Ah! I've been hankering to cross stitch, I got some vintage danish cross stitch books recently. I love that your cat is named Methow, used to go there when I was wee.
Wow - I can't imagine you get anything done with all that "help". Bend wasn't interested?
I have a cross stitch that I've been working on for three years... I can't seem to finish it. Last time I worked on it Sarah King was still living in the US. maybe I'll pull it out!