I have just finished pages 11 and 12, so I am very happy tonight! I now have two complete rows of pages stitched. Now that Santa has a face it's going to be very hard to pack him away, but I do need to do that so I can stitch other projects - like a baby birth sampler for our new little girl in the family, and Christmas ornaments for a number of children (Dylan, Georgia, Lucia, Harper, Thomas, Jackson, Brittany, Matthew, Daniel, Amelia, Kate, Matthew, Megan, and David, and there may well be more names added to this list). SO - I have two more weeks to stitch on Jolly Old Fellow, and then he will be packed away until the beginning of 2012. I'm hoping to get page 13 finished before he goes away.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Page 10 of HAED Jolly Old Fellow is now finished, and I've made a tiny start on pages 11/12. I'm a third of the way through JOF now - yay! I'll be continuing to stitch on JOF till the end of this month, and for the first 2 weeks in May. I'm now hoping to finish pages 11 & 12 (a tiny page - just 12 stitches wide) by the end of April, and in May I hope to stitch page 13, which is the start of the third row of pages. I am so pleased to be able to say that Maddie has had no further fits and is behaving quite normally, except that she's sleeping a lot more than she used to . But then, she's 12 years old, so I guess she;s entitled to sleep more. And when she's awake, she's quite active and just as bossy as she ever was. Great news! I'd like to be able to say that my Dad was progressing well too - but no such luck. He's very labile in his mood, and once again thinks that we (his children and in particular me - as I have the power of attorney and enduring guardianship, and manage all his affairs) have stolen all his money and placed him in prison. The poor old soul never did have any money in his whole life - he was a hard worker, but raised 6 children and did it a bit tough at times. He's very unpredictable - sometimes as sweet as pie, othertimes he's aggressive and very unpleasant. I have heard more colourful language from my father in the past 18 months than I ever did in all the years before that. Until the dementia started I never once heard him swear in front of a female - now it's another story! I feel so sad for him. It's not the life he would prefer to be living, I'm sure. Old age is not something to look forward to, if Dad's experience is any indication. I keep trying to forget that I'm just 25 years behind him on the age scale!
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Well, at least he has two eyes now - he's starting to look like a real Santa. It's not a good pic - he's actually nicer when you're looking at the fabric (not so washed out). I'm pleased with my progress - page 10 is about half-done now. I'm now quietly confident that I'll finish the second 'row' (the rest of page 10, and pages 11 and 12) in the next six weeks. I need to pack JOF away in mid May, and it's extremely unlikely I'll find any more stitching time for him until December, if then. I want to get as far ahead as I can before he's packed away,because I would really love to have him framed for Christmas 2013, and there's still a lot of stitching left to finish!