Friday, March 16, 2018

The Very Good and Happy Day

HAPPY--clap along with Pharrell Williams
My girl and her chicken love...Portland style
Birthday presents for the married couple
with birthdays 7 days apart.
Made with love from Mommy..
Panels from Equilter

Not to leave out the squirrels living in their
The other night I labeled, snipped and washed this stack of quilts.
This interesting tomato pincushion history.
The Tomato Pincushion
And so I sent it to my girl as her new house warming present.
It is on her mantle.

My yesterday potholder...
My Christmas Easter cacti

The great  news....I am doing so much better.
I think sometimes a person has to just cry and not to overthink it.
There is no answer to death and grief.

We are all benefiting from my new found energy.
End result...I am only doing what I want to do.
Besides the necessary things...
I am an old lady wearing purple..or...such

I am accepting self as I am, and my age.too.... (kind of)
Not so lost any more.
Now, move over I am.

The children and I are close.
We are having fun together.
This weekend is so awesome.

Evan has a sleepover birthday party
Lynsey is having a sleepover and is walking in the St.Paddy's Day parade tomorrow.
Dylan is spending the night with his Aunt Charmaine and going with his cousin to watch the parade,
Grandma here is soooo happy for them being free to be themselves.

I have to hand it to their mother putting her children first, rather than her own agenda..
Speaking of their due momentarily..we are so excited.
And, I am happily sewing.
Life is good.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

And...The Winner is.....

 This morning I rose to find my lovely Lynsey watching "Bake it" on her I-Pad.
Zoe content to sleep at the foot of her bed...probably dreaming of cakes.
Also dolly in her baby carrier on the American girl car.
Everyone enjoying their private day.
Having a child who can entertain herself is such a gift.
That trait will do her well in life.
Yesterday wiped me out.
I had four great days...and now exhausted???
Me thinks I had better see this as progress rather than disappointment.

The winner is:  Lynsey and Grandma.
We won the best door prize at the quilt show.
Debbie delivered it tonight.
This awesome handmade tissue box.
I love it so...It already has tissues in it.

 This hand appliqued reproduction quilt block...wonderful!!
 an interesting rotary cutter.
Hand died fabric to use with my repros...

Evan is home  He had a wonderful weekend with his mother..not too sick, I notice,
but he loved being the only one there.
And Dylan was the only one at his cousins' house.
Winners all...

Can you believe I won a door prize????
Thanks to Drenna who bought me the ticket..
And Debbie who delivered it.

Wish us all good luck getting up in the morning with daylight savings.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Girl and her Grandma

For the first time in my entire life, I have the weekend alone with  my grandgirl.
It is the fault of life, that it has not happened sooner..
There seems like another crisis all the time.
But, now, my cup runneth over.!!
Self-care for Lynsey and self-care for Grandma.

The Charlotte Quilt show was today.
With friends, we went...
We all loved it...
I was so happy to see so many of my friends.
There was a collection of vintage and antique quilts which were stunning.
Here is Lynsey in front of a favorite...They say it is 1930.

I gave her five dollars to spend on fabric...
She really loved the fidget quilts and was thrilled she could touch them without gloves..

Making egg pizza with spinach, onion, mushroom, red pepper and parmesan cheese.  Don't kids always love best what they help cook ourselves.!!
Both last night and tonight...we played Old Maid
And, we laughed and laughed and laughed.
Hot chocolate for her..with marshmallows
A great girls weekend.
Tomorrow...the plans..a morning breakfast movie.
More Old Maid.
We are having the best time ever.
She played for quite awhile in her room with her dolls.
This girl loves to play alone.
She is the  best girl smart and kind and good.

OMG  Ms Stephanie has created a cleaning monster.
9 year old Lynsey insisted that we get a new broom and that she gets to pick it out.
Once home, she was upset that the floor has been swept already..
I told her that I did not know how to sweep.
It was hilarious watching her try to teach me...where to place my hands, etc.

I love these bowl covers...always in my fridge with leftovers..mine are lined with rip-stop

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A friend of mine was diagnosed with ALS this summer.  She kept it a secret until now.
I feel weak and nauseous, I feel exhausted and depleted and helpless.
It brings back visions of the Hoyer lift and the feeding tubes and the suction machine, and the Trilogy breathing machine...and Hospice and death.

I am so glad Lynsey is with me to laugh over Old Maid.
I am grateful.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Hope in the pocket

Thank you Eithne...for this darling  burp cloth for the children's new sister.

 Thank you Mick...for making a holder for all of us...even me..for our needle thread.holders..
Then, come the March birthday aprons...

How dear can a friend be??
Muggs made these aprons for my girl and her man
Thank  you Muggs.
Great aprons, for great cooks..
Below...I just found these in my potholder drawer.
One inch squares
It took two years before I could see my dear man out of the Hoyer lift..
The dying  images kinda PTSD you know.
Now I can see him in this plaid shirt..his very favorite.
The I love you Fintan has faded...on the potholder that is
Not ever in the heart!!

Self care...all for me..I will not go down!!
Went to my doc today...she validated my angst...whew...
Going to my grief therapist ...he validates my angst.
TBTG  I have friends who have really stuck by me...
My quilting friends..and blogging friends..
They may not understand....they are.non-judgmental..
They spell love...T..I..M..E..xo
They are lucky me.

More joy..a great talk with my lovely daughter on the phone.
She does not really need a dog...she has a squirrel in her attic!!

And, my son came to visit...and was in great shape..
He is such a great dad...for 3 hours...
Playing hide and seek, giving hugs and kisses..
Putting the children to bed with prayers and stories.
We all love him so.
What more can a mommy ask for??

