Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Shores Block 4 and More

Gee, I thought I'd be back before now. I had taken pics to post and had ideas in my head, and then I didn't sit down at the computer long enough. You missed my whiny how-many-days-left-'til-Christmas-break countdown, you lucky readers. My break started at 3:45 last Friday, but things have been koo koo since before that. During my last week of school for 2009, I was treated to a yukky cold and wicked laryngitis. That made the week extra fun, because I went to school anyway! What did I learn from that? If you go to school without a voice, many kids will whisper. Really!

How about some stitchy stuff? Here is Shores Block 4 all finished up.

Putting the last stitch in that block was delightful. I liked it, but it took so much longer than I thought it would. Doesn't it always? I'll probably put off the start of Block 5 until January, or maybe even February. We'll see. Plans don't work out well around here lately, so I think "we'll see" is the best way to handle Shores for now.

When I finished Block 5, I pulled out the long lost Miss Lila's House. I know! Long time no see, huh? It was my 2009 New Year's start, and I've hardly touched it since January. I've had a very tough time being happy with Miss Lila over one, and I've decided that it's the Needlepoint Silk over one on 30 count linen. I've stitched a lot of over one on 25 to 40 count fabrics, but the stitches on Miss Lila seem very crowded and irregular to me. To test my theory, I stitched the head and neck of the goose with DMC. Could I get a decent pic to show you? Not really. But there is definitely a difference, and I like the DMC better. So what does that mean? It means there'll be some unstitching between now and January 1, and I may restart Miss Lila for my 2010 New Year's start. Damn it! (Excuse me while I take two calming breaths.) Maybe unstitching will be somewhat therapeutic. Uh huh.

Then there's the new man I've told you about. There's been some progress on his suit and mittens since I last showed him to you.

He's pretty cute, isn't he? Wait 'til you see his fuzzy beard and eyebrows. In fact, this sweet Santa has been the one good thing about long days (yesterday we left my parents' house at 7:00 am and returned at about 5:45 pm) at chemo with Mom. There's nothing to do there but hang out and stitch. So when Mom is drowsing or doesn't need anything, Santa is my companion.

So about Mom ... there's no good news. That's probably enough to say. Thank you all, again, for your positive messages (all of you who comment), notes to check up on me (Faye) or say something nice (Lee), and fabulous prizes in the mail (Staci, I took a picture of your gorgeous fabric but forgot to load it into this post!), and good thoughts and prayers. I can never tell you enough how much every word is valued. Your bloggy friendship has been an unexpected treasure, and your blogs have provided me with entertaining info and hilarity, not to mention stashy encouragement (you naughty girls).

Tomorrow or the next day, I'll line up the pics of stockings and tree for you. Today has been a baking day (mmmmmm, cookies and fudge). Tomorrow will be last-minute running around, off to see family at the folks', and then baking in the evening. Make loads of fun.


stitchinfiend said...

Love Block 5 and you Santa is sooo cute. Hope you have a Merry Christmas my thoughts are with you and your family. Hugs

FayeRaye said...

ok...I am jealous!~~ You are SO doing more on Shores than I am... SO, you have inspired me to pull mine back out and finish the block I am on.....Same on you just finished!!! Merry Christmas!~~ Faye

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your Shores block looks lovely. Congrats on your finish.

Merry Christmas!

Margaret said...

Congrats on block 5! I just started a project over one on 30ct with NPI and I know what you're saying -- it's definitely different with NPI as opposed to DMC. But I'm sticking with it and hoping for the best! I'm stubborn that way! lol! I love your Santa as well -- he's so cute already!

Sorry to hear about your mom. I'll continue to send good thoughts and prayers her way and yours.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Deb said...

Love your Block 5. I know what you mean about that block taking longer than what you would think. But I know you were happy when it was done. And I just love your Santa. I think that he's so cute!

Hope that you have a very Merry Christmas and holiday season, and I'm sending many thoughts and prayers for your mom.

Kellie said...

Block 5 looks fabulous!! I am mired down in block 3...haven't touched it in ages. That Santa is so stinkin' cute!! Isn't it wonderful to have a long break from school? I am loving it and trying so hard not to count or think about when we have to go back. I will continue to think about and pray for your mom, you and your family.

Merry Christmas!

omashee aka Barb said...

Doris, Love your Santa! And the Shores block makes me want to stitch this one all the more.
You seem to be quite stressed (and for good reasons) so I do hope you'll be able to take a breather & a bit of time for yourself while school's out. Give your mom an extra hug from me. Keeping you all in my prayers. Have a joyous Christmas!

Katrina said...

Love your block five and what a cute Santa.

I am so sorry your mom is not doing well. Lots of good thoughts and prayers for her.

Jennifer said...

Love your progress with your stitching Doris.Sending all best to you and your family for Christmas and 2010.I am so sorry that you don't have good news about your Mom.sending prayers your families' way.

Yoyo said...

Block 5 is just gorgeous congratulations. I think your new 'man' is great, can't wait to see him progress.

Siobhan said...

What beautiful stitching, Doris! I worried that there wasn't good news when you were quiet... prayers continue. Big hugs. Hapy 2010.

Brigitte said...

The same happened to me. I had totally lost my voice the last two days at school and went there anyway - and the smaller kids were whispering with me and the bigger kids found it very funny. Not me, lol.
Such beautiful stitching as always.
I'm sorry about the not so good news and will be thinking of your mom. I hope you were haing a nice Christmas holiday anyway.

Ellen said...

Block 5 is beautiful, love it! Hope you have a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2010.


Karen said...

Doris, I love your block! The more I see of HoRH, the more I think it may have to come live with me.

I'll continue to keep your mom in my prayers. {{hugs}}