Work continues to take much of my waking hours but I am in a much better place mentally about it as well as treating myself to be out of the office no later than 6 p.m. For the first two months I was scurrying around like a mad woman thinking I had to make it all work and feeling like a failure because I couldn't.....then I had a stern talking to myself and let the reality that we are 5-five-FIVE! admins down due to transfers and illness sink in and accept that there is no way one person can pick that all up and make it continue seamlessly. I now have the second of three major filings off to the Public Service Commission, CEO off to the west coast next week, CFO off to his timeshare for two weeks, temp started Monday, replacement Admin hired today and starting July 1 and I feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel which is no longer the oncoming train.
|The deck is just about ready. Need a stretch of dry days |
to get it stained. This is a fav spot to have morning coffee, to
stitch, to have a evening drink, to read or to just be.
|Bought and hung a basket on the big blank wall on my deck|
possibility of pool being torn down. I look forward to coming home from work and floating with a big glass of ice water (or glass of wine), doing a little aqua aerobics and listening to music. It is my reward after a day of yard work, a gathering place for girlfriends, my evening zen place. I have had a pool in my backyard since I was 8. When we were first married, we didn't have a pool but both my mother and mother-in-law did and both lived nearby. I don't see me joining the country club set so you may find me with my lawn chair in a plastic kiddie pool this summer.
|Ma and Pa on their way home|
|I love the cardinals!|
I did the finishing on Icelandic Christmas. I originally fell in love with the cute little cover picture of the kit finishing but then I got to thinking......hmmmm.....what about a more carry-along friendly little set? I pulled out a pattern for the 'snap' purse and put my thinking cap on. I used the design section intended for the pocket on the purse. I took the different smalls and repurposed them. It is by far, not a perfect finish but I had already cut the linen per the instructions for the smalls before I decided on finishing it this way so I had to work with what I had. Overall I am happy with it because 1.) it is a finished finish and 2.) because I got to use the snap purse pattern that has been in my stash for quite some time.
|Don't look too close. My first attempt at free motion quilting.|
|The snowflakes are from my card making stash|
I have been trying to get in a few stitched each morning to finish up Witchy Washy. I have a class with Jeannette Douglas at Sturbridge, MA in July and really want to have this project done before I dive full speed ahead into a class piece. I am beginning to really like this working on one project at and time and crossing off more than I am adding to the list. Basket done and ready to start work on the second tree now.
|I was trying to decide what color sequins to decorate the witch's |
bloomers and I decided to mix it up