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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Another health update

Well here we are a few days away from the Summer Solstice and I ask myself what happened to the month of May?  Being ill has wrecked havoc with my sense of time and the only good thing about being sick is the timing, since we are all still self distancing and staying home I haven't missed any events.  Though sadly my garden has suffered, some of the plants are holding on but all the plans I had for a garden have been put on hold till next Spring,

Memorial day weekend I was once again in the hospital having IV antibiotics and fluids, they were going to send me home but the heart monitor kept going off and my heart rate dropped to 45, 43 than 42 so another 3 days of IV's and my heart rate finally adjusted itself.
My IV

pain relief and anitbiotic

the monitor keeps beeping

I can view the progress of testing done.

oops heart rate dropped to 45


all my meds in the room

the new IV

Once home I had a Pippida Scan which resulted in my gallbladder functioning at 1%  ugh! 35% or more is normal.  That was on the 11th of June and still no idea what is going to be done.  Last week I had an EGD esophagogastroduodenoscopy which is is a procedure that examines the esophagus, stomach and first portion of the duodenum (small intestine) using a long flexible tube with a camera at the end of it. The scope is inserted into the mouth and advanced to the small intestine.

I should have the biopsy results on the 29th hopefully with some answers to what can be done to keep the pain at bay.  I am not confident with the office staff of the current doctor because 4 different times they were supposed to call in much needed prescriptions to the pharmacy and didn't, 3 times this caused me great pain and forced me to the ER.  Also, 4 times I requested a call back and that never happened. So once I have the results of all the test and what type of treatment he suggest I search for a new doctor because I just don't trust the staff.

On a positive note my pear tree has quite a few pears growing despite it being overshadowed by

a few larger trees I guess it gets just enough sunlight to produce some lovely fruit.  I may help that I gave the tree fertilizer last autumn.  I lost one of the lavender plants we had very hot days in May and with me in and out of the hospital and little rain the poor thing just dried up.  In early June the daily rains began and we had some heavy storms but by then it was too late for the plant, the other is struggling and I think had I been able to plant it in a larger pot or in the ground it may have survived.

My son and his fiance gave me this lovely plant for Mother's Day and my sister sent me flowers after I was released from the hospital since flowers aren't allowed to be delivered during this time of the Corona virus.
The flowers were stunning, there were several day lilies and a new one opened every day, the flowers lasted about 10 days. 


Several caterpillars found the milkweed and ate through all the leaves again, I didn't find any cocoons this time and now the plant once again has leaves.  Next year I am going to add about 10 of these plants to the garden to host the caterpillars and butterflies. 

I didn't do any stitching in May I'm just too tired to concentrate on simple stitches so I filled my days mostly with sleep and some reading.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Garden Update

Despite several hospital stays, and weeks of bed rest my plants are still surviving, the knockout roses which were fairly dead in the beginning of April have responded to a trim, careful watering and has rebloomed. The tomato plant which fell over several times has given me some lovely tomatoes which at this time I can't eat so I have been giving them away. The yellow Hibiscus which was totally striped of all growth early in the spring has regained its foliage and given me several sunshine yellow flowers. and the Mexican Petunias continue to bloom each day, this is before they open completely. Life finds a way.



 For now all I can do is water this illness has taken its toll on my energy, the weight loss has been significant (26 pounds in a month) which makes me weaker and most days I am not drinking enough water etc. for the hot Florida days, though I force in at least 2 glasses of water through the day I usually drink a half gallon or more daily.
I long for the day I can get my hands in soil and transplant to larger containers or the ground, but that is still a long way off.  An actual visit to the doctor's office would be beneficial so that maybe I can get answers to why there is still so much pain after being on antibiotics for several weeks and a solutions to fix this ailment.  I have no concentration to read or stitch so my days are spent lying down watching old DVD movies and sleeping.  I know eventually this will pass and I will regain my quality of life but right now its just exhausting.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

I'M MADE OF SCRAPS
I am made of scraps.
Colorful bits of every life that goes through mine
and that I am sewing in the soul.
They are not always pretty,
not always happy,
but they add me and make me who I am.
In every encounter, in every contact,
I'm getting older ...
In each patch a life,
a lesson, a love, a nostalgia ...
That make me more of a person,
more human, more complete.
And I think this is how life is made:
pieces of other people who are becoming part of the people too.
And the best part is that we will never be ready or finished ...
There will always be a patch to add to the soul.
So, thanks to each of you,
that are part of my life and that allow me to enhance my story with the remnants left in me.
That I too can leave bits of me on the roads and that they can be part of their stories.
And so, from piece to piece we can become, one day,
in an immense embroidery of "we".
Cora Coralina. Carioca poet.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Happy Earth Day!

 Though we are social distancing this year there are still many things to do to celebrate Earth Day check out the link below.

https://www.almanac.com/content/earth-day-date-activities-history


Sunday, April 5, 2020

As the sun sets tonight we are one day closer to putting this all behind us.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Home again, home again, jiggety jig!

The month of April started out on the wrong foot with me in the hospital for a few days getting IV antibiotics for a horrendous colitis attack, honestly I never knew anything could be so painful as an infection in the intestines.
The first photo is the antibiotics hanging along with the IV fluids I was getting to recover dehydration. The second photo is the two plugs I had to pull out everytime I needed to use the restroom. My foot in the yellow non skid socks to keep me from falling on my butt.  I’m home now recovering, feel weak as a kitten and so tired but hopeful to be feeling my old self soon.


 
Right before I got sick I had just added a few new plants for my garden, herbs and green beans, lantana and milkweed for the butterflies, jasmine and native honeysuckle vines and 2 rose bushes and a hibiscus.





