Thursday, March 26, 2009
Not much to show for almost a week of stitching on Jolly Old Fellow ... but at least there is some progress. I'm hoping to get in some stitching over the next few days. I would really like to have the page 4 sky finished by the end of this week, but it's not looking likely right now.
Maddie, my (10 yr old Maltese) 'baby' had some teeth removed yesterday, and the combination of the procedure and the medications has really slowed her down. She is always my constant companion when I'm stitching, but normally she sits on the end of my recliner, or on the arm of my chair. Today she has begged to be nursed all day, and in case you were wondering, it's not very easy to stitch with one hand while cuddling a groggy 4kg fluff-bucket with the other arm. It's not slowing me down at the computer, though, as she always does get a cuddle when I'm at the keyboard - we have an understanding about that! I'm hopeful she'll be back to her usual independent self tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I'm off to stich for a while on Jolly Old Fellow - that will calm me down.
Friday, March 20, 2009
This is my first experience with gridding. So far it's working out well - but I've only done 100 stitches or so, probably too early for a final decision about it yet. I've already tentatively decided to go for 20x20 grids next time instead of the 10x10 I did for page 4.
I'll be stitching on JOF all the coming week. I hope to finish the Page 4 sky by the end of the week.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
At present I'm filling in time between bone scan sessions. My GP has sent me for any test she could think of this week. This is the last of them. It's also the last mention of them here - I am so over tests! I will just say that I have been diagnosed with pernicious anaemia, and have to start the Vit B12 injections this coming week. I'm expecting to feel loads better soon. Then that JOF will be no match for me!
Monday, March 16, 2009
I've settled back into stitching my WIP - HAED Jolly Old Fellow. I have about one-sixth of page 3 to finish. I've decided to trial gridding for the next page, so I spent a couple of hours this afternoon gridding the fabric. I've never done it before, but Yoyo recommended it, so I thought I would give it a try. I'm hopeful to finish page 3 by the end of this week, and get started on the gridded page 4 area at the weekend.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I'll be starting again on Jolly Old Fellow today. I'm really looking forward to stitching on him after what has turned into a 2 week break.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
In the meantime my mind has jumped from low Vit B12 levels to pernicious anaemia to possible side effect of the methotrexate I take for my Rheumatoid Arthritis to having to stop taking the MTX to returning to the incapacty I had before I went onto the MTX. I have such vivid memories of the pain and restricted activity I suffered before MTX. I wasn't able to dress myself. I couldn't do up my own seatbelt in the car. I remember at the time I was stitching L&L's Angel of Love, and at times I would be sitting a my work for an hour or more and get maybe 10 beads stitched, and 100 beads on the floor, and be in tears of frustration and pain. I don't want to return to that.
I know I'm being irrational - and ridiculous. It's probably something as simple as needing to eat more Vegemite.
The moral of this story is: Don't get blood tests on Friday. DO it early in the week so if the GP calls you back you can get an appointment that day, and not stew about it over the weekend!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I have been slow to recover from my holiday. We've been home 48 hrs, and so far I've not even picked up a needle. I'm hoping to remedy that tonight, and plan to stitch and hopefully make up a Christmas ornament.
Monday, March 9, 2009
I got very little stitching done while we were away. Just one little bird finished. I'll pop in a pic later. Too many other distractions I suppose. We were camping with friends who are extremely good 500 players, and we had quite a few games of 500 over the week - we lost all but one. And we also played lots games of Canasta (I lost 90% ) and lots of Upwords (I won most of these). Another friend from the area where we were staying spent a few days with us as well, so all in all it was a very social tme, and lots of fun. Our next trip will probably be in May, for 4 or 5 days, inland this time.
I'm going to make a few little ornies and stitch another quilt square bird before I settle back into stitching on my Jolly Old Fellow. That is, if I ever ge to leave the laundry again ...
Friday, March 6, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
We're heading off tomorrow on a camping (campervan) adventure. Just a tiny one this time, about a 3 hr drive north to a lovely coastal town. We're taking our two dogs (Bichon and Maltese) and meeting friends who'll be travelling with their two dogs (standard poodle and chihuaha). It should be a fun time for all of us. The holiday park has a lovely name - Christmas Cove. We've not stayed there before, but we like the area. I don't take a computer with me in the van, so I probably won't get a chance to post while we're away.
I'm taking some small projects with me. I'm hoping to stitch two quilt squares. One is for a fundraiser quilt for the Victorian bushfire relief effort, the other is for a quilt to be given to the parents of an Aussie cross-stitcher. They lost their farm in the bushfires on Feb 7. I'm going to stitch a bird on each quilt square, one red-back wren and one blue-faced finch. The charts are from Graham Ross's garden Birds leaflet. I'd also like to make a couple of Christmas ornaments, if I can find the time.