Friday, December 23, 2011

V is for Vadalia and F is for FINISHED!

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Yep, the letter V was the last one I finished on this lovely creation this afternoon! I am hoping to make a trip to Hobby Lobby next week to get this and my Bent Creek Farmer's row framed.

I do believe that we are ready for Christmas. I have said I was done shopping three times to only not be quite done. At this time I think that I am really done! I am enjoying some free time at home. In fact the only time I have been out of the house today was to go to ARBY's with the boy.

Wishing you all the merriest of Christmases and the happiest new year!
God Bless Us Everyone!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

It's Been Awhile....

So I just realized that it has been almost a month since my last post. Life has been busy here. We had basketball tryouts (didn't make the team), band concert, cinnnamon roll baking, Christmas shopping, Thanksgiving, and the finishing of stocking number 26 (I think), laundry, housecleaning, and just a variety of every day activities like work to attend to.

I have three more days of work until the big break begins, and Jonathon has four days left. He and Dan will be traveling to Kansas City on Christmas Eve with two friends to watch the Chiefs vs. Raiders game. Dan is a Raiders fan, and Jonathon is a fan of going anywhere. They also had to good fortune of getting tickets to a K-State game earlier this season. These tickets came with special passes that allowed them to go down on the field during the game. Jonathon loved that as K-State scored a touchdown in the end zone near where they were standing.

I on the other have started trying my hand at quilting. I have to say it is not going quite so well, I will make a quilt because everyone keeps doubting me. But seriously, that is stressful for me to sit down at a sewing machine and trying to sew. I am also getting ready to finish my veggie alphabet so I can get my last two stitching project framed. Then I am on to stocking number 27.

I hope all of you have your shopping done and are ready to start a new year. Have a holly jolly Christmas.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Second Place in Our Age Group


We ran in the hospital foundation's annual 5k this past weekend. I use the term we, but the only thing I did was take pictures of the boy running. He placed second in his age group with his buddy taking first.

I have started stocking number 26, but haven't really made a lot of progress on it as of this time. It seems as if the holidays have consumed most of my time. I finally set down and got most of my shopping finished and a large majority of it is winging its way to us.

I am hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year. I don't really have a firm plan for what I am cooking. I still have to generate my shopping list and get that taken care of. I do have the turkey bought, so I guess that is a start. I am thinking I will go to the grocery store after the parent basketball meeting tomorrow night. I don't know why the coach plans a meeting for 5:30 the night kids get out of school for the break. It seems to me that a lot of people would be traveling at that time, but what do I know.

I am off here for now wishing all of the the happiest of Thanksgivings. Eat, drink and stitch!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Number 25 Is In the Books!


So here is the finished product for young mister Drake. It will be delivered to his Grandma JoJo this afternoon if the rain lets up.



It is a gloomy, rainy, fall day here in Kansas. Jonathon has been a bit under the weather. He keeps saying his stomach is nauseous, so we are staying home and resting up. I could be using this day to do something constructive, but I doubt that is going to happen, as it is turning out to be a great day for stitching. Maybe I get number 26 started because it should be done by Christmas as that baby is already here also.

Not much has been happening, just work, and home stuff. Soccer has ended for the season. I have to say I am ready for a break to not have to do anything. I have a pretty good idea of what I am giving everyone for Christmas, and hope to wrap that up either the Friday after Thanksgiving or the Wednesday before.

Have a great week!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Number 25 and Counting

...Nope, didn't just have birthday number 25, didn't lose 25 pounds, didn't win 25 million dollars in the lottery, either. Just started cross-stitching my 25th shepherd's Bush stocking, for quite a cutie pie named Drake. I will be starting number 26 soon, and after Christmas I will be starting number 27. I now have stockings in 5 states! The other pic is of the progress I have made on my fall abc's from Prairie Schooler.



This week I had inservice on Thursday and the day off on Friday so I thoroughly enjoy the time away from work and I enjoyed the extra time to stitch. Thursday our inservice ended early so that was a nice bonus. On Friday I took Jon and some friends to the Neewollah carnival to ride some rides and basically twirl themselves into oblivion. I must be getting old because I sat on the steps of a nearby building and just watched the rides run and got a headache from them going in circles. I am pretty sure it didn't bother any of them because they ate like horses afterwards.

