Stitch Therapy

Discovering me … one stitch at a time

A Quiz

Why am I happy today?

A. I have a secret space heater hidden under my desk to keep my toes warm and toasty.
B. Tom made me a delicious vanilla soy latte to enjoy on my commute.
C. My sweater has HUGE pockets (perfect for stashing my work badge, phone, and maybe a piece (or two) of emergency chocolate).
D. I have the BEST family on Earth.

Answer: Mostly D, but really all of the above.

Happy Thursday before a 3-day weekend!

And then he was 12…

I have been so emotional! Maybe it is because we are in those whirlwind late elementary/middle school years, but it seems like the boys are growing up so quickly in so many ways. It is hitting me hard. Since I have a tendency to get caught up in my own busy-ness, I have been trying extra hard to be more present (Thanks ET!) and sit down to talk, cuddle, or hang out with everyone a bit more than usual.

This week…

There was snow! We went sledding.

And finally got to try making snow ice cream.

Have you ever done this? Mix snow (clean! no yellow snow!) with condensed milk and vanilla. It was super easy and the boys loved it.

My new Kitchenaid mixer arrived so I celebrated by baking bread. I used the recipe that came with the mixer and it came out delicious! It doesn’t look so delicious, but you can trust me. We ate both loaves in just a little over a day.

On Saturday, we hosted Biggest’s family birthday party. Most of the family have heard much about his new found love of cooking, but few have had the chance to try it. This year, he wanted to cook a “fancy” dinner for everyone. It was so much fun to help him plan and execute his dinner.

Too many cooks in the kitchen.

We went with stuffed portabella mushrooms, crab bisque, and braised short ribs with mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus. He did an amazing job! Yum!

He knew exactly how he wanted the tables to look.

By the time dinner was served, we were too excited/busy to take any food pics. Oops. But everyone had fun and I think it was a success.

Happy Birthday to my sweet, sensitive Biggest. You make me so proud and I am thankful to be your Mom!

The Power of Meow

Today is rainy, but it is supposed to go up to 60 degrees! In February!

Did you have a nice weekend?

Biggest celebrated his 12th(!!!) birthday with a party with friends. It is hard to believe that we have an official tween in our midst.

We recently bought a new investment property. It is always a bit of a surprise when we actually get the official paperwork and can enter the house. You never know what you’ll find.

This weekend, we went to the new place and I found this…

Hee! I cleaned it up and brought it home with me. I love old cross stitches and the stories that they tell. We also found 7 guitars and an organ but this isn’t a musical instrument blog. It’s not much of a cross stitch blog anymore either, but meh… that’s neither here nor there.

Do any of you like Eckhart Tolle? Tom bought me a copy of “The New Earth” maybe two years ago and I just could not get through it. I picked it up again a few weeks ago and, this time, it totally made sense! I liked it so much that I went out and bought “The Power of Now” too. I am having difficulty with that one so far, but maybe in 2 years, I’ll totally get it.

But, anyhoo, I think I’ve been driving everyone crazy talking about my “pain body” and quoting ET (pet name for Eckhart Tolle) a gajillion times a day.

ET knows what he’s talking about!

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

What’s new?

I feel like my blog has been so boring lately. Maybe it seems like I write about the same old things over and over. Maybe my trivial posts seem so silly when compared to the big things happening in the World. Maybe sometimes I feel like “What’s the point?”

I’m not sure if there is a point to this blog, except that writing it makes me happy, especially when everything outside seems so dark and heavy at the moment. Sigh. Deep thoughts for a Tuesday morning.

The weekend was cold. The highlights were that:

Tom surprised me with flowers for no reason.

Biggest’s school had a swap meet where the kids could rent a table and sell “stuff”. He and I spent one evening making a crapload of dumplings. He made $92 in dumpling sales and was super proud.

I finally nabbed the latest issue of CrossStitcher. By the way, did you hear that Cross Stitch Collection magazine is closing down? Sad.

We went out to dinner and my mashed potatoes looked like they were sprouting. Does anyone know what kind of sprouts those are? They were delicious.

Tom got me a “make it instead of buy it” cookbook for Christmas. It is full of cool recipes for things you can “make instead of buy.” The boys and I decided to try the recipe for pita bread. I made the dough, Littlest rolled it out,

and Biggest fried them.

They were tasty! It was a lot of effort so I don’t know if I would “actually make it instead of buy it” in the future, but it was a fun cold day activity with the kids.

What’s new with you?

January Daze

Hi Blog!

I have been quite buried around here. You know, with the usual stuff, but here’s the fun stuff!

We visited a pretty lake on a very cold day. (It’s apparently super entertaining to fight with your brother over who gets to break each and every ice patch with a stick.)

I attended a nicely styled dinner event. (That’s a blurry me at the end of the table.)

Littlest has been taking ice skating lessons. (1st lesson=tears, but subsequent lessons have been going great! Yay!)

We finally got some snow. (It’s all gone now, replaced by cold blustery rain this week. Yuck.)

The boys have been scaring me with a fake slug placed strategically around the house. (It’s so creepy looking. I try to scare them back but have not been successful. Yet!)

We have been having fun cooking together. (It’s the only time I can get him to set the table.)

And of course eating together. (Biggest made this pie. Yum!)

Small dog or big cat? (You decide.)

What have you been up to? Happy January 24th!

<3

Hi Blog.

