Saturday, November 23, 2019

Baby In A Bowl

 Corey sends us pictures of my little great grandson Corey Jr almost everyday.  They are rarely posed pictures, but pictures taken of the baby's every day life.  Here is one of the exceptions that is clearly a posed picture and one of my favorite pictures so far.

Corey Jr is 10 months old, very tall and thin.  Just like his father was when he was this age. His length and weight when he was born were about the same as his father's so I suspect he will be a long legged thin and tall man when he grows up.  Corey and Corey Jr spend a lot of time together which makes my heart happy.  But then I knew he would be a great dad.

It appears that if all goes well, we will be seeing our baby in person soon.
I'm pretty sure I have mentioned that Nic and Corey Jr are going to have a new baby in the family along about March.  This time we get a little girl!

When Terry was in the hospital, I started to crochet a small afghan with variegated yarn that I had in my stash. Simple stitches with no real pattern and a little shell border finish.  I tried to take a picture of the entire afghan, but the picture turned out so bad.  All those little stitched colors looked like a pixel blur so I took a close up picture of it folded and it shows up a little better.   I will be gifting it to Alyssa for the new baby.

Next I'll be working on finishing Nic's Super Hero quilt.  I just got little Corey's quilt (remember the sharks) bound and washed.  I am just so happy how it turned out and am really proud of myself.  It's really my second quilt.  This is such a learning experience!

Grateful:  Recently my focus on what I am grateful for is doctors.  Terry had his follow up visit with the cardiologist that saw him in the hospital.  We have a total understanding of what Afib is made clear to us by his VA doc, our family doc and his Cardio doc.  Now the Cardio doc has thoroughly explained what Terry's options for treatment are.  Terry's brother has the same condition and has undergone all the procedures to correct it.  They didn't work for him.  Additional medication is not an option due to the RA meds Terry takes and his Kidney condition.  We both agreed not to opt for the surgery which if it works might relieve Terry's fatigue and shortness of breath.  But it probably won't because those two conditions are also caused by Terry's other illnesses.  As long as he remains on the meds the doc prescribed when he left the hospital he should be fine.

So.  there you go.  Our life in a nutshell.  My plans for the next month are to sew and later bake.  Christmas is only a month away!!  If you feel like it, please share one of your favorite Christmas Dinner recipes on your own blog.    I think my next blog post will include mine.

Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 8, 2019

I bought a new fall jacket recently.  It's kind of a strange color.  Kohl's calls it burgundy, but there is not one accessory that I could find that has this color in it.

This post is not about the jacket, but the bag I made to go with it.  I love purses.  I love to make purses. I like a bag to coordinate with my coat, jacket or clothes I am wearing. Long ago, I used to sew every purse or tote I carried.  When I worked,  I got away from that, but I am back to it and this is the first of what is to come.

This fabric is a heavy upholstery fabric that I didn't think would be too easy to add zippers to.  I didn't want a front pocket to take away from the fabric design.  I did put a couple of pockets in the lining. There are a couple of tabs inside with a ring so I can clip my keys inside.  I also keep my wallet on a chain attached to a ring inside so it is never loose in my bag.  I left it once on a counter in Walgreens free for the person behind me in line to take it, remove the $$ then call me to tell me they found it, but that is a whole other story to tell.   I didn't use a pattern for this purse.  I just measured fabric and cut.

I usually have things in my purse that I don't even LOOK at.  When I worked, I needed to carry a lot of things just in case I needed them.  I always leaned toward using one of those organizer bags with a pocket for everything.  Now I am constantly going though the pockets looking for whatever I am looking for.  So now, I'm over that.  I have decided that what I want is just a plain purse design.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to either make or buy one of those purse organizers that can be easily moved from one purse to another.  I have a pattern, and have added one to my Amazon Wish List because really, it's pretty cheap so I may get it to see if I like the idea.  If I am going to sew,  I don't want sew something that I can buy for $6 on Amazon.

Grateful:  Today I am grateful for electricity.  Winter cold is moving in and our home is heated with electric heat.

Do you carry a purse?  If so, what design to you prefer.  If you sew yours, feel free to mention a pattern you like.

xx, Carol

Friday, November 1, 2019

Dreams - Endeavourers Reveal

When the Endeavourers November 2019 was announced I didn't have to think about the theme for very long before what I knew how I would approach it.  I am NOT a dreamer.  A sad statement from me I guess.  Maybe not.

Terry's health and my own Carpal Tunnel recovery limited how elaborate I would make this piece.

I had a sad childhood as I was raised by an aunt and uncle who I considered to be my mom and dad. The situation that brought me to them was difficult for my mom as she was probably suffering through menopause.  At least that is what I choose to believe.  My dad worked in the steel mills for US Steel so they were doing pretty well financially and my father never  made me feel as if living with them was a hardship for them and he totally treated me as he did his own children.  Not so much my mom.  I was always grateful that they "took me in".  One thing my mother always said to me if I asked for her to buy something for me, even if it was something I actually did need..."money does not grow on trees".  When I was little, I had many dreams of a money tree growing in the back yard.  I can't remember any other dream from my childhood.

The pieces I stitch for the The Endeavourers Challenge and the pieces I did for the Bead Journal Project are always about me.  The Endeavourers has encouraged me to try some new technique that I have never done before. The leaves on the money tree have been fused to the piece  then stitched around the edges with black thread. You see this technique used a lot and I admit that I have never liked it much.  It goes against my A-type personality to leave the edges raw. Having done it, I admit that I liked DOING it.  I wanted to have a little girl catching 'leaves' in a basket but I just didn't get to that part.  I did quilt in the background. I have always admired those that FMQ.  I have also felt that I would never do it.  My mind has changed on that and I definitely will give it a try.

Grateful:  I am grateful that I am a member of this group.  Even though my pieces are not as elaborate as other's in the group, they do encourage me to extend my quilting/stitching abilities.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

In Limbo

This looks a lot worse by camera than it does in reality.  The doc told me he would make an inch incision for Carpal Tunnel surgery.  When I took the bandages off I felt sure this was 3 inches.  I measured it and it's 1-1/4.  It certainly has messed up my Life Line, lol.

So, it was a good thing to do.  I no longer have numbness in my hand.  The incision is healing nicely.  The doctor has not released me yet.  The next appointment is around November 20.  If you have this surgery, obey the doctor's advice of No Pulling, No Pushing, and No Twisting. Pushing for me included shopping carts at the grocery store, which I didn't realize at the time and paid for by wearing a brace for a day.

Before I had the surgery, I stitched and sandwiched a quilt for Corey Jr. and one for Nic. This is the top fabric for Corey Jr's.  I did get it quilted in straight lines.  Nic's is blocks of Marvel Comics.  I only have Nic's flimsy done.  Both are sandwiched with flannel for the batting since they live in Downtown LA. 
This is the backing. It kind of makes the quilt reversible.


While waiting for my hand to heal a little more, I dug around in my stash for upholstery fabric that I could use to stitch a new purse/bag. I wanted something that would go with a new fall jacket I bought.  In reality, it will probably be too cold to use it before I get it done.

I'm not using a pattern.  Just a simple tote.  I'm going to learn how to add a center pocket divider and a recessed zipper closing.  It should be pretty easy, but I just need the quiet time to think about how to do it using suggestions from Utube tutorials.
October is a busy month for us.  Terry has 6 doctors and sees each quarterly and October is the month.  Add lab work and x-rays and that pretty much fills up our days.

Grateful:  I still find something to be grateful for everyday.  Today I thought a moment about some things that make my day better.  The top of the list right now is NO DRAMA.  Life has been serene and I'll try to keep it that way if possible.  I usually begin to be a bit depressed during the holidays so I will attempt to ward it off.

Tell me, are you stitching for the holidays yet.  How soon do you start to make holiday plans?
xx, Carol

Monday, September 23, 2019

To Jump to Win 10 or Not

I am open to any advice you might have regarding switching to Win 10.  Well, not really switching.

Before I retired I bought a new computer.  Win 10 had just come out and the business owner switched the operating system on all computers. (His son had a degree in "computers" so it was a no brainer for him).  I, however, had a really hard time adjusting.  That was back in 2013.  I didn't even have a smart phone yet, let alone understand how apps worked.  When Microsoft no longer supported the version of Windows I had on my home computer, I bought a Win 7 OS.  Windows back then assured us they would support it into the early 2020s. 

But here it is the end of 2019 and Microsoft says no support for Win 7 after mid January 2020.  So, I jumped in and bought a new tower. (I had bought Terry a Win 10 laptop a few years ago and just did not want to do all I do on line on a laptop.)  I get some kind of comfort visiting the web from my desktop on the desk in my sewing room.

So Windows told me to transfer all of the files I want to save to Drive One.  I pretty much did that, but just in case I also put them on my external hard drive.  My new computer was sitting there on the floor of my room...still in the box.  Sunday Terry was having a difficult day and slept most of the day so I thought this is a perfect time to hook up that new tower.  After disconnecting everything and switching it all to the new tower....what the heck.  The new one had no connection for a VGA plug.  Now what do I do?  I don't want to buy a new monitor.  Mine is a 22" and I LOVE it.  Finding a phone number for Microsoft was the next step.  Such a great guy told me I just needed an adapter.  OK, I love this guy.  He gave me the number of where to call on Monday when the HP store was open.  In the mean time I hooked my old tower back up and looked on line for an adapter....OMGosh how do you know what to buy?  So Monday I called the HP Store, got a part number and hopefully it is on it's way to me as I type.

So, if you have switched to WIN 10 and have a story to tell or a warning, PLEASE let me know so I will know what to watch out for.

