Thursday, December 29, 2005

Where did it go?

Uurrgh! I wrote a very long posting about my experience of stitching by the pool and sadly the posting never appeared! I wonder why? This is really frustrating! I should have backed it up but I have never experienced it b4 this - something I wrote and published but it never got published! I wonder what has happened to it! *sigh*

Sunday, December 25, 2005

One paper, four designs!

....and 3 different colours!

Using just one background paper, I tried several designs to see which looks best. However, when I finished doing up all, I couldn't decide which one is the best because I think each one is unique! *grin* But, I think I like the one with the porcupine best! *wink*

Isn't it purrrrr-fect? *wink*

I just picked this up at the framers on Friday. A simple nameplate for my nephew, but I am just as proud of it as I am of all of my other pieces. *wink*

The framing is simple too. Nothing like what Tammy's in Penang can do, but never the less, it is still nice. Don't you think so? *wink* The colour is so vibrant!

Two done!

Ten more to go!

Yipee! Another one completed! This is fun! If onl I could complete all my stitching this fast, I'd be completing all my WIPs and UFOs in no time! LOL!

Anyway, I completed this close to midnite on Saturday, 24 December. I am now about 1/4 done on d next month. Hope to get it done just as fast though I doubt it coz I wud now have to start on the Valentine Stitched Card Xchg which is due to be sent out on February 2006. I want to try and complete the xchg 1st coz I am also involved in 2 other craft xchg (January image swap and GTKY xchg) at The Stamping Addict board. This is something new to me and I am looking forward to the xchg. Just hope that my partners will like what I will be sending out to them.

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all my Christian friends Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Happy holidays, everyone!
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Monday, December 19, 2005

May is done!

Yipee! I finished May's Stamp-it! heheh...I still have 11 more months to go! LOL! But, heck, at least one month is completed! *grin*

I started on the August Stamp-it and is now about 30% completed. Can't wait for this one 2 be completed too!

Sad, isn't it?

My heart cries out to the 10 month old baby that died in his sleep last nite (The Star, pg 24, 19 Dec. 2005). He was abused by his mother's boyfriend. Why are some people so cruel? The child is hardly a year old. He knows nothing. The problem is with the mother and the boyfriend. Why did the boyfriend have to torture the baby? Has he no heart? Is he human? What causes him to do it? Stress?

Each time I read of abandoned babies and abused babies/small children, my heart cries. How could someone do such a thing? What causes them to do it? Is life getting too difficult that U are constantly under pressure? U need to vent out ur anger and d easiest person to let it out on is someone innocent?

Why abandon a child that U had carried for 9 months? If U think U cud not love him/her or care for her/him, give him/her up for adoption. Don't abandon d child. The child knows nothing. All he/she wants is love. There are many childless couples out there who wud be more than happy to care 4 an unwanted child. Do not deprive the child of a life just because of ur mistakes. The child is innocent. Just love the child for God will help U thru. Every child comes with his/her own 'rezeki'. U will survive the hardship, if only U are patient. Nothing comes easy.

Every day I look at my son and I feel so blessed. God has given me a person to love and to love me back. I thank Allah for the `rezeki' that He has given me. Eight years of waiting has been worth it. He is my everything.

Lately he has been asking for an `adek'. Only God knows how much I want to give him an 'adek'. It hasn't been easy. Two failed attempts has left me traumatised. Do I want to go thru the whole `ordeal' again? I am already 43 years old. Would dat be wise for me to try for a baby again at this age? *sigh*

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Opps! I did it again!

Yep! I did it again! I started on yet another new project just when I said that I wasn't! *grin* I don't usually go back on my words, honest, but when it comes to my hobbies, it is so easy to do just that! LOL!

