Thursday, December 30, 2021

Happy Flu Year

The week before Christmas was busy and fun. We even went to an Auburn basketball game. I was so careful and kept on my mask the entire time except this quick photo opp with Aubie. Didn't know he was coming in for a hug! See my orange mask in my hand?

And this my friends is how I think I caught the flu. It's not for certain...but I have to think that in this crowded arena there were some flu germs. 

I first got sick on the evening of Christmas Eve. Diagnosed on the 26th. Covid test was negative. (Yes, I did get a flu shot in October.)

So the last week I've been either in a recliner or in bed.

Today I finally feel like a human again! Yay!


Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Cross Stitch: Anniversaries of the Heart

It's time to share my 2022 cross stitch project! I know...can't believe I'm cross stitching again after decades away! But I've been inspired by Pinterest and blogs - especially Jo's Country Junction. Jo is an avid quilter, but she's taken up cross stitch, too. The above picture is Jo's Anniversaries of the Heart piece that she made during 2021. There is a block for each month, along with two bonus blocks. The idea is that your personalize each block based on members of your family.

I've been watching her (via her blog) work on this and have been smitten with it. So here I am undertaking a HUGE cross stitch project! Anniversaries of the Heart was designed by Blackbird Designs and is several years old. The monthly patterns are sold separately. 

So here I have the first month's pattern, my linen, and all my threads at the ready.

A friend gave me these adorable little scissors which I'm keeping with this project - perfection!

And yes, I've started! And yese, I'll still be quilting! Quilting will always be my Number One! I'll dedicate this first month to my husband and put his info on it.

I rarely share photos of Sadie on social media, but I had to share this picture of her with this year's bird ornament. Cuteness overload!

Continue to stay safe!


Sunday, December 19, 2021

Summarizing 2021

Before I make new goals for 2022, I wanted to take a look back on 2021. Let's see how I did!

2021 GOALS

 1. Selfcare. I will continue my walking that I started a few weeks ago. I'll continue to eat healthy (MOST of the time). I'll keep monitoring my blood pressure.

I did well at this! I still walk most days (weather permitting). I lost 30 pounds during the course of the year. My blood pressure is now NORMAL! It took me 7 montes to lose the first 10 pounds. Then I joined NOOM and lost the next 20 pounds. I really like NOOM and it has worked well for me.

2. Read. I need some improvement here. I read each evening before I go to sleep, but not long enough. I've passed the halfway point of Jane Eyre, but the old me would have been finished weeks ago. After I finish reading Jane, I'm thinking I'll splurge on an Audible membership. I can listen to books WHILE I WALK. I think that will be a game changer for me. I plan to continue to read classics this year.

Another score for me here. I did join Audible. Now I 'read' when I'm walking - win/win!  

Books I read:

Jane Eyre

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Cuckoo's Calling

Pride and Prejudice

Inheritance Games

Where the Crawdads Sing

The Wife Upstairs

Two Thousand Minnows

American Dirt

The Lost Apothecary

I know many people read a lot more books in a year, but I'm happy I read this many! And remember, I primarily read only when I walk. 

3. Wallpaper. So this is rather specific, isn't it? I want to buy some of the peel-off wallpaper for a few areas of our house. I love the idea of being able to peel it off easily when I get tired of it. 

I did this, too! I hung wallpaper in my sewing room closet. 

4. Write. Years and years ago I wrote a novel. Our kids were young. I was a stay-at-home mom and needed things to entertain myself. I started writing, I started quilting, and I entered cooking contests. The novel was a cozy mystery. It was good enough to get a New York agent to represent me, but it was never picked up by a publisher. That brings me back to my goal. I want to pull the novel out and modernize and tweak it. I will probably add more quilting in it - there is already just a bit, as I was beginning to learn quilting as I wrote it. Anyway, it will be entertaining for me, and who knows? Maybe it will get picked up. Nothing to lose here.

I did not accomplish this goal. Why? I couldn't find my manuscript! Oh no! I've been sad about this all year. Then....a few weeks ago when Hubby was working at the lake...he FOUND it! Yippee! Maybe 2022 will be the year for this.

5. Quilt. I want to quilt my Marshal top myself. That will be fun and there's no rush. I want to make a blue and white quilt. Other than that I'll keep working on UFO's. And I'm sure I'll start some new projects here and there, including another curved hexie quilt. 

I'm still working on hand quilting Marshal - I'm over halfway there. And I've started that curved hexie quilt! Also there were several quilts finished!

All in all, I think it was a great year! Hoping 2022 is just as good!

I'm already thinking about goals for 2022 - I really like to write it down - it's makes me accountable. Stay tuned!

Monday, December 13, 2021

Christmas BUSY-NESS!

I finished Sadie's 2021 Christmas ornament - and that all I have accomplished in the sewing department. Tis the season! Haha!

We were able to spend the night in our lake house this past weekend, after months of repairs after the water leak discovered at the end of April. Yay! We spend Friday and Saturday unpacking boxes and getting everything put back in place. There were also LOTS of pictures to hang on the walls. Friday night we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant at the lake, waited on by our favorite waiter. Yum! Only a few things left to do here now - including rehanging the drapes. They were dripping with dirty water after the leak - they have been dry cleaned and are ready to hang next time we go up there. SOON! The house is as good as new now. So relieved.

I've also done some of this - organizing embroidery floss. I've had this unorganized box hanging around for years. I also have a plastic bin of floss that is already on paper bobbins. I made a good start on this. I've hinted that I'm staring a new cross stitch project. I'll share more very soon. I found I had all but two colors to start the project and I've already bought those at Hobby Lobby.  

This afternoon I went to downtown Auburn to go shopping. It was a gorgeous afternoon to walk around and go in and out of stores. So much fun! I'm officially DONE with Christmas shopping, though if I have time I may make two more small gifts.

And that's the update from here! Have I used my new sewing machine? NO! Can you believe it? I can't! But I will very soon. I'm promising myself!

Continue to stay safe!!!


Thursday, December 2, 2021

Unboxing Day!


I got the call Tuesday! My new Bernina was in! Hubby and I went to Montgomery to pick it up. There were 5 boxes! FIVE! Here are four.

And here is the main box with the machine inside.

I spent the morning unboxing. 

Box 1 held the machine itself.
Box 2 held the embroidery module.
Box 3 held the rolling suitcase for the machine.
Box 4 held the suitcase for the embroidery module.
Box 5 held a box of stabilizers and threads for embroidery.

All I have done so far is set the machine up in my table. I turned the machine on and then turned it back off. Haven't sewn a stitch yet, but I will soon!

Meanwhile I'm still working on Sadie's Christmas ornament, all handwork. 

Almost time for Sadie to get here! Gotta run!

Continue to stay safe!