Friday, December 21, 2012

I'm a work in progres....

As you may have noticed, I have taken a LONG break from blogging.  The events of this year have just taken their toll and I've needed time to refresh and renew.  As my sweet, not-so-little son has pointed out, this entire year has been post-traumatic-stress-disorder waiting to happen.  Dealing with the not-so-little son's serious medical issues this year were heart-wrenching and over-whelming.  Also, my mom's issues have become an every day issue to deal with.  I get a call from her nursing home almost daily - sometimes upwards of three calls a day due to her "behavioral problems"...  Some days I just feel like the gerbil on the wheel running and running and running and I can't get off.  Mom has advanced dementia...part of the problem is....that she doesn't think she has any dementia.  She's become combative and nasty and hard to handle.  I bless the name's of the folks who care for her. It's so hard to explain...she's my mom....but just the shell "body" of my mom remains.  :(

We also lost my wonderful Uncle Hugh this year.  Oh, how I miss that sweet man.  Somehow, his passing felt like I was losing my last connection to my Dad that I loved so much.  :(    In addition to his loss, I lost two friends in the same week this fall.  Both were friends from school.... and seemingly fairly "young".   One was lost to a heart attack, another to a stroke... such a painful reminder that life is all to quick and fleeting.

Let's see, to add to the poor hubby broke his arm while playing tennis.  (Hey, if ya gotta break your arm, go down swinging!!!)  We were playing against each other and I made a BRILLIANT backhand.  (I'm writing this story,  I can tell it exactly the way that "I" remember it.  LOL)  Hubby went to chase the shot and ran so fast that his feet ran out from under him.  He broke the fall with his arm and wound up breaking the arm with his fall.  (Love that last sentence?????)  

Hubby has also had an absessed tooth and Ian had a cut on his arm get infected in the past month.  Sheesh! 

In the midst of all this, I lost my stitching mojo somewhere along the way.  I also lost my yahoo groups mojo.  I love the groups I belong to...I just haven't felt much like keeping up.  I did manage to get the wedding piece I was working on finished.  (though not time to iron it yet.)

All that to say....this Christmas, we're "Keeping it Real" at our house.  We're all tired and worn down.  So, we've decorated "Christmas" light" this year.  Our tree is up, and of course, the singing Frosty, the singing Mice and the Dancing Santa are out.  (We have a thing for loud, obnoxious sounds at Christmas!)  :)
We have a wreath on our door and candles burning around the house.  But that's it for this year.  This year, we're going to be the people who go to other people's parties.  Hopefully next year, we'll be back to being the people who GIVE the parties!
Usually, we decorate by the "if it isn't moving, cover it with little twinkling lights" method.  But this year, we're concentrating more about WHY we celebrate Christmas and less about HOW we choose to celebrate.

Be blessed, dear friends...

I "cherish" simplicity.


Thursday, September 06, 2012

There's goin' to be another weddin' and other WONDERFUL news! :)

Our family has been blessed to grow by one "in-law in love" so far this year and now we're about to be blessed by another!  What this means, of course, is that while the prospective bride and groom only have to worry about minor details like planning a wedding, I have the "gargantuan" task of choosing and stitching just the right wedding sampler.  (LOL)

For this couple, I've chosen to stitch "Wedding Row" by Bent Creek.  I've changed the colors up a bit...I'm really trying to live by the "use what I have on hand" approach...and believe me, I have a LOT on hand!  :)

The happy couple will be tying the knot December 28th, so with all the other Christmas stitching I want to get done this year, I need to be "getting my groove on" and get this finished up.

In other WONDERFUL news, Ian is beginning to make huge strides towards feeling better.  To God be ALL the GLORY, he has been fever/head-ache free for three weeks now!  His appetite has begun to pick up a bit and he is starting to look like "my" Ian again.  We're sort of holding our breath at this point in regards to his surgery....decisions have to be made....many specialists to be consulted with and many, many prayers to be said.  But, oh how grateful I am to see my pantry emptying so quickly again!!!!  :)

I can't thank you enough for all the beautiful prayers, notes of encouragement, and emails we have received on our behalf.  We still have a hill to climb - we just aren't sure yet if God is calling us to a mountain or a molehill.  Whichever the case turns out to be, we'll be ready, thanks to the love of wonderful friends!  Be blessed, dear blogging buddies!!!

I "cherish" happy blog posts!!!


