The chronicle of one woman's pursuit to maintain her sanity through stitching. Pointless as that may be...
Nick surprised me this morning. He dozed off driving and flipped his car. The kid is fine. The mother may never recover.
Some of you might remember that Nick totalled an identical car in January. We still have the pics up here.
And while we cannot get him another 2005 Dodge Neon SXT in Orange Blast, we have already ordered him a 2006... maybe he'll have better luck with this model year.
Stephen was awarded the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal and I learned of it around the time of the hurricane and I forgot to post about it. The kid sent me the text of his award, which I am going to post here. This is what the medal looks like:
Name: , STEPHEN M
Recommended Award: NA
Action Period: 20050809-20050902
Last Updated By: Mit Admin on 10/20/2005 04:12:41 PM
Last Forwarded To: HQMC Military Awards Branch on 10/17/2005
Final Approved Award: NA
Date Approved: 10/17/2005 12:12:03 AM
Approved By: SAMUEL C NELSON III, LTCOL, CO, MWHS-1
Summary Action: This is a impact award for Exercise ULCHI FOCUS LENS (UFL) from 9 August to 3 September 2005. During this period LCpl Stephen:
-Took the initiative to remain on watch sometimes up to 6 hours past shift change to help assist the users with computer problems.
-Instrumental on the physical infrastructure layout in the TACC, which included the installation of over 2 miles of computer cable for computer networks all done in a timely manner.
-Helped install 200 network drops.
-Personally responded to over 400 documented trouble calls and over 100 on the spot trouble calls successfully completing those tasks in support of the TACC during UFL 05'.
-Managed 4 Marines and trouble calls on the helpdesk during evening hours.
-Assisted in configuring 14 switches.
-Administer 600+ user accounts.
-Helped eliminate Zotob Virus on network by pushing virus updates to all computers before adding to the network, eliminating any virus from computers that were identified.
-Established Network diagrams
-Maintained 1st MAW Information Services Directory.
PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN THE SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE OF HIS DUTIES WHILE SERVING AS COMPUTER SPECIALIST FOR THE G6 HELPDESK, MARINE WING HEADQUARTERS SQUADRON 1, 1ST MARINE AIR WING FROM 9 AUGUST 2005 TO 3 SEPTEMBER 2005. WHILE DEPLOYED IN SUPPORT OF EXERCISE ULCHI FOCUS LENS 2005, LANCE CORPORAL Stephen PERFORMED HIS DUTIES IN AN EXEMPLARY AND HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL MANNER. DEMONSTRATING METICULOUS ATTENTION TO DETAIL, HE SUCCESSFULLY SUPPORTED THE TACTICAL AIR COMMAND CENTER BY ASSISTING IN THE INSTALLATION OF OVER 2 MILES OF COMPUTER CABLE AND INSTALLING, CONFIGURING AND PROGRAMMING 14 SWITCHES AND 200 NETWORK CONNECTIONS. ADDITIONALLY, LANCE CORPORAL Stephen SPENT OVER 240 HOURS RESPONDING TO OVER 400 TROUBLE TICKETS AND SCORES OF ON-THE-SPOT COMPUTER AND NETWORK PROBLEMS, OFTEN TIMES THROUGH THE NIGHT. HE WAS ALSO INSTRUMENTAL IN ELIMINATING THE ZOTOB VIRUS FROM THE
TACTICAL NETWORK AT A CRITICAL PERIOD DURING THE OPERATION, FURTHER CEMENTING THE WING'S SUCCESS AT THE EXERCISE. LANCE CORPORAL Stephen'S INITIATIVE, PERSEVERANCE, AND TOTAL DEDICATION TO DUTY REFLECTED CREDIT UPON HIM AND WERE IN KEEPING WITH THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE MARINE CORPS AND THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.
You can find out more about this award at About.com
|You Are 80% "Average American"|
You are not average since you have (at least) a college degree.
|You Are Internal - Realist - Powerful|
|You feel your life is controlled internally.|
If you want something, you make it happen.
You don't wait around for things to go your way.
You value your independence and don't like others to have control.
You are a realist when it comes to luck.
You don't attribute everything to luck, but you do know some things are random.
You don't beat yourself up when bad things happen to you...
But you do your best to try to make your own luck.
When it comes to who's in charge, it's you.
Life is a kingdom, and you're the grand ruler.
You don't care much about what others think.
But they better care what you think!
Are you male or female? Chicks Rule! by Becky Boo
Describe yourself: Queen Bee by Becky Boo
How do some people feel about you? Fun Zone by Sam Sarah
How do you feel about yourself? Just Call Me Wicked by 4 My Boys and Mornings Wear Me Out by Twisted Threads
Describe your girlfriend/boyfriend/interest: Love Bugs by A Needle and Fred
Where would you rather be? Beach Escape by Pegasus
Describe what you want to be: Beach Babe by Imaginating
Describe how you live: Dare to Be Different by Jodi Evans
Describe how you love: Always and Forever by SamSarah
Share a few words of wisdom: It's Five O'Clock Somewhere by Water's Edge
It's More Fun to Dance than to Watch by SamSarah
I don't know if it's me or the camara, but it didn't come out that great. Maybe I'm just too asleep to do this in the mornings?
This is where I am at on the Partridge Ornament - not much progress, but it is a holiday week and I'm going nuts preparing for tomorrow.
Nick is driving in today (Son # 2, Twin #1) from Camp Lejeune, NC. He probably won't let me stitch at all because I have an afghan I am crocheting for him which he's going to want me to finish now that it's getting cold again. I will try to sneak some stitches in anyway.
Today is cooler than normal and the natives are wearing their coats. I am dressed like a transplanted northener: I am wearing a dark red long sleeve mock turtleneck with a pair of blue jeans ( both from Land's End, my favorite place) and I am wearing SANDALS. You only see this in South Florida. Talk about fashion faux pas!
Anyway, it's all of 61 degrees here in Hollywood, FL (16 Celsius for my European friends) and you can tell everyone is bundled up inside by just clicking the link on the right under "Local Weather". The beach is EMPTY! Not even the Canadians seem to be out!
Well, I only had time to fix one photo, so the other framed piece will be featured tomorrow. Give y'all an excuse to come back! LOL!!!
This is a JCS 2005 Ornament I stitched last week, it is stitched on 28ct opalescent lugana:
This is the current ornament I am working on now. It is from The Cross-Eyed Cricket 12 days of Christmas collection, which is featured over 4 leaflets (sorry it came out blurry):
This is the Prairie Schooler Autum Sampler I am working on. It is being stitched on 28ct light blue Lugana, though it looks more like gray on the picture:
Tomorrow I will post picture of two pieces I got back from my LNS framed.
I've been remiss at answering SBQs lately - since even before the hurricane, so today is the day when I answer all those questions y'all have been dying to know about me! LOL!!!
How do you feel about staying totally true to a pattern? Do you feel that you have to rip out stitches to fix a mistake or do you feel it’s acceptable to incorporate a mistake into the design?
It really depends on the design and what the result will be. If it throws an important part of the chart off kilter, and it can't be fudged, then it needs to be ripped and restitched. Most mistakes are easily fudged and most people won't catch them without your pointing it out to them, so I have no problem leaving them there as "my own personal touch".
Nov 9th SBQ was suggested by Dawn and is:
When comparing large projects versus small projects, which do you get more excited about finishing?
ANY finish is an exciting finish! But there is nothing like finally sending to frame a large project, so for me it is more satisfying to finish a large project, especially one that took months, or over a year to complete.
Nov 2nd SBQ is a fun question suggested by Dianne and is:
If you have stitched for a while, can you usually pick out the DMC colors you need from memory when you go to your LNS? (For example, you know that 610 is a brown.)
Like most stitchers, I am familiar with the color ranges of floss that I've used often, and I guess for those of us who have been stitching for over 20 years, back in the days where DMC was pretty much all that was available, I have a pretty good idea of what color is which number, just like I can place which GAST, WDW or CC name is what color.
Oct 24th SBQ is very similar to one we had a few weeks ago from AngelSan, but as we begin to plan our holiday stitching in anticipation of the season, I thought that Outi’s SBQ suggestion was quite appropriate.
Have you ever stitched something as a gift and later realized that receiver doesn’t respect your stitched gift a bit (for example it’s never on show, or you have other reason to suspect that it may even be nonexistent or at least placed in some dark storage room corner)? If so, what have you done? If you’ve been lucky enough to avoid such people what would you do if it’d happen to you?
