Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Man On A Galloping Horse

I remember once putting up wall paper in my kitchen,
with my MIL.  We survived the adventure with few 
mistakes.  Of the mistakes we did make, my MIL said,
"A man on a galloping horse would never notice".
So imagine yourself on a galloping horse as you view
my Beginning Crazy Quilt project.
These are the beginning seam treatments with other goodies
to be added.  I think stronger magnifying glasses are in order.
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I began my new medication yesterday and I believe it is helping already!  The nurse that worked with me said it usually takes 3 months to feel better.  I told her, it was going to start working today....the power of positive thinking!
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My friend Marie is celebrating blogging for 5 years!

Click the image to join the fun!



Okay, get off your galloping horse, unless you are planning to be the Headless Horseman for Halloween.  The Smock- Along Ornament begins next week, there is still time for you to join!

Love to all,
Deb

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stitching Up A Surprise

SAGA is hosting a Mystery Ornament Smock Along.
I have never stitched-along with any group, so this
will be a new adventure for me.
I have gathered my supplies and pleated the fabric.
Since I was unsure what the completed ornament
would look like, I chose a similar palette to that 
shown on the Facebook group posting.

I am also involved in a a Beginning Crazy Quilting 
Class hosted by Kathy Shaw (shawkl). At the beginning of
the class we were given a list of cotton fabrics and hoop
to choose. 

 Even though I have Crazy Quilted in the past
I know I will learn a great deal from Kathy.  The first
thing will be using a hoop.  I have always held the block
in my hand as I stitched.
  The class comes highly recommended by several
 blogging friends.   Kathy offers several classes but you
 must begin with her beginning class and work up from 
there.  A lovely place to start...the beginning.
The class is free and it is offered at different
times throughout the year.  Simply follow her
blog to see when it will be offered again.

Yes, my hands are hurting from all this activity but
I really can't seem to help myself from the torture.
I feel as though I must have something to do with
my hands...it is an obsession. 
  
On the new medicine front....I have had a flu shot,
pneumonia vaccine, TB test all in preparing my 
immune system for the new medication.  Hopefully,
 next week I will begin  my new medication and
 the pain will a thing of the past. 

Love to all,
Deb

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sometimes God Sends Someone Just When We Need Them

I have mentioned that I volunteer at a local hospital.  My days there are spent helping register patients, taking a snack cart around for visitors, escorting patients to tests, delivering mail, flowers and the newspaper.  With all these activities, I meet quite a few people.  Recently a young lady came in, she was teary eyed, upset and alone...since she was close in age to my daughters I felt my heartstrings being pulled.   I left my desk and came around to give her a hug.  I told her we were there to help and everything would be fine.  She looked at me and nodded as tears spilled down her cheeks.  As the day went on, I kept thinking of the young lady and wondered how she was doing.  Later in the day while taking another patient to their test, I saw her on the elevator....she was crying again and I asked her if I was going have to give her another hug!?  She smiled and from the front of the elevator a lady said to me, "So, You are the one!"  It was the young lady's mother.  She thanked me for giving moral support to her daughter.  She explained she could not get to the hospital when her daughter came in and she knew how upset her daughter was, being there alone.  The mom said, "I prayed God would be with her and help her to feel His love".   She went on to say," Sometimes God sends someone, just when we need them".
 I explained, I had 2 daughters and would have appreciated someone giving them a hug, had they been in a similar situation.  As we talked, we began to notice we were close to the same age and looked quite a bit alike..we laughed and hugged glad to have shared a "daughter" that day.
I tell this story as God sent me someone I needed today....well 2 of them!
I have rheumatoid arthritis and have been on the same medication (Methotrexate) for 14 years and until this summer I did fairly well.  This summer my body decided it was not going to tolerate being on MTX any longer, this lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and multiple swollen joints and extreme fatigue.  Today I had an appointment with my rheumatologist and we discussed new treatment options.  Discussing a chronic disease that there is no cure for, tends to get you a little depressed.
 I returned home with literature to read and decisions to make.  Not one of my favorite days....until the phone rang.  It was Vicki!  Calling to say hello and chat for a few minutes. What a nice surprise that was, it gave me something else to think about and look forward to as we planned a lunch meeting soon.  Vicki is always encouraging me...she talked me into setting up a Facebook page....dragging me into the modern world!
The second angel of the day came in the mail all the way from Canada!  Lorraine sent me the most beautiful hand dyed embroidery thread....size 12 perle cotton, my favorite thread to smock with! With the thread was a note saying she thought these threads would be perfect for my Wee Care gowns...and she is right!  
Such soft rich colors, I think the grey is my favorite:
I can just see it used on a soft grey linen!  Here is a link to her Etsy shop.   Lorriane has a great eye for color and creates some lovely color combinations. 

Angels sent and my mood is lifted!

Love to all,
Deb
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