Friday, March 30, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Thank you Chrisanne for the wonderful early birthday gift! She sent me Michael Powell's Mini Tuscan Cottages 8 for my birthday so I would have it to work on during my March Break trip.
Well I finished it tonight... that's my 5th finished Michael Powell... I just love his stuff!
Tomorrow I'll get started on the next Sweetheart Tree RR (Autumn's) that arrived yesterday.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
I was contemplating buying my own cake on the way home. However, the ladies in the office and the administration at work got me a delicious vanilla strawberry cake! That started to make me feel better.
Then I decided before going home I could use a little retail therapy... I stopped into Chapters and bought some books. I bought the first three books in the Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan. I also finally spotted issue 184 of Cross Stitcher (from the UK) it has a Michael Powell design in it! You all know I adore Michael Powell! So I left Chapters 50.00 poorer.
Now for today's mail....
In this picture is my purchased magazine... so that's not really part of the mail day but there it is anyhow! The book, Subversive Cross Stitch... Thank you StephanieC!!!! Its just hilarious... if bad language offends you... don't bother to crack the cover. I was just laughing my head off! The cat card and gorgeous scissor fob are from Carol, here's a closeup...
I just love it! Thank you Carol I have to go buy a pair of scissors for it!
Stephanie and Carol thank you so much for making my day special!!!
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Sooo... this morning since we got up super early, because we went to bed super early last night I finished up Kathy's Sweetheart Tree RR. I just had some final beads to put on it. I stitched several bands from the chart Sparkling Bluebells. This would be HD #10 for the year without buying stash (except what I bought on my trip which didn't count).
I realized yesterday that I hadn't stitched an ornament for March yet.. so this is ornament #5 and HD #11 for 2007. I started it while at my Dr's office then continued to work on it at Emergency, I had it about half done by the time I was back home. I finished it up tonight.
Since I'm off tomorrow, I've got to figure out what to work on since I have to stay on my butt! Do I work on Mini Cottages 8... my next potential HD? Noah's Sub... because I want it done? Or The Castle ... because I haven't worked on it in weeks?
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Four! The mighty saguaro!
The guard tower at the Yuma Territorial Prison
More of Yuma Prison
A wee bit more of Yuma Prison
The mighty Colorado River, the view from the guard tower. The far side of the river is California
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
First, we can't start a blog post of pictures without one of Hunter right? This was the post he took up as my bags were sitting at the top of the stairs waiting to go into my car.
The biggest impression that San Diego made on me was the scenery! Oh my gawd it was just stunning. Compared to the scenery around here this was just so different to me and I loved it!
Sunday was our day at the San Diego Zoo I was there with (left to right)
Zari, Becky, Me, Jill, Luke Jill's Son, and Cheryl. It was because of these ladies what I thought would be two days aimlessly wandering the city turned into a great weekend exploring San Diego!
Sunday, March 18, 2007
I'll update sometime later in the week with details of my last few days and photos.
Saturday night I returned my rental car... I have to make a phone call to straighten out some charges with the company tomorrow (oh joy). When I went to check in, my suitcase (no laughing Kathy!) was over the 50 lbs. limit by 6lbs! So I had to drop some weight. I don't understand what the difference is... I just took some stuff out of my checked luggage and put it in my carry on luggage. So I don't get it... I'm still taking the same amount of stuff on the plane just distributed differently.
My first flight San Diego-Chicago was 10 minutes later than scheduled. I dozed through that flight, woken up by the occasional bit of turbulence. I landed in Chicago to find out my 6:44am flight to Syracuse was now leaving at 9:44 am! I also had to go from one end of the planet to the other! Once again more dozing as I waited for my flight, and changed gates 3 times! Finally up in the air, and on my last leg home! I landed in Syracuse shortly after 12pm... we sat on the tarmac for 45 minutes! Boy did I want off of that plane!
I finally got home around dinner time tonight. I'm happy to be home, but it was a great trip!
I was cleaning out my inbox and found an SBQ I haven't answered yet.
Q : Do you use your needle, a seam ripper, or something else when you have to frog stitches? Why do you use the method that you do?
A : It really depends on how much frogging I have to do. If its just a few stitches, I just my needle to pull those stitches out. If its a lot I'll very carefully use my finest pointed scissors and cut both halfs of the stitch from the top of the fabric. Sometimes I'll use my needle and pull those cut stitches out from the back of the fabric, or I'll get my lint roller out and pull the cut stitches out that way.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Wednesday was our trip to Mexico. I have to say that was an interesting experience... the moment you walk across that border (it was easier to park on the US side and walk in) it really is a different country. You can cross from Canada to the US and there aren't any huge differences... yes there's the change from Kilometers to Miles and well all the money is green. But other than that no sudden differences. But once you cross into Mexico, its a different world! Right away you can see the poverty, and well everyone is trying to sell you medications, dental work, or their wares.
