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Sunday, July 24, 2016

I was RAKed

RAK picture 1
When I went to California at the end of June, I didn't just see family and friends that I hadn't seen in years. I met a long time
RAK picture 2
stitching friend! We met through a yahoo group. Val and her husband, Charlie, met my Daughter, Rachel and me at DiCicco's one of my favorite restaurants in Fresno, where I was born and raised. Jack and I left Fresno in the winter of 1989. Fresno has become way to unfamiliar for me to live there. I have become accustomed to my relatively small (33,000) Midwest city. Fresno is much, much bigger than that!

Val showed me a couple of tricks for the back of the material. I probably
RAK picture 3 Part that surrounds the jar
should have written them down. For my life I cannot remember what they were. Val also found out I didn't have a needle threader. She told me she would send me one. She did, but she also sent me a black and white scarf, bobbins, beads, beading needles, thread heaven and a hand made jar lid!

On the way home from California, we made a couple of stops so we could see some people that are like family to us. We talked about making one more stop, but when we got there it was the middle of the night, and we didn't want to wake them. Where we did stop was in a town close to Oklahoma City and went to my friend since high school's home. He was very surprised to see me. The other place we stopped was Branson, MO and went to the apartment of some very good trucking friends of ours.
Jack taught the husband how to drive semi. The couple that lives in Branson, put us up in a very nice

RAK picture 4 top of jar lid

RAK picture 5 pretty scarf
hotel. Because they live there, they get deep discounts on lodging. We all sank into those beds and felt very comfortable. I was able to fall asleep after I knew Rachel was back in the room.

Back to the RAK, I was very surprised and I am going to try and start sending out my own RAKs! I know the wonderful feeling I get when I open a package I know is full of stitching yummies! I want to do that too. Not sure how often I can do it, but I want to send something to someone every once in a while.

Please keep me in your prayers as this coming Wednesday, I am having surgery on my left foot for a bunion removal. I am supposed to be in the hospital 24 hour observation then off my foot for 4-6 weeks. That means lots of stitching time for me!

BTW, Val also gave me a kit of a beautiful peacock that I adore! I will post a picture of it next update. It is BEAUTIFUL!!!

Happy stitching everyone!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Catching You Up!

Montage of Danielle and Nick's wedding
Hello Everyone!

The van breaking down in March was sooo maddening! We had to get around via bus, taxi, medical transport, or walking for over two months! The story is a long one in what led up to the van being repaired.

About six weeks before we were to go on the trip, one of Rachel's friends, who claimed to be a mechanic (that was a  lie) said he'd fix the car for $400. When this joker, who didn't
John, Denise, Ethan,
 Maria, and Adriana
work on the van until Jack prodded and then only when Jack was there to help. He didn't know the
simple stuff that a mechanic should know. Yes, he knows alot of mechanics, but that doesn't make you a mechanic. No, we didn't  pay this guy.

When the van was not fixed and we only had a couple weeks before the trip, our neighbor gave Jack the name of his mechanic. Jack called him. He got the van fixed within a week..In the end, Jack found a car on Craigslist that had the proper motor because ultimately that's what was wrong. We had a blown motor.

We were able to go on the trip to California. The trip had its up and downs. There were more ups than downs though. The downs just basically reminded us why we moved away from California.

We had decided to go to California, so we really had a deadline to have the van ready. My niece, who got married via a judge at the court house last fall, wanted a big wedding. That was on June 26. We had also wanted
Framed "Heaven" for Micki
to see our son and his family, my parents, who are now 76 and 84. When we visited John, Denise, and the kids, we took a day and went fishing as a family and had a blast! I also wanted to see my two best friends ever, besides Jack and Jesus! We wanted Rachel to see the ocean and the mountains. Rachel went to the ocean (Monterey, CA) with her cousin, Kayla and Kayla's boyfriend. Also, My great friend, Jeff, and I, took Rachel to Yosemite. She had a blast both places. Rachel and I also went to lunch with Val (from ILCS) and her husband, Charlie. She gave me a beautiful Peacock pattern. I am looking forward to stitching it. Even though I brought my stitching on the vacation, I doubt I stitched more than 10 stitches the entire trip! That's okay though, I was there for getting re-acquainted with my friends and family.
Rachel and me in Yosemite
John and Rachel after swimming

Sarah Acceptance Letter
Unfortunately Sarah couldn't join us because of work. She did receive some wonderful news shortly before we left though!! Sarah, received her letter that she has been accepted into the nursing program! Yay! I am so happy for her! So proud of her!

Since my last post, my health has declined. I have had Degenerative Disc Disease as well as Degenerative Joint Disease for several years. I started having major pain in my lower back and the back of my thighs. Walking is a chore quite often. it just hurts too much. These diseases have been in the neck area of my spine and shots helped ease the discomfort. Now they are in my lower back, which effects my walking. I am also going to have bunion surgery on July 27. The normal complete recovery time for that is about four months. Because of my pre-existing conditions, recovery time could be quite a bit longer. I could also end up in a nursing home at the beginning of recovery.
1-2-3 Purchase

Life's Little Tangles.

Wedding Sampler
Yes, I did do some stitching, but because of the stress of what was going on for the past several weeks before the trip, I lost all desire to stitch. Since we've been back and the stress level is down I am stitching again! :) I have been concentrating mostly on "Psalm 23", but have also stitched on "Life's Little Tangles". The wedding sampler I am stitching for my cousin's son's wedding next summer has received the least amount of attention. When we came back from California, I also placed an order to 1-2-3 Stitch. I need to order a new leather thimble. The thimble I had was eaten by the "mechanic's" puppy. It will need to be next month.
Psalm 23

I'm planning on giving "Psalm 23"  for her birthday. She loves the Chapter. I did frame and give "Heaven" to my great girl friend, Micki. I am stitching "Life's Little Tangles" for my house

I have a feeling these projects will get alot of stitch time after my surgery, when I cannot put ANY weight on my foot for an extended period of time.

Hope everyone is doing great!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Spring Cleaning Time!

Hello, Everyone!

Life's Little Tangles
I have managed to get some stitching done, both on "Life's Little Tangles" and even started another project but more about that later.

Boy have things been hopping the past week or so! Jack and I did a deep cleaning of our bedroom, something it has needed for awhile. We got rid of the clothes that no longer fit us; got a new mattress and bedding set; cleaned out the cedar chest; I reorganized my cross stitch stash; Jack and I were election judges; and, the van's engine went out on us!!

Because of the engine going out, Jack is putting up his fishing boat up for sale or trade with someone
Psalm 23
who has a vehicle they no longer need. Jack's boat to him is what cross stitch is to me. I feel bad because he has put his heart and soul into tending to that boat.  I have some cross stitch stash that I want to sell or give away. Mostly patterns (leaflet mostly) that I know I will never stitch. Some due to the fact my taste in what to stitch has changed. I'm not sure how to go about it. I doubt that I could sell my cross stitch stash for what a car would cost. LOL

I stitched  on "Life's Little Tangles". I did nearly 500 stitches, I think. Like every stitcher, I wished I could have done more, but life gets in the way!. Much better progress than before the iPad program I was introduced to!

Rachel and Sarah
On Election Day I brought the kit "Psalm 23" by Bucella to the polling place. I brought something to stitch just in case we didn't have a very good turn out. I have been an election judge for at least 15 years. Some elections, sad to say, we have had under 20 people show up to vote. We did, however, have a decent turn out, so my stitching time was limited. There were two precincts at Jack's and my polling place. My precinct had 140 voters, while Jack's had about 130 voters. I expect more voters will show up for the Presidential race.  I did stitch on it a bit last night as well. I had really wanted to stitch on my HAED, but my iPad charge was very low, so couldn't. I guess that would be the negative thing to the GoodReader program. If you don't have a good charge or a long iPad cord, your stitching time is limited.
Sarah and Dahlia

Both Sarah and Rachel have found employment. Rachel has been at McDonald's now for about six weeks. Sarah stopped working at Subway and started a new job at Circle K. We are very proud of both girls! Sarah has a full load in college courses in preparation to start the nursing program in the fall. Rachel actually has two jobs, the other helping a woman who has cerebral palsy. Rachel also does home school and volunteering as a cadet on a local fire department. She is one busy girl! I love her for everything she does! I am also very proud of Sarah. She works, goes to college (getting A's on all her tests, etc.), is raising a toddler, and maintains her home. When she can tell Mom is about to go off the deep end, she talks with me and helps me get my mind back to where it should be.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

I Cant Believe I Haven't Posted in So Long!

Hello Everyone!

I know I've been meaning to update everyone for a long time, but is it really March? 

I know I ended up putting down "Life's Little Tangles" and then stitching a couple of things from the Ornament issue of Just Cross Stitch. I also stitched at least one other Christmas related item. I gave all of them as gifts.

