Monday, December 28, 2009

My gift from friends (dual post)



If you read my stitching for a cure blog, then this is a duplicate post.
Aren't these amazing? Well, the story behind is more amazing.
Some of my stitchy friends, 8 of them plus my daughter to be exact, went behind my back and did this project for me.
Why I am deserving of this wonderful gift still eludes me, but it is a true blessing. Even my daughter kept it secret since Oct. 2nd.
6 stitched angels on the quilt, plus a stitched piece in the center plus a pillow with another stitched angel. All in the most beautiful shades of purple and pink.
Mary, Janet, Tara, Carrie, Ethel, Moma Judy, Georgena & Penny had a part in making the beautiful quilt and pillow. My daughter had the job of keeping it quiet from me. Mary did the most WONDERFUL quilting on the quilt. All in all it is spectacular!
Do you know they even set up a special Yahoo group for it? Stitching for Wooleybooger!
I have been very tearful over this gift. It is quite possibly the best gift I have ever received. I know it is the most beautiful one. I can't wait to show it off to my Relay friends and friends at work.
There are not enough words to say thank you. I haven't had a chance to read all the posts on the Yahoo group. I have my grandkids here and they are demanding that I not spend as much time as I want to look at it all. Makes for a difficult situation: pay attention to grandkids or read the posts! LOL.
I have been so blessed with my friendship with all of you. I wish you all were here to share in my joy! But via the net, maybe you can know that you have truly touched my heart. If you are judged by the friends you have, then I will be judged as a very fortunate person, a person who was and is loved very much.
Blessings to all of you! And thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Donna

Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas

This holiday season…

Hope

Enjoy!

Laugh

Give Blood

Take a nap

Be thankful

Read a book

Celebrate life

Watch a sunset

Play like a child

Be still and listen

Take deep breaths

Hug someone special

Relive enjoyable moments

Listen to your favorite music

Dance like nobody is watching

Bake cookies (or buy them like I do)

Enjoy time with friends and loved ones

Donna Karl


Sunday, December 13, 2009

A little better

Well, I am a little better. Not much, but better. I have had mood swings like crazy which makes me think I am (God I cannot believe I am going to type these words) "going through the change".
Which would probably be the reason for me not being holly jolly this year. Between snapping at friends and family and bursting into tears, it has been a roller coaster of emotions.
All though I didn't go to my EGA party for the first time in nearly 20 years, I did go to my work party tonight. I took my sweet Mother with me. She never gets to go to parties and was so happy to get out tonight. She even started picking out her outfit on Thursday night and had her stylist paint her nails red with green dots. Very festive.
A good time was had by all. I even won a door prize! We went and looked at Christmas lights afterward. Here are some pics:

This was Mom & me!

My manager Kristin and one of our consultants, Dawn

Another of our consultants, Terry and his wife Patty

Our HR Coordinator, Esmeralda and her fiance, Cesar

And finally, our Director of Operations, Jim & his lovely wife Elda.
My grandsons will come to visit me for a week starting the day after Christmas. Surely that will keep me in a good mood for a week or so. At least that is what everyone around me is keeping their fingers crossed for!
I really pray that each and everyone of you have a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season! You have all been blessings to me.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Bah humbug

I am in a not so Christmasy mood. I don't know why but I am. And nothing I do seems to change that.
I don't want to see pretty decorated trees, sparkly Christmas lights and Santa. I don't want to go to Christmas parties and exchange gifts.
Every year I REALLY look forward to going to my annual EGA Christmas party with the annual handstitched ornament Chinese gift exchange. I pick out my pattern way in advance of the party and have my ornament wrapped and ready to go at least a month before the party.
This year I have not only NOT MADE one, I am not going to the party at all. Don't wanna. Not interested.
And I was going to my annual company Christmas party this year despite my bah humbug mood until someone changed the plans for the party. Nothing big; just a little tiny itsy bitsy thing. And BOOM! Not going. Can't make me.
I am not even interested in going to see Christmas lights, one of my absolutely favorite things to do. I don't even have a ooh or an aah in me for them.
What is up? Anyone else feeling this way?

