NTaXBJt4S1imTnbAGMjG_8I had a pretty intense weekend this past time - my handmade book club had a three day virtual retreat, led by Rosann Whale, with two different books to make and then illustrate. It was called Seasons Gatherings and I enjoyed it although it pushed me beyond my usual comfort limits in several ways. Typically I don't write my deep personal feelings down very often ... maybe from a sense of extreme privacy, maybe from having to keep my opinions to myself for so many business-owning years, maybe from simple avoidance. Who knows (shrug)? Anyway, quite a bit of this workshop was making an art journal that included some deeply personal soul searching ... definitely got into my uncomfortable areas. 

I will be working on finishing up the two books for a while but probably won't share what I've done here until they are finished. Today I started working again on the next lesson in my Creating Art at the Speed of Life journal. I also went to my Baltimore modern guild's Quilting With Friends zoom on Saturday afternoon (try not to miss those:). By the time the Faithful Circle zoom came on Saturday evening I was totally zoomed out! (FCQ would have been my fourth zoom for Saturday.)

I also spent quite a bit of my non-zooming time working on finishing up the next design section of my Chicken Scratch embroidery - the retro-50s coffee pot. This might be hard to see in the photo since it is essentially black and (mostly) white:

Entire potCan you make out the coffee pot? The handle is on the right and the spout on the left above. :) You might have to embiggen the photo to tell.

Pot closeHere is the 'snowflake' motif on the pot's side. This is not my favorite of the ones this quilt has featured so far.

I am finally getting near the end of this project. I _think_ there are only three more sections to go. I am about 2/3s of the way done with a small star block tonight. Hopefully I will finish it tomorrow.

Today was kind of busy. I had to take my son, Hugh to the local Amazon return hub (which happens to be inside the new Whole Foods market in downtown Columbia) to return the motherboard we were shipped from Amazon. We ordered a NEW one and they sent a REFURBISHED one. No go!

Then I went out again an hour or so later to get my annual mammogram. That is not a pleasant experience, to say the least. It never has bothered me a lot in the past ... maybe my achy tummy is affecting the rest of my body? Grumpy. :)

On the way home from the radiology clinic I dropped off a bunch of fabrics and donated blocks to a fellow guild member who has volunteered to make charity quilts from the block of the quarter materials I have been collecting for Faithful Circle for the past year. Whew! A task I am happy to be passing onward - still drafting/writing the patterns.

On the whole, it was a successful day today. Chilly but sunny outdoors. Busy, Busy!


Winter Gatherings

FriendsIf you click on this image, you can go download the free cross stitch chart from the Fat Quarter Shop (with my thanks to the designer!). Today was a good day to meet with friends to stitch.

It was C-O-L-D today - my husband said it was 9 degrees F when he went out to retrieve our trash bin after the collectors passed around our cul de sac. By the time I left the house around 1 p.m. it was in the mid20s with a nasty cold wind blowing. Gray skies, too. Brr!

I managed to take a shower, eat breakfast and start dinner in the crock pot between 11 a.m. and when I left at 1 p.m. OH, and gather up my embroidery project as well as the new book I bought that Patty and Barbara wanted to look through. Pretty efficient for me. :)

I spent most of my time at Barbara's house helping her decide what to do with the component blocks from her Bonnie Hunter winter mystery project - Rhododendron Trail - which B did not like much. Between the three of us, we turned 30 pink/yellow blocks and 15 purple butterfly blocks into three lap-ish sized designs, two with patchwork borders. I think B was much happier with her project by that time. :) Patty liked one of our layouts enough that I think she plans to make that one with her blocks, too.

I managed to figure out which embroidery block to tackle next (the 'retro coffee pot' design), calculate and cut out the background fabric and start the embroidery. My stomach was unsettled (seems to be its normal state recently) so I did not do any more hand work, just helped arrange blocks and offered ideas. ;) I find it difficult to get into a flow/trance state when I am physically uncomfortable. Shrug

By the time I got home our house was smelling pleasantly of corned beef and vegetables in the pot ... and was warm and cosy compared to the outdoors. I feel great pity for any being (man or animal) that does not have a nest, drey, den or home in this weather! Killer cold. Shivers!

