Final check

My daughter is due back tonight and I will be off the hook for daily cat checks. No, she didn’t ask me to do this, it is a self-inflicted trip. But as nasty as this cat can be, he does like company as long as the person feeds him.

Anyway. I have a number of cross stitch projects that I should work on which shouldn’t be surprising. I don’t have the length of partially completed projects that many stitchers have. My goal is actually to complete at least one of my outstanding projects every month that I am in town. Having said that …..

I sort of categorize projects by type and try not to have more than one in each category at any one time. Except for the Stitch-a-longs – they don’t count. This means one LongDog Sampler (currently Tap Dance), one Cottage Garden Samplings Year in the Woods (Woodpecker or Beaver left), one InkCircles, one Barbara Ana, one full coverage.. you get the idea.

Since I had finished the Dragonbook last month (I think it was last month). I hadn’t started a new full coverage.  Wanting something that could be completed in a relatively short time, last night I pulled out “Born to be Wild” by Gordon Fitchett (HAED charted). It won’t be tiny as I pulled out a printed fabric I purchased with this stitch in mind ~ 2019.

as this is a “no background” piece and the fabric isn’t gridded, I am just going to work from the bottom up. That line of stitches which would indicate ground on a non-printed fabric will be picked out as unnecessary. Wish I had figured it out BEFORE I spent the time… Anyway – the picture is two happy ducks on a scooter (this is not the one I am stitching but it will give you the idea)… The artist is Australian and I really enjoy the cheeriness of the ducks.

We made  late night run to SFO. I think many people have seen the iconic views of the Bay Bridge which features the San Francisco side. The new bridge on the East Bay side is completely different. It is no longer a double decker. It is modern and clean looking and actually lovely at night…

(taking pictures at the last moment with a phone can be a challenge).

West bound

East bound.

I am cheating a bit on the timing of the post since we actually didn’t get back till after midnight…

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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