Sunday, May 14, 2017

A New Start

We had a pretty crazy week at work and at home. Michael, my dear hubby, threw his back out on Sunday. We were digging up a neighbor's hostas and then planting them along our fence where we have not been able to grow anything else up until now.

Everything went really well  and we had finished the first round of transplantation. Michael went back to finish up the removal and I went into the house to relax.  A little while later another neighbor knocked on the door and practically carried Michael in. He was digging out the last hosta when...

Well, I found the painkillers and muscle relaxers from the last time he threw out his back, and tried to help him as much as I could. He's been home all week, back and forth to different doctors. I'm glad he is finally going to a spine specialist and getting an MRI. Hopefully, they will be able to give him a little more of a plan and program to strengthen his back and improve things for the future.

At work, we rolled out a new learning management system, but there have been some bugs... I don't really know much about the system, and my boss, who is in charge of it, is on vacation. But the users know me. So everyday I get an e-mail from someone telling be about a problem they are having and I can't really do anything to help them. A bit of a mess. Most of our users are being pretty good natured about it, but if this does not get fixed soon, they are going to lose their patience.

To try to relax a little bit I've decided not to start work as soon as I get in (way before my 8am start time), but instead I sit in the lobby for about 15 minutes and do some stitching. As a result I was able to finish my May small this week even though the trains have been terrible going home, which is when I usually get my stitching in.

I have to say I really love this series of motifs and look forward to making them into cards. Hopefully the recipients will enjoy them as well. 

Once I finished, I was very excited, because it was time to start a brand new project. I wonder if artists feel as excited when they look at their blank canvas as I felt yesterday looking at my blank fabric...

When I bought this fabric last year I accidentally got 36-count. Definitely smaller than I am used to. I thought I was working really carefully, but I made a mistake. I got a little upset and almost put the whole project on hold until I could get a new piece of fabric with a larger count, but then I said no. I can do this, I just need to be even more careful. So I flipped the fabric, and restarted...

Not too bad for one day's work. I'm going to have to work slowly and carefully on this one, but I really like the way it is coming out so far. I will also have to use a smaller needle for the backstitching, it's already a little tight. But hey... you know what... I can do this! Hopefully this will continue to progress without further disaster and I will have some good progress to show you all next week.

Thank you for visiting!


  1. Good for the brain to learn a new system even though we all resist!
    Sorry about hour husband, but glad the drugs helped.
    Very cute little card. I like your morning stitching interlude idea.
    And doesn't the detail look amazing on the higher count fabrics!

  2. You stitched a lot in a day! I just love your finish.

    Hope your husband is feeling better.