Saturday, September 8, 2018

We had a fantastic time today. My quilting friends all met here at the house and we swapped out fabric strips, ate smoked tri-tip, salads, rolls, veggies and fruit, and several wonderful desserts. The weather was perfect and we had a wonderful time. We’ll get together again in December for our Christmas party where we’ll swap fabric strips again, only this next time they’ll be BRIGHT colors, like Kaffe Fassett creates. Eventually, we’ll be creating a very large quilt using a Split-Nine pattern.

One member of the quilting group is moving to San Diego to be closer to the kids and grandkids. I explained that we had done just the opposite and hoped to be able to stay in this home until our health forces us to move back to San Diego. May that day be years away…

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. There are so many things in life that are small blessings. My sister always felt blessings had to be huge things, like winning the lottery. Nope, blessings can be as small a thing as coming to a busy intersection and finding no cars in sight–like someone is holding back traffic just for you. Or going to a place where parking is a problem and finding a space open just for you. It’s truly the little things that make your life a blessing. Be sure to bless those you love, and tell them that you love them.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Another absolutely gorgeous day here in Tehachapi. I have a lot to do but want to share what I’ve been working on. I tend to get sidetracked at times, but always for a worthwhile reason.

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This photo of a butterfly is one I took when we were staying with our friends in Battleground, WA in July of this year. I shared it online with my 3-D Sheets 4-All group. The artists in this group create and share sheets of 3-dimensional images that can be cut apart and layered to create one of a kind greeting cards. The zebra stripes prompted a member, A.S., to write to me and ask if anyone had a sheet with a Zebra on it. In fact, one member did create a Zebra some years ago and I had created a card with it.

A.S. shared that she had been diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Cancer, a rare form of cancer, and there was going to be an international conference in Henderson, NV, later this month. In discussing making cards to pass out to people at the conference, I suggested a bookmark would be easier. I said I had created bookmarks for my sister when she underwent chemo for breast cancer a number of years ago. Thus was born the latest reason for getting sidetracked. This is the bookmark I created for the NET Cancer Awareness conference, which will be held in Henderson, NV, September 27-29, 2018.  NET conference bookmarkAt first, A.S. said there were going to be about 200 attendees. After sharing the bookmark concept and sample with the president of the organization, A.S. said the number of attendees was more like 500. She said I could make as many as I felt like making, but she didn’t expect me to make 500. So, I printed out a number of sheets last night and began laminating them. (I had made a trip to Bakersfield on Wednesday to pick up black on black fabric (another project in the works) and a new cartridge for the laminator. I used the remainder of laminator material that was in the machine plus all of the new cartridge. Then I began trimming and cutting the bookmarks.

I finally gave up and went to bed at 1:45 a.m. I’m at mid-morning now and need to get back to work on the bookmarks, so I’ll leave you with blessings and a request to be safe, be well, and please be happy. Robert was watching me print out the bookmark sheets last night and commented that I get mixed up in so many things. I told him that my purpose in life was to take care of him and to help anyone who needed me in any way. That’s my purpose in life–to be there for others. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them; life can be very short at times.

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Friday, August 30, 2018

Our weather has finally cooled off and the night air has that crisp feeling of approaching winter. A perfect time of the year–not too hot, and not too cold. San Diego’s temperatures were like that and having lived there for most of my life, I got acclimated to a minimum of change in temperature throughout the year. There used to be only a few days in the summer that were truly hot, but from what my friends tell me, the weather there has changed and summer heat is higher and lasts longer than ever before. The same appears to be true for here in Tehachapi. People are more than ready for some cold weather.

Cooler days means more time spent outdoors. We cleaned part of the deck yesterday and today we’ll work on the middle section. I’ve been vacuuming it because water will go down through the boards and flood the patio beneath. Not good. I’m thinking of buying one of those floor cleaners that washes the floor and vacuums up the water immediately. I think it might do a better job than just dry vacuuming. It’s a thought…

Labor Day weekend is upon us. Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them. Blessings to all…

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

It’s another week coming to a close. I’m right at half-way done with the quilting on my latest quilt. Would much rather be completely finished, but it’ll get there, one spot at a time.

