Saturday, March 21, 2020

Day 15


My quarantine started on March 6, 2020. That day I fell in my kitchen while doing dishes. After a week in a chair of pillows with a splint, I had 3 hours of surgery which left me with a long plate and several screws in my left upper arm and a hospital stay.  I may have a low pain tolerance, but this experience has not been fun.

I am typing this with one finger. Thank goodness my husband has turned into a terrific uncertified nursing assistant. 

I enjoy reading blogs on my phone. easier to manage.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Well I took my first ambulance ride

A dislocated spiral fracture happens when a long bone is torn in half by a twisting force or impact. The injury involves the long bone of the arm, the humerus
Spiral fractures are usually serious injuries and carry the risk of complications.

Friday, January 31, 2020

It's February, So Let's Wrap Up Christmas

My original plan was to post all my cute Whoville decorations BEFORE Christmas, but that did not happen. I did get them all done before Christmas, the grandkids enjoyed them all, and I already have a theme in my mind for next year. 
Let's start with the ten most adorable grandchildren in America. The only decoration on this wall is the "gumdrops" on the valances. 
And let me share how much fun the Christmas bulb light up necklaces were! And how popular the saran wrapped candy ball was with the younger crowd!
Okay, well all the windows ended up with these garlands. I strung my Christmas cards underneath. 
And I had enough to stretch across the bottom of my bookcase where I display all the "grandkids with santa" photos from each year. 
I don't think I ever got a good picture of the tree. Can you see the hook I made on top to make it a "Grinch" tree?

I did manage to take my tree down by mid-January and put all my Christmas decorations away by last week. My husband disagrees with this statement as my village is still up. I am trying to convince him it is a "winter" village. 

Monday, December 2, 2019

Welcome to Whoville

After my parents passed, I emptied their attic and my attic and actually donated boxes and boxes of unwanted Christmas decorations. But somehow I still have more Christmas than I ever set up each year and for some unexplained reason I keep purchasing more.  Last year was the year of those cute red trucks and station wagons with trees on top. This year I woke up and decided - It is Whoville!

Eventually and probably fortuitously, the Grinch is not very popular this year. I have not seen much in stores and am trying to blind myself from too much on the internet. 
Four month old Louis is one of my building supervisors. 
I did get lucky at Oriental Trading and ordered some paper products and games for my (gulp) 10 young grandchildren.  
Three year old Lydia is my design assistant
And I decided to create some new outdoor decorations. 
The start of Tree #1
About two and a half years ago I discovered replacement fence boards at my local Home Depot. They are about 6 feet tall and a little narrower than I like, but the cost of about 2.89 each has made them my new favorite craft item.  I have done some Welcome boards, some holiday boards and quite a few political boards since I can't leave the house for protest marches with all the tiny grandchildren I care for.  
Tree #2 and Tree #1
I set out to create my own Whoville decor.  I designed some Christmas trees, traced some patterns and bought all the Grinch Green Apple Barrel paint available. 
I was happy with my first three trees. I decided to outline the decorations with black paint and it really made them pop. 
Here was my first attempt at the Grinch. And tree #3. 
I had to move the art studio to my kitchen counter to move the wet paint away from tiny hands. 
The final five!

I wish I could repaint my bicycle planter white, but my dear husband has it so firmly attached to the tree, I am not sure it can be done. I have the packages secured with miles of string, tied to each other and to the basket.  We used zip ties to attach the Grinch tree to the bike. 
I am pretty darn happy with how it turned out! We attached each tree and the Grinch to my porch posts with the zip ties. Of course our lights did not work after we put them up (yes, we tested them) so there is an elf on the left attaching the new lights for this year. 
This is the right side of the porch. 
And the step up to the porch.
 For my Whoville garland, I just used some red plastic disposable plates, dipped the lid from the craft paint in the white paint and created polka dots!
I punched holes and tied them together with string. I love how they turned out! - from a distance LOL

It was an inexpensive way to update and change our Christmas decorating this year. I spent about $15 on the boards, $6 on the plates, and probably $10 on the paint because I purchased it once, misplaced it when I hid the bag from my grandchildren and had to re-purchase it. I saved packing boxes and bought rolls of gift wrap at Dollar Tree. If only we had not had to replace the lights, the whole yard would have only cost about $34.00 total. 

Miss Merry