Jul 12, 2019


I had ants in my pants today for some reason. I suspect it's because I slept through the alarm and ended up having to rush through my morning routine, which means I didn't get all of my wiggles out before chair time.

Four hours later and I'm home and back in the Happy Chair armed with my Friday treat and JB Magoo asking what's for dinner.

(Answer: salmon, roasted brussel sprouts with shallots, and garlic parmesan rice.)

I'm making good progress on Plum Pudding and am looking forward to a nice cool indoor weekend of stitching on it. I keep waiting to pick it up and think "Eh...not so much today", but it is still blowing my big girl skirt right up!

After Dr. Melfi yesterday, I made a quick trip to the library to re-stack my bedside pile. As I was checking out, right there on the computer screen was a notice for a Learn to Cross Stitch class, and lo and behold it was happening right at that very time and in that very library! So I high-tailed it to the classroom to peek, and it was full of kids being taught by my former Guild sisters!

I was going to make a run for it, because I broke out into the ugly cry because I was so delighted to see them, but one saw me and waved me in, so I spent a few minutes watching and listening and then looking at the kids' progress.

Simply. Perfect.

(But I was sad for the rest of the night because belonging to those guilds was such a joy in my life that I miss terribly.)

(Damn dialysis.)

We're heading into the weekend like a herd of turtles, Dearies! Please, please, please, be safe and careful if you are facing inclement weather. Several of my pod mates are in the hospital due to heat, and I think I heard that the USA Gulf Coast is bracing for a hurricane.

So that's the report for now! I hope your needles or diamond painting pens or colored pencils or crochet hooks are flying! Come tell me all about it!


  1. Your dinner sounds wonderful, and a stitchy week-end inside sounds perfect. It's neat there was a cross-stitch class at the library - I feel like there's more interest in needlework like that again, or at least I hope so! I know your dialysis routine has severely limited your life for now, but you should be able to get back to enjoying being a part of those guilds again. Have a relaxing week-end!

  2. Oh you should try to get back involved with the guild - even as a member-at-large (for those who don't have a guild near them) so you could participate online etc. I hope you have a lovely stitchy-in weekend!

  3. We had pan-fried salmon last night and it was delish. Coni, while I know you miss your guild meetings and pals, I am glad that you happened upon them at the library. Enjoy your weekend with Plum Pudding and whatever else brings a smile to you. Enjoy!

  4. What a joy to find guildmates!!! Perhaps you might sit in on the lessons sometime. Life is full of surprises. I really do like this project. I will hit the grocery store and the library in the a.m. and stay in the ac for most of the weekend. Take care.

  5. Re-join your guilds. There will be days when thy meet or want to stitch when you are doing dialysis. It will lift your spirit. If it is unaffordable then send me a message and I will take of it. http://needleworkerssamplings.blogspot.com/

  6. Invite your guild friends over to your home, which can be done on a day and time of your choosing, for as long as you want them...it seems that it would be a win win situation. All you need to do is sit back and enjoy the time with friends.
    I also find that reading other stitchers blogs and commenting/connecting is a wonderful way to visit all kinds of wonderful people all over the world, to stay social and positive without even leaving your comfy chair.
    Just a couple thoughts
    It’s in the 100s here so ac and lots of stitching in my world :)
    Have a super weekend

  7. Just had breakfast when I was reading about your salmon dinner - sounds very yum indeed. I enjoyed my quilting group - but lucky for me I go on a retreat once a year with some of the funniest ladies so it's like a holiday for me. Difficult with dialysis, I can understand that, but the lady with the earlier comment had a great idea by inviting sewing sessions at your home. Worth a try perhaps. Ooh plummy borders going round! Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  8. Just bought plastic canvas and a thicker thread to teach my 5 year old granddaughter to needlepoint. I believe it is important to introduce children to new projects to expose them to new areas of fun. I am looking forward to seeing how she reacts.

  9. Ok Girl...take it this dialysis thing by the horn. It does not need to rule your life!
    I agree, ask others to your home on non-dialysis days.
    retreats? really? you are limiting yourself d/t dialysis? don't! so, you go to dialysis and rejoin the group after. Is that really a big deal?
    If the retreat is too far away from the dialysis center, then you plan one closer.
    I have not followed you for long, but you seem to be an amazing person that your friends miss when you are not present.
    I LOVE a great sense of humor....and you have it girl~
    So take this stinking dialysis umbilical cord (nurse...sorry) and tell it who is boss! I don't only wish you joy and connection with friends I anticipate future posts with you and your bud's enjoying your craft together....djb

  10. I so hope you are able to join your guild sisters again soon! I am sure they miss you as much as you miss them!

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