Trigger Finger!!

Have you ever had it? This is my second experience. The first was with the middle finger on the right hand. Eventually, I had surgery to correct it. It was very successful but it took AGES to get my fine motor control back- like over three years! Well, now the RING finger on my RIGHT hand is in trouble- BIG trouble. I have no grip at all and when I DO try to grip something- like the handle of my teapot- the finger locks in a tight curl and has to be unsnapped by hand! Ask me how much work I have done on my big Hosta piece??? Can you say NONE????Booo. I am SOOO upset. To make matters MUCH worse, my left wrist is now VERY sore . I must have sprained it slightly doing something- I know not what.

I have not touched anything to do with sewing. I am afraid all the tight pinching and hard gripping required to do my fibre art stuff is just NOT very doable and is likely the cause of the problem. To console myself, I have been taking a LOT of photos and posting some on Flickr.

The garden is OK this year. For so long we had cold weather and NO rain. It has suddenly become pretty hot and humid. SOME of the "humidity" has fallen as heavy rain so some flowers have been badly beaten down - e.g. peonies. ALWAYS when the peonies are at peak, the strong wind and heavy rain visit us. That is why I no longer try to grow delphiniums.

The crop of seed- TOTALLY absent last spring on the Siberian Elm trees (wretched things- NOT planted by us) is VERY HEAVY. As a result, the darned things are EVERYWHERE. When the wind blows, it is like a heavy snowstorm. SO, when I take pics here, I have to spend time cleaning things up so the pictures are not marred badly by detritus. The good news- this brings the squirrels, chipmunks and red squirrels who LOVE those seeds. They are TRÉS amusante to watch!

Well, this is not a very exciting post with nothing to look at . A couple of weeks ago, I participated in an all day Photo workshop at Chassagne Farm in Puslinch Twp. Chassagne is a beautiful private farm and we were invited to go. Sadly, it POURED rain all day and I was still feeling sick but I did manage to get a few pictures.
This is Cedric, the Tawny Owl! We shot these pics indoors in rather poor light so it is not my best photo but Cedric is lovely. There was a tiny barred owl called Beasley too but as he was at the very end of a very long day, I had lost my will to live by then and had to sit down so I don't have a pic of Beasley:-(

The Harris Hawk ( whose name I forget ) was a real " camera hog". She enjoyed her "sitting".
The farm specializes in horses, Shetland Sheep and Birds of Prey. Here are a few of the bigger beasts.
How are EWE?

Poor wet beasts!

The foal was only a few days old! Lovely, frisky little fellow:-) The sheep were wonderful and the lambs were adorable but rarely stood still!
 And there were hens! Here's a pretty young lady.

And now, it is lunchtime. Even though all there is in this post about needlework is WHINING, I SHALL post this to the once it is open this afternoon- just to explain myself and to say hello to everyone. Pardon the whining and enjoy the photos!

Hah! Look what I found! I am NOT to be trusted!!! I DID do a bit more on the Hosta. Here's proof.
Granted, it is precious little but I feel better knowing and REMEMBERING now that I DID do a little more . NOW I shall not feel so guilty about posting sheep and chickens on TNTN! Enjoy the posts!!


  1. I did enjoy the photos. Thank you. I hope you are on the mend soon. Luckily, I have not had any problems with my digits.

  2. Yes, the photos are lovely and the whining is necessary - I hope your ringfinger can be repaired, too. But such a long time to heal!!! Je suis desolée!!!

  3. I've never had trigger finger but it sounds nasty! I have a weak wrist from where I fell several years ago, so I understand the lack of grip. I hope you don't need surgery again to put this one right.

  4. I envy the trillium and magnolias in your garden. ;-)

    Hope you are feeling better soon... I'm looking forward to seeing more progress on your hosta. Thanks for posting the progress of your hosta progress in your previous posts. It is quite something to witness.

    Your photos are amazing. Hope you keep doing what you're doing; it is gorgeous.

  5. Oh, my! I will keep you and your poor finger (hands) in my prayers for a recovery! Lovin' those sheep. Bought a Shetland fleece right off the ewe a number of years ago and though it's cleaned, only part of it is carded, and part spun. Hugs to you and be well soon!

  6. Love your photos, trying to photograph birds can be challenging. On Sunday I heard some creeping in my courtyard of my condo and looked out and found a mother duck and about six or seven duckling running about and swimming in the water.

    Very challenging to try and get them in focus.

    Good luck with your hands.

  7. Whining forgiven. Gosh, loss of digital dexterity is very distressing! :O

  8. I really enjoyed your photos ! Too bad about the finger ... I have had/know what that feels like ! Massage helps.