Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ready for the New Year

I think it's been a little bit since I've blogged last.  I have enjoyed looking through all of your blogs though!
Do you make New Year's resolutions?  I suppose I have said a few out loud when I was younger but I think as I've grown older I know I usually don't stick to them.  I think the most popular one ever made is to lose weight.  Well I would be happy to just maintain.  Anyone who has lost alot of weight can tell you it's maintaining the weight loss, NOT the actual losing of it that is the most difficult.  The most weight I have ever lost in one effort was 86 pounds.  Right now I am about ten pounds more than I want to be.  My jeans don't fit right and I just don't "feel" good...ya know?  I remember when I was 16 years old I weighed 185.  I am currently 30 to 35 pounds lower than that.  Can you imagine weighing LESS than you did when you were 16?   Well I guess I was just a big girl, huh?

As you know I didn't do alot of decorating for Christmas.  I did finally drag the tree out of the back room and put a handful of ornaments on it but I didn't do as much as I have in years past.  I am ready to get my house back in order.  We bought a new pre-lit Christmas tree at Lowe's this year and it will stay in the box until next Christmas.  The one that is up now will be donated to Goodwill.

The week before Christmas I was browsing through a store I had never been in before.  Just a little local shop.  Sometimes those are the BEST kind!  I saw this wooden sign and immediately KNEW that I needed it.  I usually don't buy this sort of thing.  Probably because they seem to be all the rage right now and I like to be different.  Today, you can find a sign like this that says just about anything.  Since I have hung my "Thank You For Serving's" on the wall above the TV (or TeeVee as Spinster Stitcher puts it...don't you just love her?)....I knew this would fit perfectly......
The two TYFS pieces are on either side of this.

Our dear friend and neighbor joined us for dinner a couple days before Christmas and we had a great time eating and exchanging gifts.  She gave Masterchief this NAVY snuggie....
We didn't know they made such a thing but lookie here!  I must admit that I have borrowed it twice to take a little snooze on the couch.  He was very touched that she special ordered such a personal gift.  Be sure to always remember one's service to our country.  It means more than you might realize.

Remember when I stitched Flower Urn by Homespun Elegance?  I received it in the mail all framed up last week.....
I really like the frame.  We hung it on the wall right away......


YES....the E block is finished!
......and YES, I did make mistakes in this block too, as I have in almost every block before it.  The mistakes in this one though weren't quite as hard to work around as the dreaded D block.  Oh how that one gave me fits!  I though it would be difficult to fully appreciate the size of this piece with the picture up above so I placed an old yard stick across it for the next picture.....
Now that I have the E block done I need to put this away for a bit and get busy on my grandson's sampler.  I am using this same pattern to spell out his name, "LIAM".  Thank God they named him something with only four letters!  Along the bottom I will put his full name, weight and date he was born.  What do you think of this idea?  I looked through several birth samplers but one didn't jump out at me.  And speaking of my sweet little bundle of cuteness....here's one of the latest pictures I received from his Momma.....

This was taken Christmas morning.  Of course he is not able to sit up on his own at approximately seven weeks old but this little seat he is in supports him just fine doesn't it?  In fact I wish they made them in adult size.  Looks like something I could sink right in to and stitch up a storm!  His Momma also sent me a MOST ADORABLE picture of him in a towel but I can't figure out how to save pictures sent through a text message. As soon as I do I will post it here.   It's just too cute not to share!  I realize I might be a bit biased but I don't care...he's the cutest baby I've ever seen next to my own little bundle of chubby sweetness....yes I know he is 24 now.  :o)

That about does it for today's post.  I have enjoyed all of your posts so very much this past week.  You will have to excuse me at times.....I get the "blues" during the winter time.  Sometimes I am able to shake it but when it hits me I'm in the dumps big time!  On top of that I think I am in the very beginning of the dreaded ***menopause***.  I find myself in a sauna of sorts at times, and other times I could cry at the drop of a hat! The combination of the winter blues and this new thing has really sent me for a loop.  Masterchief has been so understanding and I've really noticed him being extra patient with me (except when he's hungry).  OH....I just heard him start his truck.  That means he's done putting the insulation up in the garage attic and I need to go heat him up some lunch.  Must keep him fed, ya know!   I went in to town this morning and when I came back all I saw was feet dangling down from the garage ceiling.  Seems the ladder had fallen and he was stranded up there until I got home.  He was up there for close to an hour before I got home.  Poor thing!  I better go feed my man.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas filled with memories to last a lifetime!
Thank you for all your heartfelt comments.  I DO appreciate EVERY ONE!!

