Not as hot

as it was predicted.  Instead of the 30-31 predicted, it made it to 26 on the flats (all in Celsius).  What should also be no surprise, apparently everyone didn’t manage to use up all their fireworks yesterday so we were bothered by more than the occasional amount of noise and explosions. And no, fireworks are not legal here. Since, as I might have mentioned, it just isn’t that far to Nevada, it doesn’t seem to be stopping anyone.

All of this idiocy is in the face of the Thompson Fire in Northern California just starting to be under control.  Near Yosemite National Part has The French Fire (from the French Camp Road) has intermittently caused closure of HWY 140 (main entrance road to the park).  I am mentioning all of this in general support of why I don’t see the point of increasing fire risk. So far I haven’t heard from anyone who really, really likes/wants fireworks.

So I accomplished a minimum of picking up and organizing – stitched the most recent release in the Deadly Aquarium – which was the section involving that openmouthed creature at the bottom of the section closet to the sign. What with 650+ stitches of black, plus the critter, plus a bit more on some frame sections I added another 1200 stitches to this piece.

Then there is the current Ms Mushroom –

and am working my way down her skirt. It is huge with a bit more than 25% of the stitching remaining. Of course, that includes ~120 beads… always the beads.

Oh – you also need a picture with the start of Smaug –

which is obviously the back ½ of the dragon. This is part 1/12 stitched on 32 ct linen with Dinky Dyes silk

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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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