Saturday, June 30, 2007

13 out of 25

Geesh, it's been a long time since I had a Happy Dance! I finished the Americana exchange today-today was the day to ship it out so I'm not that far behind. I'll be mailing this out first thing on Monday.

Received Exchange

This was a Home Sweet Home exchange on a Yahoo group-something specifically made for the recipient. Donna made this for me.

Friday, June 29, 2007

This Week's Adopt a Pet (Local)

This little girl is Zaza and she's a Domestic Short Hair Mix

Size: Small
Age: Baby
Gender: Female
ID: 2394915

Notes: Hi, my name is ZaZa and I`m an 8 week old domestic short hair kitten. I`m a GIRL :)
I`m all ready to be adopted...I`m spayed, dewormed, treated with Revolution to prevent fleas, ticks & ear mites, I tested negative for FELV/FIV plus I`m up to date with my shots and my $75 adoption fee also includes one free vet visit, one free month of pet health insurance and a microchip too!
If you `d like to meet me, just email my friends at NY Animal Rescue for an application. I can`t wait to meet you!

This Week's Adopt a Pet (National)

This adorable little guy is Barbaro and he's a Domestic Short Hair-orange,Tabby

Size: Medium
Age: Adult
Gender: Male
ID: Barbaro

Notes: Hello, My name is Barbaro and I am approximately 1 1/2 - 2 years old. I am a very sweet boy. (Yes I was named after the horse). Won't you stop by the shelter and see me. If I am the boy for you and your family, maybe you will consider taking me home to be your forever boy. Come see me soon.

He's available at the White Oak Animal Safe Haven

Friday's Feast

This Week's Friday's Feast

How many pieces of jewelry do you wear most days?
-2-one ring and one toe ring

What is your favorite instrumental song?
-not sure, I like a lot of them-probably something from Enya

Who has a last name that you like?
-no one really

Main Course
Name a popular movie you’ve never seen.
-the latest Pirates movie, Scarface

Fill in the blank: Nothing makes me _madder__________ like __stupid people__________.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

That was a first

I broke my first needle this evening while working on the exchange project. I know that I'll be able to finish it in another day. When it's finished, I'll post a picture. Scott's working another late one so it has been just me and the royal cat family.


Just a quick post before I get ready for work....Carol is asking for participants for a Pay-it Forward. The deal sign up, post on your blog asking for participants, you take the first five, make something for them, they post on their blog asking for participants and it continues....So...anyone want to join me in the fun? I'll take the first 5 people who comment and state that they will join in the stitching/crafting fun.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Latest progress

Here's what I managed to do tonight as Scott is working late.

Last night

I did work on the exchange gift last night. I think I can get it done in another day or so. We'll see.
Boots did it again last night-found a baby rat and didn't kill it. So Scott and I had to retrieve it and take care of it. Now I'm just wondering where it's siblings and mother are. And why do we have this problem in a 4th floor apartment. Just more joys of living in New York and more reasons for me to get the hell out of here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

No stitching

I had every intention to finish up the seed packet for my Dad last night but after kitting a couple of new projects and making dinner, I decided to go to bed early. Plus since he's not even going to be home for his birthday-no big hurry now! Tonight I WILL work on the exchange project-especially since it's supposed to be mailed out on Friday.
Yesterday-found that things at work continue to go on like they have in the past. But I did get some satisfaction with some news.
Today's supposed to be a hot one...not happy about it. Hope everyone has a decent Tuesday.

Monday, June 25, 2007



This is the latest on the Love Quilts square. I feel that I'm about 40% done with it. I did most of it while watching some DVDs. If you're interested in seeing what I've watched-check out the link in my sidebar.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Saturday, June 23, 2007


I did manage to do some work on the exchange project-I had set myself a goal of how far I would get and I actually went past it so I'm happy about that.
Writing class was good-next week is the last one. I'm glad that I decided, with Scott's help, to take it. I've learned new things and have really enjoyed most of what I've done in the class. I would like to go and take some other classes but it is a lot of money.
I've also been thinking about some other things. Mostly about my happiness and my needs and trying to figure out what I'm going to do about them.

My namesake (Oliver)


No stitching last night-was just too tired. Today I have my writing class but I do plan on working on the exchange project when I get home. Dani asked if the denim was rough on my hands-so far so good-It's not as tough as I had originally thought it would be. Tomorrow I'm planning on just chilling out, watching some DVDs and work on the Love Quilts square. Hope that everyone has a great weekend.

Friday, June 22, 2007


Today's SBQ was suggested by Kathryn and is:

When you start a new work do you look for something small, do you look
for another huge project or do you consider your UFOs?

