Monday, March 27, 2006

Gratitude Monday

Weekly affirmation: The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes.

I am grateful for:

1. A loving family
2. options in life
3. my morning alone time
4. the beauty of music
5. my adorable pets
6. the ability to help a friend
7. the ability to see life thru another's eyes
8. the ability to read
9. family meals
10. sunshine

Peeping Friday

Bit late...oops!

Hubby and I have decided to sell and move to a smaller home.
Well with this in mind...I thought I would share a picture of our landfill....I mean den! I promised Jane some months back that I would share a picture of my messy den since she was brave enough to do the same.

How in the heck do rooms get so cluttered...sigh

Monday, March 20, 2006

Gratitude Monday

My 10 reasons for being grateful this week....

1. a child who is finally overcoming her illness
2. finding time to cuddle as a family on the couch and just enjoy each others company
3. friends
4. the white fluffy snow that is falling
5. the quiet of each morning when I am alone
6. a warm home
7. my hot cup of French Vanilla cappacino
8. a job that I am good at and that allows me to work and still be with my family
9. my creative desire
10. another day to make life better

Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Peeping Friday

As I promised, Fridays will have a special surprize.
While browsing the blog world one day I came across a knitting blog of a lady in Norway. Made By Mannehas something she does called Peeping Fridays. She posts a picture each Friday a picture that gives you a glimpse into her life. What an idea!

So today I start Peeping Fridays as well.

This week I have been nursing a sick child. She started with headache, and fever which has progressed to headache, sore throat, fever, dry cough and dizziness. Enough! Today we visited the doctor and he has put her on antibiotics to stop this invasion of germs.

As a mother, nothing is worse than dealing with a sick child. The feeling of helplessness is overwhelming. But with medication, liquids and lots of cuddles, and snuggles, my monster is now on the mend. And with any luck those nasty germs will find a new home far away from this house.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


I am the queen of procrastination. "Afterall tomorrow is another day!" as Scarlett O'Hara would say. Never would of guessed that she is one of my favorite heroines.

One of my New Years resolutions was to start completing as many "works in progress" as possible this year.
A project that has been in the works for over 5 months is my project of the day.
A dear friend, after seeing the dresser I painted for my daughter, asked me to paint some old melamine pieces for her daughter. The dresser and nightstand were completed withing one month. However, the desk with hutch has been a true chore. Not sure exactly why...but I just couldn't get my butt in gear and work on it.

So 2 weeks ago I committed to finishing this project and yesterday I put on the final coat of varnish. Yipee! So another uncompleted project is done.

It feels so good to finish something that has just been sitting around, gathering dust and taunting me from afar.
A group I join last year
A Loving Home has a reminder sent out every Wednesday called Anti-Procrastination Day. Boy is this right up my alley. You are supposed to pick something you have been putting off and accomplish it. The reminder sure helps.

So now onto my next uncompleted project.

A big Thanks!!!!

I am so behind...sigh
I enjoy swaps and always remember the personal thank you however, I do forget to post my thank you's publicly for all to see.

Firstly I was part of a Valentine's swap hosted on Knitting with the classics
My fellow swappee Puanani
sent me a marvelous gift package.

The Hello Kitty Pez dispenser almost didn't stay in my possession. My daughter loved it!! And the zipper pull was fantastic. Never seen an angel one before.

Thanks Debbie for the great gifts. Now its time to sit down and read the book.

I also am participating in
I have been having a hoot spoiling a person who will remain anonymous until I make my reveal. Also, my spoilee has been great to me. Even though life has been hectic and she has been having some family problems, she remembered to send me this wonderful surprize.

So once again, a big thank you to those ladies who have taken a moment out of their busy lives to make my day just a little bit brighter.

Monday, March 13, 2006

The Blahs.....

Lately I have had the blahs. Never sure what to write. Not able to really enjoy much of any craft or activity. Not sure if it is the mood of the day or the weather outside. Lack of sunshine can depress anyone. Because of this I have been neglecting my blog. So I have decided to shake things up.

My new Monday task will be to write 10 things that I am grateful for from the past week. Atleast this way I will be guaranteed a topic to write about...LOL

Affirmation of the week: No person, place or thing has any power over me, for I am the only thinker in my mind.

I am gratefull for:
1. my daughter's laughter
2. the squeeze from my husband's hand for absolutely no reason
3. The bright sunshine
4. A call from a friend just to say hi
5. the warm water in the kettle waiting for me as I walk thru the door after work
6. The words "I love you"
7. crisp winter mornings
8. moments of solitude to read and relax
9. completing a project that has taken too long to finish
10. being happy with who I am becoming

I also am stealing an idea from another blogger.....this will show up on Friday.
Stay tuned!

Knitting and books

Knitting and reading are two of my favorite things to do.
As I was browsing the web yesterday I found books that incorporate knitting in them. How much fun is that!! Combining my two favorite activities.

Many readers also love to knit. Combine the two hobbies in this collection of books in which at least one of the characters is a knitter.

Bartlett, Anne - Knitting
Binchy, Maeve - London Transports
Braun, Lillian Jackson - The Cat Who Saw Stars
Cahill, Mary - Carpool
Cannell, Dorothy - How to Murder the Man of Your Dreams
Churchill, Jill - Farewell to Yarns
Day, Marele - Lambs of God
Grafton, Sue - "A" is for Alibi
King, Stephen - Bag of Bones
Kruger, Mary - Died in the Wool
Kurland, Lynn - The Very Thought of Love
Macomber, Debbie - A Good Yarn
O'Brian, Patrick - The Unknown Shore
Perry, Anne - The Silent Cry
Peters, Elizabeth - Night of Four Hundred Rabbits
Proulx, Annie - Shipping News
Rendell, Ruth - The Fever Tree and Other Stories
Sanders, Lawrence - McNally's Gamble
Sefton, Maggie - Knit One, Kill Two
Shields, Carol - Small Ceremonies
Smith, Robert Kimmell - Sadie Shapiro's Knitting Book
Stead, Christina - The Man Who Loved Children
Wentworth, Patricia - The Ivory Dagger
Woolf, Virginia - Jacob's Room

I think I might just have to check out a few and see what I think.