Wednesday, March 1, 2017

My days move faster and faster. I need to get things ready for our tax preparation and I haven’t even gone through last years records and set up my folders for this year. I have sewing that I would prefer to do — actually, ANYTHING would be preferable to pulling tax stuff together.

No rest for the wicked, or those who have undesirable tasks to do, so I will close with blessings to all. Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Tell those you love that you love them — take care of yourself, and know that you are loved.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

img_20170224_204442This past Friday evening was the monthly meeting of the “Loose Threads” quilting group here in Tehachapi. The evening’s program was a “Sew-A-Thon” where members worked on creating quilts for new homeowners in Mexico–to be presented to them once their new home is built by local church volunteers. Onward and upward, the first photo is the “pre-block” block that will be turned into the block in the next photo.

The pattern is called “Disappearing Nine-Patch” and the effect is quite stunning when you see the transition from a simple block to a complex arrangement of color.








Here are some other blocks and quilt tops:












Ever moving forward, I’m enjoying this change of fabrics and patterns.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.




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Monday, February 20, 2017

There’s a promise of more rain today and through the week, with the possibility of snow by the end of104_0043 the week. It’s good to have all of the rainfall to fill up our reservoirs and water table, but not so good for the landslides, potholes and sink holes that come from too much rain.

We had a bit of rain damage in our laundry room, but not bad, considering.

Robert continues to improve, he naps a bit between reading his books, but isn’t up to much more than that. He’s only slightly bored at this point, so hopefully the next visit to the Urologist/Surgeon will give him a bit more leeway to activities. We’ll stop in at Doug’s Hobby shop there on Chester and that might spark a renewed interest in working on his trains. We’ll have to see if he can get permission to go up and down the stairs first! For now, stairs are off-limits to him.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Know that you are loved, and try to keep a positive outlook in your thoughts. Be sure to remind those you love that you love them.




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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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