Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Very Quiet Day

Today was really peaceful.  Which was perfect.  With a capital P.  We have been working some serious overtime so it was overdue.  We had a really perfect Valentine's Day.  I received some pretty red roses, some milk chocolate hearts from See's, several cards and got taken to dinner.  It was so nice to just talk about fun things. It was just perfect. 
Today was nice and quiet.  We have both been overly exhausted and my sweet baboo has a bad cold still, so we both decided that given that it was just a gnarly, gray day outside that we would relax and watch documentaries.  We had grand plans of doing some home maintenance today, but it was more important to rest.  We were both just out of gas. I ended up taking a really long nap.  Liesl was just happy to have her people home all day and just snoozed the day away, too. 
It was nice and quiet so I started thinking about my stitching and went through all of my patterns.  My goodness, my tastes have changed.  I think that I shall have to put some of my old patterns for sale.  They are nice patterns but just things that I would not stitch anymore.  Tastes change over time.  So I am going to have to figure out the best way to do that so that someone else can enjoy stitching something that will otherwise just sit in my file box untouched. 
So I did a little online retail therapy to pick up a few things from 123stitch.  I can not believe how much her site has grown, but I find that she really has the best prices, best selection and best service.  I also did a little research looking for a new really good doggie bed for Liesl.  Liesl loves to stretch out so I tend to buy her golden retriever sized beds, even though she is less than 25 lb.  I am looking for a memory foam one because she loves to lay on my memory foam bathroom rug.  Plus all of the reviews that I read said that memory foam is better for their joints.  All of the big mattress companies like Serta and Simmons are now in the dog bed business and the prices are not cheap (some are as high as $300! Yikes!)  But then again vet visits are not cheap either and I am trying to think prevention wise. 
So I have out my stitching and think I will go stitch for a while.  My honey is sound asleep and Liesl marched off to bed.  I have some Starbuck's hot cocoa mix and think I will have a cup of cocoa and listen to the silence while I stitch.  I wish I had some doggie company but during the winter Liesl makes sure she goes to her bed around 7:30 - 8pm.  She is hibernating. 
Hope that you are having a cozy and quiet evening, too.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Rainy Day

Thankfully, after a very long dry winter, the rain finally came to California.  Winter is our rainy season.  My sweetheart has weeklong passes for us to go to the AT&T in Pebble Beach, but rain and wind has suspended play several times.  Plus, I am getting over a bad cold and Sweetheart is starting his.  So it is best that we stay inside, warm and dry.  So no hobnobbing with pro golfers and celebrities for us today. 
While Sweetheart was disappointed about missing the golf tournament, it actually worked out.  We both have been working some really long hard hours.  His patient load has been growing, and he is deeply committed to caring for them.  My work has had me working some really long hours, skipping lunch breaks and bringing a lot of work home.  However, what keeps me going is that my employers thank me for my hard work and long hours and tell me that they appreciate what I do.  There are so many still who are out there unemployed or underemployed, so I truly grateful to have a job.  I am especially fortunate to work for such truly good people and do really interesting work. 
In general, I find myself feeling deeply grateful for all of the blessings in my life.  Liesl continues to be a little marvel and brings both of us such joy.  I am grateful for employment.  I am grateful for family and friends.  I am grateful for the rain and that I have shelter from it. I feel truly blessed and grateful that God gave me true love in the form of a really wonderful partner this past year.  He is such a beautiful and kind human being and the calmest person I have ever known.  Nothing phases him, so he brings calm and serenity into my life. 
I am hoping to cut out a baby quilt tomorrow if all goes well.  Sweetheart is about to become a grandfather for the first time, of a little baby girl.  To this I say, "Let the pink begin!"  We have known for several months now and look for the arrival of the little one.  I see some serious spoiling in the near future.  I have bought the fabric, picked out a pattern and now just need the time in my craft room to work on it.  Time is pretty precious these days.
I am trying to find my stitching mojo again, too.  It has been a while and I just can't seem to get started.  I want to make a Christmas stocking for the little one who is coming, but that may have to wait a while.  I think I have to try stitching something small and work my way back up. I really need to feel creative again.  Baby steps...