Sunday, August 26, 2012

The "invisible" happy dance

Because this is a finish for someone who "might" or "might not" read my blog, this is as much as I want to show.  You'll just have to trust me that this piece has now been finished and is all ready to be wrapped and put under the Christmas tree!  :)   One piece finished, 387,682 still to go!  LOL   :)

I "cherish" finishes!


If I had a theme song....

This would be it!

What's YOUR theme song?

I "cherish" music that makes me happy!


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Where to Begin?

Oh my goodness, time away from the blogging world have been some of the most challenging moments of my life.  I'm not sure where to start, so I'll just dive in...

First up, Ian was scheduled to have his brain surgery on June 7th, but just before the date arrived, he came down with an ear infection, sinus infection and bronchitis.  We're waiting for the surgery to be re-scheduled, so the poor fellow is still waiting to face a tough recovery.  I still feel like I have a guillotine hanging over my neck - I know fear doesn't come from the Lord, but I also (HOPE!) that the Lord understands that we humans are frail and especially when we're facing a health crisis, we sometimes have a hard time really depending on Him alone.  I'm trying.....

In the meantime, my mom had a health crisis of her own and needed to be moved to an assisted living facility. Mom has severe dementia and diabetes.  Her health is frail at best.  To say that mom didn't want to be moved to assisted living is an understatement.  Bless her heart, she fought every step of the way.  It was hard to see her have to leave the home she had known for many, many years, but it reached a point where it truly was our only option.  The crisis came when mom "escaped" from the facility.  Apparently, a staff member had left a side door open and mom saw her "escape" route.  She was picked up by a police officer who was on patrol who noticed her wandering on and off the road and looking very confused.  He took her back to the assisted living facility and they weren't even aware that she was missing!!!!  Obviously, this meant that the search was on for a new facility for mom.  In the meantime, mom had developed pulmonary embolisms and needed to be hospitalized.  She is still in the hospital but we're hoping that she'll be able to transfer to her new home very soon.  Mom's dementia has reached the point where she doesn't recognize anyone or understand her surroundings anymore.  She actually lashes out at me whenever I try to get close, which really gets her agitated, which isn't good for her.  It's so hard - I hate this disease - I feel like I'm mourning the "loss" of my mom, but yet, she's still alive.  The emotions are so hard to work through....

While we were in Ohio, taking care of mom, we were caught right in the middle of the "freak" storm that plunged so many states into darkness in the grueling heat.  SO NOT FUN!  I know losing power, water, access to food and gas is never fun, but the fact that it happened right when we were dealing with mom was just overwhelming.  Not a fun month, I tell ya!

We were able to get mom's home cleared out and ready for sale and got a quick sale for full asking price!  (God did send us rays of sunshine to hold onto during the dark days!!)  :)   Our real estate agent was stunned that, in this economy, we actually got more than we planned for!  We're hoping that now that mom won't be "double-dipping" i.e. having the expenses of keeping her home up and running AND having the expenses of assisted living, her budget will support her comfortably.   At the same time, it was very difficult to be going through everything in the house - so many memories.  It was also hard to sell my childhood home...I know I'll keep the memories in my heart, but it still was hard to walk away and shut the door for the last time.

All that to say - I'm so grateful for my sweet hubby and son who endured so much the past couple of months on behalf of my mom.  In the hard times, I was never alone - I was blessed even during the darkest of times (pun intended - the power was off part of the time we were there!  LOL)  I know God always has my heart, but again, sometimes, it can be pretty easy to forget that even when we feel we can't find Him, He always knows where we are.

It feels good to be home again.  We LOVE Florida and as a wonderful bonus,we have the sweetest friends and neighbors.  They are extensions of God's arms around us!  We're sort of in "decompress" mode this week.  We plan on  spending lots of time on the beach.  I have a lot of fun "beach reads" that I want to catch up on.  I also am planning to STITCH!!!!  My needle hasn't been put to thread in over a month - I MUST stitch!!!  Honestly, stitching is so soothing to me - I've missed it so much and can't wait to have needle and thread meet fabric!  Hopefully, I'll have some progress pics to show in the next few days!

Thanks for listening, my friends.  It's helpful to write all this down - cleansing, perhaps?  As ever, we'd be most grateful for any prayers or thoughts sent out on our behalf.  Between Ian's upcoming surgery and mom's "issues" - this is a struggle for us...we'll make it, I'm sure...but it never hurts to have extra friends along on the journey. 

I've missed you all - I'll be around to catch up on your blogs soon!

