Sunday, 13 February 2011

A week in retirement

Dear friends, when I realised it was a week since I last wrote a post I wondered where all the time went so I thought I would share my week with you - well the highlights and the low lights at least.

Monday
I had my appointment at the orthopedic department to collect my new orthotics for my shoes.  I have a Mortons neuroma in my foot which is an enlarging of the nerve between the third and fourth toe.  As I have fallen arches it was thought orthotics would help take the pressure off the neuroma and prevent one forming in my other foot.  I am looking forward to being able to spend a day on my feet without pain.  However the new orthotics have a raised area which is agony ( as bad as the neuroma).  The doctor assured me that I will get used to them! But in the meantime this is what they feel like! 
When I asked if it was possible to order another set so I didn't have to keep changing them from shoe to shoe, I was told they cost £200-£300 a pair, so I had better persevere. I am wearing them an hour extra a day - just round the house to begin with!

Tuesday
A hairdressers appointment at 1.00 meant the morning was spent on domestic bits and pieces, but whilst I was in town I went to the local camera shop where a very helpful gentleman printed up a couple of my photographs on the A3 printer.  My friend got me some frames from IKEA so I spent a while deciding how and what I was going to frame up for the forthcoming exhibition at the Luton Hoo Walled Garden. 

Wednesday
A good chunk of the day was spent at Nutty Knitters, my chat and knit group, although not everyone knits.  Several of the ladies belong to the Artists Network Bedfordshire and the group includes spinners, felters, milliners and jewellery makers, so we always have plenty to talk about in Maxine's lovely farmhouse kitchen - and someone has usually baked cake of some sort - something I never do.
Meanwhile at home we were having our downstairs cloakroom - well as there is no room for cloaks, loo - refurbished.  I do hope the old one does not have to stay out behind the bins for too long!


Thursday
Thursday can easily represented by this photograph of my desk! But some creative inspiration was creeping into my day and I started playing around with some daffodil ideas.  In the garden I saw a bumblebee so spring is definitely in the air.
Friday
We usually hit the supermarket on a Friday. I came home with a bunch of daffs and put them by my desk.
 
which really started the ideas flowing for ....


... another stitched book.

Saturday
So here is what I did on Saturday.


 Please click on the pictures for some details.
Sunday
What did I do on Sunday? Well, I took all these photographs and wrote this post.  Not a bad life, even if my feet are killing me!

I hope you have a great week, and see you soon,

Jill




20 comments:

marigold jam said...

Brilliant Jill! Love the new header - so sunny and bright just what is needed today as it's been raining all day here. Hope the new thingys for your shoes help in due course but meanwhile I love the photo with the pebble !! Your photo of the loo out by the dustbin reminds me of when we had an old one and I filled it will plants and it made a really quirky planter along with the cistern minue its lid!! Wate not want not and all that!!! Now you know I am eccentric eh?!

Love the daffodil book - you are so inspiring.

Jane

marigold jam said...

That should read minus it's top! I really must learn to proofread BEFORE pressing post comment!

flutterbycrafter said...

I too love your new header. This is such a delightful post, loved reading it and adore your daffodils, I feel quite spring like now, even though it's teeming down with rain. xx

ju-north said...

Thanks for this glimpse into your week! It's always interesting to see how others spend their days!

Emma said...

A lovely week, but your poor feet!Love the header & the daffodil book, particularly the delightful back of it!

Thank you, the cover did grow organically, I guess - as I added & added I knew it would get there eventually!

Lynne said...

I clicked on the picture, Wow! your stitched flowers are beautiful. Love them. Your new blog header is lovely too. I feel like I have just stepped into spring...

MILLY said...

The weeks do fly by but you always manage to get lots done. Your daffodil work is lovely.

The pen I used was uni-ball eye "fine" and "micro", waterproof/fadeproof. Worked well over the acrylic ink.
I do like Faber Castell,PITT artist pen "S", I have a brown in this too, indian ink, waterproof and light-fastness.
I do try different ones but always go for waterproof ones. Hope that helps.

Selina Wallace said...

Love the new header, very bright and colourful!
Hope you're feeling better soon...

Menopausal musing said...

Ouch, I can almost feel that foot hurting...... What a lovely roundup of your news. I too bought flowers on Friday. Something I don't normally do (I generally only have flowers from the garden), but I succumbed. First bumble bee been spotted here too. Love the sound of your knitting group. Your desk looks like mine....
:O))))))

Barb Cady said...

Your poor foot, that is a very painful condition, so hope it improves soon. Perhaps you could produce a little book entitled 'these feet are made for walking'? Or perhaps that wouldn't take your mind off it! Get well soon. x

Chrissie said...

ouch Jill, know all about the Morton's neuroma, you have my sympathy. The daffs are lovely, can't wait until they're out in the garden

Morna Crites-Moore ~Wicked Waif ~ said...

Love the sunshine in your painting. :-)

Clare Wassermann said...

wow I love this post...it is so like my life except I'm still in the throws of part time work and kids etc too. I like your outside toilet - chilly hahaha!!
Morton's neuroma is very painful but be cautious of any op they offer you as it is pretty unsuccessful. Sewing is the only palliative I'm afraid. I wear orthotics for plantar fasciitis and I have found a make called Vasyil which have a chunk of the heel out for comfort - you can heat mold them a little of they are too high on the insole etc. My osteopath got them form me at a little over £25 but yours are made for you by the sound of it and will be dearer. Perhaps with steady increasing the time you will come to be able to cope.

JP said...

I so enjoyed this post altho' not your pain!!! - however did we find the time to go to work?!!!!

Printed Material said...

Oh Jill, I was wincing in pain just reading about those orthotics. You poor thing. I always think that when our feet are bad it shows immediately in our faces. Nothing is worse. I hope the hour a day gets longer and they improve things for you. Love the sunny daffodils and like Cathy, your desk looks like mine too! Hope that loo is now fit for purpose too!Lesley

harmony and rosie said...

Hi Jill, I hope you and your feet have found some relief and I'm so glad your week ended so well. Your daffodil is wonderful and I do love the new cheery header.

Heloise said...

Enjoyed reading about your week. Hope that the pain in your foot reduces soon.

Sandra Hall said...

This post was a most welcome beginning to my day..even though its a murky grey outside my window right now, your photographs have brought spring into my room, Jill! I enjoyed reading 'your week' And the detail on your stitched daffodils is beautiful :)
Let us know how you get on with framing your fabulous photographs for the exhibition at the Walled Garden.
I do hope you get used to those orthotics soon and that the pain gets easier. x

Amelia said...

what an intriguing week. Hope your feet are better though! A lot of art and creativity and how great you are doing a show. Have lots of catching up to do!!!

Amelia.x

thekathrynwheel said...

How did you ever find the time to go to work?! Love your daffodil paintings - daffs are my fave flowers, always so bright and cheery following a miserable winter.