Annette's Acre

Stitching, knitting, reading, life…whatever catches my eye
July 5th, 2009 by Annette

She Lives

As you may have guessed, things have been rather distracting here at The Acre.   I’ve been busy with work, had some health issues to address and spent more evening time with the kids which put the Blog down on the priority list.  I have managed to send Twitter and Facebook updates, so not totally cut off from all 🙂

When we last spoke, I was in the midst of my “Every Day in May” plans.  I did manage to knit a bit for most of the days in May.  I think I missed three days in total.  Not bad!  It had the unforseen consequence of taking the largest chunk of my stitching time, though.  Not much progress on anything other than a few small knitting projects.

June was interesting.

[health discussion]

I spent a few hours in the hospital on June 5th as I had a bit of food stuck in my throat.  That started a series of appointments and diet changes due to food allergies (who knew?) and esophagitis.  I’d been having issues with choking/hiccups for a few years and learned that a swollen esophagus was the culprit.  Based on Dr recommendations, I’ve eliminated all caffeine, chocolate and citrus (that’s right, no more Coke for me) and can happily report no further incidents.  I also had allergy testing done and will be avoiding a few more items.  I tested positive for 17 (out of 80 possible), but most likely only a handful cause issues for me.  I’ve removed them all for the last week and plan to continue for another week (this includes things like: lettuce, wheat, peanuts, onions, garlic, rice…it’s an eclectic list) before adding thing back in verrry slowly.  The good news is that I can already see some changes  so I *should* be able to identify the items that are causing issues.    It’s also having the positive side effect of weight loss (about 15 lbs already) which means I must be doing something right.

[/health discussion]

For the last weeks, I’ve been reading.  I’m done with 16 of my 25 book challenge 🙂  You can click on the Goodreads boxes on the lower left there to see the recent “read” list.  I’ve been making good use of the “Send Sample Chapter” option and my Amazon Wish List to keep track of what I’m considering when I complete my challenge.

June saw some stitching/knitting time.  I’ve also been on vacation this past week, and finished off two stitched pieces.  Here’s the rundown (click to biggify):

Mermaids by Country Cottage Needleworks.  I did remove the word “Mermaids” at the bottom.  I finished this today (July 5th).  If anyone would like the chart, please add a comment.  I’ll pick a name randomly and send it out early next week 🙂


Sweet Pea (Pixie Couture) by Mirabilia for Missy Ann‘s RR:

Sweet Pea

I also finished off Missy Ann’s Winter Neighborhood RR, but failed to take a pic before it went home…. 🙁

I did the frames for my own Mirabilia RR:

I “boxed” my Liberty finish.  I took enough pictures to post a “how-to” eventually…

A pair of booties for a coworker’s new addition:

A bib and burp cloth for my brother’s baby (expected in December) and one of Cat’s Whiskers’ cupcake pieces (my May finishes)

And here’s the finished cupcake along with two bottlecap pincushions.  My LNS has asked if I’ll teach a class on the pincushions 🙂

I did a little bit of sewing, but can’t show the results quite yet…. shhhh 😉   That puts me at 13 or 14 on my 25 project challenge.  Not bad 🙂

You are now caught up.  I will endeavor to post a bit more often (at least some stitching pics) as distractions permit 🙂


17 Responses to “She Lives”
  1. Glad that your health issues are getting better. All of your WIps look great.

  2. Sorry to hear you had some health problems, Annette, but I’m glad that you’re doing better now! You certainly have been busy the past little while. All of your finishes and WIPs look fantastic! The cupcake is adorable!

  3. Living is good! I’m glad they found the source, though some of the suspects would be hard to give up. {{{hugs}}}

  4. Annette,
    I went through a similar situation a year ago and had all that testing, too. I am allergic to sunflower seeds and oil…had to go to the ER before we knew what was causing the swollen tongue, etc. It’s a complete surprise to get these allergies now, isn’t it? Now I carry an EPI pen. Fun stuff! I hope you get some answers soon. Zyrtec makes my allergies manageable, too.

    Take care.

  5. Good to ‘see’ you again – and I’m glad that you’re on the way to finding out the culprit for the choking, it sounds pretty scary!

    Your finishes are so cute – and I’m now inspired to get some silicone cupcake cases from the £0.99 shop to make my own pincushions :o)

    And I’d love to be included in the draw for the chart – thank you!!

  6. So pleased to see you posting again! Hope the food exclusions do the trick and you feel much better for them 🙂

  7. Oh my goodness! That’s terrible about the allergies, but at least you have a plan. And the -15 is a good thing too.

    Sweet Pea is so utterly fantastic! Thank you so much!!

    We may have had to wait for this post, but the pictures of all you’ve been doing is worth it.

  8. Great show of stitching, and congrats on the lovely finishes! I’m glad to read that your health is being looked after, and I hope everything will get solved soon

  9. Melissa C. says

    I’m glad you’re feeling better! Too bad about the caffeine and chocolate though. Yikes.

    Pictures are beautiful, as always! That cupcake is awesome.

  10. Your finishes are lovely. Is that the Mason-Dixson baby bib?

    I hope you figure out what is causing you distress soon. Isn’t it amazing, though, how just changing your eating habits a little makes such a big change to weight?

  11. Thank goodness you are on the mend and feeling better! Your stitching is lovely, as always.

  12. No more caffeine?!?! I’m so sorry. I think I could give up just about anything else but that. BUT, you do what you gotta. Scary trip to the ER! Glad you know what’s up so there won’t be a repeat performance.

    What great stitching pics! I am so impressed with not only how much you accomplish, but your creativity.

  13. Glad you are feeling better! Wow, I’m behinder than you in updates, and I will have wayyyyyy less stitching to show. 😉

  14. I’m glad that you are on the way to figuring out what is causing your problems. That is an interesting list, with some things (like lettuce!) that I never would have thought could cause issues.

    All of your finishes and WIPs are wonderful 🙂 I would love to enter your drawing!

  15. Glad to hear you’re feeling better!

    The cupcakes are so cute! I have the tutorial for making those but so far have resisted. I don’t need something else taking up my time! lol

  16. Margaret says

    {{{Annette}}} Those mermaids are adorable! I try to keep up sort of, but most of the time I fail! We need to do lunch/dessert or something sometime soon. I’m still working over in Old Town and about the same hours as before. Talk soon!

  17. says

    Annette, What a beautiful display of needlework. I love the baby booties and the cupcake pincushions are wonderful. Your knitting, sewing, and cross stitch talents are well demonstrated here.

    I am sorry to hear about your allergy problems but at least you are working to identify the culprit.