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My life in a nutshell…or in this case 2 nutshells or even possibly 5 nutshells…hard to tell at this point. no cry for sympathy here - just letting you know that if i insist on juggling a carton of eggs all at one time - there is going to be a little yolk spatter...
And so…it started and then it spiraled out of control and then the ship righted itself and then it capsized again and although I’m doing everything I possibly can to stick a fork in it – bottom line is – I’m done…I’m calling “uncle” – at least for now.
This episode started back in mid-october of 2016 when I dropped a floor stand off the highest point of a metro rack on my left ankle bone and cut the skin. After realizing that I had not broken my leg and that I could walk 60 miles in Dallas two weeks later, I put antiseptic cream on the wound, applied a dressing and waited for it to heal. It never did – scabbed over and then as the months progressed, got more and more red, leg got swollen; I stuffed it into a shoe and did walk the 60 miles in 3 days in Dallas and came home to a husband who (blessedly) had been moved up on the surgical schedule by 2 months for a full hip replacement. I spent the next 2 weeks getting ready for the surgery, finding/cleaning/borrowing all the equipment needed and doing as much as I could because at this point, Bruce had pretty well was rendered helpless – he could barely move. Hip replacement was Thanksgiving Friday, he came home Thanksgiving Saturday in the early evening (after my rescue dogger boy Bennie-Ben Ben of 9 months had been picked up by his forever parents that morning) and then the fun started. I slept on a palette on the floor for 5 weeks – me and the doggers because they had to be with dad in the same room and so did I because he was trying to get up every 2 hours and sit in a chair and then he needed to lie down again – and if you’ve ever “nursed” a patient with hip replacement…it’s almost as fun as nursing somebody with full knee replacement which I’ve done twice. So, I was awake every two hours for 5 weeks and working and trying to get everything done because he couldn’t – couldn’t shower by himself, couldn’t drive, had follow up appointments, surgical appointments, developed a hematoma at the surgical site that was the size of a naval orange – almost had to go back into surgery…blah blah blah, dogs to be fed, everything that two people do to keep a household running ended up in my lap because my partner-in-crime was not capable of doing anything to help me help him – understandably so.
In the meantime, my left leg continued to swell and swell and swell to the point I could barely get it into a shoe. Finally the week between Christmas and NY husband was well enough to leave alone for a bit so I went to the doctor who took a look at the mess attached to my left leg and ordered 2000 mgs a day of antibiotics on a 10 day regime. Fast forward 10 days – leg hadn’t changed one little bit – email to doc – another 2000 mgs a day for 10 days. At the end of 20 days an appointment was in order – certainly there was no infection there – so primary care physician took one look and decided I needed to go to dermo – that appointment required one look at my leg to determine that I needed to go to wound care – and that is where I have been since the middle of January. I have had enzyme bee honey wound care, compression wrapping from toes to knee (try THAT party in 100 degree heat, more enzyme bee honey wound care, more compression wrapping, compression stockings, elevated leg, trying to sleep with elevated leg, silver infused mesh fibers that go over the wounds and under the wrappings – the entire repertoire of fun and exciting things – even including three satellite wounds around the initial wound that came from the adhesive in the very expensive wound coverings they were using. It seems, and I’m knocking wood here, that I have finally turned the corner and I might only have 2 more appointments and then they can discharge me from wound care. BUT this has been a huge part of my life for months now, stopped me from going to Nashville Market the first part of March because wound care literally grounded me from flying any farther than 1,500 miles which made Nashville just out of reach.
While all of this has been going on – I have been hit by a fraud/thief on ebay who has purchased quite a bit of stuff from a number of vendors on ebay and then filed unauthorized chargeback claims thru paypal when the 90 days had lapsed at ebay to find tracking numbers. She is quite the scam artist and there are many of us who have been hit – PayPal has protected me and I thank them but it still grinds me that somebody would be able to get away with this on multiple levels and with multiple victims and it appears she’s still at it. The old “legal” in me (keep the documentation, make notes) is the only thing that saved me from taking an almost $500 hit but others were not so lucky I’m afraid however the frustration and angst is a hard thing to quell.