I spent some time in the late afternoon working on my next exercise in Creating Art at the Speed of Life - lesson #5: complementary color schemes. I chose the orange-blue pair for my colors, my favorite complement. :) When I finished and photographed this, I realized it bears a striking resemblance to yesterday's (lesson #4) work. Maybe I'm stuck in a rut (or onto a good thing, depending on your viewpoint I guess:).

IMG_0300Here is the two page spread. I think the colors worked out pretty well. I was surprised how much orange paper I found. Blue is more common. :)

IMG_0301That blue-shirted figure in the bottom left is me, maybe twenty-five years ago.

IMG_0302The author's pages were more heavily decorated with overwriting and hand drawings. I didn't have the urge to do that much work to mine. I think I enjoy the print texture more. 


After dinner I watched the recorded video of the Handmade Paper group's first retreat session from earlier this afternoon - Winter's Gatherings. Among other things, the leader taught two quick book constructions that do not require sewing for holding the pages together. I actually managed to make both of the books while I watched the video. Watercolor paper to the rescue! :) The retreat continues with two sessions tomorrow and a final one on Sunday afternoon. I will probably watch at least one and maybe all three in recording as I have other things I have to do at the same times. I will share more of what I make on another day.

Meanwhile I have set in on the embroidery of my Coffee Pot block. This one is pretty big (19" x 22"?) so it might take all week.

:) Linda


Winterbirds_origThese are the kinds of birds coming to my feeders today. We have at least one pair of cardinals who travel closely together that come daily ... and a cloud of little song sparrows (LBJs in bird watcher's lingo - little brown jobs:). The wind was back to blowing today but the sun shone a little. Then it go heavily clouded though we did not get the predicted snowfall. (whew!)

I got to talk to my niece Stephanie for quite a while this morning. We are still exploring alternative housing solutions for my two remaining siblings. Sniff. Amy got called away to her daughter's school for some reason and could not chat with us.

I spent most of today (with the exception of one household chore done) working on my 30 day art journal project and my embroidery panels. I decided to go back to revisit yesterday's art exercise on monochromatic color schemes to see if I could do better. I chose hot pink and sky blue as my hues (still could not settle on just one 'favorite' colorway:). Here's what I made:

LeftpgFirst I watercolored the background paper with hot pink Inktense pigments, then I collaged papers in the blue family on that background. Oh, and four pieces of pretty fabric from my friend Barbara.

RightHere I water colored the background with an intense sky blue, then applied the collage papers in the pink colorway.

TwopgHere are my two pages together in the journal. I liked the quote from Russell and am glad I included it.

I had a good time making these two pages - moving pigments around and playing with print texture/color are among my favorite activities. :)

In the late afternoon I went back to my embroidery. I finished up the flower panel:


FlscloseAn overall and a close up photo of the 'flower' pattern. I quite like this one - could make a very pretty table runner with this design.

I decided to make another, smaller panel during the rest of the afternoon. This was _supposed_ to be a lemon pattern (according to the designer) but I chose to make mine a plum. :) I finished it just after supper.

PlumSo, on the whole, a productive day today! I did not go outside my doors at all ... but it looks damp and dreary outside so that is probably for the best. :)

Tomorrow is Sewing Together with my friends Barbara and Patty. Fun!

:) Linda

Sunshine and Oddities

Istockphoto-1023476960-1024x1024I had a very odd experience this evening. My modern guild in Baltimore has a Wednesday evening Zoom meeting (Sip&Stitch:) which I was attending ... when suddenly my computer made a loud FZZZT! noise and the screen looked like that lovely pixelated mess above ... and the Zoom was history. Then the computer spontaneously rebooted itself. What the??? My son laughed and said it looked like my video card went belly-up but, luckily (fingers crossed!!) it all seems to be ok now. Massive shoulder shrugs here.

Today was not as cold as it has been (high in the upper 40s) as the wind was not blowing. There were occasional peeks of sunshine, even. :) I had a doctor's appointment (routine) in the early afternoon so I got a bit of extra walking in today and soaked up some extra photons. Yeah! :) I have to go back for some routine blood tests and my doctor said the next time he sees me (in the spring) we will be talking about changing the dosages on my meds due to my weight loss. More cheers!

According to that office's scale, I have not lost any weight since my surgeon's appointment last week. Maybe I have landed on one of those notorious 'plateaus'? That happened several times when I was on the Nutri-system diet several years ago. Eventually my body will give up and start losing again. Sigh.

