Thursday, April 12, 2018

Christmas at Easter

We had a belated Christmas at Easter time as I finally had some finished (completely finished!) ornaments to give.  These ornaments are in memory of Mom.  Grammy was committed to (passionate about, obsessed with) the AOPi sorority.  She served as National President at one point and attended national meetings into her 90's.  That meant, perforce, that even though Mom was never really interested in AOPi on her own, she nevertheless had to be as the daughter of her mother.

I found the AOPi ornaments on line.  A company called Kangaroo Paw Designs, is licensed to design sorority and fraternity needlepoint canvasses.

Heart ornaments for my brothers
The plaid ornament is based on Mom's birthday (11/25/24).  Since AOPi's colors are red and white, that limited the plaid a bit.  If you look closely, you'll see the plaid is composed of: 1 row of shiny white, 1 row of shiny red, 2 rows of matte white, 5 rows of matte red, 2 rows of  matte white, 4 rows of matte red.
Angel ornament for Dad
The ornaments were finished by Connie Finck, a local finisher.

How Many Boards Can a Board Member Serve...

if a board member could serve boards?

I seem to keep getting busier and busier in my retirement days.  I first joined the Stewardship Committee at my church; that was before retirement.  And then I joined my Women's Circle at church, serving as lesson leader a couple of times a year.

Next came serving on the board of my condo owners association.  I knew they were having trouble attracting members, so I volunteered to serve on the board.  They led, at the second meeting I attended, to my becoming President by default.

I volunteered to be Outreach Coordinator for my online ANG Chapter, CyberPointers.  And I'm serving as Vice President for Membership for my face-to-face ANG Chapter, Blue Ribbon.

The latest, which is the most difficult piece, is serving as Vice President and Internet Vice President of my online EGA Chapter, CyberStitchers.  And when the WebMaster quit, I became Webmaster by default.  Unfortunately, my predecessors in the various roles provided only minimal information (websites and passwords) and no guidance as to what needs to be done and when and how.  So, I'm spending a lot of time just trying to figure things out.

Uff dah!

Of course, Miss Molly has been around to help.  I finally purchased a desk-top organizer to try to keep my various board papers organized.  Miss Molly has decided it's a great place to curl up and supervise my work.

Lest you think I don't have time to stitch, here is my latest endeavor.

Designed by Marie Driskill, Blackberry Lane Designs

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Christmas 2017

A trip to Dubuque for Christmas dinner and gift exchange.  Now that gifts have been given, I can share photos.

On our cruise, one of the channels on the TV was Disney Junior.  Periodically between cartoons, the channel featured "Muffalo Potato," who was a sock puppet.  With his human companion, John, they taught kids how to draw using just numbers and letters.  Being the cruise channel, the drawing lessons encompassed a dolphin, a whale, a sea turtle, and an octopus.  I found this octopus online and stitched him up as a cruise memory for Dennis.

One of my online classes this past year was "Autumn Crackers," designed and taught by Marilyn Owen.  I have stitched two of the four so far, and finished them into ornaments rather than crackers.  I gave the pumpkin ornament to my sister-in-law and the owl to my Dad.

My major Christmas-gift stitching will wait until Easter.  My brother in Germany will be back for a visit then.  He usually comes in the fall, and we have Christmas early.  This year, we're having Christmas at Easter time, which works out well since I would not have had time to finish the items for giving at Christmas.   The stitching is now done, and the pieces are soon off to the finisher.

The finish I am most proud of this year was "Elegance Cubed" by Kurdy Biggs.  I switched  the background color to blue.  This was my first 3-D endeavor, and the first project I've done that was so heavily beaded (beads upon beads upon beads).  It looks pretty good, if I do say so myself.

Monday, October 23, 2017

A lot of small projects

For some reason, I've been working on small projects lately.  I just sent off in the mail three Christmas ornaments which I stitched as a member of the CyberStitchers Chapter of the EGA.  These are going to an auction to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

And, enough of Christmas.  I found two ornament kits on Ebay, with threads in an autumn color palette.  Here's the first one.  I have also ordered threads to stitch this in a Christmas color palette.

