Monday, March 23, 2015

To Hell And Back... A Note From Catherine

Many of you may already know my appendix ruptured in February. It's hard to believe but  I didn't know it for weeks.
I started becoming very, very ill. My lower back hurt and became very swollen on my right side. It had a huge egg shaped swelling in the mix. Even the skin turned very red and angry looking. The skin felt like it had a thousand bee stings.  I couldn't raise my right leg more then an inch off the floor. I thought I had done something to my back working in the house that was causing all the symptoms I was having. So I just kept waiting for it to improve. A week later, things became much worse.
I now know I was septic. The highest priority in a hospital they told me. My blood white count was 21,000. A normal number should be about 10,000 or lower. I had an abscess between two muscles in my gut the size of a large Coke at McDonalds. That was discovered via a CAT scan. After being in the hospital for six days they discovered another abscess in my back. It was smaller but required surgery. I will spare you all the gory details of this ordeal. Just thinking about it myself makes me cringe.
I still have to go back to the hospital have my appendix out in a couple of months. They want everything cleared up before they can do that.
On the bright side..... I am still here. The Doctors have told me if I had stayed home a few more hours, I would be gone now. 
To those of you who knew and sent well wishes, good vibes and prayers, thank you very much!!!
My hands have finally stopped shaking from all the Morphine, general anesthetic and other drugs they pumped in me for eight days. So.... I can get back to finishing my petit point carpet now. :-)
Catherine XXX

Sterling silver fountain Pen by Mike Sparrow. The caps really clicks when you put it back on.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Almost Finished


It may not look like much progress but I would rather stitch half of that rug all over again, then that evil, boring, wider border. It took forever. The last of it was done during a rather debilitating health issue. Which didn't help the annoyance factor. Sorry, I am still feeling grumpy.
I know you are never supposed to say never but I think this will be my last rug. They are just too repetitive. I would love to stitch some pillows on 56 count though.....someday. 

Back to work.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Moving Along.... Petit Point Carpet Border

This wider border is taking forever. I am so glad I didn't start here. It's very close to nightmare I thought it would be.

I have a new idea for a crazy walnut shell house and I am dying to get started.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Welcome Merlin

We have a new addition to the cat family. He is just beautiful, even though his blue eyes are a little crossed.

I wondered why he kept hanging around here.  My next door neighbor told me he had been abandoned for the SECOND TIME by neighbors who claimed they couldn't catch him before moving away. HUH? This is one of the sweetest cats I have ever known. He is so affectionate. He runs to meet me every time I go outside. If I sit outside at the table he either lays on my feet or lays right in front of me on the table.

I would hate to tell you what I would like to do to people who abandon animals. It just kills me.

So now I have four cats. Three outside with heated houses (Puffy, Groupie and Merlin). All were abandoned. And of course Kilmouski he doesn't go outside.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday. Wishing all my Followers a Very Happy 2015!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The four Month Mark... Petit Point Carpet Progress

 I usually don't post the progress pictures until around the 18th of the month. I finished the interior of the carpet this morning and had to take it off the frame to turn it around. Once I get it back on, most of what I have stitched will be rolled up on the bars again. 

Now... off to the borders. That wider one looks like it is going to be a nightmare. I am glad I didn't start there. I think I would have thrown the whole thing out the window if I had tried to teach myself how to do this from there..

This is a big carpet. Finished it is 11 X 8 1/2 inches.

Friday, November 21, 2014

11/21/14 Petit Point Carpet Progress.

 If you click on the photo the weird lines will go away..

I am a little behind where I had planned to be by now. I had another week away from stitching. It was because of the strangest cold I think I have ever had. I just couldn't keep my eyes open. Even when I wasn't tired.Other then that there were hardly any other symptoms.

I am not looking forward to stitching the wider border on this carpet. Every time I look at it, it makes me dizzy. Oh well... I think it will take another couple of weeks before I have to worry about it.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Antique Tiny French Brass Picture Frame

I have never really been interested in antique dollhouse pieces. I am not sure, even though this was advertised that way, this was originally meant for dollhouse. It was made in the 1880's in France.

I just Googled tiny French brass picture frame and I found this offered by an antique dealer.. It was love at first sight. I liked the fact it had such intricate details and was square. It is one inch wide and 1 3/4 inches tall. The baby photo came with the frame. That I will take out eventually.

It has an easel back and it is solid brass. I have never deliberately altered an antique. Even the antique buttons I have collected. Sadly, the easel will have to come off to use it on a wall.  It is too big to sit on a table.

I have fiddled around all afternoon avoiding cutting the back off. How silly...You'd think I could find something else to feel guilty about!