Saturday, February 9, 2008

I'm Back!

To begin with - Pattern Nut sent be the "You make my day!" Award. Thank you, Angela! That was so sweet of you! You "made" my day!! I need to list people that I want to send it to. I'll work on that and do it in a day or 2. Please forgive me!

I'm sorry I haven't posted in so long! January is always difficult for me! I have depression, and it gets worse during the short days of winter. Also, I really miss my son after Christmas more than during Christmas. I've also been sick - 2 bad migraines, a stomach virus that lasted a week, and a cold complete with sore throat and earache! I haven't really done a lot of stitching. The little piece above is for my son. I'm going to hang it on his crypt. I do that very often! It's made on vinyl weave. The pattern is in the new book I got with the gift card my sister gave me for my birthday. It's 80+ Cross-Stitch Kind Thoughts produced by Kooler Design Studio. I also got the book 365 Tiny Cross Stitch Designs also by Kooler Design Studio with the gift card DD's best friend gave me for Christmas. I haven't done anything in it yet. I've got a lot of things marked to stitch later!

I finally finished organizing my stash. I went through all of my mags. and put labeled post-it notes on charts I might do someday. I made copies of charts I definitely want to do some day and put those in a notebook. I put each WIP and UFO in an individual ziploc bag with the thread needed and a working copy of the chart. I put all of them in a plastic box with a lid. Now I can get out what I want to work on and just put it back when I want to do something else

I've abandoned the idea of a rotation. I just don't work well on a schedule. As a teacher, I was always having to do things according to a schedule! My whole work day was scheduled! Since I've retired, I don't want to have a schedule! I just want to stitch whatever hits my fancy each day, and sometimes it's more than 1 thing a day! However - even with all my organizing - I have finished a couple of small pieces and now I can't find them! lol I'm going to have to get another plastic box in which to keep finished pieces that aren't finished finished.

The piece above is the Valentine piece for DD. This is the first dragon I've ever stitched. I really enjoyed doing it! This was a freebie here. He's very thin so I'm thinking about making him into a bookmark for her to use in a textbook. What do you think? I'm also working on a little piece to put on a card for DD's best friend. I made her and DD little pillows last year for VD.

I subbed 3 days last week. That's the first I've subbed since before Christmas! I spent Thurs. and Fri. at the elementary school I was teaching at when I retired. I'm going to be there on Mon., also. I was able to retire in Mar. after my son died. The kids I had that last year in 2nd grade are now in 5th grade, and I subbed half a day Fri. in 5th. They all came running over to me in the cafeteria and were hugging me and telling me how much they missed me! It was so neat to see them; they're taller and bigger but their faces really hadn't changed that much! They were really sweet students!

My DB came over and brought us breakfast this morning. He hasn't been to my house in years, because he lived in Florida and always stayed at Mom and Dad's when he visited. He came to tell me that my mom has decided to sell her mobile home and move into an apartment. I really didn't want her to because she has lived in apartments before and was not happy with the noise, etc. Also, it has always fallen to me to help them move and get settled and listen to her complain when she didn't like it. As I have said before, my mom can't be content anywhere. But DB assured me that he would take care of everything and would listen to her complain! lol I can't handle anything like that right now; I can barely handle my own life! I realize that the mobile home holds so many memories of her and my dad. I know it's hard for her to live there alone. I hope that she can make friends at the apartment complex and will have more to do.

Well, better go and get ready for bed. I'm going to spend the day tomorrow with my mom and we can talk about the new apartment and all! She already has the apartment and is moving in the end of Mar. Have a day full of happy moments, and may God bless you!


patternnuts said...

:) I thought it would be hard to think of so many people, when in fact it was harder to choose between them!
I am glad you are feeling better. I don't stitch when I don't feel good. Big baby that I am.... *chuckle
Awesome planning with your organization and rotation. I can't rotate either. I work on what I want to, otherwise it's "work".

Lucy said...

Hope things keep looking up for you....Spring will be here before you know it.