Here is what Royal Gardens is supposed to look like:
And here is a progress pic from a few days ago that contains the clue. Can you spot the big ass boo boo that caused me to ponder my future as the Spinster Stitcher? (Hint: The boo boo was bad enough that I really did contemplate chucking the whole thing into the bin and starting over again, but that feeling...oddly...only lasted a few fleeting seconds.)
Now, oh happiest of happy happinesses...here is my solution:
I feel a little bit bad that I have altered the design terribly, but a whole lot proud that I took a deep breath, hit the "calm the heck down aleady and get a grip" button and just...got on with it.
Where the hell is this flexibility and acceptance coming from? Why am I not on the ceiling with the guilt and shame and frustration that I have, yet again, failed at something? Who is this person who has quite suddenly developed the ability to see a calamity, shrug her shoulders, and say "Oh well...we'll get it right next time. Who wants hot dogs?"
If this is what being 50 is all about, then I'm all for it. If being 50 means that I have finally learned not to agonize over stupid stuff and can now see the whole board and enjoy the game, then all I can say is...
I should have tried this years ago.