Archive for October, 2009

Almost Halloween

October 30, 2009

Well, it hasn’t been the best week leading up to Halloween. Luke woke up yesterday complaining that his head and throat hurt, and he had a croup-like cough and temperature of 99.4. The temperature was borderline, but we decided to keep him home anyway. Since Tom can work from home right now and he wants to keep me away from the germs as much as possible, I’ve been at work. I called yesterday afternoon to check on Luke and he was sound asleep. When I got home his fever was up to 101.9 and he fell asleep again while we made dinner. Unfortunately he woke up this morning still with the cough and a fever of 100.7, which is too high to send him to school. He threw a giant fit because he’s missing out on the Halloween party in his class this afternoon. I’m going to go in to drop off his homework and pick up a treat from the room mom for him.

Things are going well otherwise; the hall bathroom will be textured today and then Tom gets to paint it and put it back together. Hopefully in another week or two that bathroom will be done and the “real” work can begin.

I’ve been stitching but haven’t taken any recent pictures; hopefully I’ll get to that this weekend at some point. We did have a nice evening on Wednesday; we went to my brother and sister-in-law’s house and had dinner and carved pumpkins. Here’s a picture with Luke; his pumpkin design is the one on the left:

Hopefully he’ll be all better and able to trick-or-treat tomorrow; that would be such a disappointment if we can’t go, but we’ll have to see how he’s doing.

Finish #4

October 7, 2009

I stayed up a little later than I should have last night to put in the final beads on Drawn Thread’s “Spring Arbor”. That makes four finishes for the year! I stitched it on the recommended lavender mist belfast linen. Here it is:

You can click on the picture to make it bigger. This was SUCH a quick stitch, and it is so pretty. I have the other three seasonal arbors and I hope I can find the time to stitch them up soon. For now, though, I’m planning to focus on the pirate map, which I have put back on the q-snaps already.

To answer Katri’s question, yes, I will definitely take pictures of the pirate nursery once it’s done; it probably won’t happen until after the baby is born though. We are adding on to our master bathroom so we’ll be sleeping in the third bedroom for the next couple months. Since we’ll have the baby in with us for at least the first month or two anyway, it isn’t a big deal if the nursery is done before he’s born. In general there will be a LOT of house-related photos in the coming months!

Cheryl asked about market purchases…at the risk of self-incrimination I’ll divulge. 😉 Here are my market purchases:

“Hootzi Humbug” by Just Nan
“Paradise Lost” by Plum Street Samplers
“Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow” by Carriage House Samplings
“Witch’s Hollow” by The Primitive Needle
“Noel Naturally” by Cat’s Whiskers
“Christmas Toy Box” by Cat’s Whiskers
“Snowflake Ornament” by Cat’s Whiskers
“ABC Christmas” by Lizzie Kate
“The Book of Spells” by The Good Huswife
“Three Pumpkins” by Prairie Grove Peddler
“Spring Social” by Country Cottage Needleworks
“The Library” by Little House Needleworks

The “Spring Social” project is pre-ordered since it isn’t out yet, and I kitted everything except for Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow; I only bought the fabric and chart. As always, I just need more hours in the day to stitch on everything.

Pirate Progress

October 6, 2009

I took “Oak Island” off the q-snaps the other day so I can finish up another piece I’ve had sitting around for awhile: Drawn Thread’s “Spring Arbor”. I’ve only worked on it 2 or 3 days now and it’s nearly done; one more decent evening of stitching should do it, but the next 3 nights are busy so I don’t know when it will happen. Anyway, here is the progress on the pirate map:

I ordered the Pirate bedding and room accessories yesterday. I’d put them on the registry, but I’m not real thrilled with Babies R Us and how they are constantly changing availability of items. I went to show Tom the bedding yesterday because we’re thinking about what color to paint the room, and BRU doesn’t even have photos of it online anymore, so I panicked. I found everything at Amazon, and it was a LOT cheaper, so he said to just order it. I haven’t really bought anything yet, so it was fun to have the first “real” purchase!

In news of purchases, I also e-mailed a list to Drema at Needlecraft Corner from the recent market…yes, I have plenty to stitch already, but I couldn’t resist! Now I just need more hours in the day.

A Small Finish

October 2, 2009

I managed to perservere through the french knots from hell last night, and finished Melissa Shirley’s “Chocolate Bordeaux Candy”. Here it is:

So, that brings my finishes to 3 for the year; a far cry from last year. I’m hoping I can finish a few more things this year, but we’ll see how it goes. I’m going through my current works in progress to see what is finishable by the end of the year…maybe I’ll come up with a project or two.

This and That (mostly non-stitching)

October 1, 2009

I have been stitching, but haven’t taken any new photos to share in the last few days. I’m nearly done with another needlepoint candy, but it requires a million french knots using 1/16″ kreinik metallic ribbon, and I can only do so many of those before my fingers hurt. I was looking through my pictures the other day and I sure have a lot of those stitched; hopefully I can get them finished by the time I have a place to display them. I’ve been working on Hanky Pysanky again; I have several other things I *should* be working on, but I am enjoying that one so much at the moment that I can’t put it down.

I got an interesting e-mail from my uncle yesterday; this is the same uncle who Tom and I visited a couple summers ago when we backpacked in Olympic National Park, and the same uncle who walked me down the aisle at my wedding. He’s in a band called the Blue Ringer Band; it’s bluegrass I guess. Anyway, his band has been placed on the Official Ballot for the 2010 Grammy Awards, in four different categories. Category 1: record of the year, Category 3: song of the year, Category 16: best rock performance by a due or group with vocals, and Category 41, best country song. How cool is that?! The e-mail included a link to listen; I haven’t checked it out yet, but here it is: I don’t know anyone who is a voting member of the Grammy’s, but if anyone out there does know someone who is a voting member, ask them to at least give them a listen!

In completely unrelated news, we were in the car yesterday and Tom asked if I’d heard about the tsunami that hit American Samoa. Luke got really animated and started talking about it, saying he’d heard about it at school. Apparently his teacher’s son was there on his honeymoon, and he and his wife got evacuated to a different island and then had to climb up to the highest point. Tom had brought up the subject since it’s the location of the new season of Survivor, but Luke’s story about his teacher’s son was a little closer to home. Apparently she has heard from him and he and his wife are okay; they were eating at a restaurant at their hotel when it happened and I guess it was all pretty quick.

And, finally, we are going ahead with the remodel but scaling it back so that it isn’t quite as expensive or involved. It’s about time we get started, though. Tom was home this morning after dropping Luke off because our brother-in-law was due to come over to start taking measurements. About 40 minutes before he was supposed to be there, the doorbell rang. I was still in bed, but it woke me up and I started getting ready for my day, assuming it was him. No, it was a man who didn’t speak any English looking for work. That’s just great. I guess we really need to get our front yard dealt with so we don’t have random people coming up to the door anymore. I’m just glad that Tom was there; it would have freaked me out if I’d been home alone, and I am sure I’d have let him have it (although, according to Tom, he wouldn’t have understood a word I said anyway). So, hopefully the remodel will still be done by the holidays. I’m not really looking forward to the time between now and then, but  I can’t wait to have it finished. We’re adding a walk-in closet and reconfiguring the master bath so that we’ll have a separate room for the toilet, and separate tub and shower. I can’t wait!