Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I think I'll name him "Cyclops"...

Here's a progress shot of my wolf buddy.  I am just having the most fun with this piece.  Stitching this design for someone I love so much  has just been a joy.  Ian is so excited to watch this stitching grow...and his enthusiasm is definitely contagious!  I'm stitching this in four sections, so "Cyclops" is going to be stuck with having just one eye until I get to section 3.  LOL

I *cherish* having a son who "hearts" wolves.


Bad Blogger Mama....

First off, I'm sorry about neglecting my blog for the last little while...I mean it, I'm REALLY sorry!  You want to know what a small part of the reason is that I'm sorry?  Because I'm a mom.  Yup, that's why.  A homeschooling mom to boot.  As Paul Harvey used to say, here's the "rest of the story".

As you know, my mom's health and mental stability have been on a rapid decline.  Being real here, it has not been easy to be my mother's daughter.  Because we're a family, it's been hard on all of us...not just on me.  Ian has tried to be such a rock for his mama, but from time to time, the pain of dementia strikes a  little too close to his heart as well.  Since he is definitely his mama's son, he has an inherited tendency to hold painful things inside and let them build up and build up and so on, until, it all spills out in an unpredictable moment.   He had one of those unpredictable blowing off steam moments this past week.  Bless his heart.  He's hurting in his own way and isn't quite sure how to express himself and let his emotions not be held inside so much.  I suggested that he might want to start keeping a journal.  He could write random things, whatever he feels like talking about, on the pages of his book. I really think it might help.  Nice mom moment, BUT - the not-so-little smarty pants said, "Hey Mom, isn't that what your blog is supposed to be???????????"   (Yes, I'm sure there were that many question marks behind the question when he asked it!)  LOL      "Mom, when's the last time you up-dated your blog???????"  (There are those darn question marks again!)   "Mom, you should really send yourself to the principal's office...because you have been a very bad blogger."   Can you tell he wants to be an attorney?

Can you also tell that he's right?

So, I apologize - I need my little blog.  I enjoy blogging.  And I do LOVE my blogging buddies!!  Could any of you possible know that sometimes when I have a few minutes, I'll go blog-hopping and just browse what you're up to and you cheer me up?  I most often don't leave comments (please don't tell Ian - he'd probably want me to write, "I will leave comments on blogs" 100 times, by hand, and have it turned in by tomorrow).  LOL 

Anyway, I love just peeking in and checking on you.  Your blogs never fail to brighten my day and put a smile on my face.  (unless something sad has happened in your life.  In that case, I stop right there and whisper a prayer for you - honest!)  Thanks for being there:  for sharing your lives, your talents, your abilities, your spirits, your blessings and your trials with me.  AND, thank you for the great comments you leave for me. Sometimes, an awful lot of encouragement can be found in a simple sentence or two.

I will try to be a better blogger.  Both as a writer and as a commenter.

Especially if it means that I won't be a "do as I say, not as I do" parent!   :)

I "cherish" a reality check from time to time!


Saturday, November 05, 2011

I *HEART* Our Son!

So, our not-so-little guy played in a tennis tournament today.  This was a tough tournament for him for a variety of reasons.  This was his first tournament since July and the upset of my mom's issues.  This also was a higher-tier tournament and his first time playing "up" into a new age group.  He played two matches today and took both matches to tie-breakers.  We were really proud of how well he stepped-up to the challenge!  He didn't win - but to get both matches to tie-breakers was a great achievement for him.  Having said that - the thing that we're MOST proud of .......drumroll, please...........  Ian was awarded the Sportsmanship Award.  How awesome is that????  Honestly, this award means more to us that any other trophy he could have brought home.   Ian has a gentle soul and doesn't ever hesitate to congratulate his opponents on good shots and he always tries to be fair with his calls.  His coach actually gets on him because he tends to a little too generous with his line calls...LOL.  Ian may not have won this tournament but I'm glad he's living by the adage "nice matters".  Now, if I can just remember to follow his example in my own life!  :)

I "cherish" being Ian's mom!


TUSAL - October

I asked my little panda buddy to hold my orts for this month and he happily agreed.  I love this little guy!
I'm participating in Daffycat's TUSAL.  I love watching the colors of the orts on top change colors.

I "cherish" my panda friends.  :)