Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thought So...

With 40 minutes left to go in today - I remembered that today is my 4th year blogversary. At least this year, I remembered on the day, and not several days later. Um, guess I should credit Mom with my remembering. She mentioned today was the anniversary of my grandmother passing - 22 years. Just so happens I started blogging today too.

I could mention all the stitching I've been doing, but it would be a lie. The longest I picked up my needle was to fix DH's pants. Nothing...not so much that my mojo left, but more that I want to do genealogy. I have been working on that for hours per day. My sister and I are attending our first county meeting Monday. Rather looking forward to it too.

It's time for bed and my mind is blank this evening. Sorry, for the lackluster post. Just thought I would stop by tonight.

Denise


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Not Sure How This is Scored...

But, after this round of basketball I stand at 20 of 32 games correct. Thank goodness for the Western Region - I got all but one of those correct. Ohio State, Duke, and Harvard really messed me up. From what the newscasters are saying though Ohio State and Duke messed a lot of people up. I hear also that the Billion Dollar Bracket thingy - everyone is out. Out of 9 million people - we are all out. Does anyone have a perfect bracket?

Onto something I know a little about - genealogy. Felt like a rock star on Tuesday walking into the round table with my family printed out. Not that it did me much good, but there were a few people in my tree that the others knew. Have to say when I found out one couple had 40,000 people in their tree - I was astounded! And then to find out the husband carries a gedcom file on a thumb drive on his key ring...well, I knew a) I have found my place in life and b) I'm not quite that obsessed - yet. There was one man that looked at my family index and mentioned,"Oh Sheldon here...you know that girl at the insurance office... that's her grandfather." Turns out - 'that girl' and I are pretty good friends and she's now putting her branches of the tree together for me. Gotta love small towns!

Stitching...um, I got nothing. Got in there for an hour last night. First time all week I had sat to stitch. Maybe, I'll show a progress photo next week.

Well, I've had breakfast and the dead people are calling me. Actually, it's my OCD that wants me to organize this mess of info I have.

Denise

ps - if OCD made sense it would be CDO and have the letters in order.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Santa and My First Ever Bracket!

Although spring is but two days away and St Paddy's Day was yesterday - I am still stitching on my Santas. Confession here - I did break down and start a spring piece the other day. 

Merry Friends by Lizzie Kate
unknown fabric and DMC floss

'Tis the Season by Lizzie Kate
unknown fabric and DMC floss
Today finds me once again climbing Mt. Laundry and doing general housework, but tonight I get to go to my first ever genealogy round table. No idea what I am getting myself into with this. First time for everything huh? My sister and I are plotting our course to our first every county genealogy meeting on the 7th of April. Of course, that means we are dodging Garin's baseball and soccer practice/games.

This morning I decided to join in the Madness of March and try my hand at this bracket thing. I don't watch basketball and honestly don't care for it. But, once a joiner always a joiner.


According to my heavily researched and well thought out way of picking teams (read which had the shortest name in most cases unless I have actually heard of the sports program) I have UCLA winning it all. My final four are - Louisville, Arizona, Villanova, and UCLA. Poor Ohio State - I didn't have faith in them for basketball. Now if this were football - I'd have them coming in 2nd. Always the bridesmaid and never the bride. 

Ok, sports fans - am I even close to what will happen? Should I hurry to join the Quicken Loan Billion Dollar Bracket game? And how do you check to see how you are doing? 

Since the laundry is doing its thing and I have plans for the evening I better get moving with the rest of my day or else I'll sit here plinking away on the 'net. 

Have a wonderful Tuesday!
Denise

ps - thanks to the wonders of modern medical advancements and the fact I actually went to the doctor - I am feeling so much better and my cough has disappeared! :) 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

134,976 Stitches Later...

What's (38 x 74) 48, Alex?


Yep, this afternoon I have finished SamSarah's Fun Every Day perpetual calendar! 

I had hoped to finish these while on our trip to the west coast, but stitching wasn't my first priority while on vacation. (gasp!) Just a few minutes ago I finished "Presents." Hard to believe I have worked on these for nearly a year. Started them March of 2013 and took about 6 weeks off to work on Santas and Hares. Otherwise, it has been perforated paper for a year. My eyes are thankful. 


As you can see I changed Veteran's Day to Cold Day (L*K pattern) and also switched Voting Day to Thanksgiving (also, L*K pattern) Not sure where the pink/green came from although it is a nice change. 


And here are the December patterns. Stayed true to the patterns. The number 3 is my salute to the orange/yellow/brown combo from the '70s. It felt like a hot mess while stitching it. 

My conundrum now is... go back to the Santas or hit those springy patterns I picked up a week ago from Cleveland. Decisions decisions...

Still battling the cough - my bad. I went graveyard stomping Thursday night in search of Nancy Barrick Riggle and managed to breath in too much cold air. Feeling pucky again and starting the road to recovery all over. But, I did find her and her immediate family in Bakersville, OH. :)

Hope this finds you well and happy! 
Denise

Monday, February 24, 2014

Cough, Hack, Hack...

seems I have a bug that's making my life miserable. Not sure if it is bronchitis or not, but it sure is feeling that way. After hiding in the house all winter trying to avoid the crud - it found me! 

