Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Stitch A Wish

Yesterday I decided to make a list of the charts I would like to do to put on my "dream wall"(which is a little too overwhelming to post here just yet)! Hmmmm. I am either going to have to choose a bigger wall or put some of the pieces in different areas. I think I will choose the latter. I know for sure that it will take quite awhile to achieve this goal but after envisioning it for so many years, I am not about to settle for anything less!

Even though I have been working on Sampler Folk at a steady pace, I am getting the itchies to start one or two new patterns! A part of me is saying "Just wait till you finish this piece" while another part of me is begging for a new start or two! Decisions, decisions!

I have not stitched any Christmas pieces or ornaments for myself so those are on my list of "must do"! I would love to have some holiday pillows to throw on the couch and lots of stitched "homey" ornaments to hang on the tree!

It's time for me to make up my menu and grocery list again! Ugh! I am trying to fix meals that don't require the oven running for long periods of time (which isn't comfortable in this heat).

We finally got a good steady rain last night. I could hear it as I laid in bed and it really soaked the ground good! Just what we were needing!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Dreams and Goals

I am still stitching on Sampler Folk but I want to wait until I have made some extremely noticeable progress before posting a picture of it! I think I will just complete it first then begin finishing up Willow Tree Sampler. The other two charts are such large pieces, they will just have to be slow stitches! VERY slow stitches! LOL!

I first began stitching within several months of getting married which will be 32 years in just several months! Ever since I took that first stitch, it has been my dream to have one entire wall covered in finished needlework samplers! It doesn't look like that dream wall is going to magically appear so I had better get busy and make it happen!

We have tomatoes coming out our ears here! LOL! We usually plant 2 or 3 bushes but my better half decided he would need more in order to make some of his famous fried green tomatoes! Now I am picking as little as 5 a day and as many as 30 a day! I am using them in salads, on sandwiches, as sides on a meal and we are still managing to keep our neighbors well supplied!

It is now beyond the half way mark of 2008 and I really can't think of much I have accomplished! By the end of the year, I would like to
1. Finish at least two WIP
2. Start 2 or 3 more stitches
3. Go to the photo shoot at the Raptor Center
5. Scrapbook several mini albums
6. Visit a really good stitching shop (since we don't have one in our area).

I spent the weekend catching up on some of favorite blogs I enjoy and even found a few new ones to add on my growing list! Otherwise it was a pretty lazy weekend which was fine by me. All the humidity made me appreciate staying indoors with the A/C running.

Everyone have a good day!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Normal Days

Yea!! I finally feel like my life is getting back to normal again! After putting Whiner to rest last September it seemed as though my enthusiasm for life in general just fizzled out then all my doctors decided I needed to have every medical test known to man or so it seemed (although I'm sure this is a BIG exaggeration *wink*) which only seemed to add more stress. Now that all of that is over and I have finally stopped crying everyday from missing Whiner, I feel I am ready to pick myself up, brush myself off and start all over again!

Last night's dinner was really delish (if I say so myself)!! I fixed a Tomato Basil Chicken in the crockpot, Farmer's Market Saute (great way to use summer veggies) and a Seven Layer Salad! This summer time meal is definitely one going in my book of favorite recipes!

Farmer's Market Saute
2 zucchini, sliced
2 yellow squash, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup KRAFT Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
2 Tbsp. KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

COOK zucchini and squash in hot oil in large skillet on medium heat 3 min., stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook an additional 3 min. or until vegetables are crisp-tender.

REMOVE from heat; stir in mozzarella cheese and basil.

SPRINKLE with Parmesan cheese. Totally YUM!!!!

Good News! I am ready to pull out some old projects and/or start some new ones! This would include scrapbooking and cross stitching. Both of which I packed away last year!

Good News! Last night I pulled out all my scrapbooking and cross stitching supplies to sort through! It looks like I am in pretty good shape!

Bad News! It seems as though several cross stitching charts I was working on are missing! Luckily it won't cost much to replace them! And I am sure I need to stock up on some more threads!

** It looks like time for another blog sidebar update! It has been quite awhile! Hopefully I can get that done this week!