I did manage to finish my embroidery last week - photo above. I ended up leaving the dark green banner as I think it looks rather nest-like and balances the composition. :) I washed and blocked the towel but I think it needs a lengthy conversation with a nice hot steamy iron to really finish the thing off right. Sadly, although I'm sure my Mom had at least one good quality iron, I cannot find it anywhere here - so the heat and steam are on abeyance.
[Flash of memory aside: Thinking of irons and ironing, I just had a sudden remembrance of a long-ago baby sitter whose name, I think, was Bobbie, sprinkling water on something she was ironing at my Mom's board - probably one of Daddy's shirts? - and then setting to with a hot iron ... all the while chuckling and telling us a story; my sister and oldest brother and I were little kids in this memory and Bobbie was our regular babysitter. Must have been sometime in the early 60's ... and Bobbie was what we now call African-American - a big genial woman who took good care of us as far as my memory goes. :) She was using a green glass Coke bottle with a special cork-with-sprinkler top to wet the clothes for ironing so maybe there were no auto-steam irons, yet?]
Mostly last week has left the memory of dust and cobwebs - lots and lots of dust. :P Stephanie and I made real inroads on sorting through and packing up our living room stuff, what was left of my Mom's bedroom, and a lot of pretty little 'tchatchkes' ("chahtch-keys" or trinkets). We even spent a little time at the shed shifting and sorting. Major gag, cough!
I took Steph back to Cincinnati on Friday and visited with my brother in hospital. I was startled when we walked in and he talked to us - they were using a trach cap on his throat so he could let his lungs get stronger with talking. First time I've heard his voice in weeks. :) He told us that he had been up out of bed earlier that day and walked 50 feet along the hallway (I'd have been willing to bet he could not do that!). His kidney functions are getting better, slowly, too. I have hope that he will recover his health at least enough to move to Kansas and a regular nursing home.
The weather was pretty hot earlier in the week (mid90's is tough when you are shifting stuff) but this weekend has been glorious - low 80's and softly breezy. Heavenly! Saturday I took my brother Kevin out for the evening. He wanted to see the new Ben Hur movie and then we went out to eat for dinner afterwards. I was pleasantly surprised by the movie - I did not expect to like it at all but I think the folks who handled the sets, costuming and 'atmosphere' of the film did a really good job of capturing the likely surroundings of the time (roughly the age of Christ's adulthood). Of course, the big scene was the lengthy chariot race which was tres exciting. :)
Sunday and today I have taken as complete holidays. I've been knitting and watching NCIS season 13 on Netflix, alternating with reading books. What am I knitting you ask?
Working on that Astrid scarf I bought the yarn for on one of my outings around here somewhere. I have knitted about a dozen scarves by now and this one is different from any others I've made. You start with the edging of this design and then pick up stitches to knit the body. I chose two different variegated color ways of cotton yarn for my scarf ... the bobble edging is a paler version of the body colors which are more autumnal. I've never made bobbles before, ever, so this has been entertaining ... although, as usual, I will not win any awards for error-free product. Grin. The little bobbles are almost-closed spheres and I am sorely tempted to buy some wool felted balls to fill them with so they _are_ spheres. My daughter thinks I should put bells in them. :) I'll be happy to finish the scarf, first.
Steph has a job interview on Tuesday morning so I'm planning to pick her up in the afternoon. I will go see my brother and then hopefully Steph and I will spend the rest of the week doing more sorting, shifting and packing. I'd really like to get this over with!