Rainy Day Dogs

We had quite a bit of rain yesterday. For some reason unknown to me, Lacey and Flea have decided rain, just rain, is a devouring monster coming to get them. I could understand if they were afraid of thunder (and they are), but rain? They spent all afternoon under my feet. Here they are under my desk. Pitiful, aren’t they?

I am going to be piloting a new GCC. I have piloted one other class, and it was fun! So I am looking forward to this one. It is an embroidered teddy bear. That’s all I know, because I haven’t received the instructions yet. I should get it next week. I’m so excited! :o)

I am going to be starting a medically supervised, very low calorie diet through one of our local hospitals in a couple of weeks. It also involves attending a group meeting once a week, and I am hoping that will help me address my food issues. I would love to lose 100 pounds, but 80 is probably more realistic. If I am brave, I may post a picture of myself before I start my diet. Maybe. :o)

Stitchin’ In Memphis

This past Thursday Rissa and I headed up to Memphis for the Share-A-Stitch Seminar. This is the Tennessee Valley Region of the Embroidery Guild of America’s yearly seminar. (At the end of August I will be going to Louisville KY for the National Seminar.) It was great! It was only my second SAS; the first one I went to was last year in Knoxville. I started going when I won the position of TVR’s Treasurer, and now I have to go, right? That’s what I tell Mark anyways. :o)

The Hilton we stayed in was very nice. We arrived way before check-in time because as Treasurer I had three meetings to go to on Thursday. On the off chance that they might have a room they would go ahead and let us have, I went in to see if we could check-in. They graciously said no problem, and then they gave us a room on the 24th floor, a “special” floor. One of those floors that you have to put your card in the elevator to get up to. As I have never stayed on one of “those” floors before, I felt like a VIP. :o) The room was very nice, and the food in the restaurant was good and reasonably priced.

Rissa, Cynthia, and I all had the same class, and there were several other CyberStitchers (the internet chapter of EGA that I belong to) in our class too. And a friend I made in my very first national seminar was there also. She is an 87 year old lady from Tennessee who stitches wonderfully, and just got the Master Craftsman designation for crewel embroidery a couple of years ago. She is my hero. I hope I am half as spry at that age as she is! You would never know she was almost 90 years old.

The class we took was a crewel class from Barbara Jackson. I really enjoy her classes. Its called Cherry Tree Cottage, and it makes a sewing basket. The large design is for the lid of the basket, and the smaller designs make a little pin pillow, scisssors case, and scissors fob. My goal is to have it finished in time to use it at National seminar.

I really love Barbara’s designs!

On merchandise night I helped Rissa man her table. It was a lot of fun. I like helping vend. I won’t say it keeps me from spending money, because I still managed to spend too much (but all from Barbara LOL). A lot of the vendors are the teachers, and it is fun to get to talk to them and get to know them better. I also got to watch everyone come through, and that was interesting too.

Rissa is thinking about having a table at National, and if she does I will be helping her there too. At my first National seminar, I ended up helping my teacher at her table by accident. She was Danish, and having a little trouble with making change. Also, some of the people trying to buy from her were giving her a hard time because she didn’t want to accept checks because she didn’t have an American bank account. So I stepped in to try to help her, and ended up staying for quite a while. :o) She was very nice, and I didn’t mind at all.

Here is a picture of my seminar bling. They are pins I have collected from the various seminars I have attended. Some people (like Rissa) have quite an imperssive collection! I’m working on it! :o)

See the little leaf on my name tag? That is a momento from Rissa’s and my misadventure as we were trying to get the unsold stuff from merchandise night on a bellhop cart back to our room. Unfortunately, the ONLY way we knew to get to the elevators was through the dining room. Being the kind, considerate (and allergic to embarrassment) women that we are, we really wanted to find another way so we wouldn’t disturb all the diners. There was a walk way outside that went right beside the dining room, so we decided to try that. Well, it was dark, it had been raining, I was pushing and Rissa was pulling. All of a sudden Rissa yelled stop! I tried but the cart had too much momentum, and the next thing I knew Rissa was flat on her butt, her shoes were flying across the walkway, the cart wheel was in a rut, and the top of the cart was stuck in a tree. Fortunately there was a little fence in front of the duck pond by the walkway, or we would have been fishing her shoes out of the water! So we gathered her shoes and our dignity, and went through the dining room with our cart. Hence the little leaf momento. :o)

Kitty Rescue

Mark called me yesterday from work to tell me about a poor little cat that was hanging around their dumpster. He told me it was crying, had a hurt leg, and looked sick. Well, I envisioned a cat on the verge of death, all mangled and in pain. :o( So I went rushing over there with my carrier, trying not to think about how much in vet bills this could possibly cost me since the Animal Rescue League is closed on Mondays and there is no way I could leave an injured animal in pain.

Thank goodness, the little cat, or really a half grown kitten, was in much better shape than I imagined. He did have an injured leg, and what looked like bites on him. I think he had been on the losing end of a fight. He was also starvation skinny. What Mark thought was crying was really just him talking to any human who came near. He was so sweet. He came right to me and rubbed my legs. I’m sure he probably had an infection and worms. So I put him in the carrier and thought about what I could do with him until the rescue league opened. I knew that Merlin the Evil Cat would not take kindly to him, and that the dogs would drive him and me nuts if I took him home for the night.

So I called up my wonderful vet (I just love this man). He said I could bring the little cat to his clinic and he would keep him for me overnight, and feed him and all that. And he charged me very little. Megan thought he shouldn’t have charged me anything, because it wasn’t my cat, but I told her it wasn’t his cat either. I certainly don’t expect him to eat the cost of a stray cat I chose to rescue. I understand the clinic is his business, and he supports himself through his business. I would never expect a favor like that. Some people do, though. I have a friend who is working on having a needlework/fiber business (go Rissa! ), and there is a person who expects Rissa to just give her stuff without ever paying for it. Even when Rissa tells her what something costs, she just ignores her, or she says she will pay later, but she never does. That is just so wrong, and a terrible abuse of a friendship. I know it must get on Rissa’s nerves, because it really irritates me when I see it happen. But anyways, I digress. I really appreciate Dr. Rumbavage giving me such a reduced cost for this little cat. :o) He has done that for me before, with other various and assorted rescues.

So this morning I picked him up and took him to the Mississppi Animal Rescue League. I love this organization. I support it with my donations, and I used to volunteer for it. It is an open door shelter rather than a no kill shelter. That means, it never turns down an animal, no matter what kind or what shape. They have had monkeys, and even had a tiger that some idiot was trying to keep as a pet for a while. What made me very, very sad was that I wasn’t the only person there to drop off an animal that had been found. So many poor unwanted, abandoned, hurt, sick babies. It really, really pisses me off to see the way people treat animals, like they are just so much trash to be thrown away when they become inconvenient.

I left a donation to help cover the little kitty’s medical expenses, and now I am hoping and praying he finds a good forever home.

What color do I need?

You Need Some Black in Your Life

Black will make you feel powerful, in control, and not bound to what other people think of you.

And with a little black, you will project a aura of mystery, rebellion, and dominance.

If you want people to respect you, you’ve got to get a little black in your life!

For extra punch: Combine black with orange or red

The downside of black: People won’t be able to “read” you – and may perceive you as more aggressive than you actually are

The consequences of more black in your life:

You’ll become a figure of intrigue and speculation

You’ll be better prepared for life’s unknown path

You’ll rest better and free yourself of expectations

Why I can never make up my bed

From left to right, Honey Bear (pomeranian), Lacey (spaniel mix) and Flea (chihuahua/pomeranian mix)

The lump under the covers next to Lacey is Flea.

She is wanting to know why Mom took the cover off her head; she was sleeping just fine thank you.

What have I been up to?

It has certainly been a while since my last post! I have been busy, busy.

School finished up the first week of May, and I was sad to have it end. I really enjoyed my two classes, and teaching the accounting class. I will be teaching Accounting 1 in the fall, and I am looking forward to that. I have also signed up for a full load of art classes, but I may end up having to go back to work. :o( We shall see…maybe I will be able to put off working for one more semester.

Since school ended, I have been stitching and knitting a lot. Sharon B started a new embroidery community, Stitching Fingers. I am enjoying being a part of it. One of the groups within the community is doing her Take A Stitch Tuesday from last year, and I joined it. Here is my first sampler – Herringbone Stitch.

Mississippi NeedleArts brought Barbara Jackson in for a crewel workshop. The project was Strawberry Trio, and I actually finished it! It was a fast and easy project, and I think it is just darling.

In addition to that, I have almost finished Oksana’s Sampler, and when I do get it finished I will post a picture.

I started a new GCC, Crewel Choices. I have already worked two stitches I have never done before – Portuguese knot and twisted chain stitch. Fun!

On the knitting front, I have started two mystery shawl knit-alongs. One is fingering weight and one is lace weight. I will have to stretch them out and take pictures.

I am going to end this post by admitting to doing something TOTALLY out of character for me. I actually put my embroidery down to go to the kitchen to fetch a glass of ice water for a male. Oh, not for Mark, no way. If I did that for him, it would only be so he could wear the ice water for having the nerve to ask that of me. No, this male was way cuter, and more irresistible (sorry Mark).

Yes, I actually got up to get him a glass of ice water. He always has his face in my water glass, but this time I drank the last of it. As I was drinking it, he stretched out his little paw and tapped the glass. Who could resist??? Sigh…I am such a sucker for a furry face. :o)