I found out yesterday, it's my back and not my hip. Have to go to PT. She gave me some vicaden for the really bad days and I'm supposed to take Ibuprophen and Aleve on a regular basis. I will only take the vicaden if I can't sleep at night.
3" scars are really impressive! I'm happy to hear that the replacements are working for you.
The African Motif is also on Ravelry. I'm using my own color scheme, but the pattern is Heidi Bear's. It's a motif you can use for a purse, a pot holder, an afghan, whatever.
I'm sewing them together - I'm about half way through. Then will need to do the border. My friends b-day is today, so I need to get busy and finish it. I won't see her until next Friday and hope to have it finished by then.
How's yours coming along?
I had both hips done in 2003 (left in Jan. and right in Nov.) and I really waited much too long to have the first one done--needed a cane to walk and was in constant pain, couldn't sleep, etc. Having the replacement was the best thing I ever did for myself so I did not wait for the second to get that bad. Mine are ceramic and titanium--should last lots longer than metal and plastic ones and I am allowed to do anything except running sports--like there's a chance of that anyway. With both of them, I went into the hospital on Monday morning and was home for lunch on Wednesday, no physical therapy, just exercises at home, walked with half weight the day of surgery. I have 3 inch scars that you have to hunt to see--the miracles of modern medicine!!!!
I have both ends of my blanket rolled and am working on seaming the middle. My DH always asks how many more I have to do and I always tell him that I don't know because I refuse to count--too depressing--I just sew one section at a time and suddenly it is finished--surprise!!!!!
Good luck with your painting--like you, I want to do it myself. With a year, you have lots of time to convince DH that you can do it your way and plenty of time to choose just the perfect colors.
I am working on another OLD project with granny squares--will post a pic soon. Did you create your own pattern for your African motifs? I really love them. Keep stitching (and tucking)!!!!