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.