29 December 2007

Very cute blog post

Came across this and it was really cute. Thank you for posting!

Very cute blog post

Came across this and it was really cute. Thank you for posting!

Look at my Ebay wins

I have been spending more time on Ebay than normal lately, and have found some good stuff. I won these this week:

Isn't this so cute? He is such an sweet little crow! I like crows now for some reason.

And this:

I paid more for this kit than I really wanted to pay, but I have never seen it before, and for some reason, I MUST own every possible legal horse design. Especially if they are running, which is rather ironic, since (and I am about to share with you the deep dark secret of my life), I am afraid to ride a galloping horse. But this one was SOOO pretty.

You know, since I started back cross stitching, I have come to appreciate the days of yore. I can remember my early days of stitching, in the early 90s, when there was such a plethora of kits available. Once we decided that my 4-H projects for the fair would not be sewing, they would be cross stitch, Daddy used to take me to MJDesigns, later bought out by Michael's, and we would pick out my project. Anyway, it would take at least an hour to pick something out--this was my fair project, so it had to be perfect, you know (BTW, I never won more than a second in 4-H, but I knew the girl who won from 4-H camp, so it was OK)--but the thing was, they had SECTIONS of subject matter, not just a cursory selection of stuff you wouldn't really want to stitch, like now. I always hit the horse designs first, then expanded. The leaflet section was the same way; it took you TIME to look through everything to find the perfect project, and there was always a delightful selection that took several aisles. Not like that now. And a lot of stitchers shun kits. I like them. I think it's a good value for the money. But they were better back then.

Thank God for Ebay--that is the MJDesigns of the 21st century.

28 December 2007

Pretty Freebie

Someone on 123 posted this. It is just too pretty. Wouldn't it be lovely on a sparkly navy blue, stitching in white?

27 December 2007

The Updated 50 List

In case you've forgotten, these are the projects off the 50 list that I still have to do:

Finish Stunning Irises
Summer Ball
Summer Quilt
Ghost Wind
Cat Lovers Too
Hummingbird Trellis Afghan
Sandy Orton--Autumn Sampler
Beachcombin—Salty Yarns
Like Feathered Wings
WWS The Arab
Halloween Bellpull
Stranger in the Woods
Raise the Roof-Happy Camper
I Like Winter Best of All
Is it Spring yet?
The Perfect Man
Bent Creek Winter Snapperland
A Cat’s a Cat
Summers To Come (Cricket Collection)
Calico Cat
All Hallows Eve
Lost Spirits
4 Season House
Bent Creek- Winter Row
Blossom Harvest
Christmas Village
Cat for All Seasons
Miribilia Halloween Fairy
AOY A Moment’s Rest
Janlynn Summer Sampler
Barnyard Kittens
New Fallen Snow-Glendon Place.
Will Work for Freezer Space
Winter Quilt
Autumn Quilt
Spring Quilt
Cat Sampler
Kitty Cat Row
Kit and Bixby—Winter Wool
Kit and Bixby—Summer Wool
Kit and Bixby—Spring Wool
Kit and Bixby Autumn Wool

The Terrible Turkey Tabletopper is DONE

I just finished it. I seriously did not think I would ever finish, but I did. Now, it's time to stitch for me.

I honestly have not been stitching much this past week. I just was getting prepped for the holiday and it's been such a drain. This is supposed to be the relaxing week, but it hasn't been, not yet. Last night, I wore my white coat, khakis, and my new Dale Jr tee shirt (Thank you, honey!) to work in the rain. I realized I couldn't wear the Dale Jr. shirt to sell tickets, so ran back down the hill to get my correct outfit, and SLIPPED. I have mud all over my white coat, my khakis are a mess, and I busted my cute pig keychain. But the new tee shirt was fine. Fortunately I had clothes in the car, or I would have had to leave. But we got off at 8 and I did get to stitch.

I should have some more time this weekend. Even though the never ending show is still going on. We have to clean on Sunday for his birthday Monday, but as of Monday, I just have to get his present and get my hair done, which was more drama. I have a beautiful empire waist shift dress, and I wanted my hair up. My hairdresser has apparently stopped doing updos. She did my hair for my senior picture, and it was up; I don't know anyone else who does good big hair--Yankees may consider Maryland the South, but just because we have a funny accent, and it gets hot as heck in the summer does not mean our hairdressers know how to do good hair like that, and I am the kind of girl who needs big hair. Anyway, so I have decided I am gonna have to have to go with big partially-up, partially-down hair. This may not work.

