Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Back to being two handed.

On Monday I had my appointment with the Doctor about my wrist. After a new X-ray, he pronounced that my "nuisance" fracture was indeed healed. However, my thumb is a bit swollen and I can't bend it like I could before. Same with the wrist area.

"Well, you do have arthritis in your thumb and many of your fingers" Hmm... so, after being given some exercises to help that, I'm as good as can be - for now. Touching your thumb to each of your fingers is one exercise, squeezing a Nurf ball and trying to pull out a piece of paper held between your thumb and finger was the third.

I'm supposed to still use the brace at night. I can now do things I couldn't recently. For example, I can now type with both hands. Still make mistakes typing so it wasn't just because I was using only one hand to type. (I think I really knew that already) I was able to put on a necklace and bracelet this morning. (Still have one dressing item that I can't do. Check out my blogging buddy's post for a hint on her blog, A Bead a Day) And tying my shoes is still a problem. But I'm making progress.

Funny thing when I thought, "Now I can make some jewelry" I didn't know where to start. So I'll have to get organized again.

Off to do some hand exercises and get organized again.


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Monday, June 29, 2009

Red Sox vs the Washington Nationals 6/23/09

Last Tuesday was my husband's birthday. Our son-in-law had obtained two tickets for that night for the Boston Red Sox vs the Washington Nationals. They asked if we would like to go as a birthday present for him. I could go along too.

So, as I told about yesterday, we took the train to DC so we could see the game Tuesday.

If you read the post you know about the Metro accident in DC. (Actually, you need to be hiding under a rock if you live in the US to not know about that whether you read my post or not) My daughter lives about 30 minutes (according to Google maps) from National Park. Hmm... try 1 and 1/2 hours! We missed the first two innings. The score was 1-1 when we got there. So she dropped us off and went back home. (only to have to come back at the end of the game) We have a great daughter! Fortunately, neither her ride back home nor picking us up and returning again were that bad. The lack of Red line service sure did mess up traffic. We were, however, able to do some sightseeing as we crawled along. We saw the back of the White House, the Capital, Washington Monument and lots of other famous buildings.

It is common for the Red Sox to draw lots of fans on the road. I would guess it was about 50-50. Certainly by the noise maybe more or maybe Red Sox fans are just louder. Up to the 7th inning the score was very close. Then the Sox got to former Sox pitcher, Julian Tavares. Tavares is one of my favorite former pitchers. A really likable character. The final score was 11-3.

The attendance was a record for the Nationals (only to be broken in each of the next two games in the series)

We had great seats in the President's Club. Between home plate and the Red Sox dugout. And right below us was Massachusetts Senator John Kerry. White shirt and full head of gray hair. We watched as he talked with many people who came by to say hello.

The National's Park is really nice. There are lots of things going on. So much so, it is sometimes hard to watch the game. The score board is huge and it takes several innings to find all the information available.

I guess you can tell that we had a good time. The Sox won the game on Wednesday before another record crowd. They lost on Thursday, again to another record crowd. The National's owners really like to have the Red Sox and other good teams come to town, except for the fact that they are having a loosing season.

When we were leaving the park, being on the third level, all down elevators were full coming down. One of the employees directed us to get on when the elevator stopped going up and come back down. So we pushed to the back and went up. More got on at each level until we reached the top. Then two more squeezed on. We recognized them, Don Orsillo and Dave Roberts. They were doing the play by play for NESN (New England Sports Network) The Boston broadcasters.
Fun to see them in person. They often talk about how they quickly get out of the ball parks to head home after the games. Dave Roberts made "The Steal" in the 9th inning of Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees. The Sox went on to win the ALCS and the World Series. First since 1918. They made their quick exit before we could see any more of them.

So, off we went to meet our daughter and go home (local home) after another great day.


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Monday, June 22, 2009

Amtrak trip from Boston to DC

Monday, we took my grandson off to his last day of school. Then my daughter dropped us off at the railroad station and we were off to visit our oldest daughter near Washington, DC. The trip was very relaxing and seemed to go by quickly even though we were a half hour late. The ride along the NE corridor from Boston, MA to DC is fun to watch. The shore line in CT is full of moored sail boats, marshes, bridges and other picturesque views.

