Aug 30, 2020
If it's possible to have a craft day hangover...I've got one. I feel like I've been hit by a big fat bus full of glue guns and fabric remnants and scraps of ribbon.
But...I am happily settled into the Happy Chair with Moonstruck on the TeeVee, a big glass of iced tea with lemon, and puzzles and stitching. Absolutley nothing to complain about.
My Jersey Boy is headed back that way to see his mom this week, and that means I have a few weeks of Single Spinster Shenangins to look forward to. This time I AM writing a list, and I fully intend complete at least one or two things on it. Most critical on that list will be a clean-up/re-org of the cube room studio. I have been dumping things in there for months now and the little cubes have gotten completely out of whack.
Come to think of it...there's a lot that's out of whck with me, so maybe I can concentrate on getting back IN whack and get on with the Fall.
Masks will be shipping at the end of this week, hopefully, so I can start packaging them and getting them out to you. Thank you for the support! I hope to have another item for sale shortly.
Well, Dearies...I'm going to turn off my tiny little brain for a bit and get some stitchy time in while JB is at the golfing. I suspect that we will head to the swimming for a bit when he gets home, so I should enjoy a few more hours of laziness before I start flapping around doing my big girl exercises in the water.
I hope your very own Sunday is peaceful, lovely, happy, healthy, and as long as you need it to be!
Ciao, for now!
Aug 29, 2020
Me and the hot glue gun?
Maybe not so much.
Aug 28, 2020
Aug 27, 2020
Aug 24, 2020
Gird your loins, Dearies!
This is going to be a tough week of treatments, appointments, colonoscopies, mammograms, and other unpleasant shenanagins.
And the cherry on top of the sundae is the weather...temperatures in the high 90's and low 100's with beastly humidity to boot.
But...today has dawned and Buzzy and I are doing our thing here in the d-chair. My poor tech is fretting because my arm is so swollen she can't get the needles in without having to push with all her might, thus sending me into orbit when she finally breaks through.
I made really nice progress on Elliana, but alas, forgot to take a picture. I willtry to do so tonight when I take her off the q-snaps and run the edges of the fabric through the sewing machine. I was so excited to get her started that I neglected to do this, and now the fabric is fraying.
Nothing else to report. I might be hit and miss with the blogging this week, but please don't worry. I promise a full reportas soon as I'm able!
Aug 22, 2020
Super rough treatment followed by a hard nap followed by dinner too late followed by passing out on the couch until 7am followed by another hard sleep in the big girl sleigh bed until 2:00 this afternoon equals one out of sorts spinster.
I was just thinking about how much I want to return to Guild and how my Saturdays need to go back to spending time with my stitchy friends and other shenanagins with Miss Charlene and Miss Jane....but nope...Crash City.
(Apparently you just can't depend on me for anything but unpredictability.)
The weather has returned to hot and sticky, and I am totally convinced this is more than part of my problem. The minute that humidity goes down and the windows go open and the breeze goes floating by I seem to feel 100% better.
Today will be some pool time followed by some design board making time followed by some stitching time. I wish I could adequately express how much I am enjoying this piece, as well as how much complete stitchy peace has finally settled over me. Who knew the organization of working threads was always such a huge issue for me?
I hope that you very own weekend is wonderfully swell and that you have some stitchy peace of your very own! The mask orders continue to come in. Thank you for that! According to the manufacturer, they should ship to me the week of September 4th, and I am ready and waiting with envelopes addressed!
Cheers, Dearies! Do something wonderful for yourself and come tell me all about it!
Aug 21, 2020
Aug 20, 2020
Aug 19, 2020
Happy Wednesday/Futzingday, Dearies! Buzzy and I are in the d-chair doing our thing on an absolutely beautiful day here in Hoosierville! I had a good sleep with a nice cool breeze coming in the open window, and I am determined to have a wonderful happy day.
Yesterday was a lot more productive than I would have guessed, and I did everything I wanted to do. I was even able to get to the pool and have a nice long swim before the crowd descended and sent me scurrying for home.
