Friday, November 14, 2014

An update

Had the first of three injections yesterday. Mr H came along but waited in the comfort of the waiting area while I timidly walked into the torture room. The PA, Jennifer was very nice and I must say gentle. I asked her if I could just leave the knee, go for a coffee in the hospital cafeteria and and she sweetly said that I should not worry. It was two procedures; the first was to remove more fluid (16 cc) and then the injection. Both were painful and lucky for me quick. This will be the last time that I can have the fluid withdrawn because of the medication being injected. I am quite achy today. I did have to get a different brace so I will be trying that today at work. It is obvious that on injection day I will not be able to go to work. I returned home to ice and rest it. Santa is coming along.... My goal is to start the outlining Sunday, or Monday. So close to the finish! It is a bit chilly here in The Valley of the Sun....only 58 and temps is expected to be around the mid 70's today...guess I will have to dig out a sweater! The sun is someplace behind the clouds. Some flowers thrive with the cool temps...

 bright Petunias are today's sunshine. 
Hope it is lovely where you are. Thanks for stopping by and for the kind thoughts and well wishes for me. You certainly do make my day.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Angels

I would like to think that "my angel" takes care of me.....and the faeries tease me. I have several angels around my house..... and this Prim angel joins them----
She is Prim Velveteen Angel from Nickycreations ..... I can not wait to make a few more They would make lovely gifts. I have said that I am not a "Prim" stitcher and do not do many at all, however, I find that I have done more than I thought. I love Niky's patterns. This was a kit which you will find by clicking the link above. One year I may do an angel tree. Speaking of trees, Mr H was talking with my neighbor a few doors away and she already has her tree up. No Christmas arrives around the Horton House until December 1st. I like finish with one holiday at a time. Thanksgiving is Mr H's favorite one.The pumpkins remain around as do Fall theme until then. I have been laboring over Santa. I have had to frog some of the new stitching. Finally I think I have my solution. Remember, the original stitching is 19 years old and the colors are ...... well the white is not as bright. I did keep it rolled right side in so it is not soiled. Still, I cannot use straight white for his beard. The solution is using 2 strands of 3866 and 1 of white and it looks good. I never had a working copy so I am finding my way slowly with the pattern. I had hoped to be on the outlining by now. Oh well, it has been 19 years in the making so what is the rush now!
Today is the injection day and I am dreading it. I hate needles and especial large ones. I know, compared to what some are going through in their lives, my problem is no big deal and I do not want to sound like a wimpy whiner.  In the meantime, I will return to the sewing room to organize my self and maybe get a few more curls on Santa's beard done before going for the torture session..... glad you stopped by today. Your kind words and friendship make my day. Whatever your plans have a great day.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I forgot to show you-----

Yesterday when I shared my enjoyable Sunday outing I forgot to show you this...
my little papoose. Isn't he adorable! he is wrapped in soft white alpaca type fabric and adorned with feathers and strapped to him is a turquoise bear which is for the Native Americans is a symbol of strength and healing. This year I will decorate a Southwest tree and he will be right there front and center. I usually begin to set up Christmas around the first of December.  This year I feel eager to get it started......


I can not forget today is Veteran's Day...my dad was a very patriotic man and passed that on to me.
I pay tribute to him as well as all who have and are serving our country. Dad always gave us a poppy to wear and I still wear it proudly each November 11th. 
Yesterday was therapy day #1... and not too bad a session. Did you know that Physical Therapists now introduce themselves as "doctor"? They complete a doctorate program hence the title. Anyway, Alicia is my therapist. I have my assigned exercises to do at home and five more session with her. Although she is very nice, I did wince quite a lot. I will also be wearing a pull on type of knee brace especially for work. Oh, did I mention that Mr H planted my snap beans and someone ate two plants. To say that he  is a bit upset would be an under statement. I would not put it past him to install barbed wire! Right now there is netting around the plants.... not sure what I will find by the time I return from work today.... work... I am sure it will be a nut house at Jo Ann's. Think I better go relax because I have a feeling it will be a long 5 hours later. Whatever your plans are for today, I hope you have a wonderful day. Thank you for your kind wishes and words....and most of all for your friendship.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Music and shopping

I fell asleep early last night after being awake from 1:30 AM.... only to wake early again today. This time I decided not to get up and stitch. Instead I had a hot cup of tea and curled up on the day bed in the sewing room and with some very boring TV program fell back to sleep. When I next opened my eyes, it was 6 AM. Need to be rested today so the the therapist can pull at my leg and bend it this way and that and I will be awake enough to yell. Mr H and I went to The Litchfield Artfest yesterday...the sun was hot  but the temps only around mid 80's. When we arrived Estaban was just getting ready to perform.....
love his music! He played a few tunes and one that I love, La Paloma. With him performing was Teresa Joy on violin.  Next to perform was Tony Duncan from Yellow Bird Productions. Amazing Native American music and dancing
the flute sounds were beautiful. His hoop dancing is wonderful, for which he has been world champion many times....His son and daughter performed also...

look at the beautiful children and the vibrant colors....







I did manage to shop also...Mr H picked this to hang in the sewing room
the artist is local and her metal works are lovely.... all brass and copper with different stones. This is Green Agate. Then the same artist, another local, who makes the Prayer Feathers (bought one last year) had these ornaments....
so I bought one for me and one for a gift. She uses real feathers and usually wolf or coyote fur. All in all we had a nice time and then home for football and rested my knee. Hope your Sunday was as pleasant.... and I do hope you have a great day today. Thank you for the visit and kind words.....

Sunday, November 9, 2014

These early mornings.........

I do usually wake very early. It is not uncommon for me to be up and out of bed at 2 am, but today it has been since 1:30! The early morning when it is only me awake and no sounds outside and still in darkness is so peaceful. Of course I stitched on Santa. I must say, rounding up all those 49 DMC threads has not been a fast job as I had to replace several colors and as of yesterday, I still had to get 2 more before leaving work.  Luckily when I put him away I rolled it with the right side in so it stayed clean. yI then had to find my place, easier said than done as it it all his beard except for the last bunch of berries which I finished this morning. The beard, now that is a project in itself.... I hope to get the stitching completed these next couple of days and then the outlining. Yes, I am going to have Santa ready for the holiday this year! Today Mr H and I are hoping to get to a Fall Festival and enjoy the entertainment of The Yellow Bird Dancers and their beautiful music as well as many lovely crafts for sale. Tomorrow is my first therapy session ad I am not looking forward to it. In the meantime, I think I will return to Santa and his beard. Glad you stopped by today. Welcome to a couple of new friends.... thank you for the kind words.....have a good day.