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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Dental visit, Stitching finishes and Sock Monkeys

Thank God that's done!  I've said it before and I'll say it again...I do not like the dentist.  Today was the second half of my dental cleaning.   I was so bad about going the last couple of years (I have a reason) that they didn't have time to clean them all the first time.  So today found me in the chair for the second time in 2 weeks. And to make matters worse, I not only had to finish up the cleaning but I had to have a cavity they found in round one filled today also.  Normally, despite my hate/hate relationship with the dentist, I go every six months for a cleaning.  But a couple (or more)  years back I needed a root canal.  And even after the root canal, I still had pain.  So they re-did the root canal...twice.  Still had pain.  I finally went to a different Dentist and he replaced the crown which alleviated most of the pain.  But not all.  After another trip to an oral surgeon, it was decided that the tooth behind the one with the root canal, also needed a root canal.  And still we have pain.  Not so much in the tooth but in the gum tissue itself.  You'll have to  excuse me for not wanting them digging around in my very sore gum tissue with sharp pointy things designed back in the dark ages as instruments of torture, so when they said let's wait a bit to do your cleaning and let that calm down....I took them at their word!  Only it never did, calm down that is.  So I never went back.  Then I lost my crown after my surgery and I had to go in and have it glued back on and they cornered me.  Crap!  Guilt trips get me every time.  So now my teeth are clean and shiny but my face is immobile from the massive quantities of Novocaine injected into my gums.  I feel like I have drool running down my chin but when I check in the mirror I can't see any.  You'd tell me if I was drooling wouldn't you??

On the stitching side of things...I have been holding out on you.  A couple of months ago, I took it upon myself to stitch Bent Creeks Quaker Noel.  But when I pulled the colors I was not thrilled with Wood Smoke as the main color.  Soooo naturally, I changed it.  I decided to use CC Blacksmith Blue in place of the Wood Smoke.  I stitched on it whenever I felt like I needed to do something  other than Tuscan Rose, Elizabeth or Double Dutch.  But as I was stitching I kept thinking, yuck, I don't like all this blue.  If any of you have the chart, you'll notice that most of it is done in the one color with small accents here and there of other colors.  So I decided to change it up a bit. Okay, so I changed it a lot.  You can't tell me you're surprised about that.  It is me we're talking about and my changing things seems to be the norm!  Anyway,  I love it!   I am tickled pink with how it turned out.  Here's what the original looks like (all pics should be clickable)

And here is my version

stitched on 32 ct. Valor using most all the colors called for 
I  finally got Summer by Blackbird Designs framed up yesterday too.


And I stitched on Tuscan Rose last night for the first time in what seems like forever but didn't get enough done to show a picture.  I'll try to post one in a couple of days.

My in-laws came down this past Saturday to deliver birthday and Christmas gifts before they head south for the winter.  They took us out to Village Inn for brunch (yum!!) but before we left the house I snapped a pic of the girls since they were both dressed and presentable at the same time.  Doesn't happen often.  I was only allowed to take 2 pictures, only 1 turned out okay.  I long for the days when they would cooperate with me and my camera....


And I have to share this picture of Abby and her boyfriend.   I call it A Girl and her Sock Monkey.  It's my new favorite picture.  Too stinking cute!



Jordan's Mom made his costume for him and he wore it to the Nebraska game the Saturday before Halloween.  I gotta say I find Sock Monkeys a bit freaky and 6 ft. tall ones even more so but you have to admit, it took some balls to wear that costume to the football game!

You all take care till next time!

Julie



 

18 comments:

Mouse said...

nope can't see any drool and sorry you had bad experience at the dentist... can sympathise with you worked at one for 7 years straight !! love the stitching and the changes you did are fab ... and a 6ft sock monkey mmmmmm I agree weird ...lol love mouse xxx

Cari said...

Your post is so funny...kinda... 'cause I hate the dentist too!! I have a good dentist but I HATE GOING!! Hang in there. I always say it's better than choppers !!

Love your stitch. Ya done good!!