If I'm not back here before the new year.....HAPPY NEW YEAR to each of you!!!
Do you make resolutions?

~~Peggy Lee

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Why does today feel like Christmas Eve?

We are having a very dear friend/neighbor over for dinner tonight.  I've been fussing over what the dinner menu will be...ironing the table cloth...will she like what I'm serving?  (I already called her to ask if she liked brussel sprouts)...YES!!!!!    Her husband is in Cincinnati with is 90 year old father who is not doing well.  Please remember him in your prayers.

I don't know why I'm fussing so much.  She is such a down-to-earth kind of friend who I could feed left overs to and she would be very happy with that.  Well anyway....the rolls are made, the coconut pie is finished, the banana cake with cream cheese frosting is ready, the potatoes are soaking, the ham is in the oven and the brussel sprouts are waiting to be steamed.  I made a cranberry salad that would serve as my entire meal and I would happy with that!  You just grind up some cranberries and an orange in the food processor and add some raspberry jello (prepared).  It's absolutely delicious.  If you want the recipe you'll have to ask!


Ohhhhh...they smell so good!

We are giving cranberry bread and home made Chex Mix to some of our neighbors....

Masterchief went to Lowe's to buy some insulation for the house.  I went browsing through the Christmas decorations and found this cute snowman.....
It has one of my favorite birds on the side of it....
I love cardinals and bluebirds.  The blue birds are still hanging around here.  They poop regularly on on the deck, I know that!
My Christmas spirit is coming out....slowly.  Today I was looking at my ornament-free Christmas tree and decided to go out to the garage and look for a few of my favorite ornaments.  Here are just a couple of them....

I'm so proud of my Masterchief making a career of the Navy.  I know it has been years and years that he wore a uniform like this one but it's NAVY and that's good enough for me!
This one is like a picture frame but I never replaced what it came with because I like it the way it is.

Masterchief just came in and took a picture of my most recent progress on ABC for me so I could post it....

So far I haven't made any mistakes......SO FAR!!


Well two posts in one day is beyond normal for me.  I need to get away from this thing and finish preparing the meal for our company tonight.  She will be here in less than an hour.

Hoping you have something delicious for dinner.................



~~Peggy Lee

Well I did it.....

I gave in.  I hauled the Christmas tree out of the back room and here it is in the living room.....
We keep it all put together and just cover it with big bags so it's easy to just haul it out and plug it in.  There is only one ornament on it and I'm happy with that........


We went to the Dupont Mansion  B&B in Louisville, KY for our fifth anniversary.  Here's a couple pics...

One of the dining rooms where we had breakfast each morning
Beautifully decorated staircase. There are three floors...we were on the top floor.
Gorgeous room with antique furniture
Of course I brought some stitching along
Now how cute is that?  They made the T-paper look like a rose on top!

We spent two nights there and had a very nice, relaxing time.  I was worried that I wouldn't like it because we just got home after spending so much time in a hotel while working but I assure you this was quite different.  This place cannot begin to compare with your average hotel.  My only complaint is that is was a bit drafty...well I mean COLD!!  But that's an old house for ya.

I have made a little bit of progress on ABC.....
I finished the dreaded D block and have started on E.  Isn't the elephant cute?  I actually have a bit more done right now because I worked on it last night too.  This picture was taken yesterday morning.

