Doing What I Can
“Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from what you can do.”
~ John Wooden
How are you my friends?
I'm doing okay. My left knee is still a bit sore and believe it or not my right knee started acting up too. But overall I am walking much better than a week ago. I've decided to use a cane now and then too just so I don't over stress my joints when I have to walk a bit further. I'm just so thankful that I can still move around and that there have been improvements. I guess I should have gone to the doctor but really what can they do for me besides give me painkillers? I will try to schedule an appointment for next week and get it looked at as well as deal with my blood sugar test results. I really did not have the energy this week to deal with the doctor, testing for sugars and leg and all of the things that come with it....so I wait awhile.
Around the house, I've been contemplating how to move things around. It seems a never ending job around here. I'm making room for mom's medical lift chair and walker (with a seat and basket) to be delivered by my brother. He has had to go out of town and get these items as they have no storage room where mom lives and she doesn't use these mobility aids anymore. In fact she hasn't for the last two years. It turns out I might need these items myself and if I had to purchase these items (again) it would cost me quite a pretty penny. So I've decided to keep them here at my home in case I do need them. I'm also returning the stove I bought a few weeks ago and getting the exact same model as a replacement. There was a minor flaw on the stove top but it was in a very noticeable place so I'm getting a replacement which will be delivered Thursday.
My creative juices are flowing but I'm not entirely up to making anything. Instead I've been admiring a lot of handcraft on line. In particular, I've been admiring the Boutis work of the French. Boutis is a Provençal word meaning 'stuffing', describing how two layers of fabric are quilted together with stuffing sandwiched between sections of the design, creating a raised effect.
I've long admired Boutis and once I even asked a long distant relation to pick one up for me. She did in fact search for a quilt for me when she went to Paris, France. However I was quite disappointed when I got it and found it had a tag on it stating "Made in India"! I could have purchased a similar quilt here in town and in a more appropriate size (French beds are a bit narrower). Nonetheless I did appreciate all the effort my relative went through to search for and find me a quilt. She also had to get her Parisien friends to visit the vendor from time to time as the quilt had to be ordered. Then her friends brought it in their carry on luggage when they paid a visit to Canada. That quilt really made the rounds!!. I enjoyed my quilt for about 10-12 years but I gave it to the goodwill last year. I don't plan on buying another one soon But I would like to make a Boutis for myself one day.
Boutis Quilt Ideas
|Photo Credit: Satin Moon|
|Photo credit: J. McEwan's Etsy shop|
|Photo credit: Japan Lovely Etsy Shop|
I've also been dreaming about this cream, gray and light blue Pendleton blanket. Some day I might have one for my bedroom.
|Photo of the blanket alone.|
|Blanket dressing the bed.|
|A throw blanket like the one above, in shades of cream, khaki and black, might work for my front room. It gets very chilly here from about November to about February. A throw blanket is a must.|
I love Pendleton blankets and own two already. They are quite expensive but I've noticed the prices have remained almost the same since I bought myself one some 20+ years ago. As far as blankets go the price is actually no more expensive than other quilts and comforters and what's more the Pendleton blankets are great heirloom pieces. I use my Pendleton blanket in the bedroom but I'd like another for those extra cold days. I inherited another one from my mother but use it for decor rather than as a cover because of it's lighter overall colour. Some of my long time readers might remember the one I purchased for my nephew's baby.
Well I've rambled long and I want to get the dinner made and more reading done. I hope you all have a lovely rest of your week.