Thursday, October 30, 2008

Yada Yada Yada...

Not that there's anything wrong with that. Shrinkage. Soup nazi. Hellloo, Newman.
Boy did Seinfeld ever contribute to our collective consciousness or what??!!
I really have to start rewatching- that show was so funny. I remeber coming into work on Fridays and Barb & I would re-tell the entire previous night's episode word for word; remember how all the various subplots would wrap together at the end of the show?
Nothing compares today.
Oh well.
No Stitching & Bitching tonight- most everyone was a no-show for various reasons, leaving it to me & Linda to entertain Debra. ANd I don't know about you, but have you ever seen Linda's stand-up routine? Makes my tap dancing look like Fred Astaire's! That Debra- it's hard to get her to crack a smile, never mind laugh out loud. ..................................................................................

Those last 3 sentences are entirely fabricated.
However, I can't really dance. No not at all. I kind of make Elaine look like Ginger Rogers- that's how bad I dance.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My Get-Up and Go has Gone up and Gone...

thanks to two-plus weeks of PMS (thank you menopause).

Here's T&T:


Love the orange floss- Burnt Orange it's called. I wish I had a good scarlet in my kit- I might have to switch out a floss for the right side trees.

Maybe I'll win the lottery tonight:

As i hit the road on the way home from work:


Not bad from my cell phone!


This one is from my back yard a half hour later.

Chicken on a mission:

i'm ready

Always at a fast trot.


Sniffing at something that ended up giving her the heeby-jeebies.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Humble Apologies...

I owe you all a post (or three). I've been mostly in a vegetative state on the couch with the remote after getting all my equine & canine obligations done for the past week.

Here's T&T- I haven't gotten back to it since last Thursday, I think:


Apparently, I my chart is the last draft before the "final issue". I had contacted Paulette from Plum St.Samplers with a couple of chart questions/typo clarifications. She was very prompt with her response. She had made some final tweeks that didn't get saved on her computer. One that you could notice is the smoke trail thru that tree behind the house- her final version didn't show this. Her photo model looks like it was filled in after the fact with the same floss as the tree- with a different section of color so it "matches" but not quite. I kind of like the effect in my photo; however, I may infill with the same color but in a smyrna cross, or add a strand of gray to the maroon. Decisions, decisions! Something more to procrastinate about.

Shout out to Ms. Jeanne the gallbladder queen! Get well soon!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Moving Right Along....


Sorry about the angle- I was holding it with my left hand curled around the back to hold excess fabric away from the right.

Do you see any scorch marks from those blazing needles??!!

This one is really so much fun to stitch!

Last night I was so tired I was on the edge of crying; tonight I was even more tired- I ended up just walking Axe around the ring on a lead rope- half falling asleep. I've been in my jammies since 6:00.

There had better be fireworks during this debate or I won't be able to stay awake!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Happy Long Weekend!

Here's the progress photos you've all been just dying to see:



And I reluctantly dragged out JDD Bell Ornament:JDD bell ornament02

I just have the over-one background stitching to do.

I rode everyday; Em rode Thursday night which is normally Axe's night off because I'm stitching, so I gave her Friday night off instead. I fell asleep on the couch both Friday & Saturday nights, waking up around 1;30 and 12:30 respectively, derailing any normal night time ablutions, which would have made me wide awake again. I worked a tad Sunday afternoon for a friend. Today I went to the mall for only the second time since last Xmas. I had Miss Vicki's coupons for free bloomers, and Clinique was having it's bonus event.

I'm on a chocolate chip cookie binge. i made some dough last week and sent most of it back to Boston with Em. The cookies it made were too crispy though. It called for melted butter- I think it was a Cook's Illustrated or a King Arthur's Flour recipe. I was still craving them today, so I just made a half-batch of good old fashioned Original Toll house cookies. Nothing like the original. And if you let the butter sit out on the counter all day, it's even soft enough to mix by hand! Perfect texture, consistency, buttery, brown-sugary taste!  For supper I made my all-time favorite sandwich: I don't have a name for it, so here's how to make it: Slice one green pepper and one sweet onion thinly into strips, toss together in a large bowl with 2-3 TBSP olive oil and about 1/2 tsp salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Grill on your George Foreman for about 7 minutes, or until you have good char marks and onions are translucent and wilted. Stir around midway thru cooking time. Meanwhile, slice a good sub roll open, and take ONE slice of American cheese (yellow or white) and tear into strips and cover bottom side of roll. When veggie are done, layer about 1/3 to 1/2 of  the mixture on top of the cheese strips, and close top of roll to keep heat in. Let sit a few minutes (if you can stand it) to melt the cheese, then scarf down. The sub rolls I get at my market are about 9" long, so i get 2 very filling sandwiches out of this amount of veggies. I keep the unused mixture in the frig, and re-heat in a small skillet. You can top the re-heated stuff with the cheese in the skillet, and cover to let it melt and then turn it into the roll. MMMM--M! Good thing it was a long weekend- it's going to take more than a day to get the onion smell out of my hair!

Well, I think I've satisfied my chocolate chip cookie cravings for a while- hopefully until my Christmas baking marathon. I bought 2 quarter sheets from a local restaurant supply warehouse store- nice heavy aluminum ones- perfect with my silicone mats. I can't wait for Xmas baking!

Thought of Ireland:




Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Look What I've Done....


I'm SO loving this! I totally forgot about my September ornament.

Oh, well- Halloween here we come!


Axe is still good; not as frisky- that was due to the nip in the air, but still sound. Knock on wood for me!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Calling 1-800-Geek

So I've been having printer problems for a while. After choosing to print, it will print part of a document and then it will spit out a page with only a few lines or a half page of the expected text or image. You never know when it will happen, or what you'll end up with. Then, sometimes, it doesn't print anything. Then I have to go into "printers", and delete the document, which usually doesn't work because the computer & the printer are busy having some sort of conversation about "it's YOUR fault!" "No- it's your fault!" and nothing deletes and nothing prints. What I have found does work, is to shut down & restart, and my stalled page will miraculously appear, the two devices having been sent to time-out and promises of behaving winning their release.

So today, same issues. I decide that the problem might be because my printer is listed 3 times in my Printers folder, and i try to delete 2 of them (the non-defaults). Well, that doesn't work at all, nor does canceling the pending documents, nor does canceling the open processes. I get very frustrated and try good old "Ctrl + Alt + Del". THAT doesn't work. Now I'm steaming, and repeat C+A+D countless times. at about the 23rd time, the image on my screen flips upside down- and my mouse control flipped with it. It was like this:

upsdie down screen 1

After manipulating the mouse like I was using my left hand (THAT probably would have worked!), I tried computer magic- shutting down & restarting- yeeeeaaaaah-riiiiiight! I finally had to do a system restore in safe mode. I got my printer software (anyways) removed & reinstalled, and it's been printing. I imagine this is some sort of HP plan to have all printers die after 30 months of use, so that we all have to get a new one. Has anyone heard when we all get bail-outs?

Friday, October 3, 2008

New Start Tonight!

"Toil & Trouble" by Plum Street Samplers:


The green fabric I had in my stash ended up being too short; I found this 32 ct. Lakeside Linen "Patina" instead. Doesn't look too green here, but it is.


PS: for some reason, Blogger wouldn't accept this last night, so here it it this afternoon.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Something Finally Got Accomplished!!


"Rites of Spring" by Blackbird Designs

32 ct. Belfast Linen "Country Mocha"

Suggested WDW & GA threads

I'm going to save it away, unpersonalized, for a future wedding or some such event. Not that anything is pending, but you never know.
God only knows why the line spacing up there can fit an elephant thru.