In my part of the world we say you are a fool if your passion for a pursuit overcomes all practical sense. I am a stitching fool, and I stitch foolishness.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Waiting, waiting, waiting . . .

It's amazing what you can do when you spend almost four hours in waiting rooms.

Last night I was eating a grilled cheese sandwich--not a caramel or bubble gum or anything sticky--and the temporary crown I spent Tuesday afternoon having installed popped out.

I already had my annual physical scheduled for this morning.

I called the dentist's office and they told me to come right in, they'd work me in. I explained I had another appointment scheduled. They said to come right after it.

So I went to the doctor's where (surprise, surprise) I was ushered in immediately and saw the doctor.

Then I had to wait an hour for my turn with the vampire who needed to drain my blood for various and sundry tests. And, of course, it took the vampire some time to locate my deep and rolling veins from which to extract the blood.

On to the dentist, stopping on the way for fast food since I had fasted the night before because of the vampire. Thank goodness I did, because I was in the office for over three hours before they could take me back.

It was good stitching time, actually.  I am so glad I shoved this baggie into my bag before I headed out. Otherwise, I would likely be a very cranky person at this point.

And I'm cranky enough as it is.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

One Step Finished

The outline part is done:

I woke up very early this morning and couldn't go back to sleep, so I got up and finished this part of the prework.

But since I got up so early this morning, I'm cross-eyed tonight. So I'm not stitching. I'm going to bed.  Probably so I can wake up very early tomorrow morning. And maybe I'll stitch then.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

If it's not one thing, it's another

With better living through chemistry, my back is much improved.

Actually, I don't think I'd notice it at all anyway, since I had a temporary crown installed today in the very back of my head and I think my jaw was dislocated in the effort to reach the place it belongs. My dentist is very careful and caring about his patients' discomfort, but there's only so much that can be done.

In an attempt to distract myself, I've been stitching a little:

This may be all that my pointed little head can handle tonight.  I haven't done a lot of stitching lately and I miss it, but even I know when it's better to sit in the corner and rock and drool (literally--the corner of my mouth is still numb) than to make an effort that will only have to be unstitched later.

Truly, I did not plan to fall into pieces in 2015--even if it seems I am!

Monday, March 23, 2015


That is the sound my back made last night.

I was trying to reach something on an upper shelf in the kitchen when a muscle that runs along my shoulder blade went thwang and I decided perhaps I should call Dearly Beloved and ask him to get it down. After all, one of the benefits of marrying someone who is over six feet tall is that you don't really need a step ladder in the kitchen.

So he came and helped and I didn't think any more about it until about 3 a.m. this morning when the muscle spasmed and jerked me from a deep sleep.

Due to better living through modern chemistry, I was able to get back to sleep for awhile and make it through the work day, but I am finding the area a little tender tonight and not inclined to help my left arm and hand hold my work so I can stitch.

So this is tonight's pitiful effort:

I'm taking Betsy Morgan's Edinburgh classes in May, and we have a bit of prework to do. This is as much as I can manage for today.

This getting older and breaking down is for the birds!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Finished Fleur

The last motif on the spine for Eve in the Garden is complete:

That't the only thing finished. I was going to work on Fair Maiden, but then Dearly Beloved and I went gallivanting around town instead.  Now that we're back home, all I want to do is take a nap.

And the week-end is over.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Engineering, Phase One

I've spent part of the day finish-finishing the Fair Maiden Etui. I have these bits and pieces done--I have one more major component that has to be put together and then I can start part of the assembly process.

My new philosophy is that when I start feeling an uncontrollable need for chocolate, it's time to stop and do something else for awhile. 

I think I'm going to fold laundry and put it away. When I not only crave chocolate but am also willing to do housework instead of needlework, it's definitely time to change gears.

Friday, March 20, 2015


I love the colors in this flower.

You can't really tell it, but the clouds are filled in as well.

I'm trying to decide if I want to go ahead and do the background and then fill in the leaves or if I want to finish the motif and then fill in the background.

Or I could call it a day and go to bed with my book.

That sounds like a plan.