Sunday, October 15, 2017

Life in the Way of Stitching

A month ago I thought that I had lost my stitchy bug, but what I think I really lost was the time to really sit and set my mind to stitching on my BAP Lobo. I need a minimum of 1 uninterrupted hour to work on Lobo. Till I move everything to my stitching seat, get myself comfortable, and then move everything back to a safe location (cats -- must keep threads and needles out of the reach of the cats) when I'm done, anything less than an hour just seems like more of a job, then a fun experience.

And life has just totally gotten in the way of stitching! Now a lot of the things that got in the way of stitching were really good things. We had one of our friends come for the weekend and we went out to an Oyster Festival and fundraiser. It was quite fun, a great time with a great friend, and I learned a lot about a group who is using oyster shells to grow oysters and use them to filter local waterways. Who knew?

We also spent a weekend with my husband's family to celebrate his brother-in-law's 70th birthday. It was a wonderful party, and we got to see his nephew's new house which is spectacular, but it was a lot of driving for one night.

But some was not so wonderful. My cousin's husband needed a double knee replacement and ended up in a rehab for two weeks. Now, I think he is recovering very well, but the doctor had originally told him he would be home in two days. I thought that was ridiculous but he and my cousin believed him completely and really did not prepare for the more likely scenario. So, of course, we needed to try and help out driving my cousin back and forth to the rehab, helping her with some stuff around the house. We were happy to help, but it took a lot of time.

And then the cat got sick... I am happy to report that she is fine... Seems she got a cold, or a really bad  allergy. So we had to put some ointment in her eye and give her an antibiotic for a week. She was actually really good about swallowing the pill once we got it in her mouth, but towards the end, she would not come near us. I just wish there was a way to explain that what we were doing was to help her and not hurt her.

So has any stitching gotten done? Yes, a little. I worked on my Tulip Bouquet whenever I had a little time, and I've finished the first quarter of it minus the backstitch.

Now starting a new small that I will hopefully have time to finish before the end of the month.

Thank you for visiting!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Slight Loss of Stitchy Bug

I feel like I have had a slight loss of my stitchy bug. I finally finished the small I was working on since the first of the month!

I think it's really cute, but for some reason I just couldn't get really into the stitching. And little by little I stopped wanting to stitch on Lobo. So I took a few days off from Lobo. I don't like working on him when I'm not in a really positive motivated mood. I find if I'm not really happy to be stitching him I make more mistakes.

But, now I feel more excited about working on him and once I wash off my face mask, I am ready to put an hour or two into him.

Maybe it's because we had a great weekend. We had my friend Julia come out and we went to the Westbury Gardens, then to a brewery, a street fair, and all you can eat sushi. How could all of that not put me in a good mood?

I'm also really looking forward to the week. Michael and I took the day off on Wednesday, just to spend the day together and have some quiet time together. So we have to go to work for two days, then one day off, then just two more days, and it's the weekend again!

Well, thank you for visiting. Hopefully I will have more to show next week.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Return from the Holiday Weekend

Back to work after the three day Labor Day Weekend was really hard this week. I guess because we enjoyed the weekend so much, we left a lot of small chores undone. I don't regret our decisions, because we really enjoyed the weekend, but trying to get stuff done after work really interfered with my evening stitching. But I did get a few good hours in on Lobo, and I am still pretty confident that I will complete the second row of pages before the end of the year.

The end of the Labor Day Weekend also meant that everyone was back to work and back to school, so the trains were CROWDED!!! On one hand I am glad the trains are crowded. It means people have jobs that they are traveling to -- a good thing, and they are not driving and using mass transit instead -- again, a good thing. But the crowding just makes the start of the day even harder.

So, let's look at the positives for the week... I think I made some nice progress on my small. Pretty sure I should be able to complete this before next weekend.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day Weekend

Hopefully, I am back on track now that the summer is coming to a close. We really did have a lovely summer and so far a wonderful Labor Day Weekend. Last weekend was fun as well just not very productive with respect to my stitching.

Saturday we went to my coworker's wedding celebration. It was a Sri Lankan, Muslim wedding, so it was a very different experience. One thing was the same, we were all very happy for the bride and groom.

Then the next day we had my cousin Gabriella's 13th Birthday Party. She is my first cousin twice removed. I just don't know where the 13 years have gone. I still remember getting word when her mom went into labor, and then word that she was born. We still refer to her as "the baby" but as you can see, she's no baby anymore.

We had a great time with her and the whole family. Love this picture of her mother, Jennifer (my first cousin once removed) and her best friend. We get along so well together.

Then it was back to work. So happy when the weekend hit. Saturday we decided we would have fun, Sunday we would do some chores around the house, and Monday we would just relax. So Friday we started with a hike in the pine barrens of Long Island. The trails looked really well blazed, but there was no one else around, so I posted this picture on Facebook just in case something went wrong. Wanted people to know where we were.

From there we went to a brewery we haven't visited before and enjoyed a flight and the beginning of "The Shining".

This was one of the most laid back of the breweries we've visited recently. Felt like we could have spent the whole day there, and just enjoyed watching a movie, having a drink, and meeting new people.

From there we had lunch in a new burger place and finally went home, watched a movie, and I finally finished my August Small. I wasn't going to add this to the Smalls SAL this month since I was so late, but the wonderful Heather at Stitching Lotus was a little late with the check-in post, so I decided to post my link after all. If you want to learn more about the 2017 Smalls SAL click here.

