Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Two Days Later

Okay, there was some un-stitching.  The letters E and K were off by one row, and K is back, but not E.  Part of a triangle just wasn't laying right, so it was picked out and re-stitched.  Nothing awful on either thing, and as much as I am shotgunning this - when one thing lines up with something else, there is a small sigh of relief and a happy dance in my head.  This is almost three dmc floss used so far.  I have 10 single strands yet, before cutting up the next skein. 

The flood waters crested.  We were a 15 second blurb on the national news.  There was some levee leaks, there was some sewer backups.  There were some flooded basements in areas that above ground, things look dry.  The crest was at 22 feet and we are at 20 now.  City kids got the whole week off school.  They said in all the records - it had never flooded in Sept.  So this city has finally learned to - never say never.  The city did do a good job.   They tried.  But I'm always amazed that people will buy a house or open a business next to a RIVER - and then be puzzled about somebody else not being able to stop a RIVER overflowing to protect their house or business. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

A little here, a little there...

No rhyme or reason to which direction.  That is almost the side to the left, just missing a 2 stitch wide box border.  And I still have to go up a full page yet.  I am well into the third floss.   

The town is waiting for the flood crest predicted now at 23 feet, and we are at 21 feet now.  Flood stage is 12 feet.  I am on high ground, but the grown kids of my friend have been evacuated.  News coverage is limited.  I think they finally realized that people come gawk if they show too much.  They have night curfews, National Guard, no school for the kids for three days.  Gas lines have been cut off to housing in areas likely to flood.  And the power grid was changes so if one area went underwater, it wouldn't take four more not underwater with it.  That 23 to 25 foot mark can flood level is an interesting level.  Levees are at that 22 foot mark - so at this point - they are still not sure what will happen in the next 24 to 48 hours.  In the past - they have been proud to say that nobody has been hurt.  Nobody has died.  Their goal is to say that again.  I am just stitching and staying out of the way.  The rest of the city is just trying to say - business as usual - so it's a bit disjointed. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Still Fun Stitching

Still fun stitching.  You can lay a regular sheet of paper on top and cover it all completely.

The local news has flood warnings.  The river will flood over 12 feet, and they expect to see the 24 foot mark.  Saying right now that Sunday through Thursday they expect to be above the 12 foot mark.  So it will be time to get groceries today.  At 5 am Friday we are at the 10 foot mark. It rained 10 inches in 24 hours north of me.  And it keeps raining.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The first skein...

The photos sure are not accurate for color.  This is with a flash, so it's too light, the last photo was too dark.  It's a material that is most like a white something that has been mixed in with the color loads enough that it's now no longer white at all.

This is three pattern pages wide and a full page tall.  I am just a few strands past that first full skein of dmc floss.  It's still fun and relaxing so far, but there's a long ways to go yet. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Start So Far...

Here is the beginning of Death By Cross Stitch.
From the left lion over to the edge is a page width, from that squirrel tail to the left is another page width.  I am not quite to the top of the page yet.  I'm already fussy about which back stitches to omit, or just plain change.  Fill in the parts I like till I feel inspired I guess.  At that point the piece will have 'weight', and I can start to feel balance.  But that left to right measurement is 6.5 inches and 4 inches upward in this photo. 

Life is a bit like swimming in molasses lately.  It just takes hours and days to do one thing.  It's to the point of being absurd.  I just keep trying, but seriously - I would not hire me to do anything.  It's laughable, and I'm trying to laugh about it.  I know there are people around me with real problems.  So I am happy that my only problem is that I'm not making progress in the things I need to do.  I AM making progress, but I'm am the snail or the turtle in this race - and I do keep trying. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016


A Finish!

Stitched on 25 count black lugana. 
Finished size is 7.75 x 10.25 inches.
Used 6 skeins of Weeks Dye Works floss - Whiskey is the color name -  each are 5 yard - so just under 30 yards total.
Stitched one over one.  

And I started the next stitching - that huge Long Dog Sampler - Death By Cross Stitch.  I'm stitching it on 28 count jobelan China Pearl with dmc 310 black floss, one over one.  It should finish at 13 x 16 inches.  I wanted to make a copy of the pattern to stitch from and mark on, and my printer would NOT make copies, it's not the first time, so a new printer will be delivered tomorrow.  With enough extra ink to not run out in the middle of winter.

I have been at the point that I look at my house, which to be nice is 'cluttered'.  Okay,  there are piles of crap everywhere.  So I am trying to toss things weekly as my garbage day goal.  The space that is created by tossing one thing filled with something else that was piled in a chair since last Thanksgiving in the first round.  But there were two bags of vhs tapes that left.  I took 5 printers and a scanner and keyboard to the recycle place at the landfill after ordering the replacement printer.  The desk telephone stopped working, the computer mouse broke.  I had a spare phone, the mouse replacement was ordered.  Fix, Repair, Replace is indeed the trend this year.  But it's breaking at a speed that allows me to not feel overwhelmed.  I replace the computer battery today.  Like some of us, it didn't remember what the time was, what the date was, what year it was.  So my computer is back together again after days.  And working... most importantly.  But I look around thinking - okay what's going to break next?  And I pick up a little around the computer and make it a bit less of a pile and clutter but far from organized.  It wasn't created in a day, it won't get better in a day either.  I alway just say - it's a start.