Monday, 26 January 2009

Traveling The World

By way of blogs that is!
There really are some lovely blogs in blog land; and it amazes me how many stitching projects people manage to get finished & framed or made into the most lovely things. I have not managed to finish ONE thing yet this year, and i only have 2 on the go!, OK they are almost there but it leaves me wondering how people find the time, I'm exhausted just reading the blog posts, lol. That's another thing, most stitchers seem to have WIP's going on everywhere, how do you keep track! I have thought of doing a rotation and having a few on the go but then i just feel that I'm not achieving anything, I have come to the conclusion that i am a plodder lol, i think i work much better when i have one thing going on at a time, don't get me wrong, i have been a serial starter and must have wasted ££££'s over the years, the charts & materials were put to one side because i had seen another that i must do (sound familiar!) then i would come across them at a much later date and not feel the slightest inclination to carry on with them. Not anymore, I'm cured lol, i have the greatest admiration for you ladies out there that can keep several projects going at once and not loose interest (or the chart) but i think i will carry on with my plodding. So, as you will guess, i have no stitching to show you, (sigh), I have one more word to complete on my LK and a few more stitches to complete my monthly ornament SAL which i was hoping also to get made up before the end of the month, so perhaps next week.

On another note, we had a good weekend, OH and i decided to have a day in Bromsgrove (or rather i said i am fed up sitting in on Saturdays, we are going out for the day!) either way we found ourselves there and had a few pleasant hours browsing round the shops and came across a secondhand bookshop and guess what i found? Only the Bill Bryson book i have been looking for, The Lost Continent. It's not a first edition but a re-print of the 1989 London edition (which was when it was first printed) if that makes sense? plus it didn't have the £85 price tag! like i told OH, i saved him £80. Why's that said he? Because i would have paid that much eventually said I, he he.
I do have a book club edition of this particular book but they change with publications, so i shall keep that one too because it does have some nice photos included. I started reading Saturday night. In this book BB has been living in England for 10 years but has a yearning to return to his roots, he borrows his mothers Chevrolet and sets off on his travels through thirty eight states, keeping mainly to back roads and small towns, the book tells of his encounters along the way with the usual BB wit and observations. I had read a review a while ago that said they thought this book was just an excuse to make fun of America & Americans, i don't see it that way, (he makes fun of the UK and the English to), it's just his humour. Anyway...... OH had a couple of books too so we both came away happy. On the way back we made a detour and had a late lunch in a little country pub just to complete the day. It's not often we get to spend time together like that because he works away during the week so it made a really pleasant change. Hope you all had good weekends too.
Tara-a-bit x


Roberta said...

Your Saturday sounds like a lovely day and have found the book you have been looking for - very nice!!

I do tend to have many projects going at one time, but when I get to a point where the project can be finished I work on that right through to the end.

Have a great day --- Roberta

Crazee4books said...

Hi Maggie,

I discovered your blog the other
day and since you love to stitch,
love to read, and live in England
I had to leave a comment and say

Don't you just love it when you
find a book that you've been
pining for, and it's going for a
great (cheap) price. The Bill
Bryson books do sound interesting
so I might have to pick up one
and see for myself.

I'm a "plodder" as well when it
comes to stitching. Wish I could
stitch a monster project a week
like some of the gals/guys do
but I'm afraid that it's just not
in me. Having said that, I've
got four projects on the go, and
in various stages of development.
When I concentrate on one I feel
like I'm abandoning the others.
Ah well. As long as we have fun,
that's the main thing.

I am a great lover of all things
English and have been over four
times, including once on my honey
moon. It's been a long time since
my last visit though. Love the
history, the countryside, the
cathedrals and the big castles/
mansions. Have relatives there too.
My home town (where most of them
live) is Chichester in Sussex.

I look forward to getting to know
you through your blog Maggie.


Maureen said...

Sounds like a lovely weekend - i've read a couple of Bill Bryson books a long while ago - must look him up again now..

Mariana said...

Yes, it sounds like you had a very nice weekend. I usually stay in because hubby's idea of getting out is going to Home Depot!
I'm a compulsive starter in stitching but eventually get everything done. I get bored easily so just naturally rotate my projects. I keep a HUGE basket full of everything so it's right there when I want to work on something else. My best friend, though, is a plodder too. She will work on one and only one project at a time- to the end and that means it's framed and on the wall before she even thinks of the next project! I have an entire box filled with finished projects that I haven't even thought of framing yet! LOL
Anyway, I put that recipe for my sweet potato rolls up on my blog that I think it was you that asked for; if you're still interested.

Mylene said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. I've found the book i mentioned earlier of Bill and it's
"A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING" but then in Dutch. I haven't read it yet.

I do have lots on the go but i can't work on rotation so i just pick whatever i am interested to work on each time.

Dawn B. said...

I think your Saturday away from home sounds like something we should all do from time to time. Can't wait to see you have a finish. I'm not one for rotations or more then one project at a time so don't feel bad you are not alone.

Ruth said...

Congrats on your book find.

As a fellow serial starter I completely understand your amazement with so many of our fellow bloging stitchers. How do they do it all? possibly they're all just lying? lol

CJ said...

HI Maggie -

Your Saturday sounded so much fun. My husband and I would go out antique shopping on Saturday when we lived in the UK. Your countryside is so beautiful.

As for stitching, I have so many projects going at once. It seems that I just get bored and move on to another and then back to some UFO. I really need to get organized. I may use my blog to help do that as some others have done.

Loved the book review. I think I need a copy of that one.



MysteryKnitter said...

I've been stitching away like crazy recently. I am glad I've been able to send a few wedding anniversary presents to their new homes, but I have other wedding anniversary presents to stitch. Well, one project at a time. I am sure the stitches find their place.