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Oh my goodness, my Christmas was wonderful!

But it couldn’t have happened without the greatest babysitter in the world!  This is the first vacation we’ve taken together in 5 years.  My BFF’s daughter K house/puppy sat for us and it was so great to not once worry about anything while we were gone.

This poor fella was wearing himself out welcoming everyone as they checked in to the hotel.

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I fell in love with the headboards.  You can’t see it very well in this photo but there are tiny little nail pricks that created firework bursts in the sky.

2014-12-23 15.54.23We walked around Downtown Disney after we got settled. I found this shirt, that is SO me, but decided against getting it.

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I also spotted this one and snapped a photo since I’m hoping I can get Mister to paint it for me.2014-12-23 16.55.21What looks like white, is really silver and I think this would be great painted in pixels like he did the storm trooper for his art class.2014-11-03 14.21.39

We had a nice dinner and a couple of drinks, then headed back to our room to sleep until the kids arrived.  Future DIL decided to take the train down to Oceanside and ride back up to Anaheim with Son after he got off work at 9:30.  We were expecting them about 11 p.m. but there was a construction site that took more than an hour for them to get through and by the time they arrived it was 1:30 a.m.  They wanted to do gifts as soon as they got there.  They even got me “Disney” gifts in addition to 2 GC to Ulta.  The fragrance is from FDIL’s mother.

2014-12-27 10.51.57I have no idea what time it really was by the time we got back to sleep.  Mister got up at 6 to go buy our tickets so we could get in the park an hour earlier than the general public.  Good thing we did too, since we were on our 3rd ride by the time the park opened.  We kept waiting for the huge crowds to show up and slow line times down, but we never had a long wait, or at least longer than 30 minutes.  We took full advantage of the Fast Passes and leapfrogged our way through the park.  The ONLY ride we didn’t ride, that I wanted to ride, was the run away mine train.

At some time during the afternoon the kids headed back to the room for a nap and Mister and I went to some areas and shops to pass the time.  We had Fast Passes for the evening light show and met back right about 8 p.m.  After the fireworks show we started working our way back to the hotel and the best ride of the day….our beds.  😀

The next morning I met a friend in Downtown Disney for breakfast while Mister and the kids started packing up the room and loading cars.  We made some changes to our plans so the kids were headed to FDIL’s parents to spend Christmas Day and we were going back to the park.  It was so much fun accepting and wishing Merry Christmas to everyone we walked by.   Our hotel had a beautiful photo spot and we took advantage of it.  People just lined up and whomever was in line next took the person in front’s photos for them.

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It wouldn’t be a trip to Anaheim/Disneyland for me if I didn’t end my trip with a visit to the Jazz Kitchen Express for breakfast.  Since I had already eaten, I headed to Starbucks for coffee while Mister and the kids had breakfast.  They did save me a beignet.2014-12-25 16.09.07

After the kids left we headed to the monorail for a ride into the back of the park.  We were planning on riding this again but when we got off the train we walked into this!

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It was about 11 a.m. and the Fast Passes told us to come back at 8 p.m.  No. Way.  LOL  We ended up doing a whole lot of walking and did get to ride the runaway mine train.

We headed back to the Jazz Kitchen for lunch (shrimp po boys and ya-ya gumbo!).  Santa did his shopping on the way out of the park Christmas day.  I ended up with 2 scarves (look close for the Disney references), brush cleaner and Urban Decay Naked 2 eye pallette, a Castle charm for my bracelet (not pictured), and a Dooney & Burke Disney Shopper.  2014-12-27 11.07.02

Every year when we’d go to Disneyland on Thanksgiving, I’d add a Jim Shore Disney Christmas piece to my collection.  I did buy a Mickey this trip, but we also purchased a new piece.  Mister fell in love with the bright colors of the Britto collection so we will be building that as well.  He decided on this piece since it made him think of the dogs.2014-12-26 20.30.21

We drove down and spent the night in Oceanside.  We got settled in our room about 7 p.m. and sent straight to bed.  Talk about feeling old and worn out!

Son drove down from FDIL’s house early that morning and we had breakfast before saying goodbye.  On our way out of town we headed to Buccaneer Beach to watch the sun rise over the ocean and surfers and see if Mister’s surfing buddies were hanging out.  We actually passed one of them driving off and he turned around and told us that the other one had left earlier so we were able to call him and he turned around as well.  I was glad he got to meet up with them for a nice long talk.   2014-12-26 10.12.37

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While I love living here in Arizona, and I think the desert is such a beautiful place, I miss the Pacific ocean so much that I cry every time I see it again.  There’s just something about the sound of the waves that calms my heart and I especially love walking on the beach when stormy weather is approaching.  It’s so wild and wonderful.  I did live on the Atlantic ocean for almost 2 years and it wasn’t the same.

I was so happy to get home and see the puppies.

The postman left some wonderful packages for me.  I took advantage of some great sales before we left.

The Downton fabrics are all low volume, and the Shop Local has stitching related prints inside.  These will be used in some scrappy quilts, especially in Wild & Goosey.

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Threads of Time will go into my Farmer’s Wife scrap bins.  I couldn’t resist the Petite Prints and all that red.  They’ll be used in my upcoming Bonnie Hunter Happy Scrappy Houses class in a couple of weeks.

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This layer cake and charm pack will also be used in Happy Scrappy Houses.

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And these are the FQs from my December color of the month club I joined in place of one of my finished BOMs.  I’m thinking of using the 2nd from the right as the chimney’s in my Happy Scrappy Houses.

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So today I’m being as lazy as I can and still get in a trip to the grocery store and do some laundry.  College football and cross stitch sound mighty fine.

Tomorrow, I’ll think about working on my wishes for 2015 😉

I haven’t been a total slacker

Except for blogging 😉

Remember this post?  I finally got my Kona Color Card and have started deciding on colors for my Dear Jane.


I have a new link in the upper left side bar. Bonnie Hunter’s new mystery starts in a couple of weeks. I decided that since I have so much going on already, I would use 1 constant colorway this year.  I’m using an off-white print and Kona black to go with these fabrics.


No. I have not finished last year’s mystery. Don’t judge.

My guild is sponsoring a class with Bonnie after the first of the year for the Happy Scrappy Houses quilt. I also submitted a request to take  another class the next day, through another guild. We have to give 1st and 2nd choice and my first choice was Cathedral Stars.



2nd choice is Pineapple Blossom.

I am now the very proud owner of 1/2 season Arizona Diamondback tickets. We decided that owning full season tickets would be just too many games for us to attend. We have full-season perks tho, and I’m already counting down to opening day. We took a tour of Chase Field on Halloween. It was eerily quiet, but no one being there gave us the opportunity to sneak in a few places not normally seen on in-season tours (plus I think our rep was bored and not ready to head back to his office). I did remember to take a couple of Club House photos – our “LSU” pitcher’s locker


and one of the few remaining favorite players of mine.


I’m holding judgment on a couple of late season rookies.  Of course, the very next week there was talk of moving our catcher. I’m a bit disgruntled.

Quilt camp was a lot of fun and very productive for me.  Meal times were announced and we pretty much did what we wanted to the rest of the time. I managed to finish (except for borders) a quilt top.

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I have fabric for the borders just need to decide how to use it. Hoping to take care of that later this month.

I also started on my Peace and Unity BOM. Despite my continuously measuring my blocks they didn’t come out right so a few need to be unstitched and redone.  I’m loving them tho.  Here’s a couple of the 20 setting blocks.


Here’s a couple of shots of some of the works of the talented ladies in attendance



I’m making good progress on my SamSarah Mystery Sampler.


I started the 3rd, and last, section last night. Glad it’s going so quickly since the new Luzzie*Kate mystery started shipping today. I’ve already seen a photo of the fibers, and they’re beautiful. I’ve just about decided to go back to And They Sinned once both mysteries are finished.

We spent the majority of today running errands, which included buying paint for my room. Today marks 3 years that I arrived in Arizona and it’s taken me this long to make up my mind. I actually found an inspiration piece at IKEA a few months back but what I wanted to do was so far out of my comfort zone it took me a bit to just go with it – plus Mister Art Student said he thought it would look good 😉 So here’s what I’ll be working with.


(I did change the satin black to glossy after that photo.)