I've been slowly working on Rose Garden too.....
This picture doesn't really show the variegated colors well but it's really coming along.  Stitching over one is certainly a challenge!
I worked on it while in the waiting room at the Dr.'s office.  Masterchief had a routine appointment on Monday.  I actually remember to bring everything I would need to stitch this time!  I took this with me when I went for my stress test a couple weeks ago and forgot my glasses.  I tried to stitch anyway but ...ARE YOU KIDDING????  I couldn't see a thing!  It was only a couple years ago I would have been able to see this to stitch, no problem!  I also took this with me to the B&B but I forgot the chart.  Good grief!  I had to work on an old standby that I keep in the bag.

Well I'm going to be busy again today.  Yesterday I made several loaves of cranberry bread and also some cranberry salad.....



Thanks for stopping by and THANK YOU for your lovely comments!
Catherine asked if there was a bottle of Masterchief's favorite BBQ sauce in this giveaway.  No...there wasn't. I told him it wasn't allowed this time. He's already making plans to sneak one in the next giveaway.

For those of you who asked what I would do with all those eggs...I broke in to the last dozen yesterday.  They sure didn't last long.  There's another storm approaching so I better go get a couple more dozen!!

I wish you all VERY HAPPY HOLIDAYS.
~~Peggy Lee

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sharlotte's Giveaway Winnings......

Masterchief reminded me today that I hadn't posted even ONE picture of what was in my giveaway!   How silly of me!
Here's a couple pics ...
The whole bit of it spread out on the butler table

A bunch of my favorite DMC threads

Kit to make Shakespeare's Peddler's "Abbey Rhodes" scissor keep...
including the scissors!

BBD's Threads of Time 2011 engagement calendar.
I  L-O-V-E the pictures in this!

Strawberry pin keep found at an antique store in Fraser, PA
and a few pins I made

Willow Tree - Angel of the Garden ornament

Rustic FRIENDS ornament with one of my favorite birds on it

You can also see a few things in the background of these pictures that I haven't mentioned.  The scissor frog and base I picked up at the antique mall in Somerset, KY.  I love to walk through there once a month or so.  I bought that the same day I found the blue willow thimble...remember that?

Masterchief and I had a wonderful time at the B&B in Louisville.  I will post a few pictures in a day or so.  He bought me these roses after we returned home.  I truly am SPOILED...and LOVED!!

I haven't had any gumption to do much today.  I woke up at 3:30am due to a cover-stealing, rip-snortin' snorer.  I laid there for 30 minutes and wouldn't you know it he stopped snoring then....but I was already awake.  SHEESH!!!

That reminds me.....I was blog browsing last night and came across a blog who had a picture posted of the most beautiful mother of pearl scissors I've ever seen!  I knew I wanted them right away.  I showed the picture to Masterchief and then went googling to see if I could snag a pair at a good price.  Well I found them alright....for ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS!!!  Masterchief looked over my shoulder and suggested I google "Scissors R Us" and see if I can find them for 99 cents.  He's so clever!  What would I do without him?

I'll get right on that......

Until next time,
~~Peggy Lee

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A WINNER!!!

Good Afternoon Friends....

Sorry it took me so long today to post.  I had to make a mad dash to the grocery store this morning to fight off the storm-scared people who make a mad dash.......oh wait...........well let's just say I have enough bread, milk and eggs to last us for three blizzards!

Polly helped me pick the winner for this giveaway.
DISCLAIMER ALERT:   Masterchief might have helped a little  *wink*

It was a bit difficult for Polly to get one of those folded up pieces of paper hooked just right on her finger...

but as she reached in to my grandmother's old darning basket, this is the name she picked out.................
SHARLOTTE
from: The Happy Needle



Congratulations Sharlotte!  If you would email me with your pony express address I would be happy to get your goodies out in the mail as soon as possible.  It is to start doing something out there past midnight so I can't make any promises on the package starting it's journey tomorrow but I can guarantee you that it WILL be there BEFORE Christmas!

This giveaway has some stitchy treasures in it to be sure but I also added some "hodge-podge" things in there to help make it a nice treat to receive.  I do hope Sharlotte likes her winnings but I also want her to remember that I sincerely believe in re-gifting.  I think you will find this point well said in point #16 in THIS post.

Masterchief and I had a lovely time during our 5th wedding anniversary at the Dupont Mansion in Louisville, KY.  I will post a few pictures and tell you a bit about it tomorrow.  Right now I have a load of laundry and a bowl full of sweet potatoes calling my name.  A woman's work is never done.  Am I right, or am I right??

I think I will go bake something that requires lots of eggs!
Hey you know those blue-haired old ladies don't give up without a fight!!

~~Peggy Lee

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Mistletoe???

OK....I'm about to reveal my ignorance here.  I am not ashamed.  I know I can be honest with my stitchy friends.....

Yesterday I learned what MISTLETOE is!!  I know.... go ahead an giggle.  I blame it all on never living in the country.  Masterchief and I went out in our new "buggy" (that's what we have named her) to collect mistletoe yesterday.  I had no idea that those tufts of green in otherwise wintered-over trees were mistletoe!  We even found some with berries on it.  With BERRIES I tell ya!!!!   It was sort of romantic, really.  
After driving around for a while we finally found some that was low enough to reach.  We had to putt clear down to the lake.  We have tested it out and ... YEP...it's mistletoe alright!!
Some time ago I won a most generous giveaway offered by Patti at Tapestry of Dreams.  It was a gift certificate to an online store of my choice.  I chose 123 Stitch.  I just received my order in today's mail and wanted to show you what Patti "gave me".
Chart: Marriage Sampler by La D Da

Belle Soie silk threads "Blue Lagoon"

"P" needle minder

Thank you so much Patti for the gift certificate-giveaway.  I've been wanting this particular needle minder for quite some time.

I caught just a tad of Christmas Spirit today when I saw these two adorable Christmas tree today at Walmart.


I didn't have to dig out any of my ornaments either!  I'll probably move them to a different location but just wanted you to see them!

Well it's official....we leave tomorrow morning for our fifth anniversary getaway.  We will be spending two nights at the Dupont mansion B&B in Louisville, KY.  We aren't making any plans aside from staying at this beautiful place.  We only want to relax and enjoy each other's company.

Lastly I leave you with the latest picture I've received from my daughter-in-law of my new grandson, Liam....

While visiting them in mid-November I picked up this cute little monkey outfit at Gymboree.  It's got monkey's all over it...even the little sockies!!  Look at that little chubby belly!  He now weighs 11 lbs. 11 oz.  It's TREMENDOUSLY difficult to look at your full grown children and know at one time they were this little, isn't it?  In fact...this little guy's daddy weighed only five pounds when I brought him home from the hospital!

Ahhhh...memories!!

I won't be posting to my blog anymore until Wednesday morning when I will be announcing the winner of my giveaway.  I know I probably should have included a picture of a few things I'll be giving away but I guess that  only adds to the suspense, right?  I will be sure to post several pictures of what I'm giving when I announce the winner on Wednesday!

Thank you so much for stopping by....
Until Wednesday...
~~Peggy Lee

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Progress

Good Evening stitchy friends!

As most of you probably know by now, I am not a very fast stitcher so when I  title a post "Progress" it is to be taken lightly.  
I finally got the D block done and even started a little bit on the border for the E block.  The D block looks NOTHING like it should but hopefully to the untrained eye it will pass inspection.  I just keep telling myself that this thing, when finished, is going to be HUGE.  If someone should focus in on the D block when looking at the finished project well then .... shame on them!!  I promise to try to do better with forthcoming blocks.  

I also stitched on the BBD piece some.

This over-one stuff is really working on my eyes!  I can't do too much at a time.  I really like using the variegated thread on the roses.  

Some time ago I was the lucky recipient of one of these adorable little pin keeps from Faye at Carolina Stitcher.  She also sent along a few pins that she had made.  Ever since then I've been thinking that I would really like to make a few of them myself.  So....I did!


