Last night there was a terrible storm here and we lost power for seven hours. Not to be deterred, I lit some candles, found a torch, and set to work on Eleanor Parr. (Pardon my horribly messy desk...it didn't look such a mess in the dark.) The camera flash illuminated everything, but it was indeed very dark.
The second photo shows some progress on Eleanor.
The remaining photos show my main distraction this summer: very eagerly growing vegetable and flower gardens.
I've almost finished the birds across the top border and am moving on to the sides today. The colors on the back side of this sampler are spectacular. I hope to have it finished by September.