Sunday, July 28, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching and Pain Relief

Things are looking up after my visit to the Orthopedic Institute on Friday and a cortisone shot into my left knee, which was too bad until the doctor hit the sweet spot and wow did I see stars but more importantly I could feel all the spots in my legs that were effected by the knee pain. Before the injection the doctor stated the shot may not work or it will work and can last up to 6 months or just a week, also I can only get 3 of the shots in the same knee in one calendar year. I am moving about much better , I do feel soreness where the injection took place but for the most part I am walking without use of the cane but do keep it nearby in case I feel off balance.

I did get more unpacking done yesterday five boxes down I can move about steadily and filled 3 shelves of my linen closet and two bags for donations, I am making it a point to give up at least two items per box and anything I haven't used in the last year (or since my last move in 2011).  I bought a new bed last year it has one of those real thick mattress, the old sheet sets don't fit so those were the first things to go when I unpacked the boxes.  Oh my goodness don't even get me started on towels, I will say half of what I have are in the donation box.

The weather here has been quite rainy most of the week with the stalling of a storm front hanging over Florida for most of the week with temps dropping into the mid 80's for a few days, I managed to squeeze in a trip to the library mid week to pick up a book I had reserved. 

 I spent some time reading when I couldn't sit comfortably from the pain in my leg, after the cortisone shot sitting wasn't a problem so I picked up my hand embroidery and stitched till my fingers ached.
I made good progress and I really like the choice of the rainbow floss for the background flower of life motif.
I moved my hoop to the bottom portion this morning and stitched a bit while I enjoyed my coffee outside listening to the birds and the quiet. I plan to get more stitching done today for Slow Sunday Stitching, for now I'll post this over at Kathy's Quilts why not click the link and have look at what other bloggers are slow stitching.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

A bit of stitching

Meet my new Best Friend, always there when I need something to lean on. It comes with me everywhere I go.  I will be seeing an orthopedic specialist for my leg this Friday to find out what is going on, in the meantime my doctor gave me a prescription gel for my leg and some pain medication which is helping me cope with the pain.
 I had time to do a little stitching yesterday began the Flower of Life motif using Threadworx 1154 for a rainbow effect.

  Unfortunately the pain medication I am taking fogs my brain so not getting as much stitching done as I like but I will try again today, I will link up to Kathy's Quilts here for Slow Sunday Stitching

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Stitching Bits Between Unpacking

Here we are with another Sunday upon us with some slow stitching on my to do list for today.

Unpacking is progressing at a better pace this week and the house is starting to resemble a home with most of the books now on shelves with all those boxes out of the way I can see the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak and the kitchen floor.  

I'm glad to have the task behind me and would love to say it won't happen again but I am a reader, a lover of books as long as I breathe there will always be books to unpack and shelves to put them on.  In fact, a new book just arrived on Friday, (thank you Amazon for speedy delivery), for down time with my fingers numb and tingling stitching was out of the question so reading a few chapters to unwind would do.
I did get in a little stitching yesterday afternoon not much because I popped something in my hand again earlier in the week so the tingling and numbness made holding the needle too uncomfortable after a bit.
The inner ring is nearly complete and after pulling out several stitches for the third time I put her aside.  While I was stitching I decided to change the color of the flower portion of the piece. I was planning a light lavender or green when it hit me to use rainbow colors, so I toss around the idea a bit in my head and looked at the piece wondering a different color of the rainbow for each flower, or each petal.  Then it hit me I unpacked a box of forgotten craft items some were hanks and skeins of embroidery floss, this Threadwork 1154 aka Bradley's Balloons may just be what I was thinking of.  
It has the rainbow quality I want, it's a variegated floss so the colors will just flow so I won't have to change colors for each flower or petal.  

Lately I have had the urge to embroider a sunflower or two and somewhere among my patterns I have a kit with sunflowers on it, well time will tell what I have time for.  Did you ever get an urge to embroider something specific?   I am linking up at Kathy's Quilts today here is the link check out the lovely things other bloggers are slow stitching.

Speaking of flowers this week some lovely Mexican Petunias popped up in the front of my house.
 I guess all the rain we have been getting urged them to come up, I'm so glad they did I love these pretty little flowers each evening the flower falls off and in the morning a new one appears.

I put my crescent moon statue out as soon as I pulled it off the truck,  I have a few other ornamental pieces to place in this area which will eventually be placed here and there.  
For now gardening isn't even a consideration at this time if I come across a piece while unpacking it will make it's way outside, with the arrival of autumn I'm sure I'll be more settled and have a few planters in place.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Stitching Slow In July

It's the first Sunday in July and the first slow stitching Sunday for the month. I actually made time on Monday to celebrate my birthday at one of my favorite places, the beach where I did some much needed stitching.  I will be linking up to Kathy's Quilts today click on the link to see what other talented bloggers are slow stitching:

I decided to bring along the Flower of Life piece rather then the Celtic Cross since the lines on this are simpler to see.  I managed to complete the entire outer circle and part of the inner circle while soaking in the sun, sand and surf.  The weather was beach perfect, clear and sunny,  quite hot  though the sea breeze made it feel comfortable.  The entire time I was stitching the Beatles song When I'm Sixty Four kept running through my head.

Thursday, July 4, 2019