One of my cardmaking friends posted that she feels guilty at times because she gets caught up wasting time rather than working on the cards and folds she should be working on. I replied and said I knew what she meant —  I’ve got very little accomplished this week; far less than I thought I would get done. But I know that when I do work on things, it brings them a little further along.

Not much to report — one day at a time. One quilt at a time. Blessings to all. Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Don’t berate yourself for not working 100% of the time. You’re meant to enjoy your life and if doing nothing pleases you, then you should do nothing. Your projects will get completed. Trust me!

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Friday, August 24, 2018

The days pass and suddenly, here I am at August 24th, my half-sister Nancy’s birthday. Tomorrow is a double family birthday–my next eldest sister, Sudie, and her son-in-law, Brian were both born on the 25th. My younger sister’s birthday was on the 7th and I didn’t think of it until it was that day so all I could do was send her an e-card.

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The photo above is of Nancy and Barbara — full sisters to one another, and a half-sister to me. It was taken the day of Nancy’s welcome to the family party. Nancy was given up for adoption at birth and found me and the rest of her biological family in September 1998. Barbara and Nancy are both gone now, as is my next eldest sister, Sudie. They’re together again and no doubt having fun. The photo to the left is of Nancy and her Sweet Adelines quartet. Nancy is the tall one on the left in the photo. She had such gorgeous evening dresses that she wore in singing competitions. And, her quartet appeared at “The Mouse House” (what Nancy nicknamed Disney World in Orlando, FL) many, many times. She had a wonderful voice.

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The photo above is of my next eldest sister, Sudie. She was President of the Women’s Auxiliary for the VFW Post in San Diego when this photo was taken. I imagine it’s still hanging on the wall there at the Post. She was a much loved volunteer there at the Post.

It’s such a beautiful day today — our outdoor temperature is down to a very cool 63 degrees and the skies are clear. Wonderful weather, and so very welcome after our days of hotter than normal summer heat.

Robert has a follow-up appointment this morning and I have a quilt to work on so will close this for now. Have a good day; be safe, be well and please be happy. Know that you are loved. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them. Love endures forever…

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Monday, August 20, 2018

These train quilts are actually quick to make up. I have the next one ready to pin and then it will get quilted and bound.

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Finishing this quilt is the goal for this week. I might make a couple of cards too, just to keep a few handy for sending. We have a couple of friends whose health isn’t 100% and they need a bit of TLC right now.

Be safe, be well (PLEASE) and please be happy. Know that you are loved in this life and you are important to others. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Thank you, Google, I think… On Monday of this week, I went in to see my dr. because of severe itching. I itched all over my body and it had been going on for several weeks, off and on. I knew that something had to be causing it, but I didn’t know what. I’ve also been extremely tired, falling asleep at the keyboard, or even sitting and reading, I would nod off. The dr. ordered a urinalysis and bloodwork. A few days later, the dr’s office called to inform me that I had a urinary tract infection and they had called in a prescription for an antibiotic. News to me… I didn’t feel a thing, which for a UTI, that’s a rare thing. They’re typically extremely painful with physical signs that are easily recognized.

Today, I feel more tired than usual, and after waking from another nod-off, I decided to look up severe itching on Google. Surprise, surprise. It’s my Fibromyalgia at work again. I should have figured… But imagine my surprise when the first hit that comes up says Fibromyalgia in big black letters. The Chronic Fatigue connection fits how I’ve felt recently, though I haven’t been diagnosed with it. Fatigue is one of the more common symptoms of Fibromyalgia. I just didn’t know that itching was a symptom of FM.

https://www.verywellhealth.com/extreme-itch-in-fibromyalgia-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-3972965#gB3

Good gosh, but life is never boring. I’m thinking I’ll call for a referral to an Endocrinologist tomorrow. I had been seeing one several years ago, but the one I was seeing retired to South Carolina and since I was actually doing o.k. at the time, I didn’t see it necessary to look for a new one. I think it’s time I reconnected with an Endo., however. Maybe we can re-evaluate taking something for this condition.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. I always try to roll with the punches, knowing that this too shall pass. I told the nurses at the radiology lab yesterday that acceptance was 90% of life. How very prophetic my words were…

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