Feb 1, 2018


So here we are...it's February already!  Today is a bit dreary here in Hoosierville, but I have just had a fifteen hour sleep (!) in the big girl sleigh bed and now I'm in the Happy Chair for some fun.  My flu/cold is still hanging on, but seems to be getting a little better each day, thank God.  It turns out that I can take Mucinex, which has turned out to be really really helpful!

If I'm up to it, I might paw through some stash...or I might not.  Pulling Dinky Dyes silk through Picture This Plus linen is sooooo completely lovely that I just don't want to put it down.  It's pink and red, so I supposed it can be a Valentine piece, right?

Rich wants me to get out for "some fresh air", so I might take a ride with him as he runs some errands today.  I'm trying to convince him that I can get fresh air right here in the Happy Chair by opening a window, but he seems determined to get me moving a bit.  I suppose a little excursion won't kill me....besides, I might convince him to go for big salads for dinner from McCallister's. (What can I say? I'm a total sucker for a chopped salad and I am trying to lose another ten pounds this month.)

I watched the Flosstubes yesterday, and it got me through a particularly brutal session.  I've graduated to the largest needles possible and we're running the machine at full speed and pulling a fair bit of fluid off, so my poor body needs a minute (I think) to adjust.  But...Miss Vonna came to the resue and two of her videos were just what I needed to make it through.  My techs kept coming over to see what I was grinning at all day, and I tried to explain the complete joy this thing of ours brings me and how you all saved my life...but the tears came and I just looked like a boob, snotting all over my old lady sweatshirt with the zipper in the arm.

(Maybe I should just forget about trying to explain it to outsiders.  After all, if there are tens of thousands of us out here who get it, why worry about the ones who don't?)

So that's the state of the Spinster Union today, Dearies.  Quiet, calm, happy, peaceful, and hopefully full of some reading, stitching, and hand-holding with my Jersey Boy.  If I didn't know better, I'd think I'm off to a perfect Thursday!


  1. Bless you, bless you! Hope your day is even more wonderful than you hope. You have been through so much and and still have the best outlook. No need to explain the stitch thing - we all get it. Hugs to you and JB.

  2. Dear Coni,
    I say bear witness proudly. No apologies for that spreads joy among select masses.
    Hope you kick the rest of that congestion out quickly, and kind of have a mixed reaction to those big girl needles .... faster, better cleaning, but tougher to deal with, not as gentle on you or Buzzy.
    After 5 days with Prince Charming on the other coast, hard at work, keeping us in cruises and me in needlework goodies, I am eager for him to be home tomorrow night. Then we have to prepare for our Mardi Gras trip.
    Hope you have those wonderful chop salads for dinner. It's French onion soup for me tonight.
    Prayers continue.....

  3. Ah, but the joy of introducing this thing of ours to others is amazing!

  4. Love it, Love it, Love it! Sounds perfect to me!!! Love, hugs & prayers, Cathryn ♥♥♥

  5. Coni dear you give me hope 💖
    I'm almost thru this pnemonia/flu just a little intermittent cough & the guarfenison is taking care of it & 1 more day of antibiotics. Still week know I should be getting "fresh air" too maybe a stroll to the mail box later on.
    Making a "French meat pie" for dinner including a from scratch top & bottom crust. So light & flakey. Yum.

  6. I’ve been watching you from afar Coni. You aren’t ever very far from my thoughts and prayers. I’m so glad you are finding joy in each day. It’s wonderful that you have Rich, what a blessing he is. Never forget that you are also a big part of that

    1. Oops. That thing of ours and you bring joy to us too.

  7. I just finished that book...it was a goodie! I also highly recommend one I recently read called ‘The Never-Open Desert Diner.’ I think you’d like it!

  8. I also love watching Vonna! So inspiring! Have you read Girl on the Train yet? Great book! I couldn't put it down! You are in my prayers.

  9. I love this "thing" of ours and I love your blog/posts. You rock Coni! Have a great weekend.

  10. So glad you got a good 15 hour rest! The fresh air may be just the ticket to finish off that lousy flu thing. I, too, cannot explain the joy of stitching to others who do not participate, but to those who DO (?)...instant FRIENDSHIP! You got me hooked on the darn Flosstube, Coni. Now all I want to do is stitch & watch Flosstube!! I just had my left eye cataract surgery and let me tell you what a wonderful world has opened up to me!! Colors are vibrant & jumping off the walls, I can SEE my stitching 1000% better & Flosstube is as clear as a bell! I feel like I'm in a whole new world & am rediscovering with JOY all my stitchy stuff plus new. Can't wait to get the right eye done and be a whole new person. Prayers for you & JB. Life is great!

  11. As a housebound disabled person, I'm so thankful I have this art to prop me up. Since I don't know any stitchers in real life, you and your blog have opened me up to so many things. Before you, I didn't even know there was such a thing as hand-dyed fabrics and threads, or flosstube!

    I'm doing an embroidery project where I'm picking my own colors, which has been quite an experience. I've stitched an ripped about 30 colors on 20 different areas. Last night I finally landed on something I was pleased with and I was so happy I started tearing up. My husband thought I was crazy! I showed him my stitching...he barely looked and said, "yeah, looks good." I tell ya, I don't know what I'd do without fellow stitchers to prove I'm NOT insane. :)

    Hugs and much love to you, Coni.

  12. So glad you have your Jersey Boy to take care of you :)