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A giveaway mention

Jennifer, at http://feathersinthenest.blogspot.com is having a giveaway. You must go over there right now and see! A beautiful box and 3 pairs of beautiful scissors.
And as a bonus, her blog is fabbie!
Thanks Jennifer for the giveaway!
Donna

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Surprise, Surprise!

Since this is Thanksgiving, I decided to draw not once but twice! LYNN, you are the second winner in my Thanksgiving giveaway! I will send you an e-mail, but you too should go to www.silkweaver.com and pick out the color, fabric and count of Expressions fabric you would like! Happy Thanksgiving!
Donna

And the winner is...

Thank you to all who left a message on my blog and on my Yahoo groups!
My niece drew a name and RANAE is the winner of a 13x18 piece of Expressions fabric from Silkweaver's.
Ranae, I have sent you a private e-mail from my dwooleybooger address. Please e-mail me with your choice of count, fabric and color and I will in turn send your fabric to you!
Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving and a Give-Away!

I would like to take this time to wish all of my online friends a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.
I am thankful for much this year: My sweet mother, who lives with me, my dear husband James, my daughter, Jen and her husband Chris, my two grandsons, Trent & Craig, my sister Brenda and her husband and my two nieces, Sabrina & Sierra. I am also thankful for my husband's family who have made me part of their families.
I am thankful for my job and for my co-workers, who I also call my friends. I am thankful to God and to my Church.
There is so much more that I am thankful for that it would take this entire blog to write about. Much has to do with the friends I have found through my Yahoo groups and my two blogs, including my Stitching For A Cure blog.
This past year I have been amazed at how many came forward to help with the SFAC project, most of whom did not really know me. We raised well over $1000 for Relay For Life, which is amazing!
As a thank you to all of you, I want to do a little give away. I figure you all are stitching madly for Christmas and might need a little fabric.
Here is the deal:
Leave me a post with your e-mail contact information. Tell me you want to be entered into the drawing. On Thanksgiving day I will draw a name randomly and notify the winner.
What do you win, you may ask? Well, it is a 13x18 piece of Silkweaver's Expressions fabric, your choice of fabric count and color! If you have never seen Silkweaver's fabrics, you are missing out on some beautiful, hand dyed fabric. You can see the fabric choices and colors at www.silkweaver.com
Happy Thanksgiving to all and good luck!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Lunch with friends and a pic of my honeybuns!

Today we had a potluck at work. Good friends, who just happen to be co-workers, met to break bread in the office.
The food was great!



The laughter was even better! Here are some of my friends:
Stephanie, who always looks so put together and today had a beautiful cashmere scarf on:

Dawn & Kristin, who are two peas in a pod!

Janet & Deb, who brought most of the laughter to the room. And Deb brought most of the food! The girl can cook!

And then here is a pic of Deb and her son Kirk. I found out SOOOO many secrets about Debra from her son today. It was great!

My boss Jim, who is more like a father to me, and his beautiful prayer warrior wife, Elda. Seriously, when I was in the hospital the last time, I physically felt Elda praying for me!

And then there is Will. Have you seen his pic on America's most wanted? I am sure it probably is there. If so, contact me and we will share the reward. Just kidding Will!

And last but not least, my husband James was not able to be at the lunch, but this picture was so good I just had to share it. He is my honeybuns! Love you James, better than bread and butter!

All in all, a great time was had by everyone and our tummies were full and our smiles were wide!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The family and some stitching

Today our whole "local" family went out to lunch to celebrate my BIL birthday. Mom, my 2 nieces & one's bf and my sis & BIL and my husband and I. We started at Texas Roadhouse, but they were too full for a table of 8 so we ended up at Logan's. The food was really good and the company was even better. Here is a rare group photo of us all:

One of our local firefighters was killed by his son this past week. It was terribly sad.
My mom has a lifeline button and so when she falls & I can't get her up, the station this firefighter was at is the group that comes and helps her. This particular firefighter was always so nice to Mom and even remembered her name when he would come out.
After his death I spoke to the fire chief about how sad we were at his loss. The local TV station got word of that and asked that Mom & I do an interview for the news.
You can see the interview at KWTX.com and then look on the right side where it says video. We are the one that says "Waco residents remember"
And finally I have started stitching again. I am working on a square for my SFAC project. Here is a picture of the start:

