15 August 2011

Some updates

The computer is cooperating . . . for now.

This is the finished square for Primitive Needle Lisa's memorial quilt. I couldn't find the picture to show off when it was completed.

The wording is from the epitaph for Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy, and I think it is probably the nicest thing you could say about someone who has passed away. I hope our work gives her family a bit of solace. She is so missed.

I also finished Part 2 of CItA.

I started Part 3 on Wednesday night. It's moving surprisingly quickly. I love how she includes the stitch diagrams on the charts. It really helps to see how things are supposed to go, much easier than surfing the net for instructions. I betcha if she included turkeywork instructions, I wouldn't run screaming from them.

We spent the weekend in Gettysburg, camping. It was a relaxing time for me. We went on a ghost tour of the Jenny Wade home. Jenny was the only civilian casualty of the battle, shot in her sister's home while baking bread. The story of her death, and the family's struggle to survive, is fascinating. I enjoyed the tour, but I didn't see any ghosts, didn't have any creepy hap'nins. Left-brain kept sticking his finger in the bullet holes, and I kept expecting someone ghostly to bop him in the head, but no dice. Perhaps they found him intimidating? I feel so blessed that Gettysburg is so close to us, about 28 miles, so it's easy to get there, and it does have an other-worldly beauty to it. I plan on going back and taking a different tour, if not with the goal of seeing ghosts, just to find out more about that moment in American history.

I did take along Brave Hearts to work on. It rained on Saturday afternoon, so we were confined to the camper. I turned the TV on and stitched while Left-brain napped.(And yes, it might not be roughin' it to sit in a camper with a fridge, and cable TV, and screened windows, but we ARE on vacation, why make it a struggle to relax, LOL? I've washed my hair in the same bucket of water the horses drank out of, I got zippy to prove!)I am making good progress, and hope to have it finished this week. I will save the next picture update til it's finished.

I've been trying to be good here lately with my S.E.X. purchases. I stay off E-bay, and, when I do shop, if something catches my eye, it has to be something really special for me to buy it. I'm kind of proud of myself in that. I'd really like to start making dents in my UFO/WIP pile before the end of the year. I feel good that I've finished a few old projects this year, but there is so much more to do. I can pretty up the projects, put them in nice storage boxes, but they're still there. And buying new projects and starting them just doesn't feel right right now. Does anyone else feel this way? It's probably for the best, but it's a different place for me to be.


Meari said...

I'd love to visit Gettysburg someday. I love site-seeing and historical places.

Congrats on your finish. CITA is looking good.

I've been stitching from my stash, too. We can be "good" together. :)

Siobhan said...

Oh my gosh. I am tearing up over what you stitched on Lisa's memory quilt square. It is so fitting because that was Lisa. Her family will love it.

Kathy A. said...

Hi Rachel - sorry I haven't been by in a while.
What a fun way to honor Lisa. Your verse is perfect.
Love, love, love Gettysburg and the entire area.
We toured it a few years ago. My DH,DS and DIL toured the field, then DS and I dropped off the other two and went back and toured again. We had to leave when it got dark. But we are both Civil War buffs and my son could discuss the battles and where things happened. We could almost hear the gunfire and see the smoke lol.

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls