I wrote a long post around 3 a.m. this morning (I woke up to take my pain meds and tinkle) ... but the Great Black Abyss appears to have swallowed it all whole. Sigh! I will try again, with pictures.
Last Tuesday morning I had a total joint replacement of my right knee. I was a bit anxious before the surgery (I am not sure why, really; I already had my left knee replaced last June so I knew what to expect).
If anything, this surgery went even better (the incision is neater and cleaner - though being stapled up still creeps me out faintly:). I came home from the UMD's Kernan Institute on Thursday afternoon (take out your entire major joint and send you home in about 36 hours - the joy of modern medicine:).
I am living downstairs in my house this week as I feel too tottery to climb the steps (12 of them) to my bedroom. I am moving around with my walker pretty well this time (last year I gave up the walker in irritation after less than a day and reverted to my cane). With my left knee, my healing was all wrapped up in flexibility issues. This time I seem to be ahead on flexion/extension but am not very strong. Shrug.
The pain meds (oxycodone?) work well but make me rather vague mentally and very trembly in the hands. Yesterday for the first time I tried to do a little hand sewing. When my purse went astray, I lost my fabric name tag (made for Jinny Beyer club but multi-use:).
I had a second machine embroidered name bit so I pulled out a few scraps and selveges and began to hand piece a new one. Even simple straight line seaming by hand was a challenge and I'm still constructing the thing. Will share when I finish it. :)
I got some really nice 'squishy' mail yesterday that I do want to share with you. Several months ago I contributed to a Kickstarter campaign from Cherrywood hand dyed fabrics - the folks need a new properly built and larger dye studio. My perk is a scrumptious, luscious half yard of red fabric (and a little pin that makes me giggle). See the photo below (you might need to click-enlarge the image to read the pin).
Also in the mail came a set of lush metallic-print fabrics from Michael Miller's new Glitz collection. I entered the challenge to make something 'modern' using these prints for the next QuiltCon.
As soon as I saw the goodies I knew what I want to make. I have learned to pay attention whenever I get such a quick and visceral response so now my fingers itch to start sewing (by machine) ... but I will have to be content myself with sketching and planning until I am strong enough to sit at the machine. :)
So nice to be able to sew in trying times!