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.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

I'm Ba-ack

I'm back, hopefully recharged and ready to go.

August was a difficult month. Mother had Another Episode early in the month, and there were some other things going on that had to be addressed and handled. At one point, I mentioned to Dearly Beloved that I'd really like to take a vacation from my life.

What I was envisioning was a week somewhere totally disconnected and all alone, just me by myself--the phone for emergencies, but no TV, tablet, computer, or other tech. I envisioned oceanfront where I could watch the waves roll in and out, or a porch on a mountain cabin with a stream running by. I'd take a stack of books and maybe some needlework and just relax.

Well, that wasn't possible at such short notice. And I'd probably be loony-toons in about three days.

Dearly Beloved suggested that I just drop everything that wasn't absolutely necessary.

So I did.

I conferred with The Saint and Mother's retirement home about future plans for her care. I went to work. I did laundry. The rest of the time, I just puttered. I didn't even thread a needle for about a week.

While I was puttering, I decided to go through the stash and eliminate anything I didn't plan to stitch.

That backfired. I kept finding things I wanted to do.

So I decided to go back to my usual stitching routine--stitch on whatever strikes my fancy, whenever it strikes it. If I finish something, good. If I don't, whatever.

This is hard for someone who is a goal-oriented, list-making perfectionist, but it's nice to have something in my life that I don't have to do by any kind of deadline.

And that brings me to blogging. I thought about giving it up. It would be one less thing on my list of things to do.

But I do enjoy writing when I have time and something to say. It also helps me keep track of projects. So I'm going to stagger on with the blog for a bit longer.

And I did go back to Frances Burwell and finish the band I was working when I hit the wall.

Am I going to continue work on this? Or am I going to pull something else out of the stash or the basket and work on it for awhile?

You'll know as soon as I do.


  1. Ann, I love your blog posts and photos of your stitching! And so good to hear that you're managing to keep your head above water. Take care.

  2. Ann, hang in there!!! I would miss your blog, but understand the time commitment involved. Stitch on what "speaks" to you at the is such a tension reliever and you don't want IT to become a stressor! Enjoy your upcoming weekend, suck in that salt air and RELAX!!! I'll miss seeing you!

  3. Glad to see your post! I always enjoy them, and you may possibly have inspired me to put my Frances Burwell on my 2019 stitching plan.

  4. I think you should stitch on whatever brings you pleasure and blog when you wish. You would be missed if you totally left the blogging arena. Be good to yourself!

  5. Please don't stop blogging! Heavens forbid, I wouldn't expect you to post every day....whenever you feel like it or feel like you have something to show or say.
    I enjoy reading your posts and seeing what you're working on.
    Lynn in southern NJ

  6. Yikes! Very glad you didn't decide to give up the blog! (yes ... trying to catch up on what I missed - this may take a very long time)