Jan 11, 2013

Happy New Year!!

It's over 10 days into 2013, but I still wanted to wish everyone happy and properous year!

Toward the end of last week, I finally started feeling better after being sick since before Christmas.  I still have a bit of a cough and sinus crud, but overall my energy has returned.  Yay for that!  There's nothing worse than missing holidays and starting a new job when you're sick -- especially at the same time.

Even though I had to skip Christmas with my family, all was not lost. I received beautiful gifts from other people in my life. For many years, I have tutored adult ESL (English as Second Language) students. My current student gave me a huge tin of cookies and a scarf/mitten set. The cookies were really good!

Akila from India (Mostly Cross Stitch and Some More) and her adorable daughter V sent me a beautiful ornament and sequined bookmark:

I received a very nice package from Sue in VA for Christmas. I opened it early because I just couldn't wait!


Thank you so much for the lovely gifts, Sue!

Have you ever had Hot & Sour Soup from a chinese restaurant? It is really yummo! It's also a good substitute for chicken soup when you're sick. I learned how to make it while I was sick, and had it on three different occassions!

Since I started the new job, I've had to alter a lot of schedules in my life. One of which is lunch meal planning. I used to be able to go home for lunch since it was only a 10 minute commute. Now, I can't go home so I have to take my lunch. I've been making meals and freezing them so that I have a variety to take for lunch. Behold....

Chicken Potpie!
So easy to make, too.


I took a couple different projects to do as my lunch time stitching. The lighting isn't optimal for stitching on linen/evenweave so I chose this small aida kit.

I've had a few people at work ask me what I was doing and one even told me that she LOVES to do cross stitch. Unfortunately, I don't know who she is because I didn't think to introduce myself. Duh!

At home, I'm still working on Sampler aux Bouquets. I'm about half done with Part III so I'm hoping to have my SECOND finish of 2013 soon. Yes, second. I had a finish earlier in the month, but I can't show it because it hasn't made it to its new home yet. Anywho, here's my progress on SaB:

Isn't that little snail cute?

Until next time,


Berly said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better! Your stitching looks great as always. I've never tried hot & sour soup. I love a really good egg drop soup (some restaurants make it more like scrambled eggs in chicken broth, yuck) and I LOVE PF Chang's won ton soup. I'll have to try hot & sour.

Sue said...

Hi Meari!

Don't forget to send the necklace back and I will lengthen if for you! All of your gifts are lovely! You are well-loved!

I am not much on hot-sour foods, but I have found that I love Miso soup! I am a big fan of any kind of Asian food.

Can't wait to see your little banner kit work in progress, plus your sampler is coming along beautifully! I haven't even thought about beginning to do mine. I need to do a sampler again, as they are really one of my first 'loves' of cross stitch.

I look forward to your next blog! Love reading it and seeing photo updates! I am glad you are better sweetie!


Sharon said...

I'm so sorry you were sick over the holidays AND while starting your new job. Talk about pile-on! It looks like you received lots of love and beautiful gifties, though. :). I love your idea of taking "real" food for lunch!

Lisa Dunn said...

I'm glad you are feeling better. Your soup and pot pie really look yummy! Great progress on SaB! And yes, the little snail is very cute. :o)

Janice Gresham said...

I'm glad you are feeling so much better. Your stitching in beautiful. I love that bookmark that you got for Christmas.

Denise SA said...

So glad your feeling better I love the Jardin Prive Sampler it's in my to do list for this year.

ChrisG said...

Awesome update. The flu has made it to Miami and we are all very sick. I just got and have missed work twice already. Seems nuts that in 2013 we can't seem to cure or relieve these "colds". Anyway, am glad you are better.

Kay said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better. Looks like you had a wonderful holiday with lots of thoughtful and awesome gifts. Pot pie looks good, I have done this before as well, makes for good leftovers! Happy new year to you!

Emily in NC said...

Glad you are feeling better, nothing worse than being sick. Is the new job still good. Like all your stitchy gifts and that pot pie looks yummy, have not made that in a while, good idea.

*-* said...

I'm glad to hear you are feeling much better. your gifts look wonderful.
The soup sounds delicious, although I've never tried it so far.
I hope you get to meet the co-worker who loves cross stitch, that would make for very interesting lunch hours. Your home stitching progress looks great. Kay.

Lisa said...

I love how the sampler is coming on, the colours are so vibrant and yes the snail is cute. Sorry to read that you have been ill but am on the road to recovery.

Faith... said...

Happy New Year to you too Meari!

I am glad you are feeling so much better...it is going around for sure. What cool gifts you got; I love the bookmark.

That chicken pot pie...looks yummy!

Anonymous said...

Glad you are feeling better Meari. I love the bouquet sampler. I haven't done many samplers. I should really give it a second thought.

See ya

Anonymous said...

You got some great gifts. Sampler is looking beautiful!!! The pot pie looks yummy. Enjoy your warm weather.
Betty in AZ (ILCS)

Anonymous said...

I am glad you are feeling better and what lovely gifts you got.

A Happy New Year to you.


Pam in IL said...

You received some lovely gifts.

Your chicken pot pie looks yummy and a great idea for lunches.

Have fun stitching at work and your progress on the sampler looks awesome.

Anonymous said...

Sampler aux Bouquets looks great, Meari. Glad you're feeling better and were able to enjoy your special Christmas gifts.

Sandy in NM

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you! Glad your feeling much better. It sucks to be ill during the Holidays.

I am now suffering from the same thing.

What a thoughtful gift from your students.

What cute gifts from Akila and her daughter and Sue.

I never had sweet and sour soup. The pot pie looks delicious.

Anonymous said...


Your stitching looks great and I really like to reas your blog :)
We have had so beautiful here , a lot of snow and so cold that snow not melt away :)
So I have just walking outside and thhhinking that we really have Winter Wonderlans here right now.
Oh and I need to take picture from my Christmas card too :) I have all Christmas decorating still here . I take them away on Sunday because I going " cross stitch meeting " tomorrow :)


Vickie said...

Everything looks wonderful as usual! Love your projects!!

Linda K's Creativity Works said...

Meari...I love to read your posts on your Blog....they are so informative and I love it when you talk about food.

Great stitchy progress and I love your new Stash that you got as well too.

I hope you are feeling so much better by now. Take care.

Happy Stitching
Linda K, Railroad

Anonymous said...

Beautiful stitching as always. I am so glad you are beginning to feel better. We have had up to 50 MPH winds since last night, lost power and winds are still blowing hard. Supposed to be in the 60's here today.


silentsgirl said...

What a relief to hear that you're feeling better. You received some lovely gifts, and of course your stitching is gorgeous. And now I want to come to your house and have some chicken pot pie!

Anonymous said...

Meari it is good to hear that you are feeling better now.


Melinda said...

I have been absent from blog reading for what seems forever, and so glad I am getting caught up today and reading yours.

That chicken pot pie looks too yummy and your cardinal will be awesome. Love it.

Irene said...

Happy New Year to you too!

SoCal Debbie said...

So many nice gifts! The chicken pot pie looks yummy. I hope you meet your stitchy coworker again. You can take your lunch breaks together and stitch!

glenda said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better! You received some wonderful gifties from your friends :)

Stay warm and avoid that flu!!