I confess – I had the 24th stuck in my head for some reason, not the 22nd. (blush) So I thumped my head on the desk a couple times when I opened up my blogging desktop tonight to get the check-in up, and saw that I’d planned it for Monday.
Time is all sorts of whacked, though. One day I’m okay, the next I’m a mess. This is what grief is supposed to be, I suppose.
If you’re not a regular reader of my blog and only pop by for the WIPocalypse check-ins, you might recall from last month that I mentioned I’d gone to California to see Dad for the last time.
He passed away two weeks ago today. I miss him terribly. I’m also incredibly relieved he’s finally at peace, because glioblastoma is a horrible disease. Due to distance, finances, and parental duties, I couldn’t make it out there for the official memorial this past weekend. I’m a bit annoyed at myself, but I also know there will be another memorial at another date where I will be able to gather with loved ones to celebrate his life and mourn his passing. And I know that I got out there when it truly mattered – to see HIM.
People told me that it would make sense to me after he died. That I’d be glad that I got out there. And I am. It’s painful, but yes… I am.
And as cheesy as it might sound – I’m thankful I have my stitching to help sooth the soul during times like this. I’ve often compared stitching to guided meditation. Lately that’s never been more true. With all of the chaos around me during the day, I can take some time to let the multitasking fade away, and just focus… one stitch at a time. Just. One. Stitch. It helps me recenter myself. I can let emotions and thoughts come up as I move my needle, acknowledge them, and release them. Or contemplate them, if needed. The steady, quiet movement of needle and thread gives me time to think. And think, I have done… a lot over the last few weeks.
Question of the Month News
We didn’t have a Question of the Month on deck for September, so I added one inspired by my own check-in this month. I’ve found through my (many) years of stitching that a piece comes along once in a while that seems to be a journey. Either it’s a joy to stitch on and you have a ton of fun memories… you took it on vacation or it was done for something special. Or it’s a piece that gets you through hard times. (or even good times). But you can look at parts of the piece and know EXACTLY where you were when you stitched it.
If you feel comfortable sharing those stories, please do for next month. Tell us a story with a piece you stitched. 🙂
We still have an open month for October’s question… and as shocking as it is, 2017 is just around the corner…so we need more questions! Do you have a question you’d like to ask other stitchers to answer? Is there a previous question you’d like asked again? Help me fill the gaps! If you have one you’d like to add, please let me know!
I hope that your Olympic stitching month was a fun one, and that you got a lot done… whether or not you were cheering on the Games. Happy stitching everyone.
Question of the Month
Have you ever read any fictional books that involve embroidery? If so, give us some recommendations?
Important SAL Announcements…
Next posting date: September 16th
Topic for next time: Tell us a story about the journey you took through one of your completed pieces.
Please remember that this stitch-a-long is intended to be fun – so if you’re too busy to post, too busy/ill/etc. to stitch – no worries. Post when you can and share what you have going, even if you’ve only been able to toss a single stitch into it. If you miss a few months, not a problem – just jump back in when you’re back with us! It’s not a race or a competition – we’re all just here to cheer each other on with our progress.
Due to different browsing software, some bloggers have found it difficult to check-in with their posts. There are three different ways to check in:
- Via Auto-link
- Via comments (make sure you include your blog address!)
- Via email – to measiwitch(at)gmail.com, only if the other two options are not working. Again- make sure you include your blog address! I’ll add it to the auto-link myself when I have a free moment.