Personal Update – 3 July, 2022

My life has been a maelstrom the last couple of month, and I’m still in choppy waters even as the storm is beginning to lull.

Work

My schedule was changed so it’s all over the place now. I was passed over for promotion as well, but the job went to someone who deserves it too so, I’m not unhappy about it. I have applied for a full time position in another department, and I have an interview on Monday, 4 July. Yes, I have to work on a national holiday….

Special Gentleman Friend

Our relationship has become a bit stressed due to his behavior towards me these past couple of months. We’re working through it, but things have changed between us. Only time will tell if it will get better even as we work on it.

Stitching

My stitching has been the only thing keeping me sane even as I struggle to find time to work on my projects. I work middays a lot now, and it’s hard to begin working on something only to have to put it down to go to my job. I don’t see how other people can put in a full day of work and then come home to do around 500 to 1000 stitches!

I did finish the June design on the Fox and Rabbit MSAL as well as one more side of the silver frame on the outside of the design. I’ll be posting pictures soon.

I found a small project to work on when I didn’t have time for the bigger pieces. It’s a mini biscornu, and I’m making it for the admin of a Facebook cross stitch group I’m a part of. This woman is really active, giving and so kind. I felt she needs a thank you so I’m making her one. I found a lovely free pattern from Tiny Modernist which I’ll link to when I post pictures of it. I need to get some filler and some beads to complete it.

Online Classes

I’m trying to resume my online language and business classes. Luckily these are go at your own pace classes so I don’t have to stress about deadlines. I have enough to stress about as it it.

Dollhouse

The main body of the house is done, and I’ll be posting pictures of it soon as well. It just needs its roof and attic walls put in. It’s been a learning experience as I’ve never built a dollhouse before. The learning will continue when I begin working on the outside turning wood into stone. I also need to add the outside parts of the fireplaces I’ll be adding to the house.

Crocheting

I finished the Fantail Fantasy afghan for my coworker, and she about cried on me. It contained all the yarn she’d given me from her late sister’s stash, and I only had to add a little store bought to complete it. She was very close to her sister, and this will help keep her close still.

I’ve also started adding more simple patterns to my Ribblr store. I’ll post about that later but for those of you who design knit and crochet patterns, this is a new venue I strongly recommend checking out.

In Closing

It’s been a horrible couple of months – stressed, depressed, distressed, upset, angry, tired, overwrought and a hundred other things. I am so ready for a vacation, but I don’t have enough time saved up so, I just have to wait.

Despite all this, I have managed to hang on to my sanity, my snark and my sense of humor so, it’s not all bad. I’ll be back to posting regularly as things slowly calm down again.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Stitching Saturday: Land Baby Pt. 6

I didn’t get as much done on this as I wanted to, but here is where I was last time I showed you my progress:

I was almost done with the second row here. ๐Ÿ™‚ Below is where I am, lost in a sea of color changes.

In that little 20×20 block is over 25 color changes! I’m about halfway through them all, but it’s well worth the trouble for how wonderful it looks once it’s done!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Personal Update: April 29, 2022

This month has really flown by! Let’s get to it then.

Work

Not much has changed on this front. I have asked to be considered for a full time position, and I’m looking at surrounding cities that have a Lowe’s in them. I am not adverse to moving or commuting. I’d like to get out of the department I’m in so I can learn something new – I’ve been in my present position for nearly a year,

Crocheting

Changes have been made in this area as far as my projects go.

Socks

I am no longer making socks because I can’t make a heel to save my life. I frogged that section so many times I gave up aggravated almost to the point of tears. I may try again at a later date, especially if I have someone who can show me, in person, how to do the heel.

Duster

This is a paid pattern so I won’t be sharing this project’s progress unless you want me to. It’s a lovely lacy duster by Briana K Designs I believe she’s calling Long Summer Crochet Duster. I was part of a blog hop last year and got the design for free then. I don’t have the link to the paid pattern and can’t in all good conscience share the free pattern here.

