Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hi everyone,

Here's another report from your substitute blogger, Tom, Ellen's DH.

Ellen is a little better now, but she actually went downhill a bit after my last report to you. But now she's been able to greatly reduce the pain medication and is often in a better mood ☺. She hadn't been going anywhere except to physical therapy until Monday evening when she felt good enough to go out to dinner. August is the last month without a letter R until next May, so soft shell crabs will soon disappear from the restaurants (except for any in the freezer). Those of you who have dined with Ellen anywhere near the Atlantic coast will know her affection for these delights when they are prepared well. One of the best restaurants she has visited for soft shell crabs is here in Cincinnati. Bad back? What bad back? Let's go!

Ellen was able to sit long enough for her crabs, but she is really uncomfortable sitting at the computer or sitting to stitch, so there's been very little stitching in the Chester household for the last week or two. She thinks she'll feel better faster as soon as she can start stitching again. She has practiced stitch therapy for years.

In the meantime, we've managed to keep working on several new products--Mrs. Waddelow's Needlework Basket (we put a tease picture in the blog several weeks ago--did you catch it?); With a Pleasant Thought, a new sampler using The Gentle Art wool threads; and a new hornbook project that hasn't been named yet. The wooden hornbooks that will be included in the package with the new hornbook charts arrived here today. Ellen was excited to get them! I think we'll be able to distribute these new products in a few weeks if Ellen continues to improve.

Thanks for all your lovely comments. They have really brightened Ellen's days. Hopefully she can write the next blog entry herself in another few days.

12 comments:

Ine M said...

Thank you Tom for letting us know.
Best wishes for Ellen. I'll send a little sunshine to you even with the R in the month soon.

Patti said...

Thanks Tom for using your blogging prowess. I wish Ellen better and will email her tomorrow - too late now - I should have been in bed an hour ago.

Lots and Lots of Love
Patti xxx

Denise said...

Thanks, Tom for keeping us up to date!
By the way, have you thought about having a blog yourself? You're quite good at it!
Best wishes to Ellen and her back! I can sympathize with her.
Wishing you both sunny days ahead...

becki said...

Thank you Tom for keeping up updated on how Ellen is feeling. You write a nice blog post!! Thanks again and get well soon Ellen.

Mare said...

Sending Ellen get well wishes! I always look forward to seeing all of your new designs!

Sheila said...

Tom: thanks for keeping us updated, but sorry to hear Ellen is taking a bit longer than expected to recover.
Ellen: Get Better Soon!!!!

Margaret said...

Thanks, Tom! I hope Ellen is continuing to improve. I love soft shell crabs as well! Yum! Can't wait to see the new designs!

Sandye said...

Hope you feel better soon Ellen! I guess I'd better hop to it if I am going to finish your hornbook I currently have in rotation before the new one comes out. I just love your hornbooks!

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Natalia said...

Tom, thanks so much for the update... You are doing a great job blogging :-). Ellen, I hope you feel much better soon !! I bet you are looking forward to being yourself again. Best wishes for a quick and healthy recovery.

Sherry said...

Thanks, Tom for keeping us up-to-date on Ellen - boy, I think crab dinner could improve my mood and back, that's for sure. Without stitching, she must be going nuts! Get better soon, Ellen!

gilligan said...

Tom you are a gem to keep us stitcher's updated on Ellen's recovery. We miss her so much and hope her back pain will soon be a memory.

I'm looking at the positive side of month's with the letter "R". I will soon be able to make pumpkin pie again. Yum! JoAnn