2020 PHD Challenge

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Comment by Gail Brown yesterday

Melanie, I know what you mean about ripping out stitches, ugh!  I'm usually mad when I do it because itmeans that I have screwed up big time, not paying attention and sewing something wrong.   Being angry with yourself is a bummer, no body else to take out your anger on. I've had fusions before as well.  When you're an old lady they don't want to do that kind of stuff.  In my case this time it's a nerve that feels like it's being plucked like a guitar string. They ae going to try todeaden that nerve.  Every ime I move my arm it goes ding and shooting pains happen.  I am not going to let this win, have been devising ways to get things done.

Comment by Linda Koller yesterday

Melanie, can't wait to get home tomorrow so I can waste my time like that! Beats just sitting all day doing absolutely nothing. 

Comment by Riana Noyes yesterday

Gail, you are my hero! What a success story. Getting youd hubby to do the parts you can't at this time makes perfect sense...good for you!

Melanie, lol, l remember singing that little song with our children at the co op nursery school they each attended...nice memories :-)). I've had to reorganize some of my limited space here in order to start my youngest grandd's quilt. It's pouring rain and thundering here, so no golf or gardening anyway. Our little Molly had similar problems 2 or 3 weeks ago. Linda K came to my rescue with her doggie dinner recipe.

Comment by Melanie Keith yesterday

I am definitely wasting time today (HUGE SMILE).

So far today:

 I've emptied out two bins of paints and combined supplies into one rolling cart for my paint crafts.

Taken one of the dogs to the vet because he has had diarrhea since we got back from vacation.  At first I thought it was nerves because he was so excited to see us, but it's been 4 days and today there was some blood in the stool.  Vet says this is common with diarrhea and it could be either an infection or a food issue.  So, he is on meds and I will be preparing meals for a couple days.  Pumpkin and meat.  

I worked on ripping out stitches in the purple quilt, but I can only take about 20 min of that and I have 2 complete  lines to remove before I can spray baste it.  UGH!

Gail - I have had 2 surgeries on my back and endless hours of pain and stiffness.  The last dr was looking at another fusion (I had one at age 13) but said he really did not want to operate on the condition I have and as long as I was able to function, leave it alone.  Some days are better than others.  For me, movement is key and winter is a killer.  IF my husband ever decides to retire, we might move to a warmer climate. Upstate NY is cold in winter - predicting 2-6 inches of snow tonight.  I will keep you in my prayers, as wells as Linda and Kathy and many others here on MQP.

Hope everyone is having a better day!  May the sun shine on all your days and may your troubles all be little ones - children and grands are so much fun!

Comment by Melanie Keith yesterday

OH, I just looked up the words to the ducking song - the one little duckie with the feather on its back, he lead the others with a quack, quack, quack - so guess that is you, Riana!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6j8YWSRGHU    check it out.....

Comment by Gail Brown yesterday

Thank you all for yourgood wishes and payers.  Like Linda not have the words slow down in my vocabulary.  I have worked my whole life and don't know how to stop.  When I retired from hotel management at 70 I started what was going to be a little part time, 16 or so hours a week job at Joanns.  It was always a family joke that I would work there to support my habit.  It turned into a full time job within a few weeks, all because I didn't knowhow to stop and besides all that wonderful stuff to be around.  When I finally left there I couldn't sit at home so I rented what started out as a very small spot in a consignment mall.  Some how that grew to a pretty large spot with a sewing machine and a quilt frame.  Then I discovered auctions and started selling all sorts of pottery and became a "picker" as well as a quilter.  Then came hurricaine Michael and almost everything was lost and our Kids said that's enough and here we are in Virginia.  I've done enough since we've been here to do some craft shows and I'm hopin to get well enough to get a spot in a consignment mall again.  It's hard to start over at almost 81 but that's what I'm doing because I don't know how to stop.

Riana I will spend my February 29 teaching Hubby how to cut sashing for the Red, White and Blue quilt.  If he can do that I think I will be able to get sashing on some of those blocks.  I do have 10 of hose blocks done and only have 2 more to go on them.

Elixabeth, from what I have been told this procdure they have suggested is pretty successful.  I'm just waiting to hear that the insurance company approves it.  It can't be soon enough for me, I have a lot to get done.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips yesterday

O.K. Riana, Saturday is a PhD Challenge day.  Hubby and I went out for pancakes yesterday at noon.  They were so good but I did suffer some heartburn - they are heavier than what I normally eat.

Comment by Riana Noyes yesterday

We're 7 weeks into the 2020 challenge. Luckily, we have an extra day in Feb. this year :-)) Let's declare Feb.29th "PHD quilt day!"  How will you spend yours?

Comment by Linda Koller on Tuesday

She would have to discuss the Oska with her doctor. I would suggest downloading the information from their website and showing it to her doctor.  I can't wait to get home so I can use mine! I've already talked to my surgeon and he said it can't hurt. Everyone's situation is different 

Comment by Riana Noyes on Tuesday

Linda, would that device from Australia work for Gail do you think? Or is that only temporary...

Comment by Linda Koller on Tuesday

Gail, I can relate. I'm praying they find a solution for you. I'm looking at months for the nerves to rejuvenate...not easy for a hyperactive individual. The therapist keeps telling me to slow down and I keep telling them it's not in my vocabulary...well until they said I could end up back in here. I've broadened my vocabulary!!!! Praying for you girlfriend. 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on Tuesday

Gail, I am so sorry that you are in so much pain.  It would be good if you could get a procedure done that would take away the pain.  Did the Dr. say that he-she has had success with this procedure?

Don't worry about getting behind with your PhD  - lots more time left in this year!

Comment by Gail Brown on Tuesday

Hoping that there is an end in sight for my pain problem.  Yesterday at the spine doctor I told them if one more person asks my to squeeze their fingers and than says come back in two weeks that I would punch them in the face.  Theyare trying to get authorization from my insurance comapny to do a procedure that would deaden the nerve that is causing all the pain.  Justtaking a shower or eating is painful.  anything usin my right arm causes sharp pain.  I got so organized and ready to go and had my projects lined up and I'v already lost 2 months of time.  I told Hubby if I get his procedure done and it works he'll have to continue to do all the things he's doing now around the house because I won't have time.

I have loved seeing everyone's projects and seeing Riana keeping all her "Ducks" in line.  She is a wonderful teacher and guide!

Comment by Riana Noyes on Tuesday

Melanie, l never said the backward swimming duck was you. But if the comment got you going again , that's great,lol. I too am a spray baste fan. When l teach my FMQ class, l always teach my method of spray basting...it's a very light spray from about 20" back. Too many overdo the spray and then complain of gummy needles , sigh. I too like switching things , but sometimes a bit longer concentration pays off.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on Monday

Thanks Melanie, I'm still chipping away at it. I will be really glad not to look at it again. Not my best quilt ever!! LOL!

Comment by Melanie Keith on Monday

The bad little duckling is back...We had a golf trip to Myrtle Beach again this year.  I did not take the sewing machine and should have because the weather was awful!  Cold and rainy for 3-4 days out of 7.  I did work on some hexes during the driving, but that's not on my PHD list.

Dragged out the pinned purple quilt today and off to sewing group.  Don't know where my mind is but not on sewing.  Guess I'm not a pin person.  This was the first quilt I tried to pin, usually I spray baste.  I have to rip out some of my quilting - there's a fold in the stitch lines!  Will go to the store for some spray and redo and try again.  Worked on the baby blocks instead.  

Off to work on my declutter project for an hour and then back to sewing.  I like to work on something for an hour or two and then take a 15 min break and switch chores.  

Barbara, love the red white and blue quilt!

Quack, quack said the one little duckie with the feather on its back.

Comment by Riana Noyes on Monday

Chris , do you have a little Clover iron or similar? If you set that up on a tv tray with a small press pad, and add your small snips and little pins in cushion , you could work at your leasure...just rough cut some fabric pieces bigger than pattern pieces but small enough for a little tray next to your chair.

Comment by Riana Noyes on Sunday

Mary when we have property to maintain , it must sometimes take precedence. I have that problem in April when we return home and must clear the detrus of winter. I take it that you prefer daylight for your quilting and tapestry? Do you have an Ott light? Those give clear light, though maybe not color true enough for the tapestry.

Comment by Chris Michelle on Sunday

I haven’t done much on my major PHD project, which is the Baltimore Christmas Quilt. I managed to get a number of the small leaves and pears turned when I was at a conference in mid-January. I just don’t like my set-up for doing the preparation of the pieces. I need to figure out a better way to do it while watching tv at night so I can make real progress. My Vintage Rose quilt has had some progress, with beginning to sew some of the units together, but I am at a stop right now not really wanting to work on it. I have a block swap I’m completing that wasn’t part of this group, and those are due in a couple weeks so those are almost complete?

Comment by Mary Moore on Sunday

Am outside working on brush clearing, while we still have burn days.  No rain since mid January.  I get to stop every half hour for Paul's PT.  This can't be Spring though the fruit trees are confused by temperatures in the 60's.

PHD is really being neglected...maybe I can work really hard in a month or so.

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