Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. James 1:12-13

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Antique Mall Find

Good Morning friends! Yes, I am still alive. ;) I have a stomach scope scheduled for September 4th. This is a long, slow, painful process getting over these ulcers. I continue to take 16 tsp of Gavascon daily and two Nexium also. Turns out it was stress, changing pain pills(all three have slight stomach upset possibilities),and guess what?! Bananas are BAD for ulcers! I was eating mainly bananas EVERY day for over a week!! I thought these were bland and okay for me. So, the nausea is mostly gone. The burning has gotten barely better. My Aunt had ulcers at the beginning of summer. It took her 6 weeks to fully recover! Oh great! A few weeks to go then still. =(

I could not stitch at all for the first two weeks. I read. A LOT! I read almost the entire years' worth of The Word Among Us.  I just finished Beverly Lewis' latest book The Secret Keeper. I really liked this book a lot. I have never been disappointed with a single one of her books through the years.

We went to the local antique mall in July, Brian, Madeleine and I. I found my second, wooden recipe box for $4.00. The first one I found at the thrift store for a dollar last year. This is the lovely freebie I stitched  and mounted inside the lid.
The directions do not tell the color linen to use, so I chose from my stash. This is mystery, hand-dyed 30ct linen. I stitched one over one using DMC. I did not stitch up the border shown on the freebie link. I now understand for the first time why some of you do NOT like to stitch on 30ct. This was a loose weave linen. I have stitched on 30ct before and liked it a lot. This was somewhat challenging.
This last picture is probably more true to the actual colors. I am now finishing off the last freebie I was working on. It is my only U.F.O. I am still not sure I truly like it anymore, but Brian likes it. I will most likely make a pin pillow out of it.
The garden is alive thanks to Brian. He has watered it for me every day for three weeks now. I am very thankful for all of his help during these ulcers. I want to thank all of you for your well wishes and prayers too. I appreciate every one of you.♥ You are so kind and sweet. =)

Here is a picture of my two constant fuzzy companions. They have been with me at all times during these rough days.
Stitching and praying,
Vickie

24 comments:

cucki said...

Wow everything is so beautiful...
Pretty flowers...
Sending you lots of love and prayers.
Hugs x

Vicki said...

Bananas?! Who knew? I'm glad you're on the road to recovery with your stomach. Does that mean you can keep taking the pain med that works for you?

Shirlee said...

Hoping you feel better soon Vickie! You did a good job with those recipe box lids! So glad Brian is taking care of the gardens for you.

Meari said...

What a cool idea to put stitching inside the lid of the recipe boxes.

Your furbabies are soooo adorable!

Glad to hear you're on the mend. I'm on the second month of recovery for the tendonitis in my elbow.

butterfly said...

Oh those two lovely babies so sweet.
Hope you are having a better day today sweet friend.
Bananas did not know that ,I would have thought they were ok , there you go some thing to learn everyday.
Love your stitching and your flowers, hugs.

niki ad said...

Everything is very beautiful !!!!
Your companions are so cute !!!!
Hoping you feel much better now !!!
Greetings from Greece !!
Niki

marly said...

I'm happy to hear you have answers and can start to treat and heal. Look at your furbabies smashed into one bed!!

Annie said...

Hope your health keeps improving. I'm sure you'd like to avoid another scope.

The stitching is beautiful. And aren't you the eagle-eyed one to find those recipe boxes at such bargain prices. Great way to show off the stitching.

Nice to have those 2 little cuties to hug!

Julie said...

Beautiful coloured fabric for your finish, it's perfect.
So pleased you are improving slowly.

Trace4J said...

Just beautiful.l
Love the recipe box and beautiful stitchery.
What beautiful flowers too.
Still praying for you friend.
Woolie Blessings

Kaisievic said...

Glad to hear that you are on the mend and I would have thought that bananas were good for upset stomachs! Lovely stitching, as always, and gorgeous flowers. Brian must have a green thumb.

Maggee said...

Praying that the changes in meds hold you over till September! I didn't realize Mabel was that much larger than Henry! It is the opposite with Thor and Rusty--Thor is older but smaller. Hugs!

Margaret said...

Bananas are bad for ulcers? Who knew? Wow! I sure hope you mend up more quickly than your aunt did. You poor thing. I love that freebie you stitched for the recipe box. it's gorgeous!! Love your two little fur babies -- they are so cute!

Rowyn said...

Pretty flowers and stitching.

I hope you improve enough so you don't need the operation. My fingers and toes are crossed for you!

Annette-California said...

So glad you know whats wrong and still praying for you to get better. I didn't know about the bananas bad for ulcers! Crazy. Beautiful sampler you stitched for your awesome recipe boxes. Love the fabric - Pink Rose:) Flowers are so pretty Vickie. love Annette

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

So glad to hear you're feeling somewhat better. I hope you continue to improve every day.

Love your recipe boxes! What a great idea to mount the stitching inside. I love them!

Shirley said...

Hi Vickie, I am glad that you are feeling better and happy to hear the insurance finally approved the meds that you needed. They never tell you all the side affects of medications that is prescribed and I can see it causing problems. Your flowers are always so pretty and I am glad that you have Brian there to take care of the garden for you. Have a wonderful day. Hugs and Prayers from your Missouri Friend.

Mii Stitch said...

Lovely wooden boxes with great stitching :) Take care xxx

Melanie said...

A scope......that's no fun at all but it will be worth it if it will get you on the road to a full recovery. You need to get better ASAP!
Very cute finish! I like the color of the linen. :)

Giovanna said...

That's a very pretty finish, well done. I hope you'll be feeling better soon.

Lumiruusu said...

The boxes are both just amazing ,I really like the stitchings inside.
So nice to hear you arefeeling better-I still remember You in my prayers :)
The poodles are so cute :)

Michelle said...

Lovely finish - sending you love and wishing you well xx

Solstitches said...

What lovely finds your recipe boxes are. You make them look so special with the stitched insert in the lids.
Pretty flowers too.
So sorry to hear you have been feeling so bad.
Margaret xx

Catherine said...

Love your stitches and your pups are soooo sweet!! Sending good thoughts and prayers your way!