Happy Monday!

Here I sit on a rainy Maryland Monday, trying to decide what to write about.

I’ve been working hard at spring cleaning. Who knew we had so much JUNK?!?! Our neighborhood has a big yard sale early next month and I’m busy gathering and pricing items for that. I also have a bunch of books (homeschool materials, novels, you name it), cross-stitch pattern leaflets & books, and cross-stitch kits to list on ebay.

Handsome Hubby and I operate a small business, LittleLocos Model Engineering. We’re preparing to set up a booth at a model engineering expo later this month. It’s always fun, but so much work :-)

In stitchy news, my mother-in-law LOVED the All Our Yesterdays design I made for her! I finished it up with a pretty blue frame. Yesterday, she told me that she hung it in her hallway, along with the framed stitch I gave her for Christmas :-) Now, I’m working on a new project, but it’s going to remain a secret until it’s complete. I’m almost halfway done :-)

Happy Stitching!

Happy Spring!

I know there are many people who are tickled pink that today is the first day of spring.  I’m not one of them.  Spring is delightful, true, but it only leads to the evil that is summer.  Summer, with its hot, humid days and nightly mosquito attacks.  Summer, with insects and spiders and snakes (oh, my).  Summer, with swimsuits and SWIMSUITS!  AAAAHHHHH!!! 

Happy Spring!!

March March March…

April May June, June June June, July August September, Sept Sept September October November December January February MARCH!

The tune may be from the film It’s Always Fair Weather, but Marylanders are looking for some not-so-fair weather this weekend.  Yep, the forecast is calling for rain, sleet, and snow tomorrow afternoon through Monday night.  Winter’s last gasp, I guess.

To be honest, I’m always rather sad to see winter slip away.  I enjoy the cold because it gives me an excuse to snuggle in front of the fire with some hot cocoa or tea (and a stitchy project, of course!).  I love to sit in my rocking chair in the sun room, usually with a small dog on my lap, and watch the snow fall.  I love how bright and clean the world looks after a snowstorm.  Yep, winter will be missed :-)

March seems to be coming in like a lion this year – it’s pretty cold and breezy today and, like I mentioned, wintry weather is in the forecast.  This morning, I told my daughter that there are only 3 nice things about March…my sister’s birthday, my mom-in-law’s birthday, and St. Patrick’s Day :-)  I don’t really mean that, of course.  There are many wonderful things to look forward to in the spring time – warming temperatures (no coat!), pretty flowers, greening grass and trees (I love trees!), baby bunnies hopping around the yard, birds building their nests…so many pleasant things!

I recently completed a little stitch in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.  Since I didn’t have money to buy a pattern or kit, I found a free pattern online.  TBH, it wasn’t my favorite, but it’s kinda cute.  Maybe I’ll try my hand at designing one of these days…

Anyway, I hope you like this project and are planning to enjoy the upcoming springy weather!

Stitch Joyously!

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In a Handbasket? Really?!?!

Around 9am, all my wonderful plans for this beautiful, sunny Friday went to a Very Hot Place in a handbasket.

Seriously, the early morning went great!  I packed a nice lunch and shoved the Hubby out the door around 5:45.  Snuggled with my KittyPuff, ate breakfast, and read the newspaper.  Scrolled through all my friends’ facebook posts, fed the dogs, and managed to get Philip to stop barking…for a few minutes.  Sorted laundry and realized that I didn’t need to wash any clothes today (YAY!).  Like I said, things were going pretty well.

Until my vision started going wonky around 9am.  Ugh!  A migraine.  So, I took some medicine, closed the bedroom curtains, and snuggled under the covers to sleep it off.  Once Philip stopped barking (at absolutely NOTHING), I slept HARD until 1pm when Daughter woke me because…

The furnace wasn’t working.  Which meant that the water heater wasn’t working either.  Grreeaat.  So, head pounding and body trembling from lack of food (have I mentioned that I’m diabetic?), I called the fuel company.  They said they would send someone out this afternoon, but couldn’t give me a timeframe for his arrival.  OK.  Not a problem.  I’ll be here all day anyway and the house wasn’t too cold.  So, I made myself some lunch (leftover Citrus Chicken Tacos – YUM!) and settled in to wait for the repair dude.  Surprise!  He arrived within an hour or so!  The repair was something simple and he was out of here very quickly. 

Then, after a long, tiring day at work, Hubby made “breakfast for dinner” tonight and is planning to go out and get some ice cream in a little while.  I guess my day hasn’t turned out so badly after all…and Philip isn’t barking (for the moment, lol).  Maybe I’ll do a little stitching and watch some TV this evening…but first, I have to let the dogs out ;-)

Happy Stitching!

Happy Anniversary!!

Today, my Handsome Hubby and I are celebrating our 23rd anniversary! Woo-Hoo!

We met in the fall of 1986 at Montgomery College. He was majoring in Mechanical Engineering and I had just changed my major to Financial Management. After a few months of chatting before class began, I finally hinted strongly enough and he asked me out. Unfortunately, it was to a dance and I wasn’t at all interested in attending! So, I suggested that we could maybe do something else; pizza & a movie was settled upon and we had our first date on 12/6/86. We dated more than 4 years, until he completed his engineering degree, then were married on Groundhog Day 1991. That’s rather appropriate because his family had a pet groundhog when Hubby was a child :-)

Since then, we’ve raised two beautiful children (homeschooled, too!). We’ve seen our son get married (in 2012) and are looking forward to our daughter’s wedding (probably this year). Grandchildren can wait a while, though!

We’ve moved 3 times and almost moved to Colorado in 2007. Though it’s a wonderful place, we’re very glad we didn’t move there.

Our family has had all kinds of pets – at one point, we shared our home with 16 animals! Right now, we have 6 – 3 cats and 3 dogs. One of the cats and possibly one dog will be moving out with Daughter, eventually.

We’ve had our ups and downs (mostly ups) and, overall, it’s been a spectacular 23 years! I can’t wait to see what the next 23 years will bring!

Happy Stitching!