Friday, June 29, 2007

My computer died!

And it's still not fixed! It's not the first priority here with my in laws visiting, the boys in the basement are still at it full time, and we have a new entertainment center to put up and get up running. It's not easy when you are married to a computer engineer who has to put a computer in there with the dvd and cable box just because he ha can record on HD with it.

I have a feeling this will take the whole weekend.

But my SIL is in Kansas visiting relatives a couple of days, my BIL is up in Minnesota for a free lance job on swedish sister cities in the US at the same time. They are all coming back Monday which gives me some time for myself.

I have one finish that I would love to share but I don't want to down load my pictures into Anders computer so that have to wait. It's Pine Mountain Designs Sit a spell that I stitched on during swimming lessons.

And I have started the exchange piece for the Birthday Blogger club. It's turning out ok but it's going slow since I'm stitching over one.

Well, DH is standing behind me waiting for his computer. I hope to be back soon!

Monday, June 18, 2007

I'm still here!

St Basil's Cathedral - Dimples Designs

Not that I have been very active on my yahoo groups or in the blogging world lately! I still try to check out blogs and admire finishes or progress rapports now and then but it's so darn busy here.

The basement is progressing slowly. They are mudding the walls this week and then I think the cabinets are going in next week since they should be ready by next Tuesday. This has taken much longer then I thought it would. At least Alice is getting better with the noises now. We try to carry her down in the basement to show her that it's ok and it's just the guys working down there.

Bernie the painter is coming in next Monday to paint our entrance and the kids bathroom. I've been waiting for him a couple of months now so it will be nice to have it done.

My BIL and SIL and their two kids are coming tomorrow. We did decide on finishing the basement because they were going to come and stay with us for 3 weeks. Evidently the basement is not done so we have to work our way around that.

It will be fine, we are all pretty laid back. The toughest day will be when Bernie is painting but he's coming early and won't leave until it's done so it's just one day. My BIL is leaving for Minnesota that day too to write a travelling article on Swedish towns up there. I think my SIL is going down to Kansas to see relatives too during that time so it won't be for 3 full weeks that they are staying here.

At least the kids daily swimming lessons are over now so I will try to pick up and get everything ready. It's been hard to get anything done the last few weeks since we have been so busy with play dates, swimming and we have done a lot of 4 H activities.

I got some really sad news yesterday. One of my girlfriends husband died yesterday morning of a heart attack. He was just 48 years old, they have 3 kids 5, 7 and 9 years old. Their oldest son is autistic so he's special needs. We got the news yesterday, I haven't event talked to her yet since I didn't want her phone line to be busy so she could talk to relatives. If this happened to me I would like to have my family around me as soon as possible.

It's really hard to realize that I won't see Rolf again. They moved away a couple of years ago but we still have some contact. When they lived in Omaha Judy and I were quite close and I know that she is devastated since they were very devoted to each other. I think it will take a couple of days for this to really sink in, at the moment I think we are still in shock.
I'm slowly making progress on St Basils. I'm going to finish the left side of it and then I have to start on Villages of Hawk Run Hollow. Then I want to pull out my Valentine Holiday again and restart it on the red fabric Becky sent me.
I finally figured out what I'm going to stitch for my Birthday/Christmas Club lady. There's so many things that I have considered stitching for her but I finally decided on what to do. I have the rest of her package almost done so I just have to get cracking on the stitching gift.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

St Basil's Cathedral again!

St Basil's Cathedral from Dimples Designs!

Thank you everyone for the nice comments on my Spring Sampler! I appreciate them so much!

If you want to see something cool, go over to Becky's blog. She used one part of another one of the Spring Samplers and made a ruler pocket. Very creative!

This week has been another busy one. With the kids home I have been trying to do some fun things with them. So we have been to the wading pool, the Children's museum and the girls like to go to the gym and play. I started them up with the summer reading program too.

I don't know if I have mentioned it here but we are finishing our basement too. We have a company that's doing it for us but but it's still a lot of work. Friday I picked up tile, carpet, cabinets etc. I still have to pick out door knobs, faucets, light fixtures and pick up paint samples to have at home. If I have enough energy I will bite the bullet and do that tomorrow.

The whole basement should be finished in another 5 weeks or so, at least that's what I'm hoping.

My youngest DD is scared to death of the noise in the basement so it's not fun dealing with that. She's convinced that there's bears down there. Hopefully it will go over soon when we are done.

I haven't stitched for 3 days now, it just haven't worked out. Thursday I went out with the girls, Friday we had the parent - boys soccer game that wasn't over until 7.30 pm so we were all starving afterwards so we stopped at Applebee's. When we got home I was just to tired to stitch. Yesterday I was planning to stitch after our graduation party but DH had done some extra wiring in the basement that day and somehow the outlet for my Ott light didn't work so I just watched/slept through Lucky Number Slevin instead.

Hopefully I will get some stitching in today! I miss it! I did get quite a bit done on St Basil's earlier in the week so here's an update picture.

Julie - yes, PS released a winter, autumn and summer samplers leaflet too. I picked them up when they were released so I have all of them in my stash. I just love all of them, they are my favorite PS designs.

Marika- I'm from Sweden originally. My DH and I moved to north America in the early 1990's so we have been here for a while. I grew up in Stromstad just of the Oslo fjord and in Goteborg on the west coast of Sweden. We still go back for the summer every other year so we can visit with family. Isn't the yarn stores in Norway impressive, I used to knit gjenser, my best bud in Montreal was Norwegian. They are almost to hot here though so I haven't done one in almost 10 years.

I'm keeping an eye on those trees. DH put down a lot of mulch around them and they are surrounded by some flowers. How awful that you neighbor took down your trees. Unfortunatly I have heard others say that their neighbors took down things that they didn't like in their yards.

Thank you all for visiting!