I just dropped a long-overdue [nearly a month and a half] scissor keep exchange off in the mail and a slightly overdue [2 weeks] ornament exchange off, as well. I am finding that I can't rely on my stitching mojo as much as I used to. I come home from work worn to a frazzle and good for little more than settling down to watch a DVD. In the morning before work, housework seems to take longer, almost completely eliminating the relaxing hour of stitching before breakfast. The weekends are either full of errands or scenes of total collapse and vegging out. And I am reading and gardening more, which cuts into my stitching time. As I move along into my 60s, there seem to be several shifts taking place. The upshot is that I am no longer a reliable trading partner and will be retiring from the field. Lately, what stitching time I have, I want to devote to my projects. Once, I used to do a lot of gift stitching. No longer: now I seem to want to stitch only for my own pleasure. I wonder if everyone goes through self-centered stages like this every so often. I am thinking that after decades of being a wife, a mother and a teacher, all roles focused on meeting the needs of others, I am finally demanding a little "me-appreciation" time and it has leaked into my stitching habits as well. This doesn't exactly make me a kinder, gentler person ... but I do find I am less irritable, which can't be such a bad thing, either.