Sunday, August 30, 2009

Bath Day

Today was bath day for my baby, Duke! I always find it amazing how he seems to know what is about to come next when I reach down and take off his collar. He is so funny! He runs away as fast as he can, jumps on the couch, and lays on his back! Like that is going to keep me from bathing him!
This pic is of Duke just getting out of the bath tub. Not a happy camper!
This is Duke. He's been dried, combed, and fluffed. Time for him to relax now!

Stitching Update

This weekend I finished kitting up two additional projects. These projects will be for Christmas presents. One is a baby quilt for my new niece. It is a kit from Bucilla called "God Bless the Babies." I don't have a picture of it yet. The next one is another kit for a pillowcase with Tinker Bell. This is for my sister since she LOVES Tinker Bell. I typicall do not like "stamped" cross stitch but am willing to "suffer" for those that I love!
I've also been doing some work on Dragon Knot. Work has been getting in the way of stitching lately so it is extremely slow progress. I'm hoping things get back to normal soon!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Whirlwind Weekend

I have been so busy with work that I haven't had the chance to do a blog update. I do have some stitching progress to show but not much. I will save that for another day!

This weekend my Uncle came in for a visit. He hasn't visited South Louisiana for 10 years. From the moment he stepped off the plane we whisked him away! On Saturday we went to LSU for a tour of the campus. We were so lucky that Mike was out! He was playing in the water. He is such a beautiful cat!

We also headed over to New Orleans that afternoon. Had to visit the voodoo shop and other specialty shops that only New Orleans has!
On Sunday we headed to Nottoway Plantation. Such a beautiful home! Rich in history and stories! It was so much fun to wander the grounds and tour the home. Envision a time that was so different than today.
I now need a weekend to recover from my weekend! Another long week at work. So much to do, so little time! :)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Allow me to introduce......

Holly! Yay! I finally finished her!!! Forgive the bad picture, it is a very cloudy day here! Plus I used my cell phone's camera feature because I was just too lazy to pull out the camera!! LOL! But she is done!

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Adventures in Babysitting!

I know I promised a picture of Holly when finished. I am still very close to finishing but didn't have much opportunity to stitch this weekend as I was babysitting 4 kids (3 boys, 1 girl) ages 14, 13, 11, and 9. What an adventure.

While I didn't have to amuse them I did have to play referee. That is what I was this weekend. All I heard was "he did that", "he did this", "she did that", "she did this". And of course, it was all INTENTIONALLY! Heaven forbid should one of them just look at the other! LOL!

There were some good moments. We played Monopoly and went swimming. But I am very happy to be home now in my own apartment in the quiet!

So, my goals for this upcoming week are to finish Holly, pick Dragon Knot back up, start Nora Corbett's Letter M, and continue my evening walks. Oh yeah, go to work too. :P

Sunday, August 02, 2009

I'm Still Here!

It's been a while since I posted! Things have been very busy lately! We've had 2 people quit at work and so of course, the work has just been piling up! Luckily though we have a one new person starting on Monday. Keeping my fingers crossed this one lasts!!!!

I've also spent the past two weekends traveling and shopping. I'm becoming a name brand snob!!! LOL! In addition to my recent purchase of a Coach purse, I broke down and bought a pair of designer sunglasses! Juicy Couture. I can't believe I indulged myself that way! Because of all the travel and shopping, I kept my booty home this weekend!!!! And even that didn't stop me from spending money! LOL!

My favorite uncle passed away one week ago. To me, it was sudden, as I don't live in the same state as he does and was not aware how ill he was. I last saw him in May when we had gone home for graduation. He looked good and was in good spirits despite having just been diagnosed with lung cancer. So it was quite the surprise to me when he passed away. I wasn't able to get back for the funeral due to work, but my sister did and she said it was quite the celebration. I'm just glad that he is no longer in pain.

Also coping with the loss of a close friend. No, this friend did not pass away. We've been on the outs for several months now and despite my best efforts, I just don't think the trust/friendship can be salvaged. It is very disappointing because this was a very close friend and distance just seemed to have gotten in the way and our own personal demons. I'm still holding on to hope but it is slowly slipping away despite me digging in with my fingers! And anyone who knows me, knows that I am very stubborn.

On the stitching front, I have been working on Holly. I am so close to being done that I don't want to put up a picture till it is complete. It's so close I can see it finished! LOL! Just the kreinik and beading is left. Both of which I loathe, but I am determined! I also picked up the materials (fabric and specialty threads) for the Nora Corbett Letters from Nora "M". I can't wait to start that. This one is just for me!!!!! :) Sure I have one other loved one with M as an initial but this one is for me!!!! I am going to be selfish for a change. I have so many projects that I have started with the intention of being just for me and I end up giving them away! Not this one!!!!

Things are not all bad despite what I've presented here. I'm doing ok. I like my life. I see things I want to change and am trying to change or improve things. Trying not to stay still. Trying to keep moving forward! I've learned that is best. And yet, I am trying not to bury my head in the sand! I do a really good ostrich impression but I've learned that really doesn't make things better!

So till next time! I hope to have some updates on stitching for you!