-it really depends on what I have in mind for gifts and timing. If I think that I'm free to start something that is for myself-right now it would be a large needlepoint project. But since I have so many projects lined up, it's hard to really think about starting something new.

This Week's Adopt a Pet (Local)

This is a Red Ear Slider Turtle

Size: Large
Age: Adult

Notes: Red ear slider turtle will need large (70 gallon or larger) aquarium or secure back yard pond. These turtles grow large and need adequate space. Diet of floating turtle pellets, cooked chicken, shrimp, krill, water lettuce, water hyacinth, duckweed, other greens, fruits.
A good filter is a must as well as good uvb, basking lamp (or combo) and basking area.

ADOPTION APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTION - Form can be downloaded and mailed in or submitted online - There are no shipping fees for RES, however there is a $10 per turtle adoption fee. Please do not send inquiries, submit an adoption application along with photos and when we will reply. Thank you. *NOTE* Picture shown is not actual turtle for adoption. We get them in all the time so size and colors will vary.
Can be found at Turtle Rescue of Long Island

This Week's Adopt a Pet (National)

This female is a Turtle

Size: Medium
Age: Young
Gender: Female
ID: 221089-A214235

Notes: Please call 626-792-7151 if you are interested in this pet:

Please call 626-792-7151 ext 137 if you are interested in ID#A214235

Female, typical Slider.

My age is unknown.

At the shelter since Jun 05, 2007.

If you are interested in adopting this pet, please come to our shelter at 361 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA, to fill out an application and go through our adoption counseling process. We do not ship pets. For the most up-to-date listings, please visit our website which lists every pet in our shelter and is updated hourly.

Friday's Feast

This week's Friday Feast.

Name a funny habit you have.
-not sure-reading whenever I'm traveling

If you could instantly know how to play a musical instrument, which one would you pick?

How long is your hair?
-past my shoulders

Main Course
When was the last time you forgave someone, and who was it?

What is your favorite kitchen appliance?

Almost ripe

Here's the latest on the tomato seed packet that I'm making for my Dad's birthday aka mystery project.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Finally, the dark waves of the Love Quilts square is done.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Exchange project

Figured that I would post one picture of the exchange project. It's a Patriotic Exchange on a Yahoo group. I'm not sure if the person who is supposed to be getting it reads my blog or not but I figured one picture couldn't hurt. It's a small denim bag that I'm making it on. First time I've done waste canvas. I'm probably about 40% done with it. Another thing that needs to be finished sooner than later.
As for the guessing games...I hadn't initially planned on doing it or giving away something but I figured why not. I will do some other ones later on so keep reading and guessing!

A big Congrats

Netter guessed what I'm making-Nett if you want to send me your email, I'll send you a little something. You can email me at

It's getting closer

Any more guesses?

Monday, June 18, 2007

Last night's progress

Decided to finally post the progress on the Love Quilts square. Not much but it's something.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Happy Father's Day

Happy Dad's Day to all the Dads out there. I've already done the phone call to mine. Where would we be without our Dads-not the sperm donors but the real Dads out there?

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Latest update

Any guesses? This is the latest on the mystery project-after about 2 hours of work this afternoon.

Spring Exchange

This is what I received from a Spring Exchange on a Yahoo Group. Dawn also included a booklet of flowers that can be made into pillows.

A day late

Friday's Feast

Fill in the blank: The best thing about where I live is _________________…

-uh...I guess there's always stuff to do-I want to move out of here so it's hard to answer

Create a new name for a deodorant (like “Flower Fresh” or “Shower Scent”).
-Lilac Fresh

What was the last piece of software you installed onto your computer?
-no idea

Main Course
If you were to receive a superlative award today beginning with the words ”Most likely to…”, what would the rest of the phrase say?
-kill someone

What two colors do you like to wear together?
-beige and black

One of my favorite breeds


Well, today I'm off to my writing class and will be delivering a huge bookbox to a fellow member-first one that I'll actually be meeting in person. Scott will be off playing games. Tomorrow I think that we're going to try to stay indoors where it's cool and maybe play a game.

Last night

I did some more stitching on the square for Love Quilts-no picture though-doesn't look to me to be enough progress to show.

Friday, June 15, 2007


A lot happened yesterday-long emotional day-where no stitching got done. I'm not going to go into details at this time but we'll see what happens today.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

This Week's Adopt a Pet (Local)

This is Mickey and he's a Cockatoo

Size: Large
Age: Adult
Gender: Male

Notes: Mickey is an adult male Cockatoo who came to us on 1-22-05 when his elderly owner was hopspitalized and no one could care for him. He has been vetted and disease tested with no issues. His is loud as all cockatoos can be. He likes to say "Hi Mick" over and over. He is hand tame with no issues and gets along fine with other animals. He has been exposed to other birds, dogs, cats, children and ferrets.

