Wednesday, December 31, 2008

And the Winners Are.......!

First of all let me apologize for not posting last night....later down in this post I will explain!

My little bears new name is Wexley Frederick.

The two winners are:

Deb - Wexley
Kitten with a Wiplash - Frederick

Everyone gave such wonderful names! I loved them all. As a matter of fact I am keeping all the pieces of paper and when I go to name any other cute stuffed animals I am going to use your suggestions!

For the two of you who won please contact me at with your contact info so I can send you the packages!

Thank you all for participating and please always stop by to say hello!

The reason I didn't post last night you all have read on my blog, I work in Washington DC and travel by train to work from Fredericksburg VA which is 50 miles south of the DC area. Well this week they are running what they call and "S" schedule which simply means....not all trains run. Of course I forget this yesterday and had to wait an hour for the next train on the cold platform. Then about 15 miles from my stop the previous train running broke down and they offloaded all the passengers onto our train. Well...what should have been an hour and 15 minute ride home turned into a 2 and half hour trip. I didn't get home until 8:30 and I ate and went to bed. I have to get up at 5:00 in the morning and I completely forgot to post the winners. I hope you will all forgive me! The pay is good...but the hours are rough!

And I also can't seem to post the picture so I have added a link so you can see the cutie!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Winner Announced Tonight

Thank you all for my birthday wishes....I really appreciated them....wishes are more important to me than presents! Yes Tom you were the first!

I will announce the winners tonight for my name the bear contest. I really had a great Birthday yesterday. I treated my self to a facial and then I went out with a friend for dinner. We were at the restaurant for 3 needless to say when I got back home I decided I would announce the winner today! All of the names were so clever....I can't wait to see who wins. I enjoyed every ones comments and I want to thank each one of you for participating in my fun. I feel I have made some new friends!

I have all the names written down with the owners name and when I arrive home tonight I will pick from the bowl! Stay tuned! I have the packages ready to mail out on Friday! Can't wait ......see everyone tonight.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Only a few more days and Little Bear gets his Name!

I am just loving the names that are coming in. I will pick the name on December 29th and post the winners names. I will then send out their prizes once they get in touch with me. is almost that time and then it will be the new year!

For those of you who have wished me a happy birthday.....thank you very much! I have always hated my birthday so close to Christmas. When I was younger, it was because I was always left out of having a special know....I got the BD gift lumped in with the Christmas gift....or it was forgotten, or the two presents blurred together because I got it at the same time. As an adult I appreciate the fact that remembering a kids birthday at the holidays is tough and sometimes ...hey there isn't enough money for all...thus the situations when I was younger. My parents always got me something and I had a BD cake and party....but if a parent asked about a gift my mom would always tell then just send their "kid", the present wasn't necessary....(oh yeah!..LOl...but hey...what can I say...I have a frugal and understanding mom) Well, now I just have a ball and friends and I go out for dinner, lunch or breakfast.....I sometimes pay...sometimes they pay and I still have fun! Wanting the gift has long left me and I just get a charge out of having a meal with really good friends. It's the company that counts for me now. that I have bored you with my birthday woes.....just remember to enter the contest and you will get a treat on my birthday!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My Little Bear is Awaiting his Name!

Don't forget it is only 11 more days until my little bear has his new name....get your picks in the hat! I am getting excited....he will show up in my pictures for awhile once he has his official name. I am gathering little prizes and yarn for the packages. Remember ...two winners ...cause he needs a first and last name! I am officially giving him the birthdate of 12/29 because that is my birthday. Easy to remember.....LOL

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I Am Excited!

The cutest and most creative names have been coming into my post for the contest! I can't wait to pick his name. With picking randomly.....I imagine it will be one wild and crazy name! This has been so much fun. I have gone on some of your websites and wow are you ladies busy and creative! I am going to watch my grandson the third week in January and I am spending my time during the day knitting, sewing and searching the web blogs. I am going to enjoy myself. I just love to be with my grandson and being at the CAKE household! Fun, fun, fun!!!! Oh...BTW...Mom and Dad CAKE will be out of town and it will just be me and Connor CAKE...hehehe...we will eat what we want and be what are grandmas for?

Monday, December 15, 2008

Late Night Interesting Find

Last night when I should have been asleep but couldn't seem to get there, I was knitting and happened across an interesting show on PBS. They were interviewing an author, William Seale who has done extensive research on the Presidents and their families. It includes traditions, living conditions, the war, assassination, and other stories that revolved around the lives of these first families. I found it absolutely fascinating. He gave all sorts of tidbits and facts about the Presidents and their families all the way back to Washington. Some information I was aware of and other information I was surprised. Some of the men he spoke of ...well needless to say I was asking my self...was he a president? So today, as a Christmas present to myself, I ordered the two volume set of The President's House and plan to enrich my reading after the holidays. I love history and the fact that I work in the US Capital and not all that far from the White House makes is even more tasty reading. Check out the website and you too might find some fun and interesting gifts!

Don't forget about my 100the post contest.....only 15 more days until I pick two names from the hat!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It's getting closer to Christmas!

For the last few days I have been in a "get it done" mood. I am trying to think of things my family would want for Christmas and I have made up my mind that it must be practical and not just things. I have found some great items on line and at great prices. As for my handmade things....well I am getting them done also. I got one of my overdue swaps in the mail and I felt so good about it. I have two more to finish and I am well on my way.

I am working very hard to have a good attitude with my boss at work. I finally realized she is such a control freak..far beyond the micro manager I knew her to be. She needs to have all attention on herself and she makes sure that all credit is given to her. What a miserable life she is creating for herself. I have watched over the last few weeks her crumbling at the edges....but reap what you sow. Now that I have just let her have her way and just keep telling doesn't matter, she will be gone one day....I am more at peace with myself. I just turned it over to the good Lord and let him deal with it. Enough said.....right?

I am getting so many cute names for my bear. I can't wait to pick from the hat what his name is going to be. I believe once he is named, he will have to be in all my pictures I take and post. It will only be fair....right? Don't forget to post a name if you haven't yet. I will pick the name and post on the 29th of Dec. My birthday! Oh dear...I am now on the downhill slide to 60! It's okay....getting ready to turn 57 is just fine. I like who I am and I can take care of myself....still would like a companion...but hey life isn't all the perfect! One will come along one day, I hope....LOL

Fourteen more knitting and sewing days for me! Well actually family is gathering on the 21st for our annual brunch which I started and my SIL took over. Bigger house and she is an attention person too. But it is okay...I don't have to clean that much and I can relax more.....silver lining to all clouds. LOL

Monday, December 08, 2008

The Names are so Sweet!

