Saturday, December 13, 2014

Random Thoughts...

Just recently I have been thinking about this blog. It seems like eons ago I started here all worried about how much I could say/do because this is the internet and you could have your identity stolen. Well, I got over that pretty quickly.

Back then I wondered how someone could walk away from their blog and not have time to talk about stitching. There have been a few people that never said goodbye and just stopped blogging. One day they were here and the next day- you realized it had been a few weeks since you heard from them. I couldn't imagine that one day I would be one of those people who slowly stopped blogging.

At first I didn't realize it had been days or weeks since I posted. But, when I looked at my reading sidebar I was shocked to see that I had read 5+ books since the last one shown. Now, I'm lucky to even look at my own blog let alone look at yours.

What happened to me? As silly as it seems - I stopped working. I was depressed at my job and I came to bloggerville to cheer me up. There are people here who liked the same things I do. Now, in retirement - I'm so danged busy that there are days I don't know which end is up. Amazing - I had to quit work to get a life. And all along I had been told work is who you are and your life. Hogwash!

I have a stitching room - I have projects that are waiting oh so patiently on me. I even have a Christmas gift started (MJ, I swear it will be done by your birthday.) But, even stitching doesn't fill the time anymore. I used to run to the room to get away from the stress of the job. I'd hide there for hours. Not any more. Although, I did take a break from the lighthouse to complete two other projects.

Even my own genealogy has taken a back seat lately. Working on the elusive Brosius clan with their many children all named the same name doesn't trip my trigger as much as it did.

So, what has my attention now - volunteering at the genealogy society. I've met wonderful people there, found a nitch where I feel useful, and I am no longer depressed. That nitch translates to - I am the membership chairman, the librarian, and on the grant committee. All that in less than a year.

Does all this mean I am quitting blogging. For now - no. Stitching - that will always be some part of my life. But, I guess I wanted to tell you why I'm not here much anymore. Basically, life continues to change and interests wax and wane. (I'm a poet and didn't know it - lol)

So, Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate. Happy New Year to all.
Until next time - Denise

Friday, October 24, 2014

Today is the Day!

Can you believe I actually remembered I had a give-away ending today? Not only that, but I've already drawn the winner. And I happened to have their snail mail address. AND, the package is on its way to....New York! Yep, Paula was my winner!

Your package went out Priority Mail and should be there next week. I added a couple of magazines in there - I ordered from Nordic Needle thinking I was ordering July and Sept 2014, but ordered 2013 instead. My oops is your gain. I hope you don't already have these two magazines. If you do, pass 'em on! :)

Today is beautiful in my part of Ohio. Gorgeous sunny warm weather. This weekend is supposed to be wonderful. I'm thinking this may be our Indian Summer. The Asian beetles and those black bugs with the red V are out in force. Ick. Guess I wouldn't mind them at all if they didn't have to hang out at the front door.

Nothing to exciting to report. Tomorrow is Courtney's first anniversary already. How the year has passed. Some body must have snapped their fingers and the days flew. Other than that - same old same old. And I'm loving it.

So, until I meet you here again - take care and smile often!
Denise


Thursday, October 16, 2014

I Just Wanted to Cry!

This afternoon I sat down and started playing with my stash -


And I found that I have so many patterns I want to stitch and no time. I've been working on the lighthouse all year and these patterns are waiting patiently on me. Sigh, I had to take some out of my 'soon to do' folder and put them back into the stash box. Hence, the 'I wanted to cry' title.

But, it got me to looking and I added more patterns to my give away - see, I haven't forgotten about that.


What do we have here? - Back row - Warm Hearts by Something in Common, Tortoise & The Hare by Prairie Schooler, Lambs Halloween by Earth Threads, Holly and Hearts Hanging Ornament by The Sweetheart Tree,

Middle Row - A Very Merry Autumn and French Country IV by JBW Designs, Long May She Wave Roll by Shepherd's Bush, Trick Plus One by Finger Work, Strawberry Accessories Part II (with rose beeswax) by Finger Work.

Front Row - Red Mitten Collection I and II by JBW Designs and  Blue Vase Fob by Finger Work

Things not pictured - Freebie Quaker Acorn by TheWorkbasket, Palace Guard by DMC, Pin Pal by The Purple Thread

We'll make it easy - comment on this post by 10/25/2014 and let me know you'd like to enter the give away. We'll let Alivia draw the winner. Good luck!

