Apr 30, 2019
Apr 27, 2019
Here is the master tool kit. Notepad, Stewey birthday daisy needleminder, ort jar, highlighters, scissors, needles, and container of project names.
Two sets of q-snaps...8x8 and 11x11 complete the supplies:
Plum Pudding has its very own kit...q-snaps, grime guard, and project bag en route:
The plan so far is that I will sit down at 9pm each night to draw the name of the project for the next day for Monday through Friday stitching. To make it more spinster-friendly I added a few "free", "repeat", and "draw again" slips. The projects in the basket are all Spring/Summer/misc related, since I am a very seasonal stitcher and don't want to stitch Autumn/Winter/Christmas in May.
Once a project has been drawn, I'll put it on the q-snaps and stick it in the kit for the next day.
(Saturdays and Sundays will be reserved for Plum Pudding.)
So there you go, Dearies! We'll see how this goes...if successfully, I might try it again in August or September with autumnal projects. Augustania?
Apr 25, 2019
Well, here we are, Dearies. Another Thursday has dawned bright and early and I am doing my level best to get my wits about me with a nice hot cup of damn good. Mornings after treatment are quite...ugh...but the hangover lifts within an hour or two and I should be right as rain once again.
Apr 23, 2019
Here we are on another Tuesday! Monday was a bit of a blur for Yours Truly due to another knock-out in the d-chair. (I hate when that happens.)
Today is rather cold and cloudy, but I am loving every minute of it. I've got the laundry sploshing and the stitching ready to go for the day, so no complaints whatsoever. I had hoped to play golf today, but we'll have to see what Mother Nature has on her agenda.
If the mood strikes, I might take myself into the cube room studio to start my Maynia assembly. I am really liking the plan...WIPs Monday through Friday followed by Plum Pudding on the weekends, but I think I miscalculated my week days somehow. I thought there were 18, but a closer look at an actual calendar confirms that there are 23.
So I will pull it together and see how much fun I can have after a few brief chores are complete. I've already dispatched the morning smoothie and bill paying tor the day, so it's all downhill from here!
I hope your very own Tuesday is perfectly swell. Do something lovely for yourself and come tell me all about it!
Apr 22, 2019
Apr 20, 2019
Apr 19, 2019
For those not in the know...Stitch Maynia was created in 2015, and the idea was to start new projects in the month of May. I believe the first group started 15 new projects for 2015. I think there were also folks who started 31 new pieces for the 31 days in May.
Over the years, Stitch Maynia has become wildly popular and a way to have some fun. I've been told there are NO RULES or restrictions to participate, so I have decided to dip my toe and see if I can do it.
For mu very own Maynia, I am going to stitch WIPs during the week and something wonderful on the weekends, If I finish Grasshopper Pie in April (which I'm really hoping to do) my weekend project will be Plum Pudding...another gorgeous piece in the same Dessert Series from Glendon Place.
I would also like to get back to journaling my stitching...something I have missed doing very much.
Who knows if I will succeed, but I won't know that unless I try, right? I know I have enough WIPs to play with that have a Spring/Summer theme, so I can stay in my lane with the whole seasonal stitcher thing. I suppose if Maynia goes well, I could repeat the same idea in the Fall, but I really shouldn'the get ahead of myself.
More contemplating to do, but I have plenty of time for that here in the d-chair today, Dearies.
Thanks you for your lovely thoughts about my eye. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem likely that I'll get this vision back in this part of the eye, but I am hoping that my tiny little brain will get used to it and compensate. For now...I'm determined not to dwell too much on it.
If this is a holiday weekend for you, I hope you enjoy it with your Lovies all around you, something yummy on your table, and your stitching to keep you happy!
Apr 18, 2019
I started at 10:00 this morning with a visit to my family doc, Dr. Barbara. She is just excellent in every way and likes to lay eyes on me every now and then to ensure I am behaving myself. (Which I am...in spades, I tell ya!)
From there, I killed a little time at Hobby Lobby and JoAnn's looking for simple little needlepoint kits that I could throw in my purse for days like today when I'm running hither and yon. Both were, quite sadly, a total bust, and looked like the Easter Bunny and a master gardener had thrown quite a party up almost every aisle.
My second appointment was with Dr. Melfi, and it was there that I solved all of the world's problems and decided to up my meds. (Just to be on the safe side.)
Then it was on to the Targets to pick up a prescription and a Chap Stick because I am a total boob and left the house with only a wallet and cell phone instead of a proper purse, and God knows I am too addicted to well-moisturized lips to go more than three minutes between applications.
Finally...an appointment with the eye doctor. This one was a doozy and resulted in about two and a half hours in the exam chair with three different opthamologists peering into the back of my brain. What lead me there in the first place was a smudge in my left eye vision that suddenly popped up on Saturday. We don't know for sure, but it appears that Yours Truly might have had a small stroke (likely from dialysis) and I have a blockage/embolism on one of the smaller vessels of my retina.
My eyes are still terribly dilated and I have a bad headache from all of the poking and prodding and peering, so no stitching for me tonight. I'll watch the basketball with JB a bit and will then head to bed and start over again tomorrow.
Grasshopper Pie continues to completely enchant, so look for a continuation of progress...hopefully tomorrow. In the meantime, I hope YOUR eyes and needles are behaving and that you have a wonderful Thursday evening! Come tell me all about it!
Apr 16, 2019
Apr 15, 2019
Speaking of...here she is in 1/2 of her glory:
I hope you had a good weekend and that your week is off to a wonderful start! Do something fun and come tell me all about it!
Apr 14, 2019
Apr 13, 2019
Apr 11, 2019
Apr 10, 2019
And I would reply "Dad, do you have to fly a plane today filled with puppies and orphans? Relax, rest, and just enjoy the time off from the troubles of the world. The plane will be there for you when you get your senses back."
And he would rest.
Somehow I forgot this advice, and I have been utterly and completely frustrated by my inability to function like a 52...soon to be 53...year old female person. I am wiped out, groggy, out of it, and completely exhausted, and rather than just riding it out I'm fretting and kvetching and moaning and fighting about it constantly.
Which makes me even more wiped out, groggy, out of it, etc.
So today I'm going to park the plane and just get on with it, Dearies. If I stitch...I stitch. If I don't...I don't. This whole d-chair thing is what it is and I need to quit trying to make it normal. I need to understand that (for now, anyway) it's OK for me to just...be. My plus-sized Superwoman cape needs to go on a hanger in the closet, and somebody else needs to be in charge.
Apr 9, 2019
Apr 7, 2019
Apr 6, 2019
It seems that Sam is climbing into the ring with a fight against cancer now, and I was wondering if I could impose upon Spinster Nation to keep her in your thoughts and prayers for a swift and easy recovery as she heads down a new path. I've never met Sam, but she has played such an enormous part of my life these last many years because of that first poster I saw in a Michael's bin, that I want to do something...anything...to keep her around a good while longer.
If you are an Instagrammer, you can find her quite simply by searching for Sam Toft or samtoftartist. Be careful, though, because I know you'll fall in love, just like I did!
Thank you, Dearies! I know what the power of your love can do, and I hope that it is as miraculous for a friend in Cornwall as it has been for me!
Apr 5, 2019
I managed to stitch during most of treatment today while catching up with Flosstube friends. Can I just say again how very thankful I am to have so many wonderful people out there making this thing of our so incredibly special by putting themselves out there? The joy and peace and kaughter and inspiration you all provide is just worth more than I can ever say!
Cheers, Dearies! The weekend is upon us!
Apr 4, 2019
Apr 3, 2019
To the left is my tool basket, Lipsyl, sippy cup (Crystal Lite peach mango green tea), ort jar, Flosstube, and thingie from Miss Kelly:
Apr 2, 2019
April 2, 1936 - October 13, 2009
Not what did he gain, but what did he give?
Not what was his station, but had he a heart, and how did he play his God-given part?
Not what was his church nor what was his creed, but had he befriended those really in need?
Not what did the piece in the newspaper say, but how many were sorry when he passed away?
Was he ever ready with a word or good cheer, to bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
There are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.