Apr 6, 2009

Marvelous Monday Update 4/6/09

Literacy Liason
A couple months ago, the adminstrative assistant at work almost fell over when I told her I was thinking about becoming a volunteer literacy tutor. "When do you have the time for THAT?" she asked.

Since that time, I've been in training... things have changed a LOT since I was a literacy volunteer a decade ago. There's *actual* structured training now. To become a tutor involves 14 hours of various training activities: observation of literacy classes (I've observed 5 different classes), seminars, and R/T and online training. Two required group training sessions occur at the end of this month. Last week, I attended a diversity seminar for the college staff (Adult Ed Dept is on the college campus). Meanwhile, I've been plugging away at the online courses.

I got word that I may already have my first literacy student! I'll be meeting with her and the coordinator on Wed.

Stitchy Stuff
I've been doing a little stitching on Mona and Miles by Sugarplum Express. It's 14ct plastic canvas, and about all I can handle after a long day at work (It's tax season, ya know!). Here's what it looks like so far:

Friday night, I spent about an hour doing over-one stitching on JG. I seriously think I've reduced my vision to almost blindness, LOL. I know I could work on other sections that are over-two, but I'm stubborn! I refuse to move on until I have *this* over-one section done. Why? Because there will be 3 others to do later and I don't want to leave them all for last. Ick.

I received some wonderful goodies from Lillie for the mailart exchange. I felt a little silly asking what the little teacup attached to a cord and bell was for! It can be used as a scissor fob or cell phone fob. Scissor fob it is! I made a cuppa of the BOH Seri Sonket Lemon with Mandarin tea this morning, and OMG... it's so yummy!

Lillie did a beautiful job on stitching the design by Sampler Girl and I really like the border/lining fabric that matches the buttons on the envelope. Thank you, Lillie!

That Naughty 4-Letter Word!
S-N-O-W! Yes, my area was hit once again with sleet and snow yesterday. Luckily, it's warm enough that it melted right away. It was a yucky, cold day and very windy! This week forecasters are calling for rain, rain, and more rain. Depressing, but Hey! it's better than snow!


Nancy said...

Hey, I'm first to comment!!!! Would you finish up that over one already??? I want you to move on to the other parts!! Your mailart exchange looks fun. Ah, tax season...that time of year we all just love. Have all my papers sitting right here....still not filed. And the literacy thing, wow, some little person will be so lucky to have you as a mentor. Congrats on devoting your time to that! If you want to see snow from last night, just go check out my latest blog entry....it should cheer you right up!

Janine said...

Meari, Gosh how wonderful to put so much effort into helping other people. I wish I had your energy. I agree Lillie made a wonderful job of the mail art exchange. I know how much you are all hanging out for summer up there in the Northern Hemisphere. We can't wait for winter to arrive although I guess we can't really call it winter here.

Kathy said...

Literacy tutor. What a fabulous thing to do. I hope all goes well for you.
I so understand the not being able to stitch comment. While I am not doing taxes this is one of my busy seasons. (I'm in publishing and my deadline is THIS Thursday! Yikes!)
Your exchange is adorable. Enjoy the teas.

Chiloe said...

Snow again? I fell over !!! lol

You did get some yummy stuffs;-) Lucky you!

It's great you are volunteering. I'm sure your student will love learning with you :-D

sales said...

That is a lot of work for a volunteer position. I hope you like it. I am sure you will be very busy with lots of people who need your skills.
Your mail art is lovely and I like you little plastic canvas piece.

Emily said...

Glad to hear you are starting to tutor, depending on who you are paired with it can be very rewarding. Good luck with it.

Rachel S said...

Good luck with the tutoring. That is wonderful!

Accck about the snow. It's been raining here for the past week, but I can handle that. Way better than rain.

Kim said...

You are one busy girl! That's great though about being a tutor. I did that when i was in high school a million years ago and loved it! I love your stitching as always..just perfect. As for the weather, I am not sure where you live but we had some wet snow here in St. Louis this am...almost unheard of in April. Today was opening day of the Cardinals too and the last place I would have wanted to be was at a ball game. Stay warm and dry and remember summer is coming! Hugs!

Kristin said...

Meari...you are amazing. I think its fabulous that you are becoming a literacy tutor.

Great goodies from the mail art exchange.

Patricia said...

You will be an awesome tutor I wish you the best of luck with that.
I love your snowmen they are the cutest ever! Never seen that pattern before will have to look for it...
Love your envelope you rec'd I can't wait to get started on mine.

Donna said...

Thank you for volunteering for such an important task! You are quite the overachiever!
Your stitching looks wonderful as always.

Carolyn NC said...

Kudos for being a literacy volunteer! Your stitching is cute and love the mail-art you received! Hope you don't get any more snow, either!

stitcherw said...

Wow, that's a lot of training. I didn't realize the volunteers had to do so much preliminary work. You guys really give up a lot to volunteer. Love all the colors in your WIP, and what a fun exchange you got. The stitching was lovely, and that tea does sound yummy.

Gabi said...

By the sound of it you don't have a magnifier for stitching. You should get yourself one. It makes stitching over one so much easier. I have 3 of the buggers and love them. Cute stitching. And I hope for you that tax season is as less stressful as possible. Great exchange fro Lillie. That little teapot is adorable

Rene la Frog said...

Cant wait to see the update on JG with it's over 1. Love the new ornie, very cute. Lovely Mailart package.

Shari said...

can't wait to see further progress on your current piece. It looks very interesting!!!
Hey, we got the wintery stuff yesterday as well. I couldn't believe when we got up & looked outside. It all melted thou!

mommybear21808 said...

Your stitching looks great, and so does the mailart that was sent to you. Lol on the snow. . . you could come to NC, we're in the 70s starting. . .tomorrow, actually.

Maren said...

LOL, I need that Cup of Cheer tacked up in the kitchen. There isn't a one of us that doesn't qualify as the walking dead before that pot starts perking!

That's a lovely haul from Lillie!

Debbie Jo said...

I just love your stitching! Glad you can still find time to stitch with all you have going on too.

Lillie said...

Glad you like my choice design for you.LOL, don't be, I just thot that the cup fob goes well with the theme.