I haven't posted since April. I want to start posting every week again. I have a few friends who miss my posts. I won't promise that I will post every week but I do promise to post at least once a month.
So here is my year in review.
My grandson, Carson is now almost 11 months old and I love him to pieces. I see him at least twice a week and wouldn't want it any other way.
Scott and I have been in search for a puppy for a year now. Either free or small fee. German Shepherd or German Sheppard Rotti mix. Well a post on FB yesterday found me a German Shepherd/ Rotti mix that is now 4 weeks old and ready to take home Dec. 23. I told them I am definately taking a female and put one on hold for me. We will go next Saturday to check them out and to pick one so we have to take a collar with us. I can not tell you how excited I am.
I also found out in July that I have diabetes. Since then I changed my eating and have lost 33 lbs. My numbers are now to where someone without diabetes is. I am thrilled.
I haven't read much or listened to a lot of audiobooks. I did read 2 series by K. R. Whittaker that I loved. They are only available as ebooks.
I have stitched a lot as well.
I have been DVRing all the new Christmas movies that have been on Lifetime and Hallmark and will start watching them soon. Right now I am getting caught up on The Chew. I am almost a month behind on those. I watched a lot of them while on Thanksgiving break. I also am having a parathyroid removed on Wednesday so I am hoping I can stitch and watch a lot of The Chew Thursday and Friday and again next Sunday, Then onto the Christmas movies.
So I just finished stitching on HAED SK Butterflies Galore and that is put away for awhile and this month is AAN Butterfly. Next year I am doing 15 Miras in 15. So we pick any 15 Mirabilias or Nora Corbett patterns and stitch a different one January 1 - 15 and then try to finish as many as possible. You can also count the freebies and UFO/WIP that we have. I only have Winter Queen started so I will stitch on that and will be my first finish for next year. This group is on FB. Should be fun.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
I haven't posted since April. I want to start posting every week again. I have a few friends who miss my posts. I won't promise that I will post every week but I do promise to post at least once a month.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
I haven't posted in a month. My internet was down for 2 weeks and then seems like my Sundays were busy and just didn't get to posting.
I have been watching the first 3 seasons of Game of Thrones and just have 2 episodes left on season 2. I am enjoying them very much.
I haven't been reading much or listening to my audiobooks either. I am reading Drop Dead Beautiful by Jackie Collins and am listening to Dust by Patricia Cornwell. Don't have much more on either one.
I started Mirabilia Winter Queen on 3/14/06 and the last time that I stitched on it was 2/24/10. So I pulled this back out on April 1 and wish I had more progress but I have been busy a few times this month.
Wow, I guess comparing the 2 pics I have done really well this month. The hair took me the longest.
I leave early Thursday morning for the Mirabilia Retreat in Columbus , Ohio. I can't wait.
I have been spending more time with my grandson and he loves to smile and coo at me. He is so precious.
I did Easter yesterday. Dylan (22) wanted me to do an Easter egg hunt. Justin (24) wanted me to do Easter baskets. I had Scott(DH) hide some eggs and I bought some candy for the baskets but didn't actually have baskets. Had everything arranged at the table for when we sat down to eat. We had a great time. I told them this was our first annual Toland Easter party lol.
Thanks for reading and the comments. Love the comments. I am behind on reading all of my friend's blogs too.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
I like to be in the spirit despite not being Irish. My hubby is though. I wore a green shirt today.
So last week I got a lot of stitching time in. Wednesday we had a blizzard so I stayed cooped up in the house watching a bunch of movies and stitching. We ended up with well over a foot of snow, almost 18".
So this is how much progress I have made.
Last Sunday's progress report only included 1 eye. I am almost done with page 1.
I watched a bunch of movies too:
The Wrong Woman - LMN - Good
Dirty Teacher - LMN - Good
Dark Shadows - ok
Pitch Perfect - Loved it
The Purge - Good
Les Miserables - Loved it
Gone - Good
Monster's University - funny
Jack Reacher - enjoyed it even though Tom Cruise does not fit the profile of Jack Reacher in the books
Alex Cross - liked it
The Double - Good
A Christmas Story 2 - cute
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark - Good
Today I finished listening to an audiobook:
10th Anniversary by James Patterson. It's from his Women's Murder Club series , which I like a lot.