Other than laundry that seems to be my life in a nutshell. We are getting ready to do some remodeling on the house. Replacing windows and doing some repair and fixing up in the bathroom. I don't why anyone including my husband and the contractor think November is a good time to do this. I am thinking it should be short and sweet process, otherwise I probably won't be very sweet about it.

Hope all my East Coast friends are enjoying their snowfall. I know many of you are without power and what not, but I do love my snow. Hope you get lots of stitching done while it snows.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Technical Difficulties

.....so we have had few technical difficulties here. Last Sunday a wayward squirrel got into a transformer line and we lost electricity for about an hour. When the electricity came on we didn't have internet, the modem bit the dirt in the process of the electricity coming off and on. It wasn't until Wednesday that we got a new modem. I had parent-teacher conferences, so it wasn't until late Wednesday night we got everything hooked back up.

Between work, soccer, Jon's school stuff, and Dan's work schedule things around here have been hectic. Below is a picture of my progress on the Farmer's Alphabet by Prairie Schooler. As you can see the progress it ever so slight. I am down to the last nine squares.


My plans for the day was to finish these last 9 squares, but alas Dan has announced that he is planning to stay home today! Why the man can't find a hobby is beyond me! I mean can't he go outside and nail something together? make ships in a bottle? rake leaves? just do something!

I am anticipating a trip to Hobby Lobby in the near future when I get this finished. I hope they are having a good deal on frames. I still have the Farmer's Row from Bent Creek to frame, so when I get both of these framed I will have totally gorgeous kitchen decor, if I do say so myself.

After this project it is back to the stockings. I now have three to get done! These people are reproducing faster than I can stitch. I am hoping to have two of them done by Christmas, so you can tell what I plan on doing between now and then. One of the babies won't make an appearance until next March, so I have some time with that one, but the other two are already here!

It is good to be back online and enjoying all of your lovely blogs and stitching. When I can pull myself away from blog reading I plan to have many new projects to show you!

Have a wonderful week!
Tammy

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Back to School

So it is time for back to school for everyone. I started back shortly before Labor Day. It seems this year started off in a bit of a hurry and scurry. I finally feel caught up enough that I can come home, relax, and stitch. For a few days I was continually bringing stuff home to work on in the evening. That is one of the nice things about lots of our things being on the computer. This way I can get some things done at home. I guess I am a gluten for punishment, as I took on another supplementary position. This time it is NCA co-chair. The other gal I will be working with is really easy to get along with, so it should all be good. I have to say that so far I have had a wonderful time with this year's students. They seem to be a very pleasant bunch, as well as an extrememly active bunch. They have been working really hard for me.


I have been stitching on my Prairie Schooler ABC piece. I need to get it finished because I now have three more Shepherd's Bush stockings to stitch. Those babies and weddings just keep coming. This will give me something to do at soccer practice, pep band night at the middle school football games etc.


Normally, this wouldn't be a boring post without pictures, just a boring post. I brought the battery charger for my camera home from our Branson trip. When I was unpacking my big Vera bag, I handed the battery charger to Jonathon and said put this with the rest of my camera stuff. The battery was stone-cold dead and I went to get the charger, it was no where to be found. I looked and looked. I asked Jonathon what he did with it and he look at me like I was asking him in Chinese. He didn't remember me asking him to do anything with it, yadda, yadda, yadda. You know middle school minds just don't work like the rest of the world's brains. Anyway, I ordered another one from Amazon. About an hour later I was hanging up the phone and there it was behind a picture frame. Why he put it there I don't have a clue. So, right now the battery is charging and the Amazon order has been canceled.


Our weather has finally cooled off and we had rain off and on all day yesterday. I am so ready for fall and winter I can hardly contain myself.

Until next week.... happy stitching.



Sunday, August 21, 2011

Bigfoot and the Summer of the Growth Spurt




Here are pics of my latest finish and my new project. The first is Countryside Row by Bent Creek and the project that I am currently working on is the newest alphabet from Prairie Schooler. I know the PS alphabet will be gorgeous when it is finished because the colors all laid together are very striking, they are rich fall colors. Both of these will be proudly displayed in my kitchen once they are completed and framed.