Fantail Afghan

I had stopped work on this to make the socks and now, I’m going back to it. I hope to get a great deal further on it by next week.

Tablecloth

I’m going to be purchasing the full pattern of Rings of Change by Frank O’Randle this paycheck so I can move forward with the tablecloth. I won’t have anything to show for a couple of weeks so, you’ll have to bear with me on this.

Cross Stitching

Fox and Rabbit’s Mystery Stitch-A-Long Changing Seasons

May’s design will be dropping any day now. They’re in Australia so they’re a day ahead of me so I think I’ll have the design tomorrow evening, the 30th. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to see what gem Brendon has designed for my birth month!

Land Baby

I completed the second row and began work on the second column. I don’t want to show you it tomorrow though. I want to do some more work on the second column before I share my progress.

Cat Face – my Small Project

This poor project has been languishing by the wayside waiting for me to work on it. I did a great deal of work on it today – it’s a simple little chart. I’ll show you my progress on it tomorrow, and I might just finish it this week.

Other Projects

Dollhouse

I’ve got two floors up so far. Joe is cutting the interior walls for me, and he says using the saw and blades I got is very hard. He even demonstrated for me so I could see what he meant. These tools were recommended to me. If anyone else has better advice for cutting 1/4 inch Luann, please leave a comment below.

Since it is hard for him, and me, production of interior walls has slowed considerably. I’m hoping he’ll cut me enough to put another floor on this weekend, but we’ll see. There will be a ground floor with the basement, three regular floors and an attic inside a mansard roof. Cutting out doors and windows is going to be interesting so again, if you have any suggestions for how this can be done, please leave a comment below.

Dungeon Tiles

This is another project that has been languishing waiting for me to make time for it. I’m just making up squares of cardboard to look like stone for Joe’s Dungeons and Dragons games. He doesn’t want fancy or professional, he just wants usable and halfway realistic. I think I’m giving him both – he certainly hasn’t complained.

I’ve just got the painting left to do, but there are about two dozen tiles so, it’s going to take a while to get them painted on all sides. I’m doing a base layer of black followed by medium gray, light gray and then white.

Other Stuff

My weight loss goal is coming along slowly. I am still losing weight, and that’s the main thing. My doctor tells me losing slowly is healthier than losing fast so, I’m not worried. I’m feeling better, and in another month, I’ll be needing new pants again because the ones I have now are getting too big. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mimi Queen of Fluff is doing well. She’s putting on a bit of weight due to bad weather keeping her inside too much. She’s also going to be 6 this year, and she’s getting sedentary. I’m told Maine Coons can get this way. I’m working on ways to get her active without tiring her out too fast. She’s not a jumper except to get on the bed with me. She doesn’t play with toys or catnip though she will play with string…..

There’s not much else to tell so, I’ll end this for this month.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Free Pattern Friday: Tablecloth Part 1

I mentioned this project in my update earlier in the week. I’m using a pattern created and written by Frank O’Randle on Ravelry. There are two patterns, one full sized at 111 rows, and there’s a mini version using 42 rows. The Mini Rings of Change(as it’s called) is free, but the Rings of Change(full sized) is $6.99 USD.

I am starting with the Mini Rings of Change and if I like what it looks like when I’m done, I’ll get the full pattern and continue. I am using crochet thread and a size “B” hook. I’m using up my stash of crochet thread size 20 so it may end up looking a bit strange to most people. I’ll be separating colors and groups of colors with white to try to make it look a bit nicer.

The above is what I’ve done so far. I’ve just begun Row 23. So far, pattern uses pretty standard stitches from slip stitch to triple crochet (U.S. terms) with some clusters on a couple of rows. I like how it looks so far.

I just got my first cake of sock yarn so I’ll be taking turns with the two projects, and I hope I don’t bore anyone. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s my first time making socks so it should be interesting – to me anyway.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Personal Update: 30 March 2022

This month flew by so fast it almost went without me doing a personal update.

