There are 5 things in life you cannot recover: A stone...after it's thrown. A word...after it is said. An occasion...after it's missed. The time...after it's gone. A person...after they die. Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. Never regret anything that made you smile. Enjoy Life!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Run Away...

...and for heavens sake put your shoes back on!

There was a snake inside the building at work today.  It was in the hallway between the bathroom and the conference room.  I am so glad I was not the one to find it.  I am terrified of snakes,  (note to self, maybe that is WHY you do not stitch Adam and Eve samplers?????) and I do not want them anywhere near me even if there is glass between us at the zoo.   This one was pretty small, around 8" or 9".  Apparently someone saw him slither behind the door that divides the two halves of the building from the lobby.  They cornered it and tried to scoot him into a box but he was not having it and was trying to bite all involved.  One of the big wigs from the other side of the building finally came and grabbed him right up (despite being bitten) and put his little butt back outside (do snakes have butts?????) with the rest of the creepy crawlies (like the lizards...yes we have little lizards in southwest  Ohio.  Another big YUCK!!!).

A lot of us take our shoes off while sitting in our offices and will occasionally walk to the printer (next cube over) without the shoes going back on.  WELL, thought occurred to myself and the lady I sit next too that we could easily have stepped on above mentioned creepy with our shoeless feet.   Ewwwwweeee.   So I think I will keep my shoes on all the time, at least for a little while...

We actually have a BIG creepy that lives in our back yard.  It is a 4 foot long black snake.  One day my dear hubby opened the shed door and the snake was crawling up the door.  It almost fell on poor hubby.  I saw hit jump back and ran so fast back to the house.  My poor Indi dog went running after me until she hit the end of her lead.  YES, I was a good MaMa and went back for my baby to save her from the big snake that of course was not wheres near her or me.  We both went into the house and from the safety of the screen door hollered out to hubby to inquire about how BIG the creepy was.  Hubby said longer than his leg and about 3" thick.  I have not been to far into the backyard since.   I am a HUGE chicken when it comes to snakes, frogs, toads and lizards.  If you have fur, feather even quills I am good with you (ok, exceptionally hairy men and big hairy spiders do gross me out and so do the bugs will a million legs).  Generally a l love all critters.  I have learned to deal with the worms when I am gardening as long as I don't have to touch them.  The same with fish and our Mr. Turtle.  I like them as long as I don't have to touch or eat them.

The girls have two weeks until school starts.  I guess this weekend we will go get some of their supplies.  Then it will be rush to get haircuts and a few more pairs of shorts that are "school appropriate".   The school has no A/C so jeans are not going to be worn for at least a month or two. 

Hubby goes to Germany for work the same week schools starts.  He is a bit nervous about this.  The only other time he has left the country was many years ago when he went to England, also for work.  Wish I could go with him.  I have never been out of the country, not even to Canada.

On the stitching front, my model stitching is coming to a close.  I have one and a half motifs to stitch and then it can make the trek back across the country.   It is such a cute design.  I am ready for Fall stitching so I think I will do a few small things here and there before I start the sampler I am going to stitch for the Historical Society.  I also need to finish my LHN "Liberty" piece.   I also want two of the new BBD Halloween charts very badly, so I may need to stash a little and then the "to do" pile might get shifted a little.  Of course I also have to make 3 Christmas exchange ornaments to.....(Big SIGH).  I wonder if I could take a short leave from work to do nothing but stitch and watch movies all day with my big girl, Indi.....pondering, pondering.....

Be back soon.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Another wonderful give-away

Come check out the wonderful giveaway at Raggedy Creations.  This is her first giveaway.  Just look at the cool penny rug she is having the contest for

Ok, you should all become a follower but not enter the contest 'cause I want to win this....tee hee hee, just kidding.


Sunday, August 7, 2011


Busy weekend I have had.  Friday night I was at the LNS stitching with my friends.  I did not get much stitching done.  I was tired and had a headache after working all day and the shop was on the warm side so I just did not have the motivation to stitch a ton.  I did get a couple of new threads just cause I liked the color and a new JBW Designs chart, "Squirrel". 

