Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Some incredible wind last night, so I didn't get much sleep. I spent most of the night listening to things being blow around our yard and trying to guess what they were. Our front glass door was blow open and it hinges were bent, so it spent the entire night flapping in the breeze....although the "breeze" got up to 60 miles per hour at times. We have had some very high winds this year and it seems rather odd. The temperature dropped over 40 degrees last night and we are back to the 20'sF rather then the "Springlike" 40sF of Sunday and Monday. There is some nasty snow/rain/ice mix predicted for tomorrow night. So glad there is no competition to travel to this weekend. I am dedicating it to stitching.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
These first two(above) are Donna Vermillion Giampi designs....."Lemons, Limes & More" beautiful citrus fruits. This is going to be a pillow for my aunt who lives in Miami and has all of these trees in her garden. The second is "Angel Cats" that are made on clear 14 count plastic canvas. They are going to be made up as a wreath with miniature gold instruments and white and gold ribbon.
This guy is a seahorse, with the faint hints of a star fish in the background, that is going to be a pillow for my aunt and uncle that live at the New Jersey seaside. They host our family reunion (my dad's family) every August.
A lovely French sampler from a book of Barbara Ana's. She is such a good friend and also an amazing designer of cross-stitch patterns. She even has her own website and sells at the Creative Poppy website too.
Then there is Barrick Samplers "One Stag a Leaping" that I am making for my dad. I remember exactly when I started this. I had taken a bunch of kids from my old gym to a skating rink and sat on the sidelines stitching this while they skated......in 1999!
Cute little bird house designs that are going to be framed with vine wreaths, just like the picture in the magazine.
A freebie, from an Italian website, of planets. I just loved this hand-dyed fabric that I got from Barbara Ana. I have no idea if these are real planets or just an artistic interpretation. And lastly, a gymnastics photo from practice last Wednesday. This is the Level 5 girl, Brooke.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
On the theme of New Years' resolutions...I have managed to stick with my goal and lose 2 pounds per week until I achieve my ideal(fantasy!?) weight. I feel as if I have cursed myself just by putting that down in print here, but I am rather proud I have gotten this far. I am loyal to my treadmill twice a week at the gym.....just got off of it a few minutes ago. I am also trying to be very careful about what I eat..................well, rather how much I eat. I really love fruits, veggies and whole grains, so that is not a problem. I just love everything too much!
Now I must tear myself away from this wonderful fast computer and get to work. This is my junior group today. I hope to take some pictures of them as they are the "chosen ones" that are expected to move up to the Team in May. Still lots of work to do as most are only 6 and 7 years old.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
'Twas after Christmas , and all through the house,
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.
The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I'd taste,
At the holiday parties had gone to my waist.
When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber).
I'd remember the marvellous meals I'd prepared,
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely reared,
The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese,
And the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please.
As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt,
And prepared once again to do battle with dirt.
I said to myself, as I only can,
"You can't spend a winter disguised as a man!"
So--away with the last of the sour cream dip,
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip.
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished,
Till all the additional ounces have vanished.
I won't have a cookie--not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.
I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.
I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore.
But isn't that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!