Aug 31, 2018


I made it around the next corner on RVC and decided to switch it out for some Fall stitching.

Today I am going to pull as many things as I can for my basket and get into a new groove. I can't remember what's in my stash, but a fish through the cube room studio will fix that. 

Homekeeping, laundry, cooking, stitching, and footballing on the agenda for today. 

What's on yours?


My September polish color is called "Burnt Romance" from CND. It's a lovely red/brown/orange that has me hankering for a You Know What from You Know Where. (*)

(*) A Venti Cinnamon Dulce Late with an extra shot, no whip, and only two pumps from the Starbucks.

(Yes, I did my toes...with some difficulty! The polish is shellac polish and lasts until I take it off. It's "cured" with a light, does not require any grinding down of the nail bed, and does not harm my nails in any way. Keeping my fingers and toes nice was the deal I made with myself about a year or so ago as a way to feel half-human! I used to chew my cuticles, but had to break myself of that habit, and keeping them polished has done the trick!  I also use cuticle oil and hand cream every night before bed.)


Here we are on a Friday before a holiday weekend and I haven't planned a menu, written a list, or overwhelmed myself with the prospect of putting on the dog like Martha Stewart Her Very Self.

What the heck happened to me?

I am in the d-chair at the moment and plan on heading home in a few hours to dinner and some stitching. Tomorrow, I am determined to clean and scrub things to within an inch of their lives, and somewhere in there is the goal of putting together a September stitchy basket before enjoying some time floating in the pool.

Rich is in New Jersey, so I am left to my own devices for a bit, but I confess that I've been contemplating a Downton Abbey marathon and a big pasta salad as the perfect antidote to all things sports and NCISish. 

(But rumor has it there is a football game on tomorrow night in which I might be interested, so this little bachelorette time will not be completely without a ball of some kind being flung around.)

If the weather permits, I might try to get walking again in the mornings. The heat and humidity are not kind to this portly spinster, and my daily exercise has greatly diminished. Time to ramp it up again.

September is almost upon us, Dearies! I am sporting my September nail polish color and am ready for sweaters, pretty leaves, and something wonderful in the crock pot!

What's new with you?

Aug 30, 2018


The Big Chill...

Stitching ready to go:


I'm enjoying some quiet time before heading out to get a hair cut, and I stumbled across Sex and the City on the TeeVee. I feel like it's been a thousand years since I've seen Carrie and the girls, so I thought I'd watch a bit to see if it still has the same appeal:



Laundry and stitching this afternoon, a Dearies! What's on your agenda?

Aug 29, 2018


My chair wasn't quite ready for me this morning, so I am parked in the outer lobby waiting for treatment. I thought I'd show you all of the crap I cart with me, thus qualifying me for true Bag Lady status:
The grey thingie is a cushion for my heiney, the blue is a neck pillow, the other blue is a blanket, and I think you can see my lapstand peeking out a bit. My stitchy project is in a project bag under the blanket. In the little bag are my snacks (grapes, peaches, cheese, crackers, and BelVita), a drink (diet Snapple half and half), socks, headphones, my iPad, cellphone, and lip stuff. I think I also have a couple of hand wipes and paper towels in there too, but they're at the bottom somewhere.

Have we reached a complete new low, Dearies? Here it is a lovely Wednesday in Hoosierville, and I'm writing about the stuff I cart to and fro to dialysis!  


Time to go...Buzzy and Beepy are ready for their date!  Ciao for now!

Aug 28, 2018


I know you're probably getting bored with the same old, same old from Yours Truly, but that really is my life at the moment...same old, same old.

After a good dinner and a half-hearted attempt at cleaning the kitchen, I sat down with RVC and finished another section:

This really is a total joy to stitch, and I have been thinking about the stitchy sister out there in Phoenix that gifted it to me...praying for her health, happiness, and prosperity with every stitch. 

It is a rather stormy day here in Hoosierville. I have grocery, laundry, and apartment scrubbing on my list, but methinks the grocery will have to wait until the storm passes. Laundry and cleaning shouldn't be too bad, and if nothing else I can view it as exercise.

