Friday, January 31, 2014

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

I Have a Niece

Actually I have several, all talented unique lovely young women, but today I want to tell you about just one of them.

B is very smart – once figured out some kind of math behind some kind of physics that we use every day (I’m lucky to figure out the math behind my bank account); very crafty – spins and weaves and knits and creates all kinds of things; very ecologically-minded – saves and reuses and recycles absolutely everything that she can.

Earlier this year, B moved to Nanaimo BC and promptly got a job in a quilt shop, Serge and Sew.  She had made a quilt or two in the past, and I’d thought she’d done a great job on them.  Well, here’s the picture of one she just recently made for a shop sample:

I think that’s worth a WOW or two, don’t you!

So if you’re ever over in Nanaimo, look up Serge and Sew, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed in their offerings.

Happy to have nieces (and nephews, too)!             Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day

Wishing you all a wonderful day with those you love!

This quilt tutorial arrived in my mailbox through I Sew Free (for some reason their server seems to be down today, and I can’t access the site to create the link). Anyway…..wanted to wish you a ‘quilty’ Valentine’s.  It’s a little late, but if you want a Valentine’s quilt for next year, check out this web-site  this quilt pattern and tutorial will be available for free there.

It’s also the last day of the Grow Your Blog Party

Click on the link above, or on my side-bar to go to this fabulous party hosted by Vicki of 2 Bags Full, to visit as many of 600 or so bloggers that you can fit in in the next 24 hours or so, LOL!

If you wish to enter my give-away, you can visit my GYB post here.  Draw will be done tomorrow afternoon to give as many more as want a chance.

Happy Valentine’s – and good luck on any draws you enter!   Blessings, Peg

Monday, January 27, 2014

Back to Quilting

I realized a few days ago that I haven’t shared much of quilting on here lately.  Quilting has taken a bit of a back burner lately, with Christmas projects and all.  Also, working on a quilt that somehow isn’t going as smoothly as I’d like – lots of frogging and frustration.

But I did sit down to finish the binding on two.  This first one is a gift for a baby due late December:022

And this one is a gift for a friend now in a care facility, hoping to get to see him before Christmas:


There’s a pile more in the basket waiting for binding, and they won’t take long so there should be more pictures to share in a few days.

In the meantime I’ve also taken up some knitting.  I saw this little afghan at a quilt show recently:


It looked so easy!  Yeah right!  It was like reading a whole new language – Sl1K????   psso????  Umm….guess I need some lessons or something!

But the book had another afghan that looked really easy, and is in fact (after a few stumbling tries).  So I’ve been picking away at this:019020

Knitting hasn’t been my favorite needlework craft – ever!  But now I’ve tackled continental style, and it’s going quite nicely, as long as I don’t miscount LOL!

Then Sunday in church, they announced that the mitten tree will go up soon.  Here is where they collect mittens and toques and scarves to give to the needy for Christmas.  Oh, I can make a scarf!  Might even be able to get through a toque or two.  So I’m going to put down my afghan and ‘whip up’ (if only) some small items for the mitten tree – but no mittens, at least not this year, maybe next.  And next year, maybe I’ll take another look at that ‘easy’ afghan and see if I can learn the lingo.  Knitting projects are so much easier to carry along to keep the hands busy than cross-stitch, which is my first needlework love.  I do have projects lined up, but I’ll concentrate on the Christmas needs first and get back to those later.  In the meantime, no idle hands so less eating, which is a good thing!

I actually started this post yesterday, with the plan to get back to the quilt that has had me screaming in frustration.  I did get to it, and got the unfinished block done, plus two more.  One more to go and I have enough to finish the quilt, but I’m almost out of background fabric, so have to see if I can find some today, or at least a coordinate so I can do some sashing.  Sure would be nice to get this done up before Christmas. 

I am linking up with Needlework Tuesday – head on over to see what others are working on:

Happy Christmas crafting!               Blessings, Peg

little bright lights throughout the possibly cracked tunnel

Last week I ended up back in the hospital from thursday to saturday which suffice to say was not fun. So seven hole and bruise from needles, a stint on too many hard drugs, and an added drug to my collection, later I am no better. I went in because I seem to have an awful stabbing sensation on the lower right of my abdomen which the walk-in dr. the week before said to go in if it got worse because likely they would have to take a second organ, my appendix. Yet, I'd been avoiding the hospital even the though the pain is unbearable, it was an issue with bleeding that brought me in. Reasonably I figured blood equals important enough to not mess around with. Originally, the Dr. (who in his case was reasonably nice which is note able) didn't think they'd have to keep me so I acquired some nasty needle in the lets say side cause it sounds a lot nicer....there are now purple bruises...which if you've never had one, imagine the feeling of someone playing darts on you. It's not fun. At first I naively thought allowed "wow, that really hurt but wasn't as bad as an IV" now this could have been because I was just very excited they didn't want to hook tubes up to me and get me drugged right up. Well, that lasted maybe a half hour before they decided that I was still in a lot of pain which almost always equals the tubes. I didn't want to be tubed...but they did. And to my dismay the nurse looked at my arm with it's tiny veins and decided right below my thumb was a good spot to put it. I kindly warned him that, that wasn't a great spot as it normally doesn't work out or work for very long. It's the most painful for me, as it either takes a few tries, slips out which means a re-do, or is painful every time I move. Yet, he didn't listen and assured me, who has experience with my body, and IV's that it'd be slipped out the very next day. So now that I was hooked up on a Saline (In medicine, saline is a general phrase referring to a sterile solution of sodium chloride in water but is only sterile when it is to be placed parenterally, otherwise, a saline solution is a salt water solution. so..water for hydration) and Hydro-Morphine which is 6 times stronger than normal morphine, and deciding to keep me, sent me up to the overflow unit which was barely functioning with 8 patients and two nurses who mostly talked about tires..... Any who, they decided to send me for an ultrasound in the morning which was normal, although I don't know what they thought they would find by missing the appendix altogether which I thought was the whole point in even coming in, and staying... The lady doing it seemed in a hurry at the time I can't say I thought it would show anything after she rubbed it quickly over the wrong area n sent me out. Yet, the second time she got the appendix and it showed nothing, same with the blood work. So after switching me over to a new pain medication and then sending me off with an at home test and prescription for it at home they sent me on my way.

So, I have a colonoscopy date to check for Crohn's on Dec.10th and a formal diagnosis of Hashimoto's,  Endometriosis, and Fibromyalgia. The last of which isn't very conclusive at all as Fibromyalgia a very really pain disorder but is also a catch-all disorder which really just means that if you've suffered with undiagnosed chronic pain you too can be diagnosed now with Fibromyalgia as it is unknown what is causing the pain. It is know that there are three types of causes that initially started the pain but, still no idea why it's there. Thus, it's probably the least satisfying thing to get diagnosed with because it's saying we know you've been suffering with extreme pain we don't know why, but this catch-all phrase will make you feel better kinda like a Dr. giving you a metaphorical sucker and hoping it'll make you feel better and stop asking what's causing the pain. At least thats how it feels.

Monday and today have shown that the blood is back.. Which is either bad or bad, yet I can't get around not wanting to go back but we'll see how long that lasts for the pain worsening and all. I can't help but think that even though theres blood it alarmed the Dr. but didn't show anything, all the tests were normal, and they did release me, so how bad can bad be? and when is blood too bad? Days of it, weeks of it, or months? It kinda confuses me and makes me think that in spite of the pain I might be able to either last with the blood without going back, or wait till it shows something else. Because either way nothing other than over-drugging, and painful blood tests and IV's will come of it...and if it's just pain and no answers I have a rather hard time returning when I'm in enough pain for one small body on my own thanks. I definitely don't need to be pushed over the edge with needles and drugs. Having been in there, I kinda think they made me worse like a catch and release fish they reeled me in thinking they could help then hurt me and let me go. Now I have the same pain in the side worsening, with head pains, hip pains, bruises, holes from IV's and various attempts at getting an IV in, which mind you takes double as long to heal, and on top of it all the sniffles. Which have been keeping me up till 4AM then waking me at 5, 6, 7, etc. cause I can hardly breathe. I'm falling apart like a raggedy Anne's not good and it's all I can do to try and plug away at school. In which I have history papers due every monday, a 450 page book to read and write an essay on for next week, and the start of midterms the following week after extra pain + sniffles + blood + midterms and papers + lack of sleep = very very sick and tired of being sick and tired...getting tireder....sometimes it feels like it'll all collapse in on me eventually, yet rationally it can't. Because, the worst that could happen is I'm hospitalized, which could mean answers and pain, or just pain but even then it's inevitable that I'll get out again. And so I am determined to get through... it will be okay, not because it is okay but, because it must be okay, and eventually it will... it's as inevitable as pain is that it will also be okay in spite of it all.

And Thanksgiving with turkey and family is coming up, I love family, and holidays! Have I mentioned I'm a huge huge fan of holidays and traditions so thanksgivings something small to at least look forward too! Plus, almost even more exciting which I realize is ridiculous,  Pillsbury dough boy has halloween cookies out!!! which I'm eating!!!! YAY!!! they have cute little ghosts on them.. it's important to remember that it's the small bright things that matter :) I'm also equally stoked that after halloween which equals candy, comes CHRISTMAS which equals christmas train, christmas lights, snow, and that cozy friendly feeling that gets in the air! And sipping hot coco while picking out christmas trees to cut down and, then decorating it!! And decorations being hung in all the stores! But above all family traditions I love! And although I'm huge about holidays I still think it's weird when some one gets ahead of the times and sings a christmas carol in my class, I mean come on that's so out of order, your skipping other great holidays.

