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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!

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!

Spring Breakin’

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Hi strangers! It has been awhile! How are you?

Spring Break has come and gone. The weather was warm and glorious. I like to take walks and pick up weird specimens to draw. This is from a “Princess Tree”. Thanks Internets for the ID!

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Check out this cool branch formation. Nature is so symmetrical!

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I thought I had hit the thrift store jackpot on a Q-snap frame. Too bad I didn’t read the package carefully because… hello

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It is the size of a table! And made for quilts! Ugh.

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Faceplant

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Littlest sculpted this. I think the resemblance is uncanny.

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Look at these cute rolls I made!

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Tom tried to walk Charlie on a leash.

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They didn’t make it very far.

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I stitched a little. Le sigh. Same ol’ skirt.

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Littlest wanted to stitch too, which made me insanely happy.

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Cute… Cuter… Cutest!

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We built a volcano.

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Because what else do you do when you’re bored and want to make a giant mess?

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But it wasn’t all fun and games around here. We tried to instill a good work ethic in the boys by offering them money to clean up sticks in the yard.

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That lasted about 20 minutes until I looked out the window and saw them doing this instead.

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That about catches you up. Happy Spring!

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Crazy Cat Lady

Hi Blog!

I’ve been trying to post more on Instagram so if you follow me there, some of these pics are a repeat, so sorry! I can’t wrap my head around what to post where. #oldladyproblems

I’m not quite recovered from traveling and am still getting up in the wee hours of the morning. It’s annoying to be falling asleep by 8pm, but I do enjoy those quiet early morning hours alone in the kitchen.

On Saturday, I made Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup), which is a favorite for Tom and Biggest. The recipe starts with grinding and roasting spices which is such a satisfying task.

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The only problem is that the spices smell so good as they are roasting that it makes me hungry and, at that point, the broth is still many hours from being finished. It’s a process.

By mid morning, the boys were going a little stir crazy, so we decided to venture out in search of a sledding hill that still had some snow, not an easy feat! The hill at the school was a slushy muddy mess. Then Biggest suggested that we try the seminary near our house. It was still pristine and snowy! I guess the seminary folks aren’t big on sledding.

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Sunday was chore day. I’m pretty much a weirdo who enjoys doing things like cleaning out the Tupperware cabinet and lining up the canned goods in the pantry. So satisfying. Anyone else with me on that one? Please tell me I’m not alone.

Charlie kept climbing into my shopping bags as I was trying to fill them with decluttered junk. It would have been really annoying if he wasn’t the cutest cat on Earth.

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Speaking of cute cats, I have been addicted to an app called Neko Atsume. It’s a game where you try to attract cats to your yard by leaving out toys and beds and food. Then you can take pictures of them and buy more stuff for them. Basically, it’s pointless, but I am obsessed.

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OMG! Aren’t you dying at how cute the cats are? I keep texting pics of my screen to Tom and Stephanie. I know that they are rolling their eyes at me, but they humor me because they are the BEST! Evolution to crazy cat lady… LEVEL: COMPLETE.

And finally, Pinewood Derby time! Biggest won “Best in Show”. Yay!

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How was your weekend? Can you believe it’s FEBRUARY?!!

Summer

I am such a lame blogger these days. Come to think of it, I have been a lame cross stitcher too! Since I clearly haven’t been blogging OR cross stitching, here is what I have been doing:

My sweet boy graduated from 4th grade!

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My other sweet boy finished 2nd grade!

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Charlie tried to remind me to cross stitch, by sitting right on my project.

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I’ve been obsessed with Eleanor and Park. WAAAAHHHHHH that ending!!! I need to know the three words!!!

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We sold some lemAnade.

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I got my Reiki level 3 attunement.

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Here’s to slow Summer days.

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In search of…

Hi Blog!

The other night we sat down to watch TV and I felt NAKED without a cross stitch project to work on. Seriously, I didn’t know what to do with my hands. I organized my floss boxes a little, but they were already organized. So then I pulled out this old embroidery that I had abandoned.

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I quickly remembered why it was abandoned. The fabric was too thin and see-through and french knots are the devil. Back into the reject pile for you!

I’m on the search for a new project but can’t quite commit to anything yet. These things take up months and months of my life so I want to LOVE it! There are so many choices!

