Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
As I was happily scrolling through various blogs last night, DH came in and said "I don't feel well" which was quickly followed by "I want to go to the hospital".
Now, this particular DH does not like hospitals; in fact, he HATES them. So, volunteering for a trip to the hospital means it is BAD.
The hospital (Abington for those in the Philly area) was FABULOUS!!
The short version- not a heart attack. Rather, my DH and his gall bladder will be parting company- very soon. They gave us the option of doing it today, but I've never been a fan of weekend surgery unless it is essential.
So, he'll watch his diet, we'll see our GI doc ASAP, and very soon the little gall bladder will be no more.
This all also means that I've been up for 27 hours straight- so all that playing today and taking care of me is out the window.
And the "best" part? (That's sarcasm for those who weren't sure.) While I will make a gallant and valiant attempt to get some sleep, guess what today is? It's the BLOCK PARTY!!! 14 hours of fun and games for everyone on the block, with a DJ!
We're now at 5 weekends of some medical/illness effects and counting.
My luck just gets better and better- yeah!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Her final advice was that I had to start thinging of myself first. This is NOT something I am good at. I wasn't raised that way- I was raised totally to never think of myself first. I have a great many people to whom and for whom I am responsible and pushing those responsibilities lower on the priority list is really an unhappy and uncomfortable idea for me.
Intellectually I see the common sense in the advice. Emotionally it feels like abandonment of those I care about and who rely on me.
But, when what at first appeared to be a casual conversation turned to "you look like hell and here's why", well maybe I need to listen.
So, I promise to put me first for the next almost 48 hours (have to work Sunday afternoon for a while) and then what little is left of the weekend after that. I did bring work home, but maybe it'll just stay in my bag untouched all weekend.
In the meantime, there is also the stress of the PHILLIES!!!! I'm TOTALLY believing they CAN do it, but a little shaky on they WILL do it. Gotta dig out either a crochet project (I never crochet in hot weather so they're all put away) or a cross stitch project to keep my hands busy while I watch the game tonight.
I hope everyone has a GREAT weekend coming up!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
While searching through various stitching blogs recently I came across one I just LOVE. This lady is a riot! Her blog refers to stitching, but is about anything and everything. Check her out at StitchBitch.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
I've been tagged by my TAC angel, Bridgett! She has a really fun blog, Hoosier Card Angel Creations, which has lots of info about The Angel Company and their stamps but also lots of other fun stuff like challenges and blog candy contests.
So, here's the rules:
1.) Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2.) Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3.) Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4.) Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
So, here we go:
1) I've only ever owned two non-GM cars; both were seriously damaged in freak, non-moving "accidents". (The other one got fried by a direct hit lightning strike! Which I guess is way more out there than hit-and-run in the middle of the night.) Guess I should stick to General Motors?
2) I'm cross-dominant: I'm right handed, but left eyed, eared and footed- which came in handy for playing those pedals on the organ all those years ago!
3) I didn't get my ears pierced until I was 30.
4) I once met actress Patricia Neal on the ferry to Martha's Vineyard.
5) I rode the real Orient Express in 1972- although not in the kind of cabins seen in the movie! I was a poor college student at the time, and only rode the Venice-Simplon portion of the trip.
6) One of the things I miss most because of arthritis, fibromyalgia and age is waterskiing.
7) I was in my first show at age 5- I sang and danced to "Here Comes Suzie Snowflake" when the kids in the neighborhood really did put on a show in someone's garage. Shades of Judy and Mickey! Poor choice of song in retrospect- it was July!
Look for a Judy-Mickey youtube clip if I can find one!
OK- seven to tag, huh? I'll try not to "tag" people I've tagged before.
Off for that youtube search!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The Eagles won!
The Americans won the Ryder Cup! It's an athletic trifecta!
Sadly, today was the last day for Yankee Stadium. I have never been a real Yankees fan- they play in that other league, after all- but no one who grew up with my father misunderstood what that park and that team meant to America for his generation. Even while Broadway celebrated "Damn Yankees", there was no mistaking that Ruth and Gehrig and the rest of them were the real deal. In a world that today makes "icons" of twits and idjits, the term has lost its meaning and lustre, but in a more real world, they were it.
