Thursday, February 27, 2014

IHSW Randomness

Hi Everyone!

I haven't done a randomness post in a while and my mind is such a jumble that I can't formulate full sentences. Oh look, I just did one. I'll keep this on the short side since life is terribly busy and I don't think I will be able to do a proper post with real progress for another three weeks. 
  • My parents decided to go back to Nicaragua in 12 days. There is a whole slew of things to do. I stress myself out just thinking about it. 
  • Besides being stressed; I'm partly relieved and partly sad. This will totally free up my time to work on personal projects like job search and apartment reorganization and redecorating, which is great. But I think that this will most likely be the last time my parents see their house and we will have the hard decision of figuring out what to do with it. That makes me teary to think about. 
  • I've been too tired and too lazy to do much stitching since I've been mostly vegging out in bed. My stitching set up is in the living room. So I've been winding a bunch of bobbins while watching tv and I am almost done!
  • Thanks for all the well wishes regarding my little health hiccup. I think it's fixed itself (after the dose of terrible hormones) but the doctor will let me know for sure in a couple of weeks. The stress is affecting me a lot I think. My skin is also acting up and I decided to try out acupuncture and herbs to see how that helps. 
  • I still keep socially busy so I feel exhausted most of the time. 
  • I bought new bedroom furniture! No more mix-matched dorm type furniture for me. It arrives in a month!
  • This lady played bumper cars with me on the freeway which resulted in minor cosmetic damage to my car. I feel like I had to "convince" her to pull over to exchange information which upset me more since she is the one who hit me which leaves me to report damage and field insurance calls for a week when I'm already stretched on patience and time.
  • I miss regular stitching and blogging more than you know. I know I need to find the time for it but I just feel like I can't concentrate enough.
Here's a view of the little stitching I've managed. Since the last time I showed A Very Fine Sampler, I've added some letters, numbers, two butterflies and started in on one of the many ginormous flowers. I think this middle section will take me a while to accomplish!

Also, Joysze of Random Ramblings and IHSW fame, recently started Lilac so I said that I should pull mine out so we can SAL together. Hey, a girl can hope and have high aspirations. Joyze has already surpassed me  (in one weekend...girl you stitch fast!) and will probably finish before me but that's ok. I pulled Lilac out and put her back on a scroll frame. That's an accomplishment! I even managed to put some new stitches in (the dark green ones) on Friday night before I fell asleep at 830p. 830p! On a Friday night! Since Friday was the only day allotted for IHSW, there were no more stitches. =(

I really need to find the time to sit in my stitching chair and work on her more. I really like how she looks finished. I think one of my deterrents has been the fabric. I usually use linen but this is a 32 count Lugana and boy are those holes tight! I'm assuming the fabric shrunk a little during the dyeing process. 

Well, that's all I have for today! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Much love and hugs...until next time. 


Anonymous said...

I hope things calm down soon. Sounds like a VERY stressful February!

Your sampler is coming along beautifully. I love the butterflies.

Barb said...

I hope life settles sown very soon for you and you will be able to do more stitching. I think there are just times like that in all of our lives. The sampler already looks so pretty.

Jackie said...

It sounds like if you can make it through the next 2-3 weeks that you'll have an opportunity to take a deep breath and relax. It sounds like you need a pajama weekend! I'll be thinking of you as you help your parents move back home. That whole happy/sad thing can be exhausting.

Anonymous said... have had a LOT on your plate. I will be sending peaceful thoughts and good karma your way! You will need some time for yourself and regrouping once your parents are gone. It is a difficult time.

stitchersanon said...

As we get older it seems like life is just a non-stop rollercoaster of new normals; we have to adapt constantly to change and it is wearing. I hope things settle down for you soon xx

Krista said...

Hi Valerie, I am happy to have found your blog. Your stitching is so pretty. Love the sampler you are working on right now. Hope you can find some time to relax this weekend.

Chris said...

Oh Valerie,
I hope that things improve daily and that you continue to feel better. I know that it your parents changing lifestyle and move is a lot to deal with, so emotional and a house clearing out and sale is a huge undertaking.
Your stitching looks great. I hope that March will bring you more stitching time and good health.
Congrats on the new furniture!

krayolakris said...

Also going through that experience with parents...on life's journey. Hugs to you.

Giovanna said...

I hope you get some relief from the stress and health issues - and lots of stitching time. Your WIPs are so lovely.

Margaret said...

Good luck to your parents in their big move -- and to you as well. So much going on in your life right now with health issues, car issues, and parental issues too! Try to take it easy and find time for yourself in there. Love your stitching!

Melanie said...

I hope things get less stressful for you soon!! That's a big milestone to get over, your parents moving so far away, possibly for the last time. I would be stressed too.
I don't even know what to say about the person who hit you. WTF? It's sad you have to basically force people to do the right thing nowadays. :(

Carol said...

Hi Valerie :)

I'm sure from now until the day your parents get on that plane, you'll be crazy busy. I wish you luck in getting all the last minute details ironed out. I know it will be a sad farewell, but you deserve some "you" time for a change... I'm so sorry to hear about the car issue, but happy to hear that your health problems have cleared up. It's always something, isn't it?

Lovely stitching and I am another who just can't seem to find the time to blog very often. I fully intended to post today, but it came and went so quickly... Maybe next week!

Hope you can find a bit of time for yourself over the weekend... I know I owe you an email--hopefully, I'll have time next week. I'm working tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday, but after that I should have a few "free" days--ha ha!! Take care now...

Meari said...

Make time for yourself, girl! Breathe, relax, enjoy... :)

Andrea said...

You definitely need some "me time" even if just for an hour to relax. Stressing is bad, enjoy your stitching again.

Suzanne said...

Hope March is a less stressful and more relaxed month for you.

Julie said...

I hope the move for your parents goes smoothly and that March find you feeling a little less stressed.
much love x

Sharon said...

Hang in there girl, it's going to get better! I hope your heath improves. Loving your Very Fine Sampler!

Patty C. said...

You've certainly had lot going on .. Hang in there! Your sampler is lovely :)