gwendolyngrey: (Anne in tears)
So I've had a cold since Monday, and it is totally kicking my ass.  In spite of getting plenty of sleep, drinking lots of fluids, and generally doing everything "right", this cold continues to wreak havoc on my system and is winning.  My whole head is completely congested, I'm developing a nasty cough, my ears are clogged and achy, and I've pretty much lost my voice.  In fact, I sound kind of like a geriatric frog when I try to speak.

I even had to cancel spending time with several good friends, who I rarely get to see any more, because of this cold.  I'm hoping I'll be mostly back to normal for Greenfield Village next weekend, but I'm not counting on it.  I've had colds like these in the past, and even if the congestion goes away after a week or so, other problems (like hearing loss or a nagging cough) tend to linger.  I guess I'll just have to cross my fingers and hope for the best.

In spite of fighting off the plague, I've been getting some sewing done. 

Bonnet!  The ribbon there is just pinned on at the moment... I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to trim it.
   

And an apron.  Not very exciting, but necessary.


And now I'm think I'm going to sit in my armchair for a little while and stare blankly off into space before summoning up the wherewithall to work on my windowpane dress.  Yeah... that sounds about right...
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This afternoon I finished putting together the buckrum form for my early spoon Mildred Augusta bonnet.  I haven't decided yet exactly how I'm going to cover it though.  I know I'll be using some blue silk taffeta that I got from Katie, but it's the style I'm stuck on... I'm leaning towards a drawn bonnet but I just can't decide.  And how much wadding should I add to the tip?  And do I interline or not?  These are the questions. 

And after all that is done there'll still be the trimming to figure out, but that's the fun part.  ;)

 

And speaking of the Civil War (which I kind of was... obliquely... fashion counts) I'm in the middle of reading The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, which the movie Gettysburg is based on.  It is phenomenal.  I tend to assume that books which are centered around a battle are rather dull affairs filled with a lot of wordy descriptions of tactics and maneuvers.  The Killer Angels is anything but, being very well written and fleshing out incredibly compelling characters.  I was also pleased by the unbiased 'political' stance, as both the North and the South are portrayed sympathetically.  Shaara lets the characters speak (and think) for themselves, instead of using them to preach to the audience.  I still have to finish it, but I had to gush.

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