Here we are at the end of July! I can hardly believe it. The years do fly by now. It’s actually August tomorrow--a new page on the calendar and a time for new opportunities. Don’t you always feel good, when there is a new month full of possibilities?
Well, I’m actually blogging about this past weekend’s opportunities. I had the switching up of the pets on Friday. I had my youngest daughter’s cat for a week and a half. Poor Kanye was sick and Kaitlyn’s condo had no air conditioning. So, I picked him up the day I arrived back from Nova Scotia, but had to return him on Friday as my oldest daughter was coming out with her dog and it was a bit much to have the Dallas the dog, Kanye and my own cat, Jett in the same house at the same time.
Anyway, a friend of Alysse’s was hosting a painting party. I don’t know how many folks have attended these, but they are fun! To me, a painting party was when you invite a bunch of friends over to help you paint a room in your house, but this actually walks you through creating a painting on canvas! I was excited to attend, but a little nervous, as the MS has left my hands somewhat numb and with some dexterity challenges.
I am happy to say that I actually produced a painting, and you can actually tell what it is a painting of! On top of that, we had a glass of wine, while doing it. What could be more fun than wine, paint and brushes and a blank canvas? Our instructor is a friend of my daughter’s and she walked us through producing the painting, step by step. Everyone creates the same painting, but you can take artistic license and make some changes as you go. I would recommend it to anyone!
My second dexterity triumph was the next day, when I hemmed a couple of dresses. I used to be really good at this, hemming so that you couldn’t actually see the stitches on the outside. I now have to use a larger needle because of numbness, and to be able to see it well enough to thread it! But, it is still fine enough to produce a decent stitch. The stitches aren’t as uniform as I used to be able to do, but you can barely see the stitches on the outside and I’m rather proud of that. There was just the one little incident when using the scissors, that my right index finger froze in a bent position--very painfully, I might add--and I had to get it to straighten out. The pain was in my wrist, where I guess the muscle contracted and didn’t want to let go. Oh well, what’s the fun in tackling something without a challenge or two.
So, I can proudly say that I managed two fairly challenging projects and triumphed! I’m rather proud of myself, I must say. It has given me the ambition to tackle some crocheting with finer yarn and hooks! We shall see if I can manage that.
I think it is always nice to stretch your boundaries every now and then. Enough with the same old, same old!
Well, folks, may you rise to meet all of your challenges and may you look to the new month like a blank canvas of many possibilities. God bless!