3 of my dogs have been hit with the dog flu, my little Daisy Buchanan decided that severe tonsillitis was a good thing to get - yes, dogs can get it too, one of my rescues (my first foster failure) tried to poke her eye out at the same time (yes, I saved it), my 3rd foster failure decided that digging out under our fence was just a wonderful entertainment – after she had a case of pancreatitis and the fence episode required almost 80 bags of mulch, 100 feet of chicken wire and our defunct wood pile to secure the one side of our yard she was bound and determined to dig under, our gardener of 17 years decided to retire when a project that came about because of the drought had not been completed either a) on time or b) to my satisfaction (see 80 bags of mulch above) and I had nut grass coming up everywhere and had to find a new gardener on top of everything else.
My computer at work decided to have a complete and total melt down – the entire operating system decided to die with very little warning at all – you don’t even want to know what kind of mess that turned out to be –fixable but when you’re in the middle of it all – lord love a duck – it starts to feel like the world was just trying to kill me.
Combine that with a lot of personal goings on – people I love dearly having unspeakable things happen in their lives and being helpless to fix or help and only being able to “be there when needed”; such a feeling of helplessness that I am not used to dealing with and honestly I don’t do it very well at all – but that’s what there was to do.
And last but not least – starting the middle of April on the Thursday just before our finishing weekend – I received what I thought was a crank call at work – telling me that I owed the IRS $31K plus in payroll taxes – and did the caller just want to help me “take care of it” because she knew that the IRS’ letter to me was on the way – thankfully a dear friend was sitting at the table and when I got off the phone we did a search and managed to find the caller’s phone number on the phone handset, wrote down her name and the company she was calling from and I took that info home for Bruce. It sat on his desk for a few months, and the daily question that we giggled about every time he went to the mailbox was whether my IRS letter had come sort of faded into the woodwork as the month of May came and went. Well, you guessed it – the IRS love note landed in our mailbox about the first of June, the $$ amount matched perfectly, we called the IRS agent listed in the letter who happened to be in North Carolina and sure enough – my corporate I.D. had been hacked by somebody in NC (surprise, that’s where the original caller was from) and they had put in a claim for the payroll taxes in that exact amount. The paper waiting so patiently on Bruce’s desk now came flying off that desk and we provided all that information to the NC IRS Agent and now the case has been referred back to an IRS agent here in California and we play the game of waiting for the IRS here to call us. We are totally cleared of any liability but it really does make you catch your breath.
It hasn’t all been hard choices and tough decisions…Lady Dot Creates is having a banner year – we were so lucky to have adorned beautiful quilts that went to Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis a couple of weeks ago and have had inquiries from more quilt designers since Quilt Market finished. We’ve added two new colors to our ever expanding line – Grape Fizz and the newest one – Bird Nest – we’ve added a smaller rick rack at the behest of a counted thread designer in a color she requested – we’ve had a wonderful response to our collaboration with Hands On Design – Cathy was absolutely fabulous to work with and we produced a very successful kit that sold out almost immediately. Lady Dot Creates is now working on hand-dyed 100% cotton velveteen yardage and is having a wonderful time stocking her Etsy shop too… more on that later…
Unfortunately in all this craziness – what has suffered is the updating of the website plain and simple - no excuses. I’m working 12-15 hours a day – I’m up at 5:30 every morning – even weekends because I’m in training for this coming November’s Dallas walk – I am determined to get my 20 year anniversary pin from a vendor in some park or along some walkway in Dallas – I cut chenille/rick rack, I dye colors, package, ship, ebay, shop work – it never stops – I am in the shop by 7 every morning and stay until the mail pickup at 2:45 and then head home and work until at least 7 and sometimes later and it just isn’t enough. Am working on getting some help, rearranging my work space with the help of a dear friend’s organizational brain to make better use of the space and I have come to realize that my days need to be at least 72 hours long or it will just continue on continuing on.
All the things are coming into the shop – of course we are doing With Thy Needle & Thread Summer Schoolhouse series – all the thread packets are ready as well as the 9”x54” piece of even weave that is called for – all I need to do is wait for the ordering information to come this week and I can finalize my order…the newest Plum Street came, the beautiful Erica Michaels charts have come in and Hands On Design Holiday ornaments are due any minute… It’s all here – I just honestly run out of time every single day – I come in with the best intentions and put my head down and work and work and work and work and 2.5 minutes after I come in the mail person is there for pick up at 2:45 and I just start the treadmill all over again.
