Friday, March 31, 2006

Purple and Gold Day

It has been decreed that today is Purple and Gold Day in the Parish of East Baton Rouge and throughout the State of Louisiana. Why? LSU Men's AND Women's Basketball teams in the Final Four!! Baton Rouge is in a frenzy. Everyone is just so excited and proud. (Ha ha ha....on the radio they're talking about how UCLA is poised to accept the national championship after they lose tomorrow)

Tomorrow is the birthday party. I'm so not looking forward to getting ready for it. I've been cleaning all week and it's like I haven't done anything. It's like I live with a bunch of heathens. I'm not cooking anything for it though. Everything is being ordered. There's a grocery store near our house that makes fried catfish to die for. I'm getting that and some regular party trays. And the Winnie the Pooh birthday cake of course.

Let's see....I've been doing some stitching.

Ann's RR

A Shamrock Cow for my cow quilt

Here's a little WIP pic of Indigo Rose's Bee Charmer. You have to say that like they do in Fried Green Tomatoes...Bee Cha-mah. I'm not so thrilled with working over one. It takes forever.

And my next project is the band that my cousin is using for the handfasting part of her wedding. I charted it all out yesterday and picked my threads. I started working on it last night and I think it may work up quickly. It's only going to be about 4" wide, but it's going to be like 50" long. I'm just doing their names and the date down the middle and a interlocking ring border. Actually, see Ann's RR for an example of what it'll look like, except it'll be silver metallic and a blue overdye thread.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Some Kid Pictures

We played on Lauren and Maria's new swingset today. I got some cute pictures. Click for bigger pictures.

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Normally I wouldn't post a huge diaper showing picture, but Lauren was just so proud of herself that she could do that.

Still Coughing

I'm still coughing. It's driving me crazy. It's not as bad as it was, but now it's just that annoying lingering cough. I think if I stop taking Mucinex though, I'll probably drown. I was talking to a lady last night who said that her doctor told her that until New Orleans is cleaned up we're all going to have this Katrina Cough.

I think it's going to be a quiet day at work. My grandparents aren't here today and my uncle has a funeral to go to. So I brought all my stitching so hopefully I'll get some stuff done.

My friend was making dresses for Lauren and Maria's birthday and she finished them. So, I can't wait to see them.

If anyone has any tips to stop Maria from biting Lauren I'm all ears. Lauren has these two huge bruises on her arm where Maria bit her. It's hard, because you can tell Maria knows what she did was wrong and she also seems to feel bad after she's done it. Maybe this is a little phase and hopefully it'll be over soon, or maybe Lauren will bite her back and give her taste of her own medicine.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

All's Quiet

Nothing much going on here. I've been cleaning like an insane person trying to get ready for the party this Saturday. I haven't heard from anyone about whether or not they're coming so it could be all for nothing. At least the house is really clean. It's amazing how much you can vacuum and continue to pick stuff up. We just got a new vacuum cleaner with one of those clean carpet sensors and a clear canister so you can see how much stuff is in there. It's really pretty nasty and that carpet is only 2 years old. So, I guess it's a heck of a lot cleaner than it was before.

Lauren and Maria got a swingset from my grandparents for their birthday. They got it a little early. James, my mom, my dad and I put it together over the weekend. They love it. They were having so much fun with it.

Stitchingwise, I'm working on Ann's RR. It should be done in the next day or so. Not too much left on it.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Happy Friday

I've had this cough for about a week and it was just killing me. Wednesday I started getting wheezy when I would walk around, but it would stop when I rested. Well, yesterday I couldn't breathe even when I was sitting still. So, I was talked into going to the doctor. The difference between yesterday and today is absolutely amazing. I'm still coughing, but I feel soooo much better. I can actually breathe. And I can take a deep breath without collapsing into a huge coughing fit. I'm on asthma medicine so all this feeling of euphoria could just be because I'm high, but hopefully it'll be enough to sustain me through the day.

Or the happinness could be that LSU won last night!!! Geaux Tigers!! I was trying to rest last night and I was getting myself all wound up watching the basketball game.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Two Round Robin Finishes

I've actually been stitching. Yay me! I finished Sylvia's Mirabilia RR

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And Angi's Band Sampler RR

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Not much else going on. I will share a little kid funny with you. Last night I was watching American Idol with Eva and we were talking about Mandisa and how well she sings. At the end Eva jumped up and said "Momma, she looks just like you!" Ummm, ok LOL I guess that's good because I think she's really pretty. LOL

Monday, March 20, 2006

Weekend Round Up

It was an ok weekend. Saturday we went to the in-laws house. Nothing particularly memorable about it. That's about all we did Saturday other than grocery shopping.

Sunday the girls and I went to a baby shower. My dad deserves noogies for the directions. It took us an hour to get there because he thought we should take a "short cut", but on the way back I decided to follow some different signs and it only took 20 minutes to get back home. It was a nice shower. There was a girl Eva's age for her to play with and Lauren and Maria found the candy bowl so they were happy. We got there for the end of the party so they loaded us down with a ton of food to bring home. That was nice.

