Ok see that cute but scary photo of the cat up there? That is close to the hair style I sport in the mornings. Actually I think it may be worse because my daughter came down the stairs this morning to greet me on my bed/ couch and the look on her face was priceless. She gave me the normal hug, backed up a bit, tilted that head of hers and asked me if I’d like some help ” with the hair”?
So needless to say, I had my hair brushed and styled by a 13 year old this morning. Hubby says it looks great, I just feel better, son wants to take pictures to post on FaceBook. Great priceless memories were made this morning…. It appears I’m getting a pedicure later on from dear daughter also!
Two more “new” to me books arrived this week. Both written by Linda Giesler Carlson. The first one is called Roots, Feathers and Blooms. The second one is Four Blocks Continued…. And after searching for the above images on the internet, I realized she has a third book in this series. Guess I’ll have to go shopping for that third book now…… Anyhow – both these books are great. Good photos, good stories and nice patterns. I’m a big fan of four block quilts and applique though so these are right up my alley.
Well….. It looks like we’ll be making a trip out to Shipshewana next week, probably Tuesday if I’m up to it and feel like joining civilization again instead of hanging out in my living room! You see, my dear sweet husband is on vacation next week and I wanted to figure out something fun for us to do one day that didn’t cost a ton of money and that we could enjoy together.
I know – your probably thinking – why in the world is that man on vacation the week in between both of that crazy woman’s surgeries? Well, I’ll tell ya! Originally I was supposed to be going to the Des Moines Quilt show this week and vending. Well obviously I had to cancel out of that. Dear husband had to cancel all his vacations for the rest of the year too, since I was not going to be doing shows and obviously – the extra money is always needed instead of vacation pay wages. Well this coming week of vacation time was not an option to cancel, we had to take it due to scheduling reasons at my husbands job and instead of irritating his bosses and begging until we where blue in the face – we decided to go ahead and leave this vacation in place. Sure – it would have been really nice to change it to the first week in October during my second surgery which I think will be harder on me – but come on, this is real life here and not everything is so easy and convenient!
So, the hubbie is on vacation this coming week. What better time to get the house and yard ready for winter. Great time for fall cleaning. Good time to do the winter tune ups on both vehicles. Good time to get more prepared for my second surgery. Great time to pull out the fall decorations and get the outside of the house decorated. All this with me not being able to do much. This is going to be really rough not helping out like I usually do, but I’m sure some good stories will come from this!
But on the bright side – it’s a great time for us to sneak off for a mini day trip together to Shipshewana!
I’ll have a driver (I really don’t care much for driving), a tour guide (he’s a great map holder and great at listening to that GPS thing that I find irritating!). He’s perfect to share that wonderful Amish meal that I’m anticipating eating – it’s always more fun to share all that wonderful yummy food with good company! Plus the auction is on Tuesday – and 2 sets of eyes are better then one! I’m on the lookout for antique quilts and fabrics – that’s my mission for the day! I also am going to go here:
Lolly’s Fabric store – an awesome place to go and be inspired! Www.lollys.com
I am also going here,
Yoder’s Department Store. Love that place. Not only am I of course going to shop for stash enhancements, but I’m on the mad hunt for one of those older style irons with NO auto shut off feature and good steam you know – like the older Black and Decker style that lasted forever and didn’t die after 3 months of use. I’m also searching for another Hurricane lamp – I’m addicted to collecting those beauties! (I think I need to win the lottery before I go!). Www.yoderdepartmentstore.com
Next on the list:
E&S Bulk Foods. Love this place. I stock up on baking and cooking ingredients each time I go here – and Mama Tara’s pantry is looking a bit bare. Gotta stock up for winter. They have some of the best ground cornmeal here. Perfect for homemade cornbread! I also love the bulk spices…. Geez I just love it all!
I’m getting hungry so we’ll eat here:
The Blue Gate Restaurant. Finally! I’ve dreamed of this moment. Eating here, a family style meal with my husband and enjoying every minute of it. I normally watch what I eat pretty closely – but when those doors open up to us next week – I’m not holding back on all that Amish homemade yumminess. Might gain ten pounds that day – but that’s ok. I’ll just drink a couple extra Diet Cokes that day – those and all the walking around should balance each other out right – and put all the extra calories in the negative pile -right??? ( come on – just nod your head and agree with me on this one! Pretty please??? )
Then bright and early Thursday morning, I’m sneaking out of here for a little mini vacation of my own. I’ll save that info for another blog post because this ones getting kinda long again. But here’s a few hints: it involves quilting girlfriends, a 4 1/2 hour drive north, sewing machines (please dear Lord let me heal more by then so I can sew!) and lots of laughing with good friends. Even if I’m not able to sew on my machine, I’ll enjoy some good girl time!
Carpal Tunnel Notes To Myself For The Next Surgery:
-feeling more pressure, ache and moderate pain in my left hand. I hope it’s just because I’ve tried to do to much and not because it’s getting infected. Very strange sensations running through my wrist and hand.
– waking up at 3 AM wide awake is a norm. Look for it to happen. My body has gotten so rested and relaxed now from taking it easy and getting caught up on sleep. Instead of fighting it and trying to force yourself back to sleep – just deal with it. Get up and read, draw (if I can!) and plan on your next stage in life for when your completely healed.
– two steps forward and one step back is absolutely true during the healing process. Every time I think I’m getting a lot better I over do it and end up hurting or aching because of it. I think I should wear my arm splint a lot more so that I cannot try and use my arm as much. I wore my splint all day yesterday which forced me not to try doing as much and the hands doing much better today!
– stress. Remind myself daily that I’m not supposed to be working right now. I need time to heal and re-injuring myself is not an option. I could do major and serious damage if I over do it! Quit trying to be the “I can do it all” person.