All in all it has been a nice weekend. The weather has been wonderful. Maybe this means the week will get off to a good start. Hope your weekend has been great and your week is even better!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thank you to all the Veterans

I want to take a moment to personally say thank you to all the veterans and all the military personnel and their families for the job they do (and have done) in keeping us safe and living in the best country in the world.
My dad was a veteran. He hurt his back in Korea and always walked hunched over as long as I can remember. I had just been born when he returned from overseas in a body cast. He was my hero in many, many ways and his being a veteran was one of them.
My boss Jim served in Vietnam. He was a Navy pilot. That took a toll on his back also. Many days I see him in pain even now for what he did for our country. And unlike the soldiers that return to the US now, he wasn't greeted with parades and people cheering. Like this war now, many people disagreed with us being there. But unlike now, they couldn't support our soldiers without supporting the war. Thank you Jim for all you did for our country!
Our Community Relations Director, Keith served in the military and while I don't know exactly what he did, I am thankful he served and helped keep us safe.
And we have two fine phlebotomists, Billy and Eddriel, who have served recently. Billy is going back in March and it will a big void when he leaves. Thank you to you two for what you have done and what you will do for us.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Another crisis and another outpouring of support

I have been in blood banking going on 20 years now. I love my job. I love the fact that I am making a difference each day.
But when a crisis happens in our community, it is the outpouring of blood donors to support those victims that gets me through the crisis.
I first witnessed this years ago during the raid on the Branch Davidian compound here close to Waco. When I saw on TV the officers being shot at I immediately called our blood center to see how many units of blood we were shipping to the hospital. And as the scheduling coordinator for staff, I knew my next thing was to mobilize all our collection staff to have them come in on that Sunday to help collect blood for the emergency.
Imagine my surprise when I arrived at the donor center before the doors were even open and saw over 100 people there. They continued coming until the compound burned down, even though they were aware that no one was using blood after the first initial strike.
I saw this happen again and again. The Oklahoma City bombing, when we went to war during Bush, Sr. presidency, after a Class 5 tornado and of course when the Twin Towers were struck.
On Thursday, when the largest military base, Ft. Hood, that is just 45 minutes from here, was attacked by an armed gunman I saw it happen again.
Thursday evening we saw about 120 donors. And again yesterday we saw over 100. We sent out 190 units in the first day. Every one of our blood drives all over our territory are seeing an increase in blood donors. So much so that at this time we are asking folks to wait a couple of weeks to donate more.
Why do these donors come out during these tragedies? I mean, if you look at the big picture, there is a tragedy happening somewhere every minute. Someone needs blood every 3 seconds. It could be a surgery patient, a cancer patient, an accident victim. And the truth of the matter for those big tragedies is that if someone hadn't donated blood BEFORE it happened, there wouldn't be blood to save those lives WHEN it happens.
Here is my thought (and you know I have lots of thoughts!): People need to do something PHYSICAL when a tragedy happens. They can pray, they can cry, they can wring their hands, but for a healing to occur in a community, they have to do something that comes directly from them. Like donating food for a food shortage, donating blood during this time makes them feel a part of them has actually become a part of the victims. And that they have really made a difference.
If you ever witness one of these type blood drives (and I pray that you don't!) you will see the emotions on the faces of the donors. And if you stuck around after the doors close, you will see the emotions on the faces of the staff. And it is at that time a healing begins. Emotional wounds are healed during a blood drive.
The one thing that each blood donation center would like to be able to get across to donors is that they can be a part of a healing everyday. Those patients in the hospital needing lifesaving blood may not have been the victim of a gun welding insane man, but they are victims none the less. Victims of illness, victims of accidents, victims of violence.
And they need you, everyday. When you donate blood, try to imagine your neighbor, your child, your spouse as the one needing that donation. Because you never know who is the face on that blood bag.
As the holidays approach, donations drop. And after an outpouring of support like we have just seen, during the weeks after donations drop.
We need donors. Just not today, but everyday. We need you in the weeks to come.
Give blood. Often. You can make such a difference. You can be a part of healing, a part of something great!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