"Framed: Sisley" from Kick Back & Stitch
And in amongst the stitching projects, we went to see "The King and I."

Daisies and Nitclubs

I purchased a new receiver for my TV/stereo system several months ago, and it and I are not getting along.  For some reason, on some channels or some shows, the background music overwhelms the dialogue. I've tried all the adjustments I can find, to no avail.  I finally decided to turn on my closed captioning so I could watch those programs when I could not clearly hear the dialogue.  I've discovered that some closed captioning is better than others.

My father mentioned once that he doesn't really care for closed captioning because it moves so quickly that it's hard to keep up.  Another problem, I've discovered, is that the captioning can be quite garbled and nonsensical.  Case in point: a character says, "These days he's..."  The captioning reads, "These daisies..."  So not only do you have to read quickly, you have to try to decipher what was really meant.  The one captioning flub that made me laugh was when a character talked about a nightclub, and the captioning read "nitclub."  I wonder if nitclubs are where lice go to unwind after a hard day.

I got a lot of stitching done following the cruise.  I had taken stitching along, but never got it out, just dragged it along.  This Curly Girl Design kit by Mill Hill was one of the pieces that went halfway across the world before I finally started it back home.

"Someday is made up of a thousand tiny nows"
Another piece is Patriotic Heart by Gay Ann Rogers.

And while I was on a Gay Ann Rogers kick, I also did this two-sided ornament/banner, "Joy to the World."

And speaking of Christmas, I dug out a piece I had started many months (years?) ago but never finished.  Finally, it's done!

Nature's Joy, from Treasury of Cross-Stitch Ornaments

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Iowa/Denmark/Nigeria Connection

There were so many people needing a wheelchair to get to the gate that we ended up on one of those motorized carts.  Another woman in the business lounge and I hopped on the back seat, while her husband and Dennis headed to the gate on foot.  While I chatted with her, learning that they lived in Copenhagen and were flying to the US to see the eclipse, visit friends in Minnesota, and visit New Orleans, Dennis was learning that the husband had done mission work in Nigeria.

When we all got back together at the gate, I mentioned that my parents had been missionaries in Nigeria.  The husband asked where, and I responded Bukuru, and went on to explain since I was sure he would never have heard of the tiny village of Bukuru, with Jos as the nearest town of any size. But the husband got a big smile on his face, nodded, and responded, "TCNN?"  So, not only did he know of Bukuru, he knew of the Theological College of Northern Nigeria.

What a small world!

And the cruise ends in Copenhagen

By this point in the cruise, I am feeling lousy.  For some reason, my normal seasonal allergies which are controlled with antihistamine, were running amok.  Non-stop running nose, post-nasal drop clogging up my throat, lots of coughing to clear my throat, and no stamina.  As in walking half a block, stopping to rest, walking a bit more, stopping to rest.

Our arrival at Fredericia, Denmark was greeted by pretty much the whole town.  There was a cannon salute (with the tiniest miniature cannons I have ever seen).  Apparently we were around the fourth cruise ship to dock there this year.  At most of our other stops, we were among 4 to 8 cruise ships docking per day.

At the end of the day, the town, including local dignataries, turned out to give us a band concert, with people in historical native attire, waving flags and waving at us.  It was great!

I decided to skip the shore excursion to Copenhagen, and thus missed the statue of the Little Mermaid. And I ended up having to resort to a wheelchair at the airports.  We had paid for a shuttle bus from the ship to the airport, but it was ahike to the bus, and then the bus dropped us off at terminal 1 and we needed to be at terminal 2.  By the time we got to the ticket counter, I was done in.

Since we had "premium economy" tickets, we had access to the business lounge, which included comfortable waiting, soup and a variety of snacks, and assorted beverages.