Thursday, December 20, 2007

Got here

We got here Tuesday and our part of the trip came off without a hitch however Gretchen's didn't quite. We were afraid we might get stuck in Philadelphia because of weather but thankfully we didn't. Poor Gretchen had a rough one. Her step-mom put her on the bus at Hagerstown, MD and it took her to Baltimore and she got stuck there from 10:30 until 5:00, her bus was supposed to leave at 3:25. When it didn't show another girl she met and was traveling with said that it wasn't coming and so Gretchen went to the window to ask and they were like well I guess it isn't running or something. Well Gretchen of course didn't accept that answer and said you have radios why don't you call them and find out what is going on and this was at about 3:40. The bus driver said we are leaving DC right now. The lady told Gretchen that it would take about 40 minutes to get to Baltimore, of course that didn't happen because they hit rush hour. At about 5 they left Baltimore and so by the time she got to Harrisburg it was an hour past her connecting bus to Williamsport. so here Don and I are driving to Harrisburg at 8 pm it took 2 hours to get there and 2 hours to get back so it was a very long day all around. Well we are all here and doing fine so that is the important thing. Unfortunately Timothy can't be here because he is in Iraq and Melissa can't because she just got a job and of course can't take the time off. Oh well. I have to go finish my Christmas shopping so I will update again in a day or so. Love you guys and Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Another Finish

I had been working on this off and on for a quite a while. It was what I worked on while waiting at appointments. All that was done was the frog. Sitting while waiting for Don to have his scan done on Friday I got he briefcase, clock, exit sign and the wording done. We waited along time at the hospital as you can guess. I am going to have this framed and hang it in my office. I think it is cute. I am waiting for Don to ask me to do one for his office. His ladies are usually out the door at 5 on the nose, LOL. I am back working on the 12 days scissor pattern and am doing day 7 now. I am taking them with me on my trip back home for the Christmas holiday. I will let you know how they come along. I will also try and update this over the holidays if I can get access to a computer. If not, Hope you all have a great holdiday and yes I am saying this.......MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!! Love you guys!

Saturday, December 15, 2007


Well my boyfriend ended up not having the surgery. He called the Dr. to ask about a couple of things. He was concerned because of his sleep apnea and he felt he was getting a cold. Well, the Dr told him that he wasn't going to do the surgery because he saw something in the EKG that they did as a pre-op test and to not do anything at all not even go on a diet or walk as exercise before he went to his family Dr. Of course we got terribly concerned and we managed to get an appointment for the next day. Our family Dr sent us to a cardiologist. It seems he has an abnormal heart beat and a slightly enlarged heart on one side. He went for a stress test yesterday so we won't hear anything until after the holidays but we were told he could walk for exercise and our family Dr started him on a diet kind of like what I had been trying to get him to do. They say at this point not to worry that this may just be something he has had for years but still. Until after the holidays we will both be worried even if neither one of us says so. I will update as soon as we hear something, meanwhile we leave on Tuesday and they had to give him a special letter so that when we go through the airport security we won't have any problems because one of the medicines they used in the test has a radioactive quality that can set things off in security, this ought to be fun, LOL. I'll let you know if there is any excitement there.
If I don't get a chance to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS!! before then let me wish it now.

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Holidays

Well it is almost Christmas and this year I am going home to spend it with my family. I am excited. I don't get to do that and haven't spent the holidays with them in awhile. I will get to see snow at Christmas. YEAH!!!!!

This is a picture of my poor tree at my office. I am not having one at home this year since we are going to be gone. At my office though I figured I probably should.

My boyfriend is having surgery tomorrow so I won't be in my office at all probably. I know he is going to be fine, however he is freaking out. He has only once before had any kind of an operation and so he is uncomfortable. plus he has sleep apnea and is overweight so he is a little apprehensive about everything. I will let you know how that goes. Hope you have a great week.

