Friday, July 24, 2015

Honey...I'm home!!

Bet you thought I'd done a runner again huh ?! :D
It has been a while since my last post.....and I've been absent from most of your blogs for a while....and for that I do apologise! It's been a rather busy and chaotic time. make up for my absence I thought it best to bore you with a long detailed post on what I've been up to :D

First there were my internet and email woes..... in South Africa.....we have the most inept bunch of ninnies running things. We experience power outages on a regular basis....well....not really outages as these are planned get cut off the power grid for 4 hours when the demand is too much for our wonderful State run power supply company. These regular outages..... called load-shedding... have played absolute havoc with not only our ability to cook and do normal things like watch telly or read at night....but also with all other electrical equipment...such as the ADSL router. So no internet if it carries on for long enough no hot water as the geysers won't heat up. But....enough of that....just wanted to paint the picture of what the bunch of crazies running this country has been up to. Oh.....and then.....for a cheek....they applied to increase the electricity tariffs by almost 25%! Needless to say that was shot down!

So....what else.....

Ahhhh.....then there has been the BIG MOVE.... Dad is diabetic....and has chronic kidney needs dialysis thrice a week. My Mum is hard of hearing and has her own set of medical conditions. Hubby and I decided that as I am now at home, it would be better for them if they moved to Johannesburg to be with us. This has been a really difficult time for them....they have lived in Cape Town their whole life.....and the house for over 35 years. Having to put the house on the market was not an easy thing. As it was the school holidays, we all went down to be with them and help with some packing and then we all flew back together, Most of their things will follow later. It's been a week and they are settling.....well...not quite settling..that will take a while longer I think....but they know that we're doing this for them and because we do worry about them being alone in that large house...if Mum falls at night, Dad is too weak to help her and if he'd had dialysis the day he'd be in no condition to even get to her! And if Dad get's ill  at night...Mum would't be able to hear him as she is is quite frankly deaf if her hearing aid is removed! So...we are trying to make them comfortable and let them know that we really do want them with us-it's not easy if you've been independent to now hand over some of those burdens. And of course my 2 cats are not happy with the fact that Mum has brought her cat along as there's been lots of kitty growls and angry hisses to deal with as well!

On the good news youngest sister and her boyfriend decided that before the old folks moved, they wanted to get married :) SO an impromptu, small and informal little wedding was held before we left. They will have a bigger reception in the new year :) Oh.....and my nephew is due in January! So excited about that! I've been looking at knitting patterns ....what to knit/crochet!! Oh....and a baby sampler is called for too!!!

Now....I haven't forgotten that this is essentially supposed to be a stitchy blog :D
I've been doing very little of that.....but I did manage to get a few stitches into my YOTA piece....even though I didn't get to post my progress last month! I've been working on it expect pics in the next YOTA post!

I think I mentioned at some point that I had signed up do participate in a Stitched Envelope Exchange organised by Mii Stitch. Oh what fun that was! I decided to stitch  "A Quaker Envelope" featured in A Gift of Stitching, Issue 15 April 2007. And as it has safely arrived with Mii.....I can share pics :)

Without any further ado......

The back of the envelope

Stitched card
"Bebunni" card kit
The World of Cross Stitching, Issue 227

A little bit of goodies to fill the envelope....
The card is covering the address on the front of the envelope :)

I've also been working on "Summer"....and am so close to finishing it I can hear the music of my happy dance :D

"Sunflowers in Summer"by CCN
Stitched on 30ct Cocoa Linen using the recommended threads 

I bet you're wondering what still needs doing before I can start doing a mad crazy celebratory shuffle!
Well....for starters....this....

Bit difficult to see....but that line just below the sunflower? Well.....there's about 10 stitches that's missing the top arm of the X

And then there's this.....

Well....there's a bee missing between the two leaves

That's really it! Like I said....not much stitching taking place....Serenity needs attention does my Drawn Thread Sampler......too much to stitch and too little time!!

Have a lovely weekend you beauties :) I'm oing to be trying to play catch up on all your blogs!

Take care


Heather said...

Wow you've been busy! I'm planning a move at the moment as well. I'm trying to be ahead of the game by actually packing early but feel like I'm getting nowhere. Your stitching is lovely :)

Annie said...

It is so easy to forget how different things can be for us depending on where we live in the world - when we are online we all seem to be so alike in our love for xstitch:) Hope you'll find some time for stitching soon, and that the internet will become more reliable in the future...

Pamela said...

