Friday, July 30, 2010

O' Holy Night

So here is my latest finish. This pattern worked up quite quickly as I started on the top section and finished each one completely before moving on to the next. The one thing I think would have made it better was if the fabric the shop sent was a little lighter in color. They knew what I was going to stitch on it, but I don't suppose that they can help the dye lot of their fabrics. I can't take all the credit for this one being finished so quickly, I have to give some credit to Discovery Channel. Their marathons of the Deadliest Catch gave me many hours of stitching. My new start is LHN Home of a Needleworker. It seems to be stitching up quite fast. I am not sure what will be next. I did break my promise to myself the other day and ordered yet more patterns.

Summer continues to roll on here. Jonathon starts scool in approximately two and one half weeks. I don't go back until August 27 and our kids come on September 1. It sort of seems surreal that the end of July is here and I am not rushing around getting stuff finished because school is getting started. We are slowly getting back in the groove of school like activities. We have a two day soccer camp next week and relatives coming to visit. The relatives at least makes me clean up the house really well.

I had a birthday recently and my mom bought me this smaller three drawer cabinet that is sort of ornate with the wood carvings on the front. You know you have too much cross-stitch stuff when the two biggest drawers only held your fabric. Thank you Silkweaver's FOMC.

Have I ever told you what a wonderful son I have? Last night I was sitting at the kitchen table thinking about finances and other stuff, feeling quite glum. He asked what was wrong and I told him I felt bad that he didn't get to do anything fun this summmer. He hugged me and said, "but I got to spend time with you."

I have several projects lined up for the next couple of days. I want to scrub the front of my kitchen cabinets with Murphy's Oil Soap, and clean out my closet, and the garage. Then there will be the bathrooms, basement, and bedding, vacuuming, mopping etc. for the company. I cleaned out all of Jonathon's drawers the other day and got the clothes out that he can no longer wear out for the hand me down tote. I also need to get some school stuff I bought organized, and finish a scrapbook, so I can put that stuff back where it belongs.

Have a wonderful weekend if you can in this heat.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Liberty Lane

Here is my latest cross-stitch finish. Liberty Lane by Country Cottage Needleworks. Sorry for the blurry photo, but at 1:30 am I guess perfection is hard to achieve. If you ever look at the pattern you will notice that I didn't do all the decorative stitching at the bottom by the words, because after a late night of stitching I noticed that my words were way off. There was no way I was going to rip them out, so I thought it would look best with just the words there.

The next photos are of Jonathon shooting some fireworks off in our front yard. I often wonder what sort of memories he will grow up with of the holidays. When I was growing we always had big family Christmases and 4th's, with grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. It just seems that no one wants to do those sort of things any longer. Begin an only child his memories are going to be of very small holiday celebrations.

He may have nightmares of this 4th, however. First of all it rained, so when the rains stopped we managed to get the night works shot. We had very few and frankly, Jonathon had shot off so many little fireworks in the days before he had really lost interest. He is really very safe with the fireworks and calm about doing them and for that I am thankful. Needless to say not everyone is... I just don't think it is safe to let a five year old run around with a punk and allowing them to shoot off mortars without adult supervision. Let me also say I don't think adult supervision could be classified as sitting in the driveway watching this happen. That really sums up our evening of the 4th. No, I am not just a cranky, pre-menopausal, grouch, I just want everyone to have the same ten fingers, toes, etc. that they started the holiday evening with. Okay, there you have my rant. I don't think said parents read my blog and if they do that is fine with me because if they didn't get the message on the 4th then reading it here probably won't strike a chord either.

So here we are enjoying dinner on the 4th before the big shooting of the fireworks began. We had red velvet cupcakes, pulled pork sandwiches, fried potatoes, and jalapeno poppers. As you can see my husband is quite a healthy eater.

Tomorrow Jonathon and I are going to lunch with two of my students from last year. Jonathon is very excited to meet these students. They are from Iraq and two very nice young boys. Jonathon has heard many stories about them, and one time last year they wrote his name in Arabic and included a Muslim prayer written in Arabic and sent it to him. We are picking them up for lunch and some catching up.

We should finish our last ballgame Monday night. We had three make-up games due to rain. At first we, meaning hopeful parents, thought they wouldn't have to make them because they like the season to end before All-Stars start. But we are making them up. One mother said it was because in this age group they give out trophies for first, second, and third places. I was looking at the schedule and it looks pretty even to me, maybe there will three first place teams.