Thursday, November 22, 2007


Here it is Thanksgiving 2007. This is the first one in years that I have not had to do anything. Don took me to the Wyndham for their Thanksgiving Brunch. I ate so much if someone poked me just right I think I would have popped. This was a very strange one though. None of the kids were here to celebrate with. Timothy is in Iraq and so is his wife although she would more than likely have gone to her mom's if she had been in the states. Gretchen and Melissa are at my mom's in Upstate NY with the rest of my family. I haven't talked to them yet to know how it went but it was going to be a big thing. Don's kids are all gone so at least there was no drama there. Usually there is a family fight when everyone is here so I guess that was a good thing. It was nice to not have to clean up though. I will say that much but I think we are going to buy a turkey and cook it so that Don can have his leftovers. That is cool with me I like turkey and will cook it but it will need to be a small on since there is only the 2 of us in the house now. It is so quiet in here tonight it is strange but I guess that is OK. I am looking forward to going to my mother's for Christmas this year. We are all supposed to get together get drunk and sing karaoke. I am not singing Lady Marmalade this year. I can't sing it sober it is even worse drunk. We will so how it all goes and see if everyone cooperates. The whole family is supposed to be there so it will be good. Well Timothy won't because of where he is but the rest is. I hope it works out. Well I guess this is all for now. I will update again soon. I am trying to finish working on the scissors patterns and hopefully I will. I will let you all know. Bye for now.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Its been awhile

I realized that i hadn't updated in awhile. It has been a little strange and I do have a couple of things to share but I am not going to share them all at once, LOL. Well for one Melissa is coming for a visit for 2 weeks tomorrow. I am excited. I haven't seen her in a while. Gretchen had been here for the summer and that was nice but now I get to see D2. It is still so hot here during the day. Also someone sent the frog to me and I had Day 7 almost finished when I discovered I had to frog most of it. Talk about being a little pissed off. I will get that one finished soon. I also have a bunch of stuff to get in the mail and can't seem to get to the post office. Every time I try something happens. Tim is still over in Iraq and won't be home for awhile. We are going to spend Christmas at my mom's this year and I wish that Timothy could be there but he can't. It seems that we all want to get toasted and do karaoke and everyone knows that they are in for a treat where I am concerned. I can't carry a tune in a basket so it is a good thing we are going to have a few drinks, LOL. Well that is all for now I will share more pretty quick I will try and keep up more. Love you guys!!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Color Exchange

Here is what I received from Karen for the August Color Exchange. It came all wrapped up in the green tissue paper underneath it. I love the stuff and as you can see in the background so does Charlie one of my cats. I couldn't get her to stay away and when I was trying to get pictures she kept laying in the middle of the stuff. Now what is there is some threads, a toothbrush holder that it just so happens I do need, a towel and aida cloth, a clipboard, a pin cushion with scissors and a frog sponge thingy, sorry don't know what it is called, I guess a body scrubber would be a good name,LOL. Also a card with a cat on it. Siamese cats happen to be my favorite kind of cat. I love it. I hope my partner loves her stuff as much as I do.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Well I haven't had much time to stitch on the 12 days this week.I have been working on a set of beach coasters for my daughters friend who just got married. I am going to work on it this weekend though. I have missed it. It has been so hot. This last week we broke 3 temp records or it may have been 4. It doesn't matter to me, it was just plain HOT!!! I will let you guys know what I have gotten done on it next week.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Day 6

I got day 6 done. I think they are looking pretty good. I got it done on Sunday. the last couple of days have been nuts. Last night I started day 7 sitting in the ER with my daughter Gretchen. She fell and hurt her wrist. It may be broken. There is a bone in your wrist which is hard to tell if it is broken, the Dr said it could be up to 3 weeks before we can tell. When she gets back home to WV she will go to her regular Dr and they will x-ray it again. Hopefully it is just a severe sprain. It is splinted and in a sling to keep it elevated to keep the swelling down. Then I found out today someone got a hold of my debit card number and has been trying to use it for off the wall stuff. So my card is cancelled and I won't have a new one for about a week to 10 days. I guess this is just going to be the week from hell. I should have known something was coming when I had to leave work because of a severe migraine. It kind of went down hill from there. It is just crazy. I think I need a vacation. Well I guess i should get back to work now. I will post again in a day or so.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Day 5 Finish

As you can see I have finished day 5. There are 2 versions of day 5 but I liked this one the best. I have also got day 6 started. I still cannot believe how quick these are going. This has been one of those weeks so I didn't get as much done on day 6 as I would like. I had to take my daughter to the ER and that is where I got the most stitched. Imagine that, lol waiting in a waiting room at the ER and getting allot done. Don't worry, nothing super serious and she is better. Also I got a TomTom for my birthday. For anyone that doesn't know that is a portable GPS. I have absolutely no sense of direction and after about 3 years of asking (begging) I finally got one. I am so glad. I have been using it to go everywhere. I know but it is neat. Here are the flowers I got for my birthday. They are pretty. Don got me the roses my mom got me the others, that came with an TY angel bear.
Well that is all for now. I will post again soon.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Day 4 Finish

As you can see I finally got Day 4 finished. I just absolutely love the colors in these. I have started Day 5. I thought I was going to have to wait because I can't find the material I cut and prepared to do days 5 to 8 but I found a piece of material and cut and prepared it for stitching and was able to start. I am finding that these make me just want to keep stitching every chance I get.

