Happy New Year everyone! It has been unseasonably warm this past week. So much so that we actually grilled burgers for our New Year’s Eve dinner! We rang in the new year with Baked Clam Dip, some snacks, and watching When Harry Met Sally. Earlier we had watched Holiday Inn with Dad.
Last year we had a new addition to our family. We took our cairn terrier to the vet and returned with a three week old blue point siamese kitten. I just couldn’t resist that face nor his need for a family. Dexter was our rescue kitten and he’s become a sweet addition to our family.
Here he is at 8 months old now helping to guard the laptop that was streaming Christmas music! Remembering the Christmas tree issue with Merlin and Gandalf we were concerned come the holidays but Dexter surprised us and didn’t show much of an interest in the tree. Gandalf however did insist the bottom lights needed to drag on the carpet and Merlin occasionally supervised the light rearranging! And although I think he thought about it, he didn’t chew through any lights this year. Considering it was a mission to find clear replacement light sets in mid December I appreciated that Merlin left them alone.
I really did do some stitching this past year! I joined the Halloween Ornament Exchange on STO and restitched the Blackbird Boo design for myself as well. In September I also participated in the block exchange and stitched up one of my own designs for the Owl theme. I also did a bit of Halloween stitching but can’t locate the safe spot I put the finished pieces to take a pic!
And I did complete stitching Clara Ellen from Blackbird Designs Anniversary of the Heart but haven’t personalized it as yet. I changed around the colors in the house and really like how it turned out. I’m still contemplating doing all the AOTH on one piece of fabric.
Any other stitching I worked on were my designs, A Spooky Spot of Halloween and the Quaker Winter Acorns, which I posted pics in the Market release post. And once again it’s that time that I am designing and stitching on Market pieces whose deadlines are in February.
I spent alot of time in physical therapy last spring and part of the summer only to find that the reason my right leg was painful is due to a cyst on my sciatic nerve by the spine. Between that and a deteriorated disk I am looking at surgery this year to fuse a section of my spine and remove the cyst. I’m not sure when it will be scheduled but it’s inevitable according to the surgeon. I am in pain daily, not a fun thing, but I’m bummed knowing I need surgery.
We had a scare the week before Christmas with my Dad. He ended up hospitalized and had a stent put in. We are thankful that his five by pass from 10 years ago is still doing well. Dad’s doing better and we managed to enjoy our Christmas holidays with all the family! Alot of cooking, baking and laughter!
I’m off to stitch on a Christmas ornament that didn’t get finished this past holiday and between blogging, stitching, and my furry babies with me in the loft I hope I am on track for the new year!
Hoping your holidays were wonderful and wishing you all a happy, healthy, and stitchy 2012!