Monday, August 3, 2015

1 and 2...

I finished a few things last week and realized this morning that I had not shown them to you.  How could that be?  ~grin~

1.  Rail fence quilt top I made using the jelly roll of Allspice Tapestry by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree I received from Cathy.  I finished it last Monday...was pretty much a 4-day project. At any rate, it is now sitting in my to-be-quilted pile.  


2.  Dog blanket for Curly Sue, the beagle I take care of once a day. It measures about 24 inches.  I had never made her a blanket, so thought it'd be a fun thing to do before I move.  It's really bright, isn't it?  I was given the fabric and wanted to put it to good use.  I think it's quite fun.

I think I did pretty good with my randomness!

pieced back and scrappy binding!  


I have two projects that I need to start and finish this week.  Both of them are brand new to me.  But not difficult.  Wish me luck!  


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, August 2, 2015

My Big News...

I hadn't mentioned this previously, but I had planned to go to Eau Claire this weekend.  However, you know how life is...it happens. I ended up staying home because Tag had a few bad days.  He is fine. For now.  I increased his Tramadol again because he was feeling too much pain.  He tries to be my stoic brown boy, but a few little things told me that the pain was too much for him.  He is doing well on the increased dosage...let us hope that it helps for a good while, yet.  He's still eating, drinking, pooping, peeing, enjoying his little walks, and generally being himself.



So.  To move on.  I have some big news to share...I can tell you all now because I shared the news with me Mum and sister, Julie, yesterday.  Finally.  With all that me Mum (who has Parkinson's Disease) has going on, I had really wanted to tell her in person. That was the primary purpose for my visit to Eau Claire this weekend.  But, I just couldn't put if off any longer, so I FaceTimed 
with them yesterday and gave them the news.  (Sisters Joyce and Jill have known for a bit...and have encouraged and supported me in this.) 
      
In six weeks, I am embarking upon a new adventure.,,a new chapter in my life...a long-thought out step in my life's plan...

I am moving to Colorado!  My sisters and I have talked about this for years...that we would all move to Colorado when we retired. You may remember that my baby sister, Jill, is already out there. She jumped the gun and moved out there before she retired.  But, that's all good for her.

I dislike the winter season here so much...and dread it more every year.  Where I am moving, the winters are nothing in comparison. And, the humidity is much, much less than it is here in Wisconsin. Canon (pronounced canyon) City is my destination.  Here and here are links if you wish to get a look at that area.   

It took me a very long time to decide that it would be okay to leave my sons and grandchildren.  And, of course, my friends.  There are so many emotions that I am dealing with throughout this entire process...but, the overriding one is excitement.  There is a little thing called technology...and oh, how I love it!  With FaceTime, I will be able to have 'face-to-face' conversations with many members of my family and several of my friends.

There is so much to do in the next 6 weeks.  I have slowly been going through my belongings, and this apartment is filling up with packed boxes.  (I so want to live a more simplistic and decluttered life.)  I have the moving truck reserved.  Jill, who is in charge of finding a place for me to live, has a line on a suitable apartment. Things are starting to move at a faster pace...gathering momentum toward to my next adventure...     

What about Tag.  Yes, what about him.  I was planning, of course, that he would be with me on this new adventure.  It looks now like that won't be happening.  I am very emotional about this, and not at all ready to lay that all out here.     

Well, that is it.  My big news.  

 

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, July 25, 2015

What's Up?

Not much going on around here.

Somewhat against my better judgement, I started a new project.  I just could not resist.  Cuz I needed something to do that didn't require much thought/focus/concentration.  Know what I mean?

Remember that jelly roll from Cathy?  Here is a peek at what I am doing with it...


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As for Tag...he is maintaining.  The mass on his shoulder is growing.  He limps more some days than others.  I upped his Tramadol to 4 times daily.  It is hot today, so I (finally) turned on the air conditioning.  I did it more for Tag than for myself...so that he wouldn't have to exert so much energy trying to stay cool.  He is such a good boy...never complains.  Content to be wherever I am. Such a small thing to ask, isn't it?  I sure love this boy...


That's all I have for today.  Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
    

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

She Did It Again!

Yup, she surely did!  

Cathy sent me another box.  A box stuffed full of fabric she no longer wanted.

Here is most of it...

See that jellyroll on the right?  It is Allspice Tapestry by Joanna Figueroa for Moda!  

Look at these corduroys!  How fun are they going to be for doll clothes?  


And, here is a little sewing rollup...perfect!


Thank you so very much, Cathy.




"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Catching Up...

Tag is doing well.  Although, I gotta say, Tuesday was a very rough day.  Tag did everything he could to avoid putting weight on his right leg.  He was in so much pain, poor boy.  Long story short, I increased his meds and he is doing much better.  We've been able to take short walks the last few days...something he enjoys immensely.  

I haven't been sewing too much, but I have gotten a few things done.  

While sorting through fabric a few weeks ago and cutting squares for my scrap containers, I cut out for 22 Kleenex cozies.  I showed 7 of them in my last post, and here are the other 15...



   
And, I made an 18" square pillow cover with back envelope closure for Kim.  No patchwork, no quilting, nothing fancy, but exactly what she wanted...


Speaking of pillow covers, I also finished the 18" square pillow cover for Rachel.  Quilted simply and with a zipper at the bottom...

Paul and Rachel will now have their quilt and two pillows each.  I am feeling good about that.  

I have some special projects coming up next.  I think you will be surprised.  Stay tuned!


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, July 13, 2015

Thank You All!!!

Thank you so very much for your outpouring of well-wishes for the brown boy.  Tag may not understand every word of your comments (though he does have a huge vocabulary), but he hears and responds to the emotion in my voice.  I appreciate every single word you took the time to write.

At this point, nothing has changed with Tag...so there is nothing new to report.  I will update as necessary to keep you abreast of this situation.

I started a journal to track this time with Tag.  Just a place to write random thoughts I have each day.  Not sure what I will ever do with it, but...

I also started a one-a-day photo journal.  That is over on Instagram...#TagEButt.

Just ways to help me get through this, I guess.


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Needless to say, my focus and concentration are at an all time low. More precisely, I guess, is that I have almost none.  The ability to concentrate on any one thing for more than a millisecond has flown out the window.  But, I tell myself that this is okay...that it is temporary.  The result, though, is that I made some changes to the projects I had lined up.  Some of them are put off and some of them are scrapped altogether.  There are some that will be completed, of course...going along with no sewing would be another kind of ordeal, methinks.  Pillow covers, tissue kleenex cozies, hand sewing...things like that which take little thought will be what will keep my hands busy.

On that note, I have a few things to show...
5x6 inch zippy pouches
kleenex cozies for me to give away

another pillow cover with zipper to match Paul and Rachel's quilt

Donna, from over at Brynwood Needleworks organized a charitable project to create and donate dresses to Dress A Girl Around the World .  Here are the two I made...

They are both size 1/2 and were very simple to make.  I had planned to make more, but these two are all I am doing for now.  

I think that's all I have for this morning.  Hope this day is good for you.

   


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

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