Making further progress on embroidery of rubakha trim, the metallic outline stitch around the front neckline motifs adds just enough sparkle. There will be a narrow band collar around the neck, wider symmetrical embroidered strips down the front neckline, and more elaborate cuffs. I like having handwork that folds up small enough to carry in a pencil case when riding transit.
Took a trip to the hardware store for wingnuts, in order to begin reassembling the dress form. It no longer looks quite so picasso-esque, though it is still very different in both size and shape from yours truly Little Teapot... The next (eventual) step will be to take a LOT of measurements, fit a "body muslin" of my own shape, and pad out the form to better match my own body. The distances and angles between the various component pieces of the form are easily adjustable via the sliding metal strips that the wingnuts hold in place. Since I still have the narrow shoulders of the smaller woman I was in my twenties, this form will be much more useful to me than any "plus size" modern form. Just as with many actual humans, it is much easier to add than to remove inches
Wondering if any of my friends have had gum surgery... I have two teeth that need more help than deep cleaning, and have gum flap surgery scheduled for the beginning of March on one of the two teeth. Plucky heroine is concerned, particularly about what to expect during recovery, and hasn't found much useful info online...
The whole point of my having gum surgery is to not pull my healthy teeth, rather to keep the gum bacteria from degrading the jawbone and then need to remove my live teeth. As far as I know, the plan is to flay my gums and clear away all the infection below the gumline and around and under the tooth roots. There may or may not be necessary bone grafting, depending on what they find that is not always visible with xrays. (If I wanted to just have the tooth/teeth pulled, that would be covered by OHP insurance; because I choose to keep my healthy teeth, my option is to do this thing and pay for it myself. I have been saving for a long time so I can afford to do this)
I have gone from being obsessively terrified at the prospect to a sort of calm resignation. I don't know if that is normal or not. I had a horrific experience of dental surgery done when I was a teen, which has given me a lifelong phobia of oral novacaine injections, and for weeks after I was told this surgery would be advisable, I couldn't go even a few hours without vivid worry. Now, however, I am more concerned (assuming that I don't die in the dental chair) with how my recovery will go. There has been no mention of pain medication other than OTC ibuprofen, which I usually avoid because it gives me stomach pain and intense diarrhea. I will be on a "soft diet" for a number of weeks, so I guess I will be eating broth and soup, since smoothies are full of sugar and not something I want to eat even when feeling well. Perhaps I will be less of a little teapot after I go through this?...
simple things make a difference:
February SMART goals (x=extra)
|#||THINGS MADE||THINGS FIXED||THINGS GONE|
|1||one pelican head||restrung grey beads||paper recycling|
|2||second pelican head||dial tone regained||frontyard prunings|
|3||rubakha trim printed||bra elastics renewed||bag to Goodwill|
|4||leggings trim printed ||Arlys circlet||paper recycling|
|5||black/grey shirt||An Tir pennant||metal recycling|
|6||10 pattern hangers|| leggings pattern ||yard waste bin|
|7||charter #1||Karla sewing machine ||paper recycling|
|8||x||fig trees planted||x|
|9||x ||new worms for bin||x|
today's gratitude - I am grateful for the beauty of the ornamental plum blossoms in the front yard trees