Saturday, September 6, 2008

Back On Track

Back to the gym for the Fall season. It's been a bit wacky as the gymnasts and coaches get used to the new arrangements. It was wonderful to have Fridays off since June, but now we are back to 5 days a week. We also got the competition schedule for the upcoming season. It looks like Joe and I might be able to get out to New Jersey at Christmas but Thanksgiving is a mess again. Just like last year the Head Coach has entered us in an invitational several hours away so that ruins the weekend holiday. Of course we have Thanksgiving Day off, but then we are gone Friday, Saturday and return early Sunday morning. The kids love it but I'm sure it's no thrill for their parents either. Oh well, the trainings are going along at a good pace and I think my groups will do OK in competition. As always there are a few "thorns in my side" but overall I have two nice groups of girls this season. Here I am with my two juniors that moved up to the Team in August, Brooklyn and Callie. They are both only 7 years old and this is their first experience with the "big girls" training. It makes my job more enjoyable because I have not had two of my own junior group move up in a few years. There is something special about coaching a child from the age of 4 up until they reach the Optional Level. I had this with Sarah and Morgan, but now Morgan has left the Team to pursue soccer instead. She had ongoing knee/leg injuries and trouble with the Head Coach so she made the decision to leave us. I was very upset about this and hardly see how soccer will help her injuries any. Sarah is now a Level 7 and I am so proud. I can't wait to see how she does in her first Option Level competition in October.
On the stitching front.....I was browsing through my old magazines and came across the Carriage House Samplings design "1823 Emma Elizabeth Blackwood Sampler"in the June 2005 issue of "Just Cross-Stitch". I fell in love with it immediately and stitched it from beginning to end in two days. There was something about the colors that drew me to this design and I just couldn't put it down until it was complete. True, it is not a very large piece but I've had some "Stitchers Attention Deficit Disorder" lately in regards to finishing projects. Now I'm digging through more magazines, books, charts etc., to find two nice pieces for my PIF. Piko and Heidi, I have not forgotten you!
It finally rained yesterday.........all day. We really needed it and it also gave us a break from the oppressive heat. It is a pleasant 66 degrees F with sunshine today. I must resist my urge to go to Joann Fabrics, as their calicoes are $1.00 off per yard today. There are tons of colors and patterns I would love to have, but really I don't need anything else for my stash. I think it will just be the grocery store for some more cat food. As you can see, Coal knows exactly where the food supply comes from.

Oops, almost forgot..................

I wait and wait for the "Just Cross-Stitch" Christmas ornament issue every Autumn. I just love all the variety of designs. I got the chance to go with my neighbor to the big Barnes & Noble book store the other day and guess what I found? A Halloween Ornament issue! I used to subscribe to this wonderful magazine, but financial challenges have required that I drop most of my magazine subscriptions. What a thrill it was to find this beauty. Thirteen different ornaments!! I love the Prairie Schooler owl and moon.


  1. Yeah, that's a great issue of JCS. I'm eagerly awaiting a copy of it from a friend in the US. :D

    I absolutely love your latest finish, Jennifer, and I don't know how you find the time for all that you do!!

  2. Your Blackwood sampler came out beautiful! I love the colors too!

  3. Oh, oh, oh!!! A real Halloween Ornament Issue? Like the X-mas issue? That's just fabulous!
    And I love the wee sampler you did by CHS. Congrats on such a quick finishes. They're the best, aren't they?

  4. Hello Jennifer! Thank you for visiting my blog.
    I also find the Blackwood sampler very beautiful. The colours are lovely.
    I want to tell you that I am a "cat person" too, but we do not have any pets with our family because of allergies. Say hello to your cats for me!

  5. Oh what a beautiful finish and you stitched it very quickly!! It's lovely, really.

    I like the Halloween issue a lot too, even though I'm not much into Halloween, as it has not been traditionally celebrated in Finland :) Anyway, I love the Prairie Schooler design too and there are many lovely designs in this issue!

  6. hey jennifer, i haven't talked to you for a long while! how's everything going? also...just wanted to ask, do you use facebook? they have a few games there with really cute virtual animals...

  7. Love your Emma Elizabeth finish...I have plans to stitch that one some day ;)

    Isn't it great that JCS finally came out with a Halloween issue? Now the icing on the cake would be if they made an issue that was JUST halloween (like the xmas ornie issue!)

  8. What a great finish. I too love the colors.

    I have the JCS magazine, I'm stitching the Trick or treat ornament, it may not look like much but it has take me a lot of time to stitch for some reason.