Saturday, June 27, 2009

June Progress

Well I’ve been pretty quiet of late with my stitching so you are probably wondering (or not) what I have been doing………

Woodland Goddess by Joan Elliott

I was working on this on the train but unfortunately the pattern is in color & symbols or just color and since I have a black and white working copy I was carrying around the book as well which was making stitching quite cumbersome checking the color every time I wanted to stitch to make sure it was the correct color so I didn’t get as much done of this as I wanted and I have yet again relegated a pattern so be a home picture instead of a train one. I really would like to stitch a medium size picture on the train but I have yet to find one what will work.

Egyptian Garden by Chatelaine
As it was my birthday week I decided to work on this pattern. I’m not really familiar with stitching 2 over 2 so I was definitely taking my time. I used to wonder why it took some ladies so long to make a dent in some of their WIP and now I know why. I would call myself I fairly fast stitcher and can plug away on a picture quite quickly, but my goodness the speed on which I stitch on 32 count is quite painful and I can’t believe on how little I got done. I have posted a before and after picture so you can see what I mean. This is after a week and a half of stitching, as well I decided to stitch the pond 1 over 1 so I had to frog some stitching out, but still I figured I would be farther along then I am, but it definitely puts this pattern into prospective and why a time line of 6 month to 1 year is the usual time needed to finish these pictures.

I have now switched back to Cirque of Cercles for home and Peacock Lady for train. I will try and post a WIP picture of these two some time next week. I think I might go outside and stitch this weekend, I’m not a really big fan of that because I’m worried about getting the fabric dirty with flying dirty and grass stains etc but what the heck…..live dangerously Nicole.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Today - June 22nd

Well today is my birthday and I could care a less about it. For some reason I am in a bit of a blue mood and have been for about 3 days . I am wondering if the older I get the more my birthdays will hurt!! I hope not because right now I just want to smack myself up the side of my head for my blue mood and for taking everything so personal, or perhaps I'm in a dire need of a real vacation not just a day or two off and that's why I feel this way. I can't really complain to my family and friends about my blue mood because I can't really explain it to myself, so I'll just plug along and hope I shake it. Maybe I need to do some stash purchasing LOL there really isn't anything out right now that I have to have but I do have some money to spend, maybe a new pair of scissors or some needles will work.

Thanks for listening maybe tomorrow I'll post some updated WIP.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Pookie & CdC

I don't know why I just don't rename my blog something like 'the life of Pookie' since I talk about her so much LOL. Well, we have cancelled Pookie's teeth cleaning indefinitely. Last Friday we took her in to get checked out because of her being sick, the vet said her heart was fine and that she just wasn't handling the heat well "really no kidding, we couldn't figure that out ourselves". So we got her some bland food, some medicine to stop her loose stool, and we fiddled with her antibiotics and we also decide that Monday was too soon for the cleaning so we switched it to yesterday.

Well Sunday was a disaster!!!!!! #1 we woke up late so we were late with not one but two of her heart meds. #2 she didn't like the medicine for her loose stool, it's basically a vanilla scented cream that you put on her tongue, well I put it on her lips and nose because she wouldn't open her month and she refused to lick it off so then I had to take a wash cloth to her face and clean it off, well she was so pissed off at me she started to leave the room every time she saw me, she again refused to eat or drink which was because she was upset. She didn't throw up, she just worked herself into a tizzy, and then out of the blue she FAINTED which she hasn't done since January when we found out about her heart condition and got her on medication.

So on Monday I called the vet and as soon as she heard about the fainting from her receptionist she called me right back at work, so we cancelled Wednesday's teeth cleaning and the vet doesn't want to discuss the cleaning for at least 2 weeks and she wants Pookie to be healthy for at least 1 whole week before any date is chosen. She figured Pookie's blood sugar was low and her anxiety level was high which is why she fainted. At the end of the conversation the vet said maybe doing Pookie's teeth isn't such a good idea after all, she said we can either have an alive Pookie with potential bad teeth or we can have a possible dead Pookie with white, clean teeth, at the end of the day is it worth it.....HELL NO. As my co-worker pointed out Pookie's health is unstable so there is no guarantee we can even have a full week of her being in tip top condition. I'm not saying Pookie is throwing up everyday but some days she is sad and doesn't eat, some days she throws up, some days she hides under the bed and wants to be left alone and some days she is like a puppy all excited and jumping around like a mad woman, so any one of these scenarios might affect her health under anesthetic. So I think we have basically decided that Pookie is going to live out the remainder of her life as is.

Now don't get me wrong if there is a problem with her teeth I'm going to do all I can to help her. I have heard that there is a holistic remedy for dealing with tartar on your dogs teeth, which is 100% natural, so I will go to the local pet store and the holistic pet store that opened up last year and see if either one of them have the produce and ask for information on it and then I'm going to talk to the vet to make sure none of the ingredients will react to Pookie's medication and give it a try. I don't expect it to be a cure for tartar but I figure every little bit helps and we will just go on from there enjoying Pookie for as long as we have her.

I have been working on CdC this week and I'm two tiny swirls away from finishing page 6 YAH!!! 2 pages down 4 to go. I am really enjoying this picture now that I have figured out a technique to use on this type of pattern, which is do the outer circle first then whatever is inside, before I was working on the circles as a whole and jumping from one corner section to the other and with a variegated thread it winds up being very mess. I'm also not even going to venture a guess on when I'll be finished this picture because it's so unique and enjoyable that I'm just soaking it in and can't believe I took so long to find the fun in this picture, if you know what I mean. But I have decided to push off HAED - Found for a later time so instead of working on it once CdC is finished I'm going to work on Egyptian Garden by Chatelaine instead, for some reason I keep on coming across people's blogs with the WIP of various Chatelaine which is making me jealous about not work on mine, so I've picked a section of the picture I want to finish and I'll work up to that point and then switch to HAED - Found.

Thanks for listening to my rant.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Catching up with Everyone

Well a few things have happened since my last post.

I went to Il Divo with my mom and I think the concert was great and I really enjoyed myself. Not only do these guys sing great and keep your attention a couple of them are really quite funny too. I would go again.

Pookie was suppose to have her teeth cleaned yesterday but since we have been having a heat wave Pookie has been ill, she has been throwing up and not eating because of it. The vet was extremely worried about her being in a weakened condition and putting her under anesthetic. The vet also thinks since she was weak and her stomach was upset the antibiotics made the situation worse, so we have altered how much antibiotics she gets and have rescheduled her appointment for Wednesday. At the time I didn't understand what the problem was since by Thursday night she was fine but in hindsight I noticed Pookie wasn't too steady on her feet which probably was her being dizzy from lack of food and water and that is not a good state to be in when being sedated. Still crossing my fingers that she will be okay.

And since I already had the day off on Friday I got to work on MLOTS all day and was able to finish her beading about 4 days earlier then I anticipated, I must say MLOTS beads were quite easy to do since they were all clustered together and the majority of them were petite.

So here is My Lady of the Snow by Passione Ricamo