Jun 15, 2016

DING DONG

The frog is at my door, wanting to come in for a visit with my bargello challenge.

I like the overall shape of my focal point, but the varieagated thread is not my friend here.  I think I'm going to go with solid colors in the four diamond shapes and then use the Watercolours in the corner sections.  The backgrund of the focal point (to fill in the square) will be light ecru tent stitch to give the eye a place to rest.

I suppose that this is why this piece is a challenge, no?  Learning to do new things is opening my tiny little brain up to the possibility that there might be another way to do something, after all.

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I confess to fretting quite seriously over the recent events here in the U.S. and how I might write about them on this here blog.  I've composed a thousand different posts (in my head, anyway) about love and hate, guns and violence, good and evil, and why we just can't seem to get our proverbial act together, but all of my words seem very very...small.   

There have been 37 mass casualty shootings in the United States since I started writing in 2008.  

37.

Since 2008.

If you can find a way to wrap your head around that, then you're doing much better than I am.  For now, I try to understand it all and I send silent prayers for the victims and the families and those that are left behind.  And I also pray for the shooters to be...that something will shift in their mind and heart that will stop them from pulling the next trigger, and I pray that the smart people come forward and lead us to solutions that will end this crazyness once and for all.

So, please, dear friends, forgive me for blathering about stitching and pups and laundry and coffee while the world spins like crazy off its axis.  I'm not oblivious to the greater issues of the day...I'm just trying to make sense of things from the safe confines of the Happy Chair with a needle and thread for company.  

I don't have any answers...if I did I would shout them from my rooftop.  But what I do have is hope.  For now, I suppose, that's going to have to be good enough.

19 comments:

  1. Somethings are beyond rational thinking, in my opinion. Most of us do not even begin to understand the people who do this sort of thing. I think all we can do is pray and hope that someone can come up with some sort of solution. My one thought is that we need to change, drastically, the way we are rearing our children. What sort of a relationship can a person have with their child if it is at daycare 8-10 hours a day, five days a week? How can we instill values in our children if someone else is rearing them. I know this is a rant and I know that some have no other option than daycare. But many do. Please forgive my rant, Coni. And delete it if you think it is too harsh and/or judgemental. Thanks for you balanced blogs. We need a break from the basically negative news we get on TV, in the papers, etc.

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  2. I feel you stated it well, Coni.

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  3. Well said, Coni. Your blog is like an oasis in this world.

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    1. Exactly right! We need to talk about stitching and puppies to retain our sanity.

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  4. Very well put, Coni! On the stitching side of things, I look forward to your decision about using the solid colors for the center and your variegated for the corners.

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  5. Agree with RipIt. Amen. And RIP to those whose lives were taken much too soon.

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  6. You have a wonderful way with words. Well said.

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  7. Well said...very well said. And thanks for posting.

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  8. Don't let that frog in.
    Pray for Peace

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  9. Don't let that frog in.
    Pray for Peace

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  10. Coni, just pray. The US is a little crazy now. But, We have the best. Imagine going over Pike's Peak. Yawza!! To get to the West Coast.. I can't even imagine it...

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  11. I hope you kicked that frog in the hiney. I don't even try to make sense of all the violence and hate in this world. I do the same and pray everyday for peace in this world.

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  12. The more we connect with each other, the easier it will be to face and solve our problems. Thank you for being the glue that helps connect us.

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  13. I read your blog to escape the craziness that takes place. I don't feel you need to apologize for your "blathering"

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  14. I echo your sentiments. Well said.
    And agree about your Bargello as well!!

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  15. Beautifully said. The hatred and the violence seem too much to bear, at times. It is such a heartbreaking world we have to live in a lot of the time. I too pray for peace, love and understanding and am thankful for the respite that stitching brings.

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  16. I too pray for peace and for calm. I appreciate your blog and others that give me a respite from the fray. Thanks Coni.

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  17. Your thoughts echo mine, and, I suspect, many sane people's. We must pray, and remember that we are not in charge (Thank goodness). So keep on writing, Coni. You do many people a world of good!

    Debbie in Kansas

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