I spent some time this morning (before my outing) working on exercise #4 from Creating Art. It was supposed to be another exploration into analogous color - the starting instruction was to choose my favorite color. Well, that set me off as I cannot pick just one! :) Like deciding which if my children I love best. Snort. So I chose my favorite analogous color combo - red into blue via purple. :)

Here's my two page spread and then each page separately:

Two pages

Left pageAs I worked on this page I got distracted playing with the various Inktense colors in my tin box and totally wandered away from the analogous color scheme.

Right pageHere I made a face drawing (LOVE this technique I learned during the New Year's creative class) and built a small paper collage using some of the scraps I picked up from Photoscraps yesterday.

I enjoyed playing with the pigments again. One part of each exercise is assessing what you liked and did not like about your work ... and what you might try if you did it again. Useful to think about. :) I like that I am giving myself permission not to be perfect ... and to make whatever bobbles/mistakes/errors in judgement happen. The point of the exercise really is to learn by doing. :)

I am spending time this evening working on my chicken scratch embroidery again. In today's mail box delivery came the balls of white Perle cotton I ordered for finishing my blocks ... so I went back to working on the 'five diamonds' design I had semi-finished before. Hopefully I can complete that (and photograph it) by tomorrow this time.

:) Linda

A Few More Rays

SUNRAYSThe skies this afternoon were not quite this clear but this is a bit of sunshine somewhat like what my friend Patty and I saw when we drove to Sykesville. The clouds in our sky were a bit more gray, too. :)

I woke up early (for me), around 9:30 a.m. this morning and have been 'going' ever since. Miracle! Maybe losing some weight is actually helping improve my sleep apnea? One can only hope. :) 

I spent some time this morning talking to the Office of Aging here in Howard County (where I live), Maryland. If you are poor, there are not many options open to you for retirement living. Basically, you are dependent on the good will of family or friends. Sigh. I am not giving up, yet, but I do not see a viable solution for my brother as of now. Still some other agencies to contact.

Patty got the urge to visit Photoscraps in Sykesville this afternoon. Luckily for my frozen body the temperature outside was a 'balmy' 40 degrees or so and the wind had died down. A coat was sufficient, at least for my front yard, to ward off the wintery chill. Shiver!

Our drive was quite pleasant (it takes about 40  - 45 minutes to drive westward into Carroll County where the shop is located). Patty likes to take the back roads which means pleasant scenery - some suburban, some rural, in winter colors. There is still snow in the crevices and shadows on the land ... and we have more forecast for Thursday coming. Definitely winter here. :)

I had ordered some color paper and patterned paper packages from Photoscraps. I did manage to take photos of the cards Lisa made using the same collections (not to say this is what I _will_ make:). There are two sets:

Floral setThe first is called Evening Blooms and these are a few examples of projects using the papers.

Seafaring setThe second set features sea creatures on floral and leafy motifs. I am drawn to this set especially. :)

I am looking forward to working with these pretty papers. Most likely I will make cards with mine though the odd collage is possible, too. :)

I also picked up an opaque white marking pen and a handful of pretty paper scraps they were giving away ... destined to be used in my art journal. It was really nice to just stand in the shop and absorb color/texture/pattern!

I spent most of the late afternoon and evening finishing up my current embroidery section. Here are some not-very-good photos to document this - night time here with little light.

IMG_0278This section features three star-like 'flowers' with green stems. Each is a different color combo.

IMG_0279This is the lowest/brightest colored flower - orange and purple. My favorite, of course. :)

I have a (routine) doctor's appointment tomorrow afternoon. Other than that, I plan to keep sewing on my Chicken Scratch project ... and maybe start gathering scraps to piece the sashing for the segments I have already finished. Onward and upward as my Dad used to say.

:) Linda

The Cold Wind Doth Blow

MGoose_1Lots of cold winds blowing here - last night all the way to tonight! The wind is rattling the panes in their frames and I put out extra food for the little birds to ward off the chill. Brr! As absolute cold goes, Maryland never approaches my memories of winter in Wisconsin (forty years ago - my daughter tells me it is not as cold there now) ... but windchill eats the heat from any body. Shiver!

