I am determined to get this piece done and behind me so that I can concentrate on my own projects for the rest of the month. So I put in some serious stitching time on this before work, nearly finishing up the crescent moon. I am still waiting for a response from Debra about whether she'll mind if I use a bit of blending filament in the wings and a bit of rayon floss for the drapery lining. In the meantime, I'll work on the hands, head and as much of the backstitching as is feasible. Other members of the round robin have chimed in on our Aimee group, endorsing my proposal but not the Debra as yet. I may have to try e-mailing her directly.
On another topic entirely: I have gotten serious again about weight loss, prompted by my recent surgery and the consequent changes in my allowed foods list. Since I returned from the hospital I have dropped 10 pounds and hope to drop another 20 or 25 by Christmas. But if I am to accomplish this, I will have to develop some discipline as regards regular exercise. I started this morning by using my Sansalone Walk-Along [1 mile] exercise DVD and plan to alternate it with a Tai Chi DVD. That will give me a varied exercise program throughout the week for the next little while. Once I have managed this program for a while, I'll move on up to the 2 mile DVD. We shall see how things go. To keep myself honest, I have added a weight loss goal gadget to my sidebar.