For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.
Psalm 149:4

Monday, April 11, 2016

April Stitching

Hi friends! I thought for sure I would have two April finishes to share with you today.That was before I went on Fioricet(a barbituate used for tension headaches). This post is taking longer to type, as I keep messing up. Everything is going slower, even walking, as I am dizzy. It will all be worth it if the headaches continue to decrease. Oh how I hope and pray they disappear! So far, I would say the headaches are almost 80% decreased.

I stitched up our friend Palko's free monthly pattern you can find HERE.
I stitched this on 25ct white evenweave with DMC 4025.
I am almost, almost done with the sweet, tiny April sampler by Kooler Design found in 365 Tiny Cross Stitch Designs. I will show you that next time. Sorry, a LOT of concentration is required just to get this blog post written. Whew! This is strong stuff. Pray with me that the headaches just go away. Otherwise I will have to have a ct scan to rule out bleeding and tumors.

I finished Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron.EXCELLENT book.  FABULOUS  book! Go read it!! Now! I will be getting the second book in this series, you betcha!!

If Jane Austen had turned her formidable wit and powers of observation to sleuthing before establishing herself as the major literary figure we know and love, then surely she would have been every inch the detective that Stephanie Barron has created in this delectable debut.

"I would rather spend an hour among the notorious than two minutes with the dull." To Jane Austen’s surprise, her visit to the snowy Hertfordshire estate of young and beautiful Isobel Payne, Countess of Scargrave, will be far from dull. She has scarcely arrived when the Earl – a gentleman of mature years – is felled by a mysterious ailment too agonizing and violet to credit to a fondness for claret and pudding. Scargrave’s death seems a cruel blow of fate for Isobel, married but three months. Yet the bereaved widow soon finds that it’s only the beginning of her misfortune… as she receives a sinister missive accusing her and the Earl’s nephew of adultery – and murder.

Desperately afraid that the letter will expose her and Viscount Fitzroy Payne, for whom she bears a secret tendresse, to the worst sort of scandal, Isobel begs her friend Jane for help. Which is how Jane finds herself embroiled in an investigation that hinges on the motives of Scargrave Manor’s guests.

Isn't the Snowflower Diaries May SAL pattern precious? The only thing that could make it more precious is.....can you guess what I would say? Of course you can!! POODLES! tee hee! I will begin that shortly. Meanwhile my own three poodles are definitely keeping me company and providing comfort. They make great nap buddies. ;)

Stitching and praying,
Vickie
 She slept through the making of this cartoon

36 comments:

Maggie said...

I hope your headaches will stop soon and you can get some relief.
I used to have a lot of migraines and know how the medication can make you feel.

Lovely stitching finish :-)

De borduurvrouw said...

I hope your headaches will pass and you're feeling better. Love your april stitching, beautifull colour. Mine isn't done yet, am bussy with other embroidery. Good reminder that I have to finish mine but I still have a couple of weeks befor May is released. Love the Sal of the Snowflower diaries too, this month there is a cat on the pattern so still seven month chance for a poodle to go. Hope you will feel better soon, Nienke

Brigitte said...

80% is so much more than last time you posted, Vickie. I hope that it goes to 100% from here.
Your little April stitching is so nice, I love the thread that you used. And yes, the May installment of Joyful World is another sweet design. How creative Maja is.

Justine said...

Beautiful stitching Vickie - those Palko squares are so pretty! Hope your headaches are gone soon.

KimM said...

Lovely stitching, Vickie. Take care - and thank you for the book review. I love 'who dunnits ' - I'll have to find this series...
Hugs

Manuela said...

Hello Vickie,
your April stitching looks wonderful. Nice colour of thread you have used.
The May pattern from Maja is very cute.
Greetings, Manuela

Jacquie Morris said...

Oooooooh April looks adorable, and I love the colour you stitched it in. I hope your soon feeling better, sending a smile your way 😊😊😊

Mii Stitch said...

Palko is so clever with her designs!
A sweet April finish :)

Carolien said...

Thinking and praying, dear friend ... and yes I can imagine cats will be replaced by poodles here ;) Your April stitches are cute!

Have a good day!
Waves across the ocean, Carolien

Angela Tucker said...