On another note. I just talked to my mom and found out that a friend of the family and someone who we cared so much about. We grew up with his kids and he was just a very good man passed away yesterday. From what my mother told me he went to the hospital at 5 in the morning with a aortic aneurysm and didn't survive the surgery. This is heartbreaking. I just don't know what to say about this. I will think on this for awhile and see what I come up with.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Day 3

Even though I was sick and from what I am told, extremely grumpy, this past weekend I was able to finish day 3. Don, Gretchen and me moved a chair that I could recline in and rest into my room where I do all my crafts. I stitched off and on Friday night and Saturday and got day 3 done. I was a lot further along than I thought so that helped. I also did just a bit on day 4 yesterday, I started feeling better. Thank God for antibiotics, lol. I feel a bit better today but not 100%. I can't believe how fast these are going. Day 4 is going to be even quicker I think. It seems like there may be less stitching to day 4. Kathy, thank you for the get well wish I appreciated it very much. Well I am supposed to be working so I should get back to work but I will keep you posted.

Friday, July 20, 2007


Well here it is Friday night. I am about half done with day 3. I finally checked the name of the designer for the scissors patterns. Meridel Abrams. I think I have all the scissors patterns not just the 12 Days of Christmas. I am hoping to get a lot of stitching done this weekend but we will see. I am sick. I have an ear infection and sore throat and a low grade fever. i sure hope it stays low grade. I am taking an antibiotic so we will see what happens.
Don got back from his business trip. He brought me a mini New York New York statue. It is pretty neat. He also brought me a polo shirt with the logo on it. I really love them. I will post a photo of them when I take one. I haven't taken one of my progress yet because I just don't feel like it. I keep trying to lay down but I can't seem to be comfortable, so I figured I would post here and them try laying down again.
Well I think I am gonna try now so I will post more when I feel better, hopefully the meds will kick in soon and I will feel more like it. And on Monday I think I will thank Monica (one of Don's CSR's) for giving this to me.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Day 2 Finish

As you can see I got Day 2 finished over the weekend. I also managed to start day 3. It seems that lately I am only able to stitch on the weekend. This past weekend I didn't really do too much anyway. I didn't feel like it. It was one of those weekends. Don is in Las Vegas for a business trip and Gretchen and I just hung out at home. I keep trying to get her to try cross stitch but she isn't cooperating LOL. I am trying to get her into something that she can see an accomplishment. I think she needs something like that but she doesn't seem to want to do any of that stuff. Oh well. I am also hoping that I will hear from my son in the near future. At the end of August Melissa will be heading to basic and AIT for the ARMY National Guard. I sometimes find it hard to believe that my kids are adult age. I sure don't feel like I am old enough to have kids their ages but according to my birth certificate I am, LOL. Well I must get some work done so that's it for now. I hope everyone has a great week.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Day 2 Progress

Well as you can see I have been working on day 2. It is coming along nicely I think. These stitch up so quickly. I love them. I see the progress and don't get discouraged because it doesn't seem to be getting anywhere. I am thinking that maybe I will try and put them into a quilt or something like that. We will see how that goes.

It has been so hot lately so I have been able to sit and stitch. Last night I sat outside on the back patio and and there was a slight breeze. It was nice to be able to do that. We are supposed to get thunderstorms for the next couple of days but I am not counting on it. It would be nice though. Well that is all for now. Can't wait for the finished product.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Day 1 Finish

I got Day 1 finished yesterday. I really like the way it turned out. The only thing different that I did was change the year from 2006 to 2007 since I am doing it this year. I started Day 2 yesterday evening.
On another note yesterday was July 4th. It was pretty uneventful. It was strange having a day off in the middle of the week but on the other hand it makes the week seem shorter. We work today and tomorrow and are off for 2 days. I think I can deal with that.
We are supposed to have thunderstorms today. I hope so. The sky is getting dark so maybe. We quite often have them predicted especially at this time of the year but then don't get them. I just feel like it would be nice to clean up the air. We will see what happens. Hope you all had a good 4th of July. Will update again soon.

