Snow! Beautiful Snow!

We’re having a snow day here in Maryland!  The forecast is for 8-10″ of the glorious white stuff by tomorrow morning, so you know I’m happy :-D  The only thing that would make today perfect would be a roaring fire in the fireplace, but we’re out of wood, so that’s not gonna happen.

Fortunately, none of us have to drive this afternoon.  Daughter was supposed to work this morning, so Hubby took her out there,  They sent her home and the mall closed soon after.  Before heading back home, they stopped by Starbucks and brought treats for all of us.  They brought me some yummy hot chocolate (my favorite!) and a luscious chocolate croissant.  Believe me, I didn’t mind!

We’re curious about whether church will be delayed or canceled tomorrow morning and also hoping that the roads will be OK for Daughter to drive to work.

I did some housework this morning, then watched The Devil Wears Prada with Daughter.  That’s such an awesome film!  Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway can’t be beat!  Now, I’m getting ready to do some stitching.  Hopefully, I’ll finish my current little project this afternoon; then I might start on a little something for Easter.  But I just bought 2 new cross-stitch magazines, so we’ll have to see if something else catches my eye ;-)

Enjoy your afternoon and, if it’s snowing where you are, stay safe & warm!

Happy Stitching!!

Just Joking?

Lately, I’ve been seeing and hearing a lot of jokes about mental illness. I used to think they were funny, but then my family was touched by mental illness and my perspective changed drastically. Mental illness is a serious MEDICAL CONDITION. People generally don’t joke about cancer or AIDS.  Why joke about mental illness?

Depression is more than just “feeling a little blue.” It’s a long-term, debilitating sadness, but it’s more than sadness…it’s hopelessness and wondering why you’re even trying…it’s feeling like life is pointless, like YOU are pointless. Food has no taste, activities are just reminders of how inept you feel, LIFE has no flavor. It’s a miserable existence that can be treated, but never cured.

Anxiety is more that just being a “worrier.” It’s middle-of-the-night panic that wakes you in a cold sweat. It’s “I can’t stop crying and I’m freaking out and I don’t really know why.” It’s trips to the ER because you’re freaking out about nothing in particular (or something in particular; you just never know). It’s never knowing when a panic attack will sneak up on you and kick your @$$ to the curb. It can be treated, but not cured.

For those who think that OCD means someone is just an ultra-perfectionist, it’s much, much more. It’s more than just wanting things to be tidy (not everyone with OCD is extra-tidy, BTW). It involves Obsessions and Compulsions (that means you HAVE to do certain things or you believe something bad will happen). It can be treated, but not cured.

Once again, I have to say that mental illness isn’t quirky or fun. It’s miserable.

Quick Update

Hi!

I hope all my US peeps had a great Thanksgiving!  We spent the day at my in-laws’ house; it was quite pleasant.  I don’t really remember much from the ride home because I was in a pumpkin pie coma.  Yes, my MIL’s pie is THAT GOOD!

Things have been pretty hectic around here for the past couple months.

I’m still working on getting my Etsy shop, The Timid Kitty, open for business.  I’m also learning to take better photos of my items – I never realized how awful my photography skills were, lol.

This month, I’m working on Christmas gifts (almost no shopping, except for craft supplies), trying to get things ready for Etsy, making time for family & church Christmas activities…and I just remembered that I need to do Christmas cards!  ACK!

I’ve managed to set up my new sewing space in the sun room.  I’ll try to post pix one of these days :-) It’s very cozy, but I definitely need a chair with wheels.  Right now, I’m using one of our dining room chairs and it’s just not working well.

Yesterday, I made the first embroidered lace Christmas ornament of the season.  It looks black, in the photo, but it’s actually dark purple.

I plan to spend today Cross-Stitching.  I might embroider another ornament…we’ll see :-D

Happy Stitching!

lace ornament

Big News!

Later this month, I’m opening an Etsy shop!  I also hope to have my very own website up & running by the end of the year!  The shop & website will be called The Timid Kitty, after my very sweet, yet very shy cat, KittyPuff.

In the shop, I plan to sell cross-stitched and embroidered items, handcrafted birdhouses, ornaments, and other things that I find myself creating.  I also plan to sell my son’s handmade pens and wands (for all those Harry Potter fans out there).  Other handmade items will be added, as they come along.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress toward opening shop.  Right now, I have just a few items to list; have to photograph them first and I’m not very good at that (need practice!).

In other news, I just finished stitching my mother-in-law’s Christmas gift.  It’s a cute little Furry Tales design by Lucie Heaton.  As you all know, I absolutely LOVE her designs :-)  My mom-in-law saw this as I was stitching it (before I decided who the recipient would be) and was taken by how cute it was.  I’m thinking about making it into a little pillow ornament, but we’ll have to wait and see :-)

Happy Stitching!

(Now I’m going to go put the groceries away!)