Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hi All.  Boy it has been a while since I have posted anything on my blog.  Life has gotten in the way – and that is not always a bad thing.

After finally recovering from my pneumonia bout, I had the misfortune of breaking my tibia.  This put me in my first hard cast for 6 weeks.  With this event I also had my first fracture scooter.  I love little kids!  You could just see their little faces wondering why that old woman was on a scooter!  Then from there I got moved to a boot (another first) for 3 more weeks.  This week I got to finally shed the boot and wear a street shoe again.  I have to figure out how to wear the shoe on the broken leg for 9 weeks now so that it matches the other shoe that was worn by itself – LOL. 

Through all this I only had to miss one contracted engagement and that was the NAN Seminar.  Since I was in the hospital the doctors somehow didn’t understand how important the Seminar was.  Hindsight, I don’t know how I thought I was going to manage it anyway.

I will add, however, that the first shop visit I made the week following my dismissal was something else.  I still could not fly so talked my daughter, the other half of Duo Designs, into driving me to Montgomery, AL to fulfill my commitment to The Needle Bug.  I could not have asked for better treatment and understanding – from shop owners and students alike.  It was for me, though, very tough.  I am a control freak and having to wait for someone to bring me something or pull a thread, etc. drove me crazy.  We got through it though and had a good time.

TNNA Indianapolis Market went well with my having the scooter to assist the distance.  It would not have been manageable for me had I not had it.  Again hindsight – I would have rented an electric scooter had I known the distance involved.  But then, Amy Bunger's Baby would not have had someone to flirt with in class if I had not had the scooter.  Classes were great though and everyone tried to spoil me.  My students are the best!

I want to thank everyone for their well wishes, their willingness to be helpful, and their patience.  This is a great industry to be in.

All is well and I think we are back on track. (We won't discuss the fact that my husband slid and fell while cleaning the pond, went to ER, badly bruised knee with fluid which will need to be drained - appt. with orthopedic surgeon tomorrow, and the drama continues!) I have been able to get a lot of stitching done.  I leave next week for EGA SCR Seminar in Ridgecrest, NC, to teach Bright Holiday Tree so this will be my first flight since the incident and first outing without the fracture scooter.  Walker and cane will need to do the job! Wish me luck!

Bright Holiday Tree

When I return from this Seminar I will be visiting some shops for embellishment classes.  The first one will be STITCH in Louisville, and then over to The Needlepoint Clubhouse in St. Louis.

There are a few more in between now and the ANG National Seminar in Chicago where I will be teaching 5 days.  So, as you can see, we are very busy on this end of the Internet and time just doesn’t seem to present itself to allow me to sit and make a posting.  My 4-day class is Back To The Beach: The Girls Reunited and a 1-day class of Beading for Needlework. Rumor has it that one has gone to lottery.  Yea!

Back To The Beach:  The Girls Reunited

Beading for Needlework

For now, seems there is so much I want to share but I’ll call it a day for now and get back to work   and will provide more later.

Remember to stitch with a smile!