Herb bed, Rose Cutting, a Chrysalis and stormy weather

We cleaned up the herb bed Sunday.
We cut back the Stevia and pulled up and bagged the dead herbs and flowers.
It looks better, but still sad after the lush year it had.
I discovered that my accidental rose cutting is trying to bud.
I’m so surprised. I doubt the weather stays warm long enough for it to bloom, but I’ll keep an eye on it and see how far along it gets.
My husband came in from working outside and told me to come and look at something. He said it was something I needed to see.
I followed him to the shed with my camera in hand.
He pointed to a space in the shed door and said, “Look at that.”
I was so tickled to see a black swallowtail butterfly chrysalis in the space. It’s overwintering there. How cool is that?
It’s been storming all night here and it’s still going on. It’s the whole show complete with lightning and sound effects along with curtains of wind and rain. Shelibean is not happy at all. He’s snuggled down under a blanket beside me feeling quite protected from the weather-at-large.

Here’s wishing you all gentle weather this Tuesday.

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Little Bear Cross stitch Project

Here’s a cross stitch project I’m working on. It’s from a little kit. It’s 18 count fabric and that’s a lot of tiny for my middle-age eyes.
I put my needle in the fabric and laid ruler and a quarter on it, to try to give you a bit of an idea of how small the stitches are. Look at the size of the stitches compared to the size of some of the print on the quarter. I’m determined to finish this project this weekend. I’ve got it about half of the way done.

Maybe it’s just my bad luck, but over the years,  just about every cross stitch project that I’ve made from a kit that has red or reddish shades of color in it, there never seems to be enough of that color thread. In my ‘Joy In The Journey’ cross stitch project, I had to go through my embroidery thread and find a reddish color to complete that project… and now with this little project, after I finished the bow over the bear’s head, I ran out of red.  I went through my stash and found a similar color red thread to use for the decor inside of the wreath that encircles the bear. They have more of some of the colors over the amount that the pattern needs. It doesn’t take very much red color thread so I don’t understand why they didn’t add enough in.
But like I said, it’s not just this kit,  I’ve ran into a shortage of the reddish colors in some of the other kits I’ve made over the years. Like this kit, the other kits added over the amount of some of the other colors that are far more than a pattern needs, but not the reddish colors. I don’t get it. I wonder what is the deal with that. Is reddish colors so expensive that the kit makers have to dole it out minimally to save a few micro-cents. I’ve never contacted a company about it. I don’t see any reason too. I always have extra thread that’s fairly close. But I do wonder what the deal is about the shortage of reddish color thread in some of the kits I’ve used.

Have you ran in to this problem of a shortage of one or more colors in any kind of a craft kit?

Wishing you all success in your crafts and hobbies.

*I apologize for the quality of my photo.
It was hard to get an okay photo of the little project.

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