Wednesday, June 27, 2012


A little while back I was tagged by Jo and Chiara to participate in answering 11 questions and telling 11 things about myself.  I am supposed to tag others to do the same.   I did promise to answer their questions so here goes:
For Chiara @ the grey tail
1.       How long since you’ve last played, sat on the floor, with a kid?
It has been so long I can’t remember my grandson is now 15 living in California and my daughter living locally has no children yet.
2.       Your favorite school trip?
The fact that I just turned 55 on Monday tells you that it has been a long time since I went on a school trip, but if I would have to say it would probably be to Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo.
3.       When you go the sleep do you wake up in the same position, or do you find blankets and pillows all over the place?
 I usually start on my side and wake on my back, however with all of the twisting and turning my DH does I still wake up to find blankets and pillows all over the place.
4.       Shades, hat or both.
Most of the time it’s just my Rx glasses with transition lens but if I’m to be out for a while (such as playing golf) a hat is a must.
5.       Was there a time you thought “I wish I was born there”, if so when and where was it.
When my DH was stationed in Hawaii and we lived there, it was so beautiful I would have loved growing up there.
6.       Do you know how to make candy corn?
 Unfortunately I don’t know how but here is a website that might help
7.       How many years have you been stitching? Did you learn by yourself or did someone help you along the way?
 I have been stitching over 20 years and I am self-taught. Now that is not to say I haven’t learned a lot from other people over the years.  I started with a stamped cross stitch piece I received as a gift in 1992.
8.       The perfect sandwich: What is in it?
Bacon, fried egg with cheese on sourdough toast.
9.       Honestly do you think ironing our clothes is necessary and how do you deal with the dullest housework ever?
With all of the permanent press clothing I don’t think ironing is always necessary and if it is only when the item is needed.
10.   You reckon there’s an even duller thing than ironing and what is it?
I don’t know about duller things than ironing but I hate cleaning the toilets and showers with a passion.
11.   Is there a TV commercial you like? (Makes you laugh, takes you back to old times or reminds you of someone you know?
There was a Dorito’s commercial from the Super Bowl a couple of years ago with a little boy slapping his mother’s date and warning him to keep his hands off his mama and his chips.  It reminds me of one of my nieces and her son who’s 7 and very possessive of her.

1.       Watch the film first or read the book first?
I love watching movies that are made from a book but I rather read the book first.
2.       Which book would you most like to see made into a film?
It is actually a series of books; they are the Cedar Cove series by Debbie Macomber, which are being filmed as we speak for a TV movie.
3.       Who would play you in the story of your life?
If I had my choice it would be between Queen Latifah and Gabrielle Union.
4.       What was the first live band you saw?
It was “Earth, Wind & Fire” about 30 years ago.
5.       Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Well I shook hands with the actor Michael Clarke Duncan, from the movie “The Green Mile” and at a golf tournament I was a couple of feet from Tiger Woods.
6.       Did you embarrass yourself by blushing/clamming up, saying something stupid?
With Michael Clarke Duncan there wasn’t enough time to do anything just shake hands, with Tiger Woods I was afraid if I tried to touch him or speak to him while he was playing the sheriffs would have arrested me.
7.       Breakfast, lunch and dinner or breakfast, dinner and tea? Or some other random names for your meals.
My meals are always called breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Even though my breakfast should be called brunch (somewhere between breakfast and lunch).
8.       Does your family have a word for something which no-one else in the world uses? 
Not really, we use to have a secret word for my daughter when she as little, it was so she would never leave school or anywhere with a stranger unless we had sent them and they could give the secret word.
9.       What is the worst job you’ve ever had?
When I was young at home with my parents my father would go rabbit and squirrel hunting and the oldest child at home would have to skin the rabbits and squirrel he brought home.  I couldn’t stand to feel that fur in my hands.
10.   How did you get out of doing it?
I dropped a half skinned rabbit into a pile of fur; this is something you never want to do because it is very hard to get that off of the meat.  I was never given that job again as a matter of fact I think my father stopped hunting after that.
11.   What is the theme song of your life?
Now at the age of 55 I like “New Attitude” by Pattie LaBelle

Well the rules to this exercise were to tell 11 things about myself, I think you will learn more than you wanted to know about me in my answers to these 22 questions so I won’t bore you any further.  I do have 11 questions that I will post later.  The last rule is to tag 11 other people and I can’t just say “if you are reading this you are tagged”, well that is exactly what I will do with the exception to Jo and Chiara. So once I have posted my questions if you are so inclined to answer them please do.  Just send the answers to my email.

Well if you are still here after all of that I think I owe you some stitching pictures, this is my up-date of “Around the World in 80 Stitches” mystery SAL.  I have not added the beads to this part yet, but they are coming.

This is a picture of what I worked on at the last stitch-night at my LNS “In-Stitches Needle Works” until Sept.  I think all of us will be going through withdrawal before then.  So I definitely want to be at the Lock-In scheduled for July 15th.

 Well I will go now and make some wonderful little xxs , thank you to all who have stayed this long I hope you will come again.


Faith... said...

I love Brookfield Zoo and will be going there next week. We are members and try to go at least once a month!

Ineke said...

I love to see your Around the World updates. So many different stitches and sparkling colours. And beautifully stitched!

Shirlee said...

It was nice learning a little more about you Minnie : ) Your WIPs are looking beautiful!

rosek1870 said...

Always nice to learn more about a friend. We have a lot in common, besides loving to cross stitch, including age and hating to clean the bathroom! Love your WIPs!! Have a great day (hi ho hi ho its off to work I go)
hugs rose

Anonymous said...

your papillon sal is looking gorgeous Minnie, I've just started this sal, and have almost finished part 1, love your other wip, I need to dig out my ufo of this one,and work on it soon, it's a lovely design

Irene m. said...

I enjoyed reading all the questions and answers. If we were to sit down together for lunch, these are things I probably wouldn't think to ask. So it was great to learn some funny little extras. And I agree: Queen Latifa would be perfect for you. I love seeing her in movies, such spunk and sensitivity rolled into one.

MarchAnn said...

Love the Around the World it looks great as does your other piece.
Interesting guestions and answers, thanks for sharing.

The Knitting Cross Stitcher said...

Your stitching is gorgeous Minnie.I love your SAL piece is getting morenand more pretty

geeky Heather said...

I love reading all these answers! =)

ATW80S is looking GREAT! Nice job!

Anne said...

Minnie! I loved reading your answers! So much fun! Your around the world is looking so pretty!!