Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A month of ups and downs

Since my last post a few things have changed around here!

1st- my daughter found a schnauzer in the Wal-Mart parking lot, brought it home to me since she knew I wanted one. Well after 2 days I found the owners (not with any effort on their part). I was a little bummed when I found the owner....and Carl knew it. So before I got home from telling him he had emailed me another dog on Petfinder. This was from a different rescue and they approved my application! So now I am the proud owner of a 5 year old mini Schnauzer -Cheyenne. She is just about as perfect as a dog can be. She is so friendly with everyone and she gets along great with Amberlyn. She has been with us for 4 weeks now. This rescue was even willing to drive to Indianapolis to pick her up from the foster home and deliver her to me! Enough dog story...

2nd- with the housing market being so good to find homes we decided that we would look for a house for our daughter to buy. The one she is in now is really just our rental and not really good for a family to live in. It's pretty small. We looked for just a couple weeks and we found one, made an offer and the bank accepted. It's over 2000 sq feet and just needs some work on one of the bathrooms and some paint before they can move in. I found some great deals on appliances on Craigslist, so now they have everything they need.

3rd- It was my 50th birthday on the 25th. I told Carl I didn't want any big surprise party, that's just not me. Well he thought he had to think of something that would be a surprise that I liked. So since February he has been planning my surprise. He was having Carolyn and Natalie come for the weekend to surprise me and then on Saturday he was having a catered dinner in our basement for 16 people. All family except for 4. Well unfortunately on the day before Carolyn and Natalie were to get here my Dad was admitted to the hospital. He had to tell me all he had planned so that we could make the decision of what to do. All the plans had to be cancelled and instead I had cake, and a birthday toast in the hospital with my Dad. After our little party in the hospital the rest of the family met us at a restaurant for dinner. We had 25 people there instead of 16. Of course it was disappointing for Carl to have so much planning done only to have to tell me about it, but he was a trooper and he knows how much I appreciated all he did to try and make it happen. I hope that one day Carolyn, Natalie and others will be able to visit here! My Dad is out of the hospital and we are taking one day at a time. And I am enjoying any extra time I have to share with him. I got some wonderful gifts from my stitching friends. Anita gave me a GC to Wasatch Needlecraft, Shawn gave me some fabric and thread, Natalie and Karen gave me some "special" floss, and Stephanie, Karen and Natalie stitched a wonderful piece for me that is perfect and then Carolyn made a wonderful box and put great goodies in it.....all the gifts can be seen HERE (9 new photos)They are all so special to me and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

My work had a birthday party for me and dressed up in the 60's attire. They bought a huge cake for all our patients to share and put up decorations and signs. We had a good time and it was just what I needed.

So needless to say not much stitching has been going on around here. And if you are still reading this you are dedicated!!!! But since it has been more than a month.....there's probably more than what I think. I did finish the ornament. The details on this are what draw them to me, but boy they take time to finish!!!

I finished my part on Karen's RR and mailed it on. I got my groove going on a new Mystic stitch, Seasonal Collide.It's not too exciting to look at yet. I'm almost done with one page.

And I've got 2 blocks done so far on Carolyn's RR.No entry is complete without Amberlyn with her favorite Grandpa and my husband of 29 years now (yes our anniversary was the 23rd!)......she is ALL over everything now and practically running already. Her 1st birthday is June 6th.


  1. Happy Birthday. You don't look your age. Sorry your dad go sick. Hope he is ok. Your husband is sweet to try to set everything up for you. Sometimes plans have to be changed. I am sure you had a great time. Love the ornament you made. The house looks real nice.

  2. Happy Birthday! You've certainly had a busy time recently and your stitching looks great!

  3. Nancy are you sure you are 50 ? You look like you're 40 and I don't say that just to make you happy. YOu do look so much younger ;-) Happy birthday.

    Your stitching is beautiful like always.

    Hope your dad is going to be okay. Hugs.

  4. Happy birthday to you Nancy..sorry I am late.
    That ornament is lovely.

  5. Love your new furbaby!
    Your stitching is awesome. And so is your blog!

    Feathers in the Nest

  6. Happy belated birthday. Cute furbaby :)
    Love your stitching

  7. Great update. You are truly lucky to have a caring/loving husband. Happy belated birthday! You look much younger :)

  8. ok you have been busy..you sound like me! GREAT puppy! He's so cute!...and 50 is just a number...I hope you had a great day :)

  9. Happy belated birthday! Enjoy all the nice goodies you got from your friends.
    Your stitching looks so great. I love that ornament with all its pretty details.

  10. Wow - put all together like that, and you've practically been running everywhere. Glad you've had special time with your dad and hope you have many more. Happy Birthday to Amberlyn - can't believe it's been a year!

  11. And PS - yes, we hope to get up there to see you one day again! :)

  12. Love the new addition to the family. Happy Birthday. and I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I hope and am sending prayers that he is improving and is with you for a long time to come. Take care and try and find a few moments to relax, stitch and hold the pup.

  13. A Happy Late Birthday wish for you. I am sure you are enjoying the new addition to the family. I hope that your dad is doing well. Thanks for taking the time to stop my blog as well.

  14. Happy Birthday! You sure don't look your age! Love your new furbaby. Sorry about your Dad; hope he's doing better soon.

  15. somehow I missed this post. I am going to guess that the triplets were here! They were here twice within a short period of time. We MUST get together sometime!!!! We live so close together & it sounds like we have so much in common!!!
    Happy Birthday late, happy anniversary late & congrats on the new dog!!! And happy birthday to your sweet little g-daughter!!!


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