Wednesday, October 16, 2019

In Limbo

This looks a lot worse by camera than it does in reality.  The doc told me he would make an inch incision for Carpal Tunnel surgery.  When I took the bandages off I felt sure this was 3 inches.  I measured it and it's 1-1/4.  It certainly has messed up my Life Line, lol.

So, it was a good thing to do.  I no longer have numbness in my hand.  The incision is healing nicely.  The doctor has not released me yet.  The next appointment is around November 20.  If you have this surgery, obey the doctor's advice of No Pulling, No Pushing, and No Twisting. Pushing for me included shopping carts at the grocery store, which I didn't realize at the time and paid for by wearing a brace for a day.

Before I had the surgery, I stitched and sandwiched a quilt for Corey Jr. and one for Nic. This is the top fabric for Corey Jr's.  I did get it quilted in straight lines.  Nic's is blocks of Marvel Comics.  I only have Nic's flimsy done.  Both are sandwiched with flannel for the batting since they live in Downtown LA. 
This is the backing. It kind of makes the quilt reversible.


While waiting for my hand to heal a little more, I dug around in my stash for upholstery fabric that I could use to stitch a new purse/bag. I wanted something that would go with a new fall jacket I bought.  In reality, it will probably be too cold to use it before I get it done.

I'm not using a pattern.  Just a simple tote.  I'm going to learn how to add a center pocket divider and a recessed zipper closing.  It should be pretty easy, but I just need the quiet time to think about how to do it using suggestions from Utube tutorials.
October is a busy month for us.  Terry has 6 doctors and sees each quarterly and October is the month.  Add lab work and x-rays and that pretty much fills up our days.

Grateful:  I still find something to be grateful for everyday.  Today I thought a moment about some things that make my day better.  The top of the list right now is NO DRAMA.  Life has been serene and I'll try to keep it that way if possible.  I usually begin to be a bit depressed during the holidays so I will attempt to ward it off.

Tell me, are you stitching for the holidays yet.  How soon do you start to make holiday plans?
xx, Carol

Monday, September 23, 2019

To Jump to Win 10 or Not

I am open to any advice you might have regarding switching to Win 10.  Well, not really switching.

Before I retired I bought a new computer.  Win 10 had just come out and the business owner switched the operating system on all computers. (His son had a degree in "computers" so it was a no brainer for him).  I, however, had a really hard time adjusting.  That was back in 2013.  I didn't even have a smart phone yet, let alone understand how apps worked.  When Microsoft no longer supported the version of Windows I had on my home computer, I bought a Win 7 OS.  Windows back then assured us they would support it into the early 2020s. 

But here it is the end of 2019 and Microsoft says no support for Win 7 after mid January 2020.  So, I jumped in and bought a new tower. (I had bought Terry a Win 10 laptop a few years ago and just did not want to do all I do on line on a laptop.)  I get some kind of comfort visiting the web from my desktop on the desk in my sewing room.

So Windows told me to transfer all of the files I want to save to Drive One.  I pretty much did that, but just in case I also put them on my external hard drive.  My new computer was sitting there on the floor of my room...still in the box.  Sunday Terry was having a difficult day and slept most of the day so I thought this is a perfect time to hook up that new tower.  After disconnecting everything and switching it all to the new tower....what the heck.  The new one had no connection for a VGA plug.  Now what do I do?  I don't want to buy a new monitor.  Mine is a 22" and I LOVE it.  Finding a phone number for Microsoft was the next step.  Such a great guy told me I just needed an adapter.  OK, I love this guy.  He gave me the number of where to call on Monday when the HP store was open.  In the mean time I hooked my old tower back up and looked on line for an adapter....OMGosh how do you know what to buy?  So Monday I called the HP Store, got a part number and hopefully it is on it's way to me as I type.

So, if you have switched to WIN 10 and have a story to tell or a warning, PLEASE let me know so I will know what to watch out for.

Grateful:  Today I am grateful for Ibuprofen.
My Carpal Tunnel surgery was rescheduled to this coming Thursday.  I was told before the first scheduled day that I should discontinue taking Advil 10 days before surgery.  I did not realize what a great anti-inflammatory Advil IS.  I am feeling more aches and pains than I knew I had.  Tylenol is not reaching them.

xx, Carol 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Terry went to have his cataract removed.  He was all ready and prepped to go when they called it quits and said he must go to the ER because his heart was in Atrial fibrillation. That was Tuesday.  He was hospitalized from Tuesday to Friday while the cardiologist tried to get his heart beat no normal or at the very least in the 90s.   But they sent him home with 3 new prescriptions and we have added another doctor to Terry's list of docs that care for one health issue or another.

