Saturday, December 3, 2016

Woo Hoo ... I'm Back ...

OK, peeps .... I know I've been MIA for ... what ... 3 months ?????


So .....  Labor Day, Halloween, Veteran's Day & Thanksgiving have all come & gone without too much fanfare.  In September out sweet Nestle made his journey to The Rainbow Bridge, joining his brother, Bruno and mom, Amy + all the other sweet furbabies we had loved and lost .. I guess you could say he did it quietly.  On September 21st around 8:00 p.m. as I was rounding my 4 remaining furbabies up for "feeding time at the zoo", I couldn't find Nestle!  After searching the house and yard, I got Jere to search.  NO NESTLE.  As he was getting shoes on to venture out front, I grabbed the flashlight and went back out into the back yard to search again.  Well, I found him.  Peacefully laying in the back corner of the yard.  It was like he just went out side to do his business and laid down and died.  No Drama, No Fanfare. Like he just "did it his way".  We are really missing this sweet, mild mannered boy.

Nestle Crunch
April 4, 2002 - September 21, 2016

Of course, August is the end of Baseball season, so Sunday 8/28 was the last home game for our Redbirds.  Sadly they didn't make it to the AAA Playoffs due to practically the entire team being called up to our parent club The St. Louis Cardinals during the season. 
September is the beginning of Football season with the first home game of our UofM Tigers game being September 17th against Kansas which they won quite handily 43-7. 
October rolled around with Jere making his annual "man-trip" to the US Open in Minneapolis.  Thank God this year was relatively calm at Casa de Jackson with no strange things like errant clocks, mysterious huge boxes of LEFT shoes and pictures jumping off the walls. 


Also I had my annual mammogram & well woman check-up the second week of October, with a slight little hiccup, which actually turned out fine.  No details but no real problems!
October 21st was opening night for our minor league hockey team, The Mississippi RiverKings vs. The Evansville Thunderbolts.  They won. 2-1. However, we are going to have to teach their fans some hockey etiquette.  Apparently they don't know that it is NOT OK to allow your kids to repeatedly walk between the glass & the ticket holders in the seats right behind the glass WHILE play is going on !!! (well, they are the new expansion team for the year)
And ..... wait for it .....
Of course, Halloween will never be the same since we lost our sweet girl on Halloween, 2013 in a horrible car accident.

You received your wings too soon, sweet girl.

Robin Nicole Healy
December 1, 1997 - October 31, 2013


In November, two quilting friends and I took a class at Klassy Katz quilt shop learning to make a TUFFET!!!!!
It was a 2 day class and was so much fun !! Plus I brought home this !!!!!
Its done in Halloween prints (you all know how much I love Halloween themed things) ... and the fuzzy black & purple spider was an acquisition from WalMart's Halloween department.
Thanksgiving Day, 2016 was spent at home chilling out with Peter, watching a little football and having Ham & Hawaiian Roll sliders to snack on. 
As usual, the Friday after, we had our big Thanksgiving celebration dinner at the Albro farm with our hockey family.  Good food, good friends (pseudo family) and good times.  As an added bonus, our boys, The RiverKings beat the Columbus Cottonmouths 4-1 !!!
I have been cross stitching like a mad woman all year and yesterday (12/2/16) I pulled out my phone and scrolled through photos for pics of my completed projects so far for 2016. 
I have fully stitched 24 projects (some small and a few rather large) and fully finished 15 of them.
I was going to dedicate a full post to them, but realized that my last post in September had many of them included, so I have decided to just make a separate page ....
So there you have it ... All caught up again. 
The last several days I have been mulling over my stitchy plans for 2017.  Lots of stash, too little stitchy time....but I do have things gelling in my head.
Maybe tomorrow I'll share them with you in exchange for your thought about them.
as it is now almost 5:00 p.m. and there is a 'Kings game in 2.5 hours I need to shake a leg & get in the shower!
Till next time,


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Cross Stitch .....

..... for those times when you want to stab something 10,000 times!

My friend Laura joined the world of Blogger over the weekend which in turn inspired me!!!

I have a page of SOME of the pieces I have completed over the years 

there is a little tab up there !

....but I haven't added anything since October of last year ....

So, without further ado ....

