We returned late this afternoon from an 18 day vacation. More on the woes of our trip shortly. First I want to share some pictures of two antique samplers owned by our "nearest and dearest" friends that we spent the first week of vacation with.
The first sampler was made by an eleven year old girl by the name of Elizabeth Elvira Wolcott in 1836. She lived in Tallmadge, Ohio which is where I was born so this interests me very much. The girl died in 1845. It is nicely cross stitched. "Eliza" is stitched in a darker blue than the rest of her name, age, and location so only the first part of her name shows well in the pictures. Some age spots appear. I was allowed to borrow the sampler to chart it for future stitching when I find time. There is a note attached by John's mother showing some family geneology of Elizabeth.
The back of the next framed sampler also has a typed note by John's mother with family information. This sampler is much more simple and was done by a nine year old child. The sampler is 201 years old.
Now to vacation woes. The afternoon before we were to leave, I noticed floaters in my right eye. I have never experienced them before and decided that after vacation, I would see an eye doctor. That evening, in dim light, I was seeing flashes which was a weird feeling. The next morning, the car was packed and we were about ready to leave. I had already turned off the computer but turned it back on to read about floaters while waiting for my husband to do one last thing. I read that floaters are mostly age related but if you also are seeing flashes, you should see an eye professional. The article said that even waiting a few days could lead to blindness from a detached retina. I decided that I should make a phone call and see if I could get into an eye doctor. I found out that I needed a retina specialist and the one recommended was on vacation. The appointment person told me that they could get me in to see another doctor but neglected to tell me it was an optometrist and not a specialist. The optometrist checked my eyes thoroughly and said it was not an emergency but that I did need to see a retina doctor. I could not get into one until late the next afternoon. I found a listing for a specialist about 40 miles away from the cabin we had rented in the Smokey Mountains and was able to get an appointment for two days later so we took off. When I went for that appointment, I found out that I had a tear in the retina and needed a laser treatment right away. I also had to have a freezing technique done because of the blood in the retina area. Then I found out that I was allowed to do nothing but watch television and rest. No reading, no needlework, no traveling around sightseeing.....just nothing. I was to avoid bending over, lifting, and no sudden movement of the head. The doctor said that it would take about two weeks for the retina to seal. He would have me come in after one week and see if it was safe to return home to Florida at that time and said that we should not continue on our planned trip. It was hard to just do nothing. I watched a lot of HGTV and visited with our friends that vacation with us when they were not out shopping and sightseeing. They spent a lot of time with me that they would normally be out doing things and I so appreciated that. I did go out to eat locally but was not allowed to read the menus. And I cheated and spent a few minutes in a quilt shop and an antique shop. Then back to the eye doctor. The car was loaded and we planned to return to Florida after the exam. The doctor was pleased with the laser and freezing results and said he knew my vacation could not have been much fun. He decided that we could go on to Ohio to visit family before returning home. Oh what a joy it was to hear that. I still had to be careful but did get to do a few things. Now I have an appointment with a specialist here locally on Monday. I hope I can get back to doing all my normal activities.
I had taken three different projects on the trip intending to do some handwork. When I would get bored with one, I would pull out a different project. Not one stitch was taken. I am still looking through a spider web type floater in my eye. The doctor says it will be a long time before that gets better and that it will not ever completely go away. I hope the web does not impair my stitching abilities.
The cabin where we stay in the mountains is located close to a house decorated with gingerbread man type decor on the outside. The frontal view of the cabin did not turn out but I did get one of the side of the house. I know there are a couple quilting bloggers that love gingerbread man type things.
We also saw this motorcycle with a cute car luggage type thing being pulled behind it.
The doctor's office I visited while on vacation had five antique quilts hanging. I took one picture while waiting to have a recheck of the eye and intended to photograph the rest before leaving the building. I was so elated to get to continue the vacation that I forgot to take pictures of the other four. The only one I really regret not getting a photo of was the applique quilt.
I will be visiting blogs in the next couple days to catch up on what I have missed. I still have some e-mails to reply to from some comments left while we were away from home and will do that soon. I noticed that there are some words in my post in blue and underlined. I don't know how that happened and I have not been able to edit them to look the same as the rest of the post. Oh well. You get the idea.
Thanks for stopping by for a visit.