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anyone out there have ideas for books i can look for in learning to coil pine needles as a decorating technique for some of my tall gourds

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Comment by Sandra ( Sandy) Phillips on March 4, 2011 at 11:31am

 Randy, check you private messages

Comment by randy storm on March 3, 2011 at 9:14pm
what a night mare, oddly enough a long time friend i grew up with suffered a similiar spine injury, had no insurance and had to live with it for 10 years finally the state was going to do the surgery, he has things in motion, overdosed on painpills and vodka, in 05.im a single dad and son was the one that said dad find out whats wrong and get ti taken careof , it began in 05 , this memorial day wil be 6 years since i worked, maddend me to have 4 appointments before i even get to see a doctor and so many here not even legal are in line in front of me, what wrong with this picture, then im on my way to get things to make a dessert grandma used to make, on a bike no less my 2 cars are in storage, my parrot and cat with friends and soem clown runs me over,like charlie brown says good grief. oh well you wil forever be in my prayers.i have been staying with an elderly friend that has lost his vision for the most part, but i thanks god for all i have, even as frustrating as things can get
Comment by Sandra ( Sandy) Phillips on March 3, 2011 at 8:34pm

I'm glad you decided not to go postal.......LOL    that would have gotten you nothing.

I know what it's like dealing with red tape like that. My late hubby had a severe back injury in '96. He could no longer carry on with his occupation. Everything was a fight. So much stupidity at his expense ( IE: back pain)

I have a little understanding of what you are going through.........what a mess, 'eh.

you go ahead and vent. defective equip on a dodge dakota took my husband's life almost 3 years ago.Chrysler settled with me and cut a check just before they declared bankruptcy. the check literally bounced. My question has been ( to a state Senator) and others, is, " why is it this huge corporation can bail out and even gain something to build on and this widow who became such because of their defective equip. was left with nothing to build on and no bail outs. As a matter of fact I had to go on disabled widows benefits and the Pres sees fit to give no raises each year......AAAAA. So you see I can relate to the injustice of the system.

Comment by randy storm on March 3, 2011 at 7:20pm
well the spine thing began in 05.need surgery but they wont pay,have my 6th hearing this month, going to use todays technology. and emailall 5 doctors that decided in 07 to not help. lady judge is loosing her patience and im hoping she will make them cough up a % of spine fusion and nerve surgery for my arms, truck versus bike , whole different story, guy was either on his cell or just spacing out,so glad at least in this case an ambulance chaser is going after them. so sorry to hear your story, my last words to this judge will be , " its all about insurance companies, doctors, and lawyers , sadly your honor its not about my injury i incurred making a company a few million dollars. oh well sorry to vent, but it keeps me off the evening news and calmly at home hoping to get better working on art, thanks you are very kind
Comment by randy storm on February 26, 2011 at 8:45pm

i have been off work now since 05 fighting the work insur over a spine injury and installing security systems in cars from 96 to 05 the nerves in both elbows are bad, i have tingly hands, i dont mind but you cant sleep if your back hurts and your hands go numb, other wise im fit as a fiddle

that just got run over by a truck , haha, but i can make gourds so im good to go

and my intarsia

 

Comment by randy storm on February 26, 2011 at 8:45pm

i have been off work now since 05 fighting the work insur over a spine injury and installing security systems in cars from 96 to 05 the nerves in both elbows are bad, i have tingly hands, i dont mind but you cant sleep if your back hurts and your hands go numb, other wise im fit as a fiddle

that just got run over by a truck , haha, but i can make gourds so im good to go

and my intarsia

 

Comment by Sandra ( Sandy) Phillips on February 26, 2011 at 8:40pm

wow Randy, I'm so sorry.....that's sounds painful and I know pain. A truck vs bike......not good at all.

what did you mean about your spine and arms. I imagine you have a lot road rash along with everything else, but were you having back problems before this happened? I'm just asking. I sure understand spinal pain.

I wish I could still garden. Gourd plants are so beautiful. I can just imagine them planted all around a pool........wow.

I'm glad to hear you got a lawyer on the case. Are you going up against a small company or large corporation?

My husband was killed instantly in an accident because his seat belt broke. Chrysler settled with me for a mere pitance, but we had to settle before they declared bankruptcy. I have a copy of the settlement and a copy of the check ..........that did NOT clear the attorneys bank. I've tried diff avenues but talk about pulling teeth. I know you will do much better because the people you are going up against probably arent declaring bankruptcy and being bailed out by the gov, too. yeah, that hit a nerve for sure. sorry about spouting off.........just don't let anyone pull the wool over your eyes. Go like a bulldog and make em' do what you feel is right! Hope it's a local company, it will just make things easier.

Comment by randy storm on February 26, 2011 at 4:38pm
yes im ok, well for the most part, leg is a bit mangled and they said only a broken toe, its just what i needed to compliment my spine and arms, but i thought it wise to speak to a lawyer and he was hear in seconds well not really but, he is taking the case and all i want is the medical bills and my bike fixed.and maybe care if my knee doest heal, a truck pulling out of the shopping center here was either on his cell or simply not paying attention and drove over me and my bike, oh well such is life/thanks for you reply, we seem similiar, i saw some wonderful gourd art here at the festival and thought , well the seem to know what they are doing but what the heck, so now i live with a retired blind friend and i grwo gourds all around the pool from one side to the other and not working slowly getting supplies and tools, maybe with some insurance money ill get a decent carving tool. keep smiling
Comment by randy storm on February 26, 2011 at 4:38pm
yes im ok, well for the most part, leg is a bit mangled and they said only a broken toe, its just what i needed to compliment my spine and arms, but i thought it wise to speak to a lawyer and he was hear in seconds well not really but, he is taking the case and all i want is the medical bills and my bike fixed.and maybe care if my knee doest heal, a truck pulling out of the shopping center here was either on his cell or simply not paying attention and drove over me and my bike, oh well such is life/thanks for you reply, we seem similiar, i saw some wonderful gourd art here at the festival and thought , well the seem to know what they are doing but what the heck, so now i live with a retired blind friend and i grwo gourds all around the pool from one side to the other and not working slowly getting supplies and tools, maybe with some insurance money ill get a decent carving tool. keep smiling
Comment by Sandra ( Sandy) Phillips on February 25, 2011 at 8:33pm

it's funny, I was given some gourd seeds. At the time my greenhouse was up and running and I was planting anything and everything, so I planted the gourd seeds. Then I did some research about their nutritional needs,water and such. When I dried my first gourds, I had never seen gourd art. I just knew what a wonderful natural vessel they were. The first two I painted. One box and one easter basket for my grandson painted with a bunny, fallen log eggs all over.......it really was cute but a big learning experience. I cut the top off with a xacto knife. Although I knew better, I cut toward my body and well......ended up getting my arm stitched up. But it still was from that point that I started trying diff things. Living here in the SW there's a lot of native american and SW design. I saw a shallow basket at a place we went to for barbecue and thought......hmmmmmm how can I do that look on a gourd. Since I had never seen gourd art and got my first computer, I came online to look around. that very basket weave was on one of Bonnie's gourds so instead of just doing it, I wrote her, told her I didn't know it had been done and aked if she minded if I gave it a try.......she didn't mind and the rest is history.I come up with something or even see things like pine needle coiling and just have to try it.

By the way, I heard you were in an accident. are you okay?

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