Wednesday, November 7, 2007

PIF and My Lifestyle Issues

Georgie has kindly included me in her PIF (Pass It Forward) group! Yay!! So, I'm requesting that 3 of you sign up to be my PIF friends!

Would you kindly let me know if you want to "play" by giving me a comment?
I'll send you something lovely within the next year, having to do with stitching.... It will be a wonderful surprise!! And, you'll need to PIF, of course, by finding our own little triad to send to. :)

All I can say at the moment is that I must really be on overload this past couple of weeks. I'm so exhausted in mind and body. Too much going on...too little of me to spread around.

Jessica, my DD, has gotten her IVF transfer with her what she now calls her "little Triumphorette", and we are now on pins and needles waiting until Nov. 20th to find out if she's pregnant. She is hoping for twins, or a baby or Triplets (note the 2 T's)...she and Kevin would be delighted with anything the Lord would give them. I explained to her that she has to get used to waiting...that's the name of the game in motherhood! It's been a difficult 2 years for her, and we really hope she and her husband are blessed this time. When the other times didn't work, she really took it very hard. I'm feeling anxious for and about her because, she's my baby. You can see her picture on Nicole's blog (Island Breeze). I'm going to search around for a better one of her to post on mine!

I haven't been sleeping well at all. My insomnia has really gotten so bad, though I try to "gear down" every night in hopes I can get sleepy like ordinary people. I've always been a night owl...all my I guess it's just gotten worse with time and age. I do love to stitch at night and to watch old movies while I'm stitching. But it would really be healthy for me if I could just sleep!! I'm now wondering if Harmien's McGoblins have flown to my house for a visit and are keeping me awake! "Out, out, Dark Spots!!" to loosely quote the Bard.

My favorite, latest old movies are: Fanny and Alexander by Ingemar Bergman, which is a must see for everyone on earth for so many reasons; Night and Day with Cary Grant, and Night of the Hunter with Shelley Winters and Robert Mitchum. That "Night of the Hunter" scared the pants off of me.... I really cried all through "Night and Day." Cary Grant can break your heart when he wants to.

My latest book find is: The Temple Dancer, A Novel of India by John Speed. Booklist said: "Speed conducts a dazzling tour of 17th century India. Lavish and lush...mesmerizing...Chock-full of sex, suspense and peril...this yarn will transport readers to a vanished time and place."

I've just started it, but I'm hooked. This isn't the usual type of novel I read, but after a bit of pre-reading in Border's Book's new Seattle's Best coffee shop with a cup of very latte, latte and a spinach egg and cheese omelet -muffin... it had so reminded me of "The Far Pavilions" by MM Kaye, which is one of my all-time favorite books, that I had to take it home.

Speed is a descriptive writer who knows how to entice an audience. The novel is fast-paced and addictive. The first chapter starts out with a young girl using belladonna to make her skin "pale enough" to be beautiful in society... consequently, her eyes get huge and reflect like deep pools as her pupils reflect the night light. This stuff just captures my imagination. His descriptions are wonderful and the story is fascinating.

The sequel to this book is now out in hardback. It's to be a trilogy. John Speed (cool name..) spent many years writing the book, and many years in India....I'm wondering if he's been Undercover???? and now lives quietly in CA with his dogs. Imagine Nelson DeMille writing about ancient India's temple dancers and lovers...

Could any and all of you who are interested in a SAL with the Glendon "Pretty Pumpkins" email me? I'm asking someone to set a site up for us. I'm stitching more on mine tonight. Here's a picture of the pitiful start I made at Martha's Steamy Sunday Stitching group. I assume you've already seen the pics from Nicole's (Island Breeze) and Martha's blogs taken at our Steamy time. I couldn't have looked worse in my pics! You can really see I'm not sleeping well! Jessica hasn't been either...this was the day before her IVF. The company of friends and the food made up for it! Ask Martha to get you the recipe for those ultra decadent caramel bars that our friend, Carolyn brought for dessert!!

And, isn't this just the most heartwarming? Nicole tickled me by taking this one while I was ironing my fabbie for the Pumpkins! I couldn't believe what a tiny iron Martha has!! We are having a "cold snap" here in SW Florida, so you can see I'm wearing my sweater vest....I think it was in the 70's. We could have frozen!

Did you make it through this whole blog entry?? You deserve a medal. Hope I didn't keep You up all night! Hugs, Deb


tintocktap said...

OK, OK, I'm going to be very brave and sign up for your PIF, Deb - I've never signed up for a PIF before! I'll post my own PIF on my blog in the next few days.

Love and {{{hugs}}} to Jessica - I hope all goes well for her. I know it's hard to wait, but she just needs to relax and let her body do the work!

Hope you get a decent sleep soon too, Deb! Insomnia can wear you down soooo much.

Sally said...

