Thursday, August 19, 2010

10 Days on...

I think you had better get a cup of tea or coffee as this post has turned out to be WAAAY longer than I intended when I first started writing.....
10 days ago I fell down some steps.
There were only two of them but the lower one isn't as wide as the top one; I step off towards the side to avoid the big mud puddle that sits in the middle at the bottom of the step. AND because I am a sparky's wife we have lights in the sheds but NOT outside. It was night when I fell and my poor little boy was in my arms at the time. He was quite shocked to have his mummy suddenly fall screaming to the ground. Aside from the shock he was fine. I was not. LOL.
Somehow I made the long and painful trip into the hospital, funnily enough there was another patient in the emergency room (our hospital is small) with his ankle bound up in bandages and crutches near by! Good news, the Dr said he would eat his hat if I had broken bones in my foot and sent me home on crutches.
Crutches are not fun to use, especially in my circumstances. To leave the loungeroom/bedroom part of the house I have to go down about 7 very narrow and steep stairs (no railing of course); then negotiate about 25m of postholes (waiting for posts), uneven ground and lots of mud. This the only way to get to the bathroom and kitchen at present.
I can now hobble to the bathroom without the crutches almost causing another accident, which is much better.
Where the icepacks sat on my foot I only had mild yellow bruising come up. Amazing stuff that frozen water! The rest of my foot was not pretty. In the photo below the bruising has cleared up alot since it first came out.
Now I am hobbling about and helping more with everyday things but it will be another week or so before my foot is back to normal and pain free.
A few days ago my second youngest son, who is almost 5 yrs old, suddenly had a bad foot like mum. I found him lying on the lounge with pillows under his head and his foot, complete with ice pack!


Paper Bag Swap
I am making for Peg in the paperbag swap that with the Friends in Stitching webgroup that I involved with. She has sent me a stitchery (beautiful, as everything is that Peg makes!), two fat quarters, two buttons and some gorgeous ricrac to make SOMETHING for her!
I have no idea what yet, any ideas? Don't you just love how she decorated her paper bag? Just beautiful! My bag, that I sent to Leanne who is making for me, wasn't decorated nearly as creatively - sorry Leanne.
Part of the swap was that you had to put in something chocolate for your partner. Peg put in a couple of my favourite chocolates and some for the kids; but they aren't in the pic's as they were enjoyed last week when I was lounge bound. This is the back of Peg's gorgous bag.


While I have been laid up; between handing out extra chores and schooling the children; I have done some stitching. I already had the two little stitcheries done, and part of the house before my accident. Weeding the Garden should be finished tonight, all things going well. So when I am able to sit at the machine again I will have three blocks to put together for Gardeners Journal.

One day last week I had had enough of the stitcheries and decided it was high time that I got this pincushion made for DDs upcoming birthday. It is made from wool and was just divine to stitch on. DD went back and forth to the iron and did the pressing for me. LOL, a couple of pieces have a slightly brown tinge to them! So far she has forgotten that she asked me ages ago to make this for her.... The yellow pin is a pintopper, gorgeous!


Last of all Mr Busy has started to paint the house. I take ages to pick paint colours. He was in a rush and not happy because I hadn't decided. He didn't want to paint it mid to dark blue like I wanted so I told him to pick a colour. He chose violet from a traditional colour scheme, but I told him he had to have a darker colour as our windows, roof, gutter and fascia are all light in colour and we needed some contrast.
So the house is Intense Purple. I love the colour. I am not sure if it is right for the outside of the house though. Maybe I have been too used to seeing the white undercoat for the past four years???? Once the verandah sides are done I will be able to get a better idea of it. The only side painted at present doesn't have a verandah off it so it is rather exposed and bare looking.

Don't you love our temporary verandah rails made from sheep yard panels......


26 comments:

Kate said...

Yeowch, looks painful! Glad youre on the mend.
I quite like the colour; way more interesting than the usual cream/white :-)

Vicki said...

Oh dear Bec....its scary stuff falling over and I hope your foot heals real quick. That bruising looks very delicate indeed. I love the purple on your foot and your house :) Hugs Vicki

Chookyblue...... said...

oh bec the ankle doesn't look too good..........be careful and don't over do it.........lovely projects you have been working on while laid up.......

BubzRugz said...

Oh my.... so sorry about your fall - it looks so sore. How cute your son had 'sympathy' pain.. The stitching looks great and wool comes up so well (I haven't tried it yet but love the way it looks) Lovely bag from Peg.... I do love the colour you have chosen for paint..... Hugz and hope your foot is VERY much better soon
Fiona

Vicki said...