I've mostly had a quiet day today. I spent some time on exercises one and two from Creating Art at the Speed of Life by Pam Carriker. I made the watercolor paper journal this weekend to keep my exercises in and started on them today. In theory, this will be 30 days worth of art play ... but I may not do them every day. I am just enjoying playing with color and paper. :) Here's what I made (each of these pages is about 5.5"x7.5" in size):


Here I painted a color wheel from just red, blue and yellow watercolors (I used Inktense blocks for my pigments). I mixed the secondary colors (orange, green and ... hey! I just noticed no purple! Drat!) from the primary pigments. The wheel itself was painted and then glued onto the color-washed background page.


The exercise here was to make a random color word image. I interspersed the words with nature images.

I had fun doing these two pages. More in the future for sure. :)

I have also been working on the next embroidery block for my Chicken Scratch block of the month project. This one is called something like Posies. Just starting in on the second of three 'flower' star shapes:

Posie in progressThe first 'flower' is two colors of purple - a grape-y tone and a softer lavender one. The second flower (maybe you can just barely see the inside of my hoop on the right) is orange and purple. I think the last one will be brighter still ... but that color play is postponed until another day. :)

While I do my embroidery, I am watching a new-to-me animated series on Netflix called Arcane. I am really enjoying it - the art work is beautiful, the story line interesting and the music awesome. What's not to like? :) When I don't watch that, I'm viewing nature documentaries on Curiosity Stream. :)

Tomorrow I have two big chores to tackle - I have to dig out and organize my sewing space's repository of blocks/scraps set aside for the charity project at Faithful Circle (one of my two quilt guilds) ... and I have to tackle the Office of Aging here in Howard County to ask for advice on housing my brother who needs to be in assisted living. :P Wish me luck!?

:) Linda

Cold, Windy!

First flowerMy holiday amaryllis has started to bloom! Since I took this photo a second flower has opened. I do so love the bright color in the midst of this gray, cold, windy winter weather. :P

I needed to do two errands out today ... and was freezing the whole time. I am definitely getting spoiled by the 'warm' weather here in Maryland and am losing (have lost?:) my cold tolerance. There was a high temperature of 27 degrees F today ... not sure what the wind chill factor was but it was _cold_! I wore a sweater under my coat and still felt chilled as I drove around town.

I stopped at JoAnn's ETC to pick up some watercolor paper I ordered from their website (to make a new art journal with) ... and was annoyed that even though the website said 'curbside' pickup I had to go into the store to retrieve my purchase. Sigh. I also had to go through the drive up at Walgreens to pick up two prescriptions (routine meds). 

I did manage to stand the weather long enough to turn our two cars around in the driveway - we only have a carport (open-sided), not a garage. We keep the Jeep there and the Bolt in the driveway so my husband does not have to extract the more efficient commuting car to go to work (the Bolt is an all-electric vehicle and way, way more energy efficient). Since Wednesday the Jeep has been outermost in our driveway because of my surgeon's 3 month post-surgical appointment (at the same time as my husband was at work with the Bolt:). 

What I did not do while I was outside was refill the two bird feeders. Poor little thistles will be hungry unless there are other feeding stations around the neighborhood. Sigh.

I managed to finish another embroidery block Thursday night:

Star centerThis is the star block center embroidery, done with a silk floss (shiny!:).

Star finishedI embroidered the star points with a rainbow variegated Sashiko thread similar to perle cotton.

On Friday afternoon at Barbara's house I cut up three shabby 100% cotton shirts of my husband's, none of them good enough for charity, to make background 'scraps'. Then I started another Chicken Scratch block, called Five Diamonds. So far, so good - I'm about 60% finished with the new block. Photos when it is done. :)

Hugh and I made a very good beef stew in the crock pot yesterday ... we've all been eating the leftovers today. Yum!

:) Linda

Sunshine and Bureaucracy


Everyone and her sister, cousin and grandmother were at the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles office in Columbia this afternoon. :P My driver's license came up for renewal on my birthday this past November ... sadly, the MVA did not send me a notice of that until sometime in midDecember. The MVA is only doing renewals (and anything else) by appointment right now (to keep the Covid rate down, in theory).

So, I made an appointment, then another one when the first one was snowed out ... and finally got into the office this afternoon. After, of course, finding my birth certificate and two proofs of residence ... and maybe some other papers? How quickly I try to forget!! I got there ten minutes before my putative appointment time. 

Yes, everyone was masked ... but there were beaucoup bodies there! There were seven 'appointments' scheduled for my time (and only 8 windows with clerical help operational). Slow barely begins to cover the issues. I'm glad I wore an N95 mask instead of my more-usual cotton fabric one. :P

Once I got to the window, it only took about 5 minutes to accomplish the renewal (including payment). They gave me a paper renewal notice and the new 'placard' will come in the mail in 'about a week' according to the clerk. No more producing the thing on the spot the way they used to do I guess.

