Saturday, February 18, 2017

I know what I was doing 50 years ago today — I was finishing up a baby quilt for our first child. By 4:00 p.m. that day, my water had broke and I was in labor. Amazing… Happy birthday to our son, Paul. I didn’t know it was going to be a boy, but I hoped it would be. Happiness is…

Robert continues to improve, though his pain has notched back up. The additional pain is due to having had the staples removed yesterday. He said it didn’t hurt at all to have them removed, but later on, he was hurting and couldn’t get comfortable, no matter where or how he sat. Healing just takes time, and we have to be patient. We return to see the surgeon in two weeks. Hopefully, he’ll be greatly improved by then. I know he can hardly wait until he can shower–two more days for that, and I know that will help soothe him.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Appreciate each moment of your life, even through the bad times, as they will eventually pass. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

One of the things they don’t tell you about life is that you’re old before you know it. Just when are our golden years supposed to begin? If you’re lucky, you retire at 55 with a good pension, and you feel like you’ll live forever. Twenty years later, your body begins to tell you that your good days are gone. Short-changed again! LOL

I spoke with our neighbor in Arizona this morning and learned that another neighbor and dear friend had to be taken back home to Minnesota and put in a care facility. She was diagnosed last year with Alzheimer’s, and apparently it progressed very quickly. Her children came out to check on her and discovered her dr. had said she couldn’t live by herself any more. She was only a few years older than us, if that. I also learned that the neighbors behind us sold their place and won’t be returning–his health was bad even two years ago, so it wasn’t a surprise that they had to sell. That’s the problem with a 55+ retirement community–everyone is old when they buy their place, and eventually, they’re too old or their health is too poor for them to remain.

Motto of this post is to enjoy your life — live every minute like it’s gold, because it is.

Be safe, be well (please!) and be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them. Love is a powerful emotion and it can work miracles in your life. Be grateful for each moment you have in life, and share your gratitude for what you have, for surely you are rich beyond measure.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Blessings to all, and I hope you’ve had a very nice day.

We started our day at 8:00 a.m., taking off for a trip to Bakersfield to see the surgeon for Robert’s one week follow-up visit. It went very well, and we return on Friday to have the staples removed. The incision looks very good, and the surgeon said Robert was an excellent patient.

We napped this afternoon–naps are good, and absolutely necessary for healing and good mental health! 😉

I began sewing on the quilt again and completed the primary stitching. I’ve figured out what I want to do next so will practice a bit on my practice cloth and see if it will look as good as I hope it will. We shall see, and I will photograph it and post it when it’s done.

I really do need to get a new camera — I wanted to take pictures of the green hills between here and B’field today but my camera is not working at all… will have to see if changing out the batteries will make a difference. Robert says he will take me to Best Buy after he gets stronger and we will shop for a new camera there. Time enough…

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to remind those you love that you love them. Prayers for my friends who are facing medical crises right now. I will keep you and your loved ones in my thoughts and prayers.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

It feels like forever since I’ve put anything down on a page, but we’ve had a very busy life lately. Robert came home from the hospital on Thursday — actually, I came home too, because I stayed there in the hospital room with him every night. I slept as best I could in a chair that refused to recline into a bed. It was soooo good to get laid out in my bed here at home. I would actually have appreciated ANY bed so long as it was flat, but I did what was needed and so that’s o.k.

His doctor said it would hurt for the next six to eight weeks and it could take up to a year before he felt normal again. The doctor commented that Robert appeared to be a very strong individual so would most likely bounce back very well from this. I do hope so… I have to restrain him at times, however. On the second night home he asked if I thought it would be o.k. for him to walk on the treadmill if he kept it at a slow pace. I told him NO! in no uncertain terms — he was not to get on the treadmill at all until further notice. I have to give him gold stars for wanting to be active and walk, but uh uh, crawl before you walk, if you please.

I’m having to chart his meds, as I can’t remember when I’ve given them to him (or IF). I’ve found it safer and easier to just keep a log. I also purchased a pill box that has compartments for AM and PM. I’m going to have to keep a better eye on him though, as this morning he took the pills from Thursday’s compartment, not Sunday’s, so when I went to check to make sure he’d taken his pills, they were still there. Overdosing would have been easy but he said he distinctly remembers taking his Metformin, so I checked the other days and saw that Thursday AM was empty. One day at a time… one day at a time…

I can see where people need caregivers when they reach a certain age. It’s hard–old age isn’t for sissies or the faint of heart (never mind those with weak minds or limbs!)

