Mar 1, 2014


The view from the Happy Chair on a cozy Saturday evening....

Supplies for the "as yet to be completed" Olympic project:

And here's the progress...

I really am enjoying this immensely, so even though the torch has been extinguished, methinks I will keep playing with this for a few more days.

My reading life is back on track.  This morning I finished "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt.  I'm still working it all out in my head, but I think I loved this book.  Next up is either "That Part Was True" by Deborah McKinlay or "An Unnecessary Woman" by Rabih Alameddine.

I picked up the book about Zentangle thanks to Miss Susan of Plays With Needles fame.   After reading her post about a recent family class, I went into a three-day obsessive frenzy of learning, watching, and devouring everything I could find on Zentangle.  I completed my first one yesterday with simple pen and paper, so I imagine that once I get my hands on some proper materials, there will be no stopping me.

Have you read Miss Susan's blog, by the way?  If not...take thee there immediately and prepare yourself for the most soulful, lovely, wonderful blog reading experience you'll ever have.  You can find it here:

Stewey is munching a Chewee while silumtaneously toasting his little buns in front of the fire.  We took a nice long snoozy nap this afternoon, and he's been Little Mr. Cozytoes all  day.  Damn dog....sometimes it's all I can do not to just sit here and grin at him.

I'm going to pour another dietCoke, pop a blanket into the dryer to toast, and then snuggle in with some stitching and Sopranos.

What's on your agenda?


  1. Stitch in' Midnight Star for Hoosier Heartland. Starry, Starry Night looking good; can't wait to see it done.

  2. Doing zentangles is a great form of meditation! I always have a small pocket sketchbook and pen in my needlework bag in case I feel the urge.

  3. I LOVED the Goldfinch. Best book I've read for a long time. Enjoy your stitching day. I'm off to google zentangles!

  4. Lovely progress on your Olympic stitching. The Goldfinch is I my reading pile.

  5. I've heard the Goldfinch is good. I will have to put it on my list of 'to read' books. Zentangles intrigues me. I have a co-worker that is into them. Good progress on your needlework.

  6. Lovely progress Connie! I really liked the Goldfinch too. My next cat will be named Popchick.

  7. ni, you might have created a monster. I had a full day of errands planned for today. All to get done before snow arrives here in DC. I always like to check in on the weekends to see what you and Stewey are up to. So I read today's post while drinking my coffee and headed over to Then I went on a Zentangles search on the interweb. I also spent an hour wandering around Ms. Susan's beading teacher's blog and website. I added Barnes and Noble, Michaels, and AC Moore to my already very full errand list. I am $100 lighter but my BFF and I have all the starter supplies and a lovely book on Zentangles. I am giving this to my BFF for her birthday in 3 weeks. She likes to color so I think she will like this. I'll keep you posted.

  8. I LOVED Goldfinch. Can't wait to see more of your "Olympic" project progress...hey, the athletes worked years for their moment to shine, you deserve at least a micro-fraction of that time to create your masterpiece. :)
    Oh dear, I'm afraid to check out Zentangle...should you be issuing a "enabling" alert or disclaimer with this post? I'm off to check out the fun! :)

  9. Terry Dryden, one of my favorite needlepoint designers and teachers, also teaches zentangle. Take a look at:

  10. Just found this and thought of you immediately.