I "cherish" memories from my past.....


Sunday, June 03, 2012

Wedding Sampler Finished!

(Btw, photo is click-a-ble), so you can get a better view of my stitching and my sweetie's beautiful job of framing!)

It's official now, my sweet loved one(s) can get married now.  I told them that they had to wait to get married until I had this piece finished and framed.  LOL  We came in right under the gun and we can wait for the sweet couple to begin their lives together and wish them every happiness and many, many wonderful memories for lots and lot of years to come.

(Another btw, it was fun remembering how good it feels to actually finish something!!!)  :)   Here's hoping there will be more finishes in my future!

I "cherish" this wonderful couple and having a personal hand-made-with love gift to give them!


Friday, April 27, 2012

Trying hard to "cherish"

The last couple of months, my word of the year, "cherish" has been mighty hard for me to abide by.  My time away from my blog has been filled with bad news from Ian's Dr.'s.  Ian has a tumor on his skull  that is rapidly enlarging.  We knew this before, but this thing just seems to have a mind of it's own and is starting to cause major issues.  Surgery right now is planned for mid-to-late June.  The Dr.'s want to give Ian a bit more time to (hopefullly) "beef up" a bit before he undergoes this MAJOR surgery. 

It's so hard to explain, we've know about this tumor now for a while - we've seen it on x-rays, cat scans and mri's, we've talked to multiple Dr.'s about it and on some level, we know that we've seen it.  It's on the left side of his head - above and to the side of his eyebrow.  It is clearly noticeable to everyone - it protrudes from his head.  But somehow, we just haven't really "seen" it - until now.....We had Ian's pictures taken yesterday.  For some reason, when we looked at the pictures, we SAW it - really SAW it.  Way out of Ian's view, I lost it...totally lost it. Hubby did the same thing.  When we look at Ian, all we see is Ian's beautiful not-so-little face.  We just see Ian - not the lump, we just see Ian.

I'm scared - sometimes I feel like I'm so scared, I can hardly breathe.  I'm trying so hard to "cherish" my life...but it's so hard right now.  I do "cherish" being Ian's mama - oh, how I "cherish" that!  I "cherish" having wonderful Dr.'s and good insurance.  I "cherish" my family and friends who keep lifting us up.  Hmm...there are definitely things that I DO NOT "cherish", but I guess somehow we'll get through those things.  I do not cherish this tumor!  I do not cherish running out of chocolate in the house, I do not cherish hominy grits, I do not cherish snakes....but, the "don't cherish list is MUCH shorter than the "do cherish" list....and at the end of the day, I guess I "cherish" that...

We would be most grateful for any prayers, good thoughts, etc that you could send his way.  Please add his name to any prayer lists that you know of...  We are going to storm the gates of heaven and "cherish" having Ian be healed and whole and get him back to being Ian!


Monday, March 12, 2012

WIPocalypse - March

This is about all I've accomplished so far this month on the stitching front.  With all that's been happening with my mom and Ian this past month, I just couldn't concentrate.  I would flit from project to project and made more mistakes than forward progress, so I took a little break.  Having said that, I just found out that "THERE'S GOING TO BE A WEDDIN'" in our family!!!  I'm just tickled with this marriage, so it makes it extra-fun to stitch the sampler!  This is a simple design, but I'm trying to "jazz" it up a bit by using specialty threads and I'm going to try to use some mill hill beads all around the border.  The sweet couple is getting hitched in June, but they're going to visiting with us in May, so I'm hoping to gift them with the finished and framed piece by the time they get here.  It feels so good to have something to celebrate and stitching for it is definitely bringing back the stitching mojo - it all goes into the "good" column!  :)

I *cherish* having a wedding to celebrate and stitch for!


Lookie, Lookie!!!

Can you believe these beauties???  Sweet, sweet Becky kindly sent me this pretty gift!  I was so stunned when I opened the package.  I was feeling so down about Ian, my uncle's passing and about some pretty nasty issues that were happening with my mom, and this came along and completely brightened my day!  You can believe this is going to have a spot of honor in our home.  I am just so grateful for her random act of kindness that made a huge difference in my little world.  I couldn't wait to share!  Enjoy!  :)

I *cherish* the kindness of others'.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Missing Uncle Hugh - - -

