Friday, July 27, 2012

A Bit of Stitching

Since June 7th I've been in Tennessee staying with my momma. In the not too distant future we will have to make hard decisions but right now I'm here with her away from the spousal unit and the sons. While I feel right now I'm where I need to be, there's this fear that when I do go home, I'll be the stranger, I won't quite belong any more. I guess that is my homesickness talking. But enough of that!

My stitching time is a bit limited but I have made a good bit of progress on Long Dog's Time & Tide sampler. I'm stitching it on 32ct antique white linen using DMC as charted. I had planned to stitch it on 40ct using HDF silks but I kitted it ages ago and the 32ct is easy to see in regular light and I'm very happy with how it's stitching up. I love the bright colors and while the stitching is slow, if I'm lucky I get about an hour in the morning before momma wakes up to stitch, I do manage to complete a motif or two every morning.

The sweetest part of my day is my early morning stitching time. Needle and thread slipping through fabric, listening to my audiobook. Right now it's Gone With the Wind which I am enjoying a lot. This is a reread but a first time listen and I look forward every morning to the little bit of time I get to spend with Scarlett, Rhett and Mellie. It's a touch of normal for me while I am in this alien world that has not been home to me in 26 years.

I could go on about going back home, the demons of childhood, being an adult child taking care of a parent and the struggles that ensue. But not now. Now it's all about the sweet hour of the day. Stitching, an audiobook, and a steaming cup of coffee. BLISS!!!

I am so very grateful for these quiet moments.

11 comments:

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your Time and Tide sampler looks wonderful!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Your sampler looks wonderful and I'm so glad you have a respite from your daughter duties!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Oh very beautilful I love the stitches in the bannière ....

amitiés de FRANCE

Margaret said...

Your Time and Tide is gorgeous! Hang in there -- hope you can go home soon.....

MamaLadyBug said...

WOW Get her done! You really are moving right along on this one. <3

Anna van Schurman said...

Great progress. You're a very good daughter. And just think when you do get back home, you can discover your spouse all over again. Ahem, did I just say that out loud?

Sharon said...

I'm so sorry for what you're going through...I'm sorting through similar emotions with my mom right now...you will be in my thoughts...

Siobhán said...

Melissa, your T&T looks great! Wow, you've gotten a lot done. YGG!

Melissa G. said...

Great progress!! Thoughts are with you as you go through this stressful time.

Ana's World said...

I can empathize with you. Been there and felt the same way. It's tough but I'm so grateful I was able to be there for my parents and my brother. It's a blessing to be sure. Chin up and when you go home...you're such an integral part of your family. You'll feel even more a part of them! Prayers!

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