it's 12/5 and I haven't started my Christmas sewing yet!!

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SO what the heck is my problem??!!??

I can come up with the excuses: sold stuff on eBay and they are in boxes
waiting for payment to be verified; have had a sick child for the past
week or so; not interested; don't feel like cleaning the sewing room to
get to where I can actually work....lol

Is anybody else at a wall and doesn't feel like climbing or going around
it??  I have all the flannel pre-washed and ready for cutting for the
annual flannel pants, but I'm not interested in doing them.  I have 1
pair of DSs sweats done except for the waist and hem and 1 pair of
pajama pants in the same condition.  Man...what is going on around here??

Anyway, I'm going to attempt to get at least DSs pants done today - the
sick child is the one who does NOT like styaing down when sick, so i may
have to sit on a child for a few hours (not really, though it is tempting!).

Larisa, off and rambling, with pot roast started, 1 load of laundry
already folded, dishes unladed and reloaded, another load of laundry
going in the washer, and another in the dryer, 1 child off to
school....and that's only been in 2 hours!!

Re: it's 12/5 and I haven't started my Christmas sewing yet!!
offkilterquilter wrote:

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LOL!!!  Believe me, I've had to sit on a child before. ;)  When DS was a
toddler, he would NOT take any medication whatsoever willingly.  I used to
have to hold him on the floor with one of his arms tucked under mine, the
other clutched in my left hand, him laid across my lap with my right leg
over his legs so he couldn't kick.  Then try to pour the liquid medicine in
his mouth.  I do NOT miss those days!!!!  lol  I can also relate to not
wanting to clean the sewing room so any progress can be made.  lol  Where
are those darned house elves when we need them????  ;)

I am starting on Christmas sewing today though.  I am doing zippered robes
for my DM, DMIL and a good friend of mine.  Flannel PJ pants for DN.  The
hoodie for DD.  And maybe, if I feel up to it, a couple dress shirts for
DH.  But that's a teeny little maybe at this point. heh!

Good thing we sew fast, huh?  ;)  Good luck to you!!!!

Sharon
---
Never try to teach a pig to sing. It's a waste of time and just annoys the
pig.  

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One of the boys discovered that blowing just as I put the spoon to his
lips was an effective method of preventing any ingress of liquid
medicine into his body!  That was when I learned to ask for a 5ml
syringe rather than spoon when at the chemist.

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Me too.  They must be in someone else's sewing room.

Lizzy

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I haven't started my Christmas sewing either. In fact I'm giving up on
December. Last year it was the shoulder fracture. This year it's the
knee that I injured last week. On top of that the stupid iron broke and
I'm iced in and can't get out until  maybe tomorrow to buy a new one.
I've decided that December has to go or I have to move to warmer
climate. Neither of which is going to happen. So maybe I get done and
maybe I won't. At this point I think I'll drink a lot of lovely spiked
eggnog and forget that I hurt.<grin>
Juno


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. At this point I think I'll drink a lot of lovely spiked
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Oh Juno-I am sorry to hear you are tmporarily out of commission.  I
heartily agree with your plan on the eggnog.......wish I had some.


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Juno wrote:
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December has been cancelled.  Other issues have priority.

Have you tried those heat wrap things?  Someone at work turned me on to
them.  They're kind of expensive and disposable, but boy do they feel
good!  Though it was a little embarrassing while walking around the
grocery store when one fell and hit my ankle.  I don't know if anyone
watched as I pulled it back up and resecured it to my knee, but frankly,
my dear, I didn't give a damn.

Eggnog is good, too.  Warms one up from the inside.  It's nearly 1 P.M.
here and the temp. has finally reached 28.  I have friends at Lake
Chapala in Mexico......as each day passes, I feel more and more like
visiting them.

Let's have some more eggnog.
--
Joanne
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Thanks for taking care  of December for me. That makes my life a lot easier.
I went to the doctor for the knee last week, big help he was, lots of
maybes, nothing definite. Take it easy, some chance for  that, put on
this brace. The damn thing makes it hurt like hell, ace bandages work
better for awhile,  Only use ice, that stuffs cold. Come back after the
holidays if  it still hurts. Thanks a lot for that bit of advice.
Eggnog is the best cure I think.
Remind me someday to tell you about putting up the Christmas tree  this
weekend. That was another*fun* project.
Juno

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Juno wrote:
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My pleasure.  I'm not really pleased with the way December was going
anyway.  It's too cold.

Ice????  Ice is used to prevent swelling, or to slow it down.  Then heat
is applied to increase circulation and carry the fluids that caused the
swelling away.  I don't understand your doctor's reasoning on this.
Next he'll be wanting to give you one of those cortisone shots that
sometimes work (after all, they do contain novocaine) and sometimes make
things worse, and they don't have a clue as to why cortisone and
novocaine would help anyway.  Perhaps it's the placebo effect.