After dinner and a lovely cool shower and crisply freash pj's, I settled in with Ellia and got a little more completed:
Her colors just blow my skirt up, and I can't wait to see how she starts to come together as I get more and more done! For my first Mira, I don't think I'm doing too bad....especially now that I have the working thread situation figured out:
This is a total game changer for me!
(If you're interested in making your own, Lori Holt and The Fat Quarter Shop have an excellent tutorial on the YouTube. Just search for "quilt design board".)
Salad for dinner tonight. In my futzing yesterday I managed to organize the fridge and make a tossed salad, tuna salad, and a Greek mix with tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, feta, and olives. My JB isn't crazy about anything except the tuna, but I think he'll be OK with whatever I serve him. (She says optimistically.)
Happy Wednesday to one and all! Come tell me all about your corner of the world!
Aug 18, 2020
It is a gorgeous day here in Hoosierville, and I've just finished my second cup of damn good. The nice men are outside cutting the grass, and the smell of it freshly cut is wafting up into CS2 and making me feel very...summery.
As soon as I finish visiting with you I am going to do some tidying and chores, have a dip in the pool, and then get stitching. I am not quite up to par physically today, but really need to go to bed tonight feeling like I accomplished at least one thing.
It seems I've been all over the damn place and have several things to correct, as well as several questions to answer. I wish I could figure out how to reply to the comments as they are submitted, but this will have to do for now. If you have asked me a question and I have not answered you, please accept my apology and ask me again and I will try to do a better job of answering you.
MARYBETH asked me about the white edging on Come Tary. I think you're looking at the grime guard, Marybeth. This is a fabric covering that goes around your q-snaps to hold excess fabric and to prevent the fabric from getting dirty from your hands. I have purchased several on the etsy in all sizes, and get positively giddy when they match my project bag.
mj asked if I have had Buzzy replaced, or if he just gets a good cleaning out every now and then. He's still the original, mj, but with some modifications. He's had a stent and a few coils added, an aneurism removed, and a LOT of angioplasty to keep him open. He is literally my life line, so I try very hard to take good care of him and pray that he lasts until I find a new kidney.
The biggest response I got via email was regarding my brilliant idea of labeling the design board and working threads. As mich as I would love to take credit for this, Toni and Unknown gave me the idea. And nope...that's not a label maker. It's actually DMC bobbin stickers!
Aug 17, 2020
Aug 16, 2020
Thank you for your comment on my post selling masks for my kidney transplant fund. I can't respond to you directly for some reason, but your question is an important one and is surely on the minds of several people.
I can only give you information based upon my own experience as a patient in the Indiana University protocol. The exact numbers may vary from state to state or from transplant center to transplant center, so please take that into consideration.
The cost of a kidney transplant is indeed borne by insurance. In my case, it is Medicare. Unfortunately, because of my age at the time I accessed it (I was in my 40's at the time), a full-coverage Medicare/Medigap policy was not available to me. This type of coverage would have guaranteed 100% coverage of all of my medical expenses in addition to transplant. I have, instead, a Medicare Advantage policy accepted by IU. This policy is excellent, but does have both a deductible and co-pay responsibilities.
The total cost of a transplant will be in excess of $2 million. Of that, I will be responsible for 20% of various costs like immunosuppresant therapy, housing and transportation, and any recovery related costs not fully covered by my Medicare policy. I was initially advised to "save as much as I could" and offered assistance with fund-raising, but I opted to manage that aspect of this journey on my own.
The website transplants.org is an excellent resource for more specific information if you would like to check it out. Their estimate for out of pocket costs for a kidney transplant is $82,000.
As for disability income, you are correct. As a dialysis patient, I am considered to be fully disabled and thereby entitled to collect the money that I contributed during my working life. I'm happy to give you all of those details privately, but suffice it to say that this income provides me with monthly living expenses and nothing more. I am grateful for it and am blessed to have made a nice living when I was able, but these funds are not sufficient for me to self-fund my transplant savings.
I really do appreciate your question and hope I've answered it adequately. I am painfully aware that the acceptance of such huge generosity carries the responsibility of complete transparancy, so I thank you for giving me the opportunity to provide it!
