Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I have some of the most wonderful aunts and they have been keeping me supplied with books while stuck in bed. I have read 3 Joanne Fluke books. I am really enjoying those and would love to be able to get into the kitchen and try some of those recipes since they look kind of easy. I have also read Devil Bones by Kathy Reich (she writes for the TV show Bones and the book is based on her character Dr. Brennan). I have just started Just Take my Heart by Mary Higgins Clark.
Between books I have also been able to do some stitching on my WIP Achoo. It still doesn't look like a dog yet but at least it doesn't have that adult in nature look any more. I'm a day late with my TUSAL '10 picture but at least I remember.
The temperature has been in the double digits here +10F to +12F and really sunny and I have been stuck in bed. Here's a picture of Ozzy playing on the last snow bank in the yard. He has his electric collar on and he hates it but it keeps him safely in the yard and off the street so I'm afraid he is going to have to life with it.
He doesn't look very happy does he!
Take care very one and Happy St. Patty's Day
Friday, March 5, 2010
So now I'm on bed rest until the mid of next week when I go back to see my family doctor to see if there are any changes.
The only good thing from this, is that I'm getting a lot of reading and stitching done. Hopefully I can get to my computer soon to post some pictures. My son has been amazing and he has been letting me use his laptop so I don't have to get up and go to the computer room to use mine.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Yesterday it snowed all day and night. Woke up this morning to snow covering everything. It was perfect for snowballs. Not good for shoveling, very wet and heavy. One good thing about a snow storm is you can get some stitching and reading done. Finished my first book by Joanne Fluke, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder and I enjoyed it very much.
Picture of our snow cover street this morning at 7 am after the snow plow went by
Picture of my son shovel a path for himself on his way down to get the snow blower from my dad.
Here's an update on my latest WIP - Achoo
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I'm sitting here watching Survivor. I usually don't watch Survivor because I'm watching my fav tv show Supernatural and Vampire Dairies but they are repeats so I'm giving Survivor a try. Besides the physical aspect of the show which I could never do; I would never be able to handle all the lying. I'm terrible at lying everyone says that I smile if I try to lie so that would a be a dead give away. But I think the worst part is that they can be so mean to each other. I understand it's a game but still -- wow!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Yesterday we woke up to snow. Not very much (less then 5 cm) and it's almost all gone now but it was so pretty as the snow was stuck to the trees. These are two pictures of some of the trees in our backyard.
Picture of a neighbors house and tree laden with snow
I have been able to do some stitching on my latest project but it's still really hard to tell what it is. My Dad saw it and asked if I was stitching something "adult in nature" and then suggested a candle...lol. Showed him the picture and all I got was an Ohh.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
I did manage to get the house work done that I wanted to do and was able to go for a nice walk. It was mild here today great for getting outside. Plus I managed to get some stitching done. All in all I had a great day.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Accomplished absolutely nothing today. Didn't even cook dinner. Went down my mom's for dinner (steak and potatoes -- the way to my dad's heart). Dad I spent most of my visit driving my mom crazy discussing how you don't have to be human to buy a lotto ticket. There is nothing in the rules. Ya I know, dad and I are insane.
Hope everyone had a good day!!!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Did some stitching on my newest project today. I find the light colors hard to work with. I'm trying to do all the "colors" first before I start doing white on white.
Here's a picture of my orts for the last month. I was late getting started with this project so there isn't much in the jar.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I did manage to do some stitching between naps. It's hard to stitch when it seems that the paper and canvas are moving...lol.
How terrible is it that I'm off to have another nap (after napping all day) before Supernatural comes on.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
After coming home from the doctors with another new prescription, I got myself ready to start a new cross stitch pattern. I'm doing Achoo from Dimension. I tried taking a picture of the picture. Hope it turns out. I checked this pattern out first from my stash and there are no fractionals -- yeah!!!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
This is my 3rd finish and the first finish for 2010. Although it's just a small pattern I'm kinda proud of myself because it's the first time I did fractionals and used beads and I think I did okay. Now to find something else to work on.
Monday, February 8, 2010
My to do list today included:
Shopping/looking for flooring
look for beads
work on cute as button
find a jar for the 2010 Totally Useless Sal
take Ozzy for a walk
wipe down kitchen counters and appliances
I got everything done except for cleaning the kitchen. There is always tomorrow.
So I'm trying to post a picture a day. Well I didn't post yesterday (Superbowl party) but I did remember to take a picture or two of the bit of snow that was falling last night. It was so quiet out on the street last night when I took these pictures. You could almost hear the snow falling very peaceful. Helps that there wasn't any wind and it wasn't that cold.
I'm not really good at French knots yet so I decided to try and use beads for eyes on my cute as a button. I think they turned out okay.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
I did manage to finish off my knitted IPod cosy/purse. It's great for walking I can put my house key and my IPod in it and that's it. This is the 3rd one I have made but it's the only one that I got to keep for myself.
I also did some back stitching on my Cute as a Button project. I just have a few things left to finish stitching.
Friday, February 5, 2010
It seems Facebook has changed it layout again. I just got used to the last round of changes that they made and now they have gone and changed it again. ARGH!!!! I'm not much of a Facebook person. I do like it to keep in touch with family.
