Heaven an H**l

This past weekend was a real contrast.  On the one hand, it was the most fun I've had in a long time.  On the other hand – well, not!  Let's do the fun stuff first.  Lorette and her hubby, John came up with their dogs, Lewey and Riley, and spent the weekend with us.  Lorette and I went to a two-day spin-in held at our local high school.  Over 200 spinners showed up with their wheels and crowded in for hours of fiber goodness:



There was a merchant mall with all kinds of enticements:


Both Lorette and I did our best to put a dent in the offerings so the merchants wouldn't have to pack up too much to take home!  You can see Maggie licking her lips and the lusciousness of it all:


I'll post more specifics as I spin each of them up, but suffice it to say, I have enough to keep me busy for months to come, thanks to a generous $$ donation by hubby!

The program was put on by Amelia Garripoli of Ask the Bellwether fame.  The subject was spinning for socks, and more specifically, spinning a self-striping yarn.  We were issued a fiber pack and got some actual hands-on instruction.  Although this skein doesn't prove it, Lorette and I were very pleased to discover that we can indeed spin fine enough to produce a 3-ply sock yarn!  The fiber we were issued had a lot of silk noil slubs in it, so was a little more difficult for us to spin, but I still produced some passable yarn:


It still needs to washed and set, and a second skein spun to match.  Then they will become a pair of fingerless mitts.

While Lorette and I went crazy, the boys found plenty to keep them busy:


Actually, they spent a whirlwind weekend doing sight-seeing on the island and just over the mainland.  They saw the tulip fields:


And indulged in ice cream treats:


We were very pleased at how well the dogs got along together. 


Maggie has issues with other dogs, but she welcomed both Riley and Lewey into her domain with no problems at all.  She and Lewey even played a bit, although Riley let it be known that she was much too dignified for such shenanigans.

The not so pleasant part of the weekend is that I have been struggling with dental issues for the past three weeks.  It started out with extreme sensitivity to cold and constant, throbbing pain.  It was determined by my dentist that I needed a root canal, and I dutifully went to the endodontist and had it done.  That only solved part of the problem.  The sensitivity to cold went away, but the constant pain did not.  It was the most excruciating pain I've ever had.  Pain meds helped some, but left me almost comatose.  Then the pain started getting worse and making me nauseous.  Finally, after a week and a half of the endodontist telling me it should be getting better, he saw me again and determined that there was another tooth causing the problem.  This was a wisdom tooth and it needed to come out.  The oral surgeon couldn't get me in for at least a week, but my original doc came through for me and got me in immediately for an extraction.   Even that did not go well.  Despite his best efforts, the tooth broke off in the socket.  I saw the oral surgeon the next day and he said the tooth was so fused to the bone, that it would have probably happened in his office too.  He advised leaving the root tips alone and allowing things to heal.  If I don't have further problems, no more treatment is necessary.  He also upped my pain medication (to morphine!) and gave me something to help the nausea.  FYI – neither helped, but last night I was able to just back off to Ibuprofen.  For the first time this morning I am feeling almost human.  I'm still going to take it easy for a few more days and try to get my appetite back.  I've hardly eaten anything in three weeks (a diet I do NOT recommend), but nothing sounds good because of lingering nausea.  So there you have my tale of woe – probably more than you wanted to know.  I was beginning to feel as if I would never feel good again and I'm so happy to be on the road to recovery.  In fact, I may even feel well enough to spin today!  And FYI – I can actually knit lace on morphine without screwing up.  Who knew!

15 thoughts on “Heaven an H**l

  1. Oh Dorothy, what an ordeal. It’s amazing you have been doing so much in the last 3 weeks, when even super pain meds weren’t doing the job. Glad you are on the road to normalcy!

  2. What a story. Hope things keep improving and soon the tooth/teeth ordeal is nothing but a bad memory easily forgotten by fonding and spinning your new fiber.

  3. Dorothy, I am so sorry to hear of all your tooth trouble. I have been following your updates on FB. Morphine, FPS!! He really brought out the big guns. I truly hope you are better soon. Glad to hear you can back off the meds. And knitting lace on morphine? I’m filing that for future use.

  4. Dorothy, I’m so sorry for your dental problems! A real pain, in more ways than one. So glad you all had a good weekend. The dogs are adorable; the tulips look gorgeous. Feel better soon.


  5. Dorothy,

    The weekend looks like fun. I’m so sorry you had such dental problems and pain during it. It looks like the guys and pups had as much fun as you and Lorette did.


  6. Well, at least the spin-in looked like fun…
    There’s nothing worse than dental pain. I went through a long stretch where I survived on mashed potatoes and ibuprofen. I sincerely hope you’re feeling better!

  7. Oh Dorothy! Your weekend does indeed sound heavenly – all except for that dental issue. So sorry to hear all of your troubles! – but hopefully you truly are on the mend now. I will be anxious to hear all the details of your fiber. Your sock class sounds Soooooo interesting! I’m a gorgeous shade of green right now!

  8. Looks like so much fun (except the tooth extraction)! You really have picked up on spinning quickly – I think you are a natural! 🙂 How fun that you can enjoy each other as a family – girl time, hubbies getting along and dogs too! I love the photo of the guys in the recliners – made me smile!

  9. The spinning weekend seems fabulous, but I’m so sorry about your pain. It definitely is not fun to lose weight like that. After my first gum surgery, I was sick to my stomach from the antibiotic and lost 8 lbs in 8 days (and spent most of that time horizontal on my couch). I hope the wisdom tooth extraction does the trick for you.

  10. There is no way I could knit lace while on morphine. I’ve had it twice and both times have passed out! A nurse in the emergency ward had some name for the sinking, drifting feeling I get before I’m out cold. I guess it’s a weird side effect of morphine for a few people. Glad to hear YOU did okay on it though. Sounds like your teeth put you through quite the ordeal.

    The largest spin in I’ve ever been to was 52 people. I can only imagine how 200 all gathered in one spot must be. I doubt that anyone who is not a spinner or related to a spinner would believe that there are that many spinners left in the WORLD.

  11. Well, I sure hope you recover from the tooth pain. My goodness, that is really the WORST pain. I am glad you’re feeling a bit better and hope your recovery continues.

    The spin in looks so wonderful. The photos you took are great. The 3 ply sock yarn looks yummy. What socks are you going to make with it?

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