It was a random week, punctuated by a few maddening moments.
With the latest update from my daughter… the tooth is still wiggly. Or at least it was on Monday! My daughter is back at work, which means Winston is in daycare and has had one illness after another. While we were there she shared how stressful being a “single parent” is (which I sadly know about all too well!) She is exhausted and I really wish I lived closer to be able to help her more! This is maddening moment number one for the week.
I sat down to begin the Great Advent Calendar project and as I read through the instructions again. I realized I need some ribbon… maddening moment number two because I made a list and got “everything” I needed… or so I thought. I will be making a trip to JoAnn’s today to get a spool of ribbon.
I have been valiantly trying to do Stitching In Hand and failing miserably, which brought maddening moment number three. I tried to give myself a bit of a grace period… you know, learning something new can be a challenge to the brain as well as the hands! It seemed easier to go in one direction… or so I thought, until I found that I was not going over enough threads on one row. I have ripped out all the “new” stitches put my hoop back on and went back to my tried and true method. Sometimes you cannot teach and old dog new tricks… or perhaps I need to practice on larger spaced cloth!
Being gone for several days at the beginning of October meant I did not get my act together to do any “Halloween” decorating until this week. I hauled the boxes upstairs from the garage (This is Pittsburgh… our garage is in our basement!) and then contemplated what to put out with less than 2 weeks left in the month. I pulled out my “Fall” decorations that can stay up through November and just got out a couple of things for Halloween. Some is better than none… right? Now I just need to make a decision about some kind of outside lights for Halloween night itself… None of which is maddening, thank goodness! lol
Have a great weekend everyone! I will see you all back here on Monday with my October Word update! (fun times!)
Sorry for the maddening moments this week. My niece is a single parent and my SiL and the rest of the family all agree that it takes a village. I wish you and Heidi lived closer as you would both benefit. Vivi may be a candidate for some sort of record with that tooth! I wish you success at Joann’s and enjoyment as you begin the Great Advent Calendar project.
I think having a child in day care is stressful enough without adding in being a single parent. Sending good vibes her way. What count fabric are you using for your stitching? I would definitely go with a more open fabric until you get the “hang” of stitching in hand. But, everyone is different and many prefer to use a hoop or a scroll frame for their stitching. You will find what works best for you. We put some pumpkins out on our step, and that’s it for Halloween decorating – LOL. We are not even buying candy – Fletch loves the bite size candies and he has a large canister full of them…figure we will use those and replenish if necessary. We have not had many trick or treaters for years (even pre-pandemic times).
Have to smile here…my PGH friend was here for dinner on Thursday night, as she has work meetings nearby a few times each month. (yay! vaccinated visits for us!) And we were talking about PGH basements/garages/lennais! I love when the world feels just a tiny bit smaller in ways like that. Happy week-ending to you, Kat.
I hope the end of the week brings calmer times — the weekend at least looks like it will be a good one for staying inside with a good book, a hot drink, and some stitching.
I’m sorry you had those maddening moments and I hope you are able to release them with some focus and relaxation.
I hope your weekend has fewer maddening moments. Sometimes the miles to our kids seem so long. I know that feeling of wanting to be closer in order to lend help. I put out a pumpkin and mums on the front stoop. The pumpkin started to rot so it is in the compost. After my brother’s death, I lost track of the days so no Halloween decorations out. I decided to wait for Thanksgiving.
ANy decor is better than none, I say. We have enjoyed jackolanterns for just us. Some orange lights the neighbors can see from the woods. That’s it
could your daughter move down here? our decorations are in the basement as well and we are getting used to that. We lost A LOT of storage even though this house is the same size. Thank goodness we decluttered! Worrying about adult children is just about the worst stress I know.