Monday, December 27, 2010
This picture was taken on Saturday, December 25, 2010. Raychel is the one in the black and white checked shirt. I believe in miracles!
Raychel came over on Friday morning and stayed with Mike and I until yesterday afternoon. Now Mike and I have gotten very accustomed to just it being us and we enjoy the quiet in the evening. Well Raychel is not a quite person and we were so happy to drop her off at home yesterday but then I reminded Mike that we are very thankful that she can be loud and annoying at times.
I am very excited to see what 2011 brings.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I’m not sure about this being home on unemployment. I am laid off until April 1st and not sure what people do all day long. I understand Mom or Dad’s that stay home with their kids but Mike and I don’t’ have kids at home anymore. Mike’s work is seasonal but in the winter he does work off and on so we are together all day. He is working for Donny and Marie Osmond for a few days the end of this month so I will have a few days alone. I love my husband dearly but not sure if I could live the retired life right now, I think I am a little young to be sitting home.
I have been sewing. I had 4 quilts that needed to be quilted.
This quilt I am doing for myself. I always wonder how many quilters keep their quilts for themselves or give them away. I usually give them away but seems like I have given so many away that I don’t know who to give anymore to.
I had all these flannel hst left from another quilt (I always cut way to many) and when I got laid off I made a commitment to myself that I would use what I have. I put this quilt together for Taylor and did not have any flannel for the backing but did have some bright green polar fleece. It turned out perfect and is so soft. She loves blankets/quilts of any kind so I know she will love it.
This is my sister in law, Pat, who just had surgery for ovarian cancer. She came in last week for 4 days and we had such a great time. She does a quilt for each of her nephews and nieces that graduate from high school. Her Mom use to do it but since her Mom’s arthritis has gotten so bad Pat does them now. Her Mom buys the fabric and the pattern and Pat buys the batting and backing and does the piecing. Sometimes the fabric her Mom buys is not the best quality and will stretch when you don’t want it to but she makes it work. We could not find a backing for this quilt in cotton and then we came across this flannel and it was perfect.
We made it thru all 3 days and on the 4th day she said something about the doctor saying she had 1 to 3 years and I lost it. I know I am getting older and so are my friends and family but it does not matter how old you or your loved ones it still is not fair. Her oncologist seems to be more optimistic so I’m going with his opinion.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
I always think I need more fabric and this is just part of that sewing disease.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Well the first thing was my sister in law being diagnosed with ovarian cancer and was told on Monday that she has 1-3 years. I think I cried for 2 days straight. I asked what the Dr told her on Monday and that was it. I'm done asking questions that I really don't want to hear the truthful answer.
The second thing: Tuesday I took Raychel to the Dr because her seizures were so out of control and they put her in the hospital. She was not very happy being that she has become so afraid of germs since being so sick the last 4-1/2 years.
Mike and I were to fly out this morning to Phoenix for 6 days and because of Raychel we were not going to go. This was not the 3rd thing.
The 3rd thing: Yesterday Mike had gone to the dam by our house and went for a 2 mile walk, came home and told me he was going to the gym (cardiac rehab at the hospital) to finish working out. We were in the beginnings of what they thought could turn into a snow storm. I stopped by the store to get my batting since I was not going to be flying anywhere and had just got into the car and my phone rang. It was Mike or so I thought. It was Aaron, nurse at rehab, she proceeded to tell me that Mike had been working out and all of a sudden he went down and I needed to get to the emergency room. Once there I was told that they could not find a pulse and was not breathing. They got to him called code blue and started working on him. They turned him over and were just going to shock him and they found a pulse and he started gasping for air. His breathing did level off but was very faint. He is doing so much better today. They did not even call for a cardiac consult last night and I could not figure out what they were waiting for. The cardiologist came in this morning and was so upset that they did not call him last night. He said he would have taken Mike right in for a angiogram but now they are doing it tomorrow. They are not sure if Mike has a blockage or if it is a electrical issue. Mike had 2 heart attacks 2 years ago 2 weeks apart so they are not taking any chances. I think even if he had not had the previous heart attacks they still would be very concerned with the heart stopping.
With this being Thanksgiving I should say what I am thankful for.
I am thankful that bad things come in 3's.
I am thankful that Mike and Raychel are both going to be ok.
I am thankful that the rest of my family and friends are healthy and are great.
I am thankful that I am laid off from work for awhile and I get to sew until my fingers bleed. This has always been my dream.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Friday, November 12, 2010
This is my sister in law, Pat, with her horse and one of her baby goats. She is/was married to Mike's brother, Rod, who passed away 2 years ago. She has a farm with goats, cows, chickens, horses and I'm sure there are other critters I am forgetting. Oh yea Eleanor the dog. Pat is so strong and she is the reason I ever thought of joining the quilting world. She planted the seed and there you go the rest is history. I think she was being selfish doing this because she did not want to be the one with to much fabric. Her and I have become so close over the years and thru Raychel's illness she really was my rock.
