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Monday, October 19, 2020

Monday Morning Round Here!


This morning's autumn view off the cabin porch.

I watched the sunrise through the trees, knowing that in a few weeks the leaves will be gone, distant mountain ridges will be in view, and that sun will be unobscured!  Sunrise season!

Right now they are visibly thinning, and the morning light that filters through the remaining leaves is just beautiful.

Another sunny morning is at hand!


The quilters had all left Quiltville Inn by 3pm, and after an hour or so of handling just the basics, like laundry and trash, I headed home by 4pm and promptly crawled upstairs for a nap.

No matter how fun a houseful of retreaters is, laugh of sleep and abundance of creativity topped with several days of laughter can wear anyone out!

Which meant it was LATE by the time I awoke and realized that dinner needed to be tackled, and SOON.

I have my friend Martha to thank for the beautiful steak you see here!  Home raised beef, and so tender.  I purchased part of her processing as her freezers just couldn't hold it all.  And I'm so grateful to have burger, steaks, roasts and more in my freezer for this winter.


Butternut squash ala Instant Pot!

I paired the T bone with a squash that also came from Martha's garden.  I am a happy recipient of that overflow, too!

I hadn't made squash in the instant pot before, but it was so easy and took no time at all.  I halved the squash and removed the seeds, and cut the halves in quarters to fit the pot better.

I placed them on the trivet, added 1 1/2 cups water and simply set the pot to pressure cook for 8 minutes.  I used the quick release so the squash wouldn't over cook.

Remove the squash from the pot - and serve with butter, ground sea salt and loads of course cracked pepper.  Just how we like it!

Tbone steak, bountiful harvest squash, and a fresh green salad made our meal - just right!


And it was a beautiful evening to enjoy the fire pit while everything was cooking!

The only sewing that happened yesterday for me was some hand quilting after dinner.

No sewing progress was made on my green string project - but I did get a bit of cutting of the next round of pieces in.  

Today Ivy has a vet appointment early afternoon so I'm working from the cabin this morning - we'll see how things go after the vet as to whether any machine time will happen today.

It's okay for me if it doesn't! 


Sorry this isn't so pretty.

I need to know what this is.

It's been growing on my thimble finger for a long long time, but it is getting a bit bothersome and in the way.  I'm always smacking it while carrying something, moving something.

I don't think it is a wart.  It doesn't have that "cauliflower" type appearance to the surface. It's not a cyst, it is not fluid filled.  Just smooth and hard and bothersome.

Any ideas?

This is my thimble finger, but luckily it is low enough that my thimble doesn't bother it.

It's not part of the joint, I can bend and move my finger just fine without discomfort.

It's just weird.  This getting older thing is not pretty!



But this IS PRETTY!

More trees beyond the window where I am typing this post.


Appalachian Autumn made by Nancy Stowe!

"Here’s my finished top. I love the colors in it."

Nancy, your quilt top is beautiful, and I love how you have added bits of green to it!

These next two Punkin Patch table runners were made by Virginia who writes:

"Thank you Bonnie for the pattern. First time I’ve done strips on a foundation. Gifts for sister and daughter in law."


Oh how cute are these!


This one is going to a LONG table!

Wonderful finishes, Virginia!

The PDF patterns for both the Punkin Patch table runner and Appalachian Autumn are available in the Digital Patterns section of the Quiltville Store.  And the Punkin Patch pattern is on sale for just $5.00 through the month of October!

How is your Monday shaping up so far?


Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Some funny for your Monday!⁣

And some money for your dentist! Lol! 

But I swear, the Covid Comfort pounds are equivalent to the 'Freshmen 15' we were always warned about in college! 

Have a great week everyone! 


 

64 comments:

  1. Hi Bonnie, I am so glad to have found Quiltville. Flowing in the tradition of mh grandmother, I use 80% scraps in my quilting.

    I have been reading about your scrap system and started using it. One question...in sorting lights from darks, what do you do with scraps in the middle? Neither light or dark? Do they get their own bin? Thanks!

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  2. The thing on your finger is probably a little fluid leaking out of that joint. It will shrink over time. But if it’s really painful or grows you might want to see a doctor.

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    1. I had this sort of fibrous tissue where my skates rubbed when I was in serious training. No sign of it now just above my ankles. I think it is body's way of protecting itself from edge of thimble. might want a second opinion.

