Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Good News, Bad News

Hi!  Hope ya'll had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to a beautiful Fall!

Been about a month since I last posted - not because I was being lazy, but because summer seems to just grab hold of you and the days zip by.  Have a few things to share with you and a few pictures.

I think I'll start out with the Good News.  For one - My precious Lily Lee just had her check up at the vets yesterday and she is now Heart Worm free!!!!!!!!! What a long haul she has had trying to get rid of them.  She weighed in at 69.8 pounds, a far cry from the 38 pounds she weighed when we first adopted her last December.  To celebrate, mommy and Lily went out for a Dairy Queen yesterday afternoon.  Love my Lily Lee!


One happy Lily Lee!!!

Summer isn't summer here in New England unless you spend some time on the beach.  My son Jason and his wife Evy rented a beautiful house on Duxbury Beach only steps away from one of the prettiest beaches around.  Evita & DeAngleo had a blast learning to boogie board - Nana Nicki laid in the sun just watching.


Evita & DeAngelo


Off to Fenway park to see the Red Sox


Celebrating mom's 60th Birthday
Rob, Nicki, Jason & Evy
(even Lily snuck in)
Ya'll know how it is in the summer when you have a million things to do and not enough time to get it all done.  I did manage to get another CQJP block done.  This is my block for the month of May - done in pinks and greens as it seems they have taken over as being my favorite color combination lately.  I have June's almost done and have started on July & August.



May CQJP 2012 Block



Lookie - I'm really getting into using that dang Bullion stitch!
A couple weeks ago I received this gorgeous UTS (Under the Sea) fabric postcard in the mail.  I absolutely love UTS!  The work on this card is stunning - every stitch and every detail is fabulous!  During the posting of pictures of the CQJP monthly blocks I have been following Claudia's Blog  fabricfusion  I dropped her a note about a month ago telling her how much I loved her work and how she inspires me  with her stitching and imagination.  Lucky me - this card was a gift from her - I feel so lucky to own one of her little Master pieces.  If you have some time, grab a cup of coffee and take a trip through her Blog - simply wonderful!



Check out all the wonderful details!
 
Created by Claudia
One of the most recent swaps I have been in is a CQ RR depicting a water scene.  This is my portion that I create for Marie on her large CQ Block.  I used french knots for the bubbles,  added some feather stitches using silk thread and for the seaweed used some gorgeous turquoise yarn, a few pieces of dyed lace and then added a few fish.

 
 
Ok - so now for the bad news.  Last April I was walking Lily and for whatever reason I wrapped her leash around my left hand.  Lily got spooked by something and bolted right down the street leaving me flat faced in the middle of the road with a feeling as if my arm had been ripped off.  Long story short.... after about 8 weeks of PT it was determined that the PT was not working (oh duhh!!) and that I needed an MRI.  The MRI showed that I not only had torn ligaments but that the muscle had been ripped from he rotor cuff.  So........ this Friday (31st) I am going in for shoulder surgery.  I've got butterflies in my belly and am so nervous but know that if I can handled the pain I've dealt with the last 4 months, this surgery should be a breeze .... well I hope so as I will be in a sling for 6 weeks and the recovery time, I'm told with more PT, will be 3-6 months. 

In preparation for being out of commission for a bit, I have spent the last 3 weeks dyeing up tons of laces for RavioleeDreams   I figure if I can't dye lace or CQ for a while, at least I can type one handed and upload items to my shop.   I will not be taking on any new custom orders for at least another month (+/-) but will have quite a variety of colors, motifs and laces added to my shop in the near future.

If you hear anyone whimpering over the weekend.... it's just me being a big baby!

33 comments:

  1. i hope it all goes smooth and easy and.. you take care of yourself sweetie!.. and call me if you want to whine and talk.. that's what good friends are for!.. love you..xo

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    1. Shey, Thanks for the phone call - you be sure to take good care of yourself too! Hugs! Love you too!

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  2. Too much honour for me, your stitching is gorgeous, I love the water scene!
    Wish you the best, everything will be okay soon!

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    1. Claudia, Thank you again for thinking of me. I will answer your email once I'm back up on my feet. Hugs!

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  3. I'll be thinking of you for the 31st.After months of pain, the operation will be bearable.It's amazing how the body can cope with pain. Then you can rest and recover.
    I have a new blog Nicky.The address is just slightly different from the old one.
    http:jfabrications.blogspot.com The old one still showing on your sidebar.Parcel on its way today.
    Judy

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    1. Hi Judy, You know, I've tried about 3 times already to remove your old blog - I do have your new one listed. Thank you in advance for the surprise you are sending me. You rock!

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  4. Nicki

    All will go smoothly and you will be as good as new...take it from a 2 time surgery patient ! Im only a phone call away, a 20 minute ride away...just let me know what you need !!! Two days from now it will be all over and the healing can begin !!!

    Love ya !!

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    1. Elaine - I know I can count on you. If you want I'll pull out the double size fold away when you come over and Rob can take care of both of us at the same time. Bring over some stitching! See you soon!

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  5. Thinking of you and sending good vibes for a stress free surgery! Hope you heal quickly and completely! Love you girl!

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    1. Q - Thanks for thinking of me. You know the minute I can, I'll be back stitching and dyeing up a storm! Stress? Me?!!!LOL!

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  6. Oh Dear Nicki - I was so very sorry to read about that accident with your darling Lilly Lee!
    As we get older, even trying to keep fit, we tend to more easily tear our tendons and ligaments but not usually to this extent. I will be thinking of you tomorrow when you have to face the surgeon. Now take good care and plenty of time to heal and recover - your CQing will always be there waiting for you.
    Thanks sweet woman for leaving such a kind comment today and now I can't wait to see your wonderful book too. Are there any images already shown?
    Wishing you quick healing dear friend,
    Suzy

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  7. Nikki! Good luck with your surgery and I know you will be a good trooper! Be thinking of you and wish the best.
    Your new color combo, pink and green is lovely. I'm still stuck on blue for now.
    best wishes and Lilly looks wonderful- hugs!

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    1. Thank you Denise! I needed to take a little (just a little) bit of a break from my favorite Blues.

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  8. Dear Nicki ~ I have been wondering where you are as your blog has been quiet.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers as you go into surgery and may your recovery be swift and complete.

    Your blocks are beautiful as always and those underwater pieces from friends are great!

    Love and hugs to you ~ FlowerLady

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    1. aHHHHHHH Thank you. I hope your gardens are safe from all the rains and storms. I'll stop in soon for a visit to see what you are sharing pictures.

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  9. The news about Lily is amazing. Over the years we've had 5 rescue dogs plus Morris and Fritz as pups... They are all loved.

    You will be surprised how clever you can get doin things one handed.. After a bad break I had 2 surgeries and 6 months in casts but surprised myself with what I learned to do left handed..(especially if they leave just even one finger of your bad arm sticking out of the cast) Think of it as a challenge... Good luck.. Gerry

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    1. Gerry - aren't rescues the absolute best. I just love this little girl so much - she never leaves my side.

      hugs!

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  10. I'll be praying for your surgery and healing, Nicki. I'm certain your Lily will stay right my your side as you recuperate!

    The family is beautiful. Love seeing the kids grow - so fast too!

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    1. Hi Jes, Miss our chats - we'll have to get back in touch pretty soon. Hope all is well and you are settled in back home.

      Hugs!

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  11. Your May block looks fabulous!
    I wish you all the best with the surgery. I hope you will recover soon.

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    1. Thank you Marjolein, I'll stop by your blog for a visit soon as I can't wait to see what you are up to now.

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  12. Hi NickiLee: I just received your pkg of tea-dyed laces and they are just lovely; and I must thank you for the two x-tra goodies--I can't wait to use them in my first CQ block. I have posted about your Etsy Shop on my blog and featured your laces...I just love them.
    I am wishing you a speedy recovery--I tore my rotator cuff two yrs ago and I empathize with you...hang in; it will get better with lots of rest. Thank you so much for your generosity...Julierose

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    1. Thank you Julie! I'm so happy you are enjoying the laces and can't wait to see your block as it progresses. Please do keep in touch!

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  13. I love, love, love the pink and green color combination and your work. I also love the under the sea card. Lovely work.
    I am so sorry to hear about your shoulder. I admire how brave you are sounding. I would truly be the one wimpering if it were me.
    Hope you will try and post that all is well when it is over.
    Best of luck.

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    1. Hi Maureen, Thank you for stopping by. Trust me, if I'm not whimpering right now you can be sure this time tomorrow I will be.... I'm am a big baby when it come to needles! I'll check in soemtime next week.

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  14. I have just found your blog through the facebook link. Love it. You lucky thing getting a postcard from Claudia, I love her undersea blocks as well.
    Linda

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  15. • • • Good luck tomorrow. Hope you have a very speedy recovery. If you are up and about in the middle of the night, you know I'm awake if you need someone to talk to.

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    1. LOL! Jean - not sure what condition I'll be in and I will have to remember the time difference but I'll certainly give you a call if I need someone to chat with in the middle of the night.

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  16. I hope all went well! You are in my thoughts

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  17. Nikki: I hope by nw you are recouperating at home and your surgery went well. I know by now you can't wait to get back to work and dying all your pretties. Take the time to heal and enjoy the rest. Thinking of you, Denise

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  18. على زوج أنيقة من الأحذية مما يسمح لك لجعل أكثر جاذبية
    كعب إسفين الحذاء
    سوف تجعلك أحذية مريحة مزاج سعيدة كل يوم

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  19. in those past years,the clothing which caused traffic accident
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    我々は、細かい細工の宝石、高品質を持っている最高のオプションを離れて取引された

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    ネックレスは非常に美しいですし、あなたを置く、彼女はAlmlaúkの中で最も美しかった

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  20. in those past years,the clothing which caused traffic accident
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    Tシャツ

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