Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I Don't Count

That's the only explanation for it. Because I was so frustrated at having to take out so much of AIAM, I picked up a small Pine Mountain Design tuck pillow with a Halloween chart called Halloween Foursome. There is a difference between mine and the one in the photo though...mine is an older kit and instead of the boo charms, mine has a little candy corn button and 2 little star buttons that go in the same place. Made good progress on it last night. Stitched on it for quite some time tonight and all of a sudden the ghost's arm didn't fit. Sure enough a row toward the top was off. So I took that out and started putting it back in and decided that until I learn how to count again, maybe I ought to leave things that involve numbers alone. At lease this time it was only about 7 rows!

So I am going to read instead. What I ought to be reading is the blogs that I enjoy and try to read as often as I can, but instead I am pretty caught up in this novel called Sepulchre by Kate Mosse. I have had her other book, Labyrinth, for some time, but of course now that I want to read it too, it is nowhere to be found. Anyway, I am not a fan or horror or really anything too creepy, but this has been a really good book so far. Definitely a good pick for this season. The Tarot features largely in the novel, and it makes me want to learn more about it. That kind of thing fascinates me, although I don't think I'd favor it over the Episcopal church! :)

I love historical novels anyway, and have read some really good ones lately. If you are interested in the War of the Roses period of English history, you will love Anne Easter Smith's books A Rose For The Crown and Daughter of York. They were the kind of books that you get so involved in that you miss the characters like you would miss friends once the book is finished. One of my favorite authors, Sharon Kay Penman, has just released the 3rd book in her Eleanor of Aquitaine series. I am planning to re-read the first 2 since it has been ages since I read them. I can recommend The Sunne In Spendor though...it is also about Richard III and I read it just after the Anne Easter Smith books. It was excellent. I have been stuck in medieval England for some time now, so I had to move to 19th century France for a bit! LOL

On a holiday note: Here are a couple of fun Halloween things...

Halloween Hangman Game
Pumpkin Simulator

Hopefully my mathematical abilities will have returned by tomorrow night and I will be able to stitch without incident. I am determined to stitch some Halloween designs during this season this year!


Paula said...

Hi Suzanne,
so tell me have you learnt to count now?? lol Seriously I hate it when that happens and you have to go back on it......It's so frustrating isn't it. Hope you managed to get it sorted now.

Love the pic of your dog.....

Happy stitching...

mumzy said...

Suzanne: I do swedish weaving and you have to count similar to cross stitch. Well, I hate that part of it. So, I understand your frustration with the miscount.

Have a Great Day!

rusluvsme said...

Ahhh, counting. Reading is a good alternative!! I don't count either, at least not well. LOL I can count the same row three times and still end up off.

Lori-Ann said...

Oh, I COUNT... but obviously sometimes I CAN'T count, LOL.
It does feel good once the problem is corrected and further advancements are made afterward.

I'm a reader too... I average 7 novels per year. The latest one I finished is called "The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio". I picked it up at a sencond hand shop and couldn't put it down. It is a memoir about a woman who raised 10 children by winning contests. wow!

Pumpkin said...

ROFL! I think there are quite a few of us that need to go back to school ;o)

I haven't picked up a book in month and I really miss reading. It's so relaxing. Maybe that's what I need right now.

I hope you don't mind but I borrowed your pumpkin sim link for Pumpkin Day :o)