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Melissa’s Happiness Challenge

  • Posted on February 17, 2006 at 3:25 pm

Melissa has unofficially tagged all who read her blog entry today to list 5 things that make you happy, right at this moment. So, here goes!

    Five Things That Make Me Happy Today

  1. I have a hunky husband who loves me, despite my own unique set of eccentricities
  2. I have a cute, sporty new car that is getting great gas mileage and someday will help to reduce our expenses (once it’s paid off…)
  3. I have a decent paying job where at least a select few people acknowledge my efforts and respect my talents
  4. I’m having another headache-free day! 😀
  5. (I always save the best for last) I have wonderful friends from all over the world who love and care for me!

So, following Melissa’s rules, if you read this entry and have a blog, please consider this a tag! 😉

SBQ – February 15, 2006

  • Posted on February 16, 2006 at 11:24 am

Today’s SBQ was suggested by Heather
and is:

Comment on your comments (giving and recieving): Do you love comments or hate them? Do you check them every day, never check them, or find them helpful? And finally, are you convinced no one is reading your
blog if you don’t get any?

This is a great question, thanks Heather!

I just LOVE comments! Each one is emailed to me when it is posted on my blog, so I read them every day. I am immensely grateful for all of the love, support and assistance I receive from people through comments.

Because they are so important to me, I try to comment whenever possible on the blogs that I read regularly. My biggest problem is that some blogs require a Blogger account, which I don’t have.

I am not “convinced” that no one is reading my blog if I don’t get any comments, but I will check the counter and wonder if my post just didn’t grab anyone. I try to keep my posts interesting, so sometimes I take a lack of comments as a hint that maybe I’m whining too much and need to kick things up another notch. 😉

I really like to use my blog to tell interesting or funny stories, but I’m so busy that I often don’t have enough fodder to write something interesting or witty. I might have to stretch my creative muscles a little bit to try to keep people plugged in. 😀

I do want to say, though, that I appreciate the time that everyone takes to comment on my blog. I know how long it takes me to read through all of the blogs that I keep tabs on and trying to comment on each one whenever possible takes even more time. So, a big THANK YOU to all of you, even any avid readers who choose not to comment. Thank you for reading and welcome to my life! 🙂


  • Posted on February 16, 2006 at 12:34 am

I don’t have much to say, but I did want to report that today I took two Excedrin for the first glimmer of a headache that I’ve had since last Thursday! Almost a week without a headache! And this one went away quickly. 😀

If I could only express what a huge deal this is and how much it means to me! I really can’t put it into words, but my mood have been elevated over the past week, I’ve been much less anxious (for the most part) and I have felt more relaxed than I have in quite some time.

I don’t know if it’s the Neurontin that the neurologist prescribed or the work with the psychologist or both (most likely), but I think I’m starting to feel better! I did my “homework” this weekend and wrote a letter to my Pap. Oddly enough, once I signed my name to it, I actually felt a sense of peace. I shed a lot of tears in the process, but I feel less intense in my sadness around his death now. My next psychologist visit is tomorrow morning and my next neurologist visit is next Thursday, so I’ll have had a slew of eventful Thursdays over the course of a month when I’m done! I’ll give a report after tomorrow morning’s visit. Here’s to hoping that it won’t be as teary an experience as last week! 😉

Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Posted on February 14, 2006 at 11:42 pm

I know it’s almost over for us, but I just wanted to share my love with all of my friends out there. I hope that you had a wonderful day! Hugs to all and thank you for all of your support. I am thankful to have you in my life.

25 Signs You Have Grown Up

  • Posted on February 13, 2006 at 2:17 pm

I got this great funny from Lelia. I can relate to some of these. Enjoy! 🙂


  1. Your house plants are alive, and you can’t smoke any of them.
  2. Having sex in a twin bed is out of the question.
  3. You keep more food than beer in the fridge.
  4. 6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed.
  5. You hear your favorite song in an elevator.
  6. You watch the Weather Channel.
  7. Your friends marry and divorce instead of “hookup” and “break up.”
  8. You go from 130 days of vacation time to 14.
  9. Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as “dressed up.”
  10. You’re the one calling the police because those %&@# kids next door won’t turn down the stereo.
  11. Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you.
  12. You don’t know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.
  13. Your car insurance goes down and your car payments go up.
  14. You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonald’s leftovers.
  15. Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.
  16. You take naps.
  17. Dinner and a movie is the whole date instead of the beginning of one.
  18. Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 AM would severely upset, rather than settle, your stomach.
  19. You go to the drug store for ibuprofen and antacid not condoms and pregnancy tests.
  20. A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer “pretty good stuff.”
  21. You actually eat breakfast food at breakfast time.
  22. “I just can’t drink the way I used to” replaces” I’m never going to drink that much again.”
  23. 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer it’s for real work.
  24. You drink at home to save money before going to a bar.
  25. When you find out your friend is pregnant you congratulate them instead of asking “Oh S*$# what the hell happened?”

