Thursday, March 22, 2018


Today my sister-in-law arrived from Las Vegas. She was at the house by 10 am. We took two cars and went to the hospital to see dad. He is the same. Mom and I stayed about 30 mins like we usually do. Chris stayed with dad. She wanted to talk to the nurse and doctor. Mom is happy with that. She sent me an email saying how dad is doing and that his kidney's are not working. The nurse told her that he needed people around to get his attention and keep his mind going. It can help to get him moving and the kidneys to work. She stayed and read to him. She plans on doing that tomorrow as well. I'm going to tell mom she can go with her and I'll go later. Mom hasn't called yet. She's supposed to call me and let me know what she is going to do. Mom's thrilled to have her there. Mom and I met Phil for lunch. It was so good to see him! We had an enjoyable lunch with him.

I came home and crashed. I slept for about an hour and it felt good. My emotions are getting out of control. I'm starting to cry at the drop of a hat.

I did get a few stitches in on my cross stitch SAL.

I'm happy with what I can get done.

I received the fabrics from Lisa today. It's not QOV fabric but cross stitch fabrics. It's really soft too! Not sure what I can make with them as it's in bright colors, but trust me, I will figure it out.

I'm still going day by day. I'm always going to visit dad, and I'm not sure from one day to the next if it will be the last time. Chris will talk to the doctor tomorrow, so I'll go later in the morning. I'm working on letting things go.

Best wishes to everyone, hoping your all Happy Quilting/Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Good Day.....And Bowling Night

This morning I was up and at mom's by 10 am. Mom and I went to see dad. He's eyes were open and he knew we were there. It was nice to see him communicating with us. We rubbed his hands and feet. He's so swollen with the IV's that were in him. He's in need of getting his bladder to work more. They will take the respirator off tomorrow. It was a good day. One day at a time!

We came home and I left her place to go to Safeway. Got out of there and realized I had the key to the car. So, I took it back to her. Then I headed home. I got home at 3 pm. It was a long day. Part of the reason it took so long was that mom was talking with the Pastor that came to see her. AND a quilter that works here. So between both of them being there to help mom out, it was 2 hours of waiting on mom.  I finally had to tell her I wanted to see dad.

I worked a little on the cross stitch. I didn't get a lot done, but I did get some done.

We then went bowling. Fred and Denise were not there so, it was just the two of us. We actually won 1 1/2 games. I bowled pretty bad, but not bad enough to loose a point on my average. I bowled a 159, 143, 193. One of these days, I'll get my act together!

Here we go, another day, another hope, and things are looking up....but I'm not excepting it to be perfect. Dad will HOPEFULLY get better, but each day will tell. I'm living one day at a time with this. I can't get too far ahead. I'm not even planning for the day he leaves the hospital. I just can't think that far ahead.

Best wishes, and hoping all is Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Each Day At A Time - With Stitching

This morning I was up and over to moms by 10 am. We went to Olympia to see dad. He responded to us. But he's still not out of the woods. We were happy with what we saw. It is a good think. It's a small hope, but we still are expecting the worst, hoping for the best.

Came home and had lunch with mom. She started cleaning dad's things that came from Mother Joseph's. I went home.

Got home and went downstairs to start going through the box.

I walked downstairs and realized I have a room to clean - AGAIN! But I'm not too worried about it. I really wasn't in the mood, so decided I would so some cleaning up and putting things away.

This is the quilt bars for the quilt machine I bought.

This is the machine and the cover. I'll find a place to put that as well. It may end up in my roll away bag. I'm not ready to figure it out yet, but now I have it and I can do that. Patrick said it's something I can do when he retires. I may try it out before that. It's about 14 months before he retires.

A nice mess in my room. I'll get it cleaned up, just not all at once.

The piles keep growing.

My sister-in-law's Aunt gave me a ton of stuff! This is some of the blue and white for my QOV quilts. She let me know she has some more red, white and blue fabrics for me and mailed them today.

She even had the same pattern that I have. So, I'm going to give this away in a drawing. Those interested will have their names in the list. I'll draw a name and then will send it to them. I'm going to do it on here and on Instagram. I haven't decided when one has to enter by. I'm going to think about that and post it later to sign up. If your interested, go ahead and let me know. I'll add you to the list.

She gave me book mark stuff. AND a lot of small things. I'm interested. The "smalls" will be fun to do later on.

There are a lot of books and pattern. Kits and more Kits.

More kits.

AND she even gave me some needlepoint! I'm so excited about all this I got.

Fabric is at the bottom half of the box. I gave up cleaning that up for now. I'm not in that good of a mood to go through those right now. I'm excited to see all the colors of fabric she gave me.

An awesome person!

I'm happy to be back at being Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Hello Monday.....Still Waiting

This morning I woke around 8 am and mom was already up. She woke before I did. It was one of my better nights sleep.

We walked the dog. Then we stopped at the Gathering Place to work on a puzzle. After that we walked back to moms. I had to call and find out how to return dad's machine that helped his leg. They were shocked we had it and asked us to take it back to Mother Joseph's so they could pick it up there. I said that wouldn't be a problem because we had to see dad at St. Peters.

We had lunch and Ethel arrived. I asked her if she would be interested in staying with mom tonight. She is so sweet! She's my daughter-in-law's grandmother and mom's best friend. So, I felt good that she would be staying with mom. I need to get some sleep at home. Plus I've missed Patrick the last two days.

