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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

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Where To Begin?!!

It's winter.   
You would think a person would have time to hibernate!
Not that I couldn't use a couple months of burrowing in and resting up!
Thank you all so much for your kind comments and concerns over my recent medical emergency!
It's hard to believe that acid reflux can make you feel like you're having a heart attack.
So far treatment with a pepcid and watching the spicy foods, of which I rarely eat anyway, has 
seemed to help the symptoms.
But am I doomed to a lifetime of drinking water and eating yogurt and bananas!
I sure hope not.

I've not had much time to hook or come up with any new designs. 
Hopefully after my taxes are done ( I should be starting them this very moment but I've been putting it off in favor of playing in my wool.
Since inventory is part of taxes I can play in the wool while counting!

These little wool applique winter lovers are from a pattern by Cheri Payne called Country Seasons!
I stitched them a couple of years ago!
But every winter they make me smile!

So... where to begin!
I think I'll pour myself a cup of hot water and clear off the dining room table.
Make way for the reciept books, papers and ledgers.
The old fashioned way I do taxes 
is much like the way I do 
a lot of things.

Cathy G


  1. Dear Cathy, Im glad you got some relief from acid reflux. I had no idea tah Acid reflux could mimic a heart attack.

    Those wintery wool appliqués are just so beautiful and your wool shelves are real eye candy for wool addicts. I love those soft earthy colors and those penny appliqués are exquisite.

    My husband is entering all the thousands transactions in the computer program for the farm. I do all the other paper work through the year and he finishes off. Our corporate farm taxes are so difficult they are handed over to our accountant. I detest taxes worst than winter.

    Stay safe and warm.

  2. Love that wool applique...so CUTE!!!!!!

  3. Beautiful winter designs !
    Yes, tax time. Ugh.

  4. Each picture is more beautiful than the next! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Blessings, Patti

  5. I love that cupboard of neutral wools and the penny/star mat is gorgeous.
    Happy New Year!

  6. I hope your feeling better Cathy! I too eat yoqurt, bananas and lots of water.. i love to eat and being in the military i learned to cook all kinds of dishes. Hard when your body doesnt want ya to do that so much anymore.. i have been hooking the last few nights before i start soap making again for the summer markets. I love it! Evin been cutting noodles! Enjoy your evening! Love love your studio! Want to come visit!

  7. Oh Cathy can you show us more of your Winter Chill Cheri block? Love it! Mine is half done waiting for an inspiration to finish this fun block. Happy New Year!

  8. I love your piece. I hate taxes I am having husband work on ours.

  9. Acid reflux is scary: hubs has it and both he and the docs thought he was having a heart attach. Your wool appliqué is beautiful!

  10. It is miserable, my husband has dealt with this a long time.
    No eating late in the evening, raise the head of your bed, only have very small meals, chew slowly, no greasy spicy foods, no chocolate, no caffeine, no soda, and watch your carbs, because the sugar is difficult to process, and raises your insulin resistance.

    Hope this year will be a very good one for you, and that you have lovely times of creativity!

  11. So glad you had that checked out! I'm on the bandwagon of tax stuff, too. I don't like it one little bit! Love all your wooly stitches makes me want to make every one of them... Have a wonderful week. Ginger

  12. What a perfect quilt to have on display this time of year!

    I've been trying to go back through your posts to see the pictures you once shared of your studio, but I'm not having any luck. Can you please point me in the right direction? I need some inspiration! :)

  13. I absolutely LOVE this pattern! I can relate to the reflux--in fact I have just gotten off Prilosec after taking it for 15 years! I tried several times to wean off since abruptly stopping causes a rebound effect, but always went back on it. After learning how high my triglycerides were and having heart disease in my family, I decided I would lose some weight and get OFF Prilosec. 3+ weeks and doing pretty good now! I found that starches like crackers, cookies, chips made it worse! So I have eliminated white flour and most sugar from my diet. I have been having 1 or 2 slices a day of Ezekial Sesame bread - I keep it in the freezer, take out a slice, microwave it for 14 seconds, and then toast it! So good! I will have it with an egg or my youngest daughter told me to put avacado and hot sauce or salsa on it and top it with an egg--really GOOD! For snacks, apples slices with a couple spoons peanut butter. My husband and I have been having salads, avocado, boiled eggs, lean meat, fish, chicken. I am beginning to wonder if milk might be part of my issue. Before I would often have cereal/milk in the morning. I would have terrible bloating, cramps, and terrible reflux--I am thinking maybe I am lactose intolerant! Anyway, those issues have disappeared and if I occasionally feel a little queasy, I take a tums. Morning coffee which I love was the worse. I found if I take a Pepcid first thing when I get up and take dogs out, get ready before I make my coffee, I can enjoy a cup. We have also been making protein shakes once a day as a meal replacement with half a banana, chia seeds- a whey protein powder which is 100 calories, I add cracked ice and water or almond milk--apparently most lactose is removed, even though it is whey. I never consume soy! We also put a couple of bricks under the head of the bed. This is just trial and error for me. Trying to keep meals smaller, lighter.


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