It Was A Craft Emergency

I had a craft emergency yesterday. It’s a sickness really. I start dreaming of ideas. I read craft magazines, watch sewing shows and consume myself with the next project. The idea takes over my brain. I don’t think of anything else. My body starts to twitch. I give myself a headache. I start researching sources…Etsy, Craftsy, online stores. I need a hit of fabric! 

It’s been almost three weeks since the surgery, seems like three months. Honestly, I think I’ve been the ideal patient. I put very little weight on it the first week, then a little more as time has gone on. Just like the doctor said to do.
I’ve become one with the boot. (Ok, so I don’t have the shield on, but I do have the boot on.) Every step I take is with the boot. I slept with the boot on. As you can see, I even decorated my boot.

Here is a pile of my left foot shoes, no right ones.

Here is the shower cover I wear to keep my foot dry. Now, this thing is suppose to fit over my boot. Some how, my big ol snowboard-like boot is suppose to fit in that little hole. I realize that the gasket stretches, but in order to fit the boot, I’m afraid the rubber will tear. So I slip just my foot in and SIT on a shower seat. Still, no standing on my foot. I’m sitting.

You see?!? I’m a great patient! Unless you ask Superman. 

The last thing the doctor told us as we were leaving the surgical center was “Do NOT take off the bandage!” When we got home, I went straight to the bedroom to fall into bed. The first thing  I wanted to do was get into some pajamas. Superman left the room. (I’m thinking this is where the problem started.) In my post surgical drugged state, I felt like I needed to take my boot off to get my pjs on. I kinda didn’t realize that I had to undo a second set of Velcro straps, so as I pulled my foot out the dressing came off too! The second that happened, Superman walks in and sees me with the bandage in my hand. Needless to say he flipped! (I’m just sayin that if he hadn’t left me to my own devices, the dressing probably wouldn’t have come off.) From then on, the bandage never held fast. It would slip and swivel around my foot. Every once in a while I just had to have a peek at the stitches. (You would want to peek too!) But I always put the dressing right back on.

Fast forward to my follow up appointment with the doctor and the nurse is carefully cutting the bandage off. I tell her that there’s no need to be so careful, just pull it off. She shockingly asks me if it had come off? Superman jumps in to tell her about what I did just moments after getting home. The nurse can’t believe what she is hearing! “We will have to tell the doctor!” I immediately give Superman the stink eye for throwing me under the bus. 

Let’s just say that the doctor gave me rave reviews! My foot was exactly what he hoped it would look like.😝

So here we are at 2 1/2 weeks and I am feeling great! I have no pain, just a little discomfort at the end of the day. In fact, there have been times when I’ve been sitting in my chair with my boot off (which was ok’d by my PT), and I needed a drink or to go to the potty real quick like. Do I take the time to strap the boot back on? Nay, I just walked very very carefully. No biggie. When I’ve done a bit too much, I listen to my body and throw my foot up with some ice on it. No.big.deal. 

In all this time, I have had to depend on others to drive me around. I’m really blessed to have so many friends and family that have graciously helped me. 

As you can see, I’ve been the model patient. (Ok, a pretty good patient.)

Then yesterday happened. I’ve been watching The Great British Sewing Bee and I just had to make myself a shirt. I HAD to! That afternoon Dagmar was driving me to my physical therapy session, Thomas was at school and Rick was at work. I had no way to get to Joann’s that morning.  (This was an EMERGENCY!) I’ve been using my sewing machine which requires pushing a pedal, much like the accelerator on a car….

 I thought to myself “Mar. You are doing so awesome! You are walkin and talkin. It’s early in the morning, so it’s nice and quiet around town. Why don’t you just drive yourself?” Yeah! That’s a great idea! So I hopped in my car, took off my boot and started on my way. Not 200 feet from my driveway, I see my friend Linda driving toward me with her eyes big as saucers and her fingers wagging at me. Yes, she wagged her finger at me! We pull over, she ran up to my car and asks “What in the world are you doing?!?” I’m going to Joann’s. It’s a craft emergency. And to the grocery store so I can make meatloaf.  I assured her that I was perfectly fine. 

When I was in line at Joann’s, I took this photo to send to Dagmar, my craft sister. This probably wasn’t my most brilliant idea. She texts back “Nice. How did you get there?” Oops. Needless to say, when she came to pick me up for physical therapy, she gave me a talking to. Then I get to physical therapy and Monica my PT goes into orbit when she finds out what I have done. “Craft Emergency?!?!” She then punished me with toe stretches and picking up marbles with my toes. (That should teach me!) When my toe would begin to shake or I’d experience a little discomfort she’d jokingly say “It’s because of that driving!” 

So maybe that idea I had when I was at the stoplight, that I was doing so great that I could drive an hour and a half to see my mom today probably isn’t such a good one.  I’ve learned my lesson. My boot is on. The car keys are put away. And I’m going to have an adorable new shirt! 

So folks….Do not drive with a medical boot on! 

My Top 9 Things to do When Forced to be off Your Feet for a Week

Check this out folks! Before: crooked as a dog’s hind leg. After: straight as an arrow! Woop Woop!
I am now in day 10 of my recovery from a bunionectomy. No bad so far. I’m walking and getting around, but still need to get the old foot up and iced when I’ve done too much. I still can’t drive since I’m still wearin that big ol boot. Thomas just went to work flipping burgers and Superman and Sam went to the farm…without me.🙁 So lucky for you, I’ve got another blog post: “How I Have Kept Myself From Going CooCoo”. 

1. Prepare beforehand. Before the surgery, I packed a wooden crate full of things I thought I might like to do to bide my time. This was crucial in the fact, that if I had asked one of my guys to find something in my craftroom or anywhere else in the house, a week later they’d still be looking.
2. Write notes and handwritten letters. As you see in the picture above, I bought note cards, stationery and stamps to write thank you notes for all the sweet friends bringing dinner, visiting, sending flowers and giving me a call.

3. Create Cards. One day Dagmar shows up to door bearing a beautiful box filled with card making supplies. Oh my goodness! All I needed was a little glue, because everything was included: the flip card, sentiments and decorations. I spent hours creating cards for people then immediately writing a small note inside, addressing them, then popping them in the mailbox. 

THis is one that I made. Isn’t it pretty?

4. Spend some time with God. As I could walk more, I sat outside in the gazebo to spend time with God. I read the bible, wrote scripture..
And illustrated it too.

5. Get outside. Even if only for short snippets of time.Fresh air and sunshine does the body good.

I hobbled over to check on the garden. Looks like it’s going to be a full summer of fruits and vegetables…peas, beans, okra, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, and watermelon.

I even took the time to just breathe. We have a real comfy canvas swing out back. I sat back, smelled the sweet jasmine, marveled at the clear blue sky, felt the sun on my skin and listened to the birds sing praises. Ahhh….

6. Do a puzzle. Puzzles are great for the mind. I put on some Dave Barnes Pandora Radio, opened the windows and spent many hours putting this 1000 piece bad boy together. Having my foot hanging down for too long requires some icing, but it’s good to see a different set of walls.

7. Learn Something New. Yes, I’ve done embroidery, sort of. I decided to try big girl embroidery, with my own drawing  and with shading. You can’t really see the pencil marks where I drew this flower, (which is good, because we don’t want random pencil marks peeping through.) But hopefully when I finish, it’ll be something kinda cool.

8. Organize. My jewelry has been driving me crazy for a while now. I saved this dreaded task for when I knew I’d have the time, like now. Almost all of it is cr*p. It’s stuff I’ve tried to make and haven’t liked, so it sits in the drawer taking up space. 

Sweet Lilly wanted to pick something out to match her beautiful outfit.

Like all princesses, she picked pearls.

9. Let go and binge watch a series or two….or three.

Oh Lordy, save my soul. Is it a sin to get giddy over the vicar of Grantchester? No offense to all the men of the cloth, but I ain’t neva seen a clergyman with a set of abs like his. Sydney Chambers, played by James Norton, reminds me of a young Robert Redford. The picture above does not do him justice, just sayin. Any Hoo…a Cambridgeshire clergyman finds himself investigating a series of mysterious wrongdoings in his small village of Grantchester. I have to truly make myself do or watch something else, just so I can save the next episode. I’m afraid I’d watch them all without stopping! Grantchester can be seen on PBS.

The next two shows are on this whole, Old English village/BBC genre I’ve  been watching lately. A while back, I was into dark murder and suspence shows, like Hinderland, Wallender and Broadchurch. Now it’s all about the old English characters and their wonderful costumes.What’s cool about watching these British series is how you start seeing the same actors in different shows. For example, in Cranford, Captain Brown is played by Jim Carter, which you know was Mr. Carson in Downton Abbey. Also in Cranford is “Martha, the servant”, who is acted by Claudie Blakey who also played “Agatha” in Grantchester and “Emma” in Lark Rise to Candleford! There’s also Brendan Coyle, who you may know as John Bates in Downton Abbey or as Robert Timmons in Lark Rise in Candleford.  I love it!

My last British obsession, The Great British Sewing Bee.  This follows much like The Great British Baking Show that I have talked about before. The people are just every day Joes and Julie’s who love to bake and sew. The contestants and judges are all nice and quite talented. The amateur sewers take on challenges like sewing an invisible zipper and smooth darts. Quite exciting I must say. My guys look at me as if I have two heads when I tell them how excited I am to see who is going to have to rip their seams open or have their buttonholes all wonkadoodle. I LOVE IT! 

Have you seen this hilarious Netflix original? Tina Fey is the creator/writer of this funny show in which Kimmy Schmidt, played by Ellie Kemper, who was also on The Office as Erin, is a woman who is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over again in New York City. It’s a silly, fun, very over the top, laugh out loud 30 minute escape.

Brooklyn….An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. I’ve seen it twice and will probably see it many times more.

So there you have it folks, my Top 9 Things to do When Forced to be Off Your Feet for a Week. I’ve got a snazzy new blue wrap, a straight toe, wonderful friends who keep an eye on me and another episode of Sydney Chambers the vicar to watch!

Thanks for dropping by.