Stitching and Life in the Company of Pets

Monday, November 30, 2009

Slipping in under the wire

With today's post I'm just slipping in getting in two posts this month, however, with one being on the 1st and the second on the 30th saying two in a month may be stretching it a bit much. This has been a busy month though, so hopefully next month will show a bit more in the posting area.

Week before last my daughter was close enough to visit (only about an hour and a half away) so I got to visit her twice. The first time I went with my parents as they hadn't seen her in quite a while and we went out to eat and just visited. The second day I went and picked her up and we went to lunch and had fun shopping and wandering around a large mall that was near the arena she was working at. The mall had those lovely massaging chairs, so we treated ourselves to some luxury time in those as well. Then last week was Thanksgiving. We went off for a family retreat, my parents, my brother and his family, and myself for a couple days at a state campground that has a resort lodge on site. Lots of good food, fun, and catching up. The weather was a bit colder than I'd have liked, and a bit damper, but for late November not to bad. There have been a number of years where we've had snow, sleet, or ice (or a mix of all three), so just having cold and damp wasn't to bad an option.

The last day of work for me was the 13th of this month, they officially closed the doors of the building. It was hard saying a final farewell to those of us that were still there. However, the timing worked well as I was able to spend time with my daughter and take time at Thanksgiving that I would not have gotten otherwise. Hopefully something turns up in the near future, two weeks off has been enough down time, although with Christmas coming up I've no doubt I can keep busy.

As to what crafty stuff I've been up to this past month, I've finished one cat mat for the local shelter and started another.


Also, I've made some nice headway on Trick or Treat Mice.

Finally, over Thanksgiving when my DSIL and I were together for the family retreat we started our SAL, Be Scary by Just Nan. I got some serious stitching time in and managed to get about half way done. This is looking so cute.

Kim got a good start on hers as well. In addition, I finished up a quick scarf for the elder project my mother works on. She knits scarfs all year and then donates to the local elder project, no senior left behind, who put the scarfs and other items that are donated into baskets that they distribute to the elderly in our community that might otherwise not receive any Christmas gifts. It was fun to be able to add to her scarf stash for the project.

Well, that pretty much catches up on what I've been up to. Now I'm off to see what all you've been up too. Also, to let Jaz out again. She is really enjoying mom being home, having a grand time playing the I want to go out, I want to come in, I want to go out, I want to.....She's going to have quite an adjustment once I find another job after all this spoiling. Oh well, at 13 I'll humor her, besides, I can't resist those eyes she manages to look at me with, yup, I'm a pushover.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Halloween

Hope you all had a good Halloween, it was really busy in my neighborhood. There were so many little ones out and they looked so cute all dressed up. It was chilly and damp, but not anywhere near as cold (or pouring rain, snow, sleet) as we've had in other years, so the kids could show off their costumes.

As to my Halloween stitching, I've made a bit more progress on Trick or Treat Mice. I've finally finished up the pumpkin and have most of the little witch mouse done. While I didn't get it done this year for Halloween, I'm pleased with the progress I have made since I picked this one back up a while ago. After sitting as a pitiful UFO for almost 10 years, it is finally moving again. If I keep with it, it should be done and available for displaying next year at Halloween.

Kim and I finally settled on what our next SAL will be, Be Scary by Just Nan. It was a toss up between this and couple of others (Shepherd's Bush Goblins was second up). However, this doesn't look like it will be too large a project, so may have a go at Goblins afterwards. We'll be starting our SAL at Thanksgiving, as we'll be together and can do the first stitches then. I've got it all kitted and ready to go. For fabric, I'll be using a 32 ct. light Mocha Belfast Linen. I did two of Just Nan's Moon Riders on it earlier and liked how they turned out, and the coloring of those and Be Scary looks to be similar.

Well off to take care of chores so have things ready to start the week tomorrow. Just two weeks left now and we'll be walking out the door and turning out the lights. Needless to say, the atmosphere at work is a bit on the depressing side. To lighten it up a bit last week I hit the dollar stores and found all kinds of fun Halloween decorations. Then, last Monday I got in early and decorated the place up and had donuts for treats when the others came in. The looks of surprise were so worth it, and I think it made the atmosphere a bit better this last week seeing the fun decorations too. So this weekend I picked up some fun Thanksgiving ones and I'll be in early tomorrow switching out Halloween for the Turkeys and Scarecrows. :)

Daylight savings time for us was this weekend, so I got an extra hour of sleep last night, that will help too. Did everyone remember to adjust their clocks that had this? This year I remembered, but last year I forgot and then couldn't figure out why things weren't running on "my" time, LOL. Still need to set my car clock though, for some reason remembering how to do that is always so hard.