Menus are getting tougher and tougher for me to plan because I seem to have lost my appetite. I get hungry, but nothing actually tastes or sounds good. Does that make sense? I used to have really specific things to look forward to with the change of season, but now I' I combat this by eating the same thing most days, but even that is getting a bit stale. Time to shake it up!  Maybe an afternoon with a few Ina episodes will do the trick!

(Rich isn't crazy for Ina like I am. He thinks she's makes a ham sandwich look complicted, but I think it's just the opposite. Just wait until I make one of her recipes and he likes it...that'll fix his little red wagon!)

Well, Dearies, this damn good isn't going to drink itself, and despite my very best wishes, the laundry isn't going to spontaneously jump into the washing contraption and splosh itself around. Duty calls, and I need to get these chores done so I can enjoy the afternoon!

Come tell me what's on your agenda this Tuesday....hope it's something fun and stitchy!

Aug 27, 2018


It's almost time to go home today! This was a bit of an unusual session for me, because I fell asleep hard for the first four hours and didn't wake up until a few moments ago!

So much for accomplishing anything in this chair today.

Thank you for the lovely comments about Stewey. I had to chuckle, though, since that was one of his "chunky" pictures, and he was always mortified whenever I shared it. I love it, personally. He looks healthy and young and happy to be supervising his daisy.

Not much stitching to report from last night. I ended up futzing about in the cube room studio, and got distracted by the idea of canvaswork again. I don't know when the last time was that I did something on canvas...probably as long ago as the Wendy Moore class in Guild, so methinks I need to fix that!

I am hankering for a new Laura J. Perin, and she has a new design with sunflowers that has really struck my fancy. Hmmmmmm. I might have to go browsing about later today and see if I can get myself into some trouble!

Hot and steamy in these here parts, which means I am surly and feeling like I'm breathing through a wet towel. The few days of cool Fall-like weather really spoiled us for what is to come!

Last bit of news is on the kidney front. My sister will be unable to donate one of her kidneys to me, so transplant is not imminent. I continue to remain on the list for a cadaver kidney, and can expect a wait of five to seven years for one to come along. I confess that I have accepted this with much better grace than I would have expected from myself, but there have definitely been some moments. 

I will, though, continue to work on building my IU fund, and am doing every single thing my team is telling me to do, including losing more weight. Only a hundred pounds to go and I will finally be the petite blonde triathlete I know is in there somewhere.

(She grins maniacally.)

Time to go for now. I will soon be unplugged and taped up and ready to go, and then it's home for dinner, TeeVee viewing, and stitching!

Here's hoping that your Monday was swell! Come tell me all about it!

Aug 25, 2018


So here we are on August 25th, and I am hankering for Fall stitching.

But, before we get there, I am still really enjoying Red Velvet Cake immensely:

So I think I will follow through with my original plan, which is to pick ten pieces for September and stitch each for three days. I think I will sit down on the 30th and 31st with my WIPs and stash and decide which ten will get the nod. 

Canvas work is also poking at me a bit, and methinks I might have to start getting it back into rotation. I have so many lovely things might be a nice time to bring them out to play again.

Today, though, I am going to concentrate on the next section of RVC as soon as I get it back on q-snaps. I had it on a small set for my smaller lap stand yesterday, but today I'm breaking out the big boy!

(I have to use the smaller Elan lapstand at dialysis because my new big stand is just too heavy to cart back and forth. This is actually a good thing, though, since I can pick a smaller piece for that chair, and a larger for the Happy Chair!

Lemonade for everybody!

It's Saturday, Dearies, so I hope that means you have some time to rest and renew with something wonderful. Do it, and come tell me all about it!


Aug 23, 2018



Now I really am spooked by the prospect that Fate Her Very Self is reading this here blog.

Yesterday, in the midst of the sky falling down on my head, I mentioned that I was waiting for the frogs and locusts to appear.

Guess what showed up at 10:30 last night?

(For the non-stitchers in Spinster Nation, all of those tiny holes in the linen next to the red section mean that I spent the better part of the day yesterday putting stitches in, and then spent the better part of the evening taking them out. We call this frogging...because you rippit, rippit, rippit.)

I seem to have summoned calamity upon myself just by mentioning its very name!

