Wednesday, November 29, 2006


I'm doing some needed housecleaning on my blog. Hang in there cause I'm still working on it!
Tootles, yinz guys!

Thursday, November 23, 2006


So many blessings through the year
Bring joy and peace of mind
As loved ones gather in good cheer
Drawn by the ties that bind
The warmth that kindred spirits share
Fills hearts with love renewed
What better time to show we care
With acts of gratitude
Let's usher in the season new
A toast to you and me
As debt to those who serve is due
We're here, we're safe, we're free
The bounty present in our sight
In humble thanks we pray
Will gladden more than appetites
Tomorrow as today
Remember dear departed souls
Unite us all again
Give us strength to reach our goals
Watch over us,

(This prayer will be read at our Thanksgiving Meal.....written by Ed, my Sweetie Man)

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A little change of pace

Hey, I don't know about you, but I do tend to change crafts every so often. I've always done alot of different crafts and enjoy trying out new things but I do have ones I especially like. Crocheting is of course one of them and I'm really getting hooked on knitting, but I do love my cross stitch. I've really been in the mood to do some and show some of the ones I'm working on. I've been also visiting some cross stitch blogs and adding them to my bloglines hoping to meet some people on that end. I've notice that some ladies in the Cal Pal I'm in do some cross stitch also. I really enjoy redwork too and have done some pillows on that end.
Well, anyway, on Saturday I happened to visit a great cross stitch shop a couple of miles from my house and that really put me in the mood. So much so that I got a incredible cross stitch of a Mastif which looks exactly like my Eros' mom who lives next door. I started it in hopes of giving it to my neighbors but I'm going to make it sorta like from Eros' to his mom for Christmas. I'm really excited about finishing it not that I don't have other WIP cross stitch projects to do....but I wouldn't be a true crafter if I didn't, I always say. Anyway, I thought I would show you a couple of pics of some completed projects I've done. This first one I did a long time ago but I've always loved the saying:

This second one was a gift to Sweetie Man. I made the frame from a dollar store frame with glued on sticks. I really like this one.

I have so many cross stitch patterns I want to do I can't even count. I especially love doing small ornament projects or ones you can make small stand up items that are stuffed. My fingers are itching.
On a different note, the puppies graduate next week...there will definately be pics on that. We are supposed to play some fun games with them so it will be a great time. We probably didn't do the homework as much as we should have, but we still got alot out of it, I think anyway. We still have work to do but at least we are headed in the right direction. And speaking of heads, my older dog, Katie, nipped little Chloe in the face the other seems all the dogs were crowding in the doorway and things got a little tense. No blood but Chloe got a small abcess and lump near her eye and now she's on antibiotics and inflammatory medicines. Looks like it's healing already and she doesn't seem to mind the extra treats that the medicines are hidden in.
Oh, well, that's it for tonight. Just wanted to let you all know that I'm adding a few things here and there with the cross stitch and hope you can let me know a little about any cross stitching or needlework you do. I'll leave you with some adorable pics the Sweetie Man took of the "peeps" the other day.....enjoy! (it's hard to believe that Chloe, on the left, is 5 1/2 months old and Eros, on the right, is almost 4 months.......what have I gotten myself into????)

Saturday, November 11, 2006

A Veteran's Day salute...

I just want to take a moment to salute all of the Veterans, both living and deceased, who have served our country. They had left their families and friends to protect you and me. There is no greater gift that can be given to each and every one of us.....the supreme sacrifice. I will forever be indebted to all of those whose served in all wars as well as those who are fighting now. A special thank you to my wonderful father, John, who served in the United States Army in WWII and who now lives in heaven and also to my Sweetie Man (picture below) who proudly and unselfishly served 20 years in the United States Navy. Thank you to both of these men in my life and to all the men and women who have served and are currently serving our country to protect our freedoms.


Wednesday, November 08, 2006

In case you thought I was loafing...

I wasn't! I was making this!

It's a prayer shawl for a very kind lady in Maryland who is battling breast cancer right now. She's seems to be doing well so hopefully the prayer shawl will help her through the rest. But I have to tell you, beside this not being the best of pictures of it, I had a real time with this. Everything was going along fine, when I started the last and final skein. It turned out to be a different dye lot or else I accidently picked up a color that was extremely close to it. I was sick! I had knitted about 15 rows before I really discovered it. Now I am new to knitting and don't know how to frog knitting if that is even possible...but I did. I ended off the second skein then took the third and final skein and did about twenty rows of crochet on each end of the shawl. It had a strange shape when all was done but if you saw it on, it really wasn't that bad. The lady who got it loved it from what Sweetie Man told I guess it will serve it's purpose. My prayers are with her through the shawl.
I did have Election Day off of work so I did the usual running around after voting which took a total of 1 hour and that included the annual "boob squeeze" at the hospital. It's not the squeezing (though I do thank the mamogram angels that the power didn't go off at that particular moment leaving me with a permanent pancake on my chest)...but I do hate the fact that those squeeze machines are so darn cold...brrrrr! Okay...that's off my chest...get it? Off my chest? (nevermind)
Anyway, I also cleaned or put a large dent in one of my closets that is actually a walk-in sorta thing that was becoming an "open the door and throw stuff in fast" if you know what I mean. It's now accessible and 6 garbage bags + and 3 clothing bags's pretty nice if I do say so myself. I'm off again for Veteran's Day on Friday so I probably finish that up. I feel such a sense of accomplishment after a good "redding up"!
Well, that's about it for now. If you have a moment, check out my first Dogster Badge on my sidebar. If you click directly on his name, it will take you to Eros' website that we started. Don't forget to leave him a bone so he'll know you were there. We'll eventually have one for each dog and then one for the cat at Catster. Thank you to the wonderful person who emailed it to know who you are!
So, till tomorrow and, in my case, a "mock" Friday.....Hasta Manana, yinz guys!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Having some fun with Photos...

This was something fun to play with. Saw this over at Mimi's blog. Her's was a Crochet theme...mine is dogs...whatelse? Check it out....Flickr and free!

My creation

My creation

Thursday, November 02, 2006

What's this about?

I live in PENNSYLVANIA...Hello....who makes up these quizzes anyway? Maybe I outta take this one again!!!!
Got this one from Madelyn at Hooks, Sticks, & Wheels.....enjoy!

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The West

Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

The Midland
North Central
The South
The Inland North
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?
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