I guess I am lucky if my worst problem to end 2007 is that I have to look like Brigitte Bardo, not Audrey Hepburn, LOL.

26 December 2007

You have to wonder about my commitment

to not buying more stash when I open a magazine, see this and wonder if that saying, "I would give my right arm to have this," is just a euphemism. But I like these. They scream, you need to stitch us:

Aren't they cute. Aren't they just absolutely the most adorable mice you have ever seen?

Hope Everyone had a Happy Christmas

I had a wonderful one. No stitchy gifts, but that's OK! I was happy with what I got.

I do have to share this, as it really touched my heart. My BF wasn't sure if he wanted to come to my house to spend time with my family, because of the length of time we've been dating. He has been wanting a set of canisters for a while, but a nice set. Anyway, I told Mama he wanted them and she sent me to get him a set, the admonition being, "Don't spend too much." Well, I found a really nice set for a reasonable price, including a big flour bin. He said he didn't want to come over last night because he didn't have a gift for my parents. I said it didn't matter, because in the end, it doesn't matter. Christmas is about family, or "fambly". I wanted to have a night with the people I love around me. Anyway, I wish I could put into words how his eyes lit up when he opened that canister set. He said, "Someone must have told you that I wanted it." I told him it must have been a Christmas elf. I don't know, something about finding a present and granting a wish, however small it is, for someone you care about, and seeing joy, that to me was my favorite gift, not just for him, but for me too. My mom will not know how wonderful that gift was, but I do.

So that is that! OHHHH, and I found out that Stoney Creek is releasing a class kit from last year's (2006) CATS that I wanted to take. It's $115, so going to take a lot of budgeting (and probably a lot of no lunches) to afford, but I want it.

22 December 2007

I am locked out of the craft room

I went last night to hide my unwrapped gifts in my craft room at SO's house. The door was locked! When I asked, he said it was because my gifts were in there. What the heck did he buy me? His stocking is in there. I have all these gifts to put in the stocking and it's in there. And it's not like I can even get in today. He's shopping today while I am working. I will not have access.

I got up this morning and wrapped a couple small gifts, then laid on the couch and looked at the Christmas tree. Even with the paltry few gifts I had wrapped, I felt like a good provider. I even made sure "the boys" have presents. It's hard to shop for pit bulls, I do have to say, but I got them the healthiest cookies that I could find at Petco, some rawhides, and some chewy cookie things. They look so cute under the tree.

21 December 2007

I concede temporary defeat

I will not get the snowmen done for the holiday. But I am OK with that. I was setting a high goal for myself. I have too much to do over the next 4 days. I finished decorating the tree last night, and gathered together my presents to wrap, now I have to take them to SOs house and wrap. Then tomorrow is work (BTW, they extended the show another freaking week--I am all for success, just starting to think we are going to have this show forever, and I really do need some time off next month.) And Sunday, do the grocery shopping.

I have been pondering my goals for 2008. I do have some. My New Year's Day start is going to be the Stoney Creek Winter Bellpull. I've had the supplies for almost a year, and I saw this at CATS, so it's time to start it. I want to finish 10 UFOs and WIPs, and keep working on the 50 list. I want to finish the 50 list this year--this is asking a lot, but I can try.

Otherwise, stitchy related, but not stitching, I want to win Best of Show at the county fair. I found a really beautiful Hardanger design in the newest New Stitches, and I am going to try to get that done. It's a fall design of acorns, not HARD really. Hardanger looks a lot harder than it is, so this should be fun. I also want to get rid of the unwanted stash I have. Whatever I can't sell is going to be given away at the Sue Hillis GTG on Memorial Day Weekend. I can't have all this stuff. And, as part of my general financial redirection, I will cut down on the amount of stash I buy. I really do have a lot of stitching treasures that need to be done, and keeping adding to the pile lessens the chance of them getting done.

20 December 2007

Starting the year in review a little early.

Can you believe in less than two weeks, it will be 2008? Where did 2007 go? I started this blog last December, and I can not believe how important it's become this year. A year ago, I wouldn't have had the courage to put ANYTHING I wrote out for public perusal, and here I am, blogging happily away.

I wanted to start by saying how much I enjoy the company of my new blogosphere friends. I love reading your writings, and am so appreciative to anyone who reads my little meanderings on the world of stitching.

