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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

And More Medical...

I suppose you are getting tired of hearing about my medical problems... well, not nearly as tired as I am HAVING them!

Had a little mishap while trying to hang a hummingbird feeder yesterday... had to go in to see my dr., seems I have a damaged miniscus, and he scheduled arthroscopic knee surgery... right knee... it's June 16th. In the meantime, ice on it periodically, elevation, Tylenol, Celebrex and a Lidocaine patch on the knee at night...

Now I'll shut up about that!

Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day...


Thank you to all the men and women who have served and are now serving our country.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Just Too Hot...

It's too hot... too hot to work outside, too hot to sew, too hot to do anything... Yueck!

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Where's the Camera?????

I'm beginning to believe that I should carry my camera on a cord around my neck ALL the time! I was out watering my flowers, and this little hummingbird came along and started playing in the spray from the hose! I just froze ...kept the spray in the same spot on one of the newly planted shrubs ...and he played, washed himself, sat on a little twig and drank, preened himself, hovered back and forth close to the water, it was the cutest thing EVER! I could hear the 'whirrrr' of his wings above the noise of the water. His red throat was just brilliant!

Sewing Project...


Above is the tulle 'overskirt' I cut from the original dress. I will layer this tulle and lace over the satin sections. I'm crossing my fingers that my plan will work...

This is a front and back of the dress sewn together at side seams. I will serge the seams so there will be no raveling. Notice the pattern direction sheet to the right... the pattern is over 30 years old, and the paper is all yellowed. Also, there are two sheets of directions, and they are both the SAME! The second page is missing! So I am guessing at a lot of the steps from here on.



Above is one of the yokes. Fronts and backs are sewn together, and some of the lace from the original bodice is sewn on to the fronts. Each one looks a little different, because of the section of lace I used.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Current Sewing Project...

A friend has a lot of faith in me... She gave me her 25 year old wedding dress and asked me to take it apart and make three christening dresses with it. She has three children in college, none are married or even engaged yet. However, she wants to have a christening dress ready for each of them for their future children!

Sometimes it makes me REALLY nervous that people trust me like that...

I mean, let's face it. I could make a real botch of this project. Already I've had to modify the only pattern I could find for a christening dress in order to have enough fabric to make all three.

It took me three days just to take the wedding dress apart...it is two layers...a white satin overlaid with tulle and lace. Then I washed the satin parts, first using a stain remover on the spots where someone spilled coffee or something on her at the wedding dinner. The fabric came out really nice and clean and I've cut out all the pieces (three times) for the dress and bonnet.

Then I've been removing the lace inserts from the tulle to use on the bodice of each dress and on the bonnets.

When I'm finished, I'll post pictures. (IF it works out....)

All the Better to See You With...

After finally getting over that pneumonia, bronchitis, crud I had for so long, I was bothered by an eye irritation in my left eye. I look like I've been on a long bender or something... bloodshot, puffy lid, mattery,... Not a pretty sight, folks!

The eye drops I was using were not helping. So....finally saw my eye dr. yesterday. He was a little upset with me for waiting so long to see him. (It's been like this for over 3 weeks). Turns out I have 'bacterial conjunctivitis'. He said there was a very real danger of 'compromising the cornea and retina'. OK. So he prescribed an antibiotic/steroid-laced eye drop solution to be used four times a day, and in between use my other eye drops. AND he wants to see me again in a week! He's normally a very laid-back, calm sort of person, but he was more than a little agitated and VERY serious in his lecture to me!

SO....I guess I haven't gotten any smarter in my old age, just older.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Rain, Rain, Come Again...

We need some rain! The pollen and dust in the air is horrendous! It gets in your eyes and irritates. It gets in your throat and makes you cough. Mother Nature, please tell the trees to stop having sex!!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

A New Day...

Thanks to everyone for their kind comments and suggestions! And Erin, I disabled the comment verification JUST FOR YOU!!! It drives me nuts, too. So if I start to get a lot of 'comment spam', I'll blame it all on you!

Weather is HOT!! Sure hope we get some of the rain that MIGHT come tonight.

Can't think of anything exciting to say at all... maybe next time!

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Blog Peeves...

I love blogging. I love reading other's blogs. I love commenting. I love getting comments...
BUT...here's my peeve -

I visit/read/comment on several blogs. Many of those I visit have never visited/commented on my blog!

