Crazy as a Loom

Friday, August 16, 2013

MRI GIVEAWAY

OK, that was a little tongue in cheek, but seriously,  don't we need a giveaway????
 The towels are just about off the loom...........it will happen tomorrow morning if all goes well.
So I think a TOWEL would be a splendid giveaway, don't you??

And all you have to do is be a follower, and comment.
Geesh.  Easy Peasy.


I so appreciate all your support, it just makes me sit up and take notice.  There's no room in my life for feeling sorry for myself, as much as lately it has occurred to me.
This is no doubt a bump in the road, a slipped stitch, a missed thread.
And it's ok.  It already IS.  There is not one bit of grumbling that will change it.

I guess I thought I would live out my later years with looms and cats, and long walks with my dog.
I anticipated BORING, but in a beautiful uncomplicated, simplistic way.
But just like someone driving the wrong way on a busy highway, no one really expects it.
Suddenly, it's there.
That's my life.  Derailed, as it were.
Headaches, surgeries, recoveries.  Then do it all over again.
And maybe again.



I have thought that maybe I could drug myself to the point that I didn't care if I had a cement block on my face, but then I decided that my weaving might not be what I want it to be, so I threw that idea out.
Then I thought maybe I could use MIND CONTROL to get through it.  I am still working on that one.
I can't even think about having NO PAIN to begin with.  What a concept that would be.

The other side of this is my lack of tolerance for all things ridiculous, you know those things that would normally not even make you blink.  I don't have any space in my head for them.   I simply go away mentally and emotionally.  Can't handle them, don't want to, actually refuse to.
I guess that's my coping mechanism right now.
But I dream of driving away.  Is that so bad????



One thing that helps...........mindless weaving........maybe that is why I am so in love with the AVL.........two treadles, no thinking....just the rhythmic cycling of the dobby,  throwing the shuttle, and watching the pattern take shape before my eyes.  Oh, my head still hurts, but I go to my happy, happy, happy place, and that monster that keeps returning to me like a bad penny just doesn't have so much hold over me.


Could I weave 24/7 perhaps???  Now that's an idea. I will draw the name for the towel on Monday night, August 19th.




62 comments:

Nancy Garden said...

Love your musical loom....

The Cat Guy said...

I still hold out hope that something will be found to provide you relief. That loom might be easy to operate but setting it up looks like it would be quite the challenge!!

I'm ready to win one of those amazing towels!!

Cait Throop said...

Ooooo I LOVE your towels, Hilary! And yay! I got to see your loom in action! Geez, though, that headache of yours. Thinking of you.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

I would love to have one of your towels, or heck, anything that you've made. WTH does the doctor say this time around? Ay yi yi, you deserve to drive away, get in your kayak, and just peacefully paddle around to your heart's content.

Shuttle, Hook and Needle said...

Love the sound of a loom. I've been considering taking the computer dobby off of my loom and putting the manual one on. Your video may just have made up my mind. Towels are wonderful.
As I have said before - damn headache.

Linda D said...

I cringe at your headaches, and keep hoping someone will hit the magic button to make the pain go away. As for a towel of yours? Something I can drool over and aspire to? Be still my heart!

Deb said...

Hilary, you are an inspiration, I tell ya. I'd like to kick that headache to the curb. I am so happy your looms give you such pleasure and can take your mind off of HH. I think you should spend as much time as you can doing all those things you love. Summer will be over before we know it so get out in that kayak or hike with Roy. Oooo...love the towel. Hugs

messymimi said...

Praying, still and always, that there is a solution, and that it will come to you soon.

Country Gal said...

I pray they find a way to give you relief of the pain . Oh I could hum a tune to the sound of that loom . Thanks for sharing your beautiful work !

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Theresa said...

Oh Hilary! I do wish the second surgery had provided more relief for you. Thank god for weaving, Roy, the beautiful cats,family and yes, for gawd awful tests that might eventually lead to being permanently pain free. Fingers crossed girl. I don't comment often but that doesn't mean I don't read and say a prayer or two for you regularly.

claudia said...

I follow you...I think I have since I discovered you! And...I will never stop!
Love you Hilary, and I wish all the best for you!

Melissa G. said...

Did not mean to delete my last post :(

Love your loom video, such beautiful music. Someday hope to own a dobby :)

Missy

Gayle said...

Always have you in my best healing thoughts. Your towels are just beautiful. I LOOOOOVE your kitty photos. How is our RoyBoy?
{{{}}}

Charlotte Owendyk said...

My heart goes out to you...there is so much on your plate with your headaches and heartache for your mother.

Please know that there are many that are praying that you will have lots of "boring" days doing what you want to do.

To have a passion is a wonderful thing. I thank my lucky stars that I found mine because I know that not everyone is so fortunate.

Bibi said...

Your refuse to accept anything but the best that can be, Hilary......you truly are an inspiration as you face the next hurdle.

( you're a true, tough, north country gal; I should know...grew up in Plattsburgh)

Ellie said...

I like the idea of "driving away" like Parnassus on Wheels--spreading the passion--in the back of the truck, or maybe a flat-bed, AVL clacking away, weaving non-stop, looking backwards at where you've been, looking ahead to whatever, a foot in both worlds.
Ellie

Deanna said...

I would love one of your towels. I enjoy reading about the long walks and the weaving and I pray for the headache to recede.

joyceetta said...

Those towels are lovely. I would be honored to own one.

isabel said...

I love towels! :) And your blog.

Linda said...

my best friend and I have a mantra ~ "someday when this is all over we will go to Cape Cod and then we'll go back again for a month." I hope it comes true.

Linda said...

my best friend and I have a mantra ~ "someday when this is all over we will go to Cape Cod and then we'll go back again for a month." I hope it comes true. Hope you wake up one day soon sans headache!

Sue Brown said...

Looks like red is next! Let me know what day you wind the warp on I want to watch!!

Mrs. Turkey said...

Love your towels.....and so sorry you still have a headache. What you need is some Maine air!

Mrs. Turkey said...

Love your towels.....and so sorry you still have a headache. What you need is some Maine air!

Karen said...



So what was the verdict after this MRI? Seems almost unfathomable that they can't come up with the right mix of whatever to get rid of this thing, seriously!!! Is there anyone else in their case files who has suffered similar???.....

Sending up a prayer to the powers of the universe that you know a painfree day, and another and another... very soon.

Hartwood Roses said...

When you said "drive away", it reminded me of something. There was a time when things here were unbearably, uncontrollably stressful. I had days when escape seemed like a viable option ... so I would visualize how much gas I had in my car and try to calculate how far I could and where I would go get before anyone noticed I was gone. It was a nice thought at the time, but it would never have solved my situation.

For you, you ARE weaving and taking long walks with your dog, and you have friends and family that surround you. Focus on the positive when you can, but don't forget to wallow in the negative from time to time ... it helps keep everything in perspective, and you appreciate things a bit more afterward.

Casey said...

Ah, dishtowels! I belong to a weaving study group and this year, the other members decided we'd work on crackle weave dishtowels. Good for them, they are experienced and talented weavers. Not so good for me, a self-taught beginner who didn't know how to read a draft and had never threaded anything but substantial yarns in easy 1,2 patterns. I learned! Oh, how I learned! My dishtowels aren't nearly as artistic as everyone else's, but I now know how to read a weaving draft and I threaded (correctly!) every one of 200 + warps threads. To me, it was invaluable. Will I ever make another dishtowel? Never say never! But hey, I did it, and I'm mighty proud of myself!

connie.laux@roadrunner.com

mray said...

Wishing calm days ahead for you with music, weaving and walks being free of headaches forever! You are one remarkable lady.

rosek1870 said...

Hang in there my dear! I pray there is a light at the end of the tunnel for you. Thank you for posting the weaving video. I can see why you find it so calming. That is how I feel about my cross stitch. When I am really stressed or my arthritis is really hurting I like to do a cross stitch that is only one color (I think kind of like your simpler loom.) It is kind of mindless and calming and I can almost feel the stress leave me.Keep weaving as that is a part of you like your right arm! I pray the dr. can find some explanation for your pain and can help provide some relief.
Your towels are beautiful (as is everything you weave and I would be proud to own one. thank you for such a generous give-a-way.

Ellen Norman said...

I love your towels.

Brenda said...

I have read your blog for a few years now, and I would LOVE to receive anything from your looms. Have faith---

Kelly Downey said...