I love these links.
All about purple quilts...just sayin'

Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild

I am a phoenix...just like my mother!
Coming Out of the Dark

It is good grief counseling that is saving me too.
Gotta give credit where credit is due.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Mrs. O'Quilts Makes Baby Things

My XDIL is providing a new sister for my three grands
Baby due March 27....or tonight...who knows...My XDIL is huge!
My sister and I joined in the baby shower fun
I made:
I did not use this tute.  I just put it  here so you get the idea.
I bought a package of facecloths at Marshalls.
I cut the edges off, then right sides together with pretty fabric, leaving space to turn.
Once turned...I top-stitched...voila
Pacifier lanyards (note baskets from Nancy's basket bazaar.)

I cannot find the tute for this...but there are a million of them.  I used my coupons at JoAnns for the clip, again..there are other choices online.  Mainly cutting 4 inch wide by 18 inches..ironing in half, pressing edges toward the middle to make an inch strip, top stitching both sides... I put velcro to loop thru the pacifier and sewed the clip thru the loop...It all took about 10 min each.

After making the self-binding receiving blanket above, I found that the simple
right sides together flannel..suggested by our one I like much better.

Money has become very very tight here...Never having worried about money before,  I am shocked to find that raising three grandchildren on  a fixed income is quite the challenge.
We are going to have to stop all outside activities and watch our pennies...the older they get, the more expensive they wishing their parents would kick in some dough..not happening..
Anyway....I was delighted to have fun making these presents with things I had on hand.
Also, teaching values to my darlings.. Money is important, but made with love is better.
I am alone in my journey.
I vow that we will  be OK

Today was a day...after my nap...or two...I was able to jacket up
and read outside in our wonderful Carolina Blue...skies
Life is good...even Stitch got outside time with Zoe and me.

 I am realizing that I worked all my life..for the joy of napping and doing what I wanted..
Which seems to be...sitting on the porch in the sun and reading.
Why now am I guilty when I do this?
Time is running out around here...
I certainly do not want to clean.

And...FYI, again fromMissouri
dog bed

Nice to report...a restful weekend.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Seventh Grade Dance and other memorable things...

Evan's first dance.
Ready to go...all clean and tidy, posing for pictures.
Grandma is so excited for him.
His mommy came just in time to blow dry his hair.
His Grandma had to rush to the store for new trousers...2 sizes up.
He promised he would get a hair trim next week.
Grandma here, trying to choose her battles..
Evan is 12, 13 in June.
PS  He does NOT plan to dance...that would be too "weird"
He wanted to be so perfect, he would not let the dog or cats near him.
His buddy's mom picked him a sleep over at their house.
Growing up, my boy and his grades are improving..whew...
Today, I finished this insulated casserole holder for my 8 inch Pyrex.
My friend Sherry sells them at
Sherry Lynn Fabrics
They are so great to pass hot dishes at dinner.

Dear Muggs has only had her embroidery machine a few weeks.
Here is my gift.. A flour sack tea towel. Amazing work.

I am so happy my grands are flourishing.
It does take a village.

Still so have the worst tooth ache.
No one can figure it out.
It shows on no x-ray.
I have been sent twice to have it extracted.
Actually no one knows which tooth it is.
I wanted all of them extracted on that side...pain..
The oral surgeon refused, saying my teeth are healthy.
They say I am grinding my teeth.
I so do not believe it.
Of course I do not believe I snore either.
I have no dental insurance.  When my husband died, he took that with him too.
Because I do not work, I cannot  hitch on to a group plan.
Crazy American insurance, especially for the senior set..
I am posting this again, in case anyone has a suggestion.
Enough on the whine...

My relatives are all snowed in in Ireland.
We had Carolina blue skies with crisp air today.
Not that we have not had our snow days...and always inopportune !!!
My bro is in New Jersey and my cousin is in Massachusetts.
All awaiting the next big storm.

Tomorrow the baby shower for my XDIL
Her children are quite excited for baby Ava, due in a few weeks.

I have survived tonight..
Started a new book and sewed.
Life can be good.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Turning Eight

Twenty one days later, another February birthday.
 This time it is 8 years old.
Dylan ordered vanilla cake with 7 minute frosting, colored green..
He decorated  it with fruit and a smile!
 I said, Dylan...let's go to Walmart to pick out your present.
Dylan said, I hate stores, so I pulled  up on Amazon Prime what I want.
A friend on the bus gave him the info.
Dylan had it all ready for me to click..".buy",.And in his favorite color green.
There is a tendency for the youngest to be overlooked...not this one, any more.
He is amazing.
Dylan and his siblings came to live with me when Dylan was 3 1/2 years old.
Look at him now!!!!!
 A funky jacket  on sale at Target!!

Was just awesome great to be with like-kind peeps.
Creative ones, with good  hearts.
It made my aches go away for awhile.`
I came home totally motivated.
And so tonight....a happy end of a mountainous daytime ride.
Culminating in my paternal grandmother's 80 year old family fudge recipe.
Which of course ends up in my tummy..
Lordy...Help me..

from London town, England comes a batch of purple squares for our exchange,
It took them 2 weeks to get here...right on time
Boy, that cousin Ann surely knows how to make me laugh and make us all happy.
 Even a card in shades of purple.

The color purple exchange saga goes on.
TBTG we love each other.
We have 9 members our group who are rule followers.
They like things just sew.
We have 2 members of our group who are not rule-followers.
They like things all over the place..
Some are called flexible and creative.
Some are called the loose goose.
Some are called rigid and "right"
Some are called, well...rule followers.
No right and no wrong...stay tuned/
In question is the color purple...shades of..or not.
Also...a blind draw with all the blocks in one pillowcase which would 
give us all  random but equal...or...11 pillowcases...with exact amounts from each case.
I mean..oooooommmmmm
It is called compromise, and love and fun, and flexibility and seeing both sides.
Like I said, it is not even is purple.