In the meantime, I’m going to stitch up some little projects for the boys.

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If you don’t live with an elementary aged kid, you might not recognize that this is Pikachu! He is super fast and surprisingly fun to stitch. The colors come next. Any suggestions on what I should do with him? Maybe turn him into a pouch or something?

Today I am thankful for:

FRIDAY!

My friends

New makeup

These two lovebirds…
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And especially the health of my family!

Have a great weekend!

Diary of a Crazy Cat Lady

Spring has sprung here in Pennsylvania! It’s hard not to feel cheery when the snow is melting and the sun is shining.

We can actually play in the driveway again! Hooray!

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In addition to the beautiful weather, this was a pretty stellar weekend. There was not just one, but THREE(!!!) cross stitch finishes! I didn’t have time to take nice photos or even iron them yet, but here they are in their fresh-off-the-hoop wrinkly glory.

Finish #1…

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I LOVED LOVED LOVED working on this. This project definitely falls into the category of “stitch therapy,” because I don’t know how many mindless, meditative hours I spent on it (I started it last JULY on the cruise!). Need a relaxing project? Go here… I love Modern Folk designs. He is currently offering a free pattern that is super cute for Mother’s Day.

Finish #2

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The boys got me this for my birthday last year. In a house full of boys, I need all of the Girl Power that I can get.

Finish #3

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This one is from the (one & only) embroidery club meeting that I attended. Maybe I’ll make an ornament out of it but that’s something to think about on another day.

In other news…

In a continued effort to be a crazy cat lady, I discovered #catsofinstagram.

HAHA! This photo cracks me up! I’m looking at cats and Charlie is looking at me!

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I am so glad that Charlie came to live with us. He entertains me to no end. Here he is squeezing himself onto a pile of napkins when there is a whole empty table to sit on.

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And here he is giving me the stare down while I’m trying to relax.

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I just love him so much.

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Happy Tuesday!

Snow Day

Instead of getting the nice weather that the weatherman promised, we got more snow! It started to fall early Thursday morning and fell and fell and fell.

School was cancelled and the roads were a disaster so I stayed home from work. As much as I’m tired of Winter, an unexpected day off is always a treat. It’s as if we have no choice but to slow down and enjoy all of those at-home cozy activities.

There was a lot of snow.

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One of these years we will remember to put the lawn furniture away before Winter.

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The kitchen was a mess because I was pretty much in it the entire day (my favorite place to be!).

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There were muffins to make…

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And eat! Here is Charlie scheming how to get one for himself.

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And bread to bake

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There is something so satisfying about having pans of fresh rolls rising on the stove (mismatched linens for bonus points).

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I tried a new bean prepping technique (in the crockpot!) and it worked like a dream!

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And made spaghetti sauce (no pics… oh well).

Of course there was some drawing.

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And maybe a little stitching.

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Until someone wanted to get into the act.

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YAY for snow days!

Happiness is…

Happiness is…

Neatly labeled dry goods.

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Freshly ironed napkins.

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Finally framing this work of art by a talented 8 year old.

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Having a little buddy sit with me while I practice piano scales.

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Walking in on a little dog enjoying a sun spot.

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Finding this old pic of me and my sweetie from vacation.

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And this one of the boys when they were tiny.

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Doing Google image searches for “Cat Loaf.”

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What’s making you happy today?

Simple pleasures

This morning it is a whopping 4 degrees here in Pennsylvania. I am feeling especially thankful today for a cozy house, warm car, and heated office. I keep thinking about those people who are worrying right now about keeping their families warm, or are out waiting for the bus, or even working outside. xo.

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Our weekend wasn’t as productive as I had hoped. Sometimes I feel like I spend my days doing and redoing things the same things over and over. Clean kitchen. Make food. Clean kitchen. Make food. Repeat. I say that I mind it, but I don’t really, being such a creature of habit.

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We had a quiet and simple Valentine’s Day at home. Heart shaped food + flowers + time with sweethearts = a good Valentine’s Day.

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Last night I got a special treat. Tom and I watched Modern Family and I spent a few blissful hours organizing my floss. There’s still a lot more to go… but happy sigh… It’s the simple things.

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