Monday, February 22, 2016

March Birthdays

It's almost the month of March and that means both Aunties are having birthdays.  One on the 5th and one on the 24th.  I got their presents finished up today and still need to bake the requested chocolate chip cookies.  Of course I always tell them to share, but they always crack me up with telling me one of them hid the cookies from the other.  One year my Aunt Jean went to Aunt Shirl's house, which is right next door, she was napping so Aunt Jean left her 3 cookies and when Aunt Shirl woke up, she called Aunt Jean to say - hey where are the rest of the cookies and my Aunt said that Tammy only sent us 6 so I split them with you.  Well it's rather nice that they both love my baking to the point of trying to hog all the cookies.

I did a set of embroidered seasons that have a button up back ground on a small wire stand for them. They love it when I make them things and I know they will enjoy these.

Here are some pictures:

The button up background hanging on the stand

Spring

Summer

Autumn

Winter
I may have to make a set for myself they turned out so cute.  I got the pattern and the stand from Bird Brain Designs

And how about a birthday quote:  The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing.  The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Now if I can just get over the chest cold I have I'll get those cookies baked.  Last Friday I could feel it moving into my chest and I was having so much trouble breathing (asthma), that I called my doctor and quickly got on antibiotics.  I think the worst of it is over, but the cough remains and the head is getting in on the action.  I haven't had a cold in a few years so I've been lucky and at least I'm getting it out of the way before my knee replacement.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Catching up in Pictures

I certainly meant to try and post on a weekly basis, but time got away from me.

One thing I wanted to share is a friend ship quilt I made and will be finally giving it to my friend this next week.  I took a picture of the whole thing and then the individual blocks:











Next Up, I purchased a new desk from Pier One.  I didn't want a large desk and it would seem that to buy something all put together in this area, you need to buy big, so ugh, we had to put the legs on, which wasn't to bad.  Now unplugging and plugging all those wires into the right spot again - torture, or so it seemed at the time.


I've been fighting a nasty stomach bug for a week now and so it was such a pleasant surprise to get a box in the mail from my Auntie with a gorgeous Jim Shore Easter Basket and Eggs and a mouse that has an owl on it.



And around this house if you get up, you lose your chair to a cat.  The other evening I lost my chair to Scotchie, he's such a love, although shy with others, he's a sweet boy with us.


I went to Hobby Lobby to decorate my coffee table for Easter with the new basket I have and here it is:

I got the blue and white bunnies, then egg garland that was strung with twine.  The white bunnies don't show up as well as I'd like, darn it.

Then I had this hanging basket I'd gotten years ago and I wanted to do something different with it, so I took out what was in it, then put in styrofoam blocks and covered them with moss and stuck in these adorable owls that are actually for the outside, but I thought they'd be cute inside:


Well that is what I've been up to.  Not much, but it's better than nothing right.  Oh one thing that happened this month is my hubby went to renew his drivers license, because he walked slow - yes that is what they told us, he had to take the driving part of the test again before they would renew his license.  He is about to be 76 and he has bone cancer, ya think he might move slow for a reason, doesn't mean he can't still drive.  Oh well he was so nervous, but he passed, hooray!!  Of course they knocked his score down because they didn't feel he could move his neck enough and because they didn't have a proper area to properly parallel park and wanted him to parallel park and pretend vehicles and a curb were there.  Heck I wouldn't pass that part either, you just can't fake some things. Thank goodness it's over and he has his new license!

I also got my surgery date for my knee replacement.  The fun will be happening on March 31st.  In the mean time I'm riding my recumbent bike to strengthen my leg and have as much range of motion as possible pre-surgery.  Since I had the right knee done less than 2 years ago, I pretty much remember the routine.  Sure didn't expect to have to have another knee done so soon though.

Things are humming along and going better.  I've take over the finances and a lot of things to relieve CR.  He suffers from what they call chemo brain and has his good and bad days.  It was very emotional to take all that over and to know that our lives were changing so significantly, that things we used to do, would no longer be, like going in our 5th wheel.  I am however so grateful for my husband and that I still have him with me.  He has his 76th birthday on the 19th of this month and then we celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary on the 19th of March.  We are blessed - I am blessed.

Happy Valentines, Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tammy