|Standin' on the Corner in Winslow, Arizona|
I could be standin' on the corner in Winslow, Arizona, like a line in one of my favorite Eagles' songs, but I'm not. This time I'm paying more attention to the song title: "Take It Easy".
I haven't been around much, and there's a reason for that. November 20 when Denis got home from work, I asked him to take me to the emergency room. That alone had to scare the puddin' out of him because he knows that if I had a Loathe List, doctors and hospitals would be right at the top. Well, the upshot of this whole business is that I've got some female parts that are seriously out of whack. That's about all I'm going to say on the matter because it's not just men who hear the phrase "female problems" and start to cringe and mutter, "TMI! TMI!" I do, too!
I've already had the joy of several tests, and I'll be undergoing some exploratory surgery on December 23. (Ho, ho, ho!) In the meantime, I've been silently going nuts. I have no energy and no strength, so there's not been any holiday decorations going up in this house. My Wordless Wednesday posts for the month of December will help me think of what this house looks like when it's all gussied up for Christmas. There's not much housecleaning going on, and not much cooking.
What brings tears to my eyes is knowing how blessed I am. Denis has been working full-time, buying groceries, doing laundry-- he even cooked Thanksgiving dinner. Words simply cannot express how I feel about this man of mine.
I've been lying across the bed in the sun reading and napping. So far I've managed not to crack myself in the head with a book when I've fallen asleep. And I've been needlepointing stars for Christmas trees, using a lot of yarn that I've had for a decade or two. Most of them have been done in batches of five, but I'll show you a sample of several of them:
The lighting fought me tooth and nail, so you're not seeing true colors in some cases. Working on these has helped to keep my mind off things it doesn't do a bit of good to worry about, and I've always enjoyed working with color and texture. I can stitch away and watch HGTV holiday programming and streaming movies from Netflix.
When your body betrays you, it seems as though your mind and everything else draws in to protect you, and it's amazing how many computer-related things I always enjoyed doing daily have just flown out the window.
The last thing I'll share with you in this "checking in" post is a bit of Twilight Zone magic. I fell in love with one of the color combinations of stars I've been making, and I've decided to make quite a few for one of my own trees. I wanted to do something to make these ornaments even more special, and an idea came to mind almost immediately.
My grandmother collected antique china head dolls. In many cases, she either had to repair the cloth bodies or make brand-new ones, and she also made a lot of period clothing for them. She would go to estate sales and auctions out on farms in the area, always on the look-out for box lots of sewing notions-- especially small scale notions that would look just right on the doll clothes she made.
I needed five pieces of braid that were eight inches long. Six eight-inch-long pieces of braid fell on the desk.
Call me delusional, but I felt the presence of my grandmother in the room then! (I won't say a word about Rod Serling's voice....)
I don't know when I'll be back to blogging "full time", but I'm going to have to do something soon-- the books that need to be reviewed are piling higher and higher on the desk. I don't want them to topple and give me a concussion on top of everything else! Perhaps you'll be seeing a couple of Weekend Book Review Marathons soon.
Thank you for all the good thoughts, wishes and prayers you've been leaving in comments. They mean a very great deal to me.