It’s late night/early morning here in East Texas. The wind is blowing pretty hard, and it’s trying to rain. I’ve been up almost 24hrs – got up at 4am on 29 March, and it’s nearly 1am today. I can’t sleep. I haven’t had insomnia like this in years, and I’m not sure why I’m suffering now. I’ve been pretty depressed most of the day too, but it doesn’t keep me up like this. I’ll muddle through it and sleep when I get home from work later today.

Mimi Queen of Fluff

Mimi is shedding like a dandelion in a high wind, even with me combing her on a daily basis. She’s been outside more and for longer periods of time, but she still gets hot so she wants the AC lol. She’ll be 6 this year. I got her just before the pandemic, and she was 3 then. I think that’s right….

Projects

I finished Doug’s blanket, and Emmy took it home before i could take the final picture. She said she’d try to get one for me, but she said her brother loves the blanket so, I’m happy.

I’m on Row 16 of the tablecloth I’m making, and I’ll be further along by Friday so you’ll have to wait to see a picture of it then. I might just turn this part into a doily and start another for the tablecloth since the colors look so well. I’ll take suggestions after I show you what I’ve done so far.

I’m waiting for April 1st to begin work on the next section of Fox and Rabbit’s Mystery Stitch-A-Long “Changing Seasons”. I’m going to be completing the variegated green frame in April too, depending on how long it takes me to do the new part.

I’ve nearly completed another block on Land Baby, and I’ll be posting a picture of it as well.

Work

I’m back to working 5 days a week again, but I’m only making 20 hours a week. I’m going to stay at part time while I’m at this store and when I transfer, I’ll be asking for a full time position. I can’t live on my own on part time wages. Other than that, work is still fun, and I still like going.

Other

My special gentleman friend and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary on 20 March, the first day of Spring, and it was wonderful!! He started early the evening before, taking me out to watch the sunset on the country property. It was gorgeous!!! At close to midnight, we went out into the field by the house with wine and a blanket so we could look up at the stars. It was a clear night, and we drank a toast as midnight struck. It was a very romantic beginning to a lovely day. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve not much else to tell this month. I’m glad Winter is over, and days will be getting warmer again. I love Spring and Fall, but I love Spring the most even if Halloween is my favorite holiday.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Personal Update: 7 February 2022

I must apologize for being awol these past few weeks: work had me working nights training new people in my department as well as helping out other departments who had people out at other stores helping with inventory counts. Last night was the final night of that crazy schedule and now, I’m back on days. Working nights threw off my entire sleep/work/hobby/writing scehdules let me tell you!!

So here’s what I’ve been up to since I last wrote:

Baby Blanket

I’d been working on a baby blanket for a second co-worker of mine, and she finally decided on the pattern for it.

This C2C blanket ended up being 30inches wide by 36 inches long. My coworker loves it ๐Ÿ™‚ I made it using Lion’s Brand Ice Cream Yarn in UBE and an aluminum “G” hook. I forgot how many mm that hook is.

Cross Stitching

First up is my current position on Land’s Baby. I finally got all the thread for the project, I just didn’t have a lot of time to work on it. I’m hoping to get a great deal more done before this coming Saturday, but we’ll see.

The project is taller than it is wide so I have more 20×20 squares down the left side to do than I did across the top. I am using only DMC thread, and it’s being stitched on AIDA cloth, I want to say it’s 16ct. It could be 18ct, I can’t find the package the cloth came in. The color changes in this piece keep me hopping, let me tell you. Once I start on a square I have a hard time stopping. I took this picture because I didn’t have the colors to complete the square at the time, but I do now.

Let’s talk about the MSAL being hosted by Fox and Rabbit. It’s a large piece, the top frame is about 720 stitches or so. I was debating whether I’d actually do the whole thing or just make the frame and put something else inside of it. I have since seen the February chart, and it’s a lovely one. There are actually three frames. Two are big squares of arrows, and the interior is made up of 4 small squares (52 stitches for each one) on the corners of a large center square made up of about 71-72 stitches. The design inside is actually quite lovely so, I’ve decided to take a chance. I’ll be posting the sections as soon as I finish them so you don’t have to wait. Below is the picture of the outer frame, and it’s far from finished because I didn’t have much time to work on it. Working with metallic thread is fiddly as well.

