Just Nan Sundays and Number 42

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Thank you for all of your compliments on my little fixer-upper projects that I completed last week. It felt really good to have some things to mark off my list. I am determined that I will have some finishes this year of the eternal WIPs I have lurking in my stash. So, in order to make a new start on that, I am joining Chris in her Just Nan Sundays. I was inspired by her recent stitching on Barnabee’s Quest, and thought that I should pull mine back out. I believe Jenna and I are the only two remaining members of the SAL that haven’t finished this yet. Since I believe I was the one who organized the SAL in the first place, I really should finish the thing, right?! Just Nan Sundays sounded good to me, and if Barnabee doesn’t take my fancy one week, I can always stitch on my Queen of the Needle, or the long list of WhimZis I have kitted up. But, for this week at least, Barnabee made good headway on his flight. This is where I left off with Barnabee in May of last year (I can’t believe it’s been that long!).

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And on Sunday I was able to complete the over one band of violets (somehow I always get hung up at the over one bands), the row of lilies, and the row of satin-stitched grass. I would say I am about one-third of the way through Part 2 now. You can see the whole thing so far in the photo at the top of the post. But, here’s a closeup of my recent progress.

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I enjoyed stitching on this piece again and hope that I can stick with it long enough to have a finish, thanks to my Just Nan Sundays. Care to join me, Jenna?

I was also able to cross another thing off my 101 Things List. Number 42 is “change name on passport”. It only took me two years to finally get around to this. But as of yesterday I have my new passport in hand with my new name on it! That feels good!

And I spotted this list on Anna’s blog, so I thought I’d answer it too…feel free to join in if you’d like.

Look at the list of (100) books below. Bold the ones you’ve read. Italicize the ones you want to read. Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in. (Movies don’t count.)

  1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
  2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
  4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
  5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
  6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
  7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
  8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
  9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
  10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
  11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
  12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
  13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
  14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
  15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rowling)
  17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
  18. The Stand (Stephen King)
  19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
  20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
  21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
  22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
  23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
  24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
  25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
  26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
  27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
  28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
  29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
  30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
  31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
  32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
  33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
  34. 1984 (Orwell)
  35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
  36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
  37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
  38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
  39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
  40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
  41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
  42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
  43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
  44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
  45. Bible
  46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
  47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
  48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
  49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
  50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
  51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
  52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
  53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
  54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
  55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
  56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
  57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
  58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
  59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
  60. The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
  61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
  62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
  63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
  64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
  65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
  66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
  67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
  68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
  69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
  70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
  71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
  72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
  73. Shogun (James Clavell)
  74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
  75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
  76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
  77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
  78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
  79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
  80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
  81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
  82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
  83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
  84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
  85. Emma (Jane Austen)
  86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
  87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
  88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
  89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
  90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
  91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
  92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
  93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
  94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
  95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
  96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
  97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
  98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
  99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
  100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

Until next time! Keep those needles moving!

I am grateful for long talks at night.

28 thoughts on “Just Nan Sundays and Number 42”

  1. Congratulations on restarting Barnabee! Google Reader suggested your blog, so I’ve been having fun looking around – you do beautiful work!

  2. Congratulations on restarting Barnabee! Google Reader suggested your blog, so I’ve been having fun looking around – you do beautiful work!

  3. Barnablee looks fantastic – it is a super fun stitch! I hope to remember to get mine framed when framing time comes around again this year (it is 2x a yr for me – once in July for my bday and once in December for Xmas) – yours looks perfect!

  4. Barnablee looks fantastic – it is a super fun stitch! I hope to remember to get mine framed when framing time comes around again this year (it is 2x a yr for me – once in July for my bday and once in December for Xmas) – yours looks perfect!

  5. Great progress, Michelle! Those over one bands would have sent my Barnaby straigt to the UFO pile, never to see the light of day again. I admire you!

  6. Great progress, Michelle! Those over one bands would have sent my Barnaby straigt to the UFO pile, never to see the light of day again. I admire you!

  7. Aussie Stitcher

    Barnabee is looking wonderful, great progress for one day. Well done on getting some things off the to do list.

  8. I think that I will join you, Michelle. You made great progress and it’s inspiring, so let’s see if I can’t get Barnabee further along his journey, as well. 🙂

  9. Lovely progress on Barnabee. I look forward to seeing it completed. And a very respectable amount of bolds on that book list.

  10. That Barnabee is certainly a pretty piece. Nice progress. That book list certainly made me realize all the books on my lifelist that I’ve yet to read! Thanks for the reminder :~)

  11. Barnabee looks wonderful! You and Chris are inspiring me to pull my copy out of the stash pile and into my work basket! Hopefully I can join you on Sundays in the next couple of weeks.

  12. Your stitching is looking wonderful! I haven’t done any cross-stitch since my last bout with tendonitis last year but looking at yours makes me want to get back to it. ~ Lynda xo

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