Sunday, October 15, 2017

Family Has Left

This morning we were up at 5:30 am and out the door by 6 am to get my father-in-law and sister-in-law to Portland airport. We arrived at good timing. I enjoyed having them. We had an awesome time together.

After dropping them off, we were on the way back and thought we would check out the new casino down in the Longview area. We had heard some bad things about it, but we thought we'd check it out and if we were only there a few minutes, that would be fine. As it turned out, we left there around 11 am. We came home with $400 more then what we took. We had a set amount of money in mind and we didn't even spend $20 before we started to win. We keep going on the winning money and called it good at $400.

Came home and had lunch. Patrick took a nap while I worked on the Wiltzius family history. I was working more on his mother's JOHN family. I found a HUBBARD in their tree and was working on that as well. Since we believe there is a Hubbard in my TAYLOR family, I wanted to see if I could work off the Hubbard name and see if Taylor comes up. It will take a while but I'm working on it. I spend the afternoon working on family history.

By the time I was ready to take a nap, it was time to go bowling. I didn't do great, but I did do pretty good considering. The bad news was the team that we bowled last week didn't quit after all. BUT they were better today and behaved. I wasn't too thrilled to see they were behaving, because I was hoping the team captions would vote them off the league. Our team did decide we would bowl them again. We bowl them in Feb. So, I bowled a 169, 172, and 141. My whole team kicked my butt!! I couldn't believe I was that bad! Dropped another pin! UGH

Life is good, family is important, and we're all doing great. I'm looking forward to being happy Stitching/Happy Stitching!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Hard to Believe It's Friday

I was up at my usual time. It was after everyone else was up. We picked up my father and sister-in-law last night about 10 pm. We arrived home around 1 am.

Patrick and I made a big breakfast for everyone. We had bacon and waffles.

After all that, Patrick, his sister and father went golfing. So, I was cleaning up, getting a roast in the oven and working on laundry. It was a busy day for me.

I was able to get about an hour in on my cross stitch. I wanted to get more in, but they arrived about the time I was done with everything.

We chatted about our ancestors and just chatting about "stuff." After supper, we played a game. Then when we were playing, mom called to say dad forgot his med's. So, I ended up going over to their place to look for them. Couldn't find them. Called mom back and said not there. She'll check tomorrow morning and call me back. We'll see if they are in the suit case or not, tomorrow.

Came back home and got my cinnamon rolls ready for tomorrow morning.  Should be awesome!

Life is good, life is busy, and life is funny! Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Packing Among Other Things

This morning I was up and out the door for my doctors appointment. I have got to get an ultra sound for my thyroid and lung. What fun! I can get through this. lol

After my appointment I was over to the folks. Mom had called me yesterday to come and help her pack. I was packing for both mom and dad. Since mom's back was pretty bad, I helped her out. I had to wait on dad to get the suit cases and then I had to wait on mom to get everything she wanted. She was getting something else ready. I stayed till about noon getting them ready for the trip. They decided they will be going in the afternoon tomorrow.

Stopped off and said hi to my quilt friends. I would have been quilting today but had to go to moms to help her out.

Came home. Cleaned the kitchen, baked a cake for when Patrick's dad gets here. We found out they won't be in till 10 pm, so we went out to eat and will be leaving in a while to go pick them up.

Came home and I worked on my cross stitch.


I finished up the back, and I'll be working on the upper part of the back. I'm happy to be back to working on this.

Life is good, life is awesome, and life is unpredictable. With or without health issues popping up - thanks to age!!!! - I'm still Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

QOV, Cleaning and Bowling Day

This morning I was up thinking I needed to get to Cherrill's before I do much else. She called to say I didn't need to go, so I went downstairs and starting cleaning. Since my father-in-law and sister-in-law are coming tomorrow night, I figured I better have a cleaner room than normal.


There was a bigger mess - but I did work on cleaning it off.


I had a ton of stuff on my cutting board, so I started looking at what I had. Then thinking of where I could put them. Most stuff I had a place to put away, but some was little and hard to decided what I wanted to do with it.


