Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
John went to the post office this afternoon & came back with a package for me! Inside was a card & this prettily wrapped gift with the cutest little picture & stitching poem on it!
Posted by Shirlee at 10:41 PM
When we last left our easily influenced stitcher, she was getting ready to trek to Lexington where she joyously anticipated (A) total healing from her doctor, (B) new computer glasses, & (C) the completion of various errands, most importantly purchasing a few chocolate chip pound cakes (they freeze very well) at Whole Foods. Alas, it was not to be.
(A) I assumed my doctor visit was going to be a typical visit with her asking me about my problems, me rattling on for half an hour about the hellishness that is my medical condition, & her then dispensing wisdom for my healing ... but no. It was, unbeknownst to me, only an appointment for a simple procedure. I was aware that this simple procedure was going to be done of course, but not that it was the only thing that was going to be done. She did state that said procedure would most likely bring me relief from most of the issues that have been plaguing me for lo these past few months. She gave me an order for yet more lab testing & said we would meet again in 2 weeks & see if I'm experiencing any improvements at that time. I think she just wanted to hurry me out of there so she could go buy some chocolate chip pound cakes before Whole Foods closed.
(B) Last year I was told that I needed to graduate from computer glasses to full fledged bifocals. In my opinion, my distance sight is not a problem. I'm sitting here now looking out the window toward the street. If a car drives by, I can see that it's a car! I can even tell the difference between an ordinary car driving up the street & the country singer's tour bus! And when I look across the room I can see a greeting card sitting there that an old friend sent me for Easter. I can see that it's a greeting card! Oh sure, maybe I can't read the writing on the front but what does that prove? Who do you know that reads greeting cards from across the room? However, the optometrist insisted that because I could barely see the top line on the wall chart that the bifocals were a necessity. I reluctantly agreed. He enthusiastically recommended the no-line bifocals & I assumed that, just like the father in that old 50's TV show, he knew best. To make a long story short, I could not get used to those blasted no-line bifocals. It was like I was seeing everything in a bowl. I went back to his office to have them remade (3 times), then changed to regular lined bifocals (twice), & then in frustration to have them made into regular computer glasses (once). That looking through a bowl effect continued throughout. I finally gave up & decided to keep using the old beat up pair of computer glasses I had purchased from an optometrist's office in Michigan back in 2004. They were good glasses & served me well but they're like wearing someone else's prescription now ... thus yesterday's visit. Once again I was told at the end of all my testing that I am blind as a bat, need bifocals (despite my car/bus example of perfect vision), & was encouraged to buy the no-lines. I explained to Dr. Whatever His Name Was that I was not trying to be argumentative but ... & then I told him of my experiences last year. He insisted that "something was wrong somewhere" (no kidding) & suspected it was either the technician fitting the glasses or the company making them. He strongly suggested that I try the no-lines again. We went back & forth like this for a while ... him insisting that their no-line bifocals were the best thing since chocolate chip pound cakes & me reiterating my past experience with no-lines. One of us had to back down sooner or later & since the clock was ticking I gave in. He assured me I would not be sorry & even added that if for any reason I was not happy with the no-lines I could come back as many times as I wanted to have them remade, made into regular bifocals, or even to settle for a pair of computer glasses although he highly doubts that will be the case. We shall see ... hopefully. I will have my glasses in 2 weeks.