However, he is considered "special needs" and will require a special owner. We have put $1000's into his care and are at a point where we can do no more medically for him. He came to us with an open fracture of his leg that was never treated. The wound itself is healed, BUT the leg must be covered with wrap monthly to prevent him from self mutilating the area. The vets don't know if he suffered nerve damage, BUT if left uncovered he will open the skin and cause great damage to himself. He has been on psychotropic drugs, but we do not feel that is fair to him as he still mutilates if given the chance (if the leg is not wrapped).

He will be adopted with his cage, toys and all supplies.

There is no shipping and he may not be used for breeding.

Please, please if you can't give him the extra care he deserves, do not apply.

it's only once a month re-wrapping that you can be taught to do yourself, but he will need this for possibly the rest of his life. I would do this for a good friend, would you?

We will require multiple visits prior to adoption to ensure the best fit for him.

He is located in a foster home in Jackson, NJ.

He's available through Wings of Hope in NJ.

This Week's Adopt a Pet (National)

These two are Bill and Jude and they are Lovebirds

Size: Small
Age: Adult

Notes: As the bird world turns....We parrots have our own ideas about pairing up. I'm Bill and my significant other is now Jude. We are two beautiful Fischer's lovebirds. I used to be with another Mickaboo lovebird, but...well, "love" didn't exactly describe our relationship. But we let our foster mom know who belongs with whom, so Jude and I are now a happy couple. I'm getting back some of the feathers I'd lost and Jude is becoming calmer. She even allows humans to put hands in our cage to do the housekeeping and serve our food. Speaking of food, we are both eating Harrison's pellets now, though we don't care for fruits and vegetables yet. We may not be used to a gourmet diet, but Jude was well-cared for in her previous life. At least she showed up at the animal shelter with toys and healthy food in her dishes. I showed up at the animal shelter with..well, I showed up. But now we are ready for Act II of this soap opera, and you get to write the script. Do you want to spend time helping us appreciate hands-on attention? Do you want to give us plenty of toys and fun things to do and just stand back and be our audience? Or both? Hey, we're in love and ready for anything! WANT TO ADOPT? If you are intersted in adopting this bird(s), please plan to attend one of our regularly scheduled free bird care classes. You can see listings of our upcoming classes at: We hold at least one class each month in various areas of the San Francisco Bay Area (in CA), so please check back regularly, because we are constantly updating our list of classes available. We also request that you bring a completed adoption application with you to the bird care class. Please visit this link to download an adoption application: We also require a small adoption fee for each bird. Please visit Mickaboo’s website for even more information on our birds and adoption requirements at: We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


Still having to deal with getting ready for a big day at work-joy oh joy. The royal family continues to thrive-hunting the usual things that cats hunt. Mushrooms continue to grow out of the wall. Found out this morning that some friends of ours are going through a separation. Brings back a lot of memories. Yesterday was the one year anniversary of my divorce. Things with Scott continue to go on. Wish that things were becoming more finalized as we're not any getting any younger. Still waiting for the newest arrivals to appear in Scott's family. Obviously, I'm still stitching. Speaking of which...need to go work on the exchange project.

Progress from last night

Dani has guessed something floral...and she's close but not quite.

Monday, June 11, 2007


I've been working on the square for Love Quilts. Haven't really made any noticeable progress-that's why no picture tonight.

Animal Cruelty?

Nothing like walking home and seeing two dogs outside in the heat with no water panting like crazy. I found a shepherd mix and a pit mix locked where we put our garbage. The shepherd was panting and looked thin so as soon as I got upstairs and I called ASPCA to have them investigate. I've never seen these dogs before and no one was around them. Hopefully, this was just a fluke and they actually have loving and caring homes or will soon have them.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Any guesses?

Here's the latest on the mystery project-this is about 2 hours of work today.

Update from last night

Since Scott was on the computer last night-I had to wait until just now to take a picture and post the latest with the square for Love Quilts.

Another sweetie

Saturday, June 09, 2007

This Weekend

Well, I was going to go to my writing class today but I woke up and still have a really bad headache so since I have to go into work tomorrow, I figured that I should take this day off to relax and work on some stitching. Now to let Scott know I'm not going anywhere.

Look Stitchers...a border

This is the mystery project that I'm having readers guess at what it is. This is the latest progress as of last night.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Friday's Feast

This week's Friday Feast:

What do you consider to be the ultimate snack food?
-anything with chocolate

On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 as highest), about how popular is your last name?
-maybe a 1 or 2

Who is your all-time favorite sitcom character, and why?
-Darlene from Roseanne-I can relate to her all too well

Main Course
Do you shop online? If so, name some sites you like to browse for goodies.
-yes-Herscherrs, Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Fill in the blank: I think presidents should be outlawed.