When I got out of the hospital my husband got me roses, which he even biked all the way I don't know where to get, very sweet. As we still have yet to get a car..and now they're roses that I get to admire that much more in the wee hours of the night as I sniffle along :) Also note worthy, our cat Snuffleupagus has become a lot sweeter now that her fleas are gone, she's always happy to jump through the shower window and greet me in the morning and throughout the day. As is her BFF Panda Bear the fat black cat, who has a hard time getting through the window but once in enjoys snuggling in my lap. Now, don't think I'm a cat person cause I'm not, but I love these two :) they're keeping me company when I'm in bed in pain and I enjoy that sooo much cause they curl up in little cute balls, or chase each other around the shower curtain.

And now I must must return to that darn textbook I'm avoiding.

PS support is always needed :)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Wednesday’s Words and Hodgepodge

It’s Wednesday again – time to reveal a little more of myself.  If you want to see how others answer these questions, please follow the link on my right side bar.

1.  According to Oxford Dictionaries, the 2013 word of the year is 'selfie'. Your thoughts? When did you last take a selfie? Do you post them online somewhere? Do you prefer to be in front of the camera or behind the lens?

Interesting that ‘self’ is the basis of the work for 2013.  Wonder what that tells us about our world today – not even going to try to analyze that one.

I don’t think I’ve every taken a selfie.  My phone and camera are just old enough that I can’t look at the monitor and the lens at the same time.  Not so sure I want to see myself while my picture is being taken.  I actually often avoid having my picture taken, just keep the camera in my hands and snap everybody and everything else around me.

2.  Will you send out Christmas Cards this year? If so, are they ready to go? If not, are you glad or sad about leaving that tradition behind?

I send out a few cards every year, to elderly relatives who don’t have computers, and deliver a few to neighbors nearby and friends as we see them over the holiday.  For everybody else, I send out an email card and Christmas letter, just to keep in touch.  I so enjoy getting those cards and letters that I don’t want to stop sending them in case others stop sending to me.

3.  Do you trust easily?

No, at least as far as sharing myself with others.  I hold myself in reserve until I’m sure of the other person.  And if trust is broken, it takes me a while to recover and trust that person again.

4. Pine-cinnamon-peppermint-vanilla (as in sugar cookie)...of those listed, which one is your favorite December scent?

Hmm….how does one pick?  I must say I miss the scent of the pine tree now that we have an artificial tree.  Gotta go with peppermint, though if I have to pick only one – especially when it’s wafting out of my cup of hot chocolate!

5.  Did you do more talking or more listening yesterday?  Was that by choice or by necessity?

I ended up talking more than listening, by necessity.  We went to visit a friend in a care facility, picking up his wife and taking her along so we could visit with both of them at the same time.  With this change in their lives this year, they’ve had to make some financial changes as well, and the bank wanted his signature on some papers.  He’s unable to talk now, and was having some difficulty understanding the paper work.  So I tried to read through it with him, not word by word, but at least giving him the gist of each paragraph.  It is so hard to see a person go from a vital, active, working lifestyle to inability to communicate what he’s thinking and feeling about things – and have you ever tried to keep all questions so that only ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answers are required?

6.  What's the last song that got stuck in your head?  Sorry if it's back there now :  )

Isn’t that funny, right now I can’t remember, and only yesterday I was wishing it would go away!  But it was a Christmas song, I know that for sure.

7.  Which world explorer (in the whole history of the world) would you most like to have traveled with, and why?

Well, it’s probably more like which world explorer can I remember learning about all those years ago in school?  Ummm… about Christopher Columbus….he discovered that nice round world and didn’t drop off the edge!!!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Winter has arrived here for sure.  A couple of days ago, I looked out the window early in the day to see this in our streetlight:003

Then later in the day, we had our first power outage – only about 1.5 hours so not too intrusive, but it was right at supper time.  The wind was howling, the rain was drumming.  And yesterday, we saw our first snow – just a skiff and it melted right away, but still….  The mittens and toques have come out!  We’re told we should have a drier than usual winter, but colder than usual – drier I like, colder is only okay as long as it’s not raining, somehow I feel colder when it’s wet outside than I am when it’s just cold.

So here’s to a wonderful winter season!          Blessings, Peg

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Sisters Quilt Show part VII

Every quilt is a piece of art in my mind, but some are just obviously meant to be displayed, usually on a wall, as simply art-work to be admired.  Take a look at these:




The quilters of these 2 pieces even added an actual frame:

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Had to include this one as this looks so much like our Sadie:



Each little piece of the ocean wave is a small block!  How, oh, how do these quilters do this?


Each leaf on these birch (aspen?) trees is individually added for a total 3E effect:



This quilt literally glittered in the sunshine, with the beadwork:


Happy, happy show!                      Blessings, Peg

Friday, January 24, 2014

Sisters Quilt Show part IX

Many, many of the quilts were displayed in groupings that appeared to coordinate by a theme or a color:



These cows were outside a deli:




Beach scenes:








Happy themes!                    Blessings, Peg