Friday, January 30, 2015

It's Friday!

Don't you just love Friday's?  The possibilities of the weekend lay ahead.  Will it be relaxing?  Will you do something exciting?  Will you be with good friends, or make new ones?  Will you try something new to eat or will you go out for an old favorite?   I love Friday's.  It's the start of the weekend, when you get to take an extra couple of minutes in the morning to cuddle with the one you love.

The weather is going to turn a little bit for us this weekend, and we have snow forecast for Saturday, which is ok.  Perfect for a day of stitching.   I have dusted off a forgotten WIP, that I was so excited to start, and then didn't get back to once life took a turn.  So Elizabeth by Mirabilia is all set up in my qsnaps and ready for me to get at it.  I'll be working on that tonight and tomorrow, hopefully I'll be able to make some good progress on it.  Then on Sunday, I can hardly wait to get back at Cornwall Cottage!  I love, love, love it!

I did finish my little ornament that I started last week.  Snowbirds by Country Cottage Needleworks from the 2013 JCS Ornament issue.  I love how it turned out on this fabric.   I've put this in my finishing pile, will have to get to that soon.  I'm thinking on the weekend that hubby goes to his ice-fishing tournament at the end of February.

I have to dig out all my Prairie Schooler Santas!  They are blowing up the blog world...and I have to get to them.  I would love a PS tree!  I can picture it in my head already.  LOL  Another husband may just divorce me!  LOL

Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday update

Well hi!  How was everyone's week?  Mine was busy, I didn't get a lot of stitching done during the week, but I had my Sunday stitching day that I had planned last weekend and didn't get!  So I was a relaxed pile of stitching goo yesterday :)  I got a good amount done on our Sunday SAL.  I can't tell you how much I love stitching this project.  It's like every little motif is a mini happy dance.  It is so hard not to pick it up again tonight.  Tonight is my guilty pleasure TV/stitching night.  I settle in to watch a mindless episode of The Bachelor and I am going to stitch.  I'm working on an ornament (ha, big surprise) which I would like to finish this week.
Has anyone noticed those "I am not a robot" verification's on the comments?  I hate them!  1 out of 5 times I always get that squiggly one wrong.  Well....I discovered that you don't even need to bother!  If you just skip it altogether and click on post comment, you're done!  You don't have to prove your a robot at all.  Not sure why they put it there, but OK.  So now I don't bother and I happily comment on all the blogs that I visit :)

We are having an extraordinary January.  We are breaking high temp records all over the place.  It's so great, but I can't help but think we are going to pay for this warm spell in February with some brutally cold temperatures.  I guess we'll see, until then I am not complaining.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hermitting & Sunday SAL

So here it is!  I'm so happy that it's started!  I have wanted to work on this chart ever since it was released and I had bought it a long time ago, sitting in my stash, my ever growing retirement plan. :) When Kati and I were trying to decide what to our new project was going to be, I think it was a little wish from both of us that the other would pick this one.  This time around Linda has decided to join us as well!!!  Yeah...the more the merrier!  There's still time if anyone else would like to join us!  I started mine in the bottom center. I'm curious to see where the other two ladies started theirs. 

I had planned on stitching all day...but you know what they say....When people make plans...God laughs.  Well he must have been rolling on the ground on Saturday night when I announced my plan of stitching all day....because at 11 on Sunday morning my niece shows up with her 3 children... All under 3, the littlest one being 1 month old, along with them came my brother and sister-in-law and they were here until 4:30.  That is a long...very loud...visit.  And of course no stitching.  Once they left, hubby came home and I didn't settle down to stitch until after 7.  So this was about 3 hours of stitching done.  I was happy that I was able to finish the 1st motif on it.

On Saturday night I finished a little freebie that I'll make into an ornament for my tree.  I think it's a little cutie.  The freebie chart can be found here.  Cardinal Heart by Kissy-Cross.  I also started another ornament on Saturday night after I finished this quick little stitch. Snowbirds from the 2013 JCS ornie issue, that I'll be working on the rest of the week. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy Friday, 1st happy dance

Well good morning!!!

I have my first happy dance of the year!  YAY!  I actually finished it on Monday but I haven't had a chance to post this week.  Here it is.

It's Present Reindeer by Daffycat.  I Love love love Sharon's designs! She was so sweet this year and instead of me having to email her jumping up and down insisting that she send it to me immediately, she beat me to the punch and sent it over first.  I was thrilled,  just as I had clicked open my email program to send my request, it was already sitting there in my inbox!  So this one will be added to all the other wonderful DaffyCat designs on my tree.

