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A Cross stitch finish for 2013

Thursday, January 03, 2013

I have really gotten back into doing my cross stitch and I am so happy doing so. I feel more relaxed and content just stitching. I know it's not something everyone can do but I feel more at peace.
I started this project on December 31 and finished it January 2.
Fleur de lis by JBW designs stitched on 18 count white aida with silk floss. I want to make it to a small pillow decoration with yellow fabric or a yellow frame.

I will be starting to stitching an ornament as part of a stitch along with a group

More of my finished cross stitch pieces can be found in my online photo albums here:




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EBPOOKIE 1/6/2013 2:49AM

    Very beautiful i used to cross stitch many moons ago hmm... lol Beautiful work Robin!!

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NBARNES 1/3/2013 10:51AM

    Love the idea of starting in 2012 and finishing 2013!

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MRSAGAIN2 1/3/2013 7:43AM

    Gorgeous work, as usual!

Congrats on your finish.

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SCAREWALDORF 1/3/2013 2:42AM

    This is really pretty-cross stitch is so therapeutic. I have one on the go at the moment, but it's been taking forever!

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January 1- 2013 goals?

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I don't make resolutions, I don't say I WILL do this, I can only hope. I know if I did make resolutions and force myself to do things then it would happen, but one doesn't know what will happen day to day to throw things off schedule. Yes I know you take things one day at a time and do what you can. I don't make my Spark plans ahead of time and I personally don't think it's fair for people to put their exercise/fitness minutes in weeks ahead of time, that is cheating.

Tracking my food? No, there are too many foods I eat that is not listed in the SparkPeople database and they do NOT list nutrition information on packages here in Saudi Arabia not to mention foods here are different from the rest of the world.
Exercise? I will do my best to get in 15 mintues a day. Today I joined the January Jumpstart Challenge team so maybe that will help me be responsible for exercising, plus I belong to that Biggest Loser challenge so I try my best to participate.
Drinking 8 cups of water a day? Not even close. I just can't gag down water, I try but it isn't happening.

My goal is to get through January-May so I can go home to the USA for the summer and hoping my Daddy is still alive to hold all 5 of his GREAT-grandchildren in June.
I wish my sister would fully recover from her surgery in October so she doesn't have to keep being rushed back to the hospital with lung problems,
I wish things would work out for my niece and her new baby so she has a job and they have a place to live,
I pray for a easy and quick delivery of my other nieces baby boy In January
I hope my son has a better year and can get a start on a better life.
I hope my daughter and her family can find a nicer place to live and can stay on top of things.

There is no celebrating/observing New Years in this country, it is forbidden, it's not a holiday. I am fixing beans and cornbread for dinner today-my husband's southern traditional meal. I don't recall having anything special for a New Year's meal growing up in Central New York except the French toast that my mother would make for every holiday breakfast meal.

I Hope 2013 is a GREAT year for you

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MRSAGAIN2 1/2/2013 11:03AM

    Your 2013 wishes for others are sweet.

Hope the first half of the year flies by so you can get home soon.

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NBARNES 1/1/2013 12:15PM

    Just wanted to send a welcome to 2013 note. Not sure I can add anything to what Lanacotta had to say - have a great 'internal' celebration this year.

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BRENDAGAIL9 1/1/2013 11:41AM

    Growing up we never really had traditions other than shooting off a few sparklers and those tiny ladyfinger fire crackers on the 4th of July. No special foods but we ate a lot of fried chicken, biscuits and gravy and greens. I'm from Tennessee but raised from age two in Seattle. Now I'm in the southwestern part of the state. I love Washington and have lived here all but five years of my life.

How difficult for you living in a foreign country and forbidden to do as you like. Maybe someday you can move back to the states for good. Myself, I couldn't deal with all those rules and regulations.

lis, WA

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LANACOTTA 1/1/2013 4:49AM

    Good luck with your goals in 2013, RD. You may not be able to celebrate "externally", but our best treasures are inside of us. So have a great "internal" celebration and get ready for a great year.

Staying upbeat is so hard when you are far away from all the little things that we all take for granted. But you are strong and can do it!


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Happy Boxing Day! Happy Kwanzaa!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Boxing to all my friends in the UK, Canada, Australia and to those who celebrate/observe the day!
Happy Kwanzaa to those who celebrate/observe the day!

December 25 kind of sucked here, since it was not on a Thursday or Friday, my DH had to work-they do not give him the day off since they do not acknowledge the day as a holiday, there were no gifts under the tree for me-DH(NOT dear) usually waits until December 24 to go out and shop BUT the company took his car to get it inspected last week and told him it would not pass inspection until something was fixed but they haven't bothered to get it fixed yet. I didn't have much for a dinner, chicken, beets and potato. I don't have everything I wanted to fix the holiday dinner we are having with his co-workers on Thursday so I've had to figure out how to adjust my recipes at the last minute.
I called my family in the USA-first I called my parents and my mother told my father doesn't have much time left, this was his last Christmas on this earth, it was VERY difficult to talk to them after that. We hope he makes it until the end of January when the next Great-Grandson will be born.
Then called our Daughter and son, both our grandsons got BB guns and the exact same kind. At least everyone liked what they got. I couldn't tell them about their grandpa to ruin their day.

So here it is December 26-another sucky holiday over. 148 more days until I am HOME in the USA for the summer or until I have to go home for my Dad.

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BRENDAGAIL9 12/26/2012 10:29AM

    It must be very difficult living in another country when the holiday's come around. I don't know how you cope with it all.

Sorry to hear about your dad. That makes the holiday that much sadder. I, too, am glad it is all over but am coping better this year with it than I did for the last 6+ years since my husband had a massive stroke and I found myself alone. The day of a holiday is what gets me so I just stay home alone to get through the day and the next day I am fine. I almost went down for the potluck yesterday then thought better of it and watched old movies all day.

We were supposed to have a white Christmas but it didn't happen in our area. Christmas Eve I took two friends grocery shopping as neither one has a car and they wanted to stock up 'just in case'.

Do you celebrate New Year's there?

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CATHGREEN8 12/26/2012 8:12AM

    Sorry you got such sad news. I hope your dinner on Thursday lightens your heart some with fellowship.

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I have a new Great Niece!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Miss Emily entered this world at 12:26AM December 23. She is my parents' 4th GREAT-Grandchild and 1st GREAT-Grand Daughter. I'm sure she will be a little princess! I can't wait to see pictures. I was texting back and forth with my sister when she was born so I felt like I was there.
Now we are waiting on my other niece to bring Aaron into the world next month.

I've been doing a lot of stitching lately too.

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MRSAGAIN2 12/27/2012 9:47PM

    Some how I missed this blog entry. :(

Congratulations on the addition of a princess to your family.

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JERSEYGIRL24 12/24/2012 7:20PM

    Congratulations and enjoy every minute with her.

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RD03875 12/23/2012 2:38PM

    OOps, thank you for letting me know!

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BRENDAGAIL9 12/23/2012 1:47PM

    Congratulations! But I think you have the date wrong. Myself, I have one great-grandaughter who is 6 now.

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Cross Stitch finishes

Thursday, December 20, 2012

These are just a few of the cross stitch projects I finished this month so far
This is my latest finish, Silent Night by Little House Needleworks on 32 count Waterlily evenweave with DMC floss

Ho Ho Santa

Winter Joy by SanMan Originals

Egg Nog-I did the stitching last year but finished it off this year

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FLUTTERBY4JC 12/20/2012 11:55PM

    Those look great!

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I thought of you when I opened my cousins Card this week it was a picture of an English Robin. Nothing like the American Robin, It is a small delicate looking bird but as wise as could be. This bird is really bright he will sit by a gardener and eat worms the gardener digs out so he is just waiting to be fed the gardener knows the more worms the bird eats the more he fertilizes the ground for im.
The English Robin on the Christmas cards is the equivalent of the US Cardinal on our Cards over here.

Thanks so much for taking those pictures of your beautiful work and posting them. They are so well done, family heirlooms for certain. I really love the Silent Night one it looks so delicate on my computer screen.

I hope you are doing better, still trying to find the impossible? I hope not.

Happiness is the best we can do. I hope you and DH and any friends nearby will all have a very Happy time this holiday season. HUGS Pat in Maine.
ENJOY the day. Pat in Maine.

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