Dec 21, 2013

Two things

Hi everyone.  The last weekend before Christmas.  I just came back from shopping.  Again.  I am a coupon addict and if someone is giving me $10 off, I can't pass it up.  Even if I don't need anything, which is defeating the purpose of saving $10 because it really cost me $20. 
The first thing I want to show you is this little sampler I am working on. I had planned on doing a free chart as a Christmas gift for you. I appreciate your friendship and wanted to do something for everyone instead of a giveaway with one recipient.
Why didn't someone tell me how the holiday was sneaking up? I thought Christmas was Friday ever since the calendar fell off the wall and October ended up as the current page. I think I will have it done for you as long as I don't remove the stitches over and over because I change my mind on color.

 

The second thing (I've posted about them before), is my favorite tree light string.  My others have been burning out and I was pleasantly surprised when I searched online to find them at Home Depot! 
 
 
 
 
 
They are bigger bulbs, bright, faceted, iridescent, not LED, and sparkly as heck.   Not good for small feather trees, but I have them on the others.  I learned over my 62 years that most items will not be available in the future, so buy what you like when you see it.  Put it away and one day you will be happy you have them.  On sale for $6.30 including online.  GE crystal lights.  Probably of no interest to you but I'm happy to have found them again.  The 40 and 60 watt incandescent bulbs are no longer being made so I stocked up with what was left. I may have the sockets changed on outdoor lighting to the candelabra base.  Just don't like the big white bulbs or the light they throw. Several of my lamps have clip on shades which I can't use on the curly CFL and I'm very afraid of breakage if the shade should be bumped.  I'm sure everyone knows this but just in case, here's the protocol for a broken fluorescent because of the mercury gas....
If you drop and break a CFL, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency advises that you should get the children and pets out of the room immediately. Then you should open a window, close the door to that room if there is one, and leave for 15 minutes. The agency also recommends that you use a broom and wet paper towel to clean up rather than a vacuum -- unless you intend to throw away the vacuum.
 
I'm really sad today.  One of our young does was hit by a car recently and walking on three legs.  She was doing well and eating, I called her Molly.  She was a little shorter than the others with a wider sweet face.   I was very concerned because she hadn't been with the others for over a week.  We didn't know her body was right up our road off the highway in a yard, covered by all the snow.  The rains have washed away the snow and we saw her yesterday, obviously hit again.  And my MN cousin has been moved 130 miles from her relatives to another facility.  Still very upset and not understanding why they will not allow her to go home, lashing out at her sister.   I just can't imagine why they feel she is bad enough to warrant this.  Assisted living will not take her because she would not be voluntarily moving there, and would be a flight risk.
 
This afternoon I will get a heat pack on my low back (have no idea what happened there) and sit and stitch until this new design is completed.  Until then, stay safe, take a few minutes for YOU today, make sure your calendar is on the right month, and enjoy the season - not the snow - the season.
Thanks for visiting.
 
 
 

21 comments:

C. M. Designs said...

I'm sorry for all of the sadness that you're feeling today.. What a pity about poor little Molly. I think deer are such gentle and quiet animals----so pretty.
I know your cousin is unhappy and at this time of the year that shouldn't be happening.. I hope you'll feel better soon.
I have found that I love shopping on line and can find things that aren't in the stores. I usually get free shipping too.
You're sweet to be doing a chart for your readers.. I'll have to stitch it just like I did your pears.
I don't like the new light bulbs at all. Thank you for the information in case one gets broken. Why couldn't they just leave well enough alone?
It's close to 70 degrees here in Va. today.. Such crazy weather.. I had to go out and sweep my deck off and had thoughts about warmer weather in the future..
Enjoy these last days before Christmas.. I know it has really "snuck" up on us..
Have a Merry weekend.
Charlotte in Virginia

Margaret said...

