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Where’d My Mojo Go?

  • Posted on June 30, 2006 at 11:30 am

No, this isn’t a stitching blogger’s question of the week… okay, well it WAS, but this is a different post. 😉

So, now that I finished that model, my stitching mojo seems to have left me. I think maybe it’s due to the Flight 93 quilt panel just really not grabbing me right now. I think I am just going to have to start working on some things. Last Saturday, I only worked on two different things, and not for very long. First off, I put a few letters into the first name on my Flight 93 quilt panel, then I put it back onto a scroll frame. At that point, I realized that I didn’t want to remove what was on my stitching frame (which is my July Exchange gift for the VSCyberstitchers Yahoo group), but apparently I didn’t feel like working on it, either. 😆 Then, I worked a little bit on a Shepherd’s Bush scissors fob kit that is my travel project. I did nothing on Sunday, but I had a reasonable amount of fun doing it. I played some computer games, talked to my mother for two hours (!), did some paperwork, cleaned up a little bit and generally dawdled. Woohoo!

Now, during the week, I’ve been too tired to even think about stitching. I’ve had too many days of late nights and early mornings, of which tomorrow will be the worst. My parents are coming to visit this weekend, so I’ve been mildly anxious about getting portions of the house cleaned up and figuring out what we will have for dinner while they are here.

I hope that my mojo pays me a visit next week!

SBQ – Do All Charts Go To Heaven?

  • Posted on June 29, 2006 at 5:29 pm

Today’s SBQ was suggested by Cheryl and is:

What do you do with your charts once you’ve stitched them? Do you keep them or dispose of them? If you keep them, do you organize them in a way that is different from the way you keep your unstitched charts?

What can I say? I’m in a strange mood today, as seen by my choice of title for this one. 🙂

My answer depends on the chart. If it’s something that I think I will want to stitch again, then I will hang on to it. If it’s something someone else might make use of, I will see if anyone wants it. The only charts I would ever consider throwing away are very old (often very ugly) charts that no one wants and I will never ever stitch.

I do not organize my already stitched charts any differently. Mostly because I haven’t stitched that much and kept it for myself, so I haven’t had an opportunity where it made sense to have to separate the two.

For kits, if I want to keep the chart, I will file the chart in with the rest of my charts (as opposed to the container which holds all of my kits).

A Couple of Woohoos and a Neato!

  • Posted on June 26, 2006 at 2:14 pm

First, a couple of woohoos as I checked the current balance on my credit card for new charges:

  1. A charge for the glass fountain pen that I ordered, but wasn’t sure if the company still existed because their website wasn’t up to date
  2. A charge for the class I signed up for at CATS in Hershey – I guess I was accepted!

Second, the totally cool, neato moment of my day came when I went to Google to try to find the phone number for my neurologist’s office (no emergencies, don’t worry). I plug in Dr. “Seth Haplea” neurologist and what do I come back with? The second major link reads Migraine – Welcome to Dr. Haplea’s Blog! There is also a line in the description of the link that reads “Meet Dr. Seth Haplea, Migraine Expert.”

I’m thinking, is it possible? Nah, it couldn’t possibly be my neurologist. A migraine expert? In my little corner of southeastern Pennsylvania? Seriously? What are the odds? I click on the link and right there is Dr. Haplea’s smiling face. MY Dr. Haplea. Wow! Very cool!

So, I keep going. I scroll to the bottom of the first page of Google results and hone in on the link named Seth Haplea, M.D. and Chester County Neurology, LLC. I’m thinking, it’s going to be an ugly, plain website with very little information, like many doctors (if they even have a website). Surprise! I have to say, it’s pretty nice!

Now really. What do you think? Is it not the coolest thing that my neurologist is hip enough to not only have his own website, but a nice one at that, PLUS his own blog?

I have truly been blessed with wonderful, intelligent, attentive doctors. The medical building that sits next to the local hospital which is just a mile (literally) down the road from my home holds a goldmine of doctors. Every one that we’ve seen there has been great! I just keep wondering how this little area hospital has managed to attract such good doctors, even if they split their time between that office and another?

What a crazy day. And the weather is cooperating to be just as crazy. I looked out a little bit ago and the sun was peeking through the clouds, so I thought that I might go for a walk. Then, just a minute or two ago, it was pouring rain, slanting sideways and pounding away at the roof. Now it has stopped again completely. Whew!

I hope everyone else is having a great Monday, as well! Woohoo!

101 Things in 1001 Days

  • Posted on June 25, 2006 at 12:17 pm

You may have seen a mention of this personal growth effort on some other stitcher’s blogs, like that of Annette or Melissa. When I first saw it, I remember thinking “Oh yeah, that is a good idea. But it’s too much for me.”

Well, I said something to my dad about it earlier this month and we decided to have a go. As a result, I have a list and am ready to go. I am just waiting for my dad to catch up (and I think I’m going to have to help him when they come down this weekend) and then we’ll get started.