As you get close to NY City the landscape changes to buildings both industrial and residential. You do no get to see the skyline of the city as you go under it mostly. I took lots of pictures along the way.

Next big city was Philadelphia. We used to live in Downingtown, PA. Way back in the late 60's we went into Philadelphia on the 4th oh July. At that time, on the 4th, they opened the elevator so you could go up in Wm Penn's statue on top of City Hall. At that time, they did not allow any buildings to be taller than Wm Penn's statue. Boy has that changed! I wanted to get a picture of the statue because it certainly has been dwarfed! Taking a picture from a moving train is fun at best and this was a challenge. Trees got in the way, buildings got in the way of our view of the Philadelphia skyline. So I took lots of pictures. I think I got at least one of Wm Penn, small though he may be now.

If you look very closely, you can see City Hall with the statue of Wm Penn on the top on the very left of all the buildings.

The second part of this story is that soon after we went up, they no longer allowed anyone to go up in the tower. Probably because they had to take several "runs" to get all the way up to the top floor. It included asking several people to get off. My husband was one who climbed up to the floor above to allow the elevator to come up all the way. The view was great, however! But we were not surprised when they stopped.

Next came Baltimore and the next contestants for the Super Nanny show boarded. Enough said, you can fill in the blanks for yourself.

My daughter was waiting for us as we entered the main part of the station in DC. Then we had to find her car. Up one set of escalators, then another set that looked like it was going up to the sky. That was not the case as there was another set of equal height. Yep, we were on the top floor.

It was then that we found out that one Red Line Metro train had rear ended another train several hours before. The result was an extra mess in normal rush hour traffic. Many people were walking. Long story short, it took us a long time to get to our daughter's house. We eventually found out that 9 people were killed in the accident and has messed up DC's traffic for several days while the NTSB investigates the accident.

We then had a nice dinner, talked and caught up on the family news and off to bed.


One hander jokes and other funnies.

Every family has their favorite jokes. Many in our family involve Mom.
"She can pick up soap with her toes", cutting the cake story, Reader's Digest - Page 35, ha ha etc.

Well, I've been gathering a chapter with one handed funnies. Not really jokes but funny things (at least I think they are funny)

I was eating my breakfast this morning and thinking about my shower I just had. That is an experience! For some reason I remembered the joke about two miners who came out of the mine, one with a dirty face. The question is "Which one goes and washes his face?" Answer the one with the clean face.

That made me wonder, if you can only use your right hand, which arm isn't very clean? Got the answer?

Why are my eye glasses so dirty? It is as hard as washing your hands.

How many "odd" features have you found on your computer by typing one handed? I have lots because I typed incorrectly and didn't have the foggiest idea what you really typed. Now if I knew what I typed, I might have learned something.

Why did the one handed person cross the road? To get to the second hand shop.

How do you get a one handed blonde out of a tree? Wave.

However, this morning my grandson offered the best one. Actually, he cracked himself up. My daughter came inside laughing too. She explained she told him to come inside and ask Grandma and Grandpa if we would like to go to Ikea for lunch. That is one of their favorite places. They have a fun place to play with an area full of balls where you can run and jump in the middle of all the balls. One of the best things about Ikea.

Well, what cracked him up: "Can Grandma play in the balls with her splint?" Apparently the mental picture was very funny to him. Actually, I started to laugh too.

I admit, this is one of those "you have to be there" jokes. However, it made my day!

Now we are off to DC on the train so we can see the Red Sox play the Nationals on my husband's birthday. Go Sox!


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Friday, June 19, 2009

Adjustable necklace

We are going to visit my daughter in MD next week. It is a combined visit and chance to see the Red Sox play the Nationals on my husband's birthday. Nice present, huh? Fortunately, I can go too. We are figuring Wakefield will be the pitcher. That would be great. He is doing very well this year.

Anyhow, I'm starting to think about things to wear there. One of my one-handed problems is putting on my jewelry. Necklaces and bracelets especially. Then I remembered the adjustable necklaces I made last fall. Problem solved!