I have a stack of gorgeous Blackbird Designs Fabric envelope bags with vintage mother of pearl button closures almost finished – doing the top stitching on them right now – three different colors – they are beautiful…and almost ready.
I’ve also something called “Linen Noodles” which are beautiful Moda Blackbird Design fabric linen rolls that have beautiful fabrics, ribbons, mother of pearl buttons and a monogram charm, lined in felt and I’m so happy with my design – these are almost finished too…you roll up your work in progress or cuts of linen in these to stay smooth and beautiful…
And finally – I have both bags/linen noodles in matching sets – am cutting those out right now…there are stacks and stacks everywhere – not to mention the trims both raw product and finished product that needs to be bagged and tagged…
Too much and not enough of me…but I can promise you that I will try my very best to get caught up and at least organized so I can accomplish 72 hours worth of “stuff” in a mere 24 – I’m trying and all I can ask is your patience…been in business 20 years this coming September – it’s been a very wild ride in this industry that I love – and new doors have opened for me and the one thing that I suffer from greatly is having eyes far bigger than common sense sometimes.
And…as I sit and write this on Sunday night – the refrigerator space in the kitchen has been measured because sometime this week – stuffed in between everything else – there will be a trip to purchase a new refrigerator because I have this disgusting feeling that since the beginning of the year not only will we have replaced the sleep number bed, the washer & dryer but now the refrigerator…and I’d rather have this one in the garage full of water/drinks when it dies than with the freezer and the frig part full and hundreds of dollars worth of “stuff” spoil because it takes days to get a delivery…
No…life does not stop…but there ARE days when I wish it would slow down just a little bit so I could make a brief attempt at catching my breath, realize that it just ain’t gonna happen and take another deep breath and submerge myself again ;)
Sometimes life not only sucks the air right out of the room but it sucks the air right out of me too!!!
oh yeah and p.s. - i also blew up the front page of this website too - just another bit of cleverness when you're too tired to even be holding scissors let alone running with them!!!
if you are looking for Hands On Design 'A Stitcher's Heart' kit here are the links and prices. the cost of the entire kit as shown in the video is $85 and $10 shipping. i have found another very limited supply of the boxes but this is the last of it as i have cut the entire bolt of finishing fabric and it is no longer available. please contact me at the emails as shown: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
this is the floss tube video she did last thursday night: THIS KIT HAS NOW SOLD OUT COMPLETELY.
here is the link to her blog spot under the 05/16/17: handsondesign.biz/blog/
the pdf fairie has been very kind to me this week...and so since it was such a roundly successful trip last week - here we go again:
this week's PDF update!! 03/31/2017 - click on the date to the left
i'm going to try this again - new week - same leg wound - new stuff - maybe the brain will work better - maybe when i hit Ctrl S it will actually "save" what i've written - but then again - maybe not... so let's give it a whirl and see what we can come up with - we shall see what we shall see!!!
so...it seems that back to the PDF format is the best - it allows the bigger pictures but it doesn't kill the space on this page so we don't end up running into the weeds (bottom border) so maybe this is the best thing...
lord love a duck - if the answers were crystal clear - i'd work for congress (again) but that was 15 lives ago and at this juncture - i think it's best that i just keep my mouth shut and be very glad that it was 15 lives ago...
03/24/2017 update - click on the date
talk next week - if this works right!!! have a great weekend - it's raining here again ;)
yeah, so after 2 hours of updating - it blew the entire thing out - and yes, i saved after every single stinking entry....
could i be grumpy...i could even make the air blue at this point - but i shall just retry this entire thing and see what happens.
$9.00 yes of course we are doing auto on LF Club!!!
PLUM STREET SAMPLERS
HANDS ON DESIGN
$16.00 (w/the buttons)
$10.00 jabc pin pack $15.50
$10.00 (w/lady dot rick rack and darling bell embellishments)
$12.00 (complete alphabet)
ABBY ROSE DESIGNS
$18.00 (ribbon edging/backing cotton/chart & instructions)
ERICA MICHAELS DESIGNS
one of the ladies here is doing these over 1 thread and they are absolutely gorgeous!
