Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
I just love all the little finger puppet designs. The designers put so much detail into them,
I just can’t get enough of them! You can see these and more in the trailer Saturday, May 8. 9:30-4 at the Virginia Miners Building. I will have the trailer setup at the back of the arena.
Monday, April 5, 2021
My word for 2021is “thankful”. With all that is happening and our way of life turned upside down, it’s sometimes hard to find things to be thankful for. With the craft shows being canceled last fall and my neck trouble this winter, it was getting me down. A couple months ago when I was having my daily pity party, my ever wise husband pointed out some positive points in my situation. I decided the best way to handle that was ignore him, after all he wasn’t living this neck shoulder pain and very limited activity level, plus not being able to sit at the sewing machine! A few hours later he comes back from his wood room with a platform for my sewing machine to sit on. I still couldn’t sit there, but he designed it so my neck/spine would be be in the proper alignment when I was ready. I am able to sit now for 5 minutes at a time, but I am “thankful “ for that much. And I am so “thankful “ for John’s patience, and knowledge at building things.
My 97 year old Mom ended up in the hospital for two nights. I called her yesterday morning to see how she was feeling, and she yelled in the phone, I’m going home! I was so “thankful “ she was able to home for Easter! Later in the day my sister Irene called and said Mom wanted to come out. Three of our kids and their families were here and she hadn’t seen them in over a year. We had to get her in the house and there are 6 steps up to the deck. Going up she decided she could walk. Well it took three guys and very slow motion! So after a wonderful visit and some great laughs, she decided she would let them carry her in the wheelchair back down the steps. A lot of discussion and planning was put into how was best to do it. She told them they were in charge of how, but please don’t drop her. 🤣. We were able to push her up the ramp of the trailer, so she finally got to see it in person! I am so very “thankful “ for Irene driving her out here, my sister Kay for being her healthcare advocate, which is a job some days! And my brother James for taking her home after being discharged, John, Evertt and Conrad for their careful handling of her. I hope when I am her age, I will also have a positive attitude and be “thankful” like she is! I am “thankful” that three of our kids and their families could be here and our two kids that couldn’t be here, were making Easter memories with their kids!
Your reward for being “thankful “ is, the more you are “thankful” for the happier you feel! ❤️
Friday, March 12, 2021
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
After my last post, my shoulder and arm pain increased. We decided to go to the Twin Cities Spine Center for a second opinion. John and I went to the Cities on Monday, and Amanda went with us to the Spine Center. They said the arm pain and the previous redness was a result of the nerve being irritated and not an allergic reaction to the injection, I’m thankful for that.
Dr. Mueller decided that I should have another injection, but a different kind than Duluth did. Tuesday morning I had an injection through the front of my neck into the nerve root at C6-7. He said let me know when you feel it in your arm. I don’t think he meant scream, but that’s what I did, wow, painful!! He just said, good I got what I wanted. We came home from the Cities last night, and I had therapy this morning. I will go to therapy two days a week for neck and shoulder strengthening. My therapist said I can do any activity until it gets painful. I cooked a little today. I think John liked the break. No sewing, but I hope I can ease into that in a few weeks. I’m thankful I can run the embroidery machine without too much effort.
We won’t know for a few weeks if this injection worked. My next step is surgery to fuse C6-7. I’m not crazy about that, so I’m praying this plan works!
John has grounded my trailer! He has been so good about helping me get out there, but now he says it’s time to concentrate on healing, so that I will be able to operate this new venture for years to come. I hope to be out with the trailer in a month or so. Or as John says, maybe a few months!
The trailer won’t be out but I have plenty of inventory on hand. I can text, Facebook message or email photos of items you are interested in. I can deliver to Virginia two days a week. Or if you feel like a drive, you are welcome to contact me and setup an appointment to come here and shop in the trailer. I have St Patrick’s Day vinyl embroidered gnomes, leprechaun and coffee mugs. Easter eggs pockets with finger puppets. I will try to post photos often of current inventory.
The sun is shining and the snow is melting! I drove on clear pavement today. Spring is coming!!
Saturday, February 13, 2021
I have much to be thankful for, I just have to remember to be thankful! I have been having shoulder trouble for quite a few years. Mostly tight muscles. I would go for acupuncture treatments and they would help for a few months. It got worse in December, I blamed it on all the sewing I do in the fall. I finally went in the end of December, I went for a few treatments and it got worse instead of better. I was sent for an MRI and found I have a bulging disc and arthritis at C6-7 in my neck. I went last Thursday for an injection in the disc. I felt better that night and Friday. Saturday my left arm started to hurt and my fingers were tingling. By Monday my arm was red and I was very uncomfortable. So back to the doc to find out, I am allergic to the dye in the injection. She put me on an antihistamine and increased one pain med. By Thursday my dry eye was terrible. I had been treated for a few years for that, and it was under control and my eyes were healthy. More consulting with the doctors, to find that the antihistamine was drying out my eyes. They decided I could discontinue it and then prescribed a steroid eye drop. Two days of using it and my eyes are starting to feel better. My shoulder is feeling better and most of the arm pain is gone.Not much sewing for the last month was causing withdrawals! Every time I would sit at the machine, the tingling down my arm was unbearable. So this morning John came up with the idea to change the placement of my machine. He made a platform for my machine that tilts down towards me. So now my neck stays straight instead of looking down and keeping my neck bent for long periods of time. Through all of this John has taken over everything in the house, because I spent most days in the recliner. And today coming up,with a solution to get me back sewing, I am so thankful for him! Sometimes when life gets busy we take those around us for granted. I don’t want to sound mushy and sappy :), but this man is is my greatest blessing! I couldn’t have asked for a better life partner My trailer wouldn’t have happened without all his help and knowledge. Tomorrow is Valentines Day and I won’t get roses and chocolate, but I will know I am his world and he is mine!
Saturday, February 6, 2021
-15 this morning with -35 windchill, and we setup the trailer in Virginia. Crazy people!!! Two Buddy Heaters in the trailer kept us warm! We appreciate everyone who braved the cold today, thank you!
This was our second time setting up and I am loving it! Both days my friend Sue Thomas with Northern Gnomology came with. She is fun to spend the day with and you just can’t resist her gnomes!
We had a surprise visit from Dave of Timberjay newspaper. He came to interview me about starting the trailer as a way to keep selling with the craft shows being canceled. It was a fun interview, he has great humor and puts you at ease. I feel honored that he was impressed enough by my Facebook posts, to come see the trailer! So even with the cold, it was a great day!
Our next pop-up is Wednesday February 6. Noon to 5 in Cook at BIC Realty parking lot. But if it’s another cold day with below windchill, we will not setup.
I will post that morning to let you know if we will be open.