Monday, November 29, 2010

Rest, shopping and turkey!

It was wonderful having the week off and though hubby had to work I got plenty of things accomplished. It was nice having the time to read, stitch, watch movies, and get some holiday shopping done. Been eons since I spent the better part of a day wandering in the mall and looking around and not worrying about the clock. I got a wonderful pair of UGG boots and a dress for my niece's wedding. I'm enjoying The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown and I highly recommend this book. My stitching was mostly confined to putting the finishing touches on a model so I hope to be working on my own projects soon.

We spent Thanksgiving with my daughter who cooked an awesome dinner. Plenty of food, fun, and friends to enjoy with it. After dinner my daughter and I braved a visit to Michael's for their earlybird sale at 5PM and we both got some awesome goodies, at great prices, and the lines weren't bad at all.

One of my cyber-stitching friends Sara M. came to the USA from Italy for a visit and I was able to met up with her at Needle In A Haystack in Alameda and we had a great visit just chatting and stashing. What better way for stitchers to bond! LOL! My bag was full of plenty of goodies, mostly Lizzie Kate charts.
Milly D. & Sara M.
Needle in a Haystack
November 27, 2010
Lizzie Kate Green Flips
(missing one - currently on order)
Lizzie Kate Santa 2010
Wee Santa 2010 by HIH
Let Freedom Ring by HIH

I finished off my vacation by getting out the Christmas decorations and started putting things out in preparation for the holidays. Hope to find a "real" tree I like so I can decorate it before I head out of town for my niece's wedding. Already December is looking to be a very busy month.

Monday, November 22, 2010


Gee lately it seems I have fallen behind in so many things including keeping up with my blog. I haven't done as much stitching as I've done in the past but I sure can't seem to account for all my time either. It all began back in July when my daughter moved back to California from Arizona and moved in with me for two months. I spent more time with her, the weather was nice and the summer days just slipped by. We managed a week in Lake Tahoe, a visit to San Antonio to visit our new grandson, a trip to Las Vegas for a wedding, and I even had foot surgery. Of course there was my full time job which has kept me very busy in the past few months.

With the arrival of Fall, my daughter settled into her new home, and just one more wedding things are almost "back to normal" and I am craving more stitching time. I'm in the middle of stitching another model for Country Cottage Needleworks and decided this weekend to give myself a treat and find something I could start and finish in a short time. I decided on this great ornament by Little House Needleworks.
"Joy to the World" Ornament
by Little House Needleworks
20 ct lugana Abracadabra by Silkweaver

I started The Family Sampler by Little House Needleworks and have very little to show for it but decided to post what I have (progress as of 11/14/10).

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Quotes of the Week -In Honor of Veterans Day

"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitiude."
-- Cynthia Ozick

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."
-- Elmer Davis

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Quote of the Week

"But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine."
-- Thomas Jefferson

Monday, November 1, 2010

A low key weekend...

It was our first weekend home in 2 weeks so we just decided to take it easy. We ran a few errands on Saturday morning starting off with breakfast at our favorite restaurant. We spent the afternoon and early evening with my daughter who cooked us a wonderful dinner. Her dad anchored (earthquake proofed) her bookcases to the walls and helped her slightly rearrange the furniture.

We had a quiet Sunday catching up on some of our favorite TV shows that seem to pile up on the DVR faster than we can keep up with it. I was finally able to start The Family Sampler by Little House Needleworks and while I don't have much progress yet, it felt good to get back to my cross stitching. I will post a progress pic soon.

Here's a photo of my grandson Izaiah celebrating his first Halloween. Who can be scared of that little spider!?!