Today is already a bit of a mess, because I burned my toast, broke the handle thingie on the bathroom faucet, slipped and banged my knee on the side of the tub, and upchucked my cranberry juice all over the front of my eighteen year old pajamas. And the best part is that I managed to accomplish all of this before 8:00 because I had the bright idea to get out of the big girl sleigh bed and start the day at a semi-normal hour, rather than stay put until hunger or a full bladder forced me to do otherwise.

It's just not easy being me.

I have an appointment at 1:00 today, but then it's straight home to the couch and clean pajamas, laundry, and stitching. I might tuck RVC into the naughty corner for a minute and start a new project, but I have a few hours to decide that. 

In the middle of the night last night I thought about a September rotation...10 Fall projects rotated every 3 days. I don't think I've ever done that kind of thing before, but it seemed like a good way to make some progress on long-languishing projects.

Besides...Falll stitching is my very favorite, so putting hands on 10 pieces over the course of a month sounds absolutely delightful!

Enough blathering. Thank you for listening, Dearies.  If you get a minute, please ask St. Whoseywhatsits to look out for me today....methinks I might need it! 

Aug 22, 2018


Oh, for pity's sakes.

On top of everything else, Mr. Crohns decided to make a return visit with a vengeance at 4:00 this morning. I thought perhaps I had fallen into a circular saw in my sleep, but nope...a Crohns flare up.

So here I sit...wondering when the frogs and locusts will appear.

Don't cry for me, Argentina. I have already spoken to my nurse at dialysis and have an appointment with my gastro later this afternoon. Hopefully, a quick course of steroids and I will be right as rain once again.

In other news, I am still stitching away on RVC and loving it. Despite my floss toss last night, methinks I might just stick with status quo and push on until completion. I'm just not bored with that silk through linen just yet.

Rich is diligently sourcing mugs for the Damn Good project. Coffee mugs are ubiquitous in his industry, but I am very particular when it comes to drinking my damn good, and want a big fat mug that won't cost a small fortune to buy/package/ship.

I am so very happy that the t-shirts were such a hit, and I will see if we can do another run of them before the end of the year. I have worn mine several times now and washed and line-dried it without it losing any of its softness.

That's it for a Futzingday.  Not much futzing, but Futzingday it is nonetheless. I'm going to take a nice hot scrubby shower, get into some fresh jams, take a couple of Tylenol, and settle in until appointment time.

Here's hoping your day is fun AND futzy and that you get to do all the things that blow your skirt up! Come tell me all about it!

Aug 21, 2018


So there I was, minding my own business, when I decided to re-stitch ABC des Maisons. But this tme I decided to stitch it on purple linen from Colour & Cotton and use Colour & Cotton threads.  Here's my floss toss:

And the chart:


I feel like I have been in a fog for about two weeks...stumbling from treatment to treatment and home to bed practically unconscious.

So today I got the bright idea to go into the cube room studio, and lo and behold...a bag with three pieces and frames that I had hoped to do.

Last year.

So I slapped them together, and called it a win. I know I will have to take them apart at some point and frame them correctly, but for now:

This is the worst one...methinks I neeed to get a big piece of sticky board:

This one is going right next to my stitchy chair!

And I think I might find a place for this someplace or other:

That's the update today, Dearies! I'm going to go take a nice long nap, have a bite to eat, and try to stitch a little tonight.

What's new with you?

Aug 19, 2018


I tried all of the remedies y'all suggested as well as a few I found online. 

The stains didn't so much as budge.

So I'm going to forget they are there and just keep stitching!


Here is a full shot of progress thus far:

And the pink splotches in the upper left corner:

The more I look at them, the more I think they will be covered by stitching, and that I should just leave well enough alone until the piece is completely stitched and I know what's what.

Or, on second thought...I could try to dap at it a bit with a damp cloth and baking soda like suggested and see what happens...

Stay tuned!!!


I've been using the brace and the roll on stuff on my thumb, and this was in this morning's coopuns:

I confess that I didn't buy this brand last was three times the price of the IcyHot at my local CVS, and since I'm a spinster on a budget I opted for the less expensive alternative. Based on the results, though, methinks the BioFreeze would be better.

So as soon as the IcyHot runs I go with coopun in hand!

Quiet weekend thus far. I did manage to get some exercise in the pool last night, but missed stitchy time because said exercise wore me out and I fell asleep on the couch in front of a baseball game on the TeeVee.

