Guess what I've been doing???
My stitching mojo disappeared quite some time ago,
around the same time that I discovered that my ability
to see what I was doing .... even with a magnifier ....
was not very good. Or at least not as good as I would like
it to be.
It unnerved me. You see one of my biggest secret fears is of
loosing my eye sight. The thought terrifies me! And being
unable to see my cross stitching as clearly as I once did
aggravated that fear. When I picked up a project I would start to
get to feeling a bit .... um .... anxious or panicky. Not a pleasant
feeling. So I began to avoid stitching and eventually I just
sort of let it go.
Just to note here: I'm not actually loosing my sight at all.
I just have lousy eyesight .... always have .... and with
age it's gotten worse. It's normal. One of the perks
of aging. Whoopee!!!
But I missed it! Terribly!!!
So in the New Year I picked up an unfinished and long
neglected project and ... ignoring my inner fears ....
(Stitched in my favourite colour of red.)
Well ... I thought when it was done.... that didn't
really go too badly. Peering over my glasses and
holding the project up close I could see the stitches
that I was making clearly and could therefore
see that they were laying properly. I
stitched this one in hand .... without a hoop or
Q-snap .... which I don't usually do.
I had another unfinished project or two languishing
in my To-Do box .... as one is apt to do .... (rolls
eyes and grimaces) so picked up this one and ....
finished it too!!!!
Wow!! I was on a roll!!!
So now I was feeling the itch to begin a new project.
I went into my cross stitch cupboard .... covered
in cobwebs and dust and neglect .... and began to
rummage and root around in there.
I pulled the chart for this one out and it appealed to me.
Simple and easy with lovely, bright Spring like colours.
In the past I would have worked on this for a day or
two and then put it aside and forgot about it for days
... or months ... or years! But not this time. I could not
put it down! I finished it in one week! I cannot remember
the last time I finished a project .... even a small one like
this ... in that time period.
(Note: stitched this on a spring frame. I'm not keen on
stitching in hand really)
More! More!!! More!!!!!!
I've had this project on the go for years. It's been
sitting in a corner, neglected and ignored, for a
shameful amount of time. It's not a difficult stitch
at all. Just huge! I had it being worked on a
large Q-snap frame which was very ungainly and
awkward to work with. So I switched to a smaller
Q-snap frame and went at it.
I have done a couple of houses and some border
and the stag. I'm enjoying it ... a lot!!!! I sit at
my craft desk with the radio tuned to a Toronto
talk radio station (I'm a talk radio/news/politics
junky) and while away the hours with needle and
Don't know how long this is going to last but I'm
making hay while the sun shines ... as it were ....
I also don't know what the heck I'll do with this
if and when it's finished because .... as I said ....
it's huge! But that's not the point, is it? The
whole point of doing this ... or any craft ... is to
I'm having FUN!!!!
Behold my DH. Phil. He retired last week.
After 40 years with the same company he
decided that he'd had enough and filled in the
paperwork last summer to give notice to his
The branch where he works had a grand send
off for him last Thursday. Unfortunately it was
one of those days when the weather folk advised
their listeners ... if you don't have to go anywhere,
then don't! Freezing rain, snow and strong
But Phil is a superb driver and had no qualms
about heading out. The schools in our district,
and those in other districts that we drove through,
were closed due to the weather and since it was the
day before Good Friday the roads weren't busy anyways
as people prepared for a long weekend .... the first
one of Spring (ha ha!!)
So we got to his work place in normal time. He
finished packing up his desk and then it was time
to party. They barbecued! In that awful weather
they set up the barbecue in a sheltered area near
the building and they barbecued!
There was tons of great food, speeches, gag gifts
and lots of laughter and hugs and stories told. Phil
was thrilled with it all.
So now he's home with me. All. Day. Long!!!!
We'll see how that goes.
Fortunately, and I should say this here and now, Phil
is a putterer. And he loves to garden. And he has lots
of interests to keep himself busy with. So I'm not worried.
Reading for the last few months. My first love
in reading genres is fantasy. If I didn't watch
myself I'd read fantasy novels pretty much non
V. E. Schwab is the name that this author uses
for her adult fantasy novels. She writes as
Victoria Schwab for her YA books. This is the
first book of hers that I have ever read and I
quite enjoyed it. I've since got the sequel to
this one plus her other books in YA and adult
fantasy because ... well ... that's what I do.
Heard good things about Paullina Simons
around "Booktube" and decided to get a
few of her books and try them out.
Historical fiction. This series is based
in Russia during the second world war
and is a love story that takes place in
Leningrad during the awful siege that
took place during the Nazi's attempts to
invade and conquer Russia.
This is a nice, hefty novel with lots of
period detail and historic info though not
so much that it dragged the story down.
There are two more books in this series
and yes I did get those too.
My current read. The author's first novel.
First of a series. I love books with
sequels. This one is a combination of
fantasy (featuring the Greek gods now
living in the modern world) and murder
mystery. I'm enjoying it so far.
That's it for now! Cheers!