Names have been coming in for my contest and they are so cute and creative. I am so glad that I am pulling them out of a hat instead of trying to decide which one I like....cause I like them all! This is so much fun! I am enjoying meeting new people.

Just three weeks away and my little bear will have a name, so make sure you tell your friends to join in the fun! Keep those cute name rolling in!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

This is my 100th Post!

This is my 100th post! So it is time for a contest. You can enter as many times as you like. I will put all suggestions in a hat and draw the name out at the end of this a matter of fact on my birthday, December 29th.

The contest is to name my little bear I bought sometime ago. I love bears and haven't really bought any in a very long time. When I saw this cutie I had to have him. He sits on my table or where ever so I can just enjoy his cuteness! But he soooooo needs a name. So please help me with a name suggestion and why you thought that it would be a good name. I will add your name to the hat when each time you submit a name and in the hat again for every person who visits my site on your recommendation. Make sure you tell them to let me know they have been recommended! And on December 29th he will have a new name!

For the contest I will pick two winners (yes he will need a middle name!) and they will receive wonderful sock yarn and other small gifts. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

A Simple Life

This morning as I rode the train to work....I looked out at the river near Quantico and the sun was just rising. It was so beautiful and peaceful in its appearance. the water seemed to be so calm and shimmery. A calm washed over me and I suddenly realized the lady sitting next to me felt it at the same time. She said in her broken English, "it is such a beautiful day and we should all be so thankful". It's the little things that should be making us happy...the beautiful scenes of nature, helping others and the smile of a stranger.

I read my daughter's blog with such sadness and I realized she feels the same about the holidays as I do. We rush, we buy, we invite friends over to an already bulging get together, all the while trying to become super woman or man. We bring so much unnecessary stress into our lives! We have totally forgotten what the reason is for the season. Now don't get me wrong...I love to give and receive as much as the next person. But we all have gone overboard. When I read about the shooting and trampling of people on this Black heart just broke. How important is it to save a few dollars at the cost of being hurt or killed.

I am so grateful that I have a job, a nice home, and good friends and family. My wish in the next few years is to celebrate the reason for the holidays and enjoy each other. I can forgo the gifts and treats if it means hardship on anyone. I want the peace and joy I felt as a youngster. My dad insisted on a nice family meal where we all sat at the table and enjoyed each others company. a kid it irritated me when I wanted to play with my new things (never got many) but I do have fond memories of playing with my brothers.

Last night when I got off from the train and was in my car a gentleman came up to my car and asked could I give him a jump start. His car battery has died and he needed a jump start. I was more than happy to. I drove to his car in the lot and I helped jump his car. He was glad I could help him and his handshake reflected so. It felt very good to be able to do something so small and yet so big for him. We need to carry our good deeds throughout the year. I plan about you?

I hope each and everyone had a great Thanksgiving and will have a wonderful Christmas and above all remember the reason for the season and keep the season all 365 days. God Bless each and everyone!

Monday, December 01, 2008

Contest Time!

Two more posts after this and I will hit the 100 posting mark! I will have a contest! Keep you eyes peeled in the next 24 hours and I will give the details! I will then find out who lurks at my blog......LOL...just kidding. Pass the word.....the contest will be announced within the next 24 hours. The 100 posting will announce the contest.

It's the Christmas rush now!

The long holiday weekend was very nice. Being at my brother's and his family for Thanksgiving was very nice. I was surprised. But true to my predictions, my sister in law did not make the turkey.....her sister did. But all the food was good....not mom's but good. My daughter came and spent Friday through Sunday with me and it was so nice. We have for years gone shopping and out to lunch, but this year with the hard financial times we did a few things and just enjoyed each others company. It didn't really feel like Thanksgiving. I am going to have to start having things at my house. I need that. I feel so scattered and the holidays don't seem all that special anymore.

I had a date on Sunday morning and he seems to be a very nice gentleman. We will see. I am getting rather cynical about this dating thing also. I don't know what people want in life. But that is a whole other story.

I also went to see the play Peter Pan at our local dinner theater. It was as cute as it could be and I enjoyed seeing some ladies I haven't seen in a while. Our local theater really does a phenomenal job when it comes to the plays. Professionals usually play the major parts and locals play the minor parts....the productions have always been great and a real treat.

I need to concentrate now on Christmas and hope I can get everything done. I don't plan on doing much but with my aches and pains it has gotten harder, but I will persevere.

I need to keep the reason for the season in my heart and head and go on from there!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

It's almost Turkey Day!

Tomorrow my mom and I will descend on my brother and sister-in-laws house. They invited us for Thanksgiving. Now you have to understand this is the sister-in-law who is a fairly good cook but unless it has a can of soup, cream cheese or a dip involved she usually doesn't make it. She is very impatient when it comes to cooking, so this will be interesting. Her parents and her one sister is coming so the meal will be interesting. I am going with a positive attitude but I will be thinking of my mom's wonderful meal she usually cooks for all of us. I guess I need to dust off my cooking pans and utensils and start cooking again. To be honest I am tired of going to everyone else's house to please.

Oh well....enough complaining and on with the be thankful side of me! I really am thankful that I have a great family and for me reasonable health. Once I make the decision to have my knee replaced and loose this poundage I think I will honestly feel much better. Pain everyday does wear one down.

The old heel has decided to give me grief again, but I think having the next four days to rest it will be good. Knitting, sewing and enjoying my daughter and grandson will be healing for me.

For a number of years my daughter and I have been doing fun things the weekend after Thanksgiving. We don't hit the big stores but the small shops and we just have fun. We go out for lunch or a late lunch and sometimes breakfast that morning. We talk about all kinds of things and she gives me hers, my son in laws and my grandson's wish list and of course I indulge. My grandson now gives me his on his own, which over the years has become huge....but then again what are grandmas for....LOL. This time of year with my daughter always makes me feel very so good and thankful she is my daughter and that she brought into our lives my great son-in-law and together they gave me one of my best joys in life grandson. Of course they make my life special anytime of the year.
But most of all I am thankful to live in a country that is free and bountiful. I am so thankful for having a good job (even though I get very frustrated with you know who!), my wonderful friends and family and above all were I can worship at the church of my choice.
Take the time this year to look around you and see the beautiful land we live in and the diversity of people that surround our great nation. I know I will ;o)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I Hate My Job!.....well not really.....

Well...I really don't hate my work, I just can't stand my supervisor. She and I were at it again yesterday. I came in with such a good happy face on. I stopped by and chatted with two fellow employees and she came by to see this. life was hell the rest of the day. This is all the energy I am going to give this situation. I need to finish my degree and find another place to work. I refuse to let this woman make my life so miserable.

On a happier note....I have gotten some things accomplished. I am almost finished with a pair of socks for one of my swap partners, and I plan to machine quilt the little doll quilt this weekend. My daughter and grandson are coming after Thanksgiving with her in laws and I am very excited about that. My son in law has to work this weekend and that makes me sad. I like it when he comes too.

I hope each and everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and that we remember what the holiday is about and give thanks for what we have and pray for those less fortunate.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


I promised pictures and here are a few. I bought this goofy little pens some time ago. I gave some as gifts and I kept one for myself. I keep it in my knitting is fun just to laugh at myself for being so into funny stuff. Mine is the one at the far right. Her name is LuLu. The two middle ones are pirates. And the one on the far left is just a cute funny pen. You can buy lanyards for them too. I just bought one for mine.
This wonderful boot I had to wear for almost six weeks. I have had it off for 2 weeks now. My Achilles tendon decided to become inflamed and it was so painful. I have had it rough with this boot and the fact that my other leg needs a knee replacement. I haven't had the energy to do much. I am trying very hard to complete projects that I owe people. My swap partners are unhappy with me I am sure. I am really trying. And below is proof that I am working on things. I have jumbled some of the knitting so it can't be totally identified. lol

I still have to machine quilt the little quilt, finish the second mitten and the second sock. I am not getting home from work until 7:00 at night and I try to work some each day. I also am working on fabric postcards. I will photo those later. I need to knit for about 1/2 hour and then head to bed.

I love the little quilt. I am thinking about make one for myself, only a little bigger with more blocks. Each of the baskets has a yo-yo on it with a leaf. I hand stitched the edges in the buttonhole stitch with black embroidery thread. I loved doing them. With the arthritis in my hands, it has slowed me down so much. I need to stop doing swaps where I make things. I am way too slow. Anyway, the fabric I picked is reproduction fabric from the 30's and 40's. My favorite. I think the person I am doing this for likes this time period too.

Sometimes I go overboard wanting things just perfect and that keeps me bogged down also. I hope she will enjoy it as much as I have making it. But I did put a lot of handwork into this. Oh heart is always there and that is what counts for me.

Monday, November 17, 2008

I found it ...I found it! Or rather Mom did!

Well, when you clean up your area you knit, read, do handwork, and read the newspapers and mail you might just find things you have been looking for! I found my cable to my camera! Or rather my relentless mom did. She was down all weekend and she helped me get things in order. She was determined we were going to find that cable. She found it in my knitting basket that was pushed under my end table. Now you have to understand....this is the same place I sit every night to watch TV, put on my shoes in the morning heading to work, where I read, knit and do handiwork. You would think I would have remembered the cable was placed there....but Nooooooooo! LOL...But it is now found and I can post pictures.

I am so far behind on my swaps. I mean well but I seem to always fall behind and thus many impatient swap partners are frustrated with me. So my resolution to all of this...only one handmade swap a quarter. I can't work fast enough and I get so down when people get impatient with me. I am just getting older and my pace isn't what it was when I was in my 20's, 30's or even 40's. My health issues get my down too.....but I don't want to whine. I do give quality items. I spend more time on my projects that I guess I should.....but my philosophy is to make sure I do quality work and not rush any project. My most recent one the lady even said her work was poor but she got it out. Yes, to my dismay it isn't quality and I play to remake it so I can use the quality part she did do. Oh well..human nature. Just have to go with the flow.

When I get home tonight I will post pictures......;o)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Good Attitude and Turning my Troubles Over

The last number of my posts have brought out in me a firm purpose and what I believe in. I have resolved myself to the fact that I can not solve my own problems but that I need to daily lay them at the feet of my maker. I worry...I fret over so much trying to find answers when answers are not there. I so often forget that when you can't handle the problems in life and feel so lost in your worries.....turn those problems over to God and he will give you the answers you need....not always what you want but what he has decided for you. So.....I have done this and have prayed for those who have hurt me or made my life miserable. Things seem a little less stressful for me and I have an inner peace that is hard to describe...maybe some of you can identify with me.

Today has been a very good morning so far. I was given a wonderful leather notebook and an on the spot award for the hard work I did for the office. This came from the Chief of Staff....not my supervisor. (Yes and I have prayed for her!) She can not praise of let others take credit for anything ......she needs all of the praise and feels she is justified in this. It will haunt her one day....I see the results of it now......I no longer argue with her and let her have her way....she is slowly finding out that she is ....well ....not praised as she would like......not my problem.

Enough of that. I am still hunting for my camera cord. I need to post pictures....sigh.....

I did get to take off my boot on my left foot and I feel so funny without it. I am healing slowly and I will listen to the doctor and follow her stick orders.

Well...enough of my ramblings and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and enjoys our winter coolness!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Finally this Election is over. I am tired of hearing about it!

I have very mixed feelings about the outcome of our election. many times have we heard that. I believe the next four years will be the hardest we Americans will ever see. I believe we will be attacked further with terrorist actions, and I believe we will see Christians attacked from all sides and they are now. We are still a great nation but we have forgotten one fundamental part of our heritage. Our country was founded on Christianity and we have pulled so far left with that notion that the liberal side of our nation has everyone believing this is an old thought. Christians need to pray and pray everyday for our country and hope that this will not be the complete downfall of Christian beliefs and values. Our salvation is through our Lord Jesus Christ and whoever believes in him will have every lasting life. Our new leader unfortunately does not have this belief and I worry he will lead this country into a false sense of safety which our enemies will attack. This has nothing to do with has everything to do with faith! My heart is heavy and I worry. I saw such a false sense of jubilation this morning and one racked with lack of understanding and sensibility. I have made my statement and I will not further discuss this. I will each night pray and pray for our nation. I will seek God's love and pray he wraps us in healing and loving protection from all of our enemies. I hope all of you who read my blog read and understand how I feel respect my feelings on this subject and I would respect yours. May God Bless this day and those who come before him.

