Friday, July 27, 2007

Birthday Celebrations and Stitching Progress

It has been an entire week since I last posted. Lots of things have happened in the last week. We made a 4 day trip to South Dakota to visit family. It was a day traveling each way and then two days there. We had a great time, but it was rather hot there. Most days it was from 95-100 and add in 9-10 degrees more for the heat index. I don't do heat very well. On Wednesday, I left home about noon to run an errand and go to my Wednesday afternoon stitching therapy session. About 1/2 mile from home, I realized I had a flat tire. Ended up calling significant other to help change it. It was rather warm and he ended up almost laying on the ground to change it, so I would not have done very well with that. At this point, needed more air in the donut spare, so off to the nearest gas station to put air in and then to Sears, (where I had bought the tires) to get it fixed. There was a nail in it, but at least I did not need a new tire. Just glad it happened near home and not on my 450 mile trip to the fair last week or our 500 mile each way trip to South Dakota.

Today is my birthday. And as has become the custom, I seem to eat my way through my birthday. Yesterday, I met two retired friend that I used to work with for lunch at a Chinese restaurant. Got a very cute card, a Kansas State t-shirt and a sun figurine to hang on the house. It will probably be hung near the hot tub. Then today I met a friend that I met while working on a joint project between two State agencies. Near the end of the project we found that we share the same birthday. Even though I am retired, we still try to have lunch together to celebrate our birthday. We had a sandwich at Schlotzskys. Tonight I had dinner at a Mexican restaurant with 3 of my bestest friends and stitching buddies, the owner of the LNS, her sister and another gal that has become one of my best friends. They were just too good to me and I made quite a haul. My gifts ( hope I can remember them all) included a purplish metal photo frame, a Barnes and Noble gift card, a gift certificate to our local frame shop, a Boston Terrier Desk Clock, a Connemara Marble bracelet with a Celtic Cross charm, some really cute note pads and recipe cards, a flip flop tote bag(will make a nice stitch bag), an electric ice cream freezer and last, but not least, Carriage House Sampler's Village of Hawk Run Hallow. It is a design that I have thought I wanted to do for a long time, so I had the LNS order it for me. However, I could not understand why it did not seem to ever come in. Now I know, she was holding it for my birthday. What a sneak.

The Mexican restaurant where we had dinner, makes it an unforgettable birthday by the way they help you celebrate it. They put a big sombrero on your head, hand you a rubber chicken that make this awful squawking noise. Sing these loud Mexican songs to you. Give you a balloon and about the time you reach for it they pop it. All the while this is going on they are taking pictures and just before you leave they hand you a birthday card with one of the pictures in it. This is the second year in a row that I have subjected myself to this, so I think next year I will learn and pick another place to celebrate my birthday. LOL!!

Also received many calls, e-mails and cards today, so obviously did not get much stitching done. And the celebrations are not over. I have lunch scheduled next week with another of my best buddies, also a stitching friend to celebrate my birthday some more. Good thing birthdays only come once a year.

With all that has been going on this week, there has not been a lot of time for stitching. However, I was able to do some stitching in the car on the way to and from South Dakota. I finished stitching the ornament that I had started from PS Cranberry Christmas.

Then started a second PS ornament and finished it.

And also started a third one. I think we are going to use them as store model at the LNS and today we were talking about finishing like PS did. Thinking of getting some of the weeks Wool to put on the back of them. Still have not figured out what make these pictures so fuzzy. Maybe I am trying to zoom in too close on the Auto setting I am using. Some day I will figure it out. At least you get the idea. It is interesting to look at the pictures. All the designs are stitched on the same piece of fabric, lambswool line, but they all look different.
Here is the framed Baby Sampler that I did. Just picked it up from the framer yesterday. Next on the schedule is to get it mailed to my nephew and family in the next week or so. Pretty fast considering the baby is less than 3 months old.

Other stitching include working on the design model that I have been working on for a few weeks. I am down to some back stitch and long stitch things. Hopefully be done in a few days. Finished up the final actual cross stitching today at the shop while waiting to go to dinner. Wednesday when I was in the shop, picked up another design to start on. Trying not to get started on it until I finish the other one. I love to start things, so am resisting temptation. Have done a few stitches on Best of Blessing and my Quaker Squares. Trying to stay focused on the design models for now.

So far this has been the most frustrating post I have to date. I have no idea what has been the problem, but I have had to upload the photos twice because I kept unintentionally deleting them and I deleted my text once and had to recreate it. Maybe I since I just celebrated another birthday, I am getting senile or something LOL.

Thanks to everyone that has stopped by and commented. Enjoy hearing from everyone. I did find out that when you are gone a few days that you can get behind very easily in reading others and commenting.

Have a good weekend from a much older blogger.


Itching To Stitch said...

Kathy- Happy Birthday. I love your PS ornaments, they came out great. You asked if I was using NPI silks on Village of Hawk Run Hollow, oh yes!! They were quite expensive but stitching with silks are like stitching with butter and I have tons of the silks left over for other projects ;)

Sharyn said...

Hi, Kathy!
Welcome home and Happy Birthday!! I enjoyed reading your latest blog entry, and seeing your PS ornies. You've inspired me to get the leaflet, and I picked out the new GAST Schoolhouse Red to stitch them.
Sorry to hear about your flat tire, but glad you weren't on a highway somewhere!
Take care and keep on stitching and blogging!

Sharyn from KC, formerly Topeka :-)

Ranae said...

Happy Birthday to you. Your PS's turned out so nice. Your framed baby sampler is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Sounds as if your had a great birthday. Happy belated birthday.

Sarah said...

Kathy- sorry I missed your birthday. Hope it was a good one. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I appreciate your thinking of me and my family at this time. It means alot.


Meari said...

Happy Birthday, Kathy!! Sounds like you've been busy, busy, busy. Eating your way through your birthday doesn't sound so bad. LOL I love good food! :D

(And yes, my pool is the so-called Malaria Test Area... so beware... enter at own risk... bwahahahaha)

Julie said...

Blogger should be saving your post as you type it every ?? so many seconds. So, if you delete too much, just go get the saved copy and start back from where it last saved. Sorry, that probably doesn't make sense, I'll try describing it again soon in a seperate email. I must know, which Mexican place did you eat at?

Lelia said...

Nice job on the PS orns -- the pic on the pattern doesn't do justice to the project

HB : ) Nice gift!! I so know what you mean about the M.Rest servers singing away. Just remember to count the "happies"

I recently got the PS new one with the seasons -- I forgot to ask for the small card ... but, next visit, I'll ask for the freebie card.