I am sure we have all heard the phrase "It's just like riding a bicycle, once you learn you never forget." What no one ever says is that even though you remember how...it might be a lot harder for not having ridden it in a while.
Today I was working on my new bear pattern. It's a big bear. I haven't made a big bear in quite a while. Even though I certainly remember how, I had forgotten how hard they are to stuff if you have a sore shoulder. I worked on him all night and didn't get nearly as far along as I should have. I don't mind taking my time, but it's frustrating to deal with the pain slowing me down. Especially when I have another idea burning in the back of my brain that I want to make after I am done with this one. I want this one to turn out really well though because it's a big of a departure from my usual work and I was kind of excited about it when I designed it. I think I like it, but it's hard to tell yet. I guess it's kind of hard to learn to ride that bike in a new direction when you have been riding it with a different goal in mind for so long.
Hopefully he or she should be completed today, so I will have something to show you then. In the mean time, I am going to go crawl into my bed that has a brand spanking new latex Sealy mattress on it. I have only spent two nights on it and already noticed an improvement in my quality of sleep. If you aren't familiar with latex mattresses, they are along the lines of memory foam only a little better. It's like sleeping on a nice warm cloud with no pressure points. Sadly I don't think it's enough to fix the problem I am having with my shoulder. I am hoping it might help prevent future problems. I have a doctor's appointment on the 28th so I will know more about what's going on then. I am sincerely hoping it's not another bone spur. A lifetime of making bears has taken it's toll.
It's been worth it, but I would like to make another couple thousand before I have to pack it all in. At any rate I am exhausted and babbling a bit so I think I will head to bed!