$25.00 (w/all embellishments)
$23.50 (includes the bunny pin)
it's been busy and crazy and horrendous and a new learning curve for this old dog with new computers, new life changes, new holes in my leg, and i just wish the world and everything in it would just calm down for a few weeks - anything other than this constant hurricane and tornado combination with me personally and people i love - i am usually controlled and organized and on top of things and it just seems that the piles are growing faster than i can shovel them.
there will be a new web page very soon - and i'm building the bags that i showed you the fabric on a couple of updates ago - they are going to be beautiful and i have another few tricks up my sleeve too.
the 2017 BC piece chart went back to it's mama the other day with all the changes - i'm almost finished with the finishing of it - there are kit bits and pieces in 2 large buckets - i'm so pleased with it and i need to get a photo to mama so she can insert it into the chart for me - the threads and linen has been ordered from Weeks Dye Works so all of that is coming together nicely.
i can't find a key board that i like - isn't it just so stupid - and all the stuff is in the wrong place - who puts a delete key up on the very top to the right - above the number row - dumbest place to put it - so now i'm in search of yet another wireless keyboard - purchased a dell - thought that would work - it is possessed by flying monkeys and is now sitting on top of the basket of stuff that i have to put on ebay tomorrow - just too weird - the world is spinning on a very different set of axis right now.
so...tomorrow is wound care then back here but after i drop off all the paper work to the hotel for our spring finishing weekend and i've already got a good bunch more scanned but i need to go in and photoshop the pics and take out all the "dead space" around the actual scan from the scanner bed...then i will update again...as long as this stupid program doesn't blow me out AGAIN!!!
see ya in a couple of days and i'm trying my best here...
so the update won't be accomplished today - the mailman dumped a storm on me yesterday after i got back from services and the scanner has been going ever since - and today is tuesday and that is never a quiet day - even under the best of circumstances SO - i will just continue to scan and update and there we are. in the meantime - am really looking forward to thursday's wound care appointment so i can ask why i now have a secondary smaller hole in my leg!!! drum roll...ta da!!!!
see you all tomorrow!!!
world is still upside down - and i expect that it will be for a couple more weeks and for the time in 21 years i did not get to go to market in Nashvile - i was literally grounded by wound care - i begged last thursday at my weekly appointment and was told no - 5,000 mile round trip, pressurized cabin, no place to elevate my leg, too much time on my feet and then to cement the deal - the wound got bigger instead of smaller - SO that put an end to that significant amount of begging.
then, i had a very sick dog who ended up in the vet for 2 nights, pancreatitus (or however the devil you spell that) and i finally got to spring her late friday afternoon but she was still wobbly and on serious antibiotics until tomorrow morning.
then there were some other things that happened- long story short - it was not in the cards no matter what i did or how i tried to wiggle my way thru it.
then the emails started to go out and the items are starting to come thru the door and i will have a market report of sorts next tuesday - it's the best i can do given the circumstances and it wasn't because i didn't want to go or i didn't want to make the effort.
the worst thing in the world is cancelling a hotel reservation you have had for 9 months - it can be a shattering experience and i will be attending next year and am hoping to be a vendor as well - we shall see how all of those cards play out - time will tell.
so -i will have or have right now: la d da, shepherd's bush, erica michaels, blackbird designs, stacy nash, just nan, new colors of sampler, weeks dye works, classic color works, little house needlework, plum street designs, summer house stitche works, hands on designs, all the charts that are available thru hoffman's weekly update - the order i put this morning is enough to choke a horse and give the mail carrier a hernia.
if you have a question - just ask me - email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and i will do my best to respond - we will be gone for the next 3 days but will have my computer with me and will be back here in the shop first thing monday morning.
in the interim - i'm doing my best to make lemonade out of lemons...squeezing the last little droplets of that lemon juice out of those narly lemons -it's been a tough few weeks - i HATE getting old for no other reason that bad things happen to people i love.
p.s. - got the BC kit semi-kitted and almost finished the finishing - it's way way cute and i'm very excited.
p.p.s. - give me another couple of weeks too and i'll have a surprise for you...page is built and now i'm filling it up ;)
so the world is still upside down - i know - what a large surprise!!! i'm trying to get it back under control but the more i try and control it -the worst it seems to get.
wound care - always so much fun - compression stockings all the time except when i am in the shower - thank heavens it is NOT summer time.