So I keep forgetting to post a pic of my grandson. Carson is now 2 months old and sooo cute.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
March 1st I started a new piece.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
I started this on the 1st and continued to stitch on her for the whole month of February.
She is now put away for a couple more months.
Last week I met up with a few close cross stitch friends. We rented a beautiful house on Lake Marion in SC. Lots of stitching and laughter. 3 of us had to leave 2 days early to make it home before storm Titan hit. We were bummed but wanted to have a safe trip home.
I finished reading 2 Kindle books:
Tragedy and triumph- K. R. Whitaker
Wake at Your Own Risk - K. R. Whitaker
I highly recommend this series. He has another series and a few standalone books and is working on a new series. Please check them out.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
I have stitched on this all week. Where there should be a neck is a high collar of her blouse and will be done in beads. I add the beads when all the stitching is done.
Monday I started out with some stomach bug but I felt better by Tuesday afternoon.
I started listening to NYPD Red by James Patterson and am enjoying that. I also read a little more of Triumph and Tragedy by K.R. Whitaker.
Still watching the Olympics every day.
Friday night I watched my grandson so Dylan and Amber could go out. He was so good and he is very precious. Saturday night Scott took me out for our Valentine's dinner. We went to North Shore Grill, which is on Conesus Lake. I grew up on the lake so it was really nice to sit at the windows and watch the snowmobiles and ice fishermen.
Tonight I am dying my hair brown so tomorrow Allie can put blonde highlights in. Then this Friday I leave and will be with a group of close cross stitch friends. We are renting a house, on a lake, in SC. So I won't have any progress pics next weekend. You will have to wait til I get back, which will be March 3. I am so excited.
Sunday, February 09, 2014
I have been stitching away on L&L Fairy Grandmother. Done on 28 ct Nantucket Sky Monaco steph's Fabbys.
I have been watching the Olympics since Thursday night.
Yesterday I had my Bookcross luncheon. I came home with 2 books. The new ones by Janet Evanovich and James Patterson. I took 4 books and they were taken.
Then hubby and I got our taxes done. Getting a little back from both state and federal. Better than paying in.
Yesterday I finished the audiobook Guilty Wives by James Patterson. I loved it and it did make me mad a lot. Tomorrow I will start listening to NYPD Red by James Patterson. I don't know when I will get a chance to read again. I know I will once the Olympics are over.
We have still been getting snow and cold temps. Wednesday we got a foot of snow and we had wind chill advisories for 2 days. I love the snow but it needs to warm up a little.
Well That is all for now. I am getting really tired so I may go to bed early and miss the last bit of the Olympics tonight.
Sunday, February 02, 2014
Yesterday I started L&L Fairy Grandmother. I am doing this as a SAL with a group of friends.
Saturday, February 01, 2014
Well I stitched on Drac on January 31 and watched Halloween cartoons.
I bought a 50" TV for the family room and that is hooked up today. Plus I bought a small one for Scott in his room. Can't wait to watch the super bowl on the big TV. Plus at noon on Hallmark is the Kitten Bowl and at 2pm is the puppy bowl on Animal Planet.
Today I will start on L&L Fairy Grandmother. I went to Michaels for floss. They have been out of one color for over a month. I asked when they order floss and she said every Friday. I looked at her and said oh really, then why have you been out of the same color for over a month? She said well we can order it for you. I said no, not if you send in an order every Friday then it should be here right? She didn't answer me. I looked at Walmart last time and , even though I am thrilled that Walmart brough back floss, why don't they carry all the colors? So of course they didn't even have a spot for the color I wanted. Oh well, next Saturday I will be by Joanne's and will get it there.
Dylan had asked me to help him and Amber scrapbook for the baby pics. So today I bought a bunch of baby stitckers and some paper, at Michaels , that were all on clearance. The other stack of paper that I want was $19.99 and I didn't have a coupon so next weekend I will get a coupon for Joannes and get it there.