I am lucky to say that this has never happened to me. I would never stitch anything as a gift for anyone who wasn't also a stitcher. I really think too many people out there have no idea of the work that goes into even the most simplest of designs and I just wouldn't waste my time and spend hours working on something for someone I wasn't 100% sure would treasure it. It is far easier to go to the store and buy something, or better yet get something online!
Oct 19th Stitching Blogger’s Question was kindly suggested by Cathy and is:
Do you mark or hi-lite your patterns or can you follow them without any markings? Do you make copies to mark up, or do you mark originals?
Most patterns I can follow without having to mark or highlight the pattern. If I am working on a pattern that is more detailed that I feel will require special attention to keep my place, I will make a copy to highlight with Crayola colored pencils. They come in different colors, allowing me to keep track of different parts and they are also eraseable.
Oct 12th: Just when I thought that I was going to have to think up the SBQ for the first time in many weeks I got a suggestion from Outi, so I guess I am off the hook for yet another week! Anyway, her question is:
How do you ‘non-hoopists’ who use a rotation system handle it (as it seems to be lot easier if you are in good terms with hoop)? Do you have several scroll frames? Do you use Q-snaps or maybe something completely different? Or do you just have one or two big projects and others are small enough to be kept in hand while stitching?
All of the above! I stitch a lot in hand, but I have about a dozen scroll frames and perhaps 2-3 Q-Snaps. I don't like Q-Snaps all that much. I have 2-3 large projects that are mounted on scroll frames and most of the medium to small size projects are worked in hand unless the pattern calls for specialty stitches, in which case they are mounted permanently (scroll frames) or temporarily (Q-Snaps).
Oct 5th this week’s SBQ, but thanks to Bea, here it is:
When you have almost finished a pattern and start thinking about the next one to stitch, how do you select it? (a list, most recent purchase, etc.)
Depends on the size. If it is a small piece, then whatever screams to me the loudest. Medium or large pieces require more commitment and therefore more thought, and I have a list of medium and large projects I would like to stitch which I review regularly to either add or delete future projects, but in the end, whatever appeals to me the most will be the next thing stitched
Thanks for reading! Here's my own South Park alter ego:
Is this insane or what?
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|Your Eyes Should Be Violet|
What's hidden behind your eyes: A quiet passion
Y'all must be wondering what - if anything - I am currently working on. I haven't posted what I've been stitching - or planning to stitch - since early October. Back then, my goals were to finish the PS Autumn Sampler, stitch to Part 5 on Mystery VIII, finish CC's Summer Freebie, stitch Bent Creek's Snapper for Sept and put some stitches into "The One Who Knows". Of those four goals, I only accomplished the last one - which I posted to the blog over a month ago. Moreover, I began two new projects in October: Drawn Thread's Toccata #2 and Jeannette Douglas' Sunshine State Sampler. The first I have barely worked on. It's a class that my LNS did. The first class was about a week before Wilma and the second was finally last Sunday, but I was sick and couldn't go. The second one, the JD piece, is about 33% finished. I know I really need to get some pics up here pronto! Will try to do so tomorrow.
Now that we are crossing over into the second half of November and the Holiday season (Thanksgiving is next week! ) My mind turns to all those ornaments that I was supposed to stitch this year, but didn't. While it is good to know that I am not the only stitcher to resolve to stitch one ornament a month (and doesn't), I am now wondering if I will EVER make any! My track record thus far isn't very good at all. I am seriously thinking of making next year "Ornament Year" - and challenge myself to stitching two a month, but I don't know how I will fit it in.
Martina's Japanese Gardens began in November (joined, but not stitching for now), her big Mystery for 2006 will begin in January, as well as her new quilt that will have a seaside theme and that I DEFINETELY want to get in on. Presently I am also working on Mystery VIII and Paradigm Lost, as well as some other smaller pieces at various degrees of completion. Moreover, our Sunday afternoon stitching group is stitching Glory Bee's "Priceless" as a challenge and it is due February 1st. I have purchased the threads from JAR Overdyeds when I was in Kissimmee last, as well as the fabric.