November

Well, November kicked off with a bang. I have felt really bad for several days. No fever, coughing or runny nose, but plenty of general achiness, sore throat and ear ache.
Feels like the flu, but with no fever or coughing.
But right now, I feel better. Just a sore throat and a slight headache.
I started a new SFAC project. It is always so exciting to start a new project to raise money for cancer patients.
And now I need to start a ornament for an exchange party I have here. But what to do, what to do?!
I guess I will dig through my patterns and fabric and decide. And probably look online and find a new pattern and then rush to get it done. This year I just can't seem to get into the whole "holiday" thing. Usually by now I am planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas. But Thanksgiving is less than a month a way and I don't have a clue what we are doing.
And Christmas? I haven't bought a single present and have no idea what my grandsons even want. All I know is that they will be here the day after Christmas and will stay with us for a week by themselves. I know they want to go bowling and the oldest wants to make a snowflake craft of some sort.
How are you all doing on your holiday plans? Anyone else in this same sort of standstill that I am in?

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloweenie!

Just wanted to wish all of you a Happy Halloweenie!
Whether you are trick or treating with little ones or going to an adult party please have a simply marvie time but also be safe out there!
And don't forget for those of us in the States, we get an extra hour of sleep on Sunday due to the clocks rolling back for a hour.
So party til the cows come home. You have an extra hour to catch up on those zzz's!
BOO!
PS: Check out my SFAC blog for a new project! Click on the link on my right sidebar!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A night to remember

Last night was Relay For Life. If you have been following my Stitching For A Cure blog, go over there and see all the pictures of the tree. Quite spectacular.
Relay is a fundraiser for American Cancer Society.
Every year I go to Relay I get inspired to go back out into my world and make a difference. Since most blood collected is used by cancer patients and I am in the blood "business", cancer touches my life almost daily.
And I am a 23 year cancer survivor.
This year I participated in the survivor lap. I never thought of myself as a survivor since I didn't have to undergo the chemo, radiation, etc. that most patients have to go through. And since it was so long ago, I hardly think about it.
But last night, WOW! There were 450 survivors that made the first lap. Everyone else goes to the sides of the track to cheer them on, give them high 5's and clap.
As I write this I still get chills. The support for those who have fought the battle and won or are still fighting is AMAZING.



This year I had my daughter and two grandsons with me. It was wonderful. We also had a team there.
I danced with my grandsons while there. Here are some pics of Craig & I. It was so much fun to dance with them!


I also had the opportunity to speak before the crowd and to announce the winner of our annual blood drive challenge. This was wonderful! Over a thousand people heard the message that blood donors were needed to help in patients' cancer treatments.

And finally, this is what we gave those in the midst of their battle:

It was a night to remember!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Boys Are Back In Town

Have you seen this pattern?

It is by Just Another Button Company and is free with the purchase of the button pack. It can be found at several ONS or at your local shop. Just too cute!
Next Friday is Relay and is the debut of the tree. If you don't know what I am talking about you must be living in outer space because it has consumed me for the past year. Check out my SFAC blog link located on the right side of my blog for my final countdown.
I have committed to another Relay For Life at the end of April. I am going to do a quilt and will be offering up squares on my SFAC blog for anyone who wants to stitch one of nine squares. Check it out in November for details.
As for me, I am holding on. My MIL is doing better, but still has not been able to get any real financial help. SSI is still pending and food stamps said since she worked some last month she is not eligible for emergency food stamps. Crazy. She didn't earn enough before she got sick to hardly make a living and they want to deny her now?
My DD and grandsons are coming next weekend to help me with Relay. I can't wait to see them. I told the oldest I was going to give him lots of wet kisses. He hesitated and I said "how about a big hug instead?" That seemed acceptable to him. He is 7 and the other one is 5. Soon they won't want hugs or kisses at all. They grow up so, so fast!
Hope this fall is finding you all well. Thank you for following my little blog!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Blogversary

I can't believe it has been a year, but on Oct. 6 I started this blog. Wasn't sure what I would say and if anyone would care to read what I had to say.
Out of this blog has came the biggest volunteer project of my life, Stitching for a Cure.
I have met some wonderful friends along the way. Friends I wouldn't know if it weren't for this blog.
Along the way I learned about Yahoo groups and Facebook. I learned about ways to finish ornies and flatfolds. I learned about Carrie's threads and hand dying your fabrics.
I have shared stories with you and you have laughed and cried with me. I have shared photos of my stitching and my family.
Thank you for being my friend. Thank you for reading my blog. Here is to many, many more years of sharing friendships along the way!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Lunch with the family

Today my oldest niece came into town. She is out of town finishing her degree. My sis, 2 nieces, Mom & I had lunch out. It was a good time for all and a good time for photos. Mom looked beautiful as always.