the floods - yes, dry creek is flooded right where i usually walk -it's about 2 feet under water but the entire dry creek is down a very deep ravine so there is no chance of a problem... the dam at oroville - still a problem and the river on the south end of town has flooded all kinds of orchards, etc. when they opened the reservoir in the foothills because there was too much water.
in the interim - i really have been working...there are some fun pictures which are below...so i will do my best for an update on monday - am dyeing a new color rick rack, chenille and twill tape this weekend and working on finishing the 2017 BC piece...and here is a sneaky on that one - i hand painted the rolls of ribbon last night and it's drying - there is a custom made pin for the cushion, a pin pillow, a scissor fob with a little charm and a pair of scissors. we are taking names because the numbers will be limited by the backing fabric so email to get your name on the list...the kit is called "hope"
also...here's another sneak peeky...these will be envelope bags big enough to hold a full sized chart - closed with a vintage mother of pearl button and twisted cording, fully lined, blackbird moda fabric...but wait for those until i can actually count numbers because it got a little wonky as i was cutting up bolts of gorgeous cottons...
so for right now that's it - will have market stuff up early next week - of course we will have market stuff...and we are very excited about it and looking forward to arrivals.
see you on monday...i'll be back
so there obviously wasn't an update on the 13th...and in my infinite wisdom i have come to the understanding that indeed, somewhere in my last few lives i must have pissed somebody off really badly because "the hits just keep right on coming" as follows:
i have 5 pending weekly wound care appointments on the books - yes, it's very deep and very ugly and i was told yesterday that it is going to get worse before it gets any better because there is a lot of dead tissue down that rabbit hole, i build a dam around the hole (envision a donut) out of a destin like substance and then i fill the hole with medihoney gel and then i put a $5 medical pad on it, then i slip "casually" into compression stockings (and if ya ain't done that - DON'T), then i take 600mgs (at least) of whatever and then it stings like the devil until the meds kick in and then immediately as soon as they wear off.
moving right along - monday the 23rd the CPU here in the office starting behaving like an incredibly ugly cranky person...for some reason i started transferring files to the new computer that was on the packing table that i just hadn't gotten around to yet... fast forward to tuesday morning when it was so cranky it almost got a time out...but then THE BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH appeared...
get the brain in functioning mode - unhook everything, drag the dead body over to the computer store across the street and blessedly - it was the operating system and the hard drive was intact...they saved it to an external drive, i brought it back and the only thing on the entire computer that i couldn't make happen was my email won't unbudge (but i have it all on the lap top which i now drag in here with me in the morning), my itunes account wouldn't load and i didn't know how to fish out the program and all the files for this website.
my knight came to my rescue this morning and remoted in to this new computer and got the web site program all re-installed, itunes has eluded him (but he thinks it's my horrible connection here at the shop) and the hard drive is on it's way to him and he'll have it monday - then he can reload all the emails so i don't have 7,562,129 duplicate emails in folders to have to deal with.
so...long story short - it could have been MUCH uglier, i didn't cry or get frustrated - i just took a deep breath, got very proactive very quickly and dove in...
i have scanned everything in - yes, got that to work too, and as soon as he jiggles around with this on monday morning when the hard drive arrives in pennsylvania then i should be good to go, but am actually quite proud of myself.
so...i know my credibility is just shot full of holes...but seriously...time out somebody...i can't take too many more challenges ;)
coming close to full on the finishing weekend in april...and only because i have to limit it to be fair to everybody - there are only so many pages of "me" i rip out of the catalog.
market is coming, i'm dyeing all weekend because it's going to rain all next week and rain and drying times are a bit of a joke when coupled together...the "time unhooked" has given me time to drag and pitch around here which is a good thing and i've unearthed some treasures which will show up on ebay very soon.
the last and final thing is getting used to a new keyboard and mouse - always a joy in grand scheme of things to be sure...and this space bar is a little "stiff" still...
have a good weekend...yes, we are alive...it's just the life seems to be a bit of a struggle at the moment...but we're trying and that's no joke bozo!!!
so...there's an update coming tomorrow morning...but, husband was cleared out of surgery on Monday - and he is totally off crutches and uses the cane occasionally - they are very pleased and so is he.
I made it into wound care yesterday afternoon - that was very interesting (to say the least) and pretty painful when she had to remove the scab that had formed over the wound - certainly not something i would sign up for again any time soon...but hopefully with ace bandage wrap and medihoney patch and heaven knows what else I am now on the road to recovery as well.