26: You read this entire list looking desperately for one sign that doesn’t apply to you and can’t find one to save your sorry old butt. Then you forward! it to a bunch of old pals & friends ’cause you know they’ll enjoy it & do the same.


  • Posted on February 12, 2006 at 11:07 am

Hooray! Finally, some snow! It only took until February for us to actually have a couple of days that resemble winter… but it snowed. And boy, did it! Have I ever mentioned how much I love snow? I even like to shovel it… for about 5 minutes. 😛 There’s just something about it, especially when it’s fluffy and sticks to me and everything else. There’s nothing quite like looking out my back door at the woods, with all of the tree and plant branches coated with snow. It makes such a delicate, lacy scene with all of the wild raspberry bushes we have in the back. And the front yard becomes this wonderous, soft, rolling landscape of pristine whiteness. I always hate to have to disturb it by clearing the driveway and the sidewalk, so I’m glad that Terry isn’t awake yet.

It started to flurry sometime yesterday afternoon, getting heavier as time went on. We had the big, fluffy flakes that I like in the beginning and then as it got later into the night, the flakes got smaller and smaller. Terry told me why and it made sense when he said it at night, but for some reason, I can’t recall it well enough to not make an idiot of myself, so I won’t go there. 😉

I have no idea how much snow actually fell during the night. I think we had 4 to 6 inches on the ground by the time we went to bed at 1:00 AM. We were just at the edge of a forecasted 8 to 12 inches total accumulation on the weather maps, and the snow was still falling when we went to sleep. Sometime during the night, though, the wind kicked up, causing all of that gorgeous white stuff to drift. There’s snow plastered against my back door like it’s been sand blasted and it drifted so deeply in the front that it’s about at the level of the front porch.

Imagine my surprise and then displeasure when I realized that I was going to have to shovel in order to let the dog out when I went to the back door this morning! Terry had shoveled out a spot for her last night that should have been reasonably usable, if the snow hadn’t been blown around. There was no trace of it left this morning. The back steps were piled high with snow, so I opened the door and went to grab the shovel that was right near the door when Phoebe ran past me, with no leash, no harness and no tags on – ACK! Fortunately, she only got as far as the second step because the snow was so high, so she stopped long enough for me to pick her up to bring her back in. Little brat! So, with the dog mildly chastized and standing far away from the door, I took the shovel and from the back door, I started shoveling the steps. Okay, good, no problem. I didn’t even have to put shoes on. Woot! Great, three steps cleared and I’m down to the top level of snow on the ground. I reached a little further (still not wanting to put any shoes on and actually go out there) and started to push the shovel to clear out a piece of grass for Phoebe to use and abruptly came to the rude realization that what I thought was the ground was actually another step!

Change of plan, I was actually going to have to stop, put shoes on and go out in that windy mess. Ugh. Did I mention that I love to LOOK at snow? 😆 I do like to be out in it a bit, but usually as a planned, well-dressed endeavor, not with me in my husband’s sneakers (because they were still near the door from when he shoveled last night), a pair of sweat pants and a short-sleeved T-shirt. Yep, that’s me. Too lazy to go retrieve my coat and put it on, I just slipped on Terry’s sneakers, tied them loosely, grabbed the shovel and stepped out. Of course, every time I tossed a shovel full of snow to the side, some of it would come blowing back at me. No matter which side I chose. I only shoveled out a small spot, figuring Terry can shovel out some more later today. Phoebe wasn’t too happy, but she wasn’t able to do what she normally does when she doesn’t like the shoveled area, which is hop out onto the snow and bounce around. No, the snow had drifted to be about as high as she was, so she was going nowhere except this little channel that I had shoveled. Since it only consisted of a shovel’s width, with me just taking a few chunks out of the snow in a straight line, she could barely turn around and wasn’t very pleased with the lack of space in which to do her business. Sorry girl!

I hear a bird tweeting now. I would say that I wish we had filled the bird feeder so that I could see all of the colorful birds flock to it for some food after the snowstorm, but it fell victim to the wet, sticky snow and the overnight sand blasting, as well, so it would not be in very usable shape at this point. I hope that the garage side of the house isn’t too badly drifted, though I know it will be, because Terry will have to shovel himself a path to the shed so he can get the snowblower out. We were supposed to go out to dinner tonight with a couple of other people, but I’m already starting to wonder if I care or not.

Well, for now, it’s stitching time! 😀 Isabelle was wondering what I would be stitching on today. And the answer is… (drumroll please) several things. I need to do the backstitching on the second tuffet piece so that I can put the two together into a tuffet pincushion today. I would also like to stitch part 4 of the mystery sampler, which was released yesterday morning. And then it will be a toss-up between obligation stitching (I’m doing another panel for the WTC quilt, but not with names) and the needlecase SAL. That will be a tough choice. The fun and newness of the needlecase SAL has captured my attention for a couple of nights so far, but my strong sense of obligation will probably tell me that I really need to work on the WTC quilt panel so that I can get it done and back to Mary in the next week or so. Regardless, it’s off to stitch I go!

