Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Christmas Recess Is Over

And the forces of inertia are in full play: a body at rest tends to remain at rest, etc.  I really didn't want to return to work on Monday after a two week hiatus.  At 63, I am close enough to retirement to feel the strong pull toward laying down my burden and resting.  I haven't quite reached the burn-out point but I am less patient.  I have never been one to suffer fools lightly but I have always been able to internalize my reaction and conceal it quite nicely, thank you!  But not so much anymore.  It takes a little more effort to put on my happy face and behave in a politic manner.  If only I were able to afford to pay for health insurance for the full year before I qualify for Medicare in September 2015, I'd probably seriously consider retiring at the end of this school year.  But I guess I will just wait until June 2016 when full SS benefits kick in as well.

The upside of this is that, according to the laws of inertia, a body in motion tends to remain in motion.  So once I am back into my routines, I will recover the enthusiasm I have for my work.  There are many challenges and satisfactions ahead of me once I shake off the sloth that is making these first few days back feel like slogging through three foot snow drifts without the benefit of snow shoes.

But on to something a little more cheerful: here's a photo of my progress on The English Band Sampler.  I have managed to do a bit more of the cross stitch outlines.  I want to finish all the cross stitches before starting on any of the satin stitches.  There was a time when I didn't enjoy satin stitching, but I find it very relaxing nowadays.  I am looking forward to seeing this band come together.  Unfortunately, there is some frogging in my future: two of the dark blue block motifs will have to be frogged and moved to the right by two linen threads and a bit of the dark olive green cross stitch will have to be frogged back to a knot on the back.  Imagine me gnashing teeth and muttering imprecations.  Since there is still snow and ice in the backyard, the above photo is an indoor photo and the best I can manage using my stitching lamp.


Dani - tkdchick said...

I found it challenging to get going this week after the break as well and I'm still many years away from retirement! But I've also found that the kids are a little rowdy this week which doesn't help!

Your band sampler is looking spectacular!

Maggee said...

It is probably a combination of Holiday let-down and SAD for me... I am so NOT wanting to clean up after the holidays and such! You have done a great deal on the Band Sampler tho! The new band is taking shape! Hugs!