So I am stuck in the classic Stitcher's Paradox. Wanting to stitch it all but not having time.
Due in large part to Hurricane Wilma, and the last two hurricane seasons which have been harrowing to say the least, BBOS is leaving Florida and will be based out of Chicago. I will not be moving to Chicago, so my immediate plans are to help complete the transition - which at this point is at least another week - and then just wait until next year to think about what I want to do next. The week following Wilma we sent all the bags we had in our Hollywood warehouse up to Chicago. The transition has not been smooth thus far and is the reason why I have been to busy to blog/stitch or do much of anything else lately.
We are seriously contemplating leaving Florida. We are considering Raleigh and Charlotte in North Carolina and it may happen as early as June '06. We are planning to go up there and visit to decide. We are hurricane weary. This season has been unbelievable - it is mid November and there will be yet ANOTHER hurricane in a few days. There were 16 storms last year, and that almost sent us packing, but 27 storms in the past 6 months is just plain ridiculous. There is just NO WAY we are going to keep going through this year after year. Call it "global warming" or an "active hurricane cycle", it doesn't matter, the end result is that we can expect this "cycle" to last 10 years. Let the young and foolish stay around, the old and wise are leaving.
A lot of my friends will be moving. Of my closest friends, Lynn is going to Nashville, Jean is in El Paso and Anita will soon follow, Altamise will be moving to Delaware, Tilly to Georgia, Ruth is thinking of San Diego, but isn't sure yet. Several ladies at my LNS's weekly SAL have houses elsewhere, or are looking. This season the writing was clearly on the wall. While I will only be 44 next month, most of us have finished raising our kids and are preparing for retirement. The cost to live in paradise is getting higher and higher as insurance companies keep asking - and getting - rate hikes. Right now we have more going to escrow to pay insurance and property taxes than we do towards the mortgage. Is that insane, or what?
Also, just last week, the local utility, FPL, asked for a 16% increase and the commission that oversees this gave them 18% instead! So much for negotiating for the good of the citizens! Can you imagine? EVERYONE'S light bill is going up 20% in January!!! For me that means that the $250 winter bill I expected will be $300 instead - a lot like the $350 summer bill I usually pay. It's crazy - I'm not paying $425 for electricity next year, even if I can afford it!
Today sucks. The only thing good about it is that it's SAL day at my LNS. Unfortunately, tonight we will be saying goodbye to a dear friend, Jean, who is moving to El Paso. Boo hoo.
Here is where I am at with Prairie Schooler's Autumn Sampler.
Other than that, work has been a bear, and I don't want to talk about it. I didn't sleep much last night and I am guessing that's the root of my foul mood today. Will come back when I don't feel like killing anyone!
Sorry I haven't posted. I'ts been really busy with Rosh HaShana in the middle of this week. I picked up a few framed pieces at my LNS - posting them here. Gotta run - more about my hectic life some other time!
This last piece I stitched when I was 10-12. It is my first embroidery piece. It's probably the only piece I have from my childhood because I hung on to it. Don't know what my mother did to the others. There is one more framed piece that I took to my office before framing - will post later from there.
Well, here it is folks! Just the perfect piece to hang in my office!
Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" was suggested by Bea (http://beastitching.blogspot.com") and is:
When you have almost finished a pattern and start thinking about the next one to stitch, how do you select it? (a list, most recent purchase, etc.)
I use three different methods. One, I DO have a list of patterns that I want to stitch simply because once I buy a new chart, and it disappears into my stash, it is hard for me to remember that I even have it, so a list helps tremendously. Another great thing about having a list is that you can evaluate several potential projects side by side and become very clear about which you really prefer over the other.
Two: Recent purchases, I find, have a high enthusiasm level attached to them which persists for quite a while, so it's not unusual for me to buy something and want to start on it right away, especially if it is a small to medium size piece and I can talk myself into believing that I will be able to finish it in a few days.
Three: Seasonal Stitching. This occurs when I want to stitch something for the upcoming season. PS 66 - Autumn Samplers, for instance, is NOT on my list and is not a recent purchase (actually, it is OOP) nevertheless, I came across it when I was looking for something "autumny" to stitch and the saying, the falling leaves, plus the squirrels all spoke to how I feel about the season, so I started it.