Our intended start date is July 1st, so I would encourage any other bloggers who have been thinking about having a go at this to spend this week coming up with your own list of 101 things that you would like to accomplish in 1001 days. If you actually sit down and devote an hour or so to brainstorming, you will be surprised at how far you can get. 🙂 Especially if you reference other people’s lists. It really helps to jumpstart the process again if you get stuck. I’ve found that I’m still coming up with ideas even now that my list is finished. I’ll have to start keeping track of them somewhere else so that I have a starting point for the next 1001 days after this round. 😉

If you’re joining in with a similar timeline, feel free to leave a comment for me and let me know. I would like to keep up with everyone who is going to undertake this effort.


  • Posted on June 23, 2006 at 12:13 am

Oh, it hardly seems possible, but I’m finally making some serious headway against my most stressful problems this week. I have made some progress against my project at work, I have made a 101 Things list for myself and… I have finished my model! I thank my lucky stars for that finish. What a huge load off of my mind. And now on to other commitments! 😆

I feel a bit lighter today. Like I’m finally starting to come out of this hole. Thank goodness!

Thanks to all of you for your wonderful words of kindness and support this week. I know that I’ve had a lot of friends and family like you guys sending me positive vibes all week and I really appreciate it. It has made a difference! *hugs*

SBQ – Need Some Help?

  • Posted on June 22, 2006 at 11:12 pm

Today’s SBQ was suggested by Vash and is:

Have you ever used a magnifying glass while stitching? If so, did you find it helpful?

I had Terry buy one for me a year or more ago. It’s a very nice clip-on magnifier, but I’ve found that my eyesight isn’t quite at the point where I need one. I’m at an in-between stage, I think. My eyes fatigue a bit after stitching for a while, but the magnifier strains my eyes much faster. I have purchased a couple of small cuts of small count fabrics to try and I may want to use it when I work on those. Ultimately, I’m sure that I will be glad to have it at some point. Just not yet. 🙂

Out of My Head

  • Posted on June 21, 2006 at 2:07 pm

My world is currently spinning out of control. Everytime I think I have some sort of tenuous grip on things, some universal lubricant is invisibly applied and they slip out of my grasp again.

I am so crazy busy in seemingly all aspects of my life that my brain is revolting, spinning off mini-tornados of depression, frustration, anxiety, fatigue, anger, exhaustion and various forms of head, neck and shoulder pain.

Stop the world, I want to get off! Truly. And don’t expect a lot from me for a while because, even once the merry-go-round stops turning, I’ll still be reeling drunkly all over the park for a little while until I regain my balance.

But, hey… at least you can enjoy the show! 😈


  • Posted on June 19, 2006 at 10:14 pm

I’m shattered. I’ll post tomorrow. I hope. Darned weather… 🙁

Jacob and Rebecca

  • Posted on June 17, 2006 at 12:36 pm

Thanks to Lelia for this great funny!

Jacob, age 92, and Rebecca, age 89, living in Florida, are all excited about their decision to get married. They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding, and on the way they pass a drugstore. Jacob suggests they go in.

Jacob addresses the man behind the counter: “Are you the owner?”

The pharmacist answers, “Yes.”

Jacob: “We’re about to get married. Do you sell heart medication?”

Pharmacist: “Of course we do.”

Jacob: “How about medicine for circulation?”

Pharmacist: “All kinds.”

Jacob: “Medicine for rheumatism and scoliosis?”

Pharmacist: “Definitely.”

Jacob: “How about Viagra?”

Pharmacist: “Of course.”

Jacob: “Medicine for memory problems, arthritis, jaundice?”

Pharmacist: “Yes, a large variety. The works.”

Jacob: “What about vitamins, sleeping pills, Geritol, antidotes for
Parkinson’s disease?”

Pharmacist: “Absolutely.”

Jacob: “You sell wheelchairs and walkers?”

Pharmacist: “All speeds and sizes.”

Jacob: “We’d like to use this store as our Bridal Registry.”

Miss Unkymoods? Try Punkymoods?

  • Posted on June 16, 2006 at 1:59 pm

That’s right, you aren’t misreading the title. As some of you may or may not know, after Marc Lutz (the original creator of Unkymoods) discontinued his cleverly cartooned emoticon service at, he experienced an unfortunate hard drive crash and lost all of his original illustrations. Thus, he was unable to offer to sell the graphics to anyone for any future use.

Some time later, enter a man by the name of Peter Keung. Peter has scoured the web for any and all lingering vestiges of Unkymood icons and, with Marc’s permission, is offering his own free service at

I know that many of you have greatly missed Unkymoods and I would greatly encourage you to go and register for his service and fill the void that was left in the wake of Unkymoods. Try Punkymoods today!

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