What is the protocal here? If I was walking down the street and met someone I knew, said 'hello, how are you? I love your new haircut/shirt/whatever' and that person just ignored me, wouldn't that be considered bad manners? What's the deal? Are they too busy? Is my blog just plain boring? Am I too old to be doing this? Do I need to add more interesting photos/content/jokes?

Help! I am open to suggestions!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Body Worlds...


'Body Worlds (German title: Körperwelten) is a travelling exhibition of preserved human bodies and body parts which are prepared using a technique called plastination to reveal inner organs or structures.'
The exhibit states that its purpose and mission is the education of laymen about the human body, leading to better health awareness. All of the human plastinates are willing donors who wished to be of use even after their own deaths. The original Body Worlds exhibit consisted of about 25 full body plastinates with expanded or selective organs shown in positions which enhanced the role of certain systems. Cased in glass amidst the upright bodies are over 200 specimens showing an array of real human bodies, some with various medical conditions. For example, there are bodies with prosthetics such as artificial hip joints or heart valves; a liver with cirrhosis; and the lungs of a smoker and non-smoker placed side by side.

(I couldn't get the link to work. This is from Wikipedia)

Does anyone else find this just a little gross, unsettling, and just plain awful? I get the idea. Let's have a close look at the human body...how it works...how it is coordinated...how the different systems work...but come on, folks. Can't we do it with plastic models?
Who had the idea to cut up Uncle George and display his bones, muscles, and guts?

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Cortisone vs. Pain...

Saw the orthopedic surgeon today. Bless his heart...he gave me a cortisone injection in the right knee (which has been killing me)! I hate to say it, but it already feels about 90% better!!! I've had about a dozen injections in the left knee over the last 5 years, but this is the first time for the left.
Modern medicine is amazing!!! Now I can look forward to being able to work in my flower beds for more than an hr. at a time. I'm sure they will appreciate that!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Courage...

Courage does not always roar.
Sometimes, it is the quiet voice
at the end of the day saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."

- Anonymous

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day...there was a time I thought that I would never BE a mother. My husband and I tried and tried to be parents... I had two miscarriages, then a pregnancy that lasted well into the sixth month. Even though I was sick during it, and cramping, and spotting, we were SO excited! Then, one horrible night, my water broke, quick trip to the Base Hospital (we were at Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba). After 18 hours of labor, our son came...too early...I went home with empty arms.
A few years later, we were in Duluth, where my husband was a Navy recruiter. Medical care was much more reliable, and I went through a series of tests and 'procedures' to find out why I couldn't have a baby. Finally, after a 'laparoscopy', we were told: "Sharon, you have a double uterus. Neither side is large enough or capable of carrying a fetus to full term..." Why a 'double' uterus?" He had no answers...other than I could have been twins!

So we applied for adoption and waited and waited and waited... then came the phone call that changed our lives - "We have a little boy for you!" He was 7 weeks old, blonde, blue-eyed, the most beautiful child I had ever seen! And I was a MOTHER!!! I can't explain how blessed I felt! I stopped teaching so that I could be a full-time mother.
Five years later, we adopted a little girl, brown eyed, brown curly hair, and our family was complete! She was also 7 weeks old when she came to be part of our family.
Adoption workers try very hard to 'match' babies with the right families. My husband and I are short people - I'm less than 5 feet, and he is 5 feet 4 inches. Our son is now 6 ft. 2 inches, and our daughter is 5 ft. 11 inches! People ask us about this discrepancey, and we tell them: "Our children are adopted, and we asked for the large economy size!"
Both children have been a joy. Yes, there have been ups and downs with raising them, but that is true for natural children also.
I wouldn't give them up for anything in the world!!!!!!
I thank God every day for letting me be their mother!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Good News!!!

My dr. just called with the results of my CT scan....

Everything is clear!!! No cancer!!! Praise the Lord!!!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Dreams...

Last night I had a wonderful dream...or series of dreams... Each person I dreamed about is now gone... so it was very special...
I dreamed that I was back in my little home town, looking through things in the 'dime' store. My father, who passed away over 20 years ago, was there and asked me what I was looking for... I said "Just something small, hand-made." and then I found a little hand-woven basket with a lid. "Here is what I need." He looked at me with a twinkle in his eye, and said, "You'll always get what you need, Sharon." I walked out of the store, feeling SO good.
Then I dreamed of my mother, who has been gone for 2 years. She asked me if I could alter a dress for her so that her masectomy wouldn't be obvious. I told her I would try. She said "I know you can do it, Sharon."
Then, I dreamed that Mamma Cass Elliot, who is also deceased, was singing to me. She was singing that lovely song, "Dream a Little Dream of Me".
I don't know what to think of this dream marathon, except that when I woke up this morning I felt better than I have in many days.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Health Matters II...