Didn't take long and I was done! I like what I did, but then realized that pile on the far side still needs to be gone through as well. I will work on it.


I will work on that later.


At least my boxes are organized!

Then I headed upstairs to get a few more things put away. I had to work on the computer room as well. I decided to clean it and then I balanced both check books.


Once that was done, the room looked a heck of a lot better.


I found this cross stitch and realized I made it for Phil. It was done in 1994. Still looks pretty good. Surprised I used a pink for the background though.

It was now about 11 am and I needed to get moving. I cut my thumb (pretty badly). So, I had to stop at Safeway for band-aides and then go to Patrick to put it on my thumb. I had already done it once but my thumb was still bleeding. After that, stopped and got a burger, then picked up my books and pattern.

Then it was on the road to Olympia. I didn't know it, till I got there, but I was early. We were presenting quilts to 36 veterans! It was awesome! We did pretty good and it went pretty fast.

Homeless Veterans honored. I am in there at least twice.



Came home by about 3 pm. Relaxed till it was time to go bowling! We bowled with a good team. We all had fun! I bowled a 194, 169, and 192. Not bad. I went up 3 pins. I'm happy. Patrick almost got his 600 series but missed it by 4 pins. We had a good night of bowling and it was so much better than Sunday night.

Tomorrow I'm off to the doctors and then moms. After that we will be on the road to get my in-laws. It's going to be one thing after another, but life is good and we can do this.

I'm missing my stitching time and I'm excited to get back to being Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Visiting With Mom

Today I was up shortly after Patrick. I went to Cherrill's and then to the doctors office. I arrived at 8:23 am and found a sign that said, "Staff meeting - closed till 8:45 am," so I had to wait. I sat in the car for awhile. Once I was able to get in there, I was lucky enough to be first with the blood test. So, I got in and out in short order.

Went to see how mom was doing. I was shocked when I saw mom. She looked like she was putting on a front. She was in pain and I could see it. She's not supposed to be walking or standing. I stayed to help a little. Helped dad with changing the bed. She's using a walker again. It does look like she damaged her back. It's hard to figure out what she did. They are still planning on going to the wedding in Las Vegas. Driving on Saturday is going to be very hard on mom. Sat with mom and her show she likes. I enjoyed it too, but it's on Netflix. Enjoyed spending time with them. Brought them a loaf of bread that I baked last night for them. I also dropped on off to Art.

 I decided to head home around noon. I stopped off at Office Depot to drop off some books to get the binding done. I also left a cross stitch pattern to be enlarged. Told him he could do parts of it and I'd tape them together. We'll see how it goes, I may end up going to Staples instead. We'll see, I pick them up tomorrow before going to the presentation in Olympia.


I had to stop off at Sunbirds for mom. Sent a photo to my brother, then went to the Thrift shop that was around the corner. I couldn't believe this beautiful cross stitch was for sale for $2.99! It was well done and has been signed. I really was shocked! Makes me wonder what mine would be worth if my kids get rid of them. I now I do stuff they don't like, so I'm sure most of my stuff will be in the trash or sent to good will. Oh, well. At least I enjoy doing the work.

Came home and decided to work on the birds.


I want to try and get this done. So I worked on the feather and the feed on the shelf.


Patrick liked the tail feathers. He wanted to have the arrows. I'm not sure how I like them, but I do.

I worked on laundry (which reminds me to get back to laundry).

Life is good. I'm getting stuff done even when it feels like I'm not. I'm happy to be Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

Monday, October 9, 2017

BE Meeting, Busy Day

This morning I was up and ready to go. I went to get Cherrill for our meeting, but she was going to go on her own. I helped her with her socks.

Then I headed off to our meeting. I had to stop at Safeway on the way home. Arrived to find a couple members already there. I was waiting on Sandy and her sister. It was good to see Jeanette again! They gave me a book for needle sizes. I love the book. I need to go and get a bigger binding for it. I'll do that tomorrow.


I got the back feathers done. I'm happy with it. I had to try and see if I could get it right. I took out the first one and tried again.