Be safe, be well (PLEASE), and be happy. Believe it or not, I still feel that we are so very blessed in this life. Everyone ages, and everyone will undergo times when their energy isn’t what they remember it being, but all things work out for the better. Keep the faith and be kind to others — they’re no doubt battling a different battle from the one you’re fighting. And remind those you love that you love them. Love heals…

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Friday, February 3, 2017

I ran across a saying I had posted some time ago — “If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to take it apart and do it right the second time?” I’ve spent the last 2+ days ripping seams in the latest quilt. I even took the black borders off of the sides and will replace them with a wider strip of black before laying it all out and taping down the backing fabric so that it is straight. Then, I’ll layer the batting and quilt top as they should be layered, and pin it down from the center out — taking care not to scooch on the top, which is how I think the top got skewed in the first place.

I’ve got the top pressed and ready to layer, but have to cut the new borders for the backing. My dining room table is a sewing area once more–the kids won’t be coming up again until the 10th — soon after Robert is expected to be released from the hospital.

It’s funny. When we faced the surgery deadline before, we were both very anxious and worried. Once it was canceled, it was like the air being let out of a balloon that we were holding closed. We relaxed and somehow, the thought of the surgery didn’t frighten us at all anymore. Now all we want is for it to be over and done with — truly. So strange..

I had packed an overnight bag for myself and also a bag of sewing to do — hand stitching hexagon pieces together. I watched a woman sewing them while we waited in the Ophthalmologist’s office a couple of months ago and thought to myself what a neat project to take with you when you’re waiting. It’s a nice, mindful task to do that would alternate nicely with reading a good book. I do have a problem with not being able to just sit and do nothing. It has always seemed like a waste of what could be productive time–improving my mind (reading) or by creating something for others (sewing). Even watching t.v. in the evening, I crochet or embroider. (or as in the past two days, picking stitches out of a quilt!)

It feels good to be able to start all over again with the quilt. I think I’ll do a bit of different stitching on this one — haven’t quite laid it out as yet, but will soon enough.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. If you’re creative and you’re unhappy with something you’ve created, you have a couple of choices — three, actually: 1) give it away so you don’t have to see it again, 2) take it apart and fix it, or if it’s a painting, paint over it and start again, and 3) learn from it — determine exactly what you did wrong and accept that it wasn’t your best and try to correct your next work. Perfection takes time and a lot of bad results until you achieve a mastery of craft that satisfies your inner critic.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

img_4461Another comfort quilt for a friend, it’s made from a stack of 10″ squares called a “Layer Cake.”

I fell in love with the colors and designs when I saw it on the Missouri Quilt Company’s Daily Deal well over a year ago. I’ve held on to it, thinking I would save it for a special occasion, but meanwhile would indulge myself in my love of the colors every time I came across it in my stash. My personal coloring is called Winter, so the bright teals, purples and golds of the fabric really appeal to me. The pattern is called “Double Slice” and it can be found on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/jxC-0T5lXw4

Cold and wet out again today, and the snow has all but melted except for the tops of the mountains across the way.

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We have a new visitor to the back yard today — a white dove! Makes me think someone had a wedding recently and released a few white doves. Nice to see among all of the pidgeons, doves, and “Hoodies” (Black Crown sparrows).

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My apologies for the long distance photo from my office window — it’s far too cold and wet to go out onto the deck for a closer shot. Plus, if the birds see me, they fly away, so best to get whatever shot I can from inside the house!

Have a good day. Be safe, be well, and be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them. Life can be incredibly short, so live it as well as you can for as long as you can.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

The date is set for Robert’s surgery. He’ll go in on the 30th of this month and will have the surgery that day. They’ll keep him there in the hospital for 3-4 days and then send him home to heal, which according to the surgeon, will take 6-8 weeks. I hope he’s right, as we have a trip to Denver planned for the end of May.

My cousin, Chris Ewington, and her husband Terry, are coming over for a visit from their home in the U.K. during the last week of May. They’ll fly into Denver, CO, the closest airport to Aurora, CO, where our other cousin, Mae Jane, lives. Mae Jane’s companion and long-time friend, David Pennebank will be there to meet Robert and me. We’ll have a great time because we spent several weeks together back in 2004 when Mae Jane, David, Robert and I flew to the U.K. and stayed with Chris and Terry.

I’m still outline quilting the railroad quilt for the Depot gift shop. I want to get it done because I have another emergency quilt to work up for a friend who’s undergoing treatment for bladder cancer. That quilt will be pieced, so it will go quicker, but require more work because it’ll be larger than the one I’m currently working on.

Our weather remains cold and wet. It’s rained off and on since yesterday evening. Bitter cold — in the 40’s during the day and down to the 20’s to 30’s at night.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Enjoy your life — even the bad or worrisome parts, for you can’t enjoy the good without having some bad to compare it to.  Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

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