Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Can I get an Amen!

I am so ready.....I have busted my little (sic) backside today.   I should have a ka-zillion steps on my Fitbit.  

Welcome home!
Corn Casserole - done, Cranberry Relish - done, Big Pot of Chili for dinner tonight - done, Breakfast Casserole for tomorrow morning - done, Watergate Salad - done, Green Bean Casserole - done, relish dishes....not done but thought about!, Turkey is brining, bathrooms are cleaned, floors are washed, and dishes washed, washed and washed and FINALLY done.  All I have left to do is bring the sheets in off the clothesline, run them through the dryer for a few minutes to get the chill off and make up the beds.    Family should be here between 7 and 9 tonight.   I think I see a window of opportunity opening to stitch.  um, last time I said that, I promptly fell asleep in the recliner.   Tomorrow I will set the table, pop that turkey in oven and make the potatoes and gravy.......a feast to be sure. It will be well worth all the pre-work I did today.   How did I ever manage when I worked the day before Thanksgiving?










Wishing you all a Wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving.

Buddy is exhausted just watching me.    He has resumed his perch on the mantle
for his sleeping place.   Remember, no one ever owns a cat; they own you.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

My Favorite Holiday

I am blessed.....so very blessed to have family, friends, health, a job......

It has been a crazy couple of weeks.   All good but nonetheless crazy.   Little to no stitching has been going on.  The last couple of weeks I have had something to do seven days a week and it has had me coming home to finally sit down with my stitching....and promptly fall asleep in the Lazy Boy!  Followed by a weekend of houseguests........dogs jumping and barking,  tails wagging things off coffee tables and bookcases, keys and phones on every surface.  Drinking glasses left on every end table.  Tons of dishes and tons of laundry.  Someone always hungry and opening the fridge.  A line for the shower.  I am not Miss Neat but I do like the normal sense of order I have in my house so for weekends like this I learned to just breathe.....as much as it is a jump from my normal, quiet day-to-day existence, I love it.    Everyone was home this weekend because no one was coming for Thanksgiving!   I turned in earlier than everyone last night figuring it was time for the mom to let the kids be kids.  I laid in bed and listened to their chatter, giggles and belly laughs and it felt so good and I had that warm and fuzzy feeling!    And guess what, we are doing it again in 4 days.   I went from just Mr. W. and I for a quiet stitching filled afternoon of a Turkey Day Feast for two to 12 house guests who will all be spending the night!     I don't know where I am putting everyone and I am sure there will be air mattresses with kids across the living room floor.  Oh boy but it sure is a wonderful life!  



Before I continue.....with fresh sheets and linens, I think a few minutes of stitching time are deserve and hopefully next post will include some stitching progress.  I have two projects I'd 
like to move from the WIP column to the Finally Finished column! 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Stay Away Squirrels!

What a week......been busy and been drama filled at work.    As the Senior Admin I seem to keep getting drawn into everyone else's drama.  Sometimes I just want to not be politically correct with my answer and just be totally sarcastic.  Probably would be lost on these people.  For some reason there is a belief that I am the only one to go to for any answers.  Really does no one else know when all else fails, to turn the copier off and let it reboot?  Oh no, probably spent hundreds of dollars of Company money between all the co-workers messing about for a half hour and calling IT for a solution.  I thought they were going to have a parade and put me on float for returning from a meeting solving the problem in about three seconds.  I just scratch my head and think......Harvard degree, Rutgers degree, Widener degree?  I've got the Common Sense degree!  Diverting and deflecting and remedying crisis made this was not a week that was conducive to crossing tasks off my to-do list.  I really want to cancel my subscription to all their issues! However it is not that easy.......we all know  how quickly the ugly mob could turn if I were to freak out.  And that is why I carry my stitching with me to get a few rewarding, blood pressure reducing stitches in at lunchtime.   OK, got that out of my system.   Pardon my rant.

One good thing this week at work was being able to give away $$$.    I manage the corporate credit cards and we have a ka-billion points from aggregating to them across the 110  cards.   In September I redeemed a good chunk of points for gift cards.  What a fiscally responsible way to spread good will.  Now I don't give the cards away but I worked on filling the envelopes with the various cards and putting the names on the envelopes.  The recipients have no idea they are getting them next week.   Employees come up to the Executive Floor with dread and how nice to see the smile come across their face and the tension leave their body.  My Company is so generous and I think it is so wonderful to see the difference make by saying "hey, I hear you have really been helpful with training the new guy", or "a customer called to compliment your efforts", or "I understand you're saving the Company money by  shopping for the better price".   I worked on this for the last couple of weeks and have kept it under my hat.  So satisfying.  I really do get pleasure from seeing others happy.



So, to my stitching week.    I finished the beaded acorn scissors fob.    It was such  quick stitch.   Love love love it!  I order doublesided tape we used at Jamboree and really helped with the assembly.

I am back to reading again by slowly reintroducing my daily time on the treadmill.   It's going slow but I am making progress and have been able to almost finish Oliver Potzsch's The Beggar King, A Hangman's Daughter Tale.   This the third in a series of five.  




Now it is time that I really get back to my Guild SAL.   I have grown disenchanted with this piece.  I was over the moon to join and start but the pattern is so filled inconsistencies and so much compensation stitching has been done that it has really lost its attraction.   It's just sitting on my lap stand patiently waiting.  So much so that instead of stitching on it I have done everything else but.....like cleaning and purging kitchen cabinets and bedroom closets.




Guess it's time to put it in high gear and get the last six rows done.

Happy November and have a great week in stitching!