Sunday, May 1, 2016

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

Tusk Hartwell

Mark and I had to make a very hard decision this week concerning our oldest dog, Tusk.  Tusk is eleven in this picture and I have considered him a old soul since he was a puppy.   Tusk has been going downhill for the past 6 months.  He had stopped eating as much and was having a hard time getting around.   He just couldn't find a comfortable spot no matter which way he lay.  

Mark and I had a long talk and we decided it was time to talk to the vet about his quality of life.  We met with Dr. Parker on Friday and after listening to all our concerns, he agreed that we were making the right choice for Tusk.  He has been Tusk's vet since his first vet visit.  

Mark and I were with him until the end.  He died peacefully with his head on my lap.  I won't lie, I held him and cried like a baby.  It was the hardest thing I had to do but I know deep down in my heart that it was the best thing for him.  I know that he is in a better place where he can run and play without constant pain.

Our house is so quite now without all his groaning, growling and click clacking on the hardwood floors.  We never could get his nails short enough because he refused to let them get a good angle to cut them.  Everytime they tried to make him lay down or do something he didn't like, he pooped on them!  Crazy dog!!!  

Below is some of our pictures with him....

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Victorian Winter Finish!!!

Here it is!!! Victorian Winter!  I finally finished it!!!  So happy!   I have 3 UFO's left and they are all HAEDS!!! LOL!!!

Someone posted this OOP Mirabilia Villa on a stash for sale page for $70!!  OMG!!   Of course, I fell in love with it but I REFUSE to pay $70.  I am now on the hunt for this design. Anyone know where I could find one that is on the reasonable side???  


This months fitness challenge was a bracket type challenge.  I had to:
1) do 100 squats in  minutes - done
2) Climb the fitness Center steps 10 times (there are 30 by the way) Done
3) Bike on the stationary bike 20 minutes - not done  I hate the stationary bike it makes my butt hurt
4) Walk/Run a 5K -  Gibbs, Brigen and I did this..... thought I was going to have carry Gibbs the last leg of the walk
5) Bike from the square to park by my house (5 miles) walk around the lake (1.8) miles and then bike back to the square (5 LONG miles) - finished took me 2 hours and 20 minutes!!  

Here is the bike I rented for $5.00 for half a day.  It was fun to ride and push around the lake and up the hills!!!!

Here I am at the end of the ride!!!  Never so happy to see that sign!

ah....look at this picture!! It popped up on my memories feed of facebook.  Look how little Gibbs is!!!

Decided to get some new sparkly shoes for winning teacher of the year!!!  I deserve them!!!!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

What an honor!!!!

As many of you know I teach High School and have been teaching for 18 years!!!!  I have mentioned that my school is rather large, 4500 students along with 300 plus teachers on campus.  Teachers are divided by department, and I am in the special education department...I got an email on Thursday letting me know that my Department voted me as TEACHER OF THE YEAR!!!!!!  I was shocked!!!!!

I do share this honor with 7 other teachers, and the powers that be will pick one of us 7 to be the schools Teacher of the year!  But wow!!  What an honor from my co-workers!!!

Just had to share my news!!!!   My next stitching update will be a finish!!!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Happy Birthday to me!!!

I celebrated my 44th birthday on February 20th.  I know...late post....I am getting used this being late thing!!!  Here are some of my birthday pictures!!!  At the bottom you can see all the Stitchy items I bought for myself!!

Me and my Hubby
 We went to an escape room....we didn't escape.  We were looking for a double agent in the CIA and we didn't locate the bomb in

We went to my favorite burger place....HUGO'!!!!   Those fries are the best I have eaten!!!!!!  Bleu cheese 'shroom burger!!!!

Look at little me!!!!!! 

On to the stitching!!
I decided to treat myself to some new charts!!  I cashed in a $100 Amazon Gift card I won from watching a lot of videos from Swagbucks.  Easiest $100 that I have earned.... I also spent $55 on my own cash on Etsy as a Happy Birthday to me!!!  I haven't really bought new charts/kits in a really long time so I treated myself.   I had 4 Disney kits delivered today...I am posting their amazon stock photo because I Just can't get a good shot tonight.  The ornament kits were all less than $10 a piece and I couldn't resist them!!!

Pinocchio and friends 
Cinderella and Friends

Robin Hood and Pooh

Peter Pan and Friends

So here are the charts from Amazon I am waiting on:

Beauty and the Beast II

Beauty and Beast

I also did some Etsy shopping for some Soda Stitch charts and they are coming from Korea.....I ordered them on February 15.....I am sure they will arrive any day now!!!

Village in Faery Tales



Sky Blue Street

Santa's village 2
What do you think of my Birthday presents to myself????

Monday, February 15, 2016

Preening Pixie update

I was in a Disney mood this week so I pulled out my Preening Pixie design.  The first design is where I left off on it last November...

Here is my progress this week.  I know backstitching is important because it makes the design pop.  However, I don't like backstitching  I think this is one of the reason I lean towards HAEDs and Mystic stitch design.   They may be huge but NO back stitching!   I love how the curve of the mirror is appearing.

