Friday, December 19, 2014
Xmas is upon us

After several months of physical therapy, my wrist is much better. Some movements cause pain, but I was told that my knitting and weaving are excellent therapy for my wrist so that is good. Ribs are healed but my knee is still a bit of a problem. Back? Very weak and just doesn't want to "heal" as I call it although it is healed as far as x-rays show.

I can live with this if I must as it doesn't affect most of the work I enjoy doing. The ability to get down on my knees and get up again I miss--no gardening, playing on the floor with the grandkids, brushing the dogs, and such, but such is life as one gets older.

Getting ready for the holidays. Cards are mailed, gifts wrapped, tree is up and decorated. The husband has a few last minute things to do and the cookies need to be baked. We are having duck and all the trimmings here and the next day we will be at the grandkids house for another celebration.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014
A few days

since my last entry. Finally I'm able to remove my wrist brace for short times each day and this makes me better able to type. I still use the brace at night or if I need to lean on my hand for transfers, etc. Otherwise it is such freedom! Still have to be careful as the wrong move brings on pain but most of the healing is complete.

I don't remember if I mentioned that I'm working on a pair of leg warmers for myself. Winter can be hard on an old gal and even though I'm not in the coldest of climates in the Pacific NW, it is still chilly around here. Snow is pretty but the slushiness that comes with warming up a bit is both chilly and dangerous.

The leg warmers are a basic pattern of knit 2 purl 2 at the top and bottom and straight knit stitch between. I'm knitting on straight needles so the knit is knit on one side and purl on the other. No particular number of rows, just fit to the size of your leg. Do be sure to do a gauge knit with the yarn you want to use and to use a larger size needle for the top of your leg and to knit off loosely. Instead of switching to larger needles, you could add stitches, but I find it easier to just switch to larger needles. I'm doing a three inch ribbing at the ankle and a four inch ribbing at the top of my leg--up to the knee.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014
Finally typing

Yes, I'm finally typing without too much pain and it is sure easier to type with two hands rather than just one. Especially when one is visually impaired and I type by touch typing as I was taught so many years ago.

I am also knitting again even if it is slow going. The twist in my wrist that is needed hurts still. The doc has me going to physical therapy for both wrist and knee twice a week for a month and then we will go from there. The wrist feels better and I do think the physical therapy will help although it might take a while. The knee I'm not so hopeful for and it might still take surgery.

I purchased this beautiful old spinning wheel and just had the time to use it yesterday. It and I had a bit of getting used to each other. Finally the husband came in and found where the adjustment for "take in" needed for yarn to go onto the spindle part. Ah ha! This made things different and all was fine.

Such a beautiful wheel, and definitely hand made. So very intricate in the carving. I've never studied old wheels such as this so it is difficult to say whether any old wooden wheels were "mass produced" or made by the local "dealers". Still, it is beautiful and a delight to the fingers.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Indeed, it does seem repetitive to mention that I am still healing, but such is the truth. Ribs do feel better unless I move wrong and "tweak" something. The wrist is better, but not healing as quickly as I would like. But all happens in its own time and I must be patient. Old folks don't heal as fast as young folk.

Not knitting as yet but spinning on wheel and spindle. Feels good to be doing something creative. Working with fiber in shades of blue. Rather chunky knitting and not something I really enjoy. I like smooth yarn and not yarn with chunks in it. Just my preference.

Keeping an eye on my old dog Bo. He is 16 years old and I worry about him. I can see that he is going down hill and I don't know how much longer he will be with me. Hopefully he will make it to December which will be his birthday and he will be 17. Such a good dog, kind and gentle and always obedient. Still is although he doesn't hear or see well. A bit of doggy alzheimers  too.

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Monday, September 08, 2014
New Day

Indeed, new day, same health issues. Healing takes time I know but this does seem forever--almost like going from one thing to another.

I did some spinning with a wheel and while I couldn't do so for long, this as an improvement. Spindle spinning works well. I haven't tried knitting as yet but will soon.

Typing is an issue and I do so with a hunt and peck with my left hand and normally with my right.

Getting stomped on by the horse could have been so much worse with an outcome. I'm very lucky to even be here.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Spindle Spinning

I tried spinning with my spindle and I was able to use it for a short time even with my broken wrist. The fiber is a beautiful mixtures of browns and gold. This fiber had moth eggs and a few dead moths in it when I received it. When such is present, the best thing to do is to put it into the freezer for a week or so. Kills everything and the fiber is then safe to use. No sense in wasting it.

I waste as little wool as possible, skirting only the most heavily waste coated areas. Most of a fleece is useable and I use as much as possible.

I haven't tried knitting as yet. I think it might be a bit too much twist in my hand, but I might give it a try even if I can't to it for long.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Spent part of yesterday babysitting the grandkids. Always fun, but I must admit that the drive over was difficult and the drive back was even worse. My broken ribs hurt horribly with the drive and the rest of the day I could hardly move for the pain it would cause.

I feel a bit better this morning and am being careful of how I move. Will be glad when all has healed up. My back took over six months to heal and I hope this won't be that long. Sure is crimping my fiber work style. <lol>

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Friday, August 22, 2014
Yesterday's doc visit

reveals my ribs are broken so healing will take a bit more time. I went out to dinner with friends last night and we had a laugh about all of this. It was amazing how many "broken jokes" can come up in casual conversation when one can only laugh cautiously because of pain in one's side. <smile>

My hand is still in a brace so I am limited in movement for my work. I might try to do some spindle spinning today. It will take the use of both hands but a small spindle might not be too heavy to hold or I could park and draft with it.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Wraisie and Levi

MS and horseback riding are supposed to go well together. Riding helps to build core strength and balance. My horse was a 27 year old mare that is used to train six year olds how to ride as well as working with other students training for dressage. She is very gentle and has a smooth gait.

After a few rides, I was given Levi to try out as he is shorter than Wraisie's 16 hands high. Levi is 17 years old and a gelding. On this day he seemed a bit antsy and prancing about. On my attempt at mounting, he decides to move and it left me to swing under him and land under his hooves. Iron horse shoes and human flesh don't go well together and the two of us played a game of tic tac toe across my body. I am bruised and sprained all over, some places worse than others.

Still it could have been worse but I think my attempts to work with horses is over as this puts in place just how bad this could have turned out. For me, horses are for petting and feeding carrots to, not for riding.

Oh, knitting horses and weaving them is alright too! <laugh>

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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Did it this time

For years I wanted to go to a Dude Ranch. I used to ride horses on occasion, but I know that I would have to practice more if I were to do this at my age. I went where us disabled folk can go and the folk know how to work with us and the horses are gentle. The first two times I was on a very gentle horse named Wraise. Great horse but 16 hands tall. The third time they saddled up a shorter horse named Levi for me. Never made it on him as he moved at the last moment and under him I went.

I am so bruised and my left hand is badly sprained. Could have been much worse and is one of those things that happens so fast that no one could have stopped it.

In my mind I am still working out whether I should try again or just consider what could have happened and consider myself lucky that nothing worse happened. Probably the latter.

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