Sunday, February 22, 2015


We've added a new member to our family -- Suzi, the Subaru.  We love her because of Suzi, we sent Cami the Camry packing.  Poor Cami, but it was time!  Suzi has all the bells and whistles and wowzer she practically kisses you hello.  Now if only she knew how to make coffee!!

 Not much sewing has been done because of Suzi.  I think a trip to a fabric shop may be in order.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Friday, February 20, 2015

A New Wall Hanging

Yesterday I got to work on a wall hanging for our house using some blocks I embroidered in the summer:

I've had the fabric for quite sometime and could never decide what I wanted to do with it.  I even got wild and wasted a bit of fabric to fussy cut the doggy fabric corner stones.  Here is an up close look at the embroideries:

I really liked how it turned out.

Today Chanceman decided it was a good day to eat his morning treats out of the little bowl CR uses to put extra treats he doesn't eat into for later in the day.  The other two cats gobble theirs right up, but Chanceman will eat a couple and leave the rest for later.  So CR watches to make sure the other two don't eat them up and saves them for Chance.

The sun is shining and I need to grocery shop and just get out and enjoy the weather.  Yesterday it was 60 degrees and it's only Feb.  Either we are in for a late winter storm or we are going to have a very hot and dry summer.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Thursday, February 19, 2015

I Have Been Bad

I have been so bad about ignoring my blog and the blogs that I enjoy reading lately.  Don't know what is wrong with me.  I usually try to look at them every morning, but lately I will peruse Facebook for a few minutes, then do my online jigsaw puzzle, read a daily devotion on my kindle and that's about it.  I have been doing instagram, which I enjoy and will usually post to facebook from there (so nice because you don't actually have to get on facebook to do that).  But even then I'm bad about responding to comments or making comments.  I think I'm in a funk.

The other day during my most stressed out moments of having my face swollen on the one side and my jaw pain, I received a package in the mail from my good friend Robyn.  Just totally out of the blue and it contained this:

She knows me so well and she knows my greatest addiction is a good cup of coffee.  It was a lovely surprise and meant so much at such a bad time. 

I've also been getting emails from my wonderful blog friends just to see how Cliff is and how I'm doing.  Man you have no idea how much that means to me and how lovely it is to get your emails out of the blue. 

I'm back on my treadmill again and I believe that is helping with the stress and I'm working hard to shake off this funk.  Hang in there with me please while I'm temporarily out of order.

One thing I have been doing is embroidery and lots of it.  I been working furiously on a couple of door hangings for my Aunties for their March birthdays.  They're both the same embroideries, but different colors.  One Auntie is getting a pink/burgundy embroider and the other is getting red work.  I think they turned our really cute:

Redwork with red and white border fabrics

Looks the same as the redwork, but it's actually a burgundy thread

I have to say I don't think I can repeat these embroideries for a while, I burned out on this design.

Today is my wonderful hubbies birthday.  He is 75 years young.  We went out to lunch at a favorite restaurant of ours.  He and our friend Ken had wine and I was really bad and had a blood orange martini.  Whoohoo!!  Oh yeah it was good.  It was a nice time and yet low key too.  Cliff is still dealing with the fatigue from his last infusion so we knew it had to be something easy on him.  His brother and sister-in-law sent him a book for his birthday that we both are looking forward to reading:

Everyone, including CR's daughter has told us what a good read it is.  So if you are looking for a book to read, give this a try.

I'm working on a wall hanging using some embroideries I did in the summer.  Hopefully I'll have pictures for you soon.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Sunday, February 8, 2015

New Look

Before Christmas I went shopping and found some gorgeous lavender themed fabric that I just had to have for our light purple and green bathroom.

I wanted to make a new curtain and a mat for the toilet tank and finally this past week I got around to getting it done.

I also went to the dentist this week to get a new temporary crown because the old one broke and the gold crown wasn't back as promised, aarrrgggghhh.  I will get the gold one on Tuesday, and I've broken the temporary again.  It's on the back most tooth and there isn't much clearance so the temporary is thin and well, it just breaks so easily that nothing I do seems to help keep it in one piece.

While at the dentist I asked him about my swollen face (by my ear) and the huge lump that had gone down some by the time I saw him.  I've had TMJ (jaw issues) my whole life and I am a bad clincher, especially at night.  I wear a night guard, but apparently that wasn't helping.  Luckily I have a Dentist that asked the right questions and got to the bottom of the problem.  I have been extremely stressed about Cliff and his treatments and the fact that he will most likely end up doing some sort of chemo after the treatment we are doing is done.  I didn't realize how stressed and upset I was and it's all in my jaw.  I would wake in the morning and barely be able to open my mouth to get my night guard out.  So he prescribed a low dose muscle relaxer and that has really helped.  The swelling is down and Cliff and I are talking about things that are hard to talk about.  You never want to talk about these things and yet everyone should talk about it.  Being brave and stoic is not the answer, at least for me it's not.

So I just want to say that if you've responded to any posts lately and I haven't gotten back I'm sorry, I've had some email issues and personal issues and I'm not trying to ignore anyone.  I'll be better at responding from here on out and I thank you for any comments in the past couple of weeks.  I really do appreciate them and your support.

We have the last infusion tomorrow and we also see the oncologist.  I assume that we will then schedule bone and cat scans for early March and see how we move forward from there.  Any prayers or good vibes you could send our way would be greatly appreciated.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

First in the New Year

My first quilt top finish for the new year.  I started cutting in December and finished it last night.  I'll try to quilt it this weekend or next week sometime, just depends on how CR is feeling after his 3rd and final round of the Friday/Monday Provenge treatments.

It's a lap size quilt, the pattern is called Sunbeams and the colored fabric is batiks.  I really like how it turned out. 

Happy Stitches and Hugs,