Oh, Vickie...80% improvement is wonderful!! You are definitely on my heart.

I checked on "our" irises. We got a bud!! I will post pictures today over on my blog.

I hope you have a good day.

marly said...

Making progress! Up to 80% is great. If you are affected by the new drug, please take it easy and just rest!

Carol said...

Such a pretty April finish, Vickie--love the color you used! And what great news about the pain level decreasing so much--I'm sorry the drug is having other undesirable effects... Are you going to switch out the cats in the May design for poodles--that would be so cute!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I love that thread colour. Well done on stitchigng anything at all with the drugs you are taking. Hope they continue to work and the side effects wear off too.

Maggee said...

Love that April finish!! It is simple and sweet! Praying for you, as always!

Penny said...

You have been through so much, Vickie. I'm very glad to hear that you have a medicine that seems to be working. Prayers that you continue to feel better. Love the thread color you chose for your cute April design! I have been totally under the weather but have managed to almost finish the first Jane Austen book - I'm really enjoying it and looking forward to reading the others.

Lesley said...

That is a very pretty April finish Vickie.I hope your meds are still doing their work.

moreofhim said...

I'm so glad that your headaches are 80% better! The medicine sounds really strong, though. Of course, you're right - if it helps, it's worth it. Lovely stitch up! So pretty!

Praying - Julie

gominam said...

Lovely April finish. Hoping your headaches disappear 100%, take care.

Christina said...

Great job in your April. Yes!! I love the new May SAL. Sorry you are having such grogginess from the meds. Glad you are getting some relief.

Bea said...

Delighted to hear the headaches continue to decrease, but oh my, what you are having to go through! Gentle hugs and continued prayers.

The book sounds intriguing, thanks for the suggestion, and I love the cartoon.

Sandra die Puppenhexe said...

Dear Vickie ,
oh dear, I can feel with you I had to take even such strong medications and therefore knows how you feel but is important only once these are the headaches better . I hope they are very soon disappeared . Your April is very nice , I like your color choice , it so vivid .
I hug you
Your friend from afar
Sandra

butterfly said...


Love your April stitching thanks for the link.

Still praying for you my sweet friend.

Manka said...

Get well soon, Vickie.
The little embroidery is very pretty.

Jenny said...

Hi Vickie, Wow 80%! You are getting there my dear friend! I know how medication can really make you feel awful....I am praying so hard those headaches just disappear! You have been so brave dealing with all of this... I love your stitching and I am so amazed that you can stitch while taking the medication...stitching is such a gift and provides so much comfort. I love the May design with the cats from Snowflower Diaries....really made me smile :) I loved the Jane Austen books as well...maybe I will have to reread them...grins. I hope you are having a good week and maybe even feeling better my friend :)

Barb said...

What a pretty April design! I'm glad to hear the headaches are better.

Анна Гончарова said...

Очень симпатичный календарь!

Margaret said...

Been away and am catching up on blog posts. Oh Vickie, I hope these meds work! Lots of prayers being said, of course. You have been in my thoughts and prayers and still are. Love your stitching. Hang in there!

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Oh my word...I hope that this stuff gets the headaches to go away...so much suffering you have. It hurts my heart. I'm praying for you and your situation.
Feel Better!

Jocelyn Thurston said...

My grandmother used to say, 'It's bad to be poor but it's worse to be sore.' My hope for you is now 100% free of pain. You are brave to keep up like you do. Lovely stitching.

Von said...

Oh no, dizziness and walking are not two things that belong together! Continued prayers, my friend!

Kaisievic said...

Dear Vickie, I am praying for your headaches to end very soon - they can be so debliitating! Your little April stitch is so sweet - look after yourself, my dear. xoxox

Lillie said...

Hope you are feeling better Vickie. That is a sweet finish for April. Take care!

diamondc said...

Vickie: I am so sorry you are having headaches,I hope they go away soon forever.
Nicer April finish.
I love to read.

Blessings
Catherine

Beth said...

Pretty blue floss on your April stitch. I hope you are feeling better Vickie.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful finish! I'm sorry you're not feeling well on this medicine. Hopefully you won't need to take it much longer!

♥ Nia said...

lovely April stitching :)