Bargaining was an interesting experience. I have to say I didn't do too bad, but at moments I wasn't as confident or firm as I could of been, and well they pick up on that right away. I didn't buy a lot there, but I found a tacky sombrero for my Mum, LOL its purple and gold ... she's going to love it! I found a little something for Todd. I got myself a blanket and a stained glass panel with a peacock for the bedroom. I did really well with the stained glass.
We didn't do much else on Wednesday... but then it didn't help that I passed out for a two hour nap.
Today was my shopping day! In the clothing department I didn't find anything I liked. I guess its another season where the colours and the styles don't suit me. Now shoes... I made out like a bandit! I got 3 pairs of shoes for a steal... all brand names too.
Tomorrow we're going to the Flea market and meeting up with Margaret whose driving down from Mesa to meet me!
Oh yeah, here's this week's SBQ :
Q : If you had $500 to spend on stitching-related items, what would you buy?
A : Well there's nothing really big or specific I want... I would probably go through my wish list, buy 100-150 dollars in patterns that are on my list. Next I would buy a bunch of silks, and a stack of fabrics. See, nothing exciting.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
My flights were just fine on Saturday though it felt like I was on the plane FOREVER! Essentially I first got on a plane at 10am... and I didn't get off until 5pm Eastern time. I had all of 45 minutes between flights so really I wasn't off for long. Neither plane had a lot of space or leg room... and keep in mind gentle readers, I'm only 5ft 2in. My first flight from Syracuse to Chicago was one of those small planes like the one Todd and I took to Atlanta. My plane to San Diego was an old airbus, it had 3 seats on each side of the plane and it was a long one! I was in row 17 and that still put me just at the wing. Since the flight was long enough we got a movie on the plane, Happy Feet... but no food. Thank goodness I didn't have to go running around in Chicago trying to find my gate, it was nearby where my first plane arrived so I had a little time to go to the bathroom and buy a yogurt parfait at one of the stands and wolf it down. The approach to the SD airport was awesome, the plane essentially did a u turn by banking very sharply... it made the girl across the aisle puke, we came in right over downtown. I also have some awesome pictures from up in the air as we flew over the Rockies and the desert! Which for me was quite an awesome experience I've just never seen landscape like that in my life... except for on TV or in National Geographic.
At the airport I was picked up by Cheryl one of the ladies I knew from the stitching BB's I'm on (Hastur Torres is her screen name)... as usual not an ax murderer. For some reason if you tell people you're going to meet someone for the Internet you always get warned that they could be a serial killer??? This just doesn't seem to be the case with stitchers!
Cheryl was very nice, she was visiting her parents in SD with her friend Zari from Texas. Cheryl drove us all over SD, we also went and picked up my free zoo pass for Sunday. The scenery in SD is just gorgeous! There are hills and mountains, all kinds of palm trees and cacti everywhere! We got some fresh strawberries, they were awesome (an impossibility this time of year in Canada)... and had dinner on the bay. I had fish and chips... no where near as nice as The Glen back home.
I didn't get into the Hostel until 11pm. And I was pooped... of course it was 1am at home, and I had been up since about 5:30am. I had a hard time sleeping that night as there were a lot of comings and goings and I could hear people in the hallways and one of the common bathrooms was right next to my room. Finally I had to take some sleeping pills. I woke up bright and early since my internal clock was still on Eastern time.
Sunday morning Cheryl and Zari picked me up again at the hostel and we went to the San Diego Zoo where we met up with another woman from the stitching group we're on. It was so hot on Sunday! I wish I hadn't worn my jeans, but it had been cool in the morning. I thought the Toronto Zoo was big, and pretty cool well you haven't seen anything! There were so many animals at the Zoo that despite staying there until it closed at 5pm we still didn't manage to see everything! We estimate we must of walked about 5 miles! Part way through the day we were met by Jill and her son Luke (another stitcher from the Internet who also gave me the free Zoo pass... thank you Jill!). Her son Luke is a real cutie-pie and I think that day I was his new best friend because he kept talking to me about the animals. We had some interesting conversations!
After the Zoo we went and had cheap fast food Mexican for dinner... I passed on the famous fish tacos and had a burrito instead with chicken. After dinner Cheryl took me up into the area she lived in up in the mountains, again just awesome scenery and the sun was setting at that time. We spent a couple of hours at her folks visiting before she took me back to the hostel. I felt like I was back in High School, Cheryl, Zari and I were closed away in Cheryl's bedroom, sitting on the floor talking!
