Just a quick note about two noteworthy ;-) happenings.  

1)  Last night, I finished my “big” project.  Hopefully, I’ll be posting pix very soon :-)  I’m very proud of myself for finishing.  I began the project in March, took a long break a few months ago, and finally finished.  Now I can decide on my next cross-stitch project.  I think it’ll probably be something small…maybe a Christmas ornament or something for autumn.  We’ll see what catches my eye :-)

2) I lost 2.2 lbs. this week!  WHOOT!  Grand total of 35 lbs. gone and (hopefully) never to return :-D  

Have a lovely day!  Happy Stitching!


stupid, Stupid, STUPID, STU-PID!

Yep, that’s how I felt a few days ago.  Stupid.

Have you ever been stitching along and ended up confusing yourself?  BTDT…recently.

I was happily stitching part 4 of my big project (yay!) when I found what I thought was a HUGE mistake.  So, I looked at the stitching and I looked at the pattern and I looked at the floss numbers…then I did it all again…something just wasn’t adding up.  So, I compared them all AGAIN…and realized that I needed to…gulp…unpick an entire section.  What a colossal Pain in the Patootie!

But, I did it and started re-stitching that area in the…ahem…correct color.  After I completed the section for the second time, something just didn’t look right.  So, I looked at the stitching and I looked at the pattern and I looked at the floss numbers…and something wasn’t adding up…again!  That’s when I realized that it was correct the FIRST TIME!  So, I commenced to unpick and re-stitch the section AGAIN, double-checking that i was using the correct color.

Now, I’m finally past that section.  I was so traumatized that I had to take a day off from stitching just to get my mojo back, lol.

I plan to spend the rest of this afternoon and evening cross-stitching and watching TV.  I might do the same thing tomorrow…unless I have to unpick something, then all bets are off!

Happy Stitching!!

Where Has Summer Gone?

It seems like just a few days since I wrote my last post, but it’s been…gulp…2 months!  I swear that I just barely blinked and summer is almost over!

I hope you’ve all been having a great summer!  Mine has been fairly dull, TBH.  We’ve hung around the house a lot.  I’ve cleaned and worked around the house.  Hubby has done a good bit of yard work when he’s not at the office or helping with youth activities at church or in a meeting at church.  Daughter has been working hard and enjoying her job.  I finally jumped in the pool with Hubby last weekend – yes, it was my first time this summer!  I think it was only his 2nd time swimming.  We’ve had such a wet summer, there hasn’t been much chance to swim…and the water is pretty chilly, too!  

I haven’t been doing much cross-stitching, thanks to tendonitis or something that’s making my arm ache (probably too much Candy Crush, lol).  I did manage to complete the 3rd part of my big project.  I’ve started the final section and am trying to stitch a bit on it each day; we’ll have to see how that works out ;-)  

As some of you know, I’ve been trying to find a part-time job for about 2 years.  Still no success, though I was finally called for an interview.  I really wanted that job, but it just wasn’t meant to be, I guess.  Oh, well…I’ll just keep looking and applying :-)  Being out of the workforce for 21 years isn’t helping my search, but I would not trade that time with the kids for anything.

I’ve been doing some canning this summer.  So far, I’ve made strawberry jam, peach jam, bread & butter pickles, zesty cucumber relish, and sweet cucumber relish.  I want to make more peach jam, as well as can some peaches.  Hubby requested corn relish and several kinds of salsa.  I will definitely make apple butter this fall, and I’m thinking about putting up a batch of Italian-seasoned tomato sauce to use when I make spaghetti.  Then, of course, there are a few things I want to try, just because they look interesting…more on that another time :-)  

Well, it’s just a little after 7pm.  Daughter and I just got home from Friendly’s, where we had supper – a little bit of girls’ night since Hubby is helping with a project at his parents’ house.  I think I’m going to load the dryer, turn on the TV, and cross-stitch as long as I can.

Happy Stitching!


Hunting II

A murder has occurred in Canada.  My dad shot a black bear earlier this week.  This is the 5th or 6th bear that he has “harvested” since he started making his annual pilgrimage to the killing grounds known as Long Lake Adventures.

Please don’t misunderstand – I love & respect my dad, really, I do.  He worked hard to provide for our family and deserves to enjoy his golden years.  I just don’t agree with some of his choices.

I’ve realized that I can no longer pretend to support his involvement in this so-called sport, nor can I remain silent about it.  My reaction would be quite different if he were hunting to provide food for his (or someone else’s) table, but that’s not the case. 

Trophy hunting, especially when animals are baited, is cruel and senseless murder.  In my opinion, there are only three good reasons an animal (wild or domestic) should be killed:  1) food; 2) severe illness; or 3) gross overpopulation. 

Baiting any animal should be illegal, period.


So, my dad is in Canada, bear “hunting.” I use the term “hunting” loosely because, IMO, sitting in a blind while waiting for a bear to approach a bait barrel is not truly hunting.  It’s not fair to the bear (or any other animal “hunted” in this manner).  I truly cannot understand the attraction to this “sport” or the desire to bring such “trophies” into one’s home.

Dear ol’ Dad has quite a few black bears, preserved in various ways, from a rug to a full, standing mount; enough to devote an entire room to the display.

I think it’s disgusting and have no desire to see his “trophies,” though I am expected to support & congratulate him on his excellent marksmanship and choice of prey (after all, if the bear he sees is too small, he can just wait for the next one!).

I guess I’m finally admitting to everyone what a few close friends have known for a long time…I despise trophy hunting. Hunting for food is different, and I’m not talking about that.  I’m against hunting when it’s purely for sport – to take a trophy, whether that be antlers, claws, or a fully-mounted carcass. 

There, I’ve said it.  Let the flaming begin…

I’ve Been Jammin’

Strawberries started arriving at the local produce stands about a week ago.  I visited my favorite orchard on Day 2 of strawberry season, purchasing 8 quarts of the ruby-red beauties.  I used most of them to make jam; the rest were eaten.  Ok, I’ll admit it!  I ate a quart of strawberries the first day!  They were so sweet and yummy and juicy and mmmmmmm!

Yesterday, I bought another 8 quarts of strawberries!  This morning, I made more jam.  But I also froze about 2 quarts.  Another quart or so are ready for fresh strawberry smoothies!  That will be a wonderful treat to share with Hubby tonight :-)

In a few days, I’ll probably head back to the produce stand for more strawberries.  Yes, more jam will be made.  But most will probably be frozen or just eaten fresh.  Hubby’s birthday is coming up soon and he loves it when I make butternut pound cake with homemade fudge sauce and fresh strawberries.  Gotta keep my man happy ;-)

In cross-stitchy news, well…there isn’t much stitchy news!  I haven’t been stitching much at all thanks to a bit of tendonitis in my arm; achy arms are not good for stitching!  It’s been frustrating, but I know my arm will feel better soon and then I’ll stitch like the wind!

Happy Stitching!