And people wonder why I avoid doctors.
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Joanne
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Pogonip wrote

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No Swelling, No obvious bruising, just pain. I do find that thish
eeeeeeeggynoggy is  workin berrer all the shine.Hic, scuse me.
J

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I'll drink to that.  Where is that fruitcake recipe?  I know I had it,
and it was really goooooooooooood.
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Joanne
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I don't know why but people just don't appreciate a good fruitcake
anymore.Make them in the beginning of January and douse them for 50
weeks or so with a little something for 50 weeks or so and you never
remember having a problem with anything.


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Juno wrote:
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Here we go.  The Olde Fambly Fruitcake.  Recipe.

HOLIDAY FRUITCAKE RECIPE

You will need the following; a cup of water, a cup of sugar, flour, 4
large brown
eggs, two cups of dried fruit, a teaspoon of salt, a cup of brown sugar,
lemon
jice, nuts, and a bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey.

Sample the whiskey and check the quality.

Take a large bowl. Check the whiskey again. To be sure it is the highest
quality,
pour one level cup and drink. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer, beat
one cup of
butter in a large fluffy bowl.. Add one teaspoon of sugar and beat again.

Make sure the whiskey is still okay. Cry another tup. Turn off the
mixer. Beat
two leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fit. Mix on the
turner. If the fired druit gets stuck in the beaterers, pry it loose with a
drewscriver.

Sample the whiskey and check for tonsisticity. Next, sift two cups of
salt. Or
something. Who cares? Check the whiskey. Now sift the lemon juice and strain
your nuts. Add one table. Spoon. Of sugar of something. Whatever you find.

Grease the oven. Turn the cake tin to 350 degrees. Don't forget to beat
off the
turner. Throw the bowl out of the window. Check the whiskey again and go to
bed.

--
Joanne
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Pogonip wrote:
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Excellent recipe. I know that will cure me.

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Juno wrote:
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*Hic*
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Joanne
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Question: why the salt?

Mary



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Mary Fisher wrote:
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Salt is optional.  Everything is optional except the Jack Daniels.

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Joanne
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I love fruitcake used to make the dark & light one every year, but now DS
now brings one-two from a favorite bakery in the fall when he goes to Dallas
on business.  They are delicious.
Sorry to be so late posting, but we were offline for a few days and I got
very behind on reading messages here.
Emily


















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Mum put fruit down for a cake mid year then ran out of time to make
the cake at Xmas, so she left it till the next year.  That was a GOOD
cake, so was the one were she used Dad's good scotch...

--
Melinda
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Pogonip wrote:
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I've got chronic back pain from a minor car accident in 1987.  Diffuse
soft tissue injury.  I control it with exercise and ibuprofen.  But when
it's really bad, ice works better than tylenol with codeine, better than
e-stim, acupuncture or ultrasound.

It's counterintuitive.  You'd think a heating pad or a hot shower would
be a better option for such an ancient injury, but while those things
are soothing they do nothing for the pain.

I *hate* icing my back.  It's always my remedy of last resort, but it
gives such good relief that I'm mad at myself for not doing it sooner.

I put on a thin t-shirt and fill a gallon ziplock freezer bag with
crushed ice.  I put a towel down on the back of the recliner (in case of
leaks) and lay back with the ice bag under my spine centered on the
T-5/T-6 juncture.  A neck pillow makes it more comfortable to lay like that.

The first minute or so is fairly uncomfortable.  But as the cold
penetrates, the burning subsides and it feels so good not to hurt.  It
lasts for hours and I can repeat as necessary.  From what I understand
it helps interrupt the pain tension inflammation cycle.

And cortisone shots work for certain conditions because it applies a
potent anti-inflammatory directly to the affected area.  It takes a
while for the effect to be felt.  The novacaine component of the
cocktail provides immediate relief.  Sometimes if you can reduce the
swelling and inflammation in an injured joint you can prevent further
damage, along with relieving pain.  And sometimes it's strictly
palliative, allowing someone to delay a knee replacement by a year or three.

Yes, there are risks.  But if my doc thought a cortisone injection would
help (she doesn't) I would probably go for it.  I know lots of people
who've had them for all sorts of injuries and chronic wear and tear and
it seems to be a fairly benign therapy.


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Helpful tip: Soil Moist (r) (tm), aka the stuff sewn inside neck
coolers, also makes a great ice pack substance. Takes a bit of trial
running...I think I settled on 1T Soil Moist inside a bag about 6" x
6" finished size. Found some great scrub fabric (colorful band-aid
print) and made up a bunch back when my ACL was torn. Much less skin
freeze than ice, easier to handle than frozen peas, one gets warm,
replace in fridge and pull out a new one. And while you're up, check
the eggnog.

HTH

--Karen D.
survived my birthday!

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