The hostel was quieter Sunday night and I slept fairly well... but I was still up at 6am! I got myself ready and had a cab called to go back to the airport where I was meeting Kathy and her husband Leo. The drive from SD to Yuma was just amazing, we had to go over the mountains! We went from sea level in SD to 4,128 ft before coming back down again and into the desert. I saw awesome sand dunes (called the Imperial Sand Dunes) there were people out on them with ATV's, dune buggies and sand rails, looked like a lot of fun. The rest of Monday was been spent just chilling, visiting and stitching with Kathy. It was 95F out there yesterday so we weren't out long. I think I really needed yesterday just to de-compress after going non-stop from Friday morning until meeting up at the Airport with Kathy on Monday morning.
Today's activity was local points of interest here in Yuma. We hopped in the car this morning and drove out to the Yuma Prison, it was the first territorial prison in the territory of Arizona in 1875... Arizona wasn't a state yet. It was pretty cool walking around in the sun, and heat... it was reaching 90F by mid morning. I got some pictures of the old buildings, and one of the view from the old guard tower... the mighty Colorado River, which isn't so mighty by the time it gets to Yuma... did you know that just the other side of the river is California? We next went to the Yuma crossing and the Quartermaster's Post. This was how all supplies got into Arizona and were re-distributed throughout the south west in the 1800's. I didn't find it as interesting as the prison, but it was nice walking about in the sun... now at 96F. Once we were done there it was getting close to 1pm and Kathy and I were hungry.
So we went down to the main drag in Yuma and hit Applebees for lunch (my favorite chain in the US). Next we went to a local discount store, kinda like Winners to find me some shorts. I found one pair that wasn't too bad, and got those for 9.99 I'll wear them to Mexico tomorrow. Oh by the way I'm starting to get a little colour in my skin! Yay! After that store we went to the quilt shop where I found 4 dragon fabrics to add to my collection, then to Michales where I escaped unscathed and didn't spend a penny. Finally onto Albertson's where we picked up a few odds and ends for tonight's dinner. Kathy had invited a couple from the trailer park here from BC who are leaving in the morning to head back north. After dinner we all went for a swim in the outdoor pool to cool down after such a hot day! It was lovely to finally cool down as the temperature today got up to 98F, if it wasn't for the girl from Alaska in high school who is visiting her Uncle there I would of been the youngest person in the pool (this is a community of snow birds). After our swim we came back here and we stitched until 11pm... today I finally dragged out Noah's Sub as I had the energy and focus to finally tackle it!
So that was my day for today, I'm really looking forward to tomorrow... Mexico and hopefully get a little more colour in my skin. I've not been sitting out in the sun since I don't want to burn.
I'm told that if I want to buy something I have to barter with the Mexican vendors. Apparently they get quite offended if you don't. I'm going to keep my eye out for either leather goods, silver, oh yeah and a tacky gift for my Mum... she requested something tacky from Mexico!
Its kinda odd when you're driving around here... there are citrus trees everywhere. Kathy and Leo have a pink grapefruit tree on their lot, and there are fruit on it... I got hit on the head by a grapefruit as I tried to pass by the tree! How many people can say that? A lot of the citrus are in bloom right now and it smells heavenly. This is just such an alien landscape to this northerner and I just love it!
Until tomorrow! Or whenever I next have the time/energy to Blog.
Friday, March 09, 2007
I have to say my drive down was very uneventful... my cup of Timmies coffee did not win me a prize (its roll up the rim to win time). The fellow at customs when I drove across wasn't really interested in me so that was quick. I also have to say for a change... the drive was pleasant. In the past when my Mum and I have driven the same highway to go to Myrtle Beach at this time of year there's aways been a horrible snow storm!
I've had my Applebee's fix, I got some fruit and stuff for breakfast and to take on the plane, now its time to relax and stitch!
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
I'll be spending part of next week in San Diego and the rest with a dear friend in Arizona.
I'm sure at some point I'll get Internet access and let you know where I've gone and what I've done!!!
Monday, March 05, 2007
I'm just going through my e-mails now, cleaning out my inbox and realized I did not answer last week's SBQ... so here it is.
Q : Do you find yourself stitching faster when you are getting to the end of a design?
A : For sure! I get so excited when the end of a piece is near, I try to stitch faster... and stay up later!
Tonight I'm taking a break, once dinner is done I'm going to settle in and work on Noah's Sub. Also its cold out there and there's a lot of blowing snow that made the drive home a white knuckler.