Friday, June 26, 2009

I Think This Has Turned Into A Month I Would Sooner Forget!

Wow I just cannot believe this month!
First I end up in the hospital with a weird reaction or something, and end up with a slu of tests for way more problems than I care to write about, then a surgery date, then my Mom is rushed into hospital near dead. Then me getting sick and can't visit Mom.....
Just as things are looking up with Mom recovering at home, and me still sick but preparing for next weeks surgery a bunch of famous folks die.
It isn't that the Famous folks is that this month was so remarkable, we will always remember what was happening, and the year etc because of the relation to other traumatic events in our life.
I remember what my family was doing when Elvis died. We were on a 15 hr road trip from the bush in Northern Ontario. We heard it on the radio....
This month was Carl and My 25th anniversary and it was way overshadowed by key people being sick. Carl's birthday was quiet on moving Day for Al and Amber, our anniversary was spent painting, and my birthday will come right in the middle of Michael Jackson's death and my surgery with the "roto router "Dr. Lady.

I don't like months like this. I hate being sick. I am a horrible sick person. I am a loner when I am sick and I am horrible with folks fussin over me. I spent this month feeling absolutely rancid. The tiredness has defeated me more days than I care to admit. I actually spent three days bed-ridden....which is way not me. I am the gal who got up and walked without meds 1.5 hrs after a complex hysterectomy way back when!

I have used approximately 20boxes of kleenex this month! 20! I tell you it was hard to dispose of that in the green bin!

So what about the famous peoples' deaths?
Well, the death of Ed McMahon was sad, and so was Farrah Fawcett. We knew they were sick and there stories were on the TV lots.
Perhaps I see Farrah in a different light now. Rectal cancer touched my family.... and this is why I am having surgery next week. Hopefully I won't get the bad words after surgery. But this one is not just a routine screening for me. It is because something happened to me the week before I was rushed into the hospital that has sent the red flags up to my specialists. Seeing my cardiac tests for an escemic event came back clear, the next step is to look in the gut for something that could cause the same symptoms.
I have been told small removals could happen or a large biopsy, but no other surgery is supposed to take place that day.
I remember when my grandmother was diagnosed with rectal cancer, and her surgery which left her with a cholostomy bag.

How about Michael Jackson?

I was a moderate fan of Michael Jackson when I was young.
Carl was a big fan, and subsequently my Sons enjoyed his music too.
I increased in my appreciation for Michael in the '80s when Carl exposed me to the technical side of what he loved about Michael's work.
I think my Sons liked Michael for this technical appreciation too.
Carl appreciated the skill of dance and presentation and the huge work ethic Michael had. Carl loved how Michael had a knack pushing the world to move along with him as he evolved.
When Thriller came out I was hooked!

I will tell you all too, that Carl and I do not believe he molested children. Those that know us will find this comment a little slanted from how our stance on the subject of childrens' welfare is usually. Our belief comes from reading Michael's testimony those years back. To us it was not unusual to have our children in our bed, and we could see how this could become routine. We felt that how a person feels about that is totally based on their sense of boundaries. The first 5 years of our life with children was spent with no less than 1 kid and a dog in bed with us every night. Our Son Alex never slept through the night until he was 5. He would end up in our bed sometime during every night. We bathed with our children when they were little toddlers, and we tried not to be overly prudish with them over nakedness. So we too could have been looked at with ill eyes by the public if they knew how we governed our life.

To uplift the end of this month and to frankly make myself feel a bit better I am leaving you with two great Michael Jackson Videos to watch.
I hope you enjoy them.
Say a little prayer for anyone suffering before you watch these two fantastic videos.....

*To Watch a video of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" please click HERE

I really hope on the day of his memorial folks all over the world gather in public places and Dance The Thriller Dance at a synchronized moment.

Friday, June 19, 2009

My Friend Is Having a Contest and Giving Away Pink!

Please pop on over to my friend's blog RedOwlDesigns and read about her contest.
The give away ends June 24th so you need to get your entry in fast! Scroll down a bit in her posts to be big pink OWL.

What are you crafting this weekend?
I am crafting scarves. Knitting this weekend because we are going to help my Son move so my knitting will be done in the car.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary Carl!

Today is our 25th wedding anniversary. We are spending it helping Alex and Amber paint their new apartment in Peterborough.
Not glamorous but fine enough.
Plus my Mom is in the hospital and we are awaiting the prognosis. Not able to see her because they have her in Emergency since yesterday because they are short of beds.
Below the slideshow are two videos of the work we are doing on Al and Amber's apartment.

Below is a slideshow from our Wedding June 15th 1984
St. Peters Church Scarborough
Reception at the Metropolitan Toronto Police Association
Photographs done at Edward's Gardens

Below Here are three videos of Alex and Amber's new apartment and the work we have done so far.
We painted the livingroom, dining room, kitchen, and two bedrooms, and one far....

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Friggin Flu!

So don't get sick and have to go to the hospital. There are sick people there!

After my major few weeks of incessant medical tests at the hospital following the weird stroke-like spell I had a few Fridays ago, I have now come down with a horrible flu.

It is not swine flu for sure. It is a regular run-of-the-mill : fever, painful sinus, itchy nose, swollen membranes, flaming throat, achey all over flu.

I began to suspect something was up on the weekend. My hayfever allergies seemed to be way too irritated. Claritin was only working for a couple of hours, then my head would be stuffed again.

On Sunday when we were returning from the family bridal shower in Kitchener my nose began to itch horribly. I was sneezing in the car and the sneezes were hurting.
That evening my nose began to run like a tap. Just run run run! I was getting sores on my face under my nose-it was so raw.
I couldn't sleep. I could not stop my nose from running long enough to get any rest.

Finally I relented and took a dose of hot neo citron to help calm the symptoms.
I think I fell asleep around 5AM.

Then I slept pretty much all of Monday.
Today I spent a second day in bed. My bed has my knitting bag on it, 5 DVD movies, my cell phone, my walkie phone, a bottle of mineral water, Cloraceptic lozenges and 3 boxes of kleenex.
I am bannished to my room so no one else in the house will get it.

I have spent most of the last two days sleeping.
But when I am up to it I prop up the pillows and knit a few rows and watch a bit of one of the Harry Potter films on my laptop, or I check out my twitter feeds or look at my messages on my cell phone.

My room smells like vics.
I feel like I need to use that germ fighting gel on my whole body.
I have a strange desire to needle felt a germ.

I am lost in a sea of snoggy kleenex. I have bright burgundy hair (thanks to Graham last week) and pastey white skin and huge red nose. I feel like a deranged Rudolph (or Rudoff for those in the "Jax")

I am too sick to do my last medical tests, so they are postponed till I am well.
I want to be completely well too, as they will make me wear a mask like some viral spawn!

So far the tests that have come back are normal which is good. But it also means we don't know exactly what happened to me.
It is good to know that the preventative medications the doctors put me on a number of years ago when I became a diabetic have done a great job of reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke that I had because my Dad had a heart attack at 46 (I will be 46 June 28th).
It is nice to know that they made a good call those yrs back.

So if you get sick......beware the hospital.....there are sick people there! LOL

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Miniature Needle Felted Wedding Cake

I am heading to a bridal shower today for my second cousin.
I thought I would build her a needle felted wedding cake.
This is my first miniature Wedding Cake but it won't be my last. I intend to make Miniature Wedding Cakes one of my feature commissioned work options to customers.
Here are the photos of my first miniature wedding cake. It is made of shetland white roving, and a selection of tussah silk roving for all the colourful bits.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

The Contest Winner

This is the list of Contest Entries I received via Twitter, or Facebook or email or Comments
To qualify each person entering could enter as many times as they wished- but they had to choose only one method of communication and they needed to have separated and unique entries from their past ones.

@meanbeanbags Pirate
Mishelle Lecourt 4 leaf clover
Mishelle Lecourt lipstick
Amber Olson Butterfly
Amber Olson Cat/Cat Head
Mishelle Lecourt Martini Glass
Mishelle Lecourt Initials KL
Mishelle Lecourt Initials ML
@triedit cell phone
@triedit cause ribbons
@triedit twitter mascot
@triedit moon with a fairy on it

At 6:00PM (est) all the entries were transferred to paper strips, were folded individually and placed into a bowl. At 6:30PM My husband Carl drew one name.

The Winner is! :

Mishelle Lecourt Initials ML

Thanks for participating! Thanks for your idea submissions!

Friday, June 05, 2009

What Is New In The Shop!

I have added some FREE SHIPPING ITEMS to the shop today! I will have FREE SHIPPING on all cell phone charms. They are also free shipping to add to any other item! This is a great deal if you want to have a needle felted miniature without the collectible price. I will ship anywhere in the world!

I also added a Gem and Needle Felted Sun Catcher to the collection of miniature fibre art. The Hummingbird is feeding on a hand-carved amethyst hibiscus flower. Great stuff if you like needle felting and crystals!

Click On Any Of the Pictures To See The Listing

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

I Am Having A Contest!

Want to win a custom designed cell phone charm? Join the Contest.
Contest closes Saturday at Noon (est)

Submit ideas for cell phone charms. For every idea you get one ballot.
See submission rules and ways to enter by clicking HERE.