Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cool Air Finally!

Good Afternoon everyone!

I am sorry that I haven't posted as quickly as I should, but I had a mishap at home here, and I have  been gimping around.
A few weeks ago, we had a nice rain overnight, the next morning, I went out early to get the paper, had my bedroom slippers on and "WEEEEE", down the two steps to the concrete.  It happened so fast, the only thing I knew is that I was straddling the step and concrete, I did know that I did NOT want to hit the pavement with my back, which I have done before and I was hurt'in for quite a while. Well, I did catch the stupid guard rail to my right, but I still straddled everything, and even broke a bolt in the rail.  I do know that my right knee was at a funny angle and so I sat there for a little bit and got up and at the time, everything seemed ok.
This all happened on a Tue morning, and then Friday night, I let the dog out before we all went to bed, and I stepped down on my right knee and OMG, the pain was horrid, and I could not even get my knee to work, the pain was horrid.  So I got the dog in and I immediately got my ice pack on and then took some Advil and then just rested for awhile, the pain was still there and then Saturday morning, I was still in pain, cripped around Farmer's market, a pulled my little french market cart around with me, and then went home, cripped around the kitchen, trying to can things, which was not fun or pleasant, but got it done.
Sunday, I went to the pharmacy and got a knee support and then called the doctor's office Monday morning  which I hate to do.  Had x-rays and found I cracked the knee bone that is below the knee cap on the left side.  No wonder it hurt!  Doc told me to baby it and stay off of it so it can have a chance to heal.  There is also a small piece of bone floating around, and if that doesn't go away, doc will make me go for surgery to fix it, which I am definitely not for at all.  So I am trying to behave myself,  I did order Meals on Wheels for a few weeks, so I don't have to cook, which is nice, I hate to say it, I enjoy cooking but not with an intense pain in my knee while I stand cooking.
So, I am just trying to take it easy, it drives me nuts, as there is so much housework to do, laundry, you know, ladies, the stuff that needs to be done.  I am just doing what I can, then I take breaks, ice up the knee, and then hit it again/  It helps when I have the brace on, as it supports my weight some, but still, if I turn on my leg, which I do a lot, to do something, oh my, salty sailor words come out of my mouth.  My parents are ok, and will get by, until I can get my knee working again. D is laid up like I am, but he has been doing some housework,  some stuff, I don't want him to touch, like laundry, but if I don't get to it, it will be there tomorrow.  I am not going to worry about it. I do not have anyone to impress in my home.

I posted photos of the canning I did, surprising it came out right with me hurting.  I am letting the pepper spread sit for a few weeks to meld the flavors.  I will post what I did.  Again, I don't have a "recipe" but I will post what I put in it and you can adjust to your taste. It is very easy.  Since I hurt my knee, I had to roast the peppers in the oven, I put a little canola oil in and then roasted them for about an hour on 350*. I hope that it did turn out, as the peppers I bought were expensive at a $1.50 a piece, which is better than the $5 a piece they are asking for in the grocery store, which I will not buy at all.  My neighbor also has peppers and some of those I will dehydrate and freeze.  Also, please do not look too close to the canning photos, as my kitchen looks like a federal disaster area, and I not even going to show you the stove.  I am waiting to clean the stove when all of the canning is pretty much done.

It is delightful here today.  It rained overnight about a half an inch, and it is only in the 50's as of this afternoon.. I hope that this cool air get to Glenda and Ilene, you need it down there. It is supposed to get down into the 30's tonight, so I sure that some of my garden will get nipped by frost.  Oh well, must be a sigh to slow down, yeah, right! What slow down is that!

Well, I had better gimp on into the laundry room to finish laundry or I will have to run around naked and that would be a total disaster, don't want to scare anyone into the ozone.

Everyone, please have a great week, and hopefully rain and cooler air to enjoy.  I am afraid Fall is here.

Hugs to Everyone

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering 9-11-2001

Good Evening Everyone,

Today was a somber day for me.  I can still see the images from the news about the attacks and remember a conversation that I listened to when my mother and I still had our needlework and quilt shop in town.
At the time, I was involved with designers in NYC, working with them on beading and garment designs for up coming fashion shows.  I also designed and beaded state rodeo queen's clothing and was busy with that at the time also.
I had to call a designer that I was working with at the time to make sure we had all of our ducks in a row for her up coming spring collection, and I was making sure that she would be sending me materials and beads for her prototype garment. I was on the phone with her, when her voice cracked, and she stuttered, at first I thought she had gotten sick or something, and I kept asking if she was ok, and her words were, "I just seen an airplane go into the WTT, (World Trade Towers), her office was just down the street from them and she had an open view of the tragic and unbelievable events that were unfolding at the moment. I could here through the phone the impacts, and sirens and chaos that was starting,   I was totally in shock at what she told me on the phone, and then we just couldn't talk at the time and that we would talk later.  Later, her office was almost destroyed by all of the debris from the impact and collapse.
Needless to say, we did not get to finish her collections.  It was another year before I got her prototypes to design and finish for her show.  After that, I closed the shop for the day, and went home to see the horror myself.

I do not have words to tell you of the feelings I had that day, like everyone else, we were in total shock of  the events.  I am not even sure if we are safer today than that day, but I will tell you, our world changed that very day, and not for the better.

I will post sometime this week of what I have been up to, but for today, I leave thoughts of everyone who was touched by the events of 9-11 and prayers for the families, the victims, and the innocent.  Also, the first responders, the firemen, police, and EMT's, my prayers and thoughts are with all.