Friday, January 22, 2016

Still Adding Stitches...

Still adding stitches...

My state has a lost money web site - most states do - and I randomly looked today.  My mom is out on it for $2325.  It is like finding a winning lottery ticket.  It takes more for me to jump thru the hoops to get it since my mom is dead now, but I will figure it out.

I have been tossing my change into a water bottle for years.  This week I cashed it in to pay for the dishwasher - it came out almost even to the bill amount.  I am also still trying to stay within my budget.  This month it is $200.  I have spent that on groceries, gasoline, eating out, stamps, shopping.  I'd like to finish out the month with a $50 a week spending average total. 

So I have spent this month counting pennies - literally - and trying to stay within a $200 monthly limit - which is not limiting myself severly.  And suddenly, I find $2325?  Now is that my budget for the next 11 months from the universe as a gift?  Because it could be a really nice flat screen tv with sound system, and player...  Coincedence?  or just really weird???

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Filling In...

Photo with no flash - but the material is really white.
I am filling in, but it was like every strand I stitched ended up just a few stitches short of completing the tree, or the leaf or the face.  So I am trying to catch those area so I can start to call areas complete.  Today I decided to just call it a stitching day, and I have stitched 10 hours so far.

I got my dishwasher installed - I have used it twice.  It looks a little wonky, but it is level, my kitchen counter isn't anymore.  But I would rather the dishwasher fill and drain properly, than look level, and not work.  It is rated as being the same level of quiet, but it is quieter.  I am still getting used to the control buttons.  It flashes at me like - hey lady - you don't know what you are doing....  I have actually read part of the manual, but not all the manual.  I see cookie making in the near future.

I am trying to put myself on a slower spending budget.  What I spend seems to swing wildly at times - and I am sure sometimes it is from need, sometimes it is pure emotional spending from depression.  Sorting that out and seeing if I can lower my monthly averages.  But like a diet, it is an everyday thing that you can be good all month, then blow it all up in a single day, or the last day of the month.  So I am back to wearing things out, using things up.  This will be a year of finishing projects I have started, and buying only the one to two that I truly love.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

A litte here, A little there...

Still hanging in there on this.  I finished all the little flowers or acorns or whatever those little things are in the border.  That is now complete.  There are a few things I am going to have to change.  I just can't stitch a bird sideways.  I also can't stitch a bird onto the church roof that would basically be like stitching Godzilla onto a church roof.  Is the church supposed to be under attact by giant birds?  I am not too sure about the piglets, if they are piglets.  It sometimes feels like a designer will just be filling in an area, but just be trying to put in anything that fits, rather than something that makes sense.  So I am back to filling in the things that sort of make sense, and then seeing where that leaves me.  Other than that, it is just a stitch here or there that I am changing.  I narrowed the shepards face, fixed the woman's shoes, evened up the bugs wings, gave the cat better ears, altered hats, nothing crazy.

Tomorrow my new dishwasher is supposed to be installed.  I have missed it, more than I expected. 

And I have started watching the reruns of the Johnny Carson show.  I am old enough to have watched it the first time around, but watching it again now gives a little bit different perspective on some of the people.  I catch myself smiling at a joke I have no doubt heard before.  Or sometimes tearing up over a famous person that you just have not thought about for a while.  Perhaps it is just a slightly different sense of humor.  Maybe because I did watch it years ago, and probably regularly, it is a bit like getting to see a favorite relative again.  Whatever the reason - I stop to watch it, and I am really enjoying watching it again.