So the summer has come to a close and J started middle school on Friday. I hope the next six years don't go as fast as the first seven years of school did. Why? Because instead of sitting in my car feeling all nervous and strange watching him walk off with his buddy to middle school. I will be standing in the middle of the street watching him drive off to college.

Sixth grade started off at 84 pounds and 4'9" tall. Now we stand at a little over
5'3" and wear a size 9.5 men's size soccer shoe. We have a deep voice to go with all of this. I keep wondering where my kid is!

So I have approximately three days left before I return to work, I plan on doing a little bit of cleaning and a lot of stitching.

Okay, well I must say goodbye I am off to watch the Jersey Housewives!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Home




We just returned home from a short vacation to Branson, Missouri. We took a friend of J's with us and did Branson tween stuff for two entire days. We went to Silver Dollar City, Whitewater, rode the Ducks, Titanic museum, mini golf, go-karts etc. etc.
So everyday we ate breakfast at a little place called the Waffle House, not to confused with the big black and yellow chain. This is a little privately owned place, very clean, good old-fashioned service--you know the where the waitress brings you your drink and your food, then comes and clears the table for you. So yesterday morning the waitress tells us that Barry Williams, aka Greg Brady, had just left. He is in town for the month, performing I presume, and he comes in about every day some time between 8 and 9. That is why we ate there, I was banking on going in there and meeting Greg Brady! I was so excited, about as excited as I would have been if I had heard Donny Osmond was performing with his brothers and singing "Puppy Love". I spent all day yesterday singing what I could remember of Sunshine Day, and We're Gonna Keep On, Keep On,(which, I still remember some of the dance moves from that song)... and of course the theme song. I mean seriously don't you remember Friday television as a kid, The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, and before them Family Affair? Those were the days! Imagine my disappointment when I got there this morning and he didn't show up! J and his buddy asked, "How will you know he's here?" Seriously?

Anywhoose, since this is supposed to be a stitching blog, and not the Greg Brady Fan Club Blog, I would like to report that I also visited Cecilia's Samplers Needlework Shop. It was a charming little place on the Shepherd of the Hill's Expressway. They had a very well stocked little store with lots of selection in patterns, fabric, and threads. I will say that it was a little hard to find. It is located by a rather large Phillip's 66 station. The reason I say it is hard to find is the sign faces towards the convenient store and not the road. But all in all it was a nice shop.

Well, I will stop there, I have tons of laundry, and ice chests full of stuff to deal with as well as a great need for a nap.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Stitchin' Under the Heat Dome

There is no possible way for a person in our part of the world to be comfortable and cool these days. At 8:54 pm this evening it was still 95 degrees outside, the only person loving it was Murphy the Dog! She had a grand time on her evening walk around the neighborhood, me not so much! So, to beat the heat I have been cleaning a little here and there with the fans and AC going. I have been doing some stitching too.....



I finished these two kits while watching the "trial". Now I am busily stitching away on Bent Creek's Countryside Row or something to that effect. I am slowly coming down the homestretch of my summer vacation. I don't know about everyone else, but daytime television is awful nowadays. I think that is why I have been semi bored this summer vacation, that and the fact that I don't go outside unless there is a national emergency or we are out of diet Pepsi, because I have an extreme aversion to sweating buckets, and wearing a bra in this weather. Hope this didn't offend anyone or was TMI, but it is the truth, no matter how ugly!

A couple weeks ago Jonathon went to the country club pool with a friend to swim. Then he came home thinking it would be nice if we would join the country club-- I told him to run it by his dad. Like he has a chance of that happening, but anyway on with the story--He had a little cut on each of his big toes from the bottom of the pool, so says he, but the next morning he had two huge blisters on his toes from standing on the cement around the pool. Most people would have moved to a towel or got back in the pool, but not him. See they were playing a game and throwing balls at each other as they dove off the diving board and it was his turn to stand on the cement and nail his buddies with the balls. The sacrifices of youth!

So, I am getting ready to head back upstairs and start on my stitching while I catch the latest episode of Toddler and Tiaras. I thank God every Wednesday night that my mother didn't try to make a pageant queen out of me. My other new show that I love to watch is My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, I don't think I would have made a good gypsy either, those three hundred pound dresses would make me sweat,and I believe we have already covered that topic.