I can't believe how fast these girls are growing. The oldest will be 21 in December and the youngest will be 14 in August. Unreal.
For all of you who wished good thoughts to my MIL, I am happy to report she is doing better. She is at home with some help. We are still working on financial stuff for her, but at least she is home. Thanks for all the prayers and good thoughts.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The perils of falling

My mother in law fell last night. She broke her hip in two places and had to have surgery today to put a rod in it.
She went to answer the door, looked out the peep hole and didn't recognize the person, jumped back and tripped over a fan. I don't know how long she was in the floor before her landlord heard her and broke in the door to get to her.
I think this is everyone who lives alone nightmare. I don't live alone, but I do have a fear of falling and breaking something. My MIL is only 59.
She has no insurance and is going to be out of work for several weeks. She has no savings or a 401K to fall back on.
I worry daily about my own sweet mother falling. And she does, but she has learned over the years how to fall. And she has LifeLine, which calls for help if she falls or any other emergency.
If you are a praying person, I ask for prayers for my MIL. Thanks.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Hot Lips lives on


I can't believe it. Hot Lips has bloomed again. I saw the beginnings of buds on a really thin stem but thought there was no way it would really bloom again.
And we have had so much rain the past week that any possible hope I felt had been washed away.
But today she bloomed and has another bud waiting to open, possibly tomorrow. The stem is so thin that the bloom just droops way down. And the blossom isn't quite as spectacular as in the summer. But still, it is a beautiful blossom.
I think probably this is the end of her season. I am going to split the plant into two, but I have to wait until I am REALLY sure she is through for the year. Who knows, that might be February!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

For the love of stitching and a little baby

Well Folks, I am stitching again. It seems like ages since I have had the desire to stitch. Perhaps it is all the frantic stitching I did for my Stitching for a Cure project.
Speaking of Stitching for Cure, we are coming down to the home stretch. Check out my blog, Stitching For A Cure tomorrow for some news!
So what got me stitching again? A tiny little baby. One that has already been through more in the 14 days he has been on this earth than most of us would through in a lifetime.
I am stitching a little block that has a flamingo design on it for a quilt that will be given to this little angel. I have a short deadline, so I must get back to stitching. If any of you would like to know more about this little one, go here
I want to thank each of you for your encouragement to me during this stitching hiatus!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New Pictures & my niece's graduation

Monday night my Mom & I attended my oldest niece's graduation. It is hard to believe she has now been in college for 2 years. Seems like just the other day she was 2 and telling me "I don't yike you, I don't yove you, yeeve me alone Aunt Donna Wooyee". Which would then be followed by me instantly grabbing her and hugging her.
My sister (her mother) was there of course as were members of her father's family. It was good to see them all.
I don't have a picture of the graduate, but here are a couple of pics. One is of my Mom & I and one is of my sister, my Mom & I.


Doesn't Mom look beautiful? I haven't seen her in that dress since my wedding nearly 5 years ago. She wanted to dress nice for her granddaughter's graduation ceremony. And boy did she!
Congratulations Ms. Sabrina! You dun good!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

