Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday, March 26th - Spring or ??

It's supposed to be spring, but it sure has turned off "cool" and it's raining this evening.  UGH!  We really need the rain though, so I won't complain too much.  I don't think I've ever seen so much pollen in my life as we've had this year.  And I don't know the last time the wisteria was so abundant - see?  It's like this all over, but this was pretty amazing.  I wish it were across the street instead of 1/2 mile or so away!  It's GORGEOUS!  I absolutely love wisteria!   The yellow jasmine is blooming like crazy too along with lots of other plants/trees.  It's a colorful spring, no doubt about that!

I received the cutest gift in the mail from Diane - she is thinking of spring as well.  Isn't this the sweetest pincushion?  I've seen several more on other blogs - looks like Diane has been thinking of more than one of us this Spring - she is just too sweet!  Thank you again Diane for being so kind!

And this is the birthday gift from my dear old friend Donna that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago (camera batteries had died)  I taught her to stitch in high  school (20+ years ago) and FINALLY, she has stitched something just for me!!  I never thought it would happen - lol!  ;-)  (It's okay, she's knows I'm teasing her!).  She even mounted it in the wooden box all by herself!  I'm terribly proud of her and I adore my gift.  Isn't it pretty?

I haven't been stitching or sewing much at all.  Probably not more than 6 hours total the whole month of March.  My elbow & shoulder have just been giving me fits.  The doctor told me it's from over-use & to rest it.  How do you rest your right arm when you are right-handed?   My mailman has the same elbow trouble & we've been discussing it lately. He bought an elbow strap and told me today that it really helps, so as soon as he drove away, I went straight to WM & bought one.  I was tempted to buy a sling too, but didn't! :-(  It's really that bad sometimes.  Anyway, I came home & took it out of the box & have had it on for 6+ hours. I lifted the pizza stone a bit ago & didn't even realize I'd done it.  AMAZING, since lifting a glass of water makes it hurt.  SO, it's working to some degree.  I need to go to a different doctor I know....  I just don't want to.  :-(  Anyway else have really bad elbow pain?  If so, what do YOU do for it?  If it were just my elbow it wouldn't be so bad.  But it's also my shoulder and my arm from my elbow half way to my wrist.  Stitching really doesn't make it worse.  The pain just puts me in the mood to not feel like picking it up, period.  On the upside, I have read quite a few good books this month.....  ;-)

Hope you are having a good weekend & happy stitching/sewing to one & all!


Teresa said...

Sorry about the elbow. I love the wisteria. Your friend did a lovely job on the box.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches.

Beth said...

The wisteria is gorgeous!! We are just a might too north for it, but I do think it is beautiful. Now, why, would Donna, who knows you forever, stitch you something all in red? LOL! Yep, I think that is very cool that she did that. Hope you figure out what to do about your elbow and shoulder.

Karen said...

So cute...both of our gifts! Love the wisteria...the pollen not so much. I thought it was pretty bad last year and am so glad we got rain tonight to help wash it away.

Hope your elbow and arm are feeling better!!!!

Anonymous said...

There's nothing better than a hand-made gift from a friend! LOL!
I agree with you, it has been a very colorful spring. Yellow Jasmine is my favorite. It's our state flower, smells wonderful, and grows wild everywhere!
My left elbow has been giving me trouble over the past few months. I'm not sure why, but I will be curious to read responses made to your blog concerning this.
Enjoy Your Rainy Weekend,

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

That wisteria is amazing but I'm curious - does it choke the tree? Love what your friend Donna stitched for you and yep, she did a great job! That pincushion is just wonderful and the perfect thing for Spring.

So sorry you're not feeling better but sounds like you might be onto something with the strap. Hope it continues to get better.

Nan said...

Sorry you're in pain. My elbow and shoulder hurt sometimes too. I use ice and aleve or advil. Ice is what helps the most.
Glad you like your pincushion. I went a little overboard when I saw them so I had plenty to share :0)
I woke to the ground covered with snow this morning.
Happy Spring!

Fiona said...

Donna did good, your gift is lovely. Diane's little pincushion is just too cute, it will look great on your shelf. Sorry to hear that you are in pain again, hope your elbow support helps and you are pain free enough to feel like stitching.

Yvonne..... said...

I have the same kind of pain and mine is diagnosed as Tennis Elbow. Not much you can do for it except rest, ice and cortisone shot. I have good days and bad ones. Rubbing some over the counter cortisone cream helps some as well as icy hot bandages. The worst thing you can do is not use it. It makes it more stiff and then when you do use it, it hurts. Just don't over use it.