Monthly Archives: November 2007

What a Waterhead!

I must be one of the most hard-headed people in the world. I passed up 20 hours of overtime so I could have an extra week off of work to recover and heal. What did I do? Went shopping on Black Friday for 10 hours! All in all, the knee did okay and I saved lots of money. Thankfully Daphne chauffeured me around dropped me off at doors and then parked. I paid for it yesterday, as it was pretty sore, but this morning it feels pretty good.

I should finish stitching Ashlyn’s pillow today, all except for the date, which we don’t know yet! Hopefully she will make her grand entrance in the next week or so. Then I could go visit and be back to work on schedule.

I got a new computer game last night and I’m going to try my hand at the massive multiplayer online game of “World of Warcraft”. There are like 9 million people that play it online, it’s got to be fun!

Have a great weekend!

Healing Up

I’m 5 days post-op and doing well. I’m walking (slowly) without assistance and have about 85% of my flexion. I don’t think I’m ready to be chasing bad guys, but it is musch better than before the surgery! Daphne has taken good care of me, as have my friends. Ladies from the LNS brought food and goodies twice and picked me up to go to stitching last night. My mom and sister drove up and spent the night for a surprise visit. It was short but fun! We played some games and had a good time visiting.

So now I’m trying to decide whether or not to go back to work tomorrow. I can work in the office on light duty, and it’s a holiday Thursday and Friday which is double-time and a half! But, if I go back, that means I have to work all next week, too, instead of being off on worker’s compensation. That would give me a total of three weeks off without having to work at all! But it’s a good bit of money, and I really need it, so I’m feeling guilty about not wanting to go!

I finished a little pincushion for a friend and forgot to take a picture of it. It was really cute and I did it over one. I really like the way it came out and so did Daphne, as I already have a request from her for one! I am almost finished with the pillow for the soon-to-be-born niece. They have decided to change her name and it will now by Ashlyn Faith. Thankfully I had not done the name yet, so no worries there.

Some Bad News

My friend that I spoke of a couple of weeks ago that has cancer is not doing well. They have since discovered that his cancer is in stage four and if he refuses treatment he has about 6-9 months to live. With treatment it could be extended to 2 years. It is so sad, especially since they just found out that his daughter/son-in-law are expecting their first baby. She is his only child so it will be his first grandchild. It does give him something to look forward to and to convince him to accept treatment to try to make it to see the baby. His wife is one of my best friends for many years and I feel so bad for her. It will be difficult for her and their daughter.

Last night at the LNS I picked up almost all of the fibers for our Town Square RR. With the fabric it was almost $200! And that was after a generous 15% discount the store owner gave all of the RR participants. I am even more excited now having seen the colors and received my fabric. I’m having surgery on Friday, so hopefully I will feel up to starting the basting Saturday while watching the LSU football game. I stitched a little more on my neice’s pillow Tuesday morning and it’s coming along nicely.


Nothing New Really…

Nothing new is going on with me. Just waiting for my knee surgery which was scheduled for Thursday then moved to Friday. I’m really ready for it to be over so I can start working out again. Not to say that I couldn’t have been doing my toning work even though I couldn’t do any cardio, but I haven’t. It’s hard to get “up” for working out when you are limited to weight training only.

I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new neice Sophie! She is due to be here around December 13th, but my SIL had some problems and has been basically bedridden for about a month. They are hoping to hold out for another couple of weeks which would put her about two weeks early. I’m planning on driving over to Atlanta a week or so after she is born. That will give the grandparents time to clear out and leave her all to me! Since she will probably be early, I guess I should get to stitching on her pillow! I’m about 1/3 of the way done with the stitching and hopefully my friend at the LNS will be able to make it into a pillow for me.

Some friends and I are doing a round robin using the freebies from the 2006 Indianapolis Needlework Market. I have chosen 12 (yes, I said 12) shops for my Town Square and have used about six different Elizabeth Designs patterns to concoct the middle of my Town. It features a Church from the “Town Square” patterns, and the rest of it comes from the Elizabeth Designs patterns. A fountain, four trees, an arbor, some stepping stones, and a pretty fence. We are gathering tomorrow at the LNS to order our fabric. In all, I’m using 46 shades of Weeks, 35 shades of Sampler, 27 shades of DMC, 9 shades of Olde Willow, 4 different Mill Hill beads, 1 Needle Necessities silk, 2 Kreinik #4 braids, 1 #8 Pearl Cotton from DMC, and 10 button/charm packs from JABC! I don’t think I even want to add up how much money will be tied up in this project. I think it’s better left unknown! We will be starting it up in mid-January, so as soon as the fabric comes in I will have to start basting!

Hope everyone in my circle is doing well and having a great fall!

Another MCRodeo is done!

This week our department hosted our 9th annual Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills Championship. It is a four-day event, culminating in a big rodeo on Saturday. It serves several purposes. One is for Motorcycle Officers to come from all over for training and practice. We had competitors from seven states this year. The biggest reason for us is to raise money for the Dreamday Foundation, which supports St. Jude’s Hospital for Children. Since we began hosting this event, we have raised over $300,000 for Dreamday and it has been a real blessing to our local chapter of Dreamday.

Last year was very difficult as one of our team members and friends was killed in the line of duty just three months before the competition. It was quite the emotional roller coaster. This year was hard as well, as one of the founders of our rodeo and one of the best motormen we have ever had was diagnosed with brain cancer late last year. He has not ridden since he was diagnosed but gave us a special treat at yesterday’s event. He didn’t know the course, so one of the motormen lead him through it and he rode for us. At the end of the day, he was one of only two people (over 180 runs) that had a clean run with no penalties! We love him so much and he is such an important part of our lives.

It was a lot of work and today I’m really tired. At the banquet last night, the guys presented me with a gift for all the work I have done over the years. I was very surprised, as they have never done that before. They gave me a beautiful Bulova watch from Harley Davidson! I had been saying that this was the last year I was going to be in it, but they’ve got me…again!