An honorable company

Ok I know you heard about KFC where they go onto Oprah and offer a free coupon for a free grilled chicken meal. Then they say "whoa" we will go broke if we give all these people who saw this and printed this coupon off a free meal. So they offered something to appease the customers.
But what were they thinking? I mean it was Oprah for freaking sake.
Then the other day Best Buy mistakenly offers a TV for $9.99. Several people actually purchased it through their website. Paid for it. Then, whoops, we made a mistake and we are refunding your money.
These companies leave a bad taste in your mouth. I understand business. And I understand that in this economy to actually make good on that promise is hard. But how many potential customers did they lose by going back on their word.
I didn't print the KFC coupon, but when I drive by there, it is one of the first thoughts I have when I see the place.
Tonight I was shopping on a clothing site for large women called Roaman's. They have the slacks, the jeans and the underwear I like to wear.
I had a promo coupon for free shipping. And my jeans were buy one pair, get the next pair free.
So I thought I would through in a package of underwear. $32.00 for 10 pair. And then I saw it. In red print, BUY ONE PACKAGE, GET ONE FREE.
Wow! 2 pairs of jeans and 2 packages of underwear for the price of one each and free shipping??? I, being the bargain clothes shopper that I am, had hit the mother lode.
But when I moved the underwear to my shopping cart, it wasn't giving it to me for free. Oh no.
So I called them. A nice young man named Steve helped me. I told him my problem. He said they weren't buy one get one free but to hold on for a minute. He came back to the phone and said they were going to honor the price. He took my order and put it on hold.
Monday morning the customer service dept. (after I call them) will take care of fixing the problem.
A company that honors it's promises. That is something. You can bet I will shop with them again. And you can bet I will tell all my large size friends about it, just like I am doing on this blog.
Good customer service. A thing of the past? Maybe not!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Oh Christmas tree...

It is hotter than Hades here in Texas. Today it was a mere 101 degrees, with a heat index (whatever that is) of 106 degrees. Too hot to go out, too hot to do anything but complain about the heat.
But here I am in my air conditioned house (thanks again Mom & Brenda for fixing it). And I am in my favorite Christmas t-shirt. Yes t-shirt. Here in Texas you can wear a short sleeve t-shirt with penguins and snow flakes and Christmas wreaths on it at Christmas time because we only have one day of winter and that is on January 26th or February 2nd depending on when I have scheduled a pedicure that I have to wear sandals to.
You may also ask why I would be wearing a Christmas shirt in July. Two reasons. One is that the thought of cooler weather makes me think of Christmas and the second is that this is Saturday, the day before laundry day and this is what I have to wear around the house. Really, it is just a comfortable shirt that I enjoy wearing around my house.
But back to Christmas. It dawned on me that this is August. A week into August, nearly half the month has passed. Soon it will be September, then October, then November and THEN! December! And Christmas will be here.
Now actually my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. It is the start of the "holiday" season and before I get tired of Jingle Bells and a thousand decorated trees. It is a time to reflect on family and giving thanks for what God has given us. Cooler weather is here and there is a Christian group that has a children's festival every year the weekend of Thanksgiving that I love to go to.
So for all of you that are going through the dog days of summer here is a thought:
THERE ARE ONLY 10 MORE PAYDAYS (if you get paid every 2 weeks like me)UNTIL CHRISTMAS!
Have a good weekend. As for me, where is that fan???

Friday, July 31, 2009

New hair

I told you that the gray streak would be disappearing from the middle of my head. And yesterday it did. Then today my daughter went blond!
So here is a picture of my daughter, Jen and I with our new hair!

This has been a fun week! The boys went to VBS each morning and Jen and I hung out. Then in the afternoons we went out and about, bowling, swimming, movies, all sorts of things!
Tonight is the VBS carnival and then tomorrow they will all be gone. Whew! I will be ready for another vacation to recoup from this vacation!
Just kidding. I will miss the little boogers until their next trip here.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Having fun with family

I started my vacation at 12:01pm on Friday. My mom went to a Mary Kay party with her hairdressers and my husband was out on the road on Friday night so I had the house all to myself for a couple of hours. First time in I don't know how long!
Then my dd and her husband (and of course my 2 grandsons) arrived at 10:00pm last night. Let the partying begin! We all got to bed around 1:00am and then were up at 7:00am to go to Austin to a Pizza Park.
This place is about one and a half hours from the house. We loaded up two cars with my mom, my dd & her husband, my grandsons, my husband and myself and off we went. The park has just about everything you want to do and more from putt putt, to go carts, to bumper boats and lazor tag and video games.
Here is a pic of the entire family before all the activities:

