Jul 10, 2016

The therapeutic laugh

Saturday, shopping for something my sister would like for her 60th reunion, I was in and out of the car several times.  We ended up at McD's for coffee and as we left and walked to the car, I complained that between the pain in my right ankle (pre-fall), the swelling and pain in my left foot (post-fall), add in my horrendous posture, I am walking like a caveman.  My smart ass husband quipped, "at least you're still upright".  OK, so I had a few falls!  But it hit that chord that sends me into a release laugh.  The biggest ever was when I realized I was walking around the Lincoln dealer unaware that one lens was missing from my sunglasses.  That image had me snorting for weeks, and it sure helped when taking care of mom.
 
Another order to 123Stitch and I don't know why.  This is the longest slump ever but there is something about linen colors that makes me want more.  I pulled out sampler charts and went right back to the large projects I am most fond of.  Maybe if I do small sections and then set it aside to work on other quick projects, the back and forth will make them bearable.  Never did that, I'm a one at a timer.
Left to right -
Aztec Red, Dolphin, Charcoal Belfast, Olive Belfast, Havana.  I still have Broom Stick Brown and 18th Century Clove coming from EBay.  Don't know why.  I have enough brown and dyed my own Clove long ago. 
So what did I order this morning?  Tin Roof, Grasshopper!, more Aztec, more Dolphin, Copper Penny, Gold, and basic Beige 35 count.  Most are 30 but some 35.  Grasshopper is close to 733 which I like but getting two bright odd greens surprised me.  I will probably tone down this Olive with a light spray of Rit Tan.  It's such a help for 123 to post the DMC color that is closest to the linen.  The thread examples aren't a perfect match, but it certainly helps to determine the hue.
 
Today I am sanding and painting the top of an old drop leaf table that is already painted black gloss oil base.  The legs are perfect, I tried to strip the paint and started with the top, but it's a mess and not coming off easily.  So, I am putting the black gloss back on and it will become my small outdoor desk/table that I have searched for.  Outdoor furniture is huge and I don't have the deck space.  This paint will keep it in good shape and match the satin finish black swings. 
 
I'll be having the family over next weekend for Nona's risotto or Mark's spaghetti.  Birthdays are mine, nephew's, brother's, husband's so we just pick a weekend in the middle.  Only five of us, Carole's is in October.  I'll also be making the mahogany chiffon cake for me and pistachio bundt for Chris (Carole's son).  Three dozen cupcakes for the golf league at the Italian Club on Wednesday, but better make it four because I am pigging out lately.  I have a bad habit of eating the batter and my husband yells about raw eggs.  Going on 50 years and still no problem, I'll take my chances.  I guess when he eats that over light runny egg yoke, that's considered cooked.
 
Well folks, the weekend is almost over and we're heading into the middle of July.  Not happy about these speeding months.
 
Hope your weekend is a good one.
Thanks for visiting.
 
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12 comments:

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Those fabrics are lovely - I love Havana - so rich. I am headed your way for risotto and one piece of each of the desserts mmmmmm just kidding I have to pack bah!

Pondside said...

You are spoiled for choice in your linen colours!
A good laugh - it is good for whatever ails us. I had one on you - loved the image of walking around with one lens in your sunglasses!

Linda said...

Enjoy your combined birthday celebration It all sounds so yummy We all need a good belly rumble The colors of the linen are beautiful

Mike Raven said...

Love the fabrics! :)

Barb said...

It is the best thing when you can laugh at yourself! Good for you. beautiful linen colors!

Ginny said...

Great choices you made on the fabrics. I didn't know 123stitch listed DMC numbers alongside their fabrics. I will have to check that out.

C. M. Designs said...

It sounds like you have a full plate...........linens and fancy fixings for birthday celebrations.
You and your hubby sound like a great pair. I would not like the runny egg yolk ! My daughter loves raw cookie dough. She had a dream, recently, that she found a bowl of it in the fridge and ate a whole handfull.
It won't be long now before we'll be thinking pumpkins. Can't wait.
Thanks for the laughs.
Charlotte in Va.

The Eveningstitcher said...

OH thank you for this post, Marly...now I have to hop over to 1-2-3 Stitch to order some beautiful linen!! I hate that summer is passing by to quickly too....gosh...winter takes FOREVER to get through...summer is but a blink of an eye!! Have fun scraping that table.....

Jeannine520 said...

I love those WDW colors. I buy lots of them also but never have the nerve to actually stitch on them. I seem to be stuck in a rut. I lay the threads over the linen colors and ultimately end up using my favorite - Linens by Design Barn Own.

Maggee said...

I am drooling at all those lovely linen colors--quite beautiful!! And I look forward to seeing the finished drop leaf table you are refinishing! Happy Birthday!!

Jacqueline said...

Happy birthday to you and the rest of your family.

Carol said...

Lots of July birthdays in your family--I wish you a happy day!! We just celebrated my youngest son's and husbands on Saturday as they are only 5 days apart--it's easier and more fun that way, I think...

Love those latest colors--hope they are inspirational :)

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