Monday, July 02, 2007

More progress

I was lucky enough to be able to stitch a bunch this weekend. As you can see I got a lot accomplished. I am really motivated on this. I really like the colors so maybe that is why. I am looking forward to getting going on day 2. These seem to stitch up quickly. No back stitching which I like. On these I don't think they would look as nice if there was back stitching.

I am trying to convince my daughter who is visiting to let me teach her to stitch. To give her something creative and constructive to do but I can't seem to get her interested. Wish I could but maybe she will keep seeing how much I love it and give in. We will see. We thought my other daughter was going to come for a visit before she leaves this summer for basic and AIT for the ARMY National Guard but doesn't look like that is going to happen. Oh well, she says she wants to spend Christmas with me so hopefully that will happen. I will keep my fingers crossed. Maybe I will be able to get the whole crew together for a change. I would love that.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

12 Days progress

This is a couple of days of stitching. Haven't really had a chance to do much but am trying hard to stitch at least a few minutes each day. Unfortunately it doesn't always work that way, LOL, but I do try.
I am so proud of myself, I figured out, finally, how to post pictures to my blog. : )
It is so hot here. Yesterday it was 106 degrees I am not sure what the temp is today but it is pretty close, if not there. Oh well, what can i expect? I live in the middle of the desert.
Hope you like what I am stitching.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


I got the scissors patterns of the 12 Days of Christmas started. Finally, LOL.It is coming along nicely. I am so glad I finally am at it again. I just wasn't motivated at all for a while. If I can figure out how to post a picture I will do that as they progress. Well until the next time.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Hi all, same old same old here.
My oldest daughter has been here for a couple of weeks. I think she is starting to get bored. She is here for the summer. She wants to get a job for the summer. I hope she does. Then of course she won't be so bored.
Well I haven't been doing much stitching lately. I can't seem to get motivated for some reason. I am trying to do the 12 Days of Christmas scissors designs and the person's name who designed them has just totally left my mind. I will have to check that out so I can give her proper credit. I think I am going to try and make myself sit down and stitch just a little everyday, then maybe I will just get it done. We will see.
We are supposed to have thunderstorms today. I was kind of hoping for one but hasn't happened yet. I remember at my grandparents house, part of their roof was metal. I love that sound of the rain hitting the metal roof. Its comforting some how.Well it is almost time for the Saturday sci-fi movie and my daughter and I watch it every Saturday night. I will post again soon.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Well tomorrow morning I am leaving to go to my daughters high school graduation.I am going to be gone for a week. I may not get on here because it will be a bit difficult to get online. I hope everyone has a great week and I will post again when I get back.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mother's Day

Today is Mother's Day. I got to hear from all three of my kids and my daughter-in-law. It was great. Timothy called on Thursday or Friday so it was early but he sent me flowers for mother's day. They are beautiful. This was a nice day, but I had to cook. Wasn't to happy about that but oh well. I made scallops. I hadn't ever cooked those before and they came out excellent.
Thursday I started reading a new book. It is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. It is very good so far. I believe it is autobiographical but she changes the names and things like that. I saw the movie, Sylvia, that is about her. It has Gweneth Paltrow in it as Sylvia Plath. That is how I got interested in reading this book. I think I will find out more about her and read more of her works if I can find them. I think that she was a very tortured soul. What a shame to live and feel like she did and to be such an excellent writer, at least in my opinion. I had been reading the Harry Potter series but read 3 in a row and had to stop but once I get done with this book I think I will finish the fourth book.
I started a new cross stitch project it is a one colored heart. While I am on my daughters graduation ceremony trip I am going to start a series that is scissors. It is the 12 days of Christmas. I am excited to get started on them but I am waiting until I am on my trip.
Well there isn't much more right now so I will go. I will be back soon.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

One Day


One day you will come to know me
As I am not as I appear to be
You will see what is in my heart not what is in my face
One day you will touch me and feel what I feel not pity or sorrow
One day you will hold me and feel me tremble,
not from tears or fear but happiness
One day you will kiss me, not out of friendship,
but to feel what I feel and know that there is so
much more possible.

