I only stitch on days that end in "y".

Friday, October 28, 2016

Sugar Skull, Root Canal, Deck construction, Stitching Friend

I finally had my root canal done Monday morning and it went fine.  I just have to have my dentist replace a temporary filling in the crown with a permanent one next week to put this whole episode behind me.

I'm trying to get a little ahead on my Nov. sal's (since I'll be doing some traveling again soon) and I stitched a Sugar Skull for the Halloween ornament blog sal theme of bones/skeletons.  This is from the 2015 JCS Halloween special issue...and was a pretty quick, enjoyable stitch.  I'd seen so many people stitch sugar skulls that I needed to get into the act.

As much as we need 2 bathrooms updated, DH (and our neighbor friend) really wanted us to build a deck by the lake so we're building a deck.  (I secured a promise from DH that we won't put off the bathrooms too much longer.)  The guys are also replacing a fence along a pato/garden area.  The deck is nothing fancy but it will make that area a lot more usable than it was before.  They had to tear down a small portion of the fence but our neighbor already has plans to put a gate there. (We need the fence to keep the dog in our yard but we've been talking with our neighbors for a while that we need a gate too so it's easier for us to go back and forth between our yards.)  His wife is a "junker" and she's found and repainted a chaise lounge for us to use on the new deck.  They're really good neighbors.  Even I am excited about the deck now...I'll be even more excited when the bathrooms are redone.  ;-)

Before, we just had a concrete sidewalk along the bulkhead:

Here's what's going on this week:

If you look in the top left corner of the last picture, you can see a bit of the fence that needs replacing.  We found out it wasn't even build to code, so in addition to being nicer, it will be up to code and safer.

We opted to keep the little pier where it was at least for now.  We'll also install a pool ladder so it will be easier for swimmers to get out of the water.  Our neighbors (the ones referenced above) have a 3 tiered deck and we're working on the neighbor on the other side to get his done too.  (He's all for it!)  I suggested that we have a progressive lake party sometime going from deck to deck for food, fun, etc.  Several of us have small boats so we could also make it a "regatta".  We may just do it sometime!

I have a friend who's been joining me weekly for lunch and stitching.  Instead of going out for lunch, she brought lunch over here yesterday.  I think I've created a "monster" as she's becoming addicted now.  We had a good time chatting, stitching, and watching the guys work yesterday afternoon.

I think next up on the stitching front is a Christmas ornament (for Nov. for the ornament blog) and then maybe after that a Denmark ornament for my son (who just moved from there back to the US).

Happy stitching!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Another Giveaway at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Santa Nancy is at it again.  Read below for details:

Giveaway at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Good luck and....

Happy Stitching!

Christmas Fruit Basket and Collage Football and Movie

Since finishing Jane, I decided to dig out a few older wips to finish before starting something new.  Here's Christmas Fruit Basket by Threadwork Primitives.  I haven't decided on a finish finish.  I think it would look great framed or I can "see" it finished as a pillow with ball fringe.  (Too bad I'm finishing impaired.)

I'm not sure what I'll pick up next.  I should probably work on Christmas ornaments but I'd also like to start a new sampler.  We'll see!

It was a sad day for college football in this household with both University of Texas and A+M going down in defeat.  I thought that at least I could count on my Buckeyes to win but, alas!..they lost too.  I guess there's always next week.

We went to see the movie The Accountant yesterday.  Yes, there's a lot of violence but there's also another underlying story (aside from the main plot) that made it interesting.  I was able to figure out a couple of surprises at the end which always makes me feel smug.

I go in just a bit for my root canal.  I'll be glad to get it behind me.

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Jane Plews Sampler Finished....but wait-there's more!


After spending several months and even traveling with Jane, she's finally finished!  I haven't washed/pressed her yet.  She and I have one more trip together so I can show her off "in person" to some other stitchers.  Then I hope to get her prepared and framed.

After I finished Jane, I picked up an almost finished wip of Hinzeit's Harvest Time and now it's finished too.  (I wasn't sure I'd like doing the satin stitches in the basket but they were easy...and I think add an interesting "look" to the basket.)

I finished a couple of small pieces for some ornament sal blogs too.  The first is LHN's Under the Tree.  (I left off the bottom date "band" to make it a smaller ornament.)

The other is a PS design from the Boo to You leaflet.

I picked up another old wip of some Bent Creek snowmen (I forget the name of the design.) that I hope to finish soon and then will start something new.  I'd like to work through some of these wips;  it's embarrassing how many I have.  I'll bet fellow stitchers can say the same.

On the family front, our son who's been living in Denmark the past few years while doing a post doc fellowship just flew back to the US yesterday to start a new job.  We're so glad to have him "home" (Continental US) even though he'll still be living a plane ride away from us.  We're hoping the whole family can be together for Christmas this year.

