Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

I've been wonderfully busy this week. Thankfully I have Saturday off so DH and I will be driving up the Valley for the last Farmer's Market shopping spree. This should hold us over until spring hopefully. Of course we'll take our cameras, if I have any good shots I'll post them.

On the stitching front, I'm almost finished my Christmas Tree for the Open Theme Round Robin. I'll post a pic when it's finished.

Last night and this morning I quickly stitched up this cute little jack o'lantern.

Jack O'lantern by Tor Rhuann Designs

He's a little freebie by Tor Rhuann Designs. He was really fun to stitch. I plan to stitch more of him in different colour combinations with different faces.

Friday, October 24, 2008

I have a very busy weekend coming up so this will probably be the only post until next week. I hope everyone has a great weekend.

I found this quiz through Dana's Blog.

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are an Audrey!


You are an Audrey -- "I am at peace"

Audreys are receptive, good-natured, and supportive. They seek union with others and the world around them.

How to Get Along with Me

  • * If you want me to do something, how you ask is important. I especially don't like expectations or pressure

  • * I like to listen and to be of service, but don't take advantage of this

  • * Listen until I finish speaking, even though I meander a bit

  • * Give me time to finish things and make decisions. It's OK to nudge me gently and nonjudgmentally

  • * Ask me questions to help me get clear

  • * Tell me when you like how I look. I'm not averse to flattery

  • * Hug me, show physical affection. It opens me up to my feelings

  • * I like a good discussion but not a confrontation

  • * Let me know you like what I've done or said

  • * Laugh with me and share in my enjoyment of life

What I Like About Being an Audrey

  • * being nonjudgmental and accepting

  • * caring for and being concerned about others

  • * being able to relax and have a good time

  • * knowing that most people enjoy my company; I'm easy to be around

  • * my ability to see many different sides of an issue and to be a good mediator and facilitator

  • * my heightened awareness of sensations, aesthetics, and the here and now

  • * being able to go with the flow and feel one with the universe

What's Hard About Being an Audrey

  • * being judged and misunderstood for being placid and/or indecisive

  • * being critical of myself for lacking initiative and discipline

  • * being too sensitive to criticism; taking every raised eyebrow and twitch of the mouth personally

  • * being confused about what I really want

  • * caring too much about what others will think of me

  • * not being listened to or taken seriously

Audreys as Children Often

  • * feel ignored and that their wants, opinions, and feelings are unimportant

  • * tune out a lot, especially when others argue

  • * are "good" children: deny anger or keep it to themselves

Audreys as Parents

  • * are supportive, kind, and warm

  • * are sometimes overly permissive or nondirective

Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz at HelloQuizzy

Sunday, October 19, 2008

When it rains, it pours.

So I mentioned in an earlier post that I was looking for work. Well, I found said work about a week ago. Yay for me.

I signed the paperwork on the 14th and worked my first shift on the 15th.
In the evening of the 16th my regional manager from the old store called out of the blue. He's working in the same capacity for a dollar store that recently opened up in the same mall I used to work in and he's looking for key holders and an Assistant Manager. My first question to him was "Where were you 2 weeks ago?". LOL

I discussed the options with DH and came to the conclusion that I'm going to stay where I am. I'm looking forward to a job that isn't going to wipe me out physically and make me tired so that when I'm not working DH and I can actually DO stuff.

And there's potential for more money in the long run. :P

Thankfully this new job includes Sundays off so I don't have to miss Church. Also, my boss is understanding about my commitment to Kids 4 Christ and that I was joining the Choir for the Church Christmas production. Sometimes it's not so bad to be related to your boss in a round about way. LOL

On the stitching front, I got my Open Theme Round Robin sent out. I'm excited to receive the first RR and get stitching for the other ladies.

Round Robin pack sent out.

I've received my exchange partner for the Fair & Square Christmas Round. I love Christmas and can't wait to search through my stash for the perfect pattern to stitch.

The last bit of stitching news today is that I received my order from 123 Stitch with the fabric and beads I need to start our Wedding Sampler.

Hummingbird Heart by Stoney Creek

I've changed the fabric to Lavender Bliss instead of the called for White. Unfortunately I won't be able to get it finished for our Anniversary on Saturday, but I'll have it framed by Christmas. I hope. ;)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Gobble, gobble, gobble.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Please take a few minutes and think about what you have that other people have to pray for. Thank God for those things and pray that He will help those who need them.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Wow, they're active.