Of course these don't look near as nice as Faye's.  I needed to get longer straight pins and different beads....which I did....TODAY!  I will mess around with what I bought today and see if I can make some good lookin' ones.  It takes about 1 1/2 hours to get to the nearest Hobby Lobby so I need to start making a list WAY in advance.  The best thing then would be for me to actually REMEMBER to take the list with me, wouldn't you agree?

While Masterchief and I were in New Jersey I found a little shop that has Christmas items in it year 'round.  The name of the shop had something to do with Christmas too but for the life of me I can't remember it now.  It's not "The Christmas Tree Shop" that is so popular up north.  This is a little family owned thing.  Well anyway.........I went to it before I started my training week (Masterchief's report date was two weeks before mine).  We were broke at the time so I didn't buy anything but I saw something that I just couldn't get out of my mind.  Have you ever done that?  Well you know I had to go back once our pockets were lined a bit to get this gem......
This picture probably doesn't do it justice, or maybe I have a weak spot for angelic things.  These little angels are looking into the mirror and you can only see their faces if you look at the reflection!  Now is that not CUTE!?!  I love their little wings, don't you?  

Masterchief has something very special planned for this weekend!  I'm not sure I am supposed to know about it.  I think it has something to do with a B&B in Louisville.  It is our anniversary.  Shhhhh......I'll keep you posted if I find anything else out.

Tee-hee

Well I guess we aren't putting up a tree this year.  The first thing that comes to mind when I consider hauling the darn thing out is the time it will take to tear it all down in January.  Now how pathetic is that?  Now honestly, if it were really tearing me up I'd get it out and do the whole nine yards but both of us are completely satisfied with putting a few little things out here and there and calling the halls officially decked.

It's 8:30pm and I'm absolutely exhausted.  I'm almost back to my regular sleeping schedule but not quite.  Hopefully I will be sleeping 10pm till 6am once again but for now I'm at about 8pm till 3am hit or miss a night or two. That's nuclear life for ya!

Peg C from Little Bird Designs is my latest follower (thanks Peg) and left a funny little comment I wanted to mention before I succumb to the sandman.  .....  Yes, as I grew older I felt the need to change from "Peggy" to "Peg", and I did it quite successfully except for a couple stubborn family members.  I am known to most people today as Peg (minus a couple stubborn family members).  I can be quoted as saying, "I want to be called Peg...but if I am to be called Peggy I want 'Lee' to follow".  Since moving to Kentucky, when someone asks me my name and I say "Peg", they always look at me funny.  I know what they are thinking...."what cruel joke is that to name your daughter such a thang?"   I don't have the southern twang that most people here are born with so when I say Peg, they think I am saying "PIG".  Now stay with me here......say it out loud....say "PEG" with a southern accent....now doesn't it sound like "Pig?"   Well there you go.  I usually end up spelling P-E-G out for them.  SHEEESH!!!    Long story, huh?

I'm headed for the bed warmer.  When one of us says "bedtime" we usually race for the bed to see who will be first to hit the warm sheets.  The winner usually sighs and moans loudly just to tease the other about how good it feels to be the first to hit the warm bed.  I think I will be the winner tonight!!

I'll let you know if I find out anything more about my "surprise" anniversary getaway.  You won't tell on me, will you?

~~Peggy Lee




Sunday, December 5, 2010

Giveaway Basket & That Darn D Block!!!

Good Sunday morning everyone!

Well this seems to be my routine lately.  Have my morning coffee while posting here and reading your blogs.  I love the quiet mornings here.  I've already done 45 minutes on the elliptical and need to hit the shower VERY soon!!

My giveaway basket is overflowing!  I found a little something at the antique store to add to it the other day.  Don't forget the drawing will be December 15th.  You must leave a comment, (GO HERE) to let me know you are a follower to be entered.  If you want to mention it on your blog that would be sweet but I'm not doing the "second, third or fourth way to enter" thing.  I can't keep up with all that.  Let's keep it simple 'mkay?

