Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Why I've Been Gone!

If we just start with oops - then maybe everything else will explain itself.

See, a few weeks ago I thought it would be heavenly to get away to a B&B with the hubby. I found a neat place in south eastern Ohio and thought -- "Ok, we could try this." And filed it away. Then imagine my surprise when DH comes home to tell me he'll be working in that area (a mere 15 minutes away from the B&B).

I started the ball rolling and showed him pictures of the rooms available. DH, in his typical way, chose the largest room. (Ok, he makes the money and I spend it. What can I say when he spends more than I would have?) I made the reservations and we were set.

Our Room - The Southern Cross

The views from my two balconies.

Now, mind you, he's to work in this area for 2 weeks. Remember that - 2 weeks.

I arrive at the B&B on Tuesday afternoon. I'd taken all snacks and even one evening meal so I never have to leave. DH shows up on his 2nd day at this job site telling me he is finished already and is leaving the next morning for Louisiana. Imagine my surprise and disappointment.

In the morning he needs to get up bright and early (3a) to leave for his office. A normal 20 minute drive has become 45 because he isn't at home. The boss tells him he needs to go to Pittsburgh, PA before leaving for Louisiana. (Not a direct route if you ask me.) By the end of the day - he has been in Coshocton, OH and to Pittsburgh, PA and back to Coshocton. And then he heads down to spend the evening with me in Salesville, OH. The next morning he again gets up early and treks to Coshocton to leave for Louisiana. He get 5 hours south before being called back to Coshocton as the job has been delayed. So, he meets me at our home that night.

This takes us to Friday --- now he's leaving for Terre Haute, IN. Then to Chillicothe, OH and repeat. One trip a day for two days. Oh, goody, he's working on the weekend now. Except - not. No, they get loaded from Terre Haute and get stopped at the Ohio border with over weight loads and have to spend the night there. At 6a the next morning the company has sent a crane and another semi trailer to move the loads around. He finally makes it home around 4p Saturday afternoon and the 2nd trip to Terre Haute is cancelled.

To say the least, he was then ready for the B&B.

While I was taking my breather days - I managed to stitch for hours uninterrupted. Just me, the floss, the fabric, and the tv tuned to Dateline on OWN. I did have amazing breakfasts! Amazing tasting and amazing amounts!! The first morning I had bacon, eggs, sausage links, french toast, and juice. I just couldn't eat the french toast or sausage. On Thursday morning, I was made a bacon/sausage/cheese omelet, toast, more sausage links and two juices. Needless to say, my dog was happy with her leftovers when I got home.

Now, I didn't get this all done in two days. I took this picture a few days ago. But, it is moving along nicely. See that little black block to the right of the 'grass'? From that point across the whole piece and below is completely black solid stitching. Can we say fly?

Here's a picture of the main living room of the B&B ~

Since I've been home the family has had our Easter dinner, We took both kids, the son-in-law, and Mom to dinner at Outback. Yummy! And I didn't have to cook, clean, or do the dishes. Best meal ever when being served to you and you don't have the work. lol

So, on Easter Sunday, DD and I are shopping for her interview clothes. It's almost time for her to graduate from Radiology school and go be a big girl. She is more than ready. She just needs to finish these next 5 weeks and all is well.

If you've made it this far - congratulations! I'm done. Sorry for yapping about my hubby's terrible week, but it is almost humorous how this crane company works. There have been days when I have received 5 phone calls with him telling me his plans have changed. I mean really.

Well, to all of you still here - happy wishes to you.
Until we meet again ~ Denise

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Three Down and Nine to Go!

As of Feb 29 - I have completed three pages. This is some type of record for me. Just 23 days of stitching...14,823 stitches!


I purchased some Piecemakers needles. Vonna had mentioned how wonderful they are. And she isn't lying. They sing in the fabric. Perfectly balanced and smooth. 

Nothing new to report - a bridge near us will be imploded April 15th. I went and took pictures of it the other day. 

It is (I believe) the last of its type in the county. There have been 3 others taken down near my home that were the same kind. Guess it is the end of an era. This one was built in 1948. A new picture for my history wall. The price of progress? 

Last Sunday we finally caught up watching all the Downton Abbey we've missed these years. Took us a month to watch all 6 seasons. So, Sunday I will watch my first and last 'live' Downton. It's amazing how invested you can become in a tv show. I have the ending I would like to see in mind, but I hope they do even better than I hope! 

Tonight has turned into a stitching night. At least 6 hours with little to no interruptions! Woohoo. No dinner to make - no tv I have to watch. Although, I did pick up the last Terminator movie today. Think I may save that for tomorrow. 

I hear my needle calling my name!