Today is a new day, though, so I am upright and in the Happy Chair...determined to get a few stitches in before nap time!

Man...I really personify that eat...sleep...stitch thing, don't I?

So, Dearies? What's new in your neck of the woods? Come tell me all about it!

Aug 18, 2018

Aug 16, 2018


This is the official 2018 Notre Dame Shamrock Series uniform. They are playing the game in Yankee Stadium this year against Syracuse.

I know, I know...every year I have something snarky to say about how my beloved Irish are going to look like shower mold or StayPuft Marshmallow men, but this year?

I got nothing.

So I leave it to you, my faithful friends.

What do you think?


This is an adjustable lap desk that I got at the Targets for a whopping fourteen dollars:

I think this thing is going to be life changing. I can sit in the Happy Chair with the iPad thingie on a slant in front of me and type away with two a person should.  It's super heavy, so i won't be able to take it to the dialysis chair with me, but this would be a total game changer there.  

(Hmmmmm....I wonder if I could negotiate with the director to leave it there somehow? Or maybe I could convince her to purchase a few for patients like me who like to work/play on iPads during treatment?  They have several iPads there for use by patients...wouldn't this be a nice addiition?)

I think this would also be perfect for diamond painting, since the left side tilts up in several different positions, and there is a nice flat surface to the right to hold drills, tools, a tray, drink, etc.  

For stitching, it would be a great chart holder, and stitchy tools could sit on the flat part.

I didn't get paid to endorse this, but I can tell you that I definitely give it a full five stars.  For fourteen bucks, I am very pleasantly surprised at how well it's made, and I'm super happy I splurged and bought it!


OK, we're gonna give this a go for a few weeks to see if it heals. I did get the topical and applied it liberally, but will have to rely on Tylenol for the pain. Alleve and other non-Tylenols are toxic to my kidneys, so I have to stay away from them completely, even though I've been told they really do work.

Thanks for all of the suggestions! You saved me a trip to the doc and an enormous bill...I hope!


I think this will be the very first time I've done this on this here blog, but I'm looking for advice from anybody who knows anything about thumbs.

My left thumb joint is stiff and sore. It almost feels like a sprain, but methinks it is some kind if arthritis or tendonitis from holding my iPad thingie.

I've noticed a few stitchers talking about thumbs on their blogs or Flosstube videos, and I'm wondering if any of you have a suggestion/remedy that I can try before heading off to yet another doctor.

I'm sorry to complain about it, but alas, I am left handed and have been unable to grasp a pen or anything else in that hand, and there are things to write, pages to color, and diamonds to paint! I stitch with my right hand, so all is well there, but....

Off to an appointment and then home to ponder. It's a cloudy Thursday here in Hoosierville, so methinks it might be a Netflix and stitching kind of day!

Aug 15, 2018


I managed to have a very good stitchy session last night, and fished through the cube room studio for smaller q-snaps and a snuggie.

I think it's the first time using one, so after a few minutes of fitzing and futzing, I got used to it and stitched two whole sections:

I haven't addressed the stain yet, since I really am hoping that the stitching will cover most of it. I do appreciate the suggestions for treating it, though...very helpful, indeed!

So that's it for a Wednesday morning. I'm going to put a few more stitches in before heading off to the chair. It's kind of a gloomy day here today, so methinks this might be a YouTube/nap session!

Finally...thank you for all of the nice comments from those of you who have received and are enjoying your t-shirts!  I'm so happy to know that they met expectations, and I really appreciate the support!  I haven't given up on the mugs or other items just yet....we're sourcing to find the best price and easiest distribution.

Happy Futzingday, Dearies! Do something Futzy and come tell me all about it!

Aug 14, 2018

Aug 13, 2018


I'm here, but feeling like I am under water. My nurse here at dialysis thinks it might be a bug that is making its way through the unit, since a lot of patients called off today and are complaining of the same symptoms.


I did a bit of stitching yesterday, but not enough to show. I also discovered that there is a bright pink stain on the upper right corner of my linen, but I am trying not to lose my head over it. I suspect that it is from the bright pink headband I used to hold the extra linen...that it somehow got wet and bled a bit without me realizing it. Hopefully the stitching will cover it, and if not, it will blend in and become part of the piece.

I do have a lovely fountainview chair, so there's nothing to complain about on that front:

Hopefully both Buzzy and Beepy will behave themselves today and I can run at full speed for the duration. They have discovered that a longer needle in the upper position works better on me bcause Buzzy is so very deep (I think he's just shy), so hopefully that will allow for better cleanings. It's pretty daunting to watch them come at me with it because it looks very much like a harpoon straight out of Melville, but it does the trick and I can close my eyes for a few seconds, no?

Flosstube will be the order of the day, methinks. I have been distracted by all things shiny and diamond painting these last several days, but I need to get back in my lane. My hands are not going to allow the gripping of a pen for any length of time, and there is too much stitchy goodness to be had to be grounded from it due to tendonitis.

So that's it, my Dearies. A quiet start to what will hopefullt be a quiet week. What's new in your corner of the world?

Aug 12, 2018


I'm sweating my bazoombas off, and have been for the last week and a half. It's not particularly hot here...quite the opposite as a matter of fact this morning, but here I sit in a puddle of Spinster sweat.

Is it possible that I am finally stepping from the vestibule into the anteroom of menopausal hell?

Nothing at all to report, Dearies. I managed to get some exercise in the pool yesterday, and am hoping to do the same today, but my energy level is going to have to move substantially upward for that to happen. Right now I'm just...snoozy.

Jimminy Crickets.

Sweaty and Snoozy.

How's THAT for a fabulous combination on a Hoosier Sunday morning?

Progress continues on RVC:

I'm going to see if I can get a few stitches in before the day's fesitivities commence.

Here's hoping that your very own Sunday is peaceful, lovely, and calm, and that you get to do everything you want to and nothing you don't. Have fun and come tell me all about it!

Aug 11, 2018

Aug 9, 2018


They run on a route and stop at the same places over and over and over again.  The one that keeps hitting me must have a spinster sized dent in it by now, since I have not yet figured out how to get the heck out if its way!

I am decidedly unwell today, Dearies. It started yesterday in the chair after seven unsuccessful attempts to get me hooked up to Beepy, and continued into the wee hours with wanting to crawl under a rock.


Maybe a virus.  Maybe a flu. Maybe the weather, or something I picked up from a fellow patient or tech. Maybe it's just par for the course at this stage of the game. No matter the origin, though, methinks I would prefer this little visitor to make his or her way elsewhere...toot sweet.

The hardest thing about being me today (and most days), is that my brain is singing "Oh, what a beautiful morning!" and looking forward to various and sundry fun things on the agenda, but my body is singing a big fat "Nope! No way, no how!"

I suppose that this is the plight of most folks these days, especially those with chronic illness or advancing age or circumstances that prevent them from doing all the things. But, because I've always had a head like a rock, I never realized I am one of them. (You give me a fifteen foot wall and I will claw my way to the utility closet to find the sixteen foot ladder.)

It's not a matter of ego. I just realized early on that there are those that are gifted with brains or beauty or talent or ability, and then there are those of us who have....grit and determination. It's not a self-depricating comment, Dearies, I promise you. I am, if nothing else, a realist. And I know that I might have to work a little harder, but the reward is worth it in the end.

Hmmmm. All of this naval gazing on a Thursday. I suppose it is the result of trying to do all of the big hard things and trying to figure out how to do these big hard things and not lose my mind or drop dead in the process, but do them I must.

Dialysis just sucks. I know it. You know it. Every single person on the planet who has ever done it knows it. It's awful and hard and scary and painful and a bit of a nightmare that you get to look forward to every other day...for an unknown period of time. 

It sucks.

But there is a very large part of me left that realizes that it is an enormous blessing that is literally keeping me alive. It is, for the most part, a very minor inconvenience in the scope of things, and I really do thank God each and every day that it is an option that is a available to me.

But it still sucks.

Today's plan will come together after I've had another cup of damn good and read the paper. I long for the days when my feet hit the floor and I was semi-coherent and got on with it, but for now I need to learn to function through this morning blur and just make sure I am upright, bathed, and have pants on.