2007 was a great year for me, stitching wise. In addition to starting this, which I can honestly say is probably the longest-lasting thing that will come out of my stitching life this year, I learned Hardanger, which I have been wanting to do FOREVER, and won lots of ribbons at the fair. I was so honored that my HOHRH was in the judging for Best of Show at the state fair. You see, it's always been one of the things that has bothered me about myself, that I am just not "graceful", nor terribly coordinated; they made me dance in the back row in high school musicals because I could sing, but I couldn't dance my way out of a sack. And I managed this year to become graceful, and ladylike, with a needle and thread. My piece, at 30, was good enough to compete with pictures by women who have been doing this longer than I have been alive. I'm not in the back row anymore!

And also, I came this year to realize that when I think about the art that I do, it's not, "I am a frustrated actress," or "I sing, and I am trying to get into a band." It's, "I stitch. I paint pictures with cotton thread. I am a fiber artist." I can say, I never felt that I could be an artist with my needle before, and I do now. I have the confidence. That's a pretty awesome feeling.

Anyway, I am about to clean up my sidebars, so wanted to remove the 2007 finishes, since I won't be finished with anything in the next week and a half. Sandy's Magic Hat won't be done, but she will understand, she is a lovely lady. And I won't finish the terrible turkey tabletopper this year--it's temporarily AWOL, but Mom is pretty sure she didn't throw it out, so I will just let that go for now--so it's time to list my finishes for the year:

Winter's Delight-Just Cross Stitch
Halloween Window-Patricia Anderle
herb Garden-Little House Needleworks
Give Thanks for Best Friends--Secret Needle Night
Halloween Night-Val's Stuff
Country French Cat-JBW Designs
The Little Black Cat--Bent Creek
Woodland Sampler-Something in Common
New Birth of Spring--Stoney Creek
Dead of Night--Funk& Weber
Santa's Unexpected Gift-Dragon Dreams
Spring Has Sprung--Rainbow Gallery freebie
Flip It Blocks-January 2004-Lizzie Kate
Forest Snowfall-Country Cottage Needleworks
Wee Ones-Flowers--Heart in Hand
Kitty Dreams- Sue Hillis
Summer Row--Bent Creek
Emma's Garden--Plum Pudding Needlearts
Down By the Sea--Pine Mountain Pillow
Summer Window Spot- Fanci That
At Home with Jane Austen--the Sampler Girl
Santa's Journey-Margaret Sherry
Warm Water Wash--Raise the Roof
a Britty Kitty square
Fall is Fabulous--Count Your Blessings freebie
Autumn Nap-Waxing Moon
Iris and Friends-Diane Graebner

A pretty diverse, neat group, so many memories attached. Iris and Friends won second place at State, but since she was stitched in memory of Gramma, that's good. I know Grammy was watching over that picture. Summer Row was stitched on the road to Franklin, NC, along the Ocoowee river. The Little Black Cat was my first major over-1 project. New Birth of Spring saw me transition to healing from Gramma, and took the whole flippin' summer, Santa's Unexpected Gift was another award winner, and is hanging on SO's tree to remind us both that our relationship was an unexpected gift.

18 December 2007

Other thoughts from my addled brain

I just spent the last hour frogging the snowman hat. Dammit.

Anyway, I am stitching with 28 size needles. This is my standard. They aren't petites, just plain DMC from Michaels. I was thinking something was wrong, because they just felt thin and flimsy, then realized what it was. I have been working with size 24s for the tabletopper, and so I am not used to spindly needles. It's gonna take a few days to get used to this.

Must pick up the pace!

I didn't get a lot of time to stitch last night. We started decorating the Christmas tree, and putting out the decorations. Note I say started because there was a lot of stuff that hasn't wended it's way out of the basement yet. I did get my beautiful Fitz & Floyd Santa up, which is always an experience of wonder and fear--you try to lift a porcelain Santa that was cheap to buy on sale, but expensive to replace, and which I bought in a moment of consumer credit gluttony, because it was absolutely gorgeous--up on a mantle over hardwood floors while a herd of housepets sit around your feet, hampering your way as they work out the plan to break Santa and act like he never had a face. I ended up handing him to Mom, sitting her on the couch, planting my feet firmly, and having her hand him to me, then edging up to the mantle and lifting him. How tacky would it be to leave him in the box and just display him like that next year?

