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Favorite Christmas picture & Hydrangea Wreath update

Well here is Week 3 of my stitching on the Hydrangea Wreath project.  As a picture is worth a thousand words, there’s not much to say!

Also, here is my favorite picture from Christmas 2011.

This is my niece on her new BMW!  Grandma & Grandpa actually purchased this shortly after her birth, but had to wait until she was old enough to manage it.  It was a huge hit!

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Cross Stitch Update

I started a cross stitch project that I intended for my niece on Thanksgiving day and, two weeks later, I am on the last of four sections.  Originally it was 4 separate pieces, but I’ve decided to complete all four pieces in a vertical wall hanging and I think it’s lovely.  I tried to “copy” a jpeg of the designs, but I don’t know how to copy something from the internet, so until I finish, no pictures!  I haven’t done any of the backstitch, nor have I done the beading, so I still have a bit more to do, but I am more than 50% of the way done.  Since it’s for Christmas, it’s the only project that I’m working on.  I have a couple of other things lined up for after I’ve finished the project for her.

I can’t wait to get back to the Hydrangea Wreath I’ve been working on and I found another pattern that I just *had* to have.  It’s from a company in the UK called Yiota’s Cross Stitch and I immediately had to check my floss stash for my stitching needs.  I bought the skeins that I didn’t already have, I chose a lovely, soft greyish colored aida called Platinum to stitch it on, and as soon as I’ve finished my niece’s project, I’m going to start this one.  I’m excited about this one because it contains no half-stitches and no backstitch.  I ‘m really looking forward to it.  I’ll split my time between the Hydrangea Wreath and the Mixed Daisies until I complete one or both of them.  I remember starting more than one project at a time in the past, so I guess it’s sort of a mania with me.

My progress on the Hydrangea Wreath is shown below, first being the week one picture and second being the week two picture.  I stopped at this point to begin stitching the project for my niece because I intend to gift it at Christmas.

I am amazed at how quickly simple projects approach completion and I’m thankful that I have the ability to create something pretty with only material, colored floss and a needle!

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Driving can be Crazy

I went to work today in a different location.  The hour long drive was comfortable (I love my heated seats!), but a few of my road-mates were crazy.  It never ceases to amaze me how fast some people drive, and yet how slow others drive.  The speed limit in my area is 65 mph.  I am comfortable driving approximately 70 to 75 mph.  Some of my road-mates today were happy to blow past me at approximately 95 mph and yet others were happy to cruise along at approximately 55.

I have one more day at this alternate location, but I get to leave my house at 4am to arrive there on time.  I know that at 4:30, my freeway begins getting quite populated, so I’m hopeful that the half hour I have before that occurs will make a difference.  

While I’m on the subject of driving in my area, I’d like to vent about fog lights.  My car has fog lights, and I think they are a great addition, but I live in the desert and I’ve only had 1 occasion to use them in the past 4 or so years.  Each work morning I leave near 4:30, so I have to use my headlights on my morning commute.  However, I don’t feel it necessary to also hit the button that activates my fog lights.  They do not come on automatically, I have to actively turn them on.  Many of my road-mates, however, seem to think they can’t drive in the dark without turning on their fog lights and their headlamps.  I know that fog lights will give off more light closer to the ground, but come on people, do you really need to create more of a distraction for the people driving near you?  You are going over 70 mph in the dark and you really want to distract the people you are approaching at 70 mph?  Come on, it’s time to stop creating more distraction than necessary!

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Right or wrong?

Well,  I’m officially missing my turkey leftovers.  After almost a week of leftover turkey, potatoes and gravy, and there are no more leftovers left.  I turned to my husband this morning and asked if it would be too soon to make another full-blown turkey dinner and he shook his head and told me I was “wrong”.

I don’t exactly understand my passion for the bird this year.  Traditionally, I prefer a nice standing rib roast with a side of scalloped potatoes.  However, I discovered this year that the previously un-interesting bird was simply fabulous.  All of it – the stuffing, the mashed potatoes and the homemade gravy made from the drippings.  I want more and soon!

I am actually feeling the same craving changes towards chocolate.  In the past, I could take it or leave it.  I now want it almost daily.  It must be hormonal, but how does that explain the turkey craving?

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