Here is one of my favorites. I call it Cappachino. I love the swirls.

Now, I'll have to work on some bracelets. I've stayed away from magnet clasps on bracelets since I found one I had lost in the freezer.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Key Holder

I would have included a picture of Dora the Explorer saying "I did it!" if I wasn't worried about copyright problems.

While watching the procedure wasn't pretty, I made some jewelry today. Well, nothing intricate. In fact I only opened and closed one jump ring. The jump ring isn't even closed well but it is closed. I don't think I would do more than one this way. The result is pretty.

Auntie's Beads newsletter had a cute idea this week. They showed pieces for making a key holder that keeps your keys from getting lost at the bottom of your purse. Inspirational. I think I would have liked it even if it wasn't so simple to make that you can almost make it with one hand. The heart pendant hangs outside your purse and the keys stay safely in the inside of the purse.

Oh, yes, my husband had to put the keys on the ring.


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Monday, June 15, 2009

Saturday, seven of the South Shore Beaders gathered to have a demo on making some copper earrings. Of course the techniques apply to many other ideas. That's part of the fun. Ann, our teacher, as with all of our gatherings had a hard time getting our attention. But she persevered and we behaved. We watched as she punched out a circle from a copper sheet with a metal punch. (We quickly learned that this technique required many tools and new equipment.)

Then she made small holes in the circle for attaching jump rings and other adornments.

Next came using a steel dapping block and a dapping punch set to transform the copper circle into a dome shaped circle. Of course, a hammer was involved. Ann instructed us in the fine art of forming the dome with out ruining the copper.

Then came the fun and somewhat scary for first timers, using a torch. We talked a bit about safety and different types of torches plus how to turn it on and off. (An important part of the instruction.)

Ann then pulled out her other fun pieces of equipment. Steel Bench Block, Annealing Pans with Pumice, high heat block and cross-locking tweezers. We frantically started writing a wish list and thought about up coming birthdays etc.

With the torch, Ann transformed the copper color into a salmon, orange, pink, black mix of colors. She told us how much heat to use and all that important stuff. The transformation was fun to watch. She then quenched the hot disk. Then the oo's and ah's and planning in our minds of the next steps.

All in all it was another fun gathering of our group complete with plans and ideas for more.


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Friday, June 12, 2009

South Shore Beaders and coping

My wrist is getting better but now I'm getting impatient with the things I still can't do.

Wednesday, we had our monthly gathering of the South Shore Beaders. With the usual show and tell, I got a little jealous. New PMC pieces, new fused glass etc. We still had lots of fun and sharing.

Saturday one of our group members is giving a demo on coloring copper with heat. I can do that since it is a demo. That will be lots of fun.

I've been doing some changes on my web site too. (something I can do) On my Facebook (Bev Carlson) and Twitter (Bevsjewelry) pages I've offered a discount for finding a new feature I've added.

Send me an email to bev@bevsjewelry.com letting me know the new feature and I'll send you a code giving you 10% off of any purchase. (Combine it with the May/June specials for 30% off those items)

Have a nice weekend everyone!


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Monday, June 8, 2009

Some new Chain Maille Tutorials

A Twitter friend, Elena Adams, has posted several beginning Chain Maille tutorials. I was impressed with the word instruction she added to the video. Many of her thoughts sounded similar to the techniques I like to teach.

Since I'm still typing with one hand, I asked her permission to feature two of her tutorials. (She said yes) Here they are:

It is in my future plans to make videos to add to my classes but I hope you enjoy these while I wait.


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Saturday, June 6, 2009

PSA: How to forward an e-mail

It has been a week since I tripped on a mat and fractured my left wrist. I'm feeling much better though I still have the splint on putting a crimp in my style.

I've been getting those forwarded emails again. You know, open one, open again, open again to get to the message. Plus enough email addresses to start a nice email list.
I posted this before but decided I would post it again. One handed, not able to make new jewelry and long blog posts. So, cut and pasted, here it is again.

