Happy 5th of July.

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I hope the 4th wasn’t too hard on you.  Mine was pretty quiet.  I did watch the fireworks at the White House and then the ones in New York,I am not celebrating until today.  One of my daughters and her husband came up from Florida.   We are going to a family get together at my nieces house.  We always have a great time and the best food.  Her husband, Jon, is smoking a turkey.  He is an expert smoker, my favorite being his smoked salmon.

I have been absent from the blog scene for a while.  At the end of May I went to Lowe’s to buy a piece of white (dry erase) board.  My truck was loaded so I went in my SUV.  I arced  the board over my back seat so I could close the back hatch.  When I got into the car to drive home the smell that hit my nose was nearly too strong to stand.  It took me about an hour to get home and by the time my head was splitting and I was nauseous. After about three days I found myself in the hospital in the critical care unit.  I was dehydrated, low white blood cells, low red platelets,  some pneumonia in my left lung and I was out of my head.  They had needles and tubes all over me.  They ran EEG’S, EKG’S,  all kinds of scans and pumped me full of strong antibiotics.  They never came to a conclusion about what happened to me.  I have a theory but, can’t say anything until the university completes their analysis of the board.  It affected my balance and my eyes don’t always focus very quickly so I can’t drive.  I have recovered from anything but the feeling of being about half drunk.  I have not worked in my wood shop since the end of May.  Your whole life can change in the blink of an eye.

I will leave you with this ponder: “Nothing should be prized more highly than the value of each day.—Goethe       Have a wonderful weekend.   Melanie

5 responses to “Happy 5th of July.”

  1. oh my word, Melanie! You are so lucky not to have had a car accident on the way home to add to your woes. I hope that the University findings are helpful.

    So, how are you filling the long days of recovery?

    I am glad your family is comong for a visit and that you have a gathering to look forward to. We had a very quiet and hot 4th. A got a new router table, but hasn’t finished setting it up yet. She has been saving for it for a year – NOW I might get my book cases. 🙂

    I did some experimenting with yarn dying yesterday, I’ll be sharing that probably tomorrow when it dries and I can see how it came out. 🙂

    1. Is the blue winter blanket the wool that you dyed? I commented on it but I didn’t know you had dyed the wool. That makes it even more amazing.
      I filled my recovery days with TV (nothing to watch) and listening to my iPod. I have books and music on it. I felt like I was in jail since I couldn’t drive and had to wait until Pat could take me.
      We had a great time at the family get together. The group was not as large as usual but, it was the fun group.
      I had made a pen with my oldest daughter when she was visiting and wanted to do the same with the younger one. I had not worked in my shop since the incident. She was with me since my balance is still off. My hands are shaky so I was a little leary about working on the lathe. After making some mistakes I finally got it finished but, very dissatisfied with the result. I will make her another one and mail it to her. They left last night.
      When I got my router table I just got the top and made my stand. I knew I could make one that was stronger than the ones they had. It was about half the price.
      Our weather has really been strange. We have had tons of rain but, the temps have been so cool and pleasant. It is not like July at all.
      Good to be hearing from you again. I have missed this.

      1. No, this is nto the wool I dyed – I am still experimenting with that, it isn’t even dry yet. 🙂 This is lamb’s pride bulky.

        I am glad that you are able to do a little more – and te steady hands will come back, I know. Your daughter will love the pen, for all it’s flaws, I am sure.

        It has been so hot these last few days that even though the cellar is ooler, it is still too hot to do anything much, so A has not finished putting the router table together. She may eventually build her own legs, but for now, she is using the ones from Rockler. That saves me from having to rush and paint the loft, and the finished bookcases. 🙂

        Good to have you back.

        I hope someone told you to try NetFlix instead of regular TV – then you can choose what you watch. 🙂 But there is always the internet and all the blogs to read, if you are able to do that without a headache. 🙂

  2. Betty Campbell Boyles Avatar
    Betty Campbell Boyles

    SO sorry this happened to you – I didn’t know. Hope the rest of your recovery is speedy.

  3. Melanie, I am so sorry this happened to you. Many prayers for you. I miss seeing you on FB and you are missing my baby g-grandgirls pictures. My e-mail has been down for a long time until today so I just now saw this letter. I love you.

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