I started on the LK Stamp-it! I know I said that I wasn't going to start on anything new until I hv completed my clock chart, but can I use d excuse that since M going 2 be doing a lot of travelling soon, I need a project that is easy to stitch and bring along? *wink*

U see, the clock chart is a little complicated to be bringing it around during my travels.....*wink* Yeah! Rite! *grin* Excuses! Excuses! Oh's I'll just have to keep at it and hope that I will get this one done before I start on the next new project! *wink* Yeah, rite! We'll see! LOL!

Friday, December 09, 2005

My feelings for today.......

It is Friday. This week is almost coming 2 d end, and another week will start. Life goes on. Today I feel sad. Not bcoz of reasons anything to do with me and people close to me, but something I read in the papers yesterday and today.

I have never touch on the issues of artiste coz I consider them a species different from us normal human beings. But reading about Erra Fazira and Yusry's troubled marriage yesterday touched me and made me sad. I consider them a very beautiful couple meant for each other, and it is sad to see them going thru a bad patch.

I have followed KRU's career 4 d last 10 years and find them one of the more professional artistes that we have in our country. They have been very professional in almost everyway they handle their careers, even during the hardest times of their career when a lot of people were condemning them. They took every critic positively. They took it in their stride to improve themselves. They have gone through the rough ride and came out stronger.

I do hope that Erra and Yusry will be able to go thru this rough tide too and come out stronger. It wud be sad to see them breakup. They look good together and frm the photos yesterday, they still look as if they still love each other.

Every marriage has its challenges. U just need to be ready to face them. Being both celebrities does not help when d spotlight is always on you. People say that there are itches in every marriage - the 1st year itch, the 3rd year itch, the 7 year itch and the 10 year itch. If U can survive these itches, then U can survive the rest of your marriage, though there are people that do break-up even after a 25 year marriage, which is very sad, may God forbid it from happening to any couple.

I guess the most important factor in every marriage is to have respect for each other although the husband is considered the head of d family. We are in the modern world where women are more vocal. U stil hv to respect ur hubby as the one that heads the family, but the husbands must also respect the wives and listen to her opinion too bcoz wives nowadays are not so simple minded as wives of 20 years ago. There must be lots of give and take in marriages now, and lots of patience.....heheh...I sound like a marriage counsellor! LOL!

No, I am not saying I am perfect. Everyone has flaws. I am only human! *grin* I always remind myself of the importance of respecting others no matter what your social status may be, and be it at home, at work, at family get togethers or anywhere else. It's a tough world these days. I pity our kids. I remember enjoying my chilhood days being a child. But kids nowadays have to grow up fast to catch up with the times. They can no longer be kids what with parents expecting them to perform straight A's all the time, myself included, and my son is not even in formal school yet! LOL! *grin*

Our education system is so exam oriented, that our kids are only taught how to pass exams and not to understand what they are learning. It is sad. No wonder we get angry easily. We are so stressed out. We jump at the slightest mistakes of others and want to pick up a fight at any chance possible. Sad huh? What is the world coming to? *sigh* a phylosophical mood

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

When will we ever have it maid.....

I don't have anything in particular to write today, but I feel the need to write. You know, sometimes I get feelings like these..feelings that I have something troubling me, but just can't make out exactly what it is, or maybe I am just refusing to admit what I am feeling, or maybe too, I am in denial of what I am feeling. Hmm...did I just confuse everyone? *wink* I am good at that - confusing people, and I end up confusing myself too! LOL!

Anyway, I think part of the reason I am feeling this way, I think, is because of my mother-in-law's new maid. Yep! The subject still isn't over yet! *sigh* It has been two months since she came and I still call her new because it seems she never seems to learn. My MIL has to reteach her certain things, well, ok, most things, almost daily. It stresses out my MIL and indirectly stresses me out too because, like it or not, it affects my maid too.

With my MIL's former maid, she (the maid) is considered the head butler, as my hubby likes to say. She takes command (of course with my MIL's consent) in the running of the daily chores. She instructs the other maids (my maid and my SIL's maid) on things to do so that everyone has got certain tasks to do each day. In the process, my maid learns things which I might not have time to teach like cooking certain favourite food of ours, what to cook for our son, how to take care of him while at my MIL's house, the do's and don't, and the basic personal hygiene. It eases a lot of the burden of training. My maid and my SIL's maid listens to her and respects her as the `head butler'. There is no such thing as this is your job, not my job and things like that.

