7.21.2015

{Stitch from Stash} July

Hi everyone!

Month: July 2015
Spent: $0
Earned: $0
Budget forward:  $25.00

It's month one of the second half  Stitch from Stash and I have a wonderful spending report of ZERO but not very much to show on the stitching front!  With my husband's brain surgery last month and then his recovery time, I haven't really been able to calm my mind often enough to sit and stitch.  Now that he is back to work for a few hours a day, though, I have great hopes that stitching will be in my future... if I can tear myself away from the silly 2048 puzzle game that my son got both my husband and I hooked on! :)

For the few minutes I HAVE stitched I've worked on the Lizzie Kate Marriage ABC's - 25 ct over 1 with all different threads...


and I started a kit I had in my stash that I just love and it is on 14 ct aida, which is easier for me to concentrate on right now.



So there you have it!  Hopefully I'll have more to show for my time next month.  
Happy stitching everyone!



6.21.2015

Stitch from Stash and Brain Surgery

First the basics...

Month: June 2015
Spent: $0
Earned: $0

So my ending balance is $148.88 + $25.00 for June = $173.88

Now for pictures...  wait.  No pictures.  If you'd like to see my progress on The Nativity feel free to scroll back one post, and if you'd like to know why I haven't stitched at all since then, read on...

On Saturday, the 6th, my husband came home from helping our son do some drywalling at his new house and complained of a horrible headache.  By Sunday night the pain was so intense that he was raining sweat and finally he began to throw up.  Of course I was worried, and asked if I could take him to the doctor, but after his "episode", the pain subsided a bit and he slept.  The next morning, however, the pain was still there, and, since he had a work meeting the next day that he really needed to attend, he agreed to go to Urgent Care.  The Urgent Care doctor was not as convinced as my husband that it was "just a sinus headache" and ordered a CT Scan.  Ten minutes later an ambulance was on the way, "hot", to transfer him to the hospital Emergency Room and a Neuro Surgeon was ready to evaluate his condition.  There was an abnormality in the center of his brain.

The day passed in a blur - but the grace of God was so evident.  Further CT and MRI scans showed that there was no aneurysm or blood on the brain, but a 17mm cyst was blocking the flow of spinal fluid between the ventricles of the brain.  According to our neuro surgeon - who was absolutely AMAZING - it had probably grown since he was a baby and had finally reached the point of completely obstructing the flow of spinal fluid, thereby causing problems that could no longer be excused or ignored.  The pressure from the built up spinal fluid was intense but the blessing was that it had been found.  Often the first indication is sudden death.

A day passed while they got him stable and he underwent another MRI or two, and the 5 1/2 hour surgery was scheduled for Wednesday morning, the 10th.  It was a long day, as you can imagine, made a little worse for me because I had my own intense headache to deal with that day.  But he came through surgery with flying colors.  Praise the Lord!  The next day, however, brought its own challenges...

After the headache passed that I had throughout the day, and after 3 days of sleeping in a chair or recliner in my husband's ICU room, I decided to go to the waiting room to stretch out for a couple of hours Wednesday night.  When I woke up 4 hours later, I had no strength at all in my legs and my heart was racing.  I crawled to the phone and called the nurses' station, and I was quickly taken downstairs in a wheelchair to the Emergency Room for a nine hour stay while they checked my heart and attempted to get my heart rate down... which wasn't happening, because I NEEDED to be upstairs with my husband!!!!!!  By evening, after numerous heart tests that came back normal and a few bags of fluid, I checked myself out of the ER and, after a stop to see my very worried, one-day-out-of-brain-surgery husband and a stop to eat, I went home with my daughter to rest.  Early the next morning, it occurred to me that I was experiencing heightened symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue - something I have struggled with for a number of years on a smaller scale.  My dear daughter drove me to the chiropractor - a 10 hour round trip - and he began to put me back together.  It's been a long week and a half.  I'm eating tons of meat, milk, cheese, and oil to help my adrenals make what is necessary for me to handle the stress, and I think I am finally building a little bit of a reserve., but talking about the experience can wipe me out for hours.  I'm feeling very fragile!  My husband, on the other hand is doing amazing-ly well, considering he had brain surgery a week and a half ago.  He is up and walking - has no apparent complications - no loss of speech, motor function, memory or senses... just a heightened awareness of what a miracle each day is and what is truly important in life.  He is doing so well, in fact, that I almost feel bad making a "big deal" out of what happened... until I remember the nurse telling my daughter in the hospital that often patients with this surgery don't get to go home.  We are so blessed.  

