Apr 21, 2016

A bump on a pickle

That's what I feel like when it comes to stitching.  Just a bump.  Sitting there.  The dyed green linen is out.  I need to throw out that fabric that I hate working on.  It's ... thick.  The linen threads are too thick or something and I have a hard time seeing the over two pattern in the weave so I stopped.  I love the Sea Glass and hate to use my last piece but what am I saving it for?  When I can no longer get a favorite color, I tend to hoard more than usual, but that would mean I wouldn't get to enjoy it in a project. If not that, it will be my stand-by unbleached.  But I am not feeling it regardless of linen, colors, or design. 
 
I thought I should switch to wool applique since I bought quite a bit and haven't used it at all, but that's not snapping my socks either.  Do I need a complete break?  I think I will take two weeks off and not force myself, dwell on it, or feel guilty.  After that time, who knows?
 
I heard from Karin and was happy to see that everyone followed through with their orders for the caps.  She has some cute charms too.  Maybe I'll do some sewing and see how that works out.  Too bad I don't know how to alter clothing two sizes up.  Not a damn blouse or capris from last summer fit.  Not even close.
 
May 1 is a week from Saturday and the Liberty boxes will be on sale.  As usual, limited quantity.  I think I will shut down the computer until then too and just check emails. 
 
I must tell you about how distracted my mind has been.  I keep in touch with Patti's husband and he emailed to tell me he visited a friend for a couple of days at his beautiful home.  He wrote "on a hill with 16 acres, got to drive his '41 Ford.  Wow, 450 horses".  So I replied that I'm glad he had a nice visit and where is this home with 450 horses?  Was I embarrassed when he said the 450 horses were in the Ford's engine?  No.  It wasn't as bad as 40 years ago when my husband was out of work.  We took a long drive out of town into the country and I saw a sign at a large farm and recognized the company name.  The sign stated  - 23,000 happy employees.  "WOW!!! They probably hire often with that many workers - maybe you should apply here!"  Husband said he wasn't qualified.  "You're the smartest person I know and can do anything.  Why wouldn't you be qualified?"  He looked at me and said "because I can't lay eggs like the other 23,000 employees".  Sometimes you feel so silly you laugh hard enough to wet your pants.  And the older you get, it happens if you just smile too hard.
 
I hope the rest of April brings you warmth and blossoms.
 
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20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good morning Marly dear. I love your stories - especially about the 23,000 happy employees! Too funny. Sampler making is my absolute favorite form of needlework but occasionally, when I find myself in a cross stitching slump, I turn to knitting or quilting. I have a fabulous job but need the quietness of working with needle and thread in the evening. I only have a few hours each evening but truly enjoy the entire process. You inspire all of us - especially me! Hugs from Kentucky - kelley

Tina McFadden said...

Good Morning Marly, I will so miss your funny stories every morning but I know sometimes we all need a break. Tina

Vickie said...

Yes, enjoy a break. I do think I need one. I have such trouble typing and retyping and focusing on these meds!!

Susan said...

I seldom comment but I just want you to know that I think your blog is like an "Everyman" blog for cross-stitchers. Thank-you for just being you!

Fran Caswell said...

Hi Marly, I will miss your posts but I hope you enjoy your well deserved break.

capecodgirl565 said...

I can totally sympathize...one day while heading to town, I saw a Thornton fuel tanker with a large coffee advertisement painted on the side. I remarked to my husband, gosh that is a lot of coffee they are hauling. The moment the last word left my mouth I realized what a total and complete idiot I sounded like, and my son owns his own semi trucking business, I should know better. I haven't lived it down yet!

Mary said...

I deserve a bit of a break, enjoy your time off. Hope finger is better by then too.

Carol said...

Ha ha--love the 23,000 happy employees story, Marly :) Just what I needed on this gray day. Enjoy your little break--but come back soon. We would miss you if you were away for too long...

diamondc said...

Oh my gosh Marly: You crack me up, if your Husband ever lays an egg please take pictures giggles.
I sometimes have so much trouble with fabric I just yell and let it all out the word of the day is crap, yes I had to use it today.
I hope your little brake goes well for your little vacation from the computer.

Blessings
Catherine

Harriet said...

Marly, you always give me a smile with your great sense of humor. I too have lost some of my stitching mojo lately and find myself spending more time looking through my stash, perhaps looking for inspiration. Usually it helps if I start a small project that is quickly finished so maybe I'll try that. Of course I'll have to spend some time choosing it and finding the needed fabric and threads! Enjoy your break, hope your weather is nice.

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Haaaaa love the story!!

Linda in Maryville, IL said...

Oh I had to laugh at this today as I have had many moments such as these. Struggling too with working with my needle.

Ms Peppercorn said...

Aaahh yes, The Blonde Moment. No matter what color the roof is we have all had a few of these. Makes for a good hardy laugh so it is well worth feeling a little foolish!

Amanda said...

Don't feel bad about the chickens. When we finally got to make our dream trip to Ireland, I spent hours looking for Amach on the map. Every sign I saw had "Amach" on it, so it had to be somewhere! Well into the afternoon, it finally dawned on me that when they have the road signs in Irish first, English second, those signs were not to the town of Amach, "Amach" means "Exit."

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Marly, I will try and post on the off chance that you may see this comment. Have you looked at Rebekkah Smith book on wool appliqué? Beautiful stuff...
Melinda

Kaisievic said...

OOh, I love your story about the chicken farm - priceless!

Margaret said...

Marly, you are so funny! OMG. lolol! Sounds like something I would do!

Ms Peppercorn said...

Oh, my...having withdraws so I keep checking my email to see if there is maybe a Samplers and Santas there!!! I want you to take a break but I am selfish!!! Hahaha!

laceystitcher said...

Enjoy your break!!

Kathy L. said...

Oh My you are making my sides hurt, Love your posts!!!

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