I figure at this point it will be easier to do a blog post than respond to folks individually regarding the goings on here the past couple of weeks.
Turned out that in a follow-up xray for the pneumonia that plagued me from Yosemite through Houston something odd was spotted on one of my ribs that required a follow up CT. This revealed that yes, indeed, something odd was growing on one of the ribs. Chances were a tumor and being unable to needle biopsy it, removal was the best course of action. So a couple of nights in the hospital between Christmas and NY. All went well and final results should be back this week. Even though the surgeon doesn’t seem like a betting sort of fellow he actually told me that “99% chance” is that it is benign. I’m holding out that NY bottle of champagne for that final confirmation.
A couple of things. It hurts! They did some sort of surgical nerve block thingy which permanently cuts a section of nerves to reduce pain. Thankful for that! I guess without it I might just drive someone crazy (r). I don’t react well to strong painkillers (nausea) so have some codine with tylenol that takes the edge off. Everyday brings a change. Today being better than yesterday! I will be fine. Eventually. I am up and around. I have a couple of friends going through much much tougher crap than this and I know I am incredibly fortunate. I salute their strength and persistence!
We also had a fun day at the ER on Christmas as Amma (Icelandic for Grandma) fell and broke her ankle, cracked her head and ribs. This was a couple days before my hospital visit. She is all OK -light break, head staple (out now) and ribs painful but improving. Main issue is she can’t go home. She lives in a 2nd floor apartment so she is here for the next 6 weeks for sure.
Boy, when things change, they change!! The boys have cycled in and out to help but Phil is here full time to do the heavy lifting. I am indeed lucky as he is patient and a good caretaker-sometimes bossy but i’m told i’m difficult (imagine that!). So for those asking about their orders, things are a little slower than usual. But still moving along. After all, hospital bills must be paid along with the usual bunch.
So, moving on…
The dogs and cats have never been so happy to have so many lounging around! Bella likes nursery rhymes with kittens in clothes- a gift from meagan from my childhood kitten fetish-revisiting…
and there has been time for me to enjoy Donna’s book-
Fashion history from the Kyoto Costume Museum collection
I even pulled out one of my favorite collected pieces to look at-I don’t think I’v shared it here (at least not in many many years). this is the inside of a silk velvet cape. special kasuri silk weaving with supplemental metallic threads. it’s a marvelous thing. every now and then i just pull it out to gape at its glory and finger its textures.
Then one day I played with more of the gridded fusible that Carmen Geddes sampled me. I used it for a beaded ribbon embroidery piece I’m still working on but wondered how it might work to tame the ribbon into a more traditional use. Maggie was always after me to do something like this. Carmen was kind enough to also send me her booklet which featured a photo on the back of her and her 9 sisters. I realized why her business is called TenSisters. Quite the sweet photo! Wow, imagine ten sisters! In grabbing that link I just read that there were also 7 brothers!! Oh my! I’m looking forward to meeting her this coming year at Houston where she will be applying her skills to silk in the Silk Experience classroom.
silver gold- for some reason I had never done this combo until one of the Italian designers requested it. I can see how they will enjoy working with this colorway in their jewelry
and because I always enjoy the ghost colors that come up in the discharge process of certain base colors. they are those colors that appear halfway up the pleat and don’t get drowned out by the overdye. not all colors have this aspect.
and one more…gore-tex! in place of that pesky rib I now have some medical Gore-Tex patching me together. kinda cool stuff. inert in the body -like silk. I have really integrated textiles into my life!
I have to add a couple more stories here. Not too long ago I received a thank you email from a gal who had been buying scrap bags pretty regularly. She wrote to say that she wanted to thank me for the ribbon and the dragonfly pattern as she was able to retire a size-able medical bill by making and selling the shibori ribbon dragonfly pins. she also worked up a butterfly design as well and both had contributed to freeing herself from this burden and she was doing well. How great is that?
Then, the afternoon of my surgery I was resting in my room and received a wonderful new years note from Wendy with a child’s thank you for some of my pieces that are used in her therapy work. She told of coming to know the color blue even though she can’t see it and the way she maps life through the textiles. Who is healing who here?