Aug 15, 2020
Thank you for all of the excellent suggestions! I just had a big DUH moment thanks to them....stick DMC bobbin stickers in each of the thread circles with their color number on them! I have a set somewhere in the cube room, so as soon as I fish it out...problem solved!
When you're stitching a piece with a LOT of different colors, how do you manage your working threads? For example...I'm stitching Ellia from Mirabilia. There are several dozen colors. I pull the skein I need, pull off an arm's length, strip out one ply, and...then what?
At the moment, I'm using a design board and wrapping the working length into a circle and sticking it onto the board, but there is no way to know what's what.
What am I missing?
Suggestions/guidance greatly appreciated, Dearies!
Aug 13, 2020
Aug 12, 2020
(Either that, or it vexes me a bit since I screwed up the wording and stitched them all together in one paragraph rather than split them between rows.)
(Stewey didn't vex me, exactly, but he did have the uncanny ability to pee on the drapes the very second I got them re-hung after a thorough washing).
Treatment went better that expected today. The day after a procedure is usually a rest day for my arm because it's so sore, but I gritted it out and was happy that the pain was much much less than expected. Apparently Buzzy was blocked by as much as 90%, so the timing of getting it done was perfect.
(Blockage is a very normal thing, by the way. An AV fistula is not a normal construction for one's body to readily accept, so it does its best to close it off.)
( How, though, I was managing to get good clearances with that much blockage is beyond me, but what do I know?)
Nothing else on my agenda for a few days, Dearies. I'm going to let my JB fend for himself in the kitchen tonight, and tomorrow I will sleep in, have some bed coffee, and video chat with Dr Melfi at 1:00. I'm hoping for a swimming pool day to get some exercise completed, but won't be too heartbroken if I have to stay in the Happy Chair stitching instead!
Thanks for bearing with me during my recent grumps. I know I've been out of sorts lately, and I haven't really figured out why, but I didn't want you to think I was trying to sneak it by you. Sometimes you get the bull. Sometimes you get the horns, I guess.
(Speaking of bulls and horns...am I the only one out here obsessing about Rip on Yellowstone? I never thought myself a cowboy kind if gal (especially given my proclivity for JB), but...hubba hubba. You gotta be some kind of dreamy to pull my attention away from Mr Costner, I tell ya!)
OK. Time to go behave myself for a bit. Happy Futzingday, Dearies! Come tell me all about what's got YOUR attention today!
Aug 11, 2020
So much for having a productive Tuesday. Buzzy and I were up at the crack of dawn for his three-month roto-rootering, and I am just wiped out. The poor surgeon got quite a workout trying to get through the stent and pushed hard enough to almost send me off the table and into the next room, but it's over now and we can rest.
There hasn't been any stitching the last few days, Dearies, so you'll need to bear with me until I get needle and thread back in hand. I did manage to get a piece of fabric ordered from Miss Linda at the House of Stitches for a new start, so as soon as it arrives I'll get it on the q-snaps and get going.
Time for bed, I think. There's still enough goofy juice in me that my eyes are heavy and my head is a bit swimmy.
Happy Tuesday! I hope things are swell in your corner of the world! Come tell me all about it!
Aug 10, 2020
Aug 8, 2020
Sorry to confuse everybody with this whole weight thing.
The bottom line is that I need to get back to the 240 range and be very careful to only gain 1-2 pounds of fluid in between treatments.
I gained a lot of weight quickly and missed a few treatments, so we figured a lot of it was fluid...thus the big attempt to pull a lot of fluid.
Turns out, though, that the weight was actual body weight, so pulling that much caused me to crash because it was below my "dry weight".
Now even I'm confused.
Here...let's make it easy on ourselves, Dearies.
I am being super duper careful again so that the post-treatment weight on Fridays goes down each week. Being super duper careful means watching what I eat, limiting my fluid intake, and increasing my exercise.
Today I had an egg white/turkey sausage English muffin sandwich, swam/flapped around in the pool for a half hour, and had rice cakes and a little cucumber/tomato/feta salad with balsamic for lunch.
So back on track...heading in the right direction, and determined to get there!