It's been a few days since I posted last. I haven't been overly busy; I just haven't had any bloggy thoughts so much. I'm getting back into my exercise routine after doing nothing for about three weeks. Why is it so hard to start exercising after you haven't done any for a few weeks?
Wes and I went for our monthly shopping trip on Monday, so that was an all-day affair. I was pretty worn out when we got home, so I put away the cold/frozen stuff, fixed some supper, took a nap, and then put away the rest of the groceries after I woke up. I was in bed at about 9:30 that night! The wonderful thing was that Beth had done all the laundry while we were gone, including changing the sheets on our bed and making it for me. I was just going to wait an extra day to do our sheets, so it was an extra-special treat to come home to a bed made with fresh sheets (and all the laundry done)!
I've also been working on Wes's eagle cross stitch that I started . . . oh . . . about ten. years. ago. Honestly! Would that make me a procrastinator? I've realized that what happens is that I work, work, work on it for a few weeks, till I get sick of it, then I put it down . . . indefinitely. Now I'm trying to finish it by Christmas by working on it just 30 minutes a day. That seems to be working, because I don't sit down to work on it for hours - just 30 minutes - then I put it away. It's really keeping me anxious to do more. I have finished the eagle completely (except for backstitching, which I do last), and now I'm working on getting all the trees and mountains done. I'm finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel on this bird. I'm not sure I'll do anything this big again for a while. I'm anxious to do some small things and learn the various finishes for them, like ornaments and pinkeeps. I'm fascinated with all the beautiful little things that can be made from all kinds of designs. I've been looking at them the past several days in my "spare" time (ahem).
A question about cross stitch. I have never stitched on linen or evenweave fabric; only on aida. All the instructions I've read for stitching on linen say not to use a hoop and to hold the fabric over 2 or 3 fingers and use a sewing motion rather than the stabbing motion used with a hoop. I have some evenweave fabric that I've tried this on, and to be honest, the stitches look horrible when I use this method. But when I just hold it in a way that feels comfortable to me and still use my stabbing method, they look fine. So. Can I use a hoop with linen, and do I have to use the sewing motion? And please tell me I don't have to hold the fabric over my 3 fingers and get a bad hand cramp every time!
November is Missions Month at our church. I started a 5-part missions story last week in Sunday school, and I'm trying to do color pages and crafts that emphasize the theme of the story: Here am I; send me (Isaiah 6:8). I'm basically having to use bits and pieces that I find and make my own crafts. Last week we made a Leaf Man that I printed our memory verse on. This week I'm thinking about making a boy and girl and print the verse on them. I used these two dolls to make a visual for the song I'm using, Majesty Music's Here Am I, Lord (just the chorus) as our theme song this month. I also used a couple of squares of this worksheet. I used the color templates, cut them out, and glued them to the printed pages with the words. Very colorful! Wes has planned a giveaway with a missions theme, each Sunday morning for each family who attends, and each Sunday night he is showing a missions video. On two of the Sundays we're having missionaries in our services. At the end of the month, we'll renew our Faith Promise commitments.
So that's where we are and what we're doing. Hopefully I'll be a bit more posty in the next few days!