Cross Stitch Update

I thought I would put a little update here on how our daughter Kayla and her son Jasper are doing after their Covid diagnosis at the end of last week.  They are both about a week out from initially finding out they had Covid.  Kayla is very tired and naps often.  Jasper is acting completely normal.  He’s acting so normal that it’s hard for Kayla to be watching him, thus Spencer has stayed home for the last week.

For those of you who don’t know, Kayla is a health/family consumer sciences teacher.  She teaches at the high school in Epworth, Iowa.  HERE is a link to a news story about her school.  8% of the school population are out with covid.  85 out of 944 students have covid.  Kayla thinks it must have spread during their homecoming week celebrations at the end of September.

I am so thankful they both are making their way through this.  All of us were so paranoid that Jasper would not do well with this with his previous terrible experiences of simple colds turning into pneumonia.

Thank you for the kind thoughts and prayers on their behalf.

I’ll have my pet scan on October 28 but won’t see the doctor until a later date.  They couldn’t get the PET scan and the doctor’s appointment on the same day due to scheduling.  My insurance will cover it and I’m very thankful for that.

Now to today’s post.

Remember my mail saga?  I sure do.  If you missed it, read about HERE.

I spent all of Saturday evening and all of Sunday trying to get it under control.  I had gotten the garage as far as I could and was going to quit.  Then I walked into the kitchen and had forgotten the packages on the dining room table.   Oh my.

Imagine my surprise when I opened this package and found this from Kim.  Oh, my word.  It was exactly the pick me up I needed.  I about cried when I saw it.  I was so tired of working through the mail and all of the boxes.  Here was something totally for me!!  I had mentioned in a blog post that I had seen this and was so tempted to buy it.  Kim was super sweet and got it for me.  That was EXACTLY what I needed after the long day I had.

The picture does not do it justice at all.  Lori Holt is currently stitching this and has talked about it several times on her floss tube.  I just love it.  I plan to go back and watch some of her older floss tube videos when she talks about it.

The funny thing is…I was worried that I had already bought it.  Last week a blog friend sent me a gift card to 123 Stitch.  I had gone to 123 Stitch’s site.  I had put this chart in my cart.  I had added a couple of other things…I tried to put my gift card in, I couldn’t find a spot to do it then the childcare kids woke up from a nap and I didn’t get it done.  The next day I tried again over naptime to buy it.  I found the spot to put in the gift card but then my internet connection died.  I tried again on Friday night…again the internet went down.  (I have a work order in to get it fixed)  So…I never got it ordered.  The whole time the chart was sitting here on my dining room table.  WOW…right?

Kim was extra sweet and sent along with money for floss and linen too.  Oh my.  What a sweetheart!  All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you.  I appreciate it so much.  I will for sure be starting this in 2022.  I am super excited.

I am so excited.  Now I can collect thread and find a fabric.  This is on my top five list of projects to start once I get my Anniversaries of the Heart finished.

I didn’t stitch much this week.  I really wanted to concentrate on getting the mail for the community quilt project all taken care of and things settled with that.  Plus I had some obligations this week.  Georgia stayed overnight on Sunday night.  I put her to bed at 9:30 pm and told myself I could stitch for 45 minutes and then to bed I would go.  I got my water bottle, my project bag, the remote and then sat down in my chair.  I opened my project bag to this…It was my Heaven and Nature project by Teresa Kogut.  Darn.

I was going to stitch on A Changed World.

I was too lazy to get up and get the other project.  I decided to stitch on this for the short stitching session.

I was going to stitch the bird that is on the roof of the house addition on the right.  So I loaded the needle, stitched the legs of the bird, and decided to go over and stitch that basket next to it instead of continuing work on the bird as it needed the same color of thread.

I was totally lazy.  I was pooped,  It’s totally okay as all of it needs to be stitched eventually.  It doesn’t really matter what is stitched first.  I am leaving all of the fill-in stitching as a travel project.  Any stitching at home I do on this will be motifs that need counting work.

That’s all I got done that night.

I didn’t stitch much at all.  I stitched on my Anniversaries of the Heart and got this far along.

I had hoped I was going to have this completely done by today’s post, but if I don’t stitch three of the nights in a week, it’s hard to reach goals.

I’ll have a lot more stitching time once the snow flies so it’s okay.

My A Changed World got a total of six stitches.  Those happened in the car with Kalissa.  I was lucky to get that many in after the busy week I had working through the mail and trying to get caught up.

So…this week’s goals are pretty much the same as last week’s goals.  Buck will be home this weekend so I am not sure if I’ll get much stitching done this weekend.  I need to get the garden put away for the year so that’s going to take up a bunch of time too.

We’ll see…and thus is the way of my stitching.  Sometimes I get a lot in…sometimes a little.



9 thoughts on “Cross Stitch Update”

  1. So glad to hear Kayla and Jasper are getting better. How exciting for you to get the cross stitch chart. That certainly gives you something extra to look forward to. In the meantime, it’s fun seeing your progress on the other projects. Have a great weekend!!

  2. Judith Fairchild

    Just what was needed for you to be able to get done with what needs doing. I saw the title of the piece Kim sent then I saw the piece. Oh My!!! What t great one to have. I have sung that song and it spoke to me again today including the melody. God is so good filling our needs and some of are wants. So glad Kayla and Jasper are doing so well so far. Still praying for you all.

  3. Jo, you do such beautiful stitching work! Your projects are inspiring! Are you using Vintage Country mocha linen for your Anniversaries of the Heart and the Teresa Kogut project? They are beautiful! I also have the Saviour’s Praise chart in my line up. It is such a beautiful design. Happy stitching!!! Also, I think you definitely made the right decision about how to modify the charity quilting program. You have created a program that touches so many in such a positive way. Hoping these changes to how to connect everyone within the program allow you the time back that you so deserve. Hugs and thanks for all you do!!

    1. YES. Both Anniversaries of the Heart and Heaven and Nature by Teresa Kogut are on Vintage Country Mocha. So far, it’s my favorite to stitch on. I did buy a Lakeside linen for A Changed World. So far, I like it too.

  4. Gayla Livengood

    Several post to go you posted a picture of your coffee table. I had to laugh when I saw it because I have the exact same thing. I found the wash tub stand years ago in a dingy antique shop and I absolutely love it. I hope you take a picture of your dough boards with your cross stitch in them for the holidays. We have very very similar decorating tastes

  5. Beryl in Owatonna

    Jo, I need to know how to email you. I have some fabric, batting, a couple of quilts, some blocks, and a few notions to donate. I am getting no response from the Cresco Ladies…the email address on the Quilt Donations page. I don’t find your email address on the list or anywhere. I’m sure it is in plain sight but I am missing it
    Thank you!!

    1. If you go to the top of Jo’s post, on the right, in a circle is a picture of Jo with her beagle Rosie. Above the circle there are some symbols for social media such as Pinterest. One of the symbols is an envelope. If you click that, it should open up an email with Jo’s address. Hope that helps you.

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