Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Playing a poor hand well, still....

 My dearest man never whines or complains..he leaves that all to me!!  ALS does not have him down.  Instead of tennis, he has switched to bird watching. He joined the Audobon society of Charlotte.  The new motorized wheelchair has given him some life back and he is using it perfectly.  Here he is with the chair back in the perfect bird watching position.  PS...Elizabeth has advised me that motorized wheelchair is a more appropriate term than electric chair...:)
 My wonderful pool friends had given me a generous gift card which I had been holding to my heart. Today I bought some supplies for Mr. O'Quilts with some of that money... Two new bird feeders and some different kinds of bird food.
 Can u see them in the tree ready for the Finches and Cardinals and Woodpeckers??

I still cannot seem to sew..Just eating chocolate...
 Check this out...  Happy

BTW...thank you RD
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Being Green

Aunt Emily brought these bean seeds from the farm bed and breakfast in Asheville..
Today they were planted in the little pots.
Then the fun began...weeding and preparing the plot for bean planting...Oh, my how much fun was this..."He is weeding my corner, it is too hot, I do not like this Grandma!!!, etc"  But they got it done and this will be our bean garden:)  LOL
 My design wall is in Mr.O'Quilt's new bedroom.  So I found some old green flannel and just made me a new one...for now...Friends are having babies so I want to start geting ready.
 Here we have the next stage of the Brown Bear baby quilt.
Sewing always makes a day better.

More to Inspire

A few beautiful days ...Great family time with the kids playing in their bathing suits and Mr. O'Quilts getting back a bit of his life in his new electric wheelchair.  We have all the windows wide open and the birds are so so noisy...letting us all know it is spring in the Carolinas.  Trying here some light- heartedness...with....
 
Sewing on a tractor!!!!
 A big thank you to Beth for sending this to me and to Becky for doing it....ha!!!   and then...


Gratefulness.org   
Thank you to Mary Pat for sharing this site with me....very helpful.

This five year old someone insists on doing her own hair...Good thing I  am choosing my battles....

 This morning I woke up to this!!!  When my daughter cooks, we call it Emi-Lou's Cafe!!  Homemade fresh blackberry scones, bacon, oranges,etc....  When she leaves it will be back to cereal and bananas!!!  She makes us all so very happy.




Friday, April 11, 2014

From my daughter with love

She found my chocolate in my purse...She ranted and she raved....
 And then she sent me this link....So ha!!!! 


Vindicated at last...
.Friends...just put those M&M bags on my porch any time you want...lol...love you all.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Strong Women Shore me up

Friends....... What would I do without you?????
  Today came Rosie the Riveter  Sherry with her tools to secure Marni's wheelchair ramps to our doorway.  She brought her riveting tools and fixed away!!!  Thank you Sherry!!
                                                   And then came, Nancy, the gardener...!!
 She and my girl planted the garden today.  Weeding and planting and enjoying the lovely Carolina day, while my arthritis and I sat in a chair and visited with them all.  Thank you Nancy!!!  Thank you Emily!!!
 I had just been to Aldi and splurged on two $7 plants...Tri-color pimento peppers and a big old tomato plant...huge they are...(Nancy and Emily were more practical with their plant contributions).
 Bargain napkins at Aldi too...Pattern.reminding me of the sewing I have not been able to do in weeks...Missing it sew.
 I really want to create, but I cannot concentrate.  I kinda just walk around in a daze.  Tonight I made myself put lattice on these blocks.  I really like Brown Bear, Brown Bear.  I think a Brown Bear quilt gifted with the book makes a sweet present.  At least I started at the machine again.
Grateful, grateful, grateful me!!!

The Bitter and the Sweet

Mr.O'Quilts just ordered a new addition for his hospital bed...a trapeze.  He needs help turning over in bed and getting up.
 My girl making home made ice cream with the grands....Vegan style?????  They do not care as long as it has chocolate in it.
 One tiny taste for me, and it was gone in a heart beat!!
 Here, Zoe tries hard to keep the bad things at bay.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

After 3 and a half months here helping us, and working remotely to her job abroad, my girl has to go home.  Oh, Lordy...I just gotta take a deep breath!!
I am trying to practice the saying of these parts of the country....
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"Never trouble trouble, till trouble troubles you"
I know deep down that we will be ok..
She has set a very high standard for us.
I am trying to celebrate the day instead of. even thinking about tomorrow.  
As they say, one day at a time.
 Who could resist a smile when these two are gardening for me!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Pink, Pink...You Stink!!

