Sludging through mud

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Today has been a very difficult day. I feel like I am trying to swim through a murky, thick, muddy swamp. Thinking is difficult~not to even speak of the other bodily functions one must perform on a day to day basis. It is so hard to put into words the actual feelings. All I can say is it is much like your body is submersed in cement. Every limb is covered, and it feels like you are carrying around 100lb weights attached to you. I haven't been able to stitch much today, as my arms just got "tired". This frustrates me so~ and more frustrating then the way I feel, is trying to explain the way I feel to those here! My kids and husband just don't seem to get it (or they don't want too). My kitchen is a disaster, the laundry isn't done, the living room is a mess, and all I can do is hide out in my bedroom~trying not to cry. I know I SHOULD get up and get all this stuff done, but the thought of doing ANYTHING just makes me want to bawl! All I seem to be able to do is sit here and play stupid suduko games, and poker. I HATE THIS!
Okay, enough of my pity party. I am sure tomorrow will be better. I just need some extra sleep......Which won't happen if I go to church.....So now my choice is, miss church AGAIN, or go and not get the extra sleep :( UGGHHHHH!!!!!

1-16-09

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Got home late from soccer games. Josh had 100% saves tonight, so good games. It is now 11:05, so I will not post much tonight. Have felt very off today, and so I am headed to bed. Will post tomorrow.

More Snow Days

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Ahh Winter. My favorite time of the year! Okay if you know me, then you realize this was said tongue in cheek. The kids had another snow day today~although in reality, it had nothing to do with snow, and everything to do with the temperature. Right now at 8 p.m. it is an actual temperature of -10 with the wind chills at -36! Its too cold to even THINK about going outside, let alone to stand out waiting for the school bus to come pick you up. This creates only a minor problem for me though. The kids will miss school Wed. Thurs. and Friday this week. Monday is a school holiday~ so they won't go back to school until Tuesday. Talk about messing with my routine LOL!
As for stitching, I did manage to get quiet a bit done on "Quilts in the Garden" I am about 5/8 of the way through the project now. It is supposed to be done for my Secret Sister at church (Who happens to be my best friend Mary) by the 6th of Feb. Not sure if I can pull that off, but I am certainly going to try. Won't she be surprised if I do, since she has watched me stitching on this for nearly a year! LOL

Sign of the Times????

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This was on the MSNBC website today. It really caught my attention, as it seems we are all having to make such difficult choices. Do you pay your utilities, or buy medicine? Pay your house or your car payment? and on and on. So many of our friends are without jobs right now, and I am very thankful that so far, we are still with a job. But the choices get harder each and every day. I would have thought this comic funny, if it weren't so darned scary!

S.C. Update

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Here is the update of Sistine Chapel. This is week 2 of stitching, and only on column three. I had to put it away for a bit, as I was getting frustrated with it. I have decided to do 1/2 page - 1 page a month rather then working on it weekly. I plan on working on it for one full week each month until it gets finished.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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Today was my birthday...... I had it all planned out, what I was going to do. I was going to lunch with my husband, and then out to a movie, ending the day off with a nice dinner at church, church, and a few hours reading before bed. Mother Nature, however, had other plans! I awoke this morning at 6 am to Josh and my husband sitting on the couch, watching the television. The minute they saw me, Josh got a huge smile on his face, and informed me that there was no school. A snow day! Over night we got nearly 6"s of snow. Then to top that off, it is bitterly cold. Right now it is a warm 4 degrees, with a windchill at around -12! That will only get worse, as the temp is to drop well below 0 tonight, and the wind is supposed to pick up to around 30-40 mph! YUCK!
So what did I do, you ask?! Well I met my best friend Mary for lunch (along with both my kids, my husband and her daughter). Then we came back to the house, where we spent the afternoon Talking and stitching <-But mostly TALKING! It was nice! I then made Chicken and Noodles for dinner, and have now settled in for an evening of Texas Holdem Poker. Not a bad day, if I do say so myself!

