Still alive!

Not stitching much right now, though.  First surgery went well and finished 6 weeks of PT for the hand.  Had the surgery on my right hand last week, and will get stitches out and start PT for that one next week.  So I should be back stitching in just a few more weeks.

Currently working on Stone Roses as a memorial piece for my mother.  Don’t see that one stitched often, but she is very lovely.

Also, planning on attending the Under the Sea Fabrics on the High Seas cruise in November, which should be a blast.  Hope to see some of you folks there!

Update on me

Nearly finished with Adia, just have the leaves along the bottom left.  Which is good, since I am going in for carpal tunnel surgery on my left hand tomorrow.  Won’t be able to use that hand for anything for 2 weeks afterwards, so I will need to stitch the leaves one-handed.  At least the hand will be somewhat workable for the Mira retreat!

Will also be having surgery on my right hand in a couple months, after the left hand recovers.  That will be interesting since I am right-handed, but I will manage.  🙂

End of Year Musings

I would have never guessed that I would have such a difficult ending to a year for the second year in a row.  In the space of 13 months, I lost two very dear people.  Half my immediate family, gone so quickly and unexpectedly.  So I have learned some very important lessons.

Never take your loved ones for granted.  Tell them you love them.  It really is such an easy thing to say, and there’s not a person alive who doesn’t like to hear those words.  When you get angry, don’t let it fester.  Forgive.  Let things go.  In the grand scope of things, is that $50 someone never paid back, or the party you weren’t invited to really that big a deal?  Cherish every moment with your family and friends (even the ones where they drive you mad!), because you never know when your time with them will be over.

And when that time is over, it’s so much easier to carry on when you are left with memories that can make you smile, than it is when you have guilt and regret over things that were said and done.  I’m so very grateful that the last words I said to both of those I lost were “I love you”.  I can’t imagine how hard this would have been if my last memories of them were hurtful and angry.

So I say farewell to the old year, and welcome in the new, and I look forward to sharing many more happy/crazy/frustrating moments with all the people in my life.

Farewell to Mom

I’ve been having a really tough couple of weeks.  My mom passed away quite suddenly, and I’ve pretty much been in a daze since then what with making arrangements and having family fly in for the service.  It’s just not something I thought I’d have to deal with for several more years, and it’s come as a shock to the whole family.  She was such a great woman, and meant a lot to so many people.  I am so grateful for every day I had her in my life, and will miss her every day she no longer is.

I love you, Mom.

Mom

Virginia
2/20/1944 – 10/29/2013

Facebook woes

So, just noticed that apparently Facebook changed the URLs for pictures in photo albums.  Which means a lot of my images are broken at the moment.  I will be slowly going through and updating the pictures so they work again.  I may have to upload everything into photobucket just in case FB decides to change again.  Fun times.  🙂

Please bear with me while I’m working on this!

Update

I am still slowly stitching away.  Trying to get my Shakespeare’s Faeries done in time to enter in the state fair in February.  The 1-over-1 skin is taking forever to do!  Here’s how they look right now:

Also, I broke out my loom and have been practicing weaving.  Here’s my 2nd try at a scarf:

And to round out with personal news, last week I made my first visit to a doctor for an injury.  The incident involved darkness, the cat, a metal box, and my head.  The result was 4 stitches:

Gift swap

My weekly yarnies group (that I stitch at, yes!) has a gift swap this summer.  It was themed so that we all listed some favorites like books, movies, TV series, and then hand made an item pertaining to one of those favorites for the person whose name we drew. My person mentioned liking Firefly, and pointed toward Wash and his dinosaurs as a favorite scene, so I came up with this gift: Now for myself, I mentioned how much I loved the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett.  My person (the wonderful and talented Lydia!) crocheted me this completely awesome item:

   

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