Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A New Man

It's been a while since I had a new man in my life (not that I'm dissatisfied). This guy is one of those quiet men. In fact, he never says anything, which is a relief. I get to hold him and work on him when I want to, and he has no say in what I do. He dresses a little funny, but he's pretty cute.

The picture makes him look like he has an earring, but it's just one of the spots. He's covered with them. So here's a look at this year's stand-up-Santa I'm working on. I wanted to wait until he had a cute face before I showed him off. I'll be dragging him around with me in my stitching bag during the holidays (hmmm ... gives me ideas for my son and the man I hang around with), and I'll show you more of him as I make some more progress.

Again I'm late in showing my TUSAL jar. I took the picture on the appointed day, but I haven't worked up the energy to do a post until now. It's looking kind of crowded in there.

I've also been working on Shores Block Four, and I was enthralled with the words and black silk. Hmmm ... I wonder what that means. Here's a little picture of how I put that black silk to use.

I thought that if I made a plan, I'd stick to it a little. I have. A little. I worked on this when I was conscious in my purple chair a few evenings last week. There were three evenings during which I didn't complete a single stitch! I've been cleaning and shopping like the rest of you. 'Tis the season, after all. My entire family is gonna be here this week, and a couple of them could possibly decide to stay here instead of being crowded into Mom and Dad's house. I wanted to be ready with clean bathrooms and fresh linens.

We're gonna have a big and very fun Thanksgiving. My brother, sister and I will all be at the folks' with our kids. There will also be a couple of significant others to bring the dinner total to 17. That's a pretty large crowd for us. Since Mom isn't feeling like cooking, she'll be supervising my sister, our sister-in-law and me from her post on the couch. We've helped for uncountable holiday meals, but the cornbread dressing and mmmm-mmmm-good gravy will still need Mom's sensitive taste-testing. My chocolate pies won't be nearly as pretty as Mom's, but I'm going for it anyway. They're the family favorites, even at Thanksgiving, but they'll be joined by a pumpkin and a pecan. We laugh a lot, so the three of us (joined at times by our eight kids who are unfortunate enough to think they're funny ... just like us) will be enjoying each other and the occasional (OK, more than occasional. I'm a bad influence.) kitchen cocktail while we handle the pre- and post-dinner chores.

Mom had a scan yesterday and will be meeting with the doc tomorrow. We're all worried because she's been feeling so poorly. Keep your fingers crossed and I'll keep you posted. Have a truly fabulous Turkey Day and, above all, make lots of fun.


staci said...

Lovin your new little guy...very pretty satin stitches btw :)

Sounds like quite a fun crowd for Thanksgiving! Hope you all have a fabulous time!!! Keeping your mom in my thoughts and prayers {{hugs}}

JOLENE said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!! Your adorable little man reminds me of a man wearing a chinese hat at this stage, too cute. Have a fabulous fun filled Thanksgiving and sending lots of positive rnergy for your Mom.

stitchinfiend said...

Your little man is soooo cute. What is the name of the pattern. I will add your Mum to my prayer list.

Jennifer said...

Have a wonderful holiday with all your family Doris!! I love your new little man!Good thoughts and prayers for your Mom . Have lots of laughs! xoxo

Deb said...

I love your standup Santas and I can't wait to see more progress on it. I do like how there are some satin stitches on this guy. Your Shores block is looking great too!

Sounds like you're going to have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Will be sending my prayers to your mom for good results on her tests.

Margaret said...

Oh I love your Stand up Santa so far! With what you have of him right now, he looks like a cute little guy with one of those Chinese conical bamboo hats on. :D Your Thanksgiving sounds like it will be lots of fun! I'll be sending good thoughts and prayers for your mom.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your new man is a cutie! Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Kellie said...

Hope your mom's scans came out okay. Sounds like you have a fun Thanksgiving planned. :) Your stitching looks fabulous as always. Love that little Santa, and Shores is moving forward. Block 4 is one of my favorites. :) Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Pam said...

You new man is coming along great! I'm looking forward to seeing more of him. It sounds like you will have a fun Thanksgiving with your family. I'm sending lots of good thoughts for your mom.

Katrina said...

Right now Santa reminds me of one of those little oriental men with a big hat on, LOL.

Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow and lots of good thoughts and prayers for your mom's health and I hope her scan results are good.

Karen said...

Your little man is a cutie! It's going to be fun watching him come together.

Saying prayers for your Mom; I hope her scans are good. Have a great Thanksgiving with your family!

Ellen said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Sending positive thoughts and prayers for your mum.

Love the new man!


Loraine said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have a wonderful day.
I love this little Santa. He looks cute in a yellow hat!

Siobhan said...

I'm saying prayers for your mother, Doris. Keep us posted.

Your little man is adorable! I can't wait to see more as you progress. I love santa, especially when he's in different colors other than red--though he's pretty spiffy in red, too.

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving--from the sounds of it, I am sure it was a blast!

Brigitte said...

This new man in your life is such a cutie. I can't wait to see him finished and done.
I hope you were having a great Thanksgiving with all the family.

Anonymous said...

How's your mom? I'm keeping her my prayers that all will be well.
Love your new "man"...he's so adorable!

Ranae said...

Love the new guy in your life.
Keeping my fingers crossed here in Illinois for your mom