I received a phone call last night from someone who I did not know. She said, "I'm sorry if this is a weird call." Well, it was and it wasn't a weird call. She told me that she grew up in the town where I live. (Not weird) but how she got my phone number was weird. She received an email from a friend that had been forwarded to her. My name, email and phone number was included in the email. She called me because she knew a Beverly from her high school (in my town) and wondered if it was me. Well, no, not me.

The point is my email and phone # (I put in in my signature for email) was transmitted with my information and about 100 others as the email was forwarded. Now, my son taught me how to forward email without all that information and that is what I do. However, many people (obviously) do not.

Yesterday, I received an email from a friend in Florida that basically summarizes the correct (and polite) way to forward emails. I thought I'd share it with you all. Feel free to send it on to others who could use the information.

You probably already know most of the following article, but you probably have some friends that do not.
A friend who is a computer expert received the following directly from a system administrator for a corporate system. It is an excellent message that ABSOLUTELY
applies to ALL of us who send e-mails.
Please read the short letter below, even if you're sure you already follow proper procedures.
Please share it with your email buddies!
Do you really know how to forward e-mails? Most of us DO NOT know how.
Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail? Do you hate it?
Every time you forward an e-mail, there is information left over from the people who got the message before you -- namely their e-mail addresses & names.
As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses builds, and builds, and builds, and all it takes is for some poor sap to get a virus, and his
or her computer can send that virus to every email address that has come across his computer. Or, someone can take all of those addresses and sell them
or send junk mail to them in the hopes that you will go to the site and he will make five cents for each hit. That's right, all of that inconvenience over
a nickel!
How do you stop it? Well, there are several easy steps:
(1) When you forward an e-mail, DELETE all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message (at the top). That's right, DELETE them. Highlight
them and delete them, backspace them, cut them, whatever you know how to. It only takes a second. You MUST click the 'Forward' button first and then
you will have full editing capabilities against the body and headers of the message. If you don't hit the forward button first you won't have full editing
functions . I particularly dislike having to scroll through 200 Email addresses before I get to the email.
(2) Whenever you send an e-mail to more than one person, do NOT use the 'To:' or 'Cc:' fields for adding e-mail addresses.. Always use the BCC: (blind carbon
copy) field for listing the e-mail addresses. This is the way the people you send to will only see their own e-mail address.
If you don't see your 'BCC:' option click on where it says To: and your address list will appear. Highlight the address and choose BCC: and that's it, it's
that easy. When you send to BCC: your message will automatically say 'Undisclosed Recipients' in the 'TO:' field of the people who receive it.
That way you aren't sharing all those addresses with every Tom, Dick or Harry.
(3) Remove any 'FW:' in the subject line. You can re-name the subject if you wish or even fix spelling.
This one is very important - please read and heed
(4) ALWAYS hit your Forward button from the actual e-mail you are reading. Ever get those e-mails that you have to open 10 pages to read the one page with
the information on it? By Forwarding from the actual page you wish someone to view, you stop them from having to open many e-mails just to see what you
sent. These are the ones that often end up having picked up a virus from somebody. This is really important!
(5) Have you ever gotten an email that is a petition? It states a position and asks you to add your name and address and to forward it to 10 or 15 people
or your entire address book. The email can be forwarded on and on and can collect thousands of names and email addresses.
A FACT: The completed petition is actually worth a couple of bucks to a professional spammer because of the wealth of valid names and email addresses contained
therein. If you want to support the petition, send it as your own personal letter to the intended recipient. Your position may carry more weight as a personal
letter than a laundry list of names and email address on a petition. (Actually, if you think about it, who's supposed to send the petition in to whatever
cause it supports? And don't believe the ones that say that the email is being traced, it just isn't so!)
(6) One of the main ones I hate is the ones that say that something like, 'Send this email to 10 people and you'll see something great run across your screen.'
Or, sometimes they'll just tease you by saying something really cute will happen.
IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN!!!!! (Trust me, I'm still seeing some of the same ones that I waited on 10 years ago!) I don't let the bad luck ones scare me either,
they get trashed. (Could this be why I haven't won the lottery??)
(7) Before you forward an Amber Alert, or a Virus Alert, or some of the other ones floating around nowadays, check them out before you forward them. Most
of them are junk mail that's been circling the net for Years!
Just about everything you receive in an email that is in question can be checked out at "Snopes" or "Truth or Fiction". Just go to
It's really easy to find out if it's real or not. If it's not, please don't pass it on.
So please, in the future, let's stop the junk mail and the viruses.
Finally, here's an idea!!! Let's send this to everyone we know (but strip my address off first, please).
This is something that SHOULD be forwarded.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