I got some more cows over the weekend. I'm working on taking pictures of them and I'll set up an online album. I started working on one over the weekend. The shamrock cow in honor of St. Patrick's day. I should finish it tonight. They're a pretty quick stitch.

I watched a few movies. The 40 Year Old Virgin, not so great. I didn't even really finish watching it, which is rare for me. Saw 2, if you liked the first one, you'll like the second one. I liked both of them. They're gory and gross, but I find the story interesting. And lastly, American Pie: Band Camp. It was mildly amusing. That actor that plays Stifler's younger brother really had the facial expressions down. I thought the return of the Sherminator was kind of funny too.

I tried to get some pictures of the girls in their pretty dresses, but they weren't being cooperative. I did get a cute picture of Maria though.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


There's an advertising campaign from Blue Cross Blue Shield that started a few months after Katrina. I found the commercials to be very touching and I'd get that lump in my throat everytime the commercials came on. I thought I was an emotional fool and everyone else thought they were just another annoying commercial, but they've been talking about those commercials recently on the radio and how they're expected to win some advertising award and how a lot of people really loved the commercials. Anyway, it's basically just beautiful scenes from Louisiana and the voice over is someone sings "This is our life, this is our love, this is our home, Louisiana" in the longer commercials there's a second verse of "This is our day, this is our way, come what may, Louisiana". They also have a radio campaign of their various employees talking about who they are and they always end the commercials with I am so and so and I am Louisiana. I love those commercials too.

I've been thinking a lot about how much I love living here. This is my home. I love this time of year. The azaleas are blooming, the trees are flowering, everything is turning green again. There's a fragrance on the air that I've always associated with South Louisiana. I think it's the oak trees leafing out. I particularly enjoy where our house is. I love seeing all the cows and horses everyday on my way to and from work. It's quiet and peaceful, and at night the only noise keeping me up are frogs and cows.

However, there's a downside to everything. For some reason yesterday I was reminded of it twice. I spent some time with our new neighbors. They were from St. Bernard Parish and their house was completely destroyed. They just recently moved in and are having to restart their lives. So far, they only have the basics in household supplies and furniture. Even though you have an insurance settlement, it takes time to acquire all the stuff that you used to have.

Last night,at my stitching group, there was a new lady. She was from New Orleans. She also moved to Prairieville following Katrina. Her house got 8 1/2 feet of water in it for 16 days. Her house was also completely destroyed. She showed us a pair of scissors that were on the second floor of her house, in a scissor case, and they had rusted, it was that damp in her house where the water didn't even reach. She recently bought another house in New Orleans. It only got 30 inches of water, but the owners didn't want to go back. So they're going to have it renovated. She thinks it's going to take at least a year. They aren't issuing building permits very fast and there's labor issues too, as in not enough. She said she'd give New Orleans one more chance.

I can't even put into workds how concerned I am about the upcoming Hurricane season. We are not ready. Not me personally, but this area in general. There are still so many blue roofs around here. There are areas of New Orleans where not a single thing has been done in terms of clean up since the hurricane. Huge areas of the city STILL don't have power. We have a customer that's a couple of blocks from the Superdome and he still doesn't have telephone service. He has to conduct all of his business from his cellphone which has spotty service.

Anyway, I guess even in light of all that, this is home.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Holy Cow!

A new post from me! LOL

We're all doing a lot better. Things are getting back to normal. Although, James is still in a funk and I'm about to start beating him vigorously about the head and shoulders if he doesn't snap out of it soon. I'm kidding, but he's driving me crazy.

Still not much going on. We did some shopping this weekend. I got the girls' Easter dresses. I'm also starting summer shopping. It was 87 degrees yesterday so after a pretty much non-existent winter, summer is arriving early I think.

James, Lauren and Maria all have birthdays coming up in the next couple of weeks so I've been getting ready for that. We're having a party April 1st if anyone wants to come LOL

Not much going on stitchingwise. I got my tax refund so I ordered a bunch of charts and a bunch of fabric, none of which has arrived and it's driving me crazy! I've been working on Sylvia's Mirabilia RR, I'm doing the blonde girl from Under the Friendship Tree. I'm also nearly done with Angi's band sampler RR. Next up is Ann's TWRR. I stopped by my LNS and picked up Sweetheart Tree's Don't Bug Me. It's so cute! I need to work that in somewhere soon.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

I'm Alive!

I'm feeling much better. We all are I think. I haven't done much of anything to catch up I'll get back later.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

I'm here

I'm just really sick. We all are. I don't know what it is. Some kind of evil flu or something. The computer sort of makes me ill, so I'm trying to ease my way into it. I'll try to be online more regularly soon.

Jen and Shannon, I got your cows. They're great! Thank you. Cathy, I got the clothes. Thank you! I'll try to email y'all later.