Monday, November 03, 2008

A little more productive!

I had a very nice weekend and I did get some things done. I have learned that I am just incredibly slow. That is all there is to it! Of course this boot thingy is getting me down and keeping me from really accomplishing things. I get so tired. I did get a temporary handicap sticker so now I am not so exhausted in the morning and evening going and getting home from work. I am hoping to even venture to the greatly needed shopping at the grocery store. I am out of everything! I did get the trash down to the road...had to haul it in the car, but that was a major feat in itself......I look like a penguin walking or some of you younger set...a weeble wobble! Unfortunately, I can fall down! LOL

I did treat my self to a pedicure and it was feet are so tired and achy....but it was nice and I came home a relaxed so much I fell asleep on Friday. Must have needed it.

On a happier note: This weekend I will get to see my great nephew for the first time. He was born on his grandfathers (my brother's) birthday in July. I can't wait to hug, kiss and spoil and then give him back...I am the best Aunt for that. This is what being a great Aunt and Grandma is all about. I enjoy it so much and the kids love me best....hehehehe!

Still am looking for my camera cord...but not all that hard. I forgot about it this weekend. Once I find it I will have lots of pictures to post.

The weather is cooler and so enjoyable now that I hate to come in the house and work....LOL...but I have to do the work thing or I can't support the yarn and fabric thing! LOLOLOLOL!

Take care all and have a great weekend.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Whew....the weekend is almost here!

I know it sounds like I wish my life away. I don't really. My knee and foot problems are just wearing me down. The doctor finally issued me my form for a temporary handicap sticker until March. I am going on Friday to pick it up from the DMV. I have to walk so far in the morning when I catch the train I am exhausted before I get to work. The afternoon does the same thing to me when I have to walk to my car. I am so beat by the time I get home I can't get a thing done. Okay enough about me hurts and pains.

I have been knitting a pair of mittens for a swap I am in. I have chosen a really neat pattern. It's new for me. I am trying to improve my skills with patterned (intarsia) knitting. I am doing pretty good. Need to work on the flow of the carried threads though.

I have also gotten into fabric postcards and I am really enjoying this. I finally set up my machine in the cabinet I purchased over a year ago. I just need to clean out the room to organize my equipment.

Well....this weekend I am going to pamper myself and enjoy the long weekend....I am off on Friday and I need it so badly.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Wedding Knitting - facinating story!

I was looking at the local Fredericksburg paper online and came across this story about a lady who is going to knit her entire wedding ensemble. There is a real story behind all of this. Go to this link and read the story. It is very fascinating. Rather sad how is started out but kind of neat how she is such a determined person.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

No Pics Yet! is when I need to really get down to business and organize my life. I have taken pictures and now I can't find my cord to hook up my computer and camera. When my friends were in town and my mom being there soon after......someone put my cord away and now I can't find it. I haven't hunted in all the possible places but I have looked where I thought it might be. I am so frustrated. When I get home at night I have just enough energy to eat and get ready for the next day. I really need to get myself organized and place the things I use everyday somewhere easily accessed. Okay I did have them that way but either my mother or my friends didn't seem to think laying on table was a good way to find life isn't my own sometimes. Oh well......once I find it I will be able to share pictures.

Oh BTW....did I talk about the fact that I have a huge grey moon boot on my left foot and leg. My achilles tendon decided to flare up and hurt me so badly that I was getting to were I couldn't walk. My doctor was afraid it would rupture....soooooo for the next 4 weeks I get to wear this gosh awful, gee this isn't sexy boot.......I have had it on now for two and it will be a total of 6 weeks I have to wear this yucky thing.....ugh.............

Keep good thoughts that I find that darn cord so I can post pictures!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Anyone out there have a brother or friend looking for a good Martha Stewart type?

Not really rant...but a sigh of frustration....and a bit of lonliness thrown in.

It was worth a try....LOL.....I am now 16 years alone and I have not found a good man for a companion....what is wrong with this picture. I am either their best friend or they only want one thing and it doesn't include conversation.....mmmmm.....

I have tried okay I go for the right reasons but it doesn't hurt to look, the grocery store ....that was nuts.!...every match site know to man...and they love to take our money on that....okay haven't tried the bars but don't want to.....not a 21 year old and don't like that scene anyway.......And the worst thing that someone can say to me is ...."all the good ones are taken"......I can't believe that because I am a good one and I am not taken!!!!!

Okay...I have vented enough. I am looking forward to my long week next week. I will be off from work and I am going to sew, knit and enjoy the week. I am going to take a lady to lunch that I went to High School with. She has a severe case of MS and she just moved into my area, got in touch with me and I thought this would be nice for her to get out for the day. She doesn't drive anymore and is divorced. My good deeds still abound....I enjoy it.
(But keep in mind if you have a guy just hanging around and you don't know what to do with him....LOLOLOLO)

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

I am Very Tired

It's October 1, 2008 and this begins the new year Federal employees. This was very tough getting through this year. I have the supervisor from hell. She, I have come the conclusion, is very predigest against older females. I am 16 years older and she finds fault with me every step of they way. When I requested a day off to go to the doctor she accused me in a round about way that I was creating a 4 day weekend (I work a compressed schedule and have every other Friday off) and having off on Thur. Friday and the weekend was a habit I was creating. I have never done this and so I am now using Thur. as my day off to take care of my dentist and podiatrist appointment and coming in on my Friday. OH BTW....she took off today...said she was sick....the day after the Govt. fiscal. I have big issues with this...we are all tired...and I drug my tired pain wracked body in so I could get my work done......She is just a BITCH. Enough said.....needless to say.......I am looking for a new job....maybe out of this agency. I am weary of negative comments and favoritism. Okay ...yes I know it happens but this office is the worst I have ever been around. I am too darn old to be treated so shabby.....especially when I try so hard. But I will not kiss anyone A$$! I draw the line.

I am so anxious to start working on my newest adventure ...fabric postcards. I have received the most beautiful ones and I will start mine this weekend!

If anyone would care to send me an encouraging word, I could sure use one, two or plenty! I am pretty beatten down at the moment and I am just weary with all of my health issues. Better yet, just pray for my health to improve and the other hopefully will fall in line...maybe she will leave.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

911 - A Time To Reflect

Seven years ago I had just begun my career as a Federal Government worker. I was into my first year as an Admin Assistant for Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). I was secure in my little world I had entered and felt safe in my newly aquired career that would bring me the most out of life.

