So last night was the first night that I really implemented The Ellie Program.
And it worked quite nicely.
This was two hours' work on Journey. I was able to completely stitch the small motif at the top and set up the whole grid for the longer section down the side.
And I noticed a couple of things. When I sat down to stitch for my scheduled two hours, there was no shilly-shallying around. Normally when I plop into the wing chair, I spend some time looking at the basket 'o projects or just grabbing whatever is on top, whether it's something I'm particularly interested in or not. Not last night. I knew what I was scheduled to work on and everything was ready for me to go.
I also surprised myself by how focused I was on the needlework. On some level, it was as though I realized that I have only two hours to work on this project this week, so I needed to make every minute count.
I think Ellie may be on to something.
Of course, the schedule is blown tonight. Baby Girl and her housemate are coming for a long week-end visit. Coincidentally, my sister, aka The Saint, will be in town, so Dearly Beloved and I are doing a fast de-clutter and removing the top layer of grime. Given that my housekeeping has been all but nonexistent during the recuperation . . .well, maybe we should do everything tomorrow evening by candlelight!