I am still loving RVC, and hope that I can spend some time with her later this afternoon. I took a look at her sans q-snaps the other day and was pleasantly surprised at how much I have finished thus far. If I really buckled down and concentrated on her exclusively, methinks she could be finished (and maybe off to the framer) soon. Besides...pulling that silk through that linen is better than any other therapy I can think of, so maybe I should start making that a priority on my list of things to do to stay semi-sane!

The sun is shining, the birds are tweeting sweetly, the clouds are big and fat and puffy, and I am determined to make the most of the day. Thank you for indulging my "off-ness" today...I promise to get my head out of my heiney.


Do something wonderfully fun today and come tell me all about it. Tell me what's blowing your skirt up...what has you vexed or stumped....what tools you're obsessed with....or who has made your heart sing today!  Cheerio and WooHoo and all of that...Happy Thursday!

Aug 8, 2018

Aug 7, 2018


Will somebody please smack me about the head if I ever do this again? This entire operation has been poorly executed, is terribly behind schedule, and has resulted in three hours of tears and recriminations.

Friends, if you ordered a t-shirt, it has FINALLY arrived from the printer and has been packaged and sent to you.  The length of time it took for this to be completed was just stupid ridiculous. I apologize.

Mugs and future items will definitely be handled differently...oey.

No stitching to report. I am hoping to settle in with RVC after dinner and a few Tylenol. Come tell me all about your very own Tuesday shenanagins!

Aug 6, 2018


My view one year ago...taken in Donaldson:

My view today...taken in CS2:

Aug 4, 2018


Things are moving very slowly here in Hoosierville today. I had a very good treatment yesterday and managed to stop at the Martins for some light provisions, but that's about all I remember. I had dinner and was tucked into the big girl sleigh bed by about 7:30.

As soon as I get my wits about me (after precisely two cups of damn good), I am going to settle in for some Flosstube viewing and stitching. I know that the sunshine, heat, and humidity make for a perfect pool day, but the truth of the matter is that I could use a little peace and quiet, and last time I checked there were eleventy billion peoples in the water.


Not today.

I have been trying to catch up on my viewing of all things stitchy, but keep getting sidetracked by Miss Danielle/Stitcherista's diamond painting. And then I look at dot painting mandalas. And then knitting. And before you know it, I'm off on a trail of sparkly breadcrumbs that makes me happy I don't have the room to start any new endeavors.

Or do I?

In any event, I truly am happy to spend the day stitching today. Buzzy is angry, brusied, sore, and in need of an ice pack, and the lap stand and I will be able to accomodate him nicely.

(I should probably clarify that in my case this isn't so much a lap stand as it is a top of leg stand. I don't have a lap...haven't had one in years...but the stand balances quite nicely on my legs when I sit in either the Happy Chair or on the sectional.)

If you're sweltering, stay cool and hydrated today! If your weather is otherwise...enjoy it! I hope that your Saturday is swell...come tell me all about it!

Aug 3, 2018


I've been behaving myself this week while Rich is in New Jersey. Last night I watched the final episode of the West Wing after a seven season re-binge, bawled my eyes out, had a popsicle, and then started watching episode one all over again.

I think I've seen the entire season at least nine or ten times...almost as many times as I've watched The Sopranos.

Hmmmmmm. Sopranos. 

Well, at least now I know what I'll be watching tonight!

I like re-bingeing these shows because I can take my glasses off and stitch and just listen to the dialogue. In the last year my eyes have changed so much that contacts and magnifiers just aren't cutting it. So...without anything at all I can pretty much see clearly about eight inches from my face.

(Note to self: must remedy that with a trip to the eyeball doctor.)

Here's last night's progress on Red Velvet Cake:

I am still really enjoying this and might stick with it another week or two.  I did, however, put Summer at Cherry Hill in my dialysis bag to see if I can make some progress on that skirt:
This seems to be the perfect chair project, since I can just fill in without having to count or change colors frequently.

The weekend is upon us, Dearies. I am going to make an honest attempt at laundry and paperwork before heading to the pool. It is supposed to be in the 90's, so methinks getting in the water might be just what I need!

I hope your plans include something that makes your heart sing. Stay cool and hydrated and peaceful, do something wonderfully fun, and come tell us all about it!

Aug 1, 2018


T-shirts should be shipping this weekend...God willing!  They should arrive here tomorrow, and I will then package and label them to get them off to you!  Thanks for your patience!