Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bit The Bullet

And took 2 items into be framed - the kitty cat which will be a Christmas present for granddaughter and the USA one since that is the holiday represented in my stitching the comes the first.

Holey Moley!

So expensive even at the supposed 70% off!!!

The person helping me was very low key and no pressure.....explained everything.....was patient as I tried different things.

I think I will be happy especially since she said of course they stitch the pieces onto the board since they are stitchery - but I could have them taped if I wanted but they do not recommend it. I remember when I first started having things framed at Michael's there were no choices.....then you had to request and pay extra for the stitching. Glad to see they have upped their expertise!

Monday, January 8, 2018

2018 - year of clearing out!

Yup, time to start clearing out. Already started when we were putting our Christmas stuff (as little as we put out) away. Went thru the 4 bins and sorted things to be thrown out and things to be donated.

Now I have found a whole lotta things that need to be finished. In most cases it is cross stitch from the 90's that needs to be framed. Some need to be finished. Found one of a pair of socks but no pattern and doesnt look like enough yarn for a 2d one.....found the pattern for a pair of sock 1/2 done - Yahoo!

Threw out an awful acrylic stocking I had started. Kept the remainder of the yarn....

Have started a binder with projects that I plan to make this year - cause I get these ideas and forget until the very last minute. And on the back I put a table which I can check off what is done. I am always saying I am going to make a teddy bear each month for Sharon to take to Ethiopia....well, that is on the table with monthly blocks to check off.....and I only made 4 hats for the Little Hats/Big Hearts campaign, so that is on the table for monthly check offs too.

Will I be 100% successful? Probably not - but it is a start at changing some habits!

 Now this doesnt look finished - but do I think I can find the pattern??? Ha! If I was invested in this enough I could add some sort of border......and I should.......and then it could be made into a picture or a pillow
 Wonder what I had in mind for this flock of ladybugs? Maybe scissor fobs?? Any suggestions?
 This was hard to photograph because it is so pale - creams, peaches...but it is lovely. I think it will be framed instead of made into a bell pull type of hanging

 I should definitely get this one framed first!!
 Cant remember which magazine this came from....and it was once framed....but the frame broke. So time to reframe it
 And look at this - who knew in 1991 that this would be perfect for a granddaughter??? I think I made this in honor of Pretty Kitty/Kat because it look like her. Anyway, will get this framed and give it to my granddaughter for Christmas or her birthday. But of course it is on white so it is dirty so it is soaking right now (already pressed everything else pictured here)
 Who knows where this pattern came from???!!! And those must be stems for something....shamrocks? Flowers? I will have to come up with something to finish it and then get it framed
 I think this - and the next two - were supposed to be Christmas ornaments. And I do have several of those little pillows that you place stitched pieces into. Just have to go out and buy some fray check for the edges.....if I had a sewing table set up (ha! referring to my Christmas 2017 list....) I could jsut whip stitch/zip zag the edges....

 I know who this was made for....but I think it was supposed to be for a picture for his office. Guess it will become a pillow instead....
I think I have the frame for this. if I can find a board for the frame I could do this one myself. If I cant find a board looks like I will be looking for a new frame.....I think this one is so sweet

I might have to get a 2d job to pay for all this framing.....

Who knows what else I will find? I did find some lovely sock yarn that will go with one of my patterns for my Sock Challenge for the year....

Sunday, June 4, 2017

More Catching Up

So I am doing Camp Loopy again this year -- just put my new button on my bag and realized it was Camp Loopy #6.....starting off with a baby blanket for a friend at work. This is June's project.

But of course I cannot focus on just one project so then I started a KAL - but this one project can run all summer long - and these socks are like potato chips - I dont want to put them down! These will be for me and I am combining two different types of yarns - not sure it is practical but I like the patriotic look!

Now am envisioning a pair of these socks in Christmas colors! I have the variegated - jsut need a solid!

I also dug out a couple of old kits and finished them but I think I deleted the photos so will have to take some new ones....

Catching Up

It took 20+ years but we finally laid my parents to rest, and maybe not surprisingly that has brought me so much peace.

My mom died and my dad kept her cremains on the mantel. And then my dad died. And he had already made arrangements via the Neptune society. And he most specifically did not want any services. So we followed his wishes. But then we needed to decided what to do with the cremains of both my parents.

