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Ramblings and Thoughts

My first finish of 2012!

Well I haven’t got any progress to show on my Hydrangea Wreath.  I haven’t added a stitch in the past week, but I’ve finished and photographed the cosmetic case that I was stitching as a cover for my Kindle.  I love it!  It was more difficult than I anticipated, but I am quite pleased with my handiwork.  I can definitely see where I could have done better, but it turned out pretty good for a first attempt at needlepoint.  I’ll certainly try this again.  In fact, I think I have another needlepoint project somewhere around my house that also uses DMC floss and not yarn.  I don’t really like the feel of yarn between my fingers, but I am perfectly comfortable with floss.

One the television front, I’ve been watching a lot of “Bones” on Netflix.  Other than the fairly real-looking decomposing bodies (say it with me – eeew!), it’s a great show.  My hubby and I have watched it before, but we both enjoy re-visiting shows that we like.  Not that they’ll give me a discount for plugging them, but I love the commercial-free viewing of shows on Netflix.  It allows me to watch shows that I can’t possibly stay up late enough to watch while they are on regular broadcast television stations.

This last week, I also watched a series called Kingdom.  It starred Stephen Fry and was a really short-run but very enjoyable series from BBC, I think.  In it, Fry is a lawyer and each show centered on a legal case or two and each one was settled with a healthy dose of good will towards ones’ fellow man.  It reminded me of a cross between “Murder, She Wrote” and “Matlock” in a beautiful looking village.  I really like Stephen Fry.  He’s quite an enjoyable person to watch and listen to!  Unfortunately, I finished the 18 episodes available on Netflix and now need to find another show to watch.  I’m leaning towards “How It’s Made”.  It’s fast paced, shows the making of some household-y thing or another, and still gives me some tidbit of knowledge that I don’t need, but will certainly fascinate me and will possibly come in use at some point in the future, even if just for trivia games!  Plus it has an available 100 episodes and I certainly like the longer-run shows so I don’t have to keep searching for something new to watch all the time.  I know it seems like I watch a lot of tv, but really I don’t watch that much.  During the winter months, I watch more because it’s so darn cold that I only want to sit under a blanket and stay warm!  Once summer rolls around, I am lucky to watch 1 show a day!

Starting today, I am again working on my Hydrangea Wreath.  I needed a break and the cosmetic cover provided that break quite nicely!  I also plan on beginning the Monopoly Game Board this weekend.  I had to find a way to stretch this 28 inch square piece of material.  I found scroll bars in a 30 inch length and they should arrive via Fedex tomorrow afternoon.  I wanted something light-weight enough to hold, but I still needed to keep the tension and I HATE hoops.  They leave the worst wrinkles on fabric and no matter how hard I try, they always distort the finished portions as I move the the hoop around.  I only ever use scroll bars now.  Anyway, I’ll post pictures of that project as it progresses, too.


Surprises and Ice Cream!

So, I’ve had my dessert and it was delicious.  Chocolate Ice Cream with Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup.  Yum Yum!  I gave up ice cream years ago because of the fat & calories.  As a result, I REALLY enjoy it every time I eat it now.  I also didn’t like chocolate before but find that it is my favorite flavor now.  I didn’t share with the cats, because it was chocolate.  If I’d had vanilla, I would have let them lick out the bottom of the bowl.  It’s almost like they know that some things are bad for them.  They never try to get at my food. Even when I go back to the kitchen to get my drink or whatnot.  The worst thing that happens is Princess (my girl cat) will occasionally hop up to sniff at what I’m eating. I guess that because they never learned to mooch off of my plate when they were kittens that they don’t consider it now that they are adults.

A good deal of my television viewing for the past two weeks has included a lot of Grey’s Anatomy, which is my favorite show.  I came to this show over the summer because it was available for instant viewing on Netflix.  Now I’m hooked.  I love Meredith and Derek.  I’m of the age that I remember Patrick Dempsey from the 1980’s.  He was much dorkier then than he is now.  Nowadays, I totally agree with the whole McDreamy thing.  He is yummy.  It’s something about his eyes.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the whole core cast.  I cried like I was losing a family member when George died.  I loved his character and was devastated when he died.  I’ve got the 8th season set up on my DVR so that I can watch right away once I’ve finished with season 7.  I expect that within two weeks I’ll be watching those shows and bemoaning the wait for the next episode to air.  Usually I prefer to wait until a show has been completed before investing my time on Netflix.  I hate being held up by waiting for the next episode to air.

I’ve also been logging quite a few hours watching HGTV.  I rarely miss an episode of House Hunters, and if I’m up early enough I like to watch Cash & Cari.  I love both shows.  It’s really interesting to watch Cash & Cari because Cari shows off some fabulous rarities.  And House Hunters is great because I can vicariously live through other people who are moving to a new city, and all but one episode has showcased housing budgets that I could never afford.  I love to see what kind of house a half-million to a million will buy.  It’ll never be me and I’m okay with that, but it is fun to see what housing in India or Bermuda or even Houston is valued at and what it consists of.

I had a surprise visitor today.  Eric was in the neighborhood and stopped by.  I’ve got to explain that Eric, Ron, Ken & my brother all hung around together.  They’ve been friends since middle school and when I was in my early twenties, we all used to go to dinner together, go to concerts, etc.  They were some of my favorites people to hang out with.  Anyway, I haven’t seen Ron in about 10 years.  It’s been about 6 months since I’ve seen Ken and about a year and a half since I’ve seen Eric.  We are all facebook friends, and I enjoy getting to see pictures of the the kids, but it’s rare that I even have time to visit my brother, my sister-in-law and my niece, so to have gotten a visit from one of the other fellas was a really nice surprise.