It takes me a while to get back into my normal routine, but I am getting there a little at a time. While sitting in the hospital with Erin, I read several really good books that I need to review. A new Martha Grimes, Vertigo 42, a Richard Jury novel, and I am a fan of Grimes' Richard Jury series; Dominion, by C.J. Sansom, is an alternate history with the frightening premise concerning what would have happened if Great Britain has accepted Hitler's offer and surrendered (boy, I found this an unnerving scenario); Tiffany Baker's Mercy Snow, a beautifully written novel about a small mill town on the Androscoggin river and mysteries past and present in the lives of the inhabitants; The Quick, an unusual vampire novel by Lauren Owen, and The Dirty Book Murder by Thomas Shawver, about an auction of antique and collectible erotica that results in murder. All of them were good, and I'm working on a review right now of Mercy Snow, which I have to admit appealed to me partly because of the use of the thread motif, inserted subtly and beautifully throughout the novel.
I ended up without my Kindle for a while, but I'd tucked a small plastic bag with embroidery floss, needles, scissors, and the beginning of a small piece into my purse, just in case. It certainly came in handy.
Now that I'm home I will be adding some beads and determining whether or not I want to make it larger. Currently, it is about 3 by 3".
If I can get in the mood, I'm going to work on some other projects, but at the moment, I'm still a bit apathetic about doing anything. Did some Valentine's decorating before leaving for Baton Rouge, and I have some projects with hearts that need further work.
Last year's little sheep keeps tilting back, but I like her anyway.
The needlepoint pillow below is a favorite,
no matter the season,
but works especially well for Valentine's and Christmas.
The little mice go well for either holiday,
so I left them out.
In the process of mopping floors. Vacuum, mop--a room at a time. Laundry, just about caught up on that. Now, just need to build up a little enthusiasm for cleaning the bathrooms.