Two Left Thumbs

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So today I had time, I thought, to spend on Sistine Chapel. I got all comfortable, wrapped my extra fabric around a tube, put the pup in a blanket next to my legs and off I went in search of the stitcher's utopia~you know the one where everything just seems to flow, and you find yourself in a trance like state?! Well with the first few minutes, I had been disturbed several times by the phone, husband, pup etc. Then I realized as I stitched further, that I had two left thumbs! Nothing and I do mean NOTHING was flowing. In a row of 10 I made and pulled 4 mistakes~not real good odds. So after an hour of being totally frustrated, I decided to put S.C. away, and get out another project. I fought with trying to stitch for another hour and a half. I finally just gave up. Certainly is NOT going to be a productive day for stitching :( Maybe tomorrow! I have decided to put SC away early. I will post a picture on Thursday, but I am not taking it back up again until the 1st Thursday in Feb. I will work on it for a full week, and then put it away again.

1-12-09

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I am so sick of snow! Okay to be honest, it really isn't the snow I am sick of. It is WINTER in general! There is a ray of hope, as I heard on the news today that there is only some 7 weeks or so left before Spring. Hallelujah! I guess the snow is nice to look at, you know, pretty and all. The real downfall of Winter is the cold, the ice, the blowing wind, the being cooped up in the house etc.
I did get quite a bit of work done on my S.C. today. Finished the 2nd column and began work on the third. I think the third column will go a lot faster as there isn't as many confetti stitches. I have also amended the way that I am stitching a bit. I stitch the first block (10 columns x 10 rows) of one color, and then seat that color in the next block of 10. I then go back to the first block and do the next color through the whole block before seating it in the second block, and so on. Seems to move a bit faster that way, just have to pray that I do not mess up, for taking those stitches out would be nearly impossible! It is certainly not a project I should ever work on while tired. All in all I got 400 stitches put in, in just under 4 hours. I have Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to continue working on it, before putting it away for the month. I will then pull out my Quilts in the Garden for Friday. I am not sure what I will go on to if I happen to get that done before my 3 weeks are up, so will have to think about that.
Our church is starting a new service on Thursday mornings at 10:00. We also have W.M's (or Women's Ministries) on Tuesday Mornings. I am considering going back to WM's, but I am just not sure. I had stopped going because the women in this particular group are all much older then I am (retirement age and above). While I love to learn what I can by those who are older then I, I don't find much in common with them. Even the simple things, such as children or managing the house, seems to have changed so much since they raised their children, that it is hard to find common ground. And yet, I feel that I must get back involved in the church, that I have been away for far too long. The best thing about WM's is that I can take my cross-stitching with me, and work on that during the meeting. So it is free stitching time for me. Will see if I can manage to get out of bed early enough for it tomorrow. The other obstacle is that Tim is off for the next two days. My schedule is always different when he is home.
I had wanted to attend the M.S. Support group on Wed. morning this month as well. I hate to be off running to this and that, when Tim is off., and it is my birthday, so I am really not sure about what to do. The last time I went, several years ago, it was an odd experience. All of the people in attendance were 50 and older. Many were in advancing stages, so it scared me a bit. Unfortunately, I am now in the same state many of them were years ago, so it might do me some good to go and get some information and such. I just hate going into new groups of people by myself. I guess I need to learn, since it seems that I will be doing that a lot this month. Next Tuesday night, I will be attending my first Blue Star Mothers Support Group~its for mothers with children in the military. Figure I am going to need all the support in this area that I can get. There are actually two gold star members in this group~I hope to NEVER achieve that status, as you have to lose your family member to get there.

1-11-09

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Just a quick post today, as it has been a very long day. Like usual, when I know I have to get up early, I have a horrible time trying to go to sleep, and so it was last night. Finally at 3:30 or so, I stopped watching the clock. Went to church and Sunday school this morning. Actually was very glad I went, as they were collecting an opinion poll on what was needed in the church, and one of the issues is that with an elevator. We don't have one right now, and it is really hard to get from one floor to the next (from Sunday School to church etc). After church, came home for a quick lunch before heading out the door for soccer game. Josh only played 1/2 the game in goal, at which point he had a 100% ratio. He then played the second 1/2 as forward~which is what he plays on the high school team. Then after the game, drove home to drop Josh off and worked on Board Meeting stuff quickly before leaving again to go back to Morton for a Board Meeting. I finally got home at 9, but spent the next hour or so typing up the minutes from the meeting, before I forgot what was said. It will be so nice to have a lap top to take with me, so that I can type while people talk, instead of having to come home and do it.

So anyways, that was my day, and now I am tired, so off to bed for me. Tomorrow is Monday, and I intend to get my home blessing done, all my laundry washed/dried/put away, and my dishes all done. Then I plan on spending as much time as possible stitching!!!!