Saturday hubby and I pulled some weeds, ran to the grocery store, the Borders closing sale and Office Max.  While at Office Max I found this neat pencil pouch that I thought would be great to hold the little misc. things that get thrown in the bottom of my stitching bag (tape measure, clips, pen, stitching tools, small colored pencils, etc...).  It was under $3.00.
They came in several different colors but I went with the black.  It goes with any color stitching bag I may use and I have my OCD to deal with when it comes to things going together.

Saturday also brought some fun mail.  I bought this off e-bay (or the "bay of evil" as my friend Lisa calls it):
Of course I had to have it.  It is prim, is a crow, has a key, and has a picture of Edgar Allen Poe and the word "Nevermore" on it.  HOW COOL!!!  I have bought several birds from this seller and they are made so nicely.  The seller is Primpenny.

Today we got up super early, picked up my Dad and drove to Lawrenceburg, Indiana (about 30 minutes from here) for the monthly Antique Mart.  It rained early this morning so it was muddy and not all the vendor spaces were filled.  I did manage to find two things to bring home.

A witch star, #2 whiskey jug (not sure of the maker of this one.  I can't seem to find a good place to tell me about the marks on the stoneware I so dearly love). 
And we were not sure what this is but I LOVE it.  I am going to hand it in the kitchen and use it as a two holed shelf.  It is aged so nice.  The bottom and the middle pieces are metal and it looks as if the metal pieces are supposed to be moved in and out of the grooves.  Some kind of slicer I suppose.

 The rest of Sunday has been just being lazy and gearing up for the work week.   Work...UGGGHHHH!!!!!

Be back soon, 


Thursday, August 4, 2011


I know it has been a long time since I made a good long post.  Sorry about that.  Summer just seems to be flying by.

June we celebrated six birthdays including both of my daughters.  My girls are two years and 12 days apart in age.  I now have a 15 and a 13 year old.  WHERE DID MY BABIES GO?????

June also brought a wonderful class by Ellen Chester of With My Needle.  Several friends and I put the class together.  Ellen taught her "Long May She Wave" class.  I just loved the class.  We not only stitched but we also had a wonderful history lesson about the flag.  If you ever get a chance to take a class from Ellen you will not be dissapointed.  My piece is at the finishers so when it come back I will post a picture.

Also in July we celebrated my sister's birthday and a trip to the G.I. doctor.  The doctor ordered  an upper G.I. with a small bowel follow through.  Pretty harmless test, but the barium made me sick all weekend.  He wants to do a colonoscopy and a bioposy, but I am putting that off for several months.  I not only need to get my nerve up but I also need more PTO time at work.

Over July 4th week my husband and I took the week off work.  We had a "staycation" again this year.  One of my favorite days that week was going to the Lawrenceburg monthly antique mart at the fairgrounds.  It was hot even at 8:30 in the morning, but I managed to find a few things I could not live without.  Yes, this is a dog crate I used to take the pictures on.  It is near the window with the best light in the house and well the dog wasn't using it at the time.

I am going to put a battery operated, grungy candle in the old grain scoop. 

I looked up the mark on the bottom of the pewter bowl and it said the earliest was from 1928.  I just love the shape of this piece and I think I am going to put some fake apples (or pumpkins for the Fall and shiny christmas balls for Christmas) in it.

 I LOVE stoneware and this is just the prettiest dark blue.  There are not chips or cracks in it. 

The flag is not old just aged.  It was only five dollars and I could not pass it up.  I knew I wanted to drape it over the edge of this shelf.  It is pefect.

The antique mart is this weekend.  I hope I can talk hubby into taking me again.   I only have a few more months before it stops for the winter.  October is the last month it will run until the Spring.

I have been stitching, but I can't show you what cause it is a secret.  I am working on a model for Heartstring Samplery.  You can see some of her charts here Heartstring Samplery Esty.  The design is so cute.   I know you will all love it when she publishes it.

I did receive a wonderful package from my Secret Stitcher in the mail.  It was a Christmas in July package.  Aren't those measuring spoons cute as can be?

So far August seems pretty tame.  My Mom took my Grandma back to Mass. to stay with my Aunts.  Grandma stays in Cincinnati for half the year and the other half in Bedford.  She is 93 and still fiesty.

We have one month until school starts for the girls.  They start school the week of Labor Day. 

Thanks for sticking it out to the end of my long post.  I will post again soon.