Thanks to all of you who contacted me to inquire as to how I was doing, it is nice to be missed.
It has been so busy at work, that when I get home, I just sit and stare into space, not much stitching went on in the last quarter of 2014. In addition to all the extra work with the change in pastor and in how things are done and organized, a co-worker's son (aged 19) was found to have a cancerous tumor at the send of September. I had to add quite a few of her duties to my own to-do list, thus leaving me with zero stitching time. I am happy to report that her son is all better. The germ cell tumor was shrunk with chemo and the rest of it removed a few weeks ago, and he is back at college, as if nothing ever happened.
Since I have been absent, I did attend two stitching retreats, one at the end of October and the other at the end of January, both at the Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center in Zion Illinois. The first was hosted by some stitching friends, and the send by Black Cat Stitchery, located down the road in Winthrop Harbor, IL. It's a great place for a stitching retreat. Lots of good friends, and no decision need to be made except what to stitch. All the meals are included, and when they announce lunch or dinner, you just get in line, fill you plate, and eat. In both cases I got there early on Friday morning and didn't leave until sometime on Sunday. Didn't have to drive anywhere, didn't need to put on a coat, just stitch and chat and have a relaxing time. Never took any pictures, but did get a lot of stitching done!
I finished a few things, too! I will have to find the pictures and get them posted. check back!