For all of us who love the game, The House That Ruth Built will never be equalled.
I loved this song the first time I heard it. She made us grin with delight watching her skate. It may be years later for both of them, but Barry Manilow still sings his songs with touching emotion and Dorothy Hamill is still grace personified on ice.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
If you look down my sidebar, you will find a new logo- Stop Copyright Abuse Now! Why this sudden, rather "loud" addition to my sidebar?
There has been an on-going problem for years now in the needlework industry. My favorite name for it is "pattern piggies", which, believe it or not, was originally a name a certain group gave ITSELF! Pattern piggies use modern technology to "share" needlework patterns. Now, "share" is such an innocuous word- sounds kindly and good, doesn't it?
It means that person "A" who has a needlework chart will scan it, then upload it to a "pattern piggies" group online. Then, everyone who belongs to this "pattern piggies" group can download and print out the chart rather than buying it.
We are all familiar with this problem from the major fuss about it over music downloads. Many people dismissed the seriousness of the issue because "musicians make millions". While that might be true- for a VERY small segment of the music industry- that doesn't make it right!
When this same stealing technology is applied to the needlework industry, the effects are devastating. Nobody in the needlework industry is making millions. Some are lucky if they are making a decent living; many are adding to the family income through a special talent.
Needlework charts each take weeks to months to design based on complexity. After printing, packaging, distribution and retail costs, each chart sold nets a designer only a dollar or two at most. So, EVERY chart that is stolen through a pattern piggie group make a BIG difference, especially since many of these groups have THOUSANDS of members! That's thousands of charts not sold and thousands of dollars of lost income.
Several years ago I was at a needlework industry event and learned a lot about this problem. I even joined a group dedicated to fighting against it and spent some time for a while trying to help with the effort. I am sad and embarrassed to report that I let my passion for this effort wane, and I have not been active for years in the fight.
Today, while following various links around the stitching blog world, I came across the blog of a needlework designer I knew. She is now working as a substitute school teacher because the "pattern piggies" have driven her out of business. Her blog tells of finding sites which are stealing her designs and her efforts to stop the theft- and of how she can no longer afford the massive drop off in her income combined with the time away from designing that protecting her work requires.
I wonder how many other designers I knew are out of the business for the same reason? Makes me mad, makes me sad.
Went to bed Thursday night around 10, feeling a little queasy and thinking, "oh, not AGAIN!" Woke up Friday feeling rotten. Took some meds, decided to sleep an extra hour and then try going to school. THAT didn't work. Less than 5 minutes on my feet, then it was back to bed. I don't remember anything except nausea and PAIN until this morning. DH and DS tell me I woke up a few times, whimpered for pain meds, then back to sleep.
I'm now 1/3 of the way through a cup of tea and waiting to see what happens next.
So far being sick every weekend has *only* cost me a scrapping weekend. However, considering that looming weekends include a stitching festival, a stamp festival and a wedding that I would be HEARTBROKEN to miss, this pattern had better STOP!!!!
More cheerful posting to resume as soon as I feel human again.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
My stitching time lately has been very limited. I did take that one project to the shore this summer but did not put a lot of time into it. More and more though, I am getting the urge to get back to my needle.
I think this invitation is going to push me over the edge.
One of the things I've been doing when I have time the last few days is checking out stitching blogs. Since I don't have much time, I haven't found a lot yet. Finally, though, I stumbled into a blog of someone I know from my stitching days- YIPPEE!!! That led me to another blogger I know, and so forth and so forth!
So, look for another new category in the sidebar in a few days- stitching blogs! As I find old friends, and new blogs that amaze me, I'll be adding them.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Then I noticed the debris field- small parts of my car on my car, on the sidewalk, on my LAWN! "Bleep, Bleep, Bleep- there are pieces of my car all over the place!!!!"
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
A while back a couple of us were talking about how our wedding albums had to be redone. When I got married 32 years ago, our photographer, a good friend, took wonderful pictures and gave us all the negatives. I made my own wedding album- WAY before scrapbooking as we know it today was popular. Well, *THE* thing in photo albums then was the "magnetic" album- which had nothing to do with magnets, but used thin clear sheets that lifted up for you to arrange your pictures and then stuck "magnetically" to cover the whole page. What the scrapbooking world and everyone else discovered about 25 years later is that these books degraded your pictures!
