Sunday, 6 June 2010

A Long, Long Time Ago... a galaxy far, far away, I used to stitch a lot. And blogged quite a bit.  Now, I seemed to have landed somewhere else where these two things don't exist! 

Yes, my friends, work continues to be busy but I have done a little bit of stitching. I can understand now, when I read on your blogs, the advice of just sitting down in the evening and even just putting in 10 stitches.  It seemed so trite at the time, but now I think that's the only way I will ever make any progress.  

After my last post I put aside Salina Dunwoody and started Mary's Best Handwork by With thy Needle and Thread, a lovely easy and calming piece, just what the stitch doctor ordered. (Sorry photo is not the best, it's a dull day.)

At the rate that I'm going, it will be Christmas before this is done! ;-) 

The weekends here have been mostly wet! Yesterday we had a sunny day and I abandoned everything, including work, to go out and play in the garden. Hence I was able to bring in some blooms before the rain began again. Yes it's raining today!

Last year, we took down an old apple tree which then opened up a part of the garden that was in shade most of the summer.  This year plants like the pink peony above are flourishing with blooms! 

Thank you for all your kind comments about 'not working too hard' and remembering to breathe! How true!  At the moment, I am just thankful I have work again and will not complain. I know at least 3 people I've worked with who are still looking for work after 6 months off - not a nice place to be.  So I keep telling myself "be thankful".

Speaking of being thankful, I thought a nice karma thing to do is to do a Giveaway! Haven't done one for awhile so here are the charts up for grabs. 

 Pithies 3 by Workbasket
Covered Bridge Sampler by Brightneedle
New Amsterdam 1624 sampler by The Sampler Girl

Here are the rules:
  1. Leave a comment on this post only. Make sure I can contact you by leaving me an email address, or if it's in your Blogger profile, that'll do.
  2. OK, here's the part I'll make you do a little work - Tell me something FUNNY. I need a little levity!  It could be a silly knock knock joke, it could be something funny that happened to you, a link to something funny - just keep it PG13 or thereabouts!
  3. Deadline is end of day Friday June 11 and I will post the winner next weekend. 
Yeesh, I can hear the rain on the skylights!

I hope you are enjoying nicer weather! Have a wonderful week ahead!


Margaret said...

Melissa, I hope you get more relaxing and stitching time soon. I love your Mary's Best Handwork so far! I want to stitch that one too! You're sweet to have a giveaway. I'm drawing a blank on funny. I will send you a couple of cute/funny pics by email. Hope that counts!

Anonymous said...

I'm starting a new job in 2 weeks at the Train Museum and as you can imagine my boys are just delighted. But Daniel (aged 6) was less delighted when I said they could be "guinea pigs" for new events at the museum. To Daniel that meant living in a box and eating grass! Once we explained that "guinea pig" meant he would get to try out new things he was just as delighted as his brother!

mainely stitching said...

Glad to hear from you again! I hope you'll find more time for stitching - this current project is fabulous!

I'd love to be in your drawing for The Sampler Girl design. :) My funny story relates to my recent visit from my dear friend Sara. Nicky, who is just a terror, said it was really nice to see her again but when did she grow her new moustache? oh my gosh, I wanted to crawl under the table!

Grenae said...

I'll leave this comment compliments of my granddaughter. When she was about 4, she visited the Biltmore House in NC with her parents. After viewing the elegantly furnished rooms she asked her mom, "Will people come to our house someday and look at my room?"
Love the way childrens' minds work!
hpsys4 (at) aol (dot) com

Theresa said...

Hello~ Hello~
So nice to see you back online again!!! You are always so generous with your giveaways!!!!

I'm really bad at telling jokes, so bare with me on this one.

One time during a class exam, there are 50 true and false questions on the test. One student spotted they guy sitting next to him flipped a coin 50 times, and then flipped it again for 50 times. After the exam, the confused student asked the guy next to him why did he flipped the coin 100 times since there were only 50 questions? The guy said: "I was double checking my answers."

There it is. I hope you are still there!!! :-)

Teresa S. said...

A newly converted Christian was sharing her conversion story-she said she had an uncle that she dearly hated-she refused to even consider going to his funeral. Now that she was a Christian-she would be happy to go to his funeral!
That's supposed to be funny-hope it qualifies me to participate in your very generous giveaway. :)

Evik said...

Melissa, I send too much greetings from us! We are equally with the stitching. Do you miss it also much? I believe that everything returns to normal ;)

Something funny ... Our Annie is laughing at us now. It's wonderful! I hope this news will please you and makes a smile on your face ;)


Hazel said...