Have a wonderful week, stay cool, and may many happy, carefree, stitching hours come your way.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Stuff



Here is a picture of J at bat this season. He is now over 5 feet tall, it is hard to believe. He has outgrown all of his jeans and his shorts this summer. He is really enjoying this baseball season. They have only won one game, but he is having fun playing this year. It is amazing the progress that his team has made this season. The coach, as I said before, is sort of old school, and expects them to listen and follow directions. He really isn't about winning, just playing good ball. Last night he took all of their shirts back at the end of the game to put their names on them. He made them win a game before they earned their name on a shirt, I guess I never thought much about having their names on their shirts, but this coach has made it a sort of rite of passage. Plus, he is pretty funny he gives the kids these nicknames--he calls one kid "Cupcake". This kid wore a shirt one night to practice that said something about cupcakes. At the game one night this kid was telling the others in the field what to do and the coach yelled out, "Cupcake, you just worry about pitching and I will do the coaching."

I took my flag to be framed this morning I am kind of worried about how it will looked when I get it back. It was terribly wrinkled. I put it in the dryer, and I ironed and ironed it. It used overdyed thread, not the newer colorfast version, so I couldn't use steam on it. I don't use a hoop or q-snap when I stitch so it was really wrinkled. I did manage to get the design part ironed, so I hoping when they stretch it, it is smooth. The girls at the Hobby Lobby where I take it always seem to do a really good job, so I am remaining hopeful. Of course it took a huge frame to frame it. I have already warned J that he will lose he coveted spot over the entertainment center for the flag. His pic will have to go some place else.

I have been getting bakish here lately. I have been making cookie dough for the freezer for those days when somebody wants a quick snack. The altar Society at church is having a bake sale on July 3rd, so I will be baking some cinnamon rolls for the occasion.

Well, I am off to go through my cross-stitch basket and find my next project. I do have two Shepherd's Bush stockings to do this summer, we are having a another population boom!

See you around, until next time happy stitching!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sunday Progress



You will have to excuse the poor picture quality, but this is my progress on One Nation thus far. It is really an easy stitch, just time consuming. I am looking forward to stitching something with more colors. I am thinking if I can get one row a day done, then in the next week I should have a finished project. The size of this is huge and I think I am suing a smaller count fabric than the model on the pattern cover. While I stitch I keep looking around the living room/dining room area to see where this might hang when I am finished.

Not much has been going here at casa de Stitchin Schoolmarm. J is in full swing with baseball. His coach is an older guy, who has no children playing, he is sort of old school. Jonathon seems to really like him, he makes them do push ups for not following directions and listening. The first couple of practices there were a lot of push ups going on, now not so many.

Dan has been working for a local farmer since January and has been really busy lately. J and I just hang out at home and enjoy the quiet time of summer. We hardly see Dan, except to come home in the evening to eat a bite and then shower and go to bed. He really likes his new job, so I guess that is all that matters.

Murphy the wonder dog is still being Murphy--out of one thing and into two. I think she is secretly jealous of my stitching. She keeps putting her nose between my hand and the fabric until I put my stitching down and pet her. I tell Jonathon every day that his dog is way more trouble than he ever was as a toddler. She is always barking at anything that moves outside, but this morning we put her in the backyard. Another bigger dog down the block started barking and she hightailed it to the door with her tail between her legs whimpering to get in. She obviously isn't as brave as she claims to be.

The weather has been really warm for this part of June. We got outside and planted some flowers the other day and got the front yard spruced up a bit. Of course we are still on a list to get a roof due to hailstorms in our area, so I had to be careful about where I planted things.

So have a great week!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Thank you.....


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I am sure that by now all of you out there in bloggerville has heard about the tornado that hit the Joplin area 8 days ago. This tragedy hit pretty close to home for my hometown as a family from there lost loved ones in the storm. You may have heard or read about them on the news--it was a young father, who recently joined the National Guard, and his son and daughter. They were trying to get home when the storm hit and ran into the Home Depot to take shelter. As you probably know the store was completely annihilated in the storm, the father and two small children did not survive.

