Sunday, 30 December 2012

Whatever doesn't kill me doesn't make me stronger.

I wasn't going to start posting until I had pictures to show, but I still haven't been able to stitch. I did want to post an update though.

My mom made it through the heart attack. It was scary as heck. I was the one who found her, identified what was going on, and got her to the hospital asap. I am really really glad I have so much healthcare experience, and just plain gut instincts.

My pinched nerve is still pinched. I have the pain managed pretty well, but I don't have much feeling in my right forearm and index finger of the hand (of course it's my dominant arm). I can technically stitch, but I have a hard time holding and even feeling the needle because it feels like the finger isn't even there.

I'm going to a massage/acupuncturist on Tuesday to try and get this sorted out. If she can't, it's off to a Chiropractor.

I carry the weight of the world on my shoulders, and the pain is proof I'm holding too much right now.

On to stitchy things!

Because of the heart troubles with Mom, this year's Christmas was pretty much nonexistent. I am just happy she was home for it, and don't really give a crap about presents. Anyway, a few months ago I caught wind of the Joannes exclusive Ginghers "Jennifer" and since mom was heading into the states, I asked her to have a look for them. After she came home from the states, I may or may not have looked through the receipts to snoop to see if she found them, and she had a bill for Joannes, but they weren't on it. I figured they were sold out. Then everything happened and I forgot about it. Christmas day rolls around and I'm sitting with Mom in the livingroom and she asks my Dad to get the boxes off her dresser. He does and comes back with the Jennifers!

I'll tell you what, when it comes to finding hard to find cross stitch things, she's a master. She has no idea what to even look for as I only give her general descriptions, but she somehow does it. My new scissors have been renamed to Karen, after my mom. :)

I made a lot of progress this year with finishes. I think this was my most prolific year yet with 18 projects finished.

My bucket list made at the beginning of the year was this:

Messenger by Fire Wing Designs Finished and mailed to Adam, UK
Summer Splendor by LHN Started but not finished. Hate it!
2011 Santa by Prairie Schooler Not Started and I think I switched it to the 2012 Santa
Letter S by Letters by Nora Corbette Finished!
Follow Me by Primitive Needle  Finished and sent to Jackie, CAN
Christmas Kitty Moon by Stitchy Kitty Finished
Britty Kitty Christmas Stocking by Brittercup Designs Not Started
Britty Kitties I & II by Brittercup Designs Made one design, the one for Ham. He passed away not that long ago and his owner put the stitch where she can see it all the time. RIP Ham, you were a wonderful Cat who lived a very long 24 years!
Cat Lessons for People by Lizzie*Kate Not Started
Buzzzz by Bent Creek Done!

I strayed a lot from the list, making random patterns for friends throughout the year.

Pinkie Pie for Ryan, US
Umbreon, Jolteon, Espeon, Eevee, Flareon, Vaporeon For Tim, AUS
Rageface for Bennet, NZ
Portal Towel for Deb, US
Tribal Orca for Jer, CAN

and Aryll whom I don't have a home for yet.

Oh and I also finished Paladin this year which was a carryover from 2011, he was mailed to Greg, US.

I really want to make goals for next year, but this arm is such a pain in the ass that I don't want to make goals and not be able to do them, so I'm holding off on next year's bucket list until it's sorted out. I still need to finish the last two pokemon for Tim, so that's the best goal I've got right now. 

I would like to thank all you lovely followers to my blog. I'm a horrible commenter, forget to reply to emails, and just a plain scatterbrain, but I appreciate everyone who has stuck with me! You inspire, enable, and your good thoughts and prayers really mean a lot to me.

Now lets have a better next year. :) I think I smell a giveaway soon, don't you? :)


  1. glad to hear your mum is on the mend and way to go with the scissors .. shame on you peaking though heheheheh ....
    sorry about your nerve can sympathise as I have been there seen and done it and often get it in my legs as well ... now that is fun ...
    I've done the summer splendor and I love it ... well done on your list too and don't panic about goals just do your best and all will be well :) wishing you a very merry stitchy new year :) love mouse xxxxx

  2. Oh my Lord, it doesn't sound like the end of 2012 was much fun. May the 2013 be the best year ever! Hugs to your Mom, glad she is doing OK. And I'm glad the pain doesn't bother you as much. Take care dear Panda.

  3. Even if 2012 didn't end spectacularly, 2013 can only be better right~ :) I'm glad your Mom is doing well (love the tag for her, haha) and that your arm is less painful. Hopefully the acupuncture works and you can get back into things you like again! :D


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