Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday Fun

Today has been another lazy and very enjoyable day.  I've watched some movies and I also took some time to play in my sewing room.  When I was going through my smaller pieces of fabric and fat quarters a few weeks ago, I found this cute little pack of 6 fat quarters.  I bought them the same time I purchased this book:

Clever Quarters, Quilts from Fat Quarter Cuts by Susan Teegarden Dissmore

The book is all about things you can create with fat quarters and she's got some great ideas using 6 or so fat quarters.  One of the patterns is for a cute table runner and it was the suggested pattern idea for the group of FQ's I bought.  So today I put it together.  Very simple and easy and fun.


I should have gotten to the job of quilting my red work quilt that is pinned and waiting for me to get busy, but I just wasn't in the mood to concentrate that much.  Luckily I have some fabrics in my stash that will coordinate really nicely for the backing and binding.

Now I'm gonna sit down and do some reading, or perhaps embroidery.  Might do both, who knows, I'm still feeling lazy.

Hope you have a nice and lazy weekend like I did.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Maddie and Mischief

I don't know if it's the new spring hair do or what, but someone around here is all about mischief and playing tug-a-war.  Maybe she's just feeling the delights of spring like the rest of us.







Kind of a lazy day around our house.  The sun is out, but the wind is blowing.  I was going to start quilting my red work quilt, but instead I grocery shopped, ran some errands - one of which was to stock up on 12 yards of quilt batting at 50% off, and then I've just been putzing around the house.  Definitely a lazy day, tomorrow might be the same.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Friday, March 28, 2014

Hang Ups

Hang Ups - we all have them right, well that's not exactly what I'm talking about.  You see I wanted to hang my quilt from the quilt show up in the living room.  It has a sleeve, that was a show requirement, and so searching for hanging ideas on the Internet led me to The Hang Ups Company.  They have a great way to hang a quilt so that you don't see the hang up part and it's done with the 3M removable sticky tabs, so you don't have to drill holes in your walls, etc.  When we received the package today, the boys were very interested while CR was opening the package and getting the parts out - must be a man thing.  So I got some rather cute pictures of them watching the process:






I love the concentration on their faces, then Scotchie caught me - look at him - Mooooommmm, stop interrupting our man business, then he looked away as if to say I'm just gonna ignore you and that darn camera.

And here is the finished project:


After all the big doin's with the package it seemed that man time was over and nap time began, leaving CR to do it all by his lonely.  They did wake up for a final inspection before yawning and rolling over.  Silly boys!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Taking Charge

Today I was supposed to get a cortisone injection (a different cortisone than what I got before) in my knee.  About an hour before that appointment, the PA called to say ask me between the cortisone shot and the synthetic shot, which gave me the most relief.  Well they both gave me relief for about a week, so I'd say neither one was very effective, but I can say with certainty that the synthetic shot crippled me for a week and was far more painful.  He then said he'd like to try a different synthetic shot that might be more successful.  Ummmmmmmmmmm, is it just me or does the word "might" bother you to.  Of course these shots are extremely expensive and require insurance approval.  Then he asked me, which would you like to do, cortisone today or wait a couple days for approval and have the synthetic shot.  Well now there's a conundrum, which pain do I prefer, which might last the longest, if it lasts at all, and really I'm not having many more needles stuck in that knee - IT HURTS PEOPLE. 

So, I tell him I guess the synthetic shot as it's supposed to last 6 months if it works, odds are better with it than straight cortisone and what I didn't say was this is the last chance for a needle in my sore knee.  When I got up this morning I could hardly walk the knee has been so painful - I have my okay days and my bad days and my really bad days - this is a really bad day.  If I stay off of the knee and don't walk a lot, I can have okay days, but I'm getting really tired of not being able to do much.  With that in mind I told him that I was having issues with the doc's feeling that I couldn't have knee replacement until I was done with my treatments.  You see I had a dental implant installed in December and the dentist was concerned about healing and infection just like the Ortho is concerned.  The Dentist called my Urologist and checked in with him as to what my treatments were and any issues, well there were no issue and we proceeded.  The Ortho just said no, no one called my Urologist, nothing - although I gave them his name and phone number.  The PA didn't want to be the middle man and I don't blame him so I won't be getting a shot, but I will be seeing the Ortho on the 14th, can you believe it takes almost 3 weeks to get in.  In the mean time I decided I had to be proactive and take control of my situation so I called my Urologists office, talked to Rachel one of the RN's there and guess what, there should be no issue or worry of infection as it would relate to the treatments I've been having, hmmm, I knew that based on my Dentist.  So Rachel is going to call the Ortho and have a chat, send a latter from my Urologist, what ever it may take to put him at ease that there is no issue or worry about infections related to the treatments I've been having.  So we'll see what he says on the 14th.

