“Cougar Reflection” by Sue Coleman

I hoped to finish this last month, but I underestimated how long it would take me to do all the half stitches. Part of it was the lack of motivation. My stitching bug took one look at all the colors that make up the river and fled. It came back out once I moved on to the background and the backstitching. So glad it’s done. A Halloween project is my next start.

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Cougar Reflection (Work in Progress)

All of the full stitches are finished. Next is the half stitches. Last will be the rest of the backstitch. I’m hoping to have this finished in the next couple of weeks.

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Rest in Peace

I haven’t been to many concerts. I don’t care for large crowds. I made an exception when Linkin Park came to Oklahoma City in February 2008. My boyfriend at the time and I are both longtime fans, as were the friends we planned to go with. Things didn’t work out with our friends, but my boyfriend and I had a great time.

The concert came at the end of a rough month for both of us. Once there, we learned that Chester Bennington was sick. The only way we could tell is because her kept apologizing about it. His singing and energy seemed normal. I think that shows how much the band loves their fans. We were fortunate, too, because the band had to postpone or cancel their next two shows due to Chester’s bronchitis.

I have most of their albums, though I still need to buy their newest. I’ve heard a lot of complaints over the years about how different their newer albums are from the first two, and I shake my head at those comments. Sure, their music has changed, but so has the band. They’re not in their 20s anymore. Things have changed, and I like that their music reflects that.

When the news spoke of Chester’s death yesterday I really hoped it was a sick joke. I will miss his voice and energy.

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My brother recently purchased his first home. It’s a bit north of us, but well worth the drive. He, his girlfriend, and their roommate have done a good job putting the house together. I got to see it yesterday during their housewarming party. I also had the opportunity to meet several members of his girlfriend’s family. They seem like great people.

I wasn’t sure I would be able to attend, because a coworker called out on Saturday, and they’ve been known to call out multiple days in a row. I told my supervisor on Saturday about the family gathering I hoped to go to the following afternoon in an effort to give him a warning that I wouldn’t be available yesterday to cover extra hours. Fortunately, that coworker didn’t call out again, so it was never an issue.

I did have to cancel plans I had on Saturday, though. Mom and I were  invited to a stitching group meeting at a nearby library. I really wanted to go, despite being sleep deprived, because our friends are fun to be around. Oh well. Next time, I hope. 

Work was interesting while my boss was on vacation last month. It seemed all the weird stuff that happens on occasion knew she was gone and took advantage. I think we handled the challenge well, though.

There was a drive-by shooting outside my workplace last month. Two people were hurt, one seriously. I was outside and nearby when it happened, so I was a bit rattled. I am grateful no one was killed and neither my partner nor I were hurt.

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Cougar Reflection (In Progress)

This is Sue Coleman’s “Cougar Reflection”. It’s the third project I’ve stitched based on her artwork.  All three projects are cougars, because that is my favorite animal. I’ve got a number of other charts and kits featuring cougars, but a couple other charts are calling out to be done first. It sometimes amazes and frustrates me how easily I can find charts of tigers, lions, and leopards, but there aren’t nearly as many featuring cougars.

I started this in 2014 after receiving the chart and thread as a Christmas gift the previous year. As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve lost my stitching bug for months at a time. That said, I started keeping a stitching journal, which is helping to keep me motivated. I also take pictures every now and again to show how much I’ve done, because out doesn’t always seem like that much until I see the photos. So, here is my progress through the year. The most recent picture was taken Wednesday. My goal is to have this finished by the end of next month.

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Home is Where the Cat IsĀ 

I started this project in late 2014, and finished it early July 5th as my neighbors set off a variety of illegal fireworks in celebration of Independence Day. It is one of the largest projects I’ve stitched, though not the most challenging. The most difficult part about this project was all the backstitch. The reason it took so long to finish is because I lost motivation to stitch. It happens from time to time, and can last for months. The problem is, I have so many things I want to stitch that losing this motivation makes it harder for me to get around to everything. There are so many things I want to stitch, but I had this and another large project to finish first. I met this goal, and I’m making steady progress on the other large project. My goal is yup finish that by the end of August.

This is the third design by Joan Elliott that I’ve finished. The other two are a birth sampler and a small ornament. I’ve got numerous others in my stash, including “Enchanted Aurora”, which I’ll be starting soon. Anyway, the main reason I got this kit was all the orange kitties. I’ve always been fond of orange cats.

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Falls and Cars

My grandfather has fallen twice recently.  On the 22nd, we were notified of the second fall. It was while Mom was checking on him that evening that he admitted that there’d been another about a month prior. That fall was the worst. There was concern that he may have fractured something, so Mom made arrangements to take him in for x-rays. She also notified her siblings of this development. Well, she tried to. My uncle and one aunt promptly responded and have been in contact. Another aunt, who has refused to speak with Mom for more than a year now, has not acknowledged Mom’s message. Mom and I were wondering if she’s blocked Mom’s cell phone and such. Anyway, I haven’t heard anything about the results of those x-rays, but Mom was under the impression that there was nothing serious to be worried about. I’m glad, but I really hope Grandpa stops withholding such details. Yes, we worry when something happens, but we need to know so we can help with any necessary appointments. 

Mom told me that Grandpa brought up the possibility of hospice care for Grandma for the first time while she was helping him with his doctor’s appointment. He said it would be soon, but he doesn’t think her health has deteriorated that badly yet. I’m not sure I agree, but she continues to surpass my expectations in terms of longevity. 

A few days after Grandpa’s fall, I was rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light. Neither of us were hurt, thankfully, and I was ecstatic that the other driver stopped and exchanged information, but I’m not happy about having to replace the bumper again. My car is 15 years old, and it’s no longer made, so getting parts can be a challenge. I have a rental car while my car is in the shop. I know I could’ve borrowed a car, but that would mean someone else has to find another way to work out wherever in the meantime. I wouldn’t want to burden them, so a rental seemed like the best option.

Anyway, it wasn’t the greatest week, but things are looking up. 

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