Sunday, April 23, 2017

Still a Little Neglected

Unfortunately, I did not have the time available to work on Lobo that I was hoping for this week. Well, let me be honest... I had more time available than the time I actually worked on him. But it was one of those weeks that I had a hard time working on him. I started thinking a lot about my mom on Easter. And then my cousin mentioned that he had been thinking about her and was really missing her. We all feel bad that his little one will never get to know her. So, we all had a really nice afternoon, and a lot of fun watching Isabella and her Easter Egg Hunt.


She started with a little help from her mom. But then she got into it on her own.. 




But she needed a little help from Grandma and Daddy to get all the eggs open and find the goodies inside.


At the end of the day, there was just a little bit of a cloud over the day. I guess it just takes time. I try to focus on all the happy times we had together, but I miss talking to my mom so much!

I did finally get back into Lobo on Friday, and between Friday and Saturday night I got a few good hours of work into him. Mostly though, I worked on this month's small project.


And started planning my next big project. I've decided it will be a wedding announcement, but a different one than originally planned and for a different couple. More on that in a week or two.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Finished!

I finished my Friendly Felines!


It almost did not happen. I ran out of the color for the backstitching one strand away from the end! Can you believe?! So I took it out of the Qsnap, and off to Joann's we went to get the thread to finish and the fabric to make it into a pillow.

I picked a brown fabric that I thought would look nice, but since I always second guess myself, I asked another lady in the store if she thought the fabric I picked would look good with the piece. I was so happy when she said she liked it, but then she mentioned that I might also like to get an orange, and make the pillow with an orange band and then the brown. Now, I had been flipping between an orange fabric and the brown. So I ran and grabbed the orange and I was thrilled when she said she thought it would look great.


So, I'm going to try to make the pillow with a band of orange and a band of brown. If anyone knows of a good tutorial, please share. This is definitely going to be a challenge, but I'm excited for it.

Now I really have to start working on Lobo... He has definitely been a little neglected lately.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Hating the LIRR

Well, it's not really the LIRR I'm mad at. This week there was a major derailment on the tracks near Penn Station. Turns out Amtrak, who actually owns the tracks, knew that the tracks were in bad shape and needed repair, but decided to 'wait' before fixing them. Well, the derailment caused so much damage that it took all week to fix. This means that all week there were major delays getting in and home. The trains were crowded because of all the cancelled trains, which meant there was not enough room to stitch during my commute. Then by the time we got home, I was just too exhausted to stitch. So, I have made practically no progress on my Felines.


Having said that, I still think I will have time to finish it before the end of the month. Also didn't get much done on Lobo, but again, trying to remain positive, I had some extra time last night so I almost hit 350 stitches for the week, which was my minimum goal of 50 stitches/night.

With that, it's time to reset and start the new week with a goal of getting as much stitching done as possible. If something gets in the way... well, there's always tomorrow.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

TUSAL, Small SAL, and Back to Work

Oh my lord was it hard getting back to work this week! I mean it was hard waking up, hard dealing with the commute, but the hardest was managing my behavior during a meeting that went from bad to unbelievable in a microsecond... I mean... who schedules a meeting for a day they are planning on taking off??!!! What is that about?!! So there was no one prepared to lead the meeting. And then her boss sends an e-mail to everyone saying that she was very upset with how unorganized the meeting was... Well, who's fault was that?!!

Thanks for listening to that rant. I actually feel better now.

Well, I got home from work on Monday... all ready to take my pictures of my ORTs and compose my post for Daffycat's TUSAL which you can learn more about here... but once I sat down on the couch... it was over. I did get a picture of my 'living room ORT container.' And I took it on Monday! The day of the New Moon!!


But then it took the whole week for me to get myself together to take a picture of my 'stitching corner ORT container' and actually write a post. Pretty pathetic I agree, but here it is...


I was also on time finishing and taking a picture of my March Small project for the 2017 Smalls SAL run by the wonderful Heather at Stitching Lotus. You can learn more about this SAL here. Just a few days late posting.


I was way late with my February small, but I did finish it, and wanted to share a quick pic because I am loving this series of patterns. Also happy because although it was late, I have gotten three smalls completed in the year, so I am still on schedule to make 12 pieces this year to be used for greeting cards in 2018.


And finally, I am so close to finishing my Friendly Felines I can hardly breathe. In fact, on Friday I decided to spend the night working on it rather than on Lobo. I really, really, really, really want to finish it this month and hopefully have the time to make it into a pillow on May 5th which I have scheduled to take off from work.


Thank you all for visiting!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Week in Florida and March WIPocalypse Post

Okay, I am officially in love with Disney World! I wish we could have spent more time in the parks Overall we had a good vacation. It could have been a lot better, but still trying to be positive, it could have been worse. We had wonderful weather... Not too hot, not humid at all, only one day with rain or even the threat of rain. Definitely positives.

We also learned a lot about what to do next time to get more bang for our buck and more time to have fun. We went with friends who had purchased a week in a timeshare so we had to rent a car, which is VERY expensive in Florida. We would definitely stay in one of the Disney resorts next time and get a park-hopper package and a food package. But since they payed for the timeshare, we didn't have to spend any money on lodging, only the car. So it was a definite positive.

They also had a friend with a son who works for Disney, so we got into Epcot for free one day. Certainly a positive! 

And this is our new friend Joann. We immediately hit it off and enjoyed our time with her so much. Positive, positive, positive!


Did I mention how much we enjoyed Epcot and Magic Kingdom!? My mother never would have believed that I would wear mouse ears all day in public. But I did, for three days! As soon as we entered the park and saw other people with the ears, I just felt the magic! 


And then I got to meet Tinkerbell, and Rapunzel, and Elsa and Anna, and Snow White! SNOW WHITE!!!!


We also saw so many cool birds. One of my favorites was this guy who visited us during one of our lunches at the parks.


So, in my efforts to be positive, I am not going to post about the negatives of the trip. Instead, I am going to mention that on the days that were not so wonderful, I got some stitching done. Got to work on a second small for the month, so the positive of the negative days, is that I am back on track to make 12 smalls for cards this year. Should be able to finish this in the next day or two.


One more positive to share. With our vacation and the time needed to prepare for it, I did not get to work on my BAP WIPocalypse, Lobo, every day. But the positive is that on the days I did have time to work on it, I got in more than my 50 stitch minimum goal. So since the last check in I got in a total of 1470 stitches. And that positive makes me very happy. Here's where I was...



And here is where I am now...


Do you see that eye starting to form? Makes me happy. And the steady progress makes me feel positive about this BAP. And here is a link for more information about the WIPocalypse SAL that is hosted by the wonderful Measi.

Well, thank you for visiting. I guess I have to deal with one negative... must prepare to go back to work tomorrow. Boo! But the DH and I are already talking about planning our next trip down to Disney, so I leave with that positive thought to look forward to :-)
 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Birthday Weekend

We started my birthday weekend by getting our hair cut and then going out to eat dinner. We had a really nice time.


Yesterday morning we went to 'our' diner for breakfast and they had my favorite - Nutella and Banana Stuffed French Toast!


From there we went home and opened my birthday present to myself, a jigsaw puzzle. Not sure this was really a smart idea as it took us three sortings through all the pieces to find almost all of the pieces for the frame. Still missing two pieces. They better be in there!



We went out for an early dinner and then watched some TV which gave me the chance to finally get some stitching in on my Small for the month. Really want to finish this before we go to Florida next weekend.


It's so funny, Annie responded to a previous post and said she thinks we are all a little crazy because we think about everything in terms of how much it will affect our stitching time. She was so right... with respect to me at least! I am so excited about my first trip to Disney, and yet I keep thinking...

...will I get my Small done in time
...I'm losing a week of work on Lobo
...am I bringing enough stitching with me for the trip?

Definitely a little crazy!

Tomorrow is my actual birthday, so I decided to take the day off. Everyone kept asking what my plans were. My plans are to relax, and do what I like to do best, with no interruptions. So I will be stitching and watching TV.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Positively Getting Older

I am forcing myself to post something positive. Thinking if I see it in writing, maybe I will believe it a feel it. My co-workers took me out to lunch today for my upcoming birthday. I picked a diner that some of them have gone to in the past and raved about. I was really excited, and totally ready to cheat on my diet. They were sitting in the office, looking at the menu, and mentioning so many things... I was definitely having curly fries! I cannot remember the last time I had curly fries and they were going on about how great they are.

The diner forgot about our reservation, so we couldn't sit together, and since that defeated the whole purpose of going out together, we went to a different restaurant. I didn't get my curly fries, and ended up cheating on my diet for something that wasn't even very good.

But the reason we had the problem was because there were so many of us. Most of the time 5 or 6 people go out for someone's birthday. There were 10 of us today. And I should be really thankful that everyone in my department took the time to celebrate with me. So I am really trying to focus on that aspect of the day and feel positive. But I could use some help cause I'm actually feeling rather defeated.