Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Back, I hope, after a lengthy illness that just wouldn't quit!  John and I were both sick since the start of the month.  We are still working on getting totally over what amounted to acute bronchitis and pink eye on John's part, & a horrible case of the flu, a horrible sinus infection, & pink eye on my part!

Although I have not in any way given up on knitting, an Instagram kit-along brought me to the point of pulling out a cross stitch kit to work on!  I am as surprised as you   : )   It has been three years since I've stitched anything.  I think we can all remember what ruined it for me back then.  This is my first finish, a Bent Creek Zipper kit titled Winter House.

The kit along will not end until March 31st so last night I began another cross stitch kit.  This one is A-Wassailing by Shakespeare's Peddler.  
Unfortunately none of my knitting photos are on my computer so I will have to try to transfer them over here at some point so you can see those projects.

I hope that everyone had a happy & peaceful Christmas.  John & I had a very low-key one.  I didn't bake anything.  We didn't have any gifts.  Initially I wasn't going to put up any decorations at all, then I decided to decorate the skinny prim tree with my cross stitch ornaments.  I also put a handful of small decorations on the mantle & leaned a prim sled against one of the walls.  I did make our usual feast of turkey, ham, & potato salad which we enjoyed very much, & we also enjoyed Christmas movies throughout the season.  Well, we started watching them in October actually.  We have a LOT of Christmas DVDs ... lol!!!

January has flown by.  Time flies when you're near death.  I am very happy that tomorrow is February.  One step closer to when we move again!!!  Another rental for a year (ugh).  Where are we going?  Who knows.  Most likely we will try to move back to Lexington or somewhere near there since I am still dealing with doctors and a dentist in the area.  I know John would like to settle down in Tennessee again, & depending on how the medical/dental issues go we might end up renting a place there.  I just know I am looking forward to settling down.  24 moves in 42 years.  It's getting a bit old.

A belated Happy 2018 to you all!!!


marly said...

Shirlee!! Sorry to hear you both have been ill, hope that is coming to a close. Nasty stuff around this season.

Glad you have an enjoyable Christmas although toned down from your usual celebration. Hope the home search resolves quickly with something you love.

gracie said...

My goodness, you and John have really had a lousy January. Hope it is all in the past now. Nice stitching projects. It must be tough with the moving. Maybe you can find a place that can be just what you both like.

Vickie said...

Well knock me over with a feather! I am happily surprised at your sweet stitching Shirlee. Lookin' great! I hope the rest of this year goes smoother and healthier for you AND me. Yes, 24 moves in 42 years is too much my friend!

Julie said...

A sweet finish to kick start your stitching again. Hope you are both soon back to full health.

Michele Inman said...

So sorry to hear you've both been ill but so glad to see a post from you. Take care of yourselves.

Marilyn said...

Glad to see you are stitching again!
I hope you find a place to settle that you like.
Take care, and wishing you both good health.

Frances N said...

So great to see a post from you! And stitching!!
I look forward to seeing more cross stitch from you--it's time!
I hope you both are back to good health, and that you'll find a place to settle down!!

Kaisievic said...

Lovely to see you stitching again, my dear and good luck with the new move - I am sure that it will go well. I hope that you and John stay well over February.

Vicki said...

What fun to see your stitching projects after a long drought! Glad you are both on the mend, there has sure been a lot of sickness everywhere this year. I'll start praying now, Shirlee, that you and John will be led to the right home when you move.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Nice to see you back and stitching again! Love the Winter finish.

I notice you still have the darned Christmas Countdown on your blog!!