Letters from Mermaids
by Nora Corbett

Stitched on 32 count Lugana (don't remember the color) from Fabby's by Stephanie
using Crescent Colors & Kreinik thread plus Mill Hill beads


Letters from Nora - M
by Nora Corbett

stitched on 32 ct. Waterlily lined by Wilchelt
using Crescent Colors & Kreinik threads plus Mill Hill beads


Letters from Nora - C
by Nora Corbett

stitched on 32 ct. Waterlily linen by Wilchelt
using Crescent Colors & Kreinik thread plus Mill Hill beads


The Needle Fairy
by Nora Corbett

Stitched on 32 count Cream Lugana
using Crescent Colors & Kreinik thread plus Mill Hill beads

The Bead Fairy
by Nora Corbett

Stitched on 32 count Cream Lugana
using Crescent Colors & Kreinik thread plus Mill Hill beads

Tiger Lily
by Nora Corbett

Stitched on 28 ct. Waterlily by Wilchelt
using DMC & Kreinik threads plus Mill Hill beads 

What Counts
by Twisted Stitcher
design by Ruth Sparrow Gendron

stitched on "solo" hand dyed fabric by Silkweaver's
using Sampler Threads

The next three pieces are very special to me because the charts were from very special friends!!!

This first one I received in a "Mystery" bag from Andrea at the Mira Minion's Retreat I attended in Cincinnati in April.  I started it on May 1st and finished it July 31st. And she is BEAUTIFUL!!!

Ella, the Frog Princess
by Mirabilia
designer Nora Corbett

stitched on 32 ct. linen by Under the Sea Fabrics (lost the tag so don't remember the color!)
using DMC & Kreinik threads plus Mill Hill beads

This next one came to me as quite a surprise.  I came home from quilting one day and there was a package in the mail from 123Stitch.  Scratching my head, I reached back into my memory to see if I had ordered anything recently.  NOPE ... it was from my friend Laura who was my Cinci roomie!  She ordered the original chart "The Raven Queen" by Mirabilia for me for my birthday along with the beads.

You see, we saw this chart converted to Maleficent displayed at the Mira Minions Retreat and after I quit drooling over it, I declared that I WAS DOING THIS ONE !!!

And I did!  She is stunning !!!

conversion of The Raven Queen
by Mirabilia
original chart designed by Nora Corbett

stitched on 32 ct Lugana by Fabby's by Stephanie
using DMC, Waterlilies silk & Kreinik threads plus Mill Hill beads

a close-up of her face!

This one came to me in a package from my "Secret Stitcher" friend.  I signed up in December to have a secret friend to send to and in turn I have a secret friend that sends to me.  Packages were to be mailed every other month and during the recipient's birthday month as well as a year end Christmas package.  The first package I received in February had this chart, plus the fabric & threads!

Stir With the Big Girls
by Waxing Moon Designs

stitched on 30 ct. Pumpkin linen
using DMC thread

WHEW!  Until I got these out and took pics, I hadn't realized how many X's I had done in 11 months !!! Plus I have 2 WIPS (works in progress) I'm working on which will be another post for another day.

Hope you enjoyed the show!!!

Till next time,



At Least there was no orange jumpsuit....

.... though orange is a favorite color !!!

I was put in Facebook jail for 72 hours for trying to post this picture on Jere's timeline .....

..... because Facebook thought it was sexually explicit .....
HOW is that more sexually explicit than this:

.... which came across my timeline 3 days before ?????

Stitching update coming up soon!!!

Till next time,



Wednesday, August 31, 2016

All is still well @ Casa Jackson ....

.... OH My !!!  10 MONTHS since an update !! Let me see how the ole noggin is working or if my "Old-heimers" is going full tilt.

Let's see.  There was an entire season of Hockey, which I could not for the life of me recap.  However, our boys did make the playoffs and for the first time in years had home ice!  Sadly they lost out in the first round :(  .....

In January I became a GREAT GRANDMOTHER !!! My grandson Michael and his wife Katelyn delivered this little butter ball, Everette  on January 30th.  He looks just like his dad!!!


Wesley turned 1 on May 19th ...

And Nash turned 1 on July 24th ...