We went to the rosary yesterday and as we arrived we were greeted with the Patriot Guard standing in front of the funeral home, to protect the family in case of protesters. I am sure many of you know who/what I am referring to, however, I refuse to call them by the name of their organization, because frankly they are worthy of that courtesy. They did not make it into the town of Joplin that day, as rumor has it. Supposedly they stopped outside of Joplin at truck stop where truckers immediately blocked them in so they couldn't leave.

The above photos are of the Patriot Guard meeting up in my hometown to make a wall to protect the family in the event any one not wanted showed up. Many of these men and women are war vets themselves and some of them are just ordinary people who love to ride their motorcycles. Either way their service to our men and women in the armed forces is appreciated. And seeing all of those flags whipping in the wind bring a tear to my eye.

Please remember these people and my friends in your prayers.
God Bless America!

Framed Pieces



Here are a couple of pictures of my latest framed pieces. One is the memorial sampler, and the other a Prairie Schooler design. Sorry for the bad pictures, but just know they look nice hanging on my walls.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

A New Start



...so here is my second start of the year. It is ONE NATION, and I believe that it is by By Gone Stitches. If you haven't seen this before, it is a truly unique pattern. There are of course fifty stars that I am almost done stitching. Then each of the rows on the flag are the names of all the fifty states in the order they entered the Union. The picture on the front of the pattern doesn't truly do the pattern justice. The red and blue are much brighter and vibrant. I actually find doing these stars sort of relaxing. It is just the same pattern over and over and easy to do. When I come home in the evening right before bed I sit down and stitch a few stars.

I hope all of you had a happy Easter and that E.Bunny paid you a visit. J is now at the age where he really isn't that interested in coloring eggs and that sort of thing, so we skipped that this year. Instead of cooking up a big lunch for four or so people we decided to go to a local restaurant and eat. The food was fabulous and every one got something they wanted. Of course, J ordered his standard chicken strips. He is not very adventurous when it comes to eating.

We have had a lot of rainy weather here, and two hail storms to keep things interesting. We are on a list with a local roofer to get a new roof from the first hail storm. Then on Easter Sunday evening all of the sudden it sounded like a herd of stampeding cattle on our roof and we had ping pong ball sized hail. I was glad we had not already got our new roof.

So Friday morning I got up at 3 am to watch Will and Kate get married. I tried to cross-stitch, but I ended up ripping out more than I actually got right. I thought it was a beautiful wedding. I know some people think it is ridiculous and what not, but I enjoyed watching it.

We have approximately 25 days of school left in the school year. I am ready to be out even though I have several workshops and what not to attend. It will be nice to have some time off. J is busy with spring soccer and has started baseball practice, so we are keeping busy with his schedule.

Hope all of you have a wonderful week, and that you keep yourself in stitches!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

First Finish of 2011



I finished this last night about midnight. I have always loved ths poem and when I saw this on another blog I knew I had to stitch it. My dad has been gone for almost 22 years and I miss him more every day. I wish he had lived long enough to walk me down the aisle, see me get a Master's degree, and see his first grandson. He was my biggest supporter and cheerleader!

Friday, March 25, 2011

FREEBIES

So today we went to Tulsa and I, of course stopped by the Silver Needle. They had a big tub of their book grab bags for $5. I saw two patterns in the front of two bags I wanted. Since both of those patterns were marked for $6 and $8 I got two bags.
I have taken out the patterns that I want. If anyone would like any of the following from the list, leave a comment and I will mail them to you.

Lynn's Prints--The Bluebird Quilt
Heritage Stitchcraft-- Flower Panels (geraniums)
Sew To Be Seem Designs-- Silent Thoughts
Bask Designs-- August Ribbons
Thistle Threads-- Dutch Sampler Triolgy
Homespun Samplar--Dear Daughter
Marie Suarez--Friends

First come, first serve. If no one wants them they will probably be tossed in the Goodwill Donation rubbermaid.

Tammy

Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Break

So even though it is spring break there isn't a lot going on around here. We are just hanging out at home and trying to get a few things done. We finally got the yard cleaned up-- I don't know what kind of tree we have in our front yard but it drops those little stickery balls. They were everywhere! We ended up with about seven of the large garbage bags (5 of them contractor bags) full. They took quite awhile to rake up, but Jonathon and my mom helped. We also clipped off the dead parts of my mums and cleaned out the flower beds. One area of the yard had some of the weed blocker fabric down with mulch on it, and it always seemed damp and we have mosquitoes around the porch area pretty bad in the summer so we took all of that up. We still need to clean out the window wells of the basement windows.

I also went to the greenhouse and bought several containers of the creeping phlox for the flower bed in the front of the house. This way I won't have to go through and plant stuff every year. That will save me a bunch of money. I will still plant some big pots with different varieties of flowers in them. And I still have my rusty old wheelbarrow to plant some flowers in-- since Dan is going to be working for an area farmer from now on I just felt the need to simply things outside as much as possible because I will probably have to do the bulk of the yard work with summer.

Tomorrow we are going to start on the inside of the house and get some things organized and some cleaning done, I don't think it will take long if I just get in gear and get started. Wednesday I plan on cleaning out the freezer in the garage because we will be getting a beef soon. I still need to paint some bookshelves for Jonathon's room and clean up my rocking chairs that I sit on the front porch. Hopefully, getting all of these projects done over spring break will allow us to get through until the end of school easily--since we have band concert, spring soccer and beginning of baseball, baseball skills night, my school track meet, McTeacher night, etc. etc.

I have got some stitching done on my memorial sampler. Hopefully it will be finished this week and ready for framing the near future. We are going shopping one day this week, just not sure which one.

Jonathon is getting ready for his twelfth birthday. I think he is going to have a sleepover again. I sure wish his birthday coincided with Will and Kate's wedding since I will probably be up all night that night anyway watching the wedding.

Until next week have a good one!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Oh What a Week!

Not a lot of stitching has been going on this week or last week and quite possibly the week before. This week we had parent teacher conferences. This meant working until 8 Monday night and 7 Wednesday night. Monday night we were notified that a student who was dealing with a chronic illness had passed. Then we made up a snow day on our conference day off. So to say it has been a lonnnnnnnnnng week is an understatement.

Some days my job makes me laugh, some days is exasperates me. This week we have had a little of all both. We are currently reading a novel, which takes place in the late
1950's. It is about a teen age girl getting who is on the list of student to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The first time I taught this novel I downloaded several songs that was mentioned in the book and throughout the book I have been playing these songs for them. When I play the music I always ask them if they want to dance. Being as cool as my students are they look at me like I have grown a second head. Today between classes I left the music playing while I ran to the restroom. When I came back in my room on the way to my desk, the class clown asked me a question. I replied, "I don't know, do you wanna dance?" The entire class started laughing. He stood up and announced everyone owed him a million dollars because he bet the class a million dollars that I would say that.

We are back in the midst of the cold and flu season here. J has been home with a slight fever, headache, and sore throat today. He has been home a couple of times here recently with the same symptoms, some kids are gone as many as five days, but he just has it a day or two at a time. Hopefully, he is not going to get it as badly as some of the others.

We had a major milestone here on Valentine's Day. J's last party of elementary school. As one dad said walking out of the building it is a sad and happy day all at once. I have to agree. I just don't know if I am ready to spend all day with middle schoolers and live with one at the same time.

Next week, my kiddos take the state reading assessment. I am sure there won't be a lot of stitching going on next week either.

Until we meet again have a wonderful week.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Big Clean Up



The day after the big snow, Dan the Man came to town to clear some parking lots for his boss and then spent several hours clearing some driveways. Nothing makes people like you more than when you show up and clean their driveways. One of the neighbors is about my mom's age and lives alone, so he added her to the list of clean up. I spent some time both days chauffeuring my mom here and there on errands. Nothing spells emergency like my mom not having her powerball ticket! I think she also needed some cigarettes, but just would not admit that to me. We ended up with three days out of school. We are supposed to get more snow next week, but every television station and the computer all say something different. Who knows what will happen next?



I spent a lrage portion of time stitching, and the picture above is my progress. Jonathon and I also spent some time cleaning up here and there around the house.

Have a great week, and enjoy the super bowl!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

1/2 a Blizzard


...so this is the view out my front window this morning. All weekend we had temps in the 60's and were under a winter weather alert the entire time. Yesterday we were upgraded to a winter storm warning and later a blizzard warning. We have wind chills in the negative numbers, winds 20 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph. Although this is nothing compare to what some of my blogging friends have seen this winter, it is pretty bad for our parts of the world. J's school canceled for the next two days before school got out yesterday. My school is taking it a day at a time. A small school district to the south let out early yesterday and cut the electricity to trim tree limbs away from the power lines. I think this is supposed to last until the wee hours of the morning, that is why I titled the post 1/2 a blizzard. Yesterday on the way home I stopped at the grocery store to pick up some Diet Pepsi and it was absolute pandemonium. I didn't even want to try and brave Wal-Mart! A friend went to Wal-Mart and said people were grabbing milk as fast as they put it on the shelf and they were out of eggs completely. I didn't notice the grocery store being out of much except potatoes.
And, of course, all of you know what this means....stitching time! WooHoo!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Winter Storm Watch


...aka SNOW DAY WATCH, yep, we are supposed to be getting some nasty weather. But, you know I am not holding my breath because the weathermen in these here parts do not really seem to be accurate. The above pic was what it took to get a snow day week before last, granted it wasn't much, but there was a layer of ice under that snow, which made driving treacherous. Of course, I got up at 5:30 that morning, so I could leave early if the roads were dicey. I turned on the television and saw I was out, but not Jonathon. Well, in a matter of minutes phones started ringing right and left. Both of our districts use school reach automated calls. I forgot that since Dan and I aren't ever home during the day I listed our house phone and cell phones. For about an hour between my district and Jonathon's district all I got done was answer the phone.

The picture below is of the progress I have made on my latest stitching project. It is going along quite smoothly, I do need to order some more thread. The pattern was very good about listing how many skeins you needed of each color, but I didn't take into consideration that I was doing my sampler on a larger count.



Anyway, I am loving the way this is turning out. It is really pretty.

The school I work in is currently undergoing major renovations, while we are having school in the building. It has been an adventure to say the very least, noisy, dusty, fire drills that last an hour, people moving to different classrooms. Last week renovations were completed on the third floor of the building. I got my new permanent classroom. It is big and roomy, more outlets than I could possibly need,
storage space. In the past week, we moved every office, but the nurses, and one complete grade level, and approximately half of two other grade levels. Two complete grade levels moved their lockers--approximately 200 tweens at a time. Long story short--We survived, it went quite smoothly. I am now on the third floor of the building. Let me tell you nothing lets you know that you are hopelessly out of shape like going up three flights of stairs a couple of times a day.

Hope you all have a warm, cozy, week with lots of stitching to keep your fingers busy!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Framing Sale!!!!







.... The week after Christmas Hobby Lobby of course had a framing sale and I took advantage of it. I was sick that week with a sinus infection, but I wasn't so sick I couldn't take advantage of the sale.

Everyone is back to school and back to work. Jonathon and I have MLK day off and I am so happy! It seems as if we can't catch a snowstorm or any type of winter weather to get a snow day, so I guess we have to be happy with what we are actually given.

We had a little scare here the 23rd of December. Dan lost his job. We knew this was coming eventually, but two days before Christmas was not quite when we wanted it to happen. Long story short the road construction hasn't won a bid on a new job for the last nine months and the job here is just about wrapped up. being low man on the totem pole, well... He does now have another job working for a local farmer that his family has known for years. He is really happy to be back in the agricultural community. Me, not so much. This time there won't be the debt and what not on our shoulders, he will be farming without the risks, but... it means long hours during the spring, summer, and fall when Jonathon and I are free. It means never being able to make plans unless it rains etc. I guess in the end all that matters is he is happy and has a job.

I have been stitching the Memorial Sampler from Midsummer Night Designs. I have a sort of a problem with this though. There is a rather long rectangular area where you put "Beloved ....." Well, I intend to put "Beloved father of Tammy," but that is going to leave a lot of blank space. I had a baby brother, who was stillborn, so here is my question would it be appropriate to put Beloved father of Tammy and John Patrick--or just deal with the blank space in another way?

Have a wonderful week, and if like me you get Monday off, I hope your extra day is great!