On September 11, 2001 my world took a complete turn. A chapter in my book that turned and changed my life, my heart and my commitment to my faith and country that I never felt before that day. I won't go into too much detail but that day I felt fear and worry that I hope I never have to ever feel again. The crowds of people in a panic state, blocked traffic, sirens, no phone service, worried relatives, and so much more. Kaotic kaos is all I can describe. And the Pentagon I had passed daily for a year, place my own father worked when I was a child...Burned and smoldering.....horror griped my heart and soul. It was like a dream. Coming into the city two days later....seeing armed soldiers and glimpses of snipers placed strategically on was a world that I only saw on television in other war torn countries and movies.....not us! I moved warily around the city, fearing I would become a non trusting person...profiling in my own mind, fearing anyone who looked different...sadness filled every crevice in my mind.

Six months after 911 I changed jobs and I began working for Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in my current field as a Contract Specialist. One year and one month later, Department of Homeland Security was formed and INS along with 22 other agencies were gathered under DHS and we became a newly formed Security Defense agency and thus my career soared to what I do today. I worked for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for 4 years and now I am at DHS Headquarters. I have worked for DHS since its beginning.

I have learned so much about America through the eyes of immigrants and law enforcement. We have so much in our country at our fingertips. We too often criticize our law enforcement and how we guard our borders. If you sat with any Federal law enforcement agent and heard their side and how everyday they defend our country keep the "nuts" out it would frighten you to your very toes....There are so many who try to enter our country yet try to destroy what they fully want. Go figure!!!

Our country was built on Christianity, which is forgotten by so many. We are a nation of many...many who are free to express their beliefs, but we are a Christian nation. I am thankful for our choices and the greatness we experience. I welcome anyone who enters our country, but don't try to change it to yours. Embrace your customs but respect ours.

I am proud to be an American and for what we stand for....for the lost lives of those who have defended our country. I fly my flag with pride and I would take on anyone trashing my great country for what it was founded for and what we live each day for....FREEDOM....

Bow your head each day and give thanks that we live in a great nation and the beauty of the world that GOD has given us through his grace and understanding and above all his love.

Disagree with me....move on to another blog....negative comments will not be published...sorry.... my only wish for you is the hope that God Bless each and everyone who reads this.

Monday, September 08, 2008

It's a new Monday!

Well...I survived my little same day surgery. I have some lady issues and I had to have the dreaded D&C. So far things are fine but I will know more when I go back to the doctor on the 19th. Other than that I had a nice weekend. My mom came down to be with me and of course now my house is all clean and all the laundry is completed. Okay...we all know that is won't stay that way forever...but I will do my best. But for the next week, I can knit and sew guilt free....Okay....I do that anyway....but I don't have to wade through the mess at night now. LOL.

Hopefully I can get some pictures taken of some very nice things I have received...boy I am so far behind there!

Keep me in all of your prayers for my poor old worn out body to heal...did I get some sympathy there....LOL

Friday, August 22, 2008

Secret Pal Question #11

This weeks question is: What is the best thing you've ever received in the mail?
This is a tough question because over time I have recieved many wonderful things in the mail So many new friends with wonderful ideas. I have to say the best thing I ever received....and this is going to sound awful, but it was money. to elaborate. When my ex first left (15 years ago), I was having such a hard time ...both mentally and financially. I sewed for people, worked up to 3 jobs at a time and just wasn't having any results trying to get a really good job to establish myself as a career woman. Well one day I went to the mailbox and there was a card in that day's mail. When I opened it, the card said "from your secret pal". At this point in my life I didn't have 2 nickles to rub together let alone buy things for a secret pal! I was not in any groups and pretty much had a non existant social life. Inside the card was a $20.00 bill and handwritten was "from your secret pal". I received a card every other month for about 6 months with a $20.00 bill. That $20.00 every so often was a big help. By this time I had started my job with the Federal Gov't and my life was looking up more and more each day. What I found out was a lady at church had been doing this. I had hemmed some pants for her son and she said she knew I would not take a handout so she did this until she heard I had gotten my good job with benefits. I was so greatful for "my secret pal". My heart still warms when I think of how God put so many angels in my life when I needed them. It is times like this when I am asked a question and I remember these angels. Sometimes when we are at our lowest we need the little tap on our shoulders from God to remind us to be greatful for the simple things in life because love and kindness will always matter what. Always pay will be rewarded in ways that are beyond any riches you can imagine. Thank you hostess for this has helped me today more than you will ever know!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I am happy because I am close to getting caught up!

I am feeling a little less pressure on myself right now. I have gotten out the swaps I was a little late on and even got one out early! I am now trying to get my pictures taken so I can post the wonderful items I have received from my swaps pals.

I have to say I had a wonderful weekend with my daughter and her family. I took my grandson out for school shopping, and then my daughter and I hit 2 yarn shops and 1 quilting shop. I was good, but I did add some to my stash. I mostly bought things for my swap partners on the next list of swaps and I just truely enjoyed myself. Very healing! Good positive experiences.

Now this weekend it is going to be....organize and put things away. I am planning to put away so many clutter items....not get rid of them because they mean a lot to me....but just put them away to rest! I have to get a handle on all my stuff!

My heathier eating habits are not so good tonight it is to the grocery store and I am packaging my snacks and things up so I can grab and go in the morning! The whole key to my life right now is planning. Writing things down and checking the list off....I didn't even pay anyone to tell me that! Can you imagine.....I just thought of it myself....I guess I finally hit my rock bottom of the barrel and now I am climbing back up.

Well....back to work and work on my new organizational mindset for work too! I will keep all posted...but still say little prayers for me! I will need all the help I can get!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

SP 12 Question

I am so far behind the questions that I can't even remember which one this is....but here goes...this is me trying to get caught up and put a check mark for a task on my list! Yeah for me.

Which Olympic event would best describe your knitting/knitting style?

This is a tough one because I have not even taken the time to watch the Olympics...but I think my knitting style and my knitting would be like the balance beam routines. I execute well, I juggle all the projects at once, but unless I am perfect with my timing...I just fall off of that beam. Right now I am struggling on keeping my balance and staying on the beam of projects. My knitting style flows with that, because unless I get it right I will try over and over again until it looks great for a 10 score......Whoo hoo!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

I am so bummed!

