I was scheduled to work on the sales floor in my shop this afternoon (we are open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays). Today was the monthly meeting of the Sew & Tell group that I am part of, so I spent my 'work' time wandering from the class/meeting room to visit with friends to the sales floor to help Alice with customers. The weather started off quite rainy and devolved into hot and humid (swampy:). There was more walk-in traffic than yesterday, maybe because the weather was not nearly as nice outdoors. :)
I worked, on and off, this afternoon to sandwich and start quilting my embellished applique quiltlet. The photo above shows a real-to-life shot of the blue braid couched along the border edging. I need to tidy up the threads and find my blue pigma pen to color the occasional white bobbin threads that show against the blue.
Saturday morning I went to a very nice jewelry store in Columbia Mall called The Silver Heron to have my ears pierced (for the third time in my life:). This was my personal promise to myself as treat for losing 50 pounds. :)
The first time I had my ears pierced, I was 19 or 20 years old, an undergraduate at Wisconsin (Madison). There were no piercing kiosks at the malls then, I had it done by a doctor (a cosmetic surgeon, no less:). Needle filled with anaesthetic (probably novacaine which does not work on me) to do the piercing - hurt! Unfortunately, I am one of the 1% of the population that has an allergy to nickel (and maybe other metals as well), so that piercing got infected and my ears closed up.
The second piercing was done in the same office, about six months later (after diagnosis and healing), but by a nurse this time. I wore earrings for years and years - I'm always doing things with my hands so I rarely wear rings or bracelets ... but I do like jewelry. :) Earrings are fun and decorative and don't get in my way.
When my children were small, I lost a lot of earrings from them yanking them out of my lobes (no, didn't hurt much:). I went to wearing just post styles then (and, since I have a very short neck, have rarely worn dangles of any kind:). A few years ago (ten?), I stopped wearing them at night (they were punching my neck uncomfortably) and my ears eventually grew closed. I still like jewelry, though, hence the reward thing. :)
Now, I've seen a couple of dozen people since I had them pierced on Saturday, most of them people who see me daily (my husband, my son, my manager Libbie and several employees) or monthly (assorted customers and my S&T friends today). Not a single one has noticed my new earrings or commented on them. (huge grin). I figure they must look 'right' on me or someone would say _something_. LOL! Here is a picture of my right ear to prove that they _do_ exist (I bought pearls):
This time my ears were pierced with one of those 'guns' that you put the earrings right inside of - very, very little pain (I was all set to suffer:). Either I am much less pain sensitive than when I was younger (possible) or I am so used to pain on a daily basis (more likely) that this was nothing much to worry over. I have ordinary pains in my joints, back, knees every day that hurt way, way more than the piercing. Hmm, I guess the holes might not have been quite closed, too, making it less painful? Whatever.
The folks at Silver Heron were smart. They gave me a coupon good for 20% off a new pair of earrings (good until the time my ears should be healed). I am looking forward to acquiring a new wardrobe of decorations. :)