Friday, July 22, 2011

The reason I started blogging........................

My mother was commenting today that I haven't been blogging lately!  I figured I had better do something about that!

It is a bit of an interesting story about how I started blogging.

It all started because in August of 2000 I fell on a little piece of uneven sidewalk in Edinburgh Scotland while on vacation with my mother and sister.  My sister had just left us to go back to work in Africa and my mum and I were off to do a bit of laundry.  I fell coming out of the laundromat and broke my right ankle.  Although - I didn't go to the hospital - or doctor, because I didn't really think it was broken.  It got pretty swollen and bruised but if I didn't move  it too much it didn't hurt too much and we carried on with our planned vacation.  Two week later when I got back to Canada I got my ankle X-rayed - because it really  had not improved at all - and it was broken!  So that began a year long process of a multitude of splints, casts and crutches - X-rays and CT scans - finally surgery and Physio.  

During that year - right leg mostly out of commission - I spent quite a bit of time on the computer - surfing the web - which was still fairly new at that time.  I was watching the Soap - Days of Our Lives - which is often stupid - and there was a message board that I would visit and read how other people thought it was stupid as well.

The woman who ran the message board - had an acquaintance - in Georgia - who was competing for the Next Food Network Star television show and asked us to vote for Hans online - which I did a few times -- quite a few as I didn't have much else to do!  Hans got on the show but I didn't even get to see the show in Canada - so that was too bad - all my voting and not able to watch the result.   I think he came in third.

Time had passed - I was back to work and we had moved and life carried on and I was still following the message board and keeping up with how Hans was doing with his career - I sort of felt I knew him a bit after all!!  Then Hans started a blog  - Hans was diagnosis with stomach cancer and was blogging about his experiences and treatments. Hans did really well with his surgery and treatment and is cancer free now.   I kept up with his blog - it was the old Live Journal format - then one day Hans switched to Blogspot and I was quite intrigued - and in checking out blogspot and seeing how easy it was to set up -  I decided to start my own blog.

Why am I remembering all this......................

On Monday while out on a hike with my neighbour and the dogs - I fell and broke my left ankle!

This time I went right to the hospital and had it x-rayed.  My cheeky mother says she hopes it's better in under two years!!  So - I've been kind of cranky lately!!

But on the sewing front - prior to the fall I had been puttering away on a few things........

I made a mug rug for one of my Quilting Peeps -

And she made a mug rug for me -----

She called it "Howe Sound Spring"  It is much like looking out at Howe Sound from our deck. 

And I have been working on the Barbara Brackman Civil War Block of the Week blocks. 

I am a few weeks behind but I have time on my hands to catch up now!  Although I am still very uncomfortable and I am finding I can only sit with my foot hanging down for a short time and then I have to elevate it again.

And I feel sorry for poor Jim who has been called to action quite a bit this year and is now back on kitchen duty - Like he says "you're lucky you have a husband who likes to cook"
I am lucky - but not happy!!

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  1. Uh oh...this is not good. I can't even imagine how painful this broken ankle must be, but hey, maybe you can indulge in a bit of the homebrew along with Jim's wonderful meals - to help ease the pain and suffering a bit...sheesh, I can't believe you broke your ankle! Good it's not your sewing machine driving ankle. :) Hope you mend very quickly. Tom was just asking what I've heard from you - what you and Jim have been up to - well now we poor girl.

  2. I'm sorry for you. Jim will be a perfect husband.
    ciao ciao

  3. Oh, Pam! So sorry to read about this bad bit of luck. Know that I am hoping for speedy healing for you. Keeping busy will help, your sewing projects are just the prescription! Take good care and don't over-do.

  4. Aww - poor you ! What bad luck. Plenty of rest in order. Lots of sewing time ahead so we'll expect lots of posts - lol. Your blocks are lovely - I wish I'd started this but never mind. My DH is so useless in the kitchen we'd all starve if he had to cook for us so good for Jim . Take care Pam xxx

  5. Hi Pam,
    I hope that you are not too uncomfortable and able to do some of the things you want while you are mending. Hope it is not too long before you are up and moving around like your regular self. Jim will keep you eating some delicious meals I am sure.
    Your blocks and mug mats are lovely. Happy creating.
    Warmest regards,

  6. Hope you heal up real quick so you can get back to quilting!
    Love your civil war blocks!

  7. glad your mum bombed you........missed you blogging......bad luck you broke your ankle..........
    so many different reasons why we start need to start some hand sewing........

  8. Wow Pam you have lots of civil war blocks done1 They look great! It was lovely to visit yesterday, tea on your deck is like a little visit to heaven :0)

  9. Oh Pam.... so sorry to read this! Goodness! Well I will be sending you lots of positive vibes! DH that cook are a great thing! Do take good care of yourself! Cheers!