Saturday, November 14, 2009
We play with her after she eats and she loves it. She is teething though and her little needle-like teeth hurt so we have to keep her some chew toys around.
We hold Ren and love him too. He is back to no dogfood, just human food, so chili and potatoe for him last night from Wendy's made him happy!
The sun is out today. Yesterday and today, the weather has been absolutely beautiful! I think the high yesterday was 68 and no clouds at all.
There are a trillion leaves on the ground though and BG is working with the leaf blower right now pushing them back into the woods. I know alot of people burn leaves but I have a big fear of fire so he patiently just uses the leafblower for the enormous amount of leaves we have.
I have been craving cinnamon lately. This morning made some cinnamon and brown sugar/buttered toast and also cheese toast with our coffee.
I'm in the mood today for baking. Maybe some pumpkin bread or pumpkin pies or who knows?
A trip to town is also in store so I'm making my list from the pantry.
Last week when I was at Walmart (one out of town) they had the best Christmas shop ever with all kinds of baking papers to wrap up gifts in. Very handy stuff if you know alot of folks to give to.
I know it's early but like I said last night, I want to pull out my Christmas/winter village and put it together. It's almost like playing with a dollhouse to me. I got some more bags of snow last week and this year I''m adding a dog kennel, a man cutting wood, and a small round train track.
The town is growing each year!!!! ;) I usually put it all together by mid-November through 1st week of January. At night when we turn the lights down and see the lit-up village, it's really pretty.
Here's hoping your Saturday is fun-filled!
I have alot of red buttons!
These next two pics do not show the beautiful pink color that I've been stitching on today. Believe me, it's much brighter and pretty. Its 28 ct Jobalen in Raspberry. Stitching 2 over 2 with DMC colors.
I got down to the last vine and then I will sew it up in a pillow-keep.
Friday, November 13, 2009
This is an audio from NPR. There are also pictures at that site for this audio that are just so absolutely horrible that I cannot understand why Obama is still not at least sending enough people to help the ones we have over there while he "decides" on his strategy. I just heard on CNN that about 70% of America is not supportive of this war. Also the top headlines read over and over today that the morale of the army is at the lowest ever in Afghanistan. They have 1 counselor per 700 soldiers. One counselor.
And families over here do not get the help they need either. Period.
A very nice counselor (honestly) came to a unit meeting (monthly family support) and told us back in July that she would love to help at any time and to please call her but she was the only counselor assigned for the entire northern part of Georgia for the National Guard and she kindly said to please call her but it would be at least a month before she could even return our call. However, she would love to discuss things with us.
The military has a ways to go with mental health. Just keeping it real here.
I will have to say that the pictures were very upsetting at the NPR site but to hear the audio really is shivering. But, we as Americans cannot blindly go and brush things under the rug. I'm still amazed at people I run across with from day to day who still think that Afghanistan is safer than Iraq right now.
NPR site is really good for news. It's better updates and pictures than we get from the unit monthly newsletter........much better information.
I'm very frustrated with Obama today. Very frustrated.
One of the top headlines also talks about his trip to Asia this week. I thought it was all political. Nope. It's a family visit with his half-brother and wife who live in China. So, I guess this is another "working" vacation for him while we all sit and wait patiently for his decision.
Miss Abbie, just went in for a visit and a play. She hasn't figured out quite yet that Ren is blind and old. I picked her up and separated them now because Ren had that look of "Get this chick off of me, man!". He has never once growled at her and they do socialize well but this pic with that tongue hanging out in desparation was a hoot! LOL
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I knew that this would be my backing material but I had the idea to put some whole cinammon sticks into the pinkeep after I sewed on the backing for a great scent. I wanted to grundge up the appearance. So, I just popped open my coffee maker and reached in for some leftover coffee grounds and I rubbed them in the fabric randomly. As I rinsed, I remembered in a fleeting moment that I substituted the vase color in a Crescent Color thread which is not color-fast, so I continued on and it didn't run into the fabric.......well, let's say I got a little agressive with the grounds. Some of my threads are mushed from ironing. I think I ironed a bit much.
