For those of you who thought I was MIA due to a long time between posts, I am still around! I guess my week has just been crazy…I’ll start with the recovery update since it sort of leads in to the tablescape.
My therapy is going well, and I am progressing. Don’t get me wrong; therapy is far from fun, and it really hurts. However, I can tell that I am doing more than I was a few weeks ago. Each week he adds more weight to the exercises that I am doing, as well as more exercises…all more difficult. So far, I have adjusted fairly well, but this week was tough. I went up to 5 lbs. on the bar that I lift straight up and then from side to side over my head and 2 lbs. on the weight that I lift straight up over my head using only the injured arm. Ouch! He also added something new that is killing me. I have a 3 lb. weight that I lift with the arm bent. That alone is tough, but the therapist also presses to make sure that I go all the way down, then all the way back. OK, I haven’t cried yet, but I will any day now. Rotator surgery recovery is a real blast (read sarcasm into that sentence please).
So every day this week I have been terribly sore and in pain, even on the non-therapy days. Getting out dishes is not totally out of the picture once I have rested, but it takes me quite some time. However, what hurts more than lifting the dishes is sitting at the computer for any length of time. If I work on the computer a while, then rest and ice for a while, and repeat this cycle until I finish my task, I am fine. Well, maybe not fine, but I don’t feel too terrible. If I have a lot to do, however, such as type a post, the pain afterward is pretty bad.
As a matter of fact, I had this tablescape done and the photos taken and uploaded for almost a week before sitting down to type today. I don’t normally use the same major elements two tables in row, but I really wanted to do something completely different to show how versatile this tapestry set is.
To bring out the red in the pattern, I used the square Wal Mart plates. I topped them with the Friendly Village small square salad plates and used the San Remo flatware.
Then I began the almost impossible task of selecting a napkin. It was impossible to me because none of the ones that I have in shades of red looked right. They were just wrong with the plates and/or placemats. I have a couple of different shades of neutrals, but I had just used those last week.
I kept looking at the purple flower in the pattern, but I just could not put purple napkins next to red plates. Finally in desperation, I did it anyway. I added a chunky wooden napkin ring (wedding gifts), and I actually ended up liking it. I don’t think that the purple and red look too bad together, but am anxious to know what you think.
For the glasses, I chose my vintage ruby red and the Friendly Village mugs.
For the centerpiece, I wanted to use some of my Gail Pittman pieces. I haven’t used them lately, and the colors will blend well with the linens. I did not have any floral items to use in the vase that worked with the colors, so I just left it empty. I prefer my vases, pitchers, and the like empty anyway to better show off their forms and shapes.
I decided to put the tray in the middle. Although I normally use the tray alone, I wanted to put something on it this week.
I decided to shop the house. I chose my 2 Willow Tree angels and put my Peter’s Pottery angel in between them. I really like how they look, plus they are neutral and don’t really distract from my already questionable color scheme!
The remaining element is the Mason’s Crest pitcher. Love it! The color in it blends well with the other reds, and I liked the way it balances out the center.
I am really grateful for the good medical care that I have had and don’t really mean for this post to sound like a pity party. I have a lot to be thankful for. Even though I have a long way to go, I have definitely come a very long way from where I was.
I can dress myself, bathe or shower with no assistance. I can do some housework, and I can shave my underarms and put on deodorant without help. I even did some very light yard work a couple of times recently…nothing very strenuous. It felt good to do even that little bit since I really like to work in the yard and have missed it so much.
I can’t wait to see all of the projects and tables from the last couple of weeks; I can’t sit at the computer for very long period, so I have not done the blog reading that I normally do. Hope all of you have a super weekend!