Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A finish and a new toy

I finished up Mary Garry's Peace sampler last week though I still need to put initials in the lower right hand corner.  I think I will stitch the initials over one and include mine, the husband's and the 2 kids.

Mary Garry Peace Sampler
Weeks 30 count Cappuccino linen
GA Weathered Barn
design size 6 1/2 by 7 1/2

The past few days I have been pretty tired from working odd hours and busy with the miscellaneous tasks of living but I do have some ornaments started.  Just need some wide awake time to stitch!

I also have been distracted by my new toy!  I have been wanting an e-reader and when I was able to get a great deal on this Pandigital reader from Kohl's, I decided to try it.  My employee discount allows me to stack my discounts and with a rebate I just couldn't pass on it.  And no hassle returns folks!  If I decide I don't like it, back it goes!

I do like it though, but I haven't tried any other e-readers.  The screen is a bit too gray in dim light but works great with bright light.  It has wireless but I would never use it for the internet unless absolutely necessary.  I have downloaded 3 library books so far and it's a piece of cake.  I haven't purchased any books yet and that wasn't my goal anyway.  I love that I can "go to the library" and get them for free!  You do have to put books on a waiting list most times but that's OK.  Just download the books to Adobe Digital Editions, plug in the reader and transfer the book!

I am presently reading Cakewalk: A Memoir by Kate Moses and I finished The Kids Are All Right by Diana Welch (no, not the movie but same title).  These are both autobiographical.  I seem to be attracted to books about dysfunctional families (are all families a little bit nuts?).  It must be because of my quest to figure out my own family and trying to reconcile some of the crazy stuff that happened growing up.  It makes me feel better to know that I was not alone in my suffering, that there were other angry fathers out there and baffled overworked mothers.  By the time I was 12 years old I had lived in 5 different states and at least 6 different houses.  Moving around was not a good thing for a shy little girl like me and I don't think it was good for any of the 6 children!

Off to the bank...I think DD overdrafted her debit account.  As all moms of teenagers know, making the mistake is the best way to learn.  Sometimes we think they know how to manage things and then we find out somehow it went right over their heads when we told them how to do it.


Vonna said...

No hassel returns :) That made me smile!
I have a Sony e-reader...have had one for years. Love it :)

LOVE your finished sampler too...it is gorgeous!

Robin said...

Congrats on your latest finish! Your sampler looks great and I think adding initals over one would be a perfect addition. Enjoy your new toy!

The Queen Bee said...

Hope the ereader continues to work well. I love how easy they are to use and handle.

Nice finish. Phew... hopefully you won't have to suffer thru that thread/fabric combo again. The end result makes it seem worth it, though.


Lynn said...

Love your latest finish! Just beautiful!
I just purchased my Christmas present from DH which is a Kobo. It's the Canadian version of a Kindle. I can't wait to try it out. Not until Christmas though, sigh!

Lee said...

I love, love, love this design! And the colors you chose are perfect. Enjoy your new reader!

Carol said...

Beautiful finish, Barb! I like the way you're planning to add the initials in the corner for the whole family...

We must like the same type of books--two of my favorite dysfunctional family/crazy childhood books are Blackbird by Jennifer Lauck and The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer. If you haven't read them yet, I think you would enjoy them :)

Diane said...

Very pretty finish, Barb!

The ereader sounds great. If I ever get a raise one is definitely on my list - right behind stitchy stash! LOL

My daughter was overdrafting her account right and left on $2 and $3 transactions (that $40 Starbucks better have been good!) when her funds got low until we asked the bank not to approve any debit card transactions unless the money was in the account at the time the charge was attempted. It has saved hundreds of dollars in bank charges!

Happy holidays!

Margaret said...

Love your finish -- very pretty! Congrats on your e-reader too! I love reading on mine. I haven't figured out the whole borrowing books from the library thing yet. I really should. lol!

Karoline said...

Peace is lovely, congratulations

Enjoy your new toy :)

Suzanne said...

Lovely sampler you finished!

I am sorry this is a little late, but I would like to thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog.

I would like to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year.