It's amazing that I found any time whatsoever to cross stitch. I have been so busy with things to do. I have had to resort to making lists for things I need to do, including cleaning out my refrigerator. (Ugg!) make doctor and dentist appointments, for not only myself and the kids, but the dogs too. I did manage to finish one pending project today. These are night stands that I purchased in 1984 at an unfinished furniture going out of business auction. I don't remember how much I paid for them, but when my oldest son was in grade school he has them. And they were stained wood color. My daughter came along, 14 years later, then they were white with pink drawers. Then two years later my youngest son came along. He used them too. They were white, with a red, blue and yellow drawer fronts. Coat of paint, new knobs and they were recycled. I am now using them to store sewing supplies. I certainly have gotten my money out of them.
I managed to finish two more states. North Carolina and Idaho. I sort of skip around on the piece because there is a lot of fill in stitching. Especially since the last several pieces I have worked on have over their fair share of the Algerian eye stitch. Speaking of which, several months ago I was searching the web, and came upon The Scarlett Quince website. They have a lot of helpful hints, but what I found was directions for what they call a "pinhead" stitch. They have illustrations how to use the stitch on both linen and Aida. It has been a real lifesaver for those charts that have that one pesky random stitch.