Set my alarm for 5:30, because my appointment in Park Rapids (35 miles from here) was at 7:15. I actually woke up at 6:00, alarm clock just binging away... never done that in my LIFE!! So I rushed to get dressed. Had taken my shower last night, but no time for make-up or do anything to my hair except comb it... oh well, I made it in time. Have you ever had a CT scan? Honking big machine!!! But nice young girl to take my blood (they check if you are allergic to the dye they inject for the scan). Then another nice young girl injected the dye in my right hand. "You'll feel warm all over with this." She was right.
There is a voice that comes out of the machine telling you 'breathe normally', and then 'hold your breath'. Interesting. The big doughnut slides over you, humming along, and then it's over. "Your dr. will have the results in three days."

I left the hospital and headed for Hardee's drive through for a hot chocolate. Then back to Walker, stopped for some groceries, and to pick up two sewing jobs.
Now I'm going to relax the rest of today. Probably sew and watch a couple Harry Potter movies.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Health Matters...

Tomorrow at 7:15, I will be at the Park Rapids Hospital having a CT scan on my lungs. The clinic here in Walker has taken Xrays twice in the last month, but something is not right. My dr. thought it was the pneumonia, but now it may be something else. SOOOOO..... I would appreciate any good thoughts you can send my way...

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Soar Like An Eagle...

Two eagles circling over our place the other day... wish I had a good telephoto lens! I am currently using this photo on my desktop. Click on the picture to see it larger. (Course you probably already know that...)

Motherhood...

This picture was taken 12 years ago, when Bridget was a new mother. Sony is on the left, Tiny on the right. They are about four weeks old here. That is a yellow tennis ball between the two pups... If Bridget looks confused/disgusted/upset/tired... well, I think she felt all of those emotions more than once. She was a very good mother, however. We bred her to SELL puppies and make some money. Yah, right. Twelve years later, Sony and Tiny are still with us.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Lunch Anyone?

Sorry about the quality of this...it's a scan of a photocopy. This dog belongs to a lady in my husband's office. She and her husband have a cabin in a remote area of Canada. Her husband shot this squirrel and their dog brought it to them like this. He just looks SO proud of himself!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Spring...

This is the only 'checkered lily' or Fritillaria that has survived in my rock garden. I look for it each spring, hoping that it will come back and it did! After the crocuses are done, there is about a week to wait for it, but it is worth it. If anyone has any tips on how to get it to spread, please let me know!

The first tulips! The rose bushes on either side are beginning to show some life, so hope they do OK. My rhododendron is full of blooms also, but haven't taken a picture yet.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Cats...


I had to copy Loralee...this is a picture of our cat, MISTER. Yes, it is always in capital letters! He is gone now, but he was something else! He was the king of this house... he regularly put the dogs in their place by popping them on their heads so hard that their heads would literally bounce off the carpet! And he was fast! He would run down the hallway, making a grumbling/purring/whining noise then jump about 5 feet in the air and slide down a door jamb. Why? We never knew... He was a very big cat, weighed almost 20 lbs. His favorite position was lying in the middle of the living room floor on his back. We called him 'the cat rug' because his tummy and fur would spread out like a bearskin rug.
We still miss him...

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Wonderful Teacher...



Today was the last class of the year... Dr. Morgan took a picture of Erin and me. Don't you LOVE her haircut???? It was really hard to say good-bye to her... I'll see her again next fall, she will be a Grad student!!!
Then Dr. Morgan let Erin take a picture of us together. I have learned SO much from this gentleman. He constantly encouraged me to go beyond my 'comfort zone'! By doing that, I learned much more!
I'll be taking one more class from him next fall...I can't wait!

(I edited this to say 'Erin and ME'...can't believe I made that mistake!)

Monday, May 01, 2006

Last Class...

Tomorrow is my last class for 'Web Content Writing'. As usual, I have learned a great deal, enjoyed the projects, and will be sad to say good-bye to classmates...
I baked peanut butter cookies to bring. Dr. Morgan told us at the beginning of the semester that no food was allowed in the lab...however...HE brought doughnuts a couple of times!
I hate to say good-bye, though. Just hope I don't embarrass myself or my classmates by getting teary!