Friday, January 22, 2010

Crochet Happines

It's funny how God arranges things. I took the food over to our Homeschool Friend who is recovering from surgery and got to visit with her a bit. She had broken her ankle and will be sitting in a wheel chair through most of her recovery, which must be so difficult because she is an active lady. Although, I know that it's often during these kinds of times that God blesses His children with life lessons and reminders of how it's good to be quiet and slow down. I'm sure God will bless her as she has blessed others.

Well, she was in the process of knitting a beee-yooh-tee-ful afghan. And as I was admiring it I mentioned how I've been trying to teach myself to crochet and she quickly and unexpectedly responded, "Well, come over later and I'll help you." Wow! How could I pass up that offer? So, I'm going over tomorrow afternoon and getting help with my crocheting. giggling and clapping hands I'm SOOO excited! Hee hee.

Poor Hubby and 1 of my daughters is sick with the stomach flu. Three of my other kids just got over it a little over a day ago. There is still 1 daughter and myself who have not had it...yet. :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cooking For Others

I just finished my Chicken Soup, which I'll be taking over to a family whose wife/mother just recently had ankle surgery. I have only met her once, they are in our homeschool group. Why did I capitalize chicken soup? I have no idea. Maybe because it's been such an issue with me all day, a Bid Deal, to the point of being anxious. I did give it up to God and am trusting Him to bless it.

I can't believe that I have been feeling nervous about cooking this meal. She does have some food allergies so I had to keep those in mind. But, I found myself feeling the urge to cook the chicken soup. Even though I stressed out about it a bit and actually made a decision to change the menu to Chicken Stir-fry with Rice, at the last minute I had to go back to the original plan. It seemed that I was just supposed to cook this food, ha! I did pray about it and certainly feel that this must be His leading, for whatever reason. I am hoping that I will be able to "see" why it must be the chicken soup. :) I'll be taking fresh bread along with it. I tossed the idea of salad around in my mind (no pun intended) but again, for some reason I am not compelled to do the salad. I'm going to bake some brownies in the morning to add as a sweet little treat.

Today has been a busy day. Actually, the past two weeks have been very busy, and I have still not recovered...I'm so tired, and to avoid falling asleep on my keyboard, I'm heading to bed.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sporty Santa

Here are the Bucilla Sport Santa stockings I did for a customer over the holidays. I had never done these before and once I had started them I realized I had grossly underestimated the amount of time involved in sewing these. There's no way, just by looking at them, that you can even begin to imagine how much work is involved. I had consulted a seamstress who regularly assembles these for customers so that I could get an idea of how much to charge for my time. But, according to the time she gave me for how long it takes her, she must either be very fast at hand sewing or I am very, very slow. (maybe as slow as I am at getting my project photos uploaded.)

When I finally finished them I felt like I needed to celebrate, but everyone in my home was sleeping and so I had to be satisfied with a quiet little "Yay!" from myself and the satisfaction of a job completed. The customer was very satisfied and even complimented my stitching, so I was happy.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Not a Survivor

(I originally wrote this within the first 6 months after my daughter's death. I didn't post it then, I don't remember why.  I...