I should probably call the doctor - I hate doctors. I'll wait until denial finally falls on it's face and I have to admit I can't kick it on my own.

I'm blaming the plane on this. It just doesn't seem healthy to stuff a hundred plus people like sardines into a small area and then blow recycled air into their faces. Isn't that asking for trouble?

Yep, I finally flew for the first time last week. We left good ole Ohio in a deep freeze and headed to Seattle! We only stayed there for the night as Seattle wasn't our true destination - Tofino, BC, Canada was. And I must say, all the time Rob and I have thought about this trip was not wasted.


 The mountains were spectacular, the beaches (although cold) were gorgeous, and the food was fantastic! We had a wonderful time and can't wait for our next adventure!

The Craigdarroch Castle
Victoria, BC, Canada
One of the many stained glass windows in the castle.

So much for moss only growing on the north side of the trees!
Cathedral Forest (I've always wanted to take a picture like this!)
View from the Long Beach Lodge
Cox Bay, Tofino, BC
View from a bay further south than Cox Bay

                              Some ferns outside our cottage.

Does anyone know what this is? It seems to be part of the tree not just growing on it.
                                   

And this...I'm not sure how to process this...it has to mean something beyond...well, the obvious. I should probably get my head out of the gutter.

                                      

And so, with this, I leave you all to go cough and hack some more. May spring soon be here since the snow is all gone.
Denise

Monday, February 10, 2014

Friends...

Sometimes they can surprise you! 

This morning the mailman brought a 
package to the door. 
Hmm, those items I ordered shouldn't be 
here until Wednesday. 
What's this??

A box from Illinois...
I know that address. 

To me and the hubby?? 
Really? 

Wait to open it 
or dig in?!
Decisions Decisions. 

Bah, DH will understand
I hope...


My darling friend Mary Jane has sent us 
a travel package! 

There is a trip in our future and 
MJ wanted us to be prepared. 

Can you see the Dinky Dyes Canadian 
Maple Leaf scissors? How about the fob?
And on the back of it - 
It says,
Canada 2014

The passbook cover is amazing. 
It's too pretty for the TSA 
to touch. Somehow
I know they wouldn't 
appreciate the way I do.

And that photo album - 
Do you see the monogram 
with 25 in silver?

Until today I did
not have a travel
Ott Lamp.

I do now! 
My eyes thank you MJ!

And those snacks - 
I promise to share them
with DH. I promise!

But, if you look
closely - there is a 
spool of thread.
NOT!
It's lip balm.
So cool! 
And tasty too. 

Mary Jane and Dave 
you two are the 
BEST!

Thank you!




Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Keeping Bryce and the Genealogy Room ~

I've got Bryce this morning. Only the second time I've got to keep him. So, of course, I took his picture -


The big boy was 9 weeks old Monday. He has a scowl going on and I tease him that if he doesn't stop it he will be wrinkled by 3! Bryce insisted on eating upon arrival and then promptly filled his diaper. Tried to explain that he is to save that for his mommy. Then we had to eat more. As of right now - he's sitting beside me contemplating a nap.

Promised pictures of the new genealogy room. The chairs arrived a week ago...this post a a bit tardy.

View from the door facing the south east corner.
Managed to keep the wall color the same - which was important to me. I have a stenciled saying above the door and I really didn't want to remove it.

The south west corner
The wire picture hanger is on the west wall. It has some of my group family pictures that I made for the Christmas tree of 2012. If you look closely - the photo albums are on the bottom shelf of the filing cabinet. My office chair doesn't have a home - it's taking a rest here. 

Family Wall
Hard to believe this wall is only our immediate family. Eight siblings between Rob and I. Can you imagine if I added all the aunts and uncles? 

North Wall 
Sorry for the reflections! These photos are of Newcomerstown throughout the ages. The bottom right corner is from the Flood of 1913. Other pictures range from 1907 - 1974. It took a couple of weeks to find them and then enlarge them to 5x7. Was able to get frames from Wal-Mart for $1 each. The great thing about this arrangement - if I find more photos - I can add to it for next to nothing. And using velcro makes it so easy to change my mind! 

My grandparents had a dairy bar from the '50's until the late 70's when my uncle bought it out. The 2nd row far right picture is of the old Mathews' Dairy before it moved across the Tuscarawas River. 

My Hometown
These are some pictures that were of an unusual size. Found the clips in Roscoe Village and thought they added a nice touch to the room.

But, the sad part - I haven't gotten to use it with my sister. She's been incredibly busy and we haven't gotten together. It is a nice, quiet, and warm room to relax in!

Happy Hump Day - stay inside and stay warm. Soon, the super cold weather will break. I hope anyway - the river is clogged with ice! eek.
Denise