Jul 30, 2007

Monday Update 7/30/07

Dad's Surgery
My Dad came home from the hospital on Friday. Hard to believe he was able to come home only after 3 days! His left leg is very swollen, but he is walking around... albeit slowly. He said there's over 100 stitches in his leg, and takes pain killers as needed. The doc told him he could go back to work whenever he felt like it. Dad said he was staying home until the stitches were taken out (at least).

Stitchy News
I've washed and pressed Pink Carnations. I still need to put the beads on it, but I'm holding off until I decide whether to do a bourse or box. If I do a bourse, it doesn't make sense to me to put the beads on it. Any opinions?

Me and PC stitch (How's that for proper grammar?) spent about 5 hours together on Saturday. What did we come up with, you might ask? Using various parts of Pink Carnations, I designed a matching scissor fob and needlebook. I even designed the needlebook pages! Now all I need to do is order the pink gingham fabric and I'll be stitching them up. Can't wait!

I worked on Mime again. I did a bunch of backstitching while watching re-runs of Grey's Anatomy and Men in Trees on Thurs night. Even though I've got a ways to go, I'm looking forward to when it's done. It's the oldest UFO I have.

I snagged a few more boxes with lids from the local Aldi's store when I went grocery shopping. While watching Star Trek (of all things! Ick.), I covered the boxes and lids in contact paper for stash storage. I now have 5 boxes total. I've got them labeled: Aida, Linen & Evenweave (small pieces), Linen & Evenweave (large pieces), Kits (small & medium), and Stitchables. I have enough contact paper to make one more matching box.

Need a Stash Fix??? I've added some things to my stash-for-sale blog. In addition to cross stitch stuff, there are some needlepoint canvases. Take a look! I spent a good amount of time organizing my stash on Saturday night and barely have made a dent. :(

I've started the needlebook that matches the Victorian Pansies scissor fob that I finished not too long ago.

Neighbor News
Ha... There's always *something*, isn't there? Wed morning around 5:30am, I could hear the neighbor and her grown daughter arguing. Apparently DD has been spending a lot of time in the bars and not coming home until wee hours of the morning. DD doesn't have a car or job, that I know of. (How's she get $$ for the bars?) I overheard neighbor yelling at DD about how close she was to kicking DD out on on her butt. More trouble in paradise? Wed night, I walked around to the front of the house and neighbor was on the front porch with grandson and a bunch of neighbor boys. Apparently, GS got into a fight with one of the neighbor boys. Does that surprise me? It was kinda amusing, actually. One boy was on the porch and the other at the end of the sidewalk... and they had the stare down going on.

Weekend Fun
Spent Sunday with S celebrating his little one's 3rd birthday. It was held in the garage and I did the decorating. (Guys really do not know how to throw kid parties! LOL) The tot got a lot of clothes, a couple of toys, and a fishing pole as presents... and kept asking "More presents?" The food was good and I think everyone had a good time.

Back To School
Yes, it's THAT time again! Last week, I signed up for two classes: Beginning and Advanced Excel. Both are needed for my Accounting Degree. One is an online class, the other is a campus class. I need to touch base with the instructor again to make sure this will work. I use Excel for work so I don't see a problem, but one never knows. What irked me is that the book for the class costs more than the tuition for class! Grr...


rose_michelle said...

Wow! Sounds like you've got a lot going on. But sounds like you are having fun for the most part. I'll drop in later ...

Katie said...

Glad to hear your dad is improving well. The neighbor news is funny as always. Hope you have a great week.

Kathy said...

Sounds like your dad is coming along nicely. Great to hear. Love hearing the neighbor stories. It is like hearing gossip. What woman does not like gossip?LOL. You have been busy organizing.
If you need more boxes, find a friend that sells Avon. The orders come in wonderful boxes with lids.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Busy, busy you! LOL on the neighbors. never a dull moment there! glad your dad is doing as well as he is!

Anonymous said...

stitchy news: a good idea for those boxes? put a magnet strip inside that fits it perfectly (cut from a sheet) and a cross stitched design on the lid (this can be a box for your needles).

Back to school: I also went to school for accounting, I have an AA degree (not getting any use out of it though since I am a SAHM). I have intermediate skills at excel so if you ever have a question, just e-mail me and I'll see if I know. Also, check out ebay for cheap text books (usually found with the isbn #), also other used book stores through amazon.com, alibris (i got all my text books this way, most were 40% or 50% cheaper than the new ones at the college bookstore).

Marita said...

I'm glad your Dad is getting better, hope he continues to improve.

The covered boxes are a great idea.

Deirdre said...

Glad your dad is home! I wouldn't go back to work until the stitches were out either.

I love your boxes. I might have to borrow that idea;)

glenda said...

Glad to hear about your dad, I'm sure that is a great weight off your shoulders

Cute boxes. Hey! what's wrong with Trek??? LOL!!

Good work on the party. Men are so clueless. :)

I'm not so sure how I feel about having to take TWO classes on excel for accounting!!!??? I admit, I got my degree awhile ago, but I just can't imagine why one would need such an intensive experience. Oh, well, that's college for you LOL

And finally, you ask how the neighbor girl gets money for the bar? You know the answer to this one (wink, wink - nudge, nudge) :0

Hope you have a great week!!

Lavender Rose said...

Hi, Meari, I loved reading all about your life this week! The Pink Carnation bourse sounds beautiful. What about using the pink and white gingham checked linen (XS linen) for the other fabric....you can add some small stitching details on it as well that way.
Just a thought...