Your girls are adorable!! I'm happy to meet them...the sock monkey...not so much. LOL It is a great costume though.

Hugs and hang in there !!!

Minnie said...

I understand your dislike for the dentist it's no fun for me either and I don't see any drool either. Your changes to the chart are fantastic I like it much better.

Karen said...

I will just say I hate the dentist too!

Love your Quaker Row finish and the color changes. Need to take a look at this design again. I just love, love, love Summer on that gingham fabric. How did I miss you stitching this one???? Great finishes...

marly said...

Your version of Quaker Noel is much nicer. And your Summer is fantastic on that fabric!

all on 4 said...

Hello Julie! First of all I would like to say that your blog page looks really beautiful. I loved it.

Your dental experience is sad. But one thing I will definitely appreciate that in spite of not liking dentists you still go for regular cleanings. Your dental health care is worth appreciation.

Cindy said...

Love your Quaker Noel Row. Your color changes are fabulous. I hate the dentist as well. Hope you are feeling better soon.

Rachel S said...

Sorry about the dental visit. I can see where you would be a bit reluctant. That pic of the girls is great! Very pretty! And I love the sock monkey costume!

Cindy said...

Ditto about the dentist!!!

I love your quaker noel row....your colors are great

And I also think your girl and her sock monkey is too cool!

Doreen said...

I love the changes you made to Quaker Noel Row. I may want to revisit the color changes we made for Quaker Lady and Gentleman. These look similiar but a have a bit more "pop"! Now I just need to finish some more things so I can work on them.

Sorry about the dentist - my GYN mentioned yesterday that people only hate their dentist more than her. I had to disagree - I'll go to the dentist any day over the GYN! But, I know you've had a lot of pain, so hopefully by the time it's time for another cleaning, you'll be feeling better.

Take care!

pj said...

Love your color changes...will you share them with us? I would love to write them in my pattern for future reference as I just purchased this one and like it alot. pj

Sherry :o) said...

Double Dutch is beautiful - both of them! And I love your color changes...

The sock monkey has always freaked me out a bit...and that one, glad it's your daughter...but what a fun guy he must be!! You're right - must have a good set of (monkey) balls. LOL

Melody said...

I can sympathize about the dentist. It isn't a favorite spot of mine either!

Love your color choices on the bent creek chart.

Your girls are lovely. I know what you mean about getting pictures of your kids when they reach that age....

Catherine said...

I'm only going to say one thing about the dentist - YUCK!!!

Love your color converion version - so pretty! And your framed BBD piece is soooo sweet.

Okay, sock monkeys have always freaked me out - I have been better the last few years - only because my boys make fun of me - now, it's starting all over again - a LIFE SIZE SOCK MONKEY!! I'm going to have nightmares again for sure!! ;) Very cool costume, but the fear is coming back.

GingerCat said...

I am so sorry to hear about your dental issues! I had a tooth with a root canal that was never happy and I could actually predict the weather by how bad it felt.

One day I had enough and had it pulled. Lo and behold the root actually had a crack in it. It was located in such a spot that my normal dental team, and oral surgeon and a peridontal guy could not see it. (We were struggling to find out what was wrong as you can see.)

I actually LOVE my dentists and while I am not fond of the impliments of torture (don't they always tell us not to stick sharp pointy things in our nouth???) I love having clean, problem free teeth.

On a non-dental note, I throughly enjoy reading your blog and seeing what you are stitching. Thank you for sharing with us!

Meari said...

Your Quaker Row looks great. I like both versions.

Great photo of your DD's, and love the sock monkey one! You know, sock monkeys were manufactured in Rockford, IL (just west of me). I LOVE sock monkeys :)

Emory Lanzi said...

My gosh, I can't believe you endured that awful pain. One root canal is painful enough, but having several is just too much. I hope you find a better dentist than the last one.

Bianca Jackson said...

I won't let you down, of course. I'll tell you if you're drooling. Hahaha! You had quite an adventure with the dentist! But you finished it all, and now you have that beautiful smile on your face. You are one busy stitcher, yet you had fun during the weekend.

Bianca Jackson