My Great Uncle Hugh passed away today.  Goodness, but I'll miss him!  My Uncle Hugh and my dad were absolute best buds.  (Strange, because my Uncle Hugh is from my mom's side and is from my dad's side).  My Uncle Hugh and my dad were quite the pair.  Every fall, my mom and dad and my Aunt Wilda and Uncle Hugh would take a vacation to Myrtle Beach.  While the "woman folk shopped and spent all their money", my dad and Uncle would go buy wooden train whistles, set up their beach chairs right by the ocean and blow their train whistles every time a pretty girl would walk by.  Of course, my dad and uncle said that they were always such "gentlemen" that they would blow their train whistles at EVERY female that walked past them.  (Now, you have to realize that they were both well into their 80's when then they were "acting up" AND did I mention that they would purposely wear big, floppy straw hats, bermuda shorts, black socks and sandals while they were doing this???)  I told you they were a pair!

When my dad passed away, my Uncle Hugh came up to me and told me that he could never, ever take my dad's place, but that if I ever needed someone to fill a small part of my dad's shadow, he'd be honored to take that spot. Oh how I miss that gentle fellow who did a wonderful job of "shadow filling".

I'm sure that my dad and Uncle Hugh are having a great time together in heaven - blowing their train whistles with the angels...(or knowing them, AT the angels!!)  :)

I miss you, sweet man!

I "cherish" having such a wonderful Uncle to call my own.


Wednesday, February 08, 2012

My "Vision" - Valentine's style

I don't know if you remember my "vision" craft project that involved my lighted twigs.  (I had this "vision" around Christmas-time.)  I bought the vase, filled it with sand, found just the twigs I wanted and away my mind went on ways to decorate for the holidays.  As I've said before, we have a round "rotunda" entry into our home and it is the darndest thing to decorate round walls.  Thus, the "vision" for my vase of twigs.  This is what I came up with for February.  Ian thinks this is about the goofiest thing he's ever seen (but hey, he's a teen-age boy - I'll cut him a wee bit of slack for not capturing the "lovliness" that is more in my head than in this vase.  LOL

Anyway, I like my lighted twigs and thought I'd share!

I "cherish" having a home to decorate.  (even if it does sometime look "goofy" to "someone")  :)


(PS - Thanks again for keeping Ian in your thoughts and prayers.  This waiting is so difficult....I understand and appreciate the patience of the Dr.'s who are working hard to make sure everything is just right, but it's so hard for a mama (and a daddy too, for that matter) to have to wait for all the medical decisions to be made.)

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

WIPocalypse - February

Since my "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf disaster (I 'm afraid of him, btw), I decided to pull out something quick, cute, springy and meaningful.  (That's an awful lot to expect from a little design, don't you think?)
I pulled out and stitched up this  "Honey Bunny" project.  I've watched my hubby go into "daddy" mode during this scare with Ian.  (He even bought Ian his own ceramic wolf for his room - kinda makes me feel better about my epic wolf -stitching master disaster).  My sweetie has called me "honey bunny" for as long as I can remember and I can't think of anything better than stitching a piece that reminds me so much of him.
I loved this happy stitch and participating in the WIPocaplypse!

I "cherish" a quick-to-stitch that is so personal and puts a smile on my face!


Monday, February 06, 2012

The Wolf Meets the Frog....guess who wins?

Again, many thanks for all the lovely thoughts and prayers that are being sent Ian's way.  Right now, we're sort of in a holding pattern while we wait for him to gain weight and get stronger so that he'll be able to endure the surgery that is ahead of him.

I think the fact that I know how sick he "might or might not be", makes it harder to admit that I had a visit from the frogs this week-end.  While stitching the wolf for Ian (remember Cyclops?) , I made some HUGE boo-boo's that at this point, I'm not even sure are "fixable".  I'm so sad and frustrated with this piece, I've set it aside for the time-being.  I have seen a couple of other nice wolf designs, so I may just have to pull myself up and dust myself off, wave "buh-bye" to Cyclops and start an entirely different wolf piece.  I'm really bummed about it, but I think my mind has just been so occupied by the other, more important "stuff" of our lives lately, that it might be best just to stick to easier pieces for this period of time.  Once Ian is all better and back to being his healthier self, and some "mom issues" have been resolved, I'll start back on the more involved pieces.  The mighty wolf falls to the lowly frog.......

"I fought the frog and the frog won".........Bummer!     :(

I "cherish" the gift of stitching and having the luxury of "picking and choosing" what designs call my name in different seasons of life....


