rising strong…again

It has definitely been a bumpy week here in the States. Half of the country is pleased with the election results. The other half, not so much.

Now there are riots in response to the election results. Kind of stressful.

And on a personal note, we found out yesterday that our monthly premium just to have access to the university’s health insurance is going up. It is increasing from 20% to 22% of our income. Many are panicking at my university… and most were already distraught because of the election results.

I’ve been coping in my usual ways:

  • chocolate (Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are my go to comfort food after pizza),
  • wine,
  • creating cross stitch patterns,
  • and writing. 🙂

At any rate, below is the complimentary cross stitch pattern of the week. 🙂

I love Maple trees and the beautiful colors their leaves turn in Autumn. And while I do not plan on becoming a Canadian citizen any time soon, there are some in this country who are seriously considering this as an option.

I used to live an hour south of the Canadian border, and when I was a teenager, I would drive through Michigan and cross over quite frequently. Back then, you didn’t need your passport to re-enter the US. Times change.

So if you love Maple leaves, Canada, or both (!), then this pattern is for you! 🙂


“Home” by SQ, 2016

You can click here to access the complimentary PDF pattern.

There are also new patterns on the Etsy shop. Even if you don’t intend to purchase any, definitely check it out – festive, snarky, and doggone funny (especially if you like f-bombs, snowmen, and turkeys). 🙂


3 thoughts on “rising strong…again

  1. Yeah a lot of folks are considering fleeing but that’s the opposite of what this country needs. People need to be more politically active and fight for their rights. As for health insurance, I’m genuinely concerned what will happen once Trump repeals the Affordable Care Act. I won’t be covered under my parents health insurance until I’m 26. I’ll be covered until 21. That’s 3 years from now. How am I going to pay for health insurance? Hugs and sandwiches? I don’t have a job.

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    • If only everything could function on hugs and sandwiches. I love that idea! I sure hope you can stay on your parents’ insurance. Student health insurance is horrible, but…. a better option is to be on your parents’ plan. 🙂

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      • Yeah I’ll have to see what happens. But the larger problem at hand is what would occur if insurance companies were allowed to discriminate against people with existing illnesses again. They’re the most vulnerable people and, if they can’t get insurance, they’re toast.

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