Just over 5 days of double Pink Eye...Hello...at my age I have never had it before and it hurt.  Rather than expose you all to my sorry face, I decided to take a look at my pink stash...wow...sorely lacking...puny...as in not much...well I do know how to remedy that one:)
 Here we have my sister showing her ZigZag with character quilt...ha..Terri quilted it for her and it will be delivered soon full of the signatures taken from her friends wedding.
A neighborhood power outage never stopped our quilting group from meeting!!
  Power was out from 4:30 to 9 pm...Marie managed to turn 65 anyway, even in the dark...the champagne helped a lot:)
I am so thrilled to have another baker in the house...
Cousins came in last night for a visit and left today...lots of love and laughter and fun down memory lane for Mr. O'Quilts and his family.  There was Mary coming in from Texas, Vinnie from New York, Conrad from Ireland and Brendan from Tampa...Well, they all come from Ireland, but live these other places now.  Can you imagine all flying in to Charlotte airport within an hour of each other like it was nothing!!!
 The construction for the wheelchair accessibility is finished.  Sigh!!  The tulips are blooming, the birds are singing and spring is here...Now, I just need someone to dig up my garden so I can put in the cukes and zucchini....
.A light breeze is blowing thru my sewing room window...
Just for today...and that is all I need.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

So Come Again Another Day......

The visitors left.  But....They booked a flight back in June...How about that.  How awesome is that...so we do not feel alone and do not feel like it is goodbye forever. 
 Awesome is the key word.
The visit was a great success in many ways.  Geraldine bought the kids books...
Well..Dear Evan who hates to read has almost finished the book she bought whilst sipping tea..the Irish way :)  Geraldine knows math too and Declan  fixes screens and handles household spiders..
A big thanks to both of you.....now safely back home in Dublin.
Quilting night...deciding to just finish off bottles of gift wine, etc....gotta recycle, you know...


 Muggs got carried away at the store with bday cakes!!  No one complained!!
 Cleaning day...all hands on board.  Someone.... is the only one small enough to get into the bottom freezer to clean out the ice...you go girl.
 A race with the dog..better these two than me..How much fun!!!!
...
 Non stop nerve racking construction.  No wonder there is no quilting post.
Now all the downstairs doors are wheelchair accessible. 
 Sometimes it is just too much. 
 Mr. O'Quilts has now ordered a trapeze for his hospital bed so he can get up and turn over.
 Random cheer...Molas...What to do with all of these that I got in Panama years and years ago...I just had to throw this one in...
And then there is this cool power cord covers tute..I put it in my Evernote files for future reference when things calm down...when things calm down...when things calm down...
I am out of chocolate.
Good night.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Who Would Have Known......

The good life!!  First of all...Sew EZ Designs is having a close-out sale...again..!!!  Her 40wt and 50 wt Aurifil thread is $7 a spool plus 10% off and $6 shipping for a UPS envelope holding 30 spools...Going together with friends to fill it up makes the best sense.  Check it out...My heart!!  
Then...my wonderful pool peeps gave me an awesome gift cert...They said to buy a little something for myself...hmmm...Just happened to be at IKEA and found this wonderful batik..a package for $19.  It is FIVE yards worth...sigh...it made my day!  Blood pressure still rises looking at its beauty.

Visitors here...who would have known...Auntie Geraldine from Dublin is a whiz with kids...Sigh!!!! A HUGE help.  She did the reading, the baths, the walks to the river, the homework...I am so very grateful.
 Uncle Declan came with her...ha!  Here the brothers...Mr. O'Quilts and himself supervise Brian organizing and cleaning our garage...lucky Brian!!
A lovely sunny day with Carolina blue...perfect for a picnic.

 And so it goes...family and friends continue to gather round helping in every single way.!!!  So blessed here.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Paddy's Day

All ready to celebrate at school...I came with them and read "Shamrock Sean"...Thank you Aunt Maura for bringing the cool book
So much fun on St. Paddy's Day

And then, how hilarious are these???



An ALS friend died today.  It was two years after diagnosis...This is pretty hard...gotta get the energy somehow to get involved into a project!!!!  Get going Diane...

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Phoenix

 So....It was not quite a nervous breakdown...rather a breakdown of other sorts.  My back went out.! My body said STOP and in to the bed I went...twice!!!

My EXD and my USB and my VGA all broke...forever ...it seemed.
Really, I do not know which was worse...
But, lucky me has a genius of a daughter and her genius boyfriend..tonight my computer and I are back..
 TBTG for my sanity and..my blogging therapy..

Below we have my dear man relaxing in the lovely Charlotte weather after an amazing fundraiser for himself.  250 people came out to hear the Irish band and support Mr.O'Quilts.  He was able to play the piano in his wheelchair and enjoy the night.  It was the best all around!!!
 Mr.O'Quilts is totally downstairs now.  My daughter and her man moved his whole office into his downstairs room..which is why my computer moved here...Idea thanks to Sherry!!!  Thank you Sherry.
 Thank you Terri for the cute Valentine's heart.
 Thank you Ellen for all the wonderful goodies to make my broken heart sing.  Can you believe it...the adorable pincushion alone would have put me over the moon.
  You notice the chocolate...( between you and me...there were also M&M's)....gone..I do not know where!!!!  Do not ask ...please!!.
And the greatest of these is love...given to me by my girl Emily...my very favorite flower.
With gratitude, I am back.