Saturday, September 17, 2011


I know I was complaining about the heat, but this is ridiculous! It was near 80 when I went out at lunch time on Thursday, by the time I left to go home around 5:00 it was in the 60s! Last I checked, we hadn't cracked 60 yet today! I don't mind the cooler temperatures, but little by little would have been easier to adjust to!! Fall (I read somewhere that fall is only used in American English - don't know if that's really true or not) is starting to make itself known - a few of the maples have started to show some color and the tulip poplars are going yellow.

Finally went out to check around the house and property to see what, if any, damage there was due to the rain. We have some planting areas that are washed out and need to be remulched well the mulch needs to be moved from where it ended up back to where it belongs - that's what I'll be doing later today but nothing serious.

In response to your comments, if you haven't stitched a Chatelaine, I highly recommend you give them a try. Martina has an amazing way with color! She explains her speciality stitches fairly well and well, you just have to love all the bling! I have too many several started, have finished Caribbean and Egyptian Garden large mandalas, two samplers and several of her small designs. I read a lot of folks complaining about the monotony of stitching the same thing four times, but most of her newer designs, especially those representing specific places, such as Tuscany, Caribbean or Hawaii do have different scenes on each side.

Wasn't a great stitching week for me. I had a training to give this week, so got home late Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. But some good may have come out of that, as I found that I wasn't that much more tired working that extra hour each day, so am going to give a compressed schedule a try at work. We have to log 80 hours in a two week period, so each Monday through Thursday I'll work 9 hour days, 8 hours on one Friday and then have one Friday off. Basically means that every other week I'll have a 3-day weekend. I'm rather excited at the thought as I'll be able to get all the housework done on Friday and have two entire days for other more enjoyable things. Anyway,

Carol released part 4 of her mystery SAL early and I was able to stitch it up last night.

Here's my progress on Birds of a Feather mystery. Part 2 is actually a good match for my stitching time. I can do a letter or leaf or two and there are enough leaves to keep me busy for ages a night and, even with my limited stitching time, see some progress. 

And finally my progress on Hawaiian:

I have a chance of finishing this part in the next month or so. I won't meet my goal of finishing through part 6 but I'm further along than I was at the beginning of the year.


Mouse said...

oooo it has gone a wee bit chilly bobs over here too ... love your stitching and the only thing that puts me off atm is the price of the chatalines ... would love to do herbulias ?? can't spell this time of night but it is very expensive for a poor wee mouse atm ... love mouse xxxx

Cindy said...

its gotten very chilly here too and i love the snuggle up and stitch thing going mandalas are beautiful! i have not seen them before and will be checking them out...thank you for sharing :D!

Siobhan said...

It's gotten very chilly here, too. Already trees have started to turn color, which is beautiful but I don't want to think about my heating bills!

The WIPs look great. I have a Chatelaine started from years ago. The colors are gorgeous in it.

Daffycat said...

We have finally started cooling off and not a minute too soon. Now, if it would just rain!

I have Misty Morning Vineyard in my stash but no plans for starting soon. I keep hoping one day I will finish TW Peacock Tapestry and then get to the Chatelane. This might go quicker if I would actually sit & stitch on PT, wouldn't it?

Giovanna said...

Great stitching all-round! I just can't get over how stunning Hawaii's colours are...