Friday, November 30, 2012


As our fearless Spinster Stitcher  her very self would say.

Behold “Joy Sampler” by Lizzie Kate:

Lizzie Kate Joy Sampler

I just have to attached the charms and it’s “finished” finished.

And today, thank the sweet baby Jesus, is the last day of NaBloPoMo. I’m sure you’re all sick & tired of me by now. I only missed one night where I totally forgot to write, so in my new version of normal, I think that’s pretty good.

Here’s a funny video I was telling the ladies about at stitching last night (I hope this works!): Cat-Friend vs. Dog-Friend


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Home Stretch…

Here’re my last turkey sandwiches:

last turkey sandwiches

Turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce with a light schmear of mayo.

And here’s Chickie hoping I drop those sandwiches:

chickie sandwich

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


She stitched!!!

A tiny bit more on Lizzie Kate’s “Joy Sampler”:


Down to the bottom. There  are some snowflakes and a bottom border and the snowman’s nose, the charms and she’s done.

And I realized between yesterday & today, the ornament per month thing (and stitching in general) is a good source of blog post fodder. Progress photo & a description, and another NaBloPoMo post is ovah!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


to reach the end of NaBloPoMo. Let’s see if I can embed some Pinterest pins (I apologize in advance for any offensive language):


Pluto and Twinkies

Grammar. The difference between feeling your nuts and feeling you're nuts.


it's true though.


And they do!


so true!


Pet peeves

The brilliance of this is magnificent.

we ride!

and the finale:

best pregnancy photo ever.

“The Best Pregnancy Photo Ever”


No I couldn’t embed- Blogger’s “preview” wasn’t available, so I had to cut & paste.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Decorating…

someday I want to make one of these:
xmas bulb tree
The directions are from this website. It seems pretty easy, and if I was really smart, I’d buy the bulbs after Christmas on sale.
These are cute too:
glitter house
Link here.
And a bulb wreath too:
ornament ball wreath 1

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Some Progress….

of the non-stitchy variety. The tree is up, with its lights. The wreath is on the front door, and I put up my icicle lights, and they all work! I still have to ornamental-ize the tree, but I can do that in the evenings after work.

Is anyone out there sick of turkey yet? I can’t say that I am. I gave Brandon quite a bit, and Em took a meals’s worth. I’ve been eating mini turkey sandwiches made on dinner rolls for lunch, and then at dinner, having a bowl of stuffing, potatoes, gravy & veggies. I think I need to start eating more turkey!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Best Laid Plans…

Spike TV decided to air a complete Star Wars marathon beginning at 9:00 am. I’m not  huge fan, I did see the first Star Wars way back when, and never saw any of the 3 prequels. I caught the end of prequel #1, and about 1/3 of #2, before I couldn’t keep track of rebels, clones, Siths, Jedis, who was a good guy and who was bad. So I switched to Science TV, which is airing a Fringe marathon starting with season 1. I know who’s good and bad on Fringe.

Chicken has had to go out about 8 times. It’s no wonder I get nothing done- or at least I can use that excuse. I did get to Joann’s for some stuff with my 25% off my total order. 6 more days of this nonsense, and I’ll be done…..

Friday, November 23, 2012

Turkey Hangover….

or 3 glasses of wine is 1-1/2 too many!

“My Fair Lady” is on right now on TCM. I didn’t realize that all these familiar songs came from this movie. The last time I watched any of this, I had to have been a teenager or younger. I love the set of the Professor’s home- so richly detailed. According to IMDb, Audrey Hepburn’s singing was dubbed by Marni Nixon, except for “Just You Wait (Henry Higgins)”.


I was busy today- some work to finish – but I think tomorrow I’ll start on the Christmas decorations. I’m not a big shopper, so I’d just as soon stay away from the malls. Bob’s son stopped by on his way home from work this afternoon. I loaded him down with leftovers. He’s such a good guy- it was good to see him.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Emily came over this afternoon after doing the outlaws. We served ourselves a feast:

Tday 2012 1

Here’s how my turkey looked (after carving the breast off one half):

Tday 2012 2

And dessert:

Tday 2012 3

These are the chocolate cupcakes- I made an equal amount of vanilla frosted the same. The be-sprinkled ones have a filling of dulce de leche. All the others are unfilled.

It was very good, but over very fast. I feel like I’ve been on my feet all day, but really only since noon when the turkey needed more basting, and the sides needed to be put together.

But it’s all done & cleaned up, and I’m off to the couch finally with (another!!) glass of wine & a cupcake or 2.

Happy Thanksgiving all! Thank you for all your kind thoughts and support, and wonderful comments. You all keep me inspired every day. Thanks!

All I have to say...

is that Tina Turner's "Rolling on the River" : "we don't do nothing easy!" takes care of yesterday's problem!

10:55 am: and "Sympathy for the Devil" & "Gimme Shelter". If you don't know by who, I'm done with you!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I forgot...

what songs I had loaded into my Spotify account. It's been months since I've used it. Since before Bob died. And some songs still can't be listened to.
I need to make a play list of just good old '80's hard rock songs.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

For the Engineers out there…

I came across a story about a company in China planning on building a 220 story building, which would be the tallest in the world, in 90 days. That would be at the rate of 5 floors per day. They’re using pre-fab modular units, and not counting the time it takes to construct those, just the actual time on site.

I know how much time and coordination it takes just to build a three story building, and what kind of mistakes happen that have to be corrected along the way. If they meet their deadline, there’s not enough money in the world that would get me to go into that building!


Monday, November 19, 2012


My menu:

Roasted, brined turkey & gravy


Crockpot stuffing

mashed potatoes

sauteed green beans

roasted cauliflower

carrots and parsnips: either mashed or roasted

dinner rolls

cranberry sauce

chocolate & vanilla frosted cupcakes


Sunday, November 18, 2012

As Promised…

Here’s the update photo of “Joy Sampler” from Lizzie Kate:LKJoy4

Also for your entertainment- sunset on Friday night:

susnet1 sunset2

That is all, folks.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Really Big Fish story…

From Yahoo News- A Real, Live Moby Dick!
The pony came down with a very swollen ankle this week. Alice & I think it’s mostly due to lack of turn-out this week, because of all the rain we’ve had. At the old barn, Axe would have been able to walk between her stall, which was about 12’ x 12’, and the pen outside, which was about 24’ x 15’. Axe’s stall now is maybe 10’x9’, and no 24/7 pen. All the walking was good for keeping her aging joints mobile, and keeping excess fluids from building up in her lower legs. Emily thought she was a bit gimpy, but we’ve been liniment-ing, and hand-walking, and she looks much better as of today. She may have twisted her ankle early in the week, and the extra inside time caused the fluid to build up. I also turned her out in the big field this afternoon so she could walk around more. And I pulled out some stitching! I’m more than 3/4 done on the Lizzie Kate Joy Sampler- I’ll take a photo tomorrow and post. If I was a real woman, I could finish it watching football tomorrow. Here’s my last update photo.
I bought all my Thanksgiving fixings yesterday and today, and my .49 cents/pound Marval frozen turkey is de-frosting in my refrigerator. I think I’m going back to the store tomorrow to get another turkey for Christmas.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Some Interesting Research….

I get an email once a month or so from The Scarlet Quince, ever since I started buying charts from them several years ago. I usually keep them saved in my in-box because often they have some good stitching tips and/or information that make them worth saving. Today’s post was a review/comparison of four different needles, by manufacturer- it was very thorough and well done. I highly recommend you read!

Towards  the bottom of this page is a link to sign up for the newsletter.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

This looks interesting…

From Wiki-how-of-the-day:

How to cook a turkey breast in a crock pot.

The directions are slightly out of order, and after the breast is done cooking in crock pot, it calls for broiling in a regular oven to brown the skin.But it looks like it might come out pretty good. Something to keep in mind for when I want turkey but not the torture of cooking a whole bird, or hey- this would be a great way to cook turkey during the hot summer months!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I Breathe, therefore I Pin…

So I have that little “Follow me on Pinterest” button over there>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

You can click it if you’d like and see what shenanigans I’ve been up to. I started my Pinterest account around Christmas last year and was amazed at all the holiday-themed ideas, recipes, gifts, decorations, etc. that were popping up. So if you need some inspiration or even just some holiday cheer, now’s a good time to check it out.

Here are some things I found today:

Butter Pecan Cupcakes

Bite Sized Baked Brie

Budget Friendly Christmas Tree Decorating

Pixie Stix Quilt

Mozzarella Sticks

Pink & White Peppermint Swirl Bark

According to Live Writer and Pinterest, I can embed pins in my blog, but it doesn’t seem to be working properly, or, more than likely, I’m not operating properly.

Saved by the bell! I’m cooking a quiche, and I always forget that less is more when it comes to quiche. So I overstuffed the pie shell, and it’s taken an extra 30 minutes to cook and I’m SOOOO hungry! (ham, broccoli, cheese & sautéed onions)

Monday, November 12, 2012

From work today….

On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM:

From me to daughter: “I just want to take an aluminum baseball bat to a co-worker’s face. I think I’m PMS-ing, as well trying to fend off said co-worker’s head cold”

From daughter to me: “yikes...what is he doing?”

From me to daughter: On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 11:09 :

“Nothing much except EXISTING”

From daughter to me: “lol  is everyone I know on the same cycle? what gives?”

Mind you- my only “co-worker” is my boss, a fact of which my daughter is totally aware. Good thing I’ve been working there for 30 years and could resist the urge to give in to violence.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Epic Fail!

So I did forget to post last night. I worked all day, then I had to go to one of those "buy-something" parties at my barn-friend's house. I got home by 9:15, and refused to turn the computer on- not remembering I hadn't made a post when I had my computer on after work. I believe my thought process then was: "you can write about the buy-something party when you get home". So much for that.
This party was from a company called "Trades of Hope". The products are fair trade craft items- jewelry, home decor, scarves, xmas ornaments, etc., from around the world. The workers are for the most part women in 3rd world countries. The Trades of Hope people set them up with a business creating these items from sustainable, local goods and materials, and work with them to ensure a consistent quality, sell-able product. The women get paid first, then T of H people back in the US. It seems like a nice idea.
Of course, I spent way too much on some items I normally wouldn't buy, but it kicked off my Christmas shopping, so that helps.
Plus I got to hang out with my pooper-scooper barn buddy Michelle for the evening, and met some of her friends that she's told me about as she gabs while we did our chores.
I miss my old barn tons, but Axe is fitting in nicely at Alice's. While I am now thoroughly enjoying being able to sleep in on weekends- it's been over a year since I could-I started doing weekends last end of October 2011 after Jodi got back from Worlds, I do miss barn chores.
Today I put that plastic film on some drafty windows. That stuff is NOT for women of a certain age who need readers and refuse to get them. I was convinced I had a faulty package of film because all the sheets seemed to be cut too short and I couldn't find an edge to peel back. Finally i measured a sheet and sure enough, one dimension was half as long as it should have been- telling me that the film WAS folded in half.
It took a bit of rubbing and crunching the edge to finally see the two plys, and then get my fingernail in between to separate them. So that's done. I am now procrastinating big time at picking up my tree limbs from the Hurricane- and thank you Anna & Krista for the info on "Superstorm Sandy"- it was very interesting. It's a terrible shame that the authorities had so much advance warning to the storm and for what ever reasons, didn't have the necessary follow-up in place.
Well, my computer is pestering me for a re-start to finish an security update, so I should comply.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Almost Forgot…

to post tonight! We (me and the animals) all survived the Nor’Easter. Which reminds me: did I miss something regarding Hurricane Sandy? Why is it being referred to as “Superstorm Sandy”? My thoughts are with all of you in NY & NJ and elsewhaere affected by the storms.