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  3. I have one that looks just like that on my thumb. The Dr. told me it is a gangling cyst. I wanted to poke it with a needle and he told me no. He said back in the "olden" days people would smack them with a book and they would disappear for a while. Mine is not hard so yours may be something different.

    I love the colors on your trees at the cabin and how creative everyone is with your patterns!

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    1. If it is a ganglion cyst, I was able to get rid of one on my wrist by rubbing aspercreme on it twice a day and I would also ice it 2-3 times a day. My husband found that remedy online and I was leary, but it did work!

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    2. Yes ganglion cyst or "bible bump" I have had a few on the inside of my hands at the finger joints. Do not "bible bump" them of bang them with any book. Time for an ortho appt.

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    3. Claudia that's what I was told something that looked like that was also. My doctor also told the story of smacking with a book. I decided not to go that route.

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  4. Beautiful view as the leaves continue to drop from your trees.

    The finger lump: there are soooo many options on naming it. You have eliminated the most common. When it interferes enough in your daily activities, find a hand surgeon nearby and have her/him look at it. Depending on what it is, they may be able to remove it as an office procedure, otherwise off to my OR peers with you ;-)

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    1. I had the same thing and when it got so painful, I couldn’t take it anymore, I finally decided to see a hand surgeon. I thought he would take it off in the office but believe that’s a thing of the past.
      I had to go to the hospital, put under conscious sedation,and when I came out, my whole hand was wrapped so couldn’t use it and in a sling. It was a gangling cyst and he said it was got into the upper joint of my finger and my nail bed. Turned into a big deal. Don’t wait. It can turn into a 3 month nightmare.mine was on my right forefinger.

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  5. Those colours on the trees are just beautiful and that mauve from your window just lovely. The abundance of rich colour during autumn is wonderful to see, thank you for sharing Bonnie.
    Love the quilts there are some really beautiful Appalachian autumn and punkin patch coming through.
    Hope Ivy’s appointment goes well.
    Stay safe
    Love and quilty hugs
    Anne xx

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  6. It might be a calcium deposit.

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  7. Bonnie, that looks like a myxoid cyst, usually related to some degenerative (arthritic)changes from the joint below. Benign though irritating. Usually orthopedics can treat. Have a great day.

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    1. Agree with Bev R about your cyst on your finger. Because it is "myxoid", the fluid is really more of a thick gel and they do feel hard. An orthopedic hand surgeon can remove it or you can ignore it. I had one grow slowly bigger for over two years and was about to go see someone about it when COVID hit. By the time the offices were open for non-emergency stuff, it had spontaneously disappeared! One of the FEW positives in this COVID thing for me at least.

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    2. Also agree with Bev R. My cyst is on my thimble finger and it grew quite large. I was getting ready to make an appt with the hand surgeon when it suddenly disappeared.

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    3. It really looks like an arthritic change ... myxoid is the term to describe it. A dermatologist made my diagnosis! Can be removed.

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing your view from your porch. Our view where I live is somewhat different but my favorite part is viewing the beauty through all of the seasons. Really looking forward to your pics when the leaves are down and you can see the mountains the background. Also, firepits are the best, aren't they? We've been using ours so much this year too.

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  9. The spot on your finger could be a fatty cyst. Not dangerous, but can be annoying. They are easily removed.

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  10. That's a calous from your thimble rubbing that spot. I switched to a deerskin thimble. It's great protection and molds to your finger as it warms up and doesn't get sweaty.

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  11. Hi Bonnie, I am glad to see you are starting to share again about your retreaters. I enjoy hearing about their fun, it's a little retreat by proxy. You probably have myxoid cyst on your finger. Basically the joint has developed a leak and that's the fluid from the leak. Mine was right at the cuticle line and eventually went away but it took a few years. An orthopedic doctor will be your best bet for a diagnosis.

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  12. lovely pumpkins n leaves, thank you... laughing at you... with kindness, best to see a dermatologist for your finger, you've entered the "pop up age" (that's why th chuckle)... it's weird, but after a certain age, we seem to 'grow' things... they just pop up... i'm grateful for all you share with us and your seemingly boundless creativity, thank you...Cats in Carlsbad CA

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  13. It might be a mucous cyst. Google it, we all fit the profile for getting one. :-)

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  14. Thanks for the morning chuckle, I love candy corn, but I have been avoiding it lately due to the covid-15.

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    1. Thanks for the belly laugh this morning. I actually thought about how i could eat the CC.