You have had a lot going on! Hope things get back to normal and you are able to do more stitching.

Gillie said...

Whew......what a lot going on! Hmm, 25%... seems to me they should have let you all pay that much LESS not more! How lovely about the wedding and a new baby. Do hope your mum and dad can really get settled and let go of a few responsibilities.

Love the envelope, I remember seeing that in the magazine.

Preeti said...

You have lot of things going on in your life and all require physical and emotional attention. I can understand, it is difficult for elders to change place after so many years but it will settle down slowly. Congrats on the wedding !:)
Your gifts to Mii are wonderful, I saw on Mii's blog :)
Power cuts are very common here and the IT industry in the city is having lakhs of people, their offices take up lot of power. But in the apartments, we get 24 hrs. back up power supplies from generators. Only the ACs and geysers won't work but then the power cut is usually 1-2 hrs and not continuous so that's manageable.

Kate said...

Welcome back! Life sure can take over. I hope things are easier for your parents at your place. I'm sure the kitties will find their peace, soon. Congratulations to your sister and her new husband and baby! Very exciting! Glad to see you've managed a little stitching with all the commotion.

Hazel said...

Sounds very busy! Love the stitching. X

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Your give a reminder of how much we take for granted and how impatient we can be here in the States.

We ARE the elders and we take care of Older elders so I totally understand the difficulty a move can be later in life. I hope the move won't be traumatic for your parents.

Lovely stitching. And congrats on the wedding and the expected new addition to your family. You have A LOT of stitching ahead of you, Auntie!
xx, Carol

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Wow you have been busy! I'm pleased that your parents agreed to move to be with you. It must have been a worry having them so far away.
And a wedding. And a baby! It's all go in your family!

I saw the mail art on Mii's blog. It looks lovely. I've signed up for the Hallowe'en exchange.

rosey175 said...

You've had a lot going on! I suppose we can forgive you for doing a runner. :b Congrats on the wedding and acquiring parents+cat! I'm sure everyone will settle in eventually to a new happy medium.

Sucks about the load shedding! I would be okay with it since I grew up in the boonies (more so than currently hah) and power outages were random and sometimes lasted for days! My husband, however, would die of boredom lol. Oh you city people. ;) G'luck on catching up on blogs, that's gonna be a feat in itself!!

A geyser? Is that a hot water heater? LOL I imagine you have your hot water blasting up from a hot spring in some violent fashion a la Old Faithful.

Your little envelope was so great, I saw it on Mii's blog! You really stuffed your package :D

Sheryl S. said...

What a hectic time you have had and indeed will still have until everything gets sorted out. A bit difficult for everyone and especially such a move for your parents after so many years in their home. I hope things gradually work out fine. Lovely stitching.

Linda said...

Oh my but you have been busy Thoeria. I'm sure your parents will be very happy once they get settled in. Lovely stitching as always.


Kaisievic said...

Thoeria, I am pretty sure that we will all forgive you for your absence from blogland - you have had a lot going on. Good on you and your DH for taking on the care of your mum and dad - it will be hard work at times, I am sure, but so worth it! Oh my goodness, so annoying about your planned power outages - that is so frustrating for everyone. Lastly, beautiful stitching, Thoeria, just lovely.

diamondc said...

Thoeria: I do hope the transition for your Parents goes well, it is hard to give up independence, congratulations on your new nephew and the wedding of your Sister.
Lovely envelope, someday I will try an envelope exchange.
Beautiful stitching, love the pattern.


Mii Stitch said...

Hello & so happy to read you again!
Glad the move went well & hope your parents settle nicely in their new home :)
Thank you again so much for your wonderful package. Your envelope is just fantastic & all the goodies will come it handy, I'm sure ;)

KimM said...

So glad you're back! Lovely to hear from you - beautiful stitching, as always.

Justine said...

I saw your envelope on Mii's blog - so pretty! I love your summer stitch too.
Wow you have a lot going on at the moment! I hope things settle down for you soon xx

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Your life has been busy recently. Don't forget to grab a few moments just for yourself. Your stitching is lovely.

Brigitte said...

Oh my, such a lot of things have happened in your life. I hope that your parents have settled in in the meantime and are feeling at home now. Moving at an older age isn't always that easy. And I hope that those power outages have decreased so that you can rely on power a bit more.

What a wonderful exchange you were part of. Enjoy all your goodies. And hopefully the sunflower piece could be finished in the meantime. It's a wonderful project.