Saturday, January 24, 2015

Four Hedgehogs Complete!

I did it! I finished sewing the fourth and final hedgehog! She just needs her glasses but those don't require sewing so here's a picture that blogger will render crappy:

Find me on Instagram as "Tubaville" for clear pics and so I can check out yours, too!

I won't be working too much on this quilt anytime soon. I only worked on it for about 20 minutes or less and it really did a number on my lungs. I had to sleep sitting up last night. But it sure is nice to have all four hedgehogs sewn up. I pulled out all the materials to make the pink hedgehog's glasses and I may try those in the next day or two after I've rested up. 

I've made substantial progress on the purple blackwork for my daughter: 

I found that if you do a search for #blackwork on Instagram it comes back with images of tattoos. Lots and lots of tattoos. Good thing to know before I tagged it. I've never been into tattoos, preferring to spend my money on thread instead though I do appreciate the incredible artistry. 

Anyhoo, that's all for today. I'm off for a walk with my daughter and Charlie.

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Blackwork and Garden Planning

I slept all night on my back and it was wonderful!!! No pain from my pulmonary embolisms returned and I am only a little sore. That was my first night of real sleep in almost two weeks. Amazing. 

Now back to regular programming :-)

I've been stitching on the purple blackwork:

Sorry it's so wrinkly but it's a work in progress :-). 

I feel so good today I may even try sewing! The other day, I went down to my sewing room and just read at my sewing desk. I wanted to see how sitting there affected my lungs. I seemed to do ok but I will need to keep it short. 

I've been planning my summer garden. So fun! I'm ordering my seeds through Seed Savers Exchange which are heirloom, untreated, non-hybrid, non- GMO seeds. I'm also trying to select all organic seeds though I think one or two may not be. At the very least, we will be using all organic growing methods. 

We have committed to a weekly CSA Farmshare so we are growing what we don't get enough of, or any at all in our share. I just love the names: Pencil Pod Golden Wax Beans, French Breakfast Radishes, Blacktail Mountain Watermelon, Golden Bantam Corn, Tom Thumb Peas, Aurora Medium Hot Peppers, King of the North Red Bell Pepper, Sweet Granite Cantaloupe, Sunberry, Green Tomatillo, Silvery Fir Tree Tomato, Mexican Midget Tomato (unfortunate name), Italian Heirloom Tomato, and Cilantro. 

Additionally, I'd like to plant two new apple trees this year to bring our total up to six. 

Instead of flowers on the deck in the containers, I'm going to plant Tom Thumb Peas in the hanging pots and Silvery Fir Tree Tomato and Aurora Peppers in the other containers. The Aurora Peppers grow in a variety of colors like purple, yellow and red so that'll be just as pretty as any flower. 

Anyway, I have to call the company to ensure that they'll send the seeds in a freeze-safe package. I read about it in their catalog but I want to make sure before I spend money and time on dead seeds. 

Are you itching for summer? Have cabin fever? Doing anything to remedy it? I'd love to hear from you. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Well, me and my pulmonary embolisms have been unleashed upon the world for more than a day now.

I kicked off the day waking up screaming in pain. Yes, I can tell you the exact moment a pain pill wears off then collides with my shifting in bed to a spot where there's a blood clot. I probably shaved a few years off my husband's life. Sorry, babe. 

But it sure was nice being able to sleep in my own bed for the first time in a few weeks. I had resorted to a cocoon-like propping of pillows on the couch before the hospital. Now it's a bed cocoon. 

After the sun had risen and showers were taken, the husband took me to the Coumadin Clinic Lab. This is a place I will get to know very closely over the next year. The technician told me my INF (don't ask, I'm overloaded with information at this point) level was 3.0. This was maximum of where it is supposed to be, between 2.0 & 3.0. After a nurse called me at home and bossed me around a bit. So I get to take half a Coumadin tablet the next two days. My God this is boring. 

I didn't do any stitching today but I did yesterday. Unfortunately, I don't have a progress shot. I'll substitute Fred in my son's backpack instead. 

I have been reading a bit on my Kindle. I've finished 9 books so far this year. But I'm tired and it's past 5am now and I'm in ridiculous pain. I'll write about them another day. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


I am home! I'm not out of the woods.  I'm still in so much pain that sleep is an elusive thing. I go to "Coumadin Clinics" every other day to test how thin my blood is. Then I have several follow ups with my dr.  

 While I spent a good deal of my time just willing the pain to stop. I also spent a lot of time just waiting around in the hospital. So I made steady progress on my blackwork project. 

My parents couldn't visit since they are a country away. So they sent me flowers and we talked and texted constantly. 


My sister, who is a nurse but lives far away, called the nursing staff & peppered them with technical questions about my condition. All I know is I can't breathe and it hurts like hell, so she was a big help. 

I am always at risk for developing more pulmonary embolisms. Lucky me. But I'm going to be super careful with my health so that is less likely to happen. 

Anyway, it's taken me all day to write this. The pain has improved. And for the first time in over a week I can lay (lie?) on my back!!!in bed!!! So exciting!! Good night!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Still in the Hospital

It's Sunday. I'm still in the hospital with no word on when I go home. I've been here since Thursday. They run tests every day. My meds are always being adjusted. Basically, I'm not quite stable yet. I know this much about not being stable from my sister who used to work here. She calls and gets updates of my conditions and, unlike the rest of us, she understands it because she's a nurse. 

I'm thankful for my family as they help me through this. I'm still hardly sleeping. You'd think I'd blog or read more but I can hardly concentrate. I can also barely walk so I won't be speed walking the halls or anything. I spend my time trying to get comfortable and waiting. That's ok. It's all I can handle right now.

Last night after a few delicious hours of sleep I worked on this blackwork piece in purple. Tonight I'm having to switch rooms because they put a woman with me who prefers pooping right next to her bed. The smell about knocked me out. 

I'm not a picky person. I've handled years of defecation and urination like a queen handles her court but this woman is missing some major nutrients in her soil. I look forward to having a room of my own. Soon. Better yet, I can't wait to go home! Maybe tomorrow!!

Thursday, January 15, 2015


Update: I DO have multiple blood clots in my lungs (pulmonary thrombosis). I was started on several kinds of blood thinners. My heart rate was 153 when they brought me to the unit and I was hollering in pain with every movement. Now, thanks to the power of morphine, I only let out little grunts of discomfort. I'll be here for a few days until the clots break up and the pain relents. I'm so relieved they figured this out finally. 

My parents sent me these pretty flowers. Love the color!!

Fred is Concerned

I'm back at the hospital today. I was just admitted.  The pain is now radiating across my back where it was only on one side before. This is ridiculous. I am having great difficulty breathing and can't lay down at all. They keep on running tests and it is so painful to have to do them. My dr thinks there is probably a blood clot or two in my lungs. Now we are waiting for results. 

Fred is concerned. I took this pic yesterday. I'm in too much pain to stitch anymore. 

Wish me luck! This is super scary!!