Monday, February 15, 2010

Monday, Monday

I could get to like this no work plan! Don't tell the World Traveller but I have stitched the entire day! I did empty the dishwasher and put on a load of laundry but apart from that it was me, thread and a bunch of cross stitches! Last week, I happened to see an audio tape in the library, Lady Susan by Jane Austen. It was written quite a few years before her more famous novels and not published until after her death. Written in the form of letters and with a cast of seven I found it delightful. Quite a few of my online buddies listen to audio books while stitching and I've long wanted to join them, but unfortunately, until now a single voice has just lulled me to sleep! Maybe that's the trick, several voices to keep me awake! I was determined first get to the end of the tape without dropping off and secondly, finish my February exchange biscornu. I managed to do both, I'll post a photograph of the biscornu when my partner receives it.

I put a picture of Mary on the SAL blog so thought I'd show her here too. I haven't worked on her much in the last couple of weeks as she stayed home while I was in DC. I must get back to my two needlefuls a day.

The other challenge I have set myself is to finish Alla Turca by Pelin Tezer, I only have two or three motifs to stitch so I would like to get it completed by the end of the month which is flying towards us rapidly!

Off to make the bed, fold the laundry and think about dinner!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Biscornus from Nita and to Despina

I knew this would be waiting for me when I got home but not how beautiful it would be! Thank you, Nita, I love it. I'm sending you an email too. I belong to an exchange group ( ) where we stitch a biscornu a month and send to a partner. I sent one to Despina in Quebec that I've wanted to stitch for a long time, I adapted it slightly from Alexandrina's original one, ( ), scroll back to January 2009 to see her original.
To finish the train saga...... I arrived in Kalamazoo at midnight, after a train journey of nearly eight hours and one that should have taken just over two and and a half hours! The World Traveller, bless him, was there to meet me and and we slipped and slid over snowy roads to arrive home safely. I'm hoping a couple I met on the train got home safely, the dad had been to the city for his monthly dose of chemo and was obviously very tired, their journey was quite a bit longer than mine.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Leaving on a Jet Plane.....

....sitting on an Amtrak train, motionless! I was in DC last week, leaving on Saturday, or so I thought, but the weather had other ideas, we got 20 inches of snow dumped on the city which came to a complete standstill, schools and government closed, planes, trains and automobiles buried.

I got as far as Chicago today, got on the 4.10 to Kalamazoo thinking I'd be home with a glass of wine and the world traveller by 8 pm. Ha! We came to an abrupt halt with some sort of malfunction about three miles down the track. We've been on the train for two hours and they just announced we're going back to Union station to get a new engine then we'll try again. Who was it that said it was better to travel hopefully than arrive? They've obviously never taken the Amtrak!

Okay, I'll stop moaning! I got quite a lot stitched on Alla Turca while I was in DC, a picture will be posted tomorrow or when I get home, whichever comes first, lol!

Before the snow flew I got up to Maryland to visit with DJ, a virtual (now real life) friend. We got on on famously (same odd sense of humour or, in her case, humor!). Visited her local LNS, had lunch, and I got to have a little drool over some of her stitching, which is beautiful. And, DJ, if you're reading this, STOP LAUGHING!

The other bit of excitement going on is that I've let my driver's licence expire...... I was waiting until nearer my birthday to apply for a Michigan one but didn't realise that it was overdue until February 1st. Had to take my passport for ID while I was travelling! I have a sinking suspicion I'm back to square one, written test and driving test........rats!

Oh well, we're still going backwards.........I'll post again tomorrow!

PS Did I mention it's snowing?

Update - we got as far as Michigan City on end of Lake Michigan and stopped - apparently if the crew goes further they are in violation of FRA regulations for working more than twelve hours at a stretch. It slightly begs the question that if they'd done a little maths addition when they got the new engine back in Chicago they could have had a new crew on standby. We now have to wait an extra hour until a crew comes from Battle Creek (which is east of where I want to get off!).