I have had a headache all day so once the ibuprofen kicks in then I will stitch. Not sure what I want to watch though. I have all The Fast and Furious DVDs, that I got for Christmas, so I may watch those.
Oh and by the way. GO SEAHAWKS!!!
Thursday, January 30, 2014
I put in 3000 stitches on HAED Treasure Dragon Stocking and tonight it is put away for a few months.
Tomorrow, well maybe tonight I will pull out a Halloween UFO piece. While stitching on it tomorrow night I will watch Halloween specials. Hoping to finish 1.
Is everyone getting ready for the Super Bowl? I don't really care which team wins but I always go for the underdog. I can't wait for the commercials lol. I did see 2 already. I saw the new Budweiser and John Stamos new yogurt one.
This week I listened to Zoo by James Patterson and it was really good. Tonight I watched a Pixar movie called Brave and that was cute. Also tonight I watched Vampire Diaries.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Yesterday was the 25th so I have decided this year that the 25th of each month I will stitch on a Christmas piece and watch Christmas shows or listen to Christmas music to keep the spirit alive. I will be skipping February though, as I will be out of town
Sunday, January 19, 2014
I forgot to post last Sunday. So since January 5th I stitched this much on HAED Treasure Dragon Stocking. I didn't stitch since last Sunday because I got engrossed in reading a couple of books.
So since my last post I read/listened to:
9th Judgement - James Patterson
Changing Habits - Debbie Macomber
Sealed Justice - K.R. Whitaker - only for ereaders - I highly recommend this series
Traitor's Revenge - Book 2 - K. R. Whitaker- Had gotten so engrossed that I couldn't believe I had finished reading it.
The Sound Of Music - original movie - first time seeing it and loved it
Despicable Me 2 - cute
Dance of the Dead - ok
Keeping Up With the Randalls
V For Vendetta - loved it
Alvin & The Chipmunks : Chip-Wrecked
Arbitrage - good
Airborne - ok
American Reunion - funny if you like the American Pie movies
Tonight is the season finale of Betrayal. I will also be watching Revenge. Getting bored with it again.
See you next week!
Sunday, January 05, 2014
I put in over 400 stitches on HAED Treasure Dragon stocking. This is for Justin.
While stitching I have been watching movies and listening to audiobooks.
Movies were on the DVR or from Netfix:
Last of the Dogmen - good
House of Secrets - good
Profile For Murder
A Mother's Rage
An American Haunting
Take the Lead - Loved it
I finished listening to 8th Confession by James Patterson and started 9th Judgement. This is from his Women's Murder Club series. I am still reading Changing Habits by Debbie Macomber.
Also tonight started the new shows back from hiatus. I watched Revenge and Betrayal. Both were good.
Well seems like we are in for another major storm and high winds and wind chills. We could see up to 3 feet of snow, with wind gusts up to 60 mph and wind chill at -30 for a high.
Monday, December 30, 2013
So I met my goal this month. I finished page 1 of 4 of HAED Literate Dragon
I watched all the new Christmas movies of this year on Hallmark, Lifetime, and UP. I might have missed a couple, but that is ok.
Also this past weekend I watched:
The Sentinel- good movie
Scooby Doo: Ships Ahoy! - cute
The Hobbit part 1- very good.
I am still reading Changing Habits by Debbie Macomber and listening to the 8th book of the Women's Murder Club by James Patterson. I am almost done listening to this. I am either on the last CD or I have 1 more to go.
So what are you stitching goals for 2014?
Any reading goals?
Stitching:I have in my sidebar what I plan on stitching on in 2014.
Reading- I want to read/listen to 40 books. I got a new iHome for my iPod so I can listen to my audiobook when I am stitching. I can listen to my iPod at work in the area with the microwaves.
Personal Goals: Smile more and be happy. Hoping to adopt a German Shepherd. Lose weight. Keep in touch with my close friends.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
Sunday, December 22, 2013
I have been busy stitching away on HAED Literate Dragon
I will be making some changes on the side and posting my 2014 stitching goals.
This week was stitching while watching a lot of Christmas movies from Hallmark, Lifetime and UP.