I did get my embroidery going. I'll try and show that tomorrow.

Dad is still stable. He has problems with his Kidney's and blood pressure. So, he's not out of the woods yet. Each days is promising, but it's not the answer. I live hour by hour right now. I'm in limbo and trying to deal with life.

So, that being said, I'm going to call it good. I'm praying my father makes it. I'm praying that we all can be Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

A Month Past, And Another To Come

Today we (mom and I) slept in. I thought I would stay the night with her in case the phone rang. She can't hear the phone when her hearing aids are out. So, I thought it best to stay with her in case things changed with my father.

We watched some TV and walked the dog before we went up to Olympia to see dad. He hasn't changed. He's stable - and that is actually a good thing. He has a C-Diff infection. So, now they are fighting that.

We had to wear gowns and gloves. Had to take a photo of mom getting "dressed up." We stayed for about a half hour. We had to wait about a half hour as well. We worked on the puzzles that they had out there. Dad looks good. He's got his color back. I'm happy with the way he looks. Now it's a day by day thing.

We came home and I went to see Patrick and get some clothes for one more night with mom. He went to Vancouver to get the quilting machine for me. It's all downstairs in my quilt room. PLUS a box of stitching and quilt fabrics. So, when I get home, I'm going to have to clean up my quilt/stitching room. UGH

Back at moms and working on my embroidery.

I had this much done yesterday.

I finished the beading. Next step was doing the handle. I even practiced on the flower that will go there. Then I realized the greenery needs to be finished up. So, I am adding more stems. Then I'll work on the flowers. I think I'm going to work on the bottom part.

Every little bit helps. I'm getting closer to finishing this.

Keeping my prayers going, taking each day as it come. I'm hanging in there and staying Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Please Pray For My Father

This morning we received a call from the Mother Joseph's rehab center telling us my father was rushed to ER at St. Pete's in Olympia. He was unresponsive and dropped his blood pressure. His temperature was 104 degrees.

We arrived at the hospital at 9 am expecting the worst. We gave dad the okay to leave if he wanted to. He told mom, "Not yet." He looked better than he had all week. Yet he has all the hookups back in him. He's breathing through a tube to keep his breathing steady. About 3:30 pm Patrick wanted to take mom home. She was near collapse. Both mom and I felt better leaving dad. He is now in the hospital's hands. It sounds like it's an infection of some kind. We won't know for awhile.

My father is the one on the right. Uncle Bob (his brother) and my brother Chris.

Dad and mom in the middle.

We couldn't have asked for a better father. He has always been there for us. He was my life line growing up. He helped me get through bullying and anything else I needed help with. He had the best advise.

We have talked over the last few years. He's been my rock. I will have a rough time when he does go, but I pray it isn't just yet. I'm not quiet ready. I know I should be, but I'm not. He means the world to me.

While we waited to hear how he was doing, I worked on my Three Wishes piece.

So, tonight I'm going to try and sleep.

Wishing my father full recovery. Hoping that I will see him again. Praying he makes it.

In the meantime, I'm going to TRY and stay Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Finally - A Good Day!

This morning I enjoyed a sleep in...till mom called at 8:30 am. Mom had just visited with her doctor. The doctor said dad is improving and that there didn't seem to be anything that would cause the sleeping. The doctor at Mother Joseph's is doing what she can and is doing what he would do. So, then she told them about dad's "playing" us. He seems to think that's what dad's doing. He wouldn't put it passed him. So, I guess dad's playing us as well as having trouble waking up.

So, I decided to enjoy the day by working on my cross stitch and watching more "Perry Mason" that I have recorded. I love watching him. I have more "Murdock Mysteries" as well. Oh, and I have some of the Australian ones as well. So, I did watch "Doctor Blake Mysteries" or something like that. I hadn't seen that one.

I was able to get a lot more done. I started around here today.

I finished up the bottom part under the deer. Then I went up to the upper area. I have been getting more done. I really like this piece. I'm not very close to finishing the February piece. I have March to work on as well.

We then went to Mother Joseph's to be at the meeting about dad. They had the social working, both therapists, and nurse there to go over his recovery. Mom, Patrick and I listened to what they had to say. Then they talked to dad, who had his head down and asking like he was tired. We talked about upping his med that keeps him awake. They asked if we could get a wheel chair for discharge, and I told dad, "Your not coming home in a wheel chair!" "Sorry, dad, be you can't come home in a wheel chair." He gave me a dirty look when I said that. But through the meeting he kept passing me that funny look, like he had been joking around. I kept my eyes on him the whole time. He knew what was going on. They told him he was going backwards, and that they couldn't figure out why. We told him he has to try or he won't be coming out of there. After the meeting mom talked to the nurse and social worker. They think his in depression, so they will work on that for him.

Came home. Patrick and I went out to eat - yet again. Then to Safeway for a few things. Once we got home, Patrick fell asleep and I worked more on the cross stitch. We are watching "Perry Mason" now. I'm really surprised Patrick turned that on. Didn't think he liked those shows.

Now, I'm going to get back to stitching. Sunday we are going back down to Vancouver to pick up a quilt machine. I'm looking forward to getting it. It may come in handy to get a few quilt tops done. I'll practice before I even do any quilting on my big quilt tops.

How are all of you doing? Anything new - that you might have seen? Any fun?

Keep stitching and stay Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!


Today my sister-in-law arrived from Las Vegas. She was at the house by 10 am. We took two cars and went to the hospital to see dad. He is th...