Sep 16, 2019


Greetings folks.  Received the spool huggers today and secured the ridiculous amount of excess linen.  The silicone grabs nicely and doesn't shift, no ends sticking out to catch floss, and except for the double fabric corner they should work out for this project. 
 I'm not sure how they would hold on much less fabric, possibly too loose.  Bobbin huggers may work but they are clips like the Clover Wonders.  Because huggers are made of soft silicone they should grab better than Clovers and stay in place. 
One end is more tapered and comes to point, it can easily be trimmed to a rounder edge (I already cut it) so it doesn't poke the linen.
A few of them are not as tightly wound and by changing which end goes over the other, that can be remedied.
My friend from high school is coming to stay here for our 50th reunion this week.  I'm getting a room ready for her and planning meals.  I will attend the mixer Friday night for a brief period but am not going to the reunion dinner.  I can't handle the disrespect and intolerance for others in today's society of labeling and name calling, most not justified.  I'm not a party person.
There is no change or improvement in this latest flare of symptoms.  I can't tolerate light, everything is a blur except for 10 seconds after the drops, the burning is even my surrounding skin and eyebrows.  I know there are many issues so much worse, but I am thoroughly disgusted and emotional.  I saw an orthopedic about the associated joint pain and he has seven patients in the last two years that developed auto-immune from their flu shot.  I know the risk is very low, but I am fuming that every possible risk is listed for even an aspirin, yet no one is warned of what could happen when you trigger the immune system, especially if you have an unknown predisposition.  So far, five of my doctors agree that vaccine caused this, and knowing that makes me more angry.  How many people (women are highly more susceptible) developed Crohn's, Sjogren's, and other auto immunes within months of their injection and it was never associated? 
My friend will be leaving next week, and hopefully my eyes will start calming down by then.  I went for so long not wanting to stitch, and now that I do, I can't!!  The doctor wants me to start a medication (the one that can cause vision loss) but I am terrified to take it.  Not sure I trust "low risk".
Have a great week.
Thanks for visiting.  And listening.

Sep 14, 2019

A few things

No matter where I am...
he knows and parks himself nearby.
I have two questions, but don't know if I will get an answer because no emails are coming through even after every trick in the book.  Or I could go to the blog page and read the comments, right?  They were always transferred to my inbox but Google isn't even recognizing them now.  Not sure when if ever I will get it working again.
Has anyone purchased a garage door made by Artisan?
Did anyone have a subscription to American Country Magazine by Doreen Piechota?  She has discontinued the magazine but I thought an issue went to print on July 20 something.  I never received my copy and cannot find one online.  The cancellation wasn't until August 21.  Does anyone know if that final issue was offered or received?  Her FB page is closed and I'm sure she is flooded with emails.  She has been dealing with breast cancer and family health, missed the deadline for Spring 2019, and received requests for refunds which led to the closure.  If you know where I can purchase the Summer 2019 issue, please let me know.  I love that magazine and wish her well, hope she will return to it one day.
Having a great weekend?  Hope so!!
Thanks for stopping by.

Sep 13, 2019

Getting along

Looks like the boys may be starting to accept the new guy.
They are staying in the back area where Nosey eats and takes cover from rain in his temporary shelter.  I do not want another cat to care for!  But we feel so bad.  He sits and stares at the house, seems like a very docile male, and does not run too far when I approach.  I think he had a home and owners that dumped him or left him behind.
Cleveland went fairly well as did the tests.  The doctor is increasing her new meds and will check her in four weeks.  Depending on kidney tolerance and additional increases, she may not require the surgery.  If she does it will of course be in the middle of winter.  We were exhausted when arriving home yesterday evening.  I had a terrible eye day, my sensitivity is unbearable and the burning is not remedied even after using two full bottles of drops.  I am looking into glasses that are made to counteract the effects from artificial lighting spectrums, I seem to have more trouble in buildings with fluorescent or LED lighting. 
It's been over four years since I was wandering the clinic looking for breakfast and dinner and was terribly disappointed to find all the places to grab a quick bite between tests and appointments are gone.  McDonald's was my scrambled egg source every morning, Subway provided lunch (or dinner), the restaurant had good soups and take out, Au Bon Pain took molti dollari from me and provided both of us with delectable sweets.  All gone now.  Au Bon Pain was shut down by the health department!!  So except for a small shop with bagged junk food, there is a cafeteria.  I hate cafeterias or anywhere I have to read a wall behind the server.  I can't see!  A Panera is coming soon, not my favorite place at all, and two options are not enough for the amount of visitors and patients in that massive clinic.
Have not been stitching for three days because I can barely keep my eyes open long enough for more than ten stitches before needing the drops.  The computer screen doesn't seem to bother me, and I have certainly been on it for extended periods.  Someone tried to hack my Google account and bank account so I had to change passwords, since then I haven't received my email or blog comments.  When I checked this morning, I realized there was only my server account being updated, nothing from gmail since the day I changed the password.  If you emailed me for any reason, sorry, I'm not getting anything until I try to work out the solution.
I am enjoying a warm day at home, in a cloud of stone dust as they fix the front walk.  But after spending the prior warm days inside a building, I won't complain about the dust!!
Hope all is well with everyone.


Sep 8, 2019


Hey.  What up?  My very young dentist's friends stopped in the office (while my dried out mouth was gaping), and all I heard was "what up".  I thought sup (short for what's up) was the common greeting among people 40 years younger than me.  
I recently saw a post from a stitcher who used spool huggers to hold her excess fabric and I thought it looked like a great idea.  This sampler is very large on the 30 count linen and since I don't use a hoop, I've been wondering how I plan to handle the bulky piece of linen.  I have a smaller sit-on hoop that I really like (not for a project this size), and a K's Creations scroll frame that I don't know how to use.  Not sure I even want to because I have always stitched with the linen rolled in my hand.  I've used very large safety pins before and the floss would catch on each and every one at some point.  So I ordered a set of 14 spool huggers from Amazon to try, lightweight and flexible, may be the solution.  Anyone use them for hugging their linen?

Sep 7, 2019

Guess who's coming to dinner

And now, he's bringing friends!
Nitzy attacked him today and Missy, the little spitfire, joined in.  As soon as she hears the howling, she takes off like a rocket to find the action.  She's half their size but that doesn't seem to bother her.
Have a great weekend!!

Sep 6, 2019

Two reckless errors

Hiya folks.  Hope you're all safe, dry, and warm.  Still very cool here and we've been picking up leaves with the mower for a few weeks.  Can't believe the leaves starting falling in AUGUST!!  Looking into the already sparse woods, half is brown.  Enough.
Five bottles of Similasan later, I picked up the sampler.  And royally screwed up.  I've mentioned before that I do not refer to the chart and instructions enough.  The first error was assuming the three rows of two stitch high satin were the same color. 
My yard's grass is the same green throughout, no variations in shading, so there was no thought to the sampler's being any different.  Of course not you cocky smart-ass.  After completing the rows and checking the color photo for the next motif, I saw the error.  How could that be?  It be.  My satin stitch is sloppy at best and tiny scissors can easily be slipped beneath that tunnel of thread for removal.  Worked like a charm.  Wait.  What's this?  How did I cut the linen thread?  I pulled up gently on the scissors so as not to be near the fabric!!  Dammit. 
This piece is 32 x 36, a long and time consuming task to reweave a thread.  But I did.  I pulled the cut piece out first, replaced the thread, then I got to the already stitched house and I just wove into the back.  That cut end will not be going anywhere since it is secured by the block of stitching for the house.
Since my eyes can't handle any extended time for close work, I will need to be a bit more astute and a lot less complacent for this return to stitching.  Otherwise, the limited time I have will be spent correcting reckless errors. 
This is a new stamp that came out this summer.  We don't have any locally but I usually order online, many more offered than I would ever see here. Should we get a few and affix to charts he visited?
Have a great day!!
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