Speaking of the kids -

Garin
soon to be 8
Alivia
just turned 4
Bryce
soon to be 1
      The lighthouse is coming along -

Excuse the wrinkles
                           
When you last saw it...
    My life has gotten very busy. It's just horrible to not be working and not having enough time to do all the projects you want because you have so many projects you want to do! The genealogy society volunteering has gotten wild - I am now on the grant committee, book committee and work Wednesday group, the membership chairman, and assistant librarian. Mom says I need to start saying no to more projects. And I am indexing 51 volumes of obituary books. (Don't ask what that means)

I've decided that I need to hold the society work to Monday and Tuesday's. Wednesday should once again become 'Genealogy Wednesday' unless it is the first Wednesday of the month because that's Workday Wednesday at the society. And the rest of the week - stitching! And not all on the lighthouse. There is no way to reduce that stash below S.A.B.L.E.* if I don't get to work on it.

Rob and I had some pictures taken the other day - thought you might like to see one.


I think Logan took this one. The kids wanted to do an artsy pic and I hated this one at first, but now I'm loving it!

And this is the Coshocton Lake Park - same bridge different day. The grassy area at the bottom of the picture is the old Canal Lock 27 from the Ohio Erie Canal. The sandstone isn't visible, but rises about 10' from the grass.

Kinda Cool huh? 

It seems there are 69 days (I believe I heard) until Christmas. I have no shopping done and Thanksgiving is in there too. Hold on to your hats - the rest of the year is going to FLY by!

Hope this finds you happy and healthy!
Denise

* - Stash Above and Beyond Life Expectancy

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Retreat Review!

Just got back from Crafty Ewe's Stitching Retreat today. WOW - What an event!

The retreat was held here ~

The Wallhouse
Walnut Creek, OH
 And here are some pics ~

The Dining Room

The Lobby

The Patio
Humorous - what an upscale contemporary hotel in the middle of Amish country. I should have taken pictures of the conference center where we stitched. The lighting was wonderful - no need of additional light. Although, many still did!

Carol and Jodie did an amazing job setting up the retreat and the many vendors were generous with give away items. So, I now own a few items that I will be giving away. I'm going to call it the Get Away Give Away. Stay tuned to see what's at stake. I've already added some patterns from my collection to sweeten the pot.

Would you like to see what I am keeping? The picture shows items given to us and items I bought while there.


 Starting the back on the left side - a bag to keep my travel Ott light, a project bag with a sheepy fob, a chocolate note pad, and Priscilla's Pocket Patriot Trio. Next layer on the left - 2 patterns given to me - Nikyscreations - Box Pincushion and Butterfly Sampler, one that I bought - Scissor Tail Designs Poinsettias on the Square, some ric-rac trim, and a needle threader. Front Layer - post-its/calendar, notebook,  WDW Blaze, needles, Graceful Threads Accessory Pack, some fabric - mink and ant. copper, Bohin scissors with a starfish fob, silk lame braid and sparkle from RG, and another post-it/notebook.

Shopping was outstanding and I got some Christmas shopping done. No, it's not shown here! lol Gotta keep some surprises!

Got home this afternoon - unpacked and had lunch. Then a nap was in order. That stitching for hours is HARD work. My story and I'm sticking to it. The retreat removed me from dealing with my uncle's death. That was a good thing (as Martha would say). Speaking of which, thank-you for your thoughts and prayers, they are much appreciated!

Time to return to real life. Tomorrow the electric company will be turning off my electric once again as they add another new line to the transmission lines being added near the house. It will be for 4 hours, but is a real pain when you forget it's going to happen. :)

Also tomorrow, my little girl is 24! Pardon me for saying this, how the hell did that happen? Twenty-four?!?! She has requested coffee cake this year. I'm also making a gingerbread and some lop-lop (a brown sugar syrup). Yummo!

Hope this finds you happy and healthy!
Denise


Friday, September 19, 2014

In Peace...


Lonnie A Clarkston
Sept 1, 1947 - Sept 18, 2014
My uncle passed away last night after a courageous battle with colon and liver cancer. I always knew he was a strong man, but the fight in him never left until the Lord decided it was time.



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

See, I Have Been Stitching!

This is where I stand as of this morning! 

This is where I was way back on June 27th.

