Friday, December 12, 2008

Mt Hamilton

Silver blogged today!

LOL! That house isn't our main residence! Lucky us. We still live in a house in an Edward Scissorhandsian neighborhood in Milpitas. The trailer is up on Mt Hamilton, near James Lick Observatory where the body of James Lick is buried under the dome. Thirteen miles and 40 minutes or so out of San Jose, one hour from the city house. We are there on some weekends.

This is our house:(I had to remove this picture, it was too big! My sidebar was all messed up)
Janow lives at a boarding stable about 10 minutes away. Indian Hills Ranch. I'm taking my saddle pads there and some primitive sweatshirts tomorrow, hoping for a sale.
my truckThis is me, in front of our house.

The taller tree in the front is a magnolia tree, home to many hummingbirds. I have counted as many as seven within sight at one time. Despite their size and cuteness, they are very aggressive!

We are maybe less than 100 yards from I-680. If you think hard, you can make the traffic sound like a rushing river or a flash flood. The commute starts each morning before 5am. Dave installed dual pane windows and that helped a lot! "If the women can't find you handsome, at least they can find you handy." Dave said that in reference to The Red Green Show. I never said that. Ever.

I sewed a bit this morning, and did it wrong. This afternoon, I am ripping it out to do it again. It's 4 seams, totaling about 10 feet. When I die, my tombstone will say RIP and it won't stand for Rest In Peace.

At least it doesn't hurt. I have a band-aid on my left middle finger where the sewing machine needle went through the tip and shattered the nail. It hurt a like heck because there are lots of nerve endings there. It's hard to type with a stupid band-aid. It bled a lot, but slow.

My right middle finger has healed enough not to hurt. I was thread basting and decided to just put some duct tape on my fingertip instead of unpacking my thimble. That was a mistake. The eye end of the needle punched THROUGH the tape and slid into my finger, just under the nail, about a quarter inch. It didn't bleed at all, but left a red line that you can see through the nail. I only wore a band-aid for a couple of days to keep antibiotic ointment on it. Puncture wounds get infected easily.

That isn't nearly as gruesome as my sewing injury of the week before that! I punctured my right thumbnail with the needle of my industrial upholstery sewing machine. Blood came out of the hole! I thought it would become infected because I could not wash it well. It hurt so bad that night that I kept imagining that I would have to go to the doctor and have the nail removed. But it wasnt infected. The hole in the nail worked its way into a crack all the way to the end and then kept catching on everything. I was afraid I was afraid I would rip half the nail off by accident. I bought a set of fake nails and glued a plastic thumbnail on top of the crack. That seems to be working. Ugly though. You can see the bruise through the French manicure.

I should stick to horseback riding. It would be safer.


Melanie said...

OMG!!! I would totally freak out if I puntured a hole through my finger nail!!! You are tough, Cara!!!

Living that close to a highway must really make your place in the hills that much more appealing. When do you plan on being able to move out there, or is that your plan??

Grey Horse Matters said...

Indian Hills looks beautiful.I'm sure you and your horse will be happy there and I'm sure it's much safer for you to ride than sew. My goodness, that must have hurt!

allhorsestuff said...

I am sooo glad that you really don't live in that trailer near the buried dead guy!
Haha RIP on the tombstone is a goodie for you.(sorry)
RED GREEN FANS!!! Yea! Is it still on somewhere? We miss that place!
You and my sissy andf the industrials!! Industrial injuries too!
Heal up dearie, and have a great show stopper sale of saddle pads and such!

Amanda said...

OOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! I'm sitting here cringing!! owowowowowowow!! I'm such a baby when it comes to pain.. and puncturing your nail???? OOOOWWWWWW!!!

oh, and computers are crap. they only last about 2 years and then they are crap. for the money we pay, you'd think......

hahaha, oh red green! :)

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Oh my- You should keep your fingers AWAY from the needle next time. Of course, you already know that, RIGHT?
I hope it's healing well for you.
I was gathering wood about 3 weeks ago and smashed my finger in some logs. The nail turned black down by the cuticle. Everyone said, "You're going to lose that nail." Well, sure enough, after THREE weeks, I had to cut most of the nail away. And now, I have this huge dent in the middle of what should be my nail and the cuticle still looks damaged. Arrggh! I hope it grows back okay someday.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Yowch!! Yep, sewing is way more dangerous than horseback riding. Maybe not as life threatening, but alot more changes to be injured with sharp needles. gah!
I'm afraid of needles anyway. So I will not be doing anymore sewing thank you. lol!

So your trailer is like your little cabin in the woods. How lucky you are then! It's your vacation home. Cool!
Then being a little chilly sometimes is very worth it. :)

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