Stitch-a-long Update, a Finish, and Some New Books

I haven’t gotten much done on my Queen of the Needle this month. The little verse here is stitched using ONE thread at a time, not the usual one whole stitch. I have to be careful when working this. I am also working on my bookmark for the Secret Stitcher Bookmark Exchange so I’m not going to say anything about that right now.

I do have a small finish. This is a Shepherd’s Bush, and I framed it myself as you can see. I need to redo it though, the crooked is driving me crazy! And this picture makes it look wrinkled, which it isn’t. I have no idea how that came to be! So I will show it again at some point looking better I hope.

Although I never mentioned this, I have a slight, very slight heart problem. It stems from a heart murmur and for the most part, there is nothing to it. However, once in a while it rears its ugly head and my blood pressure skyrockets, I have chest pains, dizzy spells, and the ensuing panic that a heart attack is imminent.  Yes, this was the month for heart fun. So I didn’t go down to L.A. as planned for the Festival of Books and I missed some school as well. Sigh.

A real bummer. But last Saturday Jim and I went to B&N and came home with a few books to make up for the loss. I’ve already read and reviewed The Dud Avocado and a couple of those ghost stories as well.  Among the authors of The Virago Book of Ghost Stories are Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell, May Sinclair, and Edith Wharton. I enjoyed The Old Nurse’s Story by Elizabeth Gaskell and will be reviewing it soon. 

I don’t know anything about The Birthday Present by Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell) but anything by Vine is so hard to find that I just grabbed it when I saw it.  The top book is Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple, and is about a good marriage being destroyed when a young woman arrives on the scene.  These should keep me busy for a while. Hopefully I will fully recover soon and get on with my life.

Sunday Salon – Lord of the Rings, Philosophy, and a New Stitching Exchange

The Lord of the Rings trilogy was on TV all weekend and I just couldn’ t resist watching them all. Not that it was possible to sit down for all those hours but it just having it on in the background was neat too.  Fantasy and strange worlds are great but I’ve never been very good at reading it. I just can’t picture it in my head.  The Lord of the Rings is multi-layered and the good vs evil aspects are quite intriguing.

A couple of years ago I picked up The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy and decided today to take another look at it. It is a series of essays about power, happiness, and the nature of evil. It gives one food for thought and this being spring break I have some time to actually think my own thoughts for a few days!  I won’t be going to Daytona Beach, mores the pity!

Jim and I will be going to the LA Times Festival of Books this year. It will be on April 24th & 25th, just a few weeks away. This will be our first time and we’re so excited to meet some of our favorite authors and get some books signed!! 

In addition to the April Stitch-a-long I will be participating in the Secret Stitcher Bookmark Exchange.  Last time we did cards for a person and it was so much fun.  This time we have even more people for the bookmark exchange. I am still waiting to hear who I will be stitching for and what they like. We need to stitch and send it for the recipient to receive it by June 11 and then the reveal will take place on June 15th. I like it because it gives you plenty of time to get it done. One of the things that has to be taken into account is where it is being sent. There is one lady, a real sweetheart, who lives in South Africa!

Cross Stitch Card Exchange

This is the card I received from Tina for the cross stitch card exchange. The cross stitch is very cute and I am very impressed with her cardmaking skills! Thanks Tina! I will treasure this!