Now the gray streak that is going down the middle of my head will be going away this week.
My grandsons and DD are here for a week. My DH is also off most of the week. Our plans include the boys going to VBS every morning, and then all of us going to the movies, bowling, the spray park and then those that are brave enough, going on the slip and slide at the house in the evenings.
I don't think I will get much stitching in...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Toy Society

I am a member of The Toy Society amongst other things. I say I am a member. I just did my first toy drop yesterday.
If you are not familiar with The Toy Society, here is the link: The Toy Society
Basically you make a toy and then place it out somewhere that someone will pick it up (hopefully a child that will fall in love with it!).
I did a hankie baby. Some of you might remember me asking for a pattern for hankie babies. Well after searching and not being able to make one from the directions, I purchased one on Etsy and then took it apart and made my own.


You place the toy in a ziploc bag with a note from TTS that explains everything along with a tag on the outside of the bag that says "Take me home. I'm Yours".
Then you "drop" the toy off somewhere and pray that someone picks it up.
Mine was picked up within the hour. I had a "spy" watching out for me.
Hopefully the person that picks it up will then send an e-mail to the Society (directions are in the bag) and I will know who got it.
Let me tell you something. This was about the most fun I have had in a lot of years. It was like being a secret Santa in July. My heart was beating and all day I wondered who picked up my toy.
To see what I dropped, go to the blog. It is about the second or third one down.
If you are a crafter, I encourage you to try this. It will make you smile and that my friends is a good thing!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Update on HOT LIPS!

Well, bless my soul, Hot Lips isn't gone for the summer but rather took a short vacation. I came home today to find a shoot from one pot that has about 5 blooms on it (although still in the beginning stages) and the other pot has a shoot that has a few blooms on it (I can't tell how many yet).
This is such a surprise because last year once the initial blooms died, there were no others!
I will keep you updated when they blossom!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Goodbye Hot Lips

It is a sad time at the Wooley-Karl house. Hot Lips is gone for another year. She gave me so much joy this year. This was the second year she resided at my house. Last year, there was just one of her, with 3 little offspring.
But this year she divided into two and gave off 21 beautiful offspring.
Who or what is Hot Lips? Why she is the most beautiful day lily you have ever seen! Or in this case, day lilies! Here is she is, on the last day of the season:

I purchased Hot Lips last year and she gave me 3 blooms. But she got so large I divided her into 2 plants and held my breath. I had never raised a day lily so I didn't know what to expect. I kept her in two pots and then about a month ago she sprang to life, giving me a new, bright orange open blossom just about everyday. Sometimes 3 or 4 a day. But day lilies do not last long. I would come out in the morning and there would be a bloom. But by the next morning it would be withered away. I think Hot Lips just was so hot she exploded each day!
This year, I think she will have one pot that will have to be divided, so next year I will hopefully have more blooms.
Goodbye sweet Hot Lips until 2010. See you next year!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July to all! And to all those who are keeping us safe this 4th of July and all their families, THANK YOU!
Please stay safe this holiday. I had a minor accident yesterday while with friends. We were hit from behind and all of us were jarred up quite a bit.
It was due to simply not paying attention. The young woman had a dog with her, talking with her friend that was with her and had her leg propped up on the side of the door.
Throughout the day yesterday and today I have observed many people swerving in their lanes, one even going up on the curb. It was most likely not due to drunk driving, but rather texting and talking on the cell phone and not paying attention.
And because of silly behavior like this and because we know there will be fools out drinking and driving and because of the sheer volume of traffic on the road this holiday weekend, there will more accidents on the road, some quite severe.
During this season, there is a greater need for blood. And because people are out of their routines and because school is out, there is less blood available.
So, if you can donate blood, please do so now. Donate and donate often. You can make a REAL DIFFERENCE!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Got new stash


I received this package of goodies from my friend Tara in one of my Yahoo groups! It has my favorite 28 count fabric, 4 fat quarters of fabric and several charms, including some cute angels and some ribbons to use on my SFAC project.
I can't thank Tara enough for her generous exchange package. I hope she likes the one I have sent as well!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Vacation

