Furry Friends

I just finished a little Joan Elliott flower design.  Check out my Instagram (thetimidkitty) for a photo!  This little stitch only took about 5 evenings to finish – simple & sweet 🙂

Now I’m trying to decide on my next stitchy project and I’m coming up empty.  So many patterns and so little interest in any of them!

So, rather than spend my time here lamenting my lack of stitching mojo, I’m going to talk about our family pets 🙂  Right now, there are 6 furry beasties sharing my abode (no I’m not counting my Hubby, LOL).

Shall we begin with the 3 dogs?  Sounds like a plan!  I guess you should know that they’re all adopted from the Humane Society of Washington County in Hagerstown, Maryland.

First, we have the lovely & spirited Bonny.  She’s a 9-year-old Boston Terrier/Chihuahua mix; we’ve had her since 2008.  She’s our resident escape artist, so we’re always watching her closely.  Our courtyard has a set of stairs with a fence & gate at the top.  She has actually jumped the fence!  Now we have our patented Impenetrable Barrier at the foot of the stairs, so she can’t get to the top…of course, this means we can’t use the stairs either, but that’s ok.  The Barrier consists of sawhorses topped by 2 old plastic lawn chairs; in front of this, we have several large planters.  Filling in the empty spots, we have several tall sticks.  It’s ugly, but does the trick, LOL.

Then, there’s Gizmo…Gizzy…The Giz Monster.  The sweetest, most irritating little Chihuahua mix on the planet.  He’s almost 4 years old and not a day goes by that I don’t think about re-homing him…though I doubt we will.  He gets along fine with the other dogs and especially loves to play with the Biggie Dog (you’ll learn about her next).  He’s an absolute snuggle-bug and wants nothing more than to be held and petted.  He has just one problem…he isn’t fully housetrained and doesn’t seem interested in getting that way.  So I’m either taking him outside or cleaning up pee.  Like I said, sweet but irritating.  We’re going to try doggie belly bands next.  It worked for an older dog we had (he passed away a few years ago), so maybe it’ll help Gizmo.

Last, but definitely not least, we have the awesomeness that is Mariska…the Biggie Dog.  She’s a 2-year-old Shepherd mix who actually belongs to my daughter.  This dog is the definition of SWEET!  She weighs about 50 pounds and loves to snuggle and play with the smallest dog toys we can find, lol.  She had no interest in the bigger toys.  She and Gizmo play well together; she’s so gentle with him – sweet!  We’ll be delivering Mariska Puppah Love to my daughter & her hubby some time in the next couple months.  I’ll miss this sweetie pie!

Now for the cats!  KittyPuff and Pickle were adopted from a no-kill shelter that has since closed its doors.  Olive was a stray, found by a friend, then adopted by us.

Pickle…what can I say about her?  She’s about 5 years old, tortoiseshell, a little bit shy but loves to play.  She’s a very lllooonnnnggg cat, but manages to squeeze herself into the tiniest boxes 🙂  Pickle is the most vocal of all our felines, often calling, “hhheeeellllooooowwwww” when she feels lonely.  Seriously!  It sounds like she’s saying HELLO!

KittyPuff is our little derpy cat.  She’s gray, 4 years old, and very timid.  I’m her person and, if given the chance, she will spend the night curled up on top of me.  One of her eyes is cloudy because of a lesion on it when she was a kitten, and she’s slightly pigeon-toed, but I think she’s absolutely perfect.

And then there’s Olive, a pudgy gray 3-year-old.  Formerly a stray, she tolerates the other cats and despises the dogs.  I never thought I would say she’s a good cat, but…well…she is a Very Good Cat.  When she first came to live with us, she hated me.  Seriously!  She would cross the room just to bite or scratch me!  Now, she loves everyone 🙂  She’s the only cat who will come out and greet visitors with a head bump (kinda like a fist bump, but with her head…just hold your fist out and say, “Boom, Kitty?” and there ya go!  The Hubby combs her every morning – she actually waits patiently while he’s in the shower – so her coat is lovely.  I could just go on and on about how much she’s improved since we took her in 2 years ago.  She’s just so awesome!  Even my mother-in-law likes her…and she’s not much into animals, LOL.

So, there you have it – a no-so-brief rundown of all our furry pals.  If anyone wants to take Gizmo off our hands, just let me know, LOL!

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Mama Wants Her Mojo Back!

Last month, while Hubby and I were away for the weekend, I started what was supposed to be a quick stitch.  Basically, it was a fill-in project because I was certain to finish the current stitch before we got home.

The problem?  I’m just not excited about it.  I wasn’t overly excited when I began, but thought, “It won’t take long and might make a nice gift for someone.”  It’s a silhouette of squirrels inside a heart (scherenschnitte style); I chose a pretty auburn-colored thread, rather than black, to make it nice for autumn.  That weekend, I got about 1/3 finished and haven’t really worked on it since.  Now I’m ready to toss it in the bin. There are just so many other projects that I really, really want to do!  Am I making sense?

Anyway, I really feel like I’ve lost my stitching mojo and the only way to get it back is to either finish this design or toss it & find a small something that I’m really interested in finishing.  The nearly instant gratification of a cute, finished stitchy project, should get me excited about stitching again, right?

Any advice for handling not-so-exciting projects or getting back the stitchy mojo?

Panda Love!

Good Evening, Stitchy Pals!

On March 10, I began stitching the Mummy Panda from CrossStitcher issue #288.  I just finished it tonight!  The finished design is stitched on 14-count white aida and measures about 2.75″ x 4.25″.  I think this will make a lovely little pillow or wall-hanging.

This project came with a few challenges, but nothing that couldn’t be overcome 😉  First, I wasn’t feeling well and found out that I have Shingles; the pain from that has slowed my stitching a bit.  Second, I ran out of black embroidery floss when I had just FIVE stitches remaining!  Fortunately, I found a just-barely-long-enough scrap of floss and was able to finish the black stitching.  Whew!

I wish you all good health and Happy Stitching!
PANDA

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 😀  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!!

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!!

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!

 

December!?!

Wait a minute! It’s already mid-December!?! Time is moving along too quickly and all kinds of things are coming up to push it along even faster! The church Christmas program is this Sunday evening (rehearsals are tomorrow afternoon)! My son’s 20th birthday is Monday! Christmas is less than 2 weeks away! I haven’t decided what to give my daughter for Christmas! I haven’t decorated AT ALL and haven’t a clue when we’ll have a chance to put up the tree! Christmas cards need to be done! Holy Smoke! I need to get with the program!

Ok…deep breath. I’m much better now.

To be honest, I haven’t really been worrying much about buying a bunch of gifts this year. Most everyone on my gift list will be receiving something created by my own hands – something stitched, canned, or otherwise crafted. A few extra-special people will receive “store-bought” gifts or gift cards. Hubby and I are postponing our shopping until after Christmas, when we hope to buy smartphones (but we’ll see how that works out). Of course, I’ll get a little something for his stocking – his favorite candy, maybe. He’ll most likely do the same for me.

As I think about it, I’m not sure I even want to do much decorating. I’d probably skip the tree, but Daughter would have my head on a platter, lol. Maybe she and her fiance can set up the tree one day next week…

So, December can zip along, but I’m going to enjoy as much of it as I can in the best, most relaxing way possible: cross-stitching! Maybe I’ll even find the time to finish the project I started a couple months ago!

Happy Stitching and Merry Christmas!