Wednesday, May 22, 2019

{Stitch Maynia} The Decisions Are Getting Harder

With about ten days left, I'm starting to look at my Stitch Maynia plans more carefully. I might be able to start ten more projects, if life cooperates. So which ten? 

These are all possibilities...

There are others that I can't lay my hands on right now. One would be at the absolute top of the list if I hadn't put the required threads in a safe place. Others have jumped to mind but I haven't seen them in months if not years and don't remember which magazine it might have been in or where that single sheet printout got tucked.

Once May is over, the plan is to focus on something else in June and make (hopefully) steady progress on the things I'm already stitching.

So even though it's all in my head I've got a definite feeling of "now or never" or "now or next year."

That still life with the cheese has to be one of my starts, right?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

{I've Been Reading} The Chrysalis

I kept checking out The Chrysalis by Brendan Deneen and renewing it until I hit the limit and checking it out again. I couldn't seem to make time to read it, but the description sounded so good. A broke young couple buys a surprisingly affordable old house and the husband finds something in the basement that he rapidly becomes obsessed with. Oh, and they find out that they're living in the local murder house which explains that dark stain on the kitchen floor.

Books with scary old houses in them are one of my favorite things and The chrysalis was okay. Except for references to phones with flashlights and some other things that are definitely recent, it felt a lot like the horror novels I was reading back in the 80s.

I picked up An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good for the cover. How could I not? A tiny book made up of very short stories, it was a fun read. Imagine an eighty-eight year old woman with no family or friends who is going to get exactly what she wants out of life. That's Maud. Now imagine what she might do to the people who dare mess with her. Maud isn't particularly nice, but she's very entertaining. I suspect I'd be even more entertained if I'd read the author's other books.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Drama at the Laundromat (and Some Stitching)

One of the things that's surprised me about Stitch Maynia is how frequently I'm looping back to my earlier starts. A Caledonian Sky is the long kitted up project that I started on the first of the month and since then I've found myself putting more and more stitches into it. 

I tucked it into my purse on our last laundry day because I'm filling in blocks of solid color and  the lighting at the laundromat is surprisingly good.  I'd get in some stitching while the dirty clothes sloshed around and got clean.

Maybe I'll stitch at the laundromat next week....

This time, I put up my stitching halfway through the load because my oldest son had run across the parking lot to Walmart to pick up a couple of things and came back to tell me they were evacuating the store because of a chemical fire.

A chemical fire? How bad was that? There's a large expanse of parking lot between the laundromat and Walmart. I had eight minutes left before the machine unlocked and no one else in the building seemed worried.  If it was a big fire, they'd also evacuate the strip mall, right? I was watching the timer on the washing machine tick down while also watching more emergency vehicles arrive and wondering at what point I should abandon all of my husband's and sons' clothing. As soon as that lock clicked open, we got everything together and joined the line of cars waiting to leave the parking lot.

On the drive home, we passed fire trucks headed from our small town to Lebanon. That didn't seem like a good sign at all.

I love that social media lets us find out what really happened. There was a fire on the shelves of pool chemicals.  Several streets and businesses around the store were closed because of the smoke (I'm guessing that included the laundromat and so glad our timing wasn't worse and that we didn't lose our clothes!) On Friday, a local man was arrested for arson.

After we got home, I did some more stitching.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

More Thrift Shop Precuts

Remember the jelly rolls I bought at the thrift shop last week? Mom said I should go back and pick up some of the charm packs if they still had them. The ones that I showed in the post picture were gone, but I picked up these...

They'd been marked down to three for a dollar. When I was paying for them, the lady said that there was more fabric inside that hadn't been marked down yet.

Yet?  I stopped by on Friday just in case, but there was nothing new on the discount table. We'll see if I can find another excuse to wander out that way later.


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