Thursday, March 26, 2015

Taking a Little Break

I decided to take a little break from His Eye is on the Sparrow to work on La D Da's Spring Hare.
People were doing it last year and dont-cha-know day late dollar short.
I'm working on it now and he is just so handsome!
 He is stitched in Garden Gate.
The letters around him are to be stitched in Sable but, I think I may do it in Rhubarb instead to make it look more springy.  
I just started working on him on Tuesday.  
It is really going fast so it won't be a very long break.  

Katy went back to school on Sunday.  
While she was home on spring break she had a cavity filled.  
She started having problems with the tooth as soon as she got back to school. 
The pain has gotten worse therefore she is on her way home to see the dentist tomorrow.  
Stocked up on Gluten free food and told her to sleep this weekend.  

Hope you have had a wonderful week.
If I can, I might try and do some framing this weekend. 
Thanks for stopping and commenting.  
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Thursday, March 19, 2015

I've Been Hopping

It has been very busy.  If you have been following my saga, then you know that my 87 y/o mother was moving into assisted living.  She has had a very rough couple of weeks dealing with the idea.  Now that she is there, I can't say she's happy but, she isn't unhappy.  She is walking better than she has in years since she is walking to the dining room.  She tells me everyone is "just so nice"  and "it is so clean."  She states, "I'm not happy but, I'm content."  So whatever that means, I'm going to take it as something good.  It has been an monumental amount of work since she didn't do any packing.  She had a hard time trying to decide what black pants to keep out of the 8 pairs she had.  Overall, I think it is going well.

Like I said, it has been a monumental amount of work.  Besides packing, there was a lot of cleaning out of stuff.  We have burned 3 grocery bags stuffed with old records.  Then there are the many phone calls and stops to change addresses.  I have a few more things to take care of but, hopefully it is winding down.  I tried to interface her bank with my Quicken but, they aren't connected.  I will have to do it the old fashion way and manually access online.

Enough of that.

Here is the update of my His Eye is on the Sparrow
Head on angle.  
 My Market acquisitions
Stacy Nash Cherry Hollow Farm Sampler
The floss colors are so beautiful!
Not a great picture but, I love this sampler.  
 Chessie and Me 1801 House.
I have loved little boxes since I was a little girl.
I was always on the look out for little boxes.
That is all for now.
I dvr'ed Greys Anatomy for later and it is almost time for Scandal.

Thanks for stopping and the wonderful words of encouragement during the last few difficult months.  I think the Assisted Living is the place for her to be.
She is three minutes from me.

Have a great weekend and hope everything is well for you.
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Starting to Warm Up

It actually made it to 38 degrees today.  Right now it is snowing a little.  Could spring be around the
corner?
Rotated cross stitch pieces around the house.  I got rid of all the winter ones and just put up a variety of Prairie Schooler:  Daffodils (March), Spring Time and Weather Wise.  I love Prairie Schooler but, I have said that before.

Took the day off from the move and getting things arranged.  I have to deal with the pharmacy first thing.  They will blister pack her medications and send them over the the Assisted Living.  I  have to stop at the bank to change the address and order new checks.  I  have to stop at the post office. The realtor is also going to be coming tomorrow.  My aunt helped clean out her closet.  I went through it again with her yesterday and really scaled it down more.

Here is the latest update of His Eye on the Sparrow.  I may take a break from it for a little while.  I really want to work on La D Da's Spring Hare.  I'm just waiting for the fabric and fibers.  I also have things coming from the Nashville Market.  The Stitching Bee went to Market.  She got 3 of 5 on my list.  I haven't asked her what she got.  I want to be surprised.  

That should pretty much wrap it up.  
I am taking M-T-W and already have Thursdays off.  
I was going to take Friday off too to recover but, my boss is being a prick. 
That is a whole other story that I won't get into.

So have an awesome week.  
I'm just wishing my life away for a few days.  
Thank you so much for the words of encouragement from many of you.  
Now to just get use to the time change. 

Check out the Spring give away on Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.  Check it out here

Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Progress is Slow

Progress is slow.
It has been a busy week.  My co-worker took a few days off to go to Florida.
It doesn't look like the weather had been good, at least by her FB pictures.  
I have been working more because of it.  
I have also finished the scarf I made for myself and that turned out great.  
Too bad you can't feel the yarn.  It is a chunky alpaca yarn and is so incredibly soft!
 I have also been working on a pair of socks.  They were on hold until I finished the scarf.
I'm doing them on rather short circular needles for socks.  I have started on the heel flap.
Progress has been slow on His Eye is on the Sparrow.
There is a new tree, a weird animal near the urn of oranges, might it be a hyena? A crown, bird, flower, owl and something that may be a fox.  I'm starting on another star.  
 A little closer up.  
Then there has been a lot of time spent on assisted living and my mom.  She had the interview with the nurse last week and that went fine.  Now, I have a checklist of things I need to work on.  That is where the co-workers vacation is complicating things.  I don't have time to make phone calls.  The one thing I really need to do is find a mover:  2 guys and a truck type.  I have one I want to try and call tomorrow in between clients just so I can settle on a date.  Once that happens, everything else will fall into place with work.  I am thinking of taking the week on March 9th off to get the move and all the extraneous things done.

