Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tomorrow is the Big Day

Tomorrow, Thursday - May 29th is the big day - finally a new knee that will keep me walking and shopping for fabric for years to come.

I just heard from the hospital and I am to report in at 7:45 in the morning.

This morning I started my day with a 7:20am appointment with my massage therapist and it was heaven.  Once home my CPM machine arrived.  CPM stands for Continuous Passive Movement.  The doctor wants me to use it 8 to 10 hours a day.  I'll have one in the hospital as well.  They start it out bending your knee 80 degrees and in the 3 weeks I'll be using it I will need to get it up to 120 degrees bending my knee.  I'll be in PT as well during that time and for a few weeks after.

Here is my new best friend:

Maybe I should call it Captain - as it's going to be in charge of me for a while, haha

 
While I was having fun in my sewing room and starting a new and very special quilt, CR was busy outside.  We bought a new outside light fixture to replace the old one.  New siding just required a new fixture:
 

 
And this morning we got a very pleasant surprise - Scotchie and Rascal were laying in the sun together and a few minutes later all 3 of the boys were playing with each other.  We still may have some tussles, but it's getting better with each day and it's so nice to see.
 
Scotchie and Rascal
Rascal LOVES toys more than any cat we've ever had and he is constantly playing.  Our other boys have gotten in on the action, while they're not as playful as Rassie, they've been having some fun too.  Chanceman turned 11 this past week and he's been chasing around the house with Rassie.
 
Well that is it for now.  I'll be in the hospital about 3 days and once I'm home and can focus on the screen I will post how I'm doing.
 
Happy Stitches and Hugs!!
Tam


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

My Little Maddie

Went outside to chat with CR a bit this afternoon and Maddie came out with me.  I saw that the Rhody was in full bloom finally so I wanted to take some pictures of it.  I also got some adorable pictures of my little puppy love:

 
 


She's so funny, she used to love to let me take her picture, but as she's gotten older she typically looks away, at least she gave me one look that I could capture.  She's wearing her pretty new collar that we picked up for her after her bath and haircut last week. 

I took a picture of our Rhody a few days ago before it was fully bloomed.  Today was the day for full bloom and beauty:




Here's a picture of it from our bedroom window - it's lovely to look out and see this view in the mornings:


CR thinks it's getting to tall and should be cut back, I disagree, I love it, but I may not win that discussion.  Oh well, if he must, he must, but I won't like it!!

My CPM will be delivered between 9 and 10 am tomorrow.  CPM is a Continuous Passive Movement Machine that the doc wants me to have my knee in for 8 to 10 hours (probably when I'm sleeping) each day or night for 3 weeks.  I'll also have one in the hospital to use.  It's a great device in that it moves your knee in a bend and straight position and since I don't want to let scar tissue freeze my knee up, I'll be using mine religiously.  I'll post a picture tomorrow of what it looks like.  When CR had both of his knees done, they only had you on one while you were in the hospital, my how times have changed.

I was so focused on my to do list that I finished it yesterday.  Everything on it is done, whoohoo.  Problem with that is keeping myself busy and not thinking about Thursday.  Today I worked on a very special quilt for someone very special and that is all I can say about that for now.  I might work on it some more tomorrow if I can concentrate, or I might just embroider as it's a bit more forgiving if I make a mistake or two or three.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Monday, May 26, 2014

Rhubarb Custard Pie

A few weeks ago I saw this recipe and I think I saw it on Facebook, or a link that was on Facebook, darn if I can remember.  The thing is I tried it last weekend and then yesterday I made another one for CR.  He thinks it is the all time best Rhubarb pie he's ever eaten.  So I thought I'd show you a picture and share the recipe and I'm so sorry I can't give proper credit to where I got it.


Rhubarb Custard Pie

Ingredients:
Preheat Oven to 425 Degrees

Pastry for a 9 inch pie plate (I'll admit it right now I use Pillsbury cuz I hate to make pie crust)

3 large eggs
3 tablespoons milk
1 3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour

Beat this together and then add 4 cups of sliced rhubarb and combine.

Go ahead and add this to the crust,

Topping:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour

Use a pastry blender or forks to blend that cold butter into the brown sugar flour mixture until it is crumbly. 

Spread the topping over the pie

Bake for 40 to 50 minutes until a knife inserted comes out clean

Hope you enjoy this as much as CR does!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Last of the Outside Work

When they were doing the siding on the house, it was discovered that the grass had grown past the foundation and was on the siding.  Well that made it fun for the guys putting the siding on and the painters.  But they got it done.  So CR knew we needed to do something to stop that from happening in the future.  He called our wonderful lawn guy Carlos and discussions, measurements, staring at the problem took place.  Typical man stuff.  Carlos had a great idea and yesterday he and his two sons went to work.  They dug out the sod (and a lot of left over tree roots from a couple of trees that were taken down), they put a fabric barrier down to inhibit growth of grass and weeds, they put a curbing type of material against the grass and then filled in with river rock.  We couldn't be happier and we think it looks really nice.  And a great option for a big problem too!!





The best part was that CR didn't have to do the work himself, it would have taken him a lot longer than the 4 hours it took Carlos and his sons and truly he's not as young as he used to be and jobs like this are a lot easier for two young men to do.

I wanted to show you a picture of our Rhody - it's just lovely this year and they were so careful of it when the siding went on and the paint, etc. 