Here it is the first of August and I am so far behind I can't see where I am going. We are super swamped at work and trust is going to get worse. It's the Fed. Gov't end of the fiscal year here in the US! I am so far behind in my blogging...okay I had a great vacation with my grandson! He, at 10 loves Elvis, so as a very early BD present, Grandma took him to Graceland and we also did other things in Memphis. What fun...we had such a good time and it will be a time I will always remember and I think he will too!

I have received so many wonderful swap packages and I have sent some....still owe others. But each night I try to complete something. I do have my three day weekend coming up and I am going to relish it. I have plans to get all my swap packages out and spend time at the sewing machine and in my comfy chair to knit. I really need some mental down time. The hot weather has drained me and I found out that yes I will need a knee replacement for my right knee once I make the decision. I have terrible arthitis in my kneess, thumbs, heels, and I am sure other places I haven't had an ache yet in....but I am determined to get through this. My first step is back on my healthy eating and loose more weight!

I am going to work real hard and post more and get some of my pictures from my wonderful swaps posted....sharing is so much fun but lately I haven't had the energy once I get home from work......okay....I need words of encouragement ladies....give me some organizational tips and health tips that I can use! A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL!

Monday, July 28, 2008

No More Humdrum Mittens Swap Three Questionnaire

I just signed up for this mitten swap. If you are interested just skip over to MittenSwapThree and sign up!
How long have you been knitting & how did you learn?
I have been knitting for about 34 years.
Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I would consider myself a little more advanced than intermediate.
What are your favorite colors? Any you dislike?
My favorite colors are pink, purple and blue...okay all colors except orange. I really like brown and cream together for accessories sometimes.
Do you like Latvian type patterns? If so, what are your favorite patterns?
I love them...I haven't tried to knit any so all the patterns are so beautiful to me. I love the animals and florals.
Do you desire mittens for yourself, your "special someone else" or your child?
Oh for me....cause I love them.
What is the measurement from your wrist to the tip of your longest finger?
7 1/2 inches
What is the circumference of your hand at it's widest point?
7 3/4 inches
What other things do you enjoy knitting?
I love knitting socks, scarves and shawls.
What sort of needles do you enjoy working with? (straights vs circs, bamboo vs aluminum)
I like them all. It depends on what I have available when I get ready to knit something. I am partial to the wooden needles...circulars when a bigger project.
What’s one project you’ve not yet tried but are dying to make?
Latvian mittens and socks.
What’s one yarn you’ve not yet tried but are dying to work with?
I have worked with many different types.
What other hobbies do you have?
I love to quilt. There are times when I can't decide if I want to knit or quilt.
Do you spin? Not Yet Sew? Yes Garden? Not really but love to try herbs. Cook? I live alone so for cooking I have to be in the mood.
Besides yarn, do you collect anything?
Fabric, pincushions, and teacups
What kind of goodies do you enjoy? Sweets? Salty?
I love butter cookies. Okay I love chocolate...dark....but I am really trying to stay away from all of this. For salty....I love beef jerky...
Anything you hate or are allergic to?
Nothing I know of...I hate to smell cigarette smoke.
Do you have any kids? I have a grown daughter who is 34.
Pets? No
What is your favorite part of Winter? I love to knit on cold mornings. I love the smell of the crisp, clean air. I love fresh fallen snow and drinking a hot cup of coffee with a fresh bagel or pastry in the morning. I would love to say snuggling with my honey, but alas I have no one in my life at the moment. Sad face.....
What is your least favorite part of Winter?
The day after a snow fall. The snow is so messy and I have to go back to work. Okay we really don't get that much snow but I love when we do.

Well...that is me in a nutshell.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

House Guests

For the last week and a half I have had two very good friends from High School staying with me. It has been so much fun. We have talked and talked. They have gone to visit family and friends in the area and when I have gotten home my house is clean and laundry is done. Wow how great is that. Now you ask...why haven't I blogged more with time on my hands. LOL....well...the talking part has just kept me run down. I have stayed up way too late and have had to go to work .....getting older just sucks! I wish I could do those all nighters like we did in HS but my mind says yes ...the body says...what the heck!?!? It has been fun though. I will put some of my adventures on the blog later....for now I need to rest...LOL...or at least try!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Swap 12 question #3

What would you consider the perfect amount of stash?

Something very manageable. More isn't always better. I think a large tub is just fine. I have that and I want to keep it manageable to just that. Sounds stupid doesn't it but I have so much clutter from quilting and knitting I am trying to keep things in perspective. I want to enjoy all my things and not drown in them....Okay I didn't say what size large tub. I mean the ones that are about 72inches by 36inches and at least two feet high....and have it crammed so full the lid won't stay you thought what a doofy lady having a manageable stash....okay I am really trying here!

Secret Pal Question #2

As a kid, what did you look forward to most about summer vacation/break/holiday?

I think I look mostly just not going to school. But I looked forward to warm days and as a kid I love to do projects. I learned to sew at a very early age and I would sew and sew all summer. I created a great deal...more of a mess when I was younger but I still wore those outfits. Didn't care what others thought. LOL

I guess the next thing was relatives would come. We lived just right outside of Washington DC and that meant we could go site seeing with all the was fun! I walked my legs off in the hot sun and saw it all! Then we would go back and mom would have a great lunch or dinner made when we got home. Everything seems to fall into place....remember...this was the era when there were no cell phones nor saw phone booths on the corner. No metro either. Wow....those were the good old I dating myself?

Friday, June 13, 2008

Secret Pal 12 Contest - My favorite Summer drink

We were asked by our hostess what our favorite summer drink is. I would have to say my favorite summer drink is iced tea followed by fresh lemonade. I love fresh brewed tea with lots of ice and a touch of lemon. I don' t like my tea sweetened but occasionally I will sweeten it ever so lightly with raw sugar. I also love fresh lemonade, squeezed and with the lemon rings in the pitcher. I am a Southern gal through and through!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Secret Pal 12 Questionnare

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I love natural fibers. No acrylics please. I love to try new yarns so surprise me.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
Right now I have a glass container I put them in. But then again most are in projects...does need to finish words I should shout?

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I have been knitting on and off for about 33 years. I was self taught, but also took lessons at the comminity center years ago.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
My Amazon wish list is here.

