11 July 2018

Mission-minded Crochet Work

Last year I had heard that the migrant ministry recipients that our church serve liked to receive hand crocheted washcloths. So lately I've been working to make as many of them that I can before the end of July. This is a quick and easy project that travels well to work on in waiting rooms and vehicles.

I already had some that I'd stored away to use as a craft show item, but never got to have a booth last year. And while I was laid up with my back and knee surgeries I made a few more. So I now have a nice stack of at least 30 washcloths ready to be donated plus whatever more I can get done in the next couple of weeks!

03 July 2018

Blame It On The Moon

This has been another rough week. Danny had surgery last Thursday, getting 3 hernias repaired at one time. He’s now recovering nicely. Both dogs are now feeling good too so that just leaves me with leftover health issues. I am still struggling to get over twisting my back 10 days ago, but am making progress each day. I think once I get through this I am going to see about getting some strengthening back therapy, which I’ve never had since having back surgery over a year ago. Perhaps this could have been avoided if I’d had therapy sooner.

Beside pain each of us was dealing with and super hot temperatures outdoors, another thing that didn’t help matters was the full moon around June 28. With feelings walking a fine line, things weren’t always rosy last week. Now we know why.

My lightbulb started going off as I began noticing a trend a few months ago, gradually putting 2 and 2 together. Things would go well at home with everyone relatively happy and suddenly the botttom would fall out. Petty arguments and hurt feelings prevailed leaving us both baffled. Luckily it was always a temporary affliction and we’d get through the set-backs fairly quickly. After a while I mentioned my curious thoughts of a moon connection to Danny, so together we have been watching for a correlation between the moon and a tendency for arguments debates to become a bit more “heightened.” It seems to happen right before the full moon and dissipates within a day or so, with life returning to normal. We thought we were crazy but after tracking emotional exchanges a while we’re pretty sure we’re on to something. And now that we know better we can do better!

I know it sounds bizarre, but I share this because maybe someone else has had the same thing happen and just didn’t realize the moon could be an influence at home. Everybody knows the moon affects tides, births increase, and crimes go up during full moons. Why not arguments at home?

21 June 2018

Maintaining Cool

One of these days my real summer will start. So far it's been one dramatic event after another. Danny's hand is now doing nicely after his week in the hospital. During that week he was scheduled for a CT-Scan which we had to cancel. He finally got that done and was able to scheduled an appointment with another surgeon to fix multiple hernias that were side-lined during the other crisis. He gets surgery #2 next week.

Meanwhile, on Father's Day, after having a nice lunch with my father-in-law we returned home to find that one of our little dogs was indeed ill (we knew he hadn't been feeling well). Toby was going downhill fast; lethargic, not eating or drinking.  Danny slept on an air mattress in the living room that night, getting up with him every 30-40 minutes to go outdoors. On Monday morning we left early, heading to the vet. After exam and labs we returned home, $300 lighter and armed with antibiotics and nausea pills to gingerly care for our little munchkin. He's slowly doing better now although still sluggish and eating and drinking the minimum. I think he had some kind of bacteria in his gut.

Once I can get everyone well and stabilized around here I'm going to take a vacation and get out of Dodge for a while!

Other than that I've been reading, working on church stuff, crocheting a bit, and trying to keep cool (both physically and mentally). That impending yard sale that's been years in the making , that we'd thought to have this weekend, is on indefinite hold now. I could care less.

Good health is nothing to sneeze at. It's of the most importance for everyone.

14 June 2018

This That and Blast From the Past

First it was the mice, then it was the foxes, now it's the groundhog, and a baby one at that. He likes to hang around in front of the shop and grace like a miniature cow. I have only seen him from a window and have yet to get a photo, but the game camera should do nicely for that.

Meanwhile Danny is finally finished going through the shop and pulling items for our yard sale. Having his recent hand infection delayed his progress (he is healing nicely, thank you). I've been getting things ready from the house, including items from my online thrift store. Most of the house items have been stored in the garage. I try not to look around too much when I'm passing through - all that stuff sitting there makes me crazy! I'll be glad when it's gone and I can close that chapter of my life for good.

My Cabana Threads Hawaiian shirts are still being sold on eBay and have done very well over the last year (I reopened on eBay last June after hosting elsewhere for several years). You can follow us on Facebook to see the latest listings. I am thinking of dropping the ladies clothes and keeping life simple again.

Yesterday I was going through a drawer (for the yard sale) and came across a little Valentine card from my grandmother (my Dad's mom). I don't remember this card at all so I'm chalking it up to a wonderful discovery. She passed in 1988 so I know the card is at least that old. I don't know if it was sent to me or to one of my girls who were both born in the early 1980s. Perhaps one of them will remember if they've seen it before. Either way, I always cherish finding personal items (including signatures) from people I have loved in the past.

I thought I might get a clue to the age by googling online. I didn't find the age, but several results came up for "Trix elephant valentine" Who knew?!