Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

Wow, it's hard to believe we're at this point! Since I'm not going anywhere tonite other than a hockey game, I'm going to try to finish up an ornament that I put down in November. That depends if I make it past 10:30 p.m.!

The test that I took Friday didn't show anything. Although the technician can't say anything, he did say that either my gallbladder is not functioning (ya think?!), something is blocking the bile ducts and therefore, the radioactive tracer didn't show up in the scan. I kept having to go back and forth to see if the tracer made it through (not a problem because I live less than a mile from the hospital!). He kind of thought that the insurance company can't argue with this obvious fact that something is going on. I'll know more in the coming week whether I get to have surgery. I hope so because I want to eat everything in sight! I want pizza, Chinese food, Mexican food like tamales and menudo, anything that has 1000 calories and lots of greasy fat lol!!

Meanwhile, I've lost 11 lbs. There are better ways to lose weight...

At midnite is the beginning of the Crazy January Challenge and I can't wait! At first I was going to abandon it but decided it might take my mind off of how lousy I feel. Well, I had to leave out the two PSS designs because of my budget constraints and I would rather stitch on fabric that is called for. If you look at the sidebar, I've included 3 Christmas ornies that I had kitted up for this Christmas but was unable to get to. Also I'm starting The Queen's Crowns from PSS because of my fascination with anything British! I've ordered the fabric for that. Everyday I'll have pics up to show my start and where I've gotten to. Check out the sidebar for the list as they're all shown from first days start to the last. As they say, I'm crazy! I'll try to keep up!

I'm looking forward to 2012. 2011 was tough physically, financially and emotionally. Every year I say the new year will be so much better. Well 2012 is going to be so much better. I finally have a decent job, my daughter is in her last semester of 11th grade, she'll have her own car to drive when I get my tax refund, and one large bill was paid off the first of December. On the stitching front, I finished up 13 WIP's, and stitched some ornaments and had quite a few people sign up to be followers. Thank You for following!!

That's my story and I'm sticking to it! Take care, and have a great Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Hope this Christmas Eve finds you all finished with your shopping and baking!

I just wanted to thank you all for the kind words concerning my surgery and my grandmother's passing. However, the surgery was cancelled because my insurance company wants me to go through a test that'll PROVE that my gall bladder needs to come out! I will not even repeat what came out of my mouth when the surgeon's office called and told me this. I will not let this disappointment ruin my Christmas. I'm doing fine. Of course, I just can't eat much of all the baked goods that have come our way! Next Friday I will be at the hospital going through this procedure called the H.I.D.A. scan. I looked it up on the internet and I'm not liking the radioactive part for sure. But I'll do what they need me to do.

Mary, I received your package today, and it's the cutest ornament ever! Thank You, it is a great mood pick-me-up and it's now on our tree with its buddies! You do such beautiful finishing!

This is just a short post today. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

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!