Yesterday was Good Friday and I spent the hours of Noon to 3pm observing the Good Friday silence as far from the computer as possible while my non-Catholic spouse spent those hours in intense dialogue with the optimum online and CA help desks. It turns out that our 10 year old computer was just too primitive to handle all the updates my husband installed. It had the computer equivalent of a severe panic attack and just went into catatonic mode. We are back online now that the various help desk staffers gently talked my husband through a series of deletions all the while murmuring astonished little asides about the antique nature of our equipment. I am simply pleased to have been off-line at home for just three days ... during two of which I still had internet access at the office. I was not looking forward to a 10 day Easter break without the web.
I have done a bit more stitching on the Breast Cancer Ribbon Angel ornament ... I need to fill in 2/3rds of one wing and the entire halo ... and then it is on to the sewing finish portion of the project. This ornament is stitching up a bit more slowly than others since I am using Kreinik blending filament for the wings and halo. The blending filament always slows me down a bit, getting it to lie just so and using the shorter lengths required for smooth stitching. But I am liking the effect, sio it is worth it. I also prepped the cardboard and batting for both the SH Pirate Santa ornament and the Ribbon Angel ornament yesterday. Today, I will choose fabric for the backings of both. I am not getting quite as much stitching done as I had planned ... silly little things like housework and cooking keep getting in the way. I am convinced I would make a very good "spoiled rich girl" complete with housekeeper and cook ... having been normal and servant-less all my life, I would be kind and considerate and always remember to say please and thank you ... oh, well, one can dream! Time for stitching and reading limited only by the hours needed to sleep and attend to my career ... heaven on earth!
I do believe I shall concentrate on The Sweetheart Tree's Holly and Heart Sampler once I have finished the ornament ... again, it is another piece I am stitching rather slowly because of all the symmetrical tracery vines in backstitch ... but it is so beautiful as it comes alive under my hands. And, of course, I am a sucker for all the specialty stitches ... I love variety and I love challenges, so that makes the piece a joy to stitch.