Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Twisted Tuesday---Eye drops and Eye candy? Put your big shades on.

First of all, thank you so much for understanding and the prayers which are so needed right now as we work through this eye issue. Problem is, I miss  stitching BAD, and by the end of work days, it is miserable after computer use and headlights on the cars after dark. Bottom line is:  I've got to adjust to this as I have no choice in the matter. The drops it seems has caused the cornea to swell and hurt and hopefully will be getting better with use. The constant feeling that I have a piece of glass in there is driving me somewhat nuts though. I'm really trying as these seem to have the least systemic side effects supposedly.

 So in the meantime, I've figured that I definitely can  do something with glare. They have made me some prescription glasses that was supposed to help for use inside but not much with the computers. BUT, I'm off today, so I'm experimenting with just wearing BIG, BIG Jacki 0 sunglasses to finish my reading on the computer and it's given me some relief. I will not be freaking people at work out with wearing these indoors but man, does it help with high lighting situations.

Next step is to google a computer screen glare thingie, I think there is one to attach to the monitors.

Now, Abbie, on the other hand, is probably thinking I've really lost it wearing big sunglasses to write on the computer, but I just gave her a treat so she is fine. She just wants a pair too.

I have some mail goodies I got and also a finish I had stitched way long ago and had put in to a big matted large frame but found it this week to be just right for a thrift store find several months ago. I have 2 of these perfect size frames for Little House Needleworks Proverbs thread pack series. Here is one I finished a WAY long time ago but in a new frame.

When it's officially framed, straightening and stretching later, I'll show a pic. Right now, just put the frame over the finish for you to get a peek and when my other framer partner comes home, will work on finishing it.

Other mail goodies arrived included some flosses and patterns I ordered around or after Christmas, the time blended together.
Anyways, the flosses are luscious and so are the patterns.
I like to occasionally order from EBay stores and I will let you know that Liberty Primitives is my fave Ebay store. I wrote Nancy a note because the service and shipping is great. She always puts a lovely note with at least 3 freebies as well that are soooo cute.

The flosses are from a different place.

La D Da
Noble Wife

This is from Annie Beez and it has intrigued me for awhile. I love the colors, the design, and the many interpreted meanings of this saying by W. Blake.

"A Robin Redbreast in a Cage, puts all Heaven in a Rage"

and some freebies too

3 of them

Very pretty Tulip Star Sampler

I particulary love the color Uniform Blue. I used it last year when I stitched Brandon's sampler pillowkeep. It was already in the kit and I just love that color.

and have something I designed hopefully one day to stitch the model using it.

Cameo pink and Strawberry Parfeit and Raspberry Parfeit ( of which I needed to replace from Abbies Christmas Morning Sampler I just finished.

Vintage lace, Morris Blue, Old Blue Paint, Old Red paint.....on and on. I love them all.

There are several things today to be thankful for, more than I originally ever thought possible.

1.  Large, Jackie O sunglasses.......for indoors while reading or stitching.

2. Forgetting right now about learning to stitch on 40 or more count and feeling ok with it. My favorite count is 32. This is a hobby not a marathon race or competition.

3.  Going to bed at 9 or 10 o'clock every night for more rest. I have to make myself do this as I'm a night owl by nature but after a couple of weeks, it's becoming second nature.

4. No more night driving if I can help it at all. (actually this will help pedestrians and other drivers) ;)

5. Still having the ability to enjoy designing a bit, even if I do wear sunglasses to do it. LOL

Adjusting to change. Some big, some not so big.

Some sudden, some not so sudden.

Some alone, some with others.

Whatever the case, as one of my wise elderly friends told me at my young age of 27,

There's only one constant in life and that's change.

One more very thankful thing I have right now is Kindle. The Kindle reader's  Read-to-Me feature is WONDERful!
I have listened to a couple of novels through the weekend and even though the cons of this feature is a somewhat monotone audio, it still is wonderful to have this feature.
I'm finishing up a novel that is very inspiring.

You can go to my GoodReads page and see the short review of it

or go to Amazon Books online and if you have a Kindle, read a sample for free.
This book is so good and a TRUE story and amazing.

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
by Todd Burpo

If you have a loved one in Heaven, this book will give you amazing peace as you read. It's a page-turner.

Thanks again for all your comments, support, and patience. They mean more to me than you'll ever know. Fixing to listen to the rest of this book and rest.

Till later,


  1. You seem to have such a great attitude in all this. Inspiring.


  2. Your stash is beautiful! Aren't mailmen the greatest!

    Your attitude is amazing. Please take care and know we care.

  3. Sorry to hear about your eye problems. Hope it gets better soon!

  4. We do what we have to do to do...that is what I say! Keep the positve thoughts and you will work this through. I love the threads and the patterns. I have never bought on eBay or Etsy...I should take a look.

  5. So good to hear from you! Glad that the Jacki 0 sunglasses are providing you with some relief - I bet you look stunning in them! I say wear them and wear them with attitude if they help!! Great goodies you ordered!

  6. I wish you all the best for 2011
    I hope you are feeling better soon !!

  7. Hey, if the jack-o-sunglasses work ... wear them.

    Feel better.

  8. Still praying for you Jennifer! You mentioned a lot of things that we ALL can learn from!

    I love Nancy from Liberty Primitives too. She's really great!

    Have a great day!

  9. Jennifer, I know you will handle this. And just think, you will be completely glamorous with the big glasses on!

  10. I also meant to say great stash! All those gorgeous threads!!!

  11. Love the fox (of course) in that Annie Beez, but the saying was never one I liked.

    Beautiful flosses; hope you're mending up soon!

  12. Don't feel too weird about your sun glasses. My eyes are allergic against uv light (thank god anti histamine brings relief) and I cannot go outside ever without my sun glasses, which I cannot freely choose. They have to prevent sun light to come in from side or above. And to top it off, if I went wrong and my eyes went painful, I'm sitting just like you with the sunnies on in front of the pc.

    Love your stash!!!

  13. Someone told me a little saying today: It's not your position that matters, but your disposition. It sounds like your disposition is improving and you are gaining some peace. Love your new stash!

  14. Keep hanging in there! Many prayers
    are being said for you to get better. Don't feel bad about not
    stitching on 40 ct. I have to stitch on 28 due to my eyesight and
    I'm happy to do it!
    Stay warm and many blessings....

  15. I hope you continue to improve Jennifer.
    Use whatever works for you!
    You've gotten some great stash there.
    And a snuggle for Abbie. :)

  16. Wonderful stash, Jennifer. I also ordered a bunch of GAST threads in December and love them all.

    Prayers and healing thoughts are being sent your way always.

    Take Care & Happy New Year
    Hugs, Sandy

  17. I love the pillow you did for Parsley! That was so sweet of you. I'm sure you'll get through all of this, after all, God never gives us more than we can bear (even though some things seem unbearable at the time, but looking back, God was always carrying me, just like in The Footprints).

  18. Happy New Year 2011 from Tenerife!!


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