When it was time to leave, I went to Safeway. Came home and made "Scotch-a-roo's" for Patrick - they will be gone in about a day and a half!

Then I worked on another thing of bread. I want to take them to the folks tomorrow. Mom's not doing good with her back. Guess she messed up her back - but she's determined to go to the wedding in Las Vegas. She's really going to be in pain!

I started working on the laundry as well. Seems like there was something today to keep me busy. I'm okay with that.

Now I can hope to be Happy Stitching/Happy Quilting!

A Full Day Of Bowling (Yesterday)

I woke early to get ready to meet the gals at our usual place. Patrick got up after I did. He always takes me to the pick up point. We car pool. I don't drive because they live a little more south of the area then I do.

We had a good ride down to St. Helen's OR. I didn't realize it till after we got down there, that we had to go through Rainier, OR to get to St. Helen's OR.

We arrived on time with a few minutes early. The bowling alley forgot we were going to be there, so we needed to try to be done by 1 pm if possible.

We started bowling and I bowled a 127. That ticked me off, so I called Patrick and wanted to see what he thought I should do. I tried everything! OR at least I thought I had. He told me to move 2 boards over and move my mark 2 boards over as well. I said, "I did that!" Then when I when I went to bowl, I did what he said. Danged if that wasn't what I needed to do!! Then I bowled a 199 and a 177.

After bowling we went out to eat lunch - at 2 pm! We stopped off at Taco Bell. We sat and ate there. On the way home, we come to Longview where Virginia and I asked about DQ! We wanted some ice cream, after hearing it from Theresa. We stopped off at DQ in Longview and had a great chat. We were laughing half the time. We had such a good time that we didn't realize it was 4 pm when we left the area.

We met up with Patrick around 4:45 pm. By the time I arrived home, it was 5:15. That didn't give me much time for anything.

It was time for bowling. We headed over to the bowling alley. We were setting up to bowl. The other team hadn't arrived yet, so we did the practice. Then they arrived. They were able to practice for a little bit, but then had trouble sticking. So, I went to the desk and asked them to wipe down lanes. Well, they put alcohol on the lines which made it even more sticky! Even I had a hard time, so I put some powder on my shoes and the "wife and mother" started barking about how my putting stuff on my shoes was bad for everyone! She "bitched" & "bitched" about it, till I told her I wiped it off. That was the beginning of a very bad night. I couldn't believe the tension in there! I wanted to do the scoring and when my team mate got it and gave it to me, I was informed they were keeping score. I told her because she wasn't bowling, that she couldn't do that. I was team caption and I would do the scores. I was yelled at and was told "YOUR A PIECE OF WORK!" My reply was, "Yes, I am." I gave them the score board because her husband on the team said he was team caption and he gives her the right to do the score board and to give it back to her. I tried to tell them that's not how it works, but they started to tell me "F** off." So, I gave it to her. I bowled a 182. More tension went on through the night and I was not doing so good at calming down. I bowled a 119, and a 136. Patrick did a lot better. He's used to tension at work. The other bowlers got into it with Theresa, and the young gal bowling (19-22 in age) told Theresa (secretary) to "grow up." One does not tell Theresa to grow up! She turned around and informed them that they all were causing problems and that if they didn't straighten up, they would be asked to leave. After we finished bowling, I received a text stating "THEY QUIT!" I was thrilled. I told everyone last night I would not bowl with that team again. I guess they have been a major problem for our league since they joined in Sept. I had not see so much rudeness or foul language from a young person as this one! I was so shocked that the mother was part of the problem as well. They would sit there laughing at us, no clue why. They would look at one of us, turn around and start laughing. Reminded me of bullying! I was so shock an adult was asking like a 5 year old!

So, needless to say, I did not have a good time bowling last night. I hope I can have fun next week, but I'm going to feel weird going in there, or bowling against another team that is new. UGH!

I'll stay with my crafts and be Happy Stitching!


Family Has Left

This morning we were up at 5:30 am and out the door by 6 am to get my father-in-law and sister-in-law to Portland airport. We arrived at goo...