My 4 legged babies are doing great for FOUR GERIATRICS!
Little Bit who lost her right eye about a year ago to glaucoma has also lost vision in her remaining left eye, but darn it if she doesn't get around fine.  However, a few weeks ago she got out in the back yard and got "stuck" out in the sun.  At the back of the yard there is a drainage ditch that, years ago Jere blocked off with railroad ties and added some screen over it to prevent the pups from getting into it.  Well in her blind wandering she got over the railroad tie and on the screen and couldn't see to get out.  She was stuck there for about 45 minutes and the heat index was 110+.  When Jere realized she was "lost" somewhere and finally got her in she was limp.  He took her to the vet where she spent the night on IV fluids and oxygen.  Her kidneys were also effected by getting overheated.  The next day (and several hundred $$$ later) she came home with 3 prescriptions and special food.
Molly has had a nasty growth (doctor thought it was a wart or mole) that was the size of a peanut for 2-3 years until about 6 months ago began growing and getting icky.  WELL .... the day before I was to leave on my BIG cross stitch retreat to Tulsa the damn thing hemorrhaged.  Blood was spurting everywhere.  We rushed her to Memphis Veterinary Specialists and they got it cleaned and put a pressure bandage on her with instructions to see a doctor the next day. 
 None of the specialists had an opening the next day, so Jere had to take her on Wednesday.  They kept her overnight and removed it along with the left lymph node that also had a small "tumor" in it. 
The following week we got the path report back that it was a malignant sebaceous carcinoma.  She turned 16 on May 31st so we don't feel that putting her through any treatments like chemo would improve the quality of her life or prolong it, so we are just going to watch her and give palliative care until the time comes to let her go.  I so hope I don't have to make that decision and she will quietly go to the Rainbow Bridge on her own.
Nestle and Hershey are great.  While Nestle has issues with walking due to a back injury from a couple of years ago and he does have a pretty bad cataract in his right eye he is such a sweetie !!!
And Hershey .... well she is just being Hershey ... Healthy as a horse!
I have been stitching like a maniac!  I have lots of completed (tho not "finished") projects that will take a bit to photograph so I'll stop here, go fold laundry and get the ole camera out.
Till next time,


Sunday, October 25, 2015

My world the last 3 months ...

I could say I was busy traveling or partying like a maniac, but in fact, I have just been a lazy bum.

Well not exactly ... Really quite a bit has been going on.

BASEBALL season ended with our Redbirds finishing 2nd in their division behind Round Rock.  HOWEVER, during the last 2 months of the season, 15 of our players were called up to the majors (St. Louis Cardinals) where THEY went on to lead the team to a divisional victory winning 100 games for the regular season.  Unfortunately the Cards were knocked out in the 1st round of playoffs by the Chicago Cubs.

FOOTBALL season (NCAA) began with our University of Memphis Tigers taking the field and gave us a blow out win (63-7) on September 5th against Missouri State.  They have gone on to be undefeated this season with 55-23 against Kansas, 44-41 against Bowling Green, 53-46 against Cincinnati, 24- 17 against South Florida, 37-24 against Ole Miss (BIG RIVALRY WIN !!) and 66-42 against Tulsa.

HOCKEY: Pre-season training camp started on October 11th and the day before Christine delivered Peter to Southaven and I joined them at Memphis BarBQue for dinner.  It was SO GOOD to have our hockey son back in town for the season !!!

The season officially started October 23rd when the Kings succumbed to the Ice Gators in the home opener 2-0.   It was a hard fought battle, but it was good to see one of our boys from last season, Adam (who was in net last year for the Kings).

Last night was their first Away game of the season and they took down the new kids on the block, The Macon Mayhem 4-1 in their barn.

The gang was all here at Casa Jackson to watch the boys and it was pretty wild and crazy!! Of course the Albros were here, Reba, John and 4 of the kids...Elizabeth Ann (Sam), Gracie, Owen and Lily.  The Wynns, RJ, Anisha and Angela came bearing DESSERT !! The Lees, Frankie & Kent made it and it was SO GOOD to see Kent is now able to get around on crutches !!! There is still a halo drilled into his right leg and he isn't moving very fast, BUT AT LEAST HE IS MOVING .. and was actually able to get up the one step into the house without any help!!! Then we had some new additions to our group.  Christine and her gang, Caden, Kylee and Grayson came to cheer on her main man, Peter (who actually wasn't even in net for this game)...but that didn't matter ... it was a great watch party.  On the menu was Loaded Baked Potatoes, with just about anything you can imagine on the buffet to load them with.