5. What's your favorite scent?
I love floral or powder scents. I have been using Cashmire mist lately...but I would never expect anyone to get that.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
I love dark chocolate...but I am trying to loose weight, so bare minimum please.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I don't spin...want to learn how though. I quilt when I am not knitting. I am not only a yarn-a-holic but I am a fabric-holic.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I love all types but don't have much time to listen. I do have an MP3 player.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
I love all colors. Browns and oranges are not my favorite though. I am really liking the muted solids now. The ones that look solid but have subtle color through out.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I live alone and I do not have any pets.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Love scarves and mittens and socks. Don't care for hats or ponchos.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Socks, Socks and more socks. And anything lace.

13. What are you knitting right now?
Two Lace shawls and5 pairs of socks

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? shows the true heart of someone.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I love both circular and straight needles. I have bamboo, wood and some aluminum..I like the wooden needles and Addis Lace Needles.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
I own both.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
6's acrylic...yucky

18. What is your favorite holiday?
My birthday...okay it is rarely celebrated because it is 4 days after Christmas. But I love Christmas, Easter, 4th of July...okay...I love them all!

19. Is there anything that you collect?
Pincushions and teacups. Okay yarn and fabric! LOL

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I have Interweave Knits subscription. I love all books, yarn and I am will to be bold and try anything new.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
I am really facinated by the lace patterns out there. I am enjoying the challenge.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Length: 9 1/2 inches Width around instep: 91/2 inches. I wear a size 10 show and my foot it med

23. When is your birthday?
December 29th

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?
Yes. scappyhappy

Oh...too much times escapes me!

I have planned for weeks to get pictures taken and more blogging done....where does the time go? For me right now it is commuting to work and working late and getting home in time to eat dinner and go to bed and then start all over the next day. (Okay too many ands" in that sentence!)

My knees are so bad right now. Weeks ago I fell on the "good" one and now the only way I can describe how I walk is "I walk like a penguin"!!!!! I have an appointment for an MRI for both knees and then I go to the orthopedist...believe it or not I can't wait. I am in pain sometimes and I am too young to be having all these knee problems. I lost 20lbs so far and go figure...the knees are worse!

Anyway...I am doing more knitting....trying to get all my swaps out.....maybe I will get some pictures taken and posted....I can only hope!

Happy knitting everyone!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

I am so Hooked on the Stephanie Plum series!

Have anyone of you read the Janet Evanovich books with the bounty hunter Stephanie Plum? I have laughed and laughed till I cry. They are so worth reading. They take you mind off of things and you want to just read and read. They are a quick read and you don't have to think but they are a hoot. There are 12 out in paperback and the 13th is out in hardcover. Her newest one (14th) is due in June. If you want fun reading, check them out......okay this is why I haven't been blogging or knitting much. Well....I also just finished a class for my degree that I thought I would die from. I now need fun reading. I have slipped in knitting though. I have 2 pairs of socks almost completed for 2 swaps I am in. And I am starting on a scarf for a swap. So of course ....priorities first...LOL....warmer weather is around the corner and I have planned some lazy afternoons to do fun things.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

I have Spring Fever but the Weather is Not Co-operating!

It is cold and damp and the weather is not warm....okay that is typical of Virginia weather but I want it to be a little warmer....

Okay on to a better note. I have lost 16 lbs. in my heathy eating quest. I am feeling better and am proud of what I have accomplished so far. Okay the organizational thing is not up to par yet. I still have to photo my newest and older swap goodies. I am so far behind in photos...but I had to take a new one of myself. What do you think?

Well...will have to post more later. I have a project due for school and I haven't finished the research yet. Back to work and the grind tomorrow so I am headed to bed and will knit for a few minutes before I really have to go to sleep.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Monkey Sock Swap Four Questionnaire

Monkey Sock Four is out and last time proved to be so much fun I decided to do it again. I love Cookie A. sock patterns. They always turn out nicely.

Monkey Sock Questionnaire

Shoe Size: Size 10 in US
Foot Length in inches: 9 1/2 inches
Circumference: 9 1/2 inches

Yarn Preferences

What are your favorite colors? I love pink, blue, purple, and really any color except orange. I am happy with anything chosen!

What colors clash with your wardrobe? Orange
Do you prefer solids or varigated yarns? Not picky. I don’t have any solids yet.
What are your favorite brand sock yarns? Again, not picky. I do like soft yarn. I love to experiment.
Any new sock yarn you would like to try? Surprise me! I really love all the yarns I have tried and I am willing to try new ones!

Cookie A Patterns
List the pattern you do not have and would like to receive. I have Thelonious and Fliker. Any of her patterns are fine with me. I love them all.

Do you have any allergies your pal needs to know about? I have a hard time when things are exposed to smoke.
Will your knitting be exposed to animals? No
Will your knitting be exposed to cigarette smoke? No

What country do you live in? United States
Are you willing to ship outside your country? Yes

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

How do you ladies do it?

I am at a loss how so many of you accomplish so much. I seem to get further behind and I just don't get enough knitting in. I know that I work 50 miles from home and this takes at least 2 1/2 hours out of my day. Lately I have been coming home and just collapsing. I guess maybe I burn the candle at both ends too much and I am not that young anymore. Okay, I am not that old either. I need to post pictures and get things out to the post office. I also am frantically knitting socks for my SITMT partner and a kazillion other things. My buzz work lately has been...FOCUS...FOCUS Iva FOCUS!!!!! Think it will help????

On a happier note...I have lost 10lbs. My healthier eating style is making me feel better, but I just wish the energy level would rise. Okay...I have gobs more weight to loose and this might just take time for the energy level to come up to par. But I am focused on that. I have been 10 weeks without a diet coke...I went cold turkey and the only time I really crave one it when I have a burger, a healthy one on whole grain bun with lots veggies. I drink tea or water instead. But other than that I am really enjoying this.

I promise I will publish pictures. I have received some very nice packages in the mail and my poor swap partners have had to ask me if I have received them. I am so ashamed! I will hold the suspense until this weekend when I finally take the pictures and post them!

I am at work doing this and I need to get some work until this weekend ...let me hear those knitting needles click!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Oooops...forgot one of my gifts!

I participated in a Swap-Bot swap and I received this wonderful package from Scotland. I absolutely love the vintage lace and tray cloth. I love the yarn. I have gotten into so much color lately, it is nice to receive some neutral yarn. The mints are long gone....yum!