It’s wrinkled because I’m stitching in hand instead of using a hoop. The piece is just too big. I’ll be measuring out the frames and where the very middle square goes so I can do the design as soon as I can. I hope to have something to show you on Saturday as well.

Health

Other than getting the start of a bad sinus infection which my boss thought was Covid so he made me go get tested, I’m fine. I tested negative and was given antibiotics for the infection. I took one day off and then, I went back to work. Within 3 days of starting the medication, I was right as rain. ๐Ÿ™‚

Projects

I am working on a puzzle which I may, or may not, have mentioned before. It’s of Frederick the Literate, but it’s happily, not exactly the same as the cross stitch piece I did of him. The books are completely different, and there are some new bric-a-brac on the shelves with him along with some from the cross stitch piece. It’s going to be cute when it’s finished.

I am also working on a set of dungeon tiles for my youngest son to use in his tabletop games of Dungeons and Dragons. They’re not going to be anything fancy – he doesn’t want that. Still, I’m doing my best to make them look good despite never having made them before. I watched several tutorials on YouTube before I began.

Other Stuff

As Winter progresses, we’ve had some really cold days. I have begun providing food for the birds that are in the yard as well as a very small gray squirrel. I had originally planned on just feeding the birds, but the poor thing was so hungry he actually let me see him eating out of the sunflower shaped feeder I was using for the birds. Feeling bad for the little one, I got a proper birdfeeder and put squirrel food in the sunflower. Lately, we’ve seen a pair of blue jays, mourning doves and a red headed woodpecker join our little flock of cardinals and songbirds. I don’t know how to identify different small birds, but there’s several with what look to be black caps on their heads who tend to notify the others when I fill the feeders. I wish I had a way to take pictures of them as they’re so fun to watch!

That’s about it for now.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Blog Sharing: Place Cooking

It’s been a while since I shared this blog, but I just had to do it again when I saw the most current post:

Katsu Curry by norecipes on Fklickr

The curry looks so scrumptious, and I really like how it’s been presented! I’ll be looking for the recipe to try with my son, Joe, and his girlfriend, E. I am not sure my special gentleman friend likes curry so, I’ll be asking him before I try serving him some. I wouldn’t appreciate someone trying to serve me something I didn’t like simply because they didn’t ask. I can still surprise him if he does like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you like curry?? Let me know!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Personal Update: 12 Dec. 2021

Time sure is flying by. The year is coming to a close. Businesses are rushing to close out their financial records for the fiscal year with big sales and, for some, big profits. People are trying to get together with family and friends for the last holiday of the year and to ring in the new year as well. Stress walks hand in hand with happiness, anxiety with elation – it’s all part of the year’s end.

Personally, I’ve completed all the projects I wanted to get done this year and now, I am fully focused on Golden Knave. I know it won’t be published by the end of the year because of my increased hours at work as well as time spent with family, but I’m good with that. I am doing my utmost not to end this year stressed out and fatigued by it all. I want to start my new year right.

Golden Knave is having to be put back on the computer because I lost almost all of what I’d had, and I’ve learned my lesson about not having a back up. I know all about them, and I am usually very diligent about it. For some reason, the last few months, I’ve been pretty scatterbrained trying to do so much and remember so much while dealing with so much. Still, things are coming along better now, and I’ll be able to start sending things to my Beta readers again soon.

Health is steady. My blood count with my anemia is back on track. I am still not losing weight, but my measurements are slowly dropping. I have some muscle development in my upper arms and legs from everything I do at work so that’s nice to see. Sinus issues due to the erratic weather changes are an annoyance but nothing serious, thankfully. I got my health insurance cards from work so it’ll be easier to go see my GP – easier on my bank account.

Work is work. I am having to work longer hours to fill in for co-workers who are on vacation or helping out with inventory in another store. I’m not that thrilled about it because of my back condition. There was a very good reason why I applied for only part time work. I am going to be opening my own online bookstore in the coming year to try to get another income stream going. It’ll be a General Bookstore, and I’ll be selling new and used books as I can get them. I’ll let you know when things are going. I won’t be putting my name on the store for privacy reasons, and my son will be helping me with the store as he can.

Family is lovely. My son and his girlfriend just celebrated their 6 month anniversary together. He cooked her dinner and gave her a necklace which I thought was sweet of him. My gentleman friend and I have our third anniversary coming up in February. I am planning to move closer to him late next year if all goes well with work. I am not rushing to move in with him because I am leery of things falling apart once I do. I’ve been married three times, and they all ended in disaster. I am not wanting to go through that again right now. He’s very understanding of this and is willing to wait for me.

Mimi is doing just fine. She’s got sinus issues from the weather changes as well, but I’m keeping on top of it so she doesn’t get sick. Her having bronchitis earlier this year was rough on both of us, and it scared me I might lose her. Being a Maine Coon, she is prone to a heart condition that could kill her with no warning, and her being that bad sick had me scared sick her heart would give out. Luckily, she recovered, and we’re both happier.

Future plans are in the making. I actually have a list of things I want to make for the new year. In fact, I did this thing. A month ago, I went to Huntsville, Texas with my son, Joe, and I went there to meet with a lady I’d met via Facebook Marketplace. I bought:

I had to take the right side roof off to get it into my little car it’s so big. Once I start work on it, I’ll have better pictures to show. She only charged me $15 USD for it, and I have big plans for it. In fact, you won’t recognize it once I’m done with just the structural changes I’m going to make to it. Joe is going to help me with the structure part, and I’ll do all the inside work myself. What color do you think I should paint the outside? I’m thinking of doing it in white stone, but not sure. Any and all suggestions will be considered!

That’s all for this update. I hope it finds you and your families happy and healthy.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Stitching Saturday: Linen and Threads Mystery Stitch-A-Long is now complete

November’s Block

I had issues deciding which colors to use on which part, but I did that with all of them. LOL I almost didn’t finish this in November, I was down to the last day, but I did get it done!

As promised, as soon as the December’s design was finished I was going to show it to you so, here it is:

I’m not too crazy about the red heart dangle so I may remove it at some point and close in the bottom of the heart. I really agonized over the colors for this design because I didn’t want it to look like the blocks, and I’m not sure how well I actually did.

Still, here’s the overall completed project:

I like how it turned out so I am happy with it. I’ll be making this into a wall hanging in 2022 when I have time and funds to get the materials to finish it. I’ll be sharing it with you when I complete that part. For now, the MSAL is over.

I’m really looking forward to the next one! I hope it’s as fun and varied as this one was!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Stitching Saturday: MSAL Update and new project begun.

I didn’t post last week because I’ve been working on the Mystery Sampler Stitch-A-Long block for November when I had a chance. Between increased hours at work and having crochet orders to fill, I haven’t had much time to do any stitching.

Still, I finally finished the block, a very prettily designed one, and you’ll have to wait until next week to see it. I plan to post the final piece of the sampler as soon as it’s done in December rather than making you wait until the beginning of January.

I am hoping the next MSAL hosted by Linen and Threads will be interesting enough for me to work on in the coming new year. The other Stitch A Longs I’ve seen planned for the winter months and the coming new year haven’t been all that interesting to me so I won’t be doing them. I like things with variety in design not just color.

This was why this MSAL caught and has held my attention for this entire year. Based off Talavera pottery, each section has been different in design, and I was able to choose my own colors. Granted, I’ve used the same group of colors for each block, but that was to add some cohesion to the overall piece. The other non block elements are done in different colors, and the final section will also be done in different colors.

New Project

I’m doing a little kit I’ve had for a while and just never gotten around to making. This year, it’s getting done.

I don’t have a needle minder yet, but I will be getting one when I can. Suggestions on where to find interesting ones are greatly appreciated.

Next time, I’ll be discussing the project planned for 2022 which might just take me all year to do.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!