Marly, I'm sorry for everything that is making you sad. Your poor cousin. And the deer. So sad. Hope you are feeling more cheerful soon. The one thing I thought of when you said you were stocking up on the lights is -- if I did that, I'd forget where I put them! lolol! That's what I do -- I stock up, put the stocked up items somewhere, and forget that I stocked up, forget where they are, etc. You cracked me up about the calendar. lol! I don't feel like it's Christmas in just a few days at all. You are so sweet to be making a free chart for us. Marly, I so enjoy your blog, and I can always see that sweet person that you are shining out. Hang in there and be happy if you can. Lots of hugs. Merry Christmas!

Vickie said...

Awww Molly. I am sorry about that Margaret. And your cousin.♥
Is anyone seeing the stupidity in dangerous, poisonous light bulbs?!?
I am NOT enjoying the ice and coming snow. grrr

Primitive Stars said...

Oh Marly, sad is right, I love Deer, my heart is heavy hearing about Molly......also for your cousin.........Love the sampler as always, your work is so wonderful, Hugs Francine.

annie said...

So sorry for your sadness..,,
I hate to see the deer hurt.
Terrible situation with the relatives, have been there, and understand. How kind of you to chart for others. Hope things improve.

Krista said...

Sending you BIG hugs, Marly. Thank you for the information about the light I had no idea of it. I did break one a while back and did none of the things that it said but will in the future! And in case I haven't said before I love all your BOAF Santas in your blog header.

Carmen Sutton said...

LED lights are the way to go, I some times wonder if our going green many time has us going more dangerous, but who am I just some lady with eyes stop working when overloaded with floresent light like in walmart.
I sorry to hear about you cousin, and molly the deer.

Jacqueline said...

I hope your sadness dissipates as quickly as our snow did today with all our rain.

Merry Christmas

Maggee said...

I had that kind of sadness yesterday over a squirrel. I always think about it's family, waiting for it to return... I really get angry along with you about your cousin. Sounds like no one has a clear plan for her. It is a sad thing, and you are entitled to be feeling sad. But, if there is nothing you can do, please try to enjoy the Christmas festivities and stitching, and just pray. God is good. Love you my friend. Hugs!

Glenna said...

Christmas should always be on a Friday, I think! When I bought the Christmas meat today, I thought, "I should freeze this, because it shouldn't hang around in the fridge until Friday." Then I realized I only have to store it until Wednesday. Yikes. I'm so sorry for the sad, but I want to tell you how it cheers me to pull your blog up at work. Merry Christmas, Marly.

Barb said...

It is so sad about both the deer and your cousin. When my step-Mom became unable to live alone, she gladly moved into an apartment in a large facility. She made things so easy for us! Bless her!

Catherine said...

Sending hugs....hope your back feels better too!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Sorry for the sad things in your life. Christmas has definitely snuck up on me, too. Your little sampler is looking great!

Pam in IL said...

Sorry to hear about your cousin and the doe. We have those string lights in the LED version. Looking forward to seeing the finished sampler you're working on. Hope your back feels better ans the sadness lessens.

Faye said...

..... Oh Marly, here's a hug... Christmas time is upon us friend... Best wishes, Merry Christmas and happy stitching in that perfect stitch!

Judy said...

Sory to hear you are sad, but do understand. I totally agree about the light bulbs. Your little sampler design is looking sweet! Tomorrow is another day..hope it is better.

Judy Heartland stitcher

cl said...

I can so relate to the coupon thing - that $10 off burns a hole in my credit card!!!!! I want to add my thanks to you this Christmas time. I smile every time you spout you honest irritation with life. I hope Santa will bring you something wonderful you certainly are on his list of GOOD children.

Rachel said...

So sorry about your doe and cousin.:(

Your stitching is lovely, I can't wait to see your design!

Karen said...

I am so sorry and feel pain at life's worst. Hate fast cars when it is the time of the deer. Hate we get old and that there can be nobody to help. Wishing and knowing love will win. Merry Christmas to your loved ones and you. Jesus loves you.

Chris said...

Dear Marly,
I am so sorry for the loss of Molly and the situation with your cousin.
Wishing you peace.

Anonymous said...

I too rant about the new toxic 'more efficient' lights. Might have to brave the traffic to HD. I was so sorry to read about Molly. It is too sad when their lives are cut short like that. Poor creature. Annie L

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