May 14, 2016

The floss dance

Happy weekend.  Got rain?  After two days of decent weather with intermittent rain, we are once again chilly and soaked. 
This morning I planned on a drive to Pat Catan's for floss.  I have enough to go around the world but not in the color I wanted.  The letters between the blue people weren't showing well and I wanted a shade lighter, so checking the floss bible, 3755 was one lighter than 334. 
Simple.  Go to the floss box.  Why isn't it in there?  Could it be in the pile on the sofa?  Nope. Maybe pulled for something else?  It would take longer to go through that mess than get dressed and go to the store. I hate to go out in the rain for one skein of floss.  Then I remembered,
the wicker trunk upstairs that is filled with Betty's floss.  The envelopes before and after 3755 were filled with 5 skeins each, but no 3755.  Then I remembered,
the bag filled with little bags of floss by number.  These were the extras I planned on Ebay'ing years ago.  Well right on top, there it was, 3755.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As my mom would say, "now we're cooking with gas".  Good to go.  After dancing around various storage methods, I have my color.  I'm staying home! 
 
Then I see 3760 and realize THAT was the perfect color for the blue people.  Too late.  But is there something a liiiiiittle bit darker than the 3755?  Looking at the bible again, I see 813, a possibility.  Pulling it, it's no different than the 3755.  The tiniest bit darker maybe, but certainly close enough. 
 
So I didn't have to dance at all this morning if I would have looked at the DMC samples a little more and found 813 in the box.  Now I can return 3755 to the 3700 bag and keep that group intact.  Why?  I don't know.  It's nice having backup inventory but two?
 
Mark has been golfing and I was looking forward to several days of quiet, no TV, no sister appointments, no one asking "why are you doing that".  I wanted to get the polyurethane on the back area of the stove but I screwed it up, then the paint beneath softened and peeled in a few places.  So two days have been wasted sanding it all down, cleaning the dust EVERYWHERE, and priming, painting again.  But if I didn't run out for primer I wouldn't have seen the fern sale.  I'm not touching it again for a few days and plan on working in the sewing room instead with a bag of Dove.
 
Monday I will go to Pet Supplies Plus and buy a few pounds of mixed dog treats for the shelter.  Our friend went through a horrific ordeal and lost her dog, now she has unexpectedly lost another.  I think the homeless dogs that may not be saved, would enjoy some treats in memory of two that were lucky to be so loved.
 
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16 comments:

Kim said...

I had so much floss when I used to do cross stitch. I think I've purged it all now but you have an awesome collection. I feel so bad for Lauren too

Maureen said...

Bless you Marly, I'm embarrassed to say that's not something I have ever thought of to do for the shelter pets. I'm on it now though!

Dirty Martini Queen said...

That's why we love you Marly because you make us feel normal looking thru our floss, backup floss and then another backup source. I used to feel guilty until we organized Mark's garage and I saw how many tools and backups that he owns.
I always take food and used sheets and towels to the animal shelter a few times a year. It makes me realize just how lucky Clarice and I were to find each other.
Donna

Heritage Hall said...

Bless your heart, Marley.... what a fitting remembrance of her pets...

Vickie said...

I myself am having a happy weekend. DESPITE this frigid weather AND snow flurries AND a headache that will not leave me. Enjoy the dove. You are going to start our your week in a great way Marly. My shelter dog is standing(not sitting) on my lap.

Beth in IL said...

Too funny! I lost my floss bible a bit ago. Wish I could find it as it would save me trips to the LNS.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Thank you, Marly. You will be a hero to some shelter pets.
I am totally heartbroken.
xoxo
Lauren

Margaret said...

I've been having a horrific time trying to find the perfect color for my project in my floss. Sigh. So frustrating!

Janet said...

Such a great post... But then I love all of your posts even tho I only comment occasionally...... I too need to find the correct color to finish a project.... Unfortunately I am floss deprived so it's a trip to the store for me lol .......Janet ...your blog friend from Ontario, Canada

Janet said...

Such a great post... But then I love all of your posts even tho I only comment occasionally...... I too need to find the correct color to finish a project.... Unfortunately I am floss deprived so it's a trip to the store for me lol .......Janet ...your blog friend from Ontario, Canada

Barb said...

Your floss story is so familiar!!! We always give a memory gift to the local shelter when a friend looses a pet. I love the picture of what you are doing in the kitchen. It is going to be great!

Evelyne said...

(LOL) you dancing with the floss and I dancing with the birds!
http://eefsneedle.blogspot.fr/2016/05/de-vogeltjes-dans.html

Have a nice weekend Marly.

C. M. Designs said...

So sorry that your friend lost her puppies. Heart breaking to lose a four legged member of the family.....I know that for sure. So thankful for folks like you who love animals and do so much for them.
Enjoy your weekend. They come and go too fast.
Charlotte in Va.

Mary said...

My two girls have lost five dogs combined this year, through old age and cancer. My step daughter also lost a dog to disease. Not a good year here for pups. Giving to a shelter is a good idea, I did that when each dog died. I am not as organized as you with floss but it is all in a bag in one place. Wish it was in numerical order some times, heck all the time!!!

CathieJ said...

What a wonderful treat for the shelter pets. I only have one "set" of floss, but I have a whole lot of floss that I inherited from my aunt that is not DMC and doesn't seem to be made any more. I use it once in a while when I am designing my own patterns and don't plan to publish them. I discovered that mistake with a teal angel that I made whose floss has no DMC match. I think your storage "system" is quite unique. Happy stitching.

Stitching Noni said...

Love your floss story :o)
One day I will have all my floss in one place.. but for the time being I check three lists and still don't find the one I want!! :o)
Sorry to hear about your friend losing her doggie companion - it is so sad when they go. I do like your idea of helping the dog shelters out - we often donate food or blankets and now winter is coming its time to do it again I think....
Hugs xx

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