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Monday, February 15, 2010

Getting There



Had my fifth cortisone shot today and nearly hit the ceiling - just after my doctor had told me I was the patient who never flinched! Not a good idea to jump when a needle is in your wrist. The three middle fingers on my left hand felt like they were stuck in a light socket when the injection began.  My dr, RN and I burst out laughing when I realized "Oh sh-t - we're going to have to do this again aren't we?" Second try was fine. I'm allowed limited computer time now. YEAH!

I'm going to continue wearing splints at night but not more than four hours during the day.  Instead, I'm to work on strengthening my hands by squeezing a ball or silly putty.  My left thumb bends well now with no pain; the right one is better.  At least the pea-sized nodule at the base of the tendon is gone.

I can't wait to get back to stitching.  In the meantime, I'll share a couple of snow photos I took recently.

 From top left:
  1. Brick wall in our back yard.
  2.  Numa dog LOVES snow!
  3. I love the texture of dogwood bark.
  4. Carolina blue sky
  5. These little birds are on a hose guard, but we've always used it for decoration only.

The roof of this birdhouse is a license plate from my home state - Illinois.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Heart Quilts Featured

I was delighted to find two of my heart quilts today on Dawn Goldsmith's blog, Subversive Stitchers, Women Armed with NeedlesHold on My Heart....Throw Me a Lifeline and "We Fix Broken Hearts" were first shown last fall when I wrote a guest blog for Dawn. 

Click on the link below and scroll down a bit. You'll see a couple more heart designs too.

I'm doing pretty well staying off the computer (per doctor's orders) but wanted to share this.  Hope you're all safe and warm. 

Friday, February 5, 2010

North Carolina Quilt Symposium

The North Carolina Quilt Symposium  will be held in Charlotte June 3-6.  Registration is open now.  Go to:  http://www.charlottequiltersguild.org/ for complete details.

Orchid Spectacular

I can't keyboard long enough for details, but there is a great exhibition this weekend at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, Belmont NC.  Orchid quilts, created by talented members of Fiber Art Options, will be on display.  The artists will be giving demos tomorrow from noon until four with walk-throughs on the hour.

For a sneak preview, go to Susan Brubaker Knapp's blog:


Monday, February 1, 2010

Doctor's Orders

Following my 4th cortisone shot this morning, my doctor said, "I want you to rest your hands for two weeks.  That means no fine sewing, no needles, no keyboarding.  We want to get rid of the trigger thumbs and carpal tunnel."  I kinda sorta promised......starting tomorrow.  I had to finish an order tonight.

I'm going to try my very best to follow my doctor's orders.  So far her conservative treatments have really helped. 

This fabric has never been washed.  I found just over two yards of it on a recent outing.

Every once in a while I may sneak in a photo - like this great Indonesian batik found at my favorite thrift store. But for now I'll say "auf Wiedersehen."