Last night

I did a little more work on the square for Love Quilts-I didn't get a chance to take a picture-not really worth taking a picture.
With everything going on at work-I don't have as much time to concentrate on my stitching but I need to get them done!!!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

This Week's Adopt a Pet (National)

One of these is named Patches and she's a Sheep

Size: Medium
Age: Young
Gender: Female
ID: 211638

Notes: Patches is a black and white Dorper mix sheep. She is under 6 months old. Patches is really good 'friends' of Sugar, they would love to be adopted together. Patches is current on vaccinations and dewormed. Like Sugar, she is used to other livestock and likes being part of a flock. We understand her last home didn't provide her with covered protection from the weather, so she is enjoying having a barn for nighttime and to keep her dry from the weather. ADOPTION FEE $80

This pet is up to date with routine shots

She's available at Scruffy Dog Rescue in OK.

This Week's Adopt a Pet (locally)

These two are named Curley and Liz and they are Sheep

Size: Medium
Age: Adult
Gender: Female

Notes: Curley & Liz are a shy mom & daughter pair. Curley is white. Liz is dark brown. They are good with children. We won't separate this pair. Adoption fee: $100 for pair

This pet is up to date with routine shots.

They are available at the Catskills Animal Sanctuary

Another cutie

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

I so want these two

Last night

I struggled to stay awake and managed to make some progress on the exchange project that I'm working on. I'll probably be working on the square of the Love Quilts today.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

I'm tagged

Thanks Sue!

7 Random Things Meme

Lucky seven.
I've been tagged by Sue.

List 7 random things about yourself on your blog. Tag 7 others. Leave a comment on their blog to direct them to your site to get the rules.

1. I can't wait to move out of NYC

2. I have a huge nasty looking bruise on my right knee.

3. I love most sports.

4. I love candles.

5. I'm not a neat freak but every once in a while-I have the urge to clean and throw stuff out.

6. I'm sick and tired of doing social work but not really sure what I want to do when I grow up.

7. While growing up, my family raised cockatiels-my parents still have mine-JJ.

I'm not going to tag anyone so if you want to do it, knock yourself out and have fun!

When will he learn?

Anyone else hear about what our "wonderful" president said about Russia today while in the Czech Republic? He basically stated that under Russia's new president, they were failing to keep promises. In other words, insulted the man. Can we have a more stupider president?

Monday, June 04, 2007

Love the eyes


I managed to do a little more stitching on a project that I asked for people to guess what it was this morning. Not enough to show a picture but like Dawn said yesterday-any progress is good progress.

Another successful surprise

My coworker and I were able to give a surprise birthday shower to another coworker with our program. It went off without a hitch. She was actually surprised. I seem to have a knack in throwing surprise parties. My brother and I threw a surprise anniversary/birthday party for our parents a few years ago-it was held at their home and with several relatives from all over the country. It was a really good party and surprise. I'm glad that Amy was surprised and I'm sure that the gift card that we got her and her husband will be put to excellent use.

The beginning

I have a very busy week ahead of me. Lots of traveling. Tonight I'm treating myself to Rent on Broadway-it will be about the 4th or 5th time I've seen it. Just hope that the performers are decent-I've seen some bad ones. But, hey, they're all better than me! I'm hoping to make some progress on the stitching this week....I need to! The 3 current projects are all due by the end of the month...gulp.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Another new project

Here's the start of my first love quilts square. Not much and it seems to have taken me forever just to get this far. I think I'm in over my head with this one but I'll still going to try my best to get it done.

Saturday, June 02, 2007


It's almost been a year and as the time gets closer, I'm reflecting more and more. Playing the music, thinking about what was, thinking about the future and mistakes that have been made...again. Am I over it? Not 100% and I don't think I ever will be. It was a huge part of my life in many ways and I've learned a lot about myself because of it.

Surprise...another cutie


Another weekend and it's going to be a humid one here in NYC. I have my writing class today and then tomorrow I might go to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to look at the roses (my second favorite flower). Of course, after my fall at work yesterday, I'm still a little sore so I might not go tomorrow and stay home and try to relax. I'm fine in regards to my fall-nothing broken...luckily.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Friday's Feast

This week's Friday Feast.

Name something you think is “the best.”
-Best animal-humpback whale

On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 highest), how stressed are you today?

What kind of cleanser do you use to wash your face?
-usually whatever I find on sale-usually Noxema but right now-St. Ives Apricot Cleanser

Main Course
Tonight is a blue moon! What is something that you believe only happens “once in a blue moon.”
-pigs flying

When was the last time it rained where you live?
-Last week-but we're expecting some today.