My grandsons and daughter are coming to visit me the end of the month. My husband James is also going to be off for the week with me so we have lots of fun planned.
But one of the best things we are going to do just involves my husband, myself and some wild women!
Now before you get any kinky ideas, we are going to see Roller Derby in Austin! Check out this site: http://www.txrd.com
I have been a huge Roller Derby fan since the 1960's when my parents, sister and I would watch them on TV on Saturday nights. Then A&E did a reality show about the Texas Roller Derby girls. Oh my! My favorite team is the Holy Rollers. With names like Miss Conduct & Punky Bruiser, who can go wrong?
My daughter is going to stay home that evening with my mom so we can go down the road to Austin to see them. It is like a dream come true! Ok, to some it might be a nightmare! But I CAN'T WAIT!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Is it really almost July?

I cannot believe it is almost July and I cannot believe I haven't posted since May 30th. Time has just gotten away from me.Now, on to the stitching world. Several weeks ago I participated in an embellishment exchange with my Yahoo group. This is what I got from Lizzy.

There are some great eyelets that I can use with my Crop-a-dile and some purple ribbon. Then there are these beautiful silver, lacy looking butterfly charms that I can't wait to put to use. Thanks again!
I am also participating in Rene's hardanger online class. Here is the fabric, threads and beads I chose:

The fabric is 28 count and is called Waterlilly. In case you can't see it, the color is this really pretty light green. The threads and beads are ecru. I can't wait to see how it all turns out!
Well hopefully in the next weeks I will work out my issues. In the meantime, keep stitching!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Now what?


I just started this candle wrap for my SIL's unity candle. Her wedding colors were burgundy and silver.
I called her to chat and to let her know I was working on the wrap. Imagine my surprise when she told me she was in the process of packing to move out. Her fiance had told her this morning that "he didn't want to get married anymore". Her wedding date was June 27th.
What could I say? She, like me, had waited a long time to find the right person. She thought she had found her soul mate, but it was not to be.
So now my question is: NOW WHAT? Now what do I do with this piece of needlework. Maroon (burgandy, actually) and silver are not the most popular colors.
I received the pattern from my friend Sandy who had made a couple of needleroll ornaments for my stitching for a cure project.
Since burgandy is the color for hemangiomas, a type of non-malignant cancer, I highly suspect (that is a phrase my grandmother used all the time. I will have to tell you more about her later) that I am going to make this into a needleroll ornament also.
I have already stitched the biggest part of the reverse double backstitch. It also has some herringbone stitches and your choice of a Rhodes heart or butterfly, along with some beadwork for flowers.
In the center where I was going to put their names, Sandy put the word cure on one and the word hope on the other. I think I will do the same.
This linen band will work nicely for a needleroll I think.
But I am truly sorry it is not going to be used for the purpose it was started for. I had dreams of them celebrating their 10th anniversary by lighting the candle.
I pray God has something even more special in line for my SIL.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Lions, and tigers and bears, oh my!




We have had so much fun this weekend. First of all we went to the zoo here, which was so lovely. The animals were quite playful. The pictures do not do them justice! For instance, what you can't see in the bear picture is that we were just a pane of glass away from touching that bear's nose. He was in the water, eating an apple! And the tiger was pacing.

This elephant was showing off for us. She would raise her trunk and flair her ears for all the photographers wanting to photograph her.

This baby bison was born just 3 hours before we photographed her. The umbilical cord and placenta were still attached to the mom. She stood up on her wobbly legs and tried to nurse, then had to lay down.
And finally, I told my husband I wanted to see a waterfall before I left this earth. While I may not see one in nature, this zoo had 4 of them and they were absolutely beautiful.
Here is a picture of my two grandkids and me in front of one of them.

We have had a wonderful weekend. Saturday we went bowling. The entire family, DD, DH, SIL and of course the grandkids. It was so much fun. I taught my grandson to "shake his tail feathers" when he threw the ball for good luck. That little bony rear end of his could really move!

And my daughter was amazed how great my grandkids could bowl!

One of the best things we did was to take my mom out with the whole family to our favorite hamburger joint. We wanted to take her to watch us bowl, but it started raining and she got soaked so she had to go home and we had to go without her.
Here is a picture of her with my daughter.

All in all it was the perfect weekend. Just perfect!