Sunday, February 21, 2016

Love my car

It is the little things that mean so much.    I was toying with the idea of buying an SUV......dragging my heels only because of comments like..."another new car"....why I worry I don't know...... About three weeks ago I hit a deer, or my story and I am sticking to it, the deer ran into me, which he really did.  It was like I was threading a needle between two deer, I breathed a sign of relief and then BAM!  One charged into my front driver's side.  It is only $2,900 worth of damage and I say ONLY because we all know $2,900 is not a lot when it comes to body work.  I was not hurt - upset yes - and the car has been drivable while I waited on parts.  I dropped it at The Auto Body Shop  yesterday and now I have a rental.   What a POS! car this rental is.   I will allow the brand to remain nameless but it just makes me realize how much I love my Camry.  I can't wait to get Peggy Sue back and I think I will not be trading in anytime soon.   I will dash any thoughts of a new car because I will be so happy to have mine back.  I am just going to save those pennies and dollars for another couple of years.  Nothing like doing without what we are used to make up appreciate what we have.

For stitching, I continued work on my Jeannette Douglas Stitching Treasures until I got to the all the over one stitching.   Over one is not so easy to do at lunch at work.  

 Pretty much pleased will how quickly this is working up.
These leaves across the top in particular I have frogged a couple of times and I think I am about ready to replace this row of leaves with something else.

I called in reinforcements from my sewing room.  This should help me with the over one stitching.

I picked up another piece from my guild challenge pieces only to quickly be put off by all the Algerian eye stitches.    This is a reproduction sampler from Chester County Historical Society.  My path forward is to tackle one letter in eyelets and then stitch regular cross stitches elsewhere within the sampler and then back to another letter and so on.  The cross stitching sections can easily be done at lunch at work.  That's my plans as of right now.

So much for my plans to stitch on one piece until I could complete it.   There seems to be a pattern here.   I stitch 90% and hit a wall.   Do I have no self-control?  Am I afraid to finish and have to go to the framer's?

Just three rows of Algerian eye lettering  and I won't be planning on stitching an Algerian eye for a long time!

My sinus and ear infections are on the way out with a grindingly slow pace.  Still that nasty clearing of the throat thing going on.   I will be forever grateful when this is gone.

Work has been demanding lately with more than a couple of extra long days and Saturdays.   We are in the mist of year-end financial reporting, compiling our Annual Report to shareholders, preparing the silent auction for the local Heart Ball Gala next week and answering interrogatories from the Public Service Commission.  But I have a job and a way to get there even if this week it is via a crappy car.

Our weather this winter has been seesawing between unseasonable mild to brutally cold.   Today it is in the low 60's; this time last week I was thawing frozen pipes with a space heater.  I am starting to get the itch to want to be out in the yard.  That is always invigorating!

So that is my life in a nutshell.  It is going to be a long week driving this wind-up tin can of a car I have but I am thankful everything is covered by insurance.  I am thankful I have stitching alternatives.   I am thankful to be done physical therapy.  I am thankful for great friends, stitchers and non-stitchers alike.  I am thankful spring is just around the corner.


Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Your Stitching Treasures is looking gorgeous but over one is something you need to really concentrate on. Because it is such a pig to frog!
The eyelet alphabet also looks amazing even if it is a lot of work, it is definitely worth it.

Robin in Virginia said...

I know and feel your pain about rental cars. I love my car and like you, had a POS car or box on rubber bands as my husband called it when the deer did damage to my car two years ago. Nice progress on your projects. Have a great upcoming week!

Stasi said...

Your Jeanette Douglas is looking great--keep at it!!!

As for your Camry-they really are a wonderful car. We had a 1994 Camry that we used for years, passed on to our daughter who sold it to a friend of hers. Last we heard it had over 400,000 miles on it and going strong!
Hope you get yours back soon!
Have a good week!

moosecraft said...

So sorry to hear about your deer incident! That had to be scary! I absolutely LOVE my Camry too! It's a 2003 with 110,000 miles on it... still drives like a dream! :-) I think some stitching projects are like good books.... you just don't want them to end! Happy stitching to you!

cucki said...

Love your stitching project
So beautiful x

butterfly said...

Great Stitching nice designs.

Teresa S. said...

I had a "fender bender" recently too. I changed lanes on an empty stretch of road and sideswiped the car driving in my blind spot.
And it's $4500 and 2-3 weeks to repair. No rental car.
But I'm insured (only $250 deductible) and haven't had a claim in over 10 years. So life moves on here too.

Your stitching loves lovely. You are making good progress on the JD piece. Once its in the box... stunning!