EEP Monday-itis

I’m feeling more than a little off today. It’s the first Monday of the new fiscal month here at work, so it’s busy-busy-busy yet I want to play (as I write this I’m heading into the last couple of hours and I’ve cleared today’s reporting requirements and am up to the 23 store emails from Friday, so at least that’s something). As a family we have a new routine this week with Si away (we’ll see him briefly on Thursday but that’s it until Sunday). I am absolutely stoked to have finished Cloudsfactory A-Team (only 6 stitching nights!), a huge chunk of Persephone’s skirt for Stitch Maynia’s colour challenge (over 2K stitches or nearly half a skein!) and a new start on Emma Congdon’s Wise Words trilogy (altho for now I only want to do the Tolkien). Both my Secret Santas this year are really hard!!!

And on a personal note, I am struggling with forgiveness.

On Saturday my eldest brother let me know that his dad, my stepfather, is very ill and has been admitted to hospital. JM is 87, so this may be his time, but I am struggling to give a crap. I’m on empty when it comes to him & my (biological) mother – and that’s where I have an issue. Great that I’m not angry or disappointed or frustrated anymore – but where is my Christian spirit? My heart is so hard. I imagined visiting and telling him that I forgive their selfishness and the hurt they caused; but as neither honestly believes they have wronged anyone of us children this would be a waste of time, and would hurt me more. I’m having trouble lifting this burden. Please remember me in your prayers this week. x

WIP Wednesday

It’s been an…uhh…weird Wednesday.

I got audited for the second part of my job today. Given that I practically invented the process, with minimal input, and I’m getting the outcome my boss wanted, I think I’m sound okay. But it was odd to explain my reasoning and go over scenarios with someone who is removed from the process. In a way I hope he comes up with some suggestions as I am not sure that I can’t refine the process somewhat.

Sarah was feeling as “done like a dinner” add I was so we went walking to Kings on the other side of Fowlds Park. She got advice about her magnolia and I brought herbs. I need more potting mix but the Bay & the Rue are in new pots where hopefully they can stay for a while. I also noticed my Little Bo Peep rose is covered in flowers.


My Twitter secret santa arrived! Jinny must have paid attention. I have plans for the white one in particular; white kreinik and beads to make it shine. I’m waiting to see if Jen got hers (stalking TBH).

And on the stitching front, as you can see from the IG feed, I’ve got started on Mermaids of the Deep Blue. I did re-chart her hand as it looked odd.


I think I’ll be onto her face just as soon as I finish with the skin on her chest.

What are you up to?

WIP Wednesday

Hump day again! Well, technically, I reached the hump when I left yesterday, as I have Friday off to spend with Mase on his school trip to Bethells Lagoon. Can’t wait!

Last night I finished a small ornie for my twitter-based NZ Secret Santa. She doesn’t follow me here or on Twitter so it’s safe to share:



Very simple finish, blanket stitched felt on the back, used some sparklie thread to create the loop and added the star button to hide the threads.

I’m also working on Lenna’s mermaid tail still: Laguna will have a change in the flowers, so they match the ones used by Lenna in the centre of the whole piece. I’m on the third colour thread, and it’s working up reasonably quickly.


I do like her fabric choice! It works with a wide range of tail colours.

Secret – or not so secret – Santa

This was totally a success. My recipient is eating a pack of noodles as I type and is so happy 🙂 with both the joke and the gift.

I received this from Sarah P – love the poppies. It’s a DMC kit & I will swap out the aida for linen. #BK546


My boss is a bit of a jovial round sort of fellow. Hard to buy for, as if he wants it he’ll just pick it up. Equally wary at gift giving time is T, our head of Marketing. Usually she gets crayons and colouring books (regift alert!). But this year F’s very happy with his gift! While T’s is a variation on the theme…


and I just got a $50 Bendon Lingere gift card from a supplier. Clearly I didn’t work hard enough to p*ss them off this year! Or maybe I did? I’ll never know.



I’m 22% nice. That seems awful low! to check yourself out (you have to have a Twitter logon).

Proper post later on today if I get a (shareable) Secret Santa present. My person will be exasperated – I brought them a plant pot, pottery Sage tag, sage seeds and a gardening notebook (their new hobby) but I only had two boxes at home. One was about 5mm too small, and the other was far too big. I didn’t have much packaging material to make sure it doesn’t get broken, so I improvised.

She’ll also have 20 odd packs of chicken flavoured Two Minute Noodles. As one person said, completely non PC, she’s Asian, she might appreciate them more than the actual gift.