Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Monday, December 20, 2004
The only down side about the whole weekend was the cold I came down with late Saturday. It just wiped me out! I hope I get it under control enough, I'd hate for my pile of tissues to be bigger than the pile of the family's wrapping paper!
Alas, I just want to get through my air travel tomorrow with little sinus discomfort and I'll consider that a grand success.
Monday, December 13, 2004
Saturday, December 11, 2004
If I get time today between catching up on work, Christmas shopping, Christmas cards and stitching I will update the stitching pages. I've been working on a lot of cards and started a new hardanger piece, in addition to some Christmas gifts.
Monday, December 06, 2004
My husband is famous:
Errata for The C++ Programming Language (3rd Edition)
(see the 8th paragraph)
Isn't that cool?
Sunday, December 05, 2004
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Friday, October 29, 2004
It's 76 outside. Quite unusual for the end of October. I do have halloween candy ready to hand out for trick-or-treaters on Sunday. As long as I can keep my paws out of it, I'll be fine. There will be some left, one of the bags has some peanut butter cups in it, and I don't care for those.
I saw a Junco outside earlier this week. It must mean that winter is near. That's hard to come to grips with since it's 76 and sunny now. Mother Nature does have her ways.....
Sunday, October 17, 2004
Monday, October 11, 2004
Saturday, September 25, 2004
Just saw a female downey woodpecker at the suet. I've planted lots of tulips this year (brought back from Holland, of course), and lots of iris from my sister in law.
Next big task is to dig up my flower bed and replant all the bulbs. The flowers haven't been doing well this year, (or last year for that matter), and probably need to be cleaned out from extra bulbs.
Happy Saturday everyone.
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
It seems that some of our Goldfinches have fledged. I saw a male (the dad) and 4 or 5 little goldfinches who didn't seem to quite have the knack of the feeder. The little ones didn't seem to fly away when I went to the deck. This made "dad" very agitated. He wanted to leave, but wasn't going to leave the little ones.
Sunday, August 15, 2004
Thursday, August 12, 2004
We went to see Diana Krall last night. This has been a "jazz" summer. She was really good, and talked a lot about herself and her music. The late night was worth it, although ask me again after lunch when the lack of sleep hits me.....
Sunday, August 08, 2004
Saturday, August 07, 2004
It is a cool and grey day here. The good news is that we've been able to have the AC off for several days! (the fact that it's cool and grey and we won't be able to paint, and that I have a head cold are the implied bad news) I've managed to finish up a few miniature cross-stitch projects in the last week or so. Hooray!
The other night we were watching birds, and we saw a scraggly looking cardinal. We took a guess that his appearance was due to the fact that he's getting his first set of red feathers in.
We also saw one of the mysteries of nature - right in our back yard. One of our chipping sparrows was feeding a very noisy cowbird. It is rather funny to see such a little bird feeding such a big (relatively) youngster.
And today.... We I identified (hopefully correctly) a juvenile, male, Rose-breasted Grosbeak. He was pretty feisty - guarding his space on the feeder from the other birds.
Sunday, August 01, 2004
Friday, July 30, 2004
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Thursday, July 15, 2004
Sunday, July 11, 2004
On a stitching note.... I finished up a sampler I had bought last year at Minute Man National Park. Ok, it was a child's sampler, so it wasn't that hard, but it was cute, that's why I bought it. I also took my practice filet lace and made it into an ornament this afternoon. Pictures soon of the stitching.
Thursday, July 08, 2004
We have what appear to be two strong baby robins in the nest at our house.
I finished a hardanger stitching piece.
If the weather is too icky to work outside, I might update some web pages this weekend.
Monday, July 05, 2004
Sunday, June 27, 2004
Thursday, June 24, 2004
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Stitched this weekend. Went to Fargo, and didn't go to Nordic Needle. What a break for my wallet. Anyway.... Made good progress on a hardanger thing I bought at NN last time I was there. I finished the blasted blanket stitching around the outside. I just don't like doing that stitch.
I sent an inquiry note to an EGA guild. We'll see what comes from that.
Monday, June 14, 2004
This week weeding is the main project!
