Where Did The Time Go?

I can’t believe that I haven’t made a single damn post on this blog in over 5 months! It is incredulous that my life is this out of order, I can’t go on…someone please come take me to the psychiatric hospital! Okay, that was a bit dramatic, but for real? This old granny couldn’t have been more with it than to go five months without posting anything here? Not even so much as a new project that I finished or a crockpot recipe…I should be taken out and hung by my toenails…

Well, I must say that life has been crazy the last few months. That MIGHT have something to do with the fact that I have left this little baby unsupervised. After my husband and I’s trip to KC (written about here) we got crazy and decided to switch up several things in life. He got rid of a couple of small side jobs he had, and he resigned from his full time job all to take on a new career path. NOW, I’M NOT COMPLAINING… The money is very good, and he is very good at what he does. BUT, it has definitely taken a toll on the family to go thru so much transition in such a short amount of time! AND, that’s not all! We decided to uproot and move as a part of this transition. You can imagine the years of clutter… Oh Holy Dumpsters, Batman. We also took another vacation to Colorado around Christmas time with the kids and grandkids, took a cruise somewhere in there, and just in general…life kept happening.

I know it’s nuts, but it’s what we love! So, during our travels, I got a bit sassy with some of my stitching and found a couple of patterns on the web that I had to recreate. Here are the finished products:
DMX - Rap Lyrics Cross Stitched

Sassy Granny


I always enjoy making my work a little more “flavorful.”  This time, the grandkids took more of an interest than usual and began referring to me as Bad Grandma.  I guess they were making a play on the movie Bad Grandpa?  Hope I’m not THAT Bad!

So, I was thinking the other day about the mess of thread in the bottom of my bag, and was reminded for the umpteen-millionth time that I need to get a proper organizer for all of my thread.  Then, in the midst of that pondering I remembered for the gazillionth time that I need a better shade of thread for skin color.  So, off to JoAnn’s I went.  I could spend a day and a year’s salary in that store, I swear.  When I got home from that beautiful wonderland of supplies, fabric, and other crafty things, I realized I still had not come home with a good skin colored thread, or an organizer for all of it…  Oy vey!

By the way, am I the only woman who has ever used their in frame 14 count Aida as a temporary holding place for earrings?  Or for that matter, found the kids using it as a coaster?  Oh my goodness…

Putting up the Suitcases…

Well, it has been awhile since I checked in with you all.  I will continue to post fun cross stitched designs as I come across them on the web, but sometimes I may just ramble about my life.  Like tonight…I’m going to ramble.

We’ve been traveling a lot the last few weeks.  In 5 weeks time, I have been in Missouri for 3 weeks and Colorado for 1.  That didn’t leave much time back at home in the meanwhile.  I guess I’ll share about my time in Colorado, because I just feel like writing. 

We rented a VRBO house in Old Colorado City for the week, and it was just wonderful.  Very large home with plenty of amenities and lots of space for all of the kids and adults to spread out.

The first day that we were there, we took everybody up to the top of Pike’s Peak.  VERY exhilarating!  The children were so impressed that the big mountain that they could see from Colorado Springs looked so very much different when you were standing on the top!  It was a very clear day, and I would bet that we could see Kansas from there.

PP view
One of the many images we shot from the top of Pike’s Peak.

One of the things that we enjoyed most on this little day trip was the Picnic that we had beside an alpine lake on the way up the mountain.  The views were just unbelievable.  Somehow, I would swear that being up there out in the open made the food better than normal – like magic!

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My Grandson

I’m a proud Grandma.  Always have been, but this development has me excited.

My grandson injured himself (sprained ankle) in a soccer game a couple of weeks ago and spent the day with me a couple of days later.  He was still nursing his ankle when my daughter dropped him off for the day.

He spent the first couple of days looking for something to watch on the television.  Grandma would rather have him talking to me:  telling me all about his life, his interests, his friends, his school…  That will happen in time.  After a couple of hours of sitting around with nothing interesting on the tube, he asked me if I had any activity books or playing cards.

I told him where they were and while digging thru the cabinet, he came across some old, very simple cross stitching patterns that I had placed in there years ago.  He didn’t know I was watching him from the kitchen, but I saw him thumb thru them all and pick one. (Grandma grinning ear to ear!)

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