I still have my yard to clean up, it’s supposed to be nice this weekend so hopefully I can make a dent in it.

Fringe is on- time to go!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

When I was a little girl….

all I wanted for Christmas was a pony:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012




Tuesday, November 6, 2012


vote 2012

It’s taken me an embarrassingly long time to realize this isn’t an acronym for some PhysEd television station. Can I have a TTSBJ* that the election is tonight? And that the airwaves and inboxes of America will no longer be inundated with political ads & spam ad nauseum?

I have to admit, I think most of my Facebook friends have blocked my status updates, which are usually political in nature. To that end, I created a Twitter account, and I fulfill most of my political junkie cravings there. I even tweeted along for all 3 debates, and got some re-tweets and responses for my efforts (now that’s a surprise!) Bob and I used to discuss currents events all the time, and so I’ve kind of gone overboard now that I don’t have that daily debrief to get it out of my system.

Anyway, it’s all over tonight. I have no idea what the TV & radio stations will do with all the free air time they’ll have open. What do you think?


* Thank The Sweet Baby Jesus

Monday, November 5, 2012

Does Anyone Else Wonder….

what the heck was Brad Pitt thinking when he made this Chanel commercial?

Every time I see it, I think it’s a Saturday Night Live parody and Will Ferrell will jump up from off-screen shouting “More cowbell!”

Sunday, November 4, 2012


I googled the word “stitching” and got a lot of interesting results:

Stitches Though Time” which is about a group of current quilters who have undertaken to duplicate the Jane Stickle Quilt, which was stitched in 1863 and comprised 5,602 pieces.

This story is about a New Hampshire cross stitcher  who spent ten months on a 24” x 18” portrait of a witch. I’m not sure but it sort of looks like a HAE design? The stitcher doesn’t identify the designer. She won numerous fair awards for her work though.

Craft of the Day”  from the Huffington Post. (Who knew??!!)

From Ireland, a story about the Knitting and Stitching Show, which is one of the largest textile and crafting events in Ireland, which started on November 1st and running for 4 days (this past weekend I guess- too late to get there now).

Two different stories, from Minnesota and from Georgia, about women who’ve displayed their work at their respective town halls. One woman’s stitching “career” started with a birth sampler, the other with a wedding sampler.

This story from the Philadelphia area about a quilter extraordinaire , described as “one of the best thread painters in the business”, and even has some works hanging the Smithsonian. This story has a small photo show attached- make sure to check them out.

There were plenty more stories, but you all know how much I love to type (NOT!), so you’re on your own to find those!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Stitching in the news….

This story was in one of the Boston newspapers a couple of weeks ago. It’s a story about a stitching studio in Newton, MA that has had an influx of youngsters wanting to sew their own Halloween costumes. I kind of have the impression from the article that this craftiness skipped their parents’ generation. Wouldn’t it be nice that the hand-fiber arts tradition is now passing down to a new, younger generation? Who’s the youngest cross stitcher you know? I can think of Becka, at The Stitching Lion blog, who is about 20 years old. One of Paulette Stewart’s (Plum Street Samplers) daughters designs charts, so I think it’s safe to assume she stitches too. I think she’s also about 20.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Beacon House Update

Day #2 of NaBloPoMo:
Yes, that’s a LOT of snowflakes. Smyrna crosses over 2, 4, and 6 threads. But a girl has to do what a girl has to do.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

It's THAT Time of Year Again....

NaBloPoMo-"National Blog Posting Month"

Why this has to be the month of November, I don't know, as it gets pretty painful towards Thanksgiving at the end of the month.
Anyway, I will try to use it as an excuse to actually do some blog posting, instead of reading everyone else's- yes- I've become an Olympic-caliber lurker.

Nancy, at Victorian Motto Samplers, is having a 25-Days of Christmas giveaway
She dyes her own flosses and trims in the most scrumptious colors.

Now, that wasn't so bad, was it??