Friday, June 11, 2004
In other news, I'm stitching a lot here this week, and last night I saw Mrs. Oriole back for the first time since we left for vacation. She was at the new oriole feeder (an orange dish that hangs from chains) eating some very old orange. Of course, I put fresh oranges out last night, and it looks like the house finches have already been at them.
Monday, June 07, 2004
I cleaned out the bird feeders and baths, so things are nice ready for enjoying the deck.
Worked on some cards. I have bought some fancy pens and even some stickers. I'm on a card making binge since June is a busy month.
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Many of our birds are back already - even after a week away. The goldfinches, cardinal, chipping sparrow and house finches were some of the first visitors. The orioles haven't been spotted yet, but we've only been back a short while.
Thursday, May 27, 2004
Friday, May 21, 2004
This afternoon I saw a female oriole for sure. She looked like the ones in the books - no hood on her head like the males do. The young male was in the tree at the same time. His belly isn't as orange as the first male oriole, and his head and wings aren't as black. So, in just a weeks time I've seen three different orioles. This is very exciting!
Thursday, May 20, 2004
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
She and her daughter got to see the oriole, who has become a regular visitor. She liked the filet lace pillow.
This morning I saw a hairy woodpecker as well as the oriole.
Monday, May 17, 2004
Sunday, May 16, 2004
Saturday, May 15, 2004
Happy Weekend! Last night I made a pillow cover. Despite the fact that I really don't know what the heck I'm doing when it comes to actual sewing, I did a pretty good job.
I've been updating web pages here today, so check them all out!
Bird activity has been pretty slow after that big day we had last week. It seems that the White crowned sparrows have moved on. The Downey woodpecker is back more frequently.
I've gone on a grackle elimination campaign. I've moved the safflower seed into the feeder on the deck. I'll put some sunflower seed out in the yard. Maybe the cardinal will come up to the deck, the grackles won't spill so much millet seed, and everyone will be happier. We'll see how that plan works.
Monday, May 10, 2004
Saturday, May 08, 2004
Guess who flew onto my bird feeder this morning! Oh my gosh! I'm really excited about this one.
I thought I was getting obsessed about seeing new birds: I saw a bird that looked a little different on the deck this morning and immediately went to the bird book. As if, seeing two new kinds of birds this week, the return of the gold finches and three cardinals weren't enough! Then what do you know, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak lands on my deck! Woo-hoo!
Also, my sister told me that she had bought a binder for some address information, and she was thinking about cutting down one of the cards I'd sent her to slip into the cover. I just made her a custom sized card for the binder. I completed it and need to get it in the mail... Maybe I'll be able to get that out today. Then I can post the picture.
Back to fabric!
Also, the Gold finches have returned. They came in March for a while, and then I haven't seen them for weeks. This morning I saw three!
And the best of all! We have had a male cardinal hanging around this spring, and we were thrilled! Today I saw a female cardinal and was just delighted. Then I saw a second male cardinal! Three cardinals in the yard at the same time! Hooray!
Wednesday, May 05, 2004
Saturday, May 01, 2004
Tuesday, April 06, 2004
Just came back from the EGA retreat in Sinsinawa. Learned how to do "filet lace". Look for pictures coming soon! to my web page.
I should have updated stitching pictures too. Garden as well.
Started the seeds last week.
They are sprouting away.
Wednesday, March 31, 2004
Last week I went to my cousin's wedding in Texas. Nice warm weather!
The day was lovely, and everything turned out beautifully.
We spent a few days with my parents, and then I was off to my
annual stitching weekend. I hope to have some pictures up soon.
I took a class on embroidery on paper this week, and that's cool.
I am going to look up some patterns in the library tonight. I might
even try my hand at one or two of my own! Who knows what I can
Tuesday, January 06, 2004
I've also got some pictures of us opening christmas presnts... maybe I'll post some of those too.
Matt's got to pick some kendo pictures to post on his page. That could be an afternoon project....
I did get the stuff re-sent. Hopefully it was right. Some of the problems that have been found look like they've already been fixed. So, it's not all bad. Just kind of a downer.
I'd go for a walk to get away and cheer up a little, but it's too cold outside, and the building is under construction, so all the good walking paths indoors are blocked.
I'm tempted to pack it in and just go home, but I've got much to do, and I can't just go and hide. Time to tackle the issues and just move on with things.