Monday, June 8, 2015

An Apprentice??

I loaded a small Project Linus quilt into my trusty old Gammill quilting machine last October. I got it about half put-in when I had to stop. The Doctor first suspected a hip hair-line fracture. The x-ray proved nothing. (Maybe it was the one reading the x-ray?) I went back to the Doctor every Thursday in October, and part of November. I had two cortisone shots. The pain persisted. The Doctor then decided it might be Bursitis.  Between Christmas and New Years I had TWO WEEKS of almost pain-free (Thank God!!!). Then it started again and has persisted until now. I can do very little besides sit still and knit or crochet. (Usually working on Prayer Shawls for the Hospital.)

I happened to think the other day....wouldn't it be nice to teach someone local to use my machine and quilt some of her (or his) quilt tops and mine too. Most of mine are for one Charity or another. My machine is over twenty years old now, but it is still working fine (as far as I know, since I have not used it since October).  Like with a lot of quilters, I have a large stack of small to bed-sized quilts to get quilted. I have given up on being able to quilt them myself, as I would have to stand up to quilt them. I have a feeling that I may be in a wheel chair soon. What to do. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I miss my little green office trailer. I miss my old machine quilting customers. I admit defeat. God Bless us everyone.
 (Photo is an old one, taken a couple of years ago, by me.)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Have you seen the cow?

Lunch at Chick-fil-A Restaurant in Mt. Airy. Everyone was visited by the Chick-fil-A mascot. Such a nice cow...shaking hands with a little child! My son took the photo, and asked if I wanted him to take a picture of me with the cow. I told him that it would be hard to tell which was which. He wasn't amused. Happy Memorial Day weekend. Thank you to all our Veterans, both living and passed on. We wouldn't be the great country we are without you!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

An Update

Hemi is still an indoor cat!  I thought maybe when the weather warmed up he would go back outside. He likes the food better in here and has about doubled his weight. Without weighing him, I'd say he weighs over fifteen pounds now. He is one of the best natured and sweetest cats I know. He loves to play, and even lets Earl Grey bully him around. (He loves to catch Earl half asleep and wash his face!) After a little research, I believe that Hemi is a Ragdoll!  Shizuku-chan recently turned seventeen.  She has her ups and downs, but is mostly doing well for a cat her age. Spring has sprung in North Carolina, it has gotten too hot, too soon. Thank God for the air conditioner!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New cat in our house

Meet Hemi.  He just showed up at our house awhile back and decided to stay. We have several yard cats that nobody wanted and gifted us. We gladly feed them, in exchange for snake-control.  Hemi always preferred to be outdoors, but after this terribly cold weather, we convinced him to stay in the house. He gets along well with Shizuku-chan and Earl Grey, and ever since he got done with eating a good meal and a thorough wash-up, he has slept. Poor fella.  When the weather gets better he will have to  decide his own future, I guess. By the way, his eyes are ice-blue, and the poor fella is cross-eyed. Enjoy your Sunday, God Bless! 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Friday's Lunch

My son and I were enjoying our lunch at Matt's Place in downtown Dobson, when what to our wondering eyes should appear....Santa! He came in, accompanied by his wife, greeted all the diners and then left again. Wow! What a surprise! Guess he had already had lunch...he missed out on a pretty good hot dog though. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!  God Bless!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A new way to get around

 
 
 
A few changes have been made around here. It seems now that my problems are due to bursitis of the hip. Thank God it isn't broken, even though it feels like it! I have been having to get around in a new roller walker. My Dad called his a "chariot" (he had MS), so I am too. It's shiny PURPLE!  Oh, and I also tried a cortisone shot (didn't help much). But I am working on Prayer Shawls and a Vintage Afghan (patterns from Internet), but no quilts. I still  have hopes that I can beat this. Praise God...I am trying! Have a blessed weekend. (Oh, photo from Internet, too.)

PS You should see me "speeding" around walmart in one of their motorized carts! What fun!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Home Improvements

The siding on our mobile home was rotten and crumbling. My son and our next door neighbor have been replacing it with tin this month. It sure looks a lot better now, and will keep out the cold wind this winter. I have been wanting to move into an elderly apartment in town for awhile now, but my son is determined to stay here.

For about three weeks now I have been in a lot of pain with my hip. I went and had it X-rayed this past Thursday and it showed advanced arthritis. Walking is difficult. The options they gave me are not workable for me, and I am praying and hoping for a solution.  A lot of doors are now "slammed shut", but at least my hands still work, and I can work on my Prayer Shawls for the hospital. My kitties have been most helpful during this time, as is my son. He made a delicious Breakfast Casserole this morning, and has taken on more household chores than usual. I would appreciate your prayers, so that I may continue to do God's Will.

Hope you have a most blessed Sunday.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Kitty Quilt

I have been asked to post a photo of my "Look at all the kitties in Grandmother's Flower Garden" quilt. I am a terrible photographer, but I think if you click on the photo, it will enlarge it. The second photo is one of the blocks using Kitty Cucumber fabric that was sent to me by my friend Marianne in Idaho. I collect Kitty Cucumber figurines!! The machine quilting design is called "dogwood" and is by Gammill. The quilt is hand pieced, and machine quilted!

My daughter has returned safely from England. She arrived at  her home yesterday evening and I got to talk to her this afternoon. She had a wonderful trip, but seems glad to be home and a bit jet-lagged. Her dog is very glad to see her too, and so are her two cats!!    Have a Blessed Sunday~