"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
Mahatma Gandhi

Friday, June 29, 2012

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY, DON'T IT

Dave
served as a leader
on a 
with the
to
While there, he fell backwards off the second rung of a ladder,
landing on his forearms and hyper-extending the hamstrings
in his right thigh, although that wasn't really obvious til 
he played wiffle ball that night,
and something went POP in that very same thigh.  
On the way home, they all stopped and visited NYC,
where Dave bravely walked a million miles, and then   
he was returned to me in damaged condition.
Arms are not good landing pads, especially when
you are on coumadin
here's what a hamstring injury looks like,

here's what Dave will be doing tomorrow
here's what he's been doing all week,
working out of his home office (previously known as our bed)
and being cared for by his personal assistant and nurse
(previously known as his Wife Angela).  

This is a not a picture of Dave's personal assistant and nurse
(previously known as Wife Angela)
but this picture perfectly depicts her present state of mind.  

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

ON THE HOOP

There's always a X stitch project on my hoop, especially during the summer when the light is great and knitting feels just too hot on certain days.  


I recently finished this piece, a design by Silver Creek Samplers.  
When I started this, I had in mind that it would be a gift to a friend who suffered a terrible loss a couple years back... but now I am not so sure.  The saying seems rather trite and trivial given the loss she suffered, when her 21 year old daughter decided that living was not something she cared to do any longer.  I will think a long time before deciding.  


The current project on my hoop is a design by Tam's Creations.  It is called Assisi Flutterby.  
Now this is just plain old fun.  It's done on 14ct Aida, which feels really good after working on 18ct for the projects I've done in the last year.  Here's my start on it, done in a nice chocolate brown on white Aida.
I cannot put into words how dear and meaningful all of my needle crafts are to me.  In addition to my Family and Friends, these crafts are what keep me engaged in life.  I am constantly lifted up (and amazed) at the work I accomplish.  Now that I am home-based (others might refer to this as "house bound") since I no longer drive, and as MS continues its disappointing march through my central nervous system, these hobbies are my life line.  They make me happy, they are my therapy, and I will forever be grateful to my Mom for passing these skills down to me.  When she formed a 4-H Sewing Club and started to teach my sister Christine and me and various neighborhood girls as many needle arts as she could, I am certain she had no idea the joy these arts would bring to the both of us over the years.  Certainly she could not have foreseen the importance these hobbies would become in my life.  I'm thinking Mom would be pretty darn pleased were she here to see us at work in our sewing rooms today.  

ON MY NEEDLES

I always have at least one knitting project going at a time.  I have been making a lovely shawl and am nearly done.  
I am knitting this out of Cascade Bamboo/Wool blend, it is soft and bouncy and very luxurious.  
Please appreciate these photos, which I took out on our deck.  It's about 1000 degrees out there, and with my severe heat intolerance due to MS, I got a splitting headache in the two minutes it took to get these photos!

Just before Memorial Day, Dave and I went out to "the river" in western PA for our annual visit with the cousins.  I wanted a knitting project to bring along, but knew that the shawl was a poor candidate, as it is a pattern that is easy to knit but also easy to mess up.  


So, Barbara from Pinelands Treasures shared and easy-peasy pattern with me, and I brought that project to the river with me and am working on it at home.  Have you ever knit a pattern in this fashion?  I have, and it is great fun and a nice change.  You start in the corner with a couple of stitches and go on from there, adding one stitch per row.  When you get to the middle, where ever you decide that's going to be, then you start to decrease one stitch per row.  



This pattern is very, very simple, a good project for those times when you want to keep your hands busy but your mind is occupied otherwise.  Barbara told me that this is the pattern she uses to knit up her kitchen cloths, and I recall my mother in law did the same.  After I finish this blanket, I am going to try knitting kitchen cloths using some of the two million 1/4-1/2" fabric strips I have from squaring up edges for quilts.  

IN THE SEWING ROOM

It's been a while since I have blogged about what's going on in my sewing room.  My time has not been spent entirely on tending to the critters, I have gotten things done in the sewing room.  It just feels as if it's been wild here for weeks on end and my mind has been quite scattered as a result.  


First, here's three quilts I have finally finished, hanging in the sewing room closet.  These will be going off to the long-armer over the weekend.  The two matching are for cousin Linda in PA and her daughter Kaylee, and the other is for a great grand child of another PA cousin.  




Yup, this is my sewing room closet.  It's a disaster and I like it that way, I actually know where everything is.  I took the doors off of it a couple years back and have lots of room and shelving in there.  


Now that these three quilts are done, I have returned to the quilt for me and Dave, a Bear's Paw design.  I had set it aside six months ago and am so glad to be returning to it.  Nice to be focused on one quilt at a time.  


I absolutely love this quilt and am making it from a picture of a quilt I found online, without a pattern.  My wonderful quilting teacher, Rhonda, has made periodic visits to make the pattern for me.  She is brilliant.  My design wall is a bit of a wreck from Poppy kitten using it as a climbing wall.  I need to get the staple gun out and staple Poppy to a wall in the basement repair the damage.  

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

CAT KIBBLE IS TOXIC TO DOGS

I have clearly named this post so that any pet owner who is in a frantic Google Search will find this information.  


I became the owner of this information because this critter:


dumped her big bowl of kibble on the floor when no one was home and this critter:


had a major pig out.  


Little Misty is only 5 pounds, and so was poisoned by the high protein levels in the cat food.  A 20 pound dog probably could have eaten the same amount and would be fine, but would likely get very sick from a 5 pound bag.  


Dogs love cat kibble, it is very high in protein and smells great to a dog (or so I'm told).  It made Misty very, very sick and we were not sure she was going to pull through.  It was a gastrointesinal nightmare for the little dear and I must say also for those around her.  It broke our hearts to see her so very ill and so the last 7 days of my life have been spent caring for her with proper meds and tiny meals and proper hygiene and LOTS OF YUCKY LAUNDRY.  You get the picture.  


She saw our vet last week, however, on Sunday she was still so ill we had to take her to an emergency veterinary hospital nearby where she received excellent treatment and additional meds and IV fluid.  She even got her poor little behind shaved and treated.  


She's now starting to feel better and is enjoying her bland meals and has a little bit more bounce to her step.  She may have to go into the vet tomorrow for another infusion of fluids, as dehydration is one of our biggest enemies as we work to keep her kidneys running properly.  Dogs can also get severe pancreatitis from a cat food pig out, somehow Misty did not.  


Only good thing to report is that I have spent many hours with her wrapped in a towel on my lap, working on a X stitch.  I much rather would have been romping in the yard with her.