Sunday, January 10, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

Everything has been slow the past 2 weeks......stitching and most everything else too. I am staying at my mother's house most nights now as I don't think she can be left alone (she isn't ready for that yet either...if ever again). She has an aide all day long. 

When I was home, I was visiting with my son. He returned home last weekend so that he could return to work on Tuesday, after a negative COVID test. I am not sure when he will be able to visit again. He needs hernia surgery at the end of the month. Hubby will most likely have to travel to him to take him to and from the surgery and stay with him a couple of days. I am sure that will mean more COVID tests. Life is so very complicated at the moment. 

Since Mom goes to bed fairly early....before 9, I have had some time on my hands. I have been reading some books. I recently finished "The Christmas Boutique" by Jennifer Chiaverini. 

I just finished "Naked in Death" by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts). 

Both of these books were quite interesting though very different. I had never read a J.D. Robb book though I have read many by Nora Roberts. I will read more of these when I am looking for a mystery.

I have also started a new crochet project at mom's house.  I had bought a bunch of yarn when AC Moore went out of business. I decided to use what was left of some variegated pastel yarn to make another baby blanket. My attempt did not start off well. I tried and tried to follow the directions of a blanket I found on Ravelry that is crocheted a big square, but no matter how many attempts I made, I could not successfully complete the join so that I could move on to the next row. Now I have made many, many blankets, but this pattern stumped me and I abandoned it after completing this small square many times.

I moved on to another pattern that interested me, the Diagonal Bobbles Blanket. I am much happier with how this is progressing, although I have had a couple of rip outs with this also. Mostly counting mistakes on my part. I am 6 rows in at this point.

I will work on this a little bit each time I stay at mom's.

I added some yellow stitches to the tree on October Morning. 

I have also added some more sand to Three Boats.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. After putting away my Christmas village, I am hoping to find some cross-stitching time today.  

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I have read more by JD Robb than as Nora Roberts :) sorry your mother is not well enough to stay home alone at night - it makes it so worrisome for you and then with your son needing - I'm not sure but I think my brother had a hernia surgery once and it was outpatient - it was such a long time ago. Hope all goes well.

  2. Yes, it sounds all so complicated these days. I’m glad you’ve had some reading and hand stitching to keep you busy in those quiet hours.

  3. Take care of our parents can be rewarding but can also be draining and worrisome. I hope things improve for your mom.

  4. Hang in there Cathie, may life get less complicated each and every day! Your projects and books are great ways to fill in some of that quiet time.🙂

  5. Three Boats is definitely a work of art!

  6. I'm sorry to hear your mom is needing you to stay with her each night - that is a tough time for families. And with your son needing help, too. Covid has definitely made most everything harder these days. I love JD Robb's Eve Dallas series - my guilty pleasure! Sometimes the murders can be a bit gruesome, but she has developed a group of characters that are really a pleasure to read about. The newest one is coming out in February, but I would read them in order. Glad you're getting a few stitches in on your projects and also some crocheting - that's good therapy for stressful times!

  7. I have wondered over this last little while how your mum was. Such difficult times you are going through. 'Tis good you are able to enjoy reading, a little cross stitching and some lovely crocheting whilst you stay with your mum at nights. Love the pretty variegated colours of your yarn and as always, it is a happy day to revisit your Three Boats and October Morning. Take care, Cathie, and please keep well.

  8. It must be hard caring for your Mother when your son needs help too, and all the time covid rages. So pleased you have your craft to take your mind d off things. I have read most of Jennifer C books, that must be a new one. Take care and carry on stitching.

  9. I have been there to with both my parents it is not easy .
    With these times it must be worse .
    Your stitching is looking wonderful .
    Take care .

  10. big hugs to you! your mom is blessed to have you - I hope the situation improves. I also hope your son's surgery goes well. My lots of stuff is going on!

  11. So sorry you are having such a stressful time on top of Covid. Being a caregiver is hard work so make sure you take care of yourself too. I’m glad you have been able to do some stitching in the evenings after your mom goes to bed. The new crochet project is pretty too and seems to be easier than the squares!

  12. Yes life is complicated isn't it, but I bet your mum is happy to have you stay with her. Little by little you make progress on your projects. That new yarn is very pretty too and I like the bobbles on it! Take care.

  13. Cathie: I am so sorry about your Mother, I had the same thing with my Mother, we hired my late Brothers wife to live with and take care of her, it worked out well.
    Good luck to your son on his surgery.
    You have some made great progress on both designs, I look at the water and sand and long for warm weather.
    I do not crochet or knit, wish I could help you.
    Have a lovely week.


  14. Cathie, I hope your mom improves and that your son's surgery goes well. Your blanket is off to a gorgeous start!


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