Judy's Desk...Ramblings on Life

I love to do so many things: I crochet, read, and I also write. I believe that it's the act of writing that makes me a writer, not my published works. This blog is a record of my often meandering path as I try and follow my muse.

Location: New Jersey, United States

The short version: crocheting and books...as necessary to my life as breathing!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

I'm baaaack....

...though not quite as good as new, but I'm on my way. The cast came off two days ago. The first evening my arm was free I picked up my crochet hook and worked on my current WIP, stiff fingers and all. Yesterday, the second day, I was on the computer and doing a lot of typing. Today I woke up and there was very little stiffness in my fingers! I think I've discovered my own version of physical therapy. My wrist is still feeling fragile and is tender, so I have to be careful with how I move it, but I'm amazed at how well my recuperation is going so far. I just have to be careful not to rush it - and as a reminder, the wrist is still slightly swollen. I have so many crochet projects I want to return to!! Patience...patience...

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

My future path seems clear...

...and it will be crocheting for others (of all ages). Being forced to slow down taught me a lot. Not being able to crochet left me with a feeling of frustration but this experience also gave me more empathy for those who are permanently disabled. That's where this intense desire has come from to reach out and comfort others by crocheting something that will make them feel cared for and loved.
My secondary path will be writing. During this time of recuperation I could have written in a notebook, using a premise I'd outlined for a novel, but I didn't have the hunger or desire to write. If I'm to write again, I need to find direction and focus!

Sunday, November 19, 2006


I'm blessed...and what a better week to acknowledge that fact than Thanksgiving week. I came through the surgery last week with flying colors. There's no pain to speak of, and my DH has been a gem and absolutely incredible during these post-op days. I've had my impatient moments (such as typing one handed!), but am trying to deal with these minor inconveniences one day at a time. So many have it worse than I do. The cast comes off and the few stitches in my wrist will be removed on the 28th. I'm looking forward to scrubbing my floors... well, maybe not that, but...

Monday, November 13, 2006

Book Reviews

This is my third attempt at maintaining a blog...and, unfortunately, the last one I had I tried to make some changes to it - and it resulted in my losing all of the book reviews I had written and posted. I'm once again listing all of the books I've reviewed, and I'd ask you to please check them out. I don't recommend books lightly! My book reviws can be found on Amazon.com, cbd.com, and Barnes&Noble.com. The titles are: The Redemption by M.L.Tyndall, The Reluctant Burglar by Jill Elizabeth Nelson, When the Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall, Violet Dawn by Brandilyn Collins, and Wishing on Dandelions, by Mary E. DeMuth. Again, please check them out...you won't be disappointed. And my apologies to the authors for not having the complete reviews also posted here.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Wrist Surgery

Surgery will be on Thursday, the 16th, and the recuperation is 12 days. I won't be interested in typing one-handed, so in a few days I'll be shutting down the number of email contacts I maintain, including this blog. It'll be great getting rid of the pain...but this will be a lesson for me. A lesson in slowing down and accepting help in doing things. Sometimes I'm too independent for my own good :>)

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Wrist problems :<(

Well, I will be having surgery on my wrist in a few weeks. Outpatient surgery, as most everything is these days. I'm trying not to think about it - but when I do I think about how great it'll be to get rid of the nearly constant discomfort and pain. The doctor is a specialist in hand surgery and he was right on target as he questioned me and poked and prodded. We're truly blessed in this country to have the medical care that's available to us.

Monday, November 06, 2006


I'm thrilled to have found yet another place for me to learn more about crochet. Crochetville forum is extremely welcoming and a great place to meet up with others who share a similar passion for this wonderful art form.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Baker Street Irregulars

I'm a very big fan of Sherlock Holmes. As an Anglophile it's a perfect fit, but it really all began when I started watching the old black and white Holmes movies on TV - the ones with Basil Rathbone as the Master. I've also begun looking into the Baker Street Irregulars, and I find the organization fascinating. I want to learn more about them and reread my Sherlock Holmes stories. In addition to writing, I'm anticipating a fun, new adventure for me: trying to become a Sherlock expert!

Friday, November 03, 2006

NaNo...Day 3

No more hiccups in my story. I know the direction in which I want to go, so now it's just a case of placing my butt in the chair, picking up the pen - and doing it! I won't be posting any further NaNo updates, now that I'm finally on track.

Dogs and The Time Change

It's been nearly a week and I still get "that look" or a very early bark as a wake up call from my older German shepherd. Her inner clock has her nudging me to feed her an hour earlier than my clock says she should! I'm hoping that by next week she adjusts. It's tiring.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

NaNo...Day 2

Today I experienced a slight hiccup in my writing. I began wavering on the actual story idea - and froze. Nothing was accomplished. Oh, well...

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

NaNo...Day 1

Well, I've begun writing. I didn't start it on the computer, though. Instead I'm writing it longhand, so if my sore left wrist needs to be completely rested - or needs surgery, at the worst - I'll be able to continue. I don't do well on the computer using only one hand. The words are coming and I'm trying NOT to edit as I go along. Writing the story this way has advantages for me: I tend to get the bigger picture as I type the words into the computer from my notebook. The edits come much easier for some reason.

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