Rain, Rain, Rainy, Rain

I enjoy foul weather.  Thunderstorms bring me immense happiness.  Snowstorms are glorious.  Grey, rainy days are divine!

Even I have my limits, however.  At first, we had warm, spring-like, rainy days – rather pleasant.  Then we had boiling hot, summertime rainy days.  Now, we’re back to chilly, sopping, miserable days…and it’s supposed to last until the middle of next week.

Excuse me, Mother Nature, but I’m done.  Done with the patter of rain on the windows, flooded streets, and the mud tracked in by the dogs.  Done with wet feet, and general dampness, and grandchildren who are stir-crazy from being cooped up indoors.

If it’s raining where you are, I hope it stops soon.  If you need the rain, I’m happy to send this deluge your way.  I’m definitely ready for a break from the rain…and looking forward to the next thunderstorm.

Have Fun, whatever the weather!


What Happened to Spring?

It seemed like winter would never end, but I didn’t mind.  It’s no secret that I love cold weather.

Now, it’s supposedly springtime…warming temperatures, April showers, May flowers, and all that happy stuff.  “So, why is it 90-bloody-degrees outside?” she shrieked.

Seriously, folks, this is ridiculous weather for May.  My daughter and I just took her dog to the vet.  We spent very little time outside, but it was hot enough that it made me feel ill.  I wasn’t expecting temps like this for at least another few weeks…maybe a month.

In general, I don’t like summer and I don’t do well in heat and humidity.  If these temperatures are any indication of how hot this summer is going to be, I think I’ll spend it indoors!

Stay Cool!!

Change is NOT Easy

Happy Saturday, everyone!  It’s a beautiful, blue-sky day in Maryland – my daughter & son-in-law have already taken their kids and dog for a nice walk around the neighborhood this morning because it’s going to get hot, hot, hot this afternoon.  My allergies have been acting up, so I’m spending lots of time indoors.

As I mentioned in my last post, my daughter and her family moved in with us.  Our house is not huge, so things are feeling more than a bit crowded, LOL.  We’re all trying to make it work – thoughtfulness and cooperation are keys to happiness in this situation.  Change is not easy for me (or my cats!) (or my husband!), but we’re trying to keep a positive attitude.  Sometimes, I’m just positive that this is not going to turn out well, LOL.

I do, however, enjoy hanging out with my grandchildren.  My granddaughter is 2 and her baby brother is 8 months.  She loves to talk and dance and sing songs, as well as help with housework.  Just this morning, she helped unload the dishwasher!  She would pick up a dish and I would tell her to give it to Poppy.  She would tell him, “Here ya go!” and he put the dish away.  It was so sweet!!  Baby Bro has figured out how to pull himself up onto his feet!  He’s a smiley boy who loves his big sister and the dogs (they all love him, too).

With all that’s been going on, I haven’t cross-stitched anything in about a week and it’s driving me nuts!  Maybe I’ll take some time this afternoon to relax and stitch and enjoy the sunny day from the sun room.

Happy Stitching!


Clean & Organized

Happy Friday Eve!

I’ve spent the day cleaning and reorganizing the kitchen and living room because my daughter, son-in-law, and their 2 children are moving in this weekend and we need as much space as possible.  I moved my desk out of the living room and replaced it with a bookshelf from the kitchen.  All the toys are now on the shelf.  Kitchen cabinets are organized & tidy, so everyone can find the things they need.  We have plenty of space in the kitchen for all of us to eat (including 2 in high chairs) without tripping over each other.  I’m tired, but it’s a good kind of tired.

Tomorrow, they’re going to use our truck to haul boxes and boxes of stuff while I watch the kids.  I guess the boxes will reside in the living room until we figure out where to put them.  Tomorrow evening, Hubby and son-in-law are going to move the furniture from the office and the library to the basement.  Saturday morning, furniture will arrive and bedrooms will be set up.  Sunday, a final walk-thru of their apartment to make sure nothing was forgotten.  Monday, I start my new job!

I think I’m going to need a weekend to recover from this weekend…

Have Fun and try to find a little time for stitching!


Hello, again!

Things have been busier than usual, lately.  As I’m writing this, my Handsome Hubby is at the hospital visiting his father who has been in & out of the hospital over the past few months.  I’m training a psychiatric service dog for my daughter.  Hubby & I returned from the Detroit area last week, where we set up a booth at the NAMES Expo.  We’re rearranging the house in preparation for our daughter, son-in-law, and their 2 small children to move in for a few months.  On top of that, I start a new job next week!  It’s my first “real” job since 1993, so I’m pretty excited and nervous and maybe a little terrified, LOL.  I’ll be working as an Administrative Assistant at a church.  Hopefully, I’ll have the time (and energy!) to continue my blog.

In stitching news, I’m working on project number 12 or 13 for the year – a cute little bird on a teacup.  It’s going slowly because I’m having trouble finding time to stitch, with all the other things going on.  I’ll post a photo when I finish.

I recently stitched a cute Birthday Mouse from Lucie Heaton’s Furry Tales collection.  I framed it and presented it to my granddaughter on her 2nd birthday; she loved it!

I hope you’re stitching merrily along!



Puppy Training

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

It’s a cold, cloudy day in Maryland and I’m hoping for a bit of snow this evening and tomorrow.  Since it’ll probably be the last snow of the season, I’d like to see a bunch!  So far this winter, we haven’t had more than about 3″ of snow, which is very sad.

For the past couple weeks, I’ve been working on training a psychiatric service dog for my daughter.  The pup’s name is Lila.  She’s a boxer mix…about 8 months old, 35 pounds, and came to us from the local Humane Society.  So far, she’s learned “sit” and “lie down.”  Lila walks fairly well on a leash and is house-trained, too.  She gets along fairly well with the other dogs, but the cats don’t like her one bit!  In fact, the kitties have been hiding in the basement ever since Lila came to live here.  They venture upstairs at night when she’s asleep in her cage.  Lila is very affectionate and adores my grandchildren (ages 22 months and 6 months), which is wonderful since she’ll be living with them very soon!

At this point, Lila still has a lot to learn:  not jumping on people (or the kitchen table), to stop wrestling with the other dogs when we say so, that the other dogs’ legs are not chew toys, cats are not for chasing, the kitchen table is off limits, pens are not chew toys, and so many, many other things!

Lila will be heading to a special boot camp program soon to help with her training.  Then, she’ll be ready to take on the duties of a service dog!