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  15. Bonnie, I love the pic of colorful trees off your deck. I have the same bump in my thimble finger, but not so pronounced. Yours looks painful. Mine is not. I believe mine is a build up of cartilage from pressure at the thimble rim. I do a lot of hand quilting. I’m still working on the Unity Quilt! Getting old is not pretty, that’s for sure. But I am more content, so it’s a good trade-off.

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  16. That bump looks like a blister but not fluid filled (plus I am sure you know what a blister looks like, lol) so no idea what that is! Hope it goes away or at least stops bugging ya.

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  17. haha be glad you are not in rangeley this week...snow has fallen!

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  18. Although I'm not a doctor ..... could this be a "ganglion" bump? I got one on the wrist part of my arm with my first child. Apparently I crooked my wrist at such an angle that made the "ganglion" appear and pop out. It eventually disappeared, but I was very self-conscious about it. BTW the photos of your fall colors are gorgeous and truly a feast for the eyes … especially since I live in So. California where fall comes and goes without such glory.

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    1. I am a former San Diegan, so I can understand about the lack of Fall colors. We now live in NC and love it! Fall & Spring are glorious. Come out for a visit some time.

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  19. Bonnie, I don't remember the name of the cysts, but my husband has similar cysts on the outside of his left leg, right by his knee. Whatever his are called (he's at a meeting, so I can't ask) are not serious, and can actually be "removed" by--seriously--hitting them with a hammer. Which he doesn't do. (No surprise there, right?) Honestly, I would encourage you to see a doctor about that finger, just in case. Surely it's time for an annual for you, right? :-)

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  20. Google "Bible cyst"...possibly???

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  21. Don't know what it was called, but I had one removed 2 years ago by a hand surgeon. I can't find the paperwork and it was something common and in my mind I associate it with arthritis. The surgeon suggested removal because it had gotten large enough to cause joint issues. I will say removal was easy and the doctor's reassurance well worth the time.

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  22. Bonnie, my husband is a retired Orthopedic Surgeon and he confirmed my diagnosis. Looks like a mucous cyst. Annoying little things. Nothing urgent but it can be aspirated (removing the contents) or left alone. He suggests you check with your doctor and have it taken care of, if you so choose. I have had them in the past and it is not bad having them aspirated.

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  23. Thanks so much for your daily posts! Fall is so wonderful. Anxious to see what you have in store for us?????
    Susan

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  24. I love the "pop up age" theory, the older I get the more things pop up on my body! The golden years aren't for sissies!

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  25. Bonnie that is a cyst on your finger from the joint leaking fluid. It does not appear to have fluid but in actuality it does. I have had a few of these. Unlike all the others mine hurt like the dickens if I bumped it on anything so I did what my grandmother would have done. Sterilized a sewing needle and punctured it. The fluid in it is like a gel more than a fluid. Once I did this and squeezed all the gel out they went away. It occurs mostly in joints that have arthritis in them.

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  26. I love Appalachian Autumn made by Nancy Stowe! I too, love the green she included, it just brings out the pattern so much more! Great pattern Bonnie!

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  27. Had to giggle about the quote on candy corn, new name for masks...."the 'ol feed bag"

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  28. Dear, Bonnie- I can’t help with your cyst, but I have a yummy squash seed recipe to try! When you scoop out those seeds, separate them, remove some of the flesh and fiber- but don’t be too fussy about that- and toss with olive oil and salt. Spread out on parchment paper and roast in the oven at 325* - 350* till lightly browned. You can taste test along the way to make sure you like their doneness. Other winter squashes and pumpkins have seeds that are just as tasty. Enjoy!

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  29. The view out your window is lovely. I just hate to see the pretty leaves falling off the trees. Worse yet, it snowed here very early this morning. It's all melted now, but still, it SNOWED! Just not ready for that yet.

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  30. Thanks for the alternate use of a mask! I laughed a good deep belly laugh.

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  31. Your bump on your finger looks like one I had several years ago. Mine was a bone cyst. Was surgically removed by an orthopedic surgeon. It was on my right pointer finger. Now I have one on my left pointer and will probably see about it after covid. Like you I bump it a lot. Sometimes more painful than others. Do Not stick a pin in it. And if it appears to "rupture" call for antibiotic. (That's what I was told by my doctor)

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  32. I had a place on my thumb like that.i experiences the same symptoms. two doctors said it was arthritis.

