Friday, May 27, 2011

OVERWHELMED!!!

That one word pretty much sums it up for me lately.  I have a list of things to do and not enough gumption to get them done.  Seems it's taking me a little longer than I'd like to bounce back from this last job.  I haven't posted anything much worth reading on here lately and with each day I allow to pass without posting the overwhelming feeling mounts!

So with my new glasses and a hot cup of coffee,  here goes......

Here's what I've been up to since I left for work in March:

 I worked the Spring outage at the Salem Nuclear Generating Station in Salem New Jersey.

I caught a sinus related bug during this outage and had to take two days off...something I've never done before but when I have a fever I'm defeated.

I managed to finish La D Da's ABCD.

I also finished Ah Tis Spring by Notforgotten Farm but I can't seem to find a picture of it right now.  I'll try to take one and post it later.

I tried to visit a few shops while traveling.  I picked up this cute pin cushion made of wool at By The Bay Needleart in Maine.

I had Liam's Sampler framed while near The Strawberry Sampler.
Sorry the photo isn't all that great.  Along the bottom of the piece I stitched in his full name and birth date.  I was going to give this to Josh, Laymie and Liam after the outage but Masterchief and I came down with some sort of horrible virus/flu bug while visiting his mother in Maine that we didn't dare stop in PA to visit.  I would have felt so bad if we would have passed it on to them.  I'll need to arrange a safe way to send it to them.

Speaking of Maine, before we got sick we had a good time with my mother in law.  We drove up to Freeport to the LL Bean outlets.
Here we are at the Jameson Tavern right across from the outlets.  We stopped here a few years back and had such a good meal we wanted to return for another.

I belong to a thing through Sassy's Fabby's where I get a piece of linen each month so on the rare occasion that I do get to a real shop I usually pick up a few pretty threads to add to my stash....

As you can see I also picked up a couple pairs of scissors, some threads minders and two lovely buttons I just couldn't resist!

The "overwhelming" part of this post begins here.  The work for me is when we return home from an outage.  We work every Spring and Fall so when I get back home I have a closet full of clothes from the previous season that need to be put away.  Of course then I have to get out all the ones for the current season.  While thinking about doing all this I'm knee deep in suitcases full of clothes we had with us while working.  I can't really unpack until until I do the changeover....or I have to do it at the same time.  See?  I'm overwhelmed just blogging about it!  Good news is I have completed MOST of that task.  We don't have alot of room to store off season clothes so I was thrilled to find something to add to my *this is an awesome thing* list!  
They are bags you can pack full of clothes, blankets, pillows etc... and then suck the air out of them to make them a fraction of the size they started out to be.  This has given me so much room to store things I can't even begin to tell you!  They come in many sizes.  AWESOME!!!

Our friends invited us to go out on the lake with them last Friday.  They got a bigger boat and this is the first summer they will have it out.  The water was still too cold to jump in but we had a great time out on the water.  The lake has risen so much we could hardly recognize landmarks (or couldn't see them at all).

This same couple called us last Sunday night with a deal we couldn't refuse.  They invited us to go to Gatlingburg, TN for a two night visit.  They had been there several times but we hadn't visited Gatlinburg yet and I have really wanted to...so...of course we said YES!  It's only about a 3 hour drive from here so after driving from Maine to Kentucky this little trip was just a hop skip and a jump from home.
We took a ride on the sky lift...
Going down!  The couple in the lift you see here is our friends Dale and Barb.  She doesn't like the lift so much but was gracious enough to go on it with us.

Here we are with the Great Smoky Mountains behind us and also standing at the TN NC line.

The sun was shining in my eyes here.  I tried to hold them open as long as I could for the picture but by the time he pressed the button I was reduced to a wink!


We could see this Momma duck with her furry little babies from the balcony of our hotel room....


While shopping in Pigeon Forge we found a cross stitch shop called Dixie Darlin.  Of course I didn't get out of there without a few things...




The last picture has "Simply Red, Plus" by Homespun Elegance, an assortment of threads, a 9x9 piece of 30 count Weeks linen in chestnut and "Battle Hymn of the Republic" by LHN.  

Of course we wouldn't have been proper tourists if we didn't do THIS.....

Doesn't my Masterchief look so handsome here?  I chose the southern belle gown with hoop skirt because most of the other props included short lengths with fishnet stockings and these legs DON'T do fishnets!!!

Now I can successfully cross blogging off my list for today.  Oh you should see my list!  I am slowly getting things accomplished and should be back to whatever normal is for me soon.  

So glad to be back.....
~~Peggy Lee

5 comments:

Parsley said...

Girl..your post is tiring just reading it. haha No seriously, I understand how overwhelmed you must feel. Happy to see an update though and to know that you have been squeezing in a little pleasure time.

Love your stitchy finds of course! I'm stitching on some Monaco from Sassy Fab that Ma T sent me. I am determined to check out their sight now.

jennifer said...

Your making me dizzy. Hop on over and visit me:)

Kellie said...

Glad you are feeling better, Peggy Lee. All of your stitching is beautiful. What a lucky boy Liam is to have such a beautiful sampler stitched by his grandmother. :)

I LOVE Dixie Darlin'. I try to visit the Pigeon Forge area at least once a year and that shop is always at the top of my list of places to stop. The owner is such a sweet lady.

Nancy said...

Glad you are well now and have managed to squeeze in some fun time! Great stitchy finishes! Know you had fun at the LNS!

Hope you can relax and not worry so much about your list...life is too short for that...the things will get done in time and if they don't the world won't stop turning. Take care!

Denise said...

I'm so glad you found 'Dixie Darlin'! I went there in January and thought it was a wonderful shop. It was probably the highlight of my trip.
You didn't mention going into the national park.
I hope you did, it is breath-taking.
Get some rest, you need it!