|Woody and Buzz|
Some of you know that I worked in Algeria for a number of years during a period of some of the worst terrorist activity in that Muslim country's history. Needless to say, it was a stressful work location that kept me and my co-workers on full alert for danger twenty-four hours a day. Sleep was difficult at times and all of us searched for something that would take our minds off the turmoil surrounding us. For me that turned out to be cross stitching, a skill I was coerced into learning in the early eighties when my wife (a homeroom mother for one of our daughters) desperately needed some help preparing Christmas ornaments for the classroom (can you even remember a time when Christmas was observed in the classroom as a normal part of the school year this way?).
I found that I could totally lose myself in concentrating on the complicated stitchery patterns that required the stitcher's full attention at all times. I also quickly learned that if I worked on a project for an hour or two an evening that I went to sleep much more quickly - and, at the same time, slept more soundly.
And, wow...it still works.
The cartoon photo is a project I'm finishing up right now for my youngest grandson's bedroom wall. (I am embarrassed to think how long ago he asked for the picture to be done - think I started it at least five years ago.) I just need to finish up Woody's shirt, put the spurs on his boots, and (probably) add their names in script to the empty spot in the upper lefthand corner.
Then I'm thinking about working on this picture of the Lincoln family in the White House that I've also attached here - but it is huge and will take so long that I will probably be picking up smaller projects on the side. Who knows? I'm just grateful that I've rediscovered the benefits of this kind of thing.