Monday, June 29, 2015

Hot Enough to Fry an Egg Outside

Good grief my part of the world is hot right now.  It was 110 on Sunday, by the time I went to bed at 10 pm it was 93 and I woke up at 6:30am this morning and it was 80 degrees out.  On top of the hot temps we've had some gusty winds and thunder storms.  Sadly there is a pretty good sized fire NW of us in Wenatchee, WA and several small fires around the area.  With our drought situation we are only allowed to water our lawns twice a week and with the 4th of July coming and idiots shooting off illegal fireworks I suspect our firemen are going to be extremely busy and exhausted.

Friday we went to Spokane for CR's scans and this Wednesday we should get the results.  In the meantime we got a call from the repair shop and it appears our car is finally in the assembly stage and we are hoping to have it back later this week.  Wow, that made our day.

I've healed up and am ready to put it all behind me.  I did see the orthopedic for foot and ankles this past week.  Three years ago I injured my left ankle and so I wore a boot for a couple of months that summer.  Boy did I hate that stupid boot, but I wore it and my ankle seemed fine, until lately.  About the last 9 months my ankle has gotten increasingly painful when I am at rest.  It's pretty much constant, so I decided to see him again thinking it might need a cortisone shot or perhaps a few weeks in that darn boot.  Well, after an x-ray and an MRI and a painful exam we discovered that my ligaments are not holding my ankle in place - darn thing is wiggly and floppy and has a tear and 3 ganglion cysts and a darn bone spur to add insult to injury.  I have 2 choices, wear a brace the rest of my life or have surgery to repair the issues.  Waiting to long could result in major tendon issues on top of it all.  So, since it's hot as hell out and we have no plans for the summer, I'm having ankle surgery.  I'll have a cast for about 6 weeks and won't be allowed to put my weight on it, then a walking boot and some PT.  I figured better to do it now than the winter - who wants to navigate slick surfaces with crutches.  I swear I just know how to mess myself up and have some fun.

On to some fun news.  I recently made 2 baby quilts.  One I'm going to quilt on my friend Kelly's long arm as it will be backed in minky fabric and I'm afraid of it slipping and having issues trying to quilt it on my sewing machine.  The other baby quilt I backed in flannel and finished sewing the binding on this morning:



I also made a few burp cloths that I found a free pattern for on the Internet.  


And 3 years ago I (wearing that darn boot), painted my sewing room and covered my ironing board with this fabric:


But after 3 years of spray starch and thread and a leaky iron, it was time to recover it.  So this afternoon I covered it with this fabric:


It's actually a darker yellow than it appears - almost an orange yellow.

Well that's what I've been up to lately, what have you been doing?

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Monday, June 22, 2015

Blueberry Pickin

It's that time of year.  Blueberries are ripe and picking is abundant.  All total we picked 56 pounds and froze most of them.  Cliff has blueberries in his oatmeal all year long and I do some baking and it's amazing how you truly use them all and are ready for picking season to begin.

Blueberries ready for the Freezer

A blueberry pie that didn't last long

A blueberry buckle, more cake like than a cobbler or crisp.  It was delicious.
I received a box in the mail from my Aunties - they told me they were sending me a "little" thank you for the wall hangings and cookies I sent to them.  There was nothing little about it and I was so excited when I opened the box and saw what it was:




Oh my goodness when I saw the Jim Shore boxes I couldn't get into them fast enough.  They spoil me!!  

Along with all that blueberry picking and baking, I finished my July Block of the Month Door Hanging early and I love how it turned out:


And for Fathers day I was able to get Blackberries at Farmers Market, so Cliff got a delicious blackberry pie:


And just because I haven't posted pictures of them for a while, here are the kids:

Chance man has taken to napping on the wicker chair in my sewing room, that is currently
hidden under a pile of fabric and a few wall hangings.

Maddie (shhhh, she has to go to the groomers this week and she won't be happy about that!)

Razzy - watching birds and napping and thankfully staying out of trouble for a few minutes!

Scotchie likes to hide in back of our bedroom door, I wish I knew why, but if you
can't find him in the usual spots, you'll find him there.
My shoulder is so much better and so is my neck.  I'm still doing one more session of PT, and seeing the massage therapist once a week.  The only issue at this point is my wrist.  I thought the problem with it was my shoulder just causing my whole arm to be weak and hurt, but it would seem there is more to the wrist than just the shoulder.  Ugh!

My car is still in repair, apparently one of the parts was bad so they had to reorder it and it didn't come in till Friday.  Please pray that they get it to painting this week and then assemble it and I get it back.  This week will be 2 months since the accident and I am so OVER the whole thing.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Six Week

It's been 6 very long weeks since my accident.  I've just started to feel like my neck and shoulder and collar bone will be okay.  Everything is moving again for the most part and not painful.  I give full credit to my wonderful massage therapist for that.  I also started PT this week to get range of motion back in my shoulder as it's just not what it was before the accident.

At this point I only know that the repairs on my car started at the end of last week, but it still needs to go to painting and assembly.  Ugh, probably another 2+ weeks till I see it.  The repair shop has had it longer than I did at this point.

I finally got my block of the month door hanging for June done on Wednesday.  It turned out really good.  I had messed up May's block so badly from stress and the car accident that I contacted the sellers and was able to get all the materials to remake it.  I'm excited to make it and have it look nice, The messed up version was embarrassing.


Last night we had the last of the Copper River (Alaska) Salmon.  It's my favorite of all the salmon and it's only available for a short time.  It tends to be expensive, but oh so worth it.


It's been so hot that I was craving my Grandmothers Lemon Fluff recipe, it is so cool and delicious and refreshing, so I made it yesterday.


It's supposed to be in the 90's today, rather than in the triple digits, hooray.  Tomorrow and through the weekend it's supposed to be in the 80's.  Man that sounds so good after all that heat.  And to make it even better, blueberry picking starts on Friday, so we'll be out in the fields picking blueberries to put in the freezer, and to make Cliff a Blueberry Pie for Fathers Day.

My next sewing room project is to get 2 baby quilts done.  Then I have some quilting on lap quilts I've made that are not complete yet.

So what are you sewing these days??

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam