New Year’s Eve

Things are never dull here at our house. Romeo somehow injured his back foot last week (it appeared he had a cut on one of the pads). So, we took him into the vet to have it looked at. The vet suggested that we do some blood work on him while he was there, since he is 11 and has never had any blood work done. For his foot we’ve been giving him antibiotics to make sure it heals well and does not get infected. Of course, giving those antibiotics makes for an interesting adventure. The vet called with Romeo’s blood work results on Friday after my last day at work. It turns out that he has diabetes. The vet gave me tons of information on what that means and what the treatment would entail. We will be treating Romeo with insulin shots twice a day, and hopefully with regulation of his blood sugar, he will be able to live a happy healthy life. He goes in to the vet on the 9th and will stay there for a couple of days so that they can get him stabilized and determine what dosage of insulin he needs. So, that is the story of Romeo right now. I have had a long talk with Othello and told him that he needs to stay healthy. Thank you for all of your well-wishes for Romeo. I think that it will be a big change, but I hope that it will be ok.

So, in stitching news, I am still working on my TW ornament. I’ve finished the center portion and am starting on the border. I’m all set for my new start tomorrow though. I’ll be watching the Rose Parade on TV, and stitching my new piece. What fun. I’ve chosen what to stitch for Annemarie’s Neighborhood RR too – I think I found the perfect thing. So, I’ll be starting on that soon too since it is due to be mailed on the 15th.

Since it is the last day of the year, I thought I would take a look back at the year and what I accomplished.

I stitched and finished 36 pieces this year (my goal was 35). I wanted to finish more larger pieces, but I was able to finish Lemon Meringue Sampler, my Just Nan RR, Their Song and Baby Garden. I did also finish my Woolly Tyme sheep blankets and my Shepherd’s Bush ornaments.

I learned how to knit and completed one scarf.

I finished my Kimonos quilt top.

I read 21 books – including re-reading all the Harry Potter books before the last one came out.

Eric and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary and our second married Christmas together. We took trips to San Antonio, Philadelphia and New York City this year.

I started my House into Home project and have made a lot of progress.

We lost Hamlet, but still have Othello and Romeo as our little family.

I crossed 13 things off my 101 Things in 1001 Days List.

I was laid off from my job, but know that something better is on the horizon.

So, all in all, not a bad year. I hope that 2008 brings many new and wonderful experiences. I’ve already mentioned my Plan for 2008 with regard to my stitching, so hopefully that will bring more finishes for me.

Here’s wishing you and your families a wonderful New Year! I’ll be back in 2008 (unless I finish that ornament, then I’ll post immediately!!).

I am grateful for all that 2007 had to offer.

Last Day

Today is my last day at work. It’s been a hard month, but I am trying to keep myself positive. To add to everything that’s been going on, I had to take Romeo to the vet yesterday. I am waiting to hear from her about the results of his bloodwork. I’ll let you know what I find out. In the meantime, I’ll tell you about my stitching.

I’ve been focusing on finishing the second day ornament for Eric. I’d really like to have it done before the end of the year, but we’ll see what happens. Excuse the cat hair in the photo.

The mail has also been very kind to me in the past week. First, I had won The Token from Nicki, and she also sent along the most gorgeous fabric. It is Kiwi Illusions “Feijoa”. Just absolutely beautiful, and so unexpected. Thank you, Nicki!

I also received my Silkweaver Fabric of the Month package. It included Cascade and Golden Harvest.

And finally, my best friend gave me the And a Forest Grew chart for Christmas, as well as a gift certificate that I can use for fabric for it. Thank you, Julia! And by the way, Baby Garden arrived safe and sound at her home and she loves it! I appreciate you all sharing that journey with me. Also in this photo is the last of my Leanne’s House Blocks of the Month. Maybe in 2008 I will be able to start on this quilt.

So, today I have to go in to work and sign my paperwork, turn in my security badge, all that good stuff. Then I am off to have my allergy shots and then to the gym. What a fun day, huh? I hope you all had a lovely holiday. Ours was very nice. We are going to celebrate with my parents tomorrow night, so that will be good. Enjoy the weekend and I’ll be back soon with a finish, I hope!

Walk to Rivendell: Camp by a stream, among stunted alder trees. Moon waxing. Frost. Very clear. Can see crumbled ruins on Hills ahead. (Total miles walked: 217.25)

I am grateful for all the changes that are happening in my life.

Merry Christmas To All

Sweet Baby
Shepherd’s Bush
Eighth in a series from the JCS Ornament Issue
Weeks, GAST and DMC on 32ct Dark Espresso Linen from R&R
Sterling Moon Charm
Finished 12/23/07

I finished the last of the Shepherd’s Bush ornaments on Sunday. I probably won’t get them made into a wall-hanging for a little while, but at least they are all stitched. My Christmas stitching plans were kind of thrown off by everything that has happened since Thanksgiving.

