Donna Lynn's Blog

I'm a 34 yr old, happily married woman with the 2 most wonderful doggies in the world! I live in Florida and love all types of crafting! Right now my fave thing to do with my hands is crochet!!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

What I've been up to

Well, since I'm still out of work with my back problems about all I've been doing is crocheting! I am still waiting to get an appt with another surgeon for either confirmation or and change of direction from what the first surgeon said.

I've been watching lots of DVD's and making tons of potholders, dishcloths and scrubbies. I actually have almost an entire box full of the crocheted kitchen items I've made over the past several days. Once I get back on my feet we're having a huge garage sale and I'm going to have a seperate table for my craft stuff and see if any of it sells. If not, I'll have Christmas presents ready for the giving!!!

I still have lots of pics from our vacation trip to share I just haven't had the time to get on here and post. Thanks for all your well wishes and thoughts! They really are appreciated! Please pray that I get in to see this 2nd surgeon soon and that he has good news for me!!!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Update on my back

Hi everyone! I know I have some blog readers who have been wanting the status of my back and what's going on. Last Thursday was my last day at work and today concludes my first week out completely. I spend about 90% of the day lying in bed and the other 10% includes getting up to stretch, do my leg excercises and checking e-mail.

I went to see my Dr again Weds for a "range of motion test" and he was not pleased with how I'm doing at all. I will say this has been an incredibly bad week. It's amazing just how painful this is. Even lying down doesn't take the pain away completely and if I don't get up and move around every so often it's worse, but getting up hurts too so it's a continuous cycle of pain.

I am only taking the pain pills when I absolutely have to. I am on Oxycontin which is a very serious narcotic and with so many people becoming addicted to this stuff I am taking it less than prescribed to hopefully make sure that doesn't happen to me. I go see the surgeon on Monday afternoon and I will probably get a 2nd opinion after that to be sure we are going to correct route.

Several years ago when I hurt my upper back my Dr prescribed me a "Tens Unit" which is one of the best things ever. It's a little machine with wires and you put a "pad" on the end of each wire and position them in places around the pain and it sends electro currents to that area and helps to "numb" the pain. My Dr is looking into possibly getting me one of those so I don't have to depend on pain pills so much.

Other than that, I'm watching TONS of daytime TV (but haven't gotten into any of my old soaps, THANK GOODNESS!) but am completely bored out of my mind! I so want to go back to work and see my friends and co-workers again. Not to mention I really like my job and hope that they don't replace me forever!

Well that's the story from here. I'll post my progess again when I have something to report. Thanks for all the well wishes! They brighten my days!!!!

Monday, August 13, 2007

More vacation pics (Berea, Ohio) and the first from Michigan

We ended our time in Ohio with a short drive to Berea (my mom's hometown) to have dinner with my Uncle Paul and his family. This is me and my Uncle Paul (my mom's youngest brother)

This one is my grandma (she looks pretty good for 86, doesn't she?) Doug, my Uncle Paul, Aunt Laurie and cousin Amanda.

We drove my grandma back to Michigan with us which was intersting and she stayed with my brother and his wife. On Tuesday night (our first full night in Michigan) I went to Michigan City, Indiana with Bev and my step-sister, Jennifer for a night of slots at the casino! I had never been to a casino before and had a blast! I started with $30 and ended up with $90!!!! How exciting! This is me playing one of my first slot machines!

This one is of my and Jen. (Notice the woman in the left side of the picture? I wasn't at the casino, I swear! LOL)

After our evening of gambling, this is the 3 of us waiting for the valet to bring our car around.
Nothing could have been a better topper for the evening than a stop at Oinks!!! Oinks is located in New Buffalo, Michigan (on the way home from Mich City) and is famous for some of the best hand dipped ice cream anywhere! In the summer, this place is always super crowded so it was impossible to get a pic inside but they have tons of collectible pig items hanging from the ceiling along with lots of vintage ice cream scoops and the like! If you ever find yourself near New Buffalo in the summertime, make sure you stop here! The prices are steep (for the 3 of us it was almost $15) but it's so worth it!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

More vacation pics (Cleveland, Ohio)

After leaving Akron, we went to Cleveland to visit some other relatives. Even though we drove through downtown Cleveland we didn't take any pics because I've been there so many times in my life it wasn't a big deal (besides, I was driving and Doug had the camera!) Our first stop was for a visit with my cousin Keith, his wife Meg and their kids. They have 4 girls, but we didn't get to see the youngest as she was at a friends house. The smallest one in the pic was a toddler the last time I saw them. My how time flies!

