Friday Follow Up

This has been a busy week.

It all started a week ago Thursday when DH and I were discussing visiting some friends in the Okanagan Valley for a few days break. We were going to head out on Thursday. Then DH remembered that Kenny and Dee will be decorating for Christmas. My darling has a bit of a thing about Christmas. He despises it actually. It’s still difficult for me to adjust to since I am the replica Mrs Claus. I love Christmas and decorating and finding the perfect gift to make for my loved ones. The end result of our discussions was that I headed out to visit by myself.

I had been concerned about Dee after she had fallen down the stairs in to the garage a month or so ago. She said she is still bruised and swollen on the front of her legs where they caught the sharp edges of the stairs. I knew she would need a bit of help with her decorating (she puts up 29 trees in their house). I also know she had been fretting about me.

It was a nice drive there. The weather was good and I always enjoy fall in the Okanagan Valley. Settled in early the first night there as I was tired from the drive. I actually had my sling off for the drive but put it on for a couple of hours after I got there since my arm felt like it was going to fall off. Dee and I were both up early on Friday. We finished decorating the downstairs except for one tree. We managed some time playing with fabric and getting Dee’s new machine set up.

Saturday we finished decorating the upstairs and went out for a Japanese dinner. I was thrilled to be eating onions and garlic since DH was at home. Poor man is deathly allergic to the onion family so I never get them at home.

Sunday was spent in the studio, choosing patterns and fabric. I managed to get 4 more quilts cut with Dee’s help. I still have trouble holding a ruler with my left hand.

Early Monday I headed out. I stopped in Vernon for the Remembrance Day service at the memorial there. I’m sure my Dad was smiling. He loved spending his summers working at the cadet camp.

My father, Cpl. Arthur W. Andrews circa 1956 or 1957

After the service I grabbed some groceries and headed home. Luckily it’s only a 4 1/2 hour drive home. Got home and unloaded the car. Unpacked and got laundry in before making dinner. I was thrilled to be home and absolutely over the moon when I realized I could actually hug DH! It’s the first time I have managed a real hug since Sept.3!

Next morning we woke up to this:

I saw my surgeon for my follow up appointment. He is pleased with my progress and told me I can leave the sling off except for when my arm is tired.

Today my physiotherapist told me I am way ahead of where he expected me to be. My range of motion is increasing by leaps and bounds. I also have more strength than he expected. I think it’s because I behaved myself and followed doctors orders. It was also helped by the fact that I HAD to knit and sew within 2 weeks of the surgery 🥴

I’ve done so well that I finished knitting my shawl. I soaked it tonight and have it blocked.

I had my post and 2 projects finished before I went to Oyama for the Stitch It and Gift It Hop by Carla at Creatin’in the Sticks. I’ve really been enjoying this Hop.

Did I tell you I finished a pattern test for Becca of Pretty Piney Quilts? I’m looking forward to being able to show this one off. I’m hoping to get it quilted before the reveal but my shoulder still isn’t up to manhandling a quilt through my DSM to do the quilting. I know because I tried after I rearranged everything in my sewing space (again). Soon but not quite yet!

Do spend some time sewing and fondling fabric today if you can. I know I will be after I attend an AGM at the Golf Course. 🥴 Carol

Published by Carol Andrews

I have been fondling fabric and creating things with fabric and fiber for as long as I can remember. My children had homemade clothes, blankets, canning and quilts most of their lives. Now I create goodies to share! Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoy making them! When I am not creating with fiber or fabric I keep busy with Dear Heart, kids, grandkids, great grandkids.

4 thoughts on “Friday Follow Up

  1. I’m so glad your shoulder is doing so well!! I had surgery on mine on Nov. 1 last year and there are some days when I miss my sling still!! Mercy, you did get home just in time! Where in WA are you? I’m about 70 west of Spokane.

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    1. Thank you. I can’t believe how much of a difference a shoulder makes in your life when it’s not working! It was our first snowfall of the year and I am not ready for it yet. I actually live in British Columbia, Canada. We often get to Spokane for a getaway or Sandpoint Idaho to visit family.

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  2. Hi Carol! Wow, what a fabulous report from the doctors. I’m so proud of you! And what a good friend you are to Dee. Wow – 29 trees! She loves to decorate for Christmas, doesn’t she?! Her home must look just beautiful. Goodness, you got home just in the knick of time. That’s quite a bit of snow. I’m looking forward to seeing your version of Becca’s quilt. I haven’t quilted mine yet – I’m still fretting a bit over just how to do so. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Thank you Roseanne. It feels so good to hug people! Dee’s home is a Christmas Wonderland! She takes some things down to make a winter wonderland. Then comes Valentines Day, Spring, Easter, etc. She changes it up all year. Snow has all gone again. Golfers were on the course today. I’m thinking of doing a fair amount of ruler work on Becca’s quilt because of the pattern and the fabric I used. I’ve drawn it out and think it will work. 🥴 Carol

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