For Richer for Poorer in Sickness and Health - Part 2

(Be sure to read part 1 from yesterday)

Monday morning came with repeating the process of getting up, not getting dressed and the procession of DH helping me down stairs and serving me breakfast in my favorite chair. Cereal and OJ. Then I got the message from the Urgent care doctor that the radiologist had read the x-ray and found a fracture and I needed to call for an appointment with an orthopedist. In Sickness and Health ...

So, I called my Primary Care doctor and after several transfers, I had an appointment for 11:45 AM.

Now, that meant I had to get dressed. I immediately decided that one piece of clothing would be eliminated. With DH's help I got dressed. Hardest part was choosing appropriate articles of clothing. Short sleeve pull over shirt (loose sleeve too) Then, I had a brilliant idea. Elastic waist pants. In Sickness and Health ...

Off we went to the doctor's office. Now if you ever want to feel better about what ever is wrong with you, visit the waiting room of an orthopedic surgeon! Nuf said...

Shortly, 45 minutes later, we went into the office. There were my x-rays. Bony fingers! My engagement and wedding rings showed up very clearly. At first, I thought the circle was around the fracture. Wrong spot.

The doctor came in, showed me the little line that was the fracture. He removed the splint I had on, looked at my hand and said,

"This bone is very soft and the fracture is really a 'nuisance' "


Translated: I didn't need surgery or a cast but a different splint. The new splint is more comfortable. So, $20 co-pay and two hours of our time later, we were back home. In Sickness and Health ...

I have a follow up appointment in 3 weeks. Today, my hand feels much better. Swelling is down and I've only had 2 Aspirin all day. Still hard to do things but a sure sign I'm feeling better, I called to make an appointment for a shampoo and hair cut.

Tomorrow, I'll work on something else I can do. With many thanks to my wonderful DH and In Sickness and Health ...


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Monday, June 1, 2009

For Richer, for Poorer in Sickness and Health

Saturday started out quietly enough with a great Quilt Show for Science with a Mission. They had 88 quilts, each one nicer than the other. A friend came with me and we stayed for a Swedish Luncheon. Then we came home to try to take some jewelry photos. My friend is a good photographer. So, with jewelry in my right hand, we went outside. An old mat was waiting for me and down I went right on my left hand. A few #$%*&@'s later with my friend asking if I was OK, I said, "yes". So, while I sat on the ground, she clicked away. However, the longer I sat, the more it hurt and the more it started to swell. Fast forward to Urgent Care where the doctor told me the x-rays looked as if nothing was broken but she would have the radiologist look them over Monday morning.

Have you tried to do things, regular things, with out the use of one hand? Little things like getting undressed? (I haven't asked my DH to undo my bra in awhile ;-) Also, opening your laptop? A pill bottle? My poor husband! In Sickness and Health ...

In the middle of the night: "Honey, are you awake?" I needed pain pills, new ice and a pillow to raise my hand up. You know, "R I C E" - Rest, ice, compression and elevation. Well, I had put the aspirin somewhere safe but where? He finally found them. Oh, yes then water. In Sickness and Health ...

In the morning, I decided not getting dressed was the best option. So, with help, I put on my robe and started down stairs.. Now, after one trip, I'm very careful not to do it again. Going up stairs was OK. I could hold on to the railing with my right hand. But going down stairs required my left hand. DH to the rescue again. He went down the stairs backward while I held on with my right hand. What a guy! Then he fixed my breakfast and went off to church with the rest of the family. I watched The Hour of Power. Good substitute. In Sickness and Health ...

The rest of Sunday was fairly calm and uneventful. I'll continue the Monday events tomorrow. My right hand is tired. Thank heavens for spell checkers and copy and paste!


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