Monday, April 6, 2020

Surviving Crazy Day 20.

My second April block from Jen
 The day of all days.. beautiful weather ...
However, no sleep last night.
Groups of teens coming into our park behind my house at 2 am.., back again at 7 am...OMG Neighbors called the police...the kids broke bottles , vomited., acted like fools and kept me up all night.  In the morning...my kids..started fighting.
  I imagine that is happening all around the world now...
at least we have a big back yard..
At the end of today, I was so Crabby McNasty... I made the children weed the garden.
You can see the two green shirts weeding away., especially annoying for them as
old grandma sits and reads a book watching them.

My son offered to help me spray baste two of my baby quilts...
Wow...did my stress go away. He told me that I was not doing it perfectly so he would rather do it along...OMG...a brand new spray baster in my house.!!!!
I had to go bed while the happy lasted...

Hey Rosa..I do not have your email so I can give you a proper thank you for your comment...

Tonight I took some fabric I had bought on sale somewhere..years ago..and made new dishtowels.
With strict instructions for the grands not to use them to clean the floor nor sop up spaghetti.
Fabric was a bit too heavy for quilting..but perfect for this...just one of those things a
person needs a pandemic in order to proceed...with this UFO
Above....four finished dishtowels...

In keeping with crazy...here are my sleeping buddys..
Which one is guilty of a job well done???

The big fat dead mouse I found under my bed!!!!

In keeping with random..here is a picture of my daughter's cleaning solution
Homemade in Portland..used citrus stewing in white vinegar..
Surviving
Last night's drama deserved a treat.
In the freezer, Lynsey found a bit of frozen squeezed lemon juice
She made a cake...the very first frosting and cake she made all by herself.

Everyone knows what a sewing room is really for:  Reading!!!!.
As long as he reads...I think he can stay.
Homeschooling is only going well because of the kind and brilliant teachers
we have at our elementary school. They have been contacting the children directly on their chrome
books without having to go through me.  Dylan knows how to do Google Classroom and Zoom on the chrome books and helped his sister.  Today, Lynsey studied an hour or more with her math and language arts teachers...and Dylan had two appts to see both his classroom friends and his reading teacher.  I am truly amazed.

I hate to use my lovely dish cloths...I love to look at the clean ones..
Tonight I just had to do it...Isn't it so pretty with the tomatoes...?  Oh, well.

Tomorrow, I will try to do the quilting on two basted baby quilts...
I am kind of getting used to the lazy days with no appointments.
I told the kids that the Easter Bunny was in the hospital with Coronavirus.
Lynsey laughed but Dylan (10) said he would send him a card.
Oh, my heart!!!!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Day 15...Oh, Here We Are....

Just look at the awesome card I got in the mail from my new friend, Suzette!!!
Isn't this just perfect card for an O'Quilt sewist!!!
It is on my wall right now...Thank you Suzette.

Patterns by Jen...Monthly color blocks
I missed the deadline for March block...but finished it in the morning.
And tonight...I made a funky version of April's block.
I love funky...here I would have preferred the value in order.
What does a person do under great stress???
Relax over making rope bowls...Just ordered some more rope. to keep Amazon busy.
and ...me busy too..
Wednesday night quilters have met now for 21 years...
Thanks to Drenna...Here we are..meeting on Zoom for the first time..
Of course, they rigged it so I could not be heard...Seen but not  heard.
They know me so well. xo I am behind the pink phone.
I have been making masks...I have probably made about 30
Most of them went to the Florida hospice, to our family and a neighbor who
requested them...Elastic is as good as gold now, but I have had some donations.
After awhile, mask making is depressing...I do not know how Rosie the Riveter did it!!
I have to do fun sewing and some reading and skip a day or two, or three of the masks..

I am able to cook at night for the family...Have not been able to do that for 7 years...
I am thankful to my awesome ortho surgeon, my therapist and God...

I saw this program on TED today...I was so impressed with the rabbi..that I even took some notes in my phone.
I am not a church goer..for me, God is in the heart and in nature.
My grandmother used to know all the psalms from her Lutheran childhood in Sweden.

After the messages from this rabbi...
 I decided to check that out...I ordered online a large print book of the psalms.!!
We just can never know our life's path.  My grandmother would be pleased..
She would say...it is about time...
Here is the link:
How we can navigate the coronavirus pandemic with courage and hope
A comforting day...today...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Day 13 is Full of Love

.Finished with an hour to go...My March block for.
Purple shot cotton by Kaffe with Irish sheep...love..
I must say, Jen has perfect patterns...they go together with ease.
Lynsey made her grandmother the best cup of peach tea with honey and lemon
Dylan put woolie socks on Grandma's feet. ....lovely..
Imagination...They decided to cross-dress...OMG
Dylan wore his sister's South Charlotte Middle School's shirt and
her pink hi-top sneakers. Lynsey wore her Brother's red shoes (they wear the same size)
And, his favorite jeans...she made a fashion statement with his shirt in a knot and her Irish beads.
That Lynsey is our creative queen...she even slicked her brother's hair back for the picture.
She says that at 10 and 11, they are pre-tweens!!
My son went to Aldi...Now, we have decided for only a once a week grocery shopping.
 Tuesdays will be the day.
When shopping, my son wears a mask and gloves and puts his shirt soaking in a separate sink once home..
I am not allowed out of the house, but onto the porch to read.
I am boosted by the love.
My son is realizing that he has to be firmer with his children...Tonight he made the decisions and put them to bed...So happy.

This isolation situation brings me waves of grief for my dear man.
 Tears help let it wash over me.
I so miss him saying, "Don't worry sweetheart, we still have each other."
Grief is still love..so much love.

Dylan put himself on Google Classroom, one tech worry down.
No mask making tonight...just joyful sewing.

From gifted orphan blocks comes top number 4 for MQG outreach
Motivated, of course, by someone else who has all five finished..
Backing for the above top.
Clean cutting table...You have no idea how difficult this is for me..
with my focus all shot from grief and grand parenting and other things.
This is the miracle.
Sooo proud of myself.

You know how we are not supposed to touch our face...so impossible.
Well, I just saw a clip that said, if a person has a glass of wine in each hand, they
cannot possibly touch their face....and so it goes...the truth.


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Finding Joy on Day 11

From my girl to her ma!!!  Joy!!
She made one for me!!
My girl is having her own baby girl around July 23.
Delilah?? Matilda?? Petunia??
Who knows?...I will love her anyway!!
It all uplifts me so!

Emails and calls from friends...help 
the beautiful day shine brighter.
.
This plant has been in our garden for 20 years.
This is the first time it has ever bloomed.
We bought it thinking it was a Rhododendron  Actually I had thought it would be purple.
Amazing grace..
The Flame Azalea my mother bought for me 15 years ago.
Masks I made my sister.  The hospital she works in on the weekends
already has two patients with the virus.
She is going to fuss with them a bit so they fit her as she likes.
My son replacing rotten deck boards so we do not fall.
Saving me money.
Propagating my sad old Rosemary bush...a new opportunity.
Snowball tree starting its stunning spring display.
First spring Iris, gift from MP
Irises always remind me of my mother.
They bloom around her birthday.
Through my sewing room window...I see..
my son with his son...a beautiful thing..
This pretty....is a God thing...
This is a God thing too...
Ava's second birthday, a miracle.
Her big brother, Evan made her cake...
All this is love.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Day Eight of Awareness

Successful masks.finally...Tute sent by Emily...used above  We adjusted it to 5.5 x 9
and 6 inch elastic. I am sending off these three to the hospice in Miami that has nothing at all to protect the workers...I will wait for my friend's response before I make more.
I am using batiks because of the close weave.
These are the Masks requested by Atrium but they will take any mask at all as of 3/25/20

The unsuccessful mask above...put me in quite the snit...but it was late at night...
My son used it anyway, today visiting the bank.
Below is the fabric he requested for his permanent one.  Done!
Some times our lives are just the pits...And, each bump brings back all the other bumps we have had  before
Someone here could not get a grip last night nor this morning...And then...then...
The kindness of a friend changed it all around in a sec...
Look at the beautiful new yard of Tula Pink fabric that was left on my front porch...bag handle sanitized and all.
I have been eyeing her new collection, but knew that new fabric was not in my purse at this time.
Well..that kindness of a friend...got me out of bed..into the shower, reading in the sun, making masks and generally getting energized...I thank you so much, my friend.  Evidently Quilt Patch Fabric was having a event...order online and drive by to pick up...ha ha..just like pizza.

More on the happy list.  Dylan is now 10...all his life his mother has called him, Dyl...or Dill
as in Dill Pickle...and all three children love pickles.
At Christmas I was ordering monkey socks for my son-in-law when I saw these too...so perfect.
Christmas came...and I had lost them.
Dylan's birthday came...socks not found..then yesterday, they appeared out of the blue on my
bureau...wahoo...Of course they are men's size, but our Dylan loves them.


I am so trying to handle this latest crisis with aplomb.  However, I think my psychic strength has eroded....I think I am going to listen to my sister-in-law in Ireland....a lifelong teacher.
Let them be kids and play and read...They are stressed too.. They will catch up.
Grateful that the high schooler is isolating with his mother  She is making him be responsible with his online learning...so great!!

Next sewing machine I am getting will fit in my car..where I go for respite from chaos and noise...sometimes.

Thanks to a whirl of folks, the children's Chrome books now work.
First on the phone with a smart teacher.
She waited 30 minutes on a phone call from the central district school's internet coordinator, without any response.
She sent me to the school for help from the technology teacher...
That teacher said it was our home internet because the chrome books worked at school
The children had to come with me as I am tech ignorant...

All helpful....at the end of the day, my smart daughter fixed it remotely from Portland, Ore.
Now, we are all set...Except the children think they are on vacation..and they are stressed and loud and boisterous...They do not want to do school work...
They want to play spy or hide and seek or teacher with the stuffed animals.


