Brendan is just shy of two weeks post-op and I must say that he's doing very very well, praise God! Swelling has subsided a lot, the tight bands have been removed and replaced by looser bands that at least allow him to speak more clearly and eat mashed food rather than pureed. Until you're on a liquid diet you don't realize how much your appetite is piqued by a beautiful plate of food. Whir it all in a blender and it may taste good, but it's not appetizing. :) So now it's just a matter of time for the healing to complete, swelling subside, and nerves regenerate. The docs are all pleased, too, that the surgery has accomplished what was intended - hurray!
So the need for my nursing skills are decreasing and my chauffeuring time has increased. Kids get way too busy in the summer!! What I need to do is kick my inner laundress into gear. :D
But instead I got in a quick bit of creative satisfaction by making up these thank you cards using a new stamp set I recently bought. Loved doing that square card and think I'm going to be using that sketch again for more cards.
Of course, the garden receives a little attention each day. I've ordered three roses that are ready to be planted, but the garden bed isn't ready for them yet. Gotta keep plugging away at that - and get more steer manure.
So with everything else that's going on in my life right now, what do I begin planning today? Smocking projects! You know my granddaughter is growing like a weed - she's six months old now - and I haven't made her any of those long-dreamed-of smocked dresses yet (except for the christening gown, which is different). And then as I'm looking at baby patterns, I find a cute dress for an older girl, and Kirsten begged me to make it. Ahhh, how can I put it off any longer? She's growing so fast, she soon will be too big for such a dress. So here's what I found today to begin the process - fabric!
The pinks are for Ilse. The solid is Imperial batiste, a cotton/poly blend that smocks and sews up beautifully. The floral I saw at the shop and simply couldn't pass it up!
These are for Kirsten's dress. This color scheme should make the dress useful clear through the fall and into winter with a blouse!