Monday, July 28, 2008

Stitchin Progress

Okay here is a picture of my progress on the airplane I am stitching. Actually this is super simple pattern to stitch. I just have the backstitching, tail, and the landing gear left to go and this will be one for the books.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

It is HOT! HOT! HOT!

Well, I guess one could say that we are in the dog days of summer here in Kansas. We have had scorching weather here for about the last five days. It did cool down last night and we were treated to a great lightening show. I don't know that we got any sizable rainfall amounts out of the whole deal, but I sat outside and watched the wind and lightening until about midnight. Actually, it was perfect weather to do just that. The mosquitoes weren't out and about, it was cool, and there was a good breeze!

Thursday night we went through all the shoes Jonathon owns and decided which ones did't fit, which ones did etc. We have shoes to start the school year with and I think the soccer shoes will last one more season. The box of hand me downs that is destined for Texas is getting full. I still need to go through his drawers and shirts. I had been sending his clothes to the little boy next door, who is four, but holy cow the kid is already in a size five (and growing like a weed on fertilizer)and Jonathon is still stuck in an eight. Really the only reason we wear a size eight is because the sevens were too short. Thankfully they make jeans with the elastic tabs, because we swim in the waist of a size eight. I figure it won't be that long before the neighbors will be sending us their hand-me downs.

We are unoffically ready for school here. We have Jonathon's school supplies bought. We also took a day trip down to Tulsa on Friday to get him some other things he needed. We are ready for school in the clothes and shoe department. We are also ready for soccer season, as we bought some soccer shorts and new shin guards. I actually got some really good buys on his clothes and shoes. I am a big clearance rack shopper, so that helps out.

I got some new clothes also, but I have a hard time shopping for clothes for myself. Of course when you have your mother and nine year old following you around that doesn't help. Plus factor in the 100 degree weather, it just doesn't make shopping for fat girl clothes that fun. Probably the sensible thing to do would be to just go on a diet and lose the weight, but that is easier said than done. Not that I have really tried in this endeavor very well lately.

I have been cross-stitching on Jonathon's airplane lately and tomorrow should have a progress picture to show. I do believe that everyone, including Abigail, would have to say that it now looks more like an airplane. I am starting to see blue in my sleep, since that is about the only color DMC I have used here of late.

I spent yesterday afternoon putting together vocabulary folders for my students. I had all the papers ran off last spring and punched the holes in them. Earlier this summer I collated them. Yesterday I put the folders together. There is now one less box lying around my dining room.

I suppose I should clean house today, but that may or may not happen.

Have a great Monday (if there is such a thing as a great Monday.)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


I had three comments this time! Can you believe that? I feel like I have hit the big time! Not a lot going on here just really hot and now dry. First, too much rain, now needing rain. Can't Mother Nature ever get it right?

We went swimming today with an old friend and her two girls. Jonathon and Abby had fun with them both. We did stay at the pool long enough that they were all asking if they could please leave. I didn't think there was ever a length of time that would cause that to happen.

I am cross-stitching on Jonathon's airplane. Right now I am working on the propeller, so next time maybe Abby will think it looks like an airplane. I told her if she keeps commenting on my "art" she will lose favorite niece status. Since I only have three nieces and rarely see two of them, who are adults, I don't think she is worried.

My cousin Kathy commented that cross-stitch takes a lot of patience. It does, but literally it is a hobby that has saved my sanity many a times. This summer it is the one calming thing I have to look forward to every day. When I get it out I forget all the looming problems I have and go to my happy cross-stitch place. A double bonus is this--I have now given away so much of my cross-stitch that all my family and friends get this look on their face like, OMG! She is going to give something else she made! So now I am doing things for my house. I still have Dan's cows in a snowstorm to do, I guess that I will consider that project a penance for any immediate and future sins I may commit.

Have a great Wednesday, and be happy.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

My Life? One Word at a Time

I took this meme from Debbie's blog and since she put my name as her answer to #35, I felt I the challenge was given and I couldn't disappoint.

Anyway, here goes! You are suppose to answer the questions with one word answers.

1. Where is your cell phone? purse
2. Your significant other? upstairs
3. Your hair? messy
4. Your mother? gentle
5. Your father? happy
6. Your favorite thing? stitching
7. Your dream last night? strange
8. Your favorite drink? diet pepsi
9. Your dream/goal? happiness
10. The room you’re in? computer room
11. Your church? surviving, (we are a small parish so we have to work really hard to keep the diocese from closing us down. We are closer as a parish and growing stronger because of the challenges we have had to keep our little church.) Hey, the rules didn't say you couldn't explain your answer.
12. Your fear? heights
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? here
14. Where were you last night? home
15. What you’re not? nervous
16. Muffins? blueberry
17. One of your wish list items? STASH!
18. Where you grew up? Cherryvale
19. The last thing you did? visiting
20. What are you wearing? clothes
21. Your TV? on
22. Your pets? none
23. Your computer? helpful
24. Your life? challenging
25. Your mood? relaxed
26. Missing someone? dad
27. Your car? gas guzzler
28. Something you’re not wearing? makeup
29. Favorite store? Silver Needle
30. Your summer? busy
31. Like (love) someone? tremendously
32. Your favorite color? blue
33. Last time you laughed? today (Abby was here, she is always giggling and when she is here it is contagious.)
34. Last time you cried? today
35. Who will re post this? Eileen (If she could remember her blogging password!)

Okay, I'm not sure if this is a tag thing or not, but if you would like to do it, consider yourself tagged.

Stitching WIPS

Here are some photos of my stitching WIP's
1st off we have Lady Liberty, which is really not the name of the pattern, by Mirabella. I have had this pattern for a long time and then when Mindy of Mindy's Memories started posting her progress photos I was really inspired to start this one for myself. This piece is being completed on a piece of over dyed fabric from Silkweaver's.

