Missing my prince

My husband is gone for a whole week.  He’s in Vegas for a mandatory training for work…. kinda ironic that it is in Vegas I think. 

 My husband loves to gamble but he doesn’t have a problem stopping.  He saves up the money to gamble with and when it is gone he stops.  He says it is the same as entertainment for him and people spend a lot of money going to movies, concerts, or tours.  Personally, I’d like to take the money and go shopping.  I love bargain shopping and with the money he takes to gamble I could make quite a haul shopping!  Then of course I would have something physical when the day is done.  When my husband wins it just means he gets to play longer.  He loves it.

My husband and I went to Vegas for our 18th anniversary.  He had been before and was sure I would like it if I actually went.  Sure I did… I liked the shopping LOL  But, after you have been together as a couple as long as we have you begin to love something just because it makes the other happy.  My husband has this huge smile that I live to see and when he laughs… I mean REALLY laughs… he sounds like a hyena.  It’s a loud cackle and at the casinos I could hear it across the whole room and know he’d hit his number.  I could look up for the roulette table with the number 29 flashing and know that was where he was.  Me, I planted myself at a 4 card poker table after my husband taught me how to play and usually by the time he came back I had made friends with the group I was playing with and the dealer.  One group that I played with was a group of all ladies and we would cheer each other on and celebrate each other’s wins with rounds of drinks (I was drinking pepsi).  When it was time to go they all gave me a hug and the dealer even asked her boss if she could step over to say goodbye and give me a hug.  I missed them after I left and we had never met before that day and probably never will again.

That time we were in Vegas my husband was winning a lot and I was winning some too.  At one point he stopped to use the restroom before we headed out to eat and I waited for him at this bank of slot machines.  I hate slots…. it’s mindless.  But I was drawn to this one with butterflies and before he came out of the bathroom (and he doesn’t take long) I had won $165 matching up butterlies.  I paid for dinner.  When he was doing especially well I pulled him away to go shopping!  I bought some nice clothes for me and my boys.  They needed school clothes and since shopping is pretty sparse here in Fairbanks, Alaska the boys were really happy to have clothes that were different then everyone elses.  We even bought a suitcase to pack full of the new stuff we bought.  My husband and I ate at this really expensive restaurant and even tried caviar and other interesting things.  That was the most expensive dinner I’ve ever eaten but we sure had fun.

My husband just called a little while ago to tell me goodnight and I really miss him right now.  I’m not used to being alone.  It amazes me how military wifes can do it for so long!  I wouldn’t be able to do it.

So for today I decided to show you a box from my collection that my husband bought for me.

Silver Anniversary box

Of course he has bought me many but this one is special.  He ordered this one online and had it engraved for our 10th anniversary. It is silver and really needed to be polished.  On the top it reads,

“Dearest Donna, Happy 10th Anniversary.  Love, Chris”

I got out the polish because it is really stunning when it is clean. The dark areas stay dark but the raised silver designs really shine!  This is just with a quick polish.

For AEDM (Art every day month) I’ve been tatting yesterday and today.   Here is what I’ve done so far…

First I made this smaller piece for the middle. 


Then I made this piece to go with it.  This piece was easy to make but difficult to finish off because of the variegated thread.  The ending thread was very pale lavendar and the piece it needed to connect to was dark purple.  So when I tried to hid the pale ends in the dark purple it looked terrible.  I ended up just tying a regular old knot on the bottom so it wouldn’t show.

Then I put them together and I got this

Now I’m working on the last part and it should be finished tomorrow.

Thanks to Jon Yusoff for the free pattern.  Her free patterns are at http://tatsaway.blogspot.com/p/free-tatting-patterns.html

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