(C) Because I spent almost 2 hours having my eye exam, debating with the optometrist, as well as picking out frames & lenses & having them fitted ... & this was our first stop ... not a whole lot of errands were accomplished. While I was in the optometrist's office I told John to visit Half Price Books by himself. When I was set free we headed to Barnes & Noble & Target. Knowing time was of the essence I told him to go to B&N himself & I would meet him at Target. Even though all of this didn't take very long it did mean that John's visit to Best Buy & my visit to Michael's would have to wait until another day. It was at this point that we headed to my doctor's office after which we went to Whole Foods where of course not one chocolate chip pound cake could be found : ( My first thought was "My doctor was going in to see another patient when I left her office ... how in the world did she get to Whole Foods & scarf up all those chocolate chip pound cakes before me?!?!?" I have never gone to Whole Foods & not seen a display of chocolate chip pound cakes! Never!!! Well, I can't say that anymore. I was so distraught that I even did something totally out of character for me. I rang the bell at the bakery counter & said to the worker who responded "You don't happen to have any chocolate chip pound cakes in back, do you?" When I was told no, I asked "Do you know when you will have some?" The response was "No, I'm sorry, I don't. Maybe tomorrow." In my mind's eye I pictured myself screaming "TOMORROW? TOMORROW? GO BACK THERE & MAKE ME SOME NOW!!!" However, I instead smiled a brave little smile in an attempt to lessen any deep sorrow this person may have been experiencing due to having to disappoint me, thereby assuring him that I wasn't wishing I had a gun in my purse, & merely said "thank you." Sigh! I think the next time we go to Lexington I will call the Whole Foods bakery a day or two before to see if I can order half a dozen chocolate chip pound cakes to be made just for me. Hey! Maybe I should call today & go pick them up tomorrow! I've done wackier things in my life. Hmmm ... might have to think on this a bit : )
I will end this post with a little giggle. May your day bring you whatever your version of a chocolate chip pound cake might be : )
Posted by Shirlee at 10:51 AM
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Good morning! Let's start off with the most important news, shall we? I had a successful IHSW in that I not only finished stitching my Stacy Nash (not without some bits of aggravation ... more about that later) but I started something new as well! I guess I have become a chain stitcher. I remember hearing some people referred to as "chain smokers" ... they smoke continuously, lighting their new cigarette off the one they are ready to snuff out. Well, it seems I am the same way when it comes to stitching. No sooner do I put the last stitch into one project than I grab another one to start. A much better vice than smoking, for sure : )
I am proud to have finished this Seek Joy In All Things Pinkeep Pillow by Stacy Nash although it was sometimes frustrating & sometimes boring (that honkin' big block of house in the center) although I tried to entertain myself whilst working on that house. It occurred to me that "Stacy Nash" had the same amount of syllables & rhymed perfectly with the title of an old song ... "Monster Mash." So there I sat, stitching on that big honkin' block of house, bored out of my wits, singing!
Posted by Shirlee at 10:00 AM
Sunday, April 22, 2012
I'm trying to motivate myself today by chanting "must work" over & over again. It is a lovely, blessedly cool (57 degrees predicted I think), sunny day ... just perfect for taking a drive, or sitting & stitching, or baking some brownies, or any number of things. However, I sit here thinking about all the work there is yet to do if we are going to get this house on the market in ... Lord help me ... 8 days!!! Therefore I am pushing myself toward going upstairs & doing a final clean-up up there.
I'm a little undecided about this 8 day thing which I'm sure isn't a surprise to anyone since we decided last year that we would be listing the house on March 1st, then it became April 1st, then it became May 1st & I honestly don't think we're going to make this deadline either. I've been thinking we'll now shoot for sometime in the middle of May ... the 14th perhaps ... or we'll just wait & list it on June 1st. Of course my husband is on the sidelines saying "We can always wait & list it next year!" That, as Dr. Spock would say, sounds "logical" but it would also mean another year of having most of our things packed in boxes, another year of living in this house the way it is (which I hate), & another year of indecision. Sigh! The original idea was to list the house for 6 months & if it didn't sell then we would just stay here. Since we are "late" in listing I am now thinking we should list it for 3 months. I mean if anyone is interested in it then they're probably going to jump on it within 3 months, don't cha think? Argh! Those of you who aren't plagued by indecision ... you should be VERY thankful.
I mentioned in yesterday's post that I mailed 2 RAKs last week. I am pleased to say that my second recipient received her package yesterday so I can now show you what I sent to her.
Posted by Shirlee at 9:31 AM
Saturday, April 21, 2012
It is unfortunately one of those "wake up at 2:30, get out of bed at 3:30, write a blog post at 4:30" mornings. My intention was to say how "overwhelming" life has been lately but then I thought "overwhelming" doesn't really cut it ... there must be a stronger word I could use to really get the point across of how "beyond overwhelming" it has been. I therefore started researching this on Google & do you know what I found? Not one word meaning "beyond overwhelming" but did you know that "whelm" is actually a word? How many times have you ever heard "whelm" uttered in a sentence or seen it in print somewhere? Merriam-Webster says it means "1. To turn (as a dish or vessel) upside down usually to cover something; cover or engulf completely with disastrous effect. 2. To overcome in thought or feeling, as in 'whelmed with a rush of joy' or 'the news so whelmed them they were stunned into silence.' 3. To pass or go over something so as to bury or submerge it." My working life was spent as a transcriber, proofreader & editor but in all that time ... in all my life ... I never had any exposure to the word "whelm." I guess waking up at 2:30 sometimes has its advantages. Today I learned a new word.
Continuing along ... things have been "beyond overwhelming" lately. Sometimes I just want to go into a closet, close the door, curl up in a ball & stay there till Jesus comes to get me. I'll spare you the details but suffice to say that "beyond overwhelming" covers it.
I had a root canal recently. I've had root canals in the past & I don't remember them being horrendous so I didn't give this one a second thought. Believe me, I'll remember this one because it was indeed horrendous. The tooth was supposed to have one nerve but when the dentist starting working on it she discovered it had two. Each was roughly 1-1/8 inches long. She had numbed me well but because there were two nerves to deal with the work took longer than planned. By the time she was shoving her little file up there to file away the second nerve I was not having a good experience. However, the real horror came after I got home & the anesthetic wore off. I had several days of pain due to the trauma of all the filing & drilling & poking around she had to do. I was informed that what she had done was just the first part of a two-part procedure. I had to return 10 days later to be filed & drilled & poked again in order to put some kind of filler material in the spaces where the nerves used to be. The filler material was put in place this past Thursday & then HEATED (!) to make it expand. Even though I made sure she used lots of anesthetic this time around, heating up that filler material was again not a good experience. I am now beginning this round's Day 2 of ingesting prescription pain killers & this will continue for a few more days I'm sure.
Just before going in for my second part of the root canal procedure my TMJ started acting up. I've had this for years & saw two different specialists about it but both of them said it wasn't bad enough for surgery. (Surgery, by the way, doesn't always take the pain away & can sometimes make it worse.) There are times when the TMJ will be dormant for long periods of time & then suddenly one day I'll open my mouth to yawn or take a bite of something & tremendous pain will begin & last ... well, it's anyone's guess how long it will last. This bout has been lasting a few days now & I say enough already! I can tell the pain is starting to subside but I have to be very careful because it can easily flare up again if I move my jaw "the wrong way." Of course I don't know what "the wrong way" is until it occurs.
On a happier note, I sent out 2 RAKs this week & one has been received! Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of them before mailing them so I have borrowed a photo from the blog of the first recipient to receive her RAK ... Marly at Samplers & Santas. Hopefully she does not mind : )
Speaking of Marly, God bless her! Blogger's sudden change to my dashboard freaked me out but she posted how to get it back to what I was used to. You can read her instructions here : )
Although I began writing this blog post at 4:30 this morning I ended up going back to bed at 6:30, slept till 7:30 & then got up again. It's 9 p.m. now. It's been a cool, rainy day. This, coupled with the lack of sleep last night, naturally meant napping took place. I also did a bit of housework, some stitching for IHSW (I finished stitching my house on my Stacy Nash ... HOORAY ... although this is a bit of a story in itself that I will save for another post), made chicken noodle soup which turned out pretty good (another future blog post), & John & I watched our Saturday night movie. I foresee it being an "early to bed" night. Hopefully I'll sleep ... fingers crossed : )
Posted by Shirlee at 9:11 PM
Sunday, April 15, 2012
We have many birds that visit us. Cardinals, finches, blue jays, bluebirds, robins, red winged blackbirds, & quite a few birds we don't recognize. We also have swarms of unknown dark gray birds that fly in here like locusts swarming Egypt prior to the exodus. They swarm down on one section of the yard, apparently find bugs to eat, & then a few minutes later swarm to another place in the yard where they find more bugs. Swarm & repeat. They are welcome visitors even if you sometimes can swear you're living in the middle of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. You know the one. We also have cowbirds from time to time. They must be the devil's pets because they are brood parasitic. This means they watch when other birds lay eggs in their nests. Then the cowbirds fly in when the parents leave for a time & they lay their eggs in with the others. When the eggs hatch the baby cowbirds grow faster & bigger than the other baby birds & they push them out of the nest. Also, the cowbird parents often keep an eye on the nests after laying their eggs in them. If they see that the owners of the nest push out the cowbird eggs, the cowbirds will then come in & destroy the owners' eggs! I have never liked it when one group of people (or animals or birds) are mean to another group. Therefore I don't like cowbirds. The purpose of my writing this post, however, is to talk about a particular blackbird that has robbed me of my very favorite old grater.
Posted by Shirlee at 10:22 AM
Saturday, April 14, 2012
A while back I posted a photo of some candy cigarettes I found for sale at the local gas station.
Posted by Shirlee at 11:33 PM
I can show you two more finishes that have now reached their destinations. This first pinkeep was an RAK for a dear blogging friend. (Try not to laugh at my pitiful attempt at staging in this photo. Hopefully I will get at least somewhat good at this one of these days.)
Posted by Shirlee at 9:28 AM
Friday, April 13, 2012
I've decided to do away with my selling blog & instead put my energies into selling on Etsy. However, I need a name for my shop & I am drawing a blank. Can anyone suggest a good shop name for me? I will be selling craft supplies ... mostly cross stitch, bobbin lace, quilting, & rug braiding supplies to start with ... & eventually I will offer some finished crafts as well.
If you are the first one to suggest a name & I choose to use it, I'll make it worth your while : )
Posted by Shirlee at 8:09 AM
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
We left the last post with a skillet full of peeled potatoes & the realization that we needed more butter.
Posted by Shirlee at 9:02 PM
Disclaimer: Those with heart or cholesterol problems may want to avoid reading this post.
Our Easter feast was a tad outside the box this year. John still has a limited amount of things he can eat since his continuing dental work so I have been keeping away from cooking anything chewy or crunchy. Since I haven't made one of our favorite meals for about a year now I asked him what he thought about me making it for Easter & he was very enthusiastic!
We both love potatoes, especially fried potatoes, & as the years went by we developed something which we have referred to as Cholestrol Potatoes, Heart Stopping Potatoes, & most recently Killer Potatoes. I decided I would share this prized recipe with you. Try it if you dare : )
Posted by Shirlee at 9:02 PM
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Good morning everyone! I wish you all a very Happy Easter : )
I am participating in a special Easter Treasure Hunt sponsored by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching. She is always coming up with such fun ideas : ) The "rules" of the treasure hunt are simple. You need to visit, in order, all the blogs that are participating to gather letters which you will find directly above a posted photo of a cross stitch project with an Easter/spring theme. These letters will spell a word or phrase. You begin at Jo's blog with a list of the participants & you will end at Jo's blog where you will find the last letter. Decipher the word or phrase & leave Jo a comment telling her what it is. She has temporarily enabled blog owner approval so your comment will not be seen by others. You have one week in which enter for a chance to win a lovely little prize : )
My letter is ...
Posted by Shirlee at 9:11 AM
Friday, April 6, 2012
Posted by Shirlee at 2:58 PM
Thursday, April 5, 2012
I will be adding to the list from time to time (at least once a week I'm guessing) until all these "changed my mind" things have been listed.
If there is something in particular you are looking for & you don't see it on my list, let me know what it is ... I might have it : )
Posted by Shirlee at 8:16 AM
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
I have finally gotten around to taking a few long overdue photos to share with you. This will be a semi-lengthy post so you might want to grab some chocolate or chips & salsa or something : )
This first photo is the stocking I have stitched for April in the Christmas All Year Round SAL. The theme for April is snowflakes & there they are falling down upon Santa & his sleigh : ) This is a Homespun Elegance pattern called Stockings 'A Plenty 1 which features 4 different motifs to stitch on these prefinished stockings. I wish the stockings weren't so ridiculously expensive as I would love to stitch more. This design is called, appropriately, Santa & Sleigh.
Posted by Shirlee at 12:54 PM