My latest "Senior Citizen Adventure"
I am so sore right now, my ankles and knees are sore, my back is sore and my shoulder joints are really sore... A couple days ago I thought it would be a good idea to lie down on the floor and do exercises. Now I haven't gotten down on the floor for a couple years, I have a difficult time getting up off the floor. When I was young I hurt myself a lot... jumped out of tree, hurt my back and cracked my tailbone. fell in a barrel and broke my hip when I was trying to jump from the top of the granary to the top of the chicken coop and smashed my ankle when I was thrown from a horse and had a college football player land on top of me.... I was out of school for several months that time. Anyway, I don't know what possessed me.... well in a way I do, due to the lousy weather going out for walks everyday has been hit and miss.... so I thought I could exercise instead. I knew I was in trouble as soon as I managed to get down on the floor, I kinda plopped down in a sitting position... should have stopped there but what the heck I was already down on the floor so why not go all the way and lie down on my back.. then I was in a real pickle... I could not get up..... gives a whole new meaning to the old lady saying "I've fallen and I can't get up". So I found myself lying on my back in front of the couch in my "sitting room" that is off my office (I call it that because it was the waiting room when this part of the house was a dentist office) This was at 11 AM, Heather wouldn't be here until 3 PM and Lynn was sound asleep up on the 2nd floor. (He works night and sleeps during the day, doesn't get up until 7:30) I could yell my head off and he wouldn't hear me. So I could either lay on the floor like a beached whale for 4 hours or figure out a way to get up. It should be easy, right? Turn over on my stomach, get up on my hands and knees and push up from there.... I could see it in my mind but I sure couldn't do it.... first I got on my side by grabbing onto the couch..... then I scooted over a bit and ended up on my stomach... which hurt like hell cause my ankle doesn't bend. I visioned pushing up with my arms, pulling up my legs and getting on my hands and knees but it just wasn't happening..I got one arm up to the arm of the couch and somehow managed to wiggle around into a sitting position. By now I am huffing and puffing and have to rest in between each maneuver. Once again I used the arm of the couch to end up on my hands and knees, now my knees and ankles are being attacked by daggers of pain. My black cat, Fritz, was sitting on the couch watching with great interest and when I would put my head on the couch to rest he would reach over and pat me on the head.... I found this annoying but he seemed to think we were playing a game and I'm pretty sure he knew I couldn't do anything to stop him. I'd glare at him and tell him to stop and he would turn his head from side to side and give me a quizzically look. I'm pretty sure he was grinning. Okay, I am now on my hand and knees with my head resting on the couch. I should be able to put my foot on the floor and push up.... I tried that and almost fell back over on my back.... time to regroup.... by now I am sweating and cursing.... and had to rest my head... for another pat pat from the cat. I discovered by taking the pillows off the couch I could put them.... one at a time... under my knees and slowly raise myself up to where I could grip the back of the couch and finally, using all my strength, shaking like a leaf, I pull up to a standing position... Thank God that was over!! I was worn to a frazzle and as Heather pointed out, turns out I got lots of exercise by getting down on the floor. However from now on I will exercise from a sitting or standing position. It also reenforced my need and desire to lose weight.... I'm telling ya this getting old is not for sissies!!
Now on to my Cobblestone Cane. Click on the photos for a closer look.
I used my extruder to make this cane.
I used washers in different sizes as well as the disks that came with the extruder, to make bullseye canes in a variety of sizes.
This is what is on my work table right now.... I love the scraps.
These are pieces I've made so far.
I used sandpaper for texture on the backgrounds of the two square pieces and all over on the round one.
This is my favorite, I made a bead to use with it. It will look good with black buna cord or black chain.
Close-up of the round pendant. I added "dots" of black textured clay and high lighted them with PearlEx. There is a dark red Swarovski flatback rhinestone in the center.
I used some of the scraps to make a couple mirror image pieces and decorated with strips of textured black clay highlighted with gold PearlEx. I think it gives them a lacy look.
Today I am going make another Cobblestone Cane in different colors... with a bit of a twist ... I do hope the cane gods prevent me from over reducing... I get to pulling on the cane and just can't seem to stop myself. Anyone else have that problem?
Thanks for stopping by.