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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Haus of Yarn's got it going on

Haus of Yarn is a yarn shop in Nashville, on the West side. They have lots of yummy yarns, and I've shopped a few times, but I don't get over that way very often.

I just learned a week or so ago that they have a Yarn Bus which travels to various locations on the weekends, bringing a selection of their yarns so that people who can't travel to their shop can see the yarns up close in person and purchase there on the spot!

How awesome is that? Very! Since they were coming to Lebanon yesterday, I decided to see if they had some yarn I was interested in getting for a project they recently showed on their Facebook page. The pattern is free on, and it's called Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief. This is their model.

And this is my yarn purchase. Two skeins of Malabrigo Arroyo yarn, which they wound for me, yay!

The left is Arco Iris, which is the color they used in the model, but with this particular hand-dye, colors may vary wildly from skein to skein. The right is Fresco y Seco, yummy, yummy greens. If I enjoy making this kerchief, I might make it again as a gift or two. :)

And the project planning continues some more!!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Out of the sling

I saw my doctor this week for the second post-op follow up visit. He thinks I am doing pretty well, considering the repair that had to be done. He released me from wearing the sling except as a warning to others in social situations, but it's funny, some people ignore it and squeeze your shoulder anyway. :/

Then I went to my PT appointment that afternoon, and it kicked my butt. My physical therapist asked me to show him how far I could lift my arm in several directions and behind my back, and we were both disappointed to see how little range of motion and strength I currently have (a result of both the surgery and the fact that I've been so restricted for 7 weeks). We began working to improve that, and I was exhausted and sore at the end of the session. I still have a long way to go. But after today's session, I don't feel as discouraged as I did on Tuesday. Yes, I am still very limited, but we are working to correct that. I still do exercises every day faithfully, and I see my physical therapist twice a week. I can see the results of all the work we've been doing over the last 6 weeks, and I know it will get better over the next 6, then the next 6, until I'm back to normal, except with no more shoulder pain.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Recovery is slow-going

But it is moving forward a little! I see my physical therapist twice a week, and do exercises at home every day. I will be so glad when I can finally do something. I am trying to get myself to stay off the shopping sites, and as a result, most of what I've been doing is reading and playing Words with Friends or watching streaming video.

My physical therapist was thinking I should be able to drive now. Yeah, that would be nice. Only problem is we tend to own standard transmission vehicles. Driving a stick-shift? Not so much yet. :) So I still get a ride to the PT appointments and wherever else I might need to go.

It appears Spring has finally arrived! We have company coming for a short visit this weekend, which spurred me into attempting to sleep in the bed again. I have tried several times unsuccessfully over the last couple of weeks. But since the recliner has started being a bit uncomfortable itself, I thought it was time to give it another shot. Success, finally! Not perfect, but it's a start. I am so ready for life to get back to normal. I thought I was a fairly patient person, but guess I need to think again.

Thanks for hanging in here with me. I hope to have some crafty updates to share soon!