You always inspire me so much. I am surrounding you in love! I know besides chickens in my future, there will have to be weaving!! Baby steps, just like with your pain, just baby steps...

Brenda said...

I have read your blog for a few years now, and I would LOVE to receive anything from your looms. Have faith---

thecrazysheeplady said...

Wonder if you could be hypnotized or something mind controll-ish like that?

Anna M. Branner said...

An AVL is definitely good medicine. I am still praying that a quick answer come up this time!

Rita said...

I admire you so much, but someone else should get the towel because, even though I read each of your posts, I don't comment very often. My support has been quiet and steady.

Faith Miller said...

Love, love, love the AVL loom and what you weave on it!

And I need to tell you that I have spent much more than I should have on chenille. I always have to have some twist on the usual and have a larger focus piece ( cut from a larger breadspread) surrounded by the little squares- so pretty, my 25 year old daughter just asked for one. It's all your fault!

I so admire all you do despite all that you are facing right now-

Faith

KAM said...

I hold you in the light of healing and freedom from pain. May 24/7 be yours in peaceful movement, weaving as much of that time as you desire.
Kristin

Jane Jones said...

The dish towels are gorgeous. As for the other as you so often say One Day At A Time.

Joanna said...

I love the video! I would enjoy having it on an endless loop, just to listen to that soothing click-clack.

Shiralyn said...

I really admire your strength. I think I would hide my head under mt covers. Thank you for sharing all these steps in your life. I wish I had a magic wand but all I can do is just keep praying that the awful, horrible, terrible headache is finally terminated forever. Keep on going and try to enjoy you new baby upon its arrival.

Daryl said...

i love the towels i bought from you .. really the best i ever owned ... no exaggeration

Heather Paulding said...

What a beautiful, gracious, and heartwarming giveaway. Thank you for the chance!
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MarthaVA said...

More (((hugs))). It's all I can give and I know it's not enough. I do wish so much for you to be pain free and move on.
Martha

Rain said...

Oh I love ur video so much..... The importance of these little sounds in our lives..........years ago when I was critically ill...lapsing in and out of consciousness -- I was helped so much by the sound of my moms knitting needles as she sat quietly for hours in my hospital room..... It's my quiet safe place still......
Hugs across the miles Hilary......
Rain

aga said...

I've got migraines and I am aware what severe headache is, but at least my headaches sometimes are gone. I wish you some painless days so you can enjoy your life.

Joanie said...

Love your blog and your weaving. They are a bright spot in my day.

Susan said...

I love watching you weave...I could watch you 24/7:-D You're in my thoughts always, Hilary, XOXO

msvos said...

Hilary, your posts have provided inspiration for so many reas of my life. I am grateful to you for sharing with us. You have been in my prayers for years and will continue to be. Love this last batch of towels. Laurie

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

I know how wonderful your towels are... I like the pastels only because I need some lighter colors in my house. The kitchen is too dark.

Hope the head is listening to you today and taking your little talk to heart. xox

Tyche's Minder said...

I am awfully sorry your headache is back. :(

Carol from MN said...

I hope your life calms and settles into the rhythms of sitting at our looms.....

Debi said...

Beautiful towels! I love all of the colors!

Hilary said...

You will get through this. Breathe and weave. Breathe and weave.

imjustmk said...

I hope you're noggin gets itself situated. They can be such a pain (pun intended). The towels are beautiful, would love to win one! Thanks for the giveaway!

Marianna said...

Longtime lurker here.
I have been reading your blog for a long time. I am a wanna be weaver.
You give me inspiration.I would have crawled under the covers long ago and stayed there. Thank you for sharing this journey--hopefully one that will end soon.
Marianna

grace lovelace said...

love the towels
i would love to win a towel in the give away .....
thanks
grace

Tiger Grimshaw said...

Thanks for always being so honest. I love the towels and I think I might have fallen for your AVL loom.
The red towel would look great at my place.

Tiger Grimshaw said...

Pick me. Love the blog. I have my coffee with you every morning. Love the red! Want the loom.

Teresa said...

In case it isn't too late..... I will have a hard time choosing between the black and the red.
They are all beautiful.

Cupcake Murphy said...

Yay a giveaway! Sorry I missed it. :)

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