The stark beauty of the rugged landscape of a lava field in Hawaii Volcano National Park.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I will never ...

I'm laying here, foot propped up with a cold pack on it.  Today, it was painful.  A gnawing pain similar to shin splints.  Earlier today I was sitting in a car waiting for the driver to come back with cups of latte.  We parked fronting another business with a irritating neon sign that matched the pulsating pain in the front of my leg.  Now I will forever relate my foot pain to the pulsating buzz of a neon sign.  Great!
Well, I'm getting tired of being immobile.  So, I went outside last night and snapped some pics - a long story made short - I was in pain all night.  It's going to be a long 5 weeks.
Other than that, my best friend that lives in Colorado Springs (my old home town) had her birthday October 24th.  I have her box with gifts at home waiting to go to the post office.  I spoke to her on her birthday and sang her a song.  Her presents are different from normal presents.  Things to make her laugh, some sentimental and another that I know she will really like.
Since I've been on the mend I have been doing a lot of handwork.  Which I love to do, but now it's getting boring.  I guess I miss my sewing machine.  I've made a lot of handmade christmas ornaments and glass plate/soldered jewelry.  I'm really excited about these two projects, especially the jewelry using pages from the original pages from Degener's Flora Hawaiiensis.  The book in good condition is rare, however, the copy I have is not in good condition and missing the original cover and pages in horrible condition.  I love using the pages because it gives it a historical and vintage look.  Other than that, nothing much is going on.

So my mantra at the moment is:  I will never sit inappropriately for hours while sewing ... I will never ...

I'll have some pics to share with you all.  Soon.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

On the mend

Aloha Gang,

Well, it's been a couple of weeks without a post.  The reason for my lack of blogging is that I hurt my foot.  More specifically, I believe I sprained of strained my foot just above my left ankle and going towards the front of the leg just above the foot.  My naturopath says that I strained it with unending hours of sitting in one position in an inappropriate chair when sewing.  WOW!
It has been almost 3 weeks now.  And the pain is more intense, but shrunk in size, which the doc says is normal.  The deal is that I need to be off my feet once I'm at home.  Let me tell you it's a hard thing for me to do.  Sit still.  Also, elevate my foot (uncomfortable) and alternate ice and heat therapy (bothersome).  What interest me is when will I be back to normal.  The doc reminded me of my painful stubbed and fractured toe that I suffered earlier this year, and how long it took (8 weeks) and the pain (lots) associated with that injury.  Boy, do I see a pattern here!

Also, once I heal I will be shopping for a recommended chair for the sewing/craft room (yeah!).

With the rapidly approaching holiday season, I am behind schedule with finding craft fairs to sell my wares.  I'm also behind in my sewing.  Such is life, nothing is set in stone.

I will try to snap a few pics and move my computer away from the inappropriate chair area and download a few pics and type up a post.  I can't promise anything, but I'll try.

Hop-a-Long aka Lei