Around here the kids are about to head back to school, there are birthdays today, and cakes to make. Today Miss Alivia turns 4 and Mom is 64. My kids are turning 24 and 21 this September. Does that make me old? The pound cake for Alivia is out of the oven and Mom's needs to be made. Mom's birthday dinner (ham, potatoes, and corn) is in the plans. But, I need to run to the museum right when dinner is in the oven. Something will have to wait...

Genealogy is moving along. Well, my volunteering for the genealogy groups is moving along. My personal research is dragging. This volunteering is fun! Should have know about this years ago.

My finishes this year is the lowest on record. Only 11 this year and not one finish since April 27th! The lighthouse has become my baby. Had thought I would be singing along on 272 Words...not. It was going to the retreat next month and now it isn't. The aida on the lighthouse is making life easier than I imagined. Damn eyes. Got to thinking that I have several other large pieces that need love too. There may be a LONG drought on finishes if I go there.

This summer has had wings and great temps! Sitting here with the windows open and the temp is hoovering in the 60's. Is this really August?? Heard that next week the heat returns...boo! Come on Fall.

Well, time to get moving on all this baking. Hope today finds you humming a favorite tune, sipping some lemonade, and swatting flies while you sit on your porch.

Hugs to you all ~
Denise

Friday, June 27, 2014

Ha, Two Posts in One Month!

We're on a roll now!

What's happened to me? I used to post twice a week. Now, it's twice a month and I'm thrilled to get that. It's not that I am working, have small children, or really anything pressing my time. Should we go with laziness? Do I want to admit that? Nah, denial is a wonderful place to live. 

So, in the last three weeks - I've stitched on my lighthouse


(my last picture - so, there is progress!)


Had a birthday - 

Chocolate Turtle Cake from Michelangelo's Bakery
Played with the kids -

Garin is 7 and Alivia will be 4 in August

Bryce is 7 months! 

And attended a memorial celebration for my father-in-law -

DH - Rob, his cousin Duane, and Uncles Lawrence, Tim, and Ron
(Please note - they all have the exact same nose!)
The other day I blew 2-3 hours just editing photos I've taken since Thanksgiving 2013. I moved over 1500 to my external hard drive. Way too many grave stone pictures. Thank goodness I won't be printing those. But, I think I have easily 400 pictures to print. Shoot, there are 234 just from our anniversary trip. Maybe I should scale them back a bit...

Rob and I have a new niece - actually our first great-niece. We have two great-nephews already. Haven't gotten to see her yet and the photos I've been sent are a bit bleary. So, hopefully I will get a good shot soon. 

Logan just sent me a link he found for pizza rolls. Sounds like something I might make for the 4th. 

Here's the recipe - 

Frozen bread dough *homemade is fine as well*
Pepperoni
Mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese
Olive oil
Italian seasoning
1/4 cup tomato sauce (Optional)
Directions:

 -Loosely cover the frozen bread dough with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to thaw for a few hours at room temperature. When the dough is completely thawed it will be slightly puffed up.
Here’s a tip: Spray the plastic wrap with cooking oil, or brush it with cooking oil and lay it, oiled side down on the bread dough. This allows the bread dough to rise and move easily under the plastic wrap without it sticking or holding back the dough.
- Roll dough out to an approximately 11 x 11 inch square. One frozen dough log makes one pepperoni roll.
- Brush dough with olive oil or whatever cooking oil you prefer. Lay pepperoni on the dough covering entire surface. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Next, sprinkle it with shredded Parmesan cheese and lightly sprinkle it with Italian seasoning. Add a sprinkling of garlic salt (optional).
- Roll up the dough starting at one edge of the square.
- Place rolls on baking sheet, leaving space between them if you are making more than one roll. Brush some melted butter on top of the uncooked pepperoni roll(s).
- Bake at 375 degrees F for approximately 15 to 25 minutes. Oven temperatures and times may vary. When done, the top of the rolls should be golden brown and you should be able to make a tapping sound on the crust with your fingernail (the same as when baking bread).
Make sure you allow your pepperoni roll to cool completely before slicing and serving it.

I think I may have to add pizza sauce inside instead of dipping them. Although, it may get messy too. Things to ponder. My sister just told me not to add the sauce inside - it causes the dough to be soggy. 

Well, time to get off here and start the laundry. Had to dry after my shower this morning with a hand towel. Definitely time to do the laundry. 

Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!
Denise