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!


  1. Good to see you at least up and around a little. Your stitching is lovely and coming along nicely! Sorry your trip to California was full of trials, before and after. But you were able to see people you haven't see in ages and that's sooooo nice!

    1. The highlights of the trip far outweighed the trials. Overall it was a great trip. It was nice to see everyone. thank you for the compliment on my stitching.

  2. You've been busy. Glad to hear you've got the vehicle situation worked out and were able to go to CA. Sounds like you had a nice time. Good to see you're making progress on your stitching.

    1. Yes, Meari, busy barely describes the way it has been. Maybe a zoo? I am sooo glad the vehicle situation is better too! Thank you for noticing the progress. sometimes its hard to see it yourself.

  3. Your stitching is lovely and glad things are working out for you now.

    1. Thank you, Kellyanne! I'm glad things are working out as well!

  4. I'm so sorry your health has gone downhill. I'll be praying for you. The framed Heaven looks great. I hope you get lots of stitching time during your recovery.

    1. Thank you on for the compliments and the prayers. Micki loved "Heaven". She was the one holding it when the picture was taken. I am hoping to get alot of stitching done too, especially since I can't do much of anything but sit with my legs up for the first 4-6 weeks!