An easy explanation for the condition is that your heart makes too many electric shocks.  The worry is that blood pools in the lower part of the heart which can lead to a clot and stroke. Apparently this must have been occurring intermittently since with all the doc appointments he has, no one has ever mentioned it. Now it is a permanent condition.

Terry has too many electric shocks occurring in his heart.  The day I brought him home, my car decided that it will not doing whatever it does electrically so I guess it will go in the shop. BUT, that can't occur for a few days because I have been called to jury duty.  I'll have to take a spare battery and a portable starter in my car so I don't get stranded.  I could ask for a deferment but our calendar is so full of medical appointments coming up I just figure to get it over with.

The cardio doc said Terry could have had the eye surgery, but the eye guy says he'll reschedule when the cardio doc gives Terry a release which will happen when he sees him again in November.

My best and favorite sewing machine is at the Sewing Machine Doctor.  It's been there 3 weeks now and I haven't had the energy to call to find out when it will be done.  Might as well stay there while I dole out money to fix the car.  In the meantime I have a little Brother machine that stitches well, but honestly sewing has been put aside for probably another week.

Harley (Terry's dog) was so NICE to me when Terry was away.  AND he lost weight which proves what I have been telling Terry....he gives the dogs too many treats and people food!!

I took yarn with me to the hospital so I have interest in using yarn I have accumulated and so far it has helped me in trying to break a habit of playing a game at night on my tablet.  I have been trying to spend less time playing and I'm pretty sure I am transferring my interest to crochet.  This makes me so happy!!

Another weird thing happened, but not weird in the way I recently posted about, with our trash can.  I heard the truck stop in front of my house, but when I went out to bring t back up to the house it was NO WHERE to be found.  I called the service to bring another can.  I asked if there was a way the can could have dropped into the truck when the operator dumped it.  The girl told me she had worked there a long time and never heard of it happening before.  If the can was stolen I would have to pay $50 to get a new one, but she waived the charge just in case it DID fall into the truck.

Grateful:  I am grateful I have Terry home.  I got a taste of what it would be like without him and I didn't like it...not one little bit.

How was YOUR week?   Did you do anything fun?
BTW, I read all of your posts while I was sitting with Terry, but no commenting  because my phone is a PITA.  I don't know how people do all their internet business using a phone.
xx, Carol

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Strange Happenings

I am writing this post really to document happenings in my house over the last year or so.  Previously I posted about other weird occurrences but these things are happening more and more frequently.

Terry has felt someone poke him while he is sleeping.  Ok.  That's probably a dream that feels real.  But it happens pretty often.  He hears me call his name when I didn't.  Come on..he doesn't even hear me when I DO call his name, lol.

But these occurrences that have been happening are out of the ordinary. 

I have a 6'x 9' rolled carpet that has been leaning against a corner of the dining room waiting for me to wash the hard wood floor before I lay it down. It really is leaning in a corner against the corner.  Yet it fell in the opposite direction onto the floor.  Not sideways but flat out in the opposite direction.

Then there was the smell of cigarette smoke in the living room.  All the doors and windows were closed.  It was NOT the smell of wood burning, but a cigarette.

And the night I woke up smelling my SIL's perfume in the bedroom.

There is a shelf in the back hall next to the extra refrigerator about shoulder level.  There has been a box about 9 x 9 x 9 sitting on that shelf for years. So long that I had forgotten it. Out of the clear blue it fell off the shelf.  We heard it fall, and checking it out there was absolutely no reason for it to fall.

We hear something fall in the garage...we find nothing out of place.

We hear the garage door's closed.

This morning the MOST unexplained thing happened.  I had collected a bag of sweat shirts to give to my daughter.  I put them in a white 13 gallon trash bag and tied a knot in the bag and placed it on the floor of my sewing room.  I put them there where the would be out of the way because I had more to give her.  I saw them there, in the bag when I turned out the light last night before I went to bed.  This morning when I got up, the sweat shirts were on the floor in a stack and the bag was no where to be found!.  Not the bag.  Not a piece of the bag anywhere. How does that happen?  HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN??? 