Christmas in Conway
Christmas In The City
A Very Merry Mix-up
Guess Who's Coming To Christmas
Hats Off To Christmas
Christmas on the Bayou
I enjoyed them all.
I have 1 more gift to buy and then stocking stuffers. Scott, Dylan and I went shopping at what used to be my favorite mall. We walked out disappointed. Today I went shopping with Dylan. He wanted a TV for Christmas so I let him pick it out, I bought the last gift for Scott and Justin also. Tomorrow Justin and I are finishing up our shopping.
Christmas Eve will be wrapping everything. Trying to figure out what I want to cook and what to cook for the day after Christmas, since I have that day off. Christmas Day is at my parent's house and I take a tossed salad.
Have a Merry Christmas!
Sunday, December 15, 2013
I can't believe that Christmas is 10 days away. I still have a lot of shopping to do and we have had nothing but snow upon snow so I haven't gotten to the stores.
My tree is up and lit and this is the first time in many, many years that it is not a tree with 90% handmade ornaments. In fact there aren't any this year. Justin (DS#1) wanted to do new lights so he bought Bright White and they really are. I had 16 pretty purple ornaments and he wants to get some more purple and silver ornaments. Right now it has a lot of Hallmark ornaments and other ornaments that are both my sons' ornaments since they were little.
We went shopping to adopt a dog. We didn't find anything but I did find 3-4 online and want to check them out this weekend. They are German Shepherds and there is a 6 month old puppy that is a German Shepherd/Rottie mix. Which is what I have always owned in the past. We aren't in a hurry and will take our time.
This week I didn't stitch quite as much as I would have liked to.But I did manage to make some progress.
I watched 2 good movies this week as well, off from my DVR.
Let It Snow- Loved it
The Christmas Spirit - still have like 20 minutes left on it but it is so good and will need kleenex for the rest of it.
General Hospital has been getting really good. Loved how it ended on Friday and can't wait for tomorrow.
Everyone have a great week!!
Sunday, December 08, 2013
This month's UFO/WIP is HAED Literate Dragon. I have been stitching on this since last Sunday.
Hoping to finish the column by next Sunday night. Still on page 1 of 4 pages. 1 over 1 on 25 count.
This week was pretty good. I finished reading Sex, Lies, and Vampires by Katie MacAlister. I gave it a 3 out of 5 stars. I also finished an audiobook, Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars.
Today I watched 2 movies:
The Omen 666 - 3 out of 5 stars
Lucky Number Slevin - 4 out of 5 stars
Sunday, December 01, 2013
This is all the progress on Spring Angel for now.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Well I have stitched a lot on this all week.
Movies I watched this week:
Think Like A Man- I was surprised that I liked this.
Iron Lady- Better than I thought it would be
The Thanksgiving House - Hallmark movie - Loved it!
Puppy Love - Hallmark movie I had DVRd a while ago - Loved it
Under The Dome - Stephen King 13 week series. Not sure if it was a mini series that started in the summer and continues or if it is all done with episode 13. I just finished episode 9. I am really enjoying this series I will finish it tomorrow night.
I will continue stitching on this piece through next Saturday and then will pick another UFO to stitch on during December. I have about 15 UFOS that I started in January and some are quick stitches and can be done in a week. I am hoping their number comes up soon so I can have a finish :-)
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Since my last post, I had fallen really hard and did damage to my left leg. When I had gotten to Myrtle Beach, for the Pals Cross Stitch retreat, it had gotten worse. I went to the ER and was diagnosed with Cellulitis. So I was on antibiotics and pain pills. Not allowed to go shopping or walk the beach. I did get to stitch a lot. I also had a lot of fun anyways.
I also found a new home for our dog, or I should say my hubby did. She was hyper 24/7 and she wouldn't listen to me at all. I couldn't put a leash on her as she would try to bite at me. She is now at a home with a lot of land and 2 other dogs that she can play with. She goes on 5 mile hikes and seems much happier there. I gave it almost a full year and feel like I had failed her. I have owned several other dogs and 1 I trained as a puppy and never had this problem.
My stitching mojo is back and I have been stitching on Spring Angel by Joan Elliott.