My niece married a nice young military man. They now live close enough that we can go to their house or they can come here for various holidays, etc. They came here a few days before Christmas. I gave her the pillow I made. I stitched the silluette of Mary sitting on the donkey and Joseph holding the reigns of the donkey. We opened gifts with them early. They spent the night as Sarah's and went home the next day. They spent Christmas Day at his sister's place on the east coast.

I also made an ornament for my client in Savoy. I also stitched an ornament for the client I help here in Danville. It was fun to make! Jack helped me put the loops on to hang on the tree. They were a great deal of fun to stitch.

I started an ornament for Sarah from a different book, but never finished it and ended up lost. I'll start a different ornament closer to next Christmas ๐Ÿ˜‰! I also wanted to stitch a total of four small projects and insert them in coasters. I wanted to give this to my son and his family in Modesto for Chrisrmas. That didn't happen either๐Ÿ˜ช. So much a stitcher wants to stitch, so little time!

After Christmas, I started on "Life's Little Tangles" again. I finished page two, went to move the material, I was stitching over two, and realized I had started stitching in the wrong corner.๐Ÿ˜ข Because of the cost of material, not to mention I'd be starting this project a third time, I decided to frog the project and reuse this material. I was doing just fine with that, thank you, when it got a hole in it. That's when I decided to stitch this over one, this time. 

I'm doing well with it. I have the width of page one completed and am working my way down. I had heard about "parking your threads". I was told this would be especially helpful with large projects. I was told of a video that was helpful in learning how to "park". I watched it and immediately understood and caught on. I decided I'd start that with this project. The last time I stitched, about a week ago, was the day I learned how to park and I stitched 300+ that afternoon. That's excellent for me! A couple of days ago I paid $4.99 for an app on my IPad called GoodReader. The woman in the video was talking about how helpful this app is. She is right! I think I'm going to be able to stitch "Life's Little Tangles" much quicker!

The bottom picture of "Life's Little Tangles" is after just over 100 completed. The top picture is after 200 more stitches.๐Ÿ˜„
Happy stitching everyone! Love you all and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Where Did the Time Go?!?

Life's Little Tangles
Hello! Sometimes I get so frustrated! I WANT TO update my blog regularly! It seems like EVERYTIME I start to update something happens, yet again! GRRRRRR!!!!!!!!

The thing that just made all of that better is a post I saw on Facebook from one of my friends. Thank you, Sherry! Here is what she posted:

For every time I've stumbled, there is a time I've flown.
For every time I've messed things up, there is a time I've grown.
I know my Lord in Heaven is watching over me.
At times He sends His angels, at times He lets me be.
For life without some trials would be quite plain indeed
And I wouldn't learn the lessons He knows that I will need.
So I continue to endeavor and live my life with grace
Knowing angels are by my side and ready "just in case". Author unknown 

It is amazing to me sometimes how God works...using people and things to calm your spirit and realize who really is in charge!

Thanksgiving Turkey
In the nearly two months since my last update, we have had happy things, sad things and even scary things happen. I would have to say the scariest was my puncture wound. I was in the backyard, getting boxes and putting them in the van to take to the recycling center. I ended up puncturing the back of my right calf. Being that it was my right leg, the paralyzed side, I could not feel the wound occurring. I felt a scrape on my left calf, but didn't think much about it because it didn't hurt badly. A few minutes after, I look down and notice my white shoes are red!!! I don't know why because I cannot SEE any wounds! I turn on the water, rinsing my shoes and the blood spots on the driveway and within a short amount of time its back. Finally, I go in the house and wake Jack. He sees my legs and calls 911 and puts a pressure bandage on my leg. My blood pressure in the ambulance was low. I ended up with eight stitches that needed to be kept in for 14 days on my right calf and my left calf was able to be glued shut. Jack tells me that if CSI had come in our kitchen he would have been drilled about where was the body?! He said I lost at least a unit on the kitchen floor before he put the pressure bandage on.

Hope Ornament
The sad thing would have to be that because the way my insurance is now in order for me to receive a new shoe on my brace, I had to get a brace on each foot. The good thing about that, on the other hand, is that Jack and Rachel have been telling me I was occasionally dragging the foot not braced. The place that originally did my brace suddenly informed me they no longer take my insurance when its time to get new shoes. I found a place that did take the insurance, then found out about how the insurance would only cover the shoe with the brace on it. This means I'd have to buy, outright, the unbraced shoe.  I received the new braces a couple weeks ago. I am getting use to having a brace on my left leg. Everyone is telling me I am walking better. That is a good thing! :)

I would say the happiest thing is my niece's fiance first coming home from Afghanistan, then after his
Danielle and Nick
 "down time" he and my niece were married. I am so very happy for her! Congratulations, Danielle and Nick!! They will be moving into their own place, off base, in the next couple of weeks. Right now they are packing up all of Danielle's things to move her.

