Wednesday, 25 November 2015

An approach to dealing with dental appointment anxiety

For some reason, over the years my dental appointment anxiety has increased.  Not that it matters why it started, but it's there and it was beginning to affect my dental health.  That means I was putting off dental work that needed to be done sooner than latter.

I spoke with my family doctor and with my dentist, and they both agreed that there is nothing unusual about having anxiety and that it can be easily dealt with.  I then sought out a friend of mine who deals with her own anxiety.  They all reached the same recommendation, tooth fairy dust or as it's more commonly known, anti-anxiety medication is an excellent option.  There is more than one type available and you must consult your health care professionals to select what will work for you.

   I arrived for my appointment half and hour early.  My dentist gave me a tiny blue pill to take.  Half and hour later, time to go sit in the big chair.  I had no trepidation what so ever.  I didn't flinch when it was freezing time.  I didn't care that he was drilling, I just turned up the volume on my audio device.

I reclined in that comfy chair, listened to my audio book and had the best appointment of my life.    I knew that he and his assistant were doing stuff, but it didn't concern me.  My filling was replaced and I was so so so relaxed.  Hubby then took me home and I slept the afternoon away.  I did find that I had to re-listen to my audiobook the next day as I couldn't recall what I had previously heard.

Honestly, it was the best decision I could have made.  The medication is fast acting, I was under supervision and it was safe.  I am happy.  No lingering effects the next day except for a calm feeling.

I wanted to share this story as I know there are many people who are foregoing appropriate medical care due to their anxiety.  Talk with your doctor, talk with your dentist.  There is help and tooth fairy dust available.

note: I have no medical qualifications

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Needlework Tuesday - A quilt top complete

Mostly  I stitch casually as a project, taking my time to enjoy the process and proceed at a most leisurely pace.  Then there are the times, when I sit at my machine and sew to a self imposed deadline.  That is exactly what I did last week.  I wanted to see progress and lots of it.

Firstly, I wanted to finish this quilt top.  There was so little to do but it was taking me forever.  Shop for fabric, never a hardship believe me. I thought I might go for blues, but I loved the rust coloured fabric with the lighter circles.  Beside it on the shelf was the lighter fabric with sprays of colourful leaves.  perfect.  The top measures about 64 inches on a side.  I have the backing fabric washed and ready to be measured and cut.  Next to scrounge around and find some batting and then I'm ready to machine quilt.

This will be for use in  our little camper .

These are the little churn dash blocks that have been hounding me for years.  My niece is not getting married, but I want to have this quilt ready just in case.  oh heck, I won't be able to wait once it's finished, I'll give it to her just because I love her.  I won't start the layout until the quilt show above it totally finished, and that includes the binding and label.  I'm going to discipline myself, at least for a few minutes and try to keep to the plan of finishing, finishing anything.

At my local quilt guild meeting last evening, I vowed out loud that I would bring a finished item for show and tell next year.  That's pretty good, it gives me 13 months to finish something.  I feel confident that I can accomplish that.  Who knows, perhaps I'll finish two quilted items. (don't hold your breath).

Needlework Tuesday is a regular weekly post where I share the progress of my various needlework projects over the past week. I enjoy the encouragement that I receive from my readers and in return visit their blogs and cheer them on with theirs. You are welcome to grab the cute little mouse and create your own Needlework Tuesday post. Leave a comment with a link and I'll be sure to visit with you.

Mister Linky is waiting below for a link to a post about  your finished or unfinished project.  See you next week.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Winner - Every Word by Ellie Marney

 Congratulations to Eileeen L. winner of a copy of Every Word by Ellie Marney.  Eileen won by following my blog using the GFC, Google Friends Connect, widget on the left side of my blog.

Thank-you to all who visited during the Every Word Blog tour.  


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Saturday, 21 November 2015

Outside: A Post-Apocalyptic Novel by Shalini Boland

I found this an enjoyable story.  It didn't focus so much on the mechanics of post-apocalyptic life as it did on Riley and Luc and how they live as a result.  They are both rather sheltered seventeen year olds and their naivety is shattered when Riley's younger sister is murdered within the guarded walls of their community.  These walled communities are a major step beyond the gated communities of today.   Even though they have both been trained in survival and defence skills,  once they leave the safety of the walls, they realise that they have no idea of what the world is really like.

Riley had big goals she expected to accomplish out in the world, which is so like a teen her age.  She knew what she wanted and saw no reason why she wouldn't accomplish it.  I did find it unbelievable that so many problems would find them one right after the other.  This set me up to expect that in each situation they would be defeated.  I wonder if that was the author's plan.

Running parallel to Riley's story, is that of Eleanor.  This is where we learn about the crash of British society.  At first I didn't connect this past with the present, but I continued to read and it became clearer.

This is a fast paced story with lots of action.  It also contained a number of plot twists that were pleasant surprises to me.  I prefer more about the struggle to survive.  This book dealt more with the coming of age of two teens  and the development of their relationship. 

At the time of writing, this ebook is free at some online retailers.

