All posts by Carrie Staples

Author, illustrator of "The Yarn Animal Book", probably the only craft book with instructions for making such unique yarn animals as an orangutan, an ant eater, a llama and a star-nosed mole and "The Single Minded Prince, a fairy tale for all ages about a boy and a pirate captain who both misbehave. The books and a booklet series based on each different yarn craft topic covered in "The Yarn Animal Book" (pompoms and other really easy yarn crafts, knitting, crocheting, rya, needlepoint and embroidery), are available on Amazon and Kindle.

SUMMER MOMENTS!

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Couldn’t figure out how to edit this. But I wanted to share the feeling of enjoying the cool Potomac River!

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Recognizing Daddy-long-legs

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Daddy-long-legs are born with 8 legs. But they often lose legs. We have seen them getting around perfectly well with only 5 legs. Please let me know leg counts you observe.  Sometimes you can identify a daddy-long-legs you see more often by counting legs. When you count, you need to note the pattern of legs. If the critter has 3 legs on the left side, which ‘leg’ is missing? Is it the front ‘feeler’ leg, the hind leg or one of the middle legs?  I have not decided how to count 1/2 legs since they don’t provide much support.

SPIDER WEBS really are STRONG!

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That weird, gross-looking stuff on the bottom of the plastic Chinese soup container is a spider web that I tried to knock off a wreath with the container. The spider web stuck to the container. So I put it in the dishwasher. This photo shows what it looked like after going through an entire dishwasher cycle. All those articles we read about the strength of spiderwebs are obviously true!

 

ORANGUTAN’S NECK SURGERY

I may not look it but, like The Yarn Animal Book, I am over 40 years old.  The main thing I noticed about my advancing age was that my neck didn’t hold my head up any more. My head DROOPED!  It made me look so old!  Could it have been the result of playing with children and grandchildren for so many years?!

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On the advice of my concerned family I interviewed several doctors. Some felt I needed extensive surgery. They proposed assorted brutal measures like cutting  into my throat and inserting a metal or plastic brace. Whether they recommended an anterior or a posterior incision, recovery time was expected to be long and follow-up physical therapy was advised. I was concerned. Finally I found a doctor who said I only needed a quick stitch or two on the outside, at the back of my neck.

That sounded great so I agreed and submitted myself for surgery. Here is droopy me before surgery… Notice my head resting on my chest. So embarrassing!

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Surgical equipment was delivered to the operating room. It did not look as frightening as I expected… The anesthesia took effect quickly.

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The wonderful team of OR nurses carefully prepped me for surgery.

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Before I knew it, the procedure was complete.  Immediately I looked and felt 40 years younger!!!  I didn’t even need to stay overnight! My surgeon is a genius!

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I was able to accept invitations to appear in public again!

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And I am enjoying life to the fullest!