Friday, June 27, 2008


I am knitting again like a fool. I am actually designing a cotton purse which is on my needles as I write this. I will post pictures over the weekend and will finish writing the pattern. Once the pattern is written I will post it here. I needed a new summer bag and could not find anything that I liked. My youngest daughter claims that I will knit just about anything. She may be correct. I am addicted to knitting.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Hartman's Leather Luggage

Hartman Leather Luggage appears to be very well made. Here is a link to their leather collection. Leather Luggage
I love the look of the luggage. Yes it is pricey but you are paying for something that is quality made. This picture is of the 50" Mobile Traveler Garment Bag. It is in the Intensity line. The Intensity Line is one of a couple lines of Wheeled Luggage There are many pieces that match this particular item. I like how this piece is lined in plastic. This is a great feature. How many times have gone to pick up your luggage after a flight and see a wet stain on the side of your luggage. Yes, the shampoo has leaked through the entire luggage. The plastic lining will keep some of the mess down the next time you forget to put liquid items in plastic bags. I also like the over the door hook that detaches when you need it. That is a really nice feature of anyone that regularly travels. This particular piece is on sale for $700 (regular price is $875.00). Yes, I will admit it is a lot of money, especially in today's economy. However, the consumer is paying for a wonderfully made piece of luggage. This piece would probably be one of the only garment bags the consumer will ever have to purchase. If you think of it that way, it is definitely worth the amount of money Hartman Luggage charges!

Hartman Luggage is celebrating 130 years of doing business. That alone says a lot. Companies do not make it 130 years without selling quality merchandise. If you are looking to make a luggage purchase you really should check out Hartman's luggage at
Carry-On Luggage

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Busy weekend

Here it is Saturday evening already. I have had a busy weekend so far and have plans for tomorrow also. Last night Laura, Susan and I met my best friend, Terry at IKEA. She wants to get a new computer desk and computer chair for her house. Laura is going to help her since Laura works at IKEA. We walked through the entire store and found quilts, living rooms chairs for me, and of course her desk and chair. After going through the store we went to Don Pablo's for dinner. Terry and I had a blast. We had not been out on a Friday night in ages (we are usually in bed by 8:30 - 9:00 come Friday. Both of us work very long days during the week and wear down by Friday. Terry and I laughed and kidded. At one point, I looked over at Laura and Susan. They are just looking at us like they did not know us. Susan made a comment that I am not like that when I am home. It is funny to realize that the children see me as someone totally different than I am when I am with friends.

This morning I had to go get the blood work done for the operation next week. Once that was done I went to my daughter Kira's apartment for breakfast with her and her father. We needed to discuss all her wedding plans and money. I left there to go get my granddaughter, Alia. Alia and I then went to Terry's house for lunch. Terry is a great cook. She makes pasta from scratch! We left there to head home. Alia had not had a nap yet and she stayed awake the entire trip home. However around 7:30 p.m. she crashed and burned. She is sound asleep in my bed. :)

Tomorrow, Kira and I are going to a wine tasting at one of our local parks. I am really looking forward to it. There is suppose to be a chocolate Zinfandel that I can't wait to get my hand on.! I will comment on my activities tomorrow.

Oh, right now I am getting ready to go back and work on the cotton purse I am creating. I am making up the pattern as I go. I will post some pictures soon.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Hopefully Relief is Coming!!!!

If you don't live in Baltimore, Maryland then you may not be under an extreme heat warning. The last few days have been horribly hot. The schools have been closing 1/2 days and everyone else is trying to stay inside. That is everyone except the people that have to work outside. I work for Allied Waste so all our drivers have to be outside in all this heat. However, we are all excited because we are suppose to have a cool front come in. Tomorrow is predicted to only go up to 88 degrees. That sound tell you how hot it has been when we are excited about 88 degrees.