Friday, January 27, 2012

A Brief Update

First off, THANK YOU so much,  for taking the time to let me know that Ian (and our family) is being prayed for and thought of.  I can't share how touched I am that in this great big 'ole world, how blessed we are to be connected.

After visits to two different Children's Hospitals (in as many days), we've received another referral to yet another Children's Hospital to a specialist that deals specifically with the problem that Ian has and we pray will hold the best answer and provide the most hope for Ian.   We're still sort of reeling, but we're trying to keep our feet under us the best that we can.  Hopefully, this next week will allow us to set a treatment plan in stone and begin the road to getting our not-so-little back to being even a little bigger.

It's  been so hard to see my strong, healthy, vibrant not-so-little tennis ace get thinner and weaker and who now only resembles a shadow of his former self.   We're  grateful for the advice that we've been given so far and are grateful that we've been pointed in the direction that we've been led and are hopeful that the day isn't far off when our wee-bit snarky, not-so-little guy will be back to feeling like taking on the world again.  We do know that surgery will definitely be postponed until he is able to gain some weight...we've been told that he wouldn't survive the general anesthesia for the amount of time needed for the type of surgery he needs in the condition that he is currently in.  He's receiving nutritional supplements which will hopefully help build his body  back to where it needs to be for him to be able to handle surgery and recovery from the type of surgery that he'll need.

I ask that you please keep remembering Ian in your prayers and thoughts.  We take so much comfort in knowing that in your kindness, he is being held in many hearts.

I think this week-end will be filled with lots of embarrassing mom hugs, lots of cups of tea and maybe a few minutes of stitching here and there....

I "cherish" all your kindnesses to us - - -


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The post no mom wants to write....

We've learned that Ian does indeed need brain surgery.  At the moment, he's in such a weakened state that the Dr.'s don't think that he could handle being under general anesthesia for the amount of time required for the surgery to be done.  Please pray for my not-so-little guy?  We're heading to a new hospital tomorrow - the specialist there deals with the type of tumor that we think we're dealing with.  No one can know for absolute certain until the mass can be sent to pathology.  I'll update as possible, but in the meantime, we covet your prayers, vibes, thoughts, etc for our not-so-little sweetie!

I "cherish" being Ian's mama (even in the bad times_, a wonderful friend who is a Dr who can "pull in some favors", good insurance, a loving husband who's also a great dad and our special "angel", Julie, who has done more than I can ever say for us!


Friday, January 20, 2012

Cyclops has a friend...

This is the "Call of the Wolf" design that I'm stitching for our son.  (Remember the "Dances with Wolves" movie?  I think our son's name should be "Addicted to Wolves".  LOL

Anyway, the last time I showed a progress pick, I jokingly started calling the wolf in the center, Cyclops, because all I could see as I stitched was his one eye looking at me.  Well, now Cyclops has a friend!  (The friend's name is "Friend of Cyclops".  Can you tell that I haven't been sleeping well lately????  :)
I keep looking over my shoulder for the guys with the butterfly nets and straight-jackets to show up and escort me to the "happy place"....  Between our son being sick....(he has an appointment with a pediatric neurosurgeon on Tuesday - YIKES!) and my mom and her increasing health and mental problems, it's been kinda "down in the dumps" days for me.

I "cherish" my stitching which comforts me.....


"Pink is my signature color"

Anyone else remember that line from the movie, "Steel Magnolia's"?  That kept coming into my head over and over as I stitched this piece.  Holy pepto-bismal, Batman!  :)

I did get brave and change out the recommended color of green but now, seeing the finish, I wish I would've had the courage to change the pinks to softer hues, as well.  It's just a little "too" pink for me.

My hubby said "Good luck finding an HOA that will approve those colors" and my son said that this looks like a Key West house.  Hmm....yup, should've toned down the pinks.  :)

At any rate, I'm looking forward to displaying this with my Valentine's display.

I "cherish" a quick stitch and a finish!!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012


As I've said before, I've been meaning to paw through all my pretty stash and decide what I really want to see stitched in my lifetime (I'll wait while you roll on the floor with finished?  Good, We'll move along now).

I finally sat down and went through my absolute favorites.  This, IN NO WAY, means that they will ever be stitched.  It just means that I sat down and made a list....whew, that was a lot of work, in and of itself.

