24 Jan. 2009

Five weeks, no post.

Hi everyone, I am still about, just been busy.

We had a real estate inspection last week, we are renting at the moment. I went through Joel's and Caitlyn's clothes and toys, discarded what was broken or damaged and sent what they had grown out of to charities. I always seem to do this post Christmas as they seem to get so much, not just from us but from our relations also. We also managed to rid ourselves of an excess book case and some other things that we haven't used for a long time. The agent ticked everything off as good, from a list that also included fair and poor, PHEW!!, and we were able to make them aware of some minor maintenance issues. The owner came for a visit and was pleased that we were taking such good care of their house, so all is well for the time being.

Work is going well. The people are lovely and helpful. Yesterday was the first day that I was able to log-on to the computers, so I was able to do the first of 37 computer assessments. I also completed one of six modules, which forms the next assessment. I have been mainly counting business express deposits. It is amazing how quickly those cash counting skills came back, it was almost like I have never stopped. I was initially quite hesitant to answer the phone. I have had to get my head around saying not only a different town, but a different bank name also. I am pleased to say that I have been able to answer the phone without making a total fool of myself or confusing anyone on the other end, though passing on messages has been interesting!!

We had a great break at our beach house and a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Christmas day was spent with the in-laws. On the way back to the beach house we were able to go through the town where Mum is buried. I wanted to go to see her plaque, it wasn't in place at our previous visit. Well I decided that I wanted to have a Christmas drink with Mum, we had a partly finished bottle wine left from lunch in the car, but no glasses or cups available. So I went to the grave-site and stood there drinking straight from the bottle of wine :0. I am so glad that no-one saw me, HEHE, but I am glad that I was able to 'share' a drink with Mum for Christmas.
At the moment my bloglines reader sits at 542. I will not mark all as read as I am truly a sticky-nose and do not want to miss anything that all of you have been up to. So there may not be much commenting but please know that I am reading your posts.
On to the interesting stuff; stitching of course. I have been mainly working on Faery Tales and have now managed to complete 5 pages, so here are some update photos.
The first picture is of page 31 completed and the other picture is of pages 41, 42, 51 and 52.

I have also been doing some stitching on CdC and 'only' have two pages to go until it is finished. I have not started anything new as I feel that I have more that enough wips at the moment, but that hasn't stopped my from adding to my ever growing/never shrinking stash. I managed to get the JSC orni issue for '08, and some fabric and threads to start kitting up some projects.
Well must go and do some work and spend some time with the family, oh and watch some tennis, love this time of year for the tennis.
Stay safe everyone, wish you lots of happy stitching.


Mel in Dubai said...

Faery Tales is looking fabulous, Joanne! You've made some great progress. Had a little laugh at the image of you having a drink with your mum too :)

Irishenchantment said...

great wip progress and nice to see you back again! sounds like you had a nice christmas and new year :)

Suzanne said...

It's great to hear from you again. Sounds like everything is working out for you.

I have a new policy for reading and commenting on blogs. I am going to leave comments every now and then on more blogs and not feel obliged to comment on every single post.

Your HAED design looks fabulous, you really have made excellent progress on it.

Cindy F. said...

Beautiful wip!

Ranae said...

Faery Tales is looking great, love the mermaid.
It's looks painted.
Happy New Year!
Take care!

Sharon said...

Glad to hear that things are going well! Your fairy tales is beautiful.

Pumpkin said...

It's so good to see you posting again Joanne! Missed you :o)

What a wonderful thing to do with your mother. LOL! It sounds comical from the way you describe it but very touching :o)

Oh wow! You have been stitching that's for sure! Amazing.

Marita said...

Your stitching is looking amazing.

Great way to celebrate Christmas with your mum :)

Glad work is going well and you've been able to settle in alright.

Stay well.

Beatrice said...

That is a stunning piece WOW,
We've been watching the tennis as well. It sure is hot there.WOW again!

Anonymous said...

You've been a busy, busy girl. Glad you had time to post.

That is an intense cross stitch project. I'm not sure my eyes could take that anymore.

Can't wait to see it finished up. Won't be long, I'm guessing.

I can't believe how hot it is where you are. We NEVER get quite that hot, but the humidity is what makes it feel so miserably hot here in the summer.

Jenna said...

I'm so glad to read that your new job is going well. That's great news! Your HAED piece is just gorgeous and you're making wonderful progress on it. I hope all is still going well!

Anonymous said...

Great work!!
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