Here they all are together. Pretty, huh?

And to answer a few questions from my last post… Karin asked if those were Pampered Chef serving pieces. Why yes, they are! Eric and I registered at Pampered Chef when we got married, so we have lots of their goodies!

And Anna asked what the deal is with trains and Christmas. I found a couple of mentions of the tradition here and here. I think for Eric, he is a big train enthusiast, so a train around the Christmas tree is a must. Also the reason I chose to stitch Harry’s stocking for him (because of the train at the bottom). I didn’t grow up with trains, and it’s only been since we were married that a train has been at the base of my tree. The tradition in our family was going to see the Nutcracker ballet every year.

And of course, it is time to announce the winner of the 250th Post is Barbara! Congratulations, Barbara!! I’ll contact you for your mailing info!!

So, that’s a photo of me with the stocking my mom made for me. My parents have been working on scanning all of their slides from when my sister and I were growing up. I don’t remember ever seeing it before.

Merry Christmas!

I am grateful for another beautiful holiday with my husband (and apple pancakes too)!

A Busy Day

Yesterday was a very busy, but fun day. Eric brought home this beautiful pointsettia for me on Friday (and I have placed it in a place Romeo cannot get to it, since he loves to eat things).
Every year we go to see the Trains at Northpark, so yesterday we spent the afternoon there. We saw San Francisco…
And Mount Rushmore…
and Dallas, of course.

Then we were off to Washington, D.C. at Christmas time…

And finally to New York City…(seems like we were just there!)

Grand Central Station…

And then it was time to come home and get ready for company. Eric’s mom and sister and my parents came over for eggnog and homemade goodies.

I made fudge, chocolate gingerbread cookies and spiced nuts. Mmmm…
Here’s another look at the tree – with our train.
Have a great weekend! I’ll announce the winner of the 250th Post Giveaway next time!
I am grateful for a fun day!

Planning Is What I Do Best

I’m going to leave the giveaway open a little longer, since this is such a busy time of year. I know that I am WAY behind on blog reading, so I’m sure others are too.
I have managed to check in on a few blogs in the past few days, and I noticed that several people are beginning their look towards 2008. In an effort to keep my mind busy, I decided I would start some planning as well. The past few years I’ve spent a lot of time planning all the new projects I will begin and want to stitch that year. Needless to say, most of them I didn’t get to, and most of them if started, are still WIPs. So, this year I want to change my focus a little bit. I would really like to get my WIPs finished. I have so many – too many. I do enjoy my stitching for the most part and try not to set too many boundaries for my stitching, but I think that in order to finish some of these, I need a plan. So here goes…
The Plan:
Focus on finishing my WIPs. I have planned a new start after every third finished WIP in order to keep me motivated. I have also planned two January starts – one on January 1st, and the other a monthly SAL.

1. NEW – January 1 start and Monthly Red Thread SAL [Mermaids of the Deep Blue 1/1 start]
2. Mystery 9
3. Tesori d’Italia
4. Barnabee’s Quest
5. NEW – Nativity (this will be my 2008 Christmas project)
6. Mystery Sampler
7. Dorothy’s Garden
8. Bay Sampler
9. NEW – Pearl Lights (maybe)
10. Mermaid Treasure Box
11. Midi Mystery 2
12. Queen of the Needle Case
13. NEW
14. Water ACEO
15. Teeny Witch

I will also be focusing on stitching ornaments this year and will work those in as I can. Smalls will also include catching up on my Just Nan WhimZis and finishing up my Essie’s Friends pieces.

I also want to considerably cut down on the number of charts I buy. I have more than enough to keep me busy. I intend to continue with my automatics (Prairie Schooler new releases, Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers and Just Nan Limited Edition WhimZis), and will only buy charts that are time sensitive or needed for an RR/Exchange.

My “splurges” this year, rather than being stash will be having some things professionally framed or finished.

So that’s what I have in mind. Of course, it is all subject to change and may be thrown out of the window totally. But, I would really like to see some of these pieces finished, especially Mystery 9 which has a place in our bedroom already – I just need to finish it! It will be going to Jill Rensel for framing as well. You can see photos of the WIPs here, if you’d like a look.

And speaking of WIPs, I still have two pieces that I wanted to get done before the end of the year (well, before Christmas, really, but who’s counting?). Above is my TW Second Day of Christmas that is for Eric. I haven’t stitched on it since I last showed it to you before our trip. There’s still a whole lot to go on this one.
I also have made a start on the last Shepherd’s Bush ornament – Sweet Baby. This one should be finished soon, hopefully. I may not get my wall hanging made before Christmas though, but we’ll see how it goes.
Hope you’re all having a great week.
Walk to Rivendell: Still in the eastern edge of the Marshes. (Total Miles Walked: 209.25)
I am grateful for Othello and Romeo.