Monday, October 19, 2009

Happy Dance times three

I can't believe it has been almost two weeks since I posted. A quiet but eventful two weeks. Since my last post I had a very strange experience that led to a week home from work. And that time was spent sitting on the couch stitching and trying in vain to find something to watch on TV. (There were a few decent movies but not many.) The day after my last post I got home from work with my left foot in agony and swollen badly. I hadn't fallen. Nor did I twist it or drop anything on it. I was totally puzzled. Thursday morning it was better but not for long. I ended up leaving work and going to the emergency room for an x-ray. No broken bones but the doctor thought I might have a stress fracture in my foot. Friday was a visit to an orthopedist who sent me for an MRI. That would show if I had a stress fracture. (They rarely show on a regular x-ray.) The MRI was on Wednesday and then I went back to the doc on Friday. No break! Thank goodness. I wasn't really looking forward to a cast for 6 weeks. The only thing the MRI showed was lots of arthritis in my foot. Now I have plenty of my good friend arthur-itis in my hands, knees and back but had never had the kind of pain I had in my foot. Anyway, after a little over a week of rest (and lots of stitching) my foot is back to normal and I have the all clear to go back to my regular activities. Rory is pleased to hear that. Happy Dance One.

As for the weather. Fall has arrived. This past weekend was a soggy one with two nor'easters (LOTS of wind and rain), chilly temps and snuggling on the couch keeping warm. I did manage a few lovely fall days while I was home and picked some pretty fall leaves and daisies to fill a basket for the house. It turned out pretty didn't it? Of course it is almost ready to be changed but I think I can get another day or two to enjoy it.
Now on to the stitching. All that nice peaceful (as soon as Rory was tired out) stitching time let me finally finish The Sampler Lady by Little House Needleworks. Stitched on the called for fabric and using the called for floss. I also found the perfect frame for it. And it and the mat were in my framing stash. How perfect is that! Happy Dance Two.

The second finish is Awake the Dawning Day by Blackbird Designs. I used the floss the pattern called for but the fabric is a mystery. All I know is that it is 28 ct linen and the floss colors looked great on it. This is my first ever Blackbird design and I loved stitching it! Happy Dance Three. So much that I have already started another Blackbird piece.


Moonlit Garden. I love this one and am making good progress for two nights stitching. This piece is so perfect for this time of year. The colors, the pumpkin and the verse. Just the right piece to really get me back in the stitching mood.


Which brings me to another little piece of news. I have hit a blogging milepost! I have 100 followers to my blog. How cool is that?

Yesterday I started another piece. A small Christmas ornament which will be part of a giveaway that I will announce very soon so stay tuned.

Rory has enjoyed my undivided attention this past week. But life and work must go on. And maybe he will also stop two new bad things he discovered while I was home. The kitchen garbage can with it's swivel top (a new one is on my shopping list). And that he can reach the kitchen counter tops with ease. This led to him stealing three uncooked biscuits last night. Oh yeah, he promptly threw them up. Sigh

Until next time ..........

Love and stitches

Kathy

and Rory too

35 comments:

Meari said...

I'm glad your foot wasn't anything more serious than arthritis. No fun getting older, is it? ;-)

Your finishes are great. Congrats on getting 100 followers!

The weather here is getting colder and soggier, too. Not looking forward to that four letter word!

Donna said...

Glad the foot is better but sorry for the arthritis. He visited me this past weekend at Relay when it was so cold.
Love the finishes & congratulates on you 100th follower!

Sharlotte said...

Glad you're doing a little better.It's funny I always say that 'Arthur' is visiting when I have a flare up as well. I love your finishes! They are truely great! You know, I think I've told you this before, and I know you here it all the time from others, but that Rory is one handsome fellow! Guess his ribbons proves it!

Carin said...

I love your finsihings !!!! And love the picture of Rory.

Carolyn NC said...

Gotta love a big dog sometimes! I'm so with you.... :) but we love them anyway! Love your flowers and congrats on the beautiful finishes. Glad your foot is better now!

Tracey said...

I love your basket-it is so pretty! Congrats on your finishes! I love your Moonlit Garden as well- wish I would've found out about this one before they stopped printing it. It usually goes for a pretty penny on ebay.. sigh..

Sadie said...

Sorry to hear that you had a bad foot Kathy. I hope it doesn't come back.
Congratulations on two beautiful finishes. They are both wonderful but I particularly like the LHN piece. Great job on the framing.
Such pretty flowers at the top of your post.

Vicky L said...

I am so sorry to hear about your foot. However you got the rest you needed and was able to stitch, so it had a very good size. I love Moonlight Garden and need to get that pattern soon. It a gorgeous piece. Your stitching is looking so good. The Sampler lady looks great and lovely. I love the colors. Have a great week!