 
Well the day after I had the new plants arranged and waiting for transplant I had the colitis attack and was only able to water my plants and two days later I was in the hospital, meanwhile we were about to have a change in weather from upper 90’s to normal 70’s and finally a forecast of rain.  The rain did come however most of the large plants fell over in the wind so missed a good soaking from the rain.  Needless to say when I arrived home I was heart broken and didn’t take a photo of the near dead plants.
 
Happy to say after my son righted the plants and they were watered a few hours later most were looking good.  Two days ago I gave the herbs a good soaking and they look okay except the sage which may bounce back with a good trim.  The green beans have sprouted a few beans in a matter of days.


There was a stowaway on the Milkweed plant in the form of a caterpillar just looks like a dark shadow under the leaf it ate its way through the buds and leaves on the plant and decided to hide for a while.






This is the latest photo taken yesterday afternoon of the herbs a bit worse for wear but surviving. Greek oregano, chives, Italian oregano, basil, thyme.




Sunday, March 22, 2020

Yes even a Goddess needs to wash her hands!
  Times are trying our patience and making us a little stir crazy and laughter is the best medicine or so it is said so I hope this put a little smile on your face today.


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Welcome Spring

Despite life being temporarily turned upside down, events being cancelled, and store shelves being picked bare I am warmed by the knowledge that the earth turned and a new season has begun.

Welcome Spring!




Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Don't forget that Saint Patrick is not the only saint whose feast day is March 17. It is also the feast of Saint Gertrude of Nivelles, the patron saint of cats and the people who love them. (Meme art from an original work by Carolee Clark, King of Mice Studios)

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching

March has been a crazy month so far and it doesn't look to be calming down any time soon but I have managed to get in some hand embroidery this week on the drum and dance piece, I finished the 3rd drum, I moved the hoop and didn't want to remove it just to snap a photo of the finished drum.
I am currently working on the hair, I decided to crochet some floss for a braid like look.
I have also been playing around with the pastel felt I purchased from Benzie Design for an Easter projects I have in mind.  It's the Pixie Dust palette. I love the option to buy the coordinating DMC floss.
pretty posies
pixie dust palette
I needed more Stitch and Wash Away sheets for some hand embroidery projects coming up so with my 40 and 60% off coupons in hand I headed over to Joann's to pick up a package or two and then made the mistake of browsing, 20 Fat Quarters and some DMC variegated floss I made my way to the check out.


I could not resist the shiny rainbow and mermaid scales fabric I have ideas running through my head, the batiks and the pieces that look hand dyed caught my eye and I always grab a neutral or two. All of them are currently on sale for .99 cents.
I will link to Kathy's Quilts today why not follow the link and see what others are stitching today.
https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2020/03/slow-sunday-stitching_15.html
On a more stressful level on Wednesday morning my son had a heart attack, by the afternoon he had a stent put in and was discharged Thursday evening, he spent a few days with his finance to recover. 

Oddly enough both of us had heart attacks in March, mine in 2011 and both of us a stent put in the same artery, however he is 39 and much too young to have this over his head but it is what it is and just like me there was no damage to the heart.  Grocery shopping with him today was a real trip he was looking for low sodium everything. He is a very picky eater so diet change is going to be a real challenge for him.

Its getting crazy out there with the virus hanging in the air, so many events have been cancelled most with out rescheduling, schools are closed for 2 weeks, and the grocery stores have been well picked over. 

I for one will be getting lots of slow stitching done, as well and crocheting, reading but the reality is is a sad way to have the extra time to do something we love so much.  Happy Stitching and remember this too shall pass.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Marching Toward Spring and Slow Stitching

Every few days here in north central Florida the weather has felt like Spring then a little turn of the day and the temps are reminding us it's still winter here, last week I had to cover my lavender plants for the night as temps dipped to 31. On the bright side Spring is a few short weeks away. 
I hope all of you that live in an area using Daylight Savings Time remembered to move your clocks ahead, I set mine ahead on the stove and microwave last night preferring to do the manual clocks in the morning when I would feel steadier on the step ladder the oddest thing happened this morning when I checked the time on the stove and microwave both had gone back 2 hours.  Now to my knowledge the microwave doesn't have a built in memory to change the time, the stove may but I don't think so I will check the manual later. 

It's International Womens Day today if you like to read here is a link to The 2017  New York Public Library's list of 365 books by women author's https://www.nypl.org/blog/2017/03/08/365-books-women-authors-international-womens-day
I'm happy to say I have read several on the list and have made a copy so I can pick a few from the list from time to time.

Speaking of reading I finished reading the Laura Childs book The Jasmine Moon Murder, it was okay, if memory serves I read the first three books years ago and I didn't care for them at the time so didn't continue on with the series, then while browsing the library I decided to give one another try as I said it was okay so I may try another one of these days.

On my stitching progress, I started on the first drum earlier this week and began stitching the second drum Friday night.
first drum in progress
second drum in progress
The photos show both the first and second drums in progress the second photo shows my floss choice for the drum head being separated. There isn't much left to do on this piece but those drums do take quite some time to complete, they don't call it slow stitching for nothing.  Speaking of slow stitching I will link up to Kathy's Quilts today https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2020/03/slow-sunday-stitching_8.html

Finally put my little kitchen witch up in my kitchen window, even with the curtains opened the photo was a little on the dark side so I used Photoscape to lighten it up.

There are several poems that go along with a kitchen witch doll one of my favorites is simple:
Nothing Spills, Nothing Spoils, 
Over Cooks or Over Boils
This Kitchen Witch upon her Broom,
Brings love and luck to this Room.

Happy International Women's Day to all of you!