Preening Pixie  51.3%

 I have been working on my  Wintery Heirloom on Fridays.  This design is beautiful but dear lord there is so much confetti stitching when I am working on the trees!!!!!   The design has lots of trees!!!  I just have to tell myself that with every stitch I am getting closer to being finished!
A Winery Heirloom -28%

I realized I forgot to do a post last week and Last week Faery Tales was up in the rotation  It was a confetti week from HADES.  I am not lying!   Red Riding hood was nothing but confetti stitching!!!  I was ready to pull my hair out.   I keep telling myself this is going to be gorgeous when finished so I am suffering through the confetti.

Faery Tales 51.5%

Here is a weird confession from me and I hope I am not the only one who does this!  As you know i have 3 labradors weighing from 80 to 90 lbs. each.  They are big cuddlers. Gibbs has slept inbetween my husband and I since he learned to jump on the bed.  If there isn't room, he makes room.  Brigen likes to sleep at my feet and Tusk sleeps where ever he can find a spot.   Here lately, I haven't been sleeping well in bed.   I know it is because the dogs wake me up and have literally pushed me out of the bed!!!!   

I have found I sleep better on my couch!!!  If I sleep on the couch, there isn't room for anyone to sleep beside me.  I don't have to hear all the boys (hubby included) snoring and tossing/turning.   It is just me an sometimes Bert sleeping sound.   I have always wondered if I am the only one who finds sleeping on the couch relaxing.

That is my weird confession!!!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Stitching and Health Update

It is so hard to believe that it is the end of January.  It seems that time goes so fast these days.   I spend this week working on my Faery Tales.   After picking it up last weekend, I forgot how much I love working on it!  I actually missed my HAED.  This weekend was spent working on a rock and a wolf's head.  
Faery Tales - 51.2%

This is an update on my Friday project. It is a nice change...this Friday was a sparkly night because it was nothing but metallic threads.

A Winter Heirloom - 27.8%

Health Update-  I went to the Doctor on Tuesday as planned and he had my results back.  It seems I am very very low on Vitamin K and D.  Also, as my grandmother would say, I am officially going through the change of life!!!  Who knew???  It seems my hormone levels are so low they barely registered.   The doctor asked me if I felt irritable and I looked at him strangely.  I told him, I thought that was just my personality!!!  So he placed me on a very strong vitamin full of A/D/K that is supposed to help my vitamin deficiency.   I am also on a hormone compound cream to help with the other issues.    He told me that I would notice a change in 2 weeks.  We shall see...

I am looking into Essential Oils, diets and other holistic measures.   I am worried about all the side effects of the Compound Cream.    

Until Next week!!!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Three projects to show off and a question

What a crazy week!!!   We were scheduled to get some snow and ice this week.  However, Mother Nature decided to give us a slight dusting.  So far we have ZERO days of school to make up due to snow!!!!   It was an exciting week at BHS because ESPN came to our school on Friday and broadcast our boys game on ESPNU this past Friday night!!!!  Everyone was so thrilled!

Health update:  So I have been on a diet since January 4th and have managed to gain 3 lbs.  My trainer says it is muscle but this is very frustrating.  Last Tuesday, I went to the doctor for a checkup/blood work.  As I was talking to the doctor, I explained that I was feeling tired, couldn't seem to loose weight and some days feeling overwhelmed.   The doctor told me that he wanted to draw some blood and do a full panel because "I am at that age".  I guess being in your mid forties puts you in the "that age" category where things start going wrong!!!  I go back this Tuesday to find out the results...will keep you informed.

Stitching Questions:  I am the type of stitcher that has a hard time letting myself start a new project when I know I have 5 unfinished projects...I really want to start a new one but I have trouble letting myself do it!!   What about you??  Are you a must finish the current project! or What the heck....lets add another to the pile!!!!

Stitching Updates: When I wasn't dozing in my chair, I did manage to make some stitching progress...  I did finish page 5 of Victorian Winter!!   it is looking so pretty!!!!

VW - 56.2%

This is my Friday night stitching on A Wintery Heirloom.  To be honest, I also worked on it Thursday night.  I finished VW page on Wednesday so I just moved to this one.  If you were wondering if I was drunk when stitching since I stitched in a weird diagonal pattern...I was totally sober!!!!   HAED's Facebook group is having a contest and this quarter you had to stitch in a diagonal pattern.   There are going to be 6 or 7 challenges and you get a free chart for each challenge you complete!!!
AWH - 27.1%
I finally pulled out my Faery Tales to work on and I honestly missed working on this piece!!!!  I haven't worked on it since last November!!!!   I know I planned to work on it only on the weekends...but I might have to scratch that idea.   As you can see, I am back to the big rock!  This scene holds Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.  I want to see them come alive!!!!

FT - 50.4%

So here is my delima..I love this pattern!  I have the threads ready and the pattern printed out. The fabric is cut out and sewn around the edges.  The only problem???  I have 2 projects close to being completed!!!!  This design is 98 pages!!!!!!  It will be beautiful when finished but it is a little overwhelming.   So I am trying to I finish my two projects that are close to being done or just bit the bullet and make the first stitch????/

This is the fabric for my ladies embroidering.   I laid my IPad Air in the middle so you could get an idea of why I am feeling a little overwhelmed.  It is 44 x 32!!!