Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Thursday, September 9, 2004
In political news, USA Today came out with an article about a Guard Commander who felt he had to sugar coat his criticism of young Dubya's service and Memos have been unearthed that show Dubya was suspended from flying. The Pentagon managed to "lose" some of Dubya's military records (as you all might have heard in July) but I guess they weren't thorough enough purge the records of his commanders - kinda dumb thing for them to do. It's getting fun folks, just wait until Kitty Kelley's book comes out next week. They've already begun the spin control.
Happy news today: Puppy Shot Man Trying To Kill Dogs. Seems like a man was holding two puppies, one in his arms and another in his left hand, when the puppy in his hand wiggled and put its paw on the trigger, making the gun discharge. How's that for poetic justice? I betcha they are being flooded with calls to adopt those puppies.
Site of the day is Needle Maid Designs. As many of you might know, Martha Schmidt was killed in an automobile accident in June on her way to teach classes at a cross stitch show. However, her family will be making many of her designs available for free on the site for the next few months so that her legacy continues. There are some pretty informative instructions available right now on the site, including a basic stuff such as "how to stitch on aida" and "how to stitch on linen". Thanks so much, Nancy, for letting me know about this site.
Thanks to the internet, however, you can make friends with many other cross stitchers you wouldn't have otherwise met. We can get together and support each other in our hobby without so much as having to leave our homes. It's pretty awesome. I have local cross stitching friends too, and nothing personal, I rather get together "in real life" than online even though I'm a geek. Nevertheless, I belong to at least a dozen online cross stitching groups (if not more) - all of which I used to post daily to.
The second thing I was thinking about is how the internet, wonderful as it is, tends to suck you (and your free time) in. You start out thinking, "I'm going to check my mail" or "I'm going to see what's new in the group" "I'm just going to read the news" and before you know it, you are surprised that an hour (or two or three) has passed. This loss of time begins to be problematic if it continues over an extended period of time and, eventually, burns you out as seem to have less and less time for everything and you don't seem to accomplish as much as you used to - both of which cause constant stress.
Wednesday, September 8, 2004
Still Trying to Catch Up
Tuesday, September 7, 2004
Tuesdays Keep Me Sane
Well, it's back to the salt mill for me. Tons of work waiting for me since we've been closed since Thursday thanks to Hurricane Frances. The inventory project is stalled at 1,355 charts - all my stash remains evacuated until Ivan is no longer a threat, so I guess the earliest I will be able to update will be next week.
Monday, September 6, 2004
Stitch 4 Gameboard squares per week - this is the only one done
Finish 4 RR pieces - one a week (nope, stash evacuated Thursday)
Lizzie Kate's Treat Time (not started - evacuated)
Finish MLI Angel - worked on it at my LNS last Tuesday.
Work 3 sessions on the Rose Garden (evacuated)
Work 3 sessions on Who's The Boss? (evacuated)
Hinzeit Marines (evacuated)
Hinzeit Purse (not arrived)
Work 3 sessions on the Santa Huck Towel (evacuated)
Good night, y'all. Thanks for all your kind thoughts and emails.
Back to Normal - Almost
All the excitement, I forgot it is Stitchers Question of the Week day! The question is: How do you explain cross stitch to non-cross stitching people? Do they get it or do they say “Oh, right.. you do knitting then (or sewing, or needlepoint)"? A few do get it, or at least pretend to. Some, however, just don't get it no matter what I say. My father keeps calling it needlepoint because my mother and my aunt were into it in the 70's. I have explained the difference to him at least half a dozen times, and as far as he is concerned, it's needlepoint . I guess it doesn't make it any easier that nowadays needlepoint is being done with threads too, not just with yarn as before - not that this is something my father would know. Others I will patiently try to explain, all the while knowing that they aren't understanding - whether the concept or why anyone would do such a thing, I don't know. The hardest thing for people to understand, in my opinion, is how it is actually stitched. They can't seem to understand how you stitch the design on the fabric - they tend to think it is like STAMPED cross stitch (which most counted cross stitchers avidly hate) - and when you tell them you work off a chart onto blank fabric they look at you as if you were talking of alternate realities in parallel universes where there are green skies and blue grasses.
I have decided not to bring back what has been evacuated and just make do with what I have here for the next few days until I know what Ivan is going to do. I really don't want to think about Ivan, but it's a historically bad name to ignore. I am hoping that it will continue on a southerly track and die which is what happens when hurricanes continue south closer to the coast of South America. But if Ivan decides to go the "island hopping" route, I will be doing it all over again next weekend. I don't think I can handle the excitement again. Not this soon, at any rate. I am sooo EXHAUSTED!!!
Sunday, September 5, 2004
Back After Frances
Unfortunately, my computer was evacuated and I did not pick it up until late last night. I could have used a distraction from the relentless television coverage of Hurricane Frances. Since Thursday morning, on all local channels, is had been non-stop Frances coverage until last night. By Friday I was already sick of it, but had to watch to know what was happening.
I didn't manage to stitch much, despite my having all this "free" time, mainly because I was too worried to concentrate. I could stitch for a little while, but then had not desire to continue, or I would have to count over and over and over because my head was just too full to handle one more thing. I only kept one piece with me, the Sampler Gameboard and I stitched all of four squares in the past three days - and two of them had hardly any stitching to them. Well, I guess it's better than nothing.
Today I may bring my stuff back from where I evacuated it to and put everything back to where it was. I evacuated ALL my cross stitch stash and all my software and computer stuff, along with all photographs and important papers. Tells you what my priorities are.
So, my dear friends, thank you for all your kind thoughts and prayers. I am fine and should be back to posting regularly tomorrow.
Thursday, September 2, 2004
5 AM Update
Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Hurricane watch is to be announced later tonight. The entire State of Florida is on a state of alert. They are calling for voluntary evacuations. No one really knows where the hurricane will hit and they won't really know until Friday morning, which is too late to be able to get out of the way for South Florida because the storm is over 500 miles long at this point and the last time we evacuated during Hurricane Andrew, it took 12 hours to drive 255 miles to Orlando. Anyone evacuating past tomorrow evening is nuts.
I will post again at 11.
I was told at 9am that voluntary evacuations were going to be called later in the afternoon, I quckly went and got a U-Haul truck. I don't know if the storm will hit, but I DO know that I will NOT be here for the party. The 11am forecast had Frances staying on course to hit the Lake, but I saw a 2pm map that has it turning more north at the Miami Herald's site, but they are not NOAA, so I don't trust it. I'm waiting for the 5pm update. This is the cost of living in Paradise.
Today's site of the day is Simply Samplers: Sampler Motifs. They do a pretty good job of explaining what the different motifs mean in samplers.
You will forgive me if I leave now, I got other things on my mind.
On Pins and Needles
Stephen is to fly in Friday night and now I am wondering if he will be able to. Probably not. Who the heck flies towards a hurricane anyway?
The inventory project continues. Latest chart count is at 1,293. Not done yet.
I will post the site of the day after I get to work - we have an early meeting and I got to be there a little before nine to prepare.