Oooh lovely charts. Something funny.. my 2 year old this morning was asking for strawberries so I separated the good ones and left the 2 bad ones with fur growing on them in the tub. He is that greedy that he went and ate the two furry ones and came to me with his face in a grimace! I told him that would teach him to be greedy!More eeeuuuwwww than funny I suppose! ;)

Katrina said...

Love your peonies and your new start is so sweet! Hopefully you will get time here and there to stitch :-).

Anonymous said...

I'm a little (okay, a lot) embarrassed to share this...because it is TRUE!!! Many, many, many years ago when I was a young bride, we visited the home of a wealthy cousin. She spoke of the joys of having central vacuuming and pointed out the outlets in the walls. I eagerly told her how wonderful it must be that you MERELY flick a switch and the dust and dirt is instantly sucked from each room in the house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for listening and entering me in your giveaway!

Busy Hands...Happy Hearts

Kat said...

I really like your new project! I'd love to be entered in your giveaway and so I will tell a quick funny story. I was visiting a friend who had 2 younng kids - a boy and a girl and the girl wanted to "play house". So, they were going to play house and the little girl said to the little boy "You be the Daddy and I'll be in charge." Guess they knew who wore the pants in that family!

Thanks for the chance!


staci said...

Guess that blogging and stitching slump hits everyone now and then...I'm just getting out of mine. Love your new project :)

Last summer I was driving down the road to the grocery store and had all three kiddos with me. We were passing a motel that had a sign on it "Free HBO", etc. And my youngest (then 7) blurts out "they have free hobo's!)

JOLENE said...

I totally feel your blogging bles, I feel the same way, but I am slowly getting back on track.

I heard this joke last Friday on the radio, they had a comedian in town and were interviewing him. Here are the only two funnies I have heard lately.

1. What kind of bees give milk?
2. Why does Tigger always stink?
Because he plays with Pooh.

Lame, I know, but that's all I got for now.

Thanks for offering up a fun giveaway!


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Siobhan said...

I love your new project! I just got that chart, and have been thinking about starting it. I'll pass on the giveaway because my mojo is sorely lacking at the moment, but thanks anyway! xo

Carol said...

Hi Melissa! Not entering your giveaway (I can NEVER remember jokes!), but just wanted to say how much I like your new start--it looks so sweet. Can't wait to see more :)

Mel said...

Stitching is just too pretty. Life tends to get in the way of stitching for me too.

Here's my joke:
A: Do you want to hear a dirty joke?
B: Ok
A: A white horse fell in the mud.

lame. but cute. ;)

K-G Knitter said...

I hope that you get the levity that you need today! My story is personally VERY funny, but I don't think it's my mother's favorite.

I was a difficult child in the mornings, and one thing I always forgot to do was brush my teeth. So, my mother instituted a rule that I had to brush my teeth BEFORE breakfast (something I never forgot). Well, I don't know if you've ever tried to drink orange juice after brushing your teeth, but it's super gross. ;) One morning I told my mother that the oj was off. It was not one of our better mornings to begin with. My mother kept telling me that I was just being picky, and it always tasted weird after brushing my teeth. She finally got fed up, and said "This is how you drink orange juice!" She picked up my glass and downed half of it in one gulp. Immediately her eyes got completely rounds, and she streaked towards the bathroom. I can still remember the huge grin on my face as she ran by.

Hope that your smile after all these comments is as big as mine was!

bemgelado (at) aol (dot) com

MyLifesAStitch said...

I just love Mary's Best. Such a cute little chart! And the easy ones are pretty much always my speed. :)

Aren't peonies just heavenly?? Someone seriously needs to come out with a re-blooming variety, stat!! :)

Hope you're having a great week!

Deb said...

Melissa - I hope that you get more time to yourself soon. But at least your'e getting in some stitches here and there. Your sampler will be done before Christmas, just watch.

Marsha said...

My sister told this on TV (a local kids' show - Rickie and Copper)when she was little but only she and I knew what it meant. She got blank stares and I was aghast that she told it out loud.

Knock, knock
Who's there?
Grandma who?
Grandma shortie pants!

You see, my grandma wore these long bloomer type undies which we thought were hysterical.

WoolenSails said...

Glad to see you are doing well and still stitching.
Just wanted to say hi, not to enter.


Anonymous said...

you‘ve got a great personality!............................................................

Suzanne said...

Very nice new project. Love those flowers.

Michelle said...

Love your new start. Hope you can find more time to do some stitching!