I do hope I am not completely boring you with weekly views of my needlework progress. I must say it helps me keep picking up my project and adding to it when I know I will share a weekly photo. And I like having something new to share each week. I thought I might get the snowman started at least, but I found it was easier to have the border finished and work from the bottom up rather than the top down (the redbird hanging there will actually be sitting on top of the snowman).
And the snow, a row of snow, is now underway. I am not fond of stitching snow. It's not so much the idea of stitching snow as just working with white cotton thread. It bothers me to see messy stitches on my work, but you can hide an awful lot with most floss. With white, however, threads that are not lying side by side show up very well. Twisted threads are not very pretty, and while no one else probably even notices, I can spot messy stitching. White floss with twisted strands just seems to glare out at me. So I put it off until last. And here I am, not the last thing I am stitching, but I can't avoid it now. The idea of beginning to work on the spring design is really motivating me, so I hope to have lots to share next week.
And a weekly book photo. Here is the state of the night stand piles. I have actually finished several books, but a new one (or two and sometimes three) always seems to sprout up and take the finished book's place. They are so persuasive, those books sitting and waiting to be read. I've tried to mentally prioritize, so I am hoping to finish three or perhaps four more (all but one is in the last 100 pages of being finished) before the end of the month. It might be an optimistic plan, but you never know. And a whole extra day to add a few more reading hours. I think March is going to be all about cleaning up, and whittling down, though I do hope to add an Irish author or book set in Ireland to the mix in honor of St. Patrick's Day (any excuse t start a new book, eh?).
Maybe it is time to plan a day off from work? I could use a little extra reading time as you can see.