Apr 23, 2019
Here we are on another Tuesday! Monday was a bit of a blur for Yours Truly due to another knock-out in the d-chair. (I hate when that happens.)
Today is rather cold and cloudy, but I am loving every minute of it. I've got the laundry sploshing and the stitching ready to go for the day, so no complaints whatsoever. I had hoped to play golf today, but we'll have to see what Mother Nature has on her agenda.
If the mood strikes, I might take myself into the cube room studio to start my Maynia assembly. I am really liking the plan...WIPs Monday through Friday followed by Plum Pudding on the weekends, but I think I miscalculated my week days somehow. I thought there were 18, but a closer look at an actual calendar confirms that there are 23.
So I will pull it together and see how much fun I can have after a few brief chores are complete. I've already dispatched the morning smoothie and bill paying tor the day, so it's all downhill from here!
I hope your very own Tuesday is perfectly swell. Do something lovely for yourself and come tell me all about it!
Apr 22, 2019
Apr 20, 2019
Apr 19, 2019
For those not in the know...Stitch Maynia was created in 2015, and the idea was to start new projects in the month of May. I believe the first group started 15 new projects for 2015. I think there were also folks who started 31 new pieces for the 31 days in May.
Over the years, Stitch Maynia has become wildly popular and a way to have some fun. I've been told there are NO RULES or restrictions to participate, so I have decided to dip my toe and see if I can do it.
For mu very own Maynia, I am going to stitch WIPs during the week and something wonderful on the weekends, If I finish Grasshopper Pie in April (which I'm really hoping to do) my weekend project will be Plum Pudding...another gorgeous piece in the same Dessert Series from Glendon Place.
I would also like to get back to journaling my stitching...something I have missed doing very much.
Who knows if I will succeed, but I won't know that unless I try, right? I know I have enough WIPs to play with that have a Spring/Summer theme, so I can stay in my lane with the whole seasonal stitcher thing. I suppose if Maynia goes well, I could repeat the same idea in the Fall, but I really shouldn'the get ahead of myself.
More contemplating to do, but I have plenty of time for that here in the d-chair today, Dearies.
Thanks you for your lovely thoughts about my eye. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem likely that I'll get this vision back in this part of the eye, but I am hoping that my tiny little brain will get used to it and compensate. For now...I'm determined not to dwell too much on it.
If this is a holiday weekend for you, I hope you enjoy it with your Lovies all around you, something yummy on your table, and your stitching to keep you happy!
Apr 18, 2019
I started at 10:00 this morning with a visit to my family doc, Dr. Barbara. She is just excellent in every way and likes to lay eyes on me every now and then to ensure I am behaving myself. (Which I am...in spades, I tell ya!)
From there, I killed a little time at Hobby Lobby and JoAnn's looking for simple little needlepoint kits that I could throw in my purse for days like today when I'm running hither and yon. Both were, quite sadly, a total bust, and looked like the Easter Bunny and a master gardener had thrown quite a party up almost every aisle.
My second appointment was with Dr. Melfi, and it was there that I solved all of the world's problems and decided to up my meds. (Just to be on the safe side.)
Then it was on to the Targets to pick up a prescription and a Chap Stick because I am a total boob and left the house with only a wallet and cell phone instead of a proper purse, and God knows I am too addicted to well-moisturized lips to go more than three minutes between applications.
Finally...an appointment with the eye doctor. This one was a doozy and resulted in about two and a half hours in the exam chair with three different opthamologists peering into the back of my brain. What lead me there in the first place was a smudge in my left eye vision that suddenly popped up on Saturday. We don't know for sure, but it appears that Yours Truly might have had a small stroke (likely from dialysis) and I have a blockage/embolism on one of the smaller vessels of my retina.
My eyes are still terribly dilated and I have a bad headache from all of the poking and prodding and peering, so no stitching for me tonight. I'll watch the basketball with JB a bit and will then head to bed and start over again tomorrow.
Grasshopper Pie continues to completely enchant, so look for a continuation of progress...hopefully tomorrow. In the meantime, I hope YOUR eyes and needles are behaving and that you have a wonderful Thursday evening! Come tell me all about it!
Apr 16, 2019
Apr 15, 2019
Speaking of...here she is in 1/2 of her glory:
I hope you had a good weekend and that your week is off to a wonderful start! Do something fun and come tell me all about it!
Apr 14, 2019
Apr 13, 2019
Apr 11, 2019
Apr 10, 2019
And I would reply "Dad, do you have to fly a plane today filled with puppies and orphans? Relax, rest, and just enjoy the time off from the troubles of the world. The plane will be there for you when you get your senses back."
And he would rest.