2nd we have a F-40 something or other airplane for my son. I bet you could tell it was an airplane by the photo. I actually started this a couple of days ago and have spent more time ripping out than stitching, so the progress is going a little slow. This particular pattern is from the Legendary Aircraft book by Stoney Creek. It is being done on some 18 count linen from Silkweaver's

3rd is a country schoolhouse that will hopefully someday hang in my kitchen. This was started a couple of years ago on a snow day from school. We were hit with a major blizzard that day. Actually we went to school and then we were sent home, so I made a little side trip to pick up the threads for this on my way home and started it that evening. This year it became my swimming lesson project. It is also a Stoney Creek pattern. It is done on evenweave fabric.

Summer continues here. We are at last getting a Kansas summer. The rains have stopped for the moment and it is hot. Dan is finally able to get into the fields to plant. We are praying that things will work out in the farming arena. It has been a struggle to recover after the flood.

Yesterday was Dan's birthday, and tomorrow is mine. My neighbor went out to a local farm and picked a bunch of peaches, so instead of a birthday cake Dan got homemade peach pie and ice cream. Jonathon picked out four DVD's for his dad, and last night when Dan got home from his meeting we watched the final episode of MASH.

Jonathon loves the show MASH and watches reruns of it all the time. It is sort of ironic because MASH was one of my dad's all time favorite shows. I told him one night when he was up late watching them that was one of his Grandpa John's favorite shows. I try to tell him things like that when they come up, since my dad died years before he was born. I think it gives him some sort of a connection.

Well, until tomorrow I hope you have a great day. I am off to work on that airplane.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Day Trip

Last spring when my MIL passed away her funeral happened to be on the same day as Jonathon's class had a field trip planned. I told him at the time not to say a word to his dad about missing it and I would take him to the same place this summer. Well, today we got up and headed off to Woolaroc. For those of you not familiar with it. I believe (I could be wrong, it rarely happens, but today could be the day!) it was a ranch owned by the Phillips family. You know the Phillips 66 Gas stations and oil company (I think maybe it is now ran by Conoco). Anyway the grounds feature a mountain man camp with reenactors on hand to tell you about the place, a museum celebrating the Indian hertiage of the era and serveral different things from the Phillips family belongings. There is also a variety of wildlife on the gounds, a petting zoo, children's playground etc.

Jonathon especially enjoyed the Mountain Man camp because they had different hides there on display, and you got to shoot a real gun from that era. He thought that was really neat.

He picked the Rib Crib for lunch and as we drove back to town we also swung by the Frank Phillps Home and had a little look. They were opened for tours, but we decided to save that for another day.

Above are some pictures from our day out.

Monday, July 7, 2008

The Inventor of Metallic Thread

should be shot, tarred and feathered or something! I have been stitching on Lady Liberty and I am doing the metallic stitching. I really hate the awful stuff, later I get to stitch with one strand of DMC and a strand of the metallic stuff. I can wait forever to do that. Actually, it was to the point today that I seriously thought of putting the old gal away and stitching something else. I would however, like to be able to say I have finished something besides that little kit this summer.

Jonathon had a buddy over to play today so I did get about four hours of peace and quiet to stitch. Besides a couple of romps through the kitchen to grab a cupcake and drink I hardly knew they were there. I told the little boy's mom she could pick up him about 5, but not to hurry because when she did that meant I had to get up and go outside and mow. You would know this woman was the most punctual person on Earth, she showed up right at five! Anyway, I am hoping that the mowing is done for at least a week and Dan is home the next time it needs to be done.

Have a great Tuesday, I plan to ... you know me, Lady Liberty, diet coke, and Reba reruns with a little Y & R and Days of Lives thrown in for good measure.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July

Hope everyone has a great fourth. We are going to our friends house. They always put on a magnificent spread and great fireworks show.

The patriotic people at the top are my husband and son, and my mother and son.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Let The Fireworks Begin

Well, today was the first day you could shoot or buy fireworks here in the city limits. We have a friend over for a sleepover, so the first thing we did was hit the fireworks stand and for a little bit of money they were entertained all afternoon and evening. It always amazes me how cheap some of the fireworks are in price. Of course our church used to run a fireworks stand as a fundraiser and it always amazed me the people who came and spent hundreds of dollars to blow and burn up and then couldn't eat the rest of the month. I bought today, but Jonathon has been stashing away some money to buy fireworks for awhile. The rest of them are on him.

We had tanks and chickens, ground bloomin flowers, day and night parachutes, Saturn missiles, mighty crackers, bees, and a host of other things that whizzed, banged, whistled and popped. Nobody got injured, and it was hours of fun!

As a kid growing up I always loved the 4th of July because everyone would get together and go to my grandparents and have a big picnic. Then when it got dark all the dads would take the night works across the street to my uncle's and shoot them off for everyone to watch. I think it is kind of sad that we don't do anything like that now, it was great family tradition. I find it sort of hard being an only child and having an only child to have big family traditions. I mean when it is just the three of us and my mom holidays seem a lot of time like any ordinary day of the week.

My cousins live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and their kids have never lived anywhere that they were actually allowed to shoot fireworks of any kind. Once when they were little they were in Kansas and one of them asked if we could go and rent some fireworks to use while they were here. Of course they weren't very old, but we still laugh about that today.

I took some pictures of the two boys blowing stuff up, but they didn't come out very good. I added a couple of them at the top, but I was in the shade and they were in the sun, and for some reason I had the worst headache all day long.

I have got some stitching done on Lady Liberty lately she now has a head even a little hair.

Tomorrow when our buddy departs I have an appointment for some diet coke, Reba, and stitching.