|turtles sunning themselves on a rock at the mall|
People, I will just say here at the outset, I am not a reptile person. However, since moving to Florida, I have had to admit that some reptiles put a smile on my face.
The crowd of turtles living in our neighborhood retention pond are so very predictable. Their eyesight is surprisingly good. They can see us approaching from at least 100 feet away and begin slipping off their concrete slab to paddle toward us. Although we offer them the stalest of bread pieces, they snatch them up as quickly as they can (unless, of course, the big greedy carp grabs it first).
At one of our shopping centers, there are turtles who are into stretching their limbs while they bake in the hot sun. Take note, below:
|my gloved hand points to the outstretches hands, feet and toes|
Their positions remind me of yoga stretches. That front arm on the left is even at an artful angle, although it's a little hard to see in the picture. These poses are held for minutes at a time and then they shift to a new one. Isn't this crazy?!!
Turtle talk is my segue into an update on my painful shoulder. I've been talking about it for weeks now and finally, thankfully, I have better news to report today.
While learning how the game is played with getting an appointment with a specialist while waiting for medical records to be sent from out of state (which is a frustrating experience upon which I will not elaborate), I did more research on the Internet (at reputable sites). I came across a site referencing "frozen shoulder" where exercises were demonstrated, the same movements I used ten years ago in physical therapy after my shoulder replacement. I decided to add them to my daily routine, gently, of course.
Then the really big breakthrough came about when I saw for myself the amazing benefits of doing those exercises while standing underneath a long hot shower. Astonishing. Truly.
So I'm doing the exercises daily under a hot shower and although I still have some pain, it has reduced, and my range of motion is getting better. Thank You, Lord!
Now on to the hair update. I know, I know. I'm so vain. But this is real life. Women are made to care about their hair!! The tresses are probably 1/16th of an inch longer than they were last Saturday and I've been able to make friends with my round styling brush in such a way that I think the worst is behind me.
Also, with the improvements in my bad shoulder, I can hold the blow dryer for longer periods of time. A hair dresser taught me years ago to bend over the counter, resting the elbow of the injured arm, hold the blow dryer, and then move my head instead of the arm to get the job done. Then use the good arm to fluff the hair and/or maneuver the styling brush. That is working for me.
Using the curling iron on the back of my head is just about impossible, since doing anything behind my head with the bad shoulder is called physical therapy, but as the hair grows longer, even that will be less problematic.
|flu shot collage|
While we're on the topic of medical matters, here is my collage about our flu shots. Beloved and I don't remember ever getting a flu shot in our adult lives (although I may have got one years ago when I worked in a doctor's office during the college years). We were advised by our family physician over the past twenty years to avoid them. However, we are both over 65 now and are able to spend a little more time with our grandchildren than in previous years, so getting the flu shot just seemed prudent to me.
Beloved wasn't that keen on it, but I was insistent and since he's doing all the driving while my shoulder's been unreliable, he got the shot when he took me in. I posted about it on Face Book. Beloved's comment:
I whimpered until Barbara suggested we go to DQ for a rewarding treat after those terrible flu shots!
Yes, bribery works for kids, grandchildren, and husbands!
Let's see. What else have I got to report?
|swim top with separate swim shorts|
The gal who said nobody needs to see her in a swimsuit any more... she has since re-thunk that and decided it would be nice to enjoy a hot tub from time to time with the shoulder issues. Besides, nobody expects a 60-something to look a perfect 10, right?! (my blogging friend, Terri at Your Friend From Florida, set me straight on that one)
My eye caught a sale rack at Sears with swim pieces priced at under $4. By the way, those strategically placed ruffles do a lot to improve a flawed figure.
|completed Christmas carolers - the pattern did not include eye balls, just mouths|
From the portable sewing caddie, this week I've got a couple of finishes to share with you, as well as a bit of wisdom from the School of Hard Knocks.
My faithful readers will remember that due to our business venture, I cannot spread out in my sewing room as I have in days of old, so I continue to work out of my plastic Recollections box that allows me to take my favorite hobby anywhere at any time. ("Recollections" is the brand name)
My limited work space presents problems for my grandiose schemes (i.e. can't get to my sewing machine easily); so I completed the Christmas carolers with a simple card, adhesive tape, and a careful trim and unraveling of the Aida cloth till it all fit nicely. Two strips of ribbon tied on finished it off. I may add a twinkle or two, or a black-ink stamp to say Merry Christmas, or I might not. (Sometimes I need to leave well enough alone.)
Now on to my lessons learned at The School of Hard Knocks.
|store-bought bookmark ready for cross stitch design|
Those ready-made bookmarks (above) are not always put together on the straight-of-the-grain. In my enthusiasm to sew, I did not notice until I was well into the project that not only had I not been careful enough in centering my letters vertically (my bad), but the factory did not line up the lace with the straight-of-grain.
I went on to complete that one so I could use it as a template for the spacing of the individual letters, but the outcome will be hid in my own books and not given as a gift to anybody.
|watch out for sharp edges!|
My other lesson from TSOHK (school of hard knocks) was to pay attention to the warning on the metal plate used to hold my pattern with magnetic strips. It clearly states in the corner, "WARNING: use caution when handling metal; edges may be sharp. Tape edges with masking tape and replace as needed for protection."
I've used this kind of product for many years in the past and sharp edges were never a problem. However, I bought two new ones recently and somehow did manage to scrape my right index finger TWICE on the edge, to the point of blood sacrifice, gnashing of teeth, and needing a bandage. I am currently taking a short break from stitching so the sore places can heal. Bummer.
Follow the warning -- put the tape on the edges.
A more pleasant lesson learned is I really do like the Q-snap frame for some projects more than the traditional embroidery hoop. Tightening and releasing the screw on the round embroidery hoop can be tedious for arthritic fingers.
|a successful completion|
My last lesson learned over the past few days has been a change in my Bible devotional reading every morning. A recently-deceased friend was greatly encouraged with the Daily Audio Bible. While I've been reading from the NIV version of the One Year Bible, the Daily Audio Bible reads aloud from that same version with the very same selection of verses. It also provides a journal section, so you can make notes while listening.
For my personal learning style, I find this to be a helpful tool that fits me well. If this interests you, just click on this link: https://dailyaudiobible.com to investigate it for yourself. It is absolutely free.
|large bowl of palms outside of Dillards|
I've run out of news and want to save time to read what you've been up to on your blog.
Thank you so much every one of you who has breathed a prayer for me with my shoulder. The Lord has been gracious to me.
Until next time ...