Your husband has an interesting idea of scrapbooking??? Matching the house to your foot colouring is certainly unusual and you won't forget it in a hurry! Glad to hear that you are on the mend and nothing was broken - looks like you have made excellent use of your time, though Bec ;)

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Oh you poor girl !!!
You should have taken earlier photos and showed us the BAD looking ankle too.xx Glad you're on the mend. Love all the other projects you have been doing too.
LOVE the colour of the house. Matches lovely with the "rust" colour of the verandah. LOL!

Anita said...

OUch!! Hope you are not in too much pain. Some lovely sewing you have been doing! The colour of the house is great, looks blue on my computer LOL

Cardygirl said...

Hope your foot is better soon...great stitching...love the house of purple!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Oh Bec...your poor foot....look at it...oh....love the house colour...and your wool work is just gorgeous...and glad you liked my treats and I know what ever you make of my bits and pieces will be amazing...take care Kiddo...Peg...

Janice said...

You poor thing! You certainly didn't need that. I'm glad you are on the mend. The things people do to get out of their chores. LOL
At least you have made good use of your sitting down time with all your stitching. Looking good. I wonder what you will make for Peg? She sent lovely things to play with.
I love the colour of your house.

Farm Girl said...

Oh no - not fun at all! At least you got some lovely stitching done!? I did exactly the same thing stepping off a step about a year ago, and I can totally sympathise with you on the pain and the bruising. After lots of physio, time and exercises it is finally back to normal now though. Good luck on a very speedy recovery. Love your sweet pincushion for your daughter too.

Aunty said...

I'm so glad you're staring to feel a bit better. Keep the foot up as much as possible.
I love the stitcheries.
Not sure about the house colour, it looks blue in the picture. Will wait and see it in Oct before I decide. So long as you and Mr Busy like it that's the only thing that matters.

teresa said...

OMG Bec... your poor foot. It looks so sore! All your GJ stitcheries are lovely and the bag Peg made for you is soooooo sweet. Typical of Peg to make such a gorgeous thing out of a paper bag!!! Rest heaps and hope you are back on your feet (without any pain)very, very soon. So glad your little one wasn't hurt in the fall too.

teresa said...

Oh! and I LOVE the colour of your house ha ha.... and I think the railing should stay... it adds character lol... Bet you don't think so xx

Sweet Cinnamon Stitches said...

Gosh what a few days!! Lovely stitching & the pincushion is sweet.
Jane.

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Bec! Oh!! I can DEFINITELY sympathise with your poor sore foot. My foot and ankle are both still dodgy and ache easily after falling in a phone line ditch in the dark about 7 years ago ... not fun! Hope yours is feeling better soon, as hobbling makes even everyday chores a challenge. Your GJ blocks are looking great - think you're ahead of me! :0) And I love the new house colour! We have 'discussions' when choosing paint colour here, too, cos I'm a colour freak married to a conservative man! :0) Enjoy your weekend - Bear Hugs! KRIS

Lynda said...

Bec, your foot looks so painful but I'm glad to hear it is on the mend. Love the housepaint colour. Your GJ stitcheries and the pin cushion are lovely and I'm looking forward to seeing what you make for Peg.

Kerry said...

Hi Bec, Sorry to hear about your fall. It is nice to see that you have made good use of the time though, I would like to try some wool out too. I look forward to seeing the gardeners journal quilts.

Amanda said...

Oh poor you, it looks really painful. I know how difficult it is to manage on crutches, having broken my ankle three times. So do get some physiotherapy once you're mended, so that it strengthens up properly and doesn't become too weak. It looks as if your husband is going to have his work cut out if he has the whole house to paint. Great colour though. We're talking of painting the window frames and door frames a turquoisy colour, but we'll probably keep the rest of the house cream or white. In our dreary climate the lighter the better I think. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Kayly said...

Good one, Bec!
All that on only 2 steps. Thank heavens it wasn't a whole flight of stairs!
Hope it gets better soon.

nicolette said...

Ouchhhh! Only 2 steps, but a nasty injury! I hope it gets better soon Bec!

Sarah said...

Oh this is NOT good to read you poor thing! I hope the pain is less and all the swelling has settled down. It is so.not.good when mum is tied down!

Jelly Wares said...

Oh Bec, I hope you keep that foot up so that it recovers asap... It must be so hard getting around the home in amoungst reno's being a slight criple, you poor thing...

Hugs - Jodie :)

DAWNIE said...

Oh Bec - what a girl, you know all the ways to find just so that you can sew. Hope you are on the mend now - your projects look great love the pincushion

Shannon said...

I am sorry about your foot. It looks like it hurt. I just started blogging on July 1. I love your site. I have gone back and read all of your posts. I love your work. Thank you for sharing with us your talent.

Tammy James said...

Oh Bec I'm so Sorry to hear about your foot, it sure looks sore! I hope you are healing up well. Undercoat for 4 years Huh? well that make's me not feel quite so bad about the pace at which we are moving in our decision process. love the look of the Purple so far : )