I'm getting the urge to start stitching again.  I'm looking for fabric for a project I'd like to finish before my son's wedding in August, I'm eager to work more on The Nativity, and I was eyeing the new Lizzie Kate mystery stitch since I stayed pretty close to my personal $25 budget for January - June..  I doubt I'll do it though.  I can justify spending for a piece of fabric, especially because I have a small gift certificate to 123 Stitch that will cover most of it, but I think that any extra spending on stitching will be out for the next few years.  I'm not sure how much brain surgery costs, but I don't think it was cheap... : ) Praise the Lord that I have enough cross stitch to keep me busy for years and years.

If you've read to the end of this, thank you.  I appreciate you!!   Hopefully I'll be back with some stitching to show soon!

Blessings,

Tricia

6.06.2015

YOTA - June

Oh, dear.  I didn't stitch very much at all on my Stoney Creek Nativity this month.  I've gotten busy with my HAED Nativity instead!!  Can I switch them out?  : )  So here was my progress as of May 22nd...


And here I am now...


I think I'm half way across the top now, or pretty close!! : )

Thanks for stopping!




5.21.2015

Stitch from Stash - May

Hi everybody!  I've been SO busy this month that I haven't even had time to update my blog.  In fact, so busy that I FORGOT about the May Daily Treats at the Silver Needle that I told you about last month.  I didn't remember them 'til I saw it in last month's post just now.  I guess I didn't need anything... well, unless something wonderful shows up during this last week of the month! : )

The nice thing is that I've been too busy to shop, so I have a $0 spend month, and, even better, I finished my Precious Moments and a page of my HAED Nativity, so I get some "extra" to add to my virtual budget! WooHoo!!

Month: May 2015
Spent: $0
Earned: $23

So my balance forward is $100.88 + $25.00 for May + $23.00 for finishes = $148.88

Precious Moments (for Charity)


O Holy Night



HAED Nativity - Starting on Page Four


My HAED has been getting most of my attention lately - to the detriment of my Stoney Creek piece.  But I find the HAED to be so relaxing to stitch, and I'd love to make it across the top of it sometime in the next year... LOL!!

I think I have a theme going here... here is the Dimensions Kit that I'm stitching on right now... : )

Random.org says that the L*K Spring Alphabet chart is going to visit Alyssa. : )  I'll be in touch, or if you read this before I get the email sent, you can send me your address so I can get it in the mail.

Back to stitching!

Tricia





5.02.2015

YOTA - May 2015

Hi everyone!

Just a little bit of progress to show on my project this month.

Here's the before...

And here's the after.  I worked a little on the bottom of the robe and on the donkey.


Thanks for looking! : )

Tricia

4.21.2015

{Stitch from Stash} April

Hi everyone!  It's Stitch from Stash reporting time again!  Here are the basics...

Month: April 2015
Spent:  $11
Earned: $ 0

So my balance forward is $86.88 + $25.00 for April = $111.88 minus $11.00 = $100.88

Here's my progress report...

I worked on my HAED Nativity and finished a column or two.

I worked a little on my Stoney Creek O Holy Night... (Sorry for the color cast on the pictures.  It's really overcast here today!)


And a little more on my Precious Moments piece...  There's a possibility I'll still be able to finish this by the end of the month, or at least be pretty close.  YAY!


And I finished my Spring Alphabet sampler!!

Here's last month...

And here's the finish...


I received this chart from sweet Linda at  Stitching with my Furbabies, and I would love to pay it forward and pass it along to someone who would enjoy stitching it and passing it on in turn.  Mention it in the comments if you'd like to be in the draw!

Well, I didn't quite make my $0 spend goal through April.  My not-so-LNS had their anniversary sale and dd in I were in need of a road trip, so I picked up some fabric for a few ornaments I would like to work on and a skein or two of floss for future projects.  One must support our stitching shops a little... mustn't one?? : )  Speaking of which, The Silver Needle has their May Daily Treats coming up.  I might have to splurge if I see something I like. : )  I'd also like to get the Stoney Creek magazine that just came out.  It has SUCH pretty things in it this time!  So many fun stitches... so little time!  We'll see how I do...

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fantabulous month everyone!

Tricia


4.04.2015

YOTA - April

With being sick in March I got off schedule stitching on my YOTA piece, but I stitched for a good bit yesterday afternoon while listening to a Good Friday service online, so I have some progress to show.

Here's my before...




and here's my after...


The bottom of Joseph's robe is coming along and I started working on the donkey.  This is a fun stitch, but it moves sort of slowly with all the color changes!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy Easter!  I pray that you know Christ as the Risen One!!