My sister and her family were here this weekend and did some organizing.  She went through pictures and a little of the closet.  She did take her shopping for underwear and that was really helpful.  My sister of course had to let me know that mom has mixed emotions.  Boy, don't I already know that.  My sister and her family now realize that this is the best thing.  They last saw her in July and have noticed she has slipped.  I only talk about my mom.  We are going through similar things with my mother in law.  Her name is on the list there too but, haven't heard on her yet...one at a time.

Trying to find time for the stitching because that helps keep me sane.  Good thing is that it is portable and I can take it with me.  Hopefully the week will be smooth.

Keep on stitching
Monica

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Give-Away

Ther is a wonderful give-away at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Give-Away.   I have won some floss from her and purchased trim bags.  Her trims are wonderful.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

His Eye on the Sparrow Update

It has been a very busy week with my mom.  
I haven't been working on His Eye on the Sparrow as much as I would like.  
I have only a few more apples left on the Tree of Knowledge.  
I do love this stitch.  
 The top picture looks more true to color.
The picture below was straight down.  
I have also been working on a scarf with a chunky alpaca yarn.  
It is so soft, its unbelievable. 

Been busy with my mom.  We finally got a phone call from the Assisted Living we looked at.  It is the style she wanted, a studio with a walk in shower.  It has a kitchenette, a sitting area and a sleeping area.  It is freshly painted, clean and waxed.  We saw a few furnished ones to get an idea of how much will fit in.  It will be quite homey and cozy.  

She's feeling not so sure about it.  I think it is more the prospect of change.  Ultimately, I told her, I think that once she is settled in, she will feel a weight off.  She is worried about selling her house.  

My son's take on the whole thing is, "Its a lot like living in a college dorm except there is less beer and more drugs."  Gotta love Ed.  

The next few weeks are going to be very busy.  I need to call the nurse tomorrow and set up an interview.  I'm sure they want to make sure she wouldn't be more appropriate for the memory care area.  Her short term memory isn't stellar (sometimes mine isn't either) but, I don't think she has Alzheimers.  Then the ball will really start rolling.  I'll need to get some guys and a truck movers, do some organizing a packing, then get a realtor and maybe talk to an auctioneer to see if it is better to go that route or just an estate sale.  I also have to talk to the financial guys and start moving money around.  I may need a vacation after this.  

It has been really cold and we are all getting winter weary.  I don't think it got above 0 today.  Thursday when I got up it was -24.  That is painful.  
Hope the weather it better where you are but,  I think that may be Alaska.  

Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Panic Attack After Stitching Group

I worked on my His Eye is on the Sparrow at stitching group Wednesday night.
Thursday morning while laying in bed, I had a panic attack....
"Oh crap I don't think I have enough floss for this thing.  I've only done about a page."
The pattern is just short of twelve pages.  
 I'm doing it on 28 count linen over two threads.  Because of that, I'm using two strands of floss.  I wouldn't have the coverage if I used only one thread.  I posted on the FB page, what to do?
1.  Rip and and try one thread...not a good solution
2.  Start over on smaller fabric like 36 which would mean buying a new piece of fabric
3.  Suck it up and buy more thread.
Of course this would mean a road trip or ordering fabric or floss.
 I went through my stash and had some of the extra floss I may need.  I decided to buy more floss.  That seemed to be the consensus on the FB page.  The group has a trip planned for 2/21/15 but, my buddy Arttie won't be able to go since her step daughter is competing at Cheer competition and she is going to that.  Having the day off and being me, I'm always up for a road trip.  We went.  I also figured if we didn't go, there will be a snowstorm and we won't be able to go.  If there isn't, I'm always up for a road trip.   There were some things I needed to get and I needed my sewing consultant with me.  We did have fun!
My progress on the piece.  

Kendra from the Stitching Bee is going to market this year.  I have placed an order with her for some of the show exclusives.  
My list:  Stacy Nash Cherry Hollow Farm
Chessie and Me:  1801 House
Nikyscreations:  Seasonal Band Sampler
With Thy Needle and Thread:  Summer at Cherry Hill
Plum Street Samplers:  Sampler Lessons (Serial Bowl Collection)

It has been unbelievably cold here.  Today was warm, 5 above 0.
Yesterday the high was 1 with wind making the windchill -24 to -30 all day.
I did not leave the house. 

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day.
Have a great week and thanks for the wonderful comments. 
I love hearing from you!
Keep on Stitching 
Monica