Anyway, I did get started on the gingerbread men/snowman pic. I have discovered DMC Light Effects does not go through the holes in 18 count aida easily when doubled. Which is slowing me down a great deal, but I am working a section of hat, then a section of sparkly snowman, then going back. Rotating will keep me from going insane. It shouldn't be TOOO bad to get this finished, as long as I stay on track decorating. I did find SCADS AND SCADS of brand new white lights in the boxes when I was looking for stuff last night. What did I buy them for? And they were in one of my craft boxes. Wierd. Tonight I have to put out my other treasured Christmas decoration, my Nutcracker Suite music box, and then the major stuff is done.

17 December 2007

1 week til Christmas

A week from today is Christmas Eve. Fortunately, I don't have to work. Anywhere. I can't remember the last time I had three days where I didn't have to work at one of my jobs, but I do next week.

And just in time. The freebie from San Man's 12 Days of Christmas, Day 5 is ADOORABLE. I must stitch it.

I went to Michael's at lunch to get supplies for it. I thought it would be really cute on a piece of blue, and then thought, maybe I should make the snowman sparkly, so had some fun with the light effects floss. They had a lovely soft purple and light blue as well, so I thought those would be good for the snowy parts. I think, I THINK, that if I get all my night chores done quick this week, I can get this done. Maybe not framed, but we can see. It's going to be for my SO's mom, who loves snowmen. She's always been very supportive of my stitching, probably more than my mom. SO said she went to the fair this summer and had her son in law look at every entry to pick out mine. So I think that she would appreciate a stitching gift. The race, my friends is on.

14 December 2007

Friday Night Nonsense

I was cruising the web tonight and found this. I'm in a silly mood--tend to be like that on Fridays, LOL. This cracked me up.

OH, on a good note, they are restarting CATS as the Stitching Jubilee. It figures, now that I ran up a credit card, justifying "It's the last chance I will have to purchase." But I knew it was going to happen. Too many of us were too upset, not so much about the shopping loss--the internet sorta makes it basically impossible for you to go stashless--but about the stitching rooms.

Couldn't take it any more

I have been working on my tabletopper for almost two weeks solid and I needed a break. So last night I started a Sanman freebie of a snowflake. I figured it was something that I could finish rather quickly. I am about halfway done with it already. So it's good.

There are more charts of snowflakes, I am considering doing them in different threads on different fabrics, silver kreinik on navy, or red on a sparkly lugana, that would use up some of my threads and I would have ornaments. I was thinking I could do a little tree in snowmen ornaments. That would be good for my craft room.

12 December 2007

The organizing is having an effect on me

I have finally realized I just might have enough stash to last me for a while. So my brother came in last night and asked me what I really truly wanted for Christmas. I have been pretty fortunate this year, and all I really had on my list was stuff I wanted; other than a new coat that is not white, I don't need anything on my list (and to be perfectly honest, I didn't need the new coat, I just wanted a coat that wasn't white because it's a pain to keep white clean).

Anyway, I have a couple charities who contact me, mostly animal charities, for donations. It breaks my heart, because I can't do for everyone. And my aunt inspired me because she wanted a donation to a horse rescue in her name. So I gave him the brochure for one that volunteers at hospitals and nursing homes, and which I am thinking about volunteering with, because Robbie loves to be petted and would make an excellent therapy dog, and said, "Make a donation in my name to them." And he's doing it. I feel very good about myself now. Instead of clothes that will get stained and dirty, and objects that will take up space and get broken, and more cross stitch stuff that I don't have time to stitch, my Christmas present is going to help someone, in the way that having my dogs and cats helped me when I needed it.

Is it OK, though, if I say that I really want This? It's beautiful. It would win everything at the fair. It would whip up on HOHRH. Maybe someday.

11 December 2007

Still not finished and not looking likely soon

I had to go shopping for a new good coat last night, and didn't get home til 9 PM. So I had a little time to sit with my terrible turkey tabletopper and work on him. I almost killed a small black dog named Robbie-do, because he ran across the couch and sent my little bobbin of pearl cotton flying when I wasn't there to get it, and I am too busy to go to the LNS to get another roll of it, nor do I want to buy anything right now. Fortunately, I did manage to find it fairly quickly. And he laid quietly by my side the rest of the evening while I watched the Hills finale.