Why all this fuss.............Well for starters I need to go back east in October, with this knee it's going to be hell traveling and getting around airports, etc.  Also, if they make me wait I will require two things to survive - pain meds and a handicap sign.  There are days I can't walk far and I can't have Cliff take me everywhere and drop me at the door, that's ridiculous and would drive me nuts - I need my freedom.  The whole pain med thing irritates me as well, you see I lived on pain meds for 3 years because the idiots here wouldn't give me a much needed hip replacement - I was to young and other excuses.  I finally just couldn't take it any longer so I went to an Ortho in Spokane who told me a hip replacement was needed and he'd put a metal on metal hip in and it would out live me.  I can't say that I have the most trust in Ortho's in this area, they're so afraid of being sued or something? that they can't seem to see beyond that and help someone in significant pain.  I can't let this go a year or two and I can't bear the thought of living on drugs and sitting around to keep the pain level low.  No one should have to live like that.  So depending on what happens on the 14th, I may have to go to Spokane and that's not all bad, but it would be easier to stay in town, ugh, it's all so frustrating.

Okay now on to something fun.  The other day I found the boys napping together and thought it was so sweet.  Chanceman doesn't nap with Scotchie very often, I don't think he's ever really recovered from the loss of Skeezics who he always napped with and it was like they were joined at the hip.  So when he and Scotchie are together it just warms my heart.




My boys - they're so sweet.  Have I told you that we have a sonicare toothbrush, well it makes this soft sound when you use it to brush your teeth, I swear that Scotchie knows the minute CR is about to brush his teeth and he's off to the bathroom to sit on CR's lap.  I told CR I think he thinks you are purring.  It is so cute.

Tomorrow we are off to Prosser and a favorite winery to pick up some more Cab Franc and to have lunch at the Wine O'Clock Bistro.  Should be fun and just what this girl needs after a rough few days.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Summer Hair Do

Maddie had what I like to call, "a day of beauty".  Which means she went to the groomers and got a bath and toenail trim and this time a haircut for the spring and summer look.  She is never amused to go and she is always very happy to get home.  That said I had trouble getting her to let me take her picture - I think she's a little miffed at me.




I also got another embroidery block done for my doggy wall hanging:


Went shopping today for thread to quilt my red work wall hanging and will probably start on that this Thursday.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Monday, March 24, 2014

Disappointment

I got a call from my orthopedic doctor today.  It seems that he doesn't want to do my knee replacement until I'm done with Chemo.  Something about infection, etc.  So now they want to try a different injection of cortisone in the knee, oh boy - NOT.  I hope it works, really I do, I can't stand hobbling around, I want to get back on my treadmill and get this weight off and feel better.  Exercise is not a thrill to me, but it does make me feel better, sitting around makes me feel lousy and I've been sitting around for 3 darn years.  I'm trying not to get super upset, but I am upset.  I have chemo in August for the last time, then I'm going to get healed up from that and in October visit my Aunties in North Carolina and so no knee replacement till the end of the year, which means that 2014 is going to be a rough year with knee pain I'm afraid, and traveling is not going to be much fun either.  Oh well I'll suck it up and deal with it, seems I have no choice.  Thanks for letting me vent!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Red Work Finish

Finally got the borders on my red work project and now I just need to sandwich it and quilt it.  It was so much fun to do and I found out how darn much I enjoy embroidery.  I always thought it would be difficult with all the arthritis in my hands, but it's actually not.  Now I do have to say that I would have times that my hands would ache, so I'd just take a day off from it and it would be fine.  It's been such a fun project I have a couple more started.


It's been a beautiful weekend here, the sun has been shining and spring flowers are blooming and everyone just seems happy.

Hope your weekend was as good as ours.  I'd love to hear what you were up to.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Friday, March 21, 2014

Quilt Show

Today was the first of two days for our local quilt show.  It's a pretty good sized show and boy do we have a lot of very talented quilters in this area.

I went with Candace from Squash House Quilts, she picked me up at 9:30, first stop was Starbucks and then onto the show.  Luckily she and I are both about the same speed and we wear out about the same, she's got back issues and of course my darn knee.  It was a lovely time and I really enjoy her company.  I think I could talk with her for days and I know I could learn a lot from her she is so talented.

So here is the quilt parade:



This is the raffle quilt for our local guild.  It's based off of a photo taken by a local artist named John Clements.  I bought 2 tickets, doubt I'll win.  It's a picture of the wine grapes on Red Mountain and the mountain in the background is called Rattlesnake mountain.  The river is the Yakima River.  It was simply stunning.

 
Oh Look, here is my quilt.  I thought it looked darn good hanging there!!

And here are some what I refer to as art quilts, they had some awesome ones, wish I could do that kind of work:







This next quilt amazed me, those billions of squares were about a half inch each, lord that person must have had the patience of a saint.



And here are, in no particular order some of the quilts I took pictures off.  As I got tired, I kind of quit taking pictures and just enjoyed viewing the quilts.


































And what would a quilt show be without some historic quilts, this one was dated back to the 1890's


This is a crazy quilt that is all done by hand, it has pieces of one of Mrs. Lincolns gowns, it was beautifully done and amazingly well preserved:




And that concludes our trip to the quilt show.  Now I must rest my annoying knee and possibly ice it.  And I have to remember to pick my quilt up tomorrow between 6pm and 7pm (I'm forgetful so this is of the utmost concern).
 
Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam