Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Happy, happy, happy

Had to put H7 away this afternoon with over two-thirds of it completed!  That was hard to do (walking away)... but I have some extra time coming up this Thursday and Friday, and you KNOW that I will not walk away again before H7 is ready to 'meet' George.

UPDATE - as of Noon, Wed, 4/27:
I counted the inches before heading out the door this morning, and seventy inches are in place....
is it time to jump up and down, yet?

Monday, April 25, 2016

Nearly got what I wanted

Total of 48 inches in place, so I can walk away from it today, satisfied.

A morsel

A crumb.
A tasty tidbit.
Just a quick 'fix'.
H6 before stitching it together.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Whoopee ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Finished piecing my long-suffering H6 this afternoon, then got busy at the machine to get it put together.  CANNOT tell you how absolutely satisfying that was.

Once done, I hot-footed it back to the design wall and began building H7.  I have a lot of lost time to make up for.  Ended the day having placed better than one third.

Of course, I am only documenting this for myself, so I will enjoy reviewing it all in another year.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Well, whaddaya know

Began today's search for the remainder of missing H6 inches with a goal of 25, and by the time my foot had had enough - and the daylight waned to an all-but-useless level - I'd cut the missing bits down to SIX!

Admittedly, I took too many breaks, but I needed to get off of my foot periodically.  So, all in all, it wasn't a horrible go at completing H6, just not 100% successful.  Glad to be a quick (please, God, let it be quick) six inches away from moving on...but if I spend another couple of hours second-guessing and swapping things here and there, it will never be done.

So, now it's up to you.  Put on your thinking caps and start sending happy thoughts of forward momentum in this direction.

Thank you in advance.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Looking forward

Looking forward to progress and a four day weekend.

It's a long (and unimportant) story, but suffice to say I will have four (semi-)uninterrupted days to play with VG (and putter in the perennial bed out front) beginning Saturday!

Look out, H7, I am coming to get you, tackle you, and conquer you... once I finish H6.  [whimper]

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

There's bliss in them there inches.

(can you tell I listen to a LOT of old western TV shows while working?)

I ended my time with VG at 75 found.  75!

Seventy down, thirty to go.

Obviously, I am chronicling only for myself.

More than 60...less than forty

When I had to stop playing with VG this past weekend, this was where we left off.  We were being 'cheeky' - can you tell?

The last several days have been gloriously sunny (and a little on the warm side), but deliriously grand for finding necessary bits.  When I awoke this morning, I was sad to see grey-ness hanging about the windows and sky.  Was beginning to think there was a conspiracy taking place to keep us apart.

It's been only moments ago that the sun decided to cut through the crap and do its thing, so I am going to do mine while I can.  The photo (above) is from the weekend.  I was SO happy to be on my feet and able to piece for a bit that I just had to snap a picture to share.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Happiness comes in small packages

This was the first day in a long time that I have had the wherewithal to stand for any given period of time and work on my lovely 'masterpiece.'  The first time in over a month, in fact.


It felt grand.... and there are just under fifty inches in place.
[sigh of contentment]

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Update... of sorts

So, I ill-advisedly enjoyed the 'improvement' (as I saw it) to my leg (lower calf) and foot (ankle on down).  What I saw as 'better' I managed to muck up by standing and walking about the house; dishes, making a meal, laundry and up and down the stairs.  It's also oozing, a little...sort of.

[smack, smack, smack my forehead]

More ice and lots of elevation is now necessary - which means no undue strain on, or use of, the foot.  This is ridiculous!  It didn't take but three or four hours to undo all the good that had been done from yesterday!

On the plus side: Hobbes thinks it's lovely I have provided an extra cushion for her to sit on.  She is only somewhat annoyed at my insistence on 'sharing' with a human leg, and the presence of a cold, lumpy towel.

Cat-bite foot - 8/VG H6 - 0

Day 8, and nothing accomplished towards piecing H6.  No long term standing is advised.

Yesterday, the swelling in my foot and lower calf was horrid, but the color was (sort of) better.  Maybe not "better" so much as it was different (color-wise), but it didn't seem worse... to me, that is.

This morning the ankle bones can be felt, even if they can't be seen; and the leg is less swollen going into the foot - and it feels 'pliable'.  I don't know how else to describe it, but it isn't angrily hard and packed like an overstuffed sausage casing.  It feels more like my leg, the way I am used to it having felt for the past 50-something years.  The whole of my foot feels bruised along the top (at the toes) and along the outside from mid-foot to around the back of the ankle.  But (to me) it is markedly better.

I iced the crap out of it yesterday, keeping it raised 75-80% of the day, like a primadonna.  I hate this.  On the plus side: there was some stitching accomplished on the Peacock crazy quilt project.  If you want to see the activity on something, why not peek at the images there? www.bethsmadasahatter.blogspot.com

Hope to have something to brag about/show you for VG later in the week, though.  Until then, tell me what's under your needle?

Saturday, April 2, 2016

So ready

Ready to move on to H6, and totally psyched to be well past the halfway point.  It feels as though I've broken the surface of the water, after having been held under until my lungs were near bursting.

I will most likely not make my (hopeful) deadline of completing RowH by my birthday, but I am closer to it than not, so there is happiness in that fact.  And the current block (H6) is more of the same wistful and bright fleshy oranges, peaches, pinks, yellow tints and rusty browns and such.

Ah, the facial hair of a ginger.