Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tassel, tassel....who has the tassel???

No stitching, again. I must be in a slump! In the past 2 weeks, I have added a few stitches to CdC, but not enough to take a picture. I did make a new tassel for new stash....I love tins and boxes and chocolate, so after a trip to the Golden Needle on Saturday, this jewel followed me home...

One of our fine feathered friends...

My newest hibiscus plant. The bloom last night was huge! Too bad they only last a day or so!

Other than that, nothing new down here on the hot, dry Florida gulf coast. Just been working on camp stuff, work stuff, house stuff... just stuff! I'm very excited about camp!
Till next time... Happy stitching!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

No stitching just venting!!

Sorry, no updated pictures of this weeks stitching! I did stitch a bit at Golden Needles Stitch night Wednesday evening, but not enough to show any progress on CdC!

Hip hip hooray.... tax season is over! Geesh... I really love my clients and love my job, but.... some times people can be so....so....mean and rude and don't think before they speak.... Last Friday afternoon a client called the office and started screaming at me the minute I answered the phone...

Me: I'm sorry, but, first, (as I check the account notes and the account activity and the 1099 for the account for 2007)... I did not sell all your stocks, I'm not licensed to do that. You met with your Financial Advisor on x day in February and you and your financial advisor determined you should sell all your stocks..... And, let me look at your 1099, oh yes, I see you sold stocks and had a gain, meaning you sold your stocks for more than you paid for them. Excuse me again, but don't you want to sell your stocks when you have a gain, meaning you made money on your stocks??? Lets take a look at something else real quick. You sold your stocks on x date and the net to you was $120000. Now, if you would have held those same stocks and, lets say, sold them yesterday, now you would have had a net of $85000. Does that help??

SHE: ohhhhhh..... I understand.

No appology.... no thank you.... no kiss my ass.... no have a good day.

Tax season story number 2:
Monday, April 14, time 4:30 p.m.
Office door opens, in walks Mr. Client. We exchange greetings. Then he says to me...
He: I ALWAYS take all my tax information to my CPA in February, but, because I was in London and didn't return until this past Friday, I don't have the heart to take all this in and dump it on his desk today, so I was hoping you could help me understand my 1099's??
Me: Oh, let me get this straight, you don't have the heart to do this to your CPA??? What does that make me, chopped liver????
Hahahahahahaha......... I spent the next day helping him concur turbo tax.

So all that said and done, tax season 2007! is over! Yippee skippee!!! Oh, and I finished my Canadian return this morning.

The online Needlework show.... I went... I ordered:

Carriage House Samplings
Adam & Eve

Designs by Lisa
How do I Love Thee

Northern Pine Designs
Chocolate Humbug Bag

Sue Hillis Designs, Inc.
Pirate's Creed

And I wasn't going to order a thing!

A beautiful weekend on the Florida Gulf Coast. No humidity,sunshine and a sea breeze. Last night we drove home over the Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg Florida. The bay was calm, the sky clear and the moon full and bright. It was picture perfect beautiful and the camera was in the trunk....

Until next time.... happy stitching!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

SSS ladies, Cake, Spinach Balls and CAMP!

Look at Sarah, Edith & Julia, looking scared of the camera!

Ruby, Doc Patty are happy as sweet Charlotte stitches away!

Louise, Malinda and Nicole stitch a way....
Nicole has some awesome photos of what everybody was working on over at her blog--see sidebar for link!

Sweet Charlotte made this awesome chocolate cake...

Wanna try one of the spinach balls??

Here are the details. I have a few spots left, so if you can come, please email me at miokka@yahoo.com
We are going to have a wonderful time:

Camp Stitch ~~ A ~~ Way

Friday, may 9, 2008
4:00 p.m. until Sunday, May 11, 2008 @ Noon
Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Center
Port Charlotte, Florida
Camp Fees: $100.00

How about a weekend of nothing but.....
Hanging out with the girls.....
Sleeping (or not!)....

What you need to bring:
~Your bed linens for a twin size BUNK BED (including your own pillow)!
~Bath towels/washcloth
~Personal care items

~Your favorite snack food for sharing

~Your favorite movie (on dvd)

~Your stitching, your stitching tools, lights, magnifiers, extension cords

$$$$ for...
shopping at
~~ The Golden Needle
~~ The Bead Room
~~ Quilts n' More
~~The Town Center Mall

~Items for the Swap Table
old magazines, old charts, excess fibers, beads, kits..... the sky is the limit. Clean out your excess STASH!!! Make room for more!!!

~Items for the Show and Tell Table
Your chance to brag a little!!! A great opportunity to share and encourage others!

~A good attitude and the desire to relax and enjoy!

Your Camp Stitch ~~ A ~~ Way staff will provide:
Coffee/Tea/Water for the weekend
Dinner Friday night
Breakfast Saturday morning
Lunch Saturday
Dinner Saturday
Brunch Sunday
Directions to the shopping venue's listed above
Fun & games
A special treat to commemorate the weekend~~Wait till you see this! I love it!!
A sharing, caring, relaxing environment

SPACE IS LIMITED!!!!!!!!! Camp fee of $100 is due by April 20 (please, so we can buy groceries & plan & prepare accordingly!). Email me for mailing address...

The camp fee will go to groceries for the weekend and to Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity.

Yes, you can invite your sister, mother, daughter, best girl friend, but remember... space is limited!! Due to the layout for the Center, we must limit this event to Women Only, please understand....

Remember..... Bras & makeup are optional!! {;^)
The desire to have a wonderful, relaxing, sharing, caring experience is not....


Saturday, April 5, 2008

Yippee for me!

US Fed income taxes are done~~~~e-filed & I get a refund!!! Whew... Turbo Tax is awesome.

That horrible sick feeling in the pit of my stomach is GONE!

Now, I have 24 days to figure out & file my Canadian return. Something new.

I'll worry about that in a couple weeks....

Off to make spinach balls for the SSS ladies!

I'm a happy camper... I get to stitch tomorrow!