Saturday, August 25, 2012

Counting Your Blessings.....

It’s been a while. Little did I know that within a couple of days of stitching La D Da’s Count Your Blessings as a quick stitch at the end of July it would be something that would be very close to my heart and something I would need to keep trying to remember to do.
 Stitched on 32ct LL Vintage Examplar & suggested threads

My mother came home from hospital a couple of days ago after spending almost a month there.  During that time I was doing a 120 mile round trip each day to keep an eye on my 95 year old father who was adamant that he could be on his own at home (overall he coped well) and for the two of us to visit my mother.  All very tiring and stressful. For now she is home and very frail but….she is home and happy to be there.  They are having support with nursing care coming in four times a day and we are just taking things one day at a time.

Next to no stitching went on the first couple of weeks. Never mind stitching for enjoyment it is also something I turn to when things aren’t so good. However, I was so tired when I’d get home in the evening that I basically turned into a couch potato in front of the tv and hadn’t the energy to pick up a needle. 

This past week though I’ve set aside a little bit of time each morning and have managed to finish the next block of PSS Halloween Hornbook Sampler.

I  have also changed the ghost to a light grey which now shows up much more clearly on the fabric.

Through all the craziness of the past few weeks I celebrated a birthday (to be honest it pretty much passed in a blur!!!) and received this wonderful package of goodies from my dear friend Carol.

As many of us know, Carol does the most wonderful over one stitching and when I unwrapped everything and saw what she had sent well, I just loved it. 

The Sheepish Designs chart she included is one I have always regretted not adding to my stash when it was easily available, plus some lovely autumn fabrics and buttons.  What a lovely package and it made my day in so many ways when things were quite tough.  Thank you Carol!  If you aren’t familiar with her blog do drop by Stitching Dreams and see all her wonderful finishes and what a special person she is.

Thank you to those who dropped me an email to see if things were okay.  I’m totally out of the loop as regards visiting and commenting on blogs but would hope to be on here a little more from now on.  While I will still need to go to see my parents it won’t be every day so I’m hoping to get a little more on track with what was ‘normal life’ before this happened.

Hope all is well with you and yours.
Until next time……