I thought I would also include pictures of my little bear I bought myself. I keep him near my computer and pose him when I am down....I haven't named him yet....hmmmm, maybe a contest is in the works....stay tuned!

New Pictures...Finally!

Well this is the last week of February and I am doing well on my healthier eating plan. I have to say it has been trying at times but I have become determined and am doing well. I have been 6 weeks without diet cola. A feat in itself. I have lost about 10lbs. in the last 5 weeks. I have lots to go and no I won't do one of those counters. I am doing this for myself feel healthier and bring my blood pressure under control. So enough of that.

I went to my LYS and of course had to add to my stash. Actually some of this is headed to some of my secret pals I have ....but it will be a secret until they receive it!

I have in the last few days recieved some wonderful gifts from secret pals and it has lifted my spirits. I have been down in the dumps about my job. I have decided not to really talk about it but pull up my bootstraps and prove my old supervisor wrong. Just a little background....She is and will always be, I am sure, a mean and vindictive "B". She lied on my apprasial and well ...she created problems for me. Needless to say she has been demoted to a job way in the corner of a room that is dreary and sad.....LOL....and thank goodness I have no reason to have contact with her. Enough of her....on to my wonderful gifts!

From my secret pal, Sock it To Me Twice, I received the cutest sock bag, beautiful yarn, and the cutest stitch holder and card.

From Swap-bot pal I received this wonderful yarn, pattern, and beads with needle to feed the beads onto the yarn. Oh and another wondeful yarn bag. This one is made from reproduction vintage it! The pattern is from knitty and I find it a very interesting yarn. It will go on my do list for later....I can't wait...I have been so blessed! Oh my I almost forgot about the dark chocolate bar! I absolutely love dark chocolate and it is so much better for us. Now this is tough....I have to only eat small pieces at a time but it so worth savoring! Hmmmm....yummy!

This is my yarn I purchased at my LYS yesterday....Yummy....hmmmm......Oh and I couldn't resist this book and a set of needles to try knitting two socks at one time. Always need to try something new! The yarn is Plymouth Happy Feet. One of the ladies at the shop was knitting with it and she loves it. It is very soft and the colors were so beautiful! Hard to make a decision. The colors are richer than I could photograph.

(I have blocked comments from this post because some wonderful spammer has let a message and if you accidently open it, it will run somesort of spyware. So if you would like to comment just leave it on the later post. Thanks)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A Contest -Woo-Hooo!!!

Make sure you go to Nancy's blog and read about her contest. She has posted 300 times! Can you believe it? What an inspiration! Her rules are so easy and her blog is fun to read! Make sure you mention to Nancy I sent you!

My knitting tip: I always keep a mechanical pencil with all my projects...when I find an area that needs to be changed in a pattern or an area I might have changed I immediately have my pencil there to jot my notes on my pattern. I also make several copies of the pattern instead of using my original book or pattern. Then I will be able to transfer the changes to the original. I always have a project to go and I don't always want to take the book or pattern with me.

The person I get so much of my information from is Miss Me. Check out her blog. It is such a joy to read and she is such an accomplished knitter!

Until another time..keep the knitting needles clicking!

Saturday, February 09, 2008

My Goddess Doll Swap

I recently did a Goddess Doll Swap and this is the lovely one I recieved the other day. I still and working on mine and will post a picture before I send it to my swap parnter.
I am also adding a picture of a mug that was given to me at Christmas.....I just love it. Several of us have a running joke about the "Talk like a Pirate Day" and we have had so much fun with it. I have a big bag of pirate men that came from the dollar store and they will appear in peoples coat pockets or hidden somewhere on their desk. Surprises are always around the corner...It has been so much fun! I have just ordered pirate magnet dolls. You can dress them and add different clothes and shoes and such....more fun!

My Mystery Shawl

I have joined a KAL for a mystery shawl. It is my first lace pattern and it truely is a challenge for me. I have learned the fine art of frogging plus an emense amount of determination. I can't have much noise around and I have had to count over and over again to make sure I have completed each row correctly. I am so far behind....they have hint #4 already out and I just finished hint #1. The color isn't quite right in the picture. It is acutally a beautiful coral color.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Where I can I buy more time?

The new year is here and I seem to need more time than ever. I am still burning the candle at both ends trying to complete my degree and work full time. I just can't seem to budget my time well and this completely frustrates me. I fantasize about knitting all day with out a care in the wouldn't that be nice. I think getting all of this work done to my house and with everything else I am just mentally drained. And for some reason ...people in general are just getting on my nerves. Think I need another vacation? I feel I am on the coaster to happy land and it forgot to stop and let me off. I know once the weather warms up and all this work is done and I can finish putting things in order in my home I will once again feel better.

I need to post pictures...have taken so many but have not posted.....okay I really....I lost the cable to attach my computer to my camera and I just found it! YEAH! Once again....I need order in my house! It's coming but not fast enough for me!

Is there anyone out there that can send me a sanity lifeline? Just kidding.....but still had to ask.....LOL

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Oh My..How Time Has Flown By!

The last two months have just flown by and I wish I could say they were memorable...well they were but not in a good way. I am finishing up my degree and the push is on. My classes are so packed with homework and to top it all off, I had to take a two week class for work which was over 65 miles from where I live! The trek alone did me in....I finished both my college class and class for work with flying colors...but I got sick...I mean down in the bed for week sick. I had the flu, along with what the doctor thought was pneumonia (thank goodness it wasn't) and my allergies all at once. I ran a high fever and just wanted to sleep forever....all of this one week before Christmas....needless to say...not shopping, no baking and no decorating took place at my house. I love Christmas and the joy of being with family and friends..but this year I can say I am glad it is over. I hope this next year proves to be a better year and I can get things more organized in my life. I need to post pictures of the wonderful things my swap partners have given some of the thoughtful gifts I received for Christmas.

I have started my quest to get organized. I have the battery charging for my camera (it has been dead for months) and I have finally put my address list in a file in my computer. I have been slowly putting things away in an organized manner and yes I can find them again when I need them...I think I might have turned over that new leaf. The weight issue...well one problem at a time. Will post pictures within the next few the mean time....

I hope everyone will have a wonderful New Year as we embark upon this clean slate to our lives in the year 2008! May all your prayers be answered, your lives be enriched by your friends and family and your faith in God be the first priority this year.

God Bless Each and Everyone!