Last, but not least, here’s my handsome son with the love of his life, out on the town on his birthday. He still has that big bright smile.



And remember I’m not a photographer and mostly use my phone 😀

I’m getting old

2014-11-08 08.12.4330 years and 9 months ago, I made this. I consider it one of my greatest accomplishments because despite my many, many mistakes and errors in judgment, he has grown into a wonderful young man.

I know it’s been too long, and I apologize. I am trying to remedy that. Still stitching. Still sewing. Still cooking. I went on a quilt retreat. Now I’m also back to recruiting for Phoenix ComiCon. I think it was those pesky goals I set for myself, so they’re going away. Retired life, for me, is supposed to be all about fun, not deadlines.

I also have been staying away from my computer, but this post is being made from my tablet with a little input from my phone, and this makes me happy!

Happy Holidays!

A belated Merry Christmas to all those who believe in, and celebrate, Christmas.  Actually Merry Christmas to everyone 😉  My Christmas celebration was a day early as Son and Girlfriend flew in on Sunday morning and had to fly out again Christmas night.  I cooked and we opened gifts on Monday and spent Christmas day sitting around talking and being as lazy as we could be with the thought of “we have a plane to catch” in the back of our mind.  Needless to say it went by way too fast.

I was blessed though!  Mister bought me a beautiful bracelet with charms that represent my Bandit (beautiful blue and white swirls), Harley Quinn (black spotted bling), and stitching (a frog prince 😉 ).  He couldn’t find one that represented Jasper at the time he purchased the other two so he’ll be looking for that one next.  In addition to their presence, DS and Girlfriend gave me a delicious box of chocolates and a gift card to help enable  my hobbies.  DS and Girlfriend also talked the whole weekend about getting married.  She bought him a Klingon dictionary and they were also joking around about memorizing wedding vows in Klingon.  All the marriage talk made my heart go pitter patter.  They’ve been a couple for 6 years.

As planned, I started Scarlet Letter’s Gratitude yesterday and worked on it while listening to A Christmas Carol and DS and GF talking.  I absolutely adore the 1938 black and white version and recorded it while we were sleeping Christmas Eve.  I really need to get a copy for my collection as I could watch it more than just during Christmas.  I saved what I recorded and will be stitching to it again this afternoon while the house is quiet.

Anyway, after about an hour I had to put Gratitude aside.  It’s full crosses over 1 on 40 count and I’m definitely going to be stitching this one under a magnifier.  Wearing my readers didn’t help much!  LOL  Looks like I’ll be doing some stitching space rearranging later today to see if I can get my stitching table close enough for my small magnifier.  If not I’ll have to figure out where to stitch on it, or maybe just keep it as my Attic stitching piece.

I got so caught up in decorating the house and getting ready for Son and GF to get here that I slacked off on updating my blog and working on more of my 2013 crafting plans.  They are many, but small, if that makes sense 😉  I’ll finish them up and get them posted by the weekend as my parents are driving in and due to arrive on Saturday.  This will be the first time they’ve visited me in more than 11 years.

Prayer request

My uncle (my mom’s last living relative) is having his upper left lung removed today.  I would appreciate prayers for him and my mom.  He is a rancher, fisherman, outdoor guy and has had several skin cancer places treated over the years.  He last dealt with that in December.  And some time during that he had a chest x-ray and found lung cancer.   He just retired this past December and I so want him to have time to enjoy his retirement.

Rain, rain, go away

We’re all a little stir crazy around here. It’s been raining non-stop for 5 days. We’ve even made national news, it’s been so wet! That being said, the angry ocean is so beautiful these days. I feel like standing on the beach, arms raised to the sky, and screaming as loud as I can. Great picture, huh! 😆 It’s 43 degrees right this minute and the sun is trying to shine. There are still some rain cells off our coast but hopefully they’ll stay away the rest of the weekend. We could use a break. I know it’s supposed to start back up again on Monday, but it would be nice to have a clear weekend.


