it's the computer. Saturday the newer Dell laptop with it's second new hard drive, passed on to the recycle heap at Staples. So very good of them to offer free recycling for printers, computers, cords, peripherals. It happened during the work on the latest group of corner labels, and everything in that file became corrupt. I went back in and retrieved my contact list, pictures, and favorites. But the computer I am typing this on is emergency backup, not reliable. No sense transferring anything until I get a new laptop. I can't email without contact lists and I can't show photos either. Shopping for another is not something I want to do. HP is out and that's what the majority of stock is, maybe order another Dell, or get a cheap one since it seems they have all needed drives replaced in short time, paint comes off the keys, and the touchpad bar sinks in and quits working. Well, that may have something to do with my very light touch from my menomanhands. I would probably crack a touch screen.
Marti has no idea what a blessing her chocolate was! It never made it to the basement where I keep the stash (pretending that the trips up and down the stairs burn those calories). The wrappers I thought were brown, are in fact black. Once I got further into bag, some were orange background. I have a colorful mess of little red, black, and orange foil balls throughout the first floor which delights those damn cats.
As for the Santa that you can't see, I am disappointed that the thread's shading is not even noticeable in 3/4 of this skein. It appeared to be on the card, but not so once the thread was laid out. I like the color, but the areas are too pronounced between very light and very dark. Removed some, added a darker thread, but it doesn't look random and is a stark contrast. So I've decided to use the brown Ranger ink pad and get the look I want when his coat is completed, before the beard and lighter threads are stitched. Just a light touch with a soft artist brush to create a slight variation. Not sure how it will take on the reds so I'm saving the floss scraps for testing.
Have a good week everyone.