Saturday, January 23, 2010

My Birthday and a cube finish

Today is my 50th birthday. It's funny. I don't feel 50. I don't feel any different than I did yesterday, last year, or the year before. Or for that matter, when I turned 16, 21, or 30! In my head I am still the same person that I've always been only better! Sure, my physical appearance has changed, my hair is gray under the wonderful hair dye I use, I have wrinkles, I'm no longer a size 9 and I have body aches and pains that I didn't have when I was younger. BUT! I know more now than I did then, I have experienced many things a younger person hasn't, love, loss, tragedy, incredible new inventions like the internet, cell phones, cancer treatments. I've had 3 babies and watched them grow and change over the years into wonderful adults (most of the time anyway). I'm a kinder, gentler, more tolerant person than I used to be, I'm not in Mother Theresa's league by any means but still an all around better person than I was when I was 25, or 35 or 45. And for the last 30 years I've had the privilege of sharing it all with a man that I love and respect. A man that's my best friend and who loves me for who I am, young or old. So today, instead of feeling bad about being a half century old, I am going to celebrate being a half century young with another half century at least to follow. I'm going to think about all the incredible inventions that are still waiting to be invented, the adventures still to come with the kids, like college graduations, marriages and babies. And I'm going to ponder on what kind of person I will be in another 10, 20 or 30 years. Who knows, by then I might be in Mother T's league! Ya just never know!!! So today, I invite you all to celebrate my next 50 years! Let's make them the best ever!!

As you might remember, we share our framing/cross stitch store with a vacuum cleaner sales and repair store. On Saturdays, Greg, the owner of the vacuum store, works over at his other location so Callie covers the Papillion store for him. We of course couldn't leave well enough alone, we had to suck her in to the addiction known as Cross Stitch. A couple of weeks ago, Callie finished her first project, a Lizzie Kate Quick-It. This week I decided to try my hand at making a cube using Callie's finish. I hadn't made a cube before. But I think it turned out quite nice if I do say so myself!

Can you see the little paw print buttons I put on the sides? They don't show up too well unless you are looking for them. I hope Callie likes it, I didn't tell her I was doing it.

Well, I need to go do some things before Adam arrives with his stuff today. I've procrastinated as long as I can I think. He'll be here in a couple of hours.

Have a great weekend everyone!! Thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bye-bye Craft Room and a stitching update

So I'm sure some of you remember my post on the finishing of my craft room.

It was so wonderful to have my space back and looking good. I haven't been able to use it too much as the re-opening of the shop and the busy holiday season sucked up all my time and life has just been crazy busy. Now that things are calming down, I was really looking forward to getting down there and spending a Sunday afternoon scrapping.

Sadly, this is not going to happen. This Saturday, Adam is moving home. He will be moving into the craft room. After 4 years of my telling him he should be smart and come home, pay off his student loans and get some money in the bank and 4 years of him telling me that he knows I am right but it's just not going to happen.....he made the decision to suck it up and move home. Before I finished the craft room, I asked him one last time. Do you want to move home? He said no and leased a new apartment. So it was a bit of a shock when he asked his father and I if he could come home. Of course we said yes but he still had 7 months left of his apartment lease and I didn't think it was really going to happen. I was wrong. I know, one of the few times that has ever happened! LOL!! He made some deal with the owner and they they let him out of his lease. So this week I have been busy rearranging my house to make room for Adam and his stuff. He is selling off most of his furniture but is still bringing his leather sofa, a chair, his bed, 2 TV's, a computer, large TV stand and tons of books and dvd's. He's also bringing digital cable TV which Dan is thrilled with. Adam refuses to just have basic cable so he will pay for the difference. I pointed out that he could save more money if he gave up the digital cable and be able to move back out sooner but was told to not be ridiculous, no way was he giving up the cable. The girls were not terribly happy at the news. Abby especially was not looking forward to cleaning the bathroom now that they would be sharing it with Adam once more. I solved this by telling Adam he has to use the basement bathroom for everything but showering and he would be responsible for keeping it clean. It's going to be an adjustment for everyone but hopefully it won't be too bad and I don't anticipate we will see much of him. He'll stay in the basement for the most part. I am praying he is able to suck it up for long enough to make a serious dent in his loans and save enough money so when he moves out again, he stays moved out. Unfortunately, bets are being placed all over on how long he will last. 6 months seems to be the most popular time limit. I gotta be honest here, that would not be worth the hassle! I'll keep ya updated on how things are going.

I took the Missy pup to the vet yesterday. She was not showing much improvement after a week and he said he needed to see her. Seems the reason for her legs collapsing is not at this time pain related. She has a fairly significant loss of feeling, more so on the right but some on the left too, in her legs and back. He had a name for what he thinks is going on, basically some of her discs are fusing. The condition will worsen over time and she will have flare ups also. He switched her meds and said we should see improvement of the symptoms by Friday.

Adam just sent me a text, he hit a pothole and blew a tire this morning. The potholes around here are large enough to eat a whole car in one gulp! I didn't hit a pothole but the car in front of me this morning threw a boulder at me and now I need to get my windshield fixed. Not a good day for cars in the family. Come to think of it, not a good 2 months for cars in this family!

I finalized the reservations for our Last Saturday Stitcher's getaway in March. We won't be going too far, just to Lincoln, about an hour away from here. We'll be staying at this B & B and will have the house to ourselves. 8 of us will be going which is a nice number but I wish everyone could have gone. The rooms look amazing and they gave us a really sweet deal. I can't wait for March!!

I've made good progress on both of my projects. I was telling Dan that with my new rotation I had a goal of finishing 1 page per month on the Princesses. At that rate, it would only take me 4.5 years to finish the damn beautiful thing. Then reality hit me smack in the face this week. In spite of my best efforts at stitching on this almost every day, a goal I am meeting btw, (go me!) it ain't gonna happen.

The highlighted portion of the page is what I have done since the first of January. Depressing isn't it. Almost makes me want to cry. But I won't by God. This chart will not kick my azz! I'm just going to have to modify my expectations a wee bit. Maybe one page every two months? Only time will tell.....

And last but certainly not least is my progress on Quaker Diamonds. Not much to say about this one. I continue to enjoy stitching on it and it's such an easy stitch compared to the Princesses! It has the added bonus of being able to finish it before I am completely blind! Always a plus in my book!

That's all I got folks. It's almighty hair day as my friend Marsha refers to it. I've been trying to grow my hair out a wee bit, maybe shoulder length but I'm not sure I will make it. It hit the funky isn't doing anything and my cowlicks are acting up big time stage right before Christmas. If Teresa doesn't have a good solution to the multitude of problems I'm having I may just whack it all off again. Only problem with that is I get so darn cold in the winter with no hair on my neck. So at noon today I'm headed out for a cut and color and who knows, I could come home with a purple Mohawk!

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone and thanks for stopping in, reading, leaving comments and just generally being the wonderful people that you are!