You’re not allowed needles and scissors in the courtroom.
I have no idea why (well, I do, I suppose), but I’m quite capable of listening while my hands are occupied, so it means that when my Jury Service starts tomorrow, I am faced with two weeks unable to sew during the day. This is a bleak and unpleasing vista. It assumes I will be a) selected for a jury and b) cannot excuse myself on the grounds I know someone involved in the case. It may be that c) the whole thing is over in 2 minutes when someone changes a plea to guilty. But having been summoned for 2 weeks, I then have to turn up when requested and offer myself up to the mills of justice, and the whole circus starts again the next day.
There’s a foot note to this page: “Jurors are advised to bring a jacket as conditions in the Court room may be cool.” Yay!
This puts quite a crimp in my planned sewing program for the rest of the year and the early part of next. I have Go Teal it on the Mountain to progress and bring to completion by the beginning of February. I have three blocks for F2F each month. I have a hatbox block to hand quilt for the end of each month, I have needlepoint to progress every 3 weeks, and I have sewing for Days for Girls. To top that lot off, yesterday I got a phone call from the head of the Trudy Crowley Foundation, asking if the memorial quilt for Trudy could be ready for April, as they have a Twilight Dinner and want to auction it then. Well, I had to say yes, didn’t I? (I Will Never Learn).
Oh, and did I mention we’ll probably be moving house some time in March…? No? Well, more of that another time, but it’s all good 🙂
So this afternoon, I went up to my sewing room, cranked the aircon down to 21°C, put the ceiling fan on High and cut backing and batting squares for Go Teal it on the Mountain like grim death. It has produced results, though: I have got the job done, and can start taking those beauties down off the design wall, sandwich the three layers together and get quilting. When they’re all here, there will be 30 squares; I think I just have to sit down, grit my teeth and plough through, setting myself a target for each day. Whether I can stay on target is going to depend on whether I have to sit in court every day; if I do, will I still have the energy to quilt in the evening? If I don’t I’ll regard it as bonus/’free’ time and will use it for quilting.
So anyway, if I don’t respond to your comments on stuff as quickly as usual, or Chiconia goes a bit dark and silent, that’s where I’ll be. Listening, deliberating, and possibly gnashing my teeth…
I suppose there’s one upside. The weather forecast for the coming week is 37°C/98°F. The courthouse is paying the air conditioning bill!