Nov 30, 2015

Information listed

Hello people.  I just listed all the boxes, prices, and sizes on the Sampler box page HERE.
Because of the limited quantity, I decided to forgo the Paypal cart and take orders as received.  If there is something you order and it is gone, I can see what it is and let you know if I can do it in the next batch.  I wouldn't know that with the Paypal cart.  Any questions or errors that you see, please notify me before the sale.  Thanks!!!

Nov 29, 2015


Very limited supply.
Please email any questions - link at top right.
Sale Monday night at 8.

Is this really Sunday?

I'm sorry.  I am a day off as usual.  It's the newspaper's fault.  I can tell what day it is by what supplements are included and they have been loaded with the same everyday.  But it is Sunday isn't it?  I will be posting photos of the boxes ready throughout today and tomorrow night (Monday) at 8pm the sale will be open.  I will post beforehand.  There will be another batch later in the week after I talk to Staples.  Again.  This HP Officejet Pro is way off on color.  I use my photos, they print yellow/green cast and way too dark.  I scan, it's much too light and washed out.  I copy, dark and bluish.  I'm taking some labels into the store to print on the floor model and if they are better, I am asking to switch out the machines.  I've had so much trouble and wasted hours and hours trying to lighten them.  So what's good will be tomorrow.  No other boxes were available at the shop but I am keeping a few unfinished for any special requests. 
My sister is still very sick and we've been running food and soup over plus once again, I am running around for her grandkids' and great grandkids' Christmas gifts.  When you don't have a lot of money, you appreciate and must participate in these weekend offers and I got almost all that she wanted.
I haven't been browsing many blogs or Facebook these past two weeks but happened to spot a decorated door on a brief browse of Pinterest,  Couldn't help myself, had to copy it.  Of course my neighbors were laughing and shouting "it's Christmas - not the 4th of July".
It may stay, it may go. 

Well, I have work to do so I'll see 'ya tomorrow.  And what day would that be?  Monday?  I'll make a note and pin it to my sweatshirt.

Nov 27, 2015


The question mark.  Unmistakable in form. 
Odd when it's sprouting from your head.  My wild mess of dyed steel wool does what it wants.  During recent surgery, somehow they tried to tame my hair before the cap and I ended up with several chopped pieces. This one has defied all products and pops up at will.  For the first time, Mark tagged along to a few sales Thanksgiving afternoon.  He was in such shock from the crowd at Walmart and subsequent stores, that he failed to mention the question mark escaped from the hair comb.  I think it may have happened when I bent over to locate a certain size of jeans from boxes in the main aisle, and several thousand people rammed into my rear while my head hit the display over and over.  We found the sizes and left.  They advertised opening at 6pm, but the enormous parking lot had overflowed into the adjoining plaza and people had filled carts way before that, standing in lines waiting until 6 to check out.  Once home and changing into my standard uniform of sweats, I wrenched my neck removing my sweater.  When I was pulling it over my head, somehow the sleeve of the turtleneck underneath was pulled inside out and caught in the sweater.  Panic attack.  My head was stuck between the sweater and the turtle and as I fought to release my arms, claustrophobia took over.  In that struggle I felt something pull in my neck but I made it out!  The sweater is now large enough for my sister to wear. 
We didn't have Thanksgiving dinner because Carole came down with a terrible cold, and the next five days have other commitments, so maybe next weekend!  I paid a lot more for a fresh turkey and it ended up in the freezer anyway.  
The boxes will be listed Sunday morning but I haven't figured out how yet.  I may do it in two batches if I can get labels made for the other size.  I will post the time tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon and let you know for sure.  One more trip tomorrow to see if any boxes came in, but I doubt it.  Maybe future offers will be BYOB.  Buy Your Own Box.  I'll send the label.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Thanks for visiting.

Nov 26, 2015

Thankful for..

family, friends, health, and you.  For people that care for elderly and children with kindness and compassion.  For angels that help and rescue animals.  For medicines that prolong life and bring comfort.  For St. Jude's.  For Shriner's.  For judges who have the decency to punish those that inflict harm. For dedicated police that protect the public.  For our military that protects our country. 
And for a new printer even though ALL labels need readjusting for clarity and color.  And for chairs that are where they should be.  Or maybe it would be best to look before I park myself.
And chocolate.
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 24, 2015

A Santa I forgot

Hello people.  How the heck are you?  We'll enjoy nice weather this week, and I think I will get the outside decorating done. 
I put a sprig on each door, no bows, and drop bunches of cut greens into galvanized tubs.  Boom.  Done.  I like the grapevine tree on the front deck as I did last year so that will be easy too.  As much as I would like a live tree there, it never materializes.  My house looks the same every year, the only difference may be which tubs are used.  Do you have a set theme and use the same every Christmas or do you try to do something different?
I did some research on printers and will pick it up tomorrow morning.  I hope it supports Windows 7 and there will be no issues with installation.  My current is out of warranty by only 9 months and they have already stopped making models that take that cartridge, and I won't be able to purchase it much longer either. I also stopped at the shop again and they informed me that they may NEVER get those boxes.  Their scanners are showing "not available".   
I found quite a few CD's from years ago and discovered many forgotten images on them.  One that I hope she doesn't mind my sharing, is the last Santa I painted, for Sampler Farmer Carol.  The online albums of her fabulous samplers inspired me to get back to stitching.  I studied them, made shopping lists, discovered new designers and old favorites, enjoyed her gracious tolerance of my questions, her help and advice.  I wanted to show my appreciation and was also itching to paint one more Santa (on gourd).  
She was involved at one time with Handwork and stitched models for Carriage House so I included those leaflets along with a roll of linen in a burlap sack.  When I saw the photo, I wanted to pick up the brushes, but I gave it all away several years ago when I stopped painting.  If I remember correctly he was about 7 inches tall, maybe 8.
Maybe one day in the future... but I seriously doubt it.  I am NOT an artist and without training, it was difficult and frustrating once the project became detailed.  I don't have that patience any longer.
We got our bird for dinner, a fresh one.  I was surprised to see on the labels that the frozen had 8-12% injected solutions.  The fresh had 3% and no antibiotics.  AND - I found dry cottage cheese!!  After years without a source, we will be making sweet cheese pierogis for Christmas Eve this year.  I tried with regular cottage cheese and it wasn't the same so we are thrilled that we can once again make them, first time since Mom passed.  Our Christmas Eve dinner was always cheese (and potato) pierogis, smelts, cole slaw, beet relish, and Christmas Day was the Italian dinner. 
I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving.
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