Friday, November 30, 2007

Progress on my Block

Here is the progress I am making on my block. I am not moving very fast on this, I have had a lot of life's little interuptions! We are starting lesson 4 on my online class already and I am way behind. One nice thing about the class is that I have been getting a lot of worthwhile information that I can apply at any time in my stitching progress. It seems most others taking the class are in the same boat that I am as far as time goes. Since I am a beginning stitcher our teacher has encouraged us to make a sampler to practice our stitches so I am doing that as well and trying to make sure I get my technique down!

One of my goals this weekend is to find some time to stitch....and find time to decorate!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Bad News - Good News

Yesterday Molly's boyfriend was on the front page of the local newspaper. Here is the link:
This story is just heart wrenching and has been on my mind and in my prayers for a few weeks. As I understand it, the parents of Molly's boyfriend have lived here in the US for about 25 years, they have raised 4 productive children, he is a dr. with about 2000 patients here in Central Pennsylvania and she owns and operates a small asian grocery store in a nearby town. They are well respected citizens of the community. When they applied to come to the US they were single but before they were granted permission to come here, they were married and they didn't change the status on their paperwork. And now they are facing deportation in less than 2 months unless one of our senators intervene and get a bill passed which is not an easy I'll keep on praying for this deserving family to be able to stay here.

On a brighter note, Molly talked her dad into buying her a new car, they finally found just what she wanted in Allentown of all places so this morning Al drove the 2.5 hr. trip to look at it and purchased it and this afternoon Steven drove Molly there to pick it up. So tonight she is the proud owner of a 2008 Mazda 3 S Grand Touring car. It's white with black interior. I hope she keeps it cleaner than she kept the Dodge Neon!

Friday, November 23, 2007


We had a nice Thanksgiving, dinner here with my sister Lindy and her daughter Meg, nephew Tim and his wife, Emily and us. Today Molly and I left the house at 6:30 a.m. for Black Friday shopping. Lindy and Megan hit the speciality shops and didn't leave town till 11:30 and were gone all day. Molly and I saw a beautiful sunrise on the way, so it made the trip worthwhile. we were home by 10 am. I bought some gifts for Molly but nothing else really. I must get on the ball and get some gifts purchased. Megan went back home tonight and Lindy will leave tomorrow.

I started to decorate tonight but since I am doing all pink and white this year, I will need a couple more shopping trips before finishing. I hope to do some stitching next week to!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Thanksgiving Preparation

My husband reminded me Thursday night that I was planning to have actual curtains or something on the windows in the sunroom by Thanksgiving, so Friday I added window treatment to my list and came home with some beaded sheers. They do make the room look much more finished.

I took this photo this morning during our first snowfall of the season. I spent the afternoon enjoying it from my window and stitching on my block for my class. I need to do quite a bit more before I will show the progress but I am slowly working on it.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Online Class

I'm taking an online class at Joggles and am quite excited about it. I read 47 pages this weekend and pieced two 8" blocks that I plan to "encrust" with threads, buttons, beads, etc. Well that is the plan. Of course in the next 5 weeks I'll be making Thanksgiving dinner, doing the traditional Black Friday shopping, cleaning and decorating for the holidays and finishing up Molly's scrapbook for her sorority sister. I have to make time for stitching somewhere! These are the two blocks I pieced today.

Yesterday was Parents Weekend at Susquehanna and the Kappa Delta sorority had a luncheon for their parents and a little ceremony where the parents got pinned with the sorority ribbons. It was nice of the girls to plan something for their parents....of course after the lunch Molly and I went shopping and it cost me a down filled vest at American Eagle... Next week is her "gotcha" day and of course she doesnt' forget an event if there is a gift involved :)

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Book Club

Our book club is reading “The Mermaid Chair” by Sue Monk Kidd. I just started to read it this week and am really enjoying the book. Kristin, if you are reading this, go get the book, it’s a fast read. Book Club isn’t till the 12th you will have plenty of time to read if you can put down the knitting needles!

This week we have crafts on Wednesday night, a couple of us get together and bring whatever craft we are working on and enjoy an evening with no kids or husbands and we get to enjoy each others work, etc. A couple of us decided we would like to learn more about needle felting and we are going to discuss and decide whether or not to invest our time and $ in learning it. Anyone have any experience with needle felting?

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Latest Layout

Al drove my parents to their winter home in Florida this week and so I enjoyed a few days at home alone with no responsibilities that come with being a wife or mother. I worked on Molly’s sorority scrapbook and shopped. Molly is a member of the Kappa Delta sorority and she has a “little”. One of the responsibilities of a “big” is to make a scrapbook of the pledging process to present to the "little" with all the pledging activities, etc. Since I am a scrap booker Molly assigned me the job. This is one of the layouts I did of Molly’s “little”.

Being home alone seemed like a good time to start my Christmas shopping so I’m proud to announce that the shopping has begun and I purchased a few things….ok, a couple things and I bought a few things for myself. I hate that I enjoy “things” so much…. The stores are decorated for Christmas and stocked with goodies. There were lots of sales although I don’t’ think I bought anything on sale!