Once I learned about this, several years ago, I dis-assembled my original wedding album. Bought a new album, filler pages, lots of paper and assorted embellishments, etc. Had the whole "kit" together but never got around to actually making the new album. Then my friend and I in conversation learned we both had the same situations- ready to go but never done.
So, three of us planned "wedding album weekend"! It was gonna be SOOO much fun!
I didn't feel great when I got home yesterday- parts of the day were spent in too-hot rooms, I'd gotten drenched walking to my car, my stomach was queasy. But, I decided to go anyway- BAD DECISION!!!! As the evening progressed, I just got sicker and sicker. I don't know if it was something I ate during the day yesterday, getting soaked before the drive home, just a "bug"I picked up, or a combination of all of the above- but by late evening, I was SICK!!!
It just was not meant to be, I guess. I called DH about 8:30 to check in. When he asked how it was going I told him: "I'm sick, "C" can't find her wedding pictures, and "A" (who was planning to do online scrapping) can't get a signal on her laptop- other than that we're having a grand time".
I finally got so sick that I had to call DH and DS to drive out and bring me (and my car full of stuff) home. That was about midnight- needless to say, since DH had to go to work at 9AM today and DS had to leave around 8AM for a trip with friends to NYC today, NEITHER of them was particularly thrilled. We got home a little before 2 AM and I've been sleeping, with many "sick" breaks, ever since. I MUST say, that although they clearly did NOT love driving across several counties to rescue me, they were both wonderful about it!
So, that's how my weekend is going. Hopefully I will start to feel a little better sometime soon. I will, for sure, have to be more careful for a while, probably quite a while, as in DAYS, about what I eat. Right now I am waiting to see how a cup of tea and 6 crackers are going to behave. Whatever they decide to do, it is definitely time for more medicine and back to bed.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
My first trip "out of the country" was in 1970, a short trip to Montreal and Quebec. It was fabulous. THEY were fabulous!
Now, having seen it, I just GOTTA have that stamp set!
So, if anyone has a set they want to sell, if anyone knows anyone who wants to sell one, if anyone can think of any way for me to get this stamp set- PLEASE let me know!!!
PS- just sitting here at home reading blogs is turning into a potentially very expensive activity today!
Another reason to check it out is her link to a stamp company new to me, Whiff of Joy. The stamps are lovely and sweet. AND, there is one I MUST have; NOT "want", but MUST HAVE! Willow with Lantern is a simply gorgeous stamp and reminds me a LOT of one of the many UFOs (Un-finished objects) in my needlework pile- one I WILL finish some day- called Celtic Christmas, by Marilyn Leavitt-Inblum.
More on MLI one day soon, but for now, definitely check out Suzanne's blog candy and the really nice stamps at Whiff of Joy!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Tomorrow is the Eagles' first game- so its PARTY TIME!
Hope I can enjoy it.GO EAGLES!!!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
So he came home. The finger is not too badly swollen as he was so careful to keep the hand up and the finger iced, but it is dramatically bruised. Tomorrow morning its off to the clinic for evaluation. Fortunately, its his right hand and he is a leftie.
So, he's in a lot of pain, there is nothing I can do for him except give him advil, and it's going to be a LONG night around here.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
But, I really, REALLY learned a lot of valuable and sometimes fascinating stuff at the meeting, so it was worth it!
So, I'm going to take some proactive cold medicine and get to bed early- just as soon as I iron for tomorrow and finish my evening routine.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Lots of meetings today. Most of them in hot rooms. Too tired to write or think.
So, here's a few blogs to check out:
Monday, September 1, 2008
I've removed my summer reading list from the sidebar- and added a Christmas countdown.
School starts tomorrow.
DH and I finished it off with a nice evening out to dinner and met up with DS and some of his friends. So, our last summer memory is a happy one.
Only 284 days until next summer!
And the world fell in love with Judy Garland in this scene.