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  33. I have a bump like that on my finger too! Let me know when you find out what it is. Ha- you go first, let me know how it works out. I’m not going with the hammer hitting idea though. Thank for the posts of all the beautiful and wonderful Appalachian Autumn quilts. I love that quilt, it may become my next UFO. I’m excited to report a flimsy finish of my Punkin Patch made just as pattern is written. I need to find a new quilter, my previous longarm quilter fired me this summer. I’m blaming it on her being overwhelmed and covid fatigued.
    The candy corn mask was super funny! Thanks for all you do for us!

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  34. Bonnie, I have the exact same bump on my right hand pointer finger. I had one a couple of years ago and attributed it to pressing too hard on a rotary cutter. I took it easy cutting and it went away. I've been cutting a lot lately and is't back. Like yours, it's ugly but doesn't hurt. Getting old is tough, bumps and little hairs showing up out of nowhere! I'm glad you're getting to enjoy some retreat time. It has to be a great booster during these trying times.

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  35. Your finger nodule could be a lipoma which is benign. The best thing to do is have a physician look at it. I could be Soooo many different things. Don't just ignore it.

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  36. I love your quote of the day. I asked my son and his girlfriend who are in the medical field if they know what that is on your finger. She said a cyst he said a wart. She thought it was too smooth to be a wart, When I told them it was on your thimble finger my son said it could be caused by friction from the thimble. So probably not too helpful but you may have to go to the doctor to find out what it really is.

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  37. A c yst I had one It is fluid from an arthritic joint. They are okay unless that bursts. wich risks infection of that joint. you do not want a joint infection have it looked at to ease your mind

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  38. Keep walking along those roads and trails and the “pandemic 15” will disappear..😲
    Love your daily quips...

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  39. I have the same thing as Claudia on my Pointer finger. It has been their for years and the doctor told me the same thing. It doesn't bother nor hurt - I'm not about to smack it with the Bible. Tee Hee!! I can see where it might be a bother on the thimble finger though.

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  40. Not all cysts are fluid filled. Your little lump looks like a ganglin cyst I had on my scalp which my PA took out. Looked like a little Barbie breast implant.

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  41. Love seeing the trees. Live in Florida so no change of seasons. THIS YEar we will be going near your place in a couple of days, so finally will get to see once more

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  42. This is such a beautiful time of year!!

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  43. I have the same thing on my left index finger.

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  44. I had that kind of cyst on my left middle finger. I finally decided it was the weird way I was using it to push the button to open our microwave. The microwave sits in the corner of the kitchen counter and it takes a firm push to open. anyway once I tried changing that habit, it seems to have disappeared.

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  45. I had a ganglion cyst on the back of my hand that was the size of a large grape that didn't at first glace have fluid in it, so they did a CAT scan to see if it was a solid tumor. It was a ganglion cyst after all, and I had it surgically removed. Usually, a ganglion cyst is directly over a joint, as it is synovial fluid leaking from the joint, but the fluid sometimes does migrate. That is what I was told by the doctor. Other than that, if it is at all red and painful it could be what is called a paronychia, which is a localized infection usually located near a fingernail or toenail. Using that finger constantly with a thimble has caused some kind of irritation, whatever it it.

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  46. Could also be this: Heberden’s nodes—bony growths at the fingertip joint due to osteoarthritis. That is from Tri-health website.

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  47. It’s a ganglia, I had mine removed a couple of years ago. No more lump.
    It was removed in our clinic...not a long process.

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  48. I had one similar to that on the joint of my middle finger of my right hand. very painful as I kept banging it. Saw an orthopedic surgeon. It was caused by an arthritic bone spur. I had to have it and the bone spur removed. Much better!

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  49. It is a ganglion cyst. They form on or near joints. Benign and they come and go as they please. Mine like my fingers.

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  50. My mother-in-law who was an avid quilter called it a carbuncle.

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  51. A mucous cyst is caused by trauma & wearing a thimble might be considered trauma if worn frequently. My husband had one removed in the office by ortho surg.

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  52. your picture of the view from your cabin is sooo beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  53. I had something like that removed from my finger (index finger, inside between the joints, about the size of a peanut M&M) 13 years ago. It was fiberous stuff attached that formed a hard lump. Mine was wrapped around the nerves, so it took some work by the surgeon to remove it without damaging my finger (hand quilting finger). Your's being on the front, should come off much easier. The longer you wait, the larger it will grow.

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