I suddenly decided I fancied stitching reds for a while so the gorgeous and very charismatic Parrot On Parade returned to my frame.
Here's how I left him:
Where appropriate I do like to name characters in my projects, so seeing as he's a bit of a scruffy chap he's now been named Mr Scruffy - not very original, I admit, but definitely fitting.
Now for some useless information... yesterday marked my 1000th stitching day in a row - or every day since 25th June 2016. In fact I've only missed one day since 1st January 2015 (that being 24th June 2016, obviously!) which was due to being in A&E with my son who had fractured his wrist.
We arrived in A&E about 7:30pm, I think, and naturally I was concerned about him, but as the minutes and hours ticked away I couldn't help but selfishly think that my stitching record (which then stood at 540 days) would be broken. And it was, as we didn't get home until the early hours of the following morning. At one point I felt like phoning hubby and asking him to bring my stitching to A&E; son was asleep beside me, more urgent cases were naturally taking precedence and I knew we were in for a long night, but that would have been more hassle than it was worth! So I *pitiful sigh with back of hand on forehead* sacrificed my record and knew I would be starting back at zero the following day. Oh, the things we do for our children!!!
Yes, of course I'm hamming my reaction up - my children will always come first - but what niggles is that if the school nurse had actually done her job properly (he hurt his wrist at lunchtime) and/or I had taken more notice of his complaining (I'm not a harsh mother but, I think you'll agree, some children have a low pain threshold and tend to over-react at the slightest thing) we would have been in A&E and home a lot sooner.
But all that aside, I count myself exceptonally lucky that I am able to stitch every night and am now aiming for 2000 days which, if my calculations are correct, will be 15th December 2021!
And to start the ball rolling on those next 1000 days I've decided to stay with Mr Scruffy for another 10 hours. Back soon!