The electricity company texted me a warning for power cuts in the coming days. They are on standby and we consumers should be likewise. I don’t see there’s much I can do. Thunder storms are ahead. In fact, I heard ominous rumbling several hours ago and took an early evening swim. The storm isn’t here yet and I feel like another swim.
Anyway, a contingency plan is needed. During thunder the TV, radio and antenna get disconnected (and the land line, yes). I can always read. I can always start painting watercolours (my sister threw me a tough challenge: a rainy view into a garden with many, many shades of green; needs a lot of thinking). And I can continue my needlepoint, which I found in my closet, hidden underneath my strawhat (first I wrote ”hiding underneath my strawhat”, but then you’d think I was hiding there). I don’t think I’ve touched it for nearly ten years.
Many years ago I bought a book by Frank M. Cooper, Oriental Carpets in Miniature: Charted Designs for Needlepoint or What You Will. It is such a pretty little book. It’s still available. I don’t have it with me, but I seem to remember he got into tiny oriental carpets when his little daughter wanted rugs for her doll’s house. What a lovely idea! And great way to get your mind off things.
I’ve done one needlepoint earlier, a savoy cabbage by Kaffe Fasset. It’s a pillow now. After that I thought I’d tackle his cauliflower, but I couldn’t get hold of it anywhere. A bit later I found this book on oriental carpets. What I’m making could, I suppose, be turned into a pillow. Or what you will. It would be a rather big pillow - maybe something to sit on? A lot of stitches are needed to finish this one, but I’m in no hurry. Hot weather slows me down a bit as my hands tend to get sweaty. Finishing this won't take another ten years, that’s for sure.
I'm Piisa and I will be sharing with you my thoughts on this and that, maybe even on whatever.