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I’ve spent the past couple of weeks in a bit of a daze – Living life but not seeing much of what’s going on around me.  Certainly haven’t been in a chatty mood but that I’m sure will pass.

A few weeks ago there were moist eyes at the passing and saying goodbye of a dear friend – she accepted the terrible illness that was thrust on her about 19 months ago and was so fearless right to the end even organising her own service that certainly celebrated the very full life she lived.  Bye for now Peg – I’m sure you are stunning them wherever you are with your beautiful smile and lovely nature.

Then I felt my eyes glaze over earlier in the month when a birthday came around – not one I really wanted to see and tried desperately to avoid – the head in the sand approach doesn’t work though does it!  Three score years and ten rolled around and now the day has been and gone – all the cheerful greetings and the lovely lunch with Dh on the day and another a few days later with some of the family didn’t help – I was quite cranky for a while and to be honest I wondered what all the fuss was about – forgetting it was their way of saying they loved me – or at least I hope it was!

Now I’m using my eyes to try and finish a wedding sampler in time to take with me to Perth at the end of next week.  Silly me decided it would be a fabulously easy gift for the daughter of my cousin – silly me only started it when we got home early in September!  It is an ‘easy’ pattern I’ve used several times before, mainly wording with a side border along with a little bit of design and I moved along quite quickly with the sewing – until I came to the places I have struggled with before.

On each side of the top ‘banner’ are two birds representing the blue birds of happiness.  Only each time I sew this sampler these ‘bl…. birds’ are anything but the giver of happiness.  White on white and a very pale blue thread next to the white is a pain to stitch – especially when there are only a few stitches involved. They have been stitched and unpicked several time accompanied by quite a few words my mother certainly didn’t teach me!  I think all is well now – just have the names and date to add and it’s finished.

One year I even put a little bit of silver thread in with the white thinking I’d see it more clearly.  It had been a special order for the daughter of a friend, certainly stretched my friendship and I won’t be doing that again lol

Theres one good thing about the good weather over the past few days and that is that I’ve been able to stitch outside where the light is much better and a certain ‘person’ has been my constant companion.  Mind you she doesn’t see much ‘cose her eyes are closed most of the time!

For some reason my eyes have been ‘playing up’ whilst I been sewing – not had this problem before but I suppose theres a first time for anything isn’t there.  They were itchy and irritable, hard to focus at times almost like I had double vision, needed to squint, sometimes I needed enlargers on top of my regular glasses to see the right spot on the aida cloth.  By coincidence it was time for my eye check at the opticians and when I mentioned it she just went ‘Hmmm’ lets have a good look.  She said the itchy irritable bit could have been to do with the wild windy weather – but the rest of her delivery had me floored.  Seems I now have to go and see a cataract specialist –  ‘the beginnings’ I knew about two years ago have developed to ‘needing to be seen about’ now.

Never a dull moment in our house is there??