First, thank you all for your kind concern and well wishes. It truly is hard to lose a pet you've had for so many years, it is like losing family. I hadn't realized how long it had been since I posted on Sasha's passing, but time has gone and I've received a number on inquiries on if I'm ok as it had been so long since I last posted, which is not like me.
Jazmine and I are doing better, but still have a ways to go. Jaz really took not having Sasha around very hard. Most of the old routes we walked with Sasha she now refuses to walk. For the most part, she really doesn't want to leave the house. To get her out and moving we do more, very short walks, going a different direction than before. Part of Jaz's problem I know is missing Sasha, but unfortunately part is her natural insecurities. Jaz was not socialized as a puppy well before we got her, and it takes very little for her to get scared and nervous, and this has now increased without Sasha to keep her balanced. She's better now than a month ago, but it takes time, and she'll probably never be totally comfortable outside the house (her safety zone) again poor baby.
Fall is in full force here now, and the leaves are falling like crazy. It seems I can't hardly keep up with them. I'll be so glad when they stop falling. Although pretty, they are such a mess to clean up. Last week I had a little over 20 of the big paper yard waste bags full of leaves to put out for pick up. This week I have 14 more already. While all that raking is good exercise, my back and arms sure do feel it. So..with all that fresh air and exercise that I'm not used to, the evening getting darker so much earlier (it is 6:30 now and pitch black outside, sure looks like night), and my feeling down still from losing Sasha, we tend to go to bed early. Between work, Jazmine time, regular home chores, and feeling like going to bed sooner than normal as it is so dark out, that doesn't leave much time for much else, blogging kind of fell by the wayside.
However, while I haven't been stitching much (I know I should make more time for it, it is amazing how a good stitching session can make you feel better), I did get my Strawberries piece done.
Strawberries - Little House Needleworks
I did it on 32 ct. Belfast linen. Not sure on the color as the piece was an odds and ends piece when I bought it and not labeled for color, but it is a really pretty pale tan. The piece was long and fairly narrow, perfect for Little House Threadpacks. There was enough that I could cut it in two and have enough to do Strawberries and Acorns (another Threadpack). I have Acorns almost half way done now, so will post a picture of that next time.
Haven't decided how to finish off Strawberries yet. I've seen it done as a flatfold on a couple blogs and it turned out adorable. I'm also considering framing it and doing the threadpacks as a series framed and then putting them up along the top of my one wall in the kitchen.
Thanks again for all your well wishes, I'll try to visit your blogs soon. I'm so behind though that it will take a while to catch up on what all you've been doing.