Karen said...

Love the Awake...such pretty colors. I just finished Moonlit Garden and it was fun stitch.

Glad your foot is feeling better.

Barbeeque4 said...

Sorry about your foot - Your stitching is just beautiful!!

Vonna said...

I'm glad your foot is better, but how dreadful to have to go through it :( YUCK!
And my oh my...you have been BUSY with your stitching...all lovely and all things I have in my stash and would love to stitch up soon.
Rory...what a bandit he is! Darling boy :)

Marjorie said...

Hi Kathy, glad you are feeling better. I love both your finishes, you make me want to pull out Awake from the pile and get started on it! Aren't animals great? Kinda like having children who never grow up--fun but a bit tiring sometimes.

Sandy In Montana said...

So glad to you back stitching and feeling better. Congratulations on your lovely finishes.

I love big dog's, but they can be a pain at times. The unconditional love they give in return helps to make it all worth while though.

Theresa said...

I'm glad to hear you are getting better!!! It's no fun being down!!!!
Love your finishes!!!!! They are gorgeous~~~ And those fall foliage you place around them are beautiful~~

Kathy A. said...

What lovely finishes!!! I don't know which one is the most beautiful.
Sorry to hear you were down with your foot. I have the same problem with my left foot. If I push it, it swells and I have to take some time to get it to go back down. Hopefully, it was short lived and life will be back to normal.

Alice said...

Kathy, with the cold comes aches and pains in our bones (can I attest to that!!!). It reminds us that we are still alive lol. : ) The upside is that you got some great finishes!!! Well done!!! I am sure Rory was delighted to have you at home with him. Hope your foot will give you no more grief.
Alice

Mel said...

Wow, great finishes!
Ans as always love the updates that have Rory in them. :)
Glad to hear you are doing better.

kaghos said...

oh boy your needles were smoking the last two weeks I'm glad things are doing better

Nancy M said...

I got to experience that Noreaster first hand in PA, NOT fun!!! Don't know whether the Arthritis is better than a break???? At least a break gets better. Congrats on the finishes, they look great and sorry that Rory has learned a few new *tricks*.

Shari said...

glad to hear the foot is healing!
Congrats on finishing the BBD. Hey, we should have started the other BBD together! Like I need another WIP!!!
Rory is prettier in every picture...

Linda K's Creativity Works said...

Beautiful Post with your pictures of the Dog and your stitching...wow....

I have done "Moonlit Garden" and I have mine framed and I'm going to hang it up in my new Apt.

Beautiful Stitching and congratulations on all of your finishes.

I just love your Blog

Take care & Happy Stitching
Linda K

Dawn said...

Glad you didn't break your foot. Hope you feel better soon. Your stitching projects are beautiful. Congrats to Rory. Love that pic. ~ Dawn ~

Sheila said...

Glad your foot is better and nothing serious, I love your finishes,I have been eyeing the sampler lady myself. I guess I will just have to get it.
Take care

Charlene said...

Happy dancing along with you! Glad your foot is better - take care of it. Your stitching and framing are so lovely! Love your choices. Great flower basket, too! Ah, Rory - they're so much better after they're cooked!! Hugs!

Terry said...

Glad your foot is doing better now. Sounds like both you and Rory needed that week of time off. He needed to snuggle and play and you needed time off your feet.

Love your finish and starts!

Katrien said...

Your finish looks great.

Glad your foot is better.

Joy said...

Adore the finishes! Rory is soo cute and growing soo fast!!

Mare said...

Beautiful finishes! Congrats on your 100th follower & so sorry about your foot. My pc is still off being repaired....

Sherry said...

I am so glad there was no break in your foot but so sorry to hear about arthritis attacking there too. Isn't getting older just grand!

I love all your new finishes and they are all in my stash to get working on!

Mzplcdokie said...

Your stitching pieces are beautiful. It is even better that you had the frame and mat in your stash!.

Debra said...

Hope your foot is getting better. Congrats on your finishes.

stitchenmylifeaway said...

Sorry to hear about your foot and glad it is better.
I love all three of your new projects but especially the Sampler Lady by LHN. It has inspired me to go looking for it next visit to my LNH.
Good to see Rory again. All his antics make me laugh.

Shelley said...

I know I am rather behind on reading blogs, but I hope you are fully recovered and your friend Arthur-itis doesn't come visit your foot again any time soon.

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

BB designs has to be one of my favs-great job on yours!!

Sophos said...

Bonjour !
J4aime beaucoup vos Blackbird design !
Trop beau ...
c'est sur, je vais en faire ,-)

Votre chien est vraiment très beau ;-)
Et il a l'air si gentil ;-)))

Bon w.e. !
Sophos