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In my previous post I mentioned that work had begun on a new project, but that progress would probably be slow for a while due to medication.  While trying to work on the background for the “world” applique, it really hit home how that I have had to adjust my creative process due to being under the influence.  First of all Prednisone affects everyone differently.  The only universal effect is that Prednisone may work miracles, but the side effects are terrible.  In my case, while on higher doses of Prednisone my brain gets foggy and I have trouble concentrating, remembering things and following through with things.  Sort of like a zoned out Zombie.  This causes problems during the process of creating, because I can forget, in just a few minutes, the ideas that I have.  Or wake up in the morning, walk into the “den of good intentions” , look at what I was working on the day before, and not have a clue as to what I was doing or had planned.  So I have had to resort to recording, in a small notebook, step by step the planning and execution process.  I note every little change, or idea.  This has reined in my create on the fly style quite a bit, but allows me to still be able to make slow progress.

To give an example of not following through and trouble concentrating.  Yesterday I started marking the background for fabric placement.  Then got distracted by the need to find blue fabrics for the sky background, which led to sorting all of my fancy fabrics, cleaning and sorting the fabric closet, and on to rearranging and sorting the room.  I still haven’t finished marking the muslin backing for the background.  The fabric is sorted and the room neatened, so I did accomplish something.  Just not what I had intended.

Below is the CQ stash sorted by colors.

fancy_stash       

And here is the CQ pieced world.  After studying the picture I have decided that I will follow through with my idea of redoing the large green piece on the top.  It looks too large to me, so will have to be broken up with other fabric.  The finished world will be approx. 16 inches in diameter.  Two seams have already been embellished but don’t show up well in the picture.  All of the seam treatments will be done in colors that blend, not much contrast.

cqWorld   

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I couldn’t resist.

I saw this quiz on another blog and I couldn’t resist.  Haven’t had a quiz here in a while, so here goes.

Your Brain’s Pattern
You have a tempered, reasonable way of thinking.
You tend to take every new idea in, and meld it with your world view.
For you, everything is always changing. Each moment is different.
Your thinking process tends to be very natural – with no beginnings or endings.

 

Last week I started the next step down of my prednisone weaning.  So far it’s not too bad.  I alternate 7mg and 2½mg every other day.  On the low dose days I get a little more tired than usual and a little achey.  Doc says the next step down will probably be the worst.  Thankfully it won’t be until after Christmas.

I have been working on some knitting related projects, but haven’t taken pics yet.  Yesterday I went for my yearly mammogram, afterwards I decided I deserved some new yarn.  Tomorrow I hope to have pics of yarn and knitting projects.

Today really feels like fall.  It’s cool enough outside, that I’ve opened all the windows.
Ahhhh!  Fresh air. 

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Withdrawal is a terrible thing.  The next Dr that tries to put me on 60mg of Prednisone daily, for 6 months is going to have to do an awful lot of convincing first.  The lower the doses go the worse the side effects get.

The sun came out late last week and through the weekend.  Got started on yardwork and new plantings.  Now it’s raining again and the 7 day forecast is rain, rain and more rain.  At least all the herbs are in the ground now.  Besides the usual lavender, rosemary, oregano, thyme, marjoram, sage and basils, I’m trying out a new one this year.  I bought a Curry plant just because of the smell, everytime I get close to it, it reminds me of an Indian restaurant, and no it’s not where curry seasoning comes from.

Had a knitting accident today.  I was almost to the end of the 1½” k2p2 ribbing on the second pink sock when I reached for the free dpn and grabbed one with stitches on it instead.  Of course since I’m a tight knitter and using size 0 dpns there was no way to pick up the loose stitches.  Since it was just the ribbing, it got frogged and now I will be starting over.  Yuck!  Casting on and ribbing are my least favorite parts of sock knitting.

We went shopping today for a table and chairs set for our new small dining area.  The old table is just too darn big, it was fine when we actually had a seperate dining room, but in this new house it doesnt fit.  The new set is a Pub table with cushioned bar stool/chairs.  It has clean lines and the veneer looks like burled wood. I think the colors in the wood will tie our dark cherry kitchen cabinets and oak hutch together.  Hopefully it will be delivered next week.

Almost forgot!  I finally got 2 of the Hostas moved.  Those things are heavy.

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I know that here in Oklahoma we were at or near drought conditions for quite a while and needed the rain.  But enough is enough.  The clay can’t hold anymore water and we are getting permanent puddles in the backyard.  Besides the fact that I wouldn’t mind seeing the sun a little more.  The weather man is predicting more rain in the future.

The herbs that I ordered finally arrived, and can’t be planted for fear that they will drown.  Also need to board up small openings in the fence.  The bunny visitor has been sampling some of the potted plants on the patio.  Don’t want him eating my herbs.  The Summerlong Basil didn’t travel well in the mail.  Hopefully it will perk up.

On Tuesday I stepped down to 5mg. of Prednisone.  Can already tell that the next week or so aren’t going to be much fun.

I know this has been a really down blog post.  Maybe when the sun decides to come and stick around for a while, things will brighten up.

 

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My Prednisone dosage has been stepped down to 10mg. daily and I’m not handling it very well.  I’m extremely tired, but don’t sleep well.  Legs and feet swelling and the brain fog is worse than ever.  I keep starting things, get sidetracked, start something else and finish nothing.  The vacuum cleaner has been in the dining room for over 2 days and I haven’t used it yet.  I’ve unwound and rewound the cord a few times.  I did manage to plant the onion sets yesterday.  Hopefully I’ll find my way out to the garden today and plant some radish seed.  And that is if I remember why I took the 15 steps to get out there.

I won’t be posting very much until my body adjusts to this.  It just takes too darn long to make the mess coming out of my brain into some kind of sense.

I’ll be back when the fog clears.

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I had an achy head Sunday morning, but I didn’t think much about it.  Since Sat. was my first day stepping down to 20 mg of Prednisone I just figured that had something to do with it.  By afternoon everything was just too, too.  Too bright, too loud, too smelly.  Then I knew it was the beginnings of a migraine.  Haven’t had one in almost 2 years and figure that the change in Prednisone was the cause.  Finally crawled out of the dark, quiet hole yesterday afternoon. 

Have noticed more of a difference since stepping down to 20mg than I did going down to 40mg.  I feel like a furnace all the time.  Have to have the fan blowing on me constantly.  One good thing is that I think I’m losing some of the steroid puffiness.  That may just be wishful thinking.

Bill and I went to Office Depot, bought a filing cabinet and ordered the desk for my sewing room.  Bought bread & milk to get us through the winter storm that is coming, and then dropped my car off to have electrical worked on.  Figured if the weather is going to be bad enough that I won’t be driving anywhere, the car might as well be in the shop being worked on.

Didn’t get started on the doggie sweater.  Thought I had size 6 straight needles, but I don’t.  Didn’t feel like searching boxes for circulars.  So last night I worked on a chullo (ear flap hat) that I am knitting.  My first fair isle project.  Haven’t gotten to the two color pattern part yet.

It’s raining, and getting colder.  We’re supposed to have wintery mix later today and same tomorrow with high temp in the upper 30’s.  So I am designating tomorrow as the first chili day of the season. 

chili

 

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