Sunday, July 9, 2017

Charts & Kits Away!

So this morning I got ready to sit down with my 4 boxes of cross stitch charts & kits to sort through them for eBay sales.

Unfortunately I didn't find a whole lot.
I'm not surprised as this is the third or fourth time I've downsized my kits & charts.  Still, there are maybe a dozen or so listings there in that pile. Hopefully just what someone is looking for   : )

Naturally as I was going through all these charts & kits I kept thinking "Ooooo!  I need to make that!" Lol!!!  I'm very tempted!!!

I hope everyone is having a happy & blessed Sunday!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Thanks ... & Sales

Many thanks to those of you who commented on my last post.  It was good hearing from you & very thoughtful of you to comment.  I will reply shortly.

I have continued keeping busy, mostly listing craft things on eBay.  There are lots of knitting things listed there now ... yarns, bags, & the like ... but also some cross stitch things.  A couple of designer floss collections, a set of mounting frames & boxes, two Liberty Hill boxes, & a Sampler & Antique Quarterly DVD.  Next I plan to sort through my charts & kits.  I have no intention of giving up stitching altogether, but I definitely have more supplies than I'll need to last me a lifetime ... not to mention a huge dental bill looming over my head!  After sorting through my cross stitch things, I will tackle my quilting fabric, my bobbin lace supplies, & then prim & home decor.  If you're interested in seeing what I have listed, my eBay ID is lv2stitch53.

We spent a quiet 4th of July.  The next holiday will be Labor Day.  It's hard to imagine that in another few weeks the kids will be heading back to school! I am, of course, looking forward to the end of summer.

I will leave you with a photo of my latest project, a new pair of socks I am knitting.  I always sit & knit for a couple hours in the evenings.  John will sit & read to me for a while as I'm knitting.  Very comforting   : )


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Still Alive ... & Crazy ... After All These Months

If anyone still has me on your reading list, hello!  I thought I would bring my blog out of the winter season & into summer, but as you maybe can guess, I've got a problem.  I tried uploading my usual summer background but only got a white page with a grey box telling me I needed to update Photobucket to be a third party user or something like that.  I then went on a search for a replacement background, only to be informed with each one that I needed to update Photobucket.  Do I even have a Photobucket account?  I don't know, but I went to the link, tried to sign in, & was told they didn't recognize me.  I then figured my only option was to click the join button.  This took me to a sign-up page with a form which I proceeded to fill out.  Got my email address entered & chose a user name, then got a notice ... not a pop-up, but a notice below my user name ... telling me my information could be compromised if I continued.  What in the world?  I then cleared out my user name & my email address & clicked to get out of there, but instead of seeing only my computer's desktop, I was faced with a big ad for a porn site!  Ewwwww!!!  Clicked out of there & did an immediate scan for bad stuff & none was found, thank goodness.  So, what is going on with adding a background to your blog?  Or is it just me?  I even got the grey box when I tried to upload a standard background offered by Blogger!   

I didn't mean to start this message with my Blogger woes.  I just wanted to try to start posting to my blog on a regular basis again.  The past few months ... ever since we moved here actually ... have been filled with one problem after another.  Two (yes, two) cancer scares, both breast & lung.  Still not sure what's going on with either of them.  The breast issue has been handled well (they think it's just a cell mass & will do 6-month followups in the coming year to follow up on it), but the lung issue has been a total nightmare.  I won't go into all that has been involved, but I've seen an oncologist, had a bunch of testing, & he is puzzled by what it could be.  Looked like cancer, but then it didn't show up hot on the PET scan.  First it was one size, then it got smaller, then it got bigger.  I saw a pulmonologist for what I hoped would be new eyes & his flippant concensus was "it's probably nothing."  He did suggest that it could be an arthritis nodule or a mass of fungus.  Guess what this area I'm living in is full of?  Yes, fungus.  Fungus & mold.  Not just my neighborhood but the entire Ohio River Valley.  I was diagnosed with asthma & allergies ... a complication from the mold & fungus.  Needless to say, I can't wait to move away from here.  One more year on our lease.  Hopefully I will survive.

Other medical & dental issues have arisen, some rather extreme.  Honestly, it's been one thing after another.  It's rather annoying.  Still, I'm a lot better off than a lot of other people so I am not complaining.  God's blessings are abundant & He is watching over me.   

We still haven't had a yard sale or gone to the flea market or advertised anything on Craigslist.  I did sell a bunch of craft stuff on eBay.  I have lots more to list.  One year is a long time to wait to move when you consider the mold & fungus issues, but a very short time when you consider all the things that need to be done before then!  Once I feel better ... fingers crossed! ... I can start taking care of all this downsizing.

Craft-wise I have been knitting ... several pairs of socks & a few shawls.  Claire & I are planning to do another Hisser Sisters CAL where we will crochet a blanket beginning on her birthday, July 31st.

Okay ... that's it for now.  I'm sorry for all the bad stuff ... just wanted to catch you up as to why I've been absent for so long.  Life is good.  Can't complain.  Hopefully I can get this blogging issue taken care of & start blogging regularly again.  I did open an Instagram account a while back.  If anyone is on Instagram, feel free to follow me there.  My ID is shirleeknits   : )       

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Another Bird Visitor

I just thought I'd stop by to say hello & do a wee bit of catcing up up.  I finally got all the Christmas things put away a couple weeks ago.   Haven't really downsized them much as I decided it was more important to start downsizing things on the main floor rather than in the lower level.  I managed to get my yarn & some knitting items sorted out in between medical appointments.  Will be starting with the cross stitch items next.  eBay or wherever I decide to sell things is going to keep me very busy once that gets underway!

A female red-bellied woodpecker came to partake of some of our seeds today.  John & I always enjoy when she & her husband drop by, or some of her kin.


Speaking of me & John, yesterday we celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary!  Where does the time go?  We traveled to Lexington to eat at our favorite seafood restaurant & spent the day reminiscing about all these years.  We're looking forward to the next 41   : )

Our temperature this weekend is predicted to be 70 degrees!  I am not amused!  

I hope all is going well with everyone!

Friday, January 6, 2017

More Snow ... Lots of Bird Photos

The snow from the other day melted away pretty quickly, but yesterday it started snowing at about 5 a.m. & continued pretty much the entire day & into the night.  A light snowfall most of the time, but quite a few periods of those big, fat, fluffy flakes I love so much.  We've been feeding the birds here since winter arrived & yesterday I got some pretty good photos of some of them ... along with some squirrel photos!  Did I ever mention that when I was in middle school, my little cousin couldn't say my name?  Instead of it coming out as "Shirlee," it came out as "squirrelly."  The family had a field day with that   : )

Here are some cardinals, male & female.









I love how I was able to capture two of them at the same time   : )



Here is a female, a mystery bird, & a mourning dove sharing their meal.

I like how this female cardinal is sandwiched by two mourning doves   : )

Mourning doves are so cute!


Here is a mourning dove all puffed up against the cold.

One of our regular squirrels.  

It might be a little difficult to see but this is a black squirrel   : )
I hope you enjoyed visiting with our feathered & furry friends   : )