We packed our little trailer and headed out for Pinnacles National Park yesterday. It’s home to nearly 60 of the 405 remaining Condors left in the world. We might not spot one, but with a wingspan approaching 10 feet they should be hard to miss. The forecast calls for rain which suits me just fine because I have catching up to do.
I’ve made a needlepoint Christmas stocking for every member of our family. Never mind that I’ve seen similar ones all made up at Marshals for less than I’ve paid for the canvas alone! They’re a labor of love and made in China can’t compete with “made by loving hands at home”…that’s my story and I’m sticking with it.
This is how the canvas for my grandson’s stocking looked last October 24. I know because I snapped this photo, feeling proud of my progress the first day.
It might be hard to see, but all I had done was part of the chimney and little bits at the bottom of Santa. I have no idea what happened but it got set aside…in plain view!
I kept it smack dab in the center of my mantle so I would see it and be inspired to work on it. That didn’t happen too often.
Here’s how it looks today. I have so much more to do I’m starting to panic. Everywhere you see a hole, is an undone stitch. I didn’t sweat the lack of progress last year because he was only 2. This year will be a different story.
He’s seen it sitting on my mantle and asked what it was. I’m not sure he understands what’s ahead for Christmas, but he’s excited to get this thing Granny is making for him that Santa will put presents in.
So other than breathing fresh air and looking for Condors, I’ll be working on this, every moment. I’ve even packed my headlamp so I can see long into the night.
Are you doing anything to get ready for the holidays yet?
Have a great week.
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