Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Two months zipped past. . . . .

and now its 2010? I feel like I've been left in the dust by all that's going on. Ever want to just grab a flashlight and a huge down comforter, and your favorite book, and hide some place that no one can find you? Hunker down under that comforter and read that favorite book by the light and not hear the family calling your name because it's supper time, or laundry time, or whatever time? To just be invisable for an hour or FOREVER?

That's how I'm feeling right now. Our life is a mess, I'm trying to take solace in my stitching (while drooling over some new designs that I won't be able to afford for months) and everyone wants my attention RIGHT NOW!

Confused? Me too. Oh, well, before I attempt to explain, let me show you what I've been up to in these two months that I disappeared--it's not a lot.

First, when I last wrote, I had just a few stitches left to finish LHN's Poinsettia House. That piece has been finished, ironed and framed. Took me about a week to get a frame made that I thought complimented the piece and also looked good in our house. I love the color of the frame, rosewood. Has just that hint of reddish pink color in the brown. I think it goes well with the colors in Poinsettia House.

Next up, LHN's ornament Fa La La. I did change a few colors--ended up doing it all in Crescent colour cottons, and changed the one girl's dress from green to blue. This piece took me ages to do. I'd pick it up, stitch 5 or 6 stitches, and set it down again. Maybe because I knew I wasn't going to frame it--or there was just too much "stuff" going on to be really interested in finishing it. But, Diane is a wonderful designer, able to evoke certain feelings with just a few stitches, and now that it's done, I like looking at it. This will get finished into an ornament, some type of flat piece, for our tree next year.

And here is what I'm working on right now. LHN's Sailing,Sailing. It was a gift from my son Chad, the chart, the fabric and the 4 skeins of Crescent Colours cottons. When I first looked at the picture for this, I loved the ship, but didn't notice much else about it. But, there is a lot going on in this picture. It has a whale, a compass, two mermaids sunning on a rock, pine trees and palm trees, the sun, moon and stars and an anchor. Lovely colors. It really flows. I think I'm about half done with it and it's stitching up fast. Too fast.

I was blessed to get some wonderful gifts in the mail for Christmas. Jodi, whose father is Max Bloom of Bloom Woodworks, sent me this lovely thread keep. Isn't it the most gorgeous thing you've ever seen? I love that the dragonfly is blue, and so sweetly painted. What a joy to use! Thanks, Jodi, this means a lot to me.

I also received another lovely gift from France from my friend Marylin. She stitched me an armchair aid--one of those things that lay over the arm of your chair, and it has a pin cushion, a place for needles and an ort bag. My picture doesn't do it justice but she did a really nice job of stitching it and a great job on the finishing. Of course, being Marylin, she couldn't just send that lovely piece--she added this really sweet pincushion that looks like a flower--isn't it the cutest thing? And a bourse for my buttons. (She added in candy and goodies but those were gone the same day the box was opened.) Marylin, thank you. You've brought joy to my heart with these lovely hand made items. And aren't handmade and hand stitched items, the best things in the world?

Now, the confusing part. Our life has turned upside down. Just when we thought we were going to make it in this economic slow down, we failed. Hubby took a job with Tradewinds here in Indiana, and even though he was roaming the North East, he was happy in his job. Until the company deductions left us little money to pay bills. The cost of fuel has been creeping up and when you purchase 300 gallons instead of 25 for a car--the amount is just astounding. There wasn't enough money in the paychecks to pay the household bills, let alone make a $1200 a month truck payment. The last straw came when his check for over 2000 miles came in at $30 (after deductions.) He turned back the truck to the finance company, and took what little money we had to fix up our old truck--no monthly payments on that one. After fixing, (buying parts, working in the cold for two weeks, etc) he decided that he'd rather not be a truck driver--rather be at home, and have a normal life. Well, duh, you couldn't have thought of that before we spent $900 on parts? So, he's been home, looking for jobs that would keep him in the area, home nights, to have a "normal" life. Yeah, 6 weeks he's been home, no income. Driving me crazy, not just with worry over the mounting bills but despair that there wasn't going to be a Christmas at our house this year. (and there was no Christmas. I did put up the tree though. ) With him "helping" me with chores that he didn't know how to do. Or, the best part, him laying on the couch, snoozing, while others around him were working. I couldn't believe that the stress wasn't getting to him--or maybe that's why he spent so much time sleeping. When we missed the third house payment, I went into full panic mode.

When things got the better of me, I called my dad for a loan so I could at least buy groceries and get prescriptions. Let me tell you, that was embarrasing. Hubby finally got a job and started this Monday. His normal job/normal life is working 11 am to 11:30 p.m. nearly an hour away. So he leaves at 10 am and gets home some time past midnight. Real normal. But, I'm thankful for a little time to myself since I hadn't had any for two months.

Please don't misunderstand me. This is not a plea for help, loans or anything other than prayers. (Unless there happens to be a gazillionaire out there reading my little blog, then said gazillionaire can feel free to send whatever they have in petty cash and I'll willingly accept it. And even spend it on bills first, before doing a bit of online shopping.) This economic situation is affecting everyone. Even if you, my dear reader friend, have enough to pay your bills, and get groceries, and even shop a bit online, even you are watching how you spend your available money.

I am thankful that I have friends, friends who encourage, who pray for my sanity, my family and who leave lovely comments. (Hint, hint) I am thankful for the stash I have, and the ability to bury myself in stitching, or a good book. Or a good movie. And very thankful that I have a daughter-in-law who runs a Movie Gallery so I always have movies to watch. And thankful to all of you, updating your blogs so I have something interesting to read with my morning coffee. (Please, don't share this little fact: I read your blogs all day long, every chance I get.)

Now to see if I can add the pictures. I got a few good photos of Banshee which I'll try to post tomorrow. Stitch on, my friends. Y'all totally amaze me with how much you accomplish stitching wise and how much other stuff you do. Thanks for reading.


Terri(TerriBoog) said...

What a rough time you've had, Deb. I feel for you - we've seen a lot of out of work people 'round here in Michigan too. It's very, very, sad. I'm so sorry you're stressed out but hope it will get better as DH gets back to work. You are in my prayers.

ohiofarmgirl said...

My dh lost his job in September after 27 years on the job...what a shock...after months of no job he does have one now but he is not bery happy with it...but I am happy we have a paycheck and soon is so difficult...Best wishes to you. Dianntha

Karol said...

Sorry that things are so rough. I pray that the new job will work out. May your stitching bring you a sense of normal during this difficult time.

Alison said...

Oh Debs..I'm so sorry you're in this situation. I know what it's like to have a DH out of work so big hugs for you. I'm so glad your DH now has some work and hope that things will improve. :)

Rachel said...

Debs, I'm so sorry to hear about all that has been going on and I'll be keeping you in my thoughts that things are on the up-swing for you now. Meanwhile, your finishes look beautiful - I love the frame you made for Poinsettia House - you're very talented!

Casa Pearl said...

First off, you are so right about all of us out there watching our pennies as well no matter what our situations are. Not a day goes by that I don't have some kind of conversation like this. Second, I'm sorry about all the stress and trouble with DH's job situation and I do hope his new one works out and helps you get a more firm footing with your bills. Thirdly, your stitching and framing is fabulous as always! It's really nice to see an update from you.

Vonna said...

I'm so sorry Debs. It is such a rough economic climate we're in and my heart just aches for all the people that have been hit the hardest. I know the husband's hours aren't good, but at least they are work hours, right? I used to work those hours.
I will pray for you and your husband and your economic situation. I hope that his job works out. And I'll leave you with a statment that my Granny used as her mantra, "God never gives you what you can't handle" I've used that in my life too, a lot.

Siobhan said...

Awww, Debs, big hugs. I can only tell you that you are not alone with the anxiety and the worry. It is hard to try to keep your head above water in this economic climate. :P I will keep you in my prayers.

Thanks for the compliments on the paint job in my porcelain reading room. As for suggestions on how to get your DH to get painting, I can only tell you that we own an industrial painting company and my 15 year old son's room still has remnants of the Winnie the Pooh border on the wall from the previous owners... we've owned this house since July '08... our deck is half stained and I have walls that have only one coat of paint on them. To get the bathroom done--which took him less than two hours--I begged, pleaded, asked for it as a gift, everything. Tried to embarrass him into it ("we should block off the room so your brother doesn't see how ugly it is"), tried to suggest getting his employees to do it... nothing. Finally he decided to do it, 11 months after I bought the paint. All I can say is -- good luck!!!

Love the stitching. Let yourself get lost in the needle's movements and try to destress. Hang in there.

Sharon said...

Your poinsettia house is gorgeous! Lovely stitching. I hope things will get better for you and your dh!

dragonxser said...

beautiful stitching Debs! And lots of good thoughts heading your way finance wise! Things have been so hard for so many people :(

Adee aka kiwigirl42 said...

not much good at the praying I'm afraid but will be keeping you in your thoughts. Its going to take you a little while to get over this upheaval so be kind to yourself x

Kath said...

Did you get my email Debs?

Great to see you about, had certianly been wondering about you.

Hope things on the up and up

Love Kath

Susan said...

Poinsetta House is beautiful, and I love the frame!

{{{hugs}}} - I'm sorry that you're going through this at the moment. I know what it's like to be in your shoes (we lost a car and a house in '03); my own husband has been unemployed for a year (other than referral business that he's been getting from former clients), so I understand the frustration, too!

I'm glad that your husband was able to find a job, and even though the hours suck, I hope he is able to hang on to it until the economy turns around, and he is able to find a better position.

More {{{hugs}}}

Danielle said...

Wow! Keeping you in my prayers. I know exactly what it is like to be behind and not know if there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes I was taking a calculator to the grocery store because I had only $20 in my checking account. I know it's difficult, but you have to keep faith that things will get better, because they can change instantly. Poinsettia House looks fab!

marylin djandkossian said...

bonjour mon amie, ta broderie est superbe ! contente de t'avoir fait plaisir avec ces quelques petites choses