There was no blog last week because there was no stitching. Yes, it made me sad but seeing my mom and the rest of the family was necessary. My grandmother never ages and my mom is shrinking. She was at least two inches shorter than the last time I saw her. When I got home, a trip to the pharmacy for calcium was on my short list as well as joining a health club with the boys. Visiting with my mom was like seeing an age progression in live mode. It woke me up.
I did take my stitching with me and the hotel room had nice light but there were just too many people to see and too many places to go. If anyone is ever in the Effingham, Illinois area, you must check out Firefly Grill. It was ranked #2 in the country by Bon Appetit magazine for being eco friendly. They grow their own produce, raise their own catfish, and buy only organic, localaly raised food. The steaks are cooked over an oak fire (the oak trees grown locally as well), the tables were built by the Amish in Arcola, IL, and the martinis are shaken by the best bartender I have found. Beware, take your credit card. Just as organic foods are more expensive in the store, they are more expensive in the restaurant. It was worth it though and when my server brought my leftovers to the table in a biodegradable box, I was able to write it off as a tax deduction under the column--field study. These boxes would be very cool at my own restaurant.
Here is the latest on And They Sinned. There was some frogging involved in the vine on the left and the basket in the middle. I really thought that vine repeated all the way down and as I looked at it I was getting mad. Why would Vilma make so many mistakes on her chart? Just look at all the leaves she missed. Silly me, I was the one screwing up. Then I was one stitch off on the right side of the basket but didn't realize it until I started stitching the fruit and it didn't work out. As always, I thought about leaving it but decided it would drive me crazy. Some mistakes just have to be fixed. By the way, the peacock is very proud to be under that awesome angel. Her dress came out beautiful. Till next week, happy stitching!!