Sunday, July 2, 2017

Gypsy

Yesterday, after stitching for several hours, I got restless - needed a change of scenery.

So, I got in the car, and after stopping for a Mocha Frappe at McDonald's, went in search of dirt roads and decrepit barns.

I found a neat little nature preserve and community garden - Thayer's Corner.





Does anyone remember piling into the car and going for a mindless drive?  Back when I was a kid, we did it weekly.  It's getting harder and harder to find real country around here though, so many housing developments, big McMansions all built within feet of each other, in the middle of nowhere.  And of course, gas isn't as cheap as it used to be.  I miss mindless driving, for hours on end...

I've been stitching a lot on the next Sweet Country design.


Having lots of trouble with a finger on my left hand - the knuckle has a lump on it, arthritis, and it's extremely painful.  I can't even do dishes hardly, trying to hold a plate with my left hand is impossible.  Fortunately I pull the needle with my right hand....but my stitching days may be numbered.  That will make me sad - but God is in control, always.  No matter what He finds for my hands to do, I trust Him.

I want to wish all my Canadian friends a very happy Canada Day, and my U.S. friends a very happy Independence Day!  Enjoy!!

Love,
Allie [and Larry and Curly - Mo was awol]




25 comments:

Karen said...

We used to take mindless drives. Now gas costs so much that driving aimlessly does not always make good sense.

I gave up counted cross stitch after I had to sit with a magnifier around my neck and one eye closed in order to count the threads. I see designs I would love to do but I don't want the frustration. You will probably have good days where you will be able to stitch. But giving up dish washing is not something to fret about. Have your husband do them! Do you have a dishwasher?

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

When I was young we used to take a Sunday Drive after church and lunch. I grew up in Michigan City IN so lots of times we headed north over the state line and enjoyed US 12 and up along the lake. We don't take those drives now, but when we go to nearby towns we always take the backroads and enjoy the "country".

I am having an issue with my left thumb. I have a arthritis bump on the knuckle and I think it is causing my thumb to be numb and yes, most times it hurts. I'm getting more and more of those knuckle bumps and can only hope it won't be debilitating.
xx, Carol

Shasta Matova said...

Looks like a pretty drive. We never did that, but I've always thought it was a good idea and plan to do it someday. Sorry about your thumb. Be sure to take it easy and give your hands plenty of time to rest. I can't do handwork for more than an hour every other day or my hands start complaining.

Nancy J said...

I find hand stitching too hard, so do almost everything by machine now. But for your stitcheries, hand done is the only way really.Have you tried a gel that cools and numbs before stitching? Driving, that looks such a peaceful place to visit.

sunny said...

I love mindless drives with my camera! It's nice that now that I have a GPS, even if I get lost, I can always find my way home. Too hot for that today, so I'm sewing, and trying to stay awake.

Jeanette said...

I hear you about the arthritis. I have osteo in both hands & wonder how long i'll be stitching. I'm right handed but the knuckle on my left index finger aches badly after stitching be it embroidery, applique or paper piecing. I don't know why. I'll just try & keep at it for as long as i can but the osteo just doesn't affect my stitching it makes everyday life hard. :(. Love your stitchery. The fawns are so cute. Hugs,xx

Fiona said...

Mindless drives are fun..... even if they have to change from wonderful country to a suburban street....

Poor finger - some of these aging processes are not much fun!

Hugz

O'faigh said...

Love going for a country drive with your hand Allie try to keep using it a friend of mine has arthritis in her hands and she told be it is better To keep using them

Sandra :) said...

I love it when we "take the scenic route" just for fun, when we're out and about :) With a nav system in the car, we never have to worry about getting lost now :D Although ... there was a problem with the system last year when we were driving in New York - we had to look for rest stops that had paper maps :D The nav company ended up needing to replace the system - it glitched itself into extinction!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

What a beautiful spot you found. Mr E and I go mindless driving every weekend...we've done this as long as I've known him. Isn't it lovely to find the 'unknown' places?
Your new design peek is adorable. xx

Little Quiltsong said...