While at the antique shop I found something for my little shelf.  Can you see it?
No?  Look closer.....
You found it!  I love the blue willow pattern.  All my dishes are blue willow.  I found this little thimble for eight dollars which is more than I really wanted to spend on it but I've never seen one like it before.  This shelf holds alot of special memories.  There are things here that my grandmother gave me as well as little stones Masterchief and I picked up while walking across the creek out back of where we first lived after we were married and moved to Kentucky.

Now on to that dreaded D block.  I sat in that newly covered chair for longer than I wanted to yesterday trying to get that thing done...stitch by uncharted stitch!  It's so messed up I have had to make up my own "d's" now.
See how the duck's bill is touching the d in front of him?  It's not supposed to touch!  I'm going to fill in the rest of the block with d's and the "deer" that is supposed to be in the upper right corner and I'm calling it DONE!  There are 23 more blocks left for me to learn how to do this right.  Let's hope block E goes smoothly.

Thank you all for your comments......
A little more about the big stand I am using for ABC Tapestry for Terri  ...     I looked at the box to get more information about it.  It's an EZ3 No-Baste Frame by The Grace Company.  It's quite versatile in that it can accommodate a project from 32 inches to 96 inches!  People buy them for cross stitching AND quilting.   I know frames and stands can be expensive.  I don't remember exactly how much we paid for this particular one but I do remember knowing we really got a good deal on it!  Hope that helps you.

Beth...they are brownies!  Come on over, there are still a couple left.  I always used a recipe that I found in a Taste of Home magazine years ago that was very good but when I copied down the recipe I never wrote the oven temperature o baking time so it was hit or miss every time I made them.  Last summer I found an EXCELLENT recipe on the side of a five pound flour bag that is WONDERFUL!!!  It's most definitely a keeper.  They are a big hit with my Masterchief and the neighbors too.

Don't forget Jennifer's giveaway at Feathers In The Nest!  Drawing closes at midnight December 7th.  Fly on over there to ENTER.  She's left the light on for you.


Have a pleasant Sunday afternoon.
~~Peggy Lee

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Polly Found Hers!

Polly found her Christmas spirit!

I think she's trying to inspire me.  I woke up this morning and just look what I found.....
When I went to bed she was in her red bandanna and Arizona jeans!  Polly and I have been together for somewhere around 37 years.  I want to know how she got her Santa suit out of the closet all by herself.

Yesterday Masterchief hung the two pieces I had stitched for him and his father (in memory of).
 They both have the dates of service in the Navy and their rank at retirement.  Masterchief's father was a Senior Chief when he retired, just one step below him.  I'm sure he was very proud of his son and I wish I could have met him.

Here he is using what he calls my "girlie" hammer.....
It's one of those that has several sizes of screwdrivers hidden in the handle.  I've had it for years and works for most little things I would need a hammer for in the house.  Up until this point he has refused to use it and will make the trek out to his man cave garage to get his big 20 ouncer.  This occasion is so rare that I made a mad dash to my camera to capture this moment.  The only thing wrong with this picture is the absence of a pinky sticking up somewhere.  There's always next time.

So in the last two days I put Santa in charge of all incoming calls.......
and managed to......

~dust a few things
~wash the bedding
~clean the bathrooms
~run the sweeper
~bake these....

~work a little on this.....
I am determined to finish D block TODAY!!!

~finish the border on BBD Rose Garden.......
I don't understand why this picture wasn't rotated here....it looks fine in my file.  Oh well, you get the idea!

I also found time at the end of my day to browse through one of my favorite magazines......

I used to subscribe to this one a few years back but didn't renew.  It's an expensive magazine as subscriptions go but very worth it!  These two were waiting for me when I returned home from working in N.J.

That's about it today friends.  Thank you for taking the time to visit with me today.  I enjoy reading all your comments and have had a great time reading your blogs that I missed so much while away from home.


I am expecting you all to hold me accountable to the D block goal for today.  Hopefully tomorrow you will see a pic of it finished.

Until then....have a warm weekend!
~~Peggy Lee