Come visit with me as I stitch and craft my way from one Christmas to the next - I like to have Christmas projects close by me all year. I have a particular fondness for Santas and Angels. If you have the time, leave a comment so I know you've visited.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

At last ...

I finally finished page 21.  It seems to have taken ages, but at least I know why.  In the last two weeks I've not had as much stitching time as I would have liked.  My house-mate has been dealt another health blow.  She's still recovering from the chemo and radiation therapy, and has now been diagnosed with glaucoma.  She's had laser treatment on both her eyes in the past week.  And just so I don't feel out of it, my Pagets Disease (affecting mainly my skull), which has been in remission for the past few years, had become active again, so I'm back on the daily tablets to knock it back down.  Not happy, Jan!

Sometimes life just doesn't seem to be playing fair.  This is one of those times in my house!

Monday, February 13, 2012

WIPocalypse February Report

I'm late with this report - because of my computer troubles.

I am so very pleased with my progress on my HAED Jolly Old Fellow.  It's the only project I have worked on this year.  I have now finished page 20, which was my target for 2012.  I am quite astounded at reaching this target so early - I expected (based on how long it took me to stitch each page of this design  in previous years) that it would take me till May or June to stitch pages 14-20. 

So, here's where I am now:

I'll continue stitching on Jolly old Fellow through till the end of March.  If I manage to stitch pages 21-24 in that time (and I now expect that I will) I will probably keep working on it, with a view to actually finishing it this year.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Dust - 1, Computer - 0

Reluctant as I am to admit it, my computer hard drive has died - because the fan got too dusty, causing the capacitator to fail and the hard drive to get into strife. Who would have thought it? Certainly not me! My dear sister has saved my sanity by lending me her laptop, which I am currently using. I've been computerless for the past 9 days, and I must admit it has distressed me way more than I would have anticipated! It's much like the time my microwave died. For years I had believed that I rarely used the microwave, so when it died I thought it wouldn't make much difference. I soon discovered that part of just about every meal I prepared was cooked in the microwave. I was off to the shops pronto to replace the microwave. It's much the saame with the computer - I'm in the habit of accessing info on it frequently each day.

My computer is at the computer repairman's workshop waiting for a new capacitator (apparantly the one my computer uses is different to the usual one available) which is somewhere on the high seas in a container en route to Melbourne. It's expected to arrive sometime in the next 2-3 weeks. Then the computer angels are going to do their magic with stitching the capacitator into a new hard drive, and transferring all my data across. Hopefully I'll have an upgraded computer (dust free) returned to me in early March. I'll be SO pleased to see it home!
Having no computer has allowed me extra stitching time, so I guess that's the silver lining in my computer cloud! I've made great progress on Jolly old Fellow! I'll be back with pics of JOF just as soon as I work out how to load pics onto this laptop.