Since I'm trying to post a pic a day. I forgot to do it so I just took a picture of Ozzy. Usually he is a willing subject, tonight however I had to chase him around the house to get a picture.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Did a bit of stitching on my Cute as a Button. It doesn't seem like I'm getting any where with it but with my back and legs I can only sit for short periods of time before I need to get up and change positions so for me stitching for hours might only be a short period of time.
LOST the other night was great. Unfortunately it just added to the list of questions instead of answering them but it was still a great show. Tonight is Supernatural another favorite.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Since I wasn't feeling well and it was sort of a miserable day my thoughts turned to traveling and one of my all time favorite places is the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavarian Alps of Germany. I have always wanted to go there.
As I'm checking my emails, I find a post to a blog http://shelleysartsyfartsylife.blogspot.com/ where she has finished this pattern in cross stitch (I'm so jealous..lol). I now have to go on a search mission for this pattern or one like it.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
I know I said that I only baked if it came out of a can, box or bag but I do make Raisin Buns. It was my great-great grandmother's recipe and I have been making them since I could reach the cupboard. I made them today and because we are on a health kick I switched the cup of sugar for a cup of Splenda. They certainly smelled good and they tasted good but I find they have an after taste from the Splenda. I'm going back to the cup of sugar next time. My son got to the pan before I was able to get a picture of the full pan. He just about burnt his lips off...lol.
Did a bit more stitching on my cute as a button.
I'm off to watch LOST!!!!
Monday, February 1, 2010
I'm not really much of a cook or a baker but I can make good homemade soup. Today I made Heart Lasagna Soup. Here's a copy of the recipe
1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
3 1/2 cups Beef Broth (Regular, 50% Less Sodium or Certified Organic)
1 can (14 .5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed
1 1/2 cups uncooked mafalda or corkscrew-shaped pasta
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Cook the beef, onion, garlic and parsley in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat for 10 minutes, or until it's well browned, stirring often to break up the meat. Pour off any fat.
- Stir the broth, tomatoes and Italian seasoning in the saucepan and heat to a boil.
- Stir the pasta in the saucepan. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes or until the pasta is tender. Stir in the cheese. Serve with additional cheese, if desired.
I also got some more stitching done on my Cute as a Button ornament. I'm hoping to get some more done on it this evening while watching Castle. It's another favorite show. Usually I only like sci-fi tv shows but I love the character Castle. One minute he can be like a child but when he comes to dealing with his daughter he turns into this great dad.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
I tried the new (well new for me) windows live writer when I tried an early post. I was sure I used the paragraph button but when I posted the entry it was one long post. It didn't show like that in the preview. I'll have to play with it some more.
Here are some pics I took yesterday of my son out shovel and my fur baby playing in the snow.
I tried to take a picture of the moon this evening as it was so bright in the sky however my picture taking skills are not the best and this was the best I could get.
I'll update my cross stitch Cute as a Button tomorrow. When I get more stitched.
One of my New Years resolutions was when I started a blog I was going to blog every day and do the Post a Photo every day challenge. Well I took a few pictures yesterday of my son and dog out in the snow but when I tried to log onto the internet last night I was unable.
So although it wasn’t really my fault I still feel bad. So today I’m posting two entries. This short little rant and then another one later this evening.
I’m also trying out the window live writer which is suppose to post right to my blog without having to log into blogger. So this is sort of a test post.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Prepare planter for potting
I then spent the remainder of the day cleaning up the potting soil. Wow who knew that potting soil could get up and walk. I thought I had it contained to the kitchen but when I went down the hall I found traces of soil going from the kitchen to down the hallway, into the bedroom and into the bathroom. I'm blaming the dog...lol; as I didn't even go to those places while I was re-potting.
I didn't get any stitching done today but I have high hopes for this evening and tomorrow. I have plans to do nothing tomorrow. Lets see how that goes.
Took some pictures this morning of the snow that we received over night. It wasn't much but at least it some snow. We are suppose to get a few more centimeters this evening. I'm hoping!!!!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Here he is waiting for mom to make it up the hill
You would think looking at this next picture that field was huge and went right up to the trees in the background. However there is a 4 lane highway between the field and the line of trees in the background.
Here's the highway. It's never usually this quite. It's only because we were up and out early (well early for me) after morning traffic.
Picture of Pottle's Lake which is one of the major sources of drinking water for our town and surrounding communities. This is only one section of the lake. It's a pretty large lake.
Once we got home Ozzy needed a bath as he was covered in mud. He fell through an icy puddle and got his legs and stomach covered in water and muck.
I think I found my next cross stitch project. I wanted to do some kind of English cottage but I found this pattern instead and really liked them. Just hope I have to the skill level to do them justice.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I cleaned up my craft room a bit (needs alot more work) and while I don't have much stash in the line of thread I did find a number of cross stitch kits that I didn't know that I had; which was a lovely surprise. Not to mention the hundreds of knitting, plastic canvas and cross stitch magazines that I have. I love English cottages so I'm looking for a pattern for my next cross stitch project when I done the Cute as a Button.
Here are some of the kits I found today while cleaning.