Kids aged 9 & 10 are active. I'm not sure they actually stop.

Tonight was the first night for Kids 4 Christ at the church. This is the youth group for kids from 4 yrs old to Grade 5. It was also my first time helping out. *what was I thinking?* lol

The kids are split up into 5 groups dependant on age. My group is Green and the kids are 9 & 10 yr olds, as I mentioned.

It started out really great. I had 3 girls and 3 boys. I was thinking to myself "I can handle this, I've only got 6 kids to keep an eye on. No problem." Yeah, right. During the first class I gained a boy. During the second class I gained 4 more boys. I ended up with 8 boys and only 3 girls.

Does anyone who is not a mother know how hard it is to keep 8 boys quiet and paying attention to the teacher? No, honestly, cause I need to know for next week. lol

Actually, they weren't THAT bad. They listened pretty well and participated in just about everything. Also, I think they realize that I'm not a push-over. I might not be as strict as one of the teachers might be, but I put a bit more "don't argue" in my tone of voice. hehe

I even got a hug from one of my girls before she left. =)

All in all, a pretty cool night.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Don'tcha just love the smell of paint?

Well, not really. At least, not the paint we used in the bathroom. And it's gonna need a 3rd coat. *sigh*

It's a great colour, but orange is a lot like red. It's splotchy if you don't use a tinted primer. So a 3rd coat it is. I'll post a picture after the last coat. (hopefully this week)

We've got the office side of the renovation almost done. Just need to move one not so comfy chair out and bring a big comfy chair in, and the bookcase, and some storage units. lol

Then we just have the workroom side of the renovation to finish, which is 1 counter with storage underneath, one desk for the sewing machine and some shelves on the wall. And paint. :P

After that comes re-arranging the "new" guest room. Once we get all of DH's office stuff out of there.

On the stitching front, I've got to get fabbie ready for a RR that starts on the 14th. I know what theme I want and have the working copies printed and the fabbie picked out. I just have to cut and edge the fabbie and stitch the borders in.

I've ordered the last of the materials I need for Hummingbird Heart. Thankfully I had some money stored in my paypal account. With some concentrated stitching I should have it finished by Oct 25th, if not framed.

I should also have a job by the end of the week. It's only part-time, but I think it's more than minimum wage. Hopefully I'll be able to fill the oil tank before we really need to turn the heat on.

I guess that's it for now. Maybe next time I'll have pics.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Gallivanting about

DH and I went for a drive up the Valley yesterday. It was a beautiful day, not hot but not cold either. This trip was just for something to do, no specific reason. We took our cameras just in case something popped up that was photo worth. I think it's a good thing we had them since I got a few good shots.

Taken along the highway.

Beaver dam

Hidden cove

I shot my first panorama with my new camera too, but I won't post that here. I'll load it to my photobucket account if anyone wants to see it.

We stopped into a Frenchy's up the Valley and picked up a couple Patriots shirts. Gotta love the Pats. =)

Then we saw a cute little Farmers Market. Of course we had to stop in, since it shared our name. lol We did forget to take a picture though. We ended up buying a pie pumpkin, a buttercup squash, a butternut squash, a bag of baby potatoes, a bag of baby onions, a couple honey crisp apples, a couple flemish beauty pears and a small cantaloupe. I pretty good haul for less than $15 total.

We travelled Route 1 and found a field with some cows, a couple donkeys and a pony. You know what we did, don't you? We took pictures.

Dark brown calf

Fenced in calf

I'm not sure how long he was standing that way before we got there, but he stood there nearly the whole time were taking pictures.

Pony after my fingers

I had finished an apple not too long before this and the pony could smell the apple juice on my fingers. She kept trying to pull my fingers into her mouth. lol

DH was taking a picture of a couple of the cows and for once wasn't paying attention to activity in the background. Let's just say that DH got a picture of two cows in a "compromising situation". I won't post it here. I haven't even seen it, not sure I want to see it.

As to stitching, I didn't get any done yesterday. I probably won't get any stitching done today either but I do have the beginnings of a stitching stand.

Before conversion

I believe it's a tole painting stand. We bought it at a yard sale for a $1.00. Hopefully the clamps I want to add won't cost the arm and leg I saved.