I also have been reading again. Right now I am reading Sex, Lies, and Vampires by Katie Macalister. It's ok.
I am hoping to update my blog weekly now. I also should have some news to share with all of you by the end of the week. I need to have it official by then.
Posted by Shelleen at 8:03 PM
Sunday, September 08, 2013
I am coming back to the world of cross stitching and reading again. I have had a lot going on and was in a funk. I haven't stitched since May. Read about 2 books since then. Been depressed and just a lot going on but I am taking my life back and bringing the happy things back into my life.
I even revamped my facebook and got rid of a lot of people and will be getting rid of a few more this week.
So what have I been doing. Well I have been playing a lot of Sims 3 and I mean A LOT!! I have had a lot of fun doing it to. I have been watching the LPs on You Tube and learning more of playing the game. If any of you are Sim 3 players please let me know, I only have my son, Justin to talk to about it.
I haven't watched any movies this summer and the only tv shows I watched were General Hospital and Pretty Little Liars. I DVRd all of True Blood and will be watching the series this whole week. I am also DVRing The Dome which is based on the Stephen King book. Also The Cove series by Nora Roberts that has been on.
I will post once a week and share my progress of stitching, reading, shows I watched and maybe a little Sims 3 talk.
I don't get to read to many blogs anymore since my internet server is strict on my data usage and no longer start at 0 when the new bill comes in. It is a 30 day rolling system and with 2 of us using the internet it makes it hard to do much. Cable won't come down my road and neither will the phone company for DSL so I am stuck.
I have pulled out HAED Literate Dragon and will finish page 1 before moving onto something else from my UFO pile.
I am catching up on Janet Evanvoich. I just finished Notorious Nineteen and am now reading Wicked Appetite.
General Hospital has been great, mad about a few dragged out things and happy about others.
Loved how Pretty Little Liars ended for the summer. I also watched the season finale of Supernatural, today. Then started True Blood and will continue with this for the week.
During Christmas time I stopped watching Revenge all together and really want to pick up where I left off. I did DVR the season finale but hoping the season is now on CD so I can buy it.
Alot of new shows starting this fall and will give them a fair share.
I have been watching LPs on You Tube by QUXXN. She passed away in July and it was very sad as a fan of her channel. I just finished up with her LPs for Showtime. I have decided not to watch her LPs anymore that she had and will find someone new to watch. I played Appaloosa Plains from the Pets expansion pack and actually had my sim be a horse person. That was playing outside my comfort zone but I had a blast with it. I then was reading the forums and challenges that are out there. So I bought Monte Vista world and made my own challenge based on another challenge out there. I had a sim be a man whore lol. I put the aging on epic and had him be an author and he makes a lot of simoleons ( money) and have a female sim move in with him til she gives birth. I move her out and move in another sim to have a baby with. He raises them and if you want more details you can ask if you want to so I don't take up a lot of time on here. I am stopping this challenge for a little bit and getting ready to play Starlight Shores that came with the Showtime expansion pack. I can not wait to play that.
My inlaws had moved into the nursing home a few months ago and my FIL has gone down hill. He is now in hospice and doesn't have much time left. Please keep us all in your prayers.
We also had major roofing leaking as in buckets and pots and pans all through my bedroom, laundry room and hallway. The roof is fixed and now have to replace ceiling tiles and floors.
Dylan is supposedly a father of maybe 2 so that is on my mind all the time. Long story there and not something I want to get into on here but could use your prayers there as well.
Justin got promoted at Target as a team leader for food. He is liking that a lot. He wants to get an apartment but can't afford it on his own. So he is still at home and helping out here when he can.
Scott is still as busy with his 2 jobs as before. Then he worked on the roof during the weekends when he could. Now finding time to replace things inside the house..
Well I guess that is all it in a nutshell of what has been going on in my life for a few months. Some good, some not so good. I am learning to be happy again and keep the others from bringing me down. I did have a 30th class reunion and I have one every 5 years but this was the best one ever. It started on a Thursday night and lasted through Saturday night. Weather was perfect too.
I will post again in a week.
Posted by Shelleen at 5:10 PM
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I know, I know. I have been MIA since february. I have been stitching, honest I have.
Here is my progress
I am hoping to get back into blogging again. I sure do miss it. Not much else going on here. Same thing lol. I know a boring life. I have decided to to do TUSAL and IHSW. Just stitching for fun now and I don't think I will do more HAED SALs except for maybe the ones by artist. But not the yearly ones. I am missing out on my other stitching this year. But you ever know if I will change my mind lol. After all this is only April of this year. There is also a sale on the HAED site for Mother's Day and I am thinking of buying me a few charts. Not like I need any more. I have enough for a lifetime.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I have been working away on HAED Literate Dragon. It is a SAL with the BB.
I started an ornament from the JCS 2003 ornament issue. It is I love Christmas by Gloria & Pat designs. I am stitching this on 28 ct evenweave.
I also received 3 HAED charts in the mail.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
I didn't get to stitch Friday night but I did all day yesterday and today. I made pretty good progress on HAED Literate Dragon.
Friday night Scott took me out for our Valentine's dinner. Very good meal. Second time at the restaurant. Tillman's Inn and it is in Albion. Corners of 98 and 104.
Dylan had my car today so Justin took me grocery shopping. I don't like our town's store called Tops. I LOVE Wegmans so we went there. Anyways we load up the car and they key won't turn at all in the ignition. It did this the other day and he got it to work. We even called Dylan to come save us and he got some tools and still couldn't fix it. We transferred the groceries into my car and left Justin's car there. He will take care of it tomorrow.The store is open 24 hours and well lit so it will be ok there. Dylan found out that there is a recall on the ignition of the car so hopefully it will be fixed without a problem.
So I ended up watching all this past week's Home & Family shows from the Hallmark channel, while I stitched. I am hoping this week I can get more progress done on this piece.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Sunday was TUSAL and here is a pic of my orts. In it are the threads from HAED Aurora's Garden and HAED Literate Dragon.
I also have a progress pic of HAED Literate Dragon
This weekend is also IHSW and I will still be stitching on this. Who else will be joining?
Does anyone else watch General Hospital. If you do what are your thoughts on the the show now? I do like that they have brought back some of the characters but the storyline with the vampires is losing my interest in the show. I have already stopped watching a couple of night shows ecause they are just dragging things out.
Reading wise I did finish listening to Fatally Flakey by Diane Mott Davidson. I am ready to listen to Crunch Time by her. I am still reading The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames.
Had quite a bit of snow last weekend but the temps came up so most of it is gone.
Sunday, February 03, 2013
I finished HAED Aurora's Garden!!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I have been stitching but not as much as I would like. Work has not slowed down and I am tired when I get home. Then there is cooking and cleaning to do lol.
Anyways here are my Orts for TUSAL
They are Orts from HAED Boo by Spangler
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
I wish you all a Happy New Year.
I have a new start to the New Year. I am doing a SAL with a few other stitchers on HAED Boo by Randal Spangler. I did quite a bit today and it is being put away for it's next rotation.
I will be stitching on HAED Aurora's Garden til it is finished. I also have another SAL to start this week. It is with the HAED BB and is Randal Spangler's Literate Dragon. Just waiting for the first page to be emailed to me.
Did anyone watch the Tournament of Roses Parade? Beautiful floats and a moving float with the military and a husband was on a float to see his wife and son.
I took down all holiday decorations and ornaments off the tree. I did leave up snowmen and winter items because winter is still here til March.
Then I pulled out my Wii and worked out with Sports for 40 minutes. Felt pretty good. My favorites are bowling and boxing. I get right into the boxing and get a good workout.
I have also been watching a lot of Christmas movies that I had DVRd from Hallmark and Lifetime channels.
Well I am heading to bed with my book and hopefully can read a little bit before falling asleep. I am also hoping to post more on my blog.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
This is the last of WIPocalypse report. I do not plan on doing this next year as the Apocolypse was for this year and I did have fun being in it. Thank you Measi for having me.
For this last post I had finished Best Witches
I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Mine was filled with family. Hope you all have a Happy New Year.