Aug 16, 2013


So there I was...minding my very own business, when I turned to Stewey and said:

"Stewey, Mommie is positively va-clempt with a serious case of on-wee.  What could possibly be wrong with me that I'm not reading, writing, stitching, blogging, cooking, or sleeping?"

At which point Stewey peered over the top of his little reading glasses and the New Yorker that he was perusing and said:

"Mo-ther.  It is August.  We go through this little exercise every year at this time.  I suspect that the reason why you are feeling so out of sorts is that you have come to the sad realization that your summer did not, in fact, turn out at all as you had hoped...much like the previous 46 summers have.  Perhaps if you just dialed down the expectation meter a bit, stopped agonizing about all of the coulda shoulda woulda's in you life, and just got on with it, we could steer this particular little goat rodeo in the right direction once and for all.  Now go get me a cookie and stop that complaining, or I'll give you something to complain about."

Stewey's right.  It IS August.  And in looking back over this here blog, I see that I hit the very same wall at the very same time each and every year.  THIS year, though, I'm finally going to attribute it to a whole bunch of crap that is entirely beyond my control and...just...move...on.

My Jersey Boy didn't come for his scheduled visit because he broke his ankle playing squash.  Yup.  Squash.   From what I can tell, this was the third major "incident" that he's had playing said squash...we've had the heart attack, the concussion, and now the broken ankle.  Hmmmm.  Methinks it's time to consider backgammon.

Anywhoose....once the physical therapy has concluded and he is up and about again, I can expect another marathon cleaning session to ready Chez Spinster for a nice long visit.  (I have visions of Ozzy and Harriet dancing in my head, but with my luck and propensity for disaster it will be more Ozzy and Sharon, I'm sure.)

I think that my stitchy slump is due to the fact that it's not really summer still, yet it's not really autumn yet.  So rather than trying to fit the square peg in the round hole again, I think I'm just going to park my heiney in the studio this weekend and come up with a nice big fat basket full of things that will make my stitchy heart sing, no matter what the season may be.  I know for sure that I want to finish my Laura J. Perin Autumn House, and I would imagine that there are several other fun things up there that will do the's just a matter of pouring the dietCoke and getting to it.

So that's the report from Lake WoeBeSpinster.  I'm sorry that my absence has caused you any undue fretting.  Sometimes I forget that there are actually other people on this big blue marble that sometimes read (or shake their heads in pitiful dismay) over me and my crazypants life.  Thank you, though, for checking in and making me fell so very.....loved.

Stewey and Aunt Chrissy and Bosco all send their very best.  We are armed with good intentions for the weekend ahead, but have dashed any bright ideas that we might have had yesterday about going to the zoo.  (What can I say?  Aunt Chrissy and I are suckers for marketing, and as we watched the commercial for upcoming events at the local zoo, we both said "Hey!  Let's go to the zoo!" like it was something that we had done a thousand and one times before.)  (For the record, we have not.)

We'll be back soon with updates and more tales, I promise.  In the meantime, please know that we hope your weekend is full of everything that blows your skirt up and much much more!

Woo Hoo!


  1. Whew!!! Now I can relax and enjoy the weekend!! Thank you sooo much!

  2. I'm so glad you're back and so sorry for the slump. You rock the needlework and the writing world in my world. God Bless...Julie

  3. Here's hoping you will be inspired in the studio with new projects that will inspire you to create once again. We as fellow stitchers all know we are happiest once we are well...stitching! Happy weekend!

  4. Glad you're back! I was getting a little worried. I'm in a bit of a stitchy slump myself but sounds like you may have found the cure. The next project awaits!

  5. It's so nice when our fur-babies remind us of the cycles we tend to run on, lol! Seriously though, I think many of us have been in similar situations this summer and year. I know I have been in a slump for the better part of 2013. Realising I need to just make myself do things, I am slowly accomplishing tasks long put aside including my blog and stitching!

    Hugs to you... and Stewey too!

  6. LOL @ at Stewey's "Perhaps if you just dialed down the expectation meter a bit"...yes, this would be helpful for *life* in general, ha! ;) Re: seasonal slumps - well, it's never too early to start ornie/gift stitching for Christmas right?!

  7. So happy to hear from you and yours. Hugs and prayers for yours and Aunt Chrissys - Stewey and Bosco's good health and humor. :) Cathryn

  8. Glad everyone and all four legged friends are well. I have gone to the Indianapolis zoo years ago when visiting my family when my children were younger and remember it being a very nice zoo. Would that be the zoo that you go to? We have a very small zoo in the Grand Rapids area but do enjoy visiting it with my Grands every couple of years when there is something new to see.

  9. I'm there with you Coni - I am always cranky in tolerance for the extreme heat where I live has worn out by August and visions of nice cooler autumn temperatures are still at least 6 to 8 weeks away. DRAT! Rummaging through my stash always makes me feel better. Guess what? I am scheduled to go to Hoosierville (South Bend) for 2 weeks for work in late September...never been there but hoping very hard I get a chance to drive over to House of Stitches since I've heard it's a great shop. I certainly hope it's cooler there than it is here!

  10. So glad to hear from you and Stewey! I personally love August...I can see an end to the sweltering heat and am looking forward to autumn and winter. My stitchy mojo seems to be making a comeback, along with my cleaning mojo, which leaves in the summer. My birthday is in August, so that makes it fun also. I love to see new posts from you, you make my day sunshiny!! LOL at "goat rodeo"...kisses to Stewey and Bosco, and all the best to Aunt Chrissy...((hugs))

  11. thanks for the update, it's good to know you're still enjoying the blue marble with us even if it's August, the dullest month of the year.
    hugs to all the furry ones and happy xxx to you,