Thursday, October 10, 2019

One Done and One to Go................

Gosh, I've sure not been a good blogger lately, but this time I have an excuse. I had my first cataract surgery last week and for 6 weeks beforehand I had to quit wearing my contacts and instead wear some very out of date glasses.  It was worth it though as now my vision in that eye is a distance. Thankfully I can now wear one contact and am seeing much better, both far and near. Later in the month the other eye will be fixed. Other than that, life has been much the same as always with choir, the family, and volunteering.  I do have some finishes to share though.

This quilt is finally finished, hurrah!  I learned a hard lesson with this one: Do not use spray glue to hold your backing in place unless you plan to finish the project immediately.  As the glue ages, it yellows and leaves very hard to remove stains.  With persistence, the stains mostly disappeared which was a relief.  I did the embroidery and piecing on this quilt and it was quilted by a friend, who is now deceased.  Lots of memories in this piece.

This is the second pair of socks I finished during September. The pattern is called Impossible Girl's Socks and is free on Ravelry.

And these socks are my first October finish.  The pattern, also free, is Sunday Swing and was part of a KAL sponsored by DeeVal suggested only doing the pattern on the cuff.

On a totally different topic, we've had some fun nature experiences lately. We had these four little visitors right on on back step this past week in the early evening.  They went nose to nose with our cat, so it was good that there was a pane of glass between them!

In Mid-September when Dick's brother and wife visited, we took a fun walk at Coulon Beach Park and were treated to a special sight.

En route to the above cairn, we saw these turtles sunning themselves on this log, and on our return, this is what we saw.  Turtle number four tried hard but didn't get to stay on the log for more than a couple of minutes.

That's it for now.  I hope you all are enjoying a great week!


Betsy said...

I'm so glad to read that your surgery went well and you can see so much better. I have heard that is usually the result with cataract surgery but it's still scary to have your eyes operated on!
You have such pretty makes today. Both pair of socks are beautiful and I downloaded both patterns for the future. The quilt is so amazing. It is keepsake and heirloom quality. I'm glad the yellow came out with persistence.
We still have snow over here. Dennis and I got the tree off of the fence last night and the branches piled on the patio and off of the grass. The county is having a free weekend of green disposal because there are so many trees down. The parks look like bombs went off in them. It's really sad.
Have a wonderful evening.

Debbie said...

The quilt is just too cute! I've always like an embroidered quilt. I had a butterfly one that my great grandmother made and I loved it literally to rags.
Happy to hear your eye surgery went well. I remember going through that with Dad. He had both eyes done one at a time.

Tired Teacher said...

How fun to have the raccoons visit. I enjoyed watching them when I lived on the farm: they would parade on the fence rails. I had no idea that basting spray yellowed fabric - something to remember.

Dee said...

Glad the surgery went well.

Those cairns are very cool! We saw one yesterday, but didn't manage to get a photo.

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Judy! Glad your surgery went well. Your quilt is lovely! And I agree about the spray basting ... I have only ever used it on wall hangers or other small projects as the one time I used it on a small quilt I got myself into a mess. :0) Your sock look fabulous, too. I love the look of hand knitted socks but straight, garter stitch scarves are the limit of my knitting prowess. :0P Bear Hugs! KRIS xx

straythreads said...

Glad your cataract surgery went well. Embroidery on a quilt always make it such a treasure, I did not know that spray baste turned yellow with age. Good to know. Your socks look great I need to get to work on socks for my kids for Christmas I’m way behind.
Best wishes with the eyes!

DelightedHands said...

Very nice finish on the quilt--so many memories are worth retaining!
Interesting about the cataract surgery-I'm glad it is bringing good sight in time to do the other eye! The socks look great!

karen said...

so glad your first cataract has improved your vision ! Best of luck with the second eye. Lovely lovely quilt - That is something I do not do but admire the skills of others!!

Mereknits said...

So glad your eye surgery went well Judy. Hope the next round is as successful. Love the photo with the baby raccoons and your cat.