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July Journal | Our Prairie Nest
July Journal

July was less busy than June, which was nice. Though I still felt like I had quite a bit happening. Part of that is because I don’t think I’ve gotten a Sunday at home to relax after the blur that is Friday evening through Saturday night. It would be really nice to have a whole weekend at home, but Sunday usually involves going to Spiral Scouts, which is important, or swimming on the weeks we don’t have Scout meetings, which is something I do for Rowan. 


In July, I read my favorite book so far this year, and that was Fourth Wing. Yes, I know, I know. Practically everyone loves this book and with good reason. It has dragons, a cutthroat academy where the main character is well aware she doesn’t belong, intrigue, and romance. It kept me invested throughout and I can’t wait to read the sequel.


I still worked my way through Summer Quaker by Lila’s Studio and finished the entire top row of pages of the pattern, so it’s more than 1/3 complete. While I would love to finish it before Labor Day, while it’s “in season,” I’m not going to be disappointed if I don’t make it there. I will probably pick up another of my projects to complete, because I have too many WIPs for my personal taste – 4 or 5, I believe. I’m usually like to work on one, finish it, and then do the next. But so many patterns caught my eye this year that I got caught up in the excitement of starting them. 


D&D 5e is still happening once or twice a month, which suits me fine for now. I want to make some improvements to my world’s cities, towns, and villages before the next session.

The Genesys campaign hit a lovely moment with one of the characters being knighted, and the Cyberpunk Red game is so much fun! 


As with June, I haven’t watched many shows or movies. Though one of the Fridays after work when I didn’t have any other commitments, I came home, flopped on the couch, and re-watched The King’s Speech while I cross-stitched. That was a lovely, cozy couple of hours. 


At the end of the month, one of my partners brought us to OCon Expo, which is the comic con in Omaha and Council Bluffs. We had fun and I met the co-creator behind my favorite comic book series, West Coast Avengers, which had my favorite hero, Mockingbird. I’m not the kind of comic fan who tends to know writers and artists. I am well aware of some of them, and whose styles I like and whose I don’t (for example, the Chris Claremont/Jim Lee pairing in the early 90s, yes. John Byrne drawing Wonder Woman, no). But I don’t dig deeper than visuals and I was about 12 when I started reading WCA, compared to being a teenager when X-Men #1 came out in 1991. So I didn’t pay attention to writers and artists. I just knew that I adored Mockingbird.

I had no idea one of the co-creators was from and lived in Nebraska, let alone that I was going to see him that weekend. Man, I had no chill. I went completely fangirl at this poor guy. He set into a motion a comic book series that not only featured a hero I appreciated – a normal, everyday woman with no special powers – but also one that had strong conflict and deeply personal storylines. So I couldn’t stop thanking him once I got talking to him.

July was quieter than June, for the most part. Now that school starts in a little over a week, I’m looking forward to getting back into that routine. Not the waking up early part, of course, but the rest of it. I’m ready for summer to drift into autumn, and bring on the cooler, cozier days. 

52 Ancestors, Week 20: Textile
52 Ancestors, Week 20: Textile

Although this week’s topic for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is textile, I’m going to talk about something that technically isn’t a textile, but does require fabric to make. 

When I was a teenager, my Nana (mother’s mother) taught me how to cross-stitch. While I don’t have any family examples of textiles, quilts, or cross-stitches, I have plenty of my work. This is the oldest piece by me, probably done almost 30 years ago when I was 18:

More recent cross-stitched pieces I’ve done have been for my friends, partners, and self to enjoy:

This is one of my favorite hobbies. I feel like the best time of year to sit down and cross-stitch is in the winter. There is something cozy about curling up on the sofa with some handiwork and watching a movie or binge-watching a TV series while I stitch all these tiny Xs.

It may not be the most interesting post or about my ancestors, but I wouldn’t have this skill if not for my Nana teaching me. I taught both my son and daughter to cross-stitch, and even though it doesn’t seem to have held their interest, I’m glad I at least introduced them to it.