Somehow I forgot this advice, and I have been utterly and completely frustrated by my inability to function like a 52...soon to be 53...year old female person. I am wiped out, groggy, out of it, and completely exhausted, and rather than just riding it out I'm fretting and kvetching and moaning and fighting about it constantly.
Which makes me even more wiped out, groggy, out of it, etc.
So today I'm going to park the plane and just get on with it, Dearies. If I stitch...I stitch. If I don't...I don't. This whole d-chair thing is what it is and I need to quit trying to make it normal. I need to understand that (for now, anyway) it's OK for me to just...be. My plus-sized Superwoman cape needs to go on a hanger in the closet, and somebody else needs to be in charge.
Apr 9, 2019
Apr 7, 2019
Apr 6, 2019
It seems that Sam is climbing into the ring with a fight against cancer now, and I was wondering if I could impose upon Spinster Nation to keep her in your thoughts and prayers for a swift and easy recovery as she heads down a new path. I've never met Sam, but she has played such an enormous part of my life these last many years because of that first poster I saw in a Michael's bin, that I want to do something...anything...to keep her around a good while longer.
If you are an Instagrammer, you can find her quite simply by searching for Sam Toft or samtoftartist. Be careful, though, because I know you'll fall in love, just like I did!
Thank you, Dearies! I know what the power of your love can do, and I hope that it is as miraculous for a friend in Cornwall as it has been for me!
Apr 5, 2019
OK...THAT'S MUCH BETTER.
I managed to stitch during most of treatment today while catching up with Flosstube friends. Can I just say again how very thankful I am to have so many wonderful people out there making this thing of our so incredibly special by putting themselves out there? The joy and peace and kaughter and inspiration you all provide is just worth more than I can ever say!
Cheers, Dearies! The weekend is upon us!
Apr 4, 2019
Apr 3, 2019
To the left is my tool basket, Lipsyl, sippy cup (Crystal Lite peach mango green tea), ort jar, Flosstube, and thingie from Miss Kelly:
Apr 2, 2019
April 2, 1936 - October 13, 2009
Not what did he gain, but what did he give?
Not what was his station, but had he a heart, and how did he play his God-given part?
Not what was his church nor what was his creed, but had he befriended those really in need?
Not what did the piece in the newspaper say, but how many were sorry when he passed away?
Was he ever ready with a word or good cheer, to bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
There are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.
Mar 30, 2019
But today has dawned cold and dreary and I am looking forward to a trip to the library for a new stack, some stitchy time under the magic blanket, and a nice long snooze in the big girl sleigh bed. There might be a load of laundry or two and a dishwasher emptying, but I wouldn't bet the farm on that one!
Yes...I know I could skip going out and download all of the latest greatest fiction right here on my iPad thingie, but our libraries are so completely wonderful here that a trip to browse the shelves is a lovely treat, and I have the added bonus of a nice pile of books to look at whenever I please. I like being surrounded by books...hence the wall 'o shelves that has followed me from place to place. Having them near is somehow a great comfort and one I appreciate more and more.
So as soon as I finish this second cup and get myself presentable...I'm off like a herd of turtles!
I hope your very own Saturday is wonderfully swell, that your needles (of any variety) are flying, and that your heart sings with something special! Come tell me all about it!
Mar 29, 2019
Mar 28, 2019
Mar 27, 2019
Mar 25, 2019
I stayed up late last night, and it felt wonderful! This morning, not so much, but it reminded me of the old days when I didn’t pay attention to the clock, so I’m not complaining.
The lower right corner of Grasshopper Pie is coming into view, and with any luck will be completed before I know it! It is still just such a lovely stitch, and I am convinced that 28ct Picture This Plus linen of any color is my jam (as the kids say). I might have to sort through my stash to see what other treasures I can find along those lines.
Looks like we are going to have a pretty Spring day here in Hoosierville, so when my d-chair time is complete I might have to get out and enjoy it somehow. I don’t know if I will be up for a walk, but maybe a sit in the sunshine someplace with a book?
Speaking of which, I am thrilled to report that the branch of the library that is close to my apartment is as excellent as the one on the other side of town! I had gotten out if my library habit and really missed it, but thanks to a whim, I discovered that there is a fabulous new fiction section just a few blocks away! At the moment, I’m reading a book titled “Little”, which is a fictionalized account of Madame Tousaud. It’s very good!
OK, Dearies...I’m off to dialysis. I had hoped to stitch in the chair today, but I am so wiped out from the weeked that I might just watch Flosstube and rest instead. I hope your very own Monday is wonderfully swell and that you get to do everything your heart desires! Come tell me all about it!
Guess who just stitched the outer border during treatment! On to the next!