After spending the afternoon here we went to visit with my cousin Jack and his family at my Uncle Don's house. On the way we passed a 2 story McDonalds. We had never seen one before so snapped a pic!

This is me, Doug and my name sake, my Uncle Don. There were 3 pics of us and we weren't all smliling in any of them! LOL

This is my cousin Jack BBQing in my Uncle's backyard.

Me and Doug as we get ready to leave Cleveland.

Friday, August 10, 2007

More vacation pics (Akron, Ohio)

Ok, so more pics from my vacation are ready to go!!! This is of Doug setting foot in Ohio for the first time ever. It's kind of funny that both of his parents are from Akron but he had never been there before.

This is of the Goodyear Plant in Akron. We couldn't get over how large it was!

These are my cousins. From the right, Dorothy, Milt, me, their daughters boyfriend and one of their daughters, Sue Ellen. It was really nice to see them as I hadn't in many years.

This is the famous spot where the soap box derby is held every year and Doug's dad actually used to make his car and race it every year right in this spot!

This was a big deal for me! Stricklands Frozen Custard, perhaps the best frozen treat you can buy! I remember as a child going to Ohio on vacation, we always had to stop here and get frozen custard. My dad (who never went out of the way for anything) would go miles out of his way to get this stuff. I was so excited to learn it was still standing and that it was just as good as I remembered!

More pics from our trip are coming!!!!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

A few more house pics

Well, we have been getting the house unpacked little by little and pretty much have the living room, dining room, kitchen and master bedroom done. I took pics of a bit of it tonite to show how we decorated it.

This is the dining room. We haven't hung the pics in this area yet...

This is the organ that we brought back from Michigan. This little area is like a little piece of home for me!

The next few are of the living room. We really like how "open" it is.

The next few are of the kitchen. It's much smaller than our old one but we have more counterspace which is a good thing. I think it turned out rather nice!

This is where we originally had the dining room table. We liked the island here much better and since it's on wheels, I can move it into the kitchen when I need it.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

An awesome swap package and a FO!

I know it's been awhile since I've shown any FO's but this one I just had to share. My niece asked me to make this for a friend of hers who is having a baby girl. I used Bernat Softee Baby for the white and pink colors and Bernat Satin for the lavendar. It just turned out lovely and now I've been commissioned to make another one for a co-worker who is having a boy this winter in white and 2 shades of blue! This is the "Little Star Blanket" pattern which you can find for free on Crochet Pattern Central. It's a super simple pattern and you can make it as big or small as you like!

I had to say a big thank you to Emily, my Crochetville Cotton Swap partner!!!! I had already rcv'd 2 packages full of wonderful cotton yarn which I thought had completely fulfilled the swap requirements, when another package arrived last night!!!! Emily you have completely spoiled me!!!! Not only did she send me more yarn (I am super excited about the cotton ease as I've been wanting to try it for awhile now!) but she sent me the Lion Brand Vintage Styles for today pattern book I have been wanting for quite some time!!!! From the picture you can see she also threw a bunch of goodies in my package as well!!!! Notecards, a candle, my favorite chocolates in the world and a ton of doggie scrapbooking items such as stickers, ribbon and stamps!!!! WOO-HOO!! I cannot wait to get completely unpacked and can work on my doggie scrapbooks!!!! Thank you so much again and I hope you like the items I have picked out for you!!!!

Well, since it's the middle of the night and I cannot sleep I thought I would also write a quick update. Many of you know that I have had a problem with my back causing nerve damage to the left side of my body which has made my left leg weak. A few days after getting back from vacation, I slipped and fell pretty hard and really messed my back up this time. I went to the Dr and he did an MRI and says I absolutely need surgery and that with the pain as bad as it is, it's the only thing he thinks will work. I am waiting to get an appointment with the nerosurgeon to see what he says but in the few days since I've seen my Dr, the pain has gone from bad to almost unbearable. I am getting spasms now and can barely walk more than a few feet without being in agony. My Dr wants me on bedrest (yeah, right, I have a mortgage) and out of work until I have surgery but I'll work as long as I can. I mean, I just sit all day long at a desk so it's not like I'm on my feet all day. He has me on some pretty strong pain medicine but it just takes the edge off and that's about it. Wish me luck as we still haven't finished completely unpacking not to mention I really need to work and be able to work overtime to help pay for the vacation we just took and all. Leave it to me huh! Well I think I'll try and get some sleep or I'm going to be a zombie at work today!!!!