Firstly, a big thank you for the lovely comments on my last post.
I actually really enjoyed blogging this way and I am trying to be a better commentator on other blogs too. Now that I am on here daily that is much easier to maintain also.
12th September - Monday
So today after quite a slow start as my Husband was working from home and I always seem to be slower getting going when he is at home, I took the dog for her morning walk and it is definitely feeling more autumnal. Really quite a fresh wind today.
On returning from walking the dog the postman came with my delivery of three Penguin English Library edition books. I have wanted to increase the number of classics that I own for some time. Of these three books I did read Tess back in the early 1980's I had a mass market edition with the film cover (Nastassja Kinski as Tess imdb have this as 1979 but checking release dates it was 1981 in the UK and I bought the book via school, which would have made me 12 years old), I have not read it since. Persuasion is one of two Austens I have not read but have loved both TV adaptations that I have watched and Wives and Daughters is another TV series that I really enjoyed I have read both Cranford and North and South by Gaskell.
So onto some stitching - in the morning I finally dragged out Prairie Schooler Alphabet Letter G and made some progress on this
In the afternoon I did a little more on Scheherazade and below is the progress I made
After dinner my husband and I settled down to watch Victoria episode 4 on catch-up. I am really enjoying this series, this weeks episode was essentially her and Albert's courtship. There is something to be said for men in uniforms, they looked so smart and my favourite costume of tonight's episode was not a pretty frock but her riding outfit which I thought most striking navy blue with a red collar.
In the evening I didn't feel like stitching on a big project so I got my Medieval Queen bookmark out and I am nearly done with this now just a little more back stitching to do. I am always amazed at how long back stitching takes
At bedtime I read from both Dumb Witness - I have got to Poirot visiting the Tripps and Theresa Arundell trying to work out what really happened and before sleep I read more from The Secret Garden and Mary has just found the key. I am enjoying both these books.
13th September - Tuesday
Well my day started early with the dog waking me up by barking at 4.45 am. I probably would not have minded too much had we not needed to get up at 5.30 am anyway and so I did not really go back to sleep. After dog walking and doing some grocery shopping, I set off to town with my adult children only to discover when we were at the back of our house that my son had left his bedroom wide open so I had to go back and rectify that. It was a very hot day even by 10am when I set off for town. I was very lucky to get home before we had an horrendous thunderstorm and downpour. My door shook with one clap of thunder and my poor dog was beside herself terrified, she absolutely hates thunder.
So today I finally finished my Medieval Queen bookmark
So pleased was I with this that I started on another bookmark kit in the evening this one is called Flowers of Scotland as I did not feel like working on one of my larger projects. Bookmarks are great for this - when you want to stitch but only something small.
In the evening I watched the final episode of the crime story One of Us - I did not guess whodunnit but think it was quite a good conclusion to the story.
No reading was done before bed as I was quite tired.
14th September - Wednesday
Another early start was had and boy was it a warm day. After dog walking I started on the process of getting my son packed up for Thursday's taking him back to Uni. We spent some time sorting through his clothes, he has put on some weight and so some of his things are no longer fitting, so anything that was good has been put in a bag to go to the charity shop and most of the rest has been binned if not fitting or tatty. Later in the morning I popped to the shop to try and find some soya mince for my daughter (she has gone off Quorn it makes her bloat) and luckily that freezer was probably the only one that was working. All their chillers and most of the freezers were broken and being emptied whilst I was there. I then spent a couple of hours ironing my sons clothes prior to putting them into the suitcase and holdall ready for tomorrow. Whilst doing this tedious task I listened to Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
There was a mid week challenge with Cross Stitch Friends on Facebook so I continued working on Flowers of Scotland bookmark as I knew I would not get much done today. In the end I managed 2hrs 45 mins on this
In bed I did read but a book about book recommendations The Book Lovers' Companion - What to Read Next. It is a good reference book and I may use it for part of my TBR next year as I think I will probably work from a plan to tick a few off that I have wanted to read for sometime but not got around to it. I have it on Kindle.
A very short update. We took our son back to University, which he is very happy about and it was another very warm day. The result of this I was very tired when we returned home late afternoon. In the evening I watched I think the final episode of Million Dollar Princesses this week featuring Barbara Hutton, Kick Kennedy and Clara Ward - I think this episode was called Beautiful but Doomed. Again very interesting and in the case of Kick Kennedy very sad. I did a minimum amount of stitching on Scheherazade see below, I apologise for the poor photo
I went to bed early and did not read, just very tired.
16th September - Friday
We had a disturbed night, my husband is on call and got woken at 2.30 only to find it wasn't for him, I then needed the loo and the dog decided she needed to go out which is fine but then she did not want to come back in. Once back in bed and just returning to sleep my husband had a bout of cramp. So I started Friday already tired. In the morning we went to the garage with the dog so that my husbands car could get a service then walking the dog back home along the canal so that the morning walk could be done at the same time.
After my husband and daughter left for work I spent the morning doing housework, cleaning and clearing up. I don't much enjoy doing it, but when its done am pleased with the result. I then sat down and finished reading How to Find Love in a Bookshop, I showed the cover in my previous post - overall I enjoyed it but I could have done with less characters. I then started on a book called The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
I pottered about for the rest of the day, chatted to husband and daughter when they came home. Did no stitching just felt too tired to concentrate on it. At bedtime I started to read a new book that has come in at my e-book library called Among Others
17th September - Saturday
I started my day by picking up Viennese Waltz by Heritage Crafts prior to the rest of the house getting up. You may remember I did not get to work on it last Saturday as I had a headache so here is the before photo
During the day I went to town with my daughter who had managed to break her phone screen so needed to get it fixed. Whilst we were waiting for that to be done we had a drink in the local coffee shop. I also purchased the latest issue of The World of Cross Stitching magazine - there is quite a lot in this issue that I would like to stitch. My first thing will be some of the Christmas ornaments bottom left and I think the designs in the calendar are very lovely.
Whilst stitching in the evening my daughter and I watched a movie on Sky called Every Secret Thing with Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks and Dakota Fanning - it was quite good if a little twisted but then that is the style of film that it was.
My daughter wanted to watch Casualty which is a long running BBC tv show and I have not watched it in a while so I went upstairs to my bedroom and listened to Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and stitched on the geometric bookmark that was in the August issue of Cross Stitch Collection magazine. Below is the progress I made. Slowly getting there with this one.
18th September - Sunday
On getting up I had received an email that had the attachment for a PDF chart I purchased on Friday but there had been a technical glitch in it appearing on my account page and so they had to send it me via email. The chart is Luna by Shannon Christine Designs and it uses glow in the dark thread
Designer page showing the Glow in the Dark effect
It is the second picture on the link page that shows the effect.
After walking the dog I did an hours work on my Prairie Schooler Alphabet Letter G, still hoping to get this letter completed before the end of the month.
I wasn't tired going to bed so listened to Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince again and stitched on the geometric bookmark. Below is where I got to
So that's it for this week and Sunday was a super productive stitchy day.
My next blog post will appear on the 27th September (a day later than usual) as I am going to the Isle of Wight for a few days to see my Mum.
Bye for now