Today had nice sunshine but it was COLD by my admittedly Maryland-tamed-down standards - the high for today was 27 degrees F. Brr! Skip drove me to the MVA office which is maybe three miles from our house (I did not want to get a ticket for driving myself there unlicensed:). 

Since my birdseed bin was running down to the last sunflower mote, I ordered more for curbside pickup this afternoon ... along with two more blocks of suet-with-insects for the 'meat eating' birds (mostly the woodpeckers). I figured to pick this up after our jaunt to MVA. Of course, we both forgot to stop there ... so I got back in the car after dropping Skip off at home and went on my own to Mother Nature's Store where I buy my seed. Luckily I can easily carry 20 pounds of black oil sunflower seed (I generally buy this in 40 pound bags but they were out of that size). 

Eating is still a challenge in that I often hurt or have a feeling of general malaise after I eat ... and I have no particular appetite. :P I did order groceries today (twice - from BJs Food Warehouse and then from Wegmans) so our larder is full. Was somewhat startled to discover that two different shopper/delivery people thought 'corned beef' meant deli sliced sandwich meat and not the brisket I intended to slow cook. Guess not many people cook any more?

I have done very little reading or computer screening today ... decided to try working on another chicken scratch block using ecru silk floss instead of white perle cotton for the skeleton stitching. Shiny! Don't have a lot of this floss so I'm thinking I will probably only get two blocks out of it. Scrappy is my style, luckily. :)

I also got a new book delivered today (I wanted more Clover-style pin clips and, of course, I impulse bought a new book to save shipping costs). There was method to my (temporary) madness, though:


I really like Charm Packs - something fun about all those pretty squares of a given fabric collection. I have a number of them wanting to be sewn into quilts ... and I did not feel like thinking too hard for this task, hence the pattern book.



I like most of the designs in this book but this particular one really caught my eye as I scanned through the text. I won't use a black background (too harsh for my taste) but might choose dark purple, green or navy. :)

Tomorrow I have my three month post-surgery appointment with the doctor/surgeon. Will be interesting to hear what he has to say about my blood work (I expect to be deficient in some vitamins as I am still having trouble remembering to take them regularly). The appointment means two hours of commuting time, of course, which I definitely do not look forward to. :P

:) Linda

Bleak MidWinter?

Bleak_MidwinterIn the bleak midwinter by Rosetti is one of my favorite holiday carols. If you click on this photo, you can go read about the remarkable woman who wrote it. :) It does not look quite like this outside my house now - much of the snow has melted away, though not all. We had freezing rain all day today ... and likely more tomorrow ... so 'nasty' is my personal definition of the weather right now. :P

This has been one of the weekends that contain two days of quilt-oriented Zooms for me. Saturday afternoon my Quilting With Friends modern group got together again, post-holiday, to stitch and chat. So nice to see people! I decided to do more hand work ... using a, hmm, non-traditional material to make myself a small bowl. 

I've been channeling my own personal do-not-be-so-perfectionist mantra, so this bowl is kind of wonky and imperfect ... and I really like it. :) Here is the evolution:

Bowl insideFirst I covered the inside of the cup-shape with fabric. You probably can't tell but I did make two darts in the flat piece of fabric to fit it into the already-created cup. I hand stitched a spiral to hold down the fabric.

Bowl bottomFor whatever reason I did not feel like making more darts when I started on the outside fabric covering so I cut scraps freehand into bias strips and hand sewed them in concentric tiers with an irregular curving cap. There won't be any fabric threads hanging off due to the bias edges.

Bowl with standI used an extra strip of foundation material to create a stand for the cup shape so my bowl would not roll around.

FinishedHere is the finished bowl (sitting on my current journal for size comparison), holding some paper words I cut out of old book pages recently. I'm pleased with this little thing and I have three more pre-made cup shapes to create other bowls with. I'm pondering how to make those. :)

Today, Sunday afternoon, was the scheduled monthly meeting of the Baltimore Modern quilt guild. We had a speaker (via Zoom) - Carole Lyle-Shaw - on sustainable quilt habits. Great inspiration!! She had some very on-point comments about avoiding excess and managing our stashes (of fabric, tools, patterns, etc) that my personal experience supports. :)

Carole was a good customer of mine when Seminole Sampler was extant (and she gave me a very nice packed box filled with African print scraps when she was de-stashing). I have enjoyed watching her teaching practice grow (from the aquaintence-level distance). 