I hope everything goes well for Jessica {{{{hugs}}}} to her. I'll keep my finger's crossed.

I hope you start feeling better soon too and get a good night's sleep. I'm terrible if I don't sleep propery and as Lesley says it can really wear you down.

Can I sign up for your PIF please and I promise to start another one on my blog as soon as I've finished the one I've got going at the moment? Would that be OK?

Love and {{{{hugs}}}}

AnnMcD said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog Deborah.

I do hope that everything goes well with your daughter. It must be so hard for them to wait.

Also my friends Carmen and Colleen (neither of whom blog) and I are doing a SAL for PP and we are enjoying the pattern and SAL tremendously. We are all doing it over one on 25 count fabric and work on it one day a week. I usually get around to posting my progress on my blog once a week too. If you get a blog going devoted to PP please let me know and I will gladly join up!

I trust you will get a decent night's sleep soon. Insomnia is a terribly frustrating ailment to endure.

AnnMcD said...

Me again...
I forgot to mention...if you like novels of India you may want to try "Beneath a marble sky by John Shors. I really liked it!

Heidi said...

LOL! That can't be a REAL iron! That is the cutest and funniest thing I have seen in a long time. Yes, I live a sheltered life I guess. :)

Hugs ~

Barbara said...

I'd have happily read to the end of your post if it had been twice as long. :)

My DH had such a wee iron when we met. I just laughed when I saw him use it. Of course, it was also the first time I'd seen a man ironing, which struck me as incredibly funny in its own right!

You take care with that insomnia. I suffered awfully with it till I had the kids, and I suspect that as soon as they aren't making the same kinds of physical demands on me, it'll resurface. I like to think of insomniacs as a unique group of people ... kind of like stitchers.


The Wayward Sellman said...

Hi Mom!

Love the blog! Love all the comments. Love to know what you are up to everyday!


Jacque said...


My thoughts go out to been there done that and remember the sting! We now have lovely Gia to show for all our troubles, but it's not a fun time!

If you haven't already filled up your positions in the PIF, I'd love to join. I'll post on my blog as soon as you let me know!

I, like the many others, would love to buy your Antoinette chart when you're finished with's gorgeous and I know I could never come up with anything near as neat as I've seen here from you!

Miokka said...

Keeping you & Jessica in my prayers! I hope it is a good sign... my bday is the 21st!!! Fingers & toes are crossed.
I just love my little iron for my projects. Geesh, I could have gotten the big ole' iron our for you if my brain had been firing on all cylinders!
Those death by caramel bars were to die for.....
Love your blog! Hope you get some sleep soon. I'm just the opposite, the sun goes down & so do my eyes...
Stay safe & keep me posted.
Oh, ya better put me in on that stitch a long for Pretty Pumpkins. I'm not going to be ready to start till after Christmas. Maybe at our New Years Christmas Party on January 6!
I'm sooo glad I found you!

Anonymous said...

I just love reading your posts Deb. I'm thankful I found your blog from someone else's (can't remember who I enjoy your blog so much. You write so well and feature a lot of good stuff.

Thank you so much for your "ramblings".

Take care,

Viv (from Western Australia)

Von said...

That's the cutest little iron ever, lol!

Prayers that the IVF is a great success this time. May the days of waiting fly by!

The last few years I've struggled a bit with insomnia and finally had to get a little help from Tylenol PM. It seems to break the cycle for me and lets me get back to my natural sleep pattern. With all the kids I'm still wrangling, my sleep is very important to me! Lol! :) Hope you're able to get a good night's rest real soon.


Carol said...

LOL! Mike sells those irons if you want one!

Isabelle said...

(((Deb))) I'm with you on the insomnia. We're on the same boat. It's getting really tough for me.

Your daughter will be in my thoughts!

tkdchick said...

Best of luck to your daughter and DH. Its a shame that those who are dying to be parents have a hard time getting pregnant when there are those who get pregnant and could care less about their chilrden.

Nicole said...

Love the picture of you ironing! You look like the perfect domestic goddess! LOL! :) Hopefully you have been sleeping a little better lately! Let me know if you think you'll be at Golden Needle Wed. and I'll try my hardest to be there! :)

wanda said...

I will send thoughts of babies out there to your daughter and hope all goes well. Oh, I hate I missed out on the pif but I will keep my eyes peeled for another... and you poor cold thing, 70? We had some low 30's the other day. I know the perfect thing for putting you to sleep buy a real estate class book it never fails to knock me out.


Michelle said...

I'm sending my prayers to Jessica that it all works out for her. I hope you get some sleep soon too! I LOVE The Far Pavilions - one of my favorite books as well. I have a well-worn paperback copy of it from forever ago. I will definitely check out Temple Dancer!

Danielle said...

Deb, I know I may be too late, but I would like to sign up for your PIF if you still have a spot available.

-- Danielle