Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My Summer Flowers

Even though I am stuck inside most days, waiting patiently (ok sometimes not so patiently) for my ankle to heal, I can feel the season changing.  The nights are starting sooner and cooler and I can see the leaves starting to change.  I'm sad I missed the end of summer, but I feel this change is helping me pass the days more quickly till I am back walking again *fingers crossed*
The menfolk have been, for the most part, very patient with me and obliging my requests for them to go out into the garden and bring me beautiful bunches of flowers so I don't miss them before they end.
I love these flowers SO much.
When my situation gets me down (far too often) I lift my spirits by enjoying the amazing colours of these beautiful blooms.

 I've treated myself to another expensive, but oh so lovely magazine.  I'm contemplating a subscription to this particular one, as I love it and it would be so much cheaper than buying them individually.  I only wish I knew if you got the free gift with the US subscription.  Does anyone know?  Half the joy of this magazine is the sweet free gift.
 I spent a happy Sunday stitching up my fishes from my latest issue. I feared they'd be fiddly and frustrating and with my patience at an all time low I contemplated them for many days before digging in.  I had to ditch my beloved vintage Bernina for my modern machine as my 'pedaling' leg is out of action.  My Brother machine has a wonderful button you can use instead of a foot pedal.  It's really a lovely machine to sew with when working on fiddly projects.
As it turns out, this fishes were super easy!
 Whilst in this positive sewing mood I set to and cut out some squares to start something patchy. It never occurred to me that when I use my rotary cutter and mat I am usually standing up, cutting squares while seated was quite a challenge, but I am loving using up scraps and a soft old sheet.  My favorite colours and simple patchwork squares, it's coming along a treat.
Its so lovely to be back to my blog.  I've really missed this space and I didn't realize how much it cheered me to type a few little words and share a few photos.  I must try to get back more and not let this broken ankle get me down.
Two more sleeps till I see the Dr. after six weeks of hopping around on crutches.  Fingers crossed tightly he puts me back on the road to walking!

Thank you for stopping by!

Toodles....L x ♥

Monday, September 9, 2013

A Little Leg Update


I'm still alive.....

...of course, my leg is still broken.

Thank you SO much for all your well wishes.   They cheered me to no end on those first few dark days - it's the mental challenges more than the physical challenges I struggled with the most.

I have missed this little space, but I am doing everything within my willpower to rest, relax and mend my broken leg/ankle.  I've been free of my splint and bandages for 1 week and three days now (not that I am counting). I had my stitches removed (ouchie ow ow big time) - there were alot (two incisions) and they hurt coming out, but I'm happy they are gone.  I'm still not walking, my torn ligament is still healing along with my broken bone and the fancy new plate and screws they installed (it hurts just thinking about them!).  I have a lovely new brace (yuck - but at least I can take it off for a bath) and three more weeks till I see the doctor again.  Cool eh?
Mr. & Mrs. Crutchie are my new friends and I'm making a 'one shoe' fashion statement.  The Mister is pleased I can now get two days out of one pair of socks, since he is now formally in charge of doing the laundry.
It took me about a week to get my head in order with this new 'situation' and I will admit I still have some moments when I lose it, but I'm using the time to focus on finishing off some long lost little projects.
The Mister treated me to a new CrossStitcher magazine which came with a free gift.  Wicked expensive magazine since it is shipped from across the pond, but I love the free gifts.  Seriously, the UK has the BEST craft magazines!
It reminded me of a long lost little project hidden in my bedside table. It only took a few minutes to finish and it was SO rewarding to have them both done.  Without being able to do much but lie around, which sounds delightful, it is very unrewarding.  At least when you finish washing the dishes you feel like you have accomplished something in your day.
After  my ordeal at the doctors office having the stitches removed and being pushed around the dreaded Wal-Mart in a wheel chair gathering bandaging supplies, the Mister treated me to some new yarn!  Nothing fancy, just some Caron Simply Soft, which is deliciously soft and inexpensive.
So now, when I'm not stuck upstairs, close to the loo (one bathroom house), I'm outside enjoying the last of the summer evenings....
listening to the kids play, enjoying the cool weather and working a few of these!

I do hope all is well with you, and thank you for stopping by.
If my helpers are willing (i.e. obliging in finding the camera and helping my down the stairs) I hope to be back in this space a little more.

Take care! 

Toodles...L x ♥