Here we are already at the first Friday of the shiny New Year.

After the long break, I am happy to be settled back into our regular schedules. The Taurus in me sure does love some smoothly operating routines.

Last night was Biggest’s Winter Orchestra concert. I was BLOWN AWAY with how good they sounded. I am thankful that he loves violin because I really love listening to it.

After some consideration, I picked LOVE as my word for 2017.

This year, I would like to feel more love in my heart and act more lovingly towards myself and others. I would like love to be what drives my decisions and actions; rather than fear or anger or sense of lack or boredom or whatever. Clearly our world could use a lot more love these days.

I just noticed that I’ve used the word “LOVE” 9 times in this post! See? I’m already embracing it!

Happy Friday, Friends!

A visit from the Christmas Chicken

Can you believe that it’s really 2017? Do you remember when the year 2000 seemed so futuristic and far away and here we are 17 years later!

How was your holiday? I never totally got rid of the grumps, but did manage to put on a happy face and hide them well enough as not to be a Debbie Downer.

Anyhoo, here’s what we did…

There is a story that gets told over and over about how when Tom and his brothers and cousins were younger, a giant costumed chicken would show up at various family functions. This year, Tom thought it would be funny if a chicken showed up on Christmas Eve instead of Santa.

Guess who he thought should be the chicken?

That would be none other than yours truly.

Thankfully, one of his brothers stepped in at the last minute and made a great Christmas chicken.

Santa showed up too. It was mayhem.

The boys pretty much got everything their little hearts desired on Christmas morning. So much for minimalism and simplicity.

I was off from work the week between Christmas and New Years. It was nice to hunker down and be lazy. We spent our time…

Coloring

Taking a long hike



Creating animations

I checked out two biographies from the library, one on Julia Child and the other on Catherine the Great. Culinary History Royal Nerd heaven!

We went to the beach house on Thursday and stayed through the New Year. Biggest was excited to test out the crab trap that he designed and built.

He caught 11 crabs and we made a delicious crab bisque!

We went to the Melting Pot for dinner one night which has inspired us to up our at-home fondue game in 2017. I can already tell that my diet is not going to go well.

We visited the cat rescue and pretty much wanted to take every cat home with us.

I was particularly fond of the three black cats on the windowsill. How cute are they?!

And worked on a big puzzle.

I say “we”, but really it was “me” who kinda got obsessed with it.

I spent New Years Eve in my jammies reading about Catherine the Great, which was GREAT. Some of us didn’t make it till midnight.

Happy 2017, Friends!

Countdown

Hi Blog.

T minus 4 days till Christmas. Eek!

Last weekend, we went to look at lights (an annual tradition)

and went to a party. It was fun, but I drank too much (hopefully not an annual tradition).

Littlest had a violin concert (kids + violins = cute!).

There are 3 more days of work until I am done for the rest of the year! That part is exciting!

I guess it’s time to start thinking about my word for 2017.

In the past it has been Simplify (2016), Believe (2015), and Connect (2014). I want to pick just the right one for this year.

Do you have a word for 2017?

The Grumps

Hi Blog.

I have not been myself lately. Mostly I’ve been overwhelmed and tired and stressed. I imagine that I’m not the only person feeling this way during this time of the year.

I am antsy, but at the same time unmotivated to do anything. You can probably sense this from my less frequent blogging, and even less frequent cross stitching. Le sigh, indeed.

Work has been particularly intense these days, but well, that’s why it’s called work I suppose.

We sold one investment house and bought another one this month, which is very exciting. Tom worked long and hard on it. I’m super proud of him.

House sold = I’ve been begging for a new car = car shopping = feeling of dread. Am I annoying you yet, because I’m totally annoying myself.

But that’s not to say that we’re all Scrooges around here. Some of us have gotten into the holiday spirit.

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We got our Christmas tree!

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Biggest discovered the truth about elf on the shelf, but now we have an enthusiastic helper to move Timmy the elf each night! His ideas are waaaaay more creative than ours ever were.

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Sometimes I think I’m being stalked.

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I came across Biggest’s “My First Christmas” album which led to a lot of “OMGs!”

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and “Look at those cheeks!”

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and “Sammy was so young and skinny!”

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Time sure does go by quickly. Happy Tuesday, Friends!

Stuff I did

Hi Poor Neglected Blog!

Thanksgiving already seems long gone, but I hope that you all had wonderful celebrations with your friends and family.

Here’s what we have been up to:

We ran our first 5K as a family!

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It was really fun and I am so proud of everyone. The best part was the couples massage that Tom and I treated ourselves to the following day. If races=massages, then sign me up for more!

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I got some Halloween makeup kits on clearance intending to save them for next year, but someone was bored and wanted to try one. Is this creepy or what?

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The weather has been crazy. Last weekend, we went from this during the day (in short sleeves)

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to this at night (flurries and our first fire of the season!).

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I tried my hand at crocheting again, but couldn’t remember how to “turn”, so here is my very long skinny “scarf.” Voila!

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Tom found the perfect Christmas sweater (that cat!!!).

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Speaking of cats, this guy was 100% anti-cat before we got Charlie. I think that he’s grown on him.

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I mean, how could he not? Charlie is the BEST (ALL THE HEART EYES!) even when he drops a dead mouse right next to me (such as he did last week).

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OH CHARLIE! Don’t ever change!

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