Wednesday, January 12, 2011

It's been a while...

... since I've posted or stitched. Some of you *might* have noticed! :P To be honest, not posting has been due to not stitching, and not stitching has been due to not posting - a vicious circle. :( However, I have now done a few stitches, and have been reminded by my good friend Belinda that it's high time I put up a post. So here I am :)

I have also been working 4 days a week at my new job for the past couple of months so I am trying to work out where during the week I can fit in all the things I used to take my time over (housework) as well as being able to spend some time with hubby and Little Miss. Then the stitching might get a thought, if I am not too tired from work! Hopefully soon I will adjust to the extra demand on my time and my body will become less tired whilst working a day week, as that is not going to change. I have found a job I love, at a small childcare centre (40 place) and even though it's a 20 minute drive when I'm not taking Little Miss to her day care - and an hour round trip to work when I am - I am not prepared to work somewhere closer that I might not like so much. So, I guess I'm stuck with long days for a while. I'm sure I'll "man up" soon and it'll all work out anyway. :) It's just lovely to be back in work, with some lovely girls, and enjoy some adult conversation. Don't get me wrong, I adore spending time with Little Miss, she's my world, but I was starting to go round the twist there for a while :P

Little Miss is doing well though. She's walking properly now, although a lot of the time she prefers to "walk" on her knees - I don't know how she does it, I'm sure it hurts... And the big one in the past couple of weeks is that she has started to spoon feed herself - YAY! For such a long time she totally refused the spoon but would finger feed herself no problem It only became an issue with Weetbix or yoghurt. Now she's becoming Little Miss Independent... Our little girl is growing up! :D

Stitching-wise, I am still working on Jack's sampler. Working on is a term that needs to be used very loosely though! Looking back at the last update I can see progress, so maybe it's not all that bad. I'm hoping to work on it maybe one or two nights a week if I can. That'll help it move along in no time. ;)

I've also decided that that this year, I would love to keep track of the books I read, in case I manage to get through more than two! So far, I have finished reading Nothing to Lose by Lee Child. It was one I started reading last year and it ended up getting put to one side. I love reading the Jack Reacher novels, but was less taken with this one than previous ones. It seemed a little more slow-going but maybe that was due to me picking up and putting down frequently rather than reading in a shorter space of time. Hope the next one is the Jack Reacher I know and love. :D I usually likje to intersperse his books with something a little gentler, so I am loving the fact that my good friend Belinda has lent me The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. I haven't got too far into it yet, but I already love it, and I just apply the relationships and love of knitting to that of stitching, much like I do with quilting and stitching when reading the Elm Creek novels. It's such a lovely warm feeling to know that you have a close group of friends who love the same thing you do.

Speaking of which, I went to Belinda's on Sunday for our regular stitchy meet and it was fab as always. We managed to do some stitching (which is always a bonus!) as well as munching on some lovely snacks and cooing over a 4 week old baby and being entertained by a 15 month old little girl discovering stairs, much to her mum's horror! :P The added plus was that Steph was there. Steph was part of our stitchy group a couple of years ago but had to leave to return home to the good ol' USA. We all really miss her, and it was like she had never been away. She's only in Australia for 3 weeks (and only 1 week in Melbourne) so it was lovely that she found time to meet up with us. We're trying to get her to come back for good too ;)

I noticed that I have a couple of new followers. I'd just like to say welcome to my blog. I hope you like what you see, and please feel free to comment any time. :) I'll try to update a bit more regularly too. And I will makemy way through reading all your blogs as soon as I can. If you have got to the end of this without losing the will to live, I do believe you deserve a medal (or at the very least, a cup of tea!)

Happy stitching everyone!


  1. Yay, you are back! :-) So lovely to hear from you again hun.
    I am glad you are enjoying your stitching time you are getting in and to see that you have made progress. It was such a fun day on Sunday, I wish there could be more stitch meets like that too where everyone (well almost, bar one) is there.

    I am glad you are enjoying the friday night knitting club too, it is such a fun book and I related it to cross stitch too. :-)

    I am also happy to hear you are enjoying your job, we haven't had much time to chat lately so I am hearing snippets of things here and there, that's great news. And I can't believe how fast Caitlyn is growing up either. :-)

    Look forward to seeing you soon.

  2. So nice to see you back Gayle I was wondering where you had gone.
    Jack is coming along nicely. Hope everything settles down soon and you manage to get more relaxing stitchy time.
    Aww Caitlyn sure is growing up. Leon that I mind will be 3 in April and he is such a chatter box now. He always brings a smile to my day.
    Happy Stitching!

  3. Glad your back. Lovely progress. Sounds like a lovely Sunday was had.

  4. I am glad to see a post from you, I have thinking about you. Yay for Caitlyn feeding herself. Your wip is looking great. I too love my job, if only it included stitching LOL!!!