Monday, August 31, 2020
Sunday, August 30, 2020
The Keep on Turning quilt pattern by Jeni Baker. This quilt on the design wall replaces the Chicken Scrap top...Thank goodness!!!
Honestly, I felt like it was all over today. Peter had suggested that we all would die someday...and I was certain that today was my day. House a mess, I hurt all over, no hot water...again...still
My Covid brain started in....The right shoulder is starting to hurt...Oh, No..it will have to be operated on, I will never be 42 again...I have no friends who listen to me. Blah, Blah, Blah...I cannot ride a bike., that same old story that comes and goes.
Finally, I told myself that I was making the wrong choice. I went outside where my stationary bike is and rode for 30 min while reading Brene Brown. I cleaned up the kitchen, and found books to donate. I cleaned my iron and folded some fabric...Wahoo, can you believe this...Somehow doing what I can do, instead of whining about what I cannot do...well, that scares the doo-doo out of Pearl!!! Looks like today wasn't that awful day after all. My XDIL tells me that I need to get out of the house and stay in the day..so...I took a little drive.
When I googled "Poor Pitiful Pearl" I found out that she was a real doll from 1957. I never found her cousin, but now, I feel better..
What is saved for last???? You got it!!! Our Aoife!!! (looking exactly like her daddy) She just loves Sundays!!
Saturday, August 29, 2020
This top was finished tonight. I am glad I stuck with it..but it was a bear!!
Usually, I audition 2 or 3 fabrics, as color is my thing...not with this one..
This is just part of the work...It was stewing on the design wall for days. One had too little contrast. One was too busy. One had the wrong hue...OMG..I just could not get it right. This quilt top almost went into a UFO pile.
I am happy with it now...not perfect..not that "YES" feeling, but happy.
What I am not happy with is this new blogger that double spaces when I do not want it, among other things.
Today's good day had me doing ALL my physical therapy exercises. Finishing this top, reading, puttering. My son has bought our new hot water heater, not installed yet. So still no hot water.
Friday, August 28, 2020
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Aoife is going to the back yard vegetable plot ...Here she is....dressed for the occasion. Her daddy is an awesome gardener....OMG...Here in Charlotte, we had two tomatoes out of 6 bushes..and nothing else...no squash, no green peppers...etc In Portland, Brian grew huge tomatoes, planted at his veggie plot and in their back yard. He grew so much, that they have already started to freeze tomato sauce for pasta and tomato soup.. He makes the best homemade tomato soup.. I can see that our Aoife is prepped to be a gardener as well....You go Aoife!!!! Aoife is on the changing mat Grandma here made her. Emily ordered it from China and it took three months to get here...When it came and I saw it was grey??? Well....I made it anyway...good me!!
Now I am back from the hernia doctor, second opinion...Jeeze Louize...that is all I can say. I am so done with doctors for awhile. Anyway I loved the new doctor. She said I am a high risk surgery. She is not going to do it for now...but I should be OK...She did insist on a colonoscopy...She said I am 22 years over due. I do not want that...way too scary and I am already a mess....whine, whine...says this old lady. I might do it anyway...sigh...I will see. Maybe in another 22 years???.
When I used to tell my mother that it was all too much for me and I could not do it...She would tell me that I am indeed doing it anyway and be so glad that I am able, even though it is hard...Hats off to you Mother...tonight!! I thank you...And, as I sit up with Lynsey listening to her stressors, her worries and her fears, I remember with gratitude all the nights you stayed up, listening to me, even though you had to get up at 5 am to go to work.
When I talked about all the trauma with my mother....before she died...She told me that I would be OK..I just had to look deep inside myself for God, or whatever name I had for that....I would find the strength there...and so I have...even though many days I feel quite weak.
No sewing today, but some cutting and ironing and futzing..in preparation for sewing tomorrow...Kids going to their mother's house which is good for all of us, especially in these difficult times.
Folks keep encouraging me to show pictures of Aoife...so I am...I need not much encouragement. I am, however, aware of grandmothers boring their friends with such..Best thing about a blog post is that people can just push delete if they are not interested.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Monday, August 24, 2020
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Remember my excitement the other day when I got 24 seam rippers for $7 ?? They brought me joy...now I see that I already had that joy in February...the same seam ripper special....lost in my sewing room..OR, put in a special place...that I cannot find.!! I am indeed a sad case here...
Aoife being held in one of her daddy's big hands...Amazingly wonderful. Emily says that if she was born on July 22, then she is not one month until August 22....Her mother, here..thinks it goes by weeks....It is only with a tiny baby that we would squabble about something so ridiculous..
Ha ha....can you imagine a grown up, or even an older child thinking about that...? Aoife in her father's one big hand and his one big arm at one month....My heart....
I decided to just forget it all and make a baby quilt for outreach...
Then I said...NO!!!...You are being lazy...You know that color challenges are your favorite part of quilting.. So...Here it stays while I work on something else. The giraffes are OK..but I love my giraffe fabric and want to keep it for my burial...ha ha ha.
Stay tuned because now, Sandee has sent me to just the right place!!!
I had been in an annoyed snit all morning...lunch and a nap and Vickie...and voila!!! Blues and reds in order. I cannot fold easily...I hate to, but when I am mad....wow...I can do it!!!
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Aoife creeping for the first time....3 and a half weeks old.
Grandma got to watch it on Whats APP!!!
Monday, August 17, 2020
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Cutest homemade socks..., Linda made. I have not heard from Aoife today. Rumor has it that she will not sleep unless she is in the arms of her mother...lol..
2020 Our downstairs handicapped bathroom...built for my man with ALS...Now helps with COVID. We wash masks when we wash our hands and hang them to dry. Easy to grab again on the way out.
Remote schooling starts Monday.
Last night Dylan dictated an email to his reading teacher.
It said...."Already 5th grade has ruined my life. My sister said it is a lot of work with
a lot of reading. I hate to read. I hate chapter books. I do not want to sit in front of a screen.
That is frustrating. and I am embarrassed that I cannot read well."
After he OK'ed it I sent it off
This morning...Saturday morning, mind you....The reading teacher sent two emails back on how she loves Dylan and he will be OK and she will help him. Then came an email from the school counselor with an encouraging note...Then an email from the principal with another lovely note, Then came a phone call from his teacher....Amazing support...all on a Saturday.
Not only did Dylan smile, but so did his grandmother...
I had been going down that black Covid hole.
The core problem is always grief. That lonely wail of grief
Then I saw Michele's post....It gave me some tools to lean on.
He said...we have several possible cases of Covid at this clinic now. Are you comfortable with that???They left...OMG.....By this time it was 11pm, They had to leave their shoes outside our house , take showers, disinfect the keys and the driving wheel and cell phones...Oh, my what a life in 2020.
The good news is that the pediatrician's office has a new online system. I sent her a note on My Chart and found a place where I could include a picture of the infection...
Wahoo. Now maybe we will not have to go in.
When school is starting and a kid cannot see his bestie..a $10 trip to the fish store cheers the day.
Stitch thinks that is a grand idea.. Fish already named: Bug Eye, Calico, etc...