Today is a lovely summer day - warm but not blazing hot, humid enough for comfort but not breathless, nice. Birds singing, breeze blowing. :) Mind you, I observe this via my windows as I have not yet been outside today. Skip is on his way home from work to take me to my fourth physical therapy session so I soon will be. :)
My knee continues to progress - the therapist said I could cut back to three exercise sessions a day which has freed up a little time for other chores. I am at the point now that I only need the cane to go up and down stairs (and mostly for safety then:). My knee still aches and the cold water pump is still very much my friend (my treat after my exercises:) ... but, for three weeks after surgery, I think I am doing pretty well!
Yesterday was the monthly session of Sew & Tell (meeting at Normandy Sew and Vac in Ellicotty City) and it was wonderful to see my friends there. I gave out the Christmas gifts I got for members (might be the latest I've ever delivered holiday gifts:) ... and had a great time catching up with everyone and their sewing/quilting projects. :)
I bought a new book while I was in the store - I am eager to make several of the projects in this:
I have been tidying places I can get to in a chair - which means that my computer/desk is finally usable again. YEAH! :) I managed to find all my current in-progress journals so I can keep notes, sketch, ephemera, etc. Very much stream-of-consciousness productions. I would not call any of what I do 'art' journaling ... but the pretty project on the cover of my new book wants to be made for a watercolor-worthy sketch book that I can carry around for en-plein-air adventures. :)
The socks are an assortment of mateless pretties that I've uncovered during the bedroom tidy (which is still only about half finished). I've been trolling through my saved files, looking for patterns to create stuffies with those socks. So far, I've found three that I want to try: a dragon, a bunny, and a monkey. Oh, and a kitty:
that I like but will have to figure out for myself as I only have a photo. Good thing I have lots of fiberfill stuffing on hand, eh? :)
I am still restricted to hand sewing - still (sloooowly) cleaning up for my sewing room. I have managed to make some progress on my EPP projects - I finished a small pincushion using hexies:
I need to find my silk thread so I can sew them together a little more invisibly - you can clearly see the beige Aurifil 50 wt. thread I used for construction. :) I decided to make boxed corners - I like that the pinnie stands nicely on the table - instead of a 'pillow' shape.
I'm working on embroidering the candle mat with hexies still - and having fun with it. Can't share that, yet, as it is a gift. :)
My physical therapist is fussing at me to wear shorts to sessions (I didn't own any:) - luckily the order I put in for shorts and tops was delivered this morning so I can dress appropriately. :) I still don't have any sneakers, though (they want me to wear closed-toe/heel shoes and I only have sandals). I will not order shoes via mail - I'm too picky about fit. I haven't been able to get Skip to take me shopping for them (I hate to interrupt his weekend relaxation).
I am soooo looking forward to my four week appointment with the knee surgeon on Friday - I desperately want to be able to drive for myself again! :P
PS The end of the six month period for probating my Mom's estate is soon. I spent a chunk of time this morning sorting through my receipts and making a list of monies I have spent - shocking how much it takes for these purposes. Gotta call the real estate agent later, too. :)