It was a good mail day, stitching wise. I got the monthly SNN kit. It was a really good one. The little scene from October but done w a sleigh. They are going to do spring and Summer for this series. I sense a wallhanging happening. I wonder, though, as long as it takes me to do these, are there people who diligently stitch them every month? Because you would spend the whole month stitching one. What about other projects? I guess, though, no one can like everyone of these. The leprachaun ones, especially. I was never a fan of them, and after the Ghost Hunters where the fairies were running around the ghosthunters, I am afraid.

Anyway . . . just a thought.

I am still trying to get organized. I keep weeding things out of my stash. There is so much to go through. I can only imagine I bought this stuff as part of lots, because really my tastes have not changed that much. And I have a huge lot of crafts magazines to be gotten rid of. I hope they go to good homes. I did go through my binders and try to make sure that the things that belong together are grouped together. That is at least getting there. I still have about 4 to go through, though.

10 December 2007

Drat drat drat

Do you know how irritated I am with myself?

OK, no.

Anyway, I was about half way through stitching the last turkey on my tabletopper, and I realized I was off. Not just off. Completely off. And since everything is the same on this one, it had to be picked out and fixed.

I could cry. I hate stitching that bleeping turkey. I hate this tabletopper. I hate it. I hate nunstitching it. I nunstitched for two hours on Saturday night and I didn't get it finished. I got one more side finished. I don't want to work on this no more. ARRRGGGGHHHHH.

I did make some improvement last night in getting things organized. I consolidated some boxes, and ended up with an empty one to put my sale items in. That way I can get them off the bookcase in the livingroom. This is a vast improvement. I am trying to decide how to best sell it. I don't know whether a stash sale would really work. It seems to me that is a lot of hassle to sell. I don't know if Ebay is better. I could either set up a store, or just sell it little by little. The other option is to take it to the sell for you Ebay store.

09 December 2007

The price of stitching

My friend Kathy told me in an email on Friday that people were paying 46GBP for Cross Stitch Collection 144, which happens to be the one with the cute baby in it. People are crazy. That is $52USD. That is a tank of gas and a half. That is a load of groceries. Or an outfit. For a magazine . . .

I paid $10.99 for it.

07 December 2007

hmmm--what to stitch

The state fair has a contest for designs that are 's' and I need some help choosing an s subject. It can't be something that the viewer would have to use difficult logic to see the s. I want to steer away from doing ships or seashore, because there are classes for those at the fair. So what should I stitch? It can't be something that will take months to stitch, because, as you know, I don't have patience for big projects and the fair is 9 months from now, not to mention, I do have to work, eat, sleep, MOVE households, and work on other projects in this 9 month period. So what do I stitch?

I am liking sheep for some reason. And snowmen . . .

06 December 2007

SBQ Questions

I recently attended a stash sale organized by friends of a stitcher who had passed away from ovarian cancer. I didn’t know the stitcher, but I quickly learned things about her, such as who her favorite designers were and that she was much better organized than I am (she had almost no duplicate charts!). In talking with her friends, plans were to donate the funds collected from the sale to the hospice which cared for her at the end of her life.

The friends had organized everything, from going through her stash right down to what they were doing the day of the sale, because her family really had no idea of the value of her stash or what to do with it.

It was a rather somber experience; I even felt tears in my eyes a few times thinking of the woman who had once bought these charts in her LNS with plans to stitch them someday, gone home and lovingly filed them away, and then been unable to complete everything she wished to do. I felt guilty I was benefiting from her death and her losses. I felt honored to be offered the opportunity to take care of some of the things she had once loved. I felt like I knew things about her from the kinds of things she liked to stitch.

I realized if something happened to me, most of my stash would languish in my home because it wouldn’t cross my husband’s mind that he should do anything with it, and he’d have no idea *what* to do with it, either.

This experience made me think of lots of questions which would probably be great for an SBQ …

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What would your stash tell others about you?

Most of us stitchers joke about having reached SABLE (stash acquired beyond life expectancy), but have you thought about what you’d like done with your stash after your death? Do you want it to reach other stitchers who will love it, too? Would your family know what to do with it or recognize its value?

How well organized is your stash –would someone be able to come in and put together a sale easily, or would it require lots of organizing work ahead of time? What would you like to see done with the funds collected from such a sale, i.e., should funds go to your family, to a charity or charities of your choice, to a charity or charities of your family’s choice, etc.?

