Monday, November 19, 2018

Getting on the Same Page

Dale was gone on a business trip for a week. When he returned this weekend, one of the activities we chose was to have a session of Puzzles and Podcasts. It's an enjoyable way to ease into getting back in sync after we were on such different wavelengths for an extended period of time.

We chose this puzzle of vegetables. Not exactly a one-day event. There a quite a lot of greens that are still be sorted out. Patience and discernment get us to the end.

A lot like in marriage. Patience and discernment.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Practice Practice Practice

Every day is a good day to meditate. I've been consistent 500 days in a row!

I found the right teacher, at the right time, for the right student. Thank you, Andy Puddicombe, and Headspace.

Saturday, November 17, 2018


Dale and I dropped by his mom's house for a visit. My mother-in-law is the best gardener I know. Her yard is lovely with green lawns, flowers, statuary, birdbaths, and feeders. She said that yesterday a mother deer was resting in a quiet spot in the lawn. The deer's fawn was spotted walking down the street.

My mother-in-law told us stories about how squirrels bury nuts and seeds in her yard in the Fall, and how she pulls up young trees every Spring from the seeds that sprout.

Right about then a couple squirrels started chasing each other under the feeder. Soon afterward, this hungry rascal started walking toward her porch with this big apple in his mouth. He stopped to nibble a while, then picked the apple up with his teeth and scampered across the lawn. Through the window, I was able to snap a couple photos with my phone's camera before he got away.

Such a delightful way to spend an hour.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Throwback Thursday - 2002 (Part 1)

If it's Thursday, it must be time to look back at old projects. I began the first half of 2002 by putting down my tapestry needle and picking up a crochet hook.

Crochet Hat

I made myself a nice warm black winter hat with a rolled brim. It's quite warm because it's completely stitched in single crochet.

I found the pattern in Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework, page 371.


I love the jewel colors in this piece by K. Elaine Kramer Designs as well as the quotation:

Years ago a baby cried,
His voice can still be heard.

This piece has a small stitch count, 93 x 64, but is stitching intensive because the entire sky is solid stitches. Much of the sky used a blended needle: two shades of blue floss in the needle at the same time. That gives the horizon the illusion of it being dusk. There's also quite a bit of backstitching. This piece looks wonky in the photo and will need to be blocked to straighten it out.

The Damask aida I used has a lovely hand. It's very soft and has a pretty sheen. But it is a very loose 18 count fabric with a loose weave, so my needle would often slip and split the ground fabric, creating a hole where there wasn't supposed to be one.

The star is stitched with a silver metallic fiber. The light from the stable had a bit of blending filament in it so that it glimmers.

This is one of those stitcheries that is still languishing in my box of stitched-but-not-finished items. I hope it will finally be ready for display in 2019.

Happy Easter

Oh, gosh. Another stitched-but-not-finished piece! My plan for this is to make it into a banner with a prairie point edging. I have all the fabrics and a decorative hanger ready to go. Earlier this week I learned how to make the prairie points. So everything is ready for me to display this by Easter 2019.

This cute piece is designed by Sue Hillis. The border and words for this piece were stitched with a variegated fiber called Bravo! (A118). The sweet metal Easter egg charm seen between the bunnies came with the chart.

Moose Christmas Ornament

For our 10th wedding anniversary, my husband and I took a cruise to Alaska. While there, I found a series of Alaska-themed Christmas ornament design.. This is the first in the series, designed by Calico Cache.

Ski Moose Christmas Ornament

Here's the second ornament in the series by Calico Cache. The Santa hat and "candy cane" skis were a hit with my daughters. I used a calico fabric for the back of the stuffed ornament, and a ribbon for the hanger. The cording around the edge was made of a 4-ply green yarn.

Horned Puffin Christmas Ornament

Here's the third ornament from our Alaska trip in the series by Calico Cache. This bird has attitude!

I finished the ornament simply using cardboard, a fabric back, and silver trim around the edge.

Next #throwbackthursday I'll show more ornaments from the Alaska trip that I stitched, beginning in June 2002.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Touched With Fire

I've had a series of synchronicities today that have all centered around my bipolar syndrome. It's peculiar to see my own journal writing, and an article about how people respond to the thought of medication, and watching a friend who is denying his illness spin out of rational thought, and watching a movie based on the books that most helped me understand the illness.

All these things crammed into one day have put me in an odd state of mind tonight. Reflective. Contemplative. Introspective. I found myself doodling this:

Through it all ... the years ... the counseling ... the journal writing ... the meditations ... the reading ... the gathering of tools and strategies to help me on emotionally rough days ... the acceptance ... the acknowledgements ... the building on small successes ...

In the midst of all the turmoil, there is this through-line:


Having a stable, charmed life is worth the work of being relentless in the pursuit of good mental health.

Love is worth it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Job Well Done

It's quite comforting to reach the end of a day knowing I have a job well done, a day well lived. That's today for me.


Monday, November 12, 2018

The Old Gray Rooster

He ain't what he used to be many long years ago.

At the vintage mall.