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vegas1I’m trying to get all caught up at work before we leave for Vegas. I’m putting together an awards banquet on March 27th—the Friday after we get back—so I’m trying to get every possible thing done before we take off. So far, so good. I have a student who works for me, and I’m leaving her with some things to do, and I’ve left her my cell number in case any emergencies crop up. At home I’m doing a little bit of digitizing…no sewing. I’ve done these ‘lucky’ dice…because all I can think of these days is Vegas! You can download them on the right.

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islebstitchingvalenbear1Today’s my birthday! No, I’m not telling you how old I am. Here’s a gift for you to help me celebrate! You can download it from the box on the right. I’m not sure what we’re going to do today. I’ll keep you posted.

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As you know, Roger left town last weekend for a week in Las Vegas and a week in Reno. No, he’s not there trying to add to our retirement or gambling it away. He’s gone to a week long scuba convention in Vegas, and he’s attending a work meeting in Reno.

I’d like to know why the minute he leaves town everything starts going wrong. No sooner had he left the driveway than Hemi got sick. I’m not sure if he ate some dead treasure he found out in the yard, if it was stress over Roger leaving, or if he picked up some ‘bug’ somewhere (not that he’s been out gallivanting around), but his illness went on for days and days and days. I had to take him to the vet school last Wednesday for his second cancer vaccine and mentioned it to the vet who put him on an antibiotic. He’s finally stopped leaving me ‘evidence’ of his illness, but he still seems very tired.

On Monday morning on the way to work I noticed my car making a very loud, strange and definitely not normal chugging sound. The ‘service engine soon’ light hasn’t come on so I’m guessing it’s not an emergency…yet. I’ve found if I turn up the radio it drowns out a lot of the noise. I’m concerned that the music might be too loud. It doesn’t seem like my mini van is vibrating too much from the music, but I am keeping my eyes on the people in the cars around me to see if I’m getting any strange looks.

Jenifer finished her Coast Guard school in Yorktown, Virginia and is heading home. I’ve been talking to her as she’s driving. She spent last night outside of Atlanta and hopes to be here sometime tonight. I’m not so sure. It’s a long drive from Atlanta to College Station, Texas. She was hoping to get stationed in Baltimore, but where did they send here? Back to Port Arthur, Texas! She’s got a different station this time (there are several Coast Guard stations along the Texas coast). She’ll be working out of the Marine Safety Office inspecting ships coming through the Houston ship channel. I’m excited that she’s close to home again, but I don’t think she’s as thrilled about it as I am.

Michell is coming in on Monday evening. Her original plan was to come on Wednesday, and she moved it to Tuesday. Last week she decided that she was going to come on Monday instead. Next Friday the three of us are going to the Houston Quilt Show. I’m not sure if we’re going to Ikea early in the week. Michell had mentioned going several weeks ago.

Here’s a design for Christmas. I haven’t started any Christmas sewing. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas to me unless I’m rushing around and stressing. How do I do that? I wait to start anything until about two weeks before the big day. On the other hand, Debbie, my older sister, starts buying next year’s gifts right after Christmas. I think she has everything wrapped before Thanksgiving! I know for a fact that she’s lost a gift or two by stashing it away, say in July, and forgetting where she hid it when it comes time to wrap. 

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I’ve been missing…again! Where to start?

We found out that our dog, Hemi, had oral malignant melanoma. We took him in to get his teeth cleaned, and the vet found a mass in the back of his throat. Fortunately, the vet school here at Texas A&M thinks they removed the whole mass during surgery; however, oral melanoma is the one most likely to spread. We’ve started him on the new canine cancer vaccine, which has a 25% success rate compared to chemo at less than 20%, and it also has less side effects than chemo. He’ll have to take the vaccine for the rest of his life, but what do you do? He’s a member of the family. Here’s a picture of Hemi is one of his more statelier moments. He’s usually got his face to the ground and his butt in the air waiting for you to scratch him in his favorite spot.

In the middle of September I had to put together a scholarship banquet for work. It’s not easy trying to get a couple of hundred college students to let you know whether they’ll attend or not. They can’t seem to grasp the fact that they need to go in order to meet the donor who gave them the funds to help with school. Well, at least that’s over for another year. I have an awards banquet in the spring that I’m just starting to plan. Fortunately, it’s not quite so difficult to get people to RSVP for this one.

‘Little Girl’ (who we finally named Missy) was adopted by a Texas A&M student who was looking for a shepherd. He fell in love with her and took her home. We’re keeping Cooper for a week. My sister, Debbie, was fostering him. He was pretty skinny when she got him, and he looks much better in this photo, which was taken a month or so after she brought him home. Roger leaves for a meeting in Las Vegas this Saturday and is taking Cooper to his new family. He is a big dog and all puppy. Roger’s driving with Cooper so I can just imagine what a fun trip he’s going to have.