The finishing weekend registration form has been uploaded and if you click on the "finishing weekend" link at the top of this page - it will take you right there...
I'm off to finish a few more things and then get down to some business tomorrow morning first thing.
Yes, we have survived the rain - supposed to be back Thursday next - the snow in the Sierras is just amazing - they are still trying to dig out Tahoe so the trucks and everybody else can get in and the creek by our house has overflowed the banks and totally covered a walking path that we use but we need it very badly - just not all in one week thanks very much.
so...off i go to see what other kind of trouble i can get into...
and...i just lost paragraphs of text so here we go - i'll start again and maybe won't be so mouthy - let's do bullet points instead...
1. website is a mess - am doing my best to clean it up - have spent morning working on it with new calendar and other junk removed - trying to streamline it and figure out the best way to deliver news.
2. husband is finally back on his feet from hip replacement surgery thanksgiving friday but it has been a journey for all of us...and i think i see the end in sight...and a few more weeks of eyes forward and no messing around and i actually think i might be able to be a rational, breathing human being again...maybe. this was originally scheduled for 12/22 but there was a cancellation so we took the cancellation for 11/25 but that took some scrambling to make that happen and of course i lost the month of preparation to get all the ducklings lined up in a row.
3. on top of all of this - i managed to drop something on my left leg 2 weeks before Dallas the first week of November, it never healed, it just sat and got ugly and horribly infected and so i am just finishing up 20 days of 2,000 mgs a day of keflex antibiotics and i'm hoping that it has worked but the wound and the leg still feel a little "twingy" so i'm giving it until next week and then another email to the doc if necessary - have to get this fixed and finished.
3. no, i have not been sitting on my behind feeling sorry for myself, there has been a lot going on in the background and lots of pulling, shoving, dyeing, cutting, packaging of trims for lady dot - market is coming and i have responsibilities out there.
4. there is a new breast cancer donation piece that is in the works - really, truly sweet and wonderful and with the designer's permission i switched out the threads & linen - got it half stitched and HATED my choices so had to re-tool, start again and like it so much better - it will be a complete kit with larger pincushion, specially dyed ribbons, scissors fob, scissors, a stick pin for the pincushion, all the finishing supplies and instructions - and i'll give you a tiny sneak peak in a week - i promise - just need to stitch a little bit more - these funds will help Team Twinkle Toes in Dallas 2017.
5. also in the works are beautiful Blackbird Designs Moda cloth fabric envelope bags - i have 100 of them cut out, all the lining and batting cut out and the very large, vintage mother-of-pearl closure buttons purchased, cording made for the button closure ties and all the appropriate bobbins wound and ready to go - these are also donation funds for Team Twinkle Toes - more information on these a little bit later - but i'll probably do a sneaky peeky of the stacks of fabric and batting that are hanging around here - they are going to be beautiful and i'm so excited about them.
6. the calendar is updated - have to do pdf registration forms for the April finishing weekend but the conference and hotel rooms are booked at the hotel.
7. because i didn't get to the 36 "hug" quilts for the kids this year (obviously that part of my life got away from me) they are now stacked and ready to quilt and bind and i figure if i do 5 or more a month they will be ready for next year's winter season.
8. yes of course we are doing all the cross stitch stuff here - threads and linen and charts come and go out of here: of course we are doing hands on design's 12 days of christmas - the aztec red gingham has been ordered from Weeks Dye Works and our autos are in with Cathy and JABC buttons - cute as can be and we are very excited about them.
9. so...i'll finish this up, go shovel some more stuff from the website and try to get it into some better shape and get the registration forms up - we are alive and well and just a little battle scared over the course of the last 6 weeks but it's hard being all things to all people and maintain the responsibilities on my plate, be the only driver, the only grocery store person, the only one to shovel things up and down the stairs, do the laundry, shovel the patient in and out - it just thoroughly amazes me how long the simple process of taking a shower can take - let alone all the driving, errands, purchases, appointments, physical therapy, haircuts, etc. that we take for granted when there is another set of wheels and hands and feet to help with just the day-to-day aspects of the life we live. BUT as was the case with his 2 knees that he got 20 years ago - he will feel so much better and be able to get back to his "stuff" which he has been sadly checked out of for the past 8 months...life is good.
10. looking forward (in some aspects) to 2017 - it will be an interesting year to be sure and lots of changes for all of us - and i'm looking forward to NOT behaving and looking like a deer caught in the headlights. it will be fun to actually accomplish things on my huge list, get my office in order upstairs (since i got it painted) and get the garage back into shape (it's ugly out there) and make a huge pile for donation to hospice and for the twice a year curb-side garbage pickup that we have - oh lord do i have some donations to that pile - there is a huge "de-cluttering" effort going on in my home...i figure if i attack one thing a day when i get home - there will be a vast improvement to the situation. far tooooo many things i want to do and far toooooo little time to accomplish them all...organization is the key i have figured out ;)
so...with all of that - i wish you all a brilliant and happy New Year - if you watch Bowl games - there are a zillion of those, a Rose Parade or just some peaceful time to stitch or read or watch a movie or color or shop on line or read blogs or organize projects...i'm hiding this weekend - my new washer & dryer are arriving on NY's eve morning and i just might spend some time washing and drying clothes - am so excited to get these - life is good and if it's not - i'm going to do my best to make it that way.
see ya next year with even a cleaner website ;) and thanks for being patient with me...it's been a very long and tormenting 2016 and YAY - IT'S ALMOST OVER!!!
11/30/2016 - so...and i hate starting sentences with "so" but... it's been quite the month - i fibbed about the update but we celebrated the friday after thanksgiving not with shopping or "treeing" but with complete hip replacement for husband bear. the original surgical date was for after the first of the year, then it was for 12/22 because we jumped on a cancellation and then last monday 11/21 they offered him 11/25 and because he could barely walk by this point in time - and there was no way he would be walking by 12/22 - we jumped on it. it took some wiggling and some quick pre-op appointments and some serious re-adjusting the schedules but at 12:50 on friday afternoon they wheeled him into surgery and they deposited him to his room that evening about 6:10 p.m. and then i got him on Saturday afternoon to bring home - no rehab hospital - so - trying to get him to eat has been interesting but i think we have finally gotten the appetite back and this afternoon is his first rehab appointment and then i actually think we are going to attempt a shower when we get home - will probably help the stiff and aching muscules. he has been in such bad shape for so long - the groin muscle, the back and the left leg are in pretty ugly shape - he has NO pain in the hip anymore - so it will be a case of getting him back on the recumbant bike, etc. but he's up and motoring laps around the downstairs in the walker and came thru the entire thing like a champ and i didn't have to put the pillow over his face ;) i am known far and wide by my friends as nurse ratchet and the oxycotin police...so the pain meds are at a minimum and i withhold them until he either eats or does laps or...but it appears to be working.
in the middle of all of this insanity - we have had a scottie dogger mix for 9 months. he was rescued from a high kill shelter in Fresno by a group and then locked in a cage for a year and basically ignored. he was a terrible psychotic mess when i got him - couldn't even look me in the face and has taken months to just become a skittish, jumpy dog but wags tail, knows his new name and has great security figuring out he is now safe. Well, Saturday morning, before i went and sprung the patient - his new mom and dad - Walt and Linda - drove 12 hours all the way from Seattle area to adopt him. i didn't even cry when he left with his care package of containers of home cooked food and crunchies and bowls and an ice block and a bag of 'snacks' because if i had looked far and wide and there were a thousand choices for potential parents - i never could have found a better couple for bennie ben ben than this couple. he is safe now, he has 5 acres to explore and he will live the life of a king and be spoiled and coddled and loved and hugged and kissed and be well traveled and a "mom" couldn't ever ask more for her forlorn child than this kind of lottery... he is now "home" and what a lucky dogger he is.
so...i know i owe you calendars and finishing weekend forms and an update with real pictures and real "stuff" which is all sitting here waiting to be scanned and i make a solomn pledge that if you give me the rest of this week - i will have that under control next week - i promise - but i was originally gearing for 12/22 and it happened quite literally a month earlier so there are vast piles of things waiting for me here - as well as at home because the "bear" has been out of commission at home for quite sometime too and there is only one of me and all the dogs and the crippled person so i haven't even changed out my winter clothes yet... can you tell - i'm just a mess.
