Saturday, January 4, 2020

some Saturday snippets

in which our plucky heroine makes a number of steps forward...

Just found out this week that my friend Berengeria had a stroke. Apparently she has been in hospital, in the ICU, since November, but only recently transfered to a long term care hospital here in Portland and well enough that visitors would be encouraging rather than a danger. I went to see her Friday afternoon, after making this card for her.

Her husband Alail was also there when I arrived, and she was asleep, so we talked a bit until the nurse gave her some medication which woke her up. He can understand her speech much better than I could; the good thing is that she can speak now. It is hard to see someone so lively now laid so low, but I figure that the best thing I can do is continue to visit while she is there; I know how very tedious being in hospital is...

Started the first steps for my Athena blouse, stitching the sew in interfacing to the reverse side of the facings, and in time to the reverse side of the back yoke I've added to the blouse, as a way of giving some additional width to the back, which is an easy way to give greater mobility to woven tops. Additionally, the plain white sheeting will help keep the patterned fabric facing from showing through the center front as shadow horses.

Since there is only a few jars of Awesome Sauce left on the pantry shelf, it is time to take some of the frozen tomato, already packaged in 400g quantities, and make more; there are enough in the freezer to make two full batches, enough to share with my next door neighbors who also love it, and who share their tomato harvest with me in the summertime.

For some reason when I first put the saffron linen gown together, I only guessed at the measurement of Larry's neckline, which turned out to be a not very good guess, and it was not quite large enough. I had to carefully remove the front binding, recut the neckline, and then add a new binding. Now he will be able to pull it over his head without having to remove his eyeglasses and take out his ponytail first! I will have to add "measure neckline" to my notes for future sewing (embarassed)
oops, must need fix this... . . . now fixed!!

January SMART goals (x=extra)
1 card for Bera better light in workroombag to Goodwill
2 Awesome Sauceimprove dotted necklinepaper recycling
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today's gratitude - today was comparatively warm, and in the damp gap between rains, I managed to get to the library on my bicycle to return the books due tomorrow. Being able to still ride my bike, and to use it to get around the neighborhood, never gets tiresome. I intend to keep using it as local transport as long as possible.


  1. Thank goodness your friend is finally able to speak. I can't imagine the frustration she must have gone through the last couple of months. Now that she has made so much progress I'm sure she will continue to improve.

    1. While I'm currently a bit under the weather, so am staying home from visting her again until I am feeling better... I've read on the Book of Face that she is continuing to improve, has had her ventilator removed so can speak, and is being able to drink small amounts of water from a cup. Such simple things that we usually take for granted!