So, as part of my participation in WIPocalypse, here's my list, in no particular order (except for the monthly cottages - I reallllllly want to do each one of those as they come out! Oh, and the Call of the Wolf....I'm stitching that for my not-so-little sweetie, so it's a priority too)

My Dream WIPopaolyse list - (stash I currently own):

Monthly Cottages                                     
 - Country Cottage

Call of the Wolf
 - Dimensions Kit

Live, Laugh, Love

Fruit of the Spirit
 - Plum Street Sampler

Share a Cup of Friendship
 - Gail Bussi  (Just Cross Stitch Magazine June 2002...Yardsale find!)

Tea Time
 -Gail Bussi  (Just Cross Stitch Magazine January 2011)

Earth Gatherer
 -Shepherds Bush

The Gathering Room
 -Little House

Delicate Beauties
 -Paula Vaughn

Happy Home Sampler
 -(Cross Stitch and Needlework  July 2008)

Good Foundations
 - Rosewood Manor

The Snow Family
 -Heaven and Earth Designs

 -Blackbird Designs

Made in America
 -Bent Creek

Easter Blessings
 -(Cross Stitcher Magazine April 2006...Yardsale find!)

Patchwork of Love
 -Stoney Creek

Everything Beautiful Seasons
 -Stoney Creek

Peace and Rest
 -Stoney Creek

Herbal Alphabet Sampler
 -(Cross Country Stitching Magazine February 1994...Yardsale find!)

Beach Escape
 -Pegasus Designs

Victoria's Quaker
-Sorry, senior moment here...can't remember the designer)    :(

Family Love is Forever
-4 My Boys

A Gathering of Love
 -Becky Boo's

Honey Bunny
 -Doop Designs

Welcome Friends
-Lizzie Kate

Gather a Harvest
 -Lizzie Kate

You still with me???  Whew, quite a list, isn't it?  Now, before ya'all start thinking that I'm so filthy stinking rich that I must wipe my tooshie with dollar bills, (I DO NOT, BTW!!!)  let me say that a lot of this wonderful stash was gifted to me by my even more wonderful hubby as birthday, Christmas, Mother's Day, Dinner-was-so-good-last-night gifts, and nearly everything on here was purchased on sale (I had a LNS go out of business and I hit her "kick everything to the curb for a penny" sale!) or was purchased from the "Bay of Evil" ("bay of evil" is shamelessy borrowed from the wonderful Edgar's blog).  I "heart" him and his delightful sense of humor!   :)

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my "wanna do" list.  Here's hoping that someday I'll be able to shift at least a few "wanna do's to the "done did's" column!  :)

I "cherish" this wonderful world of needlework that I love so much and I also cherish the ability to hope and wish and dream and paw the stash I love so much!  :)


Thursday, January 05, 2012

There's a little snowman at our house

Okay, so he's made of fabric and floss and not the "real" white stuff, but I love him anyway!  :)  This is my first finish of 2012 and my first finish of the Country Cottage monthly cottage series.  I joined the cottage SAL group and am looking forward to seeing what each month is going to offer.  I'm stitching each of my cottages on individual pieces of fabric instead of one big piece.  I have the perfect spot picked out to display each month, one at a time.

I do want to give a shout out to Amy at Down Sunshine Lane.  (This isn't a paid endorsement.  I'm receiving no compensation for this, I'm just a very happy camper customer!)  With that said,  I wanted to make some changes in my automatic monthly shipment orders and Amy was extremely accommodating!  The shipping was very fast and I'm just tickled with her service.  :)

I've been taking some time to write down my dream "want-to-stitch" list.  I'll be posting it in the next little bit.  I have some really pretty stash and I'm looking forward to changing it from "stash" to "finished".  (LOL - remember, I said it was a "dream".  I'm not sure that the "finishing" column is ever going to be as long as I'd like it to be, but a girl can hope....    :)

I "cherish" having a finish AND having stash to paw through AND being able to dream about all the pretties that are possible!


Tuesday, January 03, 2012


Last year around this time, I decided I needed a word to live by during 2011.  The word I came up with was "cherish".  I've been thinking a lot about what my word should be for 2012.  As hard as I tried (and used my Bible, my thesaurus, and a couple of visits to google), I couldn't come up with anything better than my much beloved word, "cherish".  So, I decided if it wasn't broke, I didn't need to duct-tape it!  :)
Having "cherish" as my focus word was fun in the good times, humbling in the bad times and encouraging in the awful times.  So, I'm going to stick with cherish...  I have so much to cherish in my life and it just fits me!
Stay tuned as I find new ways to "cherish" 2012!

I "cherish" a fresh beginning to a New Year that is filled with promise, possibility, love and adventure!