One day

Sarah Hall 05/13/2003

Monday, April 30, 2007

My Space

Today I was on I was just looking around checking people out on my friends, friends lists. I was so surprised at some of the stuff on these pages and the way that people complain about this person or that person or how this one infringes on the way their life is going. What was worse was that they didn't seem to want to do anything but bitch about it. I try to talk things out and not criticize and yes I know that it isn't easy but for crying out loud, grow up, pick up after yourself and get over it. I do get frustrated about that stuff too but I have too much other stuff to do than worry about little stuff. OK I think I am done being "crazy" about this stuff. Sorry just thought I would vent a little. Haven't done that in awhile. Hope you all have a good day!
Okay, today is 05/13/2007. I edited this post and took something out because I felt I really didn't need it here. If you read the original post and were offended I apologize. I was a little angry and have since decided I didn't really need that in here. Thanks for reading my blog.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Happy Birthday

It is the 25th of April and is my sons 24th birthday. I can't celebrate it with him because he is in Iraq. I can only hope he is able to atleast celebrate a little. I think I will have a glass of wine and think happy thoughts about him. A mini celebration of my own for him. He never wants anything so when I ask he always says I don't know. I guess he is a typical man (lol). I will put an extra treat in the next box I send him. I think extra oreos. Well son if you happen to be able to read this HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I love and miss you so much!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Back Again....

Well, I found out recently that my son's tour in Iraq has been extended to February. That really sucks. Melissa is going to graduate end of May and I will be there. Gretchen is doing good. She still has some time to go before she graduates from college.
It is nice weather so everything is growing and allergies galore. Don has been in PA for almost a week and I have been home alone. Kind of peaceful but lonely too. I am going to cut some pieces out to start work on another quilt. I have two patterns and am having trouble deciding. I am also getting ready to start working on the Monopoly Board. A friend of mine lent me her pattern for it so I need to get hot on that.
I can't believe it is almost the end of April already. On Tuesday I have jury duty. Oh fun. The last time I went I got picked. Hopefully I won't get picked this time. I don't have anyone to cover my office. It was an interesting experience that is for sure. With about 750,000 people give or take here I can't believe I get sent a letter every year. Its crazy. Oh well. I will let you know what happens.
Well I will go for now. I think the cat is messing with the birds and the other cat. Fuzzball is hissing that only means Charlie is messing with her. Gotta get the spray bottle! Talk to you soon.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Well it has been an interesting month. I am not very motivated but it is the end of winter so I am not surprised. Everything is growing, gotta love spring.
My daughter was here for spring break. it was nice. We didn't do a whole lot but it was pretty good anyway. She said she enjoyed it and I know I did. It was nice. My son was in GA on leave from Iraq for about 2 weeks. he called me once and it was good to hear his voice. He said he is going to try and come out here for a bit when he gets back. I hope it works out. My other daughter is going to go into the ARMY National Guard. I am proud of all 3 of my kids. I find it hard to believe that they are adults now. Its crazy.
I finally was able to take my quilting class and it was great. I am going to take another one in June or atleast I hope to. I guess we will see. Hope you all are doing good and will be back soon.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

It has been awhile

Well it sure has been awhile. Sorry guys. Some of you know its been crazy and stressful.
I don't know where to start. My son is in Iraq. I have talked to him a couple of times and he is doing pretty good. I thank God for that. My oldest daughter is still in college and doing well and my youngest is still in school and doing pretty good. I am very proud of all three of my children.
Business is slow but that is ok. I am not minding that as much as I used to. Winter is here. We got snow a week or so ago. At the time and it was January, we had more snow than my mother and children in their respective states, (NY and WV). It didn't stay long but it got cold here for a bit and now it is just cold where they are at. Thats too bad but it is winter but spring will be here soon and all the spring time yuck, like allergies and such. Not looking forward to that. The migraine study I am in is going well. I am having so many less migraines. Thank you, Lord. In the last month I have had 3. Four months ago it was like 15 or 16 in a month. I have started a quilting class. Most of you know I have for a long time wanted to learn to quilt, even tried it once years ago and that didn't work out too well. I have had to classes and am loving it. I have even tried the blocks we learned in class on my own to make sure I could do it without the teacher being there. I can and am so excited about this. I will let you all know how that goes.
Other than that not much else things are calming down I hope. I am trying to keep up with all of this better this year. Lets see how I do. If I slack off someone let me know so I can keep you guys up to date on stuff.