– keep working on my goals list for myself personally and for my business. Things will become clearer and clearer everyday that I review this list and add to it.
Location:Sunday Morning Funnies……..
Look what arrived yesterday to help fill my day with quilting goodness!
The November/ December 2011 issue of McCalls Quilting! Yes!!!!! My sanity was saved for yet another day! (can you tell I’m really wanting to get back to my quilting and something a bit more normal?)
Look at this!
It’s called Lodge Getaway by Sarah Maxwell and Delores Smith – you know them – the great gals behind The Homespun Hearth Quilt Shop and website! Love this! Great job you two – just like usual – I love it! You both are amazing at all you get done!
Next look at this –
Oh be still my heart do I love that quilt above. The fabrics used are wonderful! This one is Olde English Crackers by Susan Guzman. I could make this one completely from my stash right now I’ve got almost all those fabrics used in this quilt – I’m not sure if I should be embarrassed or not to admit that!
Then look at this:
This is Summer Memory by Gerri Robinson – great job Gerri as usual!
Next up – my daily ponderings and such….
I wanted to share with you one thing I did in advance for my family prior to these surgeries. I made up a ton of freezer meals ahead of time, labeled everything with the contents and how it needed to be cooked or re-heated. Best thing I could have ever done. I really am glad my husband can come home from work each day and have a nice hot meal. The kids can shop in the freezer also if they want. It’s been a huge weight off my shoulders to know they are being fed well.
I stocked up on small aluminum foil trays in single serving sizes from the dollar store. Wrapped everything carefully in press and seal (a Glad product) then everything is in freezer ziploc baggies also to protect from freezer burn. I literally have about 75 plus different meals in my freezer and as long as everyone thinks in advance and takes what they want out of the freezer to thaw – life’s all good.
There is a ton of information on the Internet about “Freezer Cooking” etc. I have a few books also which are wonderful!
I will admit though – I treated them to pizza fresh from Papa Johns for dinner yesterday. Man Internet ordering is just to easy….. And thank God for delivery!
I miss the smell of homemade bread baking in the oven though. So – frozen bread dough is on the grocery list for my husbands trip to the store this weekend!
One regret – I’m a baker – my family is used to a few treats now and then. I ran out of time and never did get cookies and muffins ready for them in the freezer. I did catch some of those pre made cookie dough things on sale though! Those are in the freezer too for when they get a sweet tooth. Kind of made me feel good the other day when they baked some of those store bought cookies – they told me they like mine better! What can I say – I’ve spoiled my family on homemade goodness! Those cookies sure did smell good baking though! I refrained from having any – I figured with as little exercise as I’m getting – my hips really did not need that cookie! But boy did I sure want one!
Personal reminders to myself for my next CT Surgery:
– will not feel like eating for the first few days – but try to remember to eat a little something here and there. Having no energy from not eating and being in pain is not fun. The med’s do make me sick to my stomach without a few saltines each time I take them.
– take the medication – just like I was told to – on a regular basis. It’s worth it. Do not try to go without it. Quit being a hard head and just take the medicine Tara!
– get splenda in a bag that I can measure out for my coffee – those little packets are impossible to open one handed
– plan ahead of time what I might want to eat for the day when my appetite comes back – case in point – I wanted to have some mild pepper rings on my salad yesterday and couldn’t – well that darn jars not going to open it self and one hand is useless! Have jars loosened in the morning before the kids leave for school. Same thing for all that wonderful homemade soup that I canned and preserved – I cannot loosen the ring or pry the lid off On my own – plan ahead.
– I understand the “why” behind child safe caps on medication. My kids are plenty old enough to know better. Have med’s set out and available during the day within easy reach – yet up high enough out of reach in case little visitors do come – which is rare – but better safe than sorry.
– it’s getting cooler outside and my feet get cold so easy! Need slippers and easy slide my foot in type shoes! I cannot put socks on one handed without some form of acrobatics involved! flip flops for my walks are not going to cut it much longer.
These are super cute – but not to practical!
My kids would really think I’m a nut if I wore these around the house – but they would make me laugh and smile every time I looked at my feet!
These are so stinking cute!
Anybody out there have this pattern and wanna make me some of these?
Stylin’ and super cute! My daughter would probably just shake her head!
– sleeping in our waterbed – not going to happen for awhile. The couch and several pillows and quilts are my new best friend.
– button up type shirts are much easier the first few days rather than over the head type t shirts. Well – as long as someone is there to button you up of course!
– and for anyone else that might be looking at surgery and have incredibly long hair prior to surgery??? I’m still not regretting cutting mine off! I had it cut and styled above my shoulders prior to surgery. It looks really cute, fresh and makes me feel younger now. Now is probably one of the times in my life when I’m thankful for naturally wavy hair. It doesn’t look magnificent right now since I cannot do much with it – but that’s life! See the cute hairstyle below? That’s now on my head – of course I’m not blonde and super cute like dear Ms. Jessica below, but my hairstylist did a great job with what she had to work with and my hair looks this cute when I straighten it! I just have brown hair with a few Greys though!
And for anyone reading this that may be getting ready to have Carpal Tunnel surgery, here is a link to a really good blog entry that I found and read prior to my surgery. This lady is a medical transcriptionist – so she uses her hands for her work just like us quilters. She has really good pictures on there too. My hand is still wrapped up and the Dr. told me not to remove the bandages – she will do that on Oct 4 when I have my next surgery – which is driving me crazy not knowing what it looks like under there and I want to wash my hand so badly! Anyhow – that’s a whole ‘nother story I’ll save for later!
Here’s the link to the other blog! Enjoy!
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