My ribbon from the show...notes said great use of color...me and great quilting..Katy.
My very favorite quilt artist of all times:

I love her work and her blog posts.
She has been a blogging friend for 10 years.
I was so hoping to meet her when she came to America this time,
For some reason our guild could not have her.
I am sad...Now, I am old and wobbly, probably will not have a chance anymore to meet her.

However, now we have other things to worry about..and we stay home and we
fret and we sew and we eat too much...and we breathe and sigh and carry on just fine.
Me thinks that this is not the time to whip myself into shape...sigh..

Just sharing my life as it is now....
Home Schooling

"Want of Foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong.  These are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history."
Winston Churchill.
Posted by Ann at the blog Fret Not Yourself.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Day Five of Self Isolation..hmmmmm

Read this...read all about it!!!
Yeah, North Carolina!!! Mask City!!! Saves the Day.

Above, the last two receiving blankets..
Below, my porch..a sanctuary in tough times.
In the new circumstances, Grandma O'Quilts has had the porch re-arranged.
Life saving things like a quilter's cutting mat and , and....
The old exercise bike not used for  years...pulled out of the garage.
A poor substitute for the pool, but it may just get the job done until it opens again.
See my book in place....I can only do five minutes...but really, 5 is better than nothing,
or, so they say.

Do your homework darlings...NO!!!
Grandma....It is Sunday!!
Who knew??
I told them reading was for every day...Look..just look!!
Reading on grandma's bike...honestly!!!!.
Guessing I was dreaming that it would be off limits.
My son has been to so many stores.
I am grateful that now we are all set for a month with food.
Now, I hear that half the virus cases here are people 30 to 40...so
my son was at risk all the time..
OMG...I told him he could only do isolated jobs like gardening or handy man things where there are no crowds...nothing else.

If I document each day of isolation, it might just be too many many blog posts.
Hopefully, I will get to quilting my 100 UFOs
My outreach quilts, and bags, etc.
Three days till the sun comes back and beautiful spring comes to Charlotte.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Day Four...Ha Ha..No Schooling What-so- Ever

Where is Waldo???
Ok...time for Grandma's walk to the end of the street.
Where are you??  Where are you??
I guess at ages 10 and 11...On a great spring day...having fun is just wonderful schooling.

There is no guilt here, I always liked the 4 day workweek. When I worked at the Indian reservation, I had that...Nice!!!...Anyway, they are again at the creek with their father..
.I am breathing and ignoring the idea of snakes and poison ivy...
I have enough to fill my brain.
 So they are studying creeks?????

When they get back, they will load the little peat pots with seeds...
That should be educational..Science??

Lynsey made blueberry muffins and tea while I was reading outside.
Cooking and measuring?
Tonight they will read...( I forgot)

This is a great article.....Mask making!!!  Great...

Thanks to Sherry, I have elastic...Emily and I are going to work on this tonight.
She made these:
She said that the top one comes out nicer.  Will send them to Miami
for my friend and will see which style she prefers.
Tomorrow I will try out mine. I will skip the bottom one.
Every day the news on masks and virus and whatever...changes..
Batik has a tighter weave.  I wonder if that would be safer.

Now, the school superintendent says no way school will start again on April 1st.

I am supposed to be dropping a few pounds in my tummy for my hernia operation...
However, I am a stress eater...and stress is here!!!
My guess is that I am not the only one around the world and here at home that feels stress!!!
STRESS!!

My girl told me to order food from the local store for pick up., thus I do not have to risk old me with asthma...I am sooo wanting to go myself...but, even though I am not a rule follower, I am listening.
I did that tonight...and...the next available slot for me to pick up food is next Saturday, the 28th at noon.  Can you believe it...and...they warn that the food may not be available...I get that part...but a week wait..Good thing I did this ahead of time.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Sunny Day Three...On the Outside, Anyway

Teaching math on the quilt to her dolls...great way to practice math.
Lynsey will be a wonderful teacher and writer!
Todays science....a toad in Lynsey's hand.
The black hole engulfed me today, even though it was sunny outside.
Both yesterday and today, I read a book in the sun...
My son spent four  hours running around town into 10 grocery stores to find meat.
In the end, it was in Target, that he found stew meat and pork chops...wow..lucky us.
Finally, I got a grip and hung the Easter quilt...taking down the Christmas one!!
Tonight I made two receiving blankets.
I only started to feel better, when...I started sewing...really???
No surprise at that one.
This is the link for the toilet paper quilt..
So fun...Thank you Maureen and Myrto for this..
They will have a sew along next week...exciting.
On a Roll...by Java House Quilts

I bought this pattern.  I just had to be part of quilters expressing themselves
during this very crazy time.

When my friend, Anxiety comes visiting, I remember my brave grandmother, my brave mother and my brave husband...I am a wannabee...I want to be brave like they were.
And, so, as I sit in my wonderful yard, the birds, the new buds on the trees, the great way the children are learning remotely and my son...all give me comfort..
Quilters give me comfort
PS...My son took the children to our creek with the dog yesterday..
In March...Ok..it was the first day of Spring..