 Does stuff like this happen at YOUR house?  I'm really open to the Supernatural.  Stuff falling or sounds in the night...ok.  Sometimes things disappear and show up later.  But this bag thing is TOO weird. 

Saturday, August 24, 2019

I HAVE Been Busy

This is the quilt top I have been working on.  The focal blocks in the center are various Marvel Comic fabrics.  My great grandson Nic is all into Spiderman right now so I think he will really love it.  I have a blog friend Mary who make a LOT of quilts and generously shares  instructions for them on her blog.  This quilt is Happy Blocks.  When I finish it, I'll be making a quilt for Nic's little brother Corey Jr. using another of Mary's quilts Quickie Strippie.

Guess what?  Nic and Corey Jr. are going to have a little brother or sister next Spring.  I was sure surprised by THAT news but everyone is really happy about the news.  We asked Nic what he was going to do having TWO babies to look out for.  He told me he has two hands.  My heart just bursts with love for Corey and his growing family.

I have pretty much given up on the landscaping around the pond.  The weeds are pretty much under control as I weed a little each day if I see them popping up through the new mulch.  We still work to control the algae in the pond.  I added 3 dozen Japanese Snails and not one has died so I guess they are feasting in the deep end.  I also have 6 baby frogs that seem to be happy.  However, only one of them is an adult.  Frogs seem to come and go each year, especially when we have days of rainy weather.

My crows are still coming to visit every day, however, the 3 have become 7 and are now two families.

Terry and I have had a lot of doctor stuff going on.  Nothing serious, but in September Terry will have a cataract removed and I will have carpal tunnel surgery on my left hand.

Grateful:  Today I am thankful for Benedryl.  I am having a bout of eczema on my right thumb.  Benedryl will take it away if I remember to take it regularly.  Also, I have bee stings from a bee that was angry that I opened the outdoor trash can.  I think it was a wasp.

Wishing everyone a great coming Labor Day weekend.  Tell me if you have any plans for next weekend.
xx, Carol

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

48 Years - I Love That He Loves His Dog!

When you have been together this many years, much of your anniversary and the days leading up to it might be spent thinking about things that have happened in the past.  I am reminded how jealous my MIL was of the dogs my FIL loved over the years.  So much so that she actually over the years took two of them to the the Humane Society while he was at work.

I took this picture of Terry with his little dog Harley.  It brings me a lot of joy to see it.  A big man with a heart like a marshmallow...just like his father..who loves his dog and calls him Honey.  It melts my heart. I am happy to know that he has the same kind of love for Harley that I have know for several of the dog friends we have had.

We have two other dogs that he also loves and treats with affection.

Happy Anniversary Terry.  I love you more every day.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Endeavourer Challenge - A Walk In The Park

This is the project that I mentioned a week or so ago that Harley the Devil Dog destroyed.  Luckily I hadn't done any of the hand stitching on that piece or I would have been REALLY mad, even though Harley has the sweetest face ever.

The theme for this quarter is: A Walk In The Park.  I knew right away that I would try again to create a piece in a landscape.  I want to achieve a nitch in landscape work, but don't want to devote all my stitching time to the style.

The piece is not exactly an Art Quilt.  I also knew when I thought about how I would approach the subject that I wanted it to embellish the back of a jacket I have.  I have given some thought to embellishing the front of the jacket on the lapels and pockets.  It's still in the "thinking about it" stage.

During this project I obtained a couple of books on Landscape Quilts looking for a technique that I want to pursue.  I am leaning toward trying the technique taught by Wendy Butler Berns as explained in her book Photo Album Quilts.

I drew the design, pieced fabric to it, did a little machine stitching , then did hand stitching and embroidery.  I added more birds to the ones on the sky fabric with a Sharpie, then faced the entire piece and stitched it to the back of the jacket.  Look closely and you may see a kitty peeking from behind the brush.

This is how the piece looks on the back of the jacket.  I just could not get a good picture of the completed piece.

There is a story to the picture I created.  You can read it on the Endeavourer Blog.

Please enjoy the pieces done by the other members.  It's always fun to see how everyone depicts the theme.

Grateful:  Today I am grateful that I was invited to joint the group. I have some great sewing skills.  Quilting is new for me and Art Quilts are a wonder.  I definitely had focus when stitching this piece and I am anxious to find out what the next Challenge Theme will be.