In between Roger and I made a quick trip to Ikea when they had book shelves on sale. I got two of these book shelves and a desk in black and white to match. I also bought the doors to cover the bottom three shelves on each unit. They aren’t actually quite so wild looking once you get stuff on the shelves! My sewing tables are white so it all looks quite nice in the room. I’m not sure what we were thinking. As you know, we’re slowly painting the inside of the house, and we should have painted my sewing room before putting the furniture together and placing it in the room.

We spent a Saturday at the Round Top Antique Festival. We’ve never gone before and thought we’d go to see what it was like. The festival runs for one week, and we went the first weekend. Everything wasn’t open yet, and we still didn’t see it all. Although most of the places had true antiques, we decided early on that we needed to look at some of the stuff with a critical eye. We saw so many booths selling the same nautical ship wheels (nautical must be the next big thing), and honestly, you’d think people would take off the ‘made in China’ stickers before trying to sell their goods as antiques. However, it wasn’t a wasted trip. I found this old Singer cast iron sewing stool in one of the first booths we looked in. I’ve only seen one other at an antiques store years ago. I’ve cleaned it up and I’m using it in my sewing room.

I have squeezed in some digitizing. Here’s a Halloween voodoo design you can use against someone who’s made you mad…or you could just put it on a shirt. I have three more of these for sale on my new Etsy site. Look for IsleBStitching.

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Where have I been? Well, where to start? ‘Little girl’ got sick so we had to keep her isolated from the three boys, which wasn’t easy. The vet thought it was probably a bronchial infection, but because she came out of a Houston shelter it could possibly have been kennel cough or distemper. Hemi, the big boy, was also fighting an infection, which he’s had for several months. He was put on a stronger antibiotic, which made him feel so bad that he stopped eating. Roger and I have played nurse and nanny all this week. Both of them are both doing better, so hopefully everything will get back to normal. Unfortunately, we’ve decided that ‘little girl’ has no bloodhound in her. We think she may have beagle and german shepherd in her background. She’s going to move to an all breed foster home in Austin later this week for adoption to a new family. I hate to see her go…she’s so cute. I say that about almost every dog we foster, but we can’t keep them all, and I know that they go to a family that’s just perfect for them.

Roger and I are going to Oklahoma this coming weekend…a quick trip. If you remember, Michell is the head pastry chef for the Cancer Institute Hospital in Tulsa. She’s participating in Chefs for a Cure at a big food show this weekend, and the head chef has asked that all the chefs’ mothers to come. This way people can see where all these chefs got their inspiration to choose culinary arts as a career. I’m afraid they’re going to be disappointed in me. As you know, I just don’t cook. Oh, I made sure my girls ate healthy and didn’t go to bed hungry, but I’m afraid Michell only learned the basics from me. I have no signature dishes that make my girls say, ‘Boy, Mom’s a good cook!’

I got the new PE-Design 8 this weekend and played around with it this afternoon. Here’s a little ghost I did. You can download it and give it a try. I actually went into the shop to look at the new Brother Quattro. Not that I was planning on buying, but I’ve heard so much about it that I wanted to see what it was like. If any of you have one please let me know what you think of it. I’m planning on waiting for the second or third generation of these so some of the ‘bugs’ will be worked out before I buy. Unfortunately, the shop didn’t have any of the machines, but they had just received the new PE-Design on Friday. I haven’t tried all the new features, but I like what I’ve tried so far.

Until next time!

Both Michell and Jenifer are coming next week so I’m taking the week off from work. I’ve spent this week catching up and getting some projects done before I’m off.  I have a student that works for me, but I didn’t want to leave her with a ton of work to do. Summer finals are next week so I know she’ll need some time to study.

Michell comes in on Tuesday and Jenifer is coming on Wednesday. So far we’ve planned to make a trip to Round Rock to go visit the Ikea store and an outlet mall. I think there’s also a quilting store in Round Rock, and I know Michell will want to go, but we’ll have to really do some talking to get Jenifer to make the stop.

Roger leaves for Nashville tomorrow morning. He’ll be back next Thursday so he’ll get to see Michell and Jenifer before they leave on Saturday. I had thought of going with him, but decided to stay home this time. I had planned to get some painting done in the house, but with Michell and Jenifer have given me an excuse to put it off for a week or so.

I’m playing around with my digitizing software and did this little plaid heart. Unfortunately, the picture doesn’t really show that it actually does sew out as a plaid pattern. I’ve posted it in the download box so you can see for yourself how it sews. There are some features of my digitizing software that I haven’t worked with much, and I’ve decided I need to learn what I can do with them.

Until next time!

Karen, a friend I met through the Sew Forum, asked me to help her with a design to put on a shirt for her son. After a few tweaks here and there, here’s the final product. Cute don’t you think? Okay, probably not cute. We’ll go with funny. Karen’s son would probably never wear this shirt again if he heard it called ‘cute’.

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