I just 3 weeks away from having my surgery. I had a procedure yesterday. I am at the point where all I want is for the surgery to be over and for me to start my recovery. Please keep me in your prayers. Thanks,

Sunday, June 8, 2008

I am knitting again

After a couple of months without knitting, I actually picked up a project today. I decided that it was definitely too hot (95 degrees +) to do anything outside today. I mean I started sweating the instant I walked out the door this morning to take my granddaughter, Alia, home. I found a pattern for a diamond pattern purse using cotton yarn. I got about 1/4 of it done today! It felt wonderful having the knitting needles and yarn in my hands again. I think I can thank Debbie MacComber's "Knitting Together" for getting me motivated again. I can't wait to get the purse finished.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Life in General

I have to update everyone what has been going on in my life. Since I came back from vacation 2 weeks ago I have had numerous doctors appointments. Yes you do start falling apart once you hit your 40!!!! :) On that note, I am in the process of scheduling a minor surgery (hopefully 2 at the same time). It appears I will be having surgery on 6/30 and will be out of work again for another 1 to 2 weeks. Of course I have surgery on the Monday before July 4th!. I am hoping that I feel up to going to see fireworks on the 4th. Last year I could not go because John had gotten himself in the hospital after one of his binges. I love going to see fireworks so if everyone could say just a little prayer that I will be up to going I would appreciate. I know it seems minor but this is something I really love.

I do think that I may have decided that when my lease is up in November, I will try to move to another place. I am not sure if I will stay in the area that I am currently living or move to another area. I just found while I was on vacation I did not have any sad moments with regard to remembering my late husband. However when I came home, it started again. I don't want to ever forget him. I just think it may be time for me to move so that I can start a fresh life.

We are also very busy planning Kira's wedding. She and I went yesterday and signed the papers to reserve the reception hall. It is an old Mansion located in Catsonsville, MD. Kira lives very close to this place which will be very convenient for her. It is absolutely lovely!!!! I still need to get her a list of addresses so she can send out "Save the Date" notices. I think this may be a very busy year coming up!!!!

Here are some pictures from our family's vacation in Myrtle Beach

This is the beach in Myrtle Beach at sunset. Looking at this picture reminds me why I could live down there all the time.
Michael at the beach the first day.

Kira and Jesus right after they got engaged!

Susan in the living room(Laura's friend)
Laura in the condo.

Me at the beach.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Friends Questionnaire

I got this in an e-mail today. I thought it may be something you may want to copy and post on your blog also. It certainly tells you a little about your friends.

1. What is your occupation? Operations Clerk
2. What color are your socks right now? Don't have socks on
3. What are you listening to right now? Fan blowing
4. What was the last thing that you ate? Bean Soup
5. Can you drive a stick shift? Sure can
6. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Co-Worker
7. Do you like the person who sent this to you?Yes

8. How old are you today? 42
9. What is your favorite sport to watch? Baseball
10. What is your favorite drink? Diet Pepsi
11. Have you ever dyed your hair? Too many times to count
12. Favorite food? Chocolate
13. What was the last movie you watched ? PS I LOVE YOU
14. Favorite day of the year?January 1....everything starts fresh

15. How do you vent anger? Very vocally
16. What was your favorite toy as a child? Dawn dolls
17. Favorite Season? Spring
18. Hugs or Kisses? Kisses
19. Cherries or Blueberries? Blueberries
20. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back? Sure do

21. Who is the most likely to respond? Terry
22. Who is least likely to respond? Mark
23. Living arrangements? With my daughter, and her girlfriend
24. When was the last time you cried? Watching PS I LOVE YOU...It brought out a lot of feelings from the past 9 months.
25. What is on the bottom of your closet? Shoes

26. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending this to? Mark
27. What did you do last night? Checked e-mail and went to bed early.
28. Favorite smells?Cookies baking
29. What inspires you? My Children
30. What are you most afraid of? Being alone forever
31. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? Plain
32. Favorite dog breed? Labs
33. Favorite day of week? Friday
34. How many states have you lived in? 2

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Spring Cleaning - A little Late!

I went into work for a couple hours yesterday (still trying to catch up from being on vacation the week before). While I was sitting at my desk I realized that when I come to work, I don't get all congested like I do at home. Therefore, when I got home I decided to tear the house about and scrub everything down. It really felt good to have been so productive and feel as if things are getting really clean again. Of course by the time I was finished, I was exhausted and very congested. So I took some sinus medicine which knocked me out. I curled up on the couch with every intention of reading a book I am into. However, I think I only read a page or two before I dosed off. I took a really long nap, which felt great. It was raining and I had the sliding door open. It just soothed me right to sleep!!

I have a goal of finishing my book today and then trying to find a new knitting project. I really need to use up some of my stash. I better get going.....time to read!