Monday, October 16, 2006

Warning....LOTS of pictures!!!

Recently I read suggestions from other bloggers about how to add pictures to your posts without blogger freezing up or only working for one or two pictures. They said to upload all of your pictures at the beginning before adding text.

That's what I just did and it worked!!

I have been updating my blog recently with more of my "links" and such (see sidebar). I have more work to do, but I am liking how it is turning out. Considering my limited HTML skills.

Mom sent me a nice care package this week. I love the new USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes!!! For $8.10, they will ship all that you can cram fit into the box and ship it priority. That means that we get it in only a week! I mentioned to her that I was looking on ebay for more knitting needles and she went through her stash and sent me TONS! So, I have one more thing to add to my 50 Project Challenge...making a knitting needle roll-holder-thingy.

I have been able to mark some things off on the list. But, I have been adding to it to get to the 50 things. This is hard! It is for a good reason though. To finally go through my stash and prioritize.

In the past few weeks, I have finished the scarf on the far left (not included in the challenge), and last week, I knitted the scarf on the right (included in the challenge). I cast on for the scarf at the top and have made significant progress on it at night when we watch a movie (since we cancelled cable). I should finish it in the next night or two. I used #11 needles for all of them. For the one on the top and the left, I used Red Heart's Light & Lofty yarn, and for the one on the right I used some unknown "leftover" yarn (read: knotted together every 3 feet) that I got in a box of yarn off of ebay. It is slightly funky looking. Maybe not in such a good way. But, it will serve the purpose. For someone.

Some cross stitch finishes that I got around to photographing since it is a sunny day (my flash doesn't work anymore):

"Love" by BOAF
Stitched on 28 ct evenweave
DMC Flosses
Changed eye colors & hair colors to match DH & I

"Merry Yule" 2005 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue

Stitched on unknown piece of linen scrap 28 count

DMC floss "Molly To The Rescue" 2005 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue

Stitched on 28 count evenweave scrap

DMC floss "Goodnight, Sleep Tight" by Bent Creek

Stitched on 28 count evenweave

DMC floss "Noel/Lighthouse Ornament" by Homespun Elegance

Stitched on linen that it came with

DMC floss

This is for Dad & J for Christmas this year...just have to sew it into an ornament shape!

It has been so rainy and humid here for the past 3 weeks. Although I love the rain and overcast days, I could do without the humidity. This screen shot of my weather pixie was from yesterday. Notice that it says that the humidity is 94.3%? Ugh. No wonder why my antique wooden furniture is warping and molding. Good thing that we decided previously that we were going to sell all of our furniture when we left! It is all getting ruined here, which makes me sad. My bedroom set is pretty and it is Art Deco from the 20's or 30's from what I have been told. C'est la vie!

And finally, a picture of a picture. This is Madeline and me in Australia. We went to the Billabong Sanctuary that is just south of Townsville VIC. This has to be the best $10AUD that I spent the entire trip! She was so lightweight and cute... And you can't really tell because the picture is bad, but I am just *starting* to really show in this picture. I was about 20 weeks. And, yes, it is the yellow hat again that I am so desperately fond of. When I wear that hat out, I guess it will be time for another trip to St. Lucia to replace it! : )


Thank you everyone, for your thoughts and prayers for Mom. I am going to be calling her tomorrow so I will see how she did with her most recent Chemo treatment.


Blogrolling is not working for me, so I put my links into Google Reader yesterday and I really like it. If anyone wants to switch and needs a gmail invite, let me know, I have a bunch of them left. I don't know if you need a gmail account to use Google Reader, but I had to log in using my Gmail account. Gmail rocks by the way. I liked the simplicty of Blogrolling, and how it looked on my sidebar...I think that for now I will keep my Google Reader where it is at and figure out how to share it later. It is still in the "beta" stage, so it will only get better!


On Friday, DH & I went and saw "The Guardian" at the theater. It is a Coast Guard movie that was pretty good. DH thought it portrayed the Coast Guard pretty accurately, except he didn't know what it was like at Swimmer Response A school...he is a Marine Science Technician so he went to a different A school. The only thing that bugged me was they were lax with the uniforms. There were a couple of times when Ashton didn't have on an undershirt, or he took off his hat outside, he wore his hat into a bar while on liberty *gasp...big no no*, or his button wasn't buttoned up far enough...but that is just me being picky.

I did think it was interesting how they showed the Coast Guard / Navy personnel interactions at the bar. It was right on. The mindset of many of the military people is that they don't think of the Coast Guard as military or they think that it is beneath them. The Coast Guard has many advantages over the other branches as far as I can see, but that is my opinion. And yes, it is a part of the military. You enlist, have rules, ranks, schools, etc.

Go see it! *stepping off my soapbox*



AnneS said...

What an awesome post - love all the ornie finishes, you've been really busy :D

~Kim~ said...

WOW, your Mom loves you! Sending all those needles! And Im sure you will be putting them to great use!

You have beautiful finishes! Great job!

Wow, you can keep your rain and humidty! I prefer the snow (which is all gone now).