I have done a pretty fair amount of stitching as well. I have stitched on "Life's Little Tangles", I am not done with page two, but if I were to fill in these blanks, it would be done. I know for me to finish this project, I need to stop finding other projects to stitch as well, but as my DH says, I am going along just fine and then I see something. When seen, I say, "Shiny!!" (I want!) That is me! As a result, I end up with more than one project to stitch. Some might say more than I could EVER stitch.

Currently, I have:

1) "Peacock", which for the time being is safely tucked away
2) "Life's Little Tangles", whose pattern is still on my pink metallic board
3) "Thanksgiving Turkey", which I would like to get done in time to put on the wall this Thanksgiving (LOL)    and 
4) "Hope", my first ornament this year

Very Helpful Resource
I'd venture a guess that I will finish "Hope" before anything else since what I have left on it is all the same color. "Thanksgiving Turkey" only has four colors but it is a bit bigger than "Hope" as well.

I wanted to stitch some Christmas gifts this year. I thought small things or ornaments would work. I received the Christmas Ornament edition of  Just Cross Stitch and have a few picked out. I also have a couple other publications which have ornaments I would like to do. I bought a few coasters to make up as Christmas gifts, as well as a bracelet. I figured a couple of the "ornament" patterns would be perfect for the coasters. I bought a total of four.

I did buy some goodies to help we with my stitching of the projects. Those things have arrived!Yippee!! :) Two of those things are these books. I also bought some things meant to help me complete the ornaments. I am jazzed!

Another thing I have done, related to stitching is wrap all the threads my sister gave me last year. I PRECUT THREADS. I saw some of the cards she used at Joann's the other day, so I may end up redoing the binders. If I do though, the cards will be in numerical order, the way I can understand. I know I need to learn which colors are what number, but I haven't done that yet.
Another Helpful Resource
had wrapped the unused skeins she gave me months ago, but hadn't done anything with the threads she had in these binders. All of the thread was cut into lengths. I chose to not leave them like that because my sister had them sorted by color, not number, unless it was a card for a project. I decided to put all of those threads on bobbins. I am going to put these threads in their own box(es) and then label the box(es)
Flower Garden

My oldest daughter (Sarah) turned 21 yesterday. I remember when she was shorter than my arm, resting comfortably on my arm. Now she works two jobs, is going to college full time and is a Mommy herself! Her daughter is 14 months old.

This past week Jack and I did some beautification of our yard. This planter is in the south lawn of our front yard. Besides the mums you can see, we planted tulip bulbs and daffodil bulbs in the spots where there are no mums, in the hopes of having a pretty planter this spring. We have more tulip and daffodil bulps to plant, we just need to figure out the best spots.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

What An Interesting August!

Kit I Started in the Hospital
Hello Everyone!

I have had an interesting few weeks! Some of you may not of seen my short blog update a couple weeks ago. I ended up in the hospital for a full week because of an abscess in the lower half of my left knee. About thirty-six hours after the surgery to remove the abscess, they released me from the hospital. They made three vertical incisions. They didn't stitch them closed because they want the incisions to heal from the inside out. A nurse from Home Health Care comes twice a week and looks at it and bandages it. As long as I have her coming, they pay for all my bandaging supplies.

As to how the abscess happened, that is a guessing game. It could have been when I tripped mowing the lawn or when I was on my hands and knees in my bedroom removing carpet. There is not really
More Kits Adana Gave Me!
an entry wound. Either way, I went into the Emergency room for the second time in three days on July 31. They started IV antibiotics on me and decided to put me in the “observation unit”, which was suppose a twenty-four stay. After I was there for twenty-four hours I was supposed to either be released or moved to a different unit. I was there after the twenty-four. Shortly after I was there for forty-eight, they moved me to a different unit. So they moved me on Sunday. Thats when other doctors started getting involved. When Jack and Rachel were visiting me Monday, Jack told one of the doctors that pumping me full of antibiotics was going to do no good if they couldn't find the
Life's Little Tangles Before This
 Times Stitching
source. He told him they need to do an MRI or CT scan. The doctor agreed. I had an MRI later that day. It showed a couple of abscess areas in the lower part of my knee. Shortly after I was moved upstairs, a stitching friend (thanks Adana!) brought me several kits to stitch. She even
Even More From Adana!
 Only thing not pictured are the scissors
bought me some scissors, bless her heart!!:) On Wednesday someone from Orthopedics came in and talked with me and showed me the MRI findings. They sent the x-ray machine in because the MRI was showing that I had a “foreign object” in my knee that had caused the whole thing. The x-ray showed nothing, so it was concluded the MRI was “over analyzed”. They did the surgery Wednesday evening and I went home on August 7. Jack and I think the "foreign object was so small, it came out with the puss from the abscess unseen. 

