Saturday, September 29, 2018

Busy, Busy, Busy

The combination of school starting, the High Holy Days, and another health issue made September an absolutely exhausting month for me.

Still, there were plenty of good times. I love the services, and my friend Richard always makes amazing challahs for the Yom Kippur Break Fast. Those white dots you see are coconut. It turns out that coconut challah is delicious.

And we always have a good time eating in the Sukkah, which is in a friend's back yard. Usually we freeze while we eat in it, but this year the weather was warm and the problem was mosquitos!

School is as crazy as ever, but I am lucky to work with great colleagues and kids. I enjoy it, but there's just too much of it. When I come home, I'm drained and all I want to do is knit. So, I have made some progress on my Vodka Lemonade sweater.

I'm getting close to the end of my chaotic embroidery project. I'm just finishing up the white background, like this:

I just don't like the way it looks on white fabric:
 
Nancy asked me what kind of embroidery hoop I use. Until recently, I used the cheap plastic ones from Joanne Fabric and other big box stores. But I've discovered Morgan hoops:
This is the best hoop I've ever used. By far. It is truly a no-slip hoop. I found mine at a local fabric store, but I've since learned you can buy them online from a number of sources, including Joanne Fabric.

As for the health issue: Did you know that if you see flashing lights in the periphery of one of your eyes you need to get medical attention immediately? I didn't. Fortunately, my friends did. I do have some attachment issues with my right eye, but not a full retina detachment (whew!). 

Keith and I were going to go away for my birthday weekend, but the weather is rainy, so we decided on a staycation. (Six years to Medicare -- Yay!) I also want to take a vacation from Supreme Court news. I am so upset that a man who was part of such a drunken, sexist group of young people could even be considered for a lifetime job on the highest court. I work with hundreds of young people every year, and very few of them would even want be part of the 100-Keg Club. That behavior is neither normal nor acceptable. That's all I'm saying. I'm on staycation!

15 comments:

  1. I suffer from Bullous Retino`schisis which is a splitting and waffling of the retina. I was getting prepped for the detachment surgery when the doctor thought to do a laser test to be sure. It showed my retinas were not detached but were just deformed. I saw the flashing lights and the floaties and thought I was having a stroke and went to the ER. Unfortunately my eyes can't be fixed and glasses don't help either. I see everything as through wet glass. Everything is in motion. It's hard to drive at night but I've adjusted to it pretty well. Getting old is no fun.
    I'm taking a news break this weekend too. I think I gained 10 pounds from stress eating last week.

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  2. I have had scares with floaters and I won't scold but you know you need to go have it checked on right away (I'm sure you will in the future). I know it is hard when you're doing so much

    Your embroidery is stunning. I think it looks great on the white!

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  3. Happy belated birthday, love!
    I am so glad that your friends told you to get to the eye doctor right away. I worked for an Opthamologist for many years and floaters and flashes are instant reasons to see your eye doctor.
    Ugh- your embroidery always leaves my mouth hanging open in awe!

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  4. The embroidery is simply stunning and the sweater is looking very good also.

    Hope all goes well with your eye and the dr. can get you fixed up easily. Vision problems are SO scary.

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  5. I need a vacation form the Supreme Court news myself. I swear I have felt sick for two years, well maybe longer if I think about all that led up to the election. How can it keep getting worse all the time? I love your knitting and your stitching is simply gorgeous.

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  6. I do love your embroidery!!! It's stunning. I am glad I am not judged to be the same person I was in high school now....

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  7. Wow! Your stitching is beautiful! Good luck with your eyes! Yikes, eye issues freak me out. Hope you're back to normal/better than ever soon!

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  8. I did know that about eyes and I'm glad you caught it in time. I will be praying for you :) Lovely busy crafting you got going there, I've been knitting like a demon and loving it.

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  9. Thanks for the information about your embroidery hoop. As always, your stitching looks fabulous! Happy Belated Birthday. I'm glad your friend urged you to get the flashes checked out.

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  10. Staycation sounds well deserved and wonderful. Glad you got quick eye care and assessment. Yikes. I love that challah! Gorgeous.

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  11. Challah, Yum! Enjoy your staycation; that's what we all need about now. Glad your eye is OK, my flashes ended up with a hemorrhage in the white part of my eye, not fun but it did resolve itself thankfully. Your embroidery is fabulous! Will you then frame it? I also love that sweater as well as the pattern. Does it have long sleeves?

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  12. Coconut Challah how awesome is that? I hope your health is alright. Your crafts look great. I realize you are not thrilled with the white fabric, but your stitching is so wonderful, the texture is really the thing I notice the most.

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  13. The Challah looks delicious. I hope your eye is healing. I can so understand your statement about school. I used to feel the same way about teaching. I loved it but I often wished for a little less of it, especially the SpEd paperwork. Take good care.

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  14. Our friends that live behind us put up a Sukkah each year and have a celebration. They got it put up this year - and the day was set to come and visit. But...she fell down the stairs and broke her leg in two places a week before the date. So yesterday, her husband and some friends took the Sukkah back down... I had that happen with my eye about two years ago. I googled it and saw where I should get to the eye doctor - STAT. So I did - thankfully, mine was not detached either! I have a huge floater in that eye - sometimes I barely notice it - other times, it drives me batty. Hope yours is feeling better quickly..

    Linda in VA

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  15. Your embroidery is always just amazing! That Challah does indeed look so good! And, I am glad that friends knew about the flashing lights - I did not know this either!

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