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I have finally been able to get some work done on Autumn Leaves:

Autumn Leaves

I am giving myself 10 days to finish this. Whether that is realistic or not, I don’t know. What I DO know is that it is January 7th and the Christmas tree is still up. In my defense, yesterday was Epiphany, so it couldn’t come down until then anyway. But I know I have to kick things into gear and get stitching. As soon as this one is done, I have to get to work on my daughter’s Christmas stocking. She will be 4 next Christmas, and I am determined to have a hand stitched stocking for her, like everyone else has. Not only was her stocking dismally plain in comparison this year, it didn’t even face the same way as the other three. It seems that all Christmas stockings sold in the stores point one way, while most cross stitch patterns create stockings pointing in the opposite direction. Go figure.

Autumn Leaves will definitely be a project I won’t forget. I started it because the crow in the picture reminded me of my uncle Dan, and now the unthinkable has happened. My aunt Wendy (his wife) has just been diagnosed with leukemia. It’s a different type than my uncle had, and the doctors are hopeful that she will make a full recovery. But still… being diagnosed with this disease only a year after your late husband was, is a shock to say the least.