Monday, October 13, 2008

A sad but busy weekend

I had the house to myself this weekend....in fact I still do, for a few more hours...because DH's grandfather passed away unexpectedly last week. It really was rather mysterious, as he only went to see his doctor for some stomach pains about a week and a half ago...from there he had some scans done, was diagnosed with some kind of "atypical" gastric cancer, and died within a few days. As far as I know, the family still hasn't gotten much of an explanation. Anyway, the funeral was today, and DH left in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Sadly, I could not go with him -- I don't have quite enough vacation time accumulated yet at my new job. So I stayed home, built a shoe rack for the entryway, watched movies I've seen a zillion times (Harry Potter! Pirates!), and stitched.

Here's my progress on Cathy's neighborhood (again from Flickr, Blogger wants to rotate this one, too. Grrrr):
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And here's my new Halloween-y start, Plum Street Samplers' "Bugs & Hisses."

I really think this is just the cutest little piece. I didn't have all the colors the pattern called for, so I improvised a bit -- I think my pumpkins might be a bit brighter than the model picture. But I still like it! There is a border that is supposed to stitched in GAST Dark Chocolate, but I don't have any of that, either. I used WDW Onyx for the cats, which were also supposed to be done in Dark Chocolate...I don't think I have enough of that for the whole border, though. Hmmm. I suppose I could go with the DMC substitute...3371.....eh. We'll see!

Yesterday my mom came out to visit, and we went out to lunch and shopping together. It was a fun couple hours...plus, Mom paid for some non-standard groceries for me, since she loves shopping at Wegman's (a regional grocery store here, for my non-local readers)!

3 comments:

Cindy F. said...

Erin,
I'm so sorry to hear about dh's grandfather. Sending hugs from Texas.
Your pieces are looking so pretty! Can't wait to see more progress.

Suz said...

My condolences to your Hubby and his Family.

I love Ugs and Hisses! It took me a while to get the joke.. I'm on a slow mental-boat today ;)

Kendra said...

What a total shock about DH's grandfather! How sad. :-( My condolences.

Bugs and Hisses is really cute!