We also did some break out rooms during our meeting to talk over challenges and problems we have dealt with while creating/designing 'modern' quilts. Interesting to hear what other people struggle with!

I don't plan to go out anywhere tomorrow ... so I'm hoping to do a little organizing and sewing in my room. Fingers crossed!

:) Linda

Snow and Aftermath

Web_a1_3764_2_dark-eyed-junco_jocelyn_anderson_kk_0Today I saw these birds at my feeder, in addition to the usual song sparrows and such. Juncos are cute little birds that show up here in Maryland in the winter (we are the 'south' they visit to escape winter starvation:). On Monday (yesterday), it snowed most of the day. Heavy, wet snow - we got about 4" here at my house and variable amounts in this region depending on location. The storm came from the south and traveled eastward - the Eastern Shore got pretty heavily hit, I hear.

Here are the photos I took of my yard (while it was still snowing):

DoorfeederStanding on my front door step, looking into our front yard and across the cul de sac. The snow was heavy enough to close the feeding ports; Skip had to knock it off with a stick to get seeds available for the birds.

FeedernookThe second seed and suet feeder location, buried inside the bushes in front of my living room doors. Notice how heavy and clumping the snow is on the boughs.

YewThis is the large yew bush just to the left of our front door (looking outward), weighed down by snow.

The birds came to our feeders continuously during the day on Monday. Flocks of them! Four or five woodpeckers at a time ... even the sparrows were dipping into the suet. Jucos hoping about on the ground as well as at the seed feeder. I filled the tube feeder late on Sunday evening. By sundown on Monday it was completely empty - usually takes the birds two days to eat that much (without snow and cold for urgency:). I re-filled the feeder this morning and they have been eating heavily again - mid20s for a high temperature is kinda tough on little song birds!

I got an email just before lunch today from the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles, cancelling my appointment for this afternoon (my planned 'big outing' for today). I have to renew my driver's license and get my Real ID issued. At least I managed to find my papers last night! Amazing what one keeps - my birth certificate, both social security cards (maiden and married names) and my voter's registration card were all saved away in my desk drawer. The last place I thought to look for them. LOL.

I startled myself by falling asleep after I ate my lunch - I had expected to do some housework in the kitchen in the early afternoon but my body had it's own agenda. Sigh. Stayed warm and cosy under two lap quilts, though, in my comfy chair. When I woke up around 3 pm, Hugh and I started in on cooking a new-to-us recipe. He agitated for trying to make deep dish Chicago style pizza ... so I ordered the assorted ingredients on Monday and we set in this afternoon. 

Made the crust from scratch ... then simmered the sauce, cooked up onions, sweet peppers and organic Italian style sausage for filling ... assembled and baked the pizza. While it cooked (and then cooled), Hugh and I watched the first episode of Foundation on Apple+TV. I read Asimov's books (three? book series) mega years ago - and remember the basic plot but have forgotten the details. Probably the best state for watching a re-make, eh? :)

I was impressed with the sets, costuming, casting and all on first watching. I did get a giggle out of some of the casting - actors I'm used to seeing in villainous roles cast as heroes. :) I look forward to the next episode. My daughter called while we were watching but we didn't chat for long - they had snow, too, but not as much as we did. Other side of the storm (she's in south-central Wisconsin).

Here's how the pizza came out:

PizzaI don't have a 12" circular baking pan so we made do with a 9"x13" casserole dish. This was very, very tasty! I quite liked our results - we put this recipe into our household files for a repeat. :) I even managed to cut a piece the correct size for my stomach (though figuring out how many calories/nutrients it contained was not so easy). Happyforks.com to the rescue!

Now I'm going to finish this post and spend some time watching the rest of the Underground documentary on Curiousity Stream and do some more chicken scratch embroidery. I managed to get in 3 hours of work yesterday - I'll be happy with 20 or 30 minutes today. :) At least I figured out (with Skip's help) how to recharge my necklight's battery so I can see what I'm doing! 

Oh, here's how the embellishing threads will look on the panel I am embroidering now:

EmbellishmentPretty flowers, eh?

:) Linda