Cover image courtesy of author Shalini Boland.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Needlework Tuesday - Tortoise Quilting

 Some weeks I feel as though I haven't accomplished a thing.  I'll have spent hours stitching away, yet it feels as though I am no further along.  Then I reach that point where something changes, and voila, I notice the progress.  Oh how I love that moment.  It makes all that tedious work worth while.

One day I spent about two hours machine doing the button hole stitch around this flower.  I used cotton thread and a small stitch and worked very slowly.  I wanted to ensure that the straight edge of the stitch fell just off the edge of the flower. It is well worth taking the extra time to get the thread to lay exactly where I wanted without a gap between the thread and the flower that allows the background to peek through.

Next I added a two inch boarder.  The small floral is rather fun as opposed to using a plain or tone on tone fabric.

 The instructions then called to add half square triangles to two sides.   I used triangle paper to quickly sew them up.  If you are not familiar to the technique, visit the site Quilting and Whatnot for details as well as free pdf files of the printable paper.

The pattern I am using called for the rows of triangles along the top to be slanted the other direction.  That looked wrong to me so I changed them around and am very happy with them now.

I have now to sit and wait for my next local guild meeting when I will receive the next page of instructions.

It's been a lot of weeks, or more like months, since I started this quilt top.  Do you remember the four patch blocks.  I've now added the double tumbler boarder.  I used the Marti Michell template for easy cutting.  I am planning to make some tumbler quilts and wanted to see what they would look like in this orientation.  I really like the ones that are fat in them middle and narrow at the two ends. The dark red one just to the right of the centre on the top boarder is the look I want for a quilt.  But first, I need to add some single fabric boarders to bring this up in size.  It currently is 52 inches on a side. I'm thinking blues, but am not sure.

I don't really mind when a project takes me a long time to complete.  I enjoy the entire process, even when feels I'm not moving forward. Aarrg I remember when I had to make hundreds of french knots on a pillow  I never thought I would finish them.  I did, and the pillow still looks lovely.  After I have spent money for supplies, time planning and then many more hours sewing, I don't really mind spending a few more hours on the details.  They are what make my project mine and special to me.

Do you have a project that you've been working on for what seems like ages.  Whether it's one you are working on still, or one you've already finished, I'd love to hear about it, or better yet, add a link to a post about it on Mister Linky.

Needlework Tuesday is a regular weekly post where I share the progress of my various needlework projects over the past week. I enjoy the encouragement that I receive from my readers and in return visit their blogs and cheer them on with theirs. You are welcome to grab the cute little mouse and create your own Needlework Tuesday post. Leave a comment with a link and I'll be sure to visit with you.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Every Word by Ellie Marney

 Welcome to the first day of the Every Word Blog Tour.  All this week, you are invited to visit with more than twenty bloggers to read what they thought of Ellie Marney's new book Every Word, the second instalment in the continuing story of James Mycroft and Rachel Watts.   #WattsCroft

I loved this book.  If it weren't for family obligations, I would have read it through in one sitting.   Once I had this book in hand, I couldn't wait to find out what mystery would confront the inquisitive pair.  In their last book, Mycroft and Watts helped the Melbourne police solve the murder of their friend Dave.  Eight weeks have elapsed since that event and the duo are still trying to work out the kinks in their relationship, mainly that Rachel is effectively grounded from seeing James unsupervised.

Things come to a dramatic head when he learns of the death of Daniel Gardener, a rare book conservator, at a library in England, that had just lost an extremely valuable copy of a first edition folio of William Shakespeare's plays.  Mr. Gardener died in a car jacking that sounded suspiciously like the one in which James' parents lost their lives. Could these two incidents be connected.

From this point on, the story goes into overdrive and the plot progresses at a record pace.  Over the next week we learn about the true depth of their feelings and commitment to each other.  The two work so well together, like Holmes and Watson who inspired them.  They continue to compliment each others strengths.  I enjoyed seeing Rachel take more of a lead and carry out some investigations on her own.

This is a complex plot that is carefully revealed to the reader with lots of bits and pieces just waiting to be fit together.  I found it believable that Mycroft would have been asked to help in the investigation.  It was a bit harder to accept Rachel's determination to follow him, but it is true that if teenagers are anything, they are impulsive and seldom think through the consequences of their actions.

I was sad then this book ended. I really like the character of Mycroft and didn't want to leave him.  Author Ellie Marney has done a terrific job of developing these two characters and the groundwork has been laid for a successful continuing series.

I have previously posted my review of Every Breath, the first book in this series.

Thanks to Tundra Books for my review copy.

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Saturday, 14 November 2015

Savage Run 2 by E. J. Squires

After having enjoyed Savage Run 1, I was looking forward to spending more time with Heidi and Nicholas.  Unfortunately, this book was so short, that I was barely getting into the story and it was finished.  This should be marketed as a serialized novel.

The story picks up immediately where book one ends with no recap or reminders of what had already happened.  It can not be read and understood without having read the first installment.

While there is some good action, there is not enough to call it a book and to substantiate it's cost.  The entire story of the Savage Run should have been published as a single novel and not broken up into little bits.

Read my review of Savage Run 1

Cover image courtesy of author E. J. Squires