I feel like I've slayed the beast! So please pardon me while I gloat....here's another pic of that same row, with the middle
Now, time for some honest answers here. I think I got overexcited while ironing her for these pictures and made the dark red on the top right yellow flower bleed. Can you tell? It's not bad, but to my eye, that linen looks a little pinker than it should around the dark red threads.
Just to make it an even threesome of photos, here's how she looks from the top to the point I'm at now:
So from here on out, I'm hoping Frances will be agreeable and let me have my long deserved finish with her sometime soon. There's still a lot of stitching to do - a few more blackwork bands, a whole gaggle of funky birds in bright colors and a big old brick house - but nothing I can't power through. I've reached the turning point and am moving into more a comfortable friendship with her!