19 Dec. 2012

Seasons Greetings

Thanks for the comments everyone, I really appreciate them. 

 We are busily getting organised for Christmas. Most of the gift shopping has been done, and this year I don't need to do food shopping as we are having lunch with my family at one of my sister's houses. 

 Joel and Caitlyn finished school today, to much fanfare, they have both done very well this year. Sadly for Luke, and due to an undiagnosed illness, he has failed the second half of the year. There are a few options open to him, but as his health has now returned he is hoping that his part-time employer, McDonalds, will put him on fulltime so that he has something to do while he considers the options that he has. 

As you can see by the picture I have managed to complete the bottom row of pages on Gypsy Rose. I am enjoying stitching on her at the moment and will stay with her until I feel like having a change. She was one of the first HAED that I started.

This picture shows what I have accomplished on the beginning of the next row.
Well seeing that it is close to 11:00pm, it is time for bed. I don't think I'll have any other updates before Christmas, so I would just like to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy and healthy 2013.

9 Dec. 2012




Is there anybody still reading my blog?

Oh my, it has been an incredibly long time since I have posted on here.  I have been keeping up to date with all of you, just haven't been leaving any comments.

I would like to thank everyone who left a comment on my last post regarding my MIL's passing, your caring thoughts were truly appreciated.  Even though the pain eases we all still miss her.

There have been some momentous happenings for us.  I am now the mother of an 18 year old!!!  Luke turned 18 on the 24th of November.  About a week before his birthday I looked at him and told him that he really was only 15, and he just shook his head, totally shattering my world LOL.  He is able to obtain his drivers licence now and will be having his first driving lesson with a driving instructor next week.  In Australia our learner drivers must complete 120 hours (Luke falls into this, but it has since changed to 200 hours) of driving before they book in to be assessed. Luke is only a couple of hours away from completing this requirement.
He has a little car of his own.  We bought it for him, he is paying us back, and he has been doing all of his driving in it.  We thought that by doing it this way we have control a say in what he drives, and he is also very familiar with it.

Our other news is that I have gone back to university to continue my degree.  I had been thinking for a while that I would like to get back into it and just happened to check their web site and saw that enrolments for the second semester were closing in about a week.  So I applied and was accepted back in.  In October I sat the exam, passed it, and I have now completed 7 units out of 24.  The uni now run three teaching periods per year (trimesters) giving me the chance to complete extra units if I want to.

One thing that never changes in my world is my need and desire to stitch. As you can see by the following photos I have been working on one of my many HAED wips Gypsy Rose. I don't think this chart is available anymore, if you would like to see what she will look like when finished, one day, just google the title with the artists name, Jessica Galbreth, and you should be able to find it. I have been working others but didn't take any progress photos, so hopefully if I don't go MIA again, they will appear in due course. I am trying to post this using my tablet and I am having all sorts of problems!!!! I'll go now and start to get organised for the coming week. I hope you are all getting lots of stitching done, take care and stay safe.

5 Feb. 2012

My Mother In Law

Sadly, on the 16th of January my gorgeous Mother In Law passed away.
She had suffered the indignity, for her,
 of having been in a nursing home for 3 and a half years.  She was placed in full time care after struggling with Multiple Sclerosis for around 25 years.  She was only 69 and was only weeks away from celebrating  her 45th Wedding Anniversary.  She had the utmost faith in her Lord, and is now in His care.
My DH is handling her passing remarkably well, I know that it is his own faith, knowing that his Mum is in a better place, that gives him the strenght that he needs at this time.
R.I.P. Marg. You will always be in our hearts.

Now onto some other news.

Luke, our now 17 yo, had his trip to Vietnam just before Christmas. He had a "Good time". Like most teenage boys, he doesn't say much or go over board with details or enthusiasm, but we are still hearing bits and pieces from him.

We had a lovely Christmas, it was just us 5 for lunch with some friends calling in for an afternoon drink.  And to celebrate the New Year we went to a nearby town called Lakes Entrance to see some fire works.  They were wonderful, and they lasted for around 15-20 minutes.

Last week, after MIL's funeral we had a week at our holiday house, it was just what we needed after all the stress and emotions.  On Australia Day FIL took all of the grandchildren (6), except Luke, to see a Disney stage show production. Luke stayed home  and DH and I enjoyed some time by ourselves doing some shopping.  One of the things that I bought was an ASUS tablet, using it to do this post with, and I love it.

With my stitching, I have been working on the 7 Sins but then I decided that I would like to work on The General, photos below, as I am sure that it is something that my Dad would love.  I took the photos with my tablet, I was unsure how just the one photo would look, so I decided to break it into three photos.  They are in order top to bottom. (If you want to see them bigger, just click!)

I have also had a little finish.  It is the Travelling Stitcher by LHN, using the threads in the chart pack and stitched on cream linen either 28 or 32 ct.  I am now stitching the little needle-book that goes with this piece.

Well my lovelies, I hope that everyone is well and getting lots of stitching done.  I would also like to thank everyone who stops by, whether you be a follower, commenter, reader or a lurker.
Stay safe.

An Aussie girl who loves to cross stitch