th and 30th of each month...so I will have it done this weekend in order to send it out by Monday. One of the extra special things that she requested is each of us enclose a postcard that represents where we live and then write something about ourselves on the back. I haven't done this yet. I live near some of the famous cities in Northern California, but not near enough to purchase a postcard...so I might just print out a picture that represents the area I live in and then write on the back.
The other project I am working on is called Frosty Friends...it is coming along...it is a nice easy project; but just having made time to really sit and stitch it.
Well, I have our plane tickets purchased for North Carolina for National Championship (son's hockey) for the first weekend in April. I have emailed the NC RR girls to let them know I will somewhat close by and hoping that I might meet one of them...in addition, I found out that my 90 year old grandmother (who lives in SC) might be driven up to join us for the hockey tournament by my cousin. I am keeping my fingers crossed. One of the things my son said when he woke up for the Districts Championship game last weekend, was: "This game is for Gi-Gi (great-grandma)". We have been talking about the possibility of making it to Nationals in North Carolina all season and thoughts of my grandmother (his great-grandmother) coming to see him play hockey. How cool will this be if she does!!!
I promise pictures soon of my stitching...hope everyone is doing well. Remember - Live, Love, Laugh and stitch often! Lisa
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I met Michele this afternoon while my son was taking a nap (something that he does when he has a morning hockey game and another one in the afternoon/evening). It was fun to meet Michele and get to know her. This is a wonderful "perk" to the RR!
Well, we will be leaving for the second game today. My son & his team won their first 2 games, lost this morning...this evening is the semis and, if they win, they go to the championship tomorrow at noon. Keep your fingers crossed!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
After going to work today, I ran a few errands - trying to stock the house with food for DH and younger son. I also made homemade banana bread for them - and double chocolate chip muffins.
Not only am I looking forward to getting to Seattle to be with my son & his hockey team, again, this weekend; but I have an opportunity to meet someone who is in the Friendship Sampler RR I am part of.
Well, I am sorry that this is short and very sorry that I haven't posted any stitching photos or stitching stories...my life is a little crazy right now.
Hope everyone is doing well...Happy thoughts being sent out to a good friend in Minnesota and more going out to Beth - a blog friend!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Maybe it is being caused by the weather - too much snow in some places, too much rain in others...not enough moisture for some.
Maybe it is the economy and the financial woes out there - some loosing their job, some in fear of loosing their job, some receiving pay cuts so that they can keep their job...now there is not enough money to pay the bills, to live as we are use to or as we would like to.
Yesterday, I came to realize that it is I who has the power to control my thoughts, my desires - influence the outcome of my day. It is I who can control my reactions to things that might come my way, whether it be good things or not so good. No, I cannot control what others do and what events take place...I cannot really control my destiny...but I can decide how I am going to react to what is dealt to me.
Yesterday, I "willed" myself to get up and get going - to start my day. Today, I was a little late out of bed (by my standards), but I, again, "willed" myself to get up and get going - to start my day. The wee hours of the morning are MINE. They help me organized my thoughts and exercise my body (I am on the stationary bike as I type this posting). It also provides me with opportunities I might not have - this morning I was able to kiss DH good bye as he left for an early flight out east; this morning I was able to read some new blogs and meet some new bloggers (and learn a little about their lives & stitching interests).
I wish everyone to find their on "will" and to make the most of every moment - whether it is in the wee hours of the morning or the wee hours of the evening...or anytime in between. Make it YOUR OWN.
Dear Readers - thank you for your time, thank you for reading. If there is something that you take from my morning's rambling - I am grateful. If there isn't anything that you can gleem from my morning's ramblings...that is a-ok too. I am just grateful that you are here today!
Remember to: Live, Love, Laugh...and stitch often! Lisa
Monday, March 2, 2009
~ Helen Keller
So, this morning I asked myself..."What can I find to look forward to, in order to WILL myself to get out of bed." The first thing I thought of was BLOGS...I can catch up on other's blogs while I exercise on my stationary bike like I did before I went to Quebec. So - I found the bookmarked "The Big Blog of Stitching Blogs" and I started to go down the list, starting with the Blogs that begin with an A and caught up on those (reading & commenting). After a while, I knew that I needed to catch up on my email correspondence with some friends and family...and get out the St. Patrick's Potato Bar Party Sign Up List for my younger son's classroom party. Now with those few things to keep my busy - one hour has just elapsed while I have been on the stationary bike - and I am feeling better. So - to keep me going, I am now up dating my Blog with the story of my attitude adjustment. I can reflect upon this when I struggle with mornings again...and maybe a reader will find inspiration in it for their life.
News on the Stitching Side of Life
I found something new, fun and small to stitch. In the Just Cross Stitch 2008 Special Christmas Issue "Christmas Ornaments" - I found "Frosty Friends" by Mosey 'N Me. I will post my progress, but thought I would post a photo of the pattern I was referring to. I was scanning my stitching magazines and this put a smile on my face. So, I did put my first few stitches in it last night.
Well, time to sign off now - either to pick up my book to read (Stealing Home by Sherryl Woods) or to do some more Blog reading.
I hope everyone finds a lit'l happiness in today. Just remember to Live, Love, Laugh and stitch often.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
DH and younger son drove to a city outside of Sacramento for a Sunday morning hockey game. Older son and I are at home. He is missing hockey practice this morning (might go to the later one) due to the cold/flu he still is dealing with. We are trying to rest him up because he/his team is going to the District Championship in Seattle next weekend and I don't want him to get any sicker. This cold/flu is not fun. We don't feel terribly horrible, but we are all feeling like we just don't have any energy. It is a drag!
I got my Friendship Sampler RR in the mail, so it is on its way to the next stop - should be there on Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest. I have gone back to working on Shoo-fly and trying to find another little project, but just cannot decide what I want to do - yet, haven't looked hard enough through my stash. Oh, well...
Hope all is well with all reading - remember to Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch often! Lisa