Stitching, gaming and everything else

There are times when hav­ing so many inter­ests is, well, of ques­tion­able val­ue. (Not that I’m about to give any of them up.)

When I’m stitch­ing I feel guilty because I haven’t done a pod­cast in a while. Sam is hav­ing a fit with some sort of weird noise just appear­ing in the record­ings, though, and I don’t have the patience he has for re-record­ing over and over again to get a full pod­cast done accept­ably.

So I stitch, but I should also be doing some web work or blog­ging, or house work. And I know I must owe some­one cor­re­spon­dence. At least most of those peo­ple know why I’m tak­ing a bit of a break.

Peaceful Sea from Amaryllis ArtworksLuck­i­ly, gam­ing and stitch­ing go well togeth­er, although some­how, very lit­tle work gets done dur­ing the very intense ses­sions.

Then there are the cats. Shel­ley has decid­ed that she does­n’t care what her past train­ing has been. She wants to be held when she wants to be held, and at 17 years old, she takes prece­dence over any WIP. The kit­ten is still learning—no, I’m still try­ing vain­ly to teach the kit­ten not to chase my thread. It’s up to me to always remem­ber to put WIPs away so that he can’t nest on them.

At least it’s a full life, rather than an emp­ty one.

Separation anxiety

And I don’t even know for sure if there’ll be a sep­a­ra­tion!

Katie may go to high school this year. We’ll know for sure very soon. I’ve done a tran­script for her, all offi­cial and every­thing.

Just the thought makes me jeal­ous of the time I have with her now, though. I’ve enjoyed these years togeth­er, and I don’t want them to end. I don’t want to clip her wings, of course, and I know my qualms are self­ish.

It isn’t as if I’ll have trou­ble find­ing things to do. It’s that Katie won’t be with me to do them.

Cyn

SBQ: Embroidery scissors




Embroi­dery Scis­sors

Orig­i­nal­ly uploaded by tech­nomom.

This week’s Stitch­ing Blog­gers Ques­tion is

Many of us have a few pairs of embroi­dery scis­sors and some even have a “col­lec­tion”. How many pairs of scis­sors do you have? Feel free to share a pho­to of your favorite pair or pairs with us!

I just have the one pair, but that pair is sacred! No one dares to use them for any­thing but the snip­ping of threads.

It is actu­al­ly the lat­est in a suc­ces­sion of iden­ti­cal scis­sors that have served me well for many years. I pre­fer sim­ple scis­sors that func­tion well to dec­o­ra­tive ones.

What I’m miss­ing right now are good fab­ric scis­sors, as mine were used by an ex to cut PAPER. (That per­son fits much bet­ter in a size X.)

The piece is my favorite cur­rent WIP, Drag­on Dreams’ “Fairy Tale Sam­pler.”

Kyoshi and Shelley

Kyoshi and Shelley

Yes, the kit­ten has a name of his own! And he has accom­plished much, as evi­denced by this pho­to­graph. Many a cat has attempt­ed to snug­gle with Shel­ley over the past 16 years since her last play­mate died, but very few have suc­ceed­ed. She has even groomed him a bit!

SBQ: Framing and glass

This week’s SBQ:

When you get a project pro­fes­sion­al­ly framed do you get glass insert­ed into the frame? Why or why not?

smoke damaged cross-stitchI’ve post­ed some notes from an attempt to save one piece that was not framed with glass. I was a teen, in high school, and did­n’t see a need for glass at the time.

smoke damaged cross-stitchMy father smokes, and that piece isn’t ever going to real­ly come clean after 25 years of hang­ing in his den. I was suprised that I man­aged as well as I did.

smoke damaged cross-stitchSo now, yes, I get glass every time. While I don’t smoke and won’t (can’t, even if I want­ed to, due to aller­gies and asth­ma) live with any­one who does, I find it impor­tant to pro­tect the pieces. You can’t always pre­dict where one will end up, and after I’ve put so much love into some­thing, it’s worth a few more dol­lars to add the glass.

Mythlandia

How many of these ref­er­ences do you rec­og­nize?

I had a lit­tle trou­ble on the site when using Fire­fox, so you may need to try a dif­fer­ent brows­er if you can’t see the incred­i­ble map mur­al at first.

(Link updat­ed 24-Decem­ber-2007.)

The glory of pain management

I’ve been almost afraid to talk about it, but last week my pain man­age­ment doc­tor pre­scribed break­through pain med­ica­tion for the first time. I’ve been leery of tak­ing it too often, so I’m tak­ing it once every few days instead of once a day as direct­ed.

Mir­a­cle of mir­a­cles, though: all the pain except for the neu­ropa­thy goes away.

And I’m func­tion­al. Well, I’m rather loopy right after tak­ing the med­ica­tion, but for the next day or two, I’m far more phys­i­cal­ly func­tion­al than I have been in a very long time.

I can­not stress this enough: if you have chron­ic pain, see a pain man­age­ment spe­cial­ist. There are no oth­er doc­tors who are as qual­i­fied to treat pain.