Thursday, May 30, 2013

and I will NOT……


log my 7000 steps on my pedometer

But I will continue to seek care. I think I’m healing well, but am unsure when to begin stretching or even putting some weight on my foot. So, off to a doctor I go…..with my tatting!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

With crutches I will NOT……

Vacuum

But I will….

Continue to tat. And work on the prayer shawl. And work on the canvas. I still haven’t unpacked from the trip, so no photos today. Unless I can figure out how to use the phone to get the photos here. Sigh. I think I’ll take a nap first. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Thursday, May 23, 2013

With crutches I will........


Tat!

While on the return trip down the coast, I broke my foot.

Yes, broke it! I’ve been on crutches before, so it wasn’t a big adjustment for me. Since we were driving most of the way, we didn’t have to change our plans that much, but there were a few things we didn’t get to do. So, we’ll just have to take another trip later when I’m healed.

In the meantime…..

More Saint Saens progress.
Saint Saens progress
So, here’s what it looks like with the motifs in Round 2 attached. I like the idea. We’ll see if it executes well and sets me up for round 3. I’ve a few ideas. Now I need to try them out.

Friday, May 10, 2013

a rose is a........smile


I have a few roses in my back yard here. Nothing spectacular. Not like the test gardens in Portland. That’s another of my favorite places in the world. Walking around the beds and seeing the blooms always brings a smile to my face.

 Anyway, I have some carpet roses and a climber. I tried to keep it simple. Every spring, we get over-run with aphids. This year, I tried to watch really close. We have fruit trees in our yard, so I’m reluctant to spray too much. I just may have to this year. Looks like I need a third batch of lady bugs. They have helped, but not enough. I also have the Peace rose I’m trying to get established. I think it will survive and grow. I think…….

I think I’ll take my tatting out onto the bench and see if I can cheer on the lady bugs. Go eat ‘em!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

fixing Christmas


I’ve taken a break from the Saint-Saens to fix a Christmas ornament I gave a friend a few years ago. She was so sweet when asking me to repair. It gave me a chance to get feedback on bead choice. I was unhappy with the way the one metal bead has tarnished. Well, maybe not tarnished, but it’s definitely discolored. Nothing a bit of detail cleaning and then preserving couldn’t fix, but I was disappointed. Now everything is ready for the next Christmas tree!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

of birthdays and bucket lists


I recently celebrated a birthday. Not one of THOSE birthdays. I am over 50, which I’m proud to have celebrated. You see, when I was much, much younger, it was recommended I have a lump biopsy. Thus began my “benign” dance with life. Even though I have never had a diagnosis of cancer, a biopsy is still surgery. It can throw a wrench in your schedule! And bring your dreams and hopes and aspirations into sharp focus: “someday” becomes “next year” and “after I finish” becomes “whenever I can”. I’ve been very lucky. I finished school, got married, raised 2 children, worked in several career fields, and generally enjoyed life.

So, what’s in the bucket list? I emptied that a long, long time ago! I decided a bucket list is for those who have not been focused in their goals. I’ve been very happy with my goals, adjusted them often, and accomplished what was really important. I think. Well, I did lose that folder of papers last month. Perhaps I should find it today. I think it was under that stack……….wait a minute…..is this important?? Well, yes….sigh!