I woke up with my back hurting yesterday, it took my breath away with every move I made.  Today it's a bit better, but it's still bothering me.  I know it's from walking funny because of my knee.  CR helped me finish the utility cabinets in the kitchen and we are ready for the new cabinets, whoohoo.  But first, a new knee this Thursday.  I'd be lying to you if I said I wasn't nervous about it.  I have my list completed of all the things I wanted to accomplish before the surgery.  The only thing left to do is clean the kitchen, bathrooms, vacuum, and mop.  Those are just my normal weekly chores, so I'll probably do them tomorrow.  Today I'm taking it easy and baking a rhubarb pie for my honey and play a bit in my sewing room.  I baked cookies and got them in the freezer last week and I promised CR one last pie before surgery.

Hope you all are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend.  Lots of people on the road traveling, camping, etc this weekend.  We tend to stay at home on major holiday weekends and avoid the traffic and craziness.  So how about you, what are you up to this weekend??

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Friday, May 23, 2014

Busy Days

Well the kitchen is pretty much empty except for the absolute necessities.  Even the junk drawer is empty.  The only cabinets left are those above the washer and dryer and I might leave those for CR to do.  We have plenty of time for those few.  Thought you might like to see my handy work:




Only a few empty shelves remain for the essentials and for the Espresso machine and latte making supplies.

CR and I picked out a new house numbers display that is reflective at night so people can see our house numbers.  We think it looks really nice.


Maddie was watching me - she's been watching my every move.  All the kids know something is up, it's just not normal for all the stuff in the kitchen to be taken out of that room and put in another.  She will be beside herself next week when I go to the hospital and stay for about 3 days.  Well I won't be any happier about it myself, hospitals suck, but it must be done.

Rascal has taken to napping on CR's computer chair.  I don't know what it is about that chair but all 3 cats are enamored with it.   Rascal surely lives up to his name and then when he's napping, he's so sweet, so innocent - almost angelic - ALMOST.  Did I tell you that we took him in for shots this past week and he went from 5 pounds 12 ounces to a hefty 8 pounds.  He is by no means chubby, he's just not skin and bones now.  He's got all his shots, he's been wormed and that culture came out well, he's been neutered and he's good till his next appointment in a year.  Someone dumped a wonderful pet and I'm so thankful they dumped him here!!  He still has to snuggle my neck and purr and several times a day.  Such a love!!

 
 
He's getting along better with everyone, but there is still room for improvement.  Oh and the doggy has such a fluffy tail - that gets him into so much trouble!!

We are tired at this house and hoping to relax a bit this weekend.  For most it's a long holiday weekend, so tell me will you go somewhere or will you stay home? 

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Paint

Today the painters came.  We have a light grey house with a dark grey trim.  I can't believe how darn good our 70 year old home looks.  Of course it's looked good for many years, why you ask - it's paid for!!  But it looks better now and I'm glad we've finally been able to feel good and tackle these upgrades.  Long time in coming and so glad to be getting it done!!




 




And soon a new kitchen.  But before that, in 7 days to be exact - a week from today, I'll have my new knee.  Meanwhile the kitchen cupboards are darn near bare and CR won't have to much to do to empty it out for the re-model when the time comes.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New Siding

Today was the day we got our house sided.  The crew arrived at 7am, which meant I was up, showered and ready to go at 5am because I had a dentist appt. and a haircut on top of everything else going on.  We had pulled the 5th wheel out so that we could hang out in there with the kids, because who wants a headache from all the banging on the house, right!  And our fur babies would have been so freaked out by it all, no way would we allow that.

I thought I'd bore you with before, during and after pictures, but first a serious of pictures with Maddie and Rascal looking out the screen door of the 5th wheel:


Gee Dawg, what is going on
 
What are all those peoples doing to our house Dawg


You know for a Dawg, you're not to bad


In fact I might just like you, how about a kiss


Wow Dawg, you have the worst breath - I'm not gonna kiss you again!!
And now for some house pictures - I'll try to keep them at a minimum.  The crew started at 7, had the old siding off by 9 and finished with everything they had to do by 3:30.  The painters will be here on Thursday.
 
Before - old siding



 
Old siding is removed


 
Protective wrapping before putting the new siding on:


 
New siding, smaller (in some areas) window trim, new house vents, etc


The paint will be a light grey house with a dark grey trim.  We are so pleased with how it looks and so happy with the guy and his crew - Steve, owner of Exteriors II who did the work.

Tomorrow we will find a new outside porch light and we also need to buy all the cabinet and drawer pulls for our new kitchen.  We have to have them before the kitchen install and I'm not going to care about it after surgery, so we need to get it done before.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Peanut Butter

Apparently it is fascinating to watch the doggy eat a peanut butter kong.  At one point it looked like Rascal would fall off the table he was so interested in the process:





Good thing he didn't want to taste the kong or Maddie would have told him what for!!

I forgot to share the garden embroidery I finished -- when I say finished, I got the borders around it and it's hanging up.  I love how it turned out.


Rascal and Scotchie were playing a bit together yesterday.  It's not a huge break through, but at least Scotch isn't trying to pick a fight.  Perhaps we will reach a peace accord in the house one day soon.  After all that play, Rascal was so tried, he went to CR's computer chair and he looks like he's being held up for all his catnip, haha.

This is a stick up, wake up and give us all your catnip!!

Dusting is done, busy day ahead with a couple of appointments and more emptying out of kitchen cabinets.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam