I sure hope it hasn't been as hot where you are as it has been here. We haven't hit 100 degrees yet, but close. I ride every morning at 6:45, and for the last several weeks it's been very close to 80 degrees when I get to the barn. Whew! We've had some afternoon rain, but all that seems to do is create a sauna rather than cool things off. I'm definitely not looking forward to winter, but I wouldn't mind the temperatures abating just a little bit.
I've been knitting up a storm, as usual. I have two mystery lace shawls in progress, as well as another non-mystery one. Unfortunately, I'm also back at the point of having five or six finished projects that need blocking before I photograph them and show them off. Soon, soon.
But never one to let too many projects stop me from picking up another, I decided to see what I had languishing in the big box of forgotten cross stitch supplies in the attic. That all started with my "clean out the attic" project, which I've been meaning to do for the whole five years my husband has been working and mostly living in DC. But the urgency is on because....he's coming home!!! YIKES!!!! Yup, the first week of September, he's headed back to take a new, non-governmental, job. Most of the stuff we bought for his apartment will be donated, but there are still enough things to hire someone to tote back. So, I'll be going up to pack and then we hit the road for home. Thus, the attic project has moved to the front burner. My question is, where does all that stuff come from???
Back to the big box of cross stitch. There is, of course, floss, some patterns, a bunch of kits, more floss, buttons, beads, and two in-progress projects. I don't really remember when they were abandoned, but I'm thinking it was some time in 2003, when I got hooked on knitting. One is a big picture of a lighthouse. The other is a kit I bought when we visited Frank Lloyd Wright's Talieson West on a trip to Arizona in 2002 or 2003. I wrote the date I started it on the chart, June 2, but not the year, so that's my best guess. It's very geometrical, and I thought that was a good way to get back into the craft. Here's what it looked like when I pulled it out of the box.
It's called "Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers" designed for Liberty Magazine (1926). The fabric is 28 count Monaco with DMC floss. I've done a few more vertical lines so far, and think I might actually have the will to finish it. And then we'll see about that lighthouse.
Two Fridays ago, I took Gracie to the big veterinary clinic at the University of Georgia to get a more in- depth workup on her continuing lameness. They just built a state-of-the-art large animal facility, and since it's a teaching facility, the horse is seen by everyone from vet techs to full-fledged vets. Here is Gracie in their "performance arena" waiting for them to evaluate her stride.
After a day spent with her own team of doctors, the result was that they agree with my vet's diagnosis, but instead of letting her heal in the pasture with the other horses as he ordered, she has been put on strict stall rest with an escalating program of activity. Right now, we are walking 15 minutes once a day around the indoor arena. I also walk her for 15 or 20 minutes outside each morning and evening, to give her a chance to graze so we can keep her mind and tummy healthy. She is NOT happy to be in that stall. For the most part, she behaves, but when she sees me, she kicks the heck out of the stall door. We are working on that. The recovery program lasts until the beginning of November. It's going to be a long Summer and Fall for both of us.