I have probably forgotten more than I've remembered for posting. That's the down side of posting less often. (sigh) MY physical therapist is concerned that I have not yet achieved 180 degrees of extension with my knee (apparently the deadline for likely improvement is rapidly approaching) so she has me sitting in a chair without putting up my knee no more than 20 minutes at a time. This means no long car trips but, more importantly, no long sessions at the computer screen. :P
Also, when my knee _is_ propped up, I have to have it resting on my ankle (elevate the ankle above the surface of whatever it is propped on) with a weight (3 pounds right now) on my knee to push the kneecap downward and extend the length of my leg. Truthfully, I already have better extension in my left leg (surgery knee) than my right one (the original equipment;) so this is a kind of painful process. My tendons and muscles aren't used to this amount of extension and have 60+ years of habit behind them. :) We'll see - but I'm trying to follow her instructions (she says the reason for the focus is that a leg without complete extension will lead to me limping and stressing my hips and back even more in the future).
I'm was making really good progress on my sweater knitting before this change - I am working on knitting the front right side, having finished knitting the back already (the photo shows how far one ball of yarn worked up):
I guess I'll have to take my knitting downstairs now. :) I took a break to do some hand embroidery. I decided that the purse I've been carrying (or _not_ carrying) is too heavy for me to manage right now so I switched off to another, smaller one that I also bought from 31. When I saw this one in the catalog, the very first thing I thought was how perfect the flap of this 'messenger' style bag would be for embroidery. So, I embroidered it with something I think of as an iconic summer image (dandelion seeds in the air):
This project is a good example of how I usually work my designs. I _thought_ I'd do a dandelion flower head in seed as part of this design, but then I abstracted it to just the seeds blowing on the wind (at least I _hope_ they look like they are traveling away on the wind:). I used different weights and colors of thread to make the middle three look farther away than the other two. Did it work? :) Here's a close-up:
I _have_ to get my sewing room up and fuctional soonest - I want to work on the feather quilt for BMQG in the worst way. :) We had our monthly meeting this past Sunday and I was given a bunch more feather blocks.
I haven't been to meetings in two months and it was so exciting and invigorating to see people! I really enjoy this group - so full of energy and inspiration.:)
I am going to physical therapy three times a week now. The weather has been hot and humid which is really hard for me to endure (my car has no a/c right now) ... so, by the time I get home to the coolth, I am all in. Sit and drink cold water and let my knee enjoy the cold compress is about all I can do for an hour or two afterwards.
Last Monday was not so bad weather-wise so I treated myself to lunch at Panera Bread (delicious chicken with fruit salad!!). The flowers pictured above were in a raised planter beside the store fronts (Panera near me is part of the Dobbin Road open mall). Here is a view farther around the same planter:
I don't know who has the contract for the horticulture there, but they are doing a bang-up job imho! Such a wonderful mixture of textures and colors in this planting. :) Made my heart happy just to see it. :)
My son Hugh and I went to Baja Fresh (near Panera) for lunch on Friday. They had a shrimp with lime and greens salad that was also tasty. Love my summer salads. :)
That reminds me - last week I lost 4 pounds on the Medifast diet and this week another 2. 6 pounds in two weeks is a HUGE drop for me, so I am encouraged to get going again with losing. Eight months it has been with me on a 'plateau' of non-loss with my weight. :P I'm encouraged to go back to the 'straight and narrow' now.:)
Oops! I see my 20 have expired. Gotta go - will try to post a bit more often here. :)
PS I almost forgot. When I had that salad at Baja Fresh, there was a tiny chopped head of red cabbage amongst the greens. Look how beautiful the fractal pattern of leaf formation is:
Nature is a never-ending source of wonder for me. :)