How Far Would You Go? Finishing a 50 Year Old Embroidery Project

I have been working steadily to complete the unfinished stitching (UFOs or unfinished objects among stitchers) of my Mom and her mom. I completed the Welcome embroidery and it is framed and welcoming people into a loving home.  I feel happy that this piece did not end up half stitched in the Savers or Goodwill.  I see things like that in thrift stores and I do not buy them unless they are the coolest design I have ever seen.  I do not feel compelled to save those pieces.  I do feel compelled to finish the stitching started by the women in my family and shepherd that stitching into a good home.

How far would you go to finish a UFO? 
There was a massive house cleaning and a high quality linen tablecloth about one quarter stitched came to light. My mom began it a lifetime ago.  Began stitching a color scheme she was not wild about for someone, someone who is not around and is definitely not on the Christmas card list.  Enough.  It was nothing she was going to ever pick up again.

But, it was really nice linen which is virtually indestructible. It was not yellowed or stained.  I liked the black, red and gray color scheme.  So, I figured I would get busy and finish this piece of linen that had been stored and forgotten for at least 50 years.  

And, lo and behold, there is one less UFO in the world!  

Now, who wants a cool linen tablecloth in black, red and gray, 52" by 70"?  

Finished tablecloth

Aerial view of half the cloth

corner and pattern


Aspirational, Starring Kirsten Dunst

Hooray for smartphones.


So You Want To Be a Farmer...

So You Want To Be a Farmer…

Many small farms take in apprentices or interns (a largely semantic distinction) for a growing season. According
 to Thistlethwaite, this is an all but mandatory step in your farm journey. And not just for one season. She suggests apprenticing for three to four years before you even consider starting your own farm. This will not only provide a basic knowledge base, but also ensure that farming is something you enjoy. “[Apprenticing] is gut check time,” she says. “It gives you the chance to ask yourself: ‘Is this really who I am?’”

The author apprentices on a farm for a season and learns that farming is hard work and risky.

I am already certain I don't want to be a farmer. An apprenticeship sounds kind of fun, though.


Ronna & Beverly

Ronna & Beverly

Ronna & Beverly are my new favorite podcasters. Here's a random sample. It doesn't matter which episode you listen to first. They're all hilarious.


Oganaich Uir A Rinn M'fhagail - Julie Fowlis

The lyrics to this lovely song can be found here, in Gàidhlig and English.


Sandia Foothills

Sandia Foothills

When Borat Came to Town

You should watch this.

From IMDb:

A look at what happened after Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) was filmed in the Romanian village of Glod. It follows the life of one girl who longs to escape the poverty as foreign lawyers arrive with the promise of suing 20th Century Fox for millions of dollars.

You don't need to see Borat to appreciate this.


They will never take our freedom

They will never take our freedom

My favorite Reddit comment:

Personally, I think the whole 'election' bit was the problem.
Leaving the United Kingdom without shooting any Englishmen just takes all the fun out of it.


Hiking Glyndŵr's Way in Wales - Part V

Market Hall in Llanidloes

Here is the Old Market Hall in Llanidloes. Currently it is a museum of British timber buildings (because it is a timber building). Llanidloes is basically the best place in the world. We had some extra time there, so we were able to walk around a little and look at things.

Here's what Mike Salter has to say about this Llanidloes:

It has always been a quirky independent place. There were Chartist riots here in 1839. Local hippies, of which there are many, have started up an annual green fair.

I love the phrase "Local hippies, of which there are many." Classic Mike Salter.

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Hiking Glyndŵr's Way in Wales - Part IV


Every so often we came across a plaque like this with this image of Owain Glyndwr, Prince of Powys, after whom the trail is named. I can't say why now, but we found the image very amusing. I think we were high on sea-level oxygen.

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