DMC and Crescent Color threads
fabric 30 ct Vintage Examplar, coffee-stained by me
At first I planned to put a bunch of cinnamon sticks into the pinkeep but, this turned out too bumpy looking so I just put the stuffing and then put 3-4 sticks inside and with the coffee smell and then the cinnamon, it was yummy!
So, onward now to finishing another ornie. I did find out that my new Singer machine goes at the speed of light. :0
I'm sure there is a place to slow it down but I have to find it. I'm loving the auto thread part of the machine! With this machine, it was zip, zip, zip and it was done!
I'm already dreaming about cinnamon rolls for breakfast tomorrow~~~~~
But I do not understand how my inserting the term "LOL" into my blog is annoying unless you expect me to be without emotions and this dear friend, is impossible. How you express yourselves are well.......up to you.
But just for verification and to relieve the minds of Monica and her friends, I will disclaim that when I insert the term LOL into my blog, you can be rest assured that I am not telling you to laugh as I know you can do that at your own will. I insert the term LOL when I am laughing myself and sharing humor when I post. And right now, I need to laugh.
Other ways LOL could be interpreted are Little Old Lady, and on and on. I won't go into all the other blogging etiquette issues.
I'm not an expert writer, blogger or publisher and I do not take offense to this criticism; however, I felt that since it was important enough to one individual and her needlework group to discuss at their meeting last night, then I must clarify here and make a disclaimer:
I write to share my life and my stitching as a journey. If it does not appeal to you or particularly if you are annoyed with it, simply do not click on my blog's site.
I understand I may lose all my readers but I reserve the right to laugh and to express my emotions in my journal of blogging.
But this was the email I got this morning:
Hi Jennifer – I love your blog and your puppies – Miss Abbey is like a little pocketful of sugar – so tiny, white and sweet. I just wanted to email you instead of putting this on your blog, which I thought would be a little rude. I was with my ANG group last night and we all visit your blog and something was mentioned that I had been thinking and yet was surprised that others felt it, too. That is, the constant insertion of the LOL telling us when to laugh is a little bit annoying in your blogs. We know you are being comical and we enjoy your humor and irony but the LOL is way overused and we know you are laughing and want us to laugh and we get it. so I thought I would just drop you a line in case it was off-putting to others, too. You have a fun blog and, unlike some, you update frequently and that makes it even more fun to visit regularly so I hope you don’t mind this little word. Not meant to offend, just to share what may be a helpful criticism. Of course, you can just tell me to MYOB and I respect that! thanks for listening and have a great day!
approaching the holidays or if it's the continual gray rainy days ( until today!) that got me to this point. But, I really felt the burdens that have been put upon me lately and very hard. I'm trying to make sense of things that will never be made sense of, realign my life so that my journey is not futile, and try to count my blessings. It's hard with parents who wish you were dead and children who are so brutally cruel. But we keep going because we know that our hearts are in the right place and we have done nothing to deserve this cruel behavior.
Being the scapegoat of a family is hard enough. I came to the realization that nothing, not even God can fill the hole left by the abuse of family. Not shopping, not other people, not eating....nothing.
I think the holidays are the worst times for me because I always try to make it work, like a Norman Rockwell painting and it doesn't. For me, Christmas shopping was fun. I enjoyed picking out my kids gifts and only the best and most would do. I liked seeing their faces when they opened them. Most of them were tossed to the side with the tags still on them. I knew that and each year kept buying. I'm burned out. Totally burned out as being the giver. Giver of time, energy, gifts, conversations, reassurances, advice, etc. Tired of being the one blamed for everything.
Luckily I have off these next few days and I definitely need it. Because I have some serious things to consider. I have never wondered if there really was a God until yesterday when I drove home. Feeling guilty that I even considered this thought, I can't help but think it. I have no answers to prayer. I've been told this kind of thinking was normal coming from a home where one is shunned and pushed to the side as a reject. A problem, something that shouldn't have even existed. How can one look to God, the Father, when your own father deserts you ?