But there were not veteran's cemeteries close by.  The closest one was out in the I thot about scattering ashes but where? On the golf course? In Hawaii? Nothing felt right.

We went to the Monterey County Fair and there was a booth talking about all the things they were hoping to do with the closure of Fort Ord and one of the things was a veteran's cemetery. But it was just in the "thought" process. And somehow we knew this was going to be the right thing. And we started following the info about it but it was going so slowly.....

And to be honest, we forgot about it. Then last year the father of an old friend of hubby's died and we went to the services out at the San Joaquin National Veteran's Cemetery. While there (we were early) we walked around and someone asked if we had any questions. So hubby thot to ask about Fort Ord and they told us it was opening in October and they gave us contact information. So got home and emailed and the ball was rolling! Heck it was racing!

What took the longest was trying to find a date which worked the best for me, hubby, and all the kids!

And so they were finally laid to rest on a most beautiful sunny day in May - a perfect golf day!

 Did not even notice till my son pointed it out - that I got a reflection of the flag on the glass of the case of my dad's medals
 Beautiful pavilion for the ceremony
 21 gun salute - and of course the playing of Taps which always, and it did, does me in. At the end the Legion presented me with 3 shell casings, one from each volley. Each of the girls got one and the 3d I am going to put either in the case with my dad's medals (which my son has) or with one of the flags which were presented to me
 I got up and thanked everyone for coming - very difficult cause this was after the playing of Taps - then my oldest daughter had something to say - loved how casual the ceremony was that people were comfortable in responding to what was said - and then two of my grandsons got up too and said something - not only very touching but they both made us all laugh which I know my parents would have loved!
After placing the cremains in the niches - and yes, my parents got side by side niches since they were both veterans - and then we got to place some momentos in there. Gave each of the kids and all the grandkids something to put in there and what I regret is that I forgot to get a photo of all that was put in there - the grandkids made sure they were placed in there very decoratively! They will notify us when the engraved plaques are placed on the niches and then I will get photos of those too

 There were two flags - two ceremonies of folding them and presenting them to me.....

Because we dont live down there (yet!) we had no home to invite people to for an after ceremony get together -  plus we needed to find some place close that could handle a large table - so we hosted lunch at Black Bear Diner afterwards - it was fun

Saturday, April 22, 2017


Today was a productive day - did not work last night after all (also did not sleep well) and hubby apparently wasnt scheduled for his volunteer work as he thought. So we got a lot of errands done altho I totally forgot about going to the Quilt Show I wanted to go to today.

Went to several garage sales and got lots of things for the trailer - from measuring cups, to a plastic bowl, to a complete set of knives (brand new in their butcher block for $3!!!!!!!), corkscrew etc. Then we also hit up Walmart and did some pricing on things we will need.

And then we picked up the trailer and put her out in storage. It took a while to get her into her spot - not because hubby had trouble backing up, but because she would not straighten out! I think it was the gravel that kept her from moving easily - but the manager told us to make sure we park her between the two posts and that we did!

Have been sneezing and snuffling and scratching my eyes all day. Dratted wind. And you can just see all the crap blowing around. Tomorrow is youngest grandson's first Communion and daughter decided to switch the party afterwards from her house to Heather Farms so it will be another miserable day.....praying the wind dies down.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

What to Do What to Do

So a day shift job will be coming up and hubby thinks I should put in for it.....but I think the cons very much outweight the pros:

1. It is dayshift
2. The demolition and building at the old school behind out house
3. get away from some of the night shift people
4. the shifts might go by more quickly

1. no shift differential therefore less money
2. Go from highest seniority on nightshift to almost lowest on dayshift
3. way busier
4. bosses and bosses and bosses
5. the day shift people
6. the dogs would spend more time outside by themselves
7. more call and cancellations

On a lighter note - we picked up our trailer today!
Isnt she beautiful????? I still cannot get over how beautiful she is inside and HOW HUGE the bathroom is (major selling point for me and most of the women according to the sales people). No inside photos yet but this is the link for the schematics:

Easter was lovely - and less tiring than Christmas for some reason!
Trying to round them all up for a photo is worse than herding cats! And then of course is my son on the sidelines telling them to all make various different faces! Trouble maker

Friday, March 3, 2017

What a PITA

Guess it proves I have been off this too long when it takes days to figure out how to get on here and do another post!

And now I cant even find the photo I want to upload!

This is a PITA