I went to see the surgeon yesterday. He likes the looks of how I am healing. He okayed me to start doing small things, but nothing on my knees, of course! I see him again in two weeks.

I looked at “Peacock” and thought about stitching on it, but didn't. I did however stitch some on “Life's Little Tangles” and “Noel” one of the kits Adana gave me. I ran into an issue with "Noel" pattern when I made the mistake of doubling up pearl cotton size 12. Silly me was reverting back to normal DMC where most of the time you make it two strands thick. Boy did I feel dumb on that one!
Life's Little Tangles Now

I thought I needed more white. I got some white from the maker of the kit, Turns out I had just enough. But I ended up ordering the green DMC 503 pearl cotton from 1-2-3 Stitch. I need to watch a video on how to do a particular design (spider rose). I think I found one on You Tube. I am suppose to do this with DMC floss not ribbon. Most of the videos show it with ribbon, but I found one with regular floss.

When I ordered the 503 Pearl Cotton size 12 from 1-2-3, my adoring husband, asked me if I
Order From 1-2-3-Stitch
wanted/needed anything else! We found out if we added DMC 310 and B5200, both pearl cotton size 12, that it would not increase the shipping cost at all! So we did that!!

Chance and Sarah went out of state and picked up Chance's daughter so she could have her one month a summer with Dad visitation. She is a beautiful young lady. Very well behaved. Jack and I immediately loved her! She dotes on her baby sister like she is a pro! They arrived here the day I was released from the
Dahlia's Smash Birthday Cake
hospital, which also happened to be Dahlia's first birthday. She celebrated her birthday at Chance's parent's home. She had a purple frosted smash cake she had fun with!
Brianna and Dahlia Cuddling
She was wearing one of the dresses Papaw bought her for her birthday during her celebration.

Our washing machine died in early June when our basement flooded because of a very fierce storm that our drainage system in the basement couldn't keep up with. The water heater died as well, but Jack was able to fix that. The day I got out of the hospital, on the way home, we stopped by Home Depot and bought me a new machine. We talked that we were washing at the laundromat and drying at home but we were spending more on the laundry this way than if we just replaced the machine. Even though it made things tough, we just took the
Dahlia After "Smashing" Her
Birthday Cake
leap of faith and did it! Father God has seen us through this trial. We are okay!!

Another time Father God had His protective hand on Rachel and me was yesterday. We were heading down a state highway, 55 mph, when the front right tire and wheel came completely off the car!!! Rachel was driving. She has her learner's permit. She managed to get the car over enough to the right that cars could safely pass, but not so far that the tow truck couldn't pick it up. She came to as safe a stop as any professional!! :) You could see the terrified look on her face but she did great. We did not crash, did not get harmed, and the car got home unscathed. Jack says the whole thing happened because the tire that came off was a bit bigger than the other three. No harm to the tire either. What we are going to do is put the tire back on long enough to get to the tire place and then get the proper size tire mounted!!

Well, that is it for now. Happy stitching,everyone!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hospital Time

Hello, Everyone!

I have stitched very little this week. What I did stitch was on the left peacock on "Peacock" sampler.

Most of my time this week has been spent as a patient in the hospital. I hurt myself last weekend and the wound became infected. I originally went to the Emergency Room on Tuesday. They gave me an IV antibiotic and sent me home with a prescription to fill. They told me to give the antibiotic forty-eight hours to work. If no improvement, then come back. 

Wednesday was a bit better, but Thursday and Friday my leg looked worse. Jack took me back to Emergency Room Friday. They admitted me. Originally for just a 24 hour observation. Then  the swelling area grew so kept me a second night. Now staying a third night. The swelling went down, but not away. The redness decreased, but didn't go completely away. Still in pain.

Didn't bring my stitching with me to the hospital. My husband brought me my iPad when he came to see me today.

My leg still hurts a great deal!

I am sure that next update will be more positive. Happy stitching, everyone!!