But, even through this, I have picked up here and there some holiday items this past week. I really have spent way too much on Christmas ornament-making for really, no reason. I've been too engrossed in work and stress to figure my sewing machine out but today I have started looking at the CD that came with it. Sitching I can do but then finishing always puts me in a place where I feel it's never good enough. My sewing is not that good but I want to finish them so bad!
I flex back and forth from, having a Christmas, to not having a Christmas. The only thing I know for sure is that we will be going to Chicago the end of December for a week visit with my in-laws which will be happy and fun-filled. Driving for 13 hours.......well that part may be pretty long but again, I will have my stitching frame ready to go. I'm super lucky to have a good hubbie that will stop whenever I need a stretch or if I see a stitching store too. So, this is something I look forward to.
On one of my more hopeful days this past week, I found these tinsel candy canes all grouped together and tied with a ribbon in a thrift store. I couldn't resist them. I've put them in here temporarily until I find another place for them. They were ultra cheap and oh so cute!
I also got this in the mail. Mother of pearl, heart thread rings. Ten of them. I've never made my own needle roll but one day.....yeppers, one day........I will put these little rings in my needle roll. Until then they will be lovely for holding my threads.
Kelmscott designs but ordered from The Sampler Girl webshop
This sampler is the Sense and Sensibility Sampler and it's gorgeous!
If you are interested in a chance please refer to the post prior to this and put a comment with a way to contact you. Thanks.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Where am I?
It's getting together. Here are the floss colors for the pretty pink ornie, Little Women by The Sampler Girl. The stork scissors are helping me. I thought that was pretty appropriate for the week. LOL I think I got way too much fabric but maybe I'll make two.
She's tired right now. I played with her for 2 hours and held her 1 hour. She just won't give it up and go to sleep. She's afraid she will miss something.
I had some emails about what type dog she is. She is a long-haired Chihuahau puppy. White with light brown markings (real light). Her mommy's name was Ashby Rose and her daddy Stormin Norman.........registered Chi's. Tiny right now and probably will be 3-4 lbs at maturity. She has ALOT of hair. I have bathed her twice and her hair is wavy when wet. She loves the blow dryer on warm setting as long as her head is tucked under my arms.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Also got these:
a pink patent tiny collar
a charm for her collar
a tiny red velvet dress with a few sequins for Christmas
a pet carrier, of course pink---she is going with us to Chicago in December. Her Uncle Paul already has her treats, home-made.
a Gingerbread man squeekie toy
She is taking well right now to a kitty cubicle for her sleeping space. She likes it alot. It's lined in fleece and her cozy spot.
Ren is doing well, doesn't mind her at all. I think he might not know the difference between her and a squeek toy.
I'm in search for any dog clothes sewing patterns if you know of anyone that would like to sell theirs let me know!
I'm not a professional seamstress but I think I might could make her some things. Probably 3 outfits a fat quarter! !LOL
Now, that I have her set up, I will definitely be back to stitching tonight.
My new sewing machine is computerized and of course I can't get it to sew a straight line, I can get the numbers for zigzags and all other sorts, so review of the CD will be in order tonight for sure. I know, DUH!!!!!
I just heard we are going to be getting floods sometime tonight around 1am and tomorrow will be bad, bad weather with all the flooding. Gosh, this is weird weather!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
But, now, we have peace.....in our home. Watching the world news tonight and the interviews of our political and war situations demonstrate that the chaos is growing though. The Fort Hood tragedy this week is causing more awareness of the mental strain in the military. If you watch TV, you think the military takes care of all family members but the truth is they have about 1 counselor for a hundred people or more and parents aren't included in much of anything. It's an area they really need to work on.
I'm not getting any stitching done today as I thought. After Abbie finishes chewing the computer cord, I guess I will get to stitching...LOL
Yesterday, went by The Dogwood Patch to get some Raspberry Jobelan to make a Christmas ornie. I got these buttons but not sure yet if I will put them with the ribbon or not.