thanks for your patience...and i'll be back - i promise i promise...but baby has a new hip and that was the most important thing in my life...getting thru that in one piece and making sure he did too - a 6 hour sleep wouldn't be so shabby either on somewhere but a big pad on the hardwood floor but that will come when the time is right...in the meantime - aleeve is my bestest friend for my aching back ;)
10/27/2016 - busy - yes, insanity set in - yes, long time for an update - absolutely!! going to get it done before i leave for Dallas - probably not!!!
everything in an uproar around here - so busy i can't find my butt with both hands - not complaining - not at all - but something had to give and unfortunately it was this website.
of course we're still in business - without question - are the days 320 hours long - i'm thinking not even though i keep telling myself that if wishes were dreams...
new colors of trim for Lady Dot - have 1 more to dye, pdf files to be built for the wholesale part, dyeing, drying, sorting, packaging, storing and then all the stuff at home and ebay and training - the morning starts at 5:20 and ends sometime around 11 p.m. and i don't stop...dogs to feed, wholesale stuff to do on top of the trims...just insanity and more insanity...so the only thing that is suffering at this point is this website and that's only because i haven't figured out how to get the program on the computer at home...but that's coming sooner than later.
so...there's the update - i am trying desperately to get some of this under control before I leave next thursday - but then again, the entire world might come crashing down around my ears if the orthopod tells bruce that he needs a new hip - and that appointment is taking place on the Friday i'm in Dallas...so...hang on...and i promise - once i get 60 miles under my belt - i will spend an entire day doing nothing but this website - i promise.
one more final thing - we have a new breast cancer piece coming for 2017...spoke with the designer this morning at 7:30 my time - it is wicked cute, the design is done so now all we have to do is orchstrate the kit and the goodies that are going to go in it and i am so very excited!!! wicked, wicked cute.
as they say in the biz...news at 11 and thanks for your patience...it is so appreciated.
09-09-2016 - so clicking on the green date on the left will get you to the update this week and thanks for visiting.
8-26-2016 - so...welcome to craziness incorporated - if you click on that green date to the left - odd's are that you will happen upon an update...i'm thinking maybe???
08-11-2016 - okay - i'm thinking that this might actually work and then i'll have to skip around and be a very happy woman. click on the green date at the beginning of this update and there it should be!!!
08-05-2016 - click that link - it WORKS!!! okay i think i can celebrate a very small victory...most all the links have been "relinked" and i even think i have relinked the pdf updates on this page...be still my heart...it could be a victory for the old woman ;)
08-01-2016 every single link on this website unlinked when we brought it over to the other server - be patient with me - i have to learn a new system an d go in and relink everything.
friday, july 29, 2016 and so...here we are again...trying to get a better handle on this...it's so stinking hot this week - we are all hiding - well over a hundred since last Sunday - it's just way too hot so - it's the pdf girl - all good
friday, july 22, 2016 click on the date - it should work
friday, july 15, 2016 click on the date - it should work
thursday, june 30, 2016 click on the date - it should work
wednesday, may 25, 2016
click here for update - pdf style enjoy and thanks - this link appears to have died and i can't get it back - i'm sorry ;(
tuesday - may 24, 2016
no - i did not die - yes, we are all okay - it's just a horrendous amount of this and that and more stuff and annie being off a week and me dyeing trims and dogs and home and painting and shoveling and river rocks and very large pots and and and and and...
i have put up the information for the September Betsy Morgan classes - you can find it by clicking right HERE and tomorrow i will be doing an update - tonight i have to go home and cut 230 yards of pom poms and get it dyed by the end of the weekend...and this amazing job just arrived on my doorstep this morning about 10:30 so there is never a dull moment around here to be sure.
i promise on all my doggers' heads that i will be back tomorrow ;)
tuesday, april 19, 2016
yes, still here - yes, incredibly busy - yes, the most amazing finishing weekend we have ever had - i will do an update by the end of the week (pdf form so i can post some pictures so you can see) - piles of product and estate properties everywhere and today my rescue who was 1.5 days from being euthanized has been spayed so we are very happy...she's a little under the weather right now and i was going to update yesterday but i had to cook chicken/brown rice/vegetables when i got home from work yesterday before i could start my work at home...am a little bit tired - it's been a tough couple of weeks since market...and i've still got a ton of stuff to do and no rest in sight...
will be back by the end of the week - promise.