Friday, September 30, 2016

What am I Reading?

Actual printed books in English here are very limited, so I read free books on my gadget from iBooks.  Free usually means public domain, or older books, but there are so many to choose from.  

Currently I am reading my way through the works of Fergus Hume, who was an English mystery writer who lived from 1859 to 1932. Although he was born in England, he lived in New Zealand with his family from an early age, studied law at university and was admitted to the bar there.  Later he moved to Australia, where he worked as a barrister's clerk and began writing.  After the success of his first book,  The Mystery of the Hanson Cab, which was self published, he moved back to England in 1888. This mystery novel became the best selling mystery novel of its time and was said to be the "most sensationally popular crime and detective novel of the century."

He wrote 130 mystery novels plus many stories and articles.  Not all of his books are available on iBooks, but I am reading the ones that are available.  If you like mystery/crime drama type books, you might want to check out Fergus Hume.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

2016 Smalls Stitch A Long - Tiny Candle Ornament

Cross stitch over one with one strand of DMC floss.

Linking up with Heather at Stitching Lotus, the hostess of this SAL.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Work In Progress Wednesday - Mitten Ornament Finish

This week I finished the mitten ornament, lining it with some pale blue fabric.  I think it turned out kind of cute.  What do you think?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Stitch Group Biscornu

The stitch group started a new project this week - a little Christmas tree biscornu, like this one, only on a bigger count white fabric.

We are planning to take a weaving class together next month, so we had to check the calendar to find a date that works for everyone.  Won't that be fun!

Thank you!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday Morning Star Count - More Japanese Hexies

I've basted an additional 28 Japanese hexagons, so I think my total is now 114 - I had 100, then used 14 for the placemats.  

More to come! 

Linking up with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

UFO's I Want to Work On

I have many many unfinished projects and I do want to finish most of them. Sometimes I just get tired of a project I'm working on, or I get an idea for something and have to start working on it.  So anyway, here are some of the UFO's that I really want to finish.

Four Block Crazy Quilt  

Rose Cross Stitch Afghan  

Midnight Mystery Quilt  

Plum Panache Velvet Beaded Shawl  

House Quilt  

Scrappy Cat Quilt  

Stumpwork Pansies 

RSN Rice Fields 

Kogin Bag 

RSN Knot Garden 


Ribbon Album Mini Quilt

48 Count Silk Gauze Chair Cushion 

Paisley Purse 

Yes, there are many more, but these are some of them.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Shizuoka Snack

It seems that every area in Japan has special foods and snacks.  Besides green tea, I learned these snacks are a specialty of Shizuoka.  

They are hard to describe, but I will try -- they are made from rice and are pink for sakura, with a sweet kind of glaze on the outside. This bag was a gift to me from stitchers. What a nice treat!  (It's a good thing I ate them before going to the hospital because I can't eat them now.)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Miss Japan 2016 and Being "Hafu"

Recently 22 year old Priyanka Yoshikawa won the title of Miss Japan 2016.  Her title win has been in the news quite a bit as her father is Indian, so she is considered "hafu" or half Japanese.  Critics complain that a "pure" Japanese should have won.  This follows last year's Miss Universe pageant winner who was the first mixed-race person to win a major pageant in Japan. Only 3% of babies born in Japan every year are biracial.  

A few years ago, we went to the screening of a film called Hafu, which illustrated the difficulties and prejudice biracial Japanese face.  If you are interested you can find clips of it on YouTube. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hospital Food

In the hospital, I wasn't allowed to eat from Sunday noon until Thursday lunch.  This is what I was served when I was able to eat again. 

Thursday lunch - rice gruel in closed container

Thursday dinner - rice gruel in the open bowl

Friday breakfast

Friday lunch

Friday dinner

Saturday breakfast

Saturday lunch

I've often heard that hospital food is bad.  (Maybe that's just hospital food in the US?) I didn't know what all of it was, but it did taste good.  I wasn't able to eat everything each meal - it was just too much!    

Have you ever eaten hospital food?  What did you think of it - good or not?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Work In Progress Wednesday - Hospital Stitching

Surprisingly I have progress this week. I stitched quite a bit the day before the surgery, when I was just waiting.  I also stitched a little before leaving the hospital.  I have just a little more to stitch on this mitten (front and back).  I used Caron Watercolors for the main part of the mitten, and RG Splendor for the red.  

I started another mitten with another Watercolors that has bigger color changes.  I thought  I would work the stitch across instead of up and down because of the color changes, but that didn't work out.  I'll abandon this attempt.  

Now that I'm home I have other things to work on so I might make just one mitten.  Or,  I might start another with some other thread. We'll see.