Friday, April 3, 2009

Sisterhood of the Rose

No pictures, no big news. Just a short (ok, not short) note about the Sisterhood of the Rose, etc. Our line-up has changed, so I wanted to make sure that everyone knows what's going on. My book containing Lo How a Rose is on its way to Jennifer (no blog) in Canada. I sent it on Monday, but according to the clerk who helped me, it could take a week or two to get to her. I'm a rookie at overseas mail, but I really thought it would be there within a week. I know, I know, that's why they call it snail mail. Silly me. Anyway, the book was supposed to go to Valie after Jennifer, but some kind and wonderful friend has sent Valie the chart, so she's given her spot to Annemarie. Annemarie in the Netherlands will then send it to Ellen in Singapore, who will send it to Erica in New York, who will send it to our newest member, Deb in Florida. Sounds pretty great, huh? I promise I won't go through all the places again, but I just love the sound of it.

If anyone else out there would like to get their name on the list now or in the future, please just email me. A sisterhood is always happy to accept new sisters to share in the fun. Don't be shy ... just join in. We're happy to welcome you.

So it's Friday (TGIF), and the number is 7. Yes, for those of you keeping score with me (or not), it's just seven weeks until summer vacation (gasp!). I know! Seven weeks! We can do that. A rather great snowstorm is heading our way (yahoo ... third one in nine days), so tonight and tomorrow Merlin and I'll be spending time in Eden. I thought of working on something else this week, but Eden called out the loudest. Maybe later this weekend, some other poor deserving WIP will holler louder.

By the way, my mom and dad are near Philadelphia right now visiting our fossils (ancestors who settled in Lancaster County in the 1730's) and sight-seeing, and mom didn't take any stitching on the trip (another gasp!)! I know! What could she have been thinking? Well, she thought she needed a break ... until about 36 hours later. Then she was telling me that she probably should've brought something (duh, Mom ... lol). It's all gonna be OK, though. I set her up with the Strawberry Sampler's address (love that shop), and my folks will program the fancy GPS thingy, then Dad will be a little lighter in the wallet, and Mom will be equipped for travel. Whew! Crisis averted. Now the other part of this story is that I have some time to pull farther ahead of Mom on ATS (evil laugh). Hmmmm. Maybe that's why I'm having difficulty hearing any other WIPs call out to me.

I'll be checking in later. Make some fun.

Sunday, March 29, 2009


Well, it looks like we'll be having a new Sisterhood (Annemarie's idea). Here's the waiting list for our Lo How a Rose chart ... Jennifer (no blog) in Canada, Valie in France, Annemarie in the Netherlands, Ellen in Singapore, Erica in New York. So, welcome, ladies, to the Sisterhood of the Rose. I'm happy to be the keeper of the list, and I can't wait to see how everyone progresses. If anyone else would like me to add their names to the list, just shoot me an email (my address is in my profile). Also, I had never seen Ellen's and Erica's blogs, and both were great treats.

Here's a little update from Eden. I'm now hard at work on Page 4. The last page! My mom is gonna pass me up any day now, that stinker. I'll try not to be too whiny when that happens.
Now for the sad portion of today's post. Thanks to all of you who commented on Merlin's health. I know I've said that Merlin is my old man cat, but have I ever told you how old he is? One day this spring (we don't know the exact day), he'll be 17. He's the oldest cat we've ever had. We didn't have a happy visit to the vet. Merlin's kidneys are failing, and that's very bad for cats. The vet thinks that with some antibiotics (for a secondary infection) and prednazone and vitamins, Merlin could be with us for three to six months. It's hard to say with cats. They can have good days and bad. But when it's time for them to go, you just know. We've experienced it before, so we sort of know what to expect. He's had a great life with us, and we'll be doing all we can to make sure his last months are good ones. Here's a picture of my lap-sitting stitching and computer buddy looking rather spry (today's a good day). He's so dark that it's tough to make out his features.

It's back to work tomorrow for eight more weeks ... then summer vacation. I think I can do that and manage to make some fun while doing it.