Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Three Pines

Not gonna lie, I've been binge reading Louise Penny's Gamache series. I took three out of the library last weekend and I think they're all going to be ready to go back Saturday!

Did you know I am of French Canadian descent? My parents both spoke French as a first language and went to French schools until high school. Even though my people have been in America for over 100 years, I still feel a little connected to southern Quebec. So these books have brought me joy! Any guesses why this card to illustrate this post? Too easy for Penny fans!

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Maybe There's Been a Bit of Stitching...

I lied a tiny bit. I have done a small amount of stitching. One day, months after our anniversary, I picked up a piece to stitch for the dude.

This is Always You
Wee One, Heart in Hand
Stitched on Haunted Cashel Linen
with the called-for flosses.

Not finished yet, but I'll probably get it done before the end of the year. I picked a small one; a girl's got to know her limitations.

I've also started ornaments for the girls. I'll show you later, I don't want to spend it all in one place.

I worked on "Always You" on the way to visit the aquarium with the girls. (Thank you. Yes. Twins. Five.) (None of us found Shark Bridge even a little scary.)

Monday, November 04, 2019

Moving More

I think I mentioned that my word for 2019 is "move." Last spring, I took water aerobics and an aerobics class at my community's adult school to help with that. This semester I'm signed up for yoga, tap dancing, and water aerobics. Part of this regular movement--especially yoga--has made me more aware of how my muscles and joints feel.

Weird fact, my sister and I both have arthritis in our big toes. She just had surgery to put some kind of jelly into her joint. Even though my joints are older, I haven't had quite the same pain she has. And since I've been tapping, I've actually had less pain in my toes. A bit counter-intuitive since you spend a lot of time on your toes in tap. (Also, I am ALL IN on the tap dancing thing. The dude even got me a portable tap floor for my birthday so I can practice at home!)

All this to say that Martha Stewart published an article recently to help you knit without pain. I figured all kinds of stitchers can use this advice. Except maybe lapsed stitchers like me.

Sunday, November 03, 2019


One of my friends invented a holiday she calls Candletime. It runs from November 1 to Thanksgiving and she sees it as a way of creating space between Halloween and Christmas. It's a relaxing little ritual where you light candles and have a warm beverage, or you know, a glass of wine, she's not bossy.

I like this candle. It's from Bath and Bodyworks and it smells like my next husband. 😂

Saturday, November 02, 2019

This May Have Been a Big Mistake

I knew this when I started: my home computer is a mess, old and slowing and the "n" and "b" keys don't work. I will just have to do my best. (I type along and then go back and insert the missing letters using the onscreen keyboard. Loads of fun!)

I'm so glad some of you are still out there! I am sorry to have caused you concern. As I briefly mentioned in my previous posts, my boss left and I was eventually promoted to director last November. After having done two jobs for nearly a year, I hired an associate director in March. It was a very tiring 10 months.

Reader, I adore him! 😍 He was only on board for three weeks before he saw a need, got himself the training he needed to correct it, created a new thing, and shared it with donors. I don't think he had even met everyone in the division at that point! He's making my job easier and making me look good!

In May, Stella needed CCL surgery. Although the stifle got fixed, the medications caused kidney failure and we lost her in June. Yesterday, she would have turned 11. It's been a difficult time. 
My niece, the one in art school, made us this painting as a memorial.

In August, we headed across the pond to celebrate my mother-in-law's 80th birthday. We went hiking in the Lake District. What? Don't all 80 year olds celebrate with a little fells running? (She didn't actually run, but she seriously hiked!)

Last month, the dude became a citizen of this mediocre nation. This will make him harder to deport.
Registering to vote, the most important part!

I think that catches you up with the major goings on in the past year. Over the next few weeks, I'll focus on the minor happenings. Because, frankly, there's been precious little stitching.

Friday, November 01, 2019

Back to Blogging

It's November, and I think coming up with a daily post might help bring me back to blogging. For a while, I was thinking it probably wasn't worth it. I mean, who even reads blogs any more? (And then I remembered how much pleasure I took in blogging when I first started...when so few people were in this space and there wasn't even a way for readers to comment!)

I'm sure everyone has seen this by now—at least three different people shared it with me—but I think it raises an interesting question: 
Do you rescue other people's unfinished projects? 

I think this is an interesting project she is undertaking, but I've got to get my own half-started projects done before I die at 99. (God rest her soul.)

Friday, March 01, 2019

Craft Month

2018 output

Traditionally, I would come here in March to show you a craft a day. Sadly, not this month. I haven't picked up a needle since I finished that snowman ornament just before Christmas.

Even though my word for the year is move, I haven't yet applied it to my crafting life. I have started taking some exercise classes, reading more, and making changes around the house. But crafting is on the list, and I am adding things each month.

I may have said I'd move but I didn't specify a tempo.