Winter is truly here. The temperatures have dropped, snow is falling in the South and rain is falling in the North. Great weather to sit inside with my stitching. Even so, I haven't produced much.
Currently the little crosses of my stitching are producing Christmas goodies:
However I wanted an Advent tree for me so am stitching the same chart but in DMC115 monotone.
Work is going well and I'm kept very busy. Like funeral directors will always have clients, so too will Probation Services. Next week we have the Minister of Corrections coming from Wellington to officially open our newly refurbished offices, so there has been a scurry of cleaning and tidying. Apparently my desk is the tidiest in the office! We have been practicing a Waiata (Maori song) - He Honore, which I am told, is often sung at official functions as part of the welcome to honoured guests. So I will don my uniform, a bright smile and hope to fade into the background on Tuesday when all the honourable big-wigs come to inspect our premises;-)
Six weeks ago I decided to change the supermarket I use and to change to doing a fortnightly shop and amazingly I have saved myself $30 a week! Of course that cannot all be price and some of the savings are attributable to the logistics of bulk purchase and longer term menu planning. However I am very pleased with myself:-) And on the strength of such frugality have decided to book in for an embroidery class next March. Do visit this link to see what I hope to stitch (scroll to the second to last) - the Alison Snepp Linen Stitch Hussif.
Well that's enough from me. I'm off to bed with a hot water bottle. Sleep well everyone.