Happy stitching!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Halloween Giveawy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Nancy, aka the Floss Fairy, is hosting a Halloween giveaway for some of her gorgeous floss and other goodies.

Find out more here:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Halloween Giveaway

Good luck and.....

Happy stitching!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Home Stretch

I'm reaching the end of stitching on Jane Plews sampler.  Hopefully next week I can show a finish picture.

Happy stitching!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Jane Plews progress

It's been a crazy week but I managed to make some progress on Jane Plews.  What's small happy dance worthy is the fact that the border's always a happy thing when that happens.

As for the crazy....our refrigerator died last week so we had to hurry up and replace it.  (Luckily we have a spare one so we didn't lose a lot of food.)  I was a little nervous about it fitting in the allotted spot despite careful measuring (the insulation is thicker in refrigerators these days so they're a little wider and taller than older models) and I was concerned about how they'd get it into the house because it's wider than one of the doors.

DH also had been looking to replace his gas grill and we ended up buying it at the other big box store that starts with a L and not the big box store where we bought the refrigerator.  (That one didn't carry the brand/one he wanted.)  There was a $40 (!) delivery fee which we weren't going to pay for a grill but the guy assured us that it would fit in our minivan (after we carefully measured.) bc you could "flip up" the table part.  Someone was supposed to meet us at the front of the store to help us load it up.  Over 30 minutes in the Texas heat (and peaking levels of ragweed) without anyone showing up, my husband went inside to ask for help again.  The woman who came out clearly was useless in helping us and we found out that you most certainly can NOT "flip up" the table part...even with a screwdriver.  DH was livid and I was close to it...saying they should comp us the delivery fee after this guy over-promised.  At least the woman was able to make that happen and also promised that "they'd" repair the screw that stripped and put another missing one in there before delivery.  We'd be given a mutually acceptable delivery window.  That didn't happen....we received a taped call assigning our window to Sunday am (!) between 9-11...when both of us had church obligations (singing, teaching Sunday School, and ushering).  We ended up playing "tag team" so one of us would be home for the delivery.  It finally arrived....and they did NOT replace the missing screws.

After that, I was really nervous about how the refrigerator delivery from HD would go.  It could not have gone smoother!!!  The guys arrived when they were supposed to (and at my convenience), we figured out that they could go through the French doors in the back without having to take the doors off the fridge, they connected the water, took off all the plastic, cleaned up after themselves, were very polite, and asked if there was anything else we needed them to do before they left.

On to the next bit of craziness...I mentioned earlier how I was sent to the dental school (in the big city) for a specialized scan to aid in the diagnosis.  It's been about 3 weeks and the report still hasn't been send to my local endodontist.  He's even frustrated because they're putting him off (and he's even on staff up there).  After they promised to email the report last Monday and failed to do so by Wednesday, they asked me to try to contact the dental school directly (thinking if they won't respond to him, maybe they'll respond to the patient).  Not so much!  I was on the phone a good deal of the day yesterday trying to get someone to answer these questions:  1.  What is the normal time between having the scan done and the report being sent to the referring dentist?  2.  Why is my report taking so long and when can I expect my dentist to receive it?  I know my way around the medical field (and my DH knows his way around imaging and docs who read images) and we both have a pretty good idea of Question #1.  Two people I spoke to (who both schedule the images and transmit the reports) claim not to know the answer to #1.  (I DON'T BELIEVE THEM!)  They claim they don't have any idea of when the report will be sent either.  Bull#@#$!  I believed this to be insufficient so I kept calling phone numbers and looking on the website for a patient advocate (couldn't find one) thinking there's got to be somebody in that facility who cares to answer my questions and get to the bottom of where the report is.  I continued today and started getting the same non responses until  while talking to another "I don't know...and, in reality "I don't care" person, I asked for contact information for a patient advocate.  She wasn't too pleased but had to give me the contact info.  FINALLY I found someone who was interested in all that went wrong, agrees with me that they should have been able to easily answer both questions and assures me that something will be done about the matter.   (I was firm and as friendly as I could be but I shared with her that I was so frustrated with their lack of even caring to help me that I'd already printed out a complaint form from the state dental board that I'd have filled out if not for her seeming to care.  Also I'd shared with her that I worked in the health field and I knew this was not how things were supposed to go.  I reminded at least a couple of people I spoke with about the patient's rights posted on their webpage that they clearly violated. We'll see!

I'm hoping I made enough "noise" to build a fire under the appropriate people and hope to hear the results from my local endodontist early next week....a full month after the scan.  (In reality, it should have taken 2-3 days max to get the report back.)

Wow!  That was a lot and I'd be surprised if anyone reads through all that.  lol!

Hopefully next post will contain a lot less drama.

Happy stitching!