Sunday, November 22, 2009

Turning the Corner

It's not the upper right hand corner, but I did get to the edge (and down the left side) on the inner frame.  I actually got there Thursday, but was too cranky to create a blog post.  I seem to have picked up an annoying cold that makes me want to sleep for 12 - 15 hours a day.  But unfortunately going to bed does not result in sleep, but merely in tossing and turning.  I am a bit better now and so is this project.  I have stitched to the upper edge and added another shell.  I should have another project picture before we drive to Los Angeles on Thursday.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Confetti Everywhere

One reason I abandoned Three Gables and moved on to this project was because the confetti stitching that was left on Three Gables was driving me crazy.   So instead I had the confetti stitching on the two top shells on the right side to drive me crazy.  There are over twenty different colors in them and most only five or six stitches.  I haven't stitched every single stitch in the top right quarter of this pattern, but I have certainly done more than a quarter of the stitching needed overall.  I'm going to move the fabric on my Q-snaps and start stitching the upper left quadrant.  I need to go back to the long boring water stitches.

Still no final permits for the new house, but as they say, Real Soon Now.  Mostly we are planning our travel for the next couple of months.  We always go to a convention in Los Angeles (Loscon) over Thanksgiving.  The following weekend is SMOFcon, which is in Austin, Texas this year.  Hooray, bar-be-que!!!  Of course, we will be in Lexington, Kentucky, for Christmas.  We thought about taking a cruise just before Christmas, but waited too long and all the lower price cabins were sold out.  So instead we are taking the same ship (Seabourn Odyssey, their new ship) on January 5 (leaving from Fort Lauderdale), sailing the Panama Canal, to Los Angeles.  That does mean we will miss CES (Consumer Electronics Show) again (went MacWorld last year and was too sick to attend the year before that).  MacWorld is in San Francisco in February, so we will be there then.  I am glad that I have been in one place for the past couple of months.  It's been very relaxing.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Top Right Hand Corner

You know how good it feels to stitch to an edge of a pattern, especially if you start in the center. Although the corner is a row of half stitches in a pale color, I have reached the top right hand corner. In fact, I think I have a good chance of reaching my weekend goal of finishing all the stitching in the top right hand quarter. There is just a bit of stitching for the shells, but a lot more backstitching. The water area has quite a few blank spots, so there is not a lot to stitch there either. Then I'll move over to the left hand top quarter. That quadrant has a lot more water, but the shell area is relatively blank. I can tell that I must have been stitching a lot because I have caught up with all my podcasts. I'll have to start listening to some of my audiobooks.

I have all this time for stitching because my husband has been gone since Tuesday and won't be back until next Sunday. And there isn't much to do on the new house until the retaining wall permits are granted. The only serious project I have to do this week is figuring out how to eat and dress for two days while they are resurfacing our flooring in master bathroom (the only access to my closet) and the kitchen. Time to get out the coolers and fill them up with drinks.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Blue Green Sea

I considered participating in NaBloPoMo as I did two years ago. I even had this picture ready for a post on Sunday, but as has happened a lot this year, life intervened. Sunday was spent "cleaning up for the cleaners". Getting all the papers picked up, the kitchen counters cleared, and our closets picked up, so that the cleaners could actually clean in those rooms. It's been a long time since they have been here. They only clean half the house (not the office or our studios), so there are places to dump stuff. It was a good thing we did a throrough job on Sunday because although we left some time for a final sweep, the cleaners had not gotten the message about the time change and showed up at 8:30 am on Monday rather than 9:30 am. It was amazing that we were up and dressed. Unfortunately they used some caustic chemicals on the marble floor in the master bath which will have to be repaired. The cleaning company was quick to get it looked at. A floor restorer came by on Tuesday and will have the job started and completed next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday was an early day because we left the house at 4:30 am to drop James off at the airport for a 6:00 am flight. He is taking an unplanned trip to Maui because we are once again being asked for more money and more paperwork about an "illegal" wall on our property that was requested by the local electric company to support the meters for four houses. Some of our neighbors have gotten these threatening letters about illegal walls and some have not. Some are being fined $300 per day, some have lowered the wall from seven feet to four feet (certainly making it more difficult for the meters to be read), and some are just ignoring the whole thing.

I stayed here in Nevada to take care of anything that might come up with the new contractors. Things are working out GREAT! These guys want the job, they keep us up to date with email and phone calls, and are straightening out the problems that the old contractor let pile up. We are very happy with them.

Now I can back to stitching!