Immediately started my September Small to ensure I wasn't in a rush at the end of the month as I was this month. Decided to start another set of mouse-themed greeting card pieces. So far it's progressing pretty well. Hope to get a good deal of this done today as we head out to the backyard and enjoy a fire.

Thank you for visiting! Have a great week!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

So Much Happening, So Little Time to Blog

Wow, I'm really not someone who often has a lot of plans, parties, and events going on, but the last month (and the one coming up) seems like a never ending activity! I don't want to seem like I am complaining... That couldn't be further from the truth. I like being active and having something to do. But it is a little hard going from practically no plans for the weekend, to having plans Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I'm exhausted!!!

So what have we been doing? Well, since the last time I posted, we spent the evenings preparing for our trip to Disney World. We left early Saturday and returned late the next Saturday. And while we were there... we were on the go non-stop. Honestly, that's the way I like to vacation. I don't like to waste vacation sleeping, but by Wednesday, all I wanted to do was get some sleep! It was a great vacation though. We went with my cousin. This is one of my favorite picures of the group...

We did all four parks, Magic Kingdom twice, and all the rides. And I mean ALL the rides!

And we met a lot of the princesses. Even my husband got to meet his favorite princess, Merida.

But the highlight of the trip for me, was when I met Chewbacca. I literally cried I was so happy!

Once we got back home it was back to work. Then yesterday we went to my coworkers wedding. It was a mix of a Muslim and Sri Lankan wedding, which was very different than anything we were used to in the US. It was really nice because many of the people from our department went and were part of the ceremony, so it was really nice spending time together totally out of the work environment. I hope I get some of the pictures, but we all clean up rather well :-)

And today, we are off to my cousin's birthday party. Same cousin we went to Disney with. She is officially a teenager! Don't ask me how that happened because I remember holding her in my arms like it was yesterday.

So with all of that going on, there has been very little stitching taking place. I'm hoping to get my monthly small done before the end of the month. I'm late for the SAL, but my personal goal was to get one small piece done each month this year. So if I meet my personal goal I will be happy enough.

With that, I will sign out for today, and start getting ready for the birthday party... and then back to work!

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Steady Progress

This last week I did not make a lot of progress on anything, but a little progress on everything. And that's the name of the game, isn't it?

I usually only post pictures of Lobo once a month for the monthly WIPocalypse SAL check in, but I had to post again this week, because I have a page finish! Now just one more page and one column till the completion of the row! Really pleased that so far this year I have been making steady progress. I was looking through my stitching diary and I've been able to get about 800 stitches in each week. Hope I can continue that for the rest of the year, and beyond.

I was motivated to start up on Marriage Recipe again. I found that since the fabric was 36 count, I was having a hard time working on it on the train and basically in any area where there was not really great light. I was getting frustrated, so I put it on the side for a few weeks. But last week I had some time to work on it in the backyard which turned out to be the perfect place. Definitely happy with how the text is coming out.

And finally, Tulip Bouquet is progressing as well. Since the LIRR Summer of Hell has not been as bad as predicted, I have started taking the train home in the evening, so I have been able to get a bit more work in on this project over the last few days.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Where Did the Time Go?

Wow, where did July go? It seems like I was just posting all my end of month updates for June at the beginning of the month, and now we're at the end of July! How did that happen?

Well, we have been pretty busy, so I guess that has something to do with it. We decided to 'adopt' my cousin for a Saturday. We started by taking her for breakfast at our favorite diner.

Then we went to the aquarium, and really had a wonderful time.

I don't understand why aquariums all seem to have bird and butterfly areas now, but they are fun. The butterflies are beautiful and the birds are just really fun.

From there I needed an adult beverage, so we went to a local brewery and I enjoyed a flight.

Then we took her to dinner, and even got to see the big Duck, and finally gave her back to her parents.

I've also had a little reduction in stitching time due to the LIRR "Summer of Hell" train changes. Required maintenance was scheduled with lots of train changes, so I decided to take the bus instead. No room for stitching on the bus :-( but at least I wasn't stressed about not getting in to work on time. As it turns out, there have been very few problems with the trains, so I am going back to the train for the month of August. Let's keep our fingers crossed for me please.

In spite of the time reduction, I did complete a small for the Smalls SAL hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus. You can get more information about this fun SAL here. Isn't this little guy too cute? I think he is going to make a great Christmas card for someone.

And I'm happy to say I have had time to work on my Lobo. I've got over 3,500 stitches done since last month. For me, that is a lot, and I am happy. As you can see though, at a rate of 3,000-4,000 stitches a month, this is the project that perfectly qualifies as a WIPocalypse project. The WIPocalypse SAL is a wonderful SAL hosted by Melissa at Measi's Musings. You can get more information about this SAL here.

The question of the month for the WIPocalypse SAL is what is your oldest and newest WIP. Well, I think Lobo is my oldest since I started it almost 3 years ago. My newest would be Tulip Bouquet, which I just started two weeks ago. After I finished my small, I wasn't sure what to work on. I need to get back to my Marriage Recipe, but I just wasn't feeling it. So instead I started Tulip Bouquet. Hope to make this into a pillow for my next door neighbors.

Well, that's about all there is that's fit to print. Now I have to start work on dinner. Trying a new recipe --- Bibimbap Casserole.