Grateful:  Today I am grateful for Ibuprofen.
My Carpal Tunnel surgery was rescheduled to this coming Thursday.  I was told before the first scheduled day that I should discontinue taking Advil 10 days before surgery.  I did not realize what a great anti-inflammatory Advil IS.  I am feeling more aches and pains than I knew I had.  Tylenol is not reaching them.

xx, Carol 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Terry went to have his cataract removed.  He was all ready and prepped to go when they called it quits and said he must go to the ER because his heart was in Atrial fibrillation. That was Tuesday.  He was hospitalized from Tuesday to Friday while the cardiologist tried to get his heart beat no normal or at the very least in the 90s.   But they sent him home with 3 new prescriptions and we have added another doctor to Terry's list of docs that care for one health issue or another.

An easy explanation for the condition is that your heart makes too many electric shocks.  The worry is that blood pools in the lower part of the heart which can lead to a clot and stroke. Apparently this must have been occurring intermittently since with all the doc appointments he has, no one has ever mentioned it. Now it is a permanent condition.

Terry has too many electric shocks occurring in his heart.  The day I brought him home, my car decided that it will not doing whatever it does electrically so I guess it will go in the shop. BUT, that can't occur for a few days because I have been called to jury duty.  I'll have to take a spare battery and a portable starter in my car so I don't get stranded.  I could ask for a deferment but our calendar is so full of medical appointments coming up I just figure to get it over with.

The cardio doc said Terry could have had the eye surgery, but the eye guy says he'll reschedule when the cardio doc gives Terry a release which will happen when he sees him again in November.

My best and favorite sewing machine is at the Sewing Machine Doctor.  It's been there 3 weeks now and I haven't had the energy to call to find out when it will be done.  Might as well stay there while I dole out money to fix the car.  In the meantime I have a little Brother machine that stitches well, but honestly sewing has been put aside for probably another week.

Harley (Terry's dog) was so NICE to me when Terry was away.  AND he lost weight which proves what I have been telling Terry....he gives the dogs too many treats and people food!!

I took yarn with me to the hospital so I have interest in using yarn I have accumulated and so far it has helped me in trying to break a habit of playing a game at night on my tablet.  I have been trying to spend less time playing and I'm pretty sure I am transferring my interest to crochet.  This makes me so happy!!

Another weird thing happened, but not weird in the way I recently posted about, with our trash can.  I heard the truck stop in front of my house, but when I went out to bring t back up to the house it was NO WHERE to be found.  I called the service to bring another can.  I asked if there was a way the can could have dropped into the truck when the operator dumped it.  The girl told me she had worked there a long time and never heard of it happening before.  If the can was stolen I would have to pay $50 to get a new one, but she waived the charge just in case it DID fall into the truck.

Grateful:  I am grateful I have Terry home.  I got a taste of what it would be like without him and I didn't like it...not one little bit.

How was YOUR week?   Did you do anything fun?
BTW, I read all of your posts while I was sitting with Terry, but no commenting  because my phone is a PITA.  I don't know how people do all their internet business using a phone.
xx, Carol

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Strange Happenings

I am writing this post really to document happenings in my house over the last year or so.  Previously I posted about other weird occurrences but these things are happening more and more frequently.

Terry has felt someone poke him while he is sleeping.  Ok.  That's probably a dream that feels real.  But it happens pretty often.  He hears me call his name when I didn't.  Come on..he doesn't even hear me when I DO call his name, lol.

But these occurrences that have been happening are out of the ordinary. 

I have a 6'x 9' rolled carpet that has been leaning against a corner of the dining room waiting for me to wash the hard wood floor before I lay it down. It really is leaning in a corner against the corner.  Yet it fell in the opposite direction onto the floor.  Not sideways but flat out in the opposite direction.

Then there was the smell of cigarette smoke in the living room.  All the doors and windows were closed.  It was NOT the smell of wood burning, but a cigarette.

And the night I woke up smelling my SIL's perfume in the bedroom.

There is a shelf in the back hall next to the extra refrigerator about shoulder level.  There has been a box about 9 x 9 x 9 sitting on that shelf for years. So long that I had forgotten it. Out of the clear blue it fell off the shelf.  We heard it fall, and checking it out there was absolutely no reason for it to fall.

We hear something fall in the garage...we find nothing out of place.

We hear the garage door's closed.

This morning the MOST unexplained thing happened.  I had collected a bag of sweat shirts to give to my daughter.  I put them in a white 13 gallon trash bag and tied a knot in the bag and placed it on the floor of my sewing room.  I put them there where the would be out of the way because I had more to give her.  I saw them there, in the bag when I turned out the light last night before I went to bed.  This morning when I got up, the sweat shirts were on the floor in a stack and the bag was no where to be found!.  Not the bag.  Not a piece of the bag anywhere. How does that happen?  HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN??? 

 Does stuff like this happen at YOUR house?  I'm really open to the Supernatural.  Stuff falling or sounds in the night...ok.  Sometimes things disappear and show up later.  But this bag thing is TOO weird.