Quilting, Farming, Variety

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Still Waiting

I'm still waiting to have the cataract surgery.  It's been wearing on me, knowing there is so much work to be done on the farm this time of year and I won't be able to help with it.  If the rains hadn't decided to be so plentiful this week, we could have put up the first cutting of hay and I could have raked it as usual.  Also, the chickens will be big and that's definitely work "they" will keep me away from because of the dust and the heavy lifting.  In a month after the first surgery, the second eye will be done, so it may be into July before things can get back to normal.  Our service tech graciously said he would help the farmer with two of the houses; such a nice man! 

On my chart of activities I can do and time after discharge, it says, routine household chores with exception of scrubbing floors (like that was going to happen anyway ~ lol), 1 to 2 days.  But, dental work, 6 weeks.  Yay!!!

I feel ashamed to complain about any of this.  After all, many, many people are going through much more serious health issues.  The trips this requires brings me more angst than anything else.  I'm not used to so much traffic and the hustle and bustle of the city.  Here on the farm we have fire ants which push up mounds of dirt, and when one steps on/kicks the mound, the ants come swarming out in all directions.  When we are in heavy traffic, I say to the farmer, "Someone kicked the ant hill!"

Yesterday was a gloomy, rainy day, and although I usually like such days, I could find nothing to spend my time doing.  I've just about given up sewing until I can see better; ripping out isn't my favorite thing to do.  I can see well enough to crochet, so I'm glad there's a good supply of yarn on hand.  And I can still follow the lines to do paper piecing, but the ink in the copy machine ran out so I couldn't print off more papers.

So, today I cut out an apron to have ready when the time comes.


The kitchen island makes a perfect cutting surface.


I've used this pattern several times for making both misses and child aprons.  And like it says, it's so easy.

Patience ~ that's what I need!
Charlotte

23 comments:

  1. I feel for you so much Charlotte. I hope and pray that everything comes out good and it won't be to long till you're back at it. I too, know what it's like to sit and wait it out but time passes fast. You take care and I can't wait to see the finished product on that apron. You'll be back in no time. Blessings across the miles.

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    1. Susie, when I think of all the health problems you're having, I'm ashamed of myself! Thank you for the "blessings across the miles". So sweet!

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  2. Oops, I got so busy looking at your beautiful kitchen that I almost forgot to take a closer look at the apron. You certainly are a neat cutter-outer :~). I do like this pattern; you will look darling in it while you are staying out of the dust and doing no heavy lifting!

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    1. Darling??? I'm afraid not; I don't wear aprons. lol

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  3. It does take patience to wait, Charlotte. We've all had to do it at one time or another. I just wish they'd go ahead and schedule you an appointment sooner than later. Your eye doctor must be extremely busy, or did I forget that it was the insurance company holding you up.

    You'll feel so much better once it's done though, and being able to see is tremendous. I probably already have told you, but all my life I'd needed glasses for driving, anything to do far off even television. Now I don't need them at all and only a drugstore type glasses for reading.

    Chin up, sweet lady.

    xoxo

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    1. Have you had this surgery, Sally? The surgery date has been set, so now I wait a while longer.

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  4. Hi Charlotte, it is normal to be concerned about something so big and new.
    I've never had surgery or been hospitalized though my husband has many times. I'm pretty sure I'd be a wreck if I was waiting on a procedure.

    Changing the subject, your kitchen is charming ❤. The big sink, the old style stove, the Hoosier., it's all wonderful.

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    1. I've had three minor surgeries and each time I came out real sick, so that's my fear this time, although the doctor said they would give me something to ward it off. Otherwise I'm not worried about the actual surgery.

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  5. I can certainly understand why this is weighing on your mind. It would weigh on mine too. I hope they get your surgery scheduled soon so you can get it over and done with and that you heal quickly too. I don't like to be in traffic either--driving in it is one of my least favorite things. That's a cute apron pattern. I look forward to seeing it when you have it finished. Take care and follow the doctor's orders. This too shall pass.

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  6. the surgery goes quickly! it will be done before you know it - they don't always even have you wear eye patches anymore for 24 hours - mine didn't - it was pretty much back to normal activities within a couple days other than keeping that dust out of the eyes -- love your kitchen - is that a wood stove and does it work - so pretty!

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    1. I know it won't take long to do the surgery; maybe I'm just a big OLD baby. :) The stove is electric, and it does work; however, the oven is so small I don't use it, but have a regular sized stove in the laundry room where I use the oven.

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  7. Your header photo is beautiful. What are those little purple flowers.
    I hate to hear that your farm has fire ants. Those are horrible little creepers. I wish there was a way to destroy them all. Your traffic comparison to kicking an ants sounds to be right on the money.
    Sending you positive prayers that you'll get your surgery and you'll be back to your crafty self soon.
    Take care.

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    1. Thank you, E.C. Yes, the ants are sure something to watch out for. The little flowers are called Oxalis.

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  8. Isn't it hard to be patient when you are used to working like a dog! When my back problems started in Dec. 2015, I thought it would drive me crazy lying down all day. I thank the lord every day for letting me get better. Your surgery will be over and done before you know it. Time flies! I will be so happy for you when it is all in the past. I have that same apron pattern. My favorites are the "It's So Easy" patterns, and to me those make the best aprons. I LOVE your kitchen!

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    1. Oh yes! Back problems are terrible! I suffered with sciatica for 14 months and it's something I hope to never have again. I like the easy patterns too, but I'm not sure they're available anymore. This pattern is much easier than some of the others.

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  9. Hope all goes well with your surgeries, and recovery goes fast!
    You'll have some forced temporary leave of work, but you'll be back at it in no time with better eyes! ;-)
    I do not like driving in lots of traffic, will if I must, but totally dread it.
    That apron will be lovely! I dream of one day, when my sewing machine & I become friends, will sew an apron with a smaller embroidered floursack panel sewn on top (like an apron on top of an apron).

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    1. Thanks so much for the well wishes. Work looks pretty good at times :) The idea of an apron on top of an apron sounds fun; hurry and make friends with the machine. :)

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  10. You will see so much better when your cataracts are gone, that will make it all worth it! Be sure to follow your eye-drop regimen. That was the biggest nuisance as far as I was concerned. At first, you just don't want to lift anything heavy so be careful with that. My garden has gone "to hell in a handbasket" because I'm not able to be out there that much, what with my shoulder healing. It's always something....

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  11. I hate that you have to go through all of this, but happy that "the farmer" can drive you so you don't have to wend your way through the crazy ants!!!!!

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  12. I can relate to your angst over getting cataract surgery. My eye doctor said just this week that mine are "iffy" for getting them removed this year or next. He's also retiring so that factors into the decision for me. Scary stuff when they mess with your eyes!

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  13. My thoughts will be with you during this stressful time! Hang in there. I love your kitchen!

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  14. I have not had this surgery but I was with my mother when she did. They did one eye at a time and she came out with better eyesight. Best of luck to you with your surgeries. I am in love with your kitchen too. Love the look of the old fashioned stove! Its good for you to stay busy while waiting.

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