Saturday, December 17, 2011

An Eventful Month

Hi All!

I haven't been posting because this past month has been something else. Let me fill you in:

I'm having surgery next Friday the 23rd for the removal of a bad gall bladder. How did this happen, you ask? I ask that myself! I had been having these pains in the middle of the night or early morning that would wake me out of a sound sleep. Usually after eating too late or something spicy. They didn't happen every day, just maybe once since summer, and then around 2 times a month if I wasn't careful. Until early Tuesday morning a couple of weeks ago, around midnight. I thought my usual tricks of dealing with this would work; not this time. This hurt! It was like giving birth again! I woke my daughter to drive me to the E.R. They ruled out bad heartburn and ulcers. Morphine finally got rid of the pain, and then they released me with orders to get an ultrasound. I missed 3 days of work which is going to hurt (no pun intended) for Christmas. The ultrasound was done and after the words of the radiologist-"I don't like your gall bladder", was sent to my family doctor for a referral to a surgeon. Final diagnosis-inflamed gall bladder or Acute Cholecystitis.

I have never had surgery before. I spent the night in the hospital when my daughter was born but that was it. In one week I lost 6 lbs. because I just can't eat like I used to. And I've been tired. I fall asleep on the couch at 8:30 p.m.! Fridays, I found out, are the normal times for surgery here at this hospital. I'm nervous about it but realize it's important to get this thing out.

The same day I found out about my gall bladder, I returned home to find phone messages that my 95 year-old grandmother had died that same morning! That was a double whammy Thursday! Her services were held this morning. She raised 9 children, 2 have already passed, one being my mom. She had 30-something grandchildren, 29 greats, and 5 great-greats. She was a strong woman, and I hope to face adversity like she did, with a smile and a steely resolve.

Due to my imminent surgery, I'm going to have to shelve my plans to have a giveaway to celebrate my 1 year blogoversary. My birthday is coming up at the end of January so I will have a giveaway to celebrate my birthday. So please be sure to check out the details for that in the middle of January.

Now it's time for more cheerful news! My Christmas ornament stitching has been almost non-existent. For the Christmas Ornament Challenge, I've stitched AND finished just 2. I have a small one that I finished but don't know about the finish on it. I am stitching one from a JCS ornament magazine but it's taking awhile.

The first weekend of December, Prescott has a very nice Christmas parade. My daughter and her ROTC group from school were to march in it. Saturday dawned with a bleak sky, low temps with the forecast of snow.

My daughter is the third one from the right. As you can see, it's snowing like the dickens. It was 32 degrees. And here's the rest of her group

When they were done, we just left and headed to the nearest Starbucks!

About a month ago, I put in an order for fabric, threads, and a few buttons. Well I just received the package yesterday

I'm still awaiting a backorder for 1 button. That's 30ct Parchment linen from WDW, Belle Soie for PSS's The Queen's Crowns, and DMC for one of my CJC 15 projects. Of course, the linen was for an ornament that I just won't have time to get started! Speaking of CJC 15, I'm so excited! I pretty much have all the supplies for most of them. There are 3 that take Lakeside Linen. I'm not a stitcher who likes to pick a different linen. 123 Stitch, I've noticed, have small cuts of Lakeside, and they're affordable. Of course, this will depend what my finances will look like in January. Here are some pics of what I have planned for the CJC:

I'd better quit now, Blogger is acting up. I'll post more pictures soon!

Surprise, Surprise! I actually won a giveaway! A secret giveaway for being the 500th comment at Mary's blog. I was asked for the holiday of my choice of something stitched and finished. I just can't wait to receive it! Thank You Mary! I've seen your finished stuff and just know it'll be gorgeous!

This'll be it for now. I'm off to stitch on my ornament and watch some t.v. It's been a couple of emotional weeks for me and I just want to couch potato. Wishing one and all a Merry Merry Christmas!


  1. I am so sorry to hear about your Grandmother, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. I had my gal bladder out many years ago and for me it was a piece of cake. I am in the hospital a lot and the food has gotten better. Since I am Jewish, I ask for Kosher food which anyone is allowed to order and Kosher food is much better. Also some hospitals will allow you to order from the cafe also. So you might have a few options there. I hope you surgery goes well for you and keep us posted.

    Linda in Chino Valley

  2. Ditto with Linda, I also had the and take it easy.....thought are with you for the loss of your grandmother.

  3. Shelly, so sorry to read about your grandmother. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Also, prayers are with you as you face your surgery.