Who is Orange Sink?
- Cathy G.
- Rice Lake, WI, United States
- My home town is Rice Lake, a small town in northern Wisconsin. I own Red House Wool Studio~ an in-home wool and rug hooking business. I enjoy collecting and decorating with antiques and primitives. Orange Sink Blog is a journal of my interests and ramblings about life. Cathy Greschner
Friday, November 27, 2009
These colors make me happy. There is a nostalgic feel about this little mat. It reminds me of old wool mittens, snowpants and those cute little plaid wool coats we all wore as kids in the 50's. Yes, the 1950's. Remember those? I must dig through my Mother's old photos and see if I can come up with some of those cute coat photos!
We are moving my Mom to an apartment in an elderly complex this weekend. I will come across the boxes of old photos. However there won't be much time to browse through them. We have lots to move and a few hours to do it. It is a bittersweet time for our family. Mom knows she has to make this move for her safety and well being. It's very tough. "The apartment's too small" she says. "Where will I put all my stuff?" I take a deep breath and softly say "Maybe this is only temporary." Maybe, but most likely not. "We'll see come spring. Let's just get through the winter and see how you like it. Maybe it will feel more like home."
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Every now and then she becomes obsessed. Last night was one of those times. It was raining, yes raining(November 22 in northern Wisconsin). Had it been snowing....yeowzer!, we'd have a foot of it on the ground today. Nope, it rained all night. I know because I was up all night hooking like an obsessed mad woman!
This rug was talking to me. The wool was whispering sweet songs of twinkling lights, pine scents and delicious reds and greens. How could I put it down and go to sleep. Just one more loop, one more row of "comforts of joy!".
Every now and then a rug I'm working on will talk to me. When it starts I best not turn a deaf ear. It doesn't happen that often. So I hook. Into the night and wee hours of the morning.
I'm looking at my little mat today and wanting to pick up the hook again. I want to fill in all the blank areas with red and stand back for a look. Will it talk to me again? Will it say "There ya go crazy woman! Was it worth it? Hooking all night like a nut!." I'll tell ya tomorrow.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Now the second chapter of the last few days. You didn't really think that would be the end of it did you!? Upon my arrival home, my dearest hubby met me at the door with his story. It seems Smokey, our diabetic dog was acting sick. We've been watching him the last few days because he was throwing up in the middle of the night but then seemed okay in the daytime. But right on cue, as soon as I left Thurs. he got much worse so Dave took him to the vet. To make this long story short(this blog would take two days to read otherwise) the vet diagnosed him with a partially ruptured disk on his upper back. With abrupt movements(this dog is usually just one big abrupt movement ) the pain was causing him to throw up and finally just slow down. Not wanting to eat(his biggest pleasure) and wimpering and putting his head down. Totally not Smokey. Doc even said when examining him that no, this wasn't Smokey. Doc had a treatment he wanted to try but since Smokey is diabetic he couldn't use it. The next best thing was Tramadol twice a day. And to take it easy and no more jumping off the bed! Upon my arrival home Sat. afternoon, I was led to our bedroom to see the giant plywood and carpeted ramp Dave built beside the bed. Not exactly a designer's choice when it comes to bedroom decor, but he did make it so I could fold it down. He even put little wheels on it to make it easier to slide under the bed for storage. What a handy man I have. Also the best when it comes to caring for our two furry boys.
So we are carrying on here. Taking it one day at a time. Oh, I finished those hooked mittens! That was before the phone rang on Thurs. I actually had a few days to hook! LOL What more could I ask for~!~
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
video is probably geared for humans but I think it is interesting. I didn't know there was an international symbol for diabetes.
Lisa, when you see this......it's dedicated to you.
Please click on the link below to watch the video
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
The weather was absolutely gorgeous around here this weekend. Not your typical first week in November weather. In the 60's and sunny, that is until we decided to take a drive to a remote area known as the Blue Hills. The sun took a dive under the clouds and stayed there all afternoon. No matter, it didn't spoil the beautiful scenery and quietness of the wilderness. I'll leave you with some photos of our little jaunt.(and please please click on the photos for the enlarged view!)
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
> Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS,DRM,DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid
> specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years. He has worked
> in institutions like Hinduja Hospital , Bombay Hospital , Saifee
> Hospital , Tata Memorial etc. Presently, he is heading our Nuclear
> Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and
> Critical Centre, Malad (W).
> The following message given by him.
> The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In
> a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming
> into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is
> not so much of a problem as proliferation is.
> While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1
> infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms,
> and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not
> fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced
> (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):
> 1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official
> 2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to
> touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).
> 3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you
> don't trust salt). H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the
> throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms.
> Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt
> water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an
> infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful
> preventative method.
> 4. Similar to 3 above, clean your nostrils at least once every
> day with warm salt water . Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or
> Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but blowing
> the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds
> dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral
> Neti pots and sinus rinse kits are available at the drug store
> and relatively inexpensive..under $15.
> 5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in
> Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). If you have to supplement with
> Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.
> 6. Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can.
> Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the
> reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat
> into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.
> I suggest you pass this on to your entire e-list. You never
> know who might pay attention to it -- and STAY ALIVE because of it.
Monday, November 2, 2009
I'm not real crazy about the colors of the background wool that came with the kit. As you can see they are teal and blue. Beautiful colors but I just don't like it with the colors in the circles. So.....I am faced with a choice. What direction do I go with the background here. I've been holding everthing from black to grey, cream, lime green(the color of the fleece lining), a soft mauve pink. I've changed my mind at least twenty times already. I have to decide something pretty soon as I get real impatient to finish something when I finally get started. I hook all night sometimes like a crazy woman. Lately though, with all the care giver duties and stuff going on with my Mom I have been so dead tired at night I can't stay awake.
We have Dr. appointments this afternoon and I need to grocery shop so I will have to wait to get back out in the studio until later.
Speaking of the studio, Dave and two of our best buds installed electric baseboard heaters out there last weekend. So far I have been keeping real toasty. We will have to see how well they work when the temperature falls below zero this winter! The pic above is of the fellows, cute as heck don't you think? Dave is on the left, Dann and Mike (from PA.) Thanks guys..........
On a side note: Kim from Cabin Creek Farm asked about the little white resin Jol in the photo with my White Jol Hooked Mat. I bought several of them last year at a country shop we have near here. I have been trying to find the company that makes them online, but no luck yet. They are the best looking little things I've found and use them throughout the house. If anyone knows the company that makes these let us know. It would be fun to offer them for sale on my selling blog (just a thought).
Sunday, November 1, 2009
There I go changing the look of my blog again.....Why you ask? I guess because it's just too fun! So please bear with me until I find something I think will do......for now.