I'll be having a stitchy weekend this weekend.  I signed up for the IHSW (International Hermit Stitching Weekend)  So that's what I plan to do.  I have another ornament all kitted up for this weekend.  And very very very exciting news.  We are starting our Sunday SAL this weekend with Kati and Linda.  Linda from Such Is Life is joining us this time around.  So Sunday the three of us will be sitting in our own cozy little stitching spots and starting Cornwall Cottage by Rosewood Manor.  This is such a gorgeous piece and I can't wait to start it.

Hubby will be out working on his pet project.  We bought a used Motorhome, that is a bit of a fixer-upper.  Hubby is a big fan of fixer-upper's, so this is his winter project...hoping to have it ready for the first long weekend in May.  So he'll be off doing his hobby and while he's out doing that...I will be at home enjoying my needle and threads.  In the evenings we have a bunch of movies lined up that we want to watch so we'll have cuddle time on the couch with a big bowl of something or another in front of us. I'm anticipating a wonderful weekend!

Wishing a very happy birthday to my friend Carol today! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 9, 2015

New Year, New Start

Well Happy New Year everyone!  So I'm thinking that if you are still out there, then I am very thankful.  I have been so neglectful of my blog.  You know what the crazy thing is? I visit my blog every single day at least look at my bloglist to see what you have all posted on your blogs.  I know that it's ridiculous, being so close, and then not post...and still wait eagerly for everyone else to post their lives.  I will do better this year with my New Year, New Start attitude. 

Speaking of new starts 2014 took turns that I did not expect would happen in my life.  As I had mentioned left his job back in 2013 and started his own company in the summer of 2013.  Much to my dismay I might add.  I am a creature of habit.  I am a person that likes to plan ahead. I am a person with lists and sub-lists and schedules.  So let me tell you this threw me for a GIANT loop.  Thank God and all the powers that be, and the never waivering confidence of my husband that he has made such a success of his company, that all my fears and apprehension were laid to rest.  Our little business (and yes I said "our") has grown to be so successful that in August of 2014 I had to make another difficult decision and left my 10 year position at the medical clinic I was managing and came to join my husband as office/business manager at our company.  If you knew me at all you would know the turmoil that I went thru because of this as well.  Not only that having to go to my boss and let him know that I was leaving him.  I felt like I was betraying him somehow.  The funny thing is...he was so fantastic about it.  He said that back when we opened the company he knew that it was going to be inevitable, because he knew that kind of person that my husband is, and he knew the kind of person that I am, that he got a sinking feeling back then knowing that my time was limited with him. And although he was sad for himself, he was happy for me.  And that was the theme of the month notice that I gave them from every doctor and staff member.   Needless to say, it has been an incredible last 1/2 of the year.  And I can tell you that I have NEVER been happier in my whole working career, than I am right now! And I don't say that lightly.  Everything that I have learned from all my jobs have all been leading to this one time in my life/career and it's been so worth the ride.

Sooooo...not using that as an excuse (well kinda) that is why I haven't been posting, because I have been overwhelmed with so many other things...and also let that be my excuse (yep)  for not stitching as much as I would like.  I did do some stitching but didn't get them finished for my tree this year.  So I didn't get any new ornaments on my stitching tree this sad about that...but I will rectify that this year for sure!  In the meantime here are the ornaments that I have stitched since August.  All from Prairie Schooler's Nordic Holiday book.  Love them.

Another thing I want to start fresh with is my lifestyle.  Hubby and I have both been living a little on the high end side of life and have both gained some pounds that neither of us should be carrying around, him not as much as me.  He works physically so it's not so bad or as noticeable.  I on the other hand am more tubby that I want to it's time to stick to the fresher foods and getting some fresh air, just taking better care of ourselves, so that we can enjoy the life that we are building for ourselves.  I have to do my activities a lot more moderately, as I have a knee that I am waiting for treatment on and am fairly limited in the things that I can do and for how long.  Hopefully this year I'll get in with the ortho for this miracle injection that I am slated for.  I know that losing a little weight will help with it as well.  So all the more to make the changes we need to make.  I'm keeping track of my lose on my sidebar, and so far since the beginning of the year....8 pounds have been shed!  YIPEEE

Kati and I are going to be starting up another SAL on January 18th!  It's been a long time in the making, with troubles of getting out fabric and our fibers together, we finally have it all sorted out and we are set to begin.  If anyone wants to join us there is still time.  We would love to have you. 

So that's it my friends!  Please keep posting your lovely posts.  I read them all.  That is another thing....I promise to comment.  We all love comments, and quite frankly, that's how we know for sure we aren't just talking in the dark.