Pat had breast cancer twice many years ago and beat it and everything has been fine. She came to spend the weekend with me so we could sew and hang out in my sewing room for hours but she was not feeling the best. She finally went to the Dr this past Monday and found out that she has ovarian cancer. I have cried this whole week every time I think of her and that is very often. Even Mike is so saddened by this and he is not to much of an emotional guy.
I am so afraid of this cancer just because of what I have heard about it over the years. She goes in for surgery next week and I will be there. Surgery was suppose to be on Wednesday and they just changed it to Friday which is better. I can go up and spend the weekend with her while she is in the hospital. She lives in Wilmar Mn which is about 1-1/2 hrs west of Minneapolis so I'm just not sure if her boys will be coming in for the weekend and being there or if they will go afterwards on Friday.
I hate getting old. It seems the older you get the more your friends get sick.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I love when she comes in and we do nothing but sew and snack all weekend. When she comes for the weekend I feel like there is nothing more important that I should be doing than just hanging out with her.
We sew and my husband, Mike, takes care of the meals and dishes if he's home. How perfect is that.
It was so funny last night I decided to start sewing the rows and I made such a mess out of the order. I finally had to sit back and count from the center out and of course I had 8 on one side and 7 on the other. Had to do some ripping out and then got everything in order. Hopefully tonight it will go smoother.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
These 2 pictures are the first quilt I did and is such a nice quilt. Last night I got the next one loaded and will get it done and shipped out by Monday morning.
I think we biked about 20 miles over the 2 days and Taylor could not believe that Grandpa Mike could be so far ahead of us at his age (56). Funny how old that is to a 12 year old and is not old when you are 56. I remember when I was in my 20's and thinking how old 40 was and here I am 51.
We came across this tank and of course Taylor had to get up on it and get her picture taken for Mom.
I have been so self conscience since putting on so much weight. I have been struggling with my thyroid for quite a few years and finally my doctor told me on Monday no more white flour, sugar, starches and bad carbs. He guarantees me that I will lose at least 2 pounds a week by just doing that. I hope so.
Mike and Taylor being goofy. She hates wearing her helmet but she wears it. Mike was trying to show how great you can look like with the helmet on or should I say how old (just kidding Mike).
In Minnesota this time of the year is perfect time for camping. Warm enough during the day and cool enough at night for the bonfires. We were suppose to go this weekend but we figured we better take advantage of beautiful weather and get the yard cleaned up before the snow flies. I heard that it is going to be a very hard winter
This is the most recent picture of my daughter, Raychel. For anyone that does not know she had been very ill for 4-1/2 years. 1-1/2 years ago she weight 80 pounds and at 5'8" that was such a scary time. She just found out that she has to have another surgery and I am so thankful that she has finally put weight on. When she needed surgeries before it was always so life threatening so this time won't be that way. She also has epilepsy which we found out about 3 years ago and because she was always so ill the seizures had always been on the back burner. Last January she went in for a EEG and the dr called and wanted her to come in right away to discuss the results. Mike and I had just left for our 5 week trip and I was going to fly home for it and she refused to go. She promised me that we would go see the dr when I got back home. Well guess what she finally went last week, yes 7 months later. The dr gave us horrifying news, Raychel had 20 seizures over the 24 hour period that she had the EEG wires connected. Raychel started crying and it took everything I had to be strong for her. She did have a bad seizure during that time and we knew that but the other ones are smaller seizures and were lasting from 1-2 minutes. Well she is on more meds and hope that they work, unfortunately it takes 3 months of slowly increasing the dose to get to the right amount. She thought all this time that she was having anxiety attacks and taking meds for that to find out they were seizures. She is amazing to deal with everything that she has been faced with the last 4-1/2 years.
Friday, September 3, 2010
This is Charlee and Jaxson our adopted grandkids. Our friends that are the true grandparents live in AZ so we have become the extra grandma and grandpa. I'm not complaining since Raychel will probably never have children and not sure about Justin's thoughts on the whole parenting thing. It's ok he is only 27 and a man so will wait and see.
Jaxson is so precious and love having him come and spend time with us. He always cries when it is time to go home and that breaks my heart but also makes me feel so loved. He has his cars and trains here so he comes and can play for hours with them.
This quilt is one I decided to do a couple of weeks ago. It is hard to tell the wonderful colors in the quilt with the color of my walls. That is Tera cotta color but really does look rose like. I'm thankful my walls really don't look like that.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I don't know if anyone has ever gotten the bug to do applique but I really have become very interested in it. I'm not sure why but some of the quilts I have seen are so beautiful. I think what got me hooked was this:
I found this over at "Don't look now" blog.
I hope everyone has a safe holiday weekend.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Here are the blocks I am working on for the quilt I am making for my bosses little girl that is coming from Russia. Shari has always wanted a little girl and now she will finally have one. The quilt calls for 45 blocks and I have 14 done. Mike is not home tonight so I am hoping I can put a dent in the pile.
So look closely at these two pictures. Why in the world would someone or company think that anyone would want to follow a toilet company on Twitter? I just thought this was so funny.
I love traveling thru Iowa every so often you come across these barns with quilt blocks on them. I would love to put one on my garage but I don't think that will happen.