And the second reason for happiness is the completion of my Santa ornament (though it is not yet finished into an ornament).
Santa ornament designed by Melinda Blackman,
from Cross My Heart's "Christmas Magic" booklet (1992)
I stitched him over 2 on 28 count Jobelan. He took me longer than I thought, as there were lots of floss changes and so much back-stitching. I added blending floss to the baubles on the right, but apart from that stitched it with the charted floss (unusual for me!). I have stitched this as a Christmas gift for my youngest sister, for whom I have stitched a Christmas ornament or framed cross stitch every year since 1984. I have kitted up an angel ornament from the same designer and booklet, to stitch for my second sister, but I may do a few less complicated designs first, and work up to the angel!
Now I have to get back to my post-storm clearing and cleaning. So far I have done 5 loads of washing, and that's not the end of it. And this afternoon I have to venture out to the grocery shop to replenish the fridge and freezer - I had to throw out bags of food, but fortunately not my store of frozen meat, which my niece, who had power, stored for me.