Are there certain items in your stash which are rare and highly desired by stitchers that might make a much larger amount of money if sold on eBay? Have you done anything to designate which items these more valuable ones are to guide your family in how to handle them? Who would you tell your family should handle such a sale so that they don’t have to do it themselves? Have you done anything to make these thoughts known to others, either through discussions or through a codicil to your will?

Have you ever attended a similar sale of a passed stitcher’s stash? How did it make you feel? Did it encourage you to make any changes in your stitching lifestyle?

This is a really hard SBQ to answer, for a lot of reasons.

I have bought lots from people who have passed away. I think the one that affected me the most was the one I bought where she had filed everything neatly away. She even had copies. I could tell that they were old copies, because most of the charts were very old, so I couldn't automatically say, "Well, gosh, I have to throw these away." because you could tell that she loved them enough to put them in a folder. I have a thing about getting rid of things people loved, because doing so seems like it takes something from their memory. So I have her copies, tucked away for now.

What would my stash say about me? As an overall person, it would say I don't do anything half way, LOL. You hear me complain about what a job it is for me to stash dive, right? But I think it also shows that I do try to acquire things with the idea that I am building an archive. I decided a few years ago that, if something happened to me, I wanted my stash--well the patterns and things, the fabric and floss can just be given away--to be donated to my university to start a needlework collection. I think the College of Fine Arts would be happy with that. But I've collected a bunch of stuff, all different kinds of things, and it needs a repository, and there isn't one that I know of. But it would also say I have so many interests, and I do. I love animals, I love the beach, I love cars, I am even chatting with a designer about charting tattoos--we think that would be a cool design. I am not a simple person and my stash reflects that.

05 December 2007

Still no time to stitch, but it's snowing!

i got home last night and the last thing I wanted to do was pick up my stitching. It was supposed to snow today, and I still maintain that childish wonder about snowdays. Except that I have to drive in them now and I don't like it. Fortunately, my tank was full so it wasn't a bad morning drive, just very long. It took my guy 3 hours to drive 50 miles, but he will be on the road all day. I just have to figure out if I can get to my part-time job.

I have decided I hate the turkey tabletopper. It's time that it was finished, and i still have another turkey/pilgrim hat combo, another bible to fill in, and THREE Mayflowers. This is going to take me forever. I want another project. I want to start something new and seasonal.

04 December 2007

Found it! Found it!

I found the magazine with the baby design in it today in my bedroom. It had fallen behind the bed and I was changing the sheets out and found it. Woo hoo! I found it. I am awesome. I can do this design.

Anyway, I am not getting much stitching done. I went Christmas shopping last night to get some headway on my gifts. I mostly bought stocking stuffers. My guy is hard to shop for--what does one buy a man who buys himself whatever he wants? The answer would be, a pair of sleds. They had them at Target and they were $10 each. They are more like saucers, but I think they will work pretty well if it snows. I am surprised that no one has invented a sled that is shaped like a cafeteria tray, because trays make awesome winter implements. They are great sleds, and can also be used in a pinch to dig a Ford Escort out of the snow. So I have those, although it is kinda hard to find a place to hide them. I also found him some Peppermint Pop Rocks and some candy. I decided that I can also give him scratch off lottery tickets, put a little excitement in the day. I am not good at the stocking thing, really, but I figure with a couple other little things, that ought to be enough. Money is tight this year, and I have a huge shopping list. I am getting his nephew a copy of Puff the Magic Dragon. He's almost 3, so he won't pick up on the drug references, which I still don't understand at 30. For him, it will be a book about a dragon.

So I got home at 9:30 last night and stitched for a little bit. I am still plugging away at that bleeping tabletopper. I finished another turkey last night, and started on an Indian basket and a Pilgrim hat. And did some Nun stitch. Nun stitch is dreadfully boring. I really have to say that. I am hoping to get more done today and tonight.

02 December 2007

Santa pics

Today was the day I took 5 of the 6 pets in this house to see Santa; Felix Anne and I have an agreement that he does not go to see Santa Claus EVER. It was pretty fun. This is a Christmas tradition for me, and I love doing it. Robbie ate everyone's cookie and asked for more. Chancey wouldn't put her ears up for the pic, Nikki got shy. Gussie peed on Santa's helper, which embarrassed me, because she was quite a tabby fancier; she said he was such a pretty color, and he wet on her. He did not, however, do the traditional ninja foot pose in his picture, just wailed for someone to rescue him from the hell his mother had put him in. That is why this photo cracks ME UP.
I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls