Thursday, February 16, 2017


I want to share a few of my happy moments that have occurred over the last few day. A co-worker asked me to lunch to 'discuss some things.' She told me that she was voicing concerns with another co-worker, and was told, "You should talk to Desiree. You can trust Desiree. Everyone trusts Desiree." I was so happy to know that people do realize they can trust me.

Yesterday, the LIRR train was very crowded again. I try not to always disturb the same person when I get on. Let one guy have the two seater to himself one day, let the other guy have the two seater to himself the next day. But as I was walking past guy #1, he reached out, grabbed my bag, and pulled me to sit next to him.

And the last happy moment of the last few days was a really positive interaction with my boss. Too long to get into, but she was really nice, wanted to explain her actions, and complimented me along the way.

Well, now we are off to a long weekend away. Unfortunately, we have to start with a funeral tomorrow, but after that it is three days in Lancaster, PA! Let the relaxation begin!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Gym Shenanigans

My gym buddy and I are still doing well getting to the gym twice a week. So far this year we have only missed one week, and not totally. We got there once, just not twice. But yesterday there was a guy very blatantly checking me out and flirting. Now, not only am I committed, but I am way past the point of any interest in this sort of shenanigans, but it did make me feel good, and made both me and my buddy laugh on the way home.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Forcing Myself to be Positive

So although I have been trying to focus on the positive, over the last two weeks I have been unsuccessful, and have allowed the negative to cloud out the positive. Yesterday was an extremely hard day, and I really sunk into a depressed state. By the time I got home, I just sat and cried.

I want to send a big shout out to Jo from Serendipitous Stitching for reminding me of my goal to be positive every day.  Truth is, there is always something that happens during the day that makes me smile and feel good, and I just need to work a little harder to focus on that and have that be the moment of the day I go home with.

So, although I am still feeling a little disheartened, I spent some time thinking about positive moments that happened over the last few days.

1- Yesterday, when I was feeling the saddest in the morning I went into a diner to get some breakfast. A total stranger looked at me and complimented my hair. She told me it was wonderful that I let the natural grey color shine, and the style was very complimentary. I remember that it made me feel happy, and it reminded me that although I sometimes think we have all sunk into a "Me, Myself, and I" society, sometimes people do step out and do/say something friendly.

2- I started a low carb diet two years ago and lost a lot of weight. At the start I never set a goal weight, I just wanted to feel better. I feel great! I don't really care if I lose more weight at this point. A dear friend and I started getting to the gym twice a week. We have a goal of three times a week when life allows. I got on the scale this morning, not expecting anything... just my monthly check... and I lost another pound.

3- My mom knitted and crocheted and when she passed so many people told me that they would always remember her because of the blanket/sweater/etc she made them. It gave me some solace that she would not just be forgotten. So I made a goal to try to stitch something for all the people I care about in hopes that when I go, I will not just be forgotten. The first thing I made was the 12 Days of Christmas pillow for my sister-in-law (she's really like the sister I never had). She sent me a thank you and told me that every day she looks at that pillow and it makes her think of me and my mom, and that makes her smile. After I stopped crying, it made me smile too :-)

Thanks again Jo, for getting me back on track!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

When the Hubby is Sick...

... the wifey will stitch.

My goal of stitching one hour a day on Lobo and getting a minimum of 50 stitches in has been going pretty well. This week, however, I was concerned because the upcoming portion of the pattern was confetti to the max! On Monday I just got in my 50 stitches. But then the DH got sick. He went to sleep early each night so I got more than one hour to stitch, and as a result I averaged 100 stitches per night for a total of 700 this week. Plus, I hit another page finish!

Unfortunately, my travel piece, Friendly Felines, did not get as much time in as I would have liked. The trains have been crowded, resulting in fewer stitching days. But I've still made some progress, and still moving toward a finish, hopefully by the end of this month.

In other news, two of my co-workers appear to be planning weddings. They have both been quite challenging relationships. My dear office mate had a very painful January working out traditional customs vs her western ways with her parents, but in the end the situation has turned out rather well, and I have high hopes for happiness in her future.

Over the years my other co-worker has gone through many boyfriends who just did not work out for numerous reasons. It does appear, however, that she has found a keeper, and he informed her he was going to ask her father for permission to ask her to marry him.

All very exciting, but now I need to find and start working on some wedding announcements. I have one picked out that I was going to make for another friend, but I'm just not convinced that relationship is going to last. So I'm going to focus on the ones I have more confidence in. As soon a Friendly Felines is done, I am starting this for my office mate.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

January WIPocalypse and TUSAL Updates

Where to begin... I guess I will start with my WIPocalypse update. Although it doesn't look like a lot, I am quite pleased with my progress on Lobo for the month. I didn't really start until January 8th, but I was able to get almost 1800 stitches in. Since my goal is to get a minimum of 50 stitches in a day, I'm actually very, very happy with this update. Top is where I started, bottom is where I am today. And when I finish the column I'm working on now, it's a page finish! Yeah!

Now for the Question of the Month -- What SALs are you participating in this year?

Well, for the last two years I promised myself that I would do some research, and find a SAL that I wanted to join and then get myself all set up and prepared to start it on January 1st. Well, that didn't happen once again. But, I did hear about the 2017 Smalls SAL run by Stitching Lotus. Since I do want to make a small pattern each month to use as birthday cards next year, I think I will join this SAL starting next month.

Of course, I'm also participating in Daffycat's TUSAL, and here is my January update. I basically have three ORT containers. My little glass boot collects my ORTs when I am stitching in the livingroom while watching TV with my DH. That has been emptied now that the picture has been taken. The plastic bag is my travel ORT container, since I like to stitch on the train home from work. And finally, there is my beer glass ORT container that sits next to me in the bedroom in my stitching corner and collects my ORTs from Lobo.

Finally, an update on my travel project, which for the last week has been my Friendly Felines. Definitely happy with how this project is coming along, and actually hoping I might finish it in March. Sort of a birthday present for myself. Have to start thinking about what I will start next...

Thank you so much for visiting!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Doing Pretty Well

Yesterday, I was very happy when my coworker told me she hopes she looks as good as I do when she reaches my age. She thinks I look much younger than I am and she hopes she ages as well. It was such a nice thing for her to say.

Today I was happy that my very first Webinar went really well, and the participants really liked the training module I developed.

Other than that, I hate to report that today has not been great. Came home to find that we have a leak over our fireplace. What makes it really upsetting is that we had a leak in this area for years. We kept having the roofer come, he would patch something and then we would have a leak again. Finally, after I don't know how many patches he had fixed it. It hadn't leaked for at least 2 years. We finally got the ceiling scraped, patched and repainted two months ago, and boom! The leak must have reopened, and the ceiling is ruined. I can't even put into words how upset I am...

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Little Trip Down Memory Lane

As I was making hummus to bring to a Christmas Eve dinner, I took a good look at my 28-year-old food processor and I realized it was time for a new one. But the following memory rose to the surface which makes me smile everytime it comes to mind.

When I moved out of my parents' apartment and into my own, 29 years ago, I started cooking a lot, which I enjoyed, and baking which I LOVED. I worked with people my own age, and I would bake a cake for everyone's birthday. Someone asked me to make them a carrot cake. Without thinking about how I was going to shred the carrots I said yes. Let me just say it took longer to shred the carrots than it would have taken to make a 5 course meal. The cake was such a hit that the next person to have a birthday asked me to make the same cake... Well, I couldn't say no... When the third person asked me to make the same cake (I have to admit, it really was that good) I left work and went directly to a store to buy a food processor.

The reason this memory has come to mind today, is because the Today's Special Value on QVC today is a food processor, which I have placed an order for. It's sad to replace the old one, but I look forward to cooking new and exciting meals with this new one. And that is my happy moment for today... my little trip down memory lane has made me smile, as has looking forward to the future.

As for my stitching update for the week, this month's card project took a lot longer than expected. Mostly due to the changes I have made in my homeward bound traveling. Not a bad thing. I just need to make some adjustments to get a little more time set aside for my non-BAP stitching.

My BAP stitching has been going well. My goal is to get in at least 50 stitches a day. I did miss out on one day of stitching, but I got more than 50 stitches in each day that I did stitch for a total of about 500 stitches this week. I'm very happy that I am seeing progress on that project.

Thank you so much for visiting!