And what would a hockey party be without a penalty box??

Next game ... Friday October 30th where the boys will be in Columbus taking on the Cottonmouths and the gang will all be here, sans Christine where we will be cheering the guys on to victory!!!  Tacos are on the menu and I'm sure at some point John will be back in the Penalty Box!  

ON THE STITCHIN FRONT:  The first of the year, I joined an online group called "Stitch from Stash".  (See my page by clicking on the tab up there ↑)   The point and goal of this group is to restrain from adding more stash and attempt to complete what is on hand by limiting your spending to < $25.00 per month on fabric, thread & charts...which to a cross stitcher is like being in JAIL ... 

I think I have managed to do quite well, considering when I checked I had more than 85 COMPLETELY kitted up projects and probably enough fabric, thread and other magazines, charts and books to keep me busy for more than 3 lifetimes (but that isn't the point, is it??)

So far this year I have managed to complete 12 cross stitch projects as well as 5 quilts and 2 quilted table runners while spending only $26.28 on cross stitch stash.  I also have 3 quilts pin basted, 1 of which will be machine quilted and the other 2 I'll hand quilt when it gets a little cooler (It is very snugly with a big queen size quilt in your lap).

I've been updating the SFS page, but not my "Completed Cross Stitch" page this year, so that is my goal for this rainy Sunday while watching football and drinking large amounts of coffee.

We lost our sweet Amy. 

On August 12th when I took Hershey in for her annual exam, I also took Amy to get Doc to check out a goopy eye.  Well, anytime they see their vet he does a cursory exam and discovered what he thought was a full bladder.  Thinking it was a UTI he did a test and nope ... not that ... so he asked me to leave her and let him run some more tests .... In a X-ray he saw what appeared to be a growth or tumor attached to her bladder and it was invading her urinary tract.  Two days later the lab results came back and she had a stage 3 abdominal sarcoma.  At her age and the place the tumor was it just wasn't feasible to put her through the extensive surgery with no guarantee they could even get the entire tumor.  After all she would be 15 on September 11th.  We decided to just give her as much love and hugs we could until it was time to let her go.  Usually when I head to the bedroom at night Amy tries her best to beat me into bed.  We usually spend a few minutes snuggling and then she dashes up to my pillow and settles in above my head.  Well on August 25th she refused to take her meds, which she usually loves and then began sort of stumbling around.  I took her to the bedroom and put her up on her pillow but she just began yelping... I got up and held her and rocked her all night until she quietly took her last breath in my arms at 6:30.  I am so thankful that she didn't force us to make that awful decision and did it her way.  She is up in heaven waiting for us across the Rainbow Bridge with her baby boy, Bruno ... and all the other pets I have loved and lost.

Amy Lynn 9.11.2000 - 8.26.2015



It is really hard to believe that Wesley is 5 months old and Nash just turned 3 months!!! They are growing so fast and I really wish they were closer because Granna is missing so much!! 

Their moms do keep me posted with pictures and I won't force you to see them all but here are a few really cuties !!!


I'm ready for work, Dad!

You want a Raspberry .... I'll show you a Raspberry!

Don't bother me now, UT is getting stomped again and Dad is pissed ! 

OK .... I added some more clothes .... Is this better ?? 

Mom and Dad have such funny faces, don't they??  !!!!! 


All saddled up and ready to ride ! 

Just like my Dad, I love my Tonka!

One month already !! 

I get so excited when Mom points that little box at me !!! 

I'm so cute ... and look how big me feet are

Trick or Treat ... and get this itchy thing off my cute face ! 

Well, I think that just about catches thing up at Casa Jackson.  The only other thing I can think of is that I thought I was going to have to have my bum left knee replaced, but after a visit to my Ortho-Doc I'm awaiting an MRI to see what is going on.  He said he thought there may be a small tear and a "simple" scope would fix me up.  I'll have more news next week hopefully.

I'll leave you now with this message: 


Till next time,