Monday, November 30, 2009

Finishing Up

All of my stitching/crafting efforts of late have been directed to finishing gifts (birthday and Christmas) for friends and relatives. The final touches were added to the _____ for ______ and the ______ for _______. Sorry, can't blow the surprise. I'm happy I remembered to take pictures of the finishes so I can post them (later) here on the blog. For right now, all you get is this:

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Back in the Real World

Pookie and I had a marvelous mid-November vacation in Florida. First stop was a weekend at Treasure Island. We watched a beautiful sunset on the Gulf of Mexico...

...crashed a wedding on the beach (along with a few other beach bums)...

...and I had a great time at a needlework class taught by Susan Greening Davis while Pookie relaxed.

Then we went to the Atlantic coast and watched the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis from the Kennedy Space Flight Visitor Center. It was so much brighter than it appears on TV. The only thing I could compare it to would be burning magnesium. It was a bit disappointing that it wasn't louder, but we were 7 miles from the launch pad so it's understandable.

Next, we spent a few days in Orlando, mostly at Seaworld. I'd been to the one in San Antonio, but this was a first for Pookie. We saw all the shows (some twice), fed shrimp to some rays and generally had a good time. One unexpected and fun show featured dogs and cats adopted from shelters and rescue operations. They were very highly trained and their show was like watching a living Rube Goldberg machine in action.

Heading south, we visited with some of Pookie's relative and overnighted in Ft. Lauderdale. The next morning, with a kiss and a wave good-bye, I put Pookie on a plane and sent him home. BFF CD was driving down for the races and picked me up the airport (probably before Pookie was even through the security check point) and we headed for the NASCAR season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Jimmie Johnson (CD's guy) won the championship for a unprecedented fourth time. She was happy about that but would have prefered the champion had been Mark Martin. One of my guys, Denny Hamlin, won the Cup race for the weekend and I was happy about that. So we both got to have a happy.

CD then put me on a plane to return to the real world and the job that goes with it. sigh I really, really need to win that lottery so it can be vacation time all the time!

Monday, November 16, 2009

TUSAL for November

Yoyo over at Dragon My Needle pulled a nifty trick on her blog recently: she wrote a blog entry and posted it later at a predetermined time without being online. *gasp!* I was amazed since I didn't know that was possible. So, being the inquisitive type, I did a bit of poking around, found the Post Options link and am making use of this feature at this time - I hope. There's every possibility I goofed and this post will happen in mid-February. Pookie and I are on the road right now (the now for when this post should be posted as opposed to the now when I'm typing this), and looking into my crystal ball, I see we are having an awesome time and are on our way to watch the launch of space shuttle Atlantis.

It's the new moon and time for the TUSAL for November. The bottle is getting rather full, no? The little bitty bottle is the current Waste Knot Whatnot. I've been doing crewel embroidery lately and that accounts for most of the orts and the waste knots growth over the last month. Sorry, can't show the project at this time as it is a birthday gift for a friend, though I will post pictures of the finished product after it's been delivered. And don't forget, it's never too late to join the fun and sign on for the Totally Useless Stitch-a-long.

Bob is just so photogenic, I can't resist posting this recent picture of him. Enjoy that which is the Bob.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

In the air and on the road

The new and improved mobile version of Pookie and I are traveling again as of tomorrow. This time we're headed in the opposite direction - Florida! I'll be learning great new stitching techniques from Susan Greening Davis while Pookie amuses himself in (or at least near) the Gulf of Mexico. We're planning on watching the launch of STS-129 (it's Atlantis this time)at the Kennedy Space Center on the 16th and after that we're foot loose and fancy free. Don't know what we'll do or where we'll end up but we'll be having fun in the sun!