We loved mindless drives with the family. Sure brings back memories, when you mentioned that.
So sorry about your arthritis - hope the pain lessens again. You do such beautiful embroidery work.

margaret said...

what a lovely drive how good to be able to get into a car and just drive.
Re fingers I have lumps on most of mine but fortunately they do not bother me much , more stiffness than pain.

Yvonne said...

O yes, we did those drives when I was a kid. But here in the Netherlands it is so crowded that you will end up in a traffic jam.....no fun there anymore! But we love to do it when we visit the US. It brought us to some fun places!
Sorry to read about your painful hand! One of the things we could miss when getting older! 😉

claudia said...

When I was a kid, we didn't get to do the sight seeing driving, but when I was in my twenties, I had a boyfriend who had a daughter and we would go on long excursions around whatever countryside we could find. It was always fun!
I feel you on the arthritis. I've got places here and there that pain me. My hands are not as strong as they once were, so it's very frustration to do some of the things I used to take for granted. I found a lotion with lavender, eucalyptus and a few other natural ingredients, that helps tremendously. It was made and sold by local people here in the Pacific Northwest. But I am sure that if you google natural pain relieving lotions, you could find something close to you. It smells wonderful and is very clean and not sticky.

KaHolly said...

I remember those days! All of the developement saddens me. So much of it is untastefully done with little regard for the nature of things. Enjoyed your pics! Sorry about your finger. :(

Cathy said...

I remember those drives. We always enjoyed them. Every once in a while we will just take off with no destination in mind. I love exploring and finding new places. Hugs

Lin said...

Mindless driving sounds like fun - looks like you found somewhere really nice. xx

Jocelyn said...

We used to take our kids on Sunday afternoons for mindless driving. It was fun to explore and spend time with the children. Can I offer a suggestion for good old Arthur? Try a supplement you can get at the health food store, called Zyflamend. It's not a cure by any means, but it's an anti-inflammatory which helps with the discomfort of joint pain. I use the one that says whole body. It's herbal and all natural.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Mindless driving is what my hubby and I do on the motorcycle. We don't ride, just to ride, like some motorcyclists do. We ride to go to places and explore on the back roads to find fun parks or visit small towns. It's so relaxing! Looks like you found a real gem of a place to visit!

Arthritis has hit me hard this year. My left thumb hurts the most, but my knee and elbow are feeling the effects, too. Ibuprofen is my friend....

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Sure do remember. It was our Sunday drive. Something free to do. And yes I always got carsick...LOL. It's probably an old wives tale, but Mom used to say to sleep in white gloves for sore fingers.

I am said...

Hi Allie oh you went on a lovely drive,we used to do that when the kids were little.
Oh i do hope your hand gets better as you do such beautiful stitching.
Happy 4th of July my friend xx

desertskyquilts said...

I remember! We did that all the time. Love the peek at your embroidery. What a great drive that was.

Michele McLaughlin said...

I used to love mindless driving and my son and I went on many adventures this way. I love your embroidery but worry about your hand. Can you see a specialist? We have a dr. nearby who just works on hands...he's been a godsend to members of our guild. Hugs and hugs!

Karen Schurr said...

Oh what a pretty garden site. Love finding those kinds of hidden treasures.

As a small child, Dad and I would take aimless drives nearly every weekend. Each stop sign or light he'd have me decide which way to turn and we'd often end up very far away, indeed. Once we got really really lost somewhere in Tennessee ... and we started in Central Ohio! That was only time I wished we hadn't done a drive because dinner was whatever we could find at a country store ... Dad had a jar of pigs knuckles (yeah, it made an impact on me, and not in a good way! HA)

Wishing you a lovely weekend, Dear.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

We used to go for a country drive every Sunday afternoon when I was a kid and sometimes, not always, stop for ice cream. Lovely memory. Will your Country Designs be available as a set, Allie. Sweet. I have a sore knuckle on my right hand that hurts so much if I happen to hit it. I do some hand exercises to try to keep it all limber. But, like you, I worry about it.

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