I was told yesterday that some changes needed to be done and was actually asked for my input. After our office discussion it was decided that I’m to be moved back to full-time and to take back over more of the work that has been outsourced. (This is a trial run and I have no idea how long it will last, but I’m hoping ‘forever.’) I have been kept dangerously out of the loop since we outsourced our dictation because I haven’t been seeing everything. I have been blessed with a very good memory but in the past month there’s been a lot of “I don’t know” and “I haven’t seen it” coming out of my mouth. That’s not a good thing when you’re in charge of calendaring and following up on deadlines for the Court – not to mention it drives me nuts if I have to say that. So I’m going in to work today to do some rearranging at my desk to make it easier for me to take over those additional duties. We’re also bringing in a once-a-week person to do our filing and work on our notebooks. Thank goodness!


He has a half-marathon scheduled for tomorrow. In addition to the rain we’ve been having this week, he also has a small ‘injury’ he’s dealing with. Something is bothering his calf and now he’s not sure he’s going to race tomorrow. He’s going to attempt a half hour run today to see how it’s doing. I think he’s been overtraining for the half-ironman (he’s running twice a day on most days), but he doesn’t think so. Whatever it is, I hope it clears up soon, since I know it’s bothering him.


I am in love with HOHRH. I’ve seen several stitchers mention on their blogs that it was a ‘fun stitch’ but really had no idea what they meant by that until I started stitching it. I got off to a slow start since at the last minute I decided to put my name in the first block and it took some stitching and unstitching several times to get it where it is right now, and I’m still not completely happy with it! 😆 I’ve left off the date since I don’t know if I can get it done by the end of the year, but am thinking maybe I should have put it in there for more incentive to have it done. Anyway, I may go back and adjust my name later. I’m sad that I’m putting it away today for Summer Queen, but she does have a deadline. I’ll be stitching on her for 9 days this go-around.

The photo is a little darker that normal on my screen, but you can see the vintage look of the fabric really well.

Houses of Hawk Run Hollow

Secret project reveal

I am not a sewer.  In fact, it’s been so long since I used my machine that I don’t know where the instruction booklet is and am having fits trying to get the bobbin tension proper.

I’ve long wanted to make some of the wonderful smalls I’ve seen in the stitching world.  Pillows of all sorts, wall hangings, needlebooks, bourses, etc., but because I don’t sew well I’ve always been intimidated to give it a go.

If there’s anyone in the stitching, or triathlon, world that doesn’t know, I consider Melissa a sister of my heart.  She’s my BFF 🙂 and knows more about me than anyone else in the world except Kahuna.  I met her online.

When I lived in Japan I joined a yahoo WW group that she ran.  I don’t remember how long I was a member of the group before I unsubbed and moved to California; but one day, I rejoined.  She followed a link in my signature to my stitching photos and wrote me that she stitched too.  I think I had a folder of some designs I was selling/trading and she contacted me then to do a trade, but anyway, this really kicked off us getting to really know one another.  A while later there was a get together of local to me stitchers and she drove down and that was our first face to face meeting.  We ate lunch at Chili’s that day and she sat across from me and I remember thinking “I’m going to like this gal!”  Little did I know!  LOL  We have so many things in common.

 Here it is, more than 6 years later, and I feel so blessed to have her in my life.  She’s the first person I think of sharing anything with, next to Kahuna and sometimes I don’t even share it with him.  She is one of the most giving people I know and I know how appreciative she is of every stitching gift/exchange she receives.  I wanted to be one of the someones who has given her something. 

She’s coming over today (in fact I just verified that she’s on the way) for us to finally have our Christmas get together.  Our schedules have not allowed us to visit since Thanksgiving and I have truly missed visiting face to face with her.  Her birthday is next week, and she’s going to be out of town, so I’m also gifting her with her birthday gift, which is what I’ve been secretly working on.  There’s a little written bit that goes along with the gift, but I’ll let her share that if she wants.  I think I was brave enough to attempt it because I knew she loved me and wouldn’t judge my errors too harshly and know that the attempt was an attempt from the heart.

The stitching is over 1 on 25 ct antique white Lugana in DMC 321.  The fibers in the bourse are Belle Soie Cranberry, Lasagne, Elegant Eggplant, Fresh Raspberries, Carrot Cake, Espresso and Creme de Menthe.  Sounds like a great birthday meal, doesn’t it! 😉

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