With the current situation, my MIL's maid is supposed to be the head butler, but she being...eeerr...shall I say the word?....a litle blur and duh....the other 2 maids bullies her and takes advantage. Whenever my MIL ask my maid (I dn't know about my SIL's maid) to do something, she would start calling out to my MIL's maid in her mother tongue, and the next thing you know, my MIL's maid would come running in, even though she is in the middle of doing something else, and do what was supposed to be done by my maid.

I have several times told my maid not to pass on work instructed by my MIL for her to do to my MIL's maid. Yeah, she said she didn't, but, you know.....they always have answers to everything! *sigh*

When my MIL asked her maid why she did work that was intructed to my maid, the maid answered that because she was asked to do so. Duh! And she is supposed to be the head butler! You get the picture? She can be bullied around and my maid is far younger than her!

My maid is smart, well, in a way, and always has a ready answer to everything!! If I keep repeating my instructions to her about the do's and don't, I will start to sound like a broken there such a thing as a broken CD or DVD? *wink*

Both maids gives me the headache! I actually came home last nite with a throbbing headache that just wouldn't go away until this morning! Can you imagine what my MIL is going through?

I wish we had my MIL's former maid back. At least she will put my maid and my SIL"s maid in their places. Now, the younger maids are controlling the head butler. Can you imagine a restaurant kitchen where the kitchen help is giving orders to the head chef? Chaotic isn't it? That's how my MIL's house is like - chaotic!

You say why dn't I just not send my son to my MIL's house so that she can't bully my MIL's maid? Well, my hubby and I did gave it some thought, but I just can't come to work leaving my son with just the maid. I have heard too many horror stories concerning maids left home to do whatever they please since you are not around to supervise them. My son is too young to tell on her. He can still be bullied by my maid not to tell on her. You have to remember, my maid is a smart one!

On the other hand, my maid's presence at my MIL's house, though she bullies the older maid, is actually a help to my MIL when it comes to cooking. My MIL can now entrust her to cook some basic food when my MIL is too tired to do so. That leaves me very confused.......and in a dilema....

I have sometimes resorted to taking leave one day a week so that my MIL is `free' of one maid at least 3 days a week, instead of 2 (I no longer work Saturdays) and I am at home supervising my maid. But I can't be doing this all the time. My work demands that I be at work to manage things in the office too. After all, isn't a maid supposed to lighten your burden, and not be a burden to you?

Life goes on. We need to adjust to every new thing that passes our way, but this new thing is taking too long to get adjusted too. It's beginning to take a toll on me.......*sigh*

Did I just say earlier that I have nothing to write? LOL! *wink*

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

More cards!

square greeting cards

card blanks

I have been busy.... my craft room doing up cards! *grin*It has been a very long time since I spent time doing up cards, due to a hectic work schedule and unforeseen circumstances lately, but last weekend, I spent most part of that weekend doing just that and I am very pleased with myself! LOL! *wink*

I made 3 different types of cards (yep! I have definitely been very busy! LOL!) - rectangular cards, square cards and card blanks. If there are no takers 4 d festive christmas cards, they will definitely be on their way to some, hopefully, lucky people! *wink*I am still in d mood to make more cards, but I also need to take some time off frm making cards to put in some stitches on my clock chart. I am definitely going 2 try to finish it off before the end of the year so that I can get started on the Lizzie Kate Blocks and the Flipits.

We will just have to see if I can make it! LOL! Another year end resolution? *wink* I wil post photos on the progress of that piece later. Keep a look out for this page! *grin*

I am also trying to finish off my Kimono Row which I started some 3 years ago! Oh my! I'd better get offline and start stitching! LOL!