Tuesday, May 4, 2010

It's a Beautiful Morning!

In my 17 years working in education, I have experienced school being called off for a variety of things besides your garden variety snow... For example, I have witnessed ice storm days, flu days, tornado days, mercury spill days, and train wreck days.... I am not kidding. Today I am experiencing a flood day. And believe it or not, this is not the first one in my educational career. Which I find odd because we do not live in a flood plain. We had school on Monday, which I wondered if we would, so I was a little shocked when the phone rang around 9 pm last night announcing that there would be no school today. One section of our district that has a smallish river running through it, has been hit extremely hard with flooding. Roads are closed there and no vehicles can get in or out, which includes busses, so no school today. I think everyone there is okay, thankfully. They just have a big mess to clean up.

So this leaves me with the question of what to do with this time I have been given that was unexpected on this beautiful sun-shiny day....
Do I stitch?
Do I read?
Do I shop?
Do I clean? (nah, that's no fun!)

Not sure what I will do with this gift of a day. Maybe a little of all of the above.

I thought I would share a few stash acquisitions that I have acquired recently.

A little birthday stash: CHS Houses of HRH, CHS Village of HRH, Spot the Horse, BBD Anniversaries of the Heart #3 A Wish for You

A few something somethings from the Bay of Evil: SANQ Fall 2002 and JCS April 2002 which may or may not seem impressive from the covers, but look at the treats that await inside....

Heavenly Paradise from the SANQ issue.... love this little A&E design

And a Bent Creek design from the JCS issue

As well as a cute Brightneedle design that I have stitched here and there in Blogville and have always liked.

I have read a couple of books recently that I wanted to share.

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon.... an oldie but a goodie. I read this series more than a few years ago after she had written Fiery Cross. I fell in love with Jamie and Claire and their adventures in Scotland and America and through the portals of time. Now that she has come out with the seventh book in the series, I am trying to re-read them all from the start of the series before diving into the newest one. It is amazing to me how much I have forgotten of these stories. It is almost like reading them for the first time all over again. I am enjoying them very much. If you like historical fiction/drama/romance/time travel.... I highly recommend them, but as I say to all my friends especially if they are easily offended, these books read like an R rated movie. Nuff said.

I also finished listening to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I love young adult literature. I taught 8th grade language arts prior to becoming a school counselor, and I LOVED teaching literature units. Everything from The Giver to Animal Farm with a few others thrown in for good measure. This is a book I would have loved to have had when I was teaching. It is futuristic with a lot of moral dilemmas that makes it a great book for discussion. My middle school librarian friend has not been able to read it yet because she can't keep it in the library. It is always checked out. Any book that makes a typical middle school kid want to read...well, I just have to read those myself! :) I have started listening to the second book in the series called Catching Fire this week. So far, I am enjoying it too. I think there is a third book coming out this fall.

I will leave you with a picture of Petey, my other boy "child"

Good grief, Mom... The Derby is over... Super Saver won.... Don't you think it is time to lose the dorky bandana?

Thanks for reading and for your comments. I have a few people yet to email some responses to some questions to, and I will get to that shortly. :)
Hope the sun is shining where ever you are today. I am out of here to make some fun!! :)


  1. Kellie, so many wonderful choices. I think I would do a little of each, lol.

    I am so very sad to hear of all the rain and flooding in your area.

    I hope you have a restful, fun day and that things improve quickly for all of you!

  2. Hang the housework, reading, shopping you have to stitch with all that gorgeous new stash Kellie.
    Petey looks adorable!

  3. Oh Boy Kellie! I do hope the flooding stops soon and the waterlines receed! Hopefully things will be back to normal soon!

    Love all that stash! You are plotting and planning your next stitching, I can just tell!

  4. There's always a first time for everything! I hope you do something fun with your unexpected day off. And I hope that flooding clears up fast too! Love your stash! I've read Voyager and part of the next book in the series, but not any others. I may very well read them soon. It's a pain to reread a series to refresh your memory, isn't it? Fun too though!

  5. So many choices I would do alittle od each minus the cleaning LOL

    I love your new stash especially the JCS issue, I love the Brightneedle and Bent creek designs. Look forward to your progress on both

    Take care and enjoy your day off

  6. House work will be there waiting tomorrow so i think you should stitch :-)

    Love all the new stash, plenty to keep you busy there ;)

    Hope the floods subside, not a very nice experience i imagine.

  7. Petey looks like my Baxter- totally humiliated by his bandana after his groom! Last month it was pink with easter eggs on it, so I can't really blame him! ha!
    I love the new stash! I need to renew my subscriptions to a couple magazines. I let them go a few years ago, and I miss them :)

  8. Hope you (and your neighbors) don't have any other flooding problems. It is an all to frequent occurance here, especially with the spring storms coming up from the Gulf. It is just as unusual for us to have a snow day -- we had 2 this school year.

    Looking forward to seeing you stitch your birthday stash. I have to get a subscription to JCS, I have to drive 40 miles to find a store that carries it and they do not always have a copy. Don't you love it when your favorite designer has a chart in the mag!

  9. I do hope that you are staying dry!!

    Great new stash and Petey is too cute!

  10. Petey looks like he's worried about the flood. He's so cute!

    I hope you had a nice free day today!

  11. I'm so sorry to hear about the flooding in your area, Kellie...

    Your new stash is wonderful! Hey, guess what I just bought myself--Village at HRH!! Do I sense another SAL in our future? Hope your Block 4 is progressing and that you enjoyed your free day yesterday :)