Happy Dancing and Other Stitching

  • Posted on February 12, 2006 at 12:30 am

I have several photos to post tonight, so I’ll do it in clickable thumbnail fashion. As usual, click on the thumbnail to get a bigger, better picture.

First up, my two finishes for the 24 Hour Challenge on the Friends Gather BB. Yes, I did manage to stitch both of these within a 24-hour period, between 11 PM last night and 11 PM tonight. Yes, my wrists hurt. 😉 As you can see on the one, I have already done the backstitching to allow me to form the two into a tuffet pincushion. I expect to finish it by the end of the weekend, so probably a finish photo coming tomorrow night. The design is by Kristine Herber of Dragonfly Stitches, called Blackwork in the Round, and is available for free download as a member of her Yahoo! group.

Blackwork Pincushion #2

Blackwork Pincushion #1

The second set of photos are of my gifts to Karoline for the Valentine Exchange on the SBEBB. The first one is the Heart Sweet Bag, a freebie from The Victoria Sampler. The second one is the Teeny Tiny Love Bag, also a freebie from The Victoria Sampler.

SBQ – February 8, 2006

  • Posted on February 10, 2006 at 11:11 pm

Today’s SBQ was suggested by Nancy and is:

Describe your “perfect” project. (Include the designer or specific pattern, the fabric, the floss, and anything else that would make that project “perfect” for you.)

Oh boy… I don’t know how to answer this one. Really tough. My perfect project would probably be a star-themed design, since I’m so nuts about stars. It would have some purple in it somewhere, or at least some blue. Kreiniks, of course, or another brand of metallic, to make the stars sparkle. And stitched on a gorgeous, rich hand-dyed fabric with luscious overdyed silk threads. Is that good enough? 😀

Psychologist Visit in Review

  • Posted on February 9, 2006 at 10:19 pm

I’ve never actually been to a psychologist before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I went to his office onsite at work. Not sure I’ll do that again; I may opt to drive to his other office. It’s too hard to have to walk past people you know with a face that’s horribly red and splotchy from 30 minutes of crying and pretend that everything’s fine. And my face absolutely refused to calm down and my emotions refused to subside, so I ended up going home. Can you say “mental health day,” boys and girls?

Anyway, I think the session went very well. Partway through the half hour session, I realized that I should have done this years ago. I spilled everything, from my childhood to the present. This shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows me, because I’m very open about myself and my life. I have a homework assignment before my next appointment (which we’ll schedule for next week) to write a letter to my Pap. Through the whole session, he said that my strongest emotional reactions all related to the death of my grandfather in November. I didn’t get to say goodbye and I never got to tell him how much he meant to me. So, I guess it’s time to get past that.

Honestly, I never realized how many “issues” I have. A lot of things came out that I’ve been repressing for a long time. My work only covers 5 sessions and he feels that I will feel very different once we’ve gotten through those 5 sessions, but he can always refer me to someone if I require further care. He was very insightful and immediately picked up on things that I have only just recently come to understand myself. It was quite an interesting experience.

Unfortunately, once the flood gates were opened, my mind started churning and I started really processing things. The uncontrollable tears continued for HOURS, literally, even after I got home. I ended up laying down to take a nap just so I could turn them off, which helped, but I still feel tears welling up even now. My whole face hurt by the time I laid down, so I had a royal headache. Fortunately, everything seems to have simmered down now, even if the emotions are still boiling just beneath the surface. I should be fine to go to work tomorrow.

Victoria Sampler Banner SAL

  • Posted on February 8, 2006 at 11:06 pm

Von and I have decided to have a SAL on a single instance of the Victoria Sampler seasonal banners starting March 1st. Von has just recently finished her Winter Banner and has now completed the set of all four seasons, while I have yet to finish a single season. *chagrined grin* Anyway, Von has graciously decided to stitch another banner for her stitching area, similar to how I stitched one for my intern this past summer. As a result, I’ll be going back to my Spring Banner from the cyberclass I took in the summer, which was then tossed aside to stitch the banner for my intern and Von will be stitch the banner for her stitching area.

I want to put out an open invitation to anyone else who is working on these banners, has the patterns but didn’t complete the cyberclass or whatever to join us this March. If you interested in joining us in this SAL, please leave a comment or drop me a line to let me know that you want to be part of the fun. 🙂

In the meantime, in addition to everything I’m already working on, I’ve taken on the commitment to stitch another panel for the World Trade Center quilt (this time I